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County Events

Ulster County:

 Tiny House Freedom Fest.

    A two-day celebration of tiny homes, sustainable living, and green technology.  Fireworks, food trucks and live music brought to you by the town of New Paltz. Free admission. Bring your tiny house, RV or tent and stay the weekend. Kids 8 and under are free. July 1-2. Ulster County Fairgrounds. 249 Libertyville Road. New Paltz.

Saugerties 4th of July Parade and Fireworks.

    The Saugerties Fire Department again puts on one of the region’s top 4th of July parades with a spectacular fireworks display to commence at dusk. Line-up for the parade is 10am and step-off is at 11am, along Washington Avenue across from the high school grounds. Village of Saugerties.

Kingston Food Bank/Pantry Deliveries & Pickups.

    Groups of strong, able-bodied volunteers are needed to help pickup and unload bi-monthly Regional Food Bank deliveries to Caring Hands Soup Kitchen and People’s Place Food Pantry in Kingston. July 5. 8-10am. People’s Place,17 St James St, Kingston. Contact Christine at 338-4030.

Veterans Demand End to Palestinian Occupation.

    A presentation with US Veterans For Peace, Israeli veteran and author Miko Peled and filmmakers Tarak Kauff and Ellen Davidson cosponsored by the Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS, Jewish Voice for Peace – Hudson Valley, and Veterans For Peace. July 7. 7-9pm. Unitarian Fellowship (UUC), 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston.

Glow Ball Golf with Huguenot Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs.

    Glowball golfing is not for your normal golfer. It’s played at night with glowing balls and indicators along the golf course, providing a level playing field for all participants. Scoring is irrelevant but enjoyment is paramount. Friday, July 7. 7:30pm- 11pm. $50 registration to include 9 holes of golf, 1 glowball, glow sticks and dessert. 215 Huguenot Street. New Paltz.  

Woodstock Area Garden Tour.

    Bird-On-A-Cliff Theatre Company will hold a benefit tour of beautiful gardens in the Woodstock area. Eight gracious Woodstock area hosts will open their private gardens for leisurely viewing. Proceeds will benefit the Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Saturday, July 8 (rain date is Sunday, July 9). 10am-3pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25, or $30 on the day of the event. Meet at Woodstock Shakespeare Festival Stage. 45 Comeau Drive. Woodstock.

Woodstock Concert on the Green.

    They take place every other Saturday in the center of this famous village. This first one in July includes sets by Songs of Solomon, Peter Head, Marilyn Kirby, Brian Dewan, Paul Stokes and Niall Connolly. Special guests tend to drop in. July 8. 1pm – 5pm. Free. Woodstock Village Green.

14th Annual Sawyer Motors Car Show.  

    “The Best Little Car Show in the Northeast.” Once again the village streets of Main and Partition are shut down to traffic and filled with over 500 cars that sure do bring back the memories.  Non-stop live entertainment and trophies awarded to the best of the best! It’s a fun day for kids of all ages.. July 9. 1pm. Saugerties.

Making Paper from Invasive Plants.

    They’re everywhere, choking out streams and causing extensive economic and environmental damage. But they can also be put to use. This fun class comes during NY Invasive Species week, has handouts and takeaways, and is taught by master gardeners. July 11. 6pm – 8pm. $15, register by July 6. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, 232 Plaza Road,  Kingston. 340-3990 ext. 335.  

Learn to Hatch Chicks.

    Hatching chicks can teach you and your family lessons that will last a lifetime.  Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) for a class with Livestock Educator Jason Detzel, who will teach participants the biology and process of hatching eggs, using an incubator, successfully raising your chicks into maturity, and more. Wednesday, July 12. 6-8pm. 232 Plaza Road (Hannaford Plaza)  Kingston. $10 to register.  

Bike Tour: Kingston Point Park.

    Learn more about the Rondout Lighthouse, the former Hudson River Day Line steamboat landing, and the amusement park that once drew thousands to Kingston Point Park on this gentle, family-friendly bike ride.  Saturday, July 15. 10am. Fee $10-$20. Hudson River Maritime Museum. 50 Rondout Landing. Kingston.

Rosendale Street Festival.

    The Rosendale Street Festival first took place in 1975 and has been rockin’ ever since.  Main Street is closed for two days, six stages, seventy-four bands, over 100 vendors, kids crafts and parades. The festival is donation-driven and is produced by community volunteers. Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16.  12pm-9pm. Sunday, 12-6pm. Main Street. Rosendale.

Thunder in the Valley Powwow.

    An annual Native American gettogether in the central Catskills with vendors, music, lore. July 15, 16. 12 noon – 5pm. Big Indian Park, Route 28, Big Indian. 254-4238.

Owning Donkeys Class.

    Donkeys are a member of the equine family, and not just small horses with big ears. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) and Steve Stiert, owner of Donkey Park, for a class on owning and caring for these historic animals., learning everything from donkey attributes and uses, to their housing and fencing. Saturday, July 15. 1-4pm. Donkey Park, Ulster Park, NY (specific address will be sent to attendees after registration at donkeypark.us). $20 per person.

A Pair of Great Library Fairs.

    Once a year Woodstock comes out and entertains itself while buying books and eating homemade food to homegrown music for 86 years now. It’s old town fun where everyone acts familiar. July 22, 10am to 4pm. Donation admission.  Woodstock Library Lawn. 5 Library Lane (at Tinker Street, Woodstock. The same day, Rosendale’s historic library also has its big book sale with numerous first editions and raffle prizes available. July 22. 10am to 3pm. Rosendale Library, 264 Main Street, Rosendale.

A Conversation On Women’s Issues.

    Discussing current events through a feminine point of view. Bring a dessert to share, as well as a laptop. The key is to look at specific issues arising in Washington.  A conversation on women’s issues as it pertains to President Donald Trump’s proposed initiatives. July 23. 1pm-4pm. Free. Church Des Artistes, 79 Wurts Street, Kingston. www.kingstoncitizens.org.

 Belleayre Music Festival Annual Auction & Dinner/Dance.  

    Celebrating life in the Catskills by uniting  local businesses and community members, all to benefit one of the region’s great cultural draws. The live and silent auction will include local arts and crafts, restaurant gift certificates, and unique experiences. The evening also features dinner, drinks, and the music of Big Joe Fitz. July 29. 5:30pm. Overlook Lodge. Belleayre Mountain.

Floral Arranging As An Artform.

    An arrangement of flowers can brighten up any room in the house and also improve your mood, although purchasing a bouquet of flowers from your local florist can be costly. Let Lily Bruder-Zal teach you how to do it in this workshop… and bring home a  beautiful arrangement. $85 fee, register by July 15 at 377-1040. July 30. 3pm-5pm. Bevier House Museum, 2682 Rte. 209, Marbletown. www.ulstercountyhs.org.


 Dutchess County:

Live Acoustic Music Every Wednesday.

    Enjoy live acoustic music every Wednesday from the area’s best, including Scott Rocco, Karl Allweier,  Kevin Kennedy, Liv Waters, Steve Black, Mike LaFalce, Dan Zlotnick, Bernie, Juke Box Junkies and O’Solo Vito. 7-9pm. Hackett Hill Park. E. Market St. Hyde Park.

Hot Air Balloon Festival.

    For an annual rite of summer in the Hudson Valley, look skyward this day to see dozens of hot air balloons dotting the sky over the region. The evening and morning mass launches are not to be missed: balloon & helicopter rides, tethered hot-air balloon rides, hayrides, bands and live music, ending at night with fireworks and moon glow… plus midway farm area activities and concessions. Friday, July 7. 5am-10pm.  Barton Orchards. 63 Apple Tree Lane. Poughkeepsie.

 Food Trucks at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery.

    Celebrate the start of the weekend and take advantage of summer sunsets from Taproom Terrace with ala carte, family friendly menus from local food trucks.  The tap wine will be available for $5/glass. Activities include cornhole and bocce games and will even accommodate personal games located on the front lawn. Friday, July 7. 5-8pm.  Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. 26 Wing Road. Millbrook.

 John Waters: This Filthy World.

    A benefit performance for Bard Summerscape’s Spiegeltent series. Legendary filmmaker launches this summer’s season with his one-man show that’s part confession, part vaudeville, taking on taboos with charisma and charm for a hilarious and uncensored evening with an American treasure. July 7. 6pm and 8pm. Tickets: $45 and up. Bard College, Annandale.

Adventure in Star Gazing and Solar System Astronomy.
    Visit our Solar System’s two largest planets: Jupiter with its colorful bands, and Saturn with its amazing rings. Observation scopes will be available for your viewing but feel free to bring your own observation scopes. July 8. 8:30pm-10pm, at Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, FDR Museum, Route 9, Hyde Park.

Classic Car Cruise and Summer Concert.

    Bring your car out to the park to enjoy the views and oldies music. The site has grills, swimming, picnic tables, pavilions, sand volleyball, basketball courts, and much more. Music will be by The Greyhounds. Free. Sunday, July 9. 6:30-8:30pm. Cars may arrive at 5:30pm. Freedom Park. 212 Skidmore Road. Pleasant Valley.

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

    Powerhouse Theater’s The Training Company presents the classic play in the environmental cooperative at the Vassar Barns in a new adaptation. Lively and free. July 14, 15 and 16. 7 pm. Vassar College, Raymond Ave. Poughkeepsie. www.vassar.edu/powerhouse.

Beer, Bourbon, and Bacon.

    This all new festival is all about craft beer sampling, new bourbon tastings, and a brand new bacon sampling passport—plus games, live performances, and so much more—all in an orchard in lovely Poughquag.  A variety of tickets and packages can be purchased online at www.beerbourbonbacon.com.  Saturday, July 15. Barton Orchards. 63 Apple Tree Lane. Poughquag.

Heather Metal Parking Lot.

    The Wassaic Project hosts their 4th annual HMPL at the Luther Barn, celebrating the widespread cultural impact of heavy metal with a traditional pig roast, massive bonfire, heavy metal DJ’s, event-inspired artist projects and films, tattoos, beer pong, metal manicures, tons of ice cold beer, handmade t-shirts, making out in the woods with a stranger, camping, and a sweet hangover! July 15. 8pm. The Wassaic Project Luther Barn, 19 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic.

Skull & Bones Nature Program Tour.

    What can you tell by looking at a skull? A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. Sunday, July 16. 11am. Staatsburgh State Historic Site. 75 Mills Mansion Drive Road. Staatsburg.

Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes.

    Spector & the Ronettes were what the great early-1960s Wall of Sound was built for, and the stars that both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones vied to tour with. Be My Baby? You betcha. Tickets range from $45-$70. Friday July 21. 8pm. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market St. Poughkeepsie. Check www.bardavon.org for ticket sales.

Dutchess Dragon Boat Race and Festival.

    Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County hosts this extraordinary day of exhilarating dragon boat races, good food, music, games, and fun alongside our beautiful Hudson River.  Saturday, July 22. 8am-3pm. Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse. 272 N Water St. Poughkeepsie.

Hudson Valley Holistic Market.

    Come shop your favorite metaphysical vendors, crafters, healing practitioners, artists, and psychic readers with local businesses that carry products to help you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle featured. Friendly, low stress, diverse and inclusive, this market promises to be like no other.  Sunday, July 23. 10am-4pm. Ramada Conference Center. 542 Route 9. Fishkill.

 ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

    Winner of six Tony Awards, including best musical, this fun work captures and reflects  the height of the Jazz Age in NYC, when flappers were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. Friday, July 28. 8pm. Tickets $27. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308. Rhinebeck.

 The Insane Inflatable 5K.

    A fun and dynamic 5K race over inflatable obstacles at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Wildly fun. July 29. 8am to 4pm. Reservations necessary. $60 and up. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck. www.insaneinflatable5k.com.