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County Events


Ulster County:


Wreath Fineries at the Wineries. Receive a souvenir wine glass, grapevine wreath, an ornament, and wine tastings at your starting winery, then receive an ornament and wine tastings at the remaining wineries on the Shawangunk Wine Trail. Advance tickets only; tickets will not be sold at the door. December 9 &10. 10am-5pm.  Buy event tickets and find out locations at  shawangunkwinetrail.com/wine-tour-wreath-fineries-at-the-wineries/.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Hilary Greenbaum. New York-based graphic designer Hilary Greenbaum. Hilary is design director for the Whitney Museum of American Art and frequently collaborates with artists and other clients on a freelance basis. Free. Wednesday, December 6, 11am–12pm. Coykendall Science Building Auditorium, SUNY New Paltz. newpaltz.edu/art/visiting-artist-lecture-series/.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Annual Meeting. Board elections, CCEUC constitutional discussion, guest speakers. Free and open to all. Wednesday, December 6. 7pm. 232 Plaza Road (Hannaford Plaza), Kingston. 845-340-3990 ext. 321.

Made In Kingston. The 5th annual expo and sale of art produced in Kingston with more than 65 artists accompanied by great live music; inspired fare from local restaurants and Keegan Ales will take place at The Metro, RUPCO’s new community wealth-building and education project focusing on the digital arts. Thursday, December 7. 4–8:30pm. 2 S. Prospect St., corner of Greenkill Ave., Kingston. MadeInKingstonNY.com.

Detoxification, Rejuvenation & Well-Being. In today’s hectic world, it can be challenging to do what’s best for ultimate well-being. A class to learn how to activate the lymphatic system and detoxify the body through the four Channels of Elimination to improve mental clarity, increased energy & vitality, and a renewed sense of well-being. December 7. 7-8pm. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge.

Choral Concert & Guitar Ensemble Concert. A tapestry of many moods, musical genres, and themes performed by the College Chorus and Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Janet Gehres and SUNY Ulster’s Guitar Ensemble under the direction of Greg Dinger. December 7. 7:30pm. Quimby Theater, Vanderlyn Hall, on the Stone Ridge campus.

Babes in Toyland. A Woodstock Playhouse production featuring several cast members from their summer stock and students from the local New York Conservatory of the Arts. December 8–10. 7:30pm plus 2pm matinee Sunday. Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock. 845-679-6900.

Mendelssohn Club Christmas Concerts. With guest artists Kingston High School Choir and Brass Ensemble. December 8 & 9. Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St., Kingston. 845-338-6759.

Frozendale Festival in Rosendale. A community-generated festival where participating shops showcase the best of local food, art, music, and crafts. Rosendale Library begins the day with a Holiday Booktique and a reading of holiday stories for children. Rosendale Theatre features a free matinee of The Wizard of Oz. The Redwing Blackbird Theatre presents a puppet show “The Animals in Winter.” Plus gift sales, a Big Cheese Mac N Cheese Bake-Off, a rousing parade and more. December 9. 10am–6pm.

17th Annual Holly Berry Trail. Tour private Ulster County homes decorated in holiday splendor inside and out. Refreshments provided by local restaurants. Sponsored by Junior League of Kingston. Tickets $30. December 9. 10am – 1pm. 10am pick up map at Kingston City Hall, 420 Broadway, Kingston. 845-481-3534.

Into The Light. Ellenville Public Library & Museum presents The Vanaver Caravan, Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, and Caravan Kids’ performance of this beautiful holiday pageant as part of Wawarsing Wassail. Free. December 9. 3pm. Ellenville High School Auditorium, 28 Maple Ave, Ellenville. eplm.org.

Reading the Voynich Mysteries, Part II. Having broken the Rotas Code and scratched the surface of its application, Jim Handlin discusses his decoding of the Voynich manuscript, an illuminated and hand-written codex composed in an unknown writing system and carbon-dated to the early 15th century. $8. December 9. 5pm. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. mtnviewstudio.com.

Catskill Cabaradio, Holiday Edition. Potluck community dinner followed by live radio broadcast on wioxradio.org with music, talk, trivia games and more. December 9. 6pm dinner, 7pm broadcast. Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main Street, Pine Hill. pinehillcommunitycenter.org.

Wired Gallery’s Art Foray. An affordable art and crafts fair offering a wide range of creative wares by 39 artists and artisans at Mohonk Mountain House. Free entry to resort. December 10-12 and December 14-15. 10am to 6pm. thewiredgallery.com.

Winter Fair and Outdoor Marketplace. Delightful day of crafts, food, song, dance, artisan wares, Waldorf gift shop and indoor and outdoor activities. Make beautiful gifts from simple and natural materials, such as translucent window stars, decorated wreaths, pomanders, and more. Savor the outdoor barbecue while enjoying live music. Puppetry, children’s games and more. Free. December 10. 11am–4pm. Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, 16 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz.

Annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive. Have your picture taken with Santa. Enjoy hot cocoa, coffee, and fresh baked cookies. Donate new unwrapped toys, food items, personal health and beauty items, or monetary donations to benefit The Rondout Valley Food Pantry. December 10. 1-4pm. High Falls Firehouse.

Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker. Not all Nutcrackers march with the same step. In “Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker” the audience will witness a refreshing rendering of the classic Christmas-time story inspired by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s swing version of Tchaikovsky’s immortal score. December 10. 2pm. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale.

1st Annual Human Rights Day in Newburgh. Reactivates the City of Newburgh Human Rights Commission and celebrates the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. December 10. 2:30pm. Newburgh Free Library Auditorium, 124 Grand Street, Newburgh.

Managing Your Flood Risk. For people living in communities susceptible to localized flooding, education can be your strongest defense. The discussion will help residents, including livestock producers, to be better prepared for possible flooding and to understand your risk as it applies to your property.  Examine how to read and interpret FEMA Flood Insurance Rate maps and their accompanying Flood Insurance Studies. December 11. 6-8pm. 232 Plaza Road, Kingston.

She Was Right: Work by WSW’s New Artistic Director. Women’s Studio Workshop will celebrate the opening of an exhibition highlighting the work of WSW’s new artistic director Erin Zona followed by short presentations by WSW artists-in-residence about their practices and what projects they bring to the studios, plus Slide Night. December 12. 5-6pm. 722 Binnewater Lane, Rosendale.

Tuba Christmas. Join this seasonal favorite as a participant or audience member. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages perform traditional Christmas music from around the world. December 13. Participants register at 5pm, rehearse at 6pm, and perform the free concert beginning at 7:30pm. SUNY Ulster, Clinton Hall, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge.

Heavenly Soups To Go. $4.50 per pint & a roll. December 14. 4-7pm. United Reformed Church, 9 Church Street, Bloomington. 845-331-7099.

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Annual Winter Solstice Concert. Hosted by Happy Traum and drawing out the fabled music town’s many talents. December 16. 7pm on. Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock. 845-679-6900.

Melissa Etheridge. Academy Award and Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge will take to the UPAC stage with her full band to perform all her greatest hits, plus a few holiday tunes. Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics, and riveting stage presence, this concert is not to be missed. Tickets $105. December 16. 8pm. UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston.

Community Holistic Healthcare Day. First-come first-served care offered by a variety of practitioners including medical doctors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, psychologists, and a wide variety of energy healers all sponsored by the Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community. Free. December 19. 4–8pm. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge. www.rvhhc.org.

Key of Q Presents: Winter Songs & Sing-Alongs. Key of Q, the Hudson Valley’s LGBTQ and Allied A Cappella Chorus, at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center in Kingston, with a join-in half. Free. December 20. 7pm. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, 300 Wall Street, Kingston. keyofq.org.

New Year’s Eve Dance and Dinner. Ring in the New Year with fabulous live music and dancing. Great live music with two dance halls featuring swing, Cajun, and waltzing in one room, and contras and squares in the other, followed by late night Zydeco in the Zydeco Lounge upstairs. Fancy duds, vintage-wear or other creative clothing encouraged. There will be a festive family-style dinner at 6pm with salad, three entree courses, sides, and dessert. December 31. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge.

Uptown Kingston’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. Featuring live music and an old-fashioned ball drop; everyone’s there! December 31. 11:30pm on. Wall and North Front Streets in Kingston. bspkingston.com.

Dutchess County:

Nativity Scenes Display. Visit over 200 nativity scenes from around the world, with over 50 countries represented. Running every weekend in December. 1-5pm. Mariapolis Luminosa of the Focolare Movement, 200 Cardinal Road, Hyde Park.

Tree Lighting with Caroling and Arlington HS Holiday Brass Choir. Caroling with the Girl Scouts, music by the Arlington High School Holiday Brass Choir, and hot chocolate and cookies by the LaGrange Ladies Fire Auxiliary. Santa will arrive on a LaGrange Fire Truck and new, unwrapped toys for donation to Toys for Tots will be accepted at the Tree Lighting Celebration.  December 5. 4:25pm.  LaGrange Town Hall, 120 Stringham Road, LaGrange.

CMIA: Film Among the Arts. Screenings of The Mirror, by Andrei Tarkovsky, and Gertrud by Carl Theodor Dreyer, in a Bard College Center for Moving Image Arts presentation. December 5. 7pm. Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. bard.edu/cmia.

Movies That Matter Beacon. Beacon residents Amber Moelter and Luis Barreto Carrillo will screen their documentaries Ethetics Episode 1, Ethetics Episode 2, and Dressed For Protest. Free. December 6. 7:30pm. First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, McKinley Hall, 50 Liberty St., Beacon. moviesthatmatterbeacon.org.

Getting Along With Our Bear Neighbors. A presentation on black bears by American Museum of Natural History conservation scientist Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant. December 8. 7pm. Cary Institute, 2801 Sharon Tpk., Millbrook. caryinstitute.org.

Paper Quilling Workshop. Take a break from the holiday rush and join local crafter Margaret Britton to learn the basics of paper quilling. Participants will learn how to make a lovely ornament or decoration for a card. A tool and materials will be supplied, and refreshments will be served. Appropriate for adults and teens. December 8. 6pm. Staatsburg State Historic Site, 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Staatsburg.

An Ecumenical Service of Lessons and Carols. Marist College’s Music Dept. hosts a free public holiday event. December 9. 3pm. Redeemed Christian Fellowship, 100 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie.

A Christmas Carol in Tivoli. Produced by Red Hook’s Theatre on the Road, this free family show is performed in the church hall above Murray’s Restaurant after Victorian carolers and a tree-lighting ceremony. December 9. 4:30pm. Murray’s Restaurant, 73 Broadway, Tivoli.

Souvenir De Florence – An Italian Holiday Celebration. The Italian fixation that runs deep in the collective artistic psyche is on musical display with Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, written as he recovered from a disastrous marriage and developed an infatuation with the city that spawned the Renaissance. December 9. 6pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA.

Milk and Cookies with Santa. Santa Claus will be dropping by Soukup Farms this year. Craft area, reading corner with Mrs. Claus, outdoor s’mores pit, and food provided by JSK Cattle Company. December 10. 10am-5pm. December 11. 10am–4pm. Soukup Farms, 271 Halls Corners Road, Dover Plains.

Hudson Valley Holistic Holiday Market.  Juried health practitioners and vendors. Advice, sale items, shared concerns. December 10. 10am–5pm. Ramada Inn & Conference Center, Route 9, Fishkill.

Public Menorah Lighting. Largest menorah in the entire Mid-Hudson Valley lit with the assistance of a boom truck. December 12. 4pm on. One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie.

BHA and BeaconArts Bicycle Menorah Lighting. Beacon Hebrew Alliance and BeaconArts team up to celebrate Illumin8 at the one-of-a-kind Beacon Bicycle Menorah. December 12– 19. 5:30pm each night, except December 15 at 4:45pm. 427 Main Street, Beacon.

A Howl of Playwrights. Suggested donations buy you a drink, a themed cookie, and a ticket to a reading of a brand-new work by pack member Lisa Kimball: The Mistletoe Martyrs And The Hostage Situation, a Christmas dramedy that explores themes of religion, trauma, family, and the holiday spirit. $20. December 14. 7pm. Liberty Public House, 6417 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck.

Holiday Craft Fair at Mid-Hudson Civic Center. Highlighting Hudson Valley artists, crafters and local food products. December 16. 11am-4pm. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie.

Handel’s Messiah. For the 4th consecutive year hundreds of voices are heard in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s performance of Handel’s master work, featuring Cappella Festiva and guest conductor Christine Howlett. December 16. 2pm. Bardavon, Market Street, Poughkeepsie. bardavon.org.

Christmas at Clermont Open House. See the Livingston’s historic home in full holiday mode. Free. December 16. 2-4pm. Clermont State Historic Site, Route 9G, Clermont. 518-537-4240.

Joe McPhee. Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene in the late 60s, McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician. December 16. 7-9pm. Hudson Valley Vinyl, 267 Main Street, Beacon.

Frosty’s Holiday Cabaret. 90 Miles Theater Company, Inc., a new community theater company, presents a fun holiday show. December 16. 8pm. Boughton Place, 150 Kisor Road, Highland. boughtonplace.org.

Bard College Hosts Special Holiday Jazz Event. Through original compositions, timeless hits, and forgotten gems, the breathtaking young vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant brings jazz, vaudeville, blues, and folk music into her own powerful and distinct style. Intimate performance will include holiday treats. December 17. 3pm. Tickets $25-$65. Bard College, Fisher Center, 60 Manor Road, Annandale-on-Hudson.

6th Annual Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra Christmas Concert. Get down, get jazzy, get spirit! December 17. 2pm. Arlington High School, 1157 Route 55, LaGrangeville.

Festive Candlelight Tours. Mount Gulian Historic Site, the Dutch Colonial home of the Verplanck family, invites visitors to unwind during the busy holiday season by joining a close-to-home, relaxing time of good cheer, good food, and good company. The homestead’s rooms will be beautifully decorated in different fashions, with opulent Victorian décor adorning the rooms. December 19 & 20. 4-7pm. 145 Sterling Street, Beacon.