A Magazine About Food, Art & Exchange In Midtown Kingston, Published By The Hudson Valley Current.

Dutchess County Events–Sept. 2014

by Alecia Eberhardt   

Beacon Second Saturday. During this monthly celebration of the arts, galleries, and shops stay open late to feature exhibition openings, artist receptions, music, food, wine, and other special events. Various location throughout Beacon. beaconarts.org. September 6.

Beacon Flea Market. This market features a variety of vendors selling vintage collectibles, household items, and antique curiosities. Vendor list changes every week. Parking lot behind Main Street Post Office. Henry Street and South Chestnut Street, Beacon. 845-202-0094. beaconflea.blogspot.com. September 7, 14, 21, 28. 8am–3pm.

Beacon Independent Film Festival. In its second year, this festival showcases creative voices in a unique venue. Films screened include features, shorts, documentaries, works in progress and more. Panel discussions, food vendors, green space and a kids’ tent make it an event for the whole family. See website for full schedule of events. University Settlement. 724 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon. 845-418-3992. beaconindiefilmfest.org. September 12-14.

Alice Judson Memorial Fundraiser and Gallery Reception. Alice Judson, one of Beacon’s most renowned artists, is buried at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Beacon. RiverWinds Gallery will be donating a rare, signed original oil painting by Judson, The Porch, to a raffle that will cover the cost of Judson’s headstone restoration. Drawing will be held at a gallery reception; winner does not need to be present. Tickets are $5 apiece or three for $10. Ticket sales and reception will be held at RiverWinds Gallery. 172 Main Street, Beacon. 845-631-2174 or 845-838-2880. riverwindsgallery.com. Raffle begins August 22. Reception is September 27. 4pm–7pm.

Copake Falls (Columbia County)

Garden Conservancy Open Days. Copake Falls’ best private garden will open its gates to visitors for self-guided tours. No reservations required. Admission is $5 per garden; children 12 and under admitted free. See website or call for specific locations and hours. 888-842-2442. opendaysprogram.org. September 20.


Women’s Leadership Alliance Netgiving Reception. This event focuses on offering ideas, suggestions, resources, and connections to fellow attendees. After a brief general networking session, attendees will gather into small groups to discuss challenges they are tackling or goals they are trying to reach. Reception and hors d’oeuvres are free; attendees are asked to bring donations of school supplies for WLA’s nonprofit of the year House of Hope. Hudson’s Ribs and Fish. 1099 Route 9, Fishkill. 845-454-1700. dcrcoc.org. September 3. 5pm–7pm.

Hopewell Junction

Arts and Crafts Expo. Artists and crafters of watercolor paintings, jewelry, soy candles, crocheted goods, and more will sell their goods at this fair on the first Saturday of every month (June through October). Admission and food is free (courtesy of Blue Mountain). Vendors encouraged to contact the expo about reserving a booth. Hopewell Depot Restoration. 36 Railroad Avenue, Hopewell Junction. 845-226-7003. hopewelldepot.org. September 6. 10am–3pm.

19th Annual East Fishkill Community Day. This event will feature a parade, community activities, great food, and more. Parade begins at Trinka Lake, Hopewell Junction. Community events and food vendors will be at East Fishkill Recreation Park. 330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction. 845-226-8395. eastfishkillny.org. September 13. 11:30am–4pm.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park Brewing Company Live Music. Hyde Park Brewing Company. 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. hydeparkbrewing.com. Open Mic with Petey Hop. September 3. The Progressions. September 5. Karl Allweier. September 6. Open Mic with Petey Hop. September 10, 17, 24. Little Ceesar. September 12. O’Solo Vito. September 13. Chimps in Tuxedos. September 19. Anthony Nisi. September 20. Jukebox Junkies. September 26. Lucky House Duo. September 27.

Hyde Park Food Truck Festival. The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting a new monthly festival of food trucks complete with other vendors and entertainment. Across from Town Hall. 4390 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-8612. hydeparkchamber.org. September 7. 12pm–7pm.


Homemade Holistic Health Workshop. These monthly workshops, taught by herbalist Claudia Abbott-Barish, focus on familiarizing the novice with the basics of herbal medicine. September will focus on the health of the skin, hair, lungs, and the large intestine. The class includes a balanced lunch and tea; all necessary supplies are included. Registration is $50. 917-992-9901. theherbalacre@gmail.com. Milan. September 14. 10am–2pm.

Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley Weekend. This annual community celebration features a packed weekend of events, including a vintage car parade, a “doo wop party,” live music, pony rides, food and drinks, a petting zoo, fireworks, and more. See website for a detailed schedule of events. Cady Field (Pleasant Valley Recreation Park). 1558 Main Street, Pleasant Valley. pleasantvalley-ny.gov. September 12. 7pm–11pm. September 13. 11am–11pm. September 14. 11am–10pm.

54th Annual St. Paul’s Chicken BBQ. This community supper, served during the celebrations of Pleasant Valley Weekend (above), will include a menu of barbecued chicken, baked beans, corn-on-the-cob, sliced tomatoes, rolls, homemade desserts, and beverages. Adult meals are $13, seniors’ are $12, and children’s are $8; community members under 6 years of age or over 90 eat free of charge! St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 806 Traver Road, Pleasant Valley. 845-635-3310 or 845-635-3431. stpaulspv.org. September 13. 4:30pm–7pm.


Maple Grove Historic Site Tours. This monthly event offers free house tours of this 1850 Hudson River bracketed country villa, part of a collection of farm estates in residential Poughkeepsie. Maple Grove Historic Site. 25 Maple Grove Lane, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-9651. maplegroverestoration.org. September 6. 10am.

Learn to Run Program. Over the course of 10 weeks, participants in this beginners’ running group will progress from non-runners to being able to run for 20 minutes without stopping. Most of the group will then complete a 5K race in November. Registration required ($45) and program limited to 100 participants. Runs will be held along the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, and participants should meet at Moriarty Physical Therapy. 301 Manchester Road, Suite 101, Poughkeepsie. Tuesdays from September 16–November 18. 5:30pm.

Apple Cider Ramble. This event features a short walk through Poughkeepsie’s largest park, during which participants will collect apples. After the walk, participants will help make those apples into apple cider. Bring a bag or basket to collect apples. Cider jugs will be provided. Registration required; to avoid overcrowding, participants will be given a start time at registration. Suggested minimum donation: $5 per person. Peach Hill Park. 34 Edgewood Drive, Poughkeepsie. 845-485-3628. poughkeepsietownrec.com. September 28.


13th Annual Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest. Wineries, distilleries, craft breweries, and food artisans from all over New York State will present their wares at this weekend-long event. Wine and beer tasting, food sampling, chef demonstrations, and an award ceremony are all part of the fun. Tickets start at $22 per day or $37 for the whole weekend. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck. 845-658-7181. hudsonvalleywinefest.com. September 6. 11am–6pm. September 7. 11am–5pm.

Rhinebeck Arts Festival. This event is a celebration of artistic expression in its many forms, with a focus on craft and visual art. Festival-goers have the opportunity to shop with over 200 artists and craftspeople and enjoy interactive experiences, exceptional live music, inspiring dance performances, craft and art demonstrations, hands-on art encounters, children’s activities, and more. $10 per person; $4 for children. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck. artrider.com. September 26. 10am–5pm. September 27. 10am–6pm. September 28. 10am–5pm.


Garden Conservancy Open Days. Stanfordville’s best private garden will open its gates to visitors for self-guided tours. No reservations required. Admission is $5 per garden; children 12 and under are admitted free. See website or call for specific locations and hours. 888-842-2442. opendaysprogram.org. September 20.


Tivoli Solar Energy Conference. Community members are invited to join three of the leading solar energy providers in the Hudson Valley—SunDog Solar, Hudson Solar and Solar City—for presentations on the benefits of converting to solar energy. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will also discuss how to receive state-funded energy grants. Refreshments will be served. The Historic Watts dePeyster Hall. 86 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-2021. tivoligreen.org. September 9. 7pm.


3rd Annual Sandwich Club Summit. This quirky conference, hosted by the Wassaic Project, is a chance for sandwich enthusiasts to come together and discuss “pressing topics” such as “Swapping Buns”—the conundrum of using a hamburger bun for a hot dog—and “The Cultural Logic of the Post-Modern Sandwich.” Tastings will also be available. Those registered by September 10 will receive an official Sandwich Club embroidered patch. Luther Barn at the Wassaic Community Farm. 17 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic. 347-815-0783. wassaicproject.org or sandwich-club.org. September 27. 5pm–8pm.

Wappingers Falls
Stony Kill Outdoor Yoga Series. Yoga teacher Ishia Wilson will lead participants through an all-levels vinyasa class intended to awaken and align the body and honor the beautiful farmland surroundings. Suggested donation $15; proceeds benefit the Stony Kill Farm’s ongoing preservation. Manor House Lawn at Stony Kill Farm. 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls. 845-831-1617. stonykill.org. September 8 and September 22. 6pm.