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

Dutchess Events–April 2016

by JD Eiseman

Seed Saving Workshop and Seed Swap. Learn how to save open-pollinated garden seeds. Attendees are encouraged to bring their leftover or saved seed to swap with others. Speaker will be Jamie Levato, Education Director of Poughkeepsie Farm Project. This event is sponsored by Green Mountain Energy. Free. events.heritagecenter@gmail.com. Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. April 1, 6-7:30pm.

Hudson Valley House of Hope Silent Auction. Community Friends’ committee volunteers are planning their annual silent auction to benefit Hudson Valley House of Hope, a local shelter for women, children, and men who have experienced domestic violence. Over 65 gift baskets of different themed merchandise and other valuable gifts will be available for bidding. Live musical entertainment will be provided by local professional band mondoRAJ. Appetizing refreshment buffet, home-baked desserts, coffee, tea, and cash bar service. $10 admission. Advance reservations required. erctiptop50@yahoo.com. Coppola’s, 2373 South Road, Poughkeepsie. April 4, 7-9pm.

Container Gardening Basics. Join Poughkeepsie Farm Project educators to learn how to grow food in tiny spaces like flowerpots on a patio or balcony. They will also provide information about the local community garden plots that are available at a very low cost. Participants will go home with a pot, soil, and something to plant. The workshop will be led by Jamie Levato, Education Director at Poughkeepsie Farm Project. Free. events.heritagecenter@gmail.com. Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. April 8, 6-7:30pm.

Second Saturday in Beacon. Visit Beacon for this a city-wide celebration of the arts held on the second Saturday of every month.  Special events, art gallery openings, artist receptions and culinary tastings. beaconarts.org. Beacon, multiple locations. April 9, many shops and galleries open until 9pm.

Run Local First Team Training Program. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Health and Wellness Club invites participants to join this fitness program, which is designed to help individuals of any age or ability to begin running or return to running.  Active sessions will include a guided warm-up, timed walk-run intervals, and guided cool-down.  Runners will work in small groups and have the support of a dedicated volunteer Team Captain. Over the course of 8 weeks, participants will meet on Tuesdays to prepare to run for 20 minutes without stopping at their own pace. The program is limited to 80 participants; pre-registration required. $35 for members of the Chamber; $50 for non-members. All participants must sign a waiver of liability form. All training sessions are held rain or shine. Dcrcoc.org. 845-454-1700, ext. 1000. Kick-off party and orientation: April 14, 6-7:30pm. First active session: April 19, 6pm.

Salute to Africa! Experience the irresistible grooves of South African jazz that inspired Paul Simon’s Graceland with UHADI, masters of Johannesburg’s contemporary jazz scene. In what promises to be a celebratory and joyful evening, UHADI will be joined by a host of special guests, including master Afro-Latin trombonist Chris Washburne, remarkable trombonist Raynel Frazier, rising star South African vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, Zimbabwean mbira virtuoso Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, blues guitarist Gary Wittner, saxophonist TK Blue, trumpeter Lesedi Ntsane, master New Orleans clarinetist Evan Christopher, and vocal sensation Jazzmeia Horn. Tickets are $35-50. fishercenter.bard.edu. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, 60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson. April 16, 8pm.

Oakwood Friends School Celebrates Earth Week with Help of Lakota Activist and Broadcaster. Just in time for Earth Week, Oakwood Friends is going greener with a new, 2.2-acre large solar array which will offset all its electricity, a new, 4-season greenhouse for growing food, and new composters to handle all organic waste. Like many indigenous cultures, the Lakota way is Earth centered. The School is thus being assisted in its celebration by one of its two Lakota students and Tiokasin Ghosthorse, who will conduct a three-day residency, raising and painting an 18-foot tipi, hosting a campfire, presenting a public performance on the red cedar flute and culminating his visit with a camp out and traditional sunrise greeting. Oakwood Friends School, 22 Spackenkill Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-265-2624. mbreslav@bestweb.net. Tuesday, April 19 at 1pm (time subject to change).

Tree Planting in Poughkeepsie. Please join The Environmental Cooperative and the City of Poughkeepsie Shade Tree Commission as we plant street trees along Mansion Street. margarcia@vassar.edu or 845- 437-7435. Mansion Street, Poughkeepsie. April 21, 8:30am-12pm.

45th Annual Wappinger Creek Water Derby. Eight-mile canoe/kayak race down the Wappingers Creek from Pleasant Valley to Greenvale Park in Poughkeepsie. Many different classes. Trophies awarded. Rentals available. Last Saturday in April each year. $20 registration, $15 for children under 18. AquaticExplorers.org. Launch at Pleasant Valley Rec Center, 1558 Main Street, Pleasant Valley. April 23, 8am-3pm.

Earth Day Celebration. Come out to celebrate and sing with musician Chris Ruhe around the campfire circle, then head over to the barn to visit with the animals. On your way, stop to make an earth-friendly craft using recycled materials. Bring an old t-shirt to learn how to make a cool farm market bag. Free admission. All ages welcome. Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls. April 23, 10-11:30am.

Hudson Valley History Reading Festival. In four sessions, authors of books on Hudson Valley history will present author talks followed by book signings. Copies of all of the authors’ books will be available for sale in the New Deal Store located in the Wallace Center. 10:00am: Jessica DuLong-My River Chronicles: Rediscovering the Work that Built America; 11:00am: Lowell Thing-The Street That Built a City: McEntee’s Chestnut Street, Kingston, and the Rise of New York; 1:00pm: Edythe Ann Quinn-Freedom Journey: Black Civil War Soldiers and The Hills Community, Westchester County, New York; 2:00pm: Thomas Rinaldi Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape. Free. FDR Presidential Library, 4079 Route 9, Hyde Park. April 23, 10am-3pm.

Stargazing at the Observatory. Please join The Environmental Cooperative and the Vassar College Observatory Staff as we explore the environment above us, gaze at several star constellations, and observe the planetary and cosmic events that are happening around us! The Class of 1951 Observatory houses two large reflecting telescopes in separate domes: a 20-inch, and a 32-inch (one of the two largest research telescopes in New York State). margarcia@vassar.edu. 845- 437-7435. Free. Vassar College Observatory, Poughkeepsie. April 27, 9-11pm.

Photowork 2016. The 29th iteration of this annual national juried photography exhibition, Photowork is a premier regional exhibition of new photographic images. As a national show, this exhibition brings together photographers from across the country with artists from 30 to 40 states represented each year. The spirit of the show is a juxtaposition of traditional styles and cutting edge images, celebrating the photograph both as fine art and as social commentary. Winners in the past have included traditional 35mm photographs, silver gelatin prints, digital prints, and even pinhole camera pictures. Free. Barrett Art Center, 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie. Through April 30.

Quinn’s April Schedule. Monday Jazz Sessions – every Monday @ 8 PM: 4/4 – Lady Day Night: celebrating the music of Billie Holliday w/ The Geoff Vidal-Derrick James Quartet & Alexis Cole; 4/11 – Avram Fefer’s Electric Quartet; 4/18 – Matt Pavolka Band w/ Ben Monder, Pete Rende & Nate Wood; 4/25 – Karl Berger Project; Special Tuesday Concert – @ 9 PM: 4/12 – Fred Lonberg-Holm/Frode Gjerstad/Joe McPhee; Wednesdays in April – @ 9 PM: 4/6, 13, 20 & 27 – Neil “Nail” Alexander’s Electric Groove Factory; Special Thursday Concerts – @ 9 PM: 4/21 – Shana Falana; 4/28 – Breakfast for the Boys; Weekends in April: 4/1 – DJ Doe; 4/2 – DJ Zesto; 4/9 – Zach Djanikian & The Package; First Tuesday of every Month: 4/5 – Club Draw; Last Tuesday of every Month: 4/26 – Beacon Music Factory Night