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

Dutchess Events–August 2015

7th Annual La Guelaguetza Festival. Authentic flavors of Oaxaca, Mexico, with its colorful costumes, its dances, its joyful rhythmic music, its tasty foods, and its typical handicrafts. This Festival also offers children’s activities including a handicraft workshop, and local nonprofit organizations providing information about community services. Free. facebook.com/pokguelaguetza. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. August 2. 1-7pm.

Omega Family Week.  A unique balance of time together and time apart—so every family member can learn, play, and grow. Adult workshops run concurrently with kids’ camps, and all gather together for meals, free time, and evening entertainment. Children of all ages are welcome as well as families of all configurations. A complete list of workshops and camps is available online. eomega.org. Omega Institute, 150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck. August 2-7.

Story Garden Family Story Time. Come on out to read stories, sing songs, play games, and just have fun—all outside at the Tivoli Library’s very own plot in the community garden! This is an active, outdoor storytime for families with young children. In the event of rainy weather, we will play indoors instead. For families with children entering kindergarten through 2nd grade. tivolilibrary.org. Tivoli Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli. August 4. Tuesdays, 4-5pm.

Poetry Reading by Lawrence Kramer. Released to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and National Poetry Month, Walt Whitman’s “Drum-Taps”—one of the most enduring Civil War literary works based on first-hand experience—is both a brilliant collection of poetry and a haunting testament to the war’s emotional complexity and lingering after effects. In its unexpurgated original form once more, this edition of “Drum-Taps” is complete with annotations and an introduction by Lawrence Kramer, a musicologist and composer and a professor at Fordham University who lives in Rhinebeck. oblongbooks.com. Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. August 5. 7-8:30pm. 

Vacant to Vibrant. 12pm: Lunch & panel discussion about reasons to invest in Poughkeepsie. 1:30pm: Vacant to Vibrant Tour of Middle Main anchor businesses and vacant storefronts. 3-5pm: Underwear Factory Showcase including preview of inaugural commercial tenants. eflynn@hudsonriverhousing.org. 845-454-5176 x119. Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. August 6. 12-5pm.

Upper Landing Park Community Celebration. An array of family friendly entertainment and activities including the Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Arm of the Sea Theater, Myles Mancuso Band, POOK, members of the Bindlestiff Family Circus, Dog on Fleas band, and many more. There will also be children’s activities including Two by Two Petting Zoo, Imagination Playground, plus lots of affordable food options. upperlanding.org. Upper Landing Park, 83 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. August 8. 10am-4pm.     
Urban Wilderness Festival. The Vassar Conservation and Environmental Engagement COOP brings together local food and art vendors, conservation organizations, and animal specialists to present an afternoon of arts and crafts, live music, and free guided nature hikes at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. This is part of the COOP’s summer programming at the Preserve, which includes a variety of free events, ranging from outdoor yoga to historical walks. Check out their Facebook page for more information or email vceecoop@vassar.edu. Entrance at Raymond and Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie. August 8. 11am-4pm.

Calling All Poets. Facilitated by co-directors Jim Eve and Mike Jurkovic and hosted by Jim, Mike, and Robert Milby, 2015 marks the 16th successful year of The Calling all Poets Series. On every first Friday of the month, poets from the tri-state and beyond listen and lend their diverse voices to the rich resonance of the Howland’s history. This is an open mic event. $5 cover. callingallpoets.net. Center for Creative Education, 464 Main Street, Beacon. August 8. 12-11pm.

Chef & Farmer Brunch. For the fifth year in a row, the Hudson Valley’s top chefs and farmers will celebrate and raise funds for the North East Community Center at the Chef & Farmer Brunch, sponsored by No. 9 Restaurant and Black Sheep Hill Farm. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at necc25.com. No. 9 Restaurant, 53 Main Street, Millerton. August 9. 11am-1pm.

Beacon Sloop Club Annual Corn Festival. Fresh picked Hudson Valley sweet corn, cold sweet watermelon, corn salad, fresh made chili and more. Two solar music stages. Many children’s activities, food & craft vendors. beaconsloopclub.org. Pete Seeger Park, 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon. August 9. 12-5pm.

Death Cafe. A forum to promote free discussion, defying our cultural taboo against open acknowledgment of death. Discussion will kick off with an uplifting ice-breaker given by nurse Beverly Kipp, and proceed freely among small groups, coming together again near the end with a general sharing of discoveries. theenchantedcafe.com. Enchanted Cafe, 7484 S Broadway, Red Hook. August 13. 6:30pm.

HarneyFest. It’s teatime! Join us for our third annual HarneyFest—a day of fun, factory tours, tea tastings and tips, live music by the BioCentrics, food and family activities. Don’t miss our famous Tent Sale with special offers on tea, treats and teaware, too. The festivities take place at our main headquarters, and tickets are free online. Make a day of it in beautiful Dutchess County. Parking on site. HarneyFest.Eventbrite.com. 5723 NY Route 22. August 15. 9am-4pm.

15th Annual Jazz in the Valley Festival. An unforgettable outpouring of music on two stages, featuring the likes of legendary bassist Ron Carter along with leading musicians such as pianist Bill Charlap’s trio, saxophonists Javon Jackson and Tia Fuller, percussionist Steve Kroon, and pianist Arturo O’Farrill’s octet. Also, world-class talent under the big tent with a global food court and marketplace. Price: $60/$50/$40/$20 students with ID. jazzinthevalleyny.org. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. August 16. 11am.

Tasting Team Double Shot: Weyerbacher & Rushing Duck. Dan Hitchcock of Rushing Duck Brewing Co. started his career at Weyerbacher Brewing, so it’s great to bring these two amazing breweries together for an event. Complimentary samples of both breweries during event. grandcrurhinebeck.com. Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Market, 6384 Mill Street, Rhinebeck. August 20. 5-8pm.

Hairdressers Disco Ball Fundraiser. Hudson Valley Community Services announces the return of the Hairdressers Disco Ball and Charity Hair Show, a fundraiser for the nonprofit’s HIV/AIDS programs and services. Twelve local salons join together to produce a spectacular fantasy hair runway show inspired by Oscar-winning movies and unforgettable red carpet moments, featuring over-the-top costumes, towering wigs, and jaw-dropping theatrics. Tickets are $30 and available at hairdressersdiscoball.com or by texting ‘HDB’ to 41-444. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. August 23. 7pm.