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

Dutchess Events–May 2016

by JD Eiseman
Hudson Valley Fair. There is plenty to see and do at the all new Hudson Valley Fair including a huge carnival midway, delicious food, games, and live entertainment and shows including The World Famous Fearless Flores Thrill Show (America’s Got Talent), Lance Gifford’s Magic & Illusion Show, Monkeys Riding Dogs, a full petting zoo and much more. Tickets at hudsonvalleyfair.com. Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls. May 6-22.
Health and Wellness Fair. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to showcase a vast range of local products and services that support health and wellbeing in the community at the second annual Health & Wellness Fair. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, Kwon’s Martial Arts, Moriarty Physical Therapy, and Aerophone Community Band will provide demonstrations and entertainment throughout the day. This year will also feature the Red Cross hosting a blood drive. Free. Poughkeepsie Galleria, 2001 South Road, Poughkeepsie. May 7, 12-5pm.
The Future of Oak Forests. Did you know that oak forests are in decline throughout the Northeast? Many of our forestlands lack the young oaks needed for successful regeneration. When mature oaks are lost through harvest, age, or disturbance they are often replaced by other types of trees. Through an interactive panel, gain firsthand knowledge about how private forest owners and land managers can make a difference. Free and open to the public. Cary Institute, 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook. May 7, 9am-1pm.
18 Exhibitions Curated by CCS Bard Master’s Degree Candidates. Featuring the work of more than 80 major international and emerging contemporary artists. Mother Iode, curated by Adriana Blidaru; We Are All Traitors, curated by Tim Gentles; Praising the Surface, curated by Rosario Güiraldes; Third Nature, curated by Laura Herman; Spooky Action, curated by Patricia Margarita Hernandez; Abstract Sex*, curated by Dana Kopel; Overburden, curated by Humberto Moro; what is left of what has left, curated by Bhavisha Panchia. Free. Hessel Museum, 33 Garden Road, Annendale-on-Hudson. Opening reception May 8, 1– 4:00 p.m. On view May 8 – May 29.
Chuang Yen Monastery Celebrates Mother’s Day (Putnam County). New York State’s biggest Buddhist temple  is hosting a Buddha Bathing Ceremony and a Garden Party for Mother’s Day. On the same day, a special occasion will be taking place at 9:50 am – an enthronement ceremony for the new Abbott, Venerable Hui Chong. On the afternoon schedule, at the Garden Party, participants can rejoice in the Folk Arts Performances, featuring integral cultural performances of different ethnicities. Free. Chuang Yen Monastery, 2020 Route 301, Carmel. May 8, 9:50am-2pm.
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Opens for the Season. The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a true living museum of antique aviation, presenting one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, as well as automobiles, motorcycles, early engines and memorabilia spanning the period from 1900-1939. Special events in addition to regular weekend shows. Learn more at oldrhinebeck.org. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, 9 Norton Road, Red Hook. Museum open daily starting May 14, 10am-5pm. Air shows and biplane rides every Saturday and Sunday June 11 – October 9 (weather permitting)
Oakwood Friends School hosts spring information session. Visitors meet at the Collins Library on the Oakwood Friends School campus, 22 Spackenkill Road, Poughkeepsie. The information sessions are only offered twice a year. Those interested in attending are asked to register in advance. For further information call 845-462-4200 x245. Wednesday, May 11, at 9:30am.
Hudson Horror Show. Now in its sixth year, Hudson Horror Show continues to be the fastest growing retro horror film festival in New York. While theaters around the country are ditching 35mm in favor ofl digital film presentations, Hudson Horror Show recently retro-fitted one of the theaters at South Hills Cinema 8 from digital back to 35mm film. This year’s screenings include Nightmare On Elm Street, Jaws 2, Nightbreed, and two mystery films. Visit hudsonhorror.com for tickets, schedule, and more information. $35 (ticket includes admission to all screenings). Silver Cinemas South Hills 8, 1895 South Road, Poughkeepsie. May 14, 12pm-12am. 
A Day at Sloop Brewing Co.:  A Sloop Club/ Woody Guthrie Restoration Fundraiser. Come to an outdoor beer tasting at the brewery, set in an historic apple orchard on the scenic Columbia-Dutchess border. Your ticket helps the Sloop Woody Guthrie continue to offer free sails on the Hudson River and includes unlimited beer tasting, pig roast, vegetarian fare, live music, souvenir beer glass, karaoke, guided brewery tour, bonfire, games & other activities, education, recycling, and parking. Founded in 2011, Sloop Brewing Co. is a full-scale microbrewery housed in a beautiful 19th century barn on a farm in Elizaville. Tickets are $60 and may be purchased at sloopbrewing.bpt.me. Sloop Brewing Co., 1065 Route 19, Elizaville. May 14, 1-5pm.
Cancer Relay for Life. The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. With the support of thousands of volunteers like you, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 500 lives a day. Sign up at http://relay.acsevents.org. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. May 21, 11am-8pm.
Millbrook Literary Festival. Whether you are a reader or a writer, a child or an adult, the 2016 Millbrook Literary Festival promises to provide something to enrich your life. Panel discussions, presentations, readings, and book signings by over 75 adult, young adult, and children’s authors and illustrators are set for the Festival. A full listing of panels and discussions is available at millbrookliteraryfestival.org. Millbrook Library, 3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook. May 21, 10am-5pm.
International Group Art Show.  The community at large is invited to enjoy interesting contemporary and traditional art throughout this two-week international exhibit. The opening reception will last for two days – May 21-22, 12- 6 pm. Drinks and refreshments will be served. Many pieces of all different sizes will be on sale 50% of the price. Bashasart Studio, 211 Fishkill Avenue, Studio 208, Beacon. May 21-June 3.


First Annual Inter-Tribal Unity Gathering. The Schaghticoke First Nations, in partnership with the Town of Dover, is hosting a Unity Gathering and cultural heritage festival. We will be honored to have guests come from near and far to this family event. For travel and lodging information please see our website at www.unitysfn.org. Free. Thomas J Boyce Park, Wingdale. June 4, 10am-4pm.

Direct from New York City for One Performance Only!! “THE KENTUCKY TRAGEDY” (A WORK IN PROGRESS, by Dennis Kelly Higgins) Seduction, Love, Passion, Devotion, Sacrifice, Political Skullduggery, Manslaughter, a Double Suicide, and a Gallows Execution. High Drama and Low Morals. THE VALATIE COMMUNITY THEATRE – 3031 MAIN STREET,  SATURDAY, MAY 21, 4 PM  TKTS: $5.00 (AT THE DOOR) Based on the spectacular Murder of Attorney General Solomon Sharp, followed by the Trial of his assailant Jerry Beauchamp, marking the first time a man was executed in the State of Kentucky.