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

Dutchess Events-November 2014

by Alecia Eberhardt

Throughout Dutchess County

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Now in its 10th year, this celebration of fine dining in the Hudson Valley will see over 200 participating businesses. Restaurants highlight the bounty of the region with prix fixe menus, including three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95 (plus beverage, tax and tip). A wide variety of tastes and cuisines will be represented. Restaurants are located throughout Dutchess County; see website for details. 845-561-2022. hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com. November 3–16.


Bayou Benefit for the Beacon Food Pantry and the Beacon Sloop Club. This Cajun dance will feature the energizing and engaging band Krewe de la Rue and basic two-step and waltz dance lessons by Buffy Lewis. Participants are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share. Refreshments, beverages, and desserts will be served throughout the evening. Tickets are $15; proceeds benefit both the Beacon Food Pantry and the Beacon Sloop Club. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish House. 850 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon. 845-831-2643. November 1. 5:30pm.

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 locations throughout Beacon. beaconarts.org. November 8.

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. November 2, 9, 16, 23. 8am–3pm.

Fareground Café Feast. FareGround Café will be hosting their monthly pop-up “pay what you can” restaurant. Fareground Cafe, in downtown Beacon nourishes the community by providing healthy and delicious meals, education and volunteer opportunities. Beacon Community Resource Center. 23 West Center Street, Beacon. fareground.org. 845-202-3273. November 30. 12-3pm.

Hyde Park

A French Fall Festival. After travelling the world to experience cuisine, wine, and culture, the Culinary Institute of America seniors will create a four-course dinner with beverage pairings to share with the community. A silent auction will also be held, accompanied by renowned jazz combo The Will Smith Trio. Tickets are $95; proceeds from the dinner and the auction with benefit Astor Services for Children and Families and the Scholarship Fund at the CIA. Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici at the Culinary Institute of America. 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park. 845-471-6608. ciachef.edu. November 1. 5pm.


Homemade Holistic Health Workshop. These monthly workshops, taught by herbalist Claudia Abbott-Barish, focus on familiarizing the novice with the basics of herbal medicine. November’s class will focus on using herbalism to improve the bones, kidney, and bladder. The class includes a balanced lunch and tea; all necessary supplies are included. Registration is $50. 917-992-9901. theherbalacre@gmail.com. Milan. October 19. 10am–2pm.


Crabgrass Puppet Theatre Presents The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea. Presented as part of the monthly Family Festival programs for children ages 4-12, this performance puts a new twist on the classic “princess and the pea” story, in which a princess and a pirate learn how to cooperate—instead of compete—to succeed. Crabgrass Puppet Theatre is an award-winning puppet troupe that has performed all over the country. Admission is free. James and Betty Hall Theatre at Dutchess Community College. 53 Pendall Road, Poughkeepsie. sunydutchess.edu. November 1. 11am.

7th Annual Foodstock Concert. To date, Foodstock has raised over $30,000 and countless food donations for the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, which serves shelters and soup kitchens as well as the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie. It continues this year, with performances from The Felice Brothers, Kristen Capolino, SIRSY, Adam Ezra Group, and Snaphammer. Tickets are $20 and concert-goers are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for donation. The Chance Theater. 6 Cranell Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-1966. thechancetheater.com. November 22. 6pm.

Locust Grove Mansion Holiday Tours. The Locust Grove Mansion, an Italianate villa designed in 1851, will be decked out in spectacular holiday decorations on Thanksgiving weekend. Guided tours, which take approximately an hour and 45 minutes. $11 per person. Locust Grove Estate. 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500. lgny.org. November 28–30. 10am–5pm; last tour at 3:15pm.

Red Hook

Red Hook and the Chocolate Festival. Inspired by Willy Wonka, the Red Hook Chamber of Commerce is launching a Chocolate Festival, featuring chocolate tasting lessons, chocolate cooking demonstrations, a “Chocolate Factory” with live music and performance, chocolate fountains, and more. Find a golden ticket in a chocolate bar purchased at the festival and you could win! Admission is free and the event is very family-friendly. Various locations throughout the Village of Red Hook. 845-758-3241. November 1. 11am–5pm.

Red Hook Film Festival Presents “Harvest Shorts.” This festival, in its second year, features short-form, independently produced films by both established and evolving directors within 100 miles of Red Hook. Conversations with the directors will follow the films, and a choice of locally harvested foods, drinks, and gourmet popcorn will be offered at intermission. KidsFest, on Saturday, will feature children’s movies, games, and pizza. Adult festival tickets are $12, student and senior tickets are $10, and KidsFest tickets are $6. Red Hook Fire Hall.  42 Firehouse Lane, Red Hook. redhookfilmfestival.com. November 14 and 15. 7pm. KidsFest, November 15. 2pm.


Open House at the General Richard Montgomery Museum. Chancellor Livingston Daughters of the American Revolution is opening its headquarters at General Richard Montgomery House to celebrate the conclusion of a renovation and preservation project to half of the house. Museum will also be open. 77 Livingston Street, Rhinebeck.   845-876-2765. November 16. 1-4pm.
Annual Turkey Trot 5K. Get active before the big meal by registering for this community-focused five-kilometer race. The whole family is invited. Registration starts at $10 for children and $20 for adults; proceeds from the race will benefit the Ferncliff Forest. Race begins at the Northern Dutchess Hospital. 99 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3196. Search active.com to register. November 27. 7:30am.

Tivoli Artists’ Gallery Holiday Show. The Tivoli Artists Gallery, a non-profit with roots as an artist cooperative, holds this event annually to exhibit small items created by their members for holiday giving. Vintage jewelry, hand-blown glass, hand-painted ceramics, beautifully made baskets, stationery and holiday cards, and unique handmade holiday ornaments will be available for sale. Tivoli Artists’ Gallery. 60 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-2667. tivoliartistsgallery.com. Show on display November 21–December 21. Friday, 5pm–9pm; Saturday, 1pm–9pm; Sunday, 1pm–5pm. Reception November 22. 6pm–8pm.