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

November Briefs and Ops

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
Running from October 29 through November 11, this year’s Restaurant Week (HVRW) will have over 200 participating restaurants who plan to feature their best dishes for all of us to taste. Spanning over eight counties and just over 114 miles, there is sure to be a great dinner, lunch, or even breakfast spot in your local area that you have always wanted to try. As we strive to use locally-sourced products and ingredients in our current lifestyle, you will be glad to hear that almost all of the restaurants choose to use ingredients from local farms, distilleries, wineries, markets, and animal producers. Not only can you support your local farm during HVRW, but you can support those who have prepared the meal for you, as you chose to dine out this week.

Elysium Furnace Works
Accomplished pianist, Kris Davis, paired with saxophonist, David Leon, is a rare duo that you will not want to miss. Focusing on providing live performances in and around Beacon, the Jazz Gallery is also a mentoring site for developing artists and performers of all backgrounds. The performance on November 28 will demonstrate the strong tradition of supporting jazz mentorship, as well as the development and artistic growth that The Jazz Gallery holds in very high regards. The showtime will be at 8pm at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon.

Wilderness First Responder Course
The Frost Valley YMCA has just announced the dates for the intense, six day course for emergency medical personnel in remote areas; the very first of its kind. This course will review, evaluate and inform the public on how to withstand and endure extreme environments and properly handle medical problems. Registration for the Wilderness First Responder Certification Course is currently open, but space is limited so anyone interested in attending should register right away. The course is to be held at Frost Valley’s East Valley Ranch on December 27–January 2, 2019 and March 9–15, 2019. The registration fee includes the course, as well as six nights of lodging and meals. For more information or to register, please call 845-985-2291 ext. 240.

OneEpicPlace (OEP)
OEP lends our community the office space it needs, so that it can grow and collaborate with professionals and light the way for business owners to thrive on their own. They offer many spaces and rentals for just one individual entrepreneur, as well as for a group of many individuals. Regardless of the time you happen to be renting space, or the quantity with whom you are renting with, the collaborative and positive work experience is always present. Each month OEP has a variety of interesting workshops that are informative yet interactive. For example, on November 13 from 6-7:30pm there is a workshop titled “Prioritize Growth with a Marketing Plan and Strategy”, where you can learn how to create a sound marketing plan for your particular business venture. You can visit their detailed and user-friendly website to check out the multiple events that OEP has lined up for November and to learn more about space rentals. OEP is located at 122 Main Street in New Paltz. oneepicplace.com

Gerrymandering: Pick Your Shape and Run with It.
As we all know, gerrymandering is a political tactic that alters the shape of county districts so that it is representative of a specific party. It has been around since the 19th century, but collaborative art shows about gerrymandering are something very topical. Each artist in the show uses slightly different mediums to represent what and how gerrymandering has affected them. Artist Tona Wilson has even created a stop-motion film to depict the effect Governor Elbridge Gerry, the originator of the gerrymander, has had on all of us. The artists’ drawings are wild and vibrant and they truly draw the viewer in. Below is an example of Patti Gibbons’s piece; and there are many many more to see on November 3 through 17. The show will run at The Storefront Gallery on 93 Broadway in Kingston.

Tivoli Free Library
Did you know that the Tivoli Free Library not only hosts monthly events that are free and fun for the entire family, but they also host a monthly book club? As winter is swiftly approaching this would be the perfect time to get situated with friendly book lovers like yourself to discuss New York Times best selling authors and to critique what you love most about each book. The November novel of choice is In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende. The story will take you through time and place as it travels from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past, and 1970s Brazil and Chile. Coming up this month at the Tivoli Free Library is also a unique opportunity to learn and expand on your mathematical skills. If your 5-9th grader loves math, is enthused with solving problems, or is even struggling to grasp the necessary concepts, bring them to the library! Bard College math students will be there on November 17 from 12:30-2pm to play games, solve puzzles, and teach students about cryptography. Fun! Check out their website to see which interesting events you will go to this month. tivolilibrary.org/programs

Day of the Dead Celebration
In Mexico and Latin America the Day of the Dead Celebration is a very important holiday. Family and friends come together to celebrate and honor those who have passed and support their spiritual journeys. The celebration is lively, energetic, and is filled with music and tons of fresh foods. On Saturday November 3rd, a Day of the Dead celebration is happening in our own backyard! Join the festivities of live mariachi music, sugar skull candy decorating, delicious Dead Bread and mexican hot chocolate. The festivities begin at 4:30pm on Saturday November 3 and will run until 9pm at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz. Make sure to preregister for the candy skull decorating before the spots fill up!

Craft and Vendor Sale
Join the Woodstock Fire Department on Saturday November 10 from 10am-5pm for the second annual Craft Fair. Located at 242 Tinker Street, local vendors will be filling the firehouse selling crafts, jewelry, clothing, and much more. Start your holiday shopping by buying local this year. Refreshments will be available and entry is free; there will also be raffle prizes! This is a great way to support our local firefighters and veterans this year.

Vegan Thanksgiving Cooking Class
The Catskill Animal Sanctuary rescues farm animals that have been neglected, abused, or abandoned. Home to over 300 residents at any given time, the sanctuary is a wonderful place to book an overnight visit, a day tour, or a monthly event throughout the year. What’s special about Catskill Animal Sanctuary this month? Well, they are the champions of providing delicious vegan cuisine classes to visitors and offer their recipes to anyone who is vegan or wondering what eating vegan is like. And on Saturday, November 10, you can try out the vegan Thanksgiving meal you have always wanted to make at home. In this special 3-hour class you will learn how to cook creamy chestnut soup with shiitake bacon; bitter greens with cherries, walnuts and pears; seitan roulade with oyster mushroom and farro stuffing; along with garlic mashed potatoes with rich vegan gravy. If this sounds delicious, as I am sure it will be, you should pre-register online at casanctuary.org before spots fill up. The event is on Saturday November 10 , 12:30pm at 316 Old Stage Road in Saugerties.

Kingston Turkey Trot
The best way to kickoff your Thanksgiving festivities is partaking in the 6th annual Kingston Turkey Trot bright and early on November 22nd this year. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like a brisk two mile or 5k run to boost that metabolism which gets you prepared for the holiday meal that follows. A community friendly event, the Turkey Trot begins at 9am at the Dietz Stadium in Kingston. See you all there!

Santa Parachuting at Hurds Family Farm
Hurds Family Farm truly does have a lot to offer us. They have acres upon acres of fresh home grown apples. It doesn’t matter which month during fall you wish to travel to Hurds, they always have at least five different apple varieties in season. Hurds also makes delicious fresh apple cider donuts, apple sauce, they have a cafe, corn mazes, obstacles for children and even an animal petting zoo. On the weekends they will bring in live entertainment, and during Christmas time they even have their own Christmas trees for sale. This year they are jazzing up the end of their season with professional divers from Skydive the Ranch who suit up as Santa and his elves and parachute into the farm, bringing gifts for every child. There will be free hayrides, christmas trees, fresh wreaths, and fun for everyone! You can see the parachuting santas on Friday November 23 at 12pm. Hurds will be open through mid December; 2187 Route 32 in Modena.

Meeting of Middle East Crisis Response (MECR) in Woodstock
The Middle East Crisis Response is a human activist group located in the Hudson Valley in support for human rights violations towards Palestinians in the Middle East. The group aims to educate, use theatre, art, music, and social media to promote their beliefs and values. If this is is an issue that speaks to you then on Thursday November 7 from 7-8:30pm at the Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Lane, is where you’ll want to be.

Pedro Infante: Cien Años Pienso en Ti
Are you a native Spanish speaker, studying Spanish in school, or taking lessons for your own personal use? Whether you know a little or a lot of this prominent language, for the first time in the Hudson Valley you can see theatre in full Spanish with English subtitles. On November 2nd and 3rd at the Bard College Campus Center, and then the following day at The Old Dutch Church in Kingston, La Voz is hosting a performance featuring iD theatre members from New York City. The show, beginning at 8pm on the 2nd and 1pm on the 3rd, offers a new perspective of Mexican immigrants living in the United States. You will not want to miss the performance of Pedro Infante, dubbed the “Frank Sinatra of Mexico”. Tickets for the show are $5 for students and general admission is $20.

Slide Night
Every Tuesday of the month The Women’s Studio Workshop, located at 722 Binnewater Lane in Kingston, hosts Slide Night. Come and see art residents and hear what they have to say about their most recent studies and pieces of work. For one hour each week you can engage in powerful conversation and work on your critiquing skills and engage with artists in the local area. It is always a positive experience to hear and see different work, check out what techniques artists use, and how you can improve your own skill. The discussion begins at 6:30pm.

Red Wine and Chocolate
Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery is one of the region’s largest wineries. They have been cultivating their product for more than 30 years and focus on being a sustainable and environmentally friendly grape producers. As the beautiful landscape of Whitecliff continues to cultivate their successful legacy, they are open to the public and host many wine tastings, parting, and events throughout the year. On November 24 at 12pm and on Sunday the 25 at 5pm you can indulge in some of your favorites—local truffles, an array of chocolates, and red wine. No reservations are necessary and all are welcome! 331 Mckinstry Road in Gardiner.