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


Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes 
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will perform on Saturday, July 20th at 7pm at the Bandshell at Bowdoin Park on 14 Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie. Dutchess County is thrilled to bring concerts back to Bowdoin Park and Dutchess Tourism Inc. President and CEO Mary Kay Vrba is very excited to future lineups this summer. This free event does require registration and you can find out how to do so by visiting www.dutchessny.gov/concert. A little bit about the band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are a Jersey Shore musical group led by Southside Johnny. They have been recording albums since 1976 and are closely associated with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. They have recorded or performed several Springsteen songs, including “The Fever” and “Fade Away”. More than one hundred musicians can claim to have been members of the Asbury Jukes, including Jon Bon Jovi who toured with the band as a special guest during 1990! Bring your picnic foods, lawn chairs and a blanket and we will see you on July 20th.

Big Indian Native American Festival “Thunder in the Valley” 
On July 20th and 21st at Big Indian Park get ready for a two day special event filled with Indian Native American Culture that you will not want to miss. The event is to include Native American dancing, drumming, food and craft vendors, storytelling and Native American history. All drummers and dancers are welcome. Spirit of The Mountain will be the head drummers this year as well as Wolf’s Moon Medicine Drum as the guest drummers. Some of the special attraction to include is Aztec Fire Dancers Salanis Family, Wild Mountain Birds of Rosendale and Richard Olivers on flute. The festival will happen rain or shine. All community members are encouraged to experience Indian Native American culture starting at 11am on 8280 Route 28 in Big Indian.

Pay less for fuel oil and propane this winter!
Now is the time to start planning and preparing for the upcoming winter fuel costs. Mid-Hudson Fuel Buying Co-op, now in its sixth year, offers its members discounted fuel oil, propane gas and kerosene prices, as well as discounts on service contracts and installed equipment.  For example, fuel oil users who sign up this summer can pay a flat rate of $2.59/gallon or a variable rate (June 17th price of $2.33/gallon) with a capped price of $2.69/gallon. Propane users would pay $1.79/gallon, there is no minimum use fee. These are very competitive prices for the region. Membership is open to residents of Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, Sullivan, Orange and Greene counties and the membership fee is $15 for the season. For more information go to the co-op website midhudsonfuelbuyingcoop.org as the deadline to sign up would be before July 31st.

Darius Jones’ Shades of Black
Darious Jones, critically acclaimed saxophonist and composer, will be performing Saturday, July 27th at 8pm at Atlas Studios, located at 11 Spring Street in Newburgh. Tickets will be $25 at the door and $20 in advance. Over the past decade, Darius Jones has created a recognizable voice by embracing individuality and innovation in the tradition of African American music. With New York City as his base since 2005, Jones has brought his unique sound to dozens of cities around the United States, Canada and Europe. Jazz at Atlas and their 2019 live concert series is sure to be a hit this summer. You can see Darius Jones performing in July with his acclaimed and outstanding quartet Shades of Black, featuring Sam Newsome on soprano saxophone Cooper-Moore on organ and Michael Wimberly on drums.

Teen Art Lab 
Are you a teen who is looking to expand your ability to make art? This summer the Kingston Library will be hosting Summer Art Incentives which include three workshops for any interested teen. Come by yourself or bring your friends along; it would be a great way to hone in on your art skills with no pressure, just fun! The first workshop you will create your own 3D pop-up books by transforming simple materials and mixed media to retell your favorite memory or story. This class runs from July 8th-11th. Each class starts at 10am and goes until 2pm. From July 15th-18th there will be a workshop called “ Animation Storytelling”. In this class you will be making flip books that experiments with various animation techniques, like claymation. The third workshop, “Stories Through Objects”, will use a combination of 3D techniques and found objects to assemble sculptures. The sculptures could be free standing or wall hung.  Each piece will be unique to its maker. You can register for classes by calling the Kingston Library at 331-0507.

The Art of Barrel Making
We take them for granted, but the architectural marvel of wooden barrels proved indispensable in the early days of colonial settlements here in Ulster County. Barrel makers, called coopers, created these multipurpose structures for storage, trade and other everyday uses. The role of barrels and barrel makers in local history is the subject of a lecture titled “Coopering, Shaping Ulster County Industry,” to be presented by veteran cooperer and Ulster County resident John Cox. A spirits tasting will follow the talk with Stoutridge Distillery of Marlboro, a working partner of Quercus Cooperage. The lecture will take place on Sunday, July 21st from 3-5pm at the Bevier House Museum, 2682 Route 209 in Marbletown. The event is free to UCHS members and admission is $10. The event is sponsored by Ulster County Historical Society.

UCHS will also sponsor another great event at the Bevier House Museum on July 13th at 11am. “Batiks of the Catskills” is a class where you will learn the variation on old time batik print textiles from artist Jill Obrig.  A popular textile design during the era of the Huguenot settlers in Ulster County was batik, resulting in very striking primitive graphics. Batik is the process of painting wax onto fabric. A day long class will give a contemporary group of people the chance to mimic the old style in a faux batik process.  Registration for this class can be done on the UCHS website at ulstercountyhs.org

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
All year long the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum offers hands on programming to help young children explore the world around them, practice skills and learn new things. Much of the programming focuses on helping children develop “school readiness” skills – those skills that predict success when a child enters school. On July 11th, 18th and 25th the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum will host a class titled “Fertile Minds Gardening Time”. In the class your children will learn about growing their own food and will practice gardening techniques. The garden is planted and cared for solely by children. Spend a day at the museum and admission to the class is free. Each class will begin at 1pm and you can find the museum at 75 North Water Street in Poughkeepsie.

Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival
The second annual Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival will take place on Saturday, July 27th and 28th at Seed Song Farm in Kingston. The mission of the festival is to celebrate brass music in a rural, accessible and family friendly environment. This year’s event will feature 11 brass bands over two days, as well as local food vendors, drinks, farm tours, a bonfire, dancing in the open air and for the first time, a “Meet the Musicians” workshop and a children’s processional. Visit brassrootsfestival.com for tickets and more information. 

New Paltz in the War for Independence
Historic Huguenot Street will host a Revolutionary War encampment on Saturday, July 6 from 10am-5pm with the Fifth New York Regiment. Reenactors will set up camp on the DuBois Fort lawn (81 Huguenot Street) and will perform a number of demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday, beginning at 10am. The original Fifth New York Regiment included many soldiers from Orange and Ulster counties. At the campsite, living historians from the 5th New York Regiment will demonstrate marching and drilling, showing how arms at the time were handled and fired. An armament demonstration will display various types of muskets and weaponry while members of the regiment explain how they were used, fired, and maintained. Bayonet target demonstrations will take place as well. Additional demonstrations and displays will reveal aspects of civilian life, including candle making, blacksmithing, woodworking, musket ball and cartridge manufacturing and colonial cooking.

Writers Speakeasy
Do you love the spoken word? Writers Speakeasy is a monthly open mic roundtable that welcomes the entire community. Participants are not only encouraged to perform their work and the work of others, but to engage with one another throughout the evening. Poets, storytellers, authors, and comics alike are encouraged to join in on an open mic with room for discussion and connection. Participate in cultivating a literary and creative community. All are welcome and the event is free. This month it will be on Wednesday, July 3rd from 7-9pm at 89 John Street in Kingston.

American Girl Day at Clermont State Historic Site
Bring your favorite 18 inch tall fashion doll for a fun, history filled adventure at Clermont! American Girl fans and their grownups will go on a special tour of the mansion, meet dolls styled to represent real girls who lived at Clermont, enjoy a tea party, and make doll sized crafts. This program is for children ages 5 and up and children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and reservations are required so don’t miss your chance to participate in this great new event at the mansion! The tea party is an all day event on Saturday, July 13th starting at 1030am. You can register and find out more information at info@friendsofclermont.org.

The Secret City Art Revival 
The Secret City Art Revival invites locals and visitors to share in the special creative spirit and the extraordinary cultural legacy of Woodstock. This year’s theme is Back to the Garden, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. The weekend begins with a kick off party Thursday, July 25 at 6pm  at the Byrdcliffe Barn. Friday presents a series of community curated, in home events such as poetry readings and house concerts. Saturday features a breakfast garden party in a private home. Saturday afternoon the town will be alive with site specific performances and installations in a wide variety of settings, and a town picnic with live band karaoke at Colony Woodstock. Starting at noon on Sunday all are invited to gather in a community processional, following a musical celebration featuring The Secret City Singers and Band. For more information on this weekend of events please visit thesecretcity.org.

Master Gardeners Highlight the Perennial Plant of the Year
The Perennial Plant Association chooses a plant every year to be the Perennial Plant of the Year. Awards have been given out since 1990. Join Ulster County Master Gardener, Diane Backus, on July 20 at 10am to find out how they are chosen and why they make great plants for your garden. This workshop takes place at the award winning Xeriscape Garden located at the SUNY Ulster Campus, 491 Cottekill Road in Stone Ridge, rain or shine.