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Ulster County Events January 2014

Acoustic Originals and Classic Covers with Eric Erickson. Aroma Thyme Bistro. 165 Canal Street, Ellenville. 845-647-3000. Saturday, January 11. 8-11pm.
Winter Wings: Birding for Children. See who’s flying around in the winter woods. For ages 5 and up. Free. Mohonk Preserve. Route 44/55, Gardiner. mohonkpreserve.org. 845-255-0919. Saturday, January 11. 10-11:30am.
Lithic Alignments in the Northeast: Natural, Native or Nonsense? Was observational astronomy, carried out by most cultures worldwide going far back into antiquity, practiced by ancient native populations in northeast America? Glenn Kreisbert, writer, researcher and vice president of the New England Antiquities Research Association, will discuss the archaeoastronomy and landscape archaeology of our region and the Northeast, highlighting alignments that appear configured over distances of hundreds of miles. Children ages 12 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor program. Reservations are required. Mohonk Preserve Visitors Center. Route 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919. January 31. 7-8:15pm.
Michael Neil O’Donnell Photography. Gardiner Library. 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner. gardinerlibrary.org. 845-255-1255. Monday, January 6-Thursday, February 6.
High Falls
Open Mic Night with Jeff Entin. High Falls Cafe. 12 Stone Dock Road, High Falls. Wednesday, January 8. Registration 6:30pm. Music 7pm.
Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones. The Hudson Valley’s premier Rockabilly, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock ‘n’ Roll outfit. This fun-loving bunch packs the dance floor with reworkings of rockabilly and rhythm and blues classics and standards as well as their own original musical offerings, sure to please listeners of all ages and walks of life. The High Falls Cafe. 12 Stone Dock Road, High Falls. highfallscafe@earthlink.net. 845-687-2699. Saturday, January 18. 9pm-12am.
Blues and Dance Party with Big Joe Fitz and the LoFis. High Falls Cafe. 12 Stone Dock Road, High Falls. Tuesday, January 21. 7-10pm.
Scout Day at Belleayre Mountain. For Scouts and immediate family. Bring valid Scout ID. Discounted lift tickets $38, rentals $23, group lessons $15. Reserve for groups of 15+. Belleayre Mountain. 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount. belleayre.com. 845-254-5600. January 12. 9-4pm.
Trek to Old Powerhouse. Join Laura Conner, environmental educator, for an adventurous trek along the edge of the Peter’s Kill stream to the site of the old powerhouse for the former hotels once located at Minnewaska. We’ll walk down the Red Trail to reach the Peter’s Kill stream, which will be followed past Low Falls to reach Peter’s Kill Falls and the powerhouse. If there is adequate snow, this hike will be done on snowshoes. If conditions are icy, it may be necessary for participants to wear ice gripping devices on the bottom of their boots. Pre-registration is required. Meet at Peter’s Kill Climbing Area. Minnewaska State Park Preserve. 5281 Route 44/55, Kerhonkson. nysparks.com. 845-255-0752. Tuesday, January 14. 10-11:40am.
Zydeco Dance with River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs. All welcome, no partner needed. $15, $10 students. White Eagle Hall. 487 Delaware Ave, Kingston. hudsonvalleydance.org. 845-255-7061. Friday, January 10. 8-11pm. 7pm free lesson.
Ulster Literacy Association Tutor Training. Become a literacy volunteer with Ulster Literacy Association. Ulster Literacy Association Office. 480 Aaron Court, Kingston.  ulsterliteracy.org or info@ulsterliteracy.org. 845-331-6837. Orientation. Wednesday, January 15. 5:30-8:30pm. Day Two. Saturday, January 18. 9:30am-3:30pm. Day Three. Saturday, January 25. 9:30am-3:30pm. Day Four. Saturday, February 1. 9:30am-3:30pm.
Farm to Table Event: An Evening in Tuscany. The first in a series of “locavore” events. Join Italian born chef and author Tiberio for a delicious Italian meal prepared from home grown Hudson Valley produce, paired with mouth watering wines and Italian opera and songs performed live in the gallery by operatic baritone and gallery owner Kerry Henderson and friends. A percentage of proceeds will assist programming for Opera Theater of Kingston. The Uptown Gallery. 296 Wall Street, Kingston. Friday, January 17. 7pm.
WinterFest. Family friendly event showcasing what our Parks and Recreation Department offers, even in the colder winter months, and further promotes outdoor recreation and fitness, which is all part of Mayor Gallo’s “Live Well Kingston” campaign. Participants will be able to attend one of three snowshoe instructional classes and hikes through the park starting at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. The guided snowshoeing hikes will include a lesson on the history of snowshoeing, basics of learning the sport, animal tracking, winter survival and fun. Wear warm clothes and winter footwear. Inside the Hasbrouck Park Stone Building will be children’s arts and crafts as well as warm beverages and food. Hasbrouck Park. Delaware Avenue, Kingston. kingstonparksandrec.org. 845-481-7336. Saturday, January 11. 10am-2pm.
Farmers Winter Market and 2nd Cooking Education Series. Hands-on classes where tricks of the trade will be taught by a professional cook and Culinary Institute of America graduate. Old Dutch Church. 272 Wall Street, Kingston. kingstonfarmersmarket.org. 10am-2pm.
Clearwater Winter Open Boats. Come visit the sloop and celebrate the winter months with friends! Bring a potluck dish to share, enjoy local music, meet the captains and learn about the sloop restoration. It all takes place at the Home Port “barn” on the Hudson River Maritime Museum property at 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401. Saturday, January, 18. 4-8pm  
The Falcon. Chris Bergson Band – Opener, The Flaming Meatballs, January 10. Sunday Brunch – Tony Jefferson and Groovocity, January 12. Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys, January 12. Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers – January Residency, January 13. Blue Cranes and Rene Hart / Allison Miller / Jeff Lederer, January 15. Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub Duo – Opener, Kristina Koller Duo, January 16. Matuto! The Heights of World Music, January 17. The Big Takeover – Opener, M’bollo, January 18. Sunday Brunch with Joe Carozza, January 19. Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers – January Residency, January 20. Willa McCarthy Band, January 23. The Amigos Band with David Amram, January 24. Hun Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh Dion – Opener, Rachel Loshak, January 25. Sunday Brunch – Vic Juris and Kate Baker, January 26. Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers – January Residency, January 27. Tootie’s Tempo with Tootie Heath, Ethan Iverson and Ben Street, January 28. Scott Wendholt / Adam Kolker Quartet, January 30. Jay Collins and The Kings County Band – Opener, Jim Hayes Band, January 31. No tickets, no cover, donations encouraged. The Falcon. 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro. 845-236-7970. liveatthefalcon.com. Doors, bar and restaurant: 5:30pm. Music: 7pm.
New Paltz
Each and Every Creature Deserves a Home. Art display of the latest creation from Nadine May Lewis Bray of Counter Culture Kids. This is a Kickstarter funded, large format, coloring book. Karma Road. Main Street, New Paltz. Through February 2014.
Annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge. Enter your best chili using at least five local ingredients for a chance to win in several categories including Best Home Chef, Best Vegetarian, People’s choice, Most Creative, and Best Professional. Friendly rivalries and snarky banter in the courtyard make this one of our best, most energetic events of the year. Tickets to taste will be sold at the event and all proceeds go to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry which feeds hundreds of local families. Volunteers also needed. Water Street Market. 10 Main Street, New Paltz. walter@newpaltzantiquesbarn.com or waterstreetmarket.com. 845-255-1403. January 25. 12-3pm.
Repair Café. A free meeting place for sharing and repairing things. Tools and materials to help make the repair will be supplied. Items often repaired are furniture, small appliances and housewares, clothes, crockery, toys and more. “Repair Coaches” such as electricians, seamstresses, mechanics and all-purpose fix-it pros will be there to help. Coffee, tea, baked treats and fruit will be for sale. New Paltz United Methodist Church. Main Street, New Paltz. Saturday, January 18. 10am-3pm.
Shandaken Primitive Biathlon. The event will consist of a 1.25 mile course and 4 shooting stations with 2 shots per station. The course will be a timed event where the number of scored targets will subtract time from a competitor’s overall time. An extra minute will be subtracted if a competitor wears 1800s era attire. Competitors will be divided into 4 age groups: 12-16 years old, 17-40 years old, 41-59 years old and 60 years old and over. There will be prizes awarded for the first place in each age group, and a special prize will be awarded to the youth group winner. There will also be an un-timed woodswalk division for those wanting to just snowshoe and shoot the course. Tomahawk and Sharpshooter competitions will be included as separate events. The Upper Esopus Fish and Game Club. Little Peck Hollow Road, Oliverea. shandakenprimitivebiathlon.net. 9am-12pm.
Pine Hill
Spillway Band. Drinks, dinner and dancing. Playing a diverse set list of music. Pine Hill Arms. 288 Main Street, Pine Hill. 845-254-4012. Saturday, January 11. 7:30-10:30pm.
Port Ewen
Ulster County Photography Club. Competition and critique. “Spectacular”—Overcoming the January Doldrums. Esopus Library. 128 Canal Street, Port Ewen. esopuslibrary.org. 845-338-5580. Wednesday, January 8. 6:30pm.
Winter Farmers Market. Vendors include Rykowski Livestock, Maynard Orchards, Three Sisters Farm, Grey Mouse Farm, Twisted Jeanne’s, Sandie’s Sweet Shop, Al Andaluz Catering Co. (Paella), Hermann’s Erie Hotel (Ronnybrook dairy products and baked goods), Catskill Mountain Chocolates, and more. There will also be children’s activities, and live music provided by local musicians. The Farmers Market is a member of the Rondout Valley Growers Association. Rosendale Recreation Center. 1055 Route 32. Sunday, January 12. 10am-2pm.
Ballet Zurich and Hagen Quartett in Dance and Quartet. An HD cinema experience of the 2012 collaboration between Swiss choreographer Heinz Spoereli and Hagen Quartett. Three great works of the quartet literature—Leos Janacek’s string quartet “Intimate Letters,” Antonin Dvorak’s “American Quartet,” and Franz Schubert’s string quartet “The Death and the Maiden”—are the musical underpinnings for three original works by Spoerli danced by Ballet Zurich with Saltzburg’s famous Felsenreitschule as a backdrop. $10 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Rosendale Theatre. Main Street, Rosendale. rosendaletheatre.org. 845-658-8989. Sunday, January 12. 2pm.
Leisurely Hike or Snowshoe. Take a walk with Ginny Fauci on the newly opened section of the Rosendale Rail Trail over the trestle bridge. Call or email for time and meeting place. gefauci@gmail.com. 845-399-2170. January 28.
John Street Jam. With Helen Avakian, Karen Hudson, Herships and Hill, Terry Seeley, Ian Flanigan, CB Smith, David Kraai, and Amy Laber. Performers in the round. Two rounds each with four performers playing three songs apiece featuring guitar, much variety, spontaneity and fun. $5 goes to charity. Dutch Arms Church Parish Hall. 16 John Street, Saugerties. Saturday, January 11. 7:30-10pm.
West Shokan
The Piano Music and Song Trio – Sounds of Rax Mountain in the Rondout. Rax massif, the awe-inspiring mountain range that looms over Vienna, embodies the fantastically imaginative attitude of the great Viennese Romantic artists of the late 19th century. The Piano Music and Song Trio has re-orchestrated the art songs of Viennese Romantic composers with its own blend of imagination, improvisation, and mysticism. This play-anywhere chamber group comprised of trumpet, cello, and piano brings elegant dissonance to the fantasy-filled music of Schumann, Mahler, and Brahms, bringing the mythological beauty of Rax Mountain to the Rondout, with a new twist. $10 suggested donation. Olive Free Library. 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan. systemdialingrecords.com/artist/piano-music-song-trio-pmt/#profile or director@olivefreelibrary.org. 201-294-5545. Sunday, January 19. 3pm.

Intro To Bee Keeping. Beekeepers have been successfully keeping bees in a symbiotic manner for centuries. Rob Overton, who is deeply involved in the beekeeping community with thirty plus years of experience will be leading these free seminars. The pros and cons of treatment and treatment-free beekeeping will be discussed so that you can make an informed decision before you invest. No knowledge of beekeeping is necessary. Additional sessions may be scheduled if there is an interest. Session 1: Overview of the Honeybee. Topics to be covered are: native pollinators, honeybee caste and races, bee stings/apitherapy, where to get bees, bees and neighbors, beneficial plants and natural/organic beekeeping. Saturday, January 4. 4pm. Session 2: Equipment and Bee Care. Topics to be covered are: protective gear, hive tools, hive types—framed and top bar, predators and pests, hive placement, installing bees, signs of a healthy hive, diseases, products from the hive and winter prep. Saturday, January 18. Noon-4pm. Olive Free Library. 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan. olivefreelibrary.org. 845-657-2482.