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

Ulster Events February 2014

Ashokan Kids Winter Day Camp. Outdoor educational programming and fun winter activities make an unforgettable experience. Classes include: winter ecology, animal tracks and traces, gorge hike, maple sugaring, orienteering, blacksmithing survival, traditional music and dance, and much more. Winter fun activities include snow tubing, snow cave building and snowshoeing, along with writing and arts and crafts. Campers will enjoy our new beautiful, sustainably designed buildings, and they are certain to write home about the amazing food prepared by our own chef using local, organic, delicious, and nutritious ingredients. Ages 7-16. Deadline for registration is February 7. The Ashokan Center. 845-657-8333 x 10. ashokancenter.org or dallas.betz@ashokancenter.org. February 17-21. 9am-4pm.
Allen M Browne. Browne describes his development as an artist as lifelong process with the exploration, experimentation, research and practice of producing quality water color, oils and photographs. Browne’s motivation, throughout this process pointed him towards the natural images provided by this planet’s glories. The visions provided by our natural parks, and the wild and varied terrains as first seen by the original witnesses to the beauty of this continent. The natural land forms and majestic scenery were a starting point for his photographs and paintings. Through the years of searching for the right image at the right time, something occurred to him-what he began to see was “Man’s intrusions” (civilized attempts) at remaking the planet by showing what “Man” could accomplish. “Man’s” efforts have provided a wealth of architectural excellence, which Allen has photographed. On Display at Ellenville Regional Hospital. Route 209, Ellenville. 845-647-6400 or 845-210-3043. Through Friday, February 28. 8am-8pm.
Utilizing Local Resources as an Alternative Energy Source. Jim Waters, Executive Director of the Catskill Forest Association, will present the outcomes of the feasibility study conducted by a consultant firm, Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC), and funded by the DEP and US department of Energy. The study regarding a woody biomass heating system for our community was begun in 2011 and completed in 2013. The issues are compelling from an environmental point of view as well as fiscally. In Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address earlier this month, he highlighted the need for cleaner communities and announced his Renewable Heat NY program. Jim will discuss how the proposed biomass project for Fleischmanns would target the Governor’s goals and he will explore all of the relevant criteria of the project in a 30 minute presentation and then take questions from the audience. Fleischmanns. 845-586-3054. jwaters@catskill.net. Saturday, February 1. 10am.
WinterFest. The event features the “Best of Fest” chili tasting contest along with tractor drawn wagon rides on the trail, roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows, a Children’s Tent featuring “kid-friendly” activities, a Chainsaw Expo, activities with special prizes and Lowe’s of Highland Children’s “Build a Project” tent. $3 adults, children 6 and under free. The Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, Highland Rotary Pavilion. 101 New Paltz Road, Highland. 845-691-9911. hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net. Saturday, February 8. 11am-2pm.
O+ Festival Presents a Night of Music and More. The O+ Festival is pleased to announce its Kick-Off for 2014 submissions. Join the O+ folks and musicians: Simi Stone, And the Kids, as well as the Old Double E, for a night of music, games, fun, and a silent auction to herald the call for artists and musicians to be part of the 2014 O+ Festival. The O+ Festival is a three-day, community-run celebration of music, arts and wellness. O+ supports and unites local businesses, residents, artists, musicians, doctors and other care providers, to strengthen the fabric of a community to making it more sustainable and more vibrant. The O+ Festival is currently held in Kingston, New York, as well as in San Francisco, California. The Anchor. 744 Broadway, Kingston. opositivefestival.org. Friday, February 14. 8pm.
Storytelling Game (RPG) group meeting. Kingston Library. 55 Franklin Street, Kingston. mcassidy@kingstonlibrary.org. 845-331-0988. Second and Fourth Friday of each month. 3:30pm.
“Spay” ghetti Dinner. Dinner and desert, raffles, small silent auction, games and cash bar. To benefit the Ulster County SPCA. $30. Garden Plaza Hotel. 503 Washington Avenue, Kingston. rakus@ucspca.org. 845-331-5377. Saturday, February 8. 6pm.
The Falcon. No tickets. No cover. No minimum. Donations encouraged. Dinner and brunch reservations available. Ed Palermo Big Band CD Release Party “Oh No! Not Jazz!”. Saturday, February 1. 7pm.  Sunday Brunch with Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis. Sunday, February 2. 10am-2pm.  Chris Cubeta &The Liars’ Club. Thursday, February 6. 7pm.   Hugh Brodie’s 81st Birthday Bash. Friday, February 7. 7pm.  Sunday Brunch with Bob Stump & The Roadside Attraction. Sunday, February 9. 10am-2pm.  Stephen Clair & The Millionaires and The Stacks. Sunday, February 9. 7pm.  Alexis P Suter Band’s Valentine to The Falcon. Friday, February 14. 7pm.  Simi Stone. Saturday, February 15. 7pm.  Sunday Brunch with Saints of Swing featuring Rene Bailey. Sunday, February 16. 10am-2pm.  Ben Flocks CD Release “Battle Mountain”. Sunday, February 16. 7pm.  KJ Denhert with Geoff Gallante. Thursday, February 20. 7pm.  Joe Caro & The Met Band with Anton Fig, Clifford Carter, Mark Egan, Aaron Heick and Scott Wendholt. Friday, February 21. 7pm.  Sunday Brunch with Akie Bermiss. Sunday, February 23. 10am-2pm. Cyrille Aimee & the Guitar Heroes. Sunday, February 23. 7pm.  Larry Campbell Quartet with Teresa Williams, Byron Isaacs and Justin Guip. Friday, February 28.7pm.  The Falcon. 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro. 845-236-7970. liveatthefalcon.com. Doors, bar and restaurant open. 5:30. music. 7pm. Sunday brunch with live music. 10am-2pm.
New Paltz
Wild Earth Launches Wilderness Club for Adults. The Wild Earth Wilderness Club is a place for adults to learn about tracking, wild edibles, bird language and more. It is an opportunity to take a break from busy life, grab a fresh breath of nature and get inspired about connecting with the beauty of the natural world. Suggested donation $15. wildearth.org/adults/tracking-club, dustin.lamberta@gmail.com or simon@wildearth.org. 845-256-9830 x 2. Two Sundays each month.
Sweet and Sinful Revenge at Robibero Winery. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by discovering the romance of pairing wine with one of life’s greatest pleasures-chocolate, cupcakes and wine. Featuring Moxie Cupcakes. Reservations required. Ticket Sales end Tuesday, February 4. $15 per person. Robibero Family Vineyard. 714 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. shop.rnewyorkwine.com/tickets_c2.htm. Saturday, February 8. Sunday, February 9. 12:45, 2:30 and 4:15pm.
Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher, Opening Reception. The first museum exhibition devoted to Eugene Speicher in nearly 50 years. Called “America’s greatest living painter” by Esquire magazine in 1936, Speicher (1883-1962) was one of the foremost realists of his generation. Organized by Dr. Valerie Ann Leeds, independent curator and scholar. As part of the opening public reception Dr. Leeds will give a gallery talk. The Dorsky Museum. SUNY New Paltz. newpaltz.edu/museum. 845-257-3844. Saturday, February 8. 4-9pm.
2014 Winter Hoot. Mike and Ruthy have rounded up an amazing lineup of musicians. In addition to three days of fantastic music, there will be local food and beer, a community farmer’s market, guided hikes and blacksmith classes (provided by Ashokan Center Environmental Educators), an Environmental Fair, crafts, and much more. Musicians will include Deep Chatham, Sweetback Sisters, Connor Kennedy, Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends and much more. The HOOT is a fundraiser for the Ashokan Center’s Environmental Education programs for regional schools. Support helps kids attend our life-changing programs in nature, history, music, and art. Kids 12 and under and volunteers get in free. The Ashokan Center. 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. info@ashokancenter.org. homeofthehoot.com. 657-8333. Friday-Sunday, February 7, 8, and 9.
Port Ewen
Ulster County Photography Club. Monthly business meeting followed by presentation by Lindsay Stern, Education Coordinator of the Center for Photography in Woodstock, “Getting the Most Out of a Critiquing Session”. Town of Esopus Port Ewen Library. 128 Canal Street, Port Ewen. jags@hvc.rr.com or ucphotoclub.org. Wednesday, February 12. 6:30am.
Andre Chenier Kicks off Bregenz Opera Festival. The first of three cinema HD opera experiences from Austria’s Bregenz Festival. Andre Chenier, An Opera in Four Acts, dramatizes the life-story of French poet Andrea Chenier (a precursor to the Romantics) who was associated with the French Revolution and guillotined for alleged “crimes against the state.” $12 adults, $10 members, $6 children twelve and under. rosendaletheatre.org. 845-658-8989. Rosendale Theatre. Main Street, Rosendale. Sunday, February 16. 2pm.
Ballet Zurich and Hagen Quartett in Dance and Quartet. An HD experience from Salzburg, Austria. Swiss choreographer Heinz Spoerli and the brilliant 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. $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Rosendale Theatre. Main Street, Rosendale. rosendaletheatre.org. 845-658-8989. Sunday, February 9. 2pm.
17th Annual Women’s Studio Workshop Chili Bowl Fiesta. Free chili from area restaurants with purchase of handmade bowls and tumblers. $5 entry at 2pm, free admission after 4pm. Rosendale Recreation Center. Route 32, Rosendale. wsworkshop.org. 658-9133. Saturday, February 22. 2-7pm.
Annual Chocolate Lover’s Brunch and Benefit Auction. Auction benefits Family of Woodstock adolescent services program. Music by John Bedeski, a decadent brunch from Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli and exciting auction lots including a custom commissioned oil portrait by Lois Woolley, a Cape Cod vacation, Broadway show tickets, and a wine tasting. Diamond Mills. 25 S Partition Street, Saugerties. jpierce@fowinc.org. 845-331-7080 x 155 or my mimiauction.com/familyofwoodstock. Sunday, February 9. 12-3pm.
Stone Ridge
Free Community Holistic Healthcare Day. A wide variety of holistic health modalities and practitioners are available. Appointments can be made on a first-come, first-serve basis upon check-in. Though no money or insurance is required, Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community  invites patients to give a donation or an hour of volunteer community service if they can. rvhhc.org. Marbletown Community Center. 3564 Route 209, Stone Ridge. Tuesday, February 18. 4-8pm.
Free Holistic Self-Care Class. “Breath: The Most Powerful Tool” with Nancy Plumer. Sponsored by the Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community and Family Traditions. All are welcome, no registration necessary. rvhhc.org. Thursday, February 20. 7-8:30pm.
West Shokan
Bruce Katz Band. The Bruce Katz Band is an original, very exciting group of musicians that combine blues, “soul-jazz”, and New Orleans inspired roots music. Based in the Hudson Valley in upstate NY, the band has a trademark sound, blending the B3 organ and guitar. This is a benefit concert for the library. Olive Free Library. 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan. Saturday, March 1. 7:30pm.
Siren Baroque presents “Siren Songs.” In an age when most women did not have the opportunity to have a career or a public voice, some extraordinary women composers found ways to write music and preserve it for posterity. Siren Baroque is an all-female early music ensemble from New York City. Presenting passionate and historically informed performances throughout the States and overseas. The women of Siren are committed to infusing spirited historical accuracy with a tinge of modern dynamism. $10 suggested donation. sirenbaroque.com. Olive Free Library. 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan. Friday, February 21. 7pm.
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