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

Ulster Events–February 2015


Franny Reese Park and Over the Walkway Walk. Wintertime, when the leaves are down, is the perfect time to see views of the Hudson River from Franny Reese State Park. The trail is primarily flat and paved, with small portions rutted and uphill. Group may stop for a bit to eat; suggestions are accepted. Meet at the Highland Entrance to the Walkway Over the Hudson. 87 Haviland Road, Highland. 845-471-9892. suemackson@gmail.com. February 1. 11am.


Valentine’s Day Snowshoe Hikes. This is a two-mile outing to two very pretty, scenic overlooks. If there’s no snow, the group will hike. Snowshoes can be rented from the Park for $5. Registration required. Peter’s Kill Climbing Area at Minnewaska State Park. 5281 Route 44/55, Kerhonkson. 845-255-0752. nysparks.com. February 14. Singles hike, 10am. Couples hike, 2pm.

President’s Day Family Fun Outing. Bring the family to Minnewaska for a fun day outside in the snow. Join park educators for a snowshoe hike and winter scavenger hunt, play the thicket game in the wood,; and make pine cone bird feeders to take home. Recommended for children 7-10, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Snowshoes can be rented for $5. Registration required. Peter’s Kill Climbing Area at Minnewaska State Park. 5281 Route 44/55, Kerhonkson. 845-255-0752. nysparks.com. February 18. 1:30pm-4pm.


A Trip to Latin America: A Multi-Arts Collaboration and Celebration at Cornell St. Studios. In their fifth annual collaboration with classical guitarist David Temple, Cornell St. Studios will take you on a trip to Latin America through art, music, dance, food and fashion! An art exhibition will include Latin-themed works in a variety of mediums; dance performances and live music will be performed by the String and Percussion Trio; and David Temple will offer a sample of the rich and varied sounds of Latin America, including the music of Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Paraguay, Mexico, Cuba and more. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and free for members. Admission includes all live entertainment and complimentary Latin American cuisine tastings provided by local restaurants. Cornell St. Studios. 168 Cornell Street, 2ndfloor, Kingston. 845-594-4428. cornellstreetstudios.com. February 7. 6–10pm.

47th Annual Ulster Chamber Music Series Presents the Madison String Quartet. Drawing on the international experience of its members, the Madison String Quartet has carved a niche for themselves by exploring Hispanic literature from both sides of the Atlantic. Adult tickets $25, senior tickets $20, students and children 18 and under admitted free. A free reception with the performers follows the concert. The Ulster Chamber Music Series runs monthly concerts; series tickets are available. Church of the Holy Cross. 30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston. 845-340-9434. ulsterchambermusicseries.org. February 22. 3pm.


Live at The Falcon. The Falcon. 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro. 845-236-7970. liveatthefalcon.com. The Falcon. 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro. 845-236-7970. liveatthefalcon.com. Sunday Brunch with Nicki Parrott Trio, Frank Vignola, and Vinny Raniolo. February 1. 10am–2pm. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate: Faya! with opener Decora. February 2. 7pm. Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub Duo. February 5. 8pm. Jay Collins and The Kings County Band with opener LaurieAnne with Fred “Midnight Slim” Scribner. February 6. 8pm. Gallery opening: Jerry Michalak. Reception: February 7. 4–5pm. Exhibit open February 1–April 30. Ed Palermo Big Band: Broken Hearts Are for A**holes! February 7. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with The Organ Grinders Jazz Trio. February 8. 10am–2pm. Cuboricua Salsa Band. February 8. 7pm. Anne McCue. February 9. 7pm. Chris O’Leary Band. February 12. 7pm. Chris Bergson Band with opener Dylan Doyle Band. February 13. 7pm. Robbie Dupree Trio with Clifford Carter and David Spinozza with opener Gabrielle Sterbenz. February 14. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with Big Joe Fitz and The Lo-Fis. February 15. 10am–2pm. Koko Jones and Soul Spirit. February 19. 7pm. Dave Stryker’s “Eight Track” with opener Rhythm Future Quartet. February 20. 7pm. Kirsten Thien Band with opener Holly & Evan Band. February 21. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with Pete Levin Trio. February 22. 10am–2pm. Tisziji Munoz Quartet with John Medeski. February 22. 7pm. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys with opener Pirates Canoe. February 26. 7pm. Oz Noy Trio with opener Ife & Danny. February 27. 7pm. Melissa Ferrick. February 28. 7pm.

New Paltz

Mohonk Mountain House Presents: The Art of Chocolate. Explore the divine world of chocolate at Mohonk Mountain House. This program offers recipes, advice, and sampling from those who have made their chocolate passion a lifetime pursuit. Events include custom-designed chocolate and wine pairings, a cooking demonstration and tasting with Fran Costigan, the “Queen of Vegan Desserts,” a “Make Your Own Chocolate Bar,” cooking demonstrations and tastings with the Mountain House Executive Chef and Pastry Chef, live music and dancing, and more. See website for details. Dining or overnight reservations are required in order to attend program events. Mohonk Mountain House. 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. 855-883-3798. mohonk.com. February 6–8.

Mohonk Mountain House Presents: Winter Yoga Weekend. Experience the transformative and restorative power of yoga and meditation with renowned Yoga teacher Jillian Pransky. This joyful retreat is designed to help you explore and awaken your full potential. Release tension and stress as you learn to cultivate a deep sense of relaxation that will rejuvenate your body, open your heart, and calm your mind. Reservations required. See website for details. Mohonk Mountain House. 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. 855-883-3798. mohonk.com. February 20–25.

Mohonk Mountain House Presents: Girlfriends’ Getaway. Grab your best gal pals for a getaway weekend to celebrate you in the spectacular natural setting of Mohonk Mountain House! Enjoy dancing, Zumba®, yoga, meditation, a champagne cocktail-making class, a makeup demonstration and makeover with La Bella Donna mineral makeup, and so much more! A welcome gift and complimentary Girlfriends’ Getaway cocktail will make this a special weekend to remember! Reservations required. See website for details. Mohonk Mountain House. 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. 855-883-3798. mohonk.com. February 27–March 1.

Port Ewen

Riverkeeper Ambassador Workshop. Riverkeeper, New York’s premier clean water advocate group, will host a workshop to provide an opportunity for existing Ambassadors, partners, Sweep Leaders, and volunteers to deepen their understanding of Riverkeeper and improve their skills in advocating for the Hudson. The content will focus on developing communications skills through hands-on practice and breakout groups and specific volunteer tasks such as gathering petition signatures, soliciting memberships, and explaining Riverkeeper’s history and methods for achieving success. Snacks and hot beverages will be provided. Space is limited; registration required (online). Town of Esopus Library. 128 Canal Street, Port Ewen. 914-478-4501, ext. 257. riverkeeper.org/volunteer. February 8. 1–3:30pm.


Rosendale Winter Farmers’ Market. The Rosendale Farmers’ Market holds a monthly indoor event over the winter season. The market offers fresh organic produce, apples, cheese spreads, sweet treats, fresh-baked bread, pickles, mushrooms, pretzel rolls, croissants, wine, herbal remedies, salves, soaps, honey, maple syrup, locally sourced lamb, and grass fed beef. There will also be complimentary coffee and tea, children’s activities, educational information and samples from the Cornell Cooperative, and live music from the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Boys. Rosendale Recreation Center. 1055 New York Route 32, Rosendale. 845-527-5672. facebook.com/pages/Rosendale-Farmers-Market/232869283220. February 1. 10am–2pm.
Dance Film Sundays: Paul Taylor Creative Domain. Presented as part of the Dance Film Sundays series, this film explores the life and work of Paul Taylor, one of America’s most prolific modern dance choreographers, who at age 84 continues to garner acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance, and power of his recent dances as well as his classics. Paul Taylor Creative Domain documents the making of a new dance work by a master of his art—Three Dubious Memories, Taylor’s 133rd work, produced in 2010. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for members, and $6 for children. Rosendale Theatre. 408 Main Street, Rosendale. 845-658-8989. rosendaletheatre.org. February 8. 3pm.


Chocolate Lovers’ Brunch and Benefit Action. Now in its fourth year, this event will feature signature cocktails in the Diamond Mills’ elegant Waterfall Lounge, live music by Andrea Shaut, a decadent chocolate-themed brunch in the beautiful Grand Ballroom, a silent auction and an exciting live auction of rare experiences and delights including vacations, in-home chef prepared dinners, personal concerts, works of art, and more. Action begins online before the event. Tickets are $60 each. Proceeds benefit Family of Woodstock, Inc., which supports at-risk youth in Ulster County, in their mission to create additional play and educational room for homeless children. Diamond Mills Hotel. 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties. familyofwoodstockinc.org, February 8. 12–3pm.

Writers’ Night at New World Home Cooking. On the night before Valentine’s Day, New World Home Cooking and members of the Goat Hill Poets (Guy Reed, Marianna Boncek, Victoria Sullivan, Judith Lechner, and Leslie Gerber) will host a poetic love fest. Several of Ulster County’s best-known poets will read both original poems and favorites by other poets. There will also be an open mic, but participants are asked to read only love poems, also their own or by others. Dinner reservations are recommended. New World Home Cooking. 1411 Route 212, Saugerties. 845-246-0900. ricorlando.com/nwhc. February 13. Reading begins at 7pm; please arrive 6:30 or earlier for dinner.

Saugerties Pro Musica Presents Pianist Yalin Chi in Concert. Saugerties Pro Musica brings the principal keyboardist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic back to their stage as a solo performer. Yalin Chi appeared last season with other West Point musicians and played to rave reviews. Now she’s back with a stirring classical performance all her own. Adult tickets are $12; senior tickets are $10; students admitted free. United Methodist Church. 59 Post Street, Saugerties. 845-246-5021 or 845-679-5733. saugertiespromusica.org. February 22. 3pm.

West Shokan

Singing Circle at the Olive Free Library. Musician Julia Haines will lead the singing circle (“a piano bar without the bar”) at the Olive Free Library. The library’s community room provides a welcoming, safe space to gather and learn songs together. Over the past decade, Julia Haines has led singing circles in the cancer support community and in educational settings in Philadelphia. She has recently relocated back to Olive and is eager to offer this program in this community. The circle is open to anyone who wants to sing. It is open to all ages and is free to the public. Participants can request a song or bring a song, and must be willing to join in with others. Reading music is not necessary; new songs will be learned by listening and singing. Olive Free Library. 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan. 845-657-2482. olivefreelibrary.org. Every Wednesday beginning February 4. 1:30–2:30pm.