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

Ulster Events-January 2015

by Alecia Eberhardt  


Community Blood Drive at Ellenville Regional Hospital. Every 2 seconds, a patient in the United States needs blood, and the only source is healthy volunteers. Local blood donors are needed year-round to ensure the blood supply stays strong. The American Red Cross will bring its traveling donor center to the Ellenville Regional Hospital parking lot for a blood drive. All presenting donors will receive a $5.00 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card. Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance online or over the phone. Ellenville Regional Hospital. 10 Healthy Way, Ellenville. 1-800-733-2767 or 845 647-6400, ext. 226. redcrossblood.org. January 7. 9am–2pm.


WinterFest on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. Now in its 18th year, the WinterFest continues to provide wonderful entertainment for the entire family. Over 20 regional restaurants will bring their best batches of meat and vegetarian chili to compete for the coveted “Best of Fest” People’s Choice Award. The heated Lowe’s Project Tent will offer simple craft projects for kids. Plus, there will be a wagon-drawn hayride along the trail, free activities and games, food and beverages available at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Grille, marshmallows for toasting, and roasted chestnuts for all to enjoy. Admission is $2; children 6 and under admitted free. Chili tastings are $0.50 per chili or $8 to taste them all. Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot. 101 New Paltz Road, Highland. 781-640-0881. hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net. January 10. 11am–2pm.


Social Media Primer, A Lunch and Learn Webinar. This webinar will explore and review Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Yelp, among others. Participants will learn how to leverage these social media tools, especially as consumers increasingly rely on social media mobile apps. Paul Rakov, Digital Marketing Strategist with the Vokar Group, will give the lecture. This educational webinar is free, sponsored by the Ulster County Office of Economic Development. Register by phone or e-mail (please include your name, affiliation, e-mail, and daytime phone number). ulstercountyny.gov. 845-340-3556. oed@co.ulster.ny.us. January 14. 12pm.

Building Ulster County Together: A Breakfast Event to Explore 3-D Printing Technology. Daniel Freedman, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering at SUNY New Paltz and head of the Digital Fabrication Lab at the college’s Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center, will discuss the 3-D printing program, the lab and their capabilities, as well as how the program interfaces with businesses and manufacturers. This program is part of the Building Ulster County Together series of breakfast sessions that convene stakeholders in the commercial real estate, construction, engineering, architectural, and commercial lending sector. Register via phone or e-mail (please include your name, affiliation, e-mail, and daytime phone number). Registration is $20. Deising’s Bakery. 111 North Front Street, Kingston. 845-340-3556. ulstercountyny.gov. oed@co.ulster.ny.us. January 21. 8am.


Live at The Falcon. The Falcon.1348 Route 9W, Marlboro. 845-236-7970. liveatthefalcon.com. Champian Fulton. January 2. 7pm. Rob Paparozzi’s “Good Old Boys”: The Music of Randy Newman. January 3. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with Alexis Cole. January 4. 10am–2pm. Karl Berger’s “In the Spirit of Don Cherry.” January 4. 7pm. Azzolina, Govoni, Nussbaum, and Zinno. January 7. 7pm. Corey Henry with opener Trio Subatomic. January 8. 7pm. Peter Bernstein Trio with opener Tom Polizzi Trio. January 9. 7pm. Soñando! January 10. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with Alexis P. Suter and The Ministers of Sound. January 11. 10am–2pm. Sultans of Strong—World Music Fusion. January 11. 7pm. Dustbowl Revival, an all-American sonic safari. January 14. 7pm. Downtown and Corner Stage Blues Jam Reunion with Jeremy Baum, Slam Allen, Eric Winter, and Chris Reddan. January 15. 7pm. Mike Clark Organ Trio. January 16. 7pm. Blue Chicken, Jim Wieder’s roots rock featuring an all-star lineup. January 17. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with The Organ Grinder’s Jazz Trio. January 18. 10am–2pm. The Mandingo Ambassadors. January 18. 7pm. Tim Reis’ Rolling Stones Project featuring Bernard Fowler. January 23. 7pm. Jesse Harris with opener Rabbits in the Rye. January 24. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis. January 25. 10am–2pm. Cocomamma, an all-women Latin jazz ensemble. January 25. 7pm. Beppe Gambetta. January 29. 7pm.

New Paltz

Taste of New York State with Kevin Zraly. Join Mohonk Mountain House for a culinary weekend and discover the “Taste of New York State” with great local wine, food, and music. It’s a New York festival of flavor! Renowned wine expert Kevin Zraly of the Windows on the World Wine School will guide participants through an exceptional tasting of top wines from New York State. Attendees will also enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting with renowned New York chef Waldy Malouf and the award-winning chefs of Mohonk Mountain House. Discounted weekend accommodations and packages available; tickets and accommodations can be purchased online. Mohonk Mountain House. 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. 855-883-3798. mohonk.com. January 9–11.

Repair Café. Repair Café is a free meeting place that is all about repairing things (together). Bring your beloved but broken items—clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, etc. If it is broken, we’ll fix it—for FREE! New Paltz. https://www.facebook.com/RepairCafeNewPaltz . January 17.

Death Cafe. Circle of Friends for the Dying will host the 19th Death Café, as part of a global movement to “increase the awareness of death to help people make the most of their finite lives.” Death Cafes provide a safe and relaxed environment for conversation and sharing. Death Café is not a bereavement support group, but is a place to freely talk about dying and death and related issues. Come join us for an interesting early evening with neighbors and friends. Coffee and tea will be served, and as always—there will be cake! Free admission. www.facebook.com/pages/CFD-Death-Cafe-Hudson-Valley/222137241309943. Elting Memorial Library. 93 Main Street, New Paltz. January 17. 5-7pm.
7th Annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge. Entrants will submit chili dishes using at least 5 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 a lively and energetic event. Chili-tasting tickets will be sold at the event; all proceeds go to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, which feeds hundreds of local families. Water Street Market. 10 Main Street, New Paltz. 845-255-1403. waterstreetmarket.com. January 26. 12pm–3pm. Snow date: January 27. 12–3pm.


Shandaken Primitive Biathlon. The Shandaken Primitive Biathlon is an annual winter sporting event using snowshoes and black powder muzzle loading firearms. The event will consist of a 1.25-mile course and four shooting stations with two shots per station. The course will be timed, and the number of scored targets will reduce a competitor’s final time. An extra minute will be subtracted if a competitor wears 1800s-era attire! Winners take home prizes including a hand-carved powder horn commemorating the event. There will also be an un-timed woodswalk division for those wanting to snowshoe and shoot the course without the competition. Registration starts at $12. The Upper Esopus Fish and Game Club. Little Peck Hollow Road, Oliverea. 845-246-3954. shandakenprimitivebiathalon.net. January 18. 9am–12pm.


The Winter Hoot. The Hoot is a three-day benefit for The Ashokan Center, featuring local food, beer, wine, blacksmithing, dancing, hiking, and more. Friday evening will feature dinner, a documentary film screening, and a community jam session. Saturday will offer all-day entertainment including seven world-class musical acts from the Hudson Valley region, a rousing revue of independent folk and roots music, and a late-night square dance. Sunday will culminate in a community sing-along and farewell brunch. A donation will get you a weekend wristband; lodging and food priced separately. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. The Ashokan Center. 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. homeofthehoot.com. January 30–February 1.


Rosendale Winter Farmers’ Market. The Rosendale Farmers’ Market will hold a monthly indoor event over the winter season. In addition to 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, the market will offer 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. January market held January 4. 10am–2pm.

Parents’ Night Out. Parents, get out of the house and have a night on the town! Drop off begins at 6.  7 pm to 10 pm creative activities, Ages 3 and up $20 per child. Advanced registration is suggested. Creative Co-op. Behind the Big Cheese on Main Street, Rosendale. 845-527-5672 cbcofrosendale@gmail.com January 9, 16, 30. 6-10pm.

Dance Film Sundays: The Bolshoi Ballet in The Legend of Love. Presented as part of the Dance Film Sundays series, this high-definition cinema experience was captured at a live performance at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater in October 2014. A major revival by The Bolshoi Ballet, The Legend of Love—a story of unrequited love, self-sacrifice, sibling rivalry, and fading beauty—catapulted choreographer Yuri Grigorovich into the limelight when it premiered in 1965. Extravagant costumes and artistic sets make this a supremely engaging production. Adult admission is $10; children 12 and under are $6. Rosendale Theatre. 408 Main Street, Rosendale. 845-658-8989. rosendaletheatre.org. January 11. 3pm.

Local Artisan and Farm Shop. Local farmers, crafters, and other artisans offer their products in these holiday themed Shop events. Creative Co-op. Behind the Big Cheese on Main Street, Rosendale. 845-527-5672. cbcofrosendale@gmail.com. January 11, 25. 11am-4pm.

Food for Change Potluck. This event begins with a potluck dinner at 5:30pm, followed by a screening of the film Food for Change at 7:00pm. There is a $5 minimum donation. Discussion of bulk food buy-in club beginning soon. Behind the Big Cheese on Main Street, Rosendale. 845-527-5672. cbcofrosendale@gmail.com.  January 17. 5:30pm.

Stone Ridge

Community Holistic Healthcare Day. A wide array of healing modalities, including acupuncture, massage, qigong, nutritional counseling, and homeopathic medicine, will be available to try at this free monthly event. Patients are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations and community service pledges will be accepted. Marbletown Community Center. 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. rvhhc.org. January 20. 4–8pm.

Windham (Greene County)

Windham Chamber Music Festival Presents: Lynne Arriale and Larry Coryell in Concert. This year’s Winter Jazz Concert will feature Lynne Arriale, one of the top jazz pianists of her day, and Larry Coryell, an innovative pioneer in the world of fusion music, performing “classic jazz at its best.” Adult tickets are $25; senior tickets are $22; contributor tickets (for contributors to the Windham Chamber Music Festival, the Catskills Mountain Foundation, and WMHT/WRHV-FM) are $20; student and children tickets are $5 (ages 6–23). Windham Civic and Performing Arts Center. 5379 State Route 23, Windham. 518-734-3868. windhammusic.com. January 3. 8pm.


Woodstock Day School Arts Exhibition 2015. Art instruction at the Woodstock Day School pushes the boundaries of traditional art-making to incorporate creative trends, contemporary art techniques, community resources, and expressive media used in popular and contemporary culture. Students have a unique opportunity to use professional-level equipment to express their creative ideas. Young artists from the Woodstock Day School will be showcasing their creative talents in a show that marks the third year of collaboration between the school and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock. woodstockguild.org. Opening reception January 10. 4–6pm. Exhibition on view January 9–January 11.

The Paul Green Rock Academy Presents: “A Tribute to Radiohead.” Students of The Paul Green Rock Academy, a performance-based, interactive music school taught by working rock musicians, will perform a collection of music by English rock band Radiohead. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Woodstock Playhouse. 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock. 845-679-6900. woodstockplayhouse.org. January 16–17. 7pm.

Woodstock’s 25th Annual Birthday Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Featuring poet and hip-hop artist Josh Otero, using poetry and hip-hop, Reverend G. Modele Clarke of New Progressive Baptist Church; Pam Africa of International Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, Kingston youth activist Kortnee Simmons, spoken word group Urban Lyrics from SUNY New Paltz, and Debra Burger of Freedom Songs, among others, this event uses reflection, celebration, education, and song to remember the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Woodstock Town Hall. 76 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 845-679-2113. January 18. 2pm.