What’s happening in the Mid-Hudson Valley: Aug. 7, 2022 – The Daily Freeman

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• Enrollment for Lifespring, a Saugerties Adult Learning Community composed of retired and semi-retired adults is open through Aug. 18  for the 2022-2023 academic year. Classes are offered on Zoom or in-person at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation located at 1682 Glasco Turnpike, Saugerties. New this year are an in-person concert series, and special outdoor events starting in September. Registration fee is $50, For more information, a full course catalog and to register visit www.lifespringsaugerties.com,
• Bike Friendly Kingston and the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County will host their monthly free bicycle repair clinic Saturday, Aug. 13. in the YMCA  parking lot on Pine Grove Avenue in Kingston between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Bring your bike to have it checked over. Bells are required by law, bike lights are required for riding after dark. Helmets for kids will be available. No advance registration is required. For more information contact YMCA Bicycle Program Manager, Tom Polk by calling (845) 338-3810, Ext 102 or emailing tpolk@ymcaulster.org.
• Arm of the Sea Theatre presents the 2022 Esopus Creek Puppet Suite Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Arm-of-the-Sea Tidewater Center 61 East Bridge St., Saugerties, Titled “Keep That Lamp Trimmed N Burning,” this year’s outdoor performance tells the story of the Saugerties Lighthouse and the Women’s Suffrage Movement using larger-than-life mask and puppet characters, low-tech devices of visual story-telling and live music, Tickets are $5, children and $10, adults and can be purchased at the door or online at ArmoftheSea.org.
• Starr Library, 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck will have its summer book sale on Friday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will feature books about the Roosevelts and about art. There will also be a collection of books on the Rhinebeck schools’ summer reading list. As usual, there are well-sorted collections of fiction and non-fiction as well as children’s books. Older fiction is  50 cents, non-fiction and newer fiction is $3, trade paperbacks are $2, children’s paperbacks are four for $1 and hardcovers are $1. In addtion there will be young adult books from 25 cents. Masks are required at the book sale.
• “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” featuring a cast of high school and middle school students, continues its run at Bridge Street Theatre, 44 W. Bridge St., Catskill. The production runs through Sunday, Aug. 14. Performances are Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission to the Aug. 7 performances is pay what you will. Admission for the other performances is $25 for adults, $10 for students and youngsters ages 18 and under. Discounted advance tickets (highly recommended) are available for $22/$10 (+ a small service fee) at bridgest.org/spelling-tickets/. Visit bridgest.org or call (518) 943-3818 for more information.
• Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner, will present a dance theater performance, “Trash Bata” by Barbara Martinez on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 11 a.m. to noon. “Trash Bata” is a one-woman dance theater production that uses the language of flamenco to speak to the problem of plastics in the environment. The “bata de cola” is a long train skirt traditionally used by the female flamenco dancer in Spanish dance. In this piece, instead of the usual skirt made from lively ruffles, bright colors, or polka dots, a bata made from trash follows the dancer with every movement. Martínez has spent a lifetime crafting her performance skills as a dancer and vocal artist, specializing in choreography, composition and musical arrangements. The program is for all ages. Registration is not required. Visit gardinerlibrary.org for more information.
• Guitarist and producer Joel Harrison will host three special concerts in August at venues in Woodstock and Stone Ridge. The first concert, “The Music of the Woodstock Festival,” Aug. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Colony at 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock, features a new take on the music of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Tickets are $20, $25. Visit  colonywoodstock.com. The second event, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Lydia’s Cafe at old U.S. Route 209, Stone Ridge, features food and great jazz music. Tickets are a $20 suggested donation. For more information visit lydias-cafe.com. The last show, The Jazz Guitar Concert of the Decade, is Friday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. Visit bearsvilletheater.com.
• The Woodstock Shakespeare Festival’s featured summer presentation, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” continues on the grounds of the Comeau Property, 95 Comeau Drive, Woodstock. The production runs through Sunday, Sept. 4, with performances Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested. Visit birdonacliff.org for more information.
• The Woodstock Reformed Church, 16 Church St., Woodstock, will host a free outdoor concert, “Soulful Serenade,” on the front porch on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m. The concert will feature featuring a variety of Hudson Valley musicians, including the church band Praise B, Anup Thomas, and The New Zeitgeist. Donations are welcome. All proceeds will help support local refugee families. Visit woodstockreformedchurch.org for more information.
• The Mark Gruber Gallery at 13 New Paltz Plaza celebrates the Hudson Valley’s agrarian roots with its latest show “Barns in Art,” running through Sept. 3. Featured works by artists
based in the Mid-Hudson Region included pastels, oil paintings and watercolors of barns juxtaposed with pastures, green fields, dotted with wild flowers and cows and sheep grazing. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays and Mondays by appointment. (845) 255-1241.
• The Windham Rotary Association will host the 10th Annual Cancer Patient Aid Car Show on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ashland Town Park, 12187 Gravel Bank Road (state Route 23), Ashland. The show is open to all years, makes, models and motorcycles. Trophies will be awarded to Top 20 and speciality categories. The winner of the Rick Mundelein Memorial Trophy will receive $200 and the winner of the Best in Show “Classic” will receive $500. There will als be music, door prizes and a 50/50. Funds raised will support Greene County cancer patients through the Greene County Women’s League Cancer Patient Aid. The entry fee is $15 the day of the event. Spectator admission is free. Call (518) 291-0883 or (518) 734-5303, ext. 2, or send an email to cancerpatientaidcarshow@gmail.com for more information.
• Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner, will host an Anime Movie Night on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Youngsters ages 11 to 18 are invited to watch “Castle in the Sky,” rated PG. Refreshments, light snacks, and anime drawing supplies will be available during the film. Registration is required on the online calendar at www.gardinerlibrary.org.
•  The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Aug. 18-21 features performances in multiple towns across the Hudson Valley including in Kingston, New Paltz, Woodstock and Accord. The festival bill features top names in jazz, with a focus on area musicians deserving of wider recognition. Headliners locally include Stanley Jordan at The Bearsville Theatre. The festival also features performances farther afield in Orange and Westchester counties. For more information visit https://www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org/
• The Athens Volunteer Fire Department, 39 Third St., Athens, will host a chicken barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. The menu will consist of half a chicken, a potato, corn on the cob and dessert. The cost is $15 per person. Contact any department member, or call (845) 863-4600 or (518) 634-2035 for more information.
• The Good Work Institute is hosting “Resisting Erasure,” an exhibition featuring Poughkeepsie-based artist Shirley Parker-Benjamin and photographer Onaje Benjamin through Oct. 8. Featured events include a closing event on Oct. 8 and chances to engage with the work on the second Saturday of each month. The Good Work Institute Greenhouse is located at, 65 St. James Street, Kingston. For more information  visit  https://goodworkinstitute.org/resisting-erasure/
• The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase arrives at Bearsville Center, 277 – 297 Tinker St., Woodstock, from Oct. 21-23. View fine, contemporary, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments, exhibited by their creators in an intimate gathering of stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados and enjoy continuous live music, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day of the event in The Bearsville Theater Lounge. Additional seminars, workshops and concerts by separate admission. General Admission is $25 per day. A three-day pass is $60.
• An outdoor summer music concert series, “Twilight Music in the Parks,”  takes place Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Ulster Visitor Center on the Highland side of Walkway Over the Hudson off of U.S. Route 9W, through Sept. 1.
• People’s Place, in partnership with Institute for Animal Happiness, has brought back the Happy Cart to the parking lot at 17 St. James St., Kingston every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. The Happy Cart offers plant-based food to our community to taste and is free. happyvegancart.org.
•  People’s Place Wellness Empowerment Center’s monthly Evening Of Holistic Health collaboration with the Holistic Health Community continues. The first Wednesday evening of each month from 3 to 7 p.m. at 775 Broadway, Kingston. https://peoplesplacewec.simplybook.me/v2/.
•  People’s Place Wellness Empowerment Center offers free weekly workshops, featuring wellness classes, health screenings, nutritional guidance, alternative health modalities, and financial education. 775 Broadway, Kingston. For more information and to register for workshops, visit www.peoplesplace.org/wellness-empowerment-center/  or call (845) 338-4030.
•  People’s Place Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at 17 St. James St., Kingston. Donations of fresh and shelf-stable foods are being accepted. Call (845) 338-4030.
• People’s Place Bounty Table, located just outside the doors, offers free produce, breads, baked goods, dairy items and proteins. The items change daily and are first-come, first-serve during business hours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (845) 338-4030 for additional information.
• The Hurley Heritage Society Museum at 52 Main St., Hurley has opened for the season. View the ongoing exhibit “Winslow Homer in Hurley — an Artist’s View.” featuring reproductions of the paintings and illustrations Homer created during his visits to Hurley between 1870 and 1875. The exhibition features five new paintings this year. Museum hours are Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m.
• Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Ice Cream Sundays train rides take place Sundays from through Sept. 18. Trains depart from the railroad’s Westbrook Lane Station in Kingston near the Hannaford Supermarket in Kingston Plaza at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for an approximately one-hour ride. Tickets are $20 for adults; $14 for children (ages 2-12); $19 for seniors, active military personnel, and veterans; and free for toddlers 2 and under on lap. Visit catskillmountainrailroad.com.
• Bike Friendly Kingston will host monthly evening “Slow Rides” on the first Thursday of each month through October. The guided rides, ranging from five to 20 miles, depart from the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster’s parking lot at 507 Broadway at 6 p.m. Dates are Aug. 8, Sept. 9 and Oct. 6. Email eflynn@kingston-ny.gov. for more information.
• Thomas Cole National Historic Site’s exhibition “Thomas Cole’s Studio: Memory and Inspiration” is set to run through Oct. 20, 2022, at the site, 218 Spring St., Catskill. The exhibition examines the famed Hudson River School artist’s final years before his death in February 1848. For more information and exhibit hours, visit www.thomascole.org/visit.
• The Hudson Wednesday Market returns to the 7th Street Park on Warren Street, Hudson, each Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. through Oct. 26. The grassroots farmers market features a diverse group of vendors. Local artisans interested in selling and showcasing their crafts can email upstreetmarket@gmail.com. Visit upstreetmarket.wixsite.com/hudsonwedmarket/
• The New York City Opera and Teatro Grattacielo headline the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice in Phoenicia from Aug. 5-7. Featured performances include Teatro Grattacielo’s production of Mozart’s “Don Giovani” on Aug. 5, at 8:30 p.m., New York City Opera’s Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata”  Aug. 6, at 8:30 p.m. and “Opera in the Movies” in partnership with the Woodstock Film Festival on Aug. 7 at 8:30 p.m. Visit https://www.phoeniciavoicefest.org/.
•  The Rhinebeck Farmers Market has opened for the season in the municipal parking lot at 61 E. Market St., Rhinebeck. The market will take place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the exception of Dec. 4, through Dec. 18. Visit rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com for more information.
•  The Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Catskill Flyer scenic train rides have returned to the rails of the old Ulster and Delaware Railroad. The rides take place Saturdays through Sept. 17. Trains depart from the railroad’s Westbrook Lane station near the Hannaford Supermarket at Kingston Plaza in Kingston at 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for an approximately one-hour ride. Tickets are $16, adults; $10 children (ages 2-12); $15, senior, military and veterans: and free for toddlers 2 and under on lap. Visit catskillmountainrailroad.com/.
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