What’s happening in the Mid-Hudson Valley: Dec. 1, 2022 – The Daily Freeman

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• The Phoenicia Playhouse, 10 Church St., will present TroupEnigma’s production of “World War II Radio Christmas” by Pat Kruis Tellinghusen, starting Dec. 1. This moving holiday show recreates the experience of attending a recording of a 1940s radio show. With a mix of Christmas and 1940s tunes, reenactments of postcards and letters from the home front as well as from across the sea, old-time commercials, and wartime sketches that bring the seriousness and, sometimes, light-heartedness of war to the home front, this is a touching and warm production for the whole family. The production runs from Dec. 1 to 11, with performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and students. Military veterans will be admitted free. Visit phoeniciaplayhouse.com or call (845) 688-2279 for more information.
• Poets Penelope Hyde Levine and Matthew J. Spireng will appear in a spoken word poetry reading and performance Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills at 320 Sawkill Road, in the town of Ulster. Tickets are $5. Masks are required.
• The United Reformed Church at 9 Church St., Bloomington, is hosting its Christmas Bazaar, jewelry and bake sale on Friday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• The Immanuel Lutheran Church at 22 Livingston St., Kingston, is hosting its Christmas Handcrafted and Gift Boutique Friday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. Browse Handmade jewelry, glass, baskets, quilled cards, ornaments, gifts, collectibles, and more. Free gift wrapping will be available for all items purchased. Entrance is at the lower parking area, masks are required when indoors.
• Up In One Productions will present the Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” starting Friday, Dec. 2, at The Center for Performing Arts, 661 state Route 308, Rhinebeck. The show runs through Sunday, Dec. 18, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (845) 876-3080 or visiting centerforperformingarts.org.
• Betty Altman and Phil Miller will perform Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road, town of Ulster as part of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild Kingston Chapter’s Coffeehouse series. Altman and Miller will perform original and cover songs that combine flavors of folk and jazz into a smooth engaging blend of acoustic contemporary music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $7, $6 for Folk Guild members.
• The Town of Ulster Public Library, 860 Ulster Ave., town of Ulster, will present a geology program titled “Rock Your Socks Off: An Exploration of New York State’s Geology and Paleontology” with environmental educator, field ecologist and geologist Victor C. Capelli on Dec. 3. Program participants will be able to pick up and examine rock, mineral and fossil specimens from all over the state and listen to the descriptive narrative and their natural history explanations from handouts and visual displays which will accompany them. Attendees are urged to bring in their rocks, minerals and fossils for identification. Call the library at (845) 338-7881 for more information.
• The Woodstock Library Forum will present a special evening of music with Trios + 1 on Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 5 p.m. at the library, 5 Library Lane, Woodstock. The group consists of Brian Hollander, Fran Hollander, Tim Kapeluck and Geoff Harden. They will perform country songs, true musical stories, some originals and standards, and intricate harmonies.
• The Ruby Fire Department will host a “Santa Run” event beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Members of the department will join Santa and his elves to hand out candy canes throughout the community. Listen for the sirens and horns to know when Santa is nearby.
• The Clinton Historical Society will have its annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Creek Meeting House, 2433 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners. Local crafters will be selling their items. The society will be selling holiday decorations along with homemade baked goods. There will also be homemade soup for lunch, to eat in or take out. Proceeds from the sale go to support their mission.
• Repair Café Woodstock will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock. Volunteer repair coaches work on your broken item while you stay to watch, sometimes assist, and ideally to learn. They work on furniture of all types, lamps, small appliances, jewelry, clothing, knits, electronics, wood items, knife and tool sharpening, and more. The café will feature antique pastel restoration. On the café side, hot coffee and tea will be available for free, and baked treats and fruit will be for sale. For more information, visit RepairCafeHV.org, or email RepairCafe@woodstock.org.
• Elizaville United Methodist Church, 740 county Route 2, Elizaville, will have a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church hall. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a large variety of decorations, gifts, crafts, wrapping paper, toys, curios, and more. There will also be a baked goods table that will include cheesecakes. Breakfast and lunch will be available, with soups, sandwiches, pasta to go, and dessert items. For more information, call (845) 756-2338 or (845) 756-5192, or, on the day of the event, call the church hall at (845) 756-5602.
•  Kingston Maennerchor and Damenchor Hall, 37 Greenkill Ave., Kingston, will host Christkindlmarkt, A German Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be chocolates, frozen lamb chops, goat milk, soaps and lotions, jewelry, homemade crafts and more. The café  will be serving German potato pancakes, chili and other light fare. Call (845) 338-3763 or (201) 790-4453 for more information.
• Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, will host a Local Artists Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be colorful pottery, handmade all-natural bath products and soaps, decorated wreaths and sprays, hand-crafted bracelets, artisanal clocks, one-of-a-kind sewn handbags, pouches and dog collars with custom fabrics. There will also be all-atural skincare products, unique handcrafted silk and merino wool Nuno felt scarves, and soft felted domestic and woodland animals along with holiday cards and unique jewelry. Call (845) 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org for more information.
• Sam’s Point Educator Becca Howe-Parisio will discuss how animals make it through the harsh, cold winter months during a talk Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cragsmoor Free Library, 355 Cragsmoor Road, Cragsmoor. Discover what these critters do to survive, be it hibernation, hunkering down or staying active. Participants will also learn how to look for signs of animals in winter during a short walk around the library and make plaster animal tracks to take home with them. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Preregistration is required by calling Library Director Nancy Krum at (845) 647- 4611 or by emailing nancy@cragsmoorfreelibrary.info.
• The Town of Esopus will have its Winter Wonderland Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the parade will take place Dec. 4. Floats with lights and decorations and participants are needed. Examples include decorated floats, unique cars and trucks, organizations, businesses, fire departments, ambulances and horses. For more infomation, call Kathryn Robinson at (845) 706-9168 and RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 1, to be included in the parade. Hats and mittens will be collected for local schools. Drop-off boxes will be at the Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Mario’s Pizza, Smitty’s and Dollar General.
• The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County will host its 34th annual Reindeer Ramble 5K holiday road race/walk on Sunday, Dec. 4. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Scholarship Fund. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. from the YMCA at 507 Broadway rain, snow or shine. Day-of-race registration and packet pickup starts at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Register at https://bit.ly/3Vv55Ap.
• The Friends of the Saugerties Public Library hosts the Festival of Trees on Sunday, Dec. 4, from noon to 4 p.m. All are invited to decorate a tree for the event. Visit the library’s website at https://www.saugertiespubliclibrary.org/ to view the requirements and fill out a submission form. Trees may be dropped off at the library until Dec. 3.
• Holiday in the Village returns to the village of Saugerties on Sunday, Dec. 4, from noon to 6 p.m. Visit Santa at the Kiersted House, stop by the Festival of Trees at the Saugerties Library or visit a craft fair and market and holiday activities at the Saugerties Boys & Girls Club from noon to 4 p.m. Free traditional horse-drawn wagons will depart from the Village Firehouse from 1-3 p.m. Toy raffles will be at 1, 2:30, and 4 p.m. A community tree and menorah lighting at the Reis parking lot and a traditional fireman’s parade through the village are scheduled for 5 p.m. with the presentation of trophies for fire trucks at 5:30 p.m. The festivities then conclude with a tree lighting at Seamon Park and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”
• The Kingston Model Railroad Club’s annual open house continues Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. through Dec. 4. This complete O-scale railroad features modern and vintage scale models of steam and diesel locomotives passing through scenery modeled after the Hudson Valley. Also view trolleys, a circus train and Thomas the Tank engine.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for children under 12.
• Historic Red Hook’s annual benefit auction will take place online. It runs through Sunday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. Offerings will include personal tours of historic homes, ice cream-naming opportunities, insider visits to working farms, vacation getaways to Nantucket and the Berkshires, and much more. The final 90 minutes of bidding can be viewed at the Elmendorph Inn, 7562 North Broadway, Red Hook, where there will be holiday drinks and trivia, on Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Visit historicredhook.org/auction for more information.
• The Elmendorph Inn, 7562 North Broadway, Red Hook, will have its holiday open house on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be live holiday music, hot mulled cider, homemade cookies and fresh-baked treats. Visit https://www.historicredhook.org/upcoming-events/holidayopenhouse2022.
• Lifespring: Saugerties Adult Learning Community’s Winter ’22/‘23 programming includes presentations on Dec. 7, Jan. 4 and March 1 as well as a mini-course series in February. The free programs are open to anyone interested in attending and will be held via Zoom with prior registration required. The first program is at 11 am on Wednesday, Dec. 7, “Stories of Marginalized Workers on the D & H Canal,” presented by Bill Merchant, historian and curator of the D&H Canal Historical Society. The deadline to register is Dec. 5.  www.Lifespringsaugerties.com.
• Athens American Legion Post No. 187 will have its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. at Athens Veterans Park next to Fifth Street in the village. Visit https://fb.me/e/5OTLPHPom for more information.
• Made in Kingston returns with a new home at the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County at 507 Broadway Thursday, Dec. 8, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dozens of artists and makers will showcase an eclectic range of items right in time for the holiday gift-giving season. Admission is free.
• The Catskill Glee Club will present its 93rd annual Winter Concert on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Reformed Church, 310 Main St., Catskill. The club will present a variety of traditional and contemporary seasonal songs. The Glee Club’s guest artist this year will be the Greenville High School’s Select Treble Chorus. The combined choruses will sing G.F. Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” and J. Rutter’s arrangement of “Silent Night.”  An array of home-baked treats and fellowship will follow. A donation of $10 is suggested. The 26-voice male chorus, with members from Greene and surrounding counties has been bringing quality music to the Hudson Valley since 1927.  Doors open at 7:00 pm for the 7:30 pm performance. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.  Visit the Club’s Facebook page or website:  CatskillGleeClub.org for further details.
• St. James United Methodist Church, 29 Pearl St., will have a Cookie Caper and Gift Fair on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homemade cookies will be sold for $12 per pound. Preorders will be accepted until Dec. 9 and can be made by calling (845) 331-3030 or sending an email to stjamesumc.kingston.news@gmail.com.
• The Olive Free Library, 4033 state Route 28A, West Shokan, will have its annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature, local makers, raffle prizes and homemade cookies for sales. Local artisans and craftspeople will be set up in the library’s Community Room and lower floor to offer unique, handmade goods ranging from embellished denim and holiday ornaments to hand-knit and hand-crocheted scarves and original artwork and more. All proceeds will benefit the library. Call the library at (845) 657-2482, send an email to programs@olivefreelibrary.org or visit olivefreelibrary.org for more information.
• The Rhinebeck Choral Club will perform family-friendly concerts at Rhinebeck Reformed Church, 6368 Mill St., Rhinebeck, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. Admission is free, although donations will be accepted. Visit rhinebeckchoralclub.org for more information.
• Get your broken items repaired free at the next Esopus Library Repair Café on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library at 128 Canal St. in Port Ewen. Eligible items include clocks, lamps, fans, vacuums, other small electrical or mechanical appliances, computers, jewelry, textile repairs and more. For more information or to volunteer contact esopusdirector@esopuslibary.org or visit repaircafehv.org.
• St. James United Methodist Church, 29 Pearl St., Kingston, will host its Star in the Valley Christmas Market and Cookie Caper on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homemade Christmas cookies, crafts and refreshments will be available for purchase. Pre-ordered cookie trays are $12 per pound. Call (845) 331-3030 to place your order. Parking and an accessible entrance are located at 29 Pearl St.
• The Woodstock Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair will take place at Mountainview Studio, 20 Mountainview Ave., Woodstock, on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be clothing, jewelry, art, food and more.
• Rhinebeck Reformed Church, 6368 Mill St., Rhinebeck, will have its annual cookie walk sale on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cordes Hall. There will be more than 40 kinds of homemade holiday cookies. Cookies can be purchased for $11 per pound.
• The High Falls Fire Department hosts its annual holiday food and toy drive Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1-4 p.m. at the High Falls Firehouse at 1 Firehouse Road, High Falls. The event will feature pictures with Santa, hot cocoa or hot coffee and fresh baked cookies. Participants are asked to donate a new unwrapped toy. Donations of hams, turkeys and all trimmings, canned goods, dry goods, juices, personal health and beauty items, baby food and diapers will be collected Gift cards for older teens and monetary donations will also be accepted. All donations benefit the Rondout Valley Food Pantry.
• The Ruby Fire Department will host “Pancakes with Santa” on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the firehouse, 1214 Main St., Ruby. All are welcome. Donations will be accepted.
• Advent/Christmas Concert will take place on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at Comforter Kingston Reformed Church (upper fellowship hall), Wynkoop Pl., Kingston. For more information, call Dianna, (845) 901-5330 or email ewepurly@hotmail.com. Admission is a free-will offering.
• A soup sale will take place at the Rhinecliff Firehouse, 17 Shtazell Ave., Rhinecliff, on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Soup will be sold by the quart for $10 per quart. Only take-out orders will be available. Soup can be picked up at the firehouse side window on Orchard Street. The sales are sponsored by the Rhinebeck Grange. Send an email to JoBaer2@gmail.com to preorder online and to be emailed the soup choices.
• A cookie walk will take place on Dec. 17 from 1 – 3 p.m. featuring a craft bazaar, white elephant table, etc. at the Comforter Kingston Reformed Church, (lower fellowship hall), Wynkoop Pl., Kingston. For more information, call Betsy at (845) 339-4471.
• The Movies with Spirit series will screen the drama “Merry Christmas,” on Saturday, Dec 17, at 7 p.m. at the Rondout Valley United Methodist Church, 25 Schoonmaker Lane, Stone Ridge. The film chronicles the true story of an unofficially declared truce by opposing soldiers in World War I on Christmas Eve 1914. The film is rated PG–13. Attendees over age 12 are asked to contribute $10 a person.
• The Lord’s Acre Project Craft Fair & Bake Sale will take place Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rochester Reformed Church, 5142 U.S. Route 209, Accord. There will be vendors, handmade crafts, a bake sale, raffles, a silent auction a 50/50, and more. Donations of homemade crafts or gift baskets are wanted for the raffle and silent auction. Contact Jennifer Gregory by calling (845) 706-0607 or sending an email to niffer20@aol.com if you would like to donate. People interested in being vendors should also contact Gregory.
• The Tivoli Artist Gallery, 60 Broadway, Tivoli, will have its Holiday Show through Dec. 18. The show will offer unique, handcrafted items such as ceramics, jewelry, small paintings, ornaments, greeting cards, sculptures, textiles and photographs. Gallery hours are 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call (845) 757-2667 or visit tivoliartistsgallery.com for more information.
• The Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St., Rosendale, will screen the 2017 film “Kong: Skull Island” at 3 p.m on Dec. 30. A team of scientists, explorers and soldiers arrive on an uncharted island dominated by prehistoric animal life where Kong is King. The journey soon turns into a fight for survival to escape a world where death is around every corner. Tickets are $10, $6 for members and those in costume. For more information and tickets, visit https://bit.ly/3VqcQI0.
• Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox’s Life in The Past Lane returns to the Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Members get $5 off. Call Bardavon at (845) 473-2072 or the Ulster Performing Arts Center at (845) 339-6088 or email boxoffice@bardavon.org to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com but fees apply.
• 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 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.
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