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Friday, September 30, 2016

Now Open: The Barn of Terror

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 4:00 AM


You don’t want to get caught by the side of their silo with no gas. The Barn of Terror presents their annual Halloween attraction, centered around barn frights, cemetery scares, and cornfield-induced fear. This year, the Boice family has selected “The Corn Master is not alone…” as their theme for spreading scares.

USA Today recently named The Barn of Terror one of the “Top Ten Haunted Houses in New York State,” calling the attraction a “nightmarish landscape.” The attraction started in 2002 and has grown steadily since.

“We just love Halloween, and love scaring people!,” says event organizer James Boice Jr. Those who love Halloween frights will feel at home at the over half-a-dozen attractions on site. Screaming is welcome.

The Barn of Terror may not be suitable for young children or those with mobility challenges.

For those who dare, The Barn of Terror will be open every night at 7 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 30th to October 30th at the Boice Farm. 25 Thru View Farm Road, Lake Katrine. Thebarnofterror.com.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Frank Vignola Returns to Rosendale

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Frank Vignola
  • Frank Vignola

Mark your calendars, gypsy jazz fans. When it comes to the living disciples of the legendary guitar genius Django Reinhardt, the greatest is Frank Vignola. Seeing him play up close is an experience no lover of fine music will forget, and on October he returns to one of his favorite haunts, the Rosendale Café, in the company of Finnish guitar master Olli Soikkeli.

Raised on Long Island, Vignola has been performing Reinhardt’s music since the late 1980s, when he led a Hot Club of France tribute band at Michael’s Pub in Manhattan. In 2000, he served as the musical director and coorganizer of the Django Reinhardt Festival in New York.

Cast your ears and eyes upon this vid of Vignola, Soikkeli, and Vinny Raniolo tearing it up on “Belleville”:

Frank Vignola and Olli Soikkeli will perform at the Rosendale Café in Rosendale, New York, on October 22 at 8pm. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (845) 658-9048 or visit http://rosendalecafe.com/.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Huichica East Festival Rocks Pine Plains

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent and friends
  • Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent and friends

The summer music festival high season may be officially over (sniff), but there’s one more intriguing local fest coming in under the wire: Huichica East, which takes place September 31 and October 1 at the Chaseholm Farm and features Phosphorescent (solo), Bill Callahan, Vetiver, Garth Hudson, and other acts.

Huichica (pronounced WA-CHEEK-AH) was started in Sonoma, California, in 2010 as “a new breed of micro festival built on the concept that dynamic, hand-curated music, wine, beer and food are best shared in beautiful, intimate settings with a warm and friendly attitude.” Among those performing in addition to the above artists are Purling Hiss, Woods, Entrance, and Mail the Horse. Children are encouraged to attend, and admission is free for those under 12. Camping will also be available.

Here’s Bill Callahan singing live in the great outdoors via NPR’s Music Field:

Huichica East will be held on September 31 and October 1 at the Chaseholm Farm in Pine Plains, New York. Camping and festival tickets are available. One-day passes are $50 and two-day passes are $90. For passes and more information, visit http://www.huichica.com/.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Mid-Hudson Marketplace

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The Mid-Hudson Marketplace Fall Festival at Nostrano Vineyards - SURPRISE PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Surprise Photography
  • The Mid-Hudson Marketplace Fall Festival at Nostrano Vineyards

When family and newborn photographer Melissa Chartier Surprise opened her Poughkeepsie studio years ago, she found an immediate synchronous connection with the business next door, Waddle n Swaddle. Thinking of the many amazing women she knew in the area who had similarly grown their passions into businesses, Surprise started hosting monthly meet-ups where people could connect. Each meeting, the group would highlight a particular member’s business, and eventually a desire to showcase all that talent swelled. An event took shape and, last year, it settled into a permanent collaboration with Nostrano Vineyards in Milton. This year, on Saturday, October 1st, the Mid-Hudson Marketplace is hosting its third annual fall festival of seventy curated vendors: artists, makers, crafters, farmers, mom-and-pops, and pop-up shops. And there are a few great reasons to bring the kids.

Nestled in Nostrano Vineyards’ big, beautiful field, where kids love to run and play, amidst the barn and vendor tables, will be a family-friendly spot where families can also curl up. Poughkidsie will host hourly demonstrations and activities for the little ones. It might be a book reading, a science experiment, or a DIY craft, at their creative work booth and play station. Waddle n Swaddle will set up a nursing and baby changing station so parents can have a comfortable place to be with their babies. And Frida’s Bakery will be offering a kid-friendly food craft at their second booth in the play area. It’s a whole wing of kids activities and family-friendliness to enjoy while families peruse the marketplace for handcrafted jewelry, culinary treats and art to inspire cooking, teas and spices, fashion, and artisanal goods. "It’s a whole celebration of the Hudson Valley and what we have here," says Surprise, "and we want everybody to come celebrate."

The Third Annual Mid-Hudson Marketplace Fall Festival at Nostrano Vineyards, 14 Gala Lane in Milton: Saturday, October 1, 2016; 11 am – 5 pm; free! Near the willow tree will be food trucks with specialties and indulgences, like samosas, cookies, handcut fries, and cupcakes. Bring a blanket to sit out in the field across the creek and grab some of Nostrano’s delicious grapes, apples, and wine. For more details, visit the Mid-Hudson Marketplace website and Facebook event.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Concert Against Gun Violence Comes to Kingston

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM


As we’re reminded with heart-wrenching regularity, the scourge known as gun violence is one the greatest dangers facing our country today. Spearheaded by Massachusetts-based Stop Handgun Violence (SHV), Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, and dozens of other organizations, Concert Across America to End Gun Violence is a nationwide effort that takes place this Sunday and features a diverse array of artists performing at venues ranging from churches and school gymnasiums to honky-tonks, hotel rooftops, theaters, and nightclubs. The latter includes BSP in Kingston, which for the occasion will join forces with Family of Woodstock to present Marshall Crenshaw, Kate Pierson, Mike & Ruthy, Connor Kennedy and Minstrel, and other artists.

For the concurrent concerts, performers will play to give voice to the more than five million Americans who have been murdered by a firearm since the University of Texas mass shooting in 1966. The idea for the BSP concert began when musician, Chronogram contributor, and co-producer of the event Robert Burke Warren, AKA Uncle Rock, received a call from his friend, multi-Grammy-winning activist Rosanne Cash, who is helming the New York edition of the concert at the Beacon Theater. “She asked if I would put together a Hudson Valley version,” he says. “So I joined forces with Family of Woodstock and reached out to these amazing musicians. They’re all passionate about the issue. Connor and Minstrel have played with everyone, including Kate and Marshall. And Mike & Ruthy opened for and backed up Kate on her 2015 tour. So expect some impromptu supergroups. It’ll be a rockin’ love fest.”

Watch this promotional video for the countrywide event:

The Hudson Valley segment of the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence will take place in BSP’s Backroom Theater in Kingston, New York, on Sunday, September 25 at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Proceeds from the event will go to Family of Woodstock’s 24-hour crisis hotline, services for youth and adolescents, and efforts to prevent domestic violence. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Creative Music Studio Hosts Concerts in Big Indian

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Ingrid Sertso
  • Ingrid Sertso

Founded in Woodstock in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, and Ornette Coleman, the Creative Music Studio has been a pivotal incubator of adventurous jazz-world music fusion for more than 45 years. For the most recent three of those years, the education and performance organization has been hosting intensive performance workshop programs and concerts at Full Moon Resort, where this week it presents a series of live events featuring some of the foremost names in the creative, improvised “worldjazz” genre.

Check out these lineups:

Tonight, Tuesday, September 20: Pauline Oliveros (accordion), Fabian Almazan (piano), Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Iva Bittova (violin/vocal), Karl Berger (piano), Ingrid Sertso (vocals), Ken Filiano (bass), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Omar Tamez (guitar), and Joe Hertenstein (drums).

Wednesday, September 21: Fabian Almazan (piano), Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Karl Berger (piano), Ingrid Sertso (vocals), Ken Filiano (bass), (drums), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Omar Tamez (guitar), and Joe Hertenstein (drums).

Thursday, September 22: Fabian Almazan (piano), Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Karl Berger (piano), Ingrid Sertso (vocals), Ken Filiano (bass), (drums), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Omar Tamez (guitar), and Joe Hertenstein (drums).

Enjoy this glimpse of highlights from some 2015’s master classes and concerts:

The performances listed above take place at 8pm during the Creative Music Studio’s 2016 Fall Workshop at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. A donation of $20 is suggested at the door. For more information, call (845) 254-5117 or visit http://creativemusicfoundation.org/.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Harvest at the Kingston YMCA Farm Project

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM


Midtown Kingston is packed with stores, homes, eateries, arts factories and galleries, and marked most prominently by the Ulster Performing Arts Center. It’s called the corridor because Broadway runs down its spine, shuttling cars, trucks, and bicycles between Uptown and the Rondout. But hidden behind the bustling YMCA is a little oasis of garden plots and vegetable beds. The YMCA Farm Project implants fresh vegetables into the urban food desert and provides opportunities for locals to get their hands dirty.

To celebrate its third season, the Kingston YMCA Farm Project is throwing a party. In partnership with other local organizations and businesses, there will be burgers grilled by the Bruderhof, kale salad from DMZ Kingston, and tamales by Just For You. An apple tasting will be hosted by Montgomery Place Orchards. Performances by POOK, the percussion orchestra, and Energy dancers from the Center for Creative Education will help create a party atmosphere. Kids can grab a mini pumpkin at the Farm Project’s pick-your-own and make their own salsa. Adults can connect with Citizen Action of the Hudson Valley and register to vote. It’s a collaboration that invites everyone to enjoy the nature setting of this Midtown Kingston gem.

And thanks to a grant from the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, the Farm Project is expanding. During the Farm Expansion Work Weekend, big and little hands can help extend beds, move soil and compost and the children’s garden, and put up new fencing. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. The growing Farm Project is so excited to feed more people and host more young people at the Farm.

The Kingston YMCA Farm Project’s Community Harvest Celebration at 507 Broadway in Kingston: Tuesday, September 20, 5:30-7:30p; free! And their Farm Expansion Work Weekend held at the same address: Friday, September 30, 10a-4p; Saturday, October 1, 10a-3p; Sunday, October 2, 10a-3p; no experience necessary. Park in the YMCA lot and walk away from the Y towards the Farm. Visit their Facebook page for more info or to contact them.

Don’t miss the Kingston YMCA Farm Project’s Farm Stand at the YMCA of Kingston, Thursdays, 3:30-6p, through October 27th, and pre-school and school programs!
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Punk Pioneers the Scenics Visit Beacon

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM


The Viletones and Teenage Head may have grabbed the slimelight, er, limelight on Toronto’s early punk scene, but in a just world the Scenics would have been basking in it right there beside them. Thankfully, though, there actually is a bit of justice in the often unforgiving world of rock ’n’ roll: Via a spate of recent reissues and an ongoing reunion that produced the 2012 album Dead Man Walks Down Bayview, the Scenics are finally getting some notoriety outside their native city. And on September 27 they’ll pay an unexpected to visit to a city in our region—Beacon, where they’ll rock it up at Quinn’s.

I first encountered the Scenics back in the mid-1980s, by way of their two cuts on the soundtrack of the seminal 1978 documentary The Last Pogo. The Velvet Underground influence—always a good thing—was unmistakable, although the mechanized stuttering of “Sunshine World” pointed to an avant sensibility that was outside of rock. (Relating to the former inspirational source, the group released an entire album of VU covers, How Does It Feel to Be Loved?: The Scenics Play the Velvet Underground, in 2008.)

The archival Sunshine World (Studio Recordings 1977-78) came out in 2009, and features the “hit” signature track “Do the Wait”:

The Scenics and special guests TBA will perform at Quinn’s in Beacon, New York, on September 27 at 9pm. Donation requested. For more information, call (845) 202-7477 or visit https://www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon/?fref=ts.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sylvia Tyson and Scarlet Rivera Visit Woodstock

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Sylvia Tyson and Scarlet Rivera
  • Sylvia Tyson and Scarlet Rivera

Singer-songwriter Sylvia Tyson is one of folk’s all-time icons, a figure whose influence continues to loom large in the music today; violinist Scarlet Rivera burst on the scene in the 1970s as a stand-out member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue. And on September 24, the two legends will perform together at Woodstock’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts.

Canada's Sylvia Tyson rose to fame in the early 1960s as one half Ian & Sylvia, the beloved duo she formed with her former husband Ian Tyson. The pair waxed the much-covered originals “You Were on My Mind” (which Sylvia composed) and “Four Strong Winds” and were managed by Albert Grossman, the Bearsville raconteur and handler of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Band, and others; Grossman also managed the Tysons’ subsequent outfit, Great Speckled Bird. In addition to touring with Dylan, the Chicago-born Rivera performs on his 1975 album Desire and has worked with Tracy Chapman, David Johansen, the Indigo Girls, and many more.

Watch this cool mini-documentary on Sylvia Tyson:

Now watch Rivera and others performing with “Oh Sister” and “A Simple Twist of Fate” with Bob Dylan on TV in 1975:

Sylvia Tyson and Scarlet Rivera will appear at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock, New York, on September 24 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 ($22 for Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild members). For more information, call (845) 679-2079 or visit http://www.woodstockguild.org/.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Beekman Fire Department’s Annual Family Day

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • Courtesy of the Beekman Fire Company Auxiliary
  • A child enjoys the tumble bus

The Beekman Fire Company Auxiliary sponsors events like bingo, pasta nights, and pancake breakfasts so they can raise money for equipment, training sessions, and ambulance and firetruck supplies for the Beekman Fire Company. And on September 18th, they’re hosting their Second Annual Family Day, when they’ll welcome hundreds of people at the fire station in Poughquag for a free day of fun.

Along with over sixty craft and sales vendors, and food trucks to satisfy everyone, there are also some pretty neat children’s activities planned. The tumble bus is a bouncy house set up inside a school bus. The "Smoke House" will teach kids fire safety skills.  There will be an ambulance and firetrucks for kids to climb and explore, and face painting.  New this year is a penny-style penny social raffle with almost three hundred donated gift certificates from the community. 

The Beekman Fire Company Auxiliary offers relief and assistance to fire fighters at the scene of fires, drills, and other functions by supplying water and food. Funds raised at the Family Day will be used to support the Beekman Fire Company.

The Second Annual Beekman Fire Company Auxiliary’s Family Day at 316 Beekman Poughquag Road in Poughquag: Saturday, September 18th; 10a-4p; free! Visit their Facebook page for more info.

Don’t miss the Beekman Fire Company Auxiliary’s annual Cookies with Santa event on December 4th, 2016!
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