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Monday, July 10, 2017

Rosendale Street Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

COURTESY OF THE ROSENDALE STREET FESTIVAL
  • courtesy of the Rosendale Street Festival

Every summer since 1978, the town of Rosendale shuts down Main Street to traffic and opens up six stages for over 70 bands and booths for over 100 vendors. If you missed it last year, you weren’t alone. Construction on Main Street meant the festival couldn’t happen. So this year, the Rosendale Street Festival back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. It comes to town on July 15th and 16th for a family-friendly, small-town-welcoming weekend of music and community.

“The Rosendale Street Festival is a fantastic event for the whole family!” says musician and festival co-chair Charlie Kniceley. “We offer all styles of music showcasing some of the best music in The Hudson Valley.” The Music Festival of Rosendale is a not-for-profit, grassroots citizen organization that comes together for the purpose of continuing the legendary Rosendale Street Festival for the multiple benefits it offers to our community and the Mid-Hudson Valley as a whole. Says musician and festival co-chair Carrie Wykoff, “It’s great to bring the festival back this year.”

One of the area’s best bands which play kid-centered music, Rosendale’s own Dog on Fleas, is performing on Saturday, and there’s a seventh stage for mostly solo singer-songwriters added at the deck of the 1850 House. With younth performers, a kids’ craft station, a beer garden, and lots of delicious food vendors, it’s a weekend for the whole family. Don’t miss the Film Festival of student films being shown on Saturday at the Rosendale Theater, featuring films crafted by the Homeschool Short Film Club and the Woodstock Day School’s Media Arts Department. It all ends with a bang, literally. A closing parade to Canal Lock with the Rosendale Improvement Brass Band and Social Club and P.O.O.K. (the Center for Creative Education’s Percussion Orchestra of Kingston) happens at 5:45p on Sunday.

The Rosendale Street Festival on Main Street in Rosendale: 10:30a-9p on July 15th (music starts at noon) to 10:30a-7p on July 16 (closing parade at 5:45p); by donation. UCAT will be providing shuttles from the following parking areas: Bloomington Fire House, The Old Tillson School, Brookside School, The Rondout Municipal Center and The Iron Mountain Kiln lot (to the left of the Iron Mountain Main entrance) on Binnewater Road.  To learn more about the event, see the full festival lineup, or to volunteer please see www.RosendaleStreetFestival.org
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Monday, June 26, 2017

The CENTER’s Family Series Begins July 8th

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

COURTESY OF THE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS AT RHINEBECK
  • courtesy of the CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

Every summer Saturday morning when I was little girl, you could spy me on my Big Wheels trailing after my big sister towards the local theater for the Saturday morning children’s shows. Jill was tasked with holding the money our mom gave us and buying our tickets, and she always made sure we each got a brownie at intermission. We saw every fairytale there was, and lingered after each show to wait for the actors to greet their young audience. It was thrilling every time the house lights dimmed, the red curtain lifted, and every time Belle or Princess Aurora stepped out the backstage door to say hello. And brownies at 10a might just be the best a kid’s life can get!

The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is welcoming back their Saturday Family Series on July 8th with Storybook Tales: Pinocchio and Robin Hood, a 45-minute adventure, brimming with audience participation and hilarity. You can make your own family memories every summer Saturday through August 19th with classic shows, shortened to about 50 minutes just for children and families. Sleeping Beauty will be performed with marionettes, and a special performance by Keith Bindlestiff of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will journey through the American midway, from jaw-dropping Sideshow feats to Big Top stunts and circus skills. Families can even see their own children and friends perform in the Saturday Family Series at the CENTER when shows are performed by the CENTER’s own Kids on Stage and musical theater workshop.

Thanks to a special grant from Stewart’s Shops, all tickets this summer are just $7, for children and adults. “We are so grateful for this generous grant, which allows us to continue to offer professional family fare at affordable prices,” said Babette Fasolino, The CENTER’s Education Director.

The CENTER’s Saturday Morning Family Series – Summer 2017 at The CENTER For Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308 in Rhinebeck: Saturdays, July 8-August 19th; all performances begin at 11:00 a.m. and are approximately 50 minutes in length. Tickets may be reserved online, in advance or sold at the door one hour prior to the show. Or call the Box Office at (845) 876-3080.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

CCE4Me

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

COURTESY OF THE CENTER FOR CREATIVE EDUCATION
  • courtesy of the Center for Creative Education

The mission of the Center for Creative Education (CCE) is to enrich the social and cultural awareness of youth and community through arts, wellness, and education, and they do that through educational programming. So is it any surprise they’re hosting one of the biggest, free health and wellness fairs in the Hudson Valley? The Third Annual Diversity Parade & 7th Annual Let's Move! Ulster Health Fair and Celebration happens Wednesday, June 21st on the Rondout in Kingston.

The CCE is actually multiple centers. In their a main site in midtown Kingston, there are weekly drumming, dance, and fitness classes, and a homeschool hub with classes in art, Shakespeare, technology, and mythology for 10-15-year-olds. The Kingston site is home to three award-winning youth dance ensembles, as well as the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston (P.O.O.K), which brightens every Stockade FC home game at Dietz Stadium. A second site in Beacon also offers classes in music and dance, as well as youth improv, a string orchestra, and a local artist series. Plus, the CCE provides a wide array of classes in dance, music, fitness, theater, spoken word, computer arts technology and the visual arts in school districts throughout the Hudson Valley. They recently launched a successful Project Based Learning pilot program in partnership with the Kingston City School District, to help raise graduation rates among minority students.

The 3rd Annual Diversity Day Parade starts at Kingston Catholic School at 5p, when people will dance their way down Broadway. At the bottom of the hill in Gallo Park, the Let’s Move! Ulster Health Fair and Celebration will keep the party going until 8p. There will be a “flash mob” facilitated by CCE Executive Director Bryant “Drew” Andrews, fitness demonstrations such as DXF® – Dance Xross Fitness®, Yoga, Pound® and Zumba®, plus live performances from P.O.O.K, Energy Dance Company, and Uptown Swing. The fair is also a chance to learn and engage with community vendors in the health and wellness industry.

"Ulster County has been steadily climbing the Robert Wood Johnson health rankings going from 35 to 15,” said Ulster County Executive, Mike Hein. "I want to encourage all of our residents to participate in the Let's Move! Ulster campaign and attend the Diversity parade where we celebrate Ulster County's greatest asset: our people."

“We are excited to be able to offer the chance for the ENTIRE community to come together in celebration of diversity, health, and movement and we hope many people from Ulster County and beyond join us,” says Andrews.

The 3rd Annual Diversity Day Parade & 7th Annual Let's Move! Ulster Health Fair and Celebration, starting at 5p at Kingston Catholic School, 159 Broadway in Kingston, and ending at T.R. Gallo Park on the waterfront: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017; 5-8p; free! For more information, or to practice in advance for the flash mob with a video tutorial, visit the CCE website and/or the Let's Move! Ulster Facebook page.

Want to be a sponsor, vendor, or parade participant? Call CCE at (845) 338-7664 or email: letsmoveulster@cce4me.org.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Opening Party at SallyeAnder's Flagship Store

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The SallyeAnder family - COURTESY OF SALLYEANDER
  • courtesy of SallyeAnder
  • The SallyeAnder family

Sallie Austin fell in love with the Hudson Valley. She decided it was the perfect place for her family’s long tradition of soap-making, which began with a line of handmade soap products developed in 1982. Austin is the second-generation owner of SallyeAnder, an all-natural, hypoallergenic soap company that's sold in over 2,000 stores nationwide, and she picked Beacon’s historic business district as the location for the company’s first-ever brick-and-mortar store. On Saturday, June 17th, you can share the excitement of the company’s flagship store with a family-friendly opening party.

What’s made the soap line so popular are the healing properties of its all-natural, organic ingredients. Earlier this year, SallyeAnder launched its Calendula Dandelion Soap, which uses olive and soy oils, organic calendula and organic dandelion blossoms, sweet tea, olive and rose essential oils to protect and heal dry, irritated skin. With its new location in the Hudson Valley, SallyeAnder has developed a relationship with Common Ground Farm in Wappingers Falls, which cultivates some of the natural ingredients used in the SallyeAnder line of soaps.

At the flagship store opening party, along with live music and food, there will be a soapmaking demonstration, and Austin, the mother of two, will show kids how to look to their natural environment for ingredients that clean. So far over 300 kids have signed up for the soap-wrapping contest where kids get to design the SallyeAnder soap packaging. It's happening in the two weeks leading up to the party and the winner will be announced at 3p at the party.

“We hear from folks from all over the country who have been able to resolve serious skin issues by going to a product that harnesses the power of our natural environment,” said Austin. “We so look forward to expanding on our SallyeAnder family by welcoming our local community to our storefront in Beacon. We were very deliberate about our choice of location - we wanted something in the beautiful, historic Hudson River Valley, which is not only a tourist destination that has exploded in popularity, but just a truly special place in which to live and work.”

The New York-based SallyeAnder handmade, all-natural soap company’s flagship store opening party at SallyeAnder, 1 East Main Street in Beacon: Saturday, June 17th, 12-6p, free and open to the public! For more information about the opening celebration, contact 315.343.0793. To learn more about the kids’ soap-wrapping contest, check Facebook. To learn more about family-owned SallyeAnder soap company, visit their website.
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Think Differently Dash

Posted By on Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

COURTESY OF WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON
  • courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson

The day before it becomes a staging ground for a marathon, the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, in partnership with Dutchess County Government and the City of Poughkeepsie, will host a dash designed to celebrate athletes with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. On Saturday, June 10th, the Think Differently Dash will line Main Street with cheering, athleticism, advocacy, empowerment, and fun. Whether you participate as a racer or a spectator, it’s a sweet way for families to spend a Saturday morning.

The Walkway Over the Hudson is a reclaimed 19th century railroad bridge turned linear park, with connections to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the Dutchess County Rail Trail. During the weekend of June 10-11, 2017, it will host four races for the annual Walkway Marathon weekend, including a 5k, half marathon, and full marathon. It all starts with the Think Differently Dash, a one-mile race down Main Street in Poughkeepsie, in which anyone and everyone can participate.

After the race, try lunch at Soul Dog, just a couple blocks down from the dash finish line, at 107 Main Street. Serving hot dogs, burgers, and frosted cupcakes, it’s a gluten-free oasis with placemats for coloring. Kids will love to display theirs in the Kids Corner.

The Think Differently Dash at the Crannell Street Parking Area, traveling out and back on Main Street in Poughkeepsie: Saturday, June 10, 2017; pre-registration and packet pick-up 8:45-9:45a, race runs 10-11a; $10 day of registration, free to cheer. Learn more on the website and check their Facebook event for updates.

Got a kid participating in the Think Differently Dash? Prep them with this adorable make-your-own picture book.
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Newburgh is for Families

Posted By on Mon, May 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Sometimes an obstacle to revitalization simply comes down to overcoming a bad rep. While she could have been talking about any one of the Hudson Valley’s 19th and 20th century industrial epicenters turned urban decline, Elissa Garay wrote for Chronogram recently, “Newburgh's biggest hurdle has perhaps been its reputation, one of lurid notoriety for crime and grit—a rehashed narrative, as residents will tell you, that's more of a retelling than a reality at this point.” A surefire way to combat this dilemma is to invite people in to see for themselves what’s happening in transitioning communities. So on Saturday, June 3rd, from noon to 10pm, Newburgh will be throwing open its doors for a block party that goes above and beyond. It’s an opportunity for families to explore this city’s flourishing cultural scene, where food, the arts, history, architecture, and geographic attributes beautifully intersect.

Aptly named Newburgh Illuminated, the event is meant to highlight and celebrate the city, and bring people together to enjoy its assets and achievements. The festival takes place on Broadway and Liberty Streets, just a short walk from Washington’s Headquarters Historic Site and the Hudson River waterfront. There will be three stages of live music, and a Colorfest where participants playfully toss colorful powders. On the Ritz Performing Arts stage, there will be movement artists, jazz musicians, spoken word artists, and magicians from Newburgh and abroad. It's a dancer’s dream stage, with a wide variety of dance styles like ballet, Indian classical, and African drummers and dancers on display. There’s even a participatory dance called Newburgh Open Movement Mob, happening throughout the day.

Check out scenes from last year’s Newburgh Illuminated festival.


Newburgh Illuminated on Broadway and Liberty Streets in Newburgh: Saturday, June 3rd; noon-10pm; free to attend. There will be food vendors and specialty offerings by local makers available for sale a la carte. Visit the festival website for more info and their Facebook page for updates.

Don’t miss the Fullerton Cultural Center’s popular book exchange, and Tempus Body Art’s vendor tent for Henna and Jacqua body art!
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Monday, May 22, 2017

MAYfest and the Kid’s Canteen

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM

COURTESY OF MAYFEST
  • courtesy of MAYfest

The only thing better than Music, Art, and Yoga (MAY) is when they all meet up. The Hudson Valley’s homegrown MAYfest is bringing internationally acclaimed musical acts, yoga instructors, art programs, and activities together in Cold Spring for the second time. And MAYfest has possibly the best kids’ tent around.

While parents spend a day or the entire Memorial Day weekend experiencing yoga classes, meditation and wellness workshops, hiking, art, and live music performances, kids up to age 12 can enjoy activities designed just for them. There are quiet areas and outdoor games, as well as organized workshops like instrument making, songwriting, mindfulness crafts, yoga, and even a theater class based on Hanuman, the Monkey King, whose asana is a split.

In order to participate in the Kid’s Canteen, children need a Weekend Kids Ticket, and kids under the age 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 5-12 can be dropped off for programs all day, and there are G-rated movies shown each night where kids can snuggle up in their PJs and sleeping bags until 11p. Perfect for parents who want to catch music headliners, Dar Williams, DJ Drez, and Rusted Root.

MAYfest and the Kid’s Canteen at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring: Friday, May 26th, at 2p, through Sunday, May 28th, post-11p; tickets range in price from $50-250 for music only to full weekend passes, and kids’ tickets are $40-65 for day to weekend passes. For tickets, info, the festival guide with more on camping, housing, and food options, and to design your experience by booking classes, visit the website.

Don’t miss late night campfire music sets, or SUP (stand-up paddle) yoga classes, which you can add on for only $10!
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Monday, May 15, 2017

On Public Education

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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“If you have a problem, you don’t go to the mayor first–you develop a relationship with your council or town board member. They have more power,” explains Rebecca Martin, co-founder of KingstonCitizens, the community-based organization committed to nurturing citizen participation and empowerment in government. “Just like in our country, Trump can proclaim whatever he wants, but it still goes through Congress and the Senate. It gets hashed out with the public, and decisions are made and voted on.” Through monthly Community Forums which began in February with discussion on Constitutional Law, KingstonCitizens has been helping people find ways to engage on subjects they’re passionate about, and to give the public a voice in an organized productive way, so there are more eyes on the local process. On May 21st, they’re considering public education with expert panelists, discussion, and desserts.

KingstonCitizens has been holding forums on and off since their inception in 2006. The organization is essentially a network of volunteer citizens coming together on an issue, creating a strategy as a group, and following through to the bitter end. The group achieved some fame when they took on and ultimately defeated a proposal by the Niagara Bottling Company to purchase a significant portion of Kingston’s water supply. Now, they’re focusing efforts on informing a public energized by the Trump Administration’s agenda, and crafting a framework for involvement in local politics that can be modeled in communities everywhere.

The forum On Public Education will be a conversation with Robin Jacobowitz and James F. Shaughnessy, both experts in education and members of the Kingston City School District Board of Education. It will look at some or all aspects of education that were portrayed by Trump, and will be framed primarily by the panelists and moderator Martin, with opportunity for public comment and questions. Martin says, “We want people to get inspired to ask, ‘Where is my role in this?’”

Part IV: On Public Education of the Community Educational Forums: An Eight-Part Series at Church Des Artistes, 79 Wurts Street on the Rondout in Kingston:, Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 1-4p, free. For the full monthly schedule of forums and to watch video from previous forums, visit the website. Coffee and tea are provided, and participants are encouraged to bring a dessert to share. KingstonCitizens encourages people to bring a personal computer laptop, if they have one. Wi-fi is available. This event is geared towards adults. Bringing children is at the discretion of the caregiver, as no childcare or activities are available. The event is ideal for children who are equipped to sit and listen, bring questions or just absorb.
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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Millbrook Literary Festival

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

In the children’s section of the Millbrook Library, little ones gather throughout the day to hear authors reading their picture books. Outside, there’s a tent on the library lawn where festival-goers can chat with seventy authors, their books available for signing. Inside the library’s gallery, there are authors’ readings and conversations on various topics like writing for young adults, and writing about tough issues for children. At one point in the day, people walk over for a poetry reading in the nearby cookie shop. This is the scene of the Millbrook Literary Festival, which celebrates its ninth festival this May 20th.

Founded in 2008 by Millbrook luminary Scott Meyer, the Millbrook Literary Festival is designed to connect the public with living authors as well as with the town of Millbrook itself. Meyer was among the first featured booksellers on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Book Picks segment, as owner of the Merritt Bookstore for over thirty years. He was an active member of the Millbrook community, serving on numerous boards, and expressed a constant vision to enliven the community with activity. “This is a festival for the community,” says steering committee member Cathy Morrell. “We want to share the love of books, the love of writing, the love of reading with the community. So everything is open and available to the public.”

Included in its offerings this year is a panel with Ashley Hurlburg-Biagini, co-author of In Defiance, who worked with sixth graders from Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook to research slave notices and create short, fictionalized, point of view stories about who the people were and why they sought freedom.

The Millbrook Literary Festival at the Millbrook Library on 3 Friendly Lane in Millbrook: Saturday, May 20th, 10a-5p, free! Look for the whole schedule on their website and follow their Facebook page for updates.

Don’t miss the annual Young Writers Showcase at Millbrook Library's gallery around mid-day. It's an awards ceremony and reading for students ages 8-18 who submitted short pieces, and there’s a publication of those entries available.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

World Class Women’s Cycling

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM

courtesy of the Women's Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix - JORDAN APGAR
  • Jordan Apgar
  • courtesy of the Women's Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix

On Saturday, May 6th, professional and amateur cyclists will line Rock City Road in Woodstock, as they await the starting shot of the annual 35-62-mile race, depending on category. And all of them will be women. The Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix (WWCGP) is celebrating its fifth year as the only women’s single day, out-and-back road race course in the United States. Winding its way through the best roads in Woodstock, Phoenicia, Hurley, and Saugerties, the WWCGP course includes scaling Overlook Mountain for two miles at an average seven percent grade. It ends again at Rock City Road, with an awards ceremony and BBQ at the Woodstock Community Center. It’s a great day for families to support local athletes, inspire young ones, and enjoy community.

The WWCGP is a USA Cycling sanctioned race designed with Pro, Elite, and first-time athletes all in mind. It celebrates female cyclists, who can be overlooked in the sport. “Over the four-year history of the WWCGP, we have had participants who have gone on to win medals at the Olympics, National Championships, and World Championships,” says race organizer Martin Bruhn. “Racers who attended as Category 4 years ago are now regular podium finishers in both road racing as well as cyclo-cross events.”

There are a few choice spots to watch the race and cheer on the cyclists. At the top of Meads Mountain Road in Woodstock, there’s a Tibetan monastery and the trail head for Overlook Mountain. At the intersection of Route 212 and Blue Mountain Road, there’s the Centerville firehouse. Use GPS to find Stoll Road for a stunning view that’s new to the race this year. In Phoenicia on Main Street, there’s a race within the race with a sprint prize.

At the community BBQ, there will be a band and food from local restaurants. A dedication ceremony will honor the memory of three committed advocates of the sport: Woodstock’s Town Supervisor Jeremy Wilbur, a champion of the race, passed away on New Year’s Day after a battle with cancer; Colorado’s Susie Diller was staff at USA Cycling for 13 years; and Ellen Watters was a rising star in Canadian cycling who traveled from Ottawa with friends every year to support the race, but was hit by a car from behind while riding one day last December and died. That got the race organizers even more committed to their focus on bicycling safety, and they have taken an active role in campaigning for a three-foot passing law in New York State, which would specify a minimum safe distance cars should maintain when passing cyclists.

The Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix on Rock City Road in Woodstock: Saturday, May 6th, 2017; race starts at 8am, family-friendly, community BBQ starts around 11am at the Woodstock Community Center on Rock City Road; free to watch. For more information, contact Martin Bruhn, Race Director via email at wwgcp2014@gmail.com or by phone at (845) 612-1672.
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