8 Holiday Week Events in the Hudson Valley | General Arts & Culture | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine
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It’s Christmas week. Stuff your stocking with these excellent events.

Open House at the Mesier Homestead | December 21

The 1741 Mesier Homestead in Wappingers Falls will host a free holiday open house on December 21 from 11am to 2pm. The self-guided tour offers a look at the historic house’s beautifully decorated downstairs rooms, which have been done up with candlelight, greenery, ribbons, and bows. A docent will be available to welcome you and answer your questions about the homestead. The gift shop will also be open, to start (or finish) your holiday shopping.

Hudson Hall Hosts Chamber Concert | December 21

On December 21 at 7pm, the Aston Magna Chamber Players will perform a selection of masterworks by Handel and Bach on period instruments in the 1855 theater of Hudson Hall in Hudson. The ensemble features Daniel Stepner and Julie Leven on baroque violins; Laura Jeppesen on viola da gamba and baroque viola; Loretta O’Sullivan on baroque cello; Priscilla Herreid on baroque oboe and oboe d’amore; Peter Sykes on portatif organ; and mezzo-soprano Deborah Rentz-Moore. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door ($15 for those under 30 with ID; free for full-time students with ID).

PS21 Premieres Dance Works | December 21-22

PS21 in Chatham will present the US premiere of Phasmes and Hêtre, two signature works by the French dance company Compagnie Libertivore, on December 21 and 22 at 7pm. Together, the two works form a diptych, displays of aerial and earthbound movement that are visually mesmerizing, in turns delicate and poetic, acrobatic and muscular. Tickets are $40 ($35 for PS21 members; $20 for students and youth).

“Nutcracker” in HD at Ridgefield Playhouse |
December 22

Due to pandemic woes, many live performances of the ballet “The Nutcracker” are on hold this year. The solution for those wishing to take in the beauty of this traditional holiday family classic? One idea might be to attend the HD livestreaming of the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet’s interpretation at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut, on December 22 at 7pm. Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors; $15 for students).

“Magic on Main” in Windham | December 23-March 4

Magician Sean Doolan will present “Magic on Main: An Intimate Parlor Experience,” a magic show in his private library located in a historic building in Windham, from December 23 through March 4. In the show, Doolan weaves his personal story of transitioning from a trial lawyer into magician through interactive magical routines and “demonstrate the limitations of the human mind through techniques he learned as a student of the ancient art of sleight of hand.” For ages 10 and up. Tickets are $15. See website for performance schedule.

Tom Cotter in West Nyack | December 23, 26

Funnyman Tom Cotter has appeared on “America’s Got Talent”; “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”; his own special, “Comedy Central Presents...Tom Cotter”; “The Howard Stern Show”; and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Cotter comes to Nyack Levity Live in West Nyack on December 23 at 8pm and December 26 at 7pm. Tickets are $20-$70.

Art Sale at Lockwood Gallery | through December 30

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In need of a last-minute holiday gift for the art lover in your life? Now through December 30, Lockwood Gallery in Kingston is hosting the curated, multi-disciplinary Woodstock School of Art Instructors Exhibition and Sale. The show features the work of more than 35 artist-art instructors and benefits the Woodstock School of Art. The gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays from 11am to 6pm.

Pop-Up Art Show at Monument Gallery |
through February 1

A group exhibit and pop-up shop cosponsored by the Shelter Cultivation Project is in place at the Monument gallery in Kingston through February 1 from 6 to 10pm. “The Shelter Cultivation Project is a collaborative creative expression born from the impacts of the pandemic,” say the organizers. “Looking for a way to support and connect our creative community, we began by commissioning artists and makers to collaborate on unique one-of-a-kind works for a gallery show and pop-up shop. We are excited to expand our community by partnering with new artists, makers, and visionaries for the next Shelter experience.”

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Peter Aaron

Peter Aaron is the arts editor for Chronogram.
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