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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Where You Can Watch Fireworks This July

Posted on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 4:33 PM


When Independence Day falls on a Thursday, there's lots to be thankful for—a reprieve from 9-5 drudgery, a long weekend for many, and—holy freedom fries!—SO MANY FIREWORKS!

All over the Hudson Valley, the skies will be lit up to celebrate the glorious and free America— and we've got a solid little list of where you can watch fireworks this July. Most festivities include live music, food, and the ever-so-charming company of your neighbors decked out in red, white, and blue. So make sure your pets are indoors (and safely occupied with some ambient sound), pick your favorite town, and stake out a spot for the starlit spectacle.

(This is an incomplete list, of course, but feel free to let us know about your plans too!) 

Saugerties, 6/28

Washington Ave

12477 Saugerties

For some free fun, make your way down to Cantine Memorial Field to celebrate American Independence. Gates will open at 7pm, offering free hot dogs, free beverages, face painting, games, and giveaways and of course, admission. The firework display will begin at dusk.

Accord - 6/28

299 Whitfield Rd

Accord, NY 12404

For all you speedsters out there, the Accord speedway is the perfect venue to get your adrenaline fix before freedom festivities. Watch the daring racers rip through the mud before the sky glows with twinkling flames when the sun sets. A tentative rain date is set for July 5.

Albany/Troy - 6/28-7/11

There are so many fantastic upcoming firework shows in this Albany/Troy area we just couldn’t decide. But you can with this full list!

Kent - 6/30

Arts on the Lake

640 Route 52

Kent, New York 10512

The Arts on the Lake Music Festival will team up with the Town of Kent Fireworks to start off the summer with a bang. During the early evening hours, enjoy the music of folk/pop duo, The Two of Us at 7pm with a long list of Beatles tributes. The firework finale starts at so make sure to bring picnic dinners, lawn chairs and drinks for the evening.

Germantown - 6/30

50 Palatine Park Rd,

Germantown, New York 12526

Germantown offers more than a light show this independence day. Attendees can enjoy numerous food vendors, handmade crafts, and other fun events. Live music will come courtesy of Southbound before the fireworks begin.

Brewster - 6/30

Highlands Shopping Center

Independent Way,

Brewster, NY 10509

The Southeast Fireworks Extravaganza returns on this Sunday evening once again. Live music Kicks off at 7:30pm and fireworks start at 9:30pm. Rain date: 7/7.

East Fishkill - 7/01

Red Wing Park

11 Old Farm Road

Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Enjoy a concerts before the rockets’ red glare this independence season. Before the big boom, enjoy Annie & The Attaboys along with Adam & The New Hearts at 1pm, at 7pm, on the sandy shores of Red Wing Park. Firework are planned to rocket to the sky around 9:15pm with a backup rain date scheduled for July 3.

Beacon - 7/1

Memorial Park
Robert Cahill Drive,

Beacon, NY, 12508

The City of Beacon will have its own firework show on Sunday, June 9, at Memorial Park. The evening begins with food and music at 5pm. Afterwards, the real show will begin around 9pm and carry on until dusk with dazzling displays of Independence Day fireworks.

Catskill - 7/3

13 Scribner Hollow Rd,

Hunter, NY 12442

At Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, picture your typical Fourth of July American backyard BBQ on a much bigger scale. Bring a chair and blanket and settle in with your favorite BBQ food while passing the time with some lawn games. The party will carry on from 6pm to 10 pm.

New Paltz - 7/6

249 Libertyville Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561

New Paltz’s Independence Day celebration is the ideal place for both adults and children to enjoy the festive day. There are plenty of food trucks, bouncy houses, henna body art and face painting to keep you entertained after doors open at 5pm. Music will also be provided by local musicians: Mark Rust, Hudson Valley Bluegrass Express, and Soul City. Admission is free and fireworks start at dusk

Town of Newburgh: Independence Day Celebration Party - 7/3
Cronomer Hill Park,
Gardnertown Rd &, Powder Mill Rd,
Newburgh, NY 12550

Local Fire Company displays, food, and games start at 6pm and fireworks begin at dusk. Call 845-564-4552 for more info.

City of Newburgh: Fourth of July Celebration - 7/4
Newburgh’s Waterfront Unico Park,
Front St & Fourth St,
Newburgh, NY 12550

Family Day events kick-off at noon with vendors and artists on the river at Unico Park. There'll be music from 7-9pm, with fireworks at the People's Waterfront Park starting at 9pm. Call 845-565-2138 for more info.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

TONIGHT: Stick to Local 2018 Launch Party at Arrowood

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 11:20 AM


"Eat local" is a mantra to live by—for our health, for the environment, for the strength of our economy and community. The brainchild of Accord-based artist Maria Reidelbach (the genius behind Kelders Farm's giant gnome), Stick to Local, is a fun, gameified way to keep this mantra alive in our consciousness while getting to know area farms.

The project is a map of Hudson Valley farms and food businesses. Participants must visit each farm to earn a colorful sticker to complete the map. The free folding maps have spots for each colorful, theme-shaped sticker from places like Kelder's Farm, Westwind Orchard, and the Kingston Farmers' Market. There are also incentives for collecting stickers like free mini golf passes and a chance to win a stay at the Pine Ridge Dude Ranch.
Stick to Local will celebrate its fourth birthday and the launch of the 2018 stickering season TONIGHT at Arrowood Brewery in Accord. Set amid the climbing rows of hops, with the sounds of ducks quacking and sheep baahing in the background, this farm brewery is the perfect location for this launch party. 

Aside from the delicious beers (cash bar), there will be food from Stick to Local Farms Cookbook, made from the bounty of Rondout Valley farms annd bubble tea from The Den of Marbletown. Seed Song farmer Creek Iverson will be onsite with the Tinhorn Calico Farm Band to sing traditional field work songs, along with a bunch of other area producers. Grab a beer, get your map, and meet some farmers while you do. 

Stick to Local Farms Launch Party
Friday, May 25, 5-7:30pm
Arrowood Farms

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Sloan Wainwright Headlines Rootstock This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Sloan Wainwright
  • Sloan Wainwright
Founded last year with the mission of “helping farmers stay rooted,” Rootstock is a local folk music festival that’s certainly, well, growing. The second installment takes place this Saturday and features four stellar acts, food, and other events related to sustainable living, with proceeds from the event going toward to the establishment of emergency relief grants for New York farmers in need. Performers this year include Sloan Wainwright, Twisted Pine, Daisycutter, and Jacob Bernz.

“Farming is a high-stakes calling, where a farmer’s livelihood is often dependent upon unpredictable elements, like weather,” says event organizer and Daisycutter vocalist Sara Milonovich. “For many, the margins are often so slim that one catastrophe can be all that stands between survival and going out of business. With every farm that disappears, we jeopardize our nation’s food security and access, and risk losing our valuable green space to development… When disaster strikes, the amount of time it takes to get aid can be crucial to a farm’s recovery. The goal of Rootstock is to establish an emergency fund that farmers can access in times of crisis.”

Here’s Sloan Wainwright and her band performing the low-down blues “Meet Me in the Morning”:

Rootstock 2018 will take place on May 12 from noon to 6pm at Scenic Hudson’s Red Barn at Long Dock Park in Beacon, New York. Early bird tickets are available now for $20 at the Rootstock website: https://www.rootstockfest.org/concert.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year’s Eve, Family-Style

Posted By on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM

New Year's at Noon at the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
  • New Year's at Noon at the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Just because the New Year ushers in way past bedtime doesn’t mean families need leave the little ones out of New Year’s Eve celebrations. There are plenty of parties and opportunities to ring in 2018, family-style.

New Year’s at Noon hosted by the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum at 75 North Water Street in Poughkeepsie from 9:30a-12:30p. It’s the biggest party of the year with pop music, dancing, and surprises every hour on the countdown to noon. $10 per person MHCM Members, $14 per person non-members. This event will sell out, so grab tickets in advance using the “Find Ticket” link on Facebook.

Children’s New Year’s Eve Party hosted by Hyde Park Roller Magic at 4178 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park from 12p-3p. Add some noise makers, games, prizes, and a photo booth to your skating. There’s a balloon drop finale countdown. Admission is $7; skate rental is $2 quads/$4 blades; non-skating adults are free. See Facebook for more.

Family New Year’s Eve Party hosted by Wood’n Wheel at 365 Broadway, Route 9W in Ulster Park from 12-3:30p. Annual fun for the whole family with hats, horns, novelties, games, prizes, refreshments, and a grand finale balloon drop. Admission is $11; skate rental is $3.50. Arcade games are available a la carte. Learn more on the Facebook event.

New Year’s Eve Dance + Dinner hosted by the Ashokan Center at 477 Beaverkill Road in Olivebridge from 6p on. Ring in the New Year with dinner, live music, and dancing at the family-friendliest spot around. Two dance halls will feature swing, Cajun, waltzing, contras, and squares beginning at 8p, followed by late night Zydeco. Family-style dinner starts at 6p with options for vegan and gluten-free eaters. Make it a sleepover! Overnight bunk and breakfast packages are available.

If you’re not in the party mood, but want to make the New Year meaningful for kids and teens, try the Water Ceremony at the River hosted by The Dreaming Goddess at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront from 10-10:30a. It’s the final circle of the year and this will be a Water Prayer Ceremony, where people can send out prayers for a better world for all. The event is weather permitting, so check the Facebook page before you go.

Make it a weekend with events before and after New Year’s Eve in Kingston.

Preparing for 2018! Tarot Readings with Silvia Forni hosted by Anahata at 35 North Front Street, Floor 2, in Kingston on Saturday, December 30th from 1-4p. Become more aligned with heart and soul desires, and get clear about goals, wishes, and dreams for 2018. What is it you want to release or manifest this year? 20 minutes for $20. Book by emailing Theresa@anahatakingston.com and receive a coupon for a discounted reading in 2018.

Day 1 Walk on Monday, January 1 from 1-4p. Start the year walking together, seeing each other as fellow human beings. It’s not a march, or a rally, or a protest. It’s just a chance to walk, get to know each other, and start the year from a unified place. The walk starts at Dietz Stadium at 170 North Front Street in Kingston, and travels two miles downtown to the Riverport Wooden Boat School at the Hudson River Maritime Museum at 50 Rondout Landing in Kingston, where there will be hot beverages.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Slam Allen Brings New Year's Bang to Beacon

Posted By on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Slam Allen
  • Slam Allen
Hudson Valley bluesman Slam Allen made his bones by leading the legendary James Cotton’s backing band for several years. But more recently he’s been leading his own bands and releasing his own albums, performing steadily across the US, Europe, and South America. And this Sunday he’s bringing his searing soul fire to the Towne Crier for a blues-blasting New Year’s Eve celebration.

Before becoming a formidable singer and guitarist, Allen played drums in his family’s soul band the Allen Brothers. The New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee has racked up dozens of awards, including a number 11 placing in blues bible Living Blues for his 2015 release Feel These Blues.

Here, Slam and his band stretch out on the epic “Been Mistreated” back in 2014:

The Slam Allen Band will perform at the Towne Crier in Beacon, New York, on December 31 at 9:30pm. Willa & Company will open. Tickets $45-$100. For more information, call (845) 855-1300 or visit http://www.townecrier.com/.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Roswell Rudd (1935-2017)

The Kerhonkson jazz great passed away last Thursday.

Posted By on Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Roswell Rudd - FIONN REILLY
  • Fionn Reilly
  • Roswell Rudd
The news has certainly been depressing enough lately, so I’m sad to bring more as a parting shot to this largely lousy year, but here goes: Last Thursday the great trombonist, composer, and Kerhonkson resident Roswell Rudd lost a long battle with prostate cancer.

Rudd, 82, was the leading and most influential trombonist of the early free jazz movement that developed in New York during the early 1960s. His name-making work from this heady era includes the albums he made with saxophonist Archie Shepp for the Impulse! label; 1964’s ESP-Disk debut by the New York Art Quartet and New York Eye and Ear Control film soundtrack; and numerous collaboration with Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Pharoah Sanders, Gato Barbieri, Larry Coryell, the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, and others. In addition to being a trailblazer on his instrument, the one-time Bard College educator and Alan Lomax assistant was a pioneer of world/Western music fusion, a practice he explored on his later albums as a leader, such as 2002’s MALIcool and 2005’s stunning Blue Mongol. His most recent release was this year’s Embrace.

Besides being an intrepid musical explorer, Rudd was easily one of the warmest and sweetest souls I’ve encountered in my years as a Hudson Valley music journalist. In 2009 I profiled him for Chronogram.

Here he is in collaboration with Sonic Youth circa 2006 on a version of the traditional “Dry Bones” for a Hal Wilner-curated Harry Smith Project concert in New York:

Rudd is survived by his life partner, the producer and ethnomusicologist Verna Gillis; and his two sons from prior partners, Christopher and Greg Rudd. Chronogram’s condolences go out to all of them and the rest of the late musician’s friends and other relations.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

James Maddock Sings in Rosendale

Posted By on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

James Maddock
  • James Maddock
British singer-songwriter James Maddock rose to fame as the frontman of Americana outfit Wood, whose Top Five single “Stay You” was featured prominently on TV’s “Dawson’s Creek.” Maddock, now based in New York, will pay the Rondout Creek a visit when he plays the Rosendale Café on December 30.

In addition to appearing on “CBS This Morning” and “Late Night with David Letterman,” Maddock has performed with no less than Bruce Springsteen himself. Prior to forming Wood, he fronted earnest indie outfit Fire Next Time.

In this sepia-shot video, he croons Wood’s signature tune at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall, where he’s held down a popular and long-running residency:

To download the tracks and learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/ElvisPerkinsMusic/. For more information on the Emergent Fund, visit https://www.emergentfund.net/grantees.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Big Takeover to Ring in New Year in Woodstock

Posted on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The Big Takeover
  • The Big Takeover
One New Year’s Eve, but so many great New Year’s Eve gigs to choose from. What’s an upstate music fan to do? Hey, all I can do is plug the ones I can here. The rest is up to you. So here’s another: everyone’s local reggae faves the Big Takeover at Colony.

Formed in New Paltz in 2007 and fronted by the alluring NeeNee Rushie, the Big Takeover has taken their rocksteady stew of ska and roots reggae all around the continental U.S. and released their fourth album, Silly Girl, this year.

Here’s the band stirring it up with “Stay with Me” at the 2015 Summer Hoot:

Knock Yourself Out will perform with the Octomen, MSL, Dirt Bikes, and M Roosevelt at Quinn’s in Beacon, New York, on December 31 at 8:30pm. A $10 donation is suggested. For more information, call (845) 202-7447 or visit https://www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon/.

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