November 21 – International Pickle Festival. Many countries are represented with food and cultural music. Various vendors, contests, prizes, and pickles. Rosendale Community Center, Route 32, Rosendale. 845-658-9649. picklefest.com
November 25 – 6th Annual New Paltz 5K Turkey Trot. Thanksgiving morning race to benefit Family of New Paltz Food Pantry. Race begins and ends at Water Street Market in New Paltz; 8am registration. Email for info: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 27 & 28 – 16th Annual Craft Boutique of Hudson Valley Artisans.
Unusual crafts for show and sale by area artisans; lunch available for purchase, served in the homestead’s 1732 kitchen. Santa visits on Sunday with photos taken 12-3pm with Santa. 10am-4pm. Van Wyck Homestead Museum. Fishkill. 845-896-9560. fishkillridge.org
November 27 – Mystery and Mayhem with John Shaw. A special family-friendly show with brand new twists! Audiences will be astounded, amazed, and thoroughly entertained by John as he takes them on a journey through his magical world. Adults $8; children $6. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308. 845-876-3088. centerforperformingarts.org
December 4 & 5 – Annual Catskill Fiber Celebration. A juried sale of fiber art by local artisans with ongoing demonstrations of various fiber techniques. Woodstock Firehouse. Zena Road, Woodstock. 845-246-2203; 845-657-8475.
December 11 – Community Free Day at Dia. Neighboring residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester are invited to visit Dia:Beacon free of charge and stroll the museum’s galleries. View the Dia Art Foundation’s renowned permanent collection of contemporary art comprised of major works of art from the 1960s to the present. 11am-4pm. Free with museum admission.
Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon. 845-440-0100. diabeacon.org
January 12 – CENTERstage Production.
Directed by Ann Chris Warren with choreography by Risa Petrone. 2-3pm. Adults $24; Seniors/children $22. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308. 845-876-3088. centerforperformingarts.org
January 14-16, 21-23 – Bye Bye Birdie. Come swing your hips to this Tony award-winning musical satire that centers on a 1950s rock & roll superstar (Conrad Birdie) who is drafted into the army. 2-3pm. Adults $24; Seniors/children $22. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308. 845-876-3088. centerforperformingarts.org
January 30 – The Bacon Brothers. Actor Kevin Bacon and brother Michael Bacon, a film and TV music composer, bring it on while rocking and rolling at a benefit concert for Healing the Children. 5pm. $50-$100. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-5288. bardavon.org
Special Holiday Events:
November 19 – Downtown Unwrapped-New Paltz and Tree Lighting. Holiday shop ‘til you drop in downtown New Paltz and Historic Huguenot Street. Open late to start the gift-buying season. Start the evening with the traditional tree lighting ceremony being held on Huguenot Street. 5-8pm. 845-255-1660. huguenotstreet.org
November 20-December 12 – Annual Weekend Shawangunk Wine Trail’s Wreath Fineries at the Wineries. Travel along the trail of 11 wineries through Ulster County to receive an ornament at each to decorate your wreath. Includes wine tastings and special holiday foods. 11am-5pm. 845-256-8456; shawangunkwinetrail.com
November 25 – Town of Rochester Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. The Community Center invites seniors, families, or anyone who may be spending the day alone to join the community family for a delicious Thanksgiving meal. 11:30am-2pm. Free. Reserve your seat by Nov. 19. Rochester Community Center, Accord. 845-626-2115. townofrochester.net
November 26 & 27 – Christmas Village. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. 389 Broadway, Kingston. 845-331-6022.
November 26-December 31 – Holiday Tours at Vanderbilt Mansion. See sparkling trees and other lavish Christmas adornments during tours at this gracious mansion in Hyde Park. First tour 10am and every hour until the last at 4pm. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tours $8. Route 9G, Hyde Park. 845-229-7770. historichydepark.org or nps.gov/vama
November 27 – Christmas Quest. Children will search through Huguenot Street’s grand Deyo House looking for Christmas-themed clues. Exploring this stately colonial revival will be a delightful challenge as you discover the clues and solve the mystery of the hunt! Holiday treats and warm cider at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center upon hunt’s completion. 11am-2pm. $7 per child. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 845-255-1660. huguenotstreet.org
November 28-December 31 – Celebrate a “Gilded Age Christmas,” with a tour at the Mills Mansion. This landmark will be lavishly decorated in the post-Civil War holiday opulence of the era. Open Wednesday through Sunday 11am-4pm. Tours on the half-hour with last tour at 4pm. Adults $5, seniors $4, children under 12 free. Staatsburgh State Historic Site. Old Post Road, Staatsburgh. 845-889-8851. staatsburgh.org
November 28, December 5, 12, 19 & 26 – The Holiday Whodunit. Sunday mystery tours for children ages 6-11. Children question costumed guides from the turn-of-the-century as they go through the mansion encountering butlers, maids, and more, to obtain clues to solve a special holiday mystery. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults $5, seniors $4, children under 12 free.1pm-4pm. Staatsburgh State Historic Site. Old Post Rd. Staatsburgh. 845-889-8851; staatsburgh.org
November 27-28 – Dutchess Community College Foundation Annual Craft Fair. Handcrafted items with more than 100 juried artists. Get a head start on holiday shopping by purchasing one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family. Adults $6; seniors over 55, students, alumni, staff, and faculty $4; children under 12 free. All proceeds go to providing deserving students with scholarships. 845-431-8403. sunydutchess.edu
December 3-4 – “A Child’s Christmas.” A wonderland of Christmas tales and treats await your 3 to 10-year-old children. $3 per child. 10am-noon. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. 518-537-4240. friendsofclermont.org
December 3 – Annual Celebration of Lights Parade, Tree Lighting & Fireworks. Starts in downtown Poughkeepsie from 35 Market Street down Main St. to Mill St. Join Mayor John Tkazyik joined by the Amerscott Highland Pipers, Poughkeepsie H.S. Jazz Ensemble, and many other school organizations—Hudson Valley Philharmonic brass ensembles and Santa. Then go to Main & Market Streets for the City of Poughkeepsie tree lighting and on to Dongan Park for a second tree lighting. Fireworks at the finale at Waryas Park, Main Street. 6:30pm. Free. “A Christmas Story” film follows at 8pm; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. bardavon.org
December 3 – An Evening with St. Nicholas. Children learn the Dutch tradition of St. Nick, make an ornament, and listen to storyteller Karen Pillsworth. Refreshments served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 7-9pm. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. Suggested donation: $3 per child. Space is limited; for reservations call 845-338-7686.
December 4 – Holly Berry Trail.
Preview private homes that are fully decorated in holiday splendor inside and out. Many of the homes are historically significant to the Hudson Valley. Refreshments. 5:30pm start. Sponsored by the Junior League of Kingston. 845-706-3473. juniorleaguekingston.org
December 4 – Deyo/Terwilliger House Museum Victorian Tea and Quilt Show. Quilt show with afternoon holiday tea served with homemade desserts and delicacies in a most beautiful 1895 Queen Anne Victorian Queen house displaying an extensive local history collection of stoneware from Ellenville’s Pottery and glassworks from Ellenville’s Glass Works, both industries that flourished in the heyday of the Delaware and Hudson Canal in the mid-to-late nineteenth century—and much more local tools, photographs, and memorabilia. Deyo/Terwilliger House Museum, Ellenville. 845 647-9857. eplm.org
December 4, 11, 18 & 26-31 – Saturday Holiday Tours at Locust Grove. Step back in time and relive the romance of Christmas past with the Christmas classic “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Christmas trees in each room of this Italianate villa with “splendid-florist” decorations created by area florists showcasing the passages from this tale. Guided tours of the mansion are $10 adults, $6 children under 12. Tours from 10am-5pm; last tour at 3:15 pm. Locust Grove. 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500 x217. lgny.org/calendar
December 4-27 – Victorian Holiday Tours at Wilderstein. A Queen Anne Victorian mansion decked-out by florists and designers in floral holiday splendor. The first floor of Margaret (Daisy) Suckley’s home is transformed into a Victorian Christmas wonderland. Visitors can enjoy self-guided tours of the mansion on weekends from November 27 & 28; and Saturdays, from 1-4 pm. $10 adults; $9 seniors and students; children under 12 are free. Rhinebeck. 845-876-4818. wilderstein.org
December 4-5 – The Bevier House Museum Holiday Open House. First settled in the 1680s with a history of farming, this magnificent mansion was in the Bevier family for 233 years. Enjoy the diverse and significant collection of local artifacts, artwork, and cultural items. Refreshments and lots of special yuletide entertainment are part of the festivities. 12-5pm. $10 per person; $20 family. Members free. Route 209, Marbletown. 845-338-5614. bevierhousemuseum.org
December 5 – Multicultural Holiday Party at the Ellenville Public Library & Museum. Livia & Bill Vanaver and friends from The Vanaver Caravan will perform holiday songs from around the world, and there will be crafts for the kids and the famous International Dessert Table. Free. Sponsored by the Literacy Program. 3-5pm. Ellenville. 845-647-5530. eplm.org
December 5 – Open-house: A Gilded Age Christmas at Vanderbilt Mansion. Welcome the season with a visit to a most elaborately decorated mansion complete with sparkling trees, holiday music, and refreshments. 11am-4:30pm. Free. Hyde Park. 845-229-7770. historichydepark.org or nps.gov/vama
December 5, 12 & 19 – Sunday Hunts for the Twelve Days of Christmas. Children search the house at Locust Grove and collect clues to the holiday classic through the festively decorated rooms. After clues to all twelve days are found, a holiday storytelling performance will be held. 12-4pm. $8 child, $10 adult includes hunt in the mansion, storytelling performance, cookies, cider, and holiday keepsake. Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500 x217. lgny.org/calendar
December 6 – Saugerties Annual Holiday in the Village. So much to see and do, 12-5:30 pm. Santa’s Palatine Christmas visit at the Kiersted House, business discounts, window decorating contest, strolling costumed carolers, free horse-drawn carriage rides, ice sculpture demo, and a tree lighting at the day’s end. Sponsored by The Saugerties Village Businesses and the Saugerties Area Chamber of Commerce. 845-246-0553 or 845-901-6826.
December 10-11 – Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop. Decorate your own gingerbread house! Houses and icing are made by a local baker and come fresh and fully assembled. A variety of colorful candies and chocolates will be provided and you can even bring your own to make it extra special. 5pm and 7pm. Starts at 10am. Workshop: $25. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589. mhcm.org
December 11 – “Silent Nights” in Silent Nights. Part of Family Festival Program. Craig Babcock presents delightful scenes from the holiday season including fun in the snow with snowballs, skis, snowmobiles, angels, and more—enjoy whimsical scenes in this enlightening, educational, and entertaining experience for all ages. 11am. James & Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Community College. Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000. sunydutchess.edu
December 11 – Holiday Open House at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home. You’ll be treated to a glimpse of how the president and his family celebrated the holidays. FDR’s mansion will be decorated in World War II-era holiday style. Also one can stroll through the home on self-guided tours with informal information given by docents. 9am-6pm. Free. Route 9G, Hyde Park. 845-486-7770. nps.gov/hofr
December 11 – Holiday at the FDR Library. If you’re visiting Hyde Park with children, plan to also enjoy special holiday events at the FDR Presidential Library including the opportunity to make holiday cards to send to the men and women serving on the USS Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, a US Navy missile destroyer; to have a photo taken with Santa; and to visit the Children’s Book Festival for author readings and shopping. Free. 12-6pm. Hyde Park. 845-486-7745. fdrlibrary.marist.edu
December 11 – Holiday at Valkill. See how Eleanor Roosevelt’s private home was decorated and how she celebrated Christmas with all the grandchildren there. Open house 4-7pm. Free. Route 9G, Hyde Park. 845-229-9422; nps.gov/elro
December 11 – Yuletide Tea at Wilderstein. Special holiday tea complete with all the holiday wonder and splendor and all the trimmings in this beautiful mansion. Reservations are required for this 1pm event. $25 per person. Rhinebeck. 845-876-4818. wilderstein.org
December 12 – Special Clermont Candlelight Tours. A glowing guided tour throughout the Livingston Mansion at Clermont from 3-6pm. Plus, after your tour you are welcomed to enjoy a crackling bonfire in the mansion’s backyard. $6 adults; $5 seniors; children under 12 are free. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. 518-537-4240; friendsofclermont.org
December 28 – Open House at Van Wyck Homestead. Childrens’ holiday crafts, refreshments, and music in festive atmosphere at this wonderful Revolutionary War-era homestead. 6:30pm. Free. Van Wyck Homestead Museum, 504 Route 9, Fishkill. 845-896-9560. fishkillridge.org/history/vanwyck
December 29 – Light Up the Winter. Celebrate the winter season with crafts from all over the globe. Create a clay menorah for Hanukah, a colorful design for Diwali, and more! 11am. $4 per child plus museum admission. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589. mhcm.org
Music and Performances of the Season
November 28 – Saugerties Pro Musica Concert. Featuring Classical pianist Wei Zhou. $12; $10 seniors; students free with ID. 3pm. Saugerties United Methodist Church, Saugerties. saugertiespromusica.org
December 3, 4 at 7:30pm & December 5 at 2pm – Ulster Ballet Company’s “A Christmas Carol.” All ages enjoy this holiday treasure that interweaves dance, theater, and breathtaking special effects. UPAC, Kingston. 845-339-6088. Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000. upac.org; ulsterballet.org
December 3 – Vassar College Jazz Ensemble Concert. James Osborn, director. 8pm start. Vassar College, Skinner Hall of Music. Poughkeepsie. 845-437-7000, 437-7394. vassar.edu.December 4 – Tuba Christmas. Join this seasonal favorite as a participant or audience member. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages perform traditional Christmas music from around the world. Participants register at noon and rehearse at 1pm. 3pm performance. Free. Clinton Hall at SUNY Ulster. 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge. 800-724-0833.
December 4-5 – Ars Choralis’ 15th Annual Welcome Yule Concert. Welcome Yule, Go Tell it on the Mountain celebrates the rich musical heritage of African-American, Latino and Appalachian Christmas traditions. Saxophonist Bob Shaut and the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale are the featured guest artists. In addition, Ars Choralis will be supported by pianist Kristen Tuttman, percussionist Karen Levine, cellist Erica Pickhardt, and guitarist Greg Dinger. Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7pm and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4pm. Adults $15; $20 at the door; children half price. Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wurts Street, Kingston. arschoralis.org
December 5 – Conservatory Sundays: Conservatory Orchestra with oboe soloist Elaine Douvas. Program includes Martinu Oboe Concerto. Presented by The Bard College Conservatory of Music. Sosnoff Theater, Fisher Center. Proceeds to benefit the Scholarship Fund. 3pm. Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900. fishercenter.bard.edu
December 9 – Choral Holiday Concert. Dutchess Community College Chorus and Madrigal singers put on a wonderful gala holiday show filled with holiday and sacred music. 12:30pm. Free. James & Betty Hall Theatre at Dutchess Community College. Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000. sunydutchess.edu
December 9 & 10 – The Nutcracker. The New Paltz Ballet Theatre presents their 12th season of this classic holiday event featuring principal dancers from the New York City Ballet and many fine regional artists together to create a visual delight. 9:45am & Noon. Snow date, Dec. 13, same times. Bardavon Opera House. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-5288 x106. bardavon.org
December 10-12 – “Sugar Plums and Nutcrackers” is an enchanting journey through a young girl’s eyes loosely based on the traditional “Nutcracker”. The production adapts the original in dance by telling the story of a young girl, Zharah, who follows her dreams using the disciplines of classical ballet, jazz, rhythm tap, hip-hop, and magic. 8pm. Adults $20; seniors/children $18. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 845-876-3088. centerforperformingarts.org
December 11 – Let There be Peace on Earth—Hudson Valley Youth Chorale Winter Concert. This delightful group of Hudson Valley boy and girl singers from the 3rd through 8th grade has engaged audiences since 1995 with musical presentations capturing the hearts of their audience with their pure love of singing. Holy Cross Church, Pine Grove Ave., Kingston. 7pm. $10; children under 12 free. 845-338-6362. hvyc.org
December 19 – Hudson Valley Philharmonic at the Bardavon in concert with Peter Serkin, piano. Performing works by Glazunov, Bartok, and Brahms. 3pm. $25-$47 based on location. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. bardavon.org
December 26 – David Temple in Concert: Sounds of Bells. A Winter Concert for the Classical Guitar. Guitarist and composer David Temple spins a musical thread debuting new compositions and arrangements that celebrate the season. Music of Latin America, Spain, France, and elsewhere—an evening that will “ring out” with warmth and joy. 3pm. Adults $20; seniors/children $18. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 845-876-3088. centerforperformingarts.org
January 8 – The Met: Live in HD: Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. Puccini’s wild-west opera had its world premiere in 1910 at The Met. Now, on the occasion of its centennial, all-American diva Deborah Voigt sings the title role of the “girl of the golden west,” starring opposite Marcello Giordani. Nicola Luisotti conducts. 1pm. Adults $23; children $14. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. bardavon.org
January 30 – Howland Chamber Music: Piano Festival 2011. Austrian Till Fellner opens the Piano Festival program with Haydn’s Sonata in C Major, a new work by Kit Armstrong, and Liszt’s “Années de Pelerinage.” Featuring young Vietnamese pianist Hoang Pham. Adults $30; students $10. Howland Cultural Center. Beacon. 845-831-4988. howlandculturalcenter.org