STARTING MARCH 30
We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future
A very special exhibition that examines Woodstock and what the youth of 1969 wanted for the world, places the festival in the context of the positive societal changes it has spawned, and asks today’s youth what THEY are asking the world to do now. This exhibition uses the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair as a metaphor for the tumult and human response of the entire decade of the sixties, in the hope that young people today may draw inspiration to articulate what it is that they want from their own world in their own time. Go to The Museum at Bethel Woods, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. 866-781-2922.
APRIL 6, 5–7:30PM
7th Annual Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival
In its seventh year, the Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival features the work of emerging filmmakers—narrative, animation, experimental, and documentary—fromthe Hudson Valley and around the world! This film festival highlights youth creativity, features a teen perspective on many important issues, and showcases the incredible work done by the next generation of media-makers. Go to the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market Street,Poughkeepsie. 845-471-7477.
JUNE 1, 11AM–5PM
Gardiner Craft Market Walk
Peruse through a one-mile Craft Market Walk stretching from the Gardiner Library to the Farmer’s Market Grounds, across the Gardiner Rail Trail and onto the YardOwl Craft Brewery! Enjoy handmade jewelry, vintage furniture, all-natural skincare, herbal remedies, farmhouse pottery, up-cycled clothing, small-batch spirits, craft beer, local wine, and all-day music, raffles, and activities all along the way. This event is family-friendly and we encourage all ages to join in the Craft Market Walk festivities. Come for community, shopping, food, and fun! Free event, free parking. Go to visitgardinerny.com/event for more information.
THROUGH MAY 21
Text/ures of Iraq: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Oded Halahmy
Drawn from the personal collection of New York-based sculptor Oded Halahmy, a Jewish native of Baghdad, this exhibition presents his work alongside that of eight contemporary artists from Iraq, organized around the notions of text and texture. Go to The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz. 845-257-3844.
MARCH 31, 1:30PM
Signs of Spring at Mohonk Preserve
Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead and join Mohonk Preserve educator Anna Harrod on a guided tour to search for the first signs of spring. Look for trout lily, wood frogs, Hepatica, and other early risers! This program includes an easy, two-mile hike. Registration is required. There is no fee for this program. Go to Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead, 4147 N 39th Street, High Falls. 845-255-0919. Register at campscui.active.com/orgs/MohonkPreserve#/selectSessions/2621611
Brewmasters Weekend at Mohonk Mountain House
Cheers! Prost! Salute! Join us as we celebrate craft beer with an array of local craft beers, food, crafts, and music during this exciting weekend devoted to all things beer! Learn about different styles of beer, how to start home brewing with the owners of Yard Owl Craft Beer, and don’t forget to explore some of our regional best at our Craft Beer Expo with local brewers and purveyors. You’ll leave inspired to start brewing your own beer. Availability is limited. For reservations, please call 855-883-3798. Go to Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz.
APRIL 6, 1–4PM
Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Decorating Ukrainian Eggs (Pysanky) can become a prayer, a quiet meditation as you become immersed in the rhythm of the design, the balance, the colors. It can become a powerful expression of your heart’s vision. This will be a beginner level class—no experience or talent is required. We also invite those of you who do have experience to join us as decorating together is blessed. Fee: $35 which includes the use of all the supplies you will need to create one magnificent, magical egg, filled with your intentions. After completing online registration, you will be given a link to download the location information. 845-473-2206.
APRIL 17, 7:15PM
Crazywise, Sponsored by the Roundout Valley Holistic Health Community
What can we learn from those who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience? During a quarter-century documenting indigenous cultures, human-rights photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges often saw these cultures identify “psychotic” symptoms as an indicator of shamanic potential. He was intrigued by how differently psychosis is defined and treated in the West. Through interviews with renowned mental health professionals, Phil explores the growing severity of the mental health crisis in America dominated by biomedical psychiatry. He discovers a growing movement of professionals and psychiatric survivors who demand alternative treatments that focus on recovery, nurturing social connections, and finding meaning. Go to the Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. 845-658-8989.
APRIL 27, 9:30AM–4:30PM
Fourth Annual Leap for Autism at Skydive the Ranch
Leap for Autism! Our annual event raises awareness and funds for vital services offered by Greystone Programs where no funding exists. These programs include a range of therapeutic expressive arts: music, dance, equine, art therapies, and other services. Join us in the air or on the ground! Whether a tandem or virtual skydiver, take to the sky for an exhilarating adventure of a lifetime while giving back to a great cause. The event has fun, festivities, and freefall. Something for all. Enjoy delicious barbeque offerings from the Grille Wagon and toast your post-leap success with hard cider from Angry Orchard. Go to Skydive the Ranch, 55 Sand Hill Road, Gardiner. 845-452-5722.
Healing from Trauma: Journey of the Warrior Mystic
PTSD is not a modern phenomenon. And yet, a paradox of modern life is that almost everyone, male or female, combat veteran or civilian, ends up carrying the effects of some kind of personal trauma. This retreat is designed for both male and female participants, civilian or military, who are interested in exploring the time-honored archetype of the Warrior Mystic. Warrior Mystic Therapy seeks to reintroduce this archetype into contemporary therapy, by fusing ancient mystic yogic practices and techniques with cutting-edge healing modalities. Led by Owen Powell, a 25-year military retiree (USMC, US Army) and combat veteran of Iraq, the Warrior Mystic retreat will incorporate an interfaith, interdisciplinary approach to healing from trauma. Go to 375 Pantherkill Road, Phoenicia. 845-688-6897 ext 101. Register at menla.secure.retreat.guru/program/healing-from-trauma-the-journey-of-the-warrior-mystic/?form=1&lang=en
MAY 6, 7:30–8:30PM
Music Institute of Sullivan and Ulster Counties’ Spring Concert
Yes! We are back in rehearsal and working hard to make great music for Ulster and Sullivan Counties. Will be playing original compositions by Aaron Solberg. Along with our famous and rollicking Folk and Fiddle Tune by Percy Fletcher. And also more from the MISU youth group and the MISU group. Come and celebrate Spring! Go to SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge. 845-377-3727. facebook.com/pg/misucatskills/events
Birding & Spring Nature Weekend at Mohonk Mountain House
As springtime awakens, Mohonk is the perfect place for bird watchers of all levels. Join us on Birding & Spring Nature weekend with environmental educators for hikes, bird walks, workshops, and an exploration of the natural world as it awakens on our mountaintop. Our Birding and Spring Nature display tables will be available throughout the weekend: peruse our collection of reference material on the natural world, and some of our natural items. Birding & Spring Nature program led by Kurt Weiskotten, who has been the program leader since 1985. Availability is limited. For reservations, please call 855-883-3798. Go to Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. mohonk.com/events/nature-outdoors/birding
MAY 18, 12–5PM
11th Annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival
Thousands gather in the orchard under giant tents, rain or shine, for this endearing community event featuring cupcakes, music, vendors, wine tastings, and children’s activities. Activities for kids include face painting, cupcake decorating, helicopter rides, pony rides, wagon rides, and bouncy houses. In addition, featured cupcakes from the best bakeries in the Hudson Valley will delight your taste buds. Go to Wright’s Farm: 699 Route 208, Gardiner. gardinercupcakefestival.com
MAY 18–19, 10AM–5PM
Wine & Bites on the Shawangunk Wine Trail
Wake up those taste buds and get ready for the Hudson Valley’s yummiest wine and food tasting event. Receive a souvenir wine glass at the starting winery of your choice and enjoy wine tastings at all member wineries. Each winery will offer select food bites of either cheeses, meats, salads, pastas, or desserts paired with your tasting. Explore our wineries at your own pace over the course of one or two days on a self-guided tour. Advance tickets are on sale now at GunksWine.com. Choose from a single weekend ticket, single Sunday only ticket, and designated driver ticket. Go to any Shawangunk Wine Trail Winery. 845-256-8456. shawangunkwinetrail.com/wine-bites
STARTING MARCH 30
We Are Stardust, at the Crossroads Exhibit Gallery
The exhibit will present objects and interpretation related to the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, an event which took place in July of 1969, just weeks before the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The exhibit will interpret the objects and history surrounding the moon landing through the lens of American culture, examining how the Cold War/Space Race, American space program, “moon mania,” and the eventual national success of landing on the moon effected the lives of everyday Americans at the end of the tumultuous 1960s. Go to The Museum at Bethel Woods, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. 866-781-2922.
APRIL 4, 6PM
Reading: Thoughts on Death: A Eulogy/Poetry Reading
Presented by the Dorsky Museum Ambassadors students in conjunction with Linda Mary Montano: The Art/Life Hospital. An evening of student poetry, short stories, eulogies, and any other forms of writing related to death, dying, and the macabre. Go to The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz. 845-257-3844.
Anniversary Celebration Weekend: Spring
Join us for our spring 150th anniversary celebration weekend at Mohonk Mountain House. Back in 1869, Albert Smiley purchased 300 acres and a small 10-room inn by the side of a majestic glacial lake. And now, 150 years later, our magnificent Victorian castle continues to thrive. The Smiley family, owners and operators of Mohonk Mountain House since those early days of Albert Smiley, will lead the weekend. Family members will guide guests on hikes and tours, and host special events, including an anniversary reception and celebration, felting workshops, mindfulness sessions, and more. Celebrate with us for a weekend that’s been 150 years in the making as we party like it’s 1869! Availability is limited. For reservations, please call 855-883-3798. Go to Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. mohonk.com/events/anniversary-celebration-weekends/spring
APRIL 6, 13 & 20, 10:30AM–4:30PM
Catskill Mountain Railroad Easter Bunny Express
Shake off that winter chill and celebrate spring with a visit from the Easter Bunny! Climb aboard our vintage trains at our Kingston Plaza station for a ride across the Hurley Flats to Hurley Mountain and return. Enjoy the sights and sounds of classic railroading as your train climbs the grade up Hurley Mountain, following the same rail route travelers have used since the 1860s. Passengers will disembark to take part in an Easter egg hunt and visit with the friendly Easter Bunny and his pal, the mischievous Fernando The Fox, before returning to Kingston. Please allow up to one hour for the complete train ride experience. ALL ABOARD! Westbrook Lane Station in the Kingston Plaza, 55 Plaza Road, Kingston. 845-332-4854. catskillmountainrailroad.com/excursions/easter-bunny-express
APRIL 20, 7–10PM
Jazz Passover at Lydia’s Café
Chef Roni will prepare some traditional Passover dishes with her own flair while husband Mark tries to keep up on bass with these fine players: Matt Finck (guitar), Matt Garrity (drums), Mark Usvolk (bass). Go to Lydia’s Café, 7 Route 209, Stone Ridge. 845-687-6373. lydias-cafe.com
APRIL 27, 7–8PM
Where Slavery Died Hard: The Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountain Region, presented by the Cragsmoor Historical Society
This award-winning documentary video originated as a collaboration between the co-authors of a 2016 slide show and talk, archaeologists/historic preservation consultants Wendy E. Harris and Arnold Pickman, and members of the Cragsmoor community who came forward to volunteer their time and talents to transform the talk into a documentary video. Two years in the making, the video delves deeply into the hidden history of southern Ulster County’s rural hinterlands, documenting the experiences of both enslaved and enslavers as well as the present-day landscape that still holds visual evidence of their lives and labors. Go to Historic Huguenot Street’s Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz. 845-255-1660. huguenotstreet.org/calendar-of-events
Rock the Ridge
This is an endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of the Mohonk Preserve. The goal is to traverse a 50-mile course within 24 hours by a combination of walking and running. The time limit accommodates people with a wide range of abilities, including walkers and hikers as well as joggers, runners, and ultra-marathoners. Go to the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center: 3197 Route 55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919. mohonkpreserve.org/rock-the-ridge
MAY 11, 11AM–12:30PM
The Springtime Fishing Camps: Shad, Birds, and Flowers, a nature walk with Justin Wexler
The second in a series of four seasonal nature walks being led by Justin Wexler through the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary titled, Everywhere at Home: How Local Native People Once Lived With The Land. Local native peoples once made annual, seasonal trips to the habitats where the land had the most to share. For example, in the Hudson Valley indigenous calendar, springtime was spent along the tributary streams of the Hudson River to catch spawning fish. Come join us for this seasonal walk to learn all about how local native people lived off the land. These walks identify local flora and fauna and explain their material uses in native culture while also explaining the species and the surrounding ecosystems through Munsee language and folklore. Attendees should check in at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour. The tour will begin at the wigwam. Rain date: Saturday, May 18. Go to Historic Huguenot Street’s DuBois Fort Visitor Center, 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 845-255-1660. huguenotstreet.org/calendar-of-events
Lunar Weekend at Bethel Woods
Lunar Weekend will celebrate the evolution, tenacity, and legacy of the human spirit in honor of Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary and other landmark 1969 movements. 1969 marked an exceptional year of cultural consciousness and many revolutionary ideas found their footing at this time. Space Exploration was a profound and peaceful transition that harnessed the power of media to reach people in ways never known before. The program will include films, hands-on activities, speakers, and out-of-this-world fun. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. 866-781-2922. bethelwoodscenter.org/events/detail/lunarweekend
Northeast Outdoor Show
The Northeast Outdoor Show is an event for those with a deep passion for anything and everything outdoors. The event features everything from fishing, hunting, and boating to camping, cycling, recreational vehicles, and travel. The event features workshops, seminars, children and family activities, and more! Go to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck. neoutdoorsportsshow.com
MAY 25, 9AM–2PM
Phillies Bridge Farm Project Community Yard Sale Fundraiser
Are you in the midst of a much-needed spring cleaning? Please donate your like-new or gently used items to the farm on Friday, May 24th between 5 and 8 PM at 45 Phillies Bridge Road, New Paltz. Yard sale will take place on Saturday, May 25 and will include household items, clothing, toys, antique farm equipment, and much, much more will be available for sale. All proceeds go to support our infrastructure repair funding needs. Go to Phillies Bridge Farm Project (under the pavilion), 45 Phillies Bridge Road, New Paltz. 845-256-9108. philliesbridge.org/yard-sale
MAY 31–JUNE 16
Shadowland Stages presents Memoirs of a Forgotten Man
Based on true events, this haunting historical drama is a suspenseful and timely reminder of the power of facts…and fiction. Alexei S. is a Soviet journalist with perfect recall, an annoyance to his editors, and a threat to Stalin’s propaganda machine. When a psychologist, desperate to rehabilitate herself, aims to publish a study of him, the bureaucracy must step in to investigate the truth of the “Memory Man.” Go to Shadowland Stages, 157 Canal Street, Ellenville. 845-647-5511. shadowlandstages.org/mainstage-season
JUNE 1 & 2, 10AM–5PM
Country Living Fair at Dutchess County Fairgrounds
Great shopping at more than 200 vendors from 25+ states with antiques, furniture, handcrafted goods, art and artisans, vintage and upcycled goods, home and garden decor, plants, and more. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine, attend seminars, cooking demos, and how-tos, see artisan demonstrations, shop the Specialty Food Market, and much more. Go to Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck. 973-808-5015. stellashows.com/event/country-living-fair-rhinebeck
JUNE 8, 1–5PM
Emotional Release With Yoga: Dealing with Trauma in the Body with Liz Glover Wilson
Join us for a half-day workshop that includes art, journaling, restorative and YIN yoga. Unexpressed emotions become stored and held in the body and, over time, create physical tightness, stress, tension, and sometimes pain. Learn how to use yoga to release emotional tension in the body and to experience the healing that comes with this release. Go to Stone Wave Yoga, 2694 Route 44, Gardiner. 845-419-5219. stonewaveyoga.com/workshopsandevents