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Mar 30, 2024

• Ulster Saving Bank’s Red Hook branch, located at 7296 South Broadway, will host an exhibit featuring 10 artists participating in the 2023 Art Studio Views tour. The works will be displayed at the branch until the end of August. The exhibit is a preview of Art Studio Views, a two-day, free, self-guided open studio event scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

• The Woodstock-New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair returns to the Ulster County Fairgrounds Labor Day in New Paltz weekend. Hours are Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features 200-plus juried artists and makers with ongoing craft demonstrations, food options include handcrafted prepared foods, beer, wine and spirits, entertainment, and specialty foods. The event also features live performances and a children’s tent. Admission is $11, for adults; $9, for seniors 65 and older and free for children under 12. A discount coupon can be found on the event’s website. For more information and advance tickets visit

• The Music on the Belle concert series at Belleyare Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, featuring free concerts, takes place Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. through Sept. 1. Audience members can also take a gondola ride, tackle a climbing wall and play lawn games. Food and beverage options include barbeque, frozen drinks and food trucks. For a full series lineup and more information, visit

• The Bloomington Fire Department will have a Food Truck Fiesta on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the main station at 14 Taylor St., Bloomington. There will be a 50/50 raffle along with the food. In the event of rain, the fiesta will take place the following week.

• The Century House Historial Society will present performances of “Dracula” on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28 and 29, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. at the Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale. General admission tickets are $22. Visit or for tickets. Call (845) 475-7973 for more information.

• A defensive driving class that will also serve as a fundraiser for the Highland Public Library will take place Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 14 Elting Place, Highland. Successful completion of the course can result in a 10 percent discount on auto insurance for three years as well as a reduction of four points off a driver’s record. The course costs $40. Call (518) 784-5009 for more information.

• The Alzheimer’s Association and Esopus Library will offer the class “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body” on Monday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. at the library at 128 Canal St, Port Ewen. This workshop session covers four areas associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity, exercise, diet/nutrition and social engagement. The program, led by Joan Carl, Community Engagement Manager of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, draws on the latest research to explore steps to take to improve overall health in each area. To register visit the library’s calendar at

• The Thrift Store at the Church of the Comforter, 26 Wynkoop Place, Kingston, operates Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.

• Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner, is seeking donations of fabrics, yarns, notions, craft supplies, and working sewing machines for its annual craft supplies sale. Items may be dropped off at the library during regular business hours until Sunday, Sept. 17. No items will be accepted after that date. Please donate as early as possible to allow volunteers time to sort and label items. Magazines or furniture (e.g. sewing tables) will not be accepted. Be sure all items are clean and in clean containers. For larger donations, email Nicole at [email protected]. The sale will take place Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pole Barn at Majestic Park in Gardiner.

• “Into My Hands: Recent Donations to Ulster County Archives,” featuring a sampling of records donated to the Ulster County Archives between 2011 and 2022, is on display in the second-floor Archives Gallery at the Ulster County Office Building at 244 Fair St., Kingston. The donated records date from 1678 to 2022. They range from land sale transactions, court records, maps, family collections and photographs to reference books and last year’s unexpectedly popular “I Voted” sticker. For more information, call (845) 340-3040 or visit

• The Rhinebeck Farmers Market’s outdoor market has opened for the season, operating Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Dec. 17. This season’s market, taking place in the municipal parking lot located at 61 E. Market St., will feature over 30 vendors. New vendors will include Millbrook Beef & Dairy, of Millbrook. A rotating slate of baked goods includes Mighty Donuts, of Red Hook, Little Carrot Baking Co., of Patterson, N.Y., and the Little Rye Bakehouse, of Kingston. The market participates in the SNAP and Farmers Market Nutrition Program. No market will take place on Dec. 3. For more information visit

• The Rosendale Farmers Market has opened for the season. The market takes place Sundays through Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Willow Kiln Park behind the Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St. There is live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and there will be crafts and educational programs for children on select days. Check the market’s Facebook Page and the Market table for details.

• The Saugerties Historical Society’s reconstructed 1750s Dutch barn behind the historic Kiested House at 119 Main St., Saugerties, plays host to Art in the Barn. The gallery will then be open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The group show features both classical and contemporary works ranging from large works on canvas to sculptures, furniture and pottery. Museum panels will support smaller 2D and 3D works ranging from painting and collage to mixed media, fiber art, printmaking and photography. Woodstock Eats will provide light fare and there will be free beverages, courtesy of the artists at the opening reception. For more information, visit

• Step back in time to 1959 with a historic bakery tour at the Reher Center at 101 Broadway, Kingston, taking place on weekends and running through November. Experienced facilitators and multimedia tours will tell the story of the Reher family, an immigrant Jewish family who lived and worked in the buildings at 99-101 Broadway, and unveil more than 100 years of history in the neighborhood. Tours are Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at or in person.

• A.J. Croce, son of American folk singer Jim Croce, joined by a full band, will perform at the Bardavon at 35 Market, St. Poughkeepsie Sunday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. Croce’s set will feature some of his father Jim Croce’s classics, some of his own tracks and songs that influenced both him and his father. Tickets are $38, $48 and $58. (Members get $5 off. Tickets are available at the Bardavon and UPAC Box offices Tuesday-Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling the Bardavon (845) 473-5288, UPAC, (845) 339-6088 or by emailing [email protected]. Tickets can also be purchased online at but fees apply. Visit for more information.

• People’s Place, in partnership with the Institute for Animal Happiness, has brought back the Happy Cart to the parking lot at 17 Saint James St., Kingston, every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. The Happy Cart offers plant-based food to the community to taste and is free. Visit for more information.

• People’s Place Wellness Empowerment Center’s monthly Evening Of Holistic Health collaboration with the Holistic Health Community continues the first Wednesday evening of each month from 3 to 7 p.m. at 775 Broadway, Kingston. Visit for more information.

• People’s Place Wellness Empowerment Center offers free weekly workshops, featuring wellness classes, health screenings, nutritional guidance, alternative health modalities, and financial education. 775 Broadway, Kingston. For more information and to register for workshops, visit or call (845) 338-4030.

• People’s Place Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at 17 St. James St., Kingston. Donations of fresh and shelf-stable foods are being accepted. Call (845) 338-4030.

• People’s Place Bounty Table, located just outside the doors, offers free produce, bread, baked goods, dairy items and proteins. The items change daily and are first-come, first-serve during business hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (845) 338-4030 for additional information.

• Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin’s “Tongues and Savage Love,” featuring Estelle Parsons, David Strathairn and Jack DeJohnette, will take place Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. at the Woodstock Playhouse at 103 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock. Tickets are $50, $60 and $70 and are available online only at

• Hudson Valley English Country Dance will offer a program on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., with a workshop at 7 p.m., at the Reformed Church of Port Ewen, Salem Road off U.S. Route 9W in Port Ewen. Admission is $10, $5 for full-time students. Come enjoy Jane Austen’s dance in an air-cooled room to traditional tunes played by Sue Polansky, Katie Jeannotte, Stewart Dean and other local musicians. Come alone or bring friends. Wear comfortable shoes. Potluck refreshments will be served at the break. The workshop at 7 p.m. is important for newcomers to better understand the vocabulary of English Country Dance. Masks are required. Visit or call Lindsay at (845) 232-1918 for more information.

• Emmy Award-winning comedian David Cross, with special guest Sean Patton will perform at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. as part of his “Worst Daddy in the World Tour.” Tickets are $42.50 or $62.50. Tickets are available at the Bardavon and UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, Tuesdays to Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling the Bardavon (845) 473-5288, UPAC, (845) 339-6088 or by emailing [email protected]. Tickets can also be purchased online at but fees apply. Visit for more information.

• The Mainetti & Mainetti Car Show, expanded to the section of North Front Street down to Wall Street in Kingston, is Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pugsly’s Barbershop Stage at Crown and North Front Streets will host local bands starting at noon. Keegan Ales will serve up beers at the Mainetti & Mainetti office at 130 N. Front St., where more cars will be on display. The show is free for spectators. Registration fees for participating cars, motorcycles and cars are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. All proceeds will benefit Ulster County Community Action, an organization dedicated to assisting local families in need by providing food, shelter, educational services and a better standard of living.

• The Jewish Federation of Ulster County’s Fall for Art show returns as an online event in November. Hours are 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, through 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at The juried seven-day virtual art show features two- and three-dimensional artwork, jewelry and textiles from Hudson Valley artists. The proceeds will go to the artists as well as local non-profits, including Circle of Friends for the Dying, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Jewish Family Services of Ulster County, Hudson Valley LGBTQ+, Oncology Support Program and People’s Place.

• Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, hosts a Banned Books Club with Carol Bergman on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join Bergman, an educator and journalist, to discuss “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison and “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman. Other book club dates include Oct. 12: “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Perez; Nov. 9: “Maus” by Art Spiegelman; and Dec. 14: “All Boys Aren’t Blue” by George Johnson. All books will be available at the library. Visit for more information.

• The Rhinecliff Volunteer Fire Company will host its Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Firemen’s Field on Valley Road. All cook-off entries must be registered and on the table by 4:45 p.m. Chilis can be any type, from vegetarian to chicken to traditional beef. First place is $100 and a trophy. The runner-up prize is $50. A People’s Choice Award will also be awarded and will come with a $100 prize. All are invited to test taste the chili selections after the contest. Hot dogs and beverages will be supplied free by the fire company. The Pie Baking Contest will follow the Chili Cook-Off. A $100 first prize and a $50 second prize will be awarded for the best fruit prize. The rain date is Sept. 17. Call (845) 876-5738 for more information.

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