Catskill Conversations: Foraging & Feasting. A new Ashokan Center series of interactive talks by noted experts from a variety of fields complete with snacks, beverages and a chance to chat with the presenters and attendees. Premieres with Dina Falconi and Wendy Hollender leading a wild edibles walk and lessons on how to draw gathered plants; event ends with a kitchen demonstration on how we’ve with botanical artist Wendy Hollender. Part three of the afternoon will take place as wild plants get transformed into food, medicine, and other preparations. $35 per person. October 1. 2 to 5pm. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge.
Trees’ Role In Water Flow. A special lecture, “The Critical Role of Trees in the Flux of Water Through the Earth’s Permeable Skin,” by Kamini Singha of the Colorado School of Mines sponsored by the SUNY New Paltz School of Science and Engineering. October 5. 4:30pm. Coykendall Science Building Lobby and Auditorium, SUNY New Paltz. https://www.newpaltz.edu/sse/colloquium_series.html
I-Ching Holistic Healthcare Class. The I-Ching is a 5000 year old oracle that Chinese farmers consulted to make decisions about planting corn or beans and people today ask questions of related to love, work and health, especially when one faces an important decision. One cycles through all of the seasons through its 64 hexagrams, balancing yin and yang energies to make a harmonious whole. This class will teach about the basic trigrams that make up the hexagrams, and how to throw the coins and read divinatory lines for guidance. October 5. 7-8:30pm. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge.
Feeding the Hudson Valley. Second annual celebration of positive solutions to the issue of food waste. In addition to a free lunch, the event will include live music, expert speakers, local chef demonstrations, educational activities and resources to create awareness about food waste, food recovery, food waste prevention and feeding hungry people, not landfills. October 7. 1am-3pm. Walkway Over the Hudson, Highland (or Poughkeepsie).
Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers. Rare screening of legendary 1972 art/dance film will be shown in celebration of the “Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York Council on the Arts / New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships” exhibit at SUNY New Paltz’s Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. October 8. 2pm. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale.
Italian Festival. The Ulster County Italian American Foundation is presenting the 10th Annual Italian Festival on the Kingston Waterfront with a large variety of Italian foods, beverages, products, music and family fun. October 8. 11am-7pm. 1 Broadway. Kingston.
Israeli Food, Songs and Dance. A fun evening of Israeli food, songs and dance sponsored by the Israel Advocacy Committee of the Ulster County Jewish Foundation. Delicious Israeli delights followed by the lulav shaking and ending with inspiring Israeli folk songs and dancing. Free. October 9. 7pm. Temple Emanuel. 243 Albany Ave. Kingston.
All About the Underground Railroad. Emmy Award-winning journalist and NPR host Janus Adams returns to her alma mater 50 years after graduation to speak about her latest project, Steal Away: Escape to Freedom on the Underground Railroad, and her own history facing racism. October 12. 7:30pm. Lecture Center 100, SUNY New Paltz.
Fall Family Fun Fest. Get to know all the great country experiences the Ashokan Center has to offer, from cidermaking and blacksmithing to hayrides, loads of great music and food, nature walks, and site-specific kids adventures. Sunday, October 15. 10am to 4pm. The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge.
Carrying The Torch Honors Suffrage Legacies. SUNY New Paltz and SageArts project, all about giving voice to our region’s talented and knowledgeable elders, will be honoring the centennial anniversary of the New York State Suffrage Law by honoring influential elder women from the Hudson Valley in a one-evening musical event at SUNY New Paltz’s Studley Theater on Sunday, October 21, during which new songs co-written with the honorees will be performed as a community celebration of leadership and spirit. Carrying the Torch: Songs and Tales of Remarkable Women brings together and honors Karen Peters, Barbara Sarah, Connie Hogarth, Manna Jo Greene, Joanne Steele, Ruth Faircloth, Janet Mills, and Darlene Pfeiffer in monologues and songs co-written with writer/musicians trained in facilitating a process of life reflection. The honorees range from judges (Peters) and the founder of the Oncology Support Group for Breast and Ovarian Cancer patients at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston (Sarah) to a lifetime peace, justice, and environmental activist (Hogarth), an environmentalist county legislator (Greene), the founder of the publication The Majority Report (Steele), a minister to migrant workers (Faircloth), an entrepreneur and educator (Pfeiffer), and “a role model in her community as a nurturing woman who has stepped up consistently to help those in need” (Mills). The one-time only event is co-sponsored by the SUNY-New Paltz Music Department. Call SageArts founding director Colette Ruoff at 845-750-8742 for further information.
Putting Your Tools Away, the Right Way. A free garden workshop on the best way to prepare your tools for winter storage. October 21. 10am. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Xeriscape Garden, SUNY Ulster campus, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge.
On Strategic Organizing: Looking Forward. A conversation on strategic organizing as it pertains to President Donald Trump’s proposed initiatives with special guest Callie Mackenzie Jayne, Lead Organizer of Citizen Action of NY Hudson Valley Chapter. Participants are encouraged to bring a dessert to share; coffee and tea provided. October 22.1– 4pm. Church Des Artistes, 79 Wurts Street, Historic Rondout section of Kingston. www.kingstoncitizens.org.
Building the Ashokan Reservoir: A History. Frank Almquist, historian, speaks about the great New York City reservoir system that saw its first waters released 100 years ago this month. October 25. 7pm. Rosendale Public Library, 264 Main Street, Rosendale.
Keepers of the Light: Women Lighthouse Keepers of the Hudson River. Sarah Wassberg, Hudson River Maritime Museum director of education, discusses the roles of female lighthouse keepers and women who grew up in lighthouses on the Hudson River, with special emphasis on Catherin Murdock, keeper of the Rondout Lighthouse for over 50 years. October 25. 7pm. Riverport Wooden Boat School, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston.
A Kind Shot. Writer/performer Terri Mateer teams up with Rosendale Theatre to present her Off-Off Broadway solo show A Kind Shot in which the tall blonde spitfire tells her life story about becoming a pro basketball player in France, modeling, stripping, designing erotica and much more in an honest, uplifting, no-holds-barred personal account that illustrates how we all need a little bit of kindness. October 27 at 8pm and October 28 at 4pm. Rosendale Theatre. 408 Main Street.
8th Annual UlsterCorps Zombie Escape. Runners of all ages run for their lives in UlsterCorps’ annual Halloween extravaganza on the trails at Williams Lake while dodging zombies and other spooky surprises hiding in the woods, tunnels and caves. The event includes options for all levels of competitors: a free 1K Fun Run for kids, a 5K timed race and Zombie Escape, and a 1K walk/hike. Top finishers will receive awards in gender and age group categories. This is UlsterCorps’ only fundraiser of the year. October 28. 11am. Williams Lake, Rosendale.
Burton Greene. Jazz at Atlas presents the renowned pianist Burton Greene leading a quartet featuring Joe Giardullo on soprano saxophone, Adam Lane on bass and Tani Tabbal on drums. Saturday, October 28. 8pm. Atlas Studios, 11 Spring Street. Newburgh. $15.
Kingston Model Train and Railroad Hobby Show. Model train displays and operating layouts; dealers, vendor tables raffles and prizes. Kids activities. LEGO Train displays, Thomas the Tank Trains, large scale garden trains. Tasty food. A family fun day event. Adults $7, children under 12 years of age $2. October 29. 10am-4pm. Murphy Midtown Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston.
Comedy Night with Bob DiBuono and Friends. An evening of laughter with Bob DuBuono and others (he’s been voted as one of the best Donald J Trump Impersonators by Forbes Magazine and CNN). October 6. 8-10:30pm. Mill Creek Caterers, 17 Route 376, Hopewell Junction.
St. James’ Church Historic Graveyard Tours. Historical characters rising in this historic cemetery this year include John Savage Hawley, Rebecca Brien Howland Roosevelt, Gertrude Livingston Lowndes, Sturges Allen, David Johnston, and Frances Allen Sparks. Fridays and Saturdays, October 6-21. Tour times at 7pm, 7:30pm and 8pm. 4526 Albany Post Road (Route 9), Hyde Park.
Hudson Valley Quilt Show. The Dutchess Community College Foundation hosts its 18th Biennial Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show with vendors, quilt judging, lectures, a fabric postcard challenge, food concessions and workshops. In honor of DCC’s 60th anniversary in 2017, the raffle quilt will incorporate the six-sided hexagon as a primary design feature. October 7 & 8. 10am-5pm. Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie.
Brew U Beer Festival. Unlike any other beer festival with incredible food made by CIA chefs included in the admission price—as are the beverage education sessions taught by faculty and visiting brewers.VIP admission gets you in an hour early so you can chat with brewers and sample the beer and food before the rest of the crowd. October 7. 1-5pm. Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Drive, Route 9, Hyde Park.
Beacon Bites & Beverages. Spend a few hours with us exploring the East Side of Main Street on a Beacon Bites & Beverage walking tour with tastings at eateries, creative shops, and urban spaces while sharing the local lore and culture. It’s recommended to book at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee availability. October 7. 2-5:45pm. 314 Main Street, Beacon.
Airport Antique Show & Flea Market. With over 600 hundred vendors from more than eight states there is always something new and exciting at this massive event, from antiques and collectibles to arts and crafts and new merchandise. October 7-8. 8am-4pm. Stormville Airport, 428 Rt. 216, Stormville.
Pancake Breakfast. The Rhinecliff Volunteer Fire Co and Rescue Squad is opening its doors to area residents so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community while enjoying pile-high plates of pancakes, bacon, fruit, juice and coffee. Firefighters and EMTs will be on hand to highlight the duties and rewards that come with the volunteer work. October 8. 8am-11am. Rhinecliff Firehouse, 17 Shatzell Ave, Rhinecliff.
The Price is Right Live. Everyone’s favorite game show with the chance to win a share of more than $10 million in cash and fabulous prizes. Other games as well. October 11. 7:30pm. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie.
Have Farmers Cracked the Partisan Code? Lindsey Lusher Schute, co-founder and executive director of the National Young Farmers Coalition, speaks about “What a Divided Nation Must Learn From Rural Organizing. October 12. 4:40pm. Olin, Room 102, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7870.
Staying Aloof is Not a Solution. A talk about Eleanor Roosevelt’s Call to Action with George Washington University professor and author Dr. Allida Black on how the first lady inspired and emboldened women to assume leadership roles. October 12. 7pm. Washington Theatre, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie.
Crises of Democracy: Thinking in Dark Times. The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College hosts its Tenth Annual International Conference on Crises of Democracy, including authors Teju Cole, Masha Gessen, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, as well as New York Review of Books editor Ian Buruma, Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Russell Mead, and others. October 12-13. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. www.bard.edu.
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Airshows Pumpkin Bombing. Celebrating Halloween in a truly original way at a true “living” museum of antique aviation with one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, as well as automobiles, motorcycles, early engines and memorabilia spanning the period from 1900-1939. October 21. 10am-5pm. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Rhinebeck.
Soukup Farms Harvest Festival. 3rd annual family event with hay rides, hay maze, PYO pumpkins, petting zoo, games, and loads of great food. October 21. 11am-5pm. Soukup Farms, 271 Halls Corners Rd, Dover Plains.
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director of The Orchestra Now and the American Symphony Orchestra with Chloe Olivia Moore, soprano; Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano; John Pickle, tenor; Alfred Walker, bass-baritone; and the Bard College Chamber Singers & Bard Festival Chorale. October 21, 8pm, and October 22, 2pm. Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.
Sheep and Wool Festival. Sheep shearing, animal shows, farmers’ market, wine tasting, authors, workshops, cooking demos, livestock show and sale. Rides, petting zoo, pumpkin carving, face painting & games and much more. October 22. 10am-5pm. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck.
Endangered Humanities and Endangered Planet. The contemporary crisis of the humanities is explored through that lens by artist Wai Chee Dimock, who creates a report on the near-extinction of amphibians, routed through Thoreau’s sound portrait of the bull frog in Walden and his sound portrait of Native Americans in The Maine Woods, whose fate taught him that history is made up of many points of no return, many losses that are not compensated for. October 26. 6pm. Sanders Classroom 212, Spitzer Auditorium, Vassar College, Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. www.vassar.edu.
A Reading by Diane Ackerman. The celebrated author reads from The Zookeeper’s Wife reads from her works and answers audience questions. October 30. 2:30 pm. Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. (845) 758-7054.