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December Opportunities and Briefs

Frosty the Snowman and A Charlie Brown Christmas
Through December 9, the entire family will delight in a beautiful ensemble of your favorite holiday characters and their festive tunes, on ice! Most of us are familiar with the story of Charlie Brown on Christmas, which is based on the television show by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Whether you love the holiday special, or you need to introduce your kids to the tale, now is your chance! Frosty the Snowman does make a guest appearance during the show and he will surely warm up your spirits when he arrives. Tickets are $25 and discounted for students and seniors. It will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm as well as on Sundays at 2pm at the Woodstock Playhouse on 103 Mill Hill Road.

Frozendale Festival in Rosendale
The local festival and showcase of the holiday season you will not want to miss. Come and check out the best that the locals of Rosendale have to offer us this year. With their holiday specials, gift packages, and decorated storefronts; the town will be ready for you to stroll through, and most importantly, shop! Get your gifts local in Rosendale. Some of the participating vendors are The Big Cheese, Paws and Tails, Vision of Tibet and Soiled Doves. There will even be a puppet show at the Redwing Blackbird Theatre, and caroling at The 1850 House Inn and Tavern. See you on Saturday, December 8 from 10am-6pm!

Fundraiser and Book Signing
The Tivoli Free Library is always hosting fun and family-friendly events throughout every season; there is consistently an exciting and informative event lined up for the community. Now is our chance to help fundraise for the Tivoli Free Library that we all cherish and love. Come to 73 Broadway Street in Tivoli on Wednesday December 5 at 8pm. Here you will get to donate in support of the Library and also get to join in on a book signing with author Susan Orlean and her latest work The Library Book.

Chanukah Candle Lighting
The annual friday night Chanukah candle lighting will be held on December 7 at 6pm. Congregation Emanuel of The Hudson Valley, located at 243 Albany Avenue in Kingston, is organizing the candle lighting and family events this year. The religious school students put together a service that features lively tales of the season, actives, games, fresh latkes, jelly donuts and gifts to buy for your loved ones. There will be an activity for all ages at this event and it is free to enter.

The Nutcracker
What are the holidays without a viewing of The Nutcracker? The Catskill Ballet Theatre presents its 36th annual performance of The Nutcracker at UPAC on December 8 beginning at 7:30pm. If you ritually come to see the performance, or if you have not seen it ever before, now is your chance for one night only.

The Comic’s Showcase with Jimmy McDonald and Scott Brennan
Is it too early to start planning for your 2018 New Years Eve? It is never too early, and luckily there is a live stand up comedy show this year at Arts Society of Kingston that is headlining Jimmy McDonald and Scott Brannan. These up and coming artists have performed throughout the Hudson Valley covering topics such as family, work, pets, and divorce. In addition to stand up, Jimmy has starred in many sketches which were featured on Funny or Die. This duo is the New Years Eve treat you will not want to pass up. Buy your tickets in advance at morethanjokes.com/tickets. The venue is located at 97 Broadway in Kingston.

Kevin McCurdy’s Holiday Spirit Festival
For 14 years and running, the festival of lights has provided the Hudson Valley with an original and one of a kind event. Santa and his enthusiastic elves greet you as you meander and weave through lit up holiday tunnels and twinkling light displays. It becomes a magical experience for all ages, and there is even opportunity to take a picture with Santa and his elves. The festival will be held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 29. Fridays are from 6-9pm, Saturdays from 4:30-9pm, and Sundays from 4:30-8:30pm. The light show is at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls. You cannot miss it!

Joel Kovel and His Legacy
Joel Kovel was an activist, physician, and professor who wrote 13 books including The Enemy of Nature, and White Racism. He is also noted for running for the Green Party in a political race for the Senate and for co-founding the Ecosocialism movement. A video tribute to his legacy and the lasting impact he has made on American capitalism and society will be featured in Woodstock at the Mountain View Studio at 20 Mountainview Ave. The tribute is sponsored and made possible thanks to the Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS, Jewish Voice for Peace, Veterans For Peace, and Women in Black. Learn about Joel Kavel and his profound history on December 7 at 7:30pm.

St. Nicholas Bazaar Fine Craft and Holiday Cookie Sale
On Saturday, December 8 from 10am to 3pm Grace Church will present the St. Nicholas Bazaar. The Bazaar will include the sale of fine, handcrafted items made by twenty-five local artisans, and beautifully decorated holiday cookies and delectable chocolates. Shop from a variety of handmade crafts including alpaca fiber hats and capes, hand-painted children’s stools, knitted and felted clothing, beaded and gold jewelry, one of a kind decorations, locally produced yarn and knitting needles, leather dog leashes and collars, pottery, unique tree ornaments, upcycled natural Christmas décor, wooden treasures, clothing for infants and young children, and much more. Choose your own assortment of festive holiday cookies from the traditional linzer, ultimate sugar, Santa shortbread, spritzes, peppermint canes, decadent chocolate truffles and caramel toffee, to the extraordinary gingerbread men. Cookies and candy will be boxed and sold by the pound. The Grace Church Parish Hall is located at 3328 Franklin Avenue (across from the bandshell), in Millbrook. Admission to the event is free.

The Funshine Merrymakers: Skits, Songs, Games, and Magic
The Funshine Merrymakers rock the house with their kid-friendly antics: funny skits, magic tricks, and silly songs with loads of audience participation—plus, fun surprises. Join them for this fun filled evening! Rainbow the Clown and Happy Dan have over 40 years experience entertaining children of all ages. Most recently they have performed at the Rosendale Chili Bowl, High Meadow School, Mohonk Mountain House, Rail Trail Cafe, and Duzine Elementary School in New Paltz. They are both creative, silly, and compassionate global citizens who believe in a better world for one and all. This event is perfect for all ages and is free. The Tivoli Free Library is located at 86 Broadway, and the date of the event is Tuesday, December 11 at 6pm.

Narcan Training for the Public with the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health
Join Amanda Brennan, Public Health Education Coordinator/Opioid Educator from the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health for a community Narcan training event. Narcan is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose. If given to a person who has not taken opioids, it will not have any effect on him or her, since there is no opioid overdose to reverse. As part of the training, participants receive a naloxone kit. It is very important that one becomes educated and is aware of the ways to assist those who use or may abuse opioids. Thank you to the Tivoli Free Library for always providing us with useful and relevant classes. On Friday, December 14 at 6pm we will see you at the library.

A Rhinecliff Holiday Day
Rhinecliff is the perfect place to grab a hot coffee and get your holiday shopping done while strolling up and down the rows of brightly lit stores. On December 8 beginning at 11am, the holiday wreath lighting commences, as Santa begins to drive down the street on his fire truck, and at 2pm he will meet and greet youngsters at the Morton Library. Soup, cookies, and beverages will be available throughout the day. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Woodstock Playhouse
Catskill Jazz Factory joins forces with New York Hot Jazz Festival for a special and original red hot swinging holiday extravaganza at the Woodstock Playhouse! Along with many exciting shows lined up for the month of December, the Playhouse is known for hosting famous and well acclaimed musical artists and composers of all kinds. On December 30 at 2pm, the Patrick Bartley Orchestra and The Copacetics will jam out to the holiday classics and ring in the New Year in an upbeet fashion. Join the community in an afternoon of traditional vocal melody by featured vocalists Tatiana Eva-Marie and Sasha Masakowski, plus featured tap dancer Dewitt Fleming Jr. You can visit woodstockplayhouse.org to purchase tickets and to check out the events for the entire month.

Trouble in Toyland
As you buy toys for the children in your circle of friends and family this year, be sure to lookout for some of these red flags. A number of popular “slimes” had toxic levels of boron, likely in the form of borax, up to fifteen times the European Union’s limit. There are currently no limits on boron in children’s toys in the U.S. The next red flag would be missing the online choking warnings with balloon purchases made on amazon. In a survey of five search pages for balloons sold on Amazon, U.S. PIRG found no choking hazard labels on 87 percent of the latex balloons marketed to parents of children under two. Lastly, make sure to be aware of privacy invasive smart toys, like robots and tablets, that can potentially lead to a breach in personal information through children’s use. It is important that we are always mindful of potential danger during the hustle and bustle of the season.

Paint & Sip: Christmas Ornaments
A unique twist on the typical paint and sip party that we all know and love. Come and get in the holiday spirit in this fun paint and sip event, and make homemade decorative ornaments! Art instructor, Celia, guides you through the process while you paint a set of 80mm glass ornaments with your design of choice. These classes are designed to be enjoyable and relaxing. Bring out your creative side so you can bring home your very own handcrafted ornaments for your tree. All art materials will be provided. The event is BYOB, so only 21 and over are allowed to partake. The event will take place at Watergrasshill Bed and Breakfast at 105 Phillies Bridge Road in New Paltz on December 11 from 7-9pm.

Holiday Potluck Party at Buttermilk Falls Presented by Meet Me in Marlborough
Celebrate this year’s harvest and community spirit. Enjoy delicious food, good company, entertainment, and door prizes. Bring your favorite dish to share with fellow members and friends. RSVP and what dish you’re bringing to Sara Higgins at mail@raspberryfieldsfarm.com or call 845-236-2551. If you have never been to the The Barn at Buttermilk Falls now is a great time to take a visit! It is located at 220 North Road in Milton. The potluck is on December 11 from 6-9pm.

Craft Fair
On Saturday, December 8 from 10am to 4pm the Olive Free Library will hold its annual holiday Craft Fair at 4033 Route 28A in West Shokan. Over twenty-five vendors will sell locally made goods including organic body products, holiday decorations, homemade jams, pickles and snacks, handmade American Girl Doll clothes, maple syrup, goats milk soap, photography, fresh holiday wreaths, aprons, jewelry, pottery, quilts, and much more. The day will include free craft activities, live music, and a hot lunch.