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Dutchess County Event Highlights: January 2017

Bannerman Island Gallery – Winter Holiday Expedition. The Bannerman Island Gallery (BIG) – owned by the Bannerman Castle Trust Inc. –  is pleased to present their “Winter Holiday Fine Art Exhibition” featuring the work of 20 professional artists. This show will feature “small work” paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media works by talented regional artists. January 29. 150 Main Street, Beacon.

Beacon Sloop Club Winter Lecture Series – Birds of the Hudson River. The Beacon Sloop Club’s 2017 winter lecture series begins with “Birds of the Hudson River.” The Hudson River estuary and the mid-Hudson valley are home to a wide variety of bird species, both migratory and year-round residents. There are nearly 200 breeding species in the valley, many in need of conservation and habitat protection. Enjoy an interactive discussion about which birds you can enjoy while cruising the river and exploring its shores. January 12, 7pm. Beacon Sloop Clubhouse, 2 Flynn Drive, Beacon.

Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir “Awaken The New Year.” Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir performs inspiring music for the new year by Mendelssohn, Poulenc, Britten, and others.  Sunday, January 15, 4:30pm.  Tickets at the door.  Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie.

Chowders and Stews at the Culinary Institute of America. There’s nothing like the comforting deliciousness of chowders and stews as a cure for January’s cold weather. This warming four-course lunch includes New England and Manhattan clam chowders, corn chowder, braised beef stew, and stewed chicken. Dessert will include braised fruit. Come get warm! Wednesday, January 18, 12 pm.  $55 prepaid, all-inclusive. Culinary Institute of America. 1946 Campus Drive, Route 9, Hyde Park.

Paint Nite Event. Paint Nite invites you to create art over cocktails at Michael’s Restaurant in Wappingers Falls, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary or supplies needed. January 18, 7-9pm.  150 Osborne Hill Road, Wappingers Falls.

Winter Farmers Flea Market. The Mid-Hudson Market at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center is hosting a winter Farmer’s and Flea Market. Shop this family-friendly market showcasing local growers, food vendors, entertainment, artists, community causes and information about the Poughkeepsie area. Free to the public, but will be accepting canned goods to donate to charity. Wednesday, January 25, 3-7pm. 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie.

The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War Exhibit.  Art medals thrived for centuries and rose to new heights during World War I. This exhibition of over 100 medals from both sides of the Great War reasserts their significance as works of art, and coincides with the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the war. The medals come from the permanent collection of the American Numismatic Society in New York, which co-organized the exhibition with the Art Center. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am-5pm, Thursday 10am-9pm and Sunday 1-5pm. Vassar College, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie.