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Dutchess County Event Highlights: October 2016

Spark Media Project’s 4th annual Reel Expressions International Youth Film Festival. Spark Media Project is an arts and education organization focused on nurturing creativity and building skillsets among youth through media arts and technology.  This year you will see original short films of various genres created by teens, a brief awards ceremony to honor the top films, and  hands-on interactive animation stations. November 4, Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. Admission is free for youth and young adults ages 21 and under who register at SparkMediaProject.org/ReelTickets.

Sheep and Wool Festival. The New York Sheep and Wool Festival offer activities and attractions for kids and adults. In addition to viewing the different breeds of animals, families can participate in many activities.  Exhibitions, demonstrations,  and a vast array of sheep and wool  venders line the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave, October 13-16.

CRAFTED. CRAFTED is a collection of American artisans offering quality, handmade goods.  It’s a great place for unique finds and great way to support small businesses.  Some of the categories that will be represented are apparel, jewelry, home goods and decor, art, and gourmet food. $10. October 15-16,  9am-5pm, Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls. Call for more information 914-274-1392.

Taste of History. 

Taste of History is being offered by about 30 historic sites showcasing their individual aspect of Hudson Valley history and pairing it with food on site or at local restaurants.  This is an ongoing event that stretched across the month of October. Fees, hours,  and days vary; check midhudsonhistoricdestinations.com for more details.

Fall Antiques at Rhinebeck. Over 100 exhibitors will display indoors, a vast array of antiques, art, estate, and vintage jewelry, oriental rugs, toys and banks, garden and architectural decorations, American folk art and much more. Exhibitors are coming from over 13 states bringing their latest finds saved just for Rhinebeck.Food and beverages on site. Saturday, October 8, 10am-5pm & Sunday, October 9 11am-4pm. $10. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave., (Route 9), Rhinebeck. For more information visit barnstar.com or call 845-876-0616.

Rhinebeck Culinary Crawl. The Rhinebeck Culinary Crawl is a weekly event which features wine tasting tours in the Rhinebeck village paired with Hudson Valley food tours. $49 adults and $25 children.  Sundays through October 30, 1pm-3:30pm. 51 Cove View Lane. Call 845-249-6129 for more information.

Taste NY Outdoor Farmers Market. Featuring local, seasonal produce, fresh doughnuts, food truck, distilleries, artisanal cheese, bread, tarts, cider and much more. Running through October 16, this weekly event is held on Fridays and Saturdays, 1:30pm-5:30 pm, 4640 Taconic State Parkway North Poughkeepsie/LaGrange.  Call Gabriel Chalfin-Piney at 845-849-0247 for more information.

Chef Terrance Brennan. Celebrate Our Love of the Hudson Valley with Clinton Vineyards owner Phyllis Feder, Chef Terrance Brennan and Organic Hudson Valley editor-in-chief Laurie Szostak. Share the joys of local wine, food, and farms at Clinton Vineyards. This fall day will feature a sit-down, three course meal featuring local farm ingredients, premium wines, and local artists. October 8, 1-4pm, Clinton Vineyards, 450 Schultzville Road, Clinton Corners. $125.