Pitch in for Parks. Volunteers are invited to help Scenic Hudson maintain trails in Madam Brett Park. It’s recommended that volunteers wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and bring water, snacks, and gloves. Madam Brett Park. Tioronda Avenue, Beacon. 845-473-4440. scenichudson.org. May 1. 5:30pm–7:30pm.
6th Annual Beacon Open Studios. This weekend-long event will feature self-guided tours through the studios of painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, ceramicists, glass artists, multi-media and interdisciplinary artists, and more. Maps of open studios available online. Locations throughout Beacon. beaconopenstudios.org. May 3–4. 12pm–6pm. Kickoff party at Hudson Beach Glass. 162 Main Street, Beacon. May 2. 6pm–9pm.
Volunteer Restoration Workshop. During this education and work session, volunteers will learn about native Hudson Valley flora while removing the invasive plants that hinder their growth. It’s recommended that volunteers wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and bring water, snacks, and gloves. Madam Brett Park. Tioronda Avenue, Beacon. 845-473-4440. scenichudson.org. May 17. 10am–2pm.
Hyde Park Brewing Company Live Music. Lucky House Band. May 2. Bernie & Mike. May 3. Open Mic hosted by Petey Hop. May 7. Little Caesar. May 9. O Solo Vito. May 10. Open Mic hosted by Petey Hop. May 14. In The Pocket. May 16. Bryan Gordon. May 17. Open Mic hosted by Petey Hop. May 21. Chain Gang. May 23. Travis Schifco. May 24. Open Mic hosted by Petey Hop. May 28. Reality Check. May 30. Steve Black. May 31. Hyde Park Brewing Company. 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. hydeparkbrewing.com.
Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale. The Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association will be hosting the non-profit’s largest annual fundraiser. Thousands of plants will be on sale, including a perennial plant divisions from the Vanderbilt Formal Gardens, hanging baskets, annuals, tomatoes, and vegetables. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site Visitor Center. 119 Vanderbilt Park Road, Hyde Park. vanderbiltgarden.org. 845-229-6432. May 24–May 26. 9am–4pm.
Organic: The Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley. The work of photographer Francesco Mastalia, who has captured over 100 of the Hudson Valley farmers and the chefs at the forefront of the locavore and organic food movement, is on display. The photographs in this collection were taken using the wet plate collodion process, a technique developed in the mid-19th century that produces a beautifully detailed print. The Moviehouse Artist’s Gallery. 48 Main Street, Millerton. 518-789-0022. themoviehouse.net. Exhibition on view through July.
Bardavon. Hudson Valley Philharmonic presents Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. May 3. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. May 8. The Met: Live in HD—Rossini’s La Cenerentola. May 10. The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward. May 17. Bardavon Gala 2014: An Evening with John Legend. May 22. Bardavon. 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. bardavon.org.
Becoming Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Teachers: What Does it Take? Dr. Sonia Mieto, professor and author of a new book, Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Classrooms, will give a free lecture on education diversity. Vassar College Center. 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370. vassar.edu. May 1. 6:30pm.
Mid-Hudson Love INC Love Notes Concert. Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ) presents a dynamic line-up of bands, choirs, dancers, and other artists in a performance to benefit the organization’s work: serving the needy of Dutchess County via mentoring and resources. Tickets are $10. Changepoint Church. 260 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-401-7480. mhlinc.org. May 4. 4pm.
Farmer for a Day. This program, intended for kids ages 6–11, will focus on the coming of spring on the farm—including a greenhouse tour, a compost-making lesson, a visit with the baby goats, and an egg collection from the resident chickens. Registration is $50; register online or over the phone. Sprout Creek Farm. 34 Lauer Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-485-8438. sproutcreekfarm.org. May 10. 10:30am–2:30pm.
Reel Expressions Youth Film Festival Call for Entries. The Children’s Media Project (CMP) is currently accepting narrative, animated, experimental, music video, public service announcement, and documentary entries under 10 minutes from youth ages 13-19. Film festival winner will be awarded $500 and exposure through CMP’s other media channels. Entries accepted via mail or online. Children’s Media Project. Carriage House, 2nd Floor, 42 Catharine Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-485-4480. childrensmediaproject.org. Deadline May 30.
Hudson Valley Garden Fair. This celebration of gardening includes exhibitions by over 40 garden vendors and organizations, a lecture, demonstrations by local experts, and garden and mansion tours. Tickets are $9 for adults; $24 tickets include entry to the lecture. Montgomery Place. 25 Gardener Way, Red Hook. hvgardenfair.com. May 3. 10am–4pm.
Miss Saigon. This musical tells the tragic tale of doomed romance during the Vietnam War. Tickets start at $24. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080. centerforperformingarts.org. May 2–4, 9–11, 16–18, 23–25. 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm Sundays.
Rhinebeck Choral Club Spring 2014 Concert Series. The Rhinebeck Choral Club, a non-profit community group, joins forces with special guest Evergreen Chorus of Sweet Adelines International for its spring concert. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students. Rhinebeck Reformed Church. 6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck. 845-849-5865. rhinebeckchoralclub.org. May 3. 7:30pm. May 4. 3pm.
I Love My Park Day. Parks & Trails New York invite volunteers ages 8 and up who enjoy working outdoors to assist in cleaning up and rehabilitating Staatsburgh State Historic Site and Mills Memorial State Park. Register online or by phone. Staatsburgh State Historic Site. 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Staatsburg. 845-889-8851. ptny.org. May 3 (rain date, May 17). 10am–2pm.
18th Annual Spring Wassail Balkan Music Festival. Breezy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill will host a festival to celebrate the ancient Celtic ritual Wassail with a fest of local food, live music, traditional folk-style dancing, cider house tours, and tastings. Tickets available on a sliding scale—all are welcome. Breezy Hill Orchard. 828 Centre Road, Staatsburg. 845-266-3979. hudsonvalleyfarmhousecider.com. May 10. 2pm.
Fly Fishing Forum. The Sports Museum of Dutchess County is presenting a free forum on fly fishing. Noted speaker John Klemm will conduct a seminar on fresh water and salt water fly fishing basics. Sports Museum of Dutchess County. 81 Carnwath Farms Lane, Wappingers Falls. sportsmuseumdcny.org. 845-677-9700. May 10. 1pm–4pm.