by Alecia Eberhardt
Calling All Poets: Poetry Reading and Open Mic. Hudson Valley-based poet Robert Milby, along with Jim Eve and Mike Jurkovic, will host a poetry reading and open mic night. Featured poets are Jim Eve and Leslie Gerber. Cover is $5. Howland Cultural Center. 477 Main Street, Beacon. 845-831-0077. December 5. 8pm.
7th Annual Breakfast With Santa. At this popular annual event, Elf Tinsel and Little Santa will entertain families. Plus all children get a holiday coloring book and a Christmas ball craft. When Santa arrives, he will stop at each table to say hello, have his picture taken with all the children, and give them a special candy cane. A full breakfast buffet, prepared by Chef Kane and his staff, will be offered. Breakfast is $15 for adults and $10 for children; reservations are strongly recommended. Towne Crier Café. 379 Main Street, Beacon. 845-855-1300. townecrier.com. December 6. 10:30am.
Beacon Second Saturday. During this monthly celebration of the arts, galleries and shops stay open late to feature exhibition openings, artist receptions, music, food, wine, and other special events. Various locations throughout Beacon. beaconarts.org. December 13.
Holiday Craft Fair. The Hudson Valley Etsy Team presents the 5th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, featuring locally handmade items from housewares to accessories, bath and body products, jewelry, home décor, and much more. Howland Cultural Center. 477 Main Street, Beacon. beaconarts.org. December 13. 10am–5pm.
City of Beacon + BeaconArts Tree Lighting. The City of Beacon and BeaconArts put a different spin on the holidays with a Christmas tree made from recycled bicycle parts, designed by sculptor Ed Benavente. The tree lighting will be preceded by children’s crafts organized by the Wee Play Community Project, music and dance by the Beacon Music Factory and the Center for Creative Education, and the arrival of Santa by People’s Bicycle pedi-cab. Polhill Park and Beacon Visitors Center. Intersection of Main Street and Route 9D, Beacon. beaconarts.org. December 13. 3pm.
Holiday Cheers! Celebration. Following the official Beacon tree lighting, all are welcome to join BEAHIVE for their annual holiday bash. Music, food, and festive drinks will be accompanied by a variety of DIY workshops, from watercolor, floristry and cookie decorating to beer tasting, home brewing, and pumpkin carving—hosted by the team behind Nixie Sparrow, BEAHIVE’s new neighbors, who will be celebrating their grand opening. Suggested donation is $5; proceeds benefit BeaconArts. BEAHIVE. 291 Main Street, Beacon. December 13. 6pm–11pm.
Wreaths Across America Ceremony. To commemorate lives of the Revolutionary War soldiers buried at the former Fishkill Supply Depot encampment, the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot group will lay wreaths for each of the 85 Continental Patriots thus far identified. The public is welcome to join by donating a wreath (via the website) or by attending the wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery. Van Wyck Homestead Museum. 504 Route 9, Fishkill. 845-896-9560. fishkillsupplydepot.org. December 13. 11:30am.
Hyde Park Brewing Company Live Music. No cover for any events. Hyde Park Brewing Company. 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. hydeparkbrewing.com. Open Mic with Petey Hop. December 3. 8:30pm. Reality Check. December 5. 9pm. Johnny Dell & the Nightlife. December 6. 8pm. Open Mic with Petey Hop. December 10. 8:30pm. Annual Christmas Party with Vito & 4 Guys and Santa. December 12. 6pm. Ryan Gordon, solo. December 13. 8pm. Open Mic with Petey Hop. December 17. 8:30pm. Petey Hop Trio. December 19. 9pm. Annie & the Attaboys. December 20. 9pm.
Holiday Open House at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. The National Park Service is pleased to offer a day of free admission to the Vanderbilt Mansion. Visitors are invited to enjoy refreshments at the Visitor Center, discounts in the Museum Shop, and a tour of the mansion to learn about the Vanderbilt’s holidays. The Mansion’s Elliptical Hall Christmas tree is the perfect backdrop for holiday photos. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. 119 Vanderbilt Park Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-7770. nps.gov/vama. December 6. 9am–5pm.
Holiday Open House at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site will be decked out in holiday decorations, and the Presidential Library and Museum will offer a Holiday Open House and Children’s Reading Festival featuring children’s book authors, including the Hudson Valley’s own Iza Trapani. Children can make holiday cards to send to our service men and women, and Santa Claus will be on hand to greet them and pose for photos! Admission is free. Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-9115. nps.gov/hofr. December 13. 9am–5pm.
Hudson Valley Show Jumping Holiday Classic. The Hudson Valley Show Jumping Classics series has a two-fold mission: to provide high quality horse shows for the equestrian community and to give back to the larger community via charitable contributions. Proceeds from this best-in-class horse show experience will benefit Team SeriousFun, The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, and St. Francis Hospital’s Panichi Center for Communication & Learning, among others. Crosswinds Equestrian Center. 17 Crosswinds Lane, Lagrangeville. 845-223-7433. crosswindsequestrian.com. December 20.
Homemade Holistic Health Workshop. These monthly workshops, taught by herbalist Claudia Abbott-Barish, focus on familiarizing the novice with the basics of herbal medicine. December’s class will focus on the emotion of fear. The class includes a balanced lunch and tea; all necessary supplies are included. Registration is $50. 917-992-9901. email@example.com. Milan. December 14. 10am–2pm.
Peter Muir and Friends Concert for New Year’s Eve. Peter Muir and Friends ring in the New Year with jazz, ragtime, and blues. This concert presented as part of the Millbrook New Year’s Eve festivities, a family friendly, alcohol-free, village-wide celebration. Admission is free and all are welcome. Grace Church Parish House. 3328 Franklin Avenue, Millbrook. 845-677-5871. December 31. Shows at 4:30pm and 6pm.
Holiday House Hunt for Kids. On Sunday afternoons in December, children and their families are invited to step back in time and relive the romance of Christmas past. Enjoy glittering holiday decorations and learn more about the historic house while searching for animals hidden in the mansion’s outstanding art collection. Cookies, cider, and carols will be offered in the museum pavilion. Adult tickets are $10,; children’s tickets are $8; children under 4 admitted free. Locust Grove Estate. 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500. lgny.org. December 7, 14, and 21. Mansion open 12pm–4pm; arrive by 3pm to complete the hunt. Carols performed at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
Locust Grove Mansion Holiday Tours. The Locust Grove Mansion, an Italianate villa designed in 1851, will be decked out in spectacular holiday decorations. Each of the 25 rooms in the mansion will be decorated to fit the theme of a different Christmas carol. Guided tours, which take approximately an hour and 45 minutes, are available for $11 per person. Locust Grove Estate. 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500. lgny.org. December 6–7, 13–14, 20–21, and 26–31. 10am–5pm; last tour at 3:15pm.
Saturdays on the Farm: Farmer for a Day. Open to boys and girls ages 10-13, who want to have fun working just as real farmers do! The day will be spent working in the barns and taking part in animal chores—anything from milking cows, to gathering eggs, to feeding goats, sheep, kids, chickens, or ducks. Children will be served a mid-afternoon snack and should wear warm clothes that will allow them to get dirty. Registration is $50 and pre-registration is required. Sprout Creek Farm. 4 Lauer Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-485-8438. sproutcreekfarm.com. December 13. 1:30–5:30pm.
The Nutcracker. The New Paltz Ballet Theatre returns for a 17th season to present this classic holiday event featuring principal dancers from the New York City Ballet. Dancers, designers, and technicians have all contributed to make this Nutcracker a visual delight. Come along with Marie as she dreams of a fierce battle between giant mice and toy soldiers followed by a magical journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Adult tickets are $30; seniors, students, and children’s tickets are $25. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. bardavon.org. December 13. 2pm.
Saturdays on the Farm: All About Dairy. Sprout Creek’s Seasonal Saturday Programs let to boys and girls ages 7-10 experience each season on the farm. Each program will involve animal care, cooking lessons, and environmental or garden education; December’s program will focus on cows, goats, the milking process, tasting and learning how to make cheese, and identifying winter plants and trees. Children should wear warm clothes that will allow them to get dirty. Registration is $50 and pre-registration is required. Sprout Creek Farm. 4 Lauer Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-485-8438. sproutcreekfarm.com. December 20.
Holiday House Tours at Wilderstein. Florists and designers transform the Wilderstein Mansion into a magical holiday wonderland, open for self-paced tours, with guides in each room to share information and answer questions. Adult admission, $10; students and seniors, $9; children under 12, free. Wilderstein Historic Site. 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck. 845-876-7439. wilderstein.org. December 6–7, 13–14, 20–21, and 27–28. 1pm–4pm.
Sinterklaas Festival Day. As part of a community-wide series of events drawing on the Hudson Valley’s Dutch heritage, Sinterklaas—the Dutch Santa Claus—will lead a day-long, colorful celebration of dance, theatre and music all over the village. The day will end with a spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers. A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season. Locations throughout the Village of Rhinebeck. sinterklaashudsonvalley.com. December 6. 12pm.
The Good Shepherd Church and The Reformed Church Spaghetti Dinner. The Good Shepherd Church and The Reformed Church will be hosting their first spaghetti dinner to follow the Sinterklaas festivities. Dinner is $12 for adults and $8 for children. The meal includes spaghetti with a choice of meatballs, marinara sauce or butter, bread and butter, salad, brownies with ice cream, coffee, tea, and cold beverages. Beer and wine available for $4 extra. Father Brogan Parish Center. 3 Mulberry Street, Rhinebeck. 845-876-2436. December 6. 4pm–8pm.
2014 Winter Holiday Concert. The Rhinebeck Choral Club presents their annual holiday concert, featuring guest artists the Hudson Valley Folk Artists and The Beckers & The Martuccis with Rich Keyes. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. 518-537-2884. rhinebeckchoralclub.org. Rhinebeck Reformed Church. 6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck. December 13. 7:30pm. December 14. 3:00pm.
Tivoli Artists’ Gallery Holiday Show. The Tivoli Artists Gallery, a non-profit with roots as an artist cooperative, holds a holiday show annually to exhibit small items created by their members for holiday giving. Vintage jewelry, hand-blown glass, hand-painted ceramics, beautifully made baskets, stationery and holiday cards, and unique handmade holiday ornaments will be available for sale. Tivoli Artists’ Gallery. 60 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-2667. tivoliartistsgallery.com. Show on display November 21–December 21. Friday, 5pm–9pm; Saturday, 1pm–9pm; Sunday, 1pm–5pm.