A Magazine about the Hudson Valley’s local economy, published by Hudson Valley Current.

Dutchess Events–February 2015

Throughout Dutchess County

Junior League of Poughkeepsie Call for Donations for “Cinderella’s Closet” Event. This spring, The Junior League of Poughkeepsie will host its second annual “Cinderella’s Closet” event, providing prom dresses and accessories, at no cost, to eligible high school students. To help build up inventory, the group is asking the community to get behind the cause by donating new or gently used formal and cocktail dresses, shoes, and accessories, such as clutches, wraps, and jewelry, at one of several drop-off sites throughout the Hudson Valley. Monetary contributions are also welcome. Drop-off locations: Bella Luci Salon. 11 Liberty Street, Poughkeepsie. Changes. 416 East Main Street, Middletown. Gold’s Gym, Dutchess County. 258 Titusville Road, LaGrange. Halo Couture Inc. Hair Salon. 2064 New Hackensack Road, Suite 6, Poughkeepsie. McCabe and Mack, LLP. 63 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. Red Cap Cleaners. 722 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-551-0595. jlpoughkeepsie.org. Donations accepted through March 15.

Beacon

Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club Outing: Tour of Nobody’s Fool Film Sites in Beacon. Join a guided walking tour of many of the filming locations featured in the Academy Award and critically acclaimed movie Nobody’s Fool, filmed in Beacon and starring Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The tour covers 8 prominent filming locations over a 3.4-mile span and will take approximately 2.5 hours. We will be passing by many shops and art galleries along the way, and after the tour, we will have lunch at a local café (optional). Wear good walking shoes, bring water, and dress warmly. Meet at the lot behind the Yankee Clipper Diner. 397 Main Street, Beacon. 845-249-5305. midhudsonadk.org. February 8. 10am.

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. February 14.

Fareground Community Café Pop-Up Restaurant. Fareground’s mission is to nourish the community by providing a monthly “pay what you can” delicious, locally sourced, nutritious meal. Fareground offers education and volunteer opportunities and is a gathering place where the entire community can share a good meal. Fun activities for kids (including music, African drumming, movement, and crafts) will also be offered. There is a suggested donation of $10 per meal. Beacon Community Resource Center. 23 West Center Street, Beacon. 845-202-3273. fareground.org. February 22. 12–3pm.

Riverkeeper Ambassador Workshop. Riverkeeper, New York’s premier clean water advocate group, will host a workshop to provide an opportunity for existing Ambassadors, partners, Sweep Leaders, and volunteers to deepen their understanding of Riverkeeper and improve their skills in advocating for the Hudson. The content will focus on developing communications skills through hands-on practice and breakout groups and specific volunteer tasks such as gathering petition signatures, soliciting memberships, and explaining Riverkeeper’s history and methods for achieving success. Snacks and hot beverages will be provided. Space is limited; registration required (online). Hudson Valley Seed Offices. Main Street, Beacon. 914-478-4501, ext. 257. riverkeeper.org/volunteer. February 28. 10am–12:30pm.

Hyde Park

Live Music at Hyde Park Brewing Company. Hyde Park Brewing Company. 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. hydeparkbrewing.com. Open mic with Petey Hop. February 4. 8:30pm. Jukebox Junkies. February 6. 9pm. O’Solo Vito in the taproom. February 7. 8pm. Open mic with Petey Hop. February 11. 8:30pm. Chain Gang. February 13. 9pm. Steve Black solo in the taproom. February 14. 8pm. Open mic with Petey Hop. February 18. 8:30pm. Reality Check. February 20. 9pm. Lucky House Duo in the taproom. February 21. 8pm. Open mic with Petey Hop. February 25. 8:30pm. Jazz-funk dance party with The Dangling Success. February 27. 9pm. Bryan Gordon solo in the taproom. February 28. 8pm.

Author Talk and Signing: David L. Holmes,
 Author of The Faiths of the Founding Fathers. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum presents an author talk and book signing with David L. Holmes, author of The Faiths of the Founding Fathers. The program will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. Following the presentation, Holmes will be available to sign copies of his book. This event is free and open to the public. Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-486-7770. fdrlibrary.marist.edu. February 14. 2–3pm.

Lunch Opens at Pangea, a Pop-Up Restaurant. The Culinary Institute of America launched a new student-staffed pop-up restaurant in January. The pop-up was conceived to invoke a uniquely exciting dining experience with a shared sense of adventure. Boasting communal dining tables, Pangea’s seasonal offerings include two separate tasting menus. One of these menus contains meat and seafood as the main protein component, and the other is entirely based on vegetables and legumes as a source of protein. This month, the restaurant will begin serving lunch—three courses plus dessert—for just $19. The restaurant will be open until June 2015; advance reservations are recommended. Pangea at The Culinary Institute of America. 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park. 845-451-1683. pangeany.com. Monday–Friday, starting February 17. 11:30am–1pm.

Poughkeepsie

Modfest Cabaret Night. A sampling of the great American songbook: Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, Sondheim, and others, featuring students from the Vassar College Music Department. At the piano will be music department accompanist David Alpher, with direction by cabaret singer Jennie Litt. Admission is free. Vassar College Main Building, Rose Parlor (2nd floor). 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370. vassar.edu. February 6. 8pm.

Tournées French Film Festival. The Tournées French Film Festival will host a series of screenings that are free and open to all. The Tournées French Film Festival, supported in part by the FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy of New York, brings recent French and francophone cinema to American college campuses. This year, Vassar College’s festival theme is “Love in the 21st Century,” which highlights the many forms of love these films explore: a young couple with a sick child, love in old age, love and family in a new country, and same-sex love. The Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film at Vassar College. 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370. vassar.edu. Film schedule: Polisse. February 6. Declaration of War. February 7. Amour. February 13. Blue is the Warmest Color. February 20. Mauvais Sang. February 21. The Past. February 27.

The Actors Showcase Workshop. This workshop will focus on scenes and monologues, culminating in a showcase performance for an invited audience of family, friends, theatre directors, and other guests. Each session is designed with the goal of exploring creative approaches that cultivate skills and instill greater confidence, enabling an actor to grow as an artist. Actors polish performance techniques with individualized training. Workshop is led by Mirage Theatre Company artistic director June Prager. Tuition is $180 for all six sessions. To register, e-mail June at juneprager.mirage@gmail.com. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 67 South Randolph Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-6580. miragetheatrecompany.org. February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7. 11am–2pm.

Pink the House at Marist College. The Marist Athletics Department and the Marist women’s basketball teams will host “Pink The House,” during which all fans are encouraged to wear pink to help raise awareness for breast cancer research and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. “Pack the House” is the annual event in which the women’s basketball team attempts to sell out the stadium; they have succeeded six times before, and this year, they are combining this with the Play4Kay game to raise breast cancer awareness. This marks the eighth consecutive season the Marist Athletics Department will partner with Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, and proceeds from the evening’s 50/50 raffle will benefit the Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. James J. McCann Center at Marist College. 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-575-3000. marist.edu. February 14. 7pm.

Rhinebeck

Sing for Their Supper. Sing for Their Supper will bring together members of local church choirs, along with instrumentalists, under the direction of St. Christopher’s choirmaster Richard Totman to form the Hudson Valley Ecumenical Ensemble. The performance is a benefit for the Red Hook and Rhinebeck food pantries. Donations are pay-what-you-will at the door or in advance. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876–3080. centerforperformingarts.org. February 1. 3pm.

Staatsburg

Staatsburgh State Historic Site Downton Abbey-Themed Tour. Discover Staatsburgh’s real-life counterparts to the popular characters of Downton Abbey. A costumed guide highlights the lives and roles of Staatsburgh’s family and servants as they prepare for a weekend of lavish entertaining at the mansion. Tour is approximately 90 minutes. Reservations required. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Staatsburgh State Historic Site. 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Staatsburg. 845-889-8851. nysparks.com. February 7 and 21. 1pm.

Gilded Age Tea and Talk Series. The cold, snowy months are the perfect time to enjoy a warm and delicious program at the Staatsburgh mansion! Each month in the winter they’ll serve tea and scones along with a short talk on a Gilded Age theme, with the option of a house tour immediately following the program. Each attendee will receive a four-ounce tin of the Staatsburgh Blend, a custom tea blend by Harney & Sons! (Also available for purchase). February’s theme is “Love and Marriage in the Gilded Age.” Reservations required; tickets are $30. Staatsburgh State Historic Site. 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Staatsburg. 845-889-8851. nysparks.com. February 15. 1pm.

Wappingers Falls

Stony Kill Winter Jamboree. Warm up in the Greenhouse and buy some beautiful flowering houseplants for your loved ones. The barn will be open for visits with the farm animals and they would love to see you on this special day. Cozy up by the fire circle while sipping on hot chocolate and enjoying some cookies. Enjoy a guided winter walk on the trails. Look for birds as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Weather permitting, a snowman-building contest will be held—bring items to decorate them. Snowshoes will be available to rent, and don’t forget your sled! Stony Kill Farm. 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls. 845-831-1617. stonykill.org. February 14. 15. 12–3pm.
Stony Kill Foundation Winter Yoga Series. Warm up this winter and practice yoga in the Barn Classroom, while helping the Stony Kill Foundation raise money to keep the farm open and livestock available for the public. Ishia Wilson, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, will lead participants through a vinyasa class to awaken and align the body. All levels are welcome! The fee is $15 per class, cash or checks made payable to Stony Kill Foundation. Stony Kill Farm Barn Classroom. 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls. 845-831-1617. stonykill.org. February 19. 15. 6:30–7:45pm.