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Dutchess Events–Jan 2016

Dutch Foodways in the Old and New World. As an independent study project at The Culinary Institute of America, an Applied Food Studies major has curated a foodways exhibit at the college’s Conrad N. Hilton Library in Hyde Park. The word “foodways” describes all of the practices related to the production and consumption of food in a culture, region, or historical period. Colonialism, religion, and technological developments from the 17th to 19th centuries impacted Dutch foodways as food and culture intersected with larger issues of economics, slavery, morality, and health. Half of the exhibit delves into the legacy of Dutch foodways in the Hudson Valley and the other half covers its history in Europe. The images and material on display explore everyday life in Holland and New Netherland and highlight iconic Dutch commodities, such as spices, cheese, beer, gin, and chocolate. Free. Conrad Hilton Library, CIA, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park. January 4-February 4, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm.

A New You: Transitions and Changes for the New Year. Explore pathways to realizing your dreams as you create a “new you for the new year.” Change and transition are inevitable and certainly not always easy. You don’t have to struggle through these alone. Imagine how it would feel to have a life coach by your side as you navigate transitions and changes and plan the life you want to live as you begin to create a “new you for the new year.” $35. izlind.com. Izlind Integrative Wellness Center and Institute. 6369 Mill Street, Rhinebeck. January 7, 6:30-8:30pm; January 23, 11am-1pm.

Happy Birthday Elvis Presley! Documentary & Concert. Elvis Presley would have been 81 years old this year, and Rex Fowler of the renowned folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step will be honoring The King of Rock ‘n Roll with his special show all about Elvis. It includes a screening of Fowler’s acclaimed documentary film 200 Cadillacs, followed by a live concert featuring his 4-piece virtuoso band Rex & The Rockabilly Kings. darylshouseclub.com for tickets and info. $20-$35. Daryl’s House Club, 130 Route 22, Pawling. January 8, 8-10:30pm.

Teen Visions 2016. More than 60 paintings, drawings, and photographs by local high school students who participated in the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft’s summer Art Intensive Program will be featured in the exhibition “Teen Visions ‘16.” These students represent more than 30 regional high schools and will exhibit their work in this juried show on view at the James W. Palmer III Gallery at Vassar College. Representing a wide variety of media, the artwork exhibited in “Teen Visions ’16” was selected by a panel of educators from more than 1,750 works, based upon artistic statement, vision, and visual acuity, as well as individual accomplishment. Todd Poteet, the director of the Art Institute, noted, “This exhibition helps to build students’ confidence in their art and the power of their artistic voice, as well as validating the work they create. We do not censor the statements the students need to make, but allow them to express the issues that they are confronted with daily.” Free. millstreetloft.org. James W. Palmer III Gallery, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. January 11-26.

Chris Speed Trio. Quinn’s is proud to present one of the most accomplished ensembles performing jazz today, the Chris Speed Trio, featuring Chris Tordini (of Greg Osby, Tyshawn Sorey) on bass and Dave King (of The Bad Plus, Bill Frisell, Jeff Beck, Dead Prez) on drums. The New York Times calls Speed “one of the principal figures in a dynamic left-of-center jazz/improv scene in the city.” In April 2006, he launched Skirl Records, a label dedicated to Brooklyn-based creative music, now with 31 releases. “As a document of the fertile Brooklyn scene, Skirl has few equals, skirting the boundaries between jazz, rock, electronic, classical and improvised music.” There is no cover but donations for the musicians will be requested. 845-202-7447. Quinn’s, 330 Main Street, Beacon. January 12, 9pm.

Talk: Hoboes and Hoovervilles. Learn some fascinating Depression-era history with Jeff Urbin of the FDR Library. Urbin will speak about the history of migrant workers and the homeless during the Depression era. “Hoboes and Hoovervilles: Depression Era Migration, Upheaval and the Roosevelt Response” will explore the daily life and struggles of migrant workers and homeless during the Great Depression. Find out what they ate, how they traveled, how they communicated, and what FDR did to help them get back on their feet.  Jeff Urbin is the education specialist at the FDR Library in Hyde Park. This event free and open to all. No registration is necessary. Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli. January 14, 7-8:30pm.

Museum Late Night and Family Free Time. The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is located in the heart of the historic Hudson Riverfront. With exhibits that focus on nature, science, literacy, art, music and the community, the museum provides an educationally rich environment through which children have the opportunity to develop foundational skills, to engage in purposeful play, and to develop interpersonal connections. MHCM exhibits and programs get kids moving, exploring, building, pretending, collaborating, creating and discovering. Tickets are free starting at 5pm. mhcm.org. 845-471-0589. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. January 16, 5-8pm.

Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series. This winter Staatsburgh State Historic Site, the former estate of Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills, offers an elegant and entertaining refuge from the cold by presenting its second Gilded Age Tea & Talk series of programs in the mansion’s elegant dining room. Guests sit and enjoy scones, tea sandwiches, and the site’s unique and delicious tea, blended by renowned tea purveyors Harney & Sons, while listening to a brief talk on a Gilded Age history theme delivered by staff and guest presenters. In January, led by a costumed guide, visitors will enjoy a Downton Abbey-themed tour of the mansion, learning about the similarities between the characters of the popular TV drama and the real servants, guests, and family members of Staatsburgh. Admission is $30. Reservations are required. 845-889-8851. staatsburghshs@parks.ny.gov. 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Staatsburgh. January 17, 1pm.

Save Energy, Save Dollars Workshop. The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) brings you this “Save Energy, Save Dollars” workshop. This free workshop provides energy saving tips and information on energy assistance programs to help residents who are facing higher energy costs. Advance registration is required. plvprograms@yahoo.com. 845-635-8460. Pleasant Valley Library, 1584 Main Street, Pleasant Valley. January 19, 6:30-8:30pm.

Hyde Park Winterfest. Winter fun, games, snow tubing, and cross country skiing in Hackett Hill Park. Refreshments such as soup and hot chocolate will be served to warm you up. Warming fire, marshmallow roast, and more. Free admission. recprogramleader@hydeparkny.us. Hackett Hill Park, East Market Street, Hyde Park. January 24, 1-4pm.

Sunday Bounce. Take your kids for this open gym event at Mr.. Todd’s Gymnastics facility. Parents go out on the floor with their children and have fun. The space is 13,000 square feet. Supervised kids can play on the spring floors and rope swing, bounce on the tumble tracks(long trampolines) and bounce castles, pre-school shapes, balance beams, bars and more. $10/child. Mr. Todd’s Gymnastics, 12 Olympic Way, Poughkeepsie. Every Sunday in January, 9-11am.

Laugh it Up! Comedy Club Events. 1/1: Jerrold Bedford, Buda The Comedian, Mile Sicoli . 1/9 “Rev” Bob Levy, Joel Gertner, Ryan Dalton.  1/16 Andy Sanford, Chris Kasov, Ashley Gavin. 1/23 Geno Bisconte, Kaytlin Bailey, Ian Lara. 1/30 Chris Cotton, H. Foley, Ray Gootz. All shows are 21+. laughitup.net. 845-264-7974. Mahoney’s, 35 Main St., Poughkeepsie. Every Saturday, 9pm.

Chiaroscuro: Play on Light and Dark. Tivoli Artists Gallery’s first show of 2016, “Chiaroscuro: Play on Light and Dark,” is a show featuring artwork inspired by lightness and darkness. Artists from Arts Mid-Hudson have been invited to participate in the show. Participating artists include Frana Baruch, Dot Chast, Tarryl Gabel, Dan Goldman, Georgia Landman, Gilbert Rios, Alan Reich, Cecelia Sinclair, Fumiko Sugaya, Silvana Tagliaferri, Karl Volk and Barbara Walter. The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception. tivoliartistsgallery.com. 60 Broadway, Tivoli. Opening reception: January 16, 6-8pm, exhibit on display through February 7.