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

Dutchess Events–July 2015

by JD Eiseman

Stormville Airport Antiques Show & Flea Market. One of New York’s largest and most popular outdoor flea markets with over 600 vendors from 8 different states. You’ll find a wide variety of bargains and treasures including apparel, handbags, jewelry, tools, and more. There is a big selection of food concessions and a special kids area offering fun for all ages. Free. No pets. stormvilleairportfleamarket.com. Stormville Airport, 428 Route 216, Stormville. July 4-5. 8am-4pm.

Nighttime Fireworks Paddle. The Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club will paddle out onto the Hudson and watch the fireworks from the water. This is a “big water” trip, so experienced paddlers only. Minimum 13.5’ kayak with flotation PFD required. Exact launch and route to be determined. E-mail or call Don Urmston for more information. murmston@gmail.com. 845-549-4671. July 4.

Rhinebeck Culinary Crawl. Guided walking and tasting tour of Rhinebeck village, including the farmer’s market, with food and beverage tastings from local artisans and tales of history and culture. Participation is $45 adults and $25 children. Must be booked ahead through hudsonvalleyfoodtours.com. Rhinebeck. Every Sunday through the end of October. 1:00-3:30pm.
25th Annual Dutchess County Balloon Festival. Dozens of brightly colored hot-air balloons take to the mid-Hudson skies during early morning and evening launches from the Poughkeepsie waterfront and Dutchess County Airport. The public is invited to come down to the launch sites to watch the balloons as they’re inflated and sent aloft. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the festival, 25 balloonists will come from all parts of the country to participate. Balloon flights will be available for a fee of $225.  Launches take place at 6pm, Friday and Saturday on the Poughkeepsie waterfront; the 6am launch on Saturday and Sunday will be held at the Airport. dcrcoc.org/balloonfestival. 845-454-1700. July 10-12.
Movie Nights Under the Walkway. A series of free, family-friendly movie nights set beneath the Walkway Over the Hudson during July and August. Along with the featured films, there will be a pre-show of live entertainment, and local vendors will be on hand selling food and beverages. These community events are free and open to the public. All attending are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.  July 11 (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) and July 25 (How to Train Your Dragon 2). walkway.org. Upper Landing Park, 83 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. Music: 7pm, film at approximately 8:30pm. 
Monastery Vinegar Festival. Based on a medieval monastic recipe, the organic, artisanal vinegars produced by Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery are crafted from a variety of wines, juices, and spices, as well as from pure local apple cider.  hese vinegars, which have been spotlighted by the New York Times and local press alike, are the only ones in the Valley produced according to ancient methods. During the festival, there will be an opportunity for tasting and sampling nine different vinegars, as well as an explanation of the production and slow fermentation process. Food products from the Monastery farm, gardens, and kitchen will also be available. Free admission. 845-483-0899. Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery, 246 Barmore Road, LaGrange. July 11-12. 11am-4pm.
“The Bubble Makers,” Paintings by Dana Wigdor.  RiverWinds Gallery celebrates its 12th anniversary with the opening of “The Bubble Makers,” a presentation of new paintings by internationally renowned artist Dana Wigdor.  The show opens as part of Beacon’s Second Saturdays on July 11. The gallery is open Wednesday through Monday, 12-6pm.  riverwindsgallery.com. 845-838-2880. 172 Main Street, Beacon. Artist Reception: July 11 5-8pm. Exhibit: July 11-August 2.  
12th Annual Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim. A wonderful opportunity for experienced swimmers to swim a mile across the Hudson River, from Newburgh to Beacon.  Swimmers are urged to bring kayaker escorts, if possible. This benefit event funds the maintenance and operation of the River Pool off the north shore of Pete Seeger Riverfront Park. Swimmers and escorts must register online at riverpool.org/swim. $60 registration fee and minimum $100 donation required to check-in. 845-784-1790. UNICO Park, Newburgh. July 18. 7:15am-3pm.
Beacon Jazz Festival. Celebrating the music, distilleries, artisan crafts, and culture of the Hudson Valley, the inaugural Beacon Jazz Festival will offer a wealth of musical talent, many with long associations with Beacon and the surrounding region. Local craft breweries, cideries, and wineries will be on hand to provide libations, along with local chefs serving up their food. Tickets are $45. beaconjazz.com. Pete Seeger Riverfront Park, Beacon. July 25. 12-6pm.
Dragon Boat Race and Festival. The second annual Dragon Boat Race and Festival sponsored by the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, Arts Mid-Hudson, and Dutchess County Tourism will offer participants, sponsors, and spectators a fun day of recreational boat racing, food, music, and views of the Hudson. The event is now accepting registrations for teams and individuals (no experience necessary; boats will be provided). The Dragon Boat Asian Cultural Festival will take place as the race is occurring, featuring music, dance, exhibitions, and food vendors. dutchessdragonboat.org. Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse, Poughkeepsie. July 25. 9am-2pm.
Wassaic Project. The Wassaic Project features a festival, gallery, artists in residence, and an educational program serving nearby residents and local schools. This year’s festival offers a curated exhibition of works by emerging artists, as well as music, dance performances, and film screenings. The festival focuses on site-specific installations and performances, creating a weekend-long opportunity for artists and performers to come together, exchange ideas, and engage in community. Participants are encouraged to come for the day or stay the weekend and camp on site. Free. Wassaic Project, 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic. July 31-August 2.

Fishkill Farms Yoga. Due to overwhelming success, yoga is back at the farm. Roll out your mat (or borrow one of theirs) and join in a weekly all-levels class. Relax your mind and strengthen your body as you peer over the rolling hills and breathe in fresh air. This class is taught by Yoga Alliance certified instructors. $16 per class, 5 for $70, or 10 for $140. fishkillfarms.com. Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction. Every Saturday. 10am.