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

Dutchess Events–May 2015

by JD Eiseman   

Hudson Valley Fair. Featuring the Fearless Flores Thrill Show (America’s Got Talent), Lance Gifford’s Magic & Illusion Show, a hypnotist show, petting zoo, monkeys riding dogs, carnival midway, and more. Two-for-one coupons and discounted POP admission can be found on the Fair’s website. Dutchess Stadium. 1500 Route D, Wappingers Falls. hudsonvalleyfair.com. May 1-17. Fridays (5pm-12am) and Saturdays/Sundays (1pm- 2am).

Ramp Fest. Celebrate the ramp—that first foragable green, spring delicacy, and wild onion of myth and mystery. Abundant throughout the Hudson Valley, the ramp will be at the center of some insanely original dishes created by chefs from both Upstate New York and the big city. In addition to the food, there will be live entertainment and a cash bar. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. $10 for kids under 12. Basilica Hudson. 110 S Front St, Hudson. rampfesthudson.com. info@rampfesthudson.com. May 2. 12-4pm. 

Hudson Valley Garden Fair. The Hudson Valley Garden Association presents their third annual fundraising event, a one day celebration of gardening in the Hudson Valley, featuring local and specialty garden vendors, demonstrations, and local non-profit garden groups, all set in the inspiring and educational landscape gardens of Montgomery Place. Tickets are $9 in advance, $12 at door (children 15 and under free). Montgomery Place. 25 Gardener Way, Red Hook. hvgardenfair.com. May 2. 10am-3pm.

Lake Effect Car Meet. Enjoy awesome cars, amazing people, and a beautiful day in James Baird State Park. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. All cars, trucks, and bikes are welcome. Recommended donation of $10 per car. Vendors and questions, e-mail aflynncarshow@yahoo.com. facebook.com/groups/lakeeffectcarmeet. May 3. 11am-3pm.

Hudson River Sweep, Paddle, & Clean-Out. Start by picking up litter in the park at the boat launch, then paddle the creek in search of trash. BYO canoe, kayak, rowboat, or power boat. If you don’t have a boat but want to help, come assist in cleaning the park or canoes can be borrowed. Bring lunch and water. Market Street Boat Launch, Wappingers Falls. 845-297-5126. May 9. 11am.
Beacon Second Saturday. Second Saturday is a citywide celebration of the arts, held on the second Saturday of every month, where galleries, shops, and studios stay open until 9 pm, most of which are on Main Street. The event often includes free gallery talks, live music, and wine tastings. Downtown Beacon. May 9.

Pet First Aid, CPR & Disaster Preparedness. This course is ideal for all pet owners and caregivers, covering common health and safety-related issues for dogs and cats, first aid basics, CPR, choking maneuvers, when to seek professional care, and disaster planning. You will practice skills on furry life-like mannequins. Cost is $45. Northern Dutchess Hospital. 6511 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck. whennessy@health-quest.org. 845-475-9742. May 9. 8:30am-12:30pm.

Plant Sale and Open Farm. Nearly 100 varieties of vegetables, flowers, and herbs raised in the Poughkeepsie Farm Project greenhouses, as well as beautiful PFP merchandise for sale. Please bring containers and boxes to put four-inch pots and plugs into. Tours of the farm will also take place throughout the day. Cash or checks only. Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Poughkeepsie. farmproject.org. 845-516-1100. May 9, 16. 9am-2pm.

Social Venture Institute (SVI). A weekend retreat for world-changing social entrepreneurs, innovative business-builders, and non-profit leaders. SVI will offer a full schedule of case studies, panels, and problem solving in which participants will work collectively to gain a wealth of practical ideas, a portfolio of skills to grow their ventures, and a network to support their journey. $525 (must apply online). Omega Institute. 150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck. svihudsonvalley.com. May 15-17.

Fourth Annual Mid Hudson Valley Walk for Celiac Disease. All proceeds from this walk will help stock the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley with gluten-free food. This event will also benefit the Celiac Disease Foundation, Hudson Valley Chapter, and the ongoing research programs of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. Pre-registration is $20 (includes walk, t-shirt, and a bottle of water). Walkway over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie. Day-of registration $25. digestivediseaseny.com/walk-for-celiac. jagnolet@gmail.com. 845-380-4156. May 16. 9am-3pm.

Patch-in-a-Day Hike. Mike Cunningham will lead a hike on five trails to earn a Hyde Park Walkabout patch in a single day. Six miles, fast-paced. Meet at 9:30am at Roosevelt Farm Lane parking lot on Route 9G, opposite the Val-Kill entrance. 203-748-7233. May 16. 9:30am.
Beacon Open Studios. Mark your calendars for the 7th annual Beacon Open Studios, in which artists throughout the city will open their studios to the public. Painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, ceramicists, glass artists, multi-media and interdisciplinary artists will all be represented. A kick-off party takes place on Friday, May 15 from 6-9 pm at Two Way Brewery (18 W Main Street). May 16-17. 12-6pm. 

Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale. The Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association will hold its annual plant sale, rain or shine, on the lawn next to the Visitor Center parking lot at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site on Route 9 in Hyde Park. Hundreds of plants will be on sale, including a wonderful variety of perennials from the Vanderbilt Formal Gardens. All funds used for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the Vanderbilt Formal Gardens. info@vanderbiltgarden.org. vanderbiltgarden.org. 845-229-6432. May 23-25. 9am-4pm.

“Plants that Work so You Don’t Have To.” At this event Andrew Koehn, Mohonk Mountain House Garden Manager, will give a talk. $8.00 fee for non-members. All proceeds to benefit the local community. Rhinebeck Town Hall. smann@yahoo.com. 845-876-6892. May 28. 7pm.