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

Dutchess Events–October 2015

compiled by JD Eiseman   
Rhinebeck Arts Festival. A celebration of artistic expression in its many forms with a main focus on craft and visual art. This unusual and exciting shopping experience will include 200 outstanding American makers, live music, demonstrations, hands-on art encounters, children’s activities, gourmet foods and beverages and more. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 655
0 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck. October 2-4, 10am-5pm.
St. James Historic Graveyard Tours. It’s time for the Sixth Annual St. James’ Historic Graveyard Tours! Enjoy entertainment, education, and insights into the lives of the “residents” of this 200-year-old cemetery, courtesy of lively tour guides. October 2-24: Fridays and Saturdays, 7-9:30pm.

Sunday Nature Walks. The Vassar Conservation and Environmental Engagement Cooperative invites you to free Sunday nature walks on the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. Led by our Student Conservation Association Intern, Tim Evans, these walks will explore various trails on the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve and its unique flora and fauna. Meet in the parking lot by the rugby field. Free admission. 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. October 4, 18. 10:30am.

Autumn Noticing Nature Workshop. During this Workshop we will enjoy a 1 hour walk on the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, contribute to data that is strongly linked with climate change, make observations about the life cycle of plants and trees, and learn to identify plant species. These workshops are free and open to the public. 845-437-7439. elopdahl@vassar.eduVassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. October 6, 13, 20. 5-6pm.

David Rothenberg/Bernhard Wostheinrich. Celebrating their new duo CD Adaptations on Iapetus Records, Hudson Valley-based musician, composer, author and professor David Rothenberg and German musician, composer, painter and multimedia artist Bernhard Wöstheinrich will perform from this record. Their music utilizes clarinet, laptop, and various electronic devices to create an evocative, mystical, and otherworldly soundscape. No cover, but donations requested. Quinn’s, 330 Main Street, Beacon. October 8, 9pm.
Energy Saver Workshop. Cornell Cooperative Extension and Ulster Community Action will be hosting a “Save Energy, Save Dollars” workshop, providing energy saving tips and information on energy assistance programs. Come learn ways to reduce your energy bills through low-or no-cost energy conservation actions you can easily take to decrease energy usage. This workshop will also highlight programs for free or reduced-cost energy audits and upgrades for qualifying households, through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and other state and local agencies. Free, but advance registration is required. 845-338-8750 ext.105 or 129. Ulster CAP, 70 Lindsley Avenue, Kingston. October 8. 10am-12pm.
Ulysses Cylinders. Ulysses Cylinders is a collaborative exhibition combining magnificent glass sculptures created by renowned artist Dale Chihuly, with pen and ink drawings by painter Seaver Leslie. Ulysses Cylinders premiered at Dublin Castle in Ireland in summer 2014. The work explores a single day in Dublin as described in James Joyce’s masterpiece. They follow the novel’s timeline while describing the principal characters of Leopold and Molly Bloom, and Stephen Daedalus, in vignettes of their escapades around Dublin. Admission is free but reservations in 30-minute increments are required and can be made online. chihuly.vassar.edu. Thompson Library at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. October 11-November 22. 11am-4:30pm.
13th Annual Theremin Ghosts Tour. Come hear local poet Robert Milby with haunting recitations and Carl Welden providing atmospheric accompaniment on MOOG Theremin. Free admission. 845-485-3445. Adriance Library, 93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. October 15, 7pm. 
New York State Sheep & Wool Festival. This show presents hundreds of sheep, llamas and alpacas, crafts and fiber artists, cooking demonstrations, sheep dog herding and Frisbee dog shows, and fleece to shawl competitions. Wineries and specialty foods along with children’s hands on activities are also featured in the show. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck. October 15-18.
Vanderbilt Garden Monthly Interpreter Tour. Tours begin at the entrance to the gardens. The volunteer interpreters will discuss the history of the gardens, with a focus on the Vanderbilt ownership and the mission of the not-for-profit Vanderbilt Garden Association to rehabilitate and maintain the plants, shrubs, trees, and statuary in the gardens as they were in the 1930s just prior to Mr. Vanderbilt’s death. vanderbiltgarden.org. Vanderbilt Garden, Hyde Park. October 18. 1-4pm.
Walkway to Paris: A Rally for Climate Action. This event will send a strong message to delegates attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference approaching in Paris about the importance of drastically reducing fossil fuel emissions. Climate-related art and music, speakers and food. Hosted by New Paltz Climate Action Coalition and local environmental groups. newpaltzclimateaction@gmail.com. Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie. October 23, 1-5pm.

Dialog: A Two-Person Show Featuring Roxie Johnson and Gilbert Rios. Printmaker Roxie Johnson and photographer Gilbert Rios share a visual exchange about life, thought, and written word during this three-week-long exhibition. Free admission. Tivoli Artists Gallery, 60 Broadway, Tivoli. Artists’ reception: October 24, 6-8pm. Exhibit: October 24-November 15.
25th Annual Millbrook Vineyards and Winery Harvest Party. Enjoy a three-course meal, desserts, and appetizers featuring farm-fresh ingredients paired with selections from the winery. $140. 845-677-8383. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, 26 Wing Road, Millbrook. October 24, 12pm-4pm.

Snehasish Modzumer’s Sound of Mandolin. The incomparable master of the Hindustani double-neck mandolin, Snehasish Modzumer, brings his acclaimed cross-cultural Sound of Mandolin (aka SOM) project to Quinn’s. Playing with him will be Nick Gianni on saxophones and flutes, Michael Gam on bass, and Vin Scalia on drums. No cover, donations encouraged. 845-202-7447.

Quinn’s, 330 Main Street, Beacon. October 24, 9pm.
Gourmet Dinner to Benefit Breast Cancer. A special multi-course tasting dinner with beverage pairings (wine, beer, cider, etc.) will be held in honor of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation at the hottest new restaurant in Beacon, Kitchen Sink. Brian Arnoff, owner and chef will be offering a farm-to-table menu from his family farm to 22 patrons at $150/person with a $100 per meal donation to Miles of Hope. Reservations required. 845-765-0240. Brian@kitchensinkNY.com. Kitchen Sink, 157 Main Street, Beacon. October 25.
Bobby Previte Quartet. Quinn’s is proud to present one of the major figures in creative music across many decades as a drummer and composer: Bobby Previte. Bobby will lead his quartet, including Jonathan Talbott on violin and guitar, Tony Kieraldo on keyboards, and Terence Murren on electric bass. Bobby Previte’s music has been labeled as “utterly original,” by the New York Times, while The New Yorker says his ensembles “speak in visionary tongues,” and the Village Voice calls him “a serious composer with the heart of a roadhouse rocker.”No cover charge, donations requested. Quinn’s, 330 Main Street, Beacon. October 30, 9pm.

Owl Lecture: Northern Saw-Whet Owls. Please join the Vassar Conservation and Environmental Engagement Cooperative (VCEE CO-OP) celebrate the night before Halloween by learning about a nocturnal predator which has commonly been feared as a sign of ill-fortune.  This talk given by Professor Glen Proudfoot on his work with Northern Saw-whet Owls will explore topics such as bird banding, blood parasites and the migration patterns of owls. You’ll get the chance to test your luck as you attempt to spot these feathered friends. Field Station of the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. October 30, 7:30pm.

Modern Sculpture and the Romantic Landscape. Outdoor sculpture exhibit featuring Mark Bennett, Laura Cannamela, Andy Fennell, Robert Filipek, Mimi Graminski, Jennifer Harris, Steve Jennis, Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick, Melora Kuhn, and William Logan. Wilderstein Preservation, 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck. Through October 31.

Halloween 5K Fun Run and Trick-or-Treating. Vassar College is opening its campus for a day of fall fun, including a Fun Run, Halloween trick-or-treating and other activities. The day kicks off with the costume-optional 5K Fun Run at 11 am. Free registration begins at 10 am on the Residential Quad. There is no fee to register but donations to Family Services Crime Victims is encouraged. Runners will be timed and all finishers will receive a medal. The Town of Poughkeepsie Recreation Department will host a children’s costume parade and contest. Then children will be able to trick-or-treat and join in fun activities, such as a bouncy house. 845-437-5370. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie. October 31. 10am.

Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument. African-American photographer Gordon Parks entered the inner circle of teenaged gang leader Leonard “Red” Jackson and spent a month with Jackson, accompanying him to fights, diplomatic sessions with other gangs, quiet moments at home, and even the wake of another gang member. The outcome was a photo essay, “Harlem Gang Leader,” published in Life that same year, which helped establish Parks as one of America’s most significant social photographers of the 20th century. “Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument”, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the editorial decisions leading up to the publication of this photo essay. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. Through December 13.
Red Hook Chocolate Festival 2015. The Village of Red Hook celebrates all things chocolate with tastings, cooking demos, a chocolate bomb skateboard race, live music, presentations, a cook-off, and vendors. This event is sponsored by the Red Hook Chamber of Commerce and is free to the public. info@redhookchamber.org. Red Hook. November 7, 11am-5pm.