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Dutchess Events–Sept 2015

by JD Eiseman  

Lost and Found Exhibit. This new exhibition features oil paintings and works on paper by Eric Brown, an artist with long-time ties to the Hudson Valley. Lost and Found is comprised of more than twenty pieces of recent work, which is characterized by hard-edged lines and shapes. The title derives from Brown’s own process as an artist. “I want to be lost when I start a painting. I paint until I find the thing that keeps me stimulated an

d entertained. It may be as simple as how two shapes meet or don’t meet,” Brown explains. Free. James W. Palmer II Gallery, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. August 25-September 16. 


Millerton Artisan Fair. The fair will feature more than 20 artisans and vendors, including Under Mountain Weavers, Seed Bead Bliss, John Goudreault Fine Furniture, and Battle Hill Forge. The many handmade wares will include photography, ceramics, metal work, jewelry, textiles, home furnishings, and housewares. Free. neccmillerton.org. North East Community Center, 51 South Center Street, Millerton. September 4, 4-10pm. September 5, 10am-4pm.

James F. Brown Day. Come celebrate the life of James F. Brown, an escaped slave from Maryland who made his way to freedom and full citizenship in the Hudson Valley. The day will feature gospel singing by Corey Dandridge and his group SALT, a theatrical performance by Lynne McKenney Lydic about the life of female abolitionist Abby Kelley, and conversations with historians Michael Groth, Wells College, and Myra Young Armstead, author of the book Freedom’s Gardener: James F. Brown. $12/$10 seniors. mountgulian.org. Mount Gulian Historic Site, 145 Sterling Street, Beacon. September 5. 12-5pm.

St. Paul’s Church Chicken Barbeque at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pleasant Valley. The menu is barbecued chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, baked beans, sliced tomatoes, rolls, plus home-made desserts and beverages. Dinner is served from 4:30pm to 7pm. $14. $13 for seniors and take-out meals. 12 and under, $8. Under 6 and over 90, free. 806 Traver Road. 845-635-2854 or www.stpaulspv.org. Parking available at Traver Road Elementary School. September 12.

14th Annual Hudson Valley Food & Wine Festival. This festival features wine and spirits tastings from some of the best wineries and distilleries from all across New York state. The festival is a registered Farm Market, so you can purchase by the bottle to take home. Then, feed your soul with a vast variety of gourmet specialty foods from all over the East Coast. Sample from regional restaurants, have lunch in the food truck corral, catch cooking demos from celebrity chefs, and take home gourmet ingredients you won’t find anywhere else. New this year is the very first HV Craft Beer Festival taking place alongside the HVFWF, where guests can sample the finest craft beers from all over the state. Tickets range from $20-$40. hudsonvalleywinefest.com. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. September 12-13. 11am-6pm.

Q&A Book Signing w/ Dr. Samuel Shem. What do we know of the wife and child the Buddha abandoned when he went off to seek his enlightenment? The Buddha’s Wife brings this rarely told story to the forefront, offering a nuanced portrait of this compelling and compassionate figure while also examining the practical applications her teachings have on our modern lives. Samuel Shem (a.k.a. Stephen Bergman is a doctor, novelist, playwright, and activist. A Rhodes Scholar, he was on 
the faculty of Harvard Medical School for three decades. Free. info@oblongbooks.com. Izlind Integrative Wellness Center and Institute, 6369 Mill Street, Rhinebeck. September 13. 2pm.

Vanderbilt Garden Tea. The Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association will hold a fundraising Garden Tea rain or shine under a tent in the Formal Gardens. The tea will feature selected Harney & Sons teas, scones, tea sandwiches, clotted cream, and French macarons. The event is in the spirit of the “Downton Abbey” era, and guests are invited to wear period clothing from the early 1900s, party garden wear, or even a fancy hat. Guest speaker will be Margie Coffin Brown. Tickets are $45. vanderbiltgarden.org. Vanderbilt Gardens, Hyde Park. September 13. 2-4pm.

Rhinebeck Choral Club. The Rhinebeck Choral Club invites all Hudson Valley voices and folks ages 14 and older who love to sing, to come and join the club this Winter 2015 season, every Wednesday. rhinebeckchoralclub.org. 845-849-5865. Archcare at Ferncliff Nursing Home Auditorium. 21 Ferncliff Drive, Rhinebeck. September 16, 23. 7:30pm.

In a Nutshell Storytelling Night. For tales real and imagined—they can be anything! Something that happened to you while walking down the street, a noteworthy limerick, a piece of writing that’s ready to flee from the sheet, or even a tale you’ve read that deserves to be made audible for a reflective audience. Ten minute maximum. Free. Michel’s Coffee Shop, 380 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. September 18. 7pm.

Beacon Independent Film Festival. The Beacon Independent Film Festival showcases creative films in a unique venue, nestled among the trees at the foot of Mount Beacon. BIFF will screen features, shorts, documentaries, works in progress and more. Panel discussions, food vendors, green space, lawn games and a kids’ tent make it an event for the whole family. Come for a single movie, a day, or the whole weekend. 3-day pass is $35, 1-day pass is $20, or $12 per program. 
beaconindiefilmfest.org. University Settlement, 724 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon. September 18-20.

Equine! Equine! Equine! Festival. Hankering for some horsey fun? Free pony rides, horse demonstrations and clinics, blacksmithing demos, an equine art show, and lots of food and drink are just part of the fun at this celebration of all things horses. This year’s musical headliner is Jessica Lynn, a country singer from New York whose band is about to embark on a national tour. Admission is $7. annualhorsefestival.com. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. September 19. 10am-6pm.

Groundswell. The Olana Partnership and Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM are pleased to co-present a third iteration of their award-winning exhibition event Groundswell. Hundreds will converge at Olana State Historic Site for site-specific performance and works in sound, installation, broadcast, and movement. This year’s participating artists include the John Cage Trust with Seth Chrisman, John Cleater, Brian Dewan, Gambletron, Tyson Hauf, Bernd Klug, LoVid, Douglas Irving Repetto, and Quintron. During this one-day exhibition event, audiences will explore the property’s undiscovered roads and naturalistic scenes as they encounter each project site. Picnicking will take place at a breathtaking clearing, which overlooks the Hudson River, the Catskill Mountains and beyond. wavefarm.org. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. groundswell2015.brownpapertickets.com. Olana, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson (Columbia County). September 19. 1-5pm.

The 16th annual Arlington Street Fair. Children’s rides, a variety of live entertainment, a bluegrass music festival, and 100-plus vendors—including restaurants, shops, and craftspeople—will transform Raymond Avenue in the Town of Poughkeepsie into the 16th annual Arlington Street Fair on Saturday, September 19, from 12 to 6pm, rain or shine. Admission to the fair is free. The fair stretches on Raymond Avenue from Collegeview Avenue to the Eastbound Arterial Highway (Route 44/55).

Deep End. The Wassaic Project’s eighth annual exhibition draws inspiration from J. G. Ballard’s post-apocalyptic short story of Earth’s last remaining men fighting to hold onto a love, life, and their humanity. The exhibition explores themes of the strange, dystopian, supernatural, and end of world and showcases the work of more than 60 emerging artists, over 50 of whom are former Wassaic Artist Residents. Free. wassaicproject.org. Maxon Mills, 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic. Through September 20.

Save Energy, Save Dollars Workshop (Orange County). Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) are hosting this free workshop to provide energy saving tips and information on energy assistance programs to help residents who are facing higher energy costs. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. 845-341-5454. Middletown Thrall Library. 11-19 Depot Street, Middletown. September 24. 6-8pm.

Movies That Matter Beacon. Friday, September 25: The Last Mountain (on the devastation of Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia) Doors open at 7pm. The films will be shown promptly at 7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served after film. First Presbyterian Church of Beacon at 50 Liberty Street in McKinley Hall. Admission is free (donations to help maintain the series will be accepted).

The Reel Expressions International Youth Film Festival is an exhibition of youth-produced film annually hosted by Spark Media Project (Spark, formerly Children’s Media Project). September 26, at the Bardavon Opera House (35 Market St, Poughkeepsie). Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 5:30pm. Youth Under 19 can sign up here for a free ticket! sparkmediaproject.org.
The Donald and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital. Professor of Organ at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, Robert Bates has been hailed by The American Organist as having “a beautifully refined technique, a profound understanding of rhythm and its subtleties, and a thorough sense of style.” He will present works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, and Brahms. Skinner Hall, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. September 27. 3:00pm.