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October Briefs

Dutch Heritage Festival
A three course dinner at the Beekman Arms Tavern will kickoff the Dutch Heritage Festival on Friday October 5th at 630pm. Festivities for the weekend of Dutch celebration will begin on that Friday with live speaker Al Rosenblatt, Dutch classical live music, great food and a cash bar. On Saturday the festivities continue with the annual Apple Festival at the Old Dutch Reformed Church. On Sunday at 10am you can enjoy a service at the Church in both Dutch and English. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Beekman/Livingston/Perez Scholarship Fund and the maintenance and care of the historic Old Dutch Reformed Church. To reserve tickets for the opening celebration on Friday you can visit the website rhinebeckreformed@frontiernet.net

Sound Temple
Australian powerhouse, spiritual teacher and healer, Suzy Meszoly, has been playing the Himalayan singing bowls for over 20 years internationally in public group ceremonies and in her energetic healing practice with private clients. This month, Suzy is hosting a sound healing session on Friday October 19th from 7-830pm at the Marbletown Community Center. The Himalayan singing bowls are known to enter the brain and to clarify and enhance our intuition while even taking us into a deep meditative state. This would be a great experience for both beginners in meditation those who are more advanced, and most of all, it is a community event where all are welcome.

Grace Pumpkin Parade
Get dressed in your spookiest attire, be prepared to build a giant float to launch down the street, and drink as much fresh apple cider as you can. Creativity is welcomed for all ages and the best costume per each category will be chosen as winner. Kids and adults of all ages will have a blast at this event, it is fun, provides a chance for some healthy competition, and the proceeds are sent to a worthy cause. This event is sponsored by Grace Smith House, a private non for profit domestic violence agency which provides aid to families who are victims of domestic abuse. The parade is going to be held on Saturday October 20th at the Pulaski Park down to the Waterfront from 11am-3pm.

Berry and Grape Production for Beginning Farmers
Join the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County during the month of October to help learn the benefits and techniques to turn your farmland or personal garden into the dream land you have been thinking about. There are three different classes being offered each Friday in October. October 5 from 10am-3pm is the New and Aspiring Landowner Class, October 12 is the Berry and Grape Production for Beginning Farmers, and October 19 is the Livestock Production for Beginning Farmers. Each class will allow you to better understand your land, the nutrients it needs to prosper, your own access to markets, as well as production considerations. Registration is $45 per class, or $110 for all three. The classes are located at CCEUC’s Education Center, 232 Plaza Road (Hannaford Plaza) in Kingston. For all event details and registration visit tinyurl.com/New-Farmer-Series.

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I
Have you been wanting to deepen your meditation practice but have never found the right time to do so? Teacher Shastri Nicholas Kranzwill be leading a powerful introductory retreat so that you are able to explore the basic technique of mindfulness meditation. In addition to the retreat there will be an opportunity for one on one sessions as well as teachings from senior instructors. This would be a great time to meet others who value the same type of meditation practice as you, as well as to provide a way to get a fresh outlook on your life and the world around you. Each retreat is about nine hours long and there will be three to choose from, starting on October 5-7. For full information and registration information visit the website skylake.shambhala.org.

The Twelfth Annual Mid-Hudson Woodworkers Show
An entire day of witnessing the delicate and ornate art of woodworking. On Saturday, October 20th from 10am-5pm the entire family can enjoy the woodworking show at the Hurley Reformed Church at 11 Main Street, Hurley. The show will include displays of furniture, bowls, wood carving pieces, demonstrations of live woodworking, a raffle of select pieces, gifts of planes and cars for the small children and a guided pen turning tutorial where participants can create and take home their own special pen. This event is exciting for each artist who is involved as well as the consumer; the admission is only $3 and would be a great opportunity to support the local trades.

Fun with Art & Science and Songs about Books with The Bushwick Book Club
The Tivoli Free Library hosts monthly programs which prepare and teach our children how to think creatively and wisely. By introducing a science geared approach to solving problems, children who attend the program will gain an understanding and appreciation for scientific engagement. Every Wednesday throughout October from 4-5pm programs will be held and based upon psychological science, some of which to include, The Dada Experiment, The Inkblot Test, The Human Brain, Symmetry Sit Down, and The Halloween Surprise. Admission is free and the entire family is encouraged to join. Also, on October 20th from 12:30-1:30pm The Tivoli Library is hosting a music event that would be another important event for the whole family. The performing artists will bring a program of songs about books including songs about the works of Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Austen, Cormac McCarthy, Roald Dahl, Julia Child and others. It is a true celebration of literature, songwriting, and live performance, one that is sure not to miss. The library is located on 86 Broadway, Tivoli, in the East Room.

Snehasish Mozumder
Many individuals view the mandolin as primarily sprouting out of Italian culture, or perhaps coming from bluegrass musicians in Tennessee. Low and behold, the mandolin has roots seeded deep within in Classical Indian stage. On Sunday, October 14th world-renowned virtuoso double-neck mandolinist Snehasish Mozumder is here with his musical ensemble SOM (Sound of Mandolin) to enlighten us all with his Hindustani Indian Classical Music. Not only with this performance will you be able to appreciate the native Indian music, but you will also hear incorporations of modern jazz and rock music as well. Come to 330 Main Street in Beacon at 8pm to hear the unbelievable music of Snehasish Mozumder.

Catskill Conversations- Coming of Age in the Folk Revival with Happy Traum
The Catskill Conversations are a fun, interactive line of events led by some of our most profound experts. Happy Traum made friendships with some of the leading folk artists of the day and will relate his adventures as an active member of the 1960s folk revival. On October 14th you can witness the guitar solos from the “folk era” and beyond. Visit The Ashokan Center at 2pm and get an insider view of a historical and musical era!

Italian Festival
With over 150,000 Italian Americans located in our region, this annual celebration is a time to bring the classic traditions of the Italian heritage and share it amongst the Hudson Valley. Last year was the largest crowd ever recorded for the festival and this year organizers say it is going to be even bigger and better. The Kingston Waterfront will host this event. Community members are to find a lot of delicious and hot Italian foods like pizzas, pastas, calzones, products from local stores, live music, and of course, wine. You can come by the Waterfront on Sunday, October 7th anytime all day long.

Woodstock Film Festival
Even if you are not originally from the Hudson Valley Region or even NYS, there’s a good chance that you have heard about the iconic Woodstock Film Festival. Going on 19 years of supporting recognizable filmmakers, actors, production and music to the industry. This year some of the notables may include Alec Baldwin, Paul Rudd, Daniel-Day Lewis, Bill Pullman, Giancarlo Esposito, Natalie Merchant, Courtney Cox, Jennifer Connelly, Natalie Portman, and Uma Thurman. Not only are all encouraged to come to the festival on October 10-14th, but you are encouraged to volunteer or become a sponsor as well. To view the full line up or to purchase tickets you can visit woodstockfilmfestival.com.

Hands On Cooking Class
Have you ever wanted to make the delicious tacos, burritos, and salsas that you get while dining out at your favourite Mexican restaurant? Well now is your chance to bring that spicy, flavorful and exotic cooking into your very own home! In this hands on class you will take home the necessary skills and information that is needed to cook tremendous Mexican cuisine. Join a class of experienced chefs and prepare a menu of pineapple pork tacos,cilantro lime rice chicken, poblano quesadillas and shrimp tostadas. This mexican fiesta will be held on Wednesday, October 20th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Watergrasshill Bed & Breakfast on 105 Phillies Bridge Road in New Paltz. See you there!

Catoberfest
What happens when you combine the fall festivities that we all enjoy (live bands, german beer and food) and a love for felines? Catoberfest! On Friday, October 5th at the Hudson Valley Brewery in Beacon, participants will not only have a great time out dining but the proceeds will benefit the Mid Hudson Animal Aid. Felines of this unique no-kill, free range cat sanctuary need your help and this is the perfect opportunity to get a group of friends together and do your part in benefiting a good cause. The sanctuary currently has more than 150 feline residents and most of them are available for fostering or adoption. Both the Hudson Valley Brewery and Barb’s Butchery will be providing a donation for each beer and meal purchased. There will also be raffle prizes featuring gift certificates and merchandise from generous local businesses. The event begins at 6pm and its located at 2 Churchill Street in Beacon.

Wanda Sykes
Wanda Sykes will be coming this year to the Ulster Performing Arts Center. You may remember her from the popular show “Curb your Enthusiasm” or maybe from her noted work as a writer on the “Chris Rock Show”. Whatever it may be, Wanda Sykes is noted as Entertainment Weekly’s “25 Funniest People in America”. On Friday, October 26th at 8pm she will getting the entire crowd to roar with laughter during one of her recognizable stand up routines. If you are a fan of live comedy this is an event sure not to miss. Tickets for the show can be bought on ticketmaster.com.

Fall Harvest Festival Kickoff Weekend at Fishkill Farms
Each weekend throughout October will be packed full with activities such as apple picking wagons rides, live music, fresh pressed cider fresh donuts, homemade pies, homemade hard cider and all of your favorite fall treats. The Fishkill farms grill will be serving Jamaican jerk chicken, grass-fed burgers, hot dogs, salads, rice and beans, and more every weekend from 11am-4pm. The Fishkill Farm Store is filled with your fall favorites such as homemade pies and treats, fresh fruits and veggies right from the farm, artisanal cheeses, local meats, honey and maple syrup, and a full stock of local NY state produced cider, wine, beer and liquor. Admission is only $5 per person and kids 12 and under are free. The farm is located at 9 Fishkill Farm Road in Hopewell Junction.

Barn Star Antiques at Dutchess County Fairgrounds
Fall is here and they are bringing in the antiques! 125 plus exhibitors on Columbus Day Weekend is when the antique picking begins. Exhibitors in American and Continental antiques, fine and folk art, precious and costume jewelry, architectural design, garden decorations, Oriental rugs and textiles, art glass and pottery, decorative arts, mid century modern and many many more will be ready for your approval and purchase. Nothing spruces up a home, barn, front porch, or window front like a collectable from another place in time. Come and see all the antiques you never knew you needed on Saturday from 10am-5pm and on Sunday from 11am-4pm at 6550 Springbrook Ave Route 9 in Rhinebeck.

“Ghost The Musical”
How can we forget the classic film “Ghost”, based on the 1990 Oscar winning film starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg? Resurfacing again after almost 30 years from hitting the box office is the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck’s musical and modern rendition of the original movie. This performance is appropriate for all ages and the tickets are only $25. There will only be a few weekends in October to catch the show, so make sure you buy tickets ahead of time. The show runs from October 12-28th at 8pm on Friday, and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday at 661 Route 308 in Rhinebeck.

Sheep and Wool Festival
Truly an event you will not want to miss. Each year, dozens upon dozens of wool vendors from across the North East come together to present to you their finest handcrafted wool, yarn, hats, gloves, scarves, bags and much more. There is live music, fresh food vendors and warehouse full of every knitting or crocheting item you could ever imagine. You can even watch live sheep shearing, visit the petting zoo, and attend a pumpkin carving workshop while tasting sample products from the farmers market. This weekend event is meant for everyone to appreciate; you do not need to be a craftsperson to enjoy the outing. Saturday October 20th from 9-5pm and Sunday from 9-4pm at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds is where you’ll want to be.

Evergreen Cemetery Lantern Tours
Hosted by the The Pine Plains Free Library, this walking tour will bring you right into the Halloween spirit and make you feel the presence of those who roamed the land in the 1820s. The tour guides will lead you by lantern light through the cemetery located on 50-52 North Main Street in Pine Plains, but they are not your ordinary tour guides. The Little Nine Partners Historical Society and the Stissing Theatre Guild bring you a colorful and realistic reanactenmact of 6 former residents of Pine Plains. They will perform the tours either in soliloquy or in song while you learn about their lives and about the history of this rural community and the world beyond. This is a perfect way to celebrate the history of the area and to have some spooky fun during the Halloween season. The tours begin at 6pm and leave every half hour until 7:30pm on Saturday October 20th.

Marist College and Health Quest
Marist College is taking a leap to help further their education system for those who are interested in the pre medical field. They are linking up with Health Quest and will adhere to and support the rising academic and healthcare demand. The program will help prepare the students for the rapidly changing healthcare system and to train them in the cutting edge technology that defines the field to date. With only 151 MD-granting schools of medicine in the U.S., Health Quest and Marist are set to join an exclusive academic, research and clinical community. We are looking forward to progressing the academic climate and to help better educate our students and community.