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Album Release Concert with The Princes of Serendip
The Princes of Serendip is celebrating the release of their new album “Yumpatiddly Bee: Silly Songs” with a concert of their silly, sentimental, strange and story songs at Mountain View Studio in Woodstock. Their show will be at 4pm on May 19th. Adults and children can enjoy this good natured collection of acoustic songs, some of which will tell stories and jokes, some incorporate a serious message and some are pure whimsy. Be prepared for the world’s first climate change peace reggae sea shanty and for celebrations of the Fibonacci numbers, the usefulness of knees and the magic of a favorite book. The Princes of Serendip is made up of  T. G. Vanini on piano and Julie Parisi Kirby with the vocals. Joining them will be George Quinn, Julie Last, Mikhail Horowitz, and Jude Roberts. Admission $10 or what you can donate and is free for kids. CDs and downloads will be on sale at great prices.

Cary Institute & Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club Walks
Are you interested in learning more about the local birds in your region? Now is the time to gather the understanding and knowledge needed to identify and decipher amongst the great variety of native birds. The Waterman Bird Club Walks offer opportunities for beginning to advanced birders to observe and identify local birds in different habitats.  On May 4th the walk begins at the Recreation Field parking lot and proceeds along the Lowlands Loop off Route 82. (4798 Rt. 82 – 2 miles west of Troop K State Police Barracks). The Program is  free and open to the public but registration is required. Visitcaryinstitute.org/events/birding-cary to register and remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring drinking water and binoculars.

Kingston Point Park Beach Cleanup
May 4th is a day of service for the Hudson River and its tributaries.  Join Kingston Parks and Recreation and Riverkeeper for the Eighth Annual Riverkeeper Sweep Cleanup.  The Hudson Valley Riverkeeper aims to protect the environmental recreational and commercial integrity of the riverfront and to safeguard our drinking water. They host various campaigns and will often partake in seasonal cleanups.  After the long and stormy winter it is important that we clear away all the debris and trash that has infiltrated on the riverfront. Every  bit of help will make a huge difference.  The clean up will be held on Saturday, May 4th and will last all day. You can visitriverkeeper.org to find locations and to check out the available parking spots.

Second Annual Hudson Valley Veterans Job Fair at SUNY New Paltz
Open to all veterans, active service Guard and Reserves and any family member residing throughout the entire Hudson Valley. Over sixty businesses from Albany to White Plains will be there hiring for over 1,000 job openings including those in management, computer science and technology, healthcare and human services, construction, transportation and more. The fair will be beneficial if you are currently active in searching for employment, or just to come and check out all the available options. You can come to the SUNY New Paltz Athletic and Wellness center on the Southside loop on May 8th from 11am-3pm.

Lecture: “Fish & Ships: The Hudson-Raritan Estuary in Photographs” at Hudson River Maritime Museum
Andrew Willner, former Baykeeper (1989-2008) for the Hudson-Raritan (NY-NJ) estuary shares his knowledge and love of this beautiful waterscape through photographs. Featuring stunning color photographs of the working waterfront, wildlife, and wetlands that border the harbor, Willner will explain the ecological and human uses of this confluence of the Hackensack, Hudson, Passaic, Rahway, Shrewbury, Navesink and Raritan rivers.  It would also be a great time to come and visit the museum and take a stroll through if you have never seen it. The lecture is on Wednesday, May 8th from 7pm-8:30pm at 50 Rondout Landing in Kingston.

Walkin’ the Dog for Elting Memorial Library
Join this family friendly fundraiser where all proceeds benefit the Elting Memorial Library. The 1.25 mile walk begins and ends at the Gilded Otter parking lot and then will pass through the historic Huguenot Village and Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. To register you must meet at 3 Main Street (Gilded Otter) from 8:30-10am and the cost is $15 per dog.  There will be prizes for the three top sponsored dogs courtesy of Paws of Distinction, New Paltz Animal Hospital and All Creatures Vet. Come and enjoy treats for humans as well as your canines as the walk will happen rain or shine. See you on May 11th!

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover! Bookmaking Workshop at Clermont State Historic Site
Bookmaking is a unique art that has been around for centuries. It allows the creative mind to build a keepsake that is personal and lasting. Weather it is a gift for a loved one, or you are interested in bookmaking for yourself, learn how to create your very own handmade books on Saturday, May 18th at 1pm.  Join a lovely group for an afternoon of bookbinding, reflection and journaling. You will learn about bookbinding tools and processes, make your own hand stitched journals, look through Clement Livingston’s journals for inspiration and explore the many ways you can use your journal. Registration is required and the cost is only $10 per person. For registration and location, please go to  friendsofclermont.org/events.

Spring Pottery Sale in Bloomington
Stephen Fabrico Designs invites you to the studio for a spring pottery sale where you can come and see Stephen’s own studio while shop for some unique handcrafted gifts for the home and garden.  Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift, or even better, bring her along to the event.  Birdhouses, birdbaths, garden sculptures and functional pieces are just some of the quality finds available for purchasing.  Join on May 11 and 12 from 10am-4pm. The event is free and open to the public; Stephen Fabrico Designs is on 76 Church Street in Bloomington.

Art Revival Meeting
The successful Marbletown Arts Association (MAA) is reawakening after several years’ hiatus. MAA’s first event will be an Art Revival Meeting on Sunday, May 5 at 11am at the High Falls Fire House on Second Street off Rt. 213, in High Falls. Community members  are invited to come share ideas for future MAA events and projects. Refreshments will be served, featuring locally made treats. The event is free of charge and open to the public. In its previous incarnation, for several years MAA held a series of high profile events for the Rondout Valley community. Its mission was to support local artists in every discipline, and to make art more accessible to all art lovers. Come to voice your opinion and share your support.

Apple Blossom Festival at Barton Orchards
On May 4, 5, 11 & 12 Barton Orchards will come alive for another official spring debut. During these two weekends the apple trees will be blooming in a stunning display of colors and many activities will be available for the entire family.  You are encouraged to take a hayride through the farm and see this breathtaking sight for yourself. While you’re at the farm you may enjoy live music and delicious foods to try. There will be  apple cider donuts and a tap room which has a wide variety of local and regional beers available for taste testing. Also, Tree Top Adventures will be open if you are looking to climb! Barton Orchards is located at 63 Apple Tree Lane in Poughquag.

Hyde Park Memorial Day Parade
On Memorial Day this year, May 27th, the Town of Hyde Park Recreation Department will sponsor a Memorial Day Parade which will be followed by a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Town Hall. The parade route will begin on Route 9 North and lead down to the intersection of Park Place. The parade will begin at 10am on 4060 Albany Post Road.  Everyone is encouraged to remain at Town Hall for the Memorial services by the American Legion immediately following the parade. All are invited to attend the ceremony at the FDR & Eleanor Roosevelt gravesites at 1:30pm; a great way to show respect on this Memorial Day.

Rock ‘N’ Run Against Lyme Disease
Did you know that May is lyme disease awareness month? With the prevalence of lyme disease rising and the need for awareness growing, this spring is a great time to support the fight against lyme disease by participating in the Rock ‘N’ Run 5K. Whether it’s your first 5K or you are a seasoned runner everyone is encouraged to come. The trail will run through newly updated trails throughout Lakeside Park that will prove to be an entertaining 5k race.  Beyond the 5k run there will be music and entertainment; the money raised will go toward Lyme disease research. The run is on May 5th and will begin at 2pm at 2 Lakeside Drive in Pawling.

Rhinebeck Half Marathon
Celebrate springtime with this beautiful and challenging full and half marathon in Rhinebeck.  This is a USATF certified course sanctioned event which will take you through the rolling country roads along tree lined village streets. A race packet can be picked up the day before the  race or at 5:45am the day of. The full marathon begins at 8am and will include the full 26.2 Miles (two loops) and it is also a Boston Marathon qualifier. The cut off time is at 6 1/2 hours and you must finish by 2:30pm. The race will be held on May 11th at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Visit info@fitfeetadventures.com for more race information.

Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair
The spring show this year is going to be at the Ulster County Fairgrounds from May 25-27 and will begin at 10am. The arts and crafts fair is now celebrating their 38th anniversary and will  feature high quality creations of over 200 artists and craftspeople from across America. Come to check out furniture, architectural crafts, demonstrations, handcrafted specialty foods, healthcare products, live performances by the Hudson Valley’s best musical talent and interactive children’s activities.  This would be a great idea for the entire family and to show your support for American made crafted goods.

Millbrook Vineyards & Winery Tocai Friulano Release Party
Come enjoy all things Italian and to celebrate the new release of Millbrook Vineyards and their Hudson Valley grown Italian varietal, Tocai Friulano.  They will also be welcoming Lia’s Mountain View as the caterer for this year.  Lia’s has created a fabulous Tuscan inspired menu to accompany the Tocai and some of the vineyards other Italian varietals.  Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of Italian food, delicious wine, and the villa Pillo Tuscan extra virgin olive oil.  Reservations are necessary and can be made online or by calling 845-677-8383.  See you at Millbrook Vineyard at 26 Wing Road on May 18th.

Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market
The Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market is a fun, family friendly atmosphere that draws thousands of shoppers to each show. With acres and acres of merchandise the market offers a wide variety of bargains, treasures, and special items for everyone. There will be six shows a year starting in April with the “Springtime in the Country” show and ending with the “Christmas in November, Christmas Shopping” show. Each offers a unique display of goods and services, including a wide variety of food concessions. The May shows will be on the 25th and 26th; there and will be free parking and food trucks on site. Visit stormvilleairportfleamarket.com for a full list of dates and times.