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POSITIVE NEWS BRIEFS & OPPORTUNITIES – AUGUST 2019

Seeger’s 100th Birthday
Pete Seeger was an American folk singer, songwriter and social activist. It would have been his 100th birthday this year. Community members throughout the Hudson Valley are encouraged to come out and celebrate Seegers life and success. The Rosendale Theatre Collective and The Vanaver Caravan SummerDance on Tour will present a celebration of Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday with a rare screening of “Pete and Toshi Get a Camera”. The screening will take place at the Rosendale Theatre Collective (408 Main Street) on Sunday, August 11th at 2pm.  Plus, the event will include a live dance performance from SDoT which include company members Joel Hanna and Carla Giudicelli. 

Chamber Music Festival: Quatuor Danel of Belgium 
Quatuor Danel is made up of musician Marc Danel, Gilles Millet (violins), Vlad Bogdanas (viola) and Yovan Markovitch. It was founded in 1991 and they are famous for their bold, concentrated interpretations of the string quartet cycles of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich and Weinberg. Their lively and fresh interpretations of the traditional quartet repertoire have earned rave reviews and praise from the public and the press. At 4pm Saturday, August 4th they will be performing live in the Hudson Valley. You can find the concert at the great venue of Music in the Woods (Maverick Concert Series) on 120 Maverick Road. 

Slide Night at Women’s Studio Workshop 
Join a wonderful crew of women on Monday, August 5th for dinner, slide night, and open studios. The Women’s Studio Workshop’s (WSW) mission is to operate and maintain an artists’ workspace, provide professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts. On Slide Night you’ll be able to enjoy a meal and well as the presentations from the current week’s instructors. For the Monday, August 5th session the instructors will be Shelley Thorstensen, Sarah McDermott and Bhavna Mehta. The tentative schedule will begin with dinner from 5-530pm and then the presentation from 530-7pm. Dinner will be made in house by WSW’s summer intern using local and fresh ingredients. You can find the WSW at 722 Binnewater Lane in Kingston. 

A Talk by author Jared Cohen: Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America
Jared Cohen is an American businessman and the founder and CEO of Jigsaw at Alphabet Inc (formerly Google ideas). Cohen is an adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; he is also the New York Times bestselling coauthor, with Eric Schmidt, of The New Digital Age. On Tuesday, August 13th at 630pm Mr. Cohen will discuss the surprising and strange circumstances under which eight citizens each became President of the United States. Because of the deaths of their predecessors, eight men including John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson all assumed the highest office, for better or worse, as Mr. Cohen explores. His talk is intriguing and serves a wide audience; the Morton Memorial Library (82 Kelly Street in Rhinecliff) is very pleased to have him as a guest speaker.

Woodstock Farm Festival
Join in for this weekly celebration of local farmers, bakers, artisans and musicians. Stock up on locally grown vegetables and fruits, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, hard cider, wine and more for the week ahead. Grab an easy, delicious dinner from one of the prepared food vendors and take in the live music on the mainstage while you catch up with friends. Kids can run free over in Mower’s Field (hula hoops provided). A great event series is planned for the rest of this season with events such as a highly competitive pie contests, crafting, story times, kids crafts, book signings by local authors, cooking demos, expert gardening advice and more. The festival will be held on August 7th  from 330-8pm on the Houst Parking Lot and Mowers Field in Woodstock.

Neal G. Brownell Teaches “You’re Amazing” at Kingston Barnes and Noble 
Local motivational speaker and author Neal G. Brownell has been asked to make a return engagement to the Kingston Barnes & Noble on August 10th, from 2-4 pm. This event is free to the public and kid friendly. Neal’s book, You’re Amazing And I’ll Prove It! is the basis of the workshop. The book is a great teaching tool for teaching positive self esteem and self acceptance. In this workshop he will show you how the book came about and the unique way that he teaches positive self esteem and self acceptance. Join Neal for this fun and free event! Barnes and Noble is located at 1177 Ulster Avenue.

KidsPeace Hudson River Cruise and Fundraiser
KidsPeace is a 125 year old non profit children’s charity dedicated to giving children the peace they deserve during difficult or traumatic life events.  Their mission is to give hope, help, and healing to children, families, and communities throughout the Hudson Valley. This special event is open to the public and will directly fund the Kingstons Therapeutic Foster Care Program. On Friday, August 16th hop aboard the Rip Van Winkle for a beautiful two hour sunset cruise on the Hudson. Entertainment will be provided by Dj Eddie Parker, there will be tons of amazing raffle prizes, dinner, and an unforgettable experience. Hudson River Cruises is located on 1 East Strand Street and the cruise will run from 530-830pm.

Woodstock and New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair Fall Show
This end of summer fest will be set in New Paltz directly underneath the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge in the heart of the Hudson River Valley. It will offer  a handcrafted experience for visitors of every taste and age. From Saturday, August 31st- Monday, September 2nd at the Ulster County Fairgrounds visitors will enjoy one on one interactions with many of the country’s finest artists and craftspeople, shopping from over 200 juried exhibitors and engaging in ongoing craft demonstrations. You can expect to see wood turning, alpaca fiber spinning, brush painting, metal smithing, and soap making. The fair has become a Hudson Valley favorite for nearly four decades. The Woodstock New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair Fall Show features live entertainment by regionally based musicians, the valley’s best wines, craft beer and spirits and small batch handcrafted specialty foods and healthcare products. End your summer in style by supporting handmade! This is a family friendly event, with a complimentary and supervised drop off children’s tent dedicated to inspiring our youngest makers. The children may also enjoy face painting, interactive musical performances and wildlife shows.

Beacon Sloop Corn Festival 
The Beacon Sloop Club holds and participates in several festivals and events each year; their goal is to raise funds for the club activities while spreading the joy of sailing. On Sunday, August 11th at Pete & Toshi Riverfront Park a fun and family friendly event will take place. From 12pm-5pm come and enjoy your favorite summer food and live music performances down by the lovely Hudson Riverside. Environmental booths and vendors will post up to bring awareness to many environmental and social issues. There will be fresh corn on the cob cooked on the spot, hot chili, watermelon, cold drinks, and some sweet summer treats. Two solar powered stages will be featuring the live musical performances. There will even be activities on a children’s stage for all the young ones. The park is located on Red Flynn Drive in Beacon. See you then, rain or shine!

Cuneen-Hackett Arts Center Hosts Toni Blackman
Inspirational speaker and Hip Hop artist, Toni Blackman, is a cultural ambassador for the US State Department and one of the world’s foremost Hip-Hop activists working in over 47 countries. She is a highly respected artist and social entrepreneur having led workshops everywhere from Syracuse University, Spelman College and the Children’s AID Society to the Julliard School and the Smithsonian. She will be coming to the Cuneen-Hackett Arts Center on Saturday, August 24th at 8pm to lecture on hip hop, music, and culture. Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door. You can buy tickets at cunneen-hackett.org/calendar/

Mesier Homestead Open for Guided Tours 
Mesier Homestead and Museum will be open for guided tours on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 1pm-4pm. Come learn about the early history of the Mesier Homestead, beginning in 1741 when a Dutchman and his son settled there, built the first stone house in the village and developed mills along the Wappingers Creek. Discover the story of Peter Mesier, a Tory loyalist, and his story of the Wappingers Tea Party of 1777.  Explore the Victorian Era styled rooms of the Homestead and their displays of local antiquities, and see the collection of Native American artifacts throughout the museum. Tours are offered every 1/2 hour beginning at 1pm and the last tour is at 330pm. The first floor of the Homestead is wheelchair accessible. Special tours mid week can be arranged for groups such as senior citizens, school groups, scout troops or special needs groups by calling 845-632-1281. Mesier Homestead and Museum can be found at 2 Spring Street in Wappingers Falls.

Beacon Bites and Beverages
The Hudson Valley is exploding with craft beverages and culinary bites with its proximity to the Culinary Institute of America and local farms. It’s the perfect combination giving locals and out of towners fresh, innovative bites and beverages by local artisans and chefs. Spend a few hours out in the community exploring the East Side of Main Street on a Beacon Bites & Beverage walking tour. Some of the tasting locations to include on the tour will be Denning’s Point Distillery, Drink More Good, Hudson Valley Brewery, Beacon Pantry, Beacon Hotel and Beacon Bath and Bubble. Start time will be at 230 pm on both August 10th and 24th.  Interested participants should meet at 314 Main Street. Booking is required at hvbucketlist.com.

Saturday Morning Family Series at The Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
Since July 1, 1998, The Center for performing arts at Rhinebeck has hosted over 300,000 patrons  and held 2,000 different productions. Approximately 16,000 artists (often returning for many different productions) have been involved in those productions and about 2,600 students (ranging in age from four years old to 80 years old) and have been trained in all aspects of the theatre arts.  On certain weekends during the month the Center hosts a family series centred on classic children’s tales.  Saturday and Sunday, August 10th and 11th will feature Disney’s Jungle Book.  Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie. Seats are only $8 and the show begins at 11am.

Saturday Morning Family Series at Harmonies on the Hudson Featuring Jessi Mason
Thursday evenings this summer are reserved for the Harmonies on the Hudson Outdoor Concert Series. Relax on the beautiful lawn adjacent to the mansion and enjoy a free outdoor concert. Bring a blanket, chair and a picnic; children are welcome. Jessi Mason is a New York based singer songwriter and her songs are found to be honest and intimate, her voice sweet and soulful. She will be performing on Thursday, August 15th starting at 6pm. This event is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regnant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts. The concert will be held at Clermont State Historic Site located at 1 Clermont Avenue.

Garden Gleanings
Backyard to Table (BYTT), a community organization based in Rhinecliff, N.Y is excited to announce a summer gleaning program, the Glean Team Initiative. Backyard gardeners going on vacation are invited to email the Glean Team. Following a brief site visit, volunteers from Backyard to Table Hudson Valley will harvest and deliver your produce to local food pantries all while you are enjoying your vacation. Gleaning is an ancient practice that has been recognized as an effective way to both reduce food waste and increase food security. The gleaning program will run throughout July and August. Gleans are offered within the Red Hook and Rhinebeck communities. If you are a backyard gardener going on vacation please sign up to have your garden gleaned.gleanteaminitiative@gmail.com today!