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

POSITIVE NEWS BRIEFS & OPPORTUNITIES – JUNE 2019

Ulster for Business
The Ulster County Office of Economic Development will assist you in defining and achieving your business goals. Whether you want to expand an existing business, establish a new location, or need to hire well qualified employees, Ulster for Business is the place where you can see your plans become a reality. Some of the business services they provide include helping you to find the necessary funding, find a site, meet your staffing needs, and business coaching. To learn more or to sign up for this great opportunity please visit ulstercountyny.gov/ulsterforbusiness/growth-industries

Anneliese Mordhorst
Anneliese Mordhorst is a pilates instructor and registered somatic movement therapy practitioner who is passionate about supporting the well being of her students. Since completing her professional pilates training in 2008, she has worked with a wide spectrum of people—from teens to senior citizens, new mothers, seasoned athletes, dancers, and beginners. If you are looking to regain strength, flexibility, and prevent future injury; consider trying pilates as a method to reestablish your physical goals. Anneliese’s mindful approach is unique and is worth visiting one of her classes. Tuesday, April 30 she will be having a class titled, Beyond Kegels—What are the Options?, where you will learn the five key movements to rebuilding a healthy pelvic floor. Her classes are held at One Epic Place, located at 124 Main Street in New Paltz.

Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights to Host Next Listening Session
The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights continues the 2019 Listening Session Series on Wednesday, June 5 from 5:30pm to 7pm at the Stanford Grange #808 in Stanfordville.  The listening sessions are opportunities for community members to meet with members of the Commission on Human Rights and discuss the issues that concern them most in their community. Over the course of the year, the commission plans multiple listening sessions across the county to hear directly from residents about their thoughts and concerns for human rights in our area. The commission remains dedicated to continuing this work of reaching out and thoughtfully listening to their constituency and learning how and why issues raised by residents can vary among communities. Listen to what others in your area have to say and voice your own opinion on June 5.

Samuel Clemens: Tales of Mark Twain
During the 2nd and 3rd weekends of June, the Rhinebeck Grange #896 will present, “Samuel Clemens: Tales of Mark Twain,” a new one man show written and performed by Joe Baer, at the Morton Memorial Library and Community Room. Joe Baer portrays Samuel Clemens near the end of his career, to present a nostalgic look back through time, starting from his rural roots in small town, Missouri, to his international acclaim. This narrative performance highlights the pinnacles and ebbs of this iconic American figure against a historical background. The event premiers on Friday, June 7 and runs through June 8, 14, and 15 at 8pm, with a Sunday matinee at 2pm on June 16. The price of admission includes a festive array of Southern treats before and at intermission. A Twain themed basket raffle will run through the show dates as well.

Woodstock Farm Festival
Join the community 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 this season which includes a highly competitive pie contests, crafting, story times, kids crafts, book signings by local authors, cooking demos, expert gardening advice, and more. You can find the details on the site hwoodstockfarmfestival.org. The festival will begin on Wednesday June 5 at 3:30pm.

The Moonlighters: Rock the Gazebo
The Moonlighters are a Hudson Valley Band performing their own original compositions at the Tivoli Free Library on Friday June 21. They all sing solo and harmonize together, with Bjanette Anderson playing ukulele and banjo, Kazio Sosnowski playing guitar and accordion, and Daniele DeBellis on bass. Come enjoy the spring weather at the library gazebo and enjoy the music! The show will begin at 6pm.

US Small Business Administration Opportunities
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, and other forms of assistance to small businesses all across the local area and aims to help Americans start, build, and grow their small business. By empowering future leaders to succeed with their small business ventures our local economy may have the chance to grow stronger. Throughout the month of June you can catch a variety of events hosted and sponsored by SBA. The workshops will assist you with business content writing, building a blog for your business step by step, and learning how to do business with the current state of the government. To see the times and locations for these June events you can find SBA on facebook, twitter, instagram, or by visiting their website, sba.gov

Troy Collins, All About Jazz
Jazz at Atlas is proud to present as part of its ongoing 2019 season the all star quartet Ticonderoga, featuring Joe McPhee on saxophones, Jamie Saft on electric piano, Joe Morris on upright bass, and Charles Downs on drums. Ticonderoga will perform on Saturday, June 22 at 8pm at Atlas Studios, located at 11 Spring Street in Newburgh. Jazz at Atlas is a cooperative project of musician, writer, and multimedia artist James Keepnews, and music researcher, radio host and Triple Point Records owner and producer Ben Young. Along with presenting performances by world renowned creative musicians, Jazz at Atlas will also be offering listening sessions, dialogues with artists and classes covering the entire spectrum of creative music in all its varied manifestations around the world and throughout its history.

Death Cafe
We all know and love the monthly events hosted by the Tivoli Free Library (86 Broadway), but this month they are hosting an event, which you may find to be quite unique and useful. The objective of the Death Cafe is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives. At this event there will be a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Come to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say; try something different! The conversation is on June 22 from 11am-12:30pm in the East Room.

New Paltz Challenge Run
Join the community for a run where you can choose the course and challenge yourself. Select either a half marathon, family 5K, or a  kid’s one mile run. The half marathon is a brewery to brewery race, beginning and ending at the Gilded Otter, that features a tougher course along the scenic Wallkill Valley Rail Trail South through the Yard Owl Brewery. It offers runners a bucolic New Paltz landscape with sweeping views of the Shawangunk Ridge, the town of Gardiner, many farms, the Wallkill River and Historic Huguenot Street. The 5K will run along Historic Huguenot Street and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.  This race is a combination of trail and road race. Get those running sneakers ready for June 16 at 7:30am at the Gilder Otter located at 3 Main Street. Register at newpaltzchallenge.com

Movies Under the Walkway
This summer there will be five free and family friendly movies to be shown on the big screen beneath the Walkway Over the Hudson at the Upper Landing Park in Poughkeepsie. Live musical entertainment, contests and fun for the whole family will precede each movie. Catch the viewing of Mary Poppins Returns on June 29 at 8:30pm. You can come early to enjoy time with the kids as there will be live bands, activities, and food from featured local venders. There is free parking and you are encouraged to bring your own blankets and chairs. The event site is located at 83 North Water Street in Poughkeepsie.

Kingston Land Trust Talks About the Pine Street African Burial Ground Project at the Persen House
Meet and greet members from Kingston Land Trust who will have information about their ongoing efforts to secure the Pine Street African Burial Ground site. More than 125 years ago, this burial ground was portioned off for private ownership. Its existence has not since been officially acknowledged despite robust historic documentation. Come and join in on the conversation on June 29 from 9am to 3pm at the Mathewis Person House Museum at 74 John Street in Kingston.

Sunset Sensations Wine and Food Event at Locust Grove
Come to Locust Grove and enjoy a magnificent Hudson River Sunset while sipping fine wines paired with culinary creations. Hors d’oeuvres are inspired by heirloom vegetables from the estate kitchen gardens. Visitors will be treated to cooking demonstrations by the weekly featured chef. The June 13th chef will be Mike Polasek of Simply Gourmet Events. Explore expert wine pairing presentations and a tour of the gardens. If the weather is lovely, the event will be on the Mansion Lawn overlooking the Hudson River. If it rains, the collective can move indoors to the elegant West Gallery. Tickets are $27 in advance and $29 at the door. Locust Grove Estate is located at 2683 South Road in Poughkeepsie. See you at 5:30pm.

Rhinebeck Crafts Festival
Two hundred of America’s best independent artists and craftspeople are coming together in the heart of the beautiful Hudson Valley for the seventh annual Rhinebeck Crafts Festival. This diverse experience is a celebration of all things handmade which includes unique contemporary craft and art, gourmet specialty foods, tastings from Hudson Valley distilleries and wineries, interactive craft demonstrations, and exciting family activities. Entertain the kids with a variety of children’s activities including interactive puppet theater with Middle-earth Studios, face painting, balloon animals, stilt walkers, and more. Visitors will also have the chance to watch and participate in hands-on craft demonstrations. The fairgrounds are located at 6550 Springbrook Ave Rte. 9 in Rhinebeck. General admission is $10 and the festival is to be held on June 23 from 10am-5pm.

Picnic with the Roosevelts
Join the Roosevelts at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park on June 27 to participate in a global and civil rights event. The day begins with a self-guided tour of the Home of President Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site, FDR Presidential Library and Museum and the Eleanor Roosevelt home at Val-Kill. Then you can indulge with the hot dog summit lunch while watching the recreation of the 1939 gathering with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England. The afternoon finishes off with keynote speaker Blanche Wiesen Cook, distinguished Professor at CUNY’s John Jay College and the Graduate Center and New York Times bestselling author, who will present on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt and her fervent devotion to civil and human rights movement. What a great way to celebrate a former President’s life and to commend the US on our civil rights achievements. The picnic day starts at 10:30am and runs until 5pm. The museum is on 4079 Albany Post Road Route 9 in Hyde Park.

Hudson Valley Pet Rescue
The Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts of Dutchess County, CARE of DC, hosts pet adoption events every Saturday at Petco in Poughkeepsie. Families from all over the Hudson Valley come out to possibly find their new furry family member. Whether it be a dog, cat, hamster, bird, or goats the CARE of DC tries to get these animals to a great home. CARE of DC, which is run by Karen LeCain, was honored for all of their hard work. They were the recipients of a $20,000 check from the Petco Foundation, who thanked them for everything they do for these rescues. If you would like to meet some of the rescues CARE of DC is at Petco in Poughkeepsie every Saturday from 11am until 4pm the doors will be open. They will also be hosting Wine with your Canine at Benmarl Winery and Vineyard in Marlboro on June 2. In addition, their Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts of Dutchess County Thrift Shop and Pet Adoptions shop will be opening in June at 1 Commerce Court in Wappingers.

“Companion Piece”
Directed by Joe Langworth, “Companion Piece” asks us to empathize with the people around us and to see ourselves in their circumstances. Join the DENIZEN Theatre as they explore the complexities of contemporary relationships and real human connection with a witty new comedic Regional Premiere of “Companion Piece” by Kevin Armento, directed by Joe Langworth on June 5 through the 30th. Being a Hudson Valley resident, Joe also has worked on and off Broadway, has directed Tony winning and nominated actors, and has been nominated for varying directing awards around the country. DENIZEN Theatre and parking is located on the upper lot of Water Street Market on 10 Main Street in New Paltz. There will be showings Wednesday through Saturday evenings starting at 8pm.