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Ulster County Events: August 2016

Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice promotes the human voice as an instrument of healing, peace and artistic expression through the presentation of world-class performances. From opera to gospel, world music to Broadway, the Festival celebrates the human voice in all its multi-faceted glory. This year’s theme celebrates Shakespeare and the music of the British Isles. Visit phoeniciavoicefest.org for tickets and information. Phoenicia. August 4-7.

Three Sources Meditation. This Daoist Practice addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual layers in a single go. It begins with Inner Dancing and Drumming to shake loose, break through and let go. We then tend to the health and openness of the spiritual gates – the joints. We are then ready to sit. We ignite the inner Fire with mantra and mudra and visualization, and then abide in the internal space we have created, enjoying the clarity and stillness. Visit rvhhc.org for more information. Free. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main St, Stone Ridge. August 4, 7-8:30pm.

Pippin at Woodstock Playhouse. “Pippin” tells the story of the heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin, who is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of political power after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great. In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the un-extraordinary moments that happen every day. Woodstockplayhouse.org for tickets and more info. Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock. August 5-21.

Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. The Woodstock Shakespeare Festival’s 21st season opens with “The Comedy of Errors,” the bard’s shortest and one of his most popular comedies. The story of two sets of identical twins separated at birth and reunited as adults, it is one of his most farcical, with an abundance of slapstick, wordplay, and puns. Visit Birdonacliff.org for more information. Outdoor Elizabethan Theater, 45 Comeau Drive, Woodstock. August 5-7, 5pm.

Annual Midsummer Festival. Participate in workshops and performances spanning such themes as permaculture, sustainability, and plant wisdom. Storytelling and local musical acts will entertain on two stages, culminating with a performance by It’s Not Night; It’s Space and the traditional burning of the Wicker Man. Attendees may spend the night and camp out. Wake up to yoga and wellness workshops on Sunday. Tickets at cssfestivals.org ($25 admission/$10 camping). Center for Symbolic Studies, 475 River Road Extension, New Paltz. August 6-7.

Saugerties Artists Studio Tour. During this season of plenty, many painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, collagists, and craftspeople prominently participate in this annual art event, which kcks off with a fantastic reception and gallery exhibit by tour artists at Opus 40 on August 12, 5-7pm. This popular event draws hundreds of people who enjoy meeting the artists and getting a glimpse at what they will discover at the studios. Saturday and Sunday are the open studio days, 10 am-6pm. Free self­-guided tour. Full ­color tour maps available at any of the locations listed at saugertiesarttour.org. Saugerties. August 12-14.

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Sunflower Art Festival. A one-day art, music and community festival, featuring a live art experience,  live music performances all day, delicious local food, spirits, wine, and beer, kids activities, and a vendor village. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is recommended. sunflowerartfestival.com. Tuthilltown Distillery, 14 Gristmill Lane, Gardiner. August 13. 10am-dusk.

Swing Kids and The Vanaver Caravan SummerDance. “Swing Kids,” the beloved 1993 film starring Christian Bale, Robert Sean Leonard, Barbara Hershey and Kenneth Branagh will be screened. Then our own Ulster County swing kids from The Vanaver Caravan SummerDance will command the stage with a rousing swing dance themed performance. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $6 for children 12 and under.  For directions or more information go to rosendaletheatre.org. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St, Rosendale. August 14, 3pm.

Free Community Holistic Healthcare. A wide variety of holistic health modalities and practitioners are available. Appointments can be made on a first-come, first-served basis upon check-in. Though no money or insurance is required, RVHHC invites patients to give a donation or an hour of volunteer community service if they can. For more info please visit rvhhc.org. Free. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main St, Stone Ridge. August 16, 4-8pm.

12th Annual Hudson Valley Ribfest. The three-day Hudson Valley Ribfest is actually three events in one – a food festival, a music festival, and a sanctioned barbecue contest, where 60 teams will put their skills against some sharp competition and winners will not only receive prize money, but advance to the national finals in Kansas City. Tickets at hudsonvalleyribfest.org (food sold separately). Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. August 19-21.

WGXC Presents LODGE. Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM, a creative community radio station in Greene & Columbia counties, is pleased to present the third annual Lodge. Proceeds from the event will benefit WGXC. Lodge features two nights of live music from Ultraam, Thalia Zedek, Chris Forsyth, Spectre Folk, Koen Holtcamp, Liv Carrow, Cowboy Jim & Sauerkraut Seth, Nature Films, and more. Site-specific installations, radio workshops, crafts from local artisans, and more to be announced. Two-night passes are $30 and can be purchased at lodge2016.brownpapertickets.com. Riedlbauer’s Resort, 43 Ravine Drive, Round Top (Greene County). August 26-27.

Outdoor Movie Screenings. Come enjoy a free evening of fun at Water Street Market’s outdoor movie screenings. Free popcorn. Admission free, but get there early to reserve your seat. 845-255-1403. Schedule at waterstreetmarket.com. Water Street Market. 10 Main Street, New Paltz. Every Monday night at dusk (Tuesday night is the rain date).

IN:SITE Outdoor Art Show. A summer-long outdoor art exhibit curated by Jenny Lee Fowler and Natasha Maria Brooks-Sperduti, over fifteen artists from the Northeast present interactive site-specific sculptures and performances engaging the location’s rich natural and industrial histories. Made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the NYSCA. Visit centuryhouse.org for more information. Century House Historical Society, 668 Route 213, Rosendale. Open daily through September 10, 7am-7pm.