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Ulster County Events – June 2014

Big Indian

29th Annual Big Indian Car Show. This event, hosted by the Catskills Mountain Classic Car Club, will feature both new and classic cars, of which the top 40 will earn trophies, as well as music and vendors. Car registration fee starts at $8. Big Indian Park. Route 28, Big Indian. 845-254-4238. freewebs.com/catskillmccc. June 29. 8:30am–3pm.
Grahamsville (Sullivan County)
Genealogical Program. Join the Time and the Valleys Museum research room staff to learn the basics of family research, including how to search local church and cemetery records, how to date family photos and postcards, and how to use local and state government records. Daniel Pierce Library Community Room. 328 Main Street, Grahamsville. 845-985-7700. timeandthevalleysmuseum.org. June 8. 2pm.
Highland
Handshake Across the Hudson. Walkway Over the Hudson invites the community to join their efforts to break the world record for “longest handshake relay.” They hope to gather 3,000 on people on the Walkway, which is the world’s longest elevated pedestrian park. Entrance available from both east and west sides. Registration is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and free for children under 12; all participants receive a souvenir. Walkway Over the Hudson. 87 Haviland Road, Highland. walkway.org. June 1. 9:30am.
Treetops to Rooftops 5K. This community-oriented race will take place over the Hudson Valley’s “park in the sky”—the Walkway Over the Hudson. Hosted by the MidHudson Road Runners Club. Registration starts at $18. Walkway Over the Hudson. 87 Haviland Road, Highland. mhrrc.org. June 14. 8am.
Hunter (Greene County)
10th Annual Mountain Jam. This festival, considered one of the top in the country, will feature over 40 rock, folk, and blues bands, including the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead founding members Bob Weir and Ratdog, and local favorites Elijah and the Moon. One-day passes start at $59; passes for the entire weekend start at $225. Camping is available but limited. Hunter Mountain. 84 Klein Avenue, Hunter. 518-628-4423. mountainjam.com. June 5–8.
Taste of Country Music Festival. This is the only multi-day country music festival in the Northeast. One-day passes start at $89; passes for the entire weekend start at $160. Camping is available but limited. Hunter Mountain. 84 Klein Avenue, Hunter. 518-628-4423. tasteofcountryfestival.com. June 13–15.
Kingston
Steel House Club Light Summer Sessions. Club Light, the nightclub at Steel House Restaurant and Bar, presents Summer Sessions with DJ Stonehouse. The club will offer open-format music, drinks specials, and an outdoor deck. No cover charge. Steel House. 100 Roundout Landing, Kingston. 845-338-7847. steelhouseny.com. Saturdays, June and July. 10pm–2am.
Shelfies by Jim Fawcett. This exhibition will feature shelves handmade from exotic and rare woods such as persimmon, mulberry, black locust, and purpleheart by artist and woodworker Jim Fawcett. The Storefront Gallery. 93 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-8473. thestorefrontgallery.com. Opening reception, June 8. 5pm–8pm. Exhibition on view, June 7–June 28. Fridays and Saturdays. 1pm–6pm.
Community Block Party Multicultural Festival. Over a dozen cultures will be represented in this event, which features music, dance, food and drink, and children’s activities. This festival is free. T. R. Gallo West Strand Park. Broadway at Roundout waterfront, Kingston. 845-338-8131. facebook.com/reherbakery. June 8. 12pm–4pm.
9th Annual Tour de Kingston. This bike race offers something for everyone: a challenging 50-mile ride for advanced cyclists, a recreational 25-mile ride over rolling hills, an easy 10-15 mile ride, and a slow 5-mile “family fun” ride appropriate for children. A cookout will be held after the race for all participants. Registration is $25 for all races except for the family race, which is free. Forsyth Park. 157 Lucas Avenue, Kingston. tourdeulster.com. June 22. 9am.

ASK for Music. Join the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) every third Friday of the month for live music. In June enjoy the acoustic folk/country/jazzy sounds of singer-songwriter Don Sparks; join Lyn, Elly, and Janice as they combine their sound in The Cupcakes; and rock out to the acoustic and electric sounds of Trio Mio. $6 suggested donation. 845-338-0331. askforarts.org. Arts Society of Kingston. 97 Broadway, Kingston. June 20. 8pm. 

New Paltz
The Whippersnappers. The Whippersnappers, a trio of regional folk legends, will perform a “foot-stomping” collection of upbeat country and Celtic songs on fiddles, banjo, and guitar. Tickets start at $18. Unison Arts Center. 68 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. 845-255-1559. unisonarts.org. June 7. 8pm.
Antique Appraisal Day. The Ulster County Historical Society and Historic Huguenot Street have teamed up to offer the community the chance to discover what their family heirlooms are really worth. Regional experts will provide appraisals for $5 per item (or $12 for three items). Deyo Hall. 18 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz. 845-338-5614. ulstercountyhs.org. June 14. 11am–3pm.
Up the North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups and Religions. This lecture, followed by a “cocktail talk” reception, will be presented by genealogist and radio show host Jane Wilcox. Event is presented by Historic Huguenot Street. Tickets start at $5. LeFevre House. 247 Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 845-255-1660. huguenotstreet.org. June 14. 6pm.
5th Annual New Paltz Challenge Half-Marathon and Family 5K. This flat course, running along the Wallkill Scenic Rail Trail, features beautiful views of New Paltz and the Shawangunk Mountains. Both races use chips to ensure accurate timing. Registration is $28 for the 5K and $48 for the half-marathon; proceeds benefit the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. Race begins at Gilded Otter. 3 Main Street, New Paltz. 845-255-0243. newpaltzchallenge.com. June 15. 6am.
Monsanto and GMO Foods, and a Demonstration of Cooking with Edible Wild Plants. This presentation, which will explore genetically modified foods and foraging, will be hosted by the New Paltz Garden Club and given by Halyna Shepko, a local herbalist, educator, and artist. Free and open to the public. Deyo Hall. 18 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz. 845-255-8856. newpaltzgardenclub.org. June 16. 7pm.
Cabaret: Tunes of the ‘20s. Be transported back to the age of flappers and bathtub gin by this performance, in which Molly Parker-Myers takes on the fashion, style, slang, music, and dance of the 1920s. Tickets start at $18. Unison Arts Center. 68 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. 845-255-1559. unisonarts.org. June 28. 8pm.
Pine Hill
Kool Kamp for Kool Kids. This popular summer day camp, which offers sports, games, arts and crafts, outdoors activities, special trips, and workshops, is free and open to children from 6–12. No registration required. Campers should bring a lunch. Pine Hill Community Center. 287 Main Street, Pine Hill. 845-254-5469. pinehillcommunitycenter.org. Mondays and Fridays between July 7 and August 22. 10am–4pm.
Rosendale
An Afternoon of Vocal Duets and Solo Songs. This performance, featuring soprano Lily Arbisser and mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, will include rarely performed duets by Robert Schumann among other works. Suggested donation is $20; proceeds benefit the Lifebridge Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting the oneness of humanity and the interconnectedness of all life. Lifebridge Sanctuary. 333 Mountain Road, Rosendale. 845-658-3439. lifebridge.org. June 8. 3pm.
Williams Lake Classic Bike Race. Sponsored by the New York State Mountain Bike Series, this approximately-5-mile race will take place at Williams Lake, which offers the best single track on the East Coast. Registration is $35 online, $40 on the day of the race. Williams Lake. Binnewater Road, Rosendale. nysmtbseries.com. June 8. 8am.
Earthbeat. This one-hour festival, performed by local Hudson Valley favorites The Vanaver Caravan, is a celebration of global music and dance intended for audiences of all ages. Presented as part of the Fun! Summer Family Series; tickets are $10 for children under 12 and $12 for teens and adults. Rosendale Theatre. 408 Main Street, Rosendale. 845-658-8989. rosendaletheatre.org. June 14. 11am.
Dancing in Jaffa. This highly acclaimed documentary follows champion ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine as he uses dance to unite Israeli and Palestinian children in his birthplace, Jaffa, Israel. Screened as part of the Dance Film Sundays series. Rosendale Theatre. 408 Main Street, Rosendale. 845-658-8989. rosendaletheatre.org. June 15. 2pm.
Saugerties
HITS-on-the-Hudson Series II and III. An exhibition of world-class equestrian show jumping to benefit Family of Woodstock, Inc., a non-profit serving Ulster County. Shows free except Sundays; on Sundays, adult admission is $5. See website for full schedule of events. HITS-on-the-Hudson. 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties. 845-246-8833. hitsshows.com. Second series May 28–June 1. Third series June 4–8.
Shandaken
Shandaken in Bloom! Garden Tour. A tour of six of the most glorious gardens of the Catskills, featuring formal landscapes, country cottage gardens, organic vegetable plots, award-winning trees and shrubs, and islands of colorful spring blossoms. Tickets start at $20; tickets can be purchased at the Phoenicia Library. Various locations in Shandaken. 845-688-7493. phoenicialibrary.org. June 29. 10am–4pm.
Stone Ridge
Songs of our Elders: A Benefit for SageArts. SageArts, a new initiative promotes the collaboration of songwriters and community elders, will “kick off” with a farm-to-table dinner, cocktails, and concert performance by Marc Black, Mamalama, Dean Batstone, Don Sparks, Liana Gabel, Dave Kearney, Dorraine Scofield and Jim Metzner. Tickets are $25; proceeds will allow the organization to teach songwriters to bring elders’ stories to life in song. Marbletown Community Center. 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. 845-688-1546. sagearts.org. June 8. 5pm–9pm.
Community Holistic Healthcare Day. A wide array of healing modalities, including acupuncture, massage, qigong, nutritional counseling, and homeopathic medicine, will be available to try at this free monthly event. Patients are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations and community service pledges will be accepted. Marbletown Community Center. 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. rvhhc.org. June 17. 4pm–8pm.
Holistic Self-Care Class: Exploring the Feldenkrais Method. This program, taught by licensed physical therapist Zahava Wilson, will introduce community members to the gentle movement sequences of the Feldenkrais Method, which are designed to reorganize the neuromuscular system for more effortless functioning and an improved sense of vitality. Family Traditions. 3853 Main Street, Stone Ridge. rvhhc.org. June 19. 7pm–8:30pm.

Death Cafe. Circle of Friends for the Dying hosts the eleventh Death Café in Ulster County, as part of a global movement to “increase the awareness of death to help people make the most of their finite lives.” Death Cafes provide a safe and relaxed environment for conversation and sharing. Death Café is not a bereavement support group, but is a place to freely talk about dying and death and related issues. Drinks and cake will be served. Free admission. Only heavy rain cancels. Pavillion in Marbletown Park. Tongore Road, Stone Ridge. www.facebook.com/pages/CFD-Death-Cafe-Hudson-Valley/222137241309943 June 27. 4:30-6:30pm.


Ulster Park

Annual Strawberry Festival. A celebration of the seasonal fruit, this event will feature entertainment, barbecue, and of course, fresh strawberries and strawberry desserts. Klyne Esopus Museum. 764 Broadway, Ulster Park. 845-388-8109. klyneesopusmuseum.org. June 21. 12pm–3pm.
Walker Valley
Old Fashioned Day. This day of fun, which is presented free of charge, fosters an “old-timey” atmosphere, complete with activities for kids, crafters, memorabilia, music, demonstrations, food, and vintage cars. Visitors are invited to participate by wearing old-fashioned clothing. Walker Valley Firehouse. 3679 Route 52, Walker Valley. June 1. 11am–5pm.
West Shokan
Recital of Duets by Cellist Anneke Schaul-Yoder and Pianist Derin Öge. These distinguished musicians will perform three sonatas from three centuries: Beethoven’s stark and dance-like Sonata in G Minor Op. 5, #2; Chopin’s luscious and virtuosic Sonata in G Minor, Op. 8; and Martinů’s passionate and unusual Second Sonata. Suggested donation is $10. Olive Free Library. 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan. 845-657-2482. olivefreelibrary.org. June 28. 4pm.
Woodstock
Spamalot. This “highly irreverent” musical, which presents parodies of Arthurian legends, is based on the characters created by Monty Python, a renowned British comedy group. Tickets starts at $30. Woodstock Playhouse. 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock. 845-679-6900. woodstockplayhouse.org. June 19–June 21. 8pm. June 22. 2pm. June 26–June 28. 8pm. June 29. 2pm.
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