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

Ulster County Events – May 2014

Accord 


Riverkeeper Sweep. New York’s clean water advocacy group is hosting a day of service projects. Volunteers can choose to do trash pick-up at Deep Hole, a popular swimming spot, or Roundout Creek (kayak, canoe, or raft required in order to participate in the Roundout Creek clean up). Register online. Meet at Accord Town Park. 50 Scenic Road, Accord. riverkeeper.org. May 10. 9am–12pm.
Cragsmoor
An Unforgiving Land: Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps, a Vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet Talk and Book Signing. Authors Robi Josephen and Bob Larsen will give an illustrated lecture on the small group of hardy independent families scratched out an existence in a high hollow between Mohonk and Minnewaska from 1800 to 1950. Cragsmoor Historical Society. 349 Cragsmoor Road, Cragsmoor. 845-647-6487. cragsmoor.info. May 31. 4pm.
Esopus
Volunteer Restoration Workshop. During this education and work session, volunteers will learn 
about native Hudson Valley flora while removing the invasive plants that hinder their growth. It’s recommended that volunteers wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and bring water, snacks, and gloves. Shaupeneak Ridge. Poppletown Road, Esopus. 845-473-4440. scenichudson.org. May 3. 10am–2pm.
Gardiner
Gardiner Open Studio Tour. A collective of painters, sculptors, potters, digital artists, pastel artists, photographers, and a clock maker open their studios to the public. Route map is available online and at local businesses. Studio locations throughout the towns of New Paltz and Gardiner. gostartists.org. 845-255-3336. May 3. 10am–5pm. May 4. 10am–4pm.
6th Annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival.The “sweetest day of the year” includes an amateur cupcake contest, live music, vendors, wine and spirit tastings, and children’s activities. The annual Cupcake Classic 5K race will also be held on the orchard. Wright’s Farm. 699 Route 208, Gardiner. 845-255-5300. gardinercupcakefestival.com. May 17. 12pm–6pm.
Highland
I Love My Park Day. Parks & Trails New York invite volunteers ages 8 and up who enjoy working outdoors to assist in cleaning up and rehabilitating Franny Reese State Park. Register online. Franny Reese State Park. New York Route 55, Highland. 845-473-4440. scenichudson.org or ptny.org. May 3. 10am–1pm.
3rd Annual SpringFest. This unusual set of races—the bed race, in which teams compete to roll beds down the street, and the waiter’s race, which involves waiters carrying trays of water glasses through the hamlet—give prizes for race winners  and most creative entries. Register online. Both races begin at Town Hall. 12 Church Street, Highland. townoflloyd.com. May 17. 11am–7pm.
Volunteer Restoration Workshop. During this education and work session, volunteers will learn about native Hudson Valley flora while removing the invasive plants that hinder their growth. It’s recommended that volunteers wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and bring water, snacks, and gloves. Franny Reese State Park. New York Route 55, Highland. 845-473-4440. scenichudson.org. May 31. 10am–2pm.
Hurley
May Day Foraged Feast & Potluck. After a plant identification and gathering walk led by Dina Falconi, author of Foraging & Feasting, and other local farmers/edible wild plant experts, farmer Creek Iverson will lead May Day Festivities and plantings, and a dinner will be held. Whirligig Farm. 1375 Hurley Mountain Road, Hurley. 845-527-5672. May 1. 4:30pm–8:30pm.
Plant Sale. The Hurley Heritage Society will be selling perennials, annuals, shrubs, planters, hanging baskets, herbs, garden-related items, floral clothing, and baked goods. Hurley Heritage Society Museum. 52 Main Street, Hurley. 845-331-5331. hurleyheritagesociety.org. May 17. 10am–2pm.
Guided Walking Tour of Hurley’s Main Street. This tour, offered by the Hurley Heritage Society, will explore the national historic district of Main Street. Tickets are $5; children under 12 admitted free. Tour begins at Hurley Heritage Society Museum. 52 Main Street, Hurley. 845-331-8852. hurleyheritagesociety.org. May 25. 2pm.
Kerhonkson
2014 Wildflower Festival & Heirloom Seedling Sale. This celebration of native wildflowers, herbs, fruits, and local biodiversity will feature industry experts on-hand and seedlings for sale from the Hudson Valley Seed Library greenhouses. Free event. Catskill Native Nursery. 607 Samsonville Road, Kerhonkson. 845-626-2758. catskillnativenursery.com. May 17–18. 10am–5pm.
Kingston
Ulster Performing Arts Center. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. May 7. 50 Shades! The Musical. May 10. Joe Bonamassa. May 13. Dream Studio presents “10 Years Looking Back.” May 17. An Evening with Sheryl Crow. May 29. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC). 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088. upac.org.
TrailFest 2014. Outdoor outfitting company Kenco sponsors this summer camping kickoff event, featuring demonstrations of the outdoor community’s top clothing and gear and exhibitions from local and national conservancy and outdoor organizations. Admission is free for all. Kenco. 1000 Hurley Mountain Road, Kingsto. 845-338-5045. atkenco.com. May 10. 10am–4pm.
YWCA Mother’s Day 5K. This race is open to all—there will even be a kid’s run around Academy Green Park. Register online; registration is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Race starts at Academy Green Park. 209 Clinton Avenue, Kingston. ywcaulstercounty.org. May 10. 9:30am–3pm.
Lake Katrine
14th Annual Women’s Health & Fitness Expo. This event features over 100 booths and exhibits, free health screenings, seminars and workshops, cooking demonstrations and food samples, exercise and fitness demonstrations, specialist consultations, author readings, complimentary treatments such as aromatherapy and stress reduction techniques, and more. Tickets start at $7. Miller Middle School. 65 Fording Place, Lake Katrine. 845-802-7025. womenshealthexpo.com. May 3. 8:30am–4pm.
Marbletown
Ancient History at Our Doorstep: Lecture/Slide Show on the Old Minisink Trail. Professor Evan Pritchard will guide attendees through the history, geography, and legend of the fabled “Minisink Trail,” often called “America’s First Highway.” Admission to the presentation is $5 for public, free to members of the Ulster Country Historical Society. Bevier House Museum. 2682 Route 209, Marbletown. 845-612-9837. ulstercountyhs.org. May 3. 3pm–5pm.
Marlboro
5th Annual Woof ‘n’ Wine. The public will have the opportunity to stroll with their dog(s) while shopping at participating vendors, enjoying the vineyard, or tasting the wine. Raffles will be held to support local shelters and rescue organizations. Benmarl Winery. 156 Highland Avenue, Marlboro. 845-236-4265. benmarl.com. May 18. 11am–6pm.
3rd Annual Bud Break Sheep Shearing Festival. The winery will be open for visitors to relax and breathe in the fresh air while drinking wine and listening to live music. Tickets ($5) include live music, tours, and sheep sheering demonstrations; food and wine tastings available for purchase. Benmarl Winery. 156 Highland Avenue, Marlboro. 845-236-4265. benmarl.com. May 26. 12pm–6pm.
New Paltz
Annual New Paltz Regatta. This fun-filled event features a parade and a rally of creative homemade boats on the Wallkill River. There will also be a kayak race and a duck race. To participate in the homemade watercraft race, a $20 registration fee is required. Events begin at New Paltz Village Hall. 25 Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz. 845-532-8376. newpaltzregatta.com. May 4. 1pm.
7th Annual New Paltz Bike Swap. Amazing deals on new and used bikes, parts, apparel, bags and vintage bike items. The swap has dozens of vendors and hundreds of participants. New Paltz Middle School. 2 South Manheim Boulevard, New Paltz. 917-655-5123. newpaltzbikeswamp.com. May 10. 10am–2pm.
Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair. Juried artists and craftspeople from all over the United States gather for this event, which features a large variety of art and craft demonstrations, live music from regional musicians,  New York State wines, and locally produced handcrafted foods. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free for children under 12. Ulster County Fairgrounds. Libertyville Road, New Paltz. quailhollow.com. May 24–25. 10am–5:30pm. May 26. 10am–4pm.
Newburgh
Taste of Greater Newburgh. This extraordinary assortment of local culinary indulgences will include over a dozen food industry participants. Tickets are $30; proceeds benefit a variety of community organizations. A student art show will also be on view. Mount Saint Mary College. 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh. 845-562-7066. tasteofgreaternewburgh.com. May 18. 12pm–2:30pm.
Olive
Reservoir Food Pantry Call for Donations. Reservoir Food Pantry, serving the hungry in the Olive area, seeks canned and dry good donations. Donations can be dropped off at the Community Bank, 4141 Route 28, Boiceville; Town of Olive Offices, 45 Watson Hollow Road, West Shokan; and Olive Town Courthouse, 50 Bostock Road, Shokan. 845-657-4192. reservoirfoodpantry.org.
Rosendale
Lithic Alignments in the Northeast: Natural, Native or Nonsense? Glenn Kreisberg, writer, researcher, and Vice President of New England Antiquities Research Association, will discuss the observational astronomy carried out by many cultures in the distant past. Rosendale Public Library. 264 Main Street, Rosendale. 845-658-9013. rosendalelibrary.org. May 7. 7pm.
Saugerties
Saugerties Pro Musica Presents Prometheus Brass. A quartet of charismatic horn players will perform a mix of classical, traditional and pop music. Tickets start at $10; all students admitted free. Saugerties United Methodist Church. 59 Post Street, Saugerties. 845-246-5021. saugertiespromusica.org. May 4. 3pm.
Re-visioning Local Housing Panel. Presented by Sustainable Saugerties Transition Town, this panel will discuss housing options for a “post-petroleum world,” such as deep energy retrofitting, “earthship” design, and tiny homes. Saugerties Public Library. 91 Washington Avenue, Saugerties. 845-883-5766. facebook.com/sustainablesaugerties. May 20. 7pm–9pm.
HITS-on-the-Hudson Series I and II. 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 Washingston Avenue Extension, Saugerties. 845-246-8833. hits shows.com. First series May 21–25. Second series May 28–June 1.
Woodstock
Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix.  A women’s only bicycle event held on courses that include some of the most challenging as well as scenic roads in the Northeast, held to raise funds and awareness for HOPE’s Fund. Begins at Woodstock Community Center. 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock. 845-679-7420. facebook.com/WWCGP2013. May 3. 8am.
Open Call to Artists. WAAM (Woodstock Artists Association and Museum) seeks donations of “Little Gems” (small works under 15 inches in all dimensions) to be sold at their benefit event. All media welcome; piece must be ready to install (framed, wired, etc.). Participating artists receive one complimentary ticket to the event. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 845-679-2940. woodstockart.org. Art drop-off May 5. 12pm–6pm. Art drop-off May 12. 12pm–5pm.
WAAM (Woodstock Artists Association Museum) Benefit Splash. This event, one of WAAM’s most important yearly fundraisers, will feature nor d’oeuvres by New World Home Cooking, wine, an auction, live music, and a special sale of small works for $100 each. Advance tickets are $30; buy online or by phone. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 845-679-2940. woodstockart.org. May 17. 5:30pm–8pm.
Woodstock Farm Festival.This event kicks off the season for the Woodstock Farm with fresh local produce, outdoor dining, kids’ activities, and live music. Woodstock Farm. 6 Maple Lane, Woodstock. woodstockfarmfestival.com. May 28. 3:30pm.