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

Ulster Events–Dec 2015

by JD Eiseman


Mitten Tree Drive. Please bring new or gently used mittens, scarves and hats to Bell’s Christmas Trees from November 27 to December 13 to help trim the Mitten Trees. All of the clothing will be donated to Family of Ellenville and given to families in need. Bell’s Chrismas Trees, 647 Mettacahonts Road, Accord. Through December 13.

Robinson & Rohe: The Longest Winter. The Creative Co-Op of Rosendale presents a Christmas Living Room Concert and Singalong. Folk duo Robinson & Rohe (Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe) bring their lightbox Christmas concert for the 2nd Annual Living Room Concert at Creative Co-op Rosendale. Supper will be served. Doors open at 6:30 pm. $10 – $15 entry includes supper. RSVP required. cbcofrosendale@gmail.com 845-527-5672. Creative Co-Op, 402 Main Street Rosendale, behind the Big Cheese. December 4, 7pm.

Christkindlmarkt: A Festive German Christmas Tradition. Come enjoy a German Christmas holiday traditional fair. There will be crafts, plants, gently used items and vendors’ tables. Some of the vendors who will be at the fair this year are Green Thumb, Sons of Norway, German-American Club of Northern Catskills, Cathy’s Fine Stitchery, and Josie’s Decorative Painting. Enjoy home baked German and American foods in our café. Admission is free. Kingston Maennerchor and Damenchor, 37 Greenkill Avenue, Kingston. December 4, 3-7pm; December 5, 11am-5pm.


Local Artisans and Farmers Market. Join friends and neighbors for this indoor market. Shop for yourself, get a head start on holiday shopping! Shop Hudson Valley Vertical Farms’ organically grown greens and basil; Nifty Knitters gorgeous hats, scarves, and more; Guersion’s  fine quality skin creams and lotions; Morning Glory goatsmilk soaps, floral elixirs; Medicine Gardens’ healing salves and herbal beauty line; Farfetched Coffee Roasters’ direct trade coffee roasted in Rosendale, and more! Additional vendors welcome. cbcofroendale@gmail.com (845) 527-5672 December 6, 13, 20, 11am-4pm.


Shadowland Theatre Presents Greetings! Shadowland Theatre presents a magical, funny and surprising holiday treat for all audiences. When Andy brings his Jewish atheist fiancé home to his Catholic family for the holidays, his worst fears are realized. But when his severely disabled brother Mickey suddenly becomes possessed by an ancient, wise, and witty spirit, everyone re-examines their assumptions and beliefs in this thoughtful and hilarious comedy. $39/$34 matinee. shadowlandtheatre.org. Shadowland, 157 Canal Street, Ellenville. December 4-20. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2pm.


Holiday on Huguenot Street. Celebrate the season with historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church of New Paltz, including holiday tours, a Christmas Fair, horse-drawn wagon rides, kids’ crafts, traditional Victorian caroling, community tree lighting, and more. Visit huguenotstreet.org/holiday for a complete schedule of the weekend’s events. Huguenot Street, New Paltz. December 4, 4-9pm; December 5, 9am-5pm.


Catskill Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker. This is the CBT’s 33rd annual production of holiday classic The Nutcracker. This production has become a tradition for many families and schools in the area. This full length performance features guest artists and is sure to delight audiences of all ages. $30/$25 for seniors and students. catskillballet.org/the-nutcracker or upac.org. UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston. December 11 and 12, 8pm; December 13, 2pm.


Frozendale. A community-generated festival where participating Main Street Rosendale shops showcase the best of local food, art, music and crafts. Rosendale Theatre features a free 2pm matinee of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The Redwing Blackbird Theatre presents a Lenape tale adapted from a book called “Rainbow Crow.” Visit with Santa Claus and free hayrides. The Big Cheese hosts a Mac N Cheese Bake-Off at 5 pm. Main Street, Rosendale. December 12. 12-6pm.


A Ballerina’s Tale. What does it mean to possess a great talent at the highest levels of the ballet world? And what if you don’t look like the prevailing notions of how a ballerina should look? A Ballerina’s Tale is a documentary about Misty Copeland, the first African American to be promoted to the rank of principal dancer in the 75-year history of the American Ballet Theatre company. Produced and directed by Nelson George, director of the award winning HBO film Life Support, A Ballerina’s Tale is a cinéma vérité exploration of the life of a person who is making history just by doing her job to the best of her ability. She has been featured on “60 Minutes,” “The Colbert Report,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $6 for children 12 and under. rosendaletheatre.org. 845-658-8989. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. December 13, 3pm.


Mr. Dickens Returns to Cragsmoor. Charles Dickens has found a permanent home for the reading of his beloved Christmas Carol. Once again he can found “in person” at the historic Stone Church in Cragsmoor, as Gregg Shults embodies the famous author and enchants the audience with his one-man production of “Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol,” a timeless tale that has touched the hearts of all who have ever read it or seen it performed. A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens in 1843, and from 1857 on, he performed public readings of his many books, particularly this holiday classic. It was his most popular reading, and he toured it throughout England and the US. He continually adapted it for the readings, reducing it from a three-hour performance to just over one hour. His readings were so popular that people camped overnight in the streets to buy tickets at the box office. Luckily, you won’t have to camp out, but a donation of $10 is suggested. Hot cider and cookies will be served. All proceeds will benefit the Cragsmoor Historical Society Building Restoration Fund and the Stone Church. cragsmoor.info. 270 Henry Road, Cragsmoor. December 19. 7pm.


New Year’s Eve Dance Party at Ashokan. Great live music begins at 8pm, featuring swing, cajun, and waltzing in one room and contras and squares in another, plus sumptuous late night snacks. You can also come early for the festive New Year’s dinner at 6pm or stay on for New Year’s Weekend at Ashokan Camp with music and dance classes, lodging, and meals through Sunday afternoon. Tickets begin at $30. ashokan.org. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. December 31.


NYERESOLUTION. Join Hudson Valley hip hop artist Decora at this New Year’s Eve party in an old factory building in Newburgh. Decora’s interdisciplinary utopian vision unites a folk music ethos with hip hop and social change through community action, creating an entirely new experience for audiences that is both formally innovative and consciously progressive. Also on hand will be DJ H20 and thirteen-piece band The Funk Junkies. Local culinary tapas will be served by Newburgh favorite El Solar Cafe. Tickets include a one hour open bar from 9 to 10pm. Tickets are $75 and available online. iamdecora.com. 299 Washington Street, Newburgh. December 31. 9pm-2am.


Woodstock Rocks: A Lithographic Legacy. Woodstock may be known around the world for a different kind of rock, but for over a century this small Catskills town has been a center of activity for lithography—printing artworks from slabs of stone. A rock ‘n’ roller is all the material artists like Bolton Brown, George Bellows, Rosella Hartman and many others needed to create some of the finest lithographs produced anywhere. Woodstock Rocks surveys lithographs created over the last century. woodstockart.org. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock. On view through January 3.