Into the Light–A Holiday Story. Vanaver Caravan, Caravan Kids, Arm of the Sea Theater and special guest singers, Barely Lace perform an enchanting holiday story. With festive dance, music and puppetry, the performance tells the story of Lucia as she travels the world’s communities to learn how light is kept glowing through the darkest part of the year. “Into the Light” incorporates many traditions including Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Santa Lucia, Winter Solstice and Yule. Shadowland Theatre. 157 Canal Street, Ellenville. 845-256-9300. Sunday, December 8. 3pm.
Ellenville Regional Hospital to Show Quilts Created by Mimi Davenport. Davenport loves to create big, breezy, colorful quilts to celebrate life’s big events or to send some care and love to someone in need of healing. She believes that the warmth and love a quilt provides last indefinitely. She also works extensively honoring as well as experimenting with the Ukrainian folk art of Pysanky, a wax-resist process using dyes and real eggs. Healing Arts Gallery at Ellenville Regional Hospital. Route 209, Ellenville. 845-647-6400. Show hangs from November 18 through January 3. 8am-8pm.
Holiday Stress Management Workshop. Balancing the demands of shopping, parties, family obligations, and houseguests may contribute to feelings of being overwhelmed and increased tension. Learn stress management techniques so you can enjoy the season without feeling weighed down by the strain of the increased demand on your time and energy. Each comprehensive and experiential two-hour session is $30/person. Reserve your place in a workshop. EarthMind Wellness Center. 1195 Arrowhead Road, Ellenville. firstname.lastname@example.org or earthmindwellness.com. 845-210-3143. Saturday, December 7. 2-4pm.
Carols and Santa at High Falls-Marbletown Annual Tree Lighting. Gather at the tall evergreen tree in the center of town, adjacent to the Depuy Canal House for this free family annual holiday event that officially ushers in the holidays. Bring a flashlight and join in the Christmas carols sung by Rondout Valley Intermediate Carolers, directed by Julianna McCarthy—MC’d by actor/writer Happy Anderson. Complimentary hot soup will be provided by John Novi and the Depuy Canal House. The highlight of the event is the arrival of Santa Claus on a fire engine courtesy of The High Falls Volunteer Fire Department. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served by the Community Church of High Falls. Please bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Santa’s elves will be collecting money for the Help a Friend Fund. Brought to you by the High Falls Civic Association. Corner of Route 213 and Second Street, High Falls. highfallscivic.org. Saturday, December 7. 5:30-7pm.
Museum Shop Holiday Sale. The Hurley Heritage Society presents its annual Museum Shop Holiday Sale. New children’s section, delftware, local history books, ornaments and much more. Refreshments served. Hurley Museum. 52 Main Street, Hurley. 845-338-5184. 10-3pm.
ASK December Show. “Ringing in the New Year” members small works show. Shun-Wah, Solo show. Lew Testa, “Art feeds Hunger” Fundraiser to feed the Hungry Children of Ulster County. Proceeds to go to Queen’s Galley. Arts Society of Kingston. 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331. December 7-28. Opening reception. Saturday, December 7. 5-8pm.
Kingston’s Buried Treasures: Kingston’s Bluestone Industry-The Rock that Paved a Nation. A lecture by renowned bluestone expert, Dr. Peter Roberts. Vanderlyn Gallery of the Senate House Museum. 296 Fair Street, Kingston. Friday, December 13. 5:30-6:30pm.
Trolley Museum of New York Santa Run. Old St. Nick leaves Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer and the rest of the reindeer in the North Pole and takes a ride to Kingston Point on the trolley. Trolley Car #358 becomes the Polar Express with Trolley Museum volunteers turned into elves for a day. Dress Warmly. All rides $2. Trolley Museum of New York. 89 East Strand, Kingston. TMNY.org. 845-331-3399. Sunday, December 8. 12-4pm.
HVSS Winter Gift Sale. Seventh annual exclusively handmade shopping experience. Intimate and affordable with over twenty vendors. Hudson Valley Sudbury School. 84 Zena Road, Kingston. 679-1002. Saturday, December 7. 10-6pm.
Hudson Valley Hullabaloo Craft Fair. An indie-style, juried holiday craft fair, showcasing the area’s best handmade gifts in a party-like atmosphere. Prepared food and bar. DJ Mr. Chips will be spinning all day long and Peter Demuth Photography will offer a winter wonderland photo booth where you can pose with our Hullabaloo Winter Bear mascot (photos and holiday cards will be available for purchase). The kids’ crafts table will be run by the Livingston Street Early Childhood Community. BSP. 323 Wall Street, Kingston. hvhullablaoo.com. Saturday, December 7. 11am-6pm.
Christmas at the Historic Bevier House. Ulster County Historical Society and the Coach House Players present a “Christmas Carol” themed event with the house decorated in Victorian style. Coach House member, David Rubenstein will give his one-man rendition of the “Christmas Carol.” Museum is open for touring during and after the skit. Crafts for children, refreshments, and a raffle of wonderful Christmas gift items. $10/adults, $5/UCHS members and children between 6 and 12. Bevier House Museum. 2682 Route 209, Marbletown. 845-338-5614. Saturday, December 7. 12pm. Sunday, December 8. 4pm.
Gus Mancini’s Sonic Soul Band: Celebration of the Day of Buddha’s Enlightenment. Saxophonist Gus Mancini, Guitarist Peter Head, with Michael Colletti on Bass and Ruperto Ifil on Drums. Drawing on influences from Monk to Funk, the band creates spellbinding and exciting musical landscapes. These four world-class musicians come from disparate places, yet perform with a collective freedom, a summoning grounded by a mutual respect and absolute conviction that whatever they share works, and it does, from tender saxophone, to popping funk bottoms, sonic searing guitar energy, and vivid melodies, with harmonic richness that has marveled audiences wherever they’ve played. Zen Mountain Monastery. 871 Plank Road, Mount Tremper. zmm.mro.org/program/sonicsoul. 845-688-2228. Sunday, December 8. 2-5:30pm.
Holiday Penny Social. Napanoch Fire Department hosts its annual Holiday Penny Social. Food will be available for sale. Napanoch Fire House. 25 Plank Road, Napanoch. Doors open. 6pm. Calling starts. 7:30pm. Saturday, December 7. 6-10pm.
Breakfast with Santa. Napanoch Ladies Auxiliary hosts their annual Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast includes : French toast, bacon, sausage, toast, fresh fruit, and drinks, $6/person, $5/seniors, $4/children 12 and under, children 2 and under are free. Take-out available. Napanoch Fire House. 25 Plank Road, Napanoch. 845-647-6830 or 845-428-2181. Sunday, December 8. 8am-12pm.
23rd Annual Crafts Fair. Master crafts people and fine artists display and sell their work. Buy gallery-quality handcrafted items, ceramics, jewelry, leather work, woodwork, children’s clothing, wreaths, blown glass and more at affordable prices. $3/adult, 16 years and younger free. New Paltz Middle School. 2 South Manheim Road, New Paltz. unisonarts.org. Saturday, December 7. 10-5pm. Sunday, December 8. 10-5pm.
Winter Fair and Outdoor Marketplace. A delightful day of crafts, food, song, dance, artisan wares, indoor and outdoor activities. Making beautiful gifts such as translucent window start, wreaths and Pomanders from simple, natural materials. Sip hot cider as you browse local artisan wares, and savor outdoor barbecue while enjoying live music. Puppetry, children’s games, and more. Free. Rain or shine. Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. 16 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz. mountainlaurel.org. 845-255-0033. Sunday, December 8. 11am-4pm.
Pine Hill Community Center Events. A Yiddish Vinkel. A weekly program to explore Yiddish whether you speak it or want to learn a few words or expressions. 845-586-2764. email@example.com. Wednesday, December 4. 11am. Blood Drive, Crafts Fair and Chili Festival. Blood drive to honor Director, Ann Epner. 9-2pm. Purchase last minute gifts or a handmade bowl for your chili. Baked goods and drinks. 845-254-5469. firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday, December 7. 9-4pm. Catskill Cabaradio. Potluck community dinner. 6pm. Live radio broadcast. 7pm. Hosts will be Elly Wininger and Dave Kearney, the Pine Hill Playboys and special guests. Saturday, December 14. 6-9pm. Kid Stuff. Games and arts and crafts with Francesca Warnes. Saturday afternoons. 1-4pm. The Pine Hill Community Center. 287 Main Street, Pine Hill. email@example.com. 845-254-5469.
Duck Pond Gallery. Holiday show, small works. Opening reception. December 7. 5-8pm. Town of Esopus Library. 128 Canal Street, Port Ewen. December 7-28. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 10-5:30pm. Wednesday. 10-8pm. Friday. 10-7pm. Saturday. 10-4pm.
Rosendale Library Holiday Book and Gift Sale. Wonderful lightly used books for the whole family. Beautiful children’s books. Holiday decorations and ornaments. Small gift items and cookies. Holiday stories for children with Miss Annie. 10-10:30am. 264 Main Street, Rosendale. Saturday, December 7. 10-3pm.
Spartacus. An HD cinema experience captured live on October 20, 2013 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Spartacus with its famous Aram Khachaturian score has been considered one of the greatest ballets in the Bolshoi repertoire since the 1960’s. Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, the Bolshoi’s ballet master, the production starts Mikhail Lobukhin as Sparticus, and Anna Nikulina as his wife Phrygia. $10 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Rosendale Theatre. Main Street, Rosendale. Rosendaletheatre.org. 845-658-8989. Sunday, December 8. 2pm.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Although on the list of one of the worst films ever, “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” remains a Holiday cult classic. In the near future, Martians are worried that their children watch too much television and are too rigidly controlled. The plot is hatched to kidnap Santa Claus to help them relax and be kids again. As a preview to the movie, is Max Fleischer’s 1948 cartoon of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. Rosendale Theatre. Main Street, Rosendale. rosendaletheatre.org. Tuesday, December 10. 7:15-9pm.
Holiday in the Village of Saugerties. Village Holiday Market, strolling carolers, children’s crafts and raffles for toys, entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, ice sculpture, treats, Kiersted House Open House. Firemen’s Parade of Lights. From Main Street to Seamon’s Park. 845-246-2926. welcometosaugerties.com. Sunday, December 8. 5:30pm.
Intro To Bee Keeping. Beekeepers have been successfully keeping bees in a symbiotic manner for centuries. Rob Overton, who is deeply involved in the beekeeping community with thirty plus years of experience will be leading these free seminars. The pros and cons of treatment and treatment-free beekeeping will be discussed so that you can make an informed decision before you invest. No knowledge of beekeeping is necessary. Additional sessions may be scheduled if there is an interest. Session 1: Overview of the Honeybee. Topics to be covered are: native pollinators, honeybee caste and races, bee stings/apitherapy, where to get bees, bees and neighbors, beneficial plants and natural/organic beekeeping. Saturday, January 4. 4pm. Session 2: Equipment and Bee Care. Topics to be covered are: protective gear, hive tools, hive types—framed and top bar, predators and pests, hive placement, installing bees, signs of a healthy hive, diseases, products from the hive and winter prep. Saturday, January 18. Noon-4pm. Olive Free Library. 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan. olivefreelibrary.org. 845-657-2482.