by Alecia Eberhardt
Commitment to Kids Toy Extravaganza and Winter Carnival. This event is a fundraiser and toy drive for the needy children (infant through age 14) of Ulster County. The event is sponsored by the Bloomington Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and the Vietnam Veterans of America: Ulster County Chapter 60. All toys collected will be distributed within Ulster County. Bloomington Firehouse. 14 Taylor Street, Bloomington. 845-338-7393. December 7. 12–5pm.
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Time and the Valleys Museum Shop Sale. Time and the Valleys Museum Shop offers a wide variety of books on local history, geology, environment, folklore and Native Americans, handmade gift items made by local artisans, historical toys, stationery, and even candy. The shop will be open for special sales. All profits support the Museum and its educational activities. Gift-wrapping and shipping services available. Time and the Valleys Museum Shop. 332 Main Street, Grahamsville. 845-985-7700. timeandthevalleysmuseum.org. December 6. 12–4pm.
Tree Lighting Event. The High Falls Civic Association hosts the annual Tree Lighting Event. Bring your friends and family and join in the holiday spirit to celebrate one of our most anticipated and exciting annual events. This is a free event for all attendees. Hot food will be served and great holiday music will be shared. Santa will even make a special appearance! Following the event, the Community Church of High Falls also welcomes you for hot chocolate and cookies. Center of Town, High Falls. December 6. 5:30pm.
Farm to Frame to Table. Chef John Novi will offer a “farm to fork” dinner menu at the Depuy Canal House in celebration of the opening of a new gallery at the restaurant that will focus on food, farming, and sustainability. The first exhibit features work from photographer Francesco Mastalia’s highly praised book Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley. Mastalia will do a Q&A and book signing; complimentary bites will be served. A prix-fixe dinner ($35 per person) will follow; reservations highly recommended. Depuy Canal House. 1315 Route 213, High Falls. 845-687-7777. depuycanalhouse.com. Reception and dinner: December 7. 3pm. For exhibit hours visit website.
4th Annual Holiday Craft Fair of Vintage and Handmade Items. Beautiful vintage and handmade items along with one of a kind gifts will be available at this event, including jewelry, handbags, ornaments, art, ceramics, paper goods, hair accessories, clothing, baked goods, and more. There will also be live music and a kid’s hour. Cornell Street Studio. 168 Cornell Street, Kingston. 845-679-8348. cornellstreetstudios.com. December 5. 5–10pm.
Ulster Ballet Performs A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol has been adapted for the dance company, featuring expressive choreography and the verbal storytelling of an unseen narrator. The Ulster Ballet is now in their 20th season of performing this holiday classic. Suitable for all ages. Adult tickets are $22; seniors and members are $18; children 12 and under are $15. Ulster Performing Arts Center. 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088. bardavon.org. or ulsterballet.org. December 5–6. 7:30pm. December 7. 2pm.
The Polar Express Train Ride. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, pajama-clad passengers will relive the magic of the story and see their favorite characters come to life as they are whisked away aboard The Polar Express on a magical round trip to the North Pole. During the journey, the conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate. Passengers will also enjoy a singalong and a special reading of the Van Allsburg classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train to greet the children and will give a special sleigh bell to all those who believe. Catskill Mountain Railroad. Westbrook Lane and Kingston Plaza, Kingston. catskillmtrailroad.com. December 5, 7, 12, 19, 26, 27, 28. See website for schedule.
Live at The Falcon. The Falcon. 1348 Route 9W, Marlborough. 845-236-7970. liveatthefalcon.com. Upstate with Guillermo Klein, Rebecca Martin, and Larry Grenadier. December 1. 7pm. Wil Blades. December 3. 7pm. Ray Spiegel Ensemble. December 4. 7pm. The Wiyos. December 5. 8pm. CKA! A Blues, Soul, and Rock Super Group; opener Stephen Clair and the Millionaires. December 6. 8pm. Sunday Brunch with Gustafer Yellowgold. December 7. 10am. Tim Ries Project. December 7. 7pm. Guillermo Klein Special Workshop Concert: Rhythmic Illusions and Symmetrical Harmonies. December 8. 7pm. Rhett Tyler & Early Warning; opener Kurt Henry Band. December 11. 7pm. Marshall Crenshaw; opener Carla Springer. December 12. 7pm. Beat Music with Mark Guiliana; opener Skeye. December 13 7pm. Sunday Brunch with Willa McCarthy Band. December 14. 10am. Michael T Band. December 14. 7pm. Upstate with Guillermo Klein, Rebecca Martin, and Larry Grenadier. December 15. 7pm. Concert and square dance featuring Mike + Ruthy and Kristin Andreasson. December 18. 7pm. Alexis P. Suter Band; opener Roland Mousaa with Princess WOW & Friends. December 19. 7pm. Ed Palermo Big Band. December 20. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with the Marc Black Trio. December 21. 10am. Hector Morales & The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble. December 21. 7pm. Upstate with Guillermo Klein, Rebecca Martin, and Larry Grenadier. December 22. 7pm. Rebecca Martin. December 26. 7pm. Frank Vignola. December 27. 7pm. All-star Jazz ‘n’ Blues Brunch. December 28. 10am. It’s a New Year with The Big Takeover. December 31. 9pm.
Historic Gingerbread House Display. This old-fashioned holiday celebration, sponsored by the Ulster County Historical Society, features a unique exhibition of gingerbread houses created to resemble Ulster County landmark buildings. The event also features gingerbread cookie decorating, a model train exhibit, and a holiday gift raffle. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children. Bevier House Museum. 2682 Route 209, Marbletown. 845-702-9206. ulstercountyhs.org. December 13–14. 12pm–5pm.
Downtown New Paltz Unwrapped. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a village stroll to the holiday tent to enjoy holiday treats. Water Street Market. Water Street, New Paltz. facebook.com/NewPaltzDowntownUnwrapped. December 5. 6pm–8pm.
Poetry Reading and Open Mic. Hudson Valley-based poet Robert Milby hosts a monthly poetry reading and open mic night. December’s reading features poet Ron Whiteurs. A donation of $2 is requested for admission. Mudd Puddle Café (inside Water Street Market). 10 Main Street, New Paltz. 845-255-3436. December 20. 7pm.
Parents Night Out. Parents give yourselves a night out, with childcare for kids ages 3 and up at the Creative Co-op. Art and creative play activities, music, and more, followed by quiet time. $15 per child $5 additional for pizza dinner. Creative Co-op, behind the Big Cheese. creativeco-oprosendale.com. 845-527-5672. December 5, 20. 6-10pm.
Rosendale Winter Farmers’ Market. The Rosendale Farmers’ Market will hold a monthly indoor event over the winter season. In addition to fresh organic produce, apples, cheese spreads, sweet treats, fresh-baked bread, pickles, mushrooms, pretzel rolls, croissants, wine, herbal remedies, salves, soaps, honey, maple syrup, locally sourced lamb, and grass fed beef, the market will offer complimentary coffee and tea, children’s activities, educational information and samples from the Cornell Cooperative, and live music from the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Boys. Rosendale Recreation Center. 1055 New York Route 32, Rosendale. 845-527-5672. December 7. 10am–2pm.
Christmas Lightbox Concert. A crowd of friends and neighbors has gathered in the living room on one of the longest nights of the year. All is warm and cozy inside, while the cold winter wind blows just outside the door. The clatter of wine glasses and mugs filled to the brim with hot cider gives way to silence. And from that radiant silence emerges a song. Hot beverages and treats provided.This show is suitable for all ages. $10 suggested donation. No one turned away. Creative Co-op, behind the Big Cheese. creativeco-oprosendale.com. 845-527-5672. December 12. 5:30pm supper, 7pm show.
Frozendale Daze. This day-long winter and holiday festival includes events for the whole family, including story hour and a “booktique” at the library, free morning yoga, a meeting of the Nowist Society, a traditional hand puppet show, a free sing-along screening of Oliver, a wreath show, a silent auction, a live theatrical performance of It’s a Wonderful Life, afternoon hayrides, visits with Santa Claus, a winter gift sale, a ‘zine gallery exhibit, a children’s art show, cookie decorating, crafts, a mac ’n cheese bake-off, hot cocoa and warm cider, happy hour, live music, and more! Various locations in Rosendale. facebook.com/pages/Frozendale-in-Rosendale-121314/854340541275188. December 13. 12–6pm.
Dance Film Sundays: Dancing Dreams. Presented as part of the Dance Film Sundays series, this film documents acclaimed choreographer Pina Bausch as she leads 40 German teenagers from audition through rehearsals to their performance of Kontakthof in Bausch’s signature dance-theater style. Dancing Dreams marks Bausch’s last filmed appearance. As a tribute to Bausch, Ulster County’s Barefoot Dance will open the program with a short overture performance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. Rosendale Theatre. 408 Main Street, Rosendale. 845-658-8989. rosendaletheatre.org. December 14. 3pm.
Local Artisan and Farm Shop. Local farmers, crafters, and other artisans offer their products in these holiday themed shopping events. Creative Co-op, behind the Big Cheese. creativeco-oprosendale.com. 845-527-5672. December 14, 21. 11am-4pm.
Healthy Happy Hour. Local health and wellness practitioners and vendors offer their good and services in this warm, friendly atmosphere. Followed by Wellness Connections Circle. Creative Co-op, behind the Big Cheese. creativeco-oprosendale.com. 845-527-5672. December 19. 6-8pm.
Festive Fridays. During the month of December, shops in Saugerties will offer extended hours and special deals to entice holiday shoppers to shop locally. Various locations throughout the Village of Saugerties. facebook.com/saugertiesfirstfriday. December 5, 12 and 19. 5pm–10pm.
Holiday in the Village. During this precursor to the lighting of Seamon Park, Saugerties Village shops will be open and offering great deals. The event also offers free children’s activities, a holiday raffle, live entertainment, caroling, a decked-out Kiersted House, free old-fashioned hayrides, a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and an opportunity to visit with Santa. Various locations throughout the Village of Saugerties. discoversaugerties.com. December 7. 12pm–6pm.
Death Café. As part of a global movement to “increase the awareness of death to help people make the most of their finite lives,” Death Cafés, sponsored by Circle of Friends for the Dying, provide a safe and relaxed environment for conversation about dying and death-related issues. Coffee, tea, and cake will be served. New World Home Cooking. 411 Route 212, Saugerties. cfdhv.org. December 13. 10:15am–12pm.
Village of Saugerties New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. The motto for this event is “stay local, stay safe.” Hot cocoa, coffee, and donuts will be offered, restaurants and bars will be open with specials and celebrations. The night will end with a ball drop in the street of Saugerties. Various locations throughout the Village of Saugerties. village.saugerties.ny.us. December 31. 10pm.
Saugerties Community Band Holiday Concert. The 24th Annual Christmas Concert will be played by the Saugerties Community Band. You’ll hear all your seasonal favorites, from “Let It Snow” to “White Christmas”, and so many in between. Admission is free, donations are accepted. 845-247-9658. Reformed Church. At the corner of Main Street and John Street. December 14. 3pm.
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. December 16. 4pm–8pm.
Holistic Self-Care Class: Your Homeopathic Constitutional for the Year. This course, presented free of charge by the Roundout Valley Holistic Health Community, will be taught by Nancy Eos MD and will focus on exploring participants’ constitutional “personalities” to determine the best remedies. Family Traditions. 3853 Main Street, Stone Ridge. rvhhc.org. December 18. 7pm–8:30pm.
Olive Free Library History Exhibit Open and Holiday Fair. The Olive Free Library will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new museum room history exhibit, a collaboration between the library and the Ulster County Archives that features photographs and other artifacts illustrating the history of the Town of Olive before construction of the Ashokan Reservoir. The exhibit opening coincides with the Olive Free Library’s annual holiday fair, a major community gathering that includes a hot lunch, a craft fair, and activities such as holiday card making and a ukulele sing-along. Olive Free Library. 4033 Route 28A, West Shoken. 845-657-2482. olivefreelibrary.org. December 6. 11am.
Babes in Toyland. This quirky holiday tale, complete with small town carnival setting, will come to life with beloved emerging professional actors and actresses. A charming classic, set in the worlds of Mother Goose Land and Toyland, Babes in Toyland is sure to delight your entire family. Woodstock Playhouse. 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock. 845-679-6900. woodstockplayhouse.org. December 5 and December 6. 7:30pm. December 7. 2pm.
15th Annual Catskill Fiber Celebration at the Woodstock Firehouse. This celebration of local artisans will offer juried sale of fiber art and fiber technique demonstrations. Free admission. Woodstock Firehouse. 443 Zena Road, Woodstock. 845-246-2203. December 5. 3–7pm. December 6. 10am–6pm. December 7. 10am–5pm.