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

Ulster Events–February 2016

compiled by JD Eiseman

Holistic Self-Care Class: Ayurvedic Health of the She: Womyn. Tues. This class, led by Lauryn Bellafiore, will discuss the sacred art of self oil massage, care of the breasts and Yoni, and herbal medicines specifically for womyn. Lauryn Bellafiore, is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. Sponsored by The Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community. rvhhc.org/ayurvedic-health-of-shewomyn-with-lauryn-bellafiore/. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. February 4, 7-8:30pm. 

2nd Annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School. This year’s theme is “Making Grains Work on Modest Acreages” and will feature expert talks on grain production, small-scale grain storage, and understanding grain quality parameters for brewing and distilling. The event includes a catered lunch and the trade show will be available to visit all day. The event begins with the trade show and registration, along with coffee and pastries and an opportunity for networking, followed by a full schedule of talks. Registration is $40/person and includes lunch. 845-340-3990 ext. 311 or cad266@cornell.edu. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, 746 Route 23B, Leeds (Greene County). February 5, 8:45am-3:30pm.

Book Signing with Healing Arts Practitioner Jason Elias. A leading healing arts practitioner of acupuncture and herbal medicine for over three decades, Jason Elias shares his astonishing quest for personal healing while learning the art of healing others in his book, Kissing Joy As It Flies: A Journey in Search of Healing & Wholeness. His memoir, inspired by many masters, some luminaries of psychological and somatic healing modalities of the late 20th century, and other renowned spiritual guides, offers its readers a complex yet harmonious healing adventure that will no doubt jump-start their own healing journeys. Jason Elias practices acupuncture and herbal medicine in Woodstock, Croton, and Manhattan. fiveelementhealing.net. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, 65 Partition Street, Saugerties. February 5, 7pm.

Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest. Now in its 19th year, the WinterFest continues to provide wonderful entertainment for the entire family. Twenty-plus regional restaurants bring their best batches of chili to compete for the coveted “Best of Fest” People’s Choice Award in both the meat and vegetarian categories. The chili entries vary widely from mild to spicy. Children will love WinterFest, with a great number of free activities and games designed with them in mind. The main attraction is the heated Lowe’s Project Tent where kids can make simple craft projects under the supervision of Lowe’s employees.  All of the materials and tools needed for the activity are donated by Lowe’s of Highland. In addition, there is a wagon-drawn hayride along the trail, marshmallows for toasting and roasted chestnuts for all to enjoy.  Come enjoy dogs, hot beverages and more. Admission is $2.00, and free for children six and under.  Taste one chili for fifty cents or taste them all for $8.00. hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net.  781-640-0881. Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, 101 New Paltz Road, Highland. February 6. 11am-2pm.

Sweet and Sinful Cupcake Pairing. Celebrate Valentine’s day and come discover the romance of pairing wine with some of life’s greatest pleasures. Indulge yourself with cupkaes and wine in sinful combinations. Tickets are $18 per person and includes 3 mini cupcakes paired with 3 wines and a tasting of 3 additional wines after the pairing. Featuring Moxie cupcakes! Seating is limited and this event sells out fast. Robibero Family Vineyards, 714 Albany Post Road, New Paltz. February 13-14, seatings at 12:45pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm.

Free Community Holistic Health Care Day. This event is held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Marbletown Community Center. A wide variety of holistic health modalities and practitioners are available. Appointments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis upon check-in, from 4-7 p.m. Though no money or insurance is required, RVHHC invites patients to give a donation or an hour of volunteer community service if they can. rvholistichealthcommunity@gmail.com. rvhhc.org. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. February 16, 4-8:30pm.

Meetup for Central Ulster Landowner/ Farmer Connections. The purpose of the Landowners and Potential Farmers Meetup Conference is to connect potential farmers (folks seeking opportunities to work land, grow small garden, farm areas, raise chickens, livestock) on land owned by others, while strengthening the community. The Landowners may have as little as one acre available that they would like to see become more productive. This idea was born recently, resulting in a successful January meeting of the Rondout Valley Permaculture Meetup, which meets on the 1st Monday evening of each month. Over 40 people attended. This gathering hopes to address the myriad of issues surrounding small scale farming; while attempting to answer many questions through small group, breakout sessions, and practical planning for these small “farms” while creating connections in our community. Pre-registration and questionnaire are mandatory. $25 per farmer, $35 for each “landowner.” Lunch will be served. Please bring your own: plate, cup, napkin. To register contact Stacy Lipari. 845-527-5672. cufarmlandconnections@gmail.com. Sky Lake Lodge, 22 Hillcrest Lane, Rosendale. February 12, 10am-3pm.

2016 Winter Lecture Series for Home Gardeners. Start the growing season off right with this year’s Winter Lecture Series hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s (CCEUC) Master Gardener Program. This year, the four-part series will cover how to: properly grow vegetables from seed, care for your houseplants during the winter, successfully prune berries and grapes, and plant bulbs that will give you fabulous summer blooms. $15 per program or all four for $50. Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is encouraged. 845-340-3990 ext. 335. dm282@cornell.edu. CCEUC Education Center, 232 Plaza Road, Kingston. February 11 (house plant care) and February 25 (vegetable from seed), 6:30-8pm.

Love and Heartbreak: An Alt-Valentine Reading & Conversation. Please join Sara Eckel, author of It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single, and Lisa A. Phillips, author of Unrequited: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Romantic Obsession for an Alt-Valentine’s Day reading and conversation. Free admission. Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker Street, Woodstock. February 13, 4pm.

ANOTHER TELEPATHIC THING/Jonathan Demme and Annie-B Parson Dance Film. Another Telepathic Thing, a rare collaboration between Annie-B Parson, one of America’s leading dance theater choreographers, and Jonathan Demme, acclaimed film director, will be shown at Rosendale Theatre in the latest Dance Film Sunday offering. Inspired by Mark Twain’s morality tale “The Mysterious Stranger,” the elegant and haunting piece is a prismatic and complex dance-theater parable performed by Big Dance Theatre, the company directed by Parson and her husband Paul Lazar, and captured by Demme on film.  At once cynical and spiritual, the work centers on a charismatic stranger whose visit shatters the peace of a mythic hamlet. 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. February 14, 3pm.

Home Food Preservation Class. Quick, tasty, and healthy snacks and meals—winter is the best time to learn home food preservation or expand your skills. Let us take the fear out of pressure canning.  Expand your home preservation abilities. After this hands-on class you will feel confident that you can safely pressure can everything from fresh corn or venison to chicken soup. Take home a jar of what you can in class! All classes are $30 and non-refundable. ulster.cce.cornell.edu. jhg238@cornell.edu. 845-340-3990 x326. CCE Education Center, 232 Plaza Road, Kingston. February 22. 9:30am-12:30pm.