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

Ulster Events–July 2015

by JD Eiseman
Small Grain Field Day. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County and the Hudson Valley Farm Hub for the 3rd annual Hudson Valley Small Grain Field Day. The field day is an opportunity to see grain varieties that are being tested in our region and learn more about production and current research from Cornell faculty, Extension educators, and Farm Hub managers John Gill and Jean-Paul Courtens. Pre-register online. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. ulster.cce.cornell.edu/events/. 845-340-3990 ext. 311. Hudson Valley Farm Hub, 1875 Hurley Mountain Road, Hurley NY. July 2. 9:30am-2:30pm. 

Elizabeth Mitchell & Family. Grammy-nominated folk singer and indie darling Elizabeth Mitchell has been rocking the Maverick on Saturday mornings for years now, with concerts for kids featuring heartfelt songs by artists ranging from Woody Guthrie to Bob Marley and the Velvet Underground. She’s recorded three albums of music for children and has taped a performance at the Maverick for Smithsonian Folkways. This show is part of the popular Young People’s Concerts. Admission is free for all people under 16. Adults pay $5 and receive $5 off the price of any regular season concert. 845-679-8217. Maverick Concerts, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. July 4. 11am.

4th of July Celebration. This year, celebrate the 4th of July on the downtown Kingston Rondout Waterfront. Discover what the Waterfront has to offer with its eclectic shopping and dining experiences, waterfront park, and historic atmosphere. Live music kicks off at 4pm, followed by a video tribute to the veterans. Then, sit back and enjoy a great fireworks display at dusk. Shuttles from Kingston Point Beach, Kingston Plaza, and the City parking lot on Cornell Street are available to make it easy to access the area. Free. Kingston Rondout Waterfront. July 4.

Trees and Stones Exhibit. For the month of July, The Storefront Gallery in the historic waterfront section of Kingston will feature paintings and drawings by Nancy Ostrovsky. This unique body of pen and ink drawings in this exhibit depict anthropomorphic shapes in the roots, trunks and branches of trees. Also on view will be her drawings painted with pigment made from crushed stones from a nearby stream. TheStorefrontGallery.com. 845-338-8473. The Storefront Gallery, 93 Broadway, Kingston. Opening reception: July 4, 5-8pm. Exhibit: July 4-25. 

Blood Drive. The American Red Cross and Ellenville Regional Hospital will join together for a community blood drive in a traveling donor center in the parking lot of the Ellenville Regional Hospital. Local blood donors are needed all year round to ensure the blood supply stays strong. Your blood donation can help save the life of a real person in our community. It truly is the blood on the shelves today that helps save lives tomorrow. Walk ins welcome, but it is preferable to schedule an appointment. redcrossblood.org. 845 647-6400 ext. Ellenville Regional Hospital, 10 Healthy Way, Ellenville. July 8. 9:30am-2:30pm.

Moon Over Buffalo. The Shadowland Theatre continues its string of successful farces with this classic comedy by the great American playwright Ken Ludwig. A love letter to the theatre, this hilarious play explodes with the escapades of a couple still-ambitious has-beens given one last chance at stardom—unfortunately, their desperate ambition collides with the passions of their fellow company, and the show just might not go on. Tickets are $39 for evening shows and $24 for matinees. 845-647-5511. Shadowland Theatre, 157 Canal Street, Ellenville. July 10-August 2. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 8pm. Sundays: 2pm.

Rosendale Community Day. The Rosendale Democratic Committee hosts a free, family-friendly gathering beginning with a historic scavenger hunt on Main Street and ending with a free ice cream social. There will be an opportunity for kids to vote for their favorite historic Rosendale building. Meet at the Creative Co-Op behind the Big Cheese to pick up your scavenger hunt supplies. Bring a digital camera or phone for taking pictures for the hunt. info@rosendaledemocrats.com. rosendaledemocrats.com. July 11. 4pm.

A Fair Day in High Falls. An annual town-wide street festival and celebration of the myriad simple joys of small-town life returns to the picturesque hamlet of High Falls. The eye-popping list of happenings includes the D&H Canal Flea Market, Field & Barn Antique Market, local merchants and food vendors, a scavenger hunt, children’s games, an old-fashioned pie-eating contest, a dunk tank, and live music from local performers. Admission is free. highfallscivic.org. July 11. 11am-5pm.

5th Annual Sangria Festival. There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer day than with a refreshing glass of sangria. Robibero Vineyards is hosting their fifth annual sangria festival this July. Sample different kinds of flavorful sangria made with Robibero wine and fresh local fruit. There will be live music from 2-5pm, a jumping castle for the kids, and a bonfire at dusk. Pet-friendly. Bring blankets and chairs as seating on the deck is expected to fill up fast. Tickets are $18 in advance, $25 at the door and include sangria/wine tastings and a souvenir wine glass. robiberofamilyvineyards.com. 714 Albany Post Road, New Paltz. July 11-12. 11am.

Shake the Dust, A Hip Hop Documentary. Follow B-Boys and B-Girls on the streets of Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda, and Yemen in “Shake the Dust,” a fresh documentary about the power of community, dance, and hip-hop as tools for positive social change. From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, “Shake the Dust” chronicles the influence of breakdancing and explores how this original music and dance form invented in America strikes a resonant chord worldwide. rosendaletheatre.org. 845- 658-8989. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. July 12. 3:00pm.

Food Preservation Class: Dehydrating and Freezing. Learn how to preserve your garden’s bounty or fresh produce from the farmer’s market or your CSA.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County will offer a home preservation class using research-based techniques and safe, tasty recipes.  In this small, hands-on class, you will learn the dehydrating and freezing methods of home food preservation. Class costs $30. To register, contact Janie Greenwald at 845-340-3990 ext. 326. or jhg238@cornell.edu. ulster.cce.edu/events. CCEUC, 232 Plaza Road, Kingston. July 15. 6-8:30pm.

Edible Landscaping. This course is a great introduction to the fruit plants of the world, as well as the fruits in your own backyard. An intensive, step-by-step class designed to introduce gardeners and food fanatics to the cultivation of flavorful ornamental plants such as Paw Paw, Goumi, Gooseberry, Medlar, and Arctic Kiwi. This class focuses on vining fruits and trellising structures. Includes a snack of fresh and preserved fruit from the gardens, tea, and seedlings. $50. wildearth.org/adults/edible-landscaping. Hortus Conclusus Botanical Gardens, 76 Mill Road, Stone Ridge. July 18. 10am-1pm.

Bari Koral Family Band. One of the most popular family recording artists today, Bari’s catchy, pop-friendly tunes and interactive live shows featuring a creative blend of music and movement have gained her legions of fans. People Magazine named her 2012 release Anna and the Cupcakes one of the year’s coolest albums for kids and Bari’s songs are in regular rotation on Sirius/XM’s Kids Place Live. This show is part of the popular Young People’s Concerts. Admission is free for all people under 16. Adults pay $5 and receive $5 off the price of any regular season concert. 845-679-8217. Maverick Concerts, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. July 18. 11am.

Bounty of the Hudson. This two-day wine and food festival celebrates the wonderful wines of the Hudson Valley, fresh produce, and epicurean treats from a roster of local restaurants. Visitors will sample wines from all 14 Shawangunk Wine Trail wineries, plus others from around the region. Enjoy Hudson Valley cheeses, honey, baked goods, and produce as live music fills the air. Tickets are $28. shawangunkwinetrail.com/bounty-hudson. Benmarl Winery, 156 Highland Avenue, Marlboro. July 25-26. 12-5pm.

Woodstock Farm Festival.  Celebrate summer with fresh local produce, outdoor dining, kids activities, special events, and live music. 6 Maple Lane, Woodstock.  Every Wednesday through October 22.  3:30pm-dusk.