Let Freedom Ring. There will be a patriotic ceremony with dramatic readings and stirring songs. The Third Ulster Militia will be encamped on the grounds demonstrating 18th century camp life, including hearthside cooking and colonial medicine. In addition, Ben Franklin will be here with some science experiments and hands-on activities. The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice Choir will perform a concert, as well. Free hot dogs, lemonade, and iced tea available while they last. Guided tours of the Senate House will be provided by costumed interpreters. $4/$3 seniors/children free. Senate House and Museum, 396 Fair Street, Kingston. July 2.
Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Hear the words that changed the world forever! Twenty individuals have been selected to be readers, all of them chosen as an acknowledgement of their service to our communities. A rousing sing-a-long will culminate the half-hour experience. Free. Rosendaletheatre.org for more info. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. July 4, 9:30am.
Home Funerals Class. This class is an introduction for those who are eager to reclaim death as a natural rite of passage in community. Home funerals are a loving, legal, eco-friendly, family-centered, and financially responsible option. Krista’s career spans 24 years working with women and families in conscious transitions from birth to death. During the last 14 years, Krista studied with several indigenous elders in the art of death and grieving rituals, initiation, and healing ceremonies. Contact her at email@example.com for more information. Free. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. July 7, 7-8:30pm.
20th Anniversary Celebration of the World’s Largest Telescope.Attend kaleidoscope-making workshops and join Woodstock Drum Circle workshops and jam sessions. Plus Tarot Card readings, face painting, a live remote and giveaways presented by WDST Radio, great food, music and more. Free. Emerson Resort, 5340 Route 28, Mount Tremper. July 9, 10am-5pm.
Secret Garden Tour. Visit seven wonderful private gardens in Kingston. Spend a day viewing nature’s beauty. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club, Friends of Historic Kingston, and the Ulster County SPCA. Tickets are limited and are $20 through July 7th at Herzog’s True Value, Kingston Plaza, Kingston and Smith Hardware, 227 Main Street, Saugerties. Tickets on the day of the tour are $30. Meet outside at Herzog’s True Value, Kingston Plaza, Kingston. July 9, 10:30am-4:30pm.
HITS Triathlon. Athletes will have the opportunity to race five different distances, including the Open, Sprint, Olympic, Half, and Full, all in one action-packed day. The course features an athlete-friendly swim in the pristine spring-fed Williams Lake, bike around the majestic Ashokan Reservoir, and run through the heart of Ulster County on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. Registration at hitstriathlonseries.com. More info at williamslakeproject.com. Williams Lake, 424 Williams Lake Road, Kingston. July 9.
Slackline Series. A unique practice that redefines your sense of balance and mental focus on a one inch-wide piece of webbing. This practice helps students develop new techniques of complete body awareness and strength while improving concentration. Students will learn the basics of the series including poses such kneeling, sitting, standing, lying down, arm balancing and even going upside down on the slackline. $30 drop-in. Visit theyogahouseny.com/slackline-series for more info. Yoga House, 57 Crown Street, Kingston. July 10, 2:30-4:30pm and July 24, 2:30-4:30pm.
Paris Opera Ballet. See the Paris Opéra Ballet perform George Balanchine’s “Symphony in C,” music by Georges Bizet, and Benjamin Millepied’s “Daphnis et Chloe,” music by Maurice Ravel. An artistic encounter between two New York City Ballet choreographers, its founder Balanchine, and former dancer Millepied, this program highlights the similarities and dissonances between them. For New York City Ballet aficionados – and everybody else – this should be a delightful trip to Paris. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $6 for children 12 and under.
Rosendaletheatre.org. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. July 10, 3pm.
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, antique markets and art galleries, local merchants and food vendors, dunk tank, petting zoo, family activities, wellness tent, and live music from local performers. Admission is free. highfallscivic.org. July 16. 11am-5pm.
Free Community Holistic Healthcare Day. A wide variety of holistic health modalities and practitioners available. Appointments can be made on a first-come first-served basis upon check-in. Though no money or insurance is required, RVHHC invites patients to give a donation or an hour of volunteer community service if they can. For more information please visit rvhhc.org. Free. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. July 19, 4-8pm.
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 15 Shawangunk Wine Trail wineries, plus others from around the region. Enjoy Hudson Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $6 for children 12 and under.Valley cheeses, honey, baked goods, and produce as live music fills the air. One-day tickets are $28 in advance, $38 at the door. More info at bountyofthehudson.com. Applewood Winery, 82 4 Corners Road, Warwick. July 30-31. 12-5pm.
IN:SITE Outdoor Art Show. A summer-long outdoor art exhibit at the Century House Historical Society on the Snyder Estate in Rosendale, home of the Widow Jane Mine. Curated by Jenny Lee Fowler and Natasha Maria Brooks-Sperduti, over fifteen artists from the Northeast present site-specific sculptures and performances engaging the location’s rich natural and industrial histories. Free. Visit centuryhouse.org for hours and info. CHHS, 668 Route 213, Rosendale. Through September 10.
Friends of Historic Kingston Celebrates 50 Years. This exhibition informs members and visitors about the considerable breadth and depth of FHK’s collections, ranging from fine paintings of Kingston scenes by notable artists and architectural drawings by Kingston’s leading architects of the past, to models of historic steamboats, as well as soda pop bottles and ephemera from long-departed businesses. Free. Visit fohk.org for more info. Friends of Historic Kingston, 63 Main Street, Kingston. Through October 29.