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

Ulster Events–June 2015

compiled by JD Eiseman   

Open Call For Shakespeare Performers. Get out your sonnets, scenes, soliloquies, songs, brush up your Shakespeare, and polish off your skits, Rosendale Theatre announces its first annual Shakespeare Slam to take place in August. Auditions for the Slam will be held at Rosendale Theatre.  If you have a favorite piece, bring it; if you don’t but would like to be a part of this event, come, and we’ll have something for you to read. We also could use a costume coordinator and other backstage help. marylois@gmail.com. 201-724-8505. Rosendale Theatre,  408 Main Street, Rosendale. June 6. 10am, 2pm. 

4th Annual Retro Rally. Annual car and motorcycle show, with live music, entertainment, and great family fun. Please pre-register your vintage vehicles. Free to attend.  $10 to show your car, $5 to show your motorcycle. 845-594-4428. Cornell Street Studios, 168 Cornell Street, Kingston. June 6. 12-5pm.

Solarize Kingston Solar Home Tour.  Find out about Solarize Kingston, a non-profit community program that is making solar electricity simple and affordable for homes and small businesses. Visit the home of a Kingston resident whose solar panels are producing all the electricity she uses and learn about how the system works from the company that installed it (Hudson Solar, Rhinebeck). RUPCO representatives will be present to answer questions about financing and refreshments will be served. 646-302-5835. solarize-hudsonvalley.org.  63 Highland Avenue, Kingston. June 6. 1-4pm.
34th Annual Asbury Short Film Concert.  A non-competitive, highly entertaining showcase of short films specially selected from the world’s top film festivals.  $12 for non-members/$10 for members. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. June 6. 7:30pm.

Klyne Esopus Museum Opens ‘First People’ Exhibit.  The museum begins its 2015 season with the ‘First People of Esopus’ exhibit, featuring Native American artifacts discovered in the Town of Esopus. The exhibit is comprised of Norm Bohan’s ‘Datum’ collection and is curated by archaeologist Jay Ciccone. Admission is free (donations appreciated). 845-338-8109. klyneesopusmuseum.us. Kyne Esopus Museum, 746 Broadway/9W, Ulster Park.  Open Fri-Mon, beginning June 6. 1-4pm.

6th Annual Collectors Exchange Fine Art Auction. This fine art auction attracts quality consignments of sophisticated taste. Over 250 lots, including historic Woodstock Art Colony art, historic Hudson Valley art, oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, prints, photography, artifacts, jewelry and vintage posters. Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston. June 7. 1pm.

Solarize Kingston Community Workshop. Representatives from local solar companies will be on hand to answer your questions and speak about tax incentives and federal tax credits.  Refreshments will be served. 646-302-5835. solarize-hudsonvalley.org. Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street, Kingston.  June 9.  6pm-7:30pm.

Pairing of Art and Healing. The Ellenville Regional Hospital hosts its fourth annual event to highlight the value of art in healing, featuring performance artist Nancy Ostrovsky and musicians Anastasia Solberg and Christopher Earley. The musicians will perform while the artist paints, collaborating to create a truly unique experience. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soda will be served. Tickets are $100 per person, with all proceeds benefitting the ERH Foundation. 845-210-3043. dbriggs@ellenvilleregional.org. Wagar Farm, Ellenville.  June 13.

BRAWL King of Beauty Contest. Men are beautiful and we want to celebrate them! The Hudson Valley Broads’ Regional Arm Wrestling League (B.R.A.W.L.), an organization in the business of celebrating women’s strength, is now reaching out to our man friends. People who identify as men, whether straight, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, whether they appear as themselves or as a character they want to express, will be sharing their personal vision of beauty. Music by the 

Rosendale Improvement Association Brass Band and Social Club. Tickets are $15 at the door. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1606417 Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. June 19. Doors at 8:00pm, contest at 8:30PM.
Points of View Exhibit. View the work of Robert and Patrick Farley, two Hudson Valley artists, father and son, who have taken great care to bring to life unique views from a variety of places: natural, social, whimsical, sensual, and introspective. The imagery emerges from a painstaking application of dots and color. Cornell Street Studios, 168 Cornell Street, Kingston. Opening: June 13 from 5-8pm. Exhibit open through June 30.  

CTRL+ALT+DELETE. The Lindy Hop goes indie with the screening of CTRL+ALT+DELETE, a quirky, beautifully shot film about a laid-off software engineer who stumbles into a job as a high school dance teacher and follows an unlikely path into the world of swing. Starring Dax Hock and Sarah Breck of Dancing with the Stars, this independent film is part of the Rosendale Theatre’s Dance Film Sundays series, held on the second Sunday of every month.  $10 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St, Rosendale. rosendaletheatre.org. 845-658-8989. June 14. 3pm.

New Paltz Garden Club Fundraiser.  Proceeds support the $500 scholarship the Club gives each year to a graduating New Paltz High School senior who’s pursuing a college degree in environmental science or horticulture.  Ads may also be purchased for the program.  Donations from local businesses are welcome and appreciated for the raffle.  Purchase tickets by phone. 845-687-6493 or 845-687-4427. newpaltzgardenclub.org. Ulster County Boces Conference Center, 175 Route 32 N, New Paltz. June 15. 6-9pm.

Notes from the Other Side.  Shawangunk history and and nature writer Marc Fried will launch the release of his latest book, Notes from the Other Side, at the Cragsmoor Historical Society. The book features selections from his column written for the Shawangunk Journal, which often ranges from exotic adventure tales and rural reminiscing to historical musings, social commentary, and radical thought. Book talk, signing, and refreshments to follow.  Donations gratefully accepted. cragsmoor.info. 845-647-6487. 349 Cragsmoor Road, Cragsmoor. June 20.  4pm.

Summer Solstice Concert. To celebrate the summer solstice, the vivacious women of SIREN Baroque will present a concert of deliciously spirited pastoral songs. The program will feature 18th-century French and Italian music for voice, violins, cello, and harpsichord, performed on authentic instruments. With SIREN Baroque’s “impassioned performances” (Early Music America) of these luscious and delightfully rustic works, it promises to be an evening to charm the senses. $15 suggested donation. Olive Free Library, 4033 Rt. 28A, West Shokan. June 20. 5pm.

Woodstock Farm Festival.  Celebrate summer with fresh local produce, outdoor dining, kids activities, special events, and live music.  This month’s performers include M-bollo from West Africa, Gypsy tunes from Caprice Rouge, the Acoustic Medicine Show, and an early summer foraging and cooking class on June 25.  6 Maple Lane, Woodstock.  Every Wednesday through October 22.  3:30pm-dusk.

Maverick Concert: NEXUS. Maverick Concerts announces the opening of its 100th season with a concert by NEXUS, the masterful percussion group. The program features the premiere of Peter Schickele’s Percussion Sonata No. 3, “Maverick.” In addition, the program includes “Sky Ghost” (with special guest performers Amy Fradon and Kirsti Gholson), by NEXUS member Russell Hartenberger, as well as his Persian Songs, arrangements by Sepideh Raissadat. Also on the program are ragtime tunes for xylophone by the late Woodstock composer/xylophonist George Hamilton Green arranged by NEXUS member Bob Becker. Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. June 27. Young people’s show: 11am. Public show: 8pm.

10th Annual Tour De Kingston. The Tour De Kingston offers bike rides for all abilities and interests, including a flat and FREE 5-mile Family Ride, plus longer Road & Rail Trail Rides. Free Parking at the Dietz Stadium.  All riders receive a Tour De Kingston Tire Patch Kit sponsored by Rondout Savings Bank and lunch at the post-ride BBQ. Advance registration is $30 for individuals and $50 for couples/families for all rides except the 5-Mile Family Ride, which is FREE.  Register online or pick up a registration form at your local bike shop. Day-of registration is $40 for individuals and $60 for couples/families. All proceeds benefit Tour de Kingston Community Scholarships, the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County and the HealthAlliance Foundation. bikereg.com Rides begin and end at Forsyth Park, Kingston. June 28.

Sunset/moonlight Walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. Join us for a family-friendly walk along the trail from New Paltz south toward Gardiner. Moonrise at 7:07pm and sunset at 8:35pm. As the skies darken at the start, we’ll enjoy a sunset over the Shawangunk Ridge, followed by a beautiful moonlit walk on our return. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat/jacket, and flashlight/headlamp. Meet at rail trail entrance at Rt. 299 in New Paltz. Sponsored by Mid-Hudson Sierra Club. Free event open to all. 845-338-0300. mhsierraprograms@yahoo.com/ June 30. 7:30-9:30pm.