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

Ulster Events–May 2015

by JD Eiseman   

Wildflower Festival & Heirloom Seedling Sale. Explore a large selection of rare native plants, wildflowers, water lilies, familiar and unusual fruits. The Hudson Valley Seed Library will showcase a beautiful array of heirloom vegetable and flower starts, grown in their pesticide-free greenhouses. Hudson Valley Flatbread Pizza will be onsite to nourish guests with organic, wood-fired pizza. Catskill Native Nursery. 607 Samsonville Road, Kerhonkson.  catskillnativenursery.com. May 16-17. 10am-5pm.

Ronald G. Knapp on ‘Forgotten: Covered Bridges of the Mid-Hudson Region’. SUNY Professor Ronald G. Knapp offers a lecture on covered bridges of the mid-Hudson region.  These bridges collectively provide a rich story of the region’s history, each one playing an important role as a utilitarian crossing that connected rural areas with nascent villages and towns, shaping the economic and social development of the 19th century. $7 general public, free to members. Ulster County Historical Society, Bevier House Museum. 2682 Hwy 209, Kingston. ulstercountyhs.org.  845-338-5614 or uchsdirector@gmail.com. May 3.  3pm.

The (unexpected) Wedding Expo. A fun and fabulous way to get to know the wedding professionals in your area, the (Unexpected) Wedding Expo is a bridal show for the senses.  Brides-to-be and company will meet and mingle with the talented and experienced wedding professionals responsible for making the Hudson Valley a top wedding destination in New York.  $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Cornell Street Studios. 168 Cornell Street, Kingston. unexpectedexpo.wix.com. 845.594.4428. May 9. 6:30-10pm.

The Red Shoes. The classic and voluptuously beautiful ballet film The Red Shoes will screen at the Rosendale Theater as part of the Dance Film Sundays series. The film, which was nominated for Best Picture of 1948 and won Best Art Direction and Best Original Score, is revered by critics and cinephiles for its glorious cinematography and early use of Technicolor and has held influence on such modern ballet films as Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. $9 for members, $10 non-members, $6 for children 12 and under. 408 Main St, Rosendale. rosendaletheatre.org. 845-658-8989. May 10. 3pm.

Used Book Sale. Thousands of books are available for sale at the Friends of the Kingston Library Used Book Sale, to be held in the basement of the Kingston Library.  $1 for hardbacks, CDs, and DVDs (3 for $2), $0.50 for paperbacks and LPs, $0.25 for children’s items, and $0.10 for magazines and VHS.  The sale helps raise funds to support library programs. The astonishing illusionist Jody Scalise will be on hand to entertain the children at 1pm.  Kingston Library. 55 Franklin Street, Kingston. 845-331-0507.  friends@kingstonlibrary.org. May 16.  9am-4pm.

Hudson Valley Food & Farm Day. Learn more about Glynwood and agriculture in the Hudson Valley at this open house event. Activities and experiences will include farm tours, food tastings, demonstrations, seedling and compost sales, a sheep-shearing extravaganza and more. Fun for all ages. $10 in advance, $5 children 5-12. 362 Glynwood Road, Cold Spring.  glynwood.org.  845-265-3338. May 16. 11am-3pm.

A Slice of France: French Wine Tasting and Art Auction. Wine enthusiast David Howell returns to Cragsmoor Historical Society to guide guests on a journey through France as he introduces various wines from Chablis to Languedoc. Howell will conduct a fine art auction between each tasting. This benefit to restore the Society building will begin with a preview of the auction items at 4:30pm, followed by the first tasting at 5pm. Reservations required.  Tickets are $30. 349 Cragsmoor Road, Cragsmoor.  845-647-6384. sallyhmatz@gmail.com.  cragsmoor.info. May 16. 5pm.

Gardiner Cupcake Festival. A popular annual event featuring a day full of food, music, local vendors, wine tastings—and a slew of cupcake vendors who will be bringing over 30,000 cupcakes to Wright’s Farm. In addition to the first annual Cupcake Classic, the ever-popular amateur cupcake contest will allow cupcake makers throughout the Valley to be judged in several categories. Wright’s Farm, 699 State Route 208, Gardiner. gardinercupcakefestival.com. 845-255-5300. May 16.  
Craft Brew Boogaloo. The inaugural Craft Brew Boogaloo will feature over 150 craft brews from over 75 local, regional, and national breweries.  Plus, local farm-to-table gourmet food vendors, Hudson Valley craft artisans, and some of the best local music acts around, including The Big Takeover and Elijah Wolf. General Admission tickets start at $45, day-of $55. craftbrewboogaloo.com. May 23.  2-6pm.

Sugar Loaf Spring Festival. Join independent artists and shopkeepers for this annual spring celebration of art, crafts, food, fun, and music amidst the orchards and vineyards of Warwick Valley. Sugar Loaf, NY.  sugarloafnewyork.com. May 23-25. 10am-6pm.

Wine and Food Festival of New Paltz. Experience a fairytale weekend of food and wine at the Mohonk House in New Paltz. This is an all-weekend event featuring a Friday night gala, followed by tastings, demonstrations, seminars, and celebrity appearances—including Martha Stewart and Sara Moulton—on Saturday and Sunday.  Full packages and tickets available for individual events.  internationalwinemasters.com. 646-527-9500. Mohonk Mountain House. 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz.  May 29-31.  

SoulCollage. Developed by Seena Frost, SoulCollage is a creativity workshop for accessing deep, authentic inner wisdom, in which participants will collage imagery onto 5×8 cards to create a ‘deck’ that captures a glimpse of the divine spark within. SoulCollage is a fun and inspiring way to get to know yourself more deeply. Group size is limited and intimate. Full day workshop fee is $115. 500 Stony Kill Road, Accord. To register, call or e-mail Therese at 347-410-0952. tbim1@aol.com. May 24. 9:30am-5pm.