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Ulster Events–November 2015

by JD Eiseman

Up the Hill: Byrdcliffe Artists 2015 (through November 29). The exhibition showcases the depth and creative diversity of the visual artists, writers, musicians, performers, and more who live in the year-round and seasonal cottages at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock. Free admission. byrdcliffe.org. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock. On view through November 29.

Native New Yorkers: Talk and Book Signing with Evan Pritchard (November 4). Professor Evan Pritchard is a descendant of the Mi’kmaq Nation and the author of over 30 books on Native Amer

ican culture and history, including No Word for Time, Bird Medicine, and Henry Hudson and the Algonquins. He will share stories and insights about the Algonquins, indigenous people of the Northeast who occupied the Hudson Valley and what is now New York City before European contact, including details about the ancient history of Ulster County. Q&A to follow. Free admission. Rosendale Library, 264 Main Street, Rosendale. November 4, 7pm.


TMI Project’s 5 Year Celebration (November 6). TMI Project will celebrate its five-year anniversary with an evening of storytelling, followed by a dance party with DJ Ali Gruber spinning, and a champagne/seltzer toast. The evening marks the first time storytellers in a TMI Project production will be off-cards—no reading this time. It will include performances by Executive Director and co-founder Eva Tenuto; Marketing Director, co-founder and comic performer Julie Novak; and Editorial Director, Sari Botton, plus one storyteller from each of the non-profit organization’s five years in operation. $20 in advance and $25 at the door. 845-514-2745. tmiproject.org. 721 Media Center, 721 Broadway, Kingston. November 6, 8pm.

Garlic Planting Demonstration (November 6). Don’t wait until spring to plant your garlic! Bulbs planted in the fall get a jump-start on root development, which helps the bulbs to grow bigger and healthier.  Join the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County for a demonstration on planting garlic at the Rondout Community Garden. Free. Please RSVP by November 3 with the name, phone, and e-mail of all attending to Dona Crawford. 845-340-3990 x335. dm282@cornell.edu. 100 Murray Street, Kingston. November 6, 3pm.

Bolshoi Ballet in Giselle (November 8). See how Giselle, one of the most endearing ghosts of all time, alights at the Rosendale Theatre in the high-definition film presentation of Giselle, performed by Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet. Svetlana Zakharova stars in the title role together with Evgenia Obraztsova, Anastasia Stashkevich, Nina Kapsova, and Artem Ovcharenko in arguably the most popular ballet in the classical repertoire. The ballet’s story came from two sources: librettists Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier based the plot on a prose passage about the Wilis in De l’Allemagne by Heinrich Heine, and from a poem called “Fantômes” in Les Orientales by Victor Hugo. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $6 for children 12 and under. Dance Film Sundays are held on the second Sunday of every month. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. rosendaletheatre.org. 845-658-8989. November 8, 3pm.

Huge 2-Day Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair (November 8). Coleman High School hosts one of the largest, longest-running and most popular annual arts & crafts fairs in the Hudson Valley. Up to 100 vendors cover two floors for shoppers to pick and choose–and fill their stockings for the holidays. In addition, food and snacks are plentiful. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, free for kids under 12. Discount coupon at www.facebook.com/ColemanCraftFair. 430 Hurley Ave., Hurley.Saturday, November 7, 10am-4pm; Sunday, November 8, 10am-3pm. 

A Night of Wildlife and Raptors (November 12). Join wildlife rehabilitator Annie Mardiney as she shares the joys and hardships of caring for injured wildlife. Learn what to do when you find baby birds that have fallen from their nest, orphaned bunnies, or an eagle tangled in fishing line. Learn how to prevent injuries and death to our beautiful wildlife, from asking your town to install fishing line recovery tubes, to changing the type of rat poison or pesticides you use. Annie will also bring some very special live raptors (owls and hawks), along with wild bird artifacts and handouts. Free, but please RSVP. mhsierraprograms@yahoo.com. Boughton Place, 150 Kisor Road, Highland. RSVP at November 12, 7pm.

Wild Earth Kestrel Sundays: Autumn Discovery (November 15). This fall, youths ages 7-10 will gather in the forest to play games, tell stories around the fire, craft, track, build and so much more. Together, participants will safely explore the elements and build lasting friendships with each other and the land as they nurture the village the children have enriched each summer at the Wild Earth camp. Register online. wildearth.org/youth. $80. 280 Stony Kill Road, Accord. November 15, 10am-3pm.
Women’s Studio Workshop’s 8th Annual Gala Auction and Dinner (November 15). The annual gala hosted by Women’s Studio Workshop is a celebration of women artists and individuals whose contributions help improve the lives of artists in our local community. This year’s event honors local educator, artist, and community leader Lara Giordano. This year’s gala will begin with a silent auction, followed by a delicious dinner prepared by the Mohonk chefs. An exciting live auction lead by Tim Sweeney will cap off the evening. Tickets are $125. wsworkshop.org. Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. November 15, 5-9pm.

Matt Pond PA, Laura Stevenson, Completions at BSP (November 20). Output Agency Ltd. presents Matt Pond PA and Laura Stevenson (full band), with special guest Completions. Matt Pond PA are a band that makes music for the joy of the art, heart that comes through in all ten studio albums to date. Their latest Album “The State of Gold’”is magic number ten, and it finds Matt Pond PA exploring wilder places, both musically and lyrically, than ever before. NPR’s First Listen called Matt Pond an “old-fashioned troubadour above all”, a title he embraces. Laura Stevenson struggles with the overwhelming notions of an infinite universe and the imminence of her own death. The repetition of these existential questions is the driving force behind Wheel, an album brimming with life and death in the desperate search for what keeps us turning in the face of doubt, an exercise in coming to terms with the overwhelming beauty that can be found in the lack of an answer. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. BSP Lounge, 323 Wall Street, Kingston. November 20, 8pm. 

Repair Café (November 21). Repair Café is a free meeting place that is all about repairing things (together). Bring your beloved but broken items—clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, etc. If it is broken, we’ll fix it—for FREE! New Paltz United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Grove Streets, New Paltz. November 21, 10am-3pm.

Classical Music Concert at Olive Free Library (November 21). The Blue Elm String Trio will offer a classical music concert, presenting the Serenade for String Trio by Ernst von Dohnanyi, as well as Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet No 3 Op 60 in C minor. They will be joined by renowned pianist Todd Crow. Inspired by a wish to connect and develop relationships to audiences in their immediate communities, the trio was formed in 1998 in New Haven, CT, where they collaborated with arts organizations in presenting thematic programs for multimedia enrichment concerts. Their repertoire consists of standard works of chamber music for string trio, as well as collaborative pieces with larger string forces, and piano. Suggested donation of $12. Olive Free Library, 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan. November 21, 3pm.

The Artists Way Cluster (November 8 & 22). Participants need not have read The Artists Way by Julia Cameron, but discussions are based on her book of daily quotations. Her philosophy is meant to help each of us live a healthy and creative lifestyle. Free, though donations are accepted. Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston. First and third Sunday of every month. 11am-1pm.

A Course in Miracles Study Group (November 8 & 22). This study group is open to all students of the course, whether you are a beginning student or an advanced teacher. Potential group members may contact Arthur Fine at acimwoodstock@gmail.com before coming to your first study group to see if any changes have been made to the schedule. Free. Woodstock Library, 5 Library Lane, Woodstock. First and third Sunday of every month. 4pm.