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

Ulster Events–October 2015

Compiled by JD Eiseman   

Ritual Circus Theater. ‘White Lotus: Tales of the Compassionate Warrior’ is a ritual theater experience set outdoors. Journey with us as we explore and purge our inner demons and find a more open-hearted place that celebrates new connections. You will encounter spirits, ethereal beings, woodland creatures, the truly bizarre, as well as human beings in the raw. Watch mysterious creatures flying on silks, spinning fire, dancing with the earth, drumming, and singing their songs. Inspired by the books Feeding Your Demons by Tsultrim Allione and The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron. Admission is by donation. Starts by the boat launch by the New Paltz rail trail. October 2, 5:30pm; October 3, 5:30pm; October 4, 1pm.

Parents & Caregivers Expo. The expo will target three audiences: parents raising children, caregivers raising relative children; and those who are caring for the elderly. Vendors serving these populations will be on site providing information on resources available within the community. In addition, there will be two informal panel discussions addressing questions and concerns that parents of small children and caregivers for the elderly frequently encounter. For more information, please contact Jennifer Patterson at 845-340-3990 x343. Free. Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 Route 32, Rosendale. October 3, 10am-2pm.

American Icons: Paintings by Richard Pantell. Richard Pantell has been painting images of solitary individuals, mostly women, during moments of distant thought and reflection. This exhibition includes a series of bathers, as well as others reading, playing guitar, or simply gazing out a window. Bearsville Graphics Fine Art Gallery, 68 Tinker Street, Woodstock. October 3-26. 4-7pm.

Fundraiser for the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival. Join some of the best national and local stand-up comedy acts at the Rosendale Theater as we raise money for the upcoming Hudson Valley Comedy Festival. Festival founder and comedian Shannan Hunt hosts as local favorites Andy McDermott, Peter Vinogradov, Mike McGrath, Jody Lee, Albany comic Tony Rogers, and NYC powerhouse Yogi Paliwal take the stage. $15. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. October 9. 9:30pm-12am.

O+ Festival. This art, music & wellness festival features 60 bands; 25 artists; wellness EXPO+ and conference; classes in yoga, meditation & sound healing; late-night SALO+N; bike rides and more. See website for tickets, specific events, locations and times. opositivefestival.org. Throughout Upper Kingston. October 9-11.

Capturing Grace, Dance Therapy for Parkinson’s.  “There are no patients.  There are only dancers,” says Dave Iverson, filmmaker and director of Capturing Grace, a new documentary about the success by Mark Morris Dance Company dancers in their efforts to use dance as therapy to countenance Parkinson’s Disease. Anne Olin, a Woodstock-based dance therapist who runs Parkinson’s Dance & Exercise classes in Poughkeepsie and Kingston will be present at the conclusion of the film for a Q&A. $10 for members, $12 for non-members, $6 for children 12 and under. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. October 11, 3pm.

An Ecosystem for the New Economy Talk. Local New Economy activist and writer David McCarthy will give a talk about economic models. Early models of the economy viewed it as a machine, operating with mathematical precision and with some sort of Darwinian inevitability. A more healthy way of viewing things is more in line with a living system, a system which is–above all–conscious. This way of seeing things reveals a system in which there is actually hope for the human future. Of course, there is a rich array of movements, initiatives, and most importantly, people, who are working in that direction. A New Economy ecosystem of ideas, conscious people, and institutions carries great possibility, but it’s not automatic. It is intentional and cooperative. meetup.com/Hudson-Valley-New-Economy-Meetup/. Sustainable Living Resource Center, 150 Cottekill Road, Cottekill. October 13, 6:30pm.

Douglas Nicholas Poetry Reading. Doug Nicholas is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in many publications. He has won recognition in numerous competitions, and his tetralogy fantasy novels set in the 13th century have garnered excellent reviews.  The reading will consist of selections from four books of poetry: Iron Rose, The Old Language, The Rescue Artist, and In the Long-Cold Forges of the Earth. Free. Rosendale Library, 264 Main Street, Rosendale. October 14, 7pm.

13th Annual Fall Festival. Come to Forsyth Park to celebrate all things autumn! Activities for this family-friendly event include live music, a variety of children’s games, crafts, wagon rides, bounce houses, raffles, and more. The Forsyth Nature Center will also be open for visitors to see the resident animals, which include peacocks, tortoises, Hooley the steer, and many more furred, feathered, and shelled friends. Free admission. Forsyth Park, 157 Lucas Avenue, Kingston. 845-339-3053. forsythnaturecenter.org. October 11, 10am-4pm.

Re-use, Re-cycle, Re-make. Join up for a night of fun by learning how to re-make and re-use those items you usually throw out, and turn them into fun, practical items instead. The intention of this program is to spread knowledge and awareness relevant to the current movement toward zero waste, sustainability, and local resilience. Speakers include John Wackman from Repair Café and Laura Petit from  New Paltz Re-Use & Re-cycle Center. Free and open to all. Boughton Place, 150 Kisor Road, Highland. sierraclub.org/atlantic/mid-hudson. October 15. 7pm.  

Coming Out!: T.M.I.dol Story Slam. In partnership with the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston, TMI Project will celebrate National Coming Out Day (October 11) by holding a coming-out themed edition of its popular T.M.I.dol story slam series. The slam will be emceed by comic, performer and TMI Project co-founder Julie Novak. T.M.I.dol is TMI Project’s popular story slam series in which readers compete by telling short, true stories from their own experiences on a particular theme. Readers are given guidelines for creating a story, but unlike with the monologues produced for our stage shows, we do not do any work on these, nor even see the stories beforehand. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, 300 Wall Street, Kingston. October 16, 8pm.

13th Annual Theremin Ghosts Tour. Come hear local poet Robert Milby with haunting recitations and Carl Welden providing atmospheric accompaniment on MOOG Theremin. $5 cover. 845-255-3436. Mudd Puddle Café, 10 Main Street (inside Water St. Market), New Paltz. October 17, 7pm. 

HAND/MADE: The Digital Age and the Industrial Revolution. Taking the Byrdcliffe Art Colony’s anti-industrial underpinning as its point of departure, the show examines how, in today’s deeply digitized culture, many artists strive to create work that incorporates elements of the handmade or homegrown. Byrdcliffe Center, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock. Through October 18.

Robert Lobe’s ‘Field Studies’ Exhibition. Robert Lobe’s ‘Field Studies,’ the first exhibition of sculpture presented at Mohonk Preserve, will be on view. Curated by Charlotta Kotik, curator emerita of the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibition includes six large-scale works installed in a variety of outdoor locations in the Preserve and the Visitor Center. mohonkpreserve.org. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Route 44, Gardiner. Through October 18. 

The Foothills Lands and the Testimonial Gatehouse. Learn about the Mohonk Preserve’s plans to ensure the long-term conservation of this historic landscape while accommodating managed public access, nature study, and scientific observation. This meeting is open to the public and free. NewPaltzGardenClub.org. 845-255-8856. Deyo Hall, 16 Broadhead Ave, New Paltz. October 19, 7:00pm. 

Kingston Model Train and Railroad Hobby Show. Don’t miss the largest rail-themed event in Ulster County, featuring the best in model train displays, memorabilia and related hobby items, for fun and for sale.   Admire the detailing on 11,000 square feet of operating train layouts, then browse the extensive dealer and vendor tables and model train exhibits. Behold unique modular operations and marvel at the large scale garden railroad train display. Kids of all ages will want to enter the toy train raffle and meet folks from the working historic railroads and rail museums in the area. Admission is $6 for adults, and $1 for kids under 12. Andy Murphy Midtown Recreation Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston. October 18, 10am-4pm.

Annual Turkey Dinner. Klyne Esopus Museum is hosting their annual “Classic Turkey Dinner And All the Trimmings”. Take-out orders begin at 4:00pm. The menu includes roast turkey, home-style dressing and gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, county-style coleslaw, cranberry sauce, delicious desserts and beverages. Food will be served by local candidates and officeholders. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Reformed Church of Port Ewen, 160 Salem Street, Port Ewen. October 24, 5-7pm.

13th Annual Theremin Ghosts Tour. Come hear local poet Robert Milby do haunting recitations and Carl Welden providing atmospheric accompaniment on MOOG Theremin. $5 cover. 845-430-4893. Art Bar Gallery, 674 Broadway, Kingston. October 27, 7pm. 

Truth Out. Truth Out art exhibit provides a forum for artists to address the state of affairs in the world and their community, including wrongful treatment of groups, individuals, and our environment. Artists will be hosting salon-style events during the course of the show to explore some of the issues raised. Unframed Artists Gallery, 173 Huguenot Street, New Paltz. Ends November 7th. Open every weekend, 1pm-5pm.

Overlooked: Woodstock Women Artists. Woodstock Women Artists will examine the work of lesser-known female artists with Woodstock ties who painted primarily in the 20th century. Some were trained at leading art schools and won a fair share of prizes and awards; others rarely exhibited but painted for the sheer love of it. Several, while recognized during their lifetimes, were subsequently forgotten. woodstockschoolofart.org. Woodstock School of Art, 2470 Route 212, Woodstock. Through October 31.