by JD Eiseman
The Last Five Years. A beloved Drama Desk award-winning musical by Jason Robert Brown, one of Broadway’s hottest composers, The Last Five Years has achieved cult status for many in the American musical theatre.This contemporary gem musically chronicles the lives of 2 20-something New Yorkers over a 5 year relationship. Jamie, a rising novelist sings his tale moving forward, while struggling actress Cathy tells hers looking back. Bending time through the stages of their romance, we get to experience love from all sides in this funny, honest and intimate hit musical. Tickets are $39/$34 matinee. shadowlandtheatre.org. Shadowland Theatre, 157 Canal Street, Ellenville. September 4-27. Thursdays-Saturdays: 8pm, Sundays: 2pm.
Behind the Seen: the Photography of Deborah Mills Thackrey. The Storefront Gallery in Kingston’s Rondout district will feature the work of award-winning photographer Deborah Mills Thackrey, whose work ranges from painterly abstraction to keenly observed street photography. Thackrey strives to capture the essence behind an image, not just its surface beauty, and is equally intrigued by perceptual ambiguities and realistic grit. dmt-art.com. Storefront Gallery, 93 Broadway, Kingston. Opening reception: September 5, 5-8pm. Exhibit: September 5-26.
Together, We Are One: A Day of Mindfulness. Please join us to manifest healing, nourishment, and peace together as a spiritual family. The day will be led by 75 monastics from all over the world. This event is a fundraiser for Blue Cliff Monastery. 845-213-1785. bluecliffmonastery.org.Blue Cliff Monastery. Hotel Rd, Pine Bush. September 6.
Wine Tasting on the Five Locks Walk. Meet at the village green in front of the Canal House anytime between 1 and 4pm and purchase tickets for tastings of five wines, one at each lock. The $15 per person minimum donation gets you wine, appetizers and a bit of D&H history from Canal Society trustee wine dispensers. There will also be a raffle for a case of wine generously donated by Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits. 917-821-4134. September 6.
19th Annual Fall for Art Fundraiser. Fall for Art, a, juried art show, sale and cocktail reception that features 25 of the Hudson Valley’s most gifted artists. The popular annual event, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Ulster County, supports regional not-for-profit organizations including: the Hudson Valley Food Bank, Family of Woodstock, CASA, People’s Place, Angel Food East, and Jewish Family Services, among others. The 2015 beneficiary is the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s Mental Health Services, which has been invited to select $1,000 worth of artwork from the show to enhance their Kingston facility. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. 845-338-8131. fallforart.org. Wiltwyck Golf Club. September 10. 6-9pm.
The Smell of Rain on Dust: An Evening with Martín Prechtel. Author Martín Prechtel, trained in the Tzutujil Maya shamanic tradition, shares profound insights on the relationship between grief and praise—how the inability that many of us have to grieve and weep properly for the dead is deeply linked with the inability to give praise for living. Don’t miss this book reading and signing. Advance registration recommended. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 845-594-1060. wildearth.org. High Meadow School. 3643 Main St. Stone Ridge. September 12. 7pm.
Drum Boogie Festival. Drum Boogie Festival is a free, one-day, family-oriented, multi-cultural arts and educational event, celebrating and promoting the many styles of high quality percussion music found throughout the world. All performances will highlight percussion instruments and performers while sometimes including other instrumentalists, dancers, and singers. This year’s performers include Cobu, NYU Steel, and local favorite The Big Takeover. Free. Andy Lee Field, Rock City Road, Woodstock. September 12. 11am-8pm.
3rd Annual Master Gardener Favorites Plant Sale. “Fall is the best time to plant perennials, trees and shrubs!” according to Master Gardeners Bonni Nechemias and Barbara Bravo. The plant sale will offer an array of plants from the Xeriscape Garden, plus perennials, shrubs, trees and even houseplants grown by the Master Gardeners. The Xeriscape Garden is an interactive teaching tool in the selection of heat-tolerant water-wise plants, integrated pest management and alternative landscaping techniques. Proceeds benefit the CCEUC Master Gardener program. ulster.cce.cornell.edu. SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge. September 19, rain or shine. 9am-12pm.
Rochester Hollow Stream Walk. Allison Lent of the Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District will lead this hike along an old wood road that runs adjacent to the stream on New York State Forest Preserve Land. Participants will learn about natural streams of the Catskills, their features, history and management. The focus of this interpretative walk will be on how natural processes shape stream channels and their floodplains and how human intervention can promote channel stability. Additional topics are the importance of riparian buffers, the role that large woody debris plays in streams, macroinvertebrates as indicators of stream health, and floodplain management. This event is free and open to all, but is limited to 20 participants. To register, contact Jen Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845–688-3047, ext. 8. Meet at Rochester Hollow Trailhead Parking Lot, Shandaken. September 19. 10am-12pm.
Jennie Bell Pie Festival: A Common Ground Celebration. The festival is being held at Kelder’s Farm, 5755 Route 209 in Kerhonkson. Saturday, September 19, 12-6 pm. Come enjoy tons of fun activities and events planned throughout the festival that are sure to draw a sizable crowd. There will be a pie contest, children’s talent show, game booths, food booths, and booths showcasing demonstrations of local craftsmanship. Rain date: September 20. Presented by the Rondout Valley Business Association. rondoutvalley.org
A Taste of New Paltz. The Hudson Valley’s renowned wine, cuisine and agricultural bounty are on display with TASTE OF NEW PALTZ, the flavorful annual opportunity to sample some of the best mouth-watering fare from the region’s finest restaurants, caterers, farm markets, brew masters, and wineries, all in a single day. The adventurous gourmet will find bold and appealing delicacies; the more traditional diner will be glad to hear there are still pizza, beer and cupcakes. The TASTE OF NEW PALTZ is also proud to boast our green initiative, highlighting the importance of sustainable practices. Saturday, September 19, 11am-6pm. Ulster County Fairgrounds.
Stood for the Storm. Rosendale Theatre presents Stood for the Storm, a film that explores the legacy of Hurricane Katrina from a unique vantage. The film chronicles four years after the storm as seen through the eyes of one fascinating woman, Sue, and her family as they attempt to rebuild their lives in St. Bernard Parish. This is the New York premiere and the director will be on hand for a Q&A. Part of the proceeds will benefit levees.org. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. September 26. 2pm.
RVGA Harvest Hoedown & Local Food Barbecue. Fall is in the air and it’s time for a harvest celebration! Come kick up your heels and swing your partner at RVGA’s annual event. A delicious local food barbecue prepared by local chefs is served 5-7pm, followed by dancing.Wonderful interactive displays will showcase the connections being made between farms, schools and the community. Paint a pumpkin, or make your own racecar for the Zucchini 500 Race! 50/50 scholarship raffle. Come out and support Local Food and Farming in the Rondout Valley, see old friends and make new ones. Fun for all — tractors, live music from some of the Hudson Valley’s finest musicians. Rich Hines & the Hillbilly Drifters are back in the afternoon, so sing along on a farm song or two. Then after the barbecue, stomp and swing with the Shoe String Band and Caller-Fiddler Liz Slade! Advance tickets are $25 per adult, $5 children 6-12, under 6 years free ($30 adult/$10 child at the gate). 845-626-1532 or rondoutvalleygrowers.org. Saturday, September 26th at Tongore Park in Marbletown. Fun for everyone 3 to 9, rain or shine!
What’s the Buzz? Promoting Pollinators in Streamside Landscapes. The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program invites you to join in an educational program about native pollinators and streamside landscapes, taking a close look at native pollinators, explaining how maintaining native riparian buffers can provide important habitat for attracting pollinators, and how both bees and riparian buffers are vital to Catskill ecosystems. The program will feature guest speaker Tim Stanley, a Master Naturalist and founder of Native Beeology. The program will include a walk through the buffer planting site to learn more about insects, pollinators, and plants. The event is free, and open to the public. Space is limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required. To register, contact Jen Bowman at email@example.com or call 845–688-3047, ext. 8. ashokanstreams.org. Amy’s Take-Away, 1571 Route 214, Lanesville. September 26. 9:30am-12pm.
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. The Hudson Valley Garlic Festival continues to be a fun celebration of the harvest of what garlic aficionados lovingly refer to as the “stinking rose”. Fifty thousand attendees can expect a garlic marketplace featuring different varieties of garlic grown by an local farmers, chefs and lecturers, food vendors, a crafting area, live music and performance, and a children’s area for the kids. $10 door/$7 advance. hvgf.org. Cantine Field, Pavillion Stree, Saugerties. September 26-27. 10am-6pm.