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  • Thursday, April 17 - Saturday, April 19
    The Grapes of Wrath
    8pm. $10 suggested donation, students free. Phone: 845-687-5086. Url: http://sunyulster.edu.

  • Friday, April 18 - Saturday, April 19
    Dance by Joanna Kotze
    It happened it had happened it is happening it will happen: choreography by Kotze,a recipient of the 2013 Bessie Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer, who dances along w/Stuart Singer & Netta Yerushalmy. Fri at 7:30pm w/ artist discussion following; Sat 2pm and 7:30pm. $25/$10. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Saturday, April 19
    Conservatory Faculty Recital
    Bard Conservatory faculty Ida Kavafian and Peter Serkin in concert. Schubert's Sonata in A major for violin and Piano ("Duo"), D574; Wolpe's Sonata for Violin and Piano; Nielsen's Prelude and Theme with Variations for Violin FS104; Schumann's Sonata No. 2 in D minor for Violin and Piano Op. 121. At 8pm. Phone: 845-758-7196. Email: conservatoryconcerts@bard.edu. Url: http://bard.edu/conservatory/events.

  • Saturday, April 19
    Sheep & Wool Show
    Shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demos, exhibition of various breeds of sheep, wool artisans & shops, music & food, and YARN BURST decoration all over the estate. 11am–4pm. ($8 per car). Email: info@friendsofclermont.org. Url: http://friendsofclermont.org .

  • Saturday, April 19
    Wilderstein Landscape Day
    Help clean up gardens & trails. Refreshments. 8:30am. Phone: 845-876-4818. Email: wilderstein@wilderstein.org. Url: http://wilderstein.org.

  • Saturday, April 19
    KEEP Nature Walk
    Learn about plants/animals that inhabit the preserve. Bring a picnic lunch for after walk. Led by Linda Atkins of KEEP Conservation. 9am–noon. Phone: 518-537-5800. Email: germantownlibraryevents@yahoo.com. Url: http://germantownlibrary.org.

  • Saturday, April 19
    Spring Plant Sale
    9am-2pm. Benefit for Gardiner Day events. Gardiner Fire House, Route 44-55

  • Saturday, April 19
    Easter Egg Hunt
    Noon Phone: 845-626-2115. Url: http://townofrochester.net.

  • Saturday, April 19
    Early Spring Wildflowers
    2-5pm. Learn to identify coltsfoot, bloodroot, hepatica, spring beauties, and more. 3 mile hike, ages 15 and up. Reservation required. Phone: 845-255-0919. Url: http://mohonkpreserve.org.

  • Saturday, April 19 - Sunday, April 20
    Free Entrance Days in our National Parks

  • Saturday, April 19
    An Evening of Indian Classical Music
    Jay Gandhi, flute and Ehren Hanson, tabla. Authentic Indian snack and chai. $20 donation. 7-9pm. Phone: 845-778-1008. Email: shanti@twcmetrobiz.com. Url: http://shantimandir.com.

  • Monday, April 21
    Family Matinee
    PG movie for the whole family! Children under 8 must be accompanied by adult. Title TBA. Free. 1pm. Phone: 845-757-3771. Email: tivoliprograms@gmail.com. Url: http://tivolilibrary.org/calendar.html.

  • Tuesday, April 22
    Earth Day Crafts
    Start seeds with us for the Tivoli Community Garden, and make some recycled crafts in honor of Earth Day. For kids in kindergarten and up. Phone: 845-757-3771. Email: tivoliprograms@gmail.com. Url: http://tivolilibrary.org/calendar.html.

  • Tuesday, April 22
    Get Started in Kayaking
    7pm. Adirondack Mountain Club leader Dom Urmston gives this hands on presentation. Free, all welcome. Phone: 845-255-5030. Url: http://eltinglibrary.org.

  • Wednesday, April 23
    Germantown Kindergarten Screening
    Check G'town Central Schools' website for more info. Phone: 518-537-6281. Email: kharlow@germantowncsd.org. Url: http://www.germantowncsd.org.

  • Wednesday, April 23
    World Book Night
    Oblong Books & Music in Millerton & Rhinebeck are proud to serve as the local book pick-up point for this national, community event held on Shakespeare's birthday: "givers" sign up in advance to distribute free books to light readers and non-readers. Phone: 845-876-0500. Email: info@oblongbooks.com. Url: http://oblongbooks.com.

  • Wednesday, April 23 - Thursday, April 24
    Seed and Seedling Sale
    10am-4pm. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Phone: 845-340-3990.

  • Wednesday, April 23
    "My Name Is Ruth"
    An evening with Bard Big Read and Marilynne Robinson's HOUSEKEEPING. Excerpts from the novel read by Neil Gaiman, Nicole Quinn, and Mary Caponegro. Discussion and remarks with Bard professors Deirdre d'Albertis and Wyatt Mason. Free and open to public, but reservations necessary. Contact Fisher Center box office, 845-758-7900. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: bhollenb@bard.edu. Url: http://bard.edu/hannaharendtcenter/bigread.

  • Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, April 26
    Rummage Sale
    Annual spring event. Thu 6–8pm; Fri 1–4pm. Sat 9am–noon/$5 per bag. Phone: 845-758-1184. Email: office@stjohnsreformed.org.

  • Thursday, April 24 - Sunday, April 27
    On the Verge by Eric Overmyer
    Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Three women explorers discover they are adrift in time. $18, $16, $10. Phone: 845-257-3936. Url: http://newpaltz.edu.

James Scott and the Hudson Highland Art Association

by Sanford Levy  

While attending antiques week in New York City in January, 2010, I was attracted to a 1920’s style painting titled "Ice Floats on the Hudson." The dealer had a short provenance of the picture, but not much information on the artist, James Scott. Trusting my judgment, and hoping that "Ice Floats" would bring an end to the deep freeze that January, I bought the picture. Read more...

The Flow of History

by Vivian Yess Wadlin  

Ulster County is a place of aqua-plenty. Sometimes, far too much. Most of the time however, water has positively shaped our lives as producers, consumers, recreationists, musicians and artists, students, and lovers of beauty. From its rivers, streams, vernal pools, cave lakes, Binnewaters, canals, and wetlands, we have so much water that we send millions of gallons a day to New York City. The Ulster County government website tells us, "...The westernmost portion of the County is often referred to as the "birthplace of American fly fishing" because of the pristine headwaters of the Neversink, Beaverkill, Rondout, and Read more...

Extraordinary Community Theater: Ellen Honig and the Rhinebeck Theater Society

by  Cait Johnson  

Say "community theater" and the phrase often conjures sub-par productions with bad acting, off-key singing, and embarrassingly tacky sets and costumes. But Rhinebeck is no ordinary community, and the community theater productions you find here are often proof of the magic that happens when gifted creative artists collaborate happily together. Read more...

Building & Home

Downsizing from Chaos to Calm

by Susan Goodman Goldstein & Dena Crane   


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Food & Wine

The Baker’s Voice

by Brandon Lewis of Red Devon Restaurant  


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Health & Wellness

Downsizing from Chaos to Calm

by Susan Goodman Goldstein & Dena Crane   


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Featured Community Businesses

The most progressive florist in the area carrying local and imported flowers from globally responsible farms. Specializing in making your everyday floral needs an enjoyable, creative experience. Worth the visit.

2356 Rte 44-55 in Gardiner and 10 Church St. in New Paltz

General civil practice. Two locations.

255 Fair St., Kingston, Phone: 845-331-4100, Fax: 845-331-6930

Main St., Marlboro, Phone: 845-236-4411, Fax: 845-236-3190

A unique B&B just for your cat. Luxurious custom built cat-centric accommodations. Large walk in individual rooms, three levels and views of wildlife. Cageless, stress free, personalized care. Other available services: safe transportation to and from the lodge, animal care in your home, and more. 42 years keeping cats happy!

High Falls

Taste the difference. We provide high quality food and catering with attention to detail and exquisite presentation. Seasonal fresh, local ingredients used. Call to discuss your upcoming event.

One E. Market St., Red Hook

Offering gifts for all seasons and all reasons for more than 25 years. Women's clothing upstairs, expanded children's section downstairs includes clothing for infants to 4T, books, toys, games, plush, etc. We now carry Vera Bradley®. Free wrap. Lay-away. UPS shipping.

6 N. Front St, New Paltz

The Chocolate Factory is the place to come for your framing needs! Renée Burgevin, CPF since 1990, combines a beautiful selection of molding styles and mats with expert design & technical advice, conservation quality materials, and skilled workmanship. Handling repairs as well as new work. Mirrors ready to go or design your own. Offering French matting & calligraphy.

The Chocolate Factory 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook

The finest mouthwatering cheese, savory sauce & a variety of toppings from the classic to the gourmet available on our New York style pizzas. Traditional, stuffed, Sicilian & party pies. Chicken wings, heroes, wraps, burgers, dinners, and more. Dine in, take out & delivery. Call for daily specials.

68 Main St, New Paltz

The Children’s Medical Group has a distinguished history of caring for the region’s children, with a tradition of excellence, accessibility and caring, offering comprehensive medical service to children of all ages. Kingston office now open; Monday evening hours in Rhinebeck.

Rhinebeck Office Park 187 E. Market St., Rhinebeck
fax: 845-452-1752

An elegant rustic hideaway and working horse farm (with two donkeys!) on 40 acres. Sweeping pastoral views, rooms with fireplaces and jacuzzis, woodland walking trails, private decks, and great hospitality. All private baths and A/C. Farm-to-table breakfasts and dessert table complimentary with your stay. Weekday discounts for seniors.

52 Pells Rd., Rhinebeck

Probably on your way to work! Our name speaks volumes: twelve kinds of bagels, seven kinds of bread/wraps, various muffins, huge sandwich/panini selection, meat & veggie dishes, flavored and unflavored Green Mountain® coffee ready to go, cold drinks, hot drinks, homemade salads, green salads. Main course dishes for lunch or to take home for dinner. All food fresh and waiting to make your mouth water.

3497 Rte 9W, Highland

View the Hudson Valley from 13,000 feet! Our skydiving school offers state of the art aircraft and instruction. We're open seven days a week during the good weather, and weekends in Nov & Dec weather permitting.

Gardiner Airport, Gardiner
845-255-4033 or 845-255-9538

Your Bank. Our Community. Mortgage rates remain at all time record lows. Great rates and terms. Personal service throughout the life of your loan. Call or click today to consult with Tracy Mackey-Preferred Mortgage Consultant. Eleven Hudson Valley branches.


The Red Hook Emporium is centrally located in the village of Red Hook with plenty of off-street parking. It is an enticing place with an assortment of items from wonderful antiques, vintage items & collectibles, local original art & handcrafted jewelry, local fine crafts, vintage clothing, furniture made locally, beads, yarn and yarn products, candles, aromas, all natural bath & body, unique gifts & much more! Also follow us on Facebook & Pinterest.

7392 S. Broadway, Red Hook

Services provided in a supportive, confidential and respectful setting. NYS-licensed with a certification in clinical hypnosis. Call today to schedule a free, 15-minute phone consultation.

87 E. Market St Suite 201, Red Hook

An accessories boutique featuring beautiful beaded and silver jewelry by Diana Brind Jewelry Design. Private line cosmetics by ChaosCosmetics. Bags by Kipling and Whiting & Davis. SugarPlum toiletries, hair ornaments, hats and more.

71 E. Market St, Rhinebeck

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