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  • Friday, December 19 - Sunday, December 21
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Heartwarming, Christmastime entertainment about a small town man who forgoes his big dreams to help others. On Fri and Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm: $24/$22. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, December 20
    Classic Christmas Concert
    Instrumentalists and vocalists celebrate the meaning of Christmas. A goodwill offering will benefit needy people through Samaritan's Purse. Free. 7:30pm. Phone: 845-758-1184. Email: office@stjohnsreformed.org. Url: http://stjohnsreformed.org.

  • Saturday, December 20
    Clermont's Christmas Open House
    Enjoy the "home for the holidays" w/ volunteer docents answering questions. Mulled cider served in gift shop. Free admission; 11am–4pm. Phone: 518-537-4240. Url: http://friendsofclermont.org .

  • Saturday, December 20
    Messiah SING
    Gwen Gould conducts Handel’s oratorio w/ string ensemble, vocal soloists while the audience becomes the chorus. Scores and refreshments provided. $15 donation/free 18 and under. At 4pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, December 20 - Sunday, December 21
    Bang Group's Nut/Cracked
    Edgy version of The Nutcracker w/music including many incarnations of Tchaikovsky’s score, and versions by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. Choreography: David Parker.Tkts: $30–$40 (suitable for ages 12 and up). Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Saturday, December 20
    Kwanza Umoja Celebration
    Hudson Opera House & Operation Unite present a festive Kwanza Celebration featuring candle lighting ceremony, crafts, vendors, performances. After a light "Karamu" community supper comes Zawadi (gifts for children). Free and open to public. 3–5pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, December 27 - Sunday, December 28
    Clermont Open After Christmas
    The mansion will remain open for holiday visitation 12/27 & 12/28 from 11am–3pm. Tour tkts $5/$4 for seniors and students, children under 12 are free. Phone: 518-537-4240. Url: http://friendsofclermont.org .

  • Saturday, December 27 - Sunday, December 28
    David Temple: Sambas in Season of Joy
    Guitarist/composer David Temple presents original work along with pieces from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, and France. Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm; $20. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, December 27 - Tuesday, December 30
    Make a Mouse House
    12/27 & 12/30 only: Holiday Craft Workshop. Kids ages 6–10 inspect mouse houses on display, then build their own to take home. Adults must accompany. Call to reserve. From 2–3:30pm. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov . Url: http://staatsburgh.org.

  • Wednesday, December 31
    Morton on New Year's Eve
    An evening of stories, short plays (read by Rhinebeck Readers Theatre) music & caroling. Donation $10, at 8pm, Phone: 845-876-2903. Email: mortonrhinecliff@gmail.com. Url: http://morton.rhineclifff.lib.ny.us.

  • Friday, January 2 - Sunday, January 4
    The Woman
    Staged reading of Clare Booth Luce's acerbic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy Manhattan socialites. Directed by Lisa Lynds. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. Pay what you will. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, January 9 - Sunday, January 11
    Sunday In the Park With George
    Sondheim musical follows life of artist Georges Seurat working on his latest impressionist masterpiece. Directed by Andy Weintraub with musical direction by Paul & JoAnne Shubert. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm; $27/$25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, January 10
    New Year/New Works: Opening
    Opening party for a joint show of artists from two galleries: the Tivoli Gallery and Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA). All work, in various mediums, will be new to the gallery. 6–8pm. Phone: 845-757-2667. Email: alanreich@juno.com. Url: http://www.tivoliartistsgallery.com. .

  • Friday, January 16 - Sunday, January 18
    Sunday In the Park With George
    Sondheim musical follows life of artist Georges Seurat working on his latest impressionist masterpiece. Directed by Andy Weintraub with musical direction by Paul & JoAnne Shubert. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm; $27/$25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, January 17
    Opening for CCCA Juried Show
    Juried art show presented by Columbia Co. Arts Council. Reception 5–7pm. (Snow date 1/24.) Phone: 518-671-6213. Email: info@artscolumbia.org. Url: http://www.artscolumbia.org.

  • Saturday, January 17
    FIRST LEGO League
    Lego FLL Robot Tournament. Check for time. Snow date 1/18. Phone: 845-758-2241. Url: http://redhookcentralschools.org.

  • Saturday, January 17 - Sunday, January 18
    Hudson Valley Playwrights
    Staged readings: 1/17 at 7:30pm and 1/18 at 3pm. Suggested donation $10. Phone: 845-876-2903. Email: mortonrhinecliff@gmail.com. Url: http://morton.rhineclifff.lib.ny.us.

  • Sunday, January 18
    "Ladies' Night" Concert
    RB Chamber Music Society performance, with Eugenia Zukerman, flute; Babette Hierholzer, piano; Kimberly Kahan, soprano. Works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Hensel (Mendelssohn's sister), and Amy Beach. Introductory remarks by composers Joan Tower, Victoria Bond, and Karen LeFrak. 3pm. $25/$5. Phone: 845-876-2870. Email: info@rhinebeckmusic.org. Url: http://rhinebeckmusic.org.

  • Sunday, January 18
    WWI & the End of the Gilded Age
    Special tour explores how the Millses’ extravagant way of life withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. Pls. reserve. $10/$8. 1pm. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov . Url: http://staatsburgh.org.

  • Thursday, January 22
    Probiotics & Your Gut
    Probiotics: what they are, what they do, and how to choose one. Presented by registered dietician Liz Malgieri. 6:30pm. Phone: 845-876-4030. Email: starrdirector@starrlibrary.org. Url: http://starrlibrary.org.

Iva's Accord Roots

by Vivian Yess Wadlin  

Iva Lawrence’s mind is as tidy and organized as the lovely home she and her late husband, Vincent, built. About to celebrate her 97th birthday, Iva speaks with authority about her wonderful neighbors and family. Many regularly drop by to chat or to inquire about this or that—local history, local news—how to make something, or just discuss the weather. But sometimes, as with Hurricane Irene (August 2011), they are there to ensure her safety. Read more...

Woodchuck, with All The Trappings

by Danny Shanahan  

There’s wood smoke in the air, and as the leaves fall and the days grow colder and shorter, we all start to live more of our lives indoors, seeking warmth, looking for food to keep us fueled during the crisp, gray weeks and months ahead. We come inside, we hunker down, we eat. Read more...

Our Hispanic Mid-Hudson

by Dorothy Dow Crane  

What if you woke up one morning and discovered that you’d lost your English? What if you couldn’t understand what the shopkeeper was saying to you? What if you didn’t have the words to ask directions or to understand them beyond pointing? What if you couldn’t tell if that sign was a welcoming or a warning message? Many of our recent immigrants confront these challenges, and more, daily. Read more...

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Soup: It’s a Meal

by Holly Shelowitz  

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The NY Center for Jungian Studies presents annual programs in Rhinebeck, Ireland and other extraordinary settings. Open to the general public, our programs are designed for individuals interested in applying Jungian psychology to their personal lives and/or professional activities.

Rhinebeck
845-256-0191

Health Quest Medical Practice OBGYN offers care for adolescents through post-menopausal women in 5 office locations in Ulster and Dutchess counties. Finding a qualified health care provider that matches your needs is easy at HQMP.  Visit www.health-quest.org/OBGYN to view our online introductory videos for all our Board Certified physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives. Call the concierge scheduling line below for OBGYN appts. in Kingston, Rhinebeck, Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and New Paltz.

6511 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck
1-877-729-2444

Handmade clothing, one of a kind.

New Paltz
845-255-5787

Rent from us and you'll be out over the Hudson River without using any roads or sidewalks. Walkway Over the Hudson is 1.28 miles long and it connects you to miles of paved and unpaved rail trails in Ulster and Dutchess counties. Enjoy the rail trails or our lovely rural roads without the hassle of lugging your bicycle. Those who are physically challenged to walk long distances can rent an electric scooter to partake of the fun on Walkway and the rail trails.

We are conveniently located with direct access to the paved Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the approach to Walkway Over The Hudson.

Bicycles are just $13.89 for the first hour. Scooters are $18.52 for the first hour. Lower rates for longer rentals. Free Parking for bike or scooter renters.


Dorothy Hamburg, M.S., is an exercise physiologist and ACSM Certified Exercise Specialist who has been helping men and women achieve better health & fitness through appropriate exercise. Dorothy owns Personal Strength & Training, inc., a private, fully-appointed athletic training center & gym specializing in post-PT/rehabilitative conditioning, weight/strength training, core/low back stabilization + triathlon/sport-specific coaching.

17 Glen Pond Dr., Red Hook
845-876-1191

A certified ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning coach, Catherine works with teens and adults to understand this brain-based condition and its outcomes. Replace defeating behaviors with positive patterns for success. Increase your focus, reduce overwhelm, implement effective action plans, and find a balance with time and task management.

23H East Market St., Rhinebeck
845-702-8329

Town of Lloyd (Highland) has $$$ to lend for new and existing businesses in the township. Low interest. Also, smaller loans with quick paperwork for facade improvements that conform to town's design standards. Call now for more information & loan forms.

12 Church St., Highland
845-691-2144

Since 1979, Sal's place has been a hub of good food and good cheer in our charming village. A real "neighborhood place" that welcomes everyone, and offers a menu to tempt every appetite. Eat in, or take out. Catering, too. Lunch 7 Days • Dinner Thur-Sat 5-10pm. Pub Menu Mon-Wed 'til 9pm. Mon-30 cent Wing Nite • Tues -Seasonal BBQ Thurs Dinner Buy 1st get 2nd Half Price. See website for Walkway discount coupon.

99 Vineyard Ave, Highland
845-691-2811

Safe, Clean, Quiet Environment featuring Express Laundry Machines.

Convenient location in the Middle of the Village behind Starbucks®.

5A Plattekill Ave, New Paltz
845-943-8814

C. GLASNER DESIGN & ASSOC., LLC

A lifetime of buying and selling quality antiques and fine art in the Hudson Valley. Appraisals, Design Consultations. Single items and entire estates purchased. Charles Glasner.

93 Main St Antiques Alley, Cold Spring
845-527-5859

Your area professional since 1968, is always buying and selling coins currency, gold and silver, jewelry, old marbles, postcards, toys and many other small collectibles. Fair and honest dealings guaranteed. Bill and Ruth Blair. Call for appointment.

845-254-4717

Very private home decorated in the Shaker spirit of simplicity and grace. On 20 acres i apple country featuring pool, walking trail, gardens, beautiful views and sunsets. Meet our Scottish Highland cattle and chickens. Two suites, each with full private bath, AC, TV/DVD, fridge, seating and dining area. A delicious homemade breakfast is delivered to your suitel Close to New Paltz and all area attractions and activities. Check availability on website.

129 Patura Rd, Modena
845-883-7868 or 800-822-7868

Voted "Best Breakfast" in Best of Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Magazine. Innovative American and Vegetarian cuisine. Our menu features wonderful gourmet breakfasts, homemade soups, unique salads & sandwiches, pasta, burgers, creative entrees, vegan dishes, and much more. Our in house bakery provides freshly baked breads, muffins, brownies, and other delicious treats. Gluten free bread available. Extensive beer & wine menu.

59 Main St, New Paltz
845-255-7766

Woodland Pond provides distinctive retirement living in a spectacular 83 acre setting.  Indoor pool, superb dining and much more. Cottages and one and two bedroom apartments, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehab.

New Paltz
845-256-5520

Lifespring is a town of Saugerties sponsored (but open to area residents) educational program primarily for retirees and active adults interested in expanding horizons with stress free learning. Becoming a member and paying a $60.00 yearly registration fee will give you the opportunity to: about intriguing topics, challenge yourself in novel areas, and develop new friends. Online catalog and registration available, or call.

Saugerties
845-246-2800 ext 452

AboutTown Ulster: PO Box 474, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845-691-2089  EMAIL US
AboutTown Dutchess/Columbia: The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Suite 11, Red Hook, NY 12571, 845-758-3616  EMAIL US
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