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People In Your Neighborhood
by Eric Francis
Aries(March 20-April 19)
You are way ahead of yourself, even though you may have this crazy idea that you're lagging behind. Like any inventor (that does seem to be your role these days), you have more ideas than you can put into practical use on any given day, though now you must embody the principle of cooperation. One sticking point here seems to be the idea that nothing of any worth is accomplished unless some people are exploited. But it's time to question that one. Cooperation is voluntary. That voluntary factor is also an important step out of false individuality and into true autonomy. So you don't have to feel bad about asking people to collaborate with you. However, you will need to be aware of any murky psychology that emerges once people form any kind of collective, or share in any goal. Remind people that it's a privilege to partake in anything larger than themselves, and to work toward goals that benefit the whole community. Some of the more unusual psychology will be your property alone, focused on the theme of your early environment. What, exactly, happened when the child you once were tried to get people to cooperate with you, or with one another? That set up some negative expectations, and it's time to let them go in support of better outcomes. If you can, so can everyone else. That is leadership.
Taurus(April 19-May 20)
One by one this month, planets make their way across your midheaven -- the angle of your solar chart that describes your highest goals, your achievements and your reputation. This is calling on you to take on a leadership role that you might think is not quite in your nature; however, at least in astrological fact, it's the essence of your nature. Have you tuned into the fact that you're a leader in whatever you do, even if you never hold yourself out as one? You lead by example, and you lead with the quality of your ideas. So I suggest you start with being bolder, more vocal and more articulate about what you're thinking and what your priorities are. Follow that up with careful observation of the people around you, and several rounds of listening. The chances are that whatever you're doing is going to require two revisions before it settles into a stable form, and this process takes you into mid-February. Till then, hang loose and allow your ideas to evolve. Look at things sideways, from different perspectives and from the opposite point of view. Your tree-like stability sometimes resists that process, though trees are exceptionally responsive to their environments and more communicative than nearly everyone imagines. Among the many people offering ideas, there will be a few gems. Look for them with your eyes, and feel for them with your hands.
Gemini(May 20-June 21)
This year it looks like your relationship life settles down enough for you to actually keep track of what is happening. There's still plenty going on and you will need to devote yourself to understanding yourself and others as a way of life. The difference is that now you have a sense of what the process of your relationships is all about. First, they are indeed extensions of yourself. Second, what they 'extend' into your environment is your process of making contact with your deeper self. You have experiences with others that seem impossible to have on your own. That's not strictly true; but it's easier to see certain things when they are projected outside of yourself. One of those things is how people actually grow and transform. You have seen people address some of the darkest elements of themselves, take a huge step and emerge in a different place. In some ways you're less confident about being able to do this yourself, though the fact that you know others can and do take these steps is proof of what is possible. That is, it's a demonstration of what is possible for you. Events early in the month in one especially important partnership will enable you to get underneath the surface layers of personality, ideas and opinions. On this deeper level, you can access authentic change where it really happens, at your emotional core.
Cancer(June 21-July 22)
It's simply not true, as you often believe, that others are stronger than you, or more persistent. They may however be more inclined to use force, and you are especially sensitive to that. You also expect people to be connected to their feelings in a way similar to yourself, though that rarely turns out to be true. I suggest that if you find yourself provoked into any kind of confrontation, wait for a few days before responding. Pause, listen and observe. Most of all, feel. The situation is not what it seems, and anyone who is acting up or dramatizing something is likely feeling as if they have no power (which is not true, and don't fall for it). For you, the message can be an affirmation of your own strength, and your power of faith. The sign Cancer is famous for its cycles, owing to your close connection to the Moon. Now you get a chance to hold steady (as a general rule, it would be wise to wait one month before making up your mind about anything). Once the early drama sorts itself out, it will be clear who owes what to whom. Said another way, someone in fact has a debt to you, and once that becomes obvious, it will be clear that some form of payment or at least acknowledgement is due. In the end, however, that transaction must be voluntary.
Leo(July 22-August 23)
Get a handle on group dynamics, since this is the most important theme of your life right now. Everything is affected: all kinds of groups, from those of family to friends to work and their various crossovers. The key here is an exchange that happens on the level of the collective, rather than a bunch of individual transactions. There is a larger entity involved, and within that entity, everyone must be clear and open with everyone else. Unlike bees and ants, who must adopt a hive mentality centered around one leader, humans have the capacity to live in mutual community, where individuals are all consciously aspects of one another. A number of other factors indicate that this is a 'get serious' moment around anything related to your creativity, children and sex. You could say it's a time to understand the role of pleasure in your life, and how that in turn influences your ability to be productive. Looked at another way, you must take full responsibility for your creative power and its results. The thing is that now, pleasure and productivity are no longer solo activities, or contained in one-on-one partnerships. The good news is you don't have to take any burden on your shoulders exclusively. The learning challenge is seeing (and experiencing) yourself as fully integrated into a group process. It needs you, and you need it.
Virgo(August 23-September 22)
Your ability to focus is a gift and a privilege. Your intelligence is also a gift and a key to the universe that you possess and can use at any time. There have been times when you've perceived yourself as the victim of these things, mainly because you've perceived them to alienate you from others socially. That no longer seems to be the case. Brains and beauty are coming back into style. You're no longer surrounded by weirdos who have to prove how different they are, or what geniuses they are. Your environment is now populated by people who value their connection to others, and who recognize you for who you are. The sticking point, if there is one, is self-criticism, often taken to excess. The point of contention is that you still may not take well to those who are easier on themselves than you are. You may perceive this as weakness, lack of discipline and lack of self-awareness. You're probably correct in your perceptions, though that bears no relationship to being gentle on yourself, or on others. Do everything you can to keep your point of view wide and inclusive of all perspectives. Tap into how others receive information and intuition -- you have a lot to learn from them, and what you learn will greatly benefit your worldly goals and your inner growth agenda.
Libra(September 22-October 23)
Events this month will contribute to the sensation that you're at a tipping point. You have figured out that an approach to existence has reached the end of its useful life. The theme is independence from the structures of the past, including your concepts of family and relationship. I would include every structure you've taken for granted, including your notion of what makes you safe. The truth is that nothing but your thoughts contributes to your sense of safety; if your environment is involved, that is associated with the value that you place on certain factors. Anyway, the confidence you're feeling is real, and it's closely associated with making the choice not to hold yourself accountable for the actions of others. If you're feeling better about yourself, that's about making up your mind that you alone are the assessor of your worth. I suggest that you start to move forward the moment you realize you're ready to do so. It looks like you're suddenly taking an idea or creative vision more seriously. From another point of view, you may be observing that something you've long dreamed of is now actually possible. It always was, though how you look at such potentials makes all the difference. Devote yourself fully to this thing, whatever it may be, and check in on how much progress you've made by mid-June. You'll be impressed.
Scorpio(October 23-November 22)
Saturn has finally left your sign, which is offering you freedom and flexibility you have not felt in a long time. It's as if a weight has been taken off of your shoulders. The thing about these kind of developments is that the effects tend to be short-lived. The way to maintain the feeling of lightness is to remember how much you had to do in order to get there -- and keep doing whatever that was. If people need to put you under less pressure, that's because you've stepped up to your known and agreed-to commitments consciously and willingly. If you're actually responsible for yourself and your actions, you don't need a boss or parental figure telling you what to do. These are old themes -- as old as you are, and because they span the generations, actually far older. It may have taken your entire ancestral lineage to produce you, who has figured out that you are responsible for what you say, think, do and feel. You are responsible for what happens in your environment. But this only becomes a burden if you pretend it's not true -- then suddenly you're under everyone's thumb. To really be free, you don't have to live up to the expectations of others. Rather, you must set high standards for yourself and exceed your own expectations on a regular basis.
Sagittarius(November 22-December 22)
Attend to practical matters first. Let form follow function. Let content dictate form. Attend to your responsibilities in the order they come due, and while you're at it, get ahead on long-term projects. You may be feeling like you've been released from an invisible bubble. You may feel like suddenly people are noticing your presence, your talent and your wisdom. Definitely invest some energy into social affairs, though keep your focus on what you know needs to happen; on what you want to make happen. The special beauty of this moment is that your most intelligent ideas will translate easily into something tangible, whereas in the past they might have seemed too abstract to do much with. In a similar vein, each step you take toward any worthwhile goal supports all of your goals. It's not merely your imagination telling you that your long-range objectives are within reach if you concentrate your efforts and take the necessary steps to get there. You have seen the power of negative thinking waste your energy and derail your peace of mind. That is becoming a thing of the past, though you may have one last run-in with a point of view that you know you're done with. The key to the puzzle that seems to vex the human race: take absolute responsibility for your own thoughts, and move on fast.
Capricorn(December 22-January 20)
If you've been putting off decisions about money, you will soon know exactly what to do. Do your research and get your plan of action together. Consult any necessary advisors. There will be some matters you can attend to during the first week of the year. However, should there be any additional preparations necessary, I suggest that you wait until after Mercury stations direct on Feb. 11 to implement any actions. The more money is involved, the more important it is to wait out Mercury retrograde. This is less about superstition and more about allowing additional information to emerge. The nature of Mercury retrograde is to flush out hidden information. It's also to find the weakness in the system; the two are often related. Meanwhile, the recent sign change of Saturn is encouraging you to tune into yourself for all of the information you need, on nearly any subject. No doubt you have plenty of data in your hands and will soon have more. In the end, the final check on any decision is your intuition. As the next few months progress, you may find yourself losing interest in what anyone thinks on any topic of actual importance to you. Pry yourself out of that every now and then and reality check with one or two people that you have come to trust over the years. The final call is always yours. Aquarius(January 20-February 19)
You are entering The Year of the Peak Experience. Such is the thing you want to do all the way; the full distance; scaling the actual mountain rather than riding on Space Mountain. A number of factors describe this, though one is letting go of an obsession with consequences that seems to have stalked you for a while. This has been an excellent exercise in accountability. You have, if you've been in tune with your astrology, learned how to think things through. You've figured out that what you do now influences what happens later. The whole time thing can be annoying, but at least it's dependable and can be put to productive use. Even as you experiment with more daring people, places and experiences, you still have a diversity of safety devices in place that will keep you from running off the rails -- and at times you may need to override them. For example, you may be more conservative than usual in financial and sexual matters, having a tendency to fear the worst. You may check your intuition regularly, seeking facts to support your hunches. In order to succeed at anything, you will need to take some risks. The good thing is that those can be conscious choices rather than involuntary reflexes. That and a modicum of intelligence is all anyone needs, and you have plenty more than that.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
No need to wonder what has become of your insecurities: the mighty Saturn has taken its place at the top of your solar chart. This is your moment to take command of your life, and by extension, all the affairs over which you preside. Pisces has big dreams, though few know the extent to which you are driven by the desire and indeed the need to achieve something real. However, in recent years it hasn't been that easy to concentrate your efforts. Yes, there has been a bit too much going on, and events moving faster than you could keep up. Mainly there has been a confidence issue. Thankfully you've grown tired enough of it to want to get over it -- and that's most of what it takes. Part of your confidence issue has involved concerns about being accused of the profit motive. I realize that not every Pisces aspires to be Jesus or Buddha, but most people born under your sign put service first, pleasure second and profits last. Your current phase of enhanced leadership directly involves focusing the drive to make money at what you do. You don't have to play the game of society's cognitive dissonance on this issue. Whatever their theoretical philosophy, everyone likes to have money in their pocket. All the better if it's earned with a clear conscience, as yours most surely is.
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by Marie Doyon
In 1912, textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts staged a three-month picket, to protest for fair pay, tolerable working conditions, and good quality of life. One young woman in the picket line carried a sign that read “We Want Bread, but We Want Roses Too.” The protest came to be called the “Bread and Roses Strike,” a term now synonymous with the attitude that a fulfilled life requires more than just the bare minimum for survival.
Several months ago, in repentance for our recent Netflix binging and out of fear that we were inadvertently sinking into the sedated, sedentary lifestyle prescribed by modern culture, my boyfriend and I made a plan to combat unproductive idleness.
We decided that five out of seven days a week we each had to do at least one of the following: physical exercise, project cooking, reading, writing, spiritual practices, or outdoor activities. We wrote a list out on our chalkboard where we had to see it every day.
Dutifully, if grumblingly, we began to hack out an irregular regimen. We baked bread, putzed around the garden, played tennis, read books. It was always a bit of a hurdle to start out, a hurdle we dragged ourselves and each other over flailing. I have always considered myself an active and industrious person, so I couldn’t quite wrap my head around why it was so difficult to get into gear. Why the feet dragging?
One of the books I read in this period was Michael Pollan’s Cooked. He posits that modern society teaches us to define work and leisure as a dichotomy of production and consumption. Production takes effort, yuck. Companies devise millions of ways to do the work for us, for just a small fee. If you have the money, and any sense at all, you opt out of exerting the effort yourself. Consumption, on the other hand, is pleasurable, and thus not something we want to outsource.
But what happens to all those wonderful activities that occupy the nebulous middle ground? Making a yummy cake, reading a great book, tending your garden—these sit at a curious intersection of production and consumption. They all require some investment of effort, even if the return is pleasurable. And we certainly have our pick of store-bought cakes, movies and books-on-tape, and organic veggies—enough selection that we never have to voluntarily undertake these activities again.
But by making production the hard antithesis of leisure, maybe we throw the baby out with the bath water. Sure, our lives are made a lot simpler by the hundreds of timesaving devices our houses team with—washing machine, fridge, electric mixer, hot water heater. But I would argue that there are some labor-intensive things that actually enrich our lives.
The list of activities has long been erased from our blackboard to make room for more important doodles, but the intention remains with us, and surprisingly, so do the newfound habits. Without much consideration or grumbling, in the past week I have made two crumbles and a pie, cooked dinner for 12, chopped wood, cleared brush, and started a new novel. It wasn’t a hurdle. It was just a pleasure and a part of life. Somehow work and leisure are beginning to overlap and intertwine. I still indulge in the occasional Netflix marathon, but by and large production feels like less of an imposition and leisure feels more rewarding.
I am not sure what the ideal scenario would look like, but I think it involves striving toward a happy medium, where work and play are compatible, if not interdependent. A little more work in your play, and a little more play in your work—sounds like a recipe for a more fulfilling and productive life to me.
David Walton was one of those kids who took all the appliances in his parents’ house apart and tinkered endlessly. His folks had a wood shop in their basement. David recalls with a grin, “I never played a video game in my life. But I did make things like a record player out of wood, with a blender motor that played at 50 times the normal speed.”
While his own mother did not have a particularly glamorous jewelry collection, David nonetheless became fascinated with lustrous accessories. David recalls, “There was something magical about jewelry to me—it shines and sparkles and everything so small and precious. You have tiny diamonds in there and nothing is falling apart. As a kid, it was so mysterious to me. I wanted to reverse engineer it, figure out how it was made.” He used to have his mother drive him around to jewelry stores. He would ask to be taken to the back of the shop to see how things were made.
David skipped his senior year of high school and got an apprenticeship with a local jeweler in the capital district. He went on to get his Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz, whose Metal Program was ranked #1 by US News and World Report.
David has 15 years experience in the jewelry world, including working as a stone setter and fabricator for Tiffany & Co. He says of that job, “I was making beautiful and high end pieces, but it was monotonous. It certainly helped refine my skills, but it was the same thing over and over.”
David and his wife Sara started doing trunk shows, selling online, and participating in juried craft shows all over the Northeast. He says opening his own store was always part of the plan, he just never thought it would happen this quickly. Hudson Valley Goldsmith just celebrated its one year anniversary.
There could not be an environment more radically different from the hectic bustle of Manhattan’s diamond district. The store has a beautiful, bright, and open layout with the workshop right upfront, so future little David Waltons can watch the jewelers at work. The display counters in the store show off David’s own pieces. His aesthetic has “an organic feel to it. There is also something industrial and raw, but the technique is very refined.” His pieces are delicate, yet bold. Everything is made on site using recycled metals and conflict-free diamonds and gemstones, so you can feel at ease buying any of his pieces.
Though they predominantly work as custom jewelers and goldsmiths, Walton and his crew can do pretty much anything—watch and jewelry repairs, appraisals and metal buying, engraving, restoration—you name it.
David loves the intersection of old world craftsmanship and new world technology that his industry straddles. At Hudson Valley Goldsmith they hand carve waxes, using the same process that people have been doing for thousands of years, and their diamond cutter still cuts the stones by hand. But they also use 21st century technology like computer assisted design and manufacturing software and 3D printing. No technological upgrade is taken for granted. David says seriously, “I only implement newer technology if makes a better product for the customer.”
The level of skill and precision required to be a high-end jeweler, such as David, is very high—we are talking about setting stones under a microscope and measuring to a hundredth of a millimeter. David admits, “You have to be neurotic,” to which their employee Cathy Jasterzbski sings out, “A millimeter is a mile!” Cathy is one of two employees who are currently in the SUNY New Paltz Metal Program.
In his characteristically humble way David says, “There is more to learn every day,” and then goes off to make hot chocolate for a new customer who has just entered.
As the legend on the Bacchus menu goes, over the years the 19th-century New Paltz building has housed a Chinese laundry, litho shop, taxi station, barber shop, café, porno photography studio, before finally becoming this quaint neighborhood pub.
Ulster County native Wayne Bradford opened Bacchus in 1974, after a year of intensive renovation. A decade later, the establishment was thriving when the beautiful, smart, young Linda Donnelley came to New Paltz for college. She was studying Communications with a minor in Journalism, and she needed a side job. So she started bartending at Bacchus. And she has been involved with the business ever since. (Wayne and Linda got married in [year].)
These days, Linda oversees the day-to-day operation of the restaurant, while Wayne holds a post affectionately called “Chief Visionary Officer,” or CVO. He is a driving force for innovation (and renovation). Linda says of his creative genius, “Wayne is the only one who would think to punch a hole in the wall and create an adjoining billiard room. He is the only one who would think to enclose an alleyway to make a cooler that would hold 500 beers. He saw the property’s backyard and said ‘I can seat a bunch of people back here.’” So they made a big, tiered back patio. Linda summarizes this ability, saying, “Wayne can see what isn’t there yet and create it. A lot of people focus on the reasons why not to do something, but Wayne just goes for it.”
At its heart, Bacchus is a craft beer bar. Several years ago, the Bradfords decided to have 99 bottles of beer on the wall. Over time, their selection grew to over 400 bottled beers. Linda says proudly, “We also have a killer tap selection.” The restaurant boasts 15 taps currently, and is planning to up that number to 25 soon.
And as if that wasn’t enough to choose from, last year they started their own brewery. Jason Synan and Mike Renganeschi, Bacchus employees, shared a passion for homebrewing and began making beer on Mike’s porch, around the corner from the restaurant. When they would finish a new brew, they would run it over for the customers and their fellow employees to try. Linda recalls, “People were saying constantly, ‘If you guys sold this here, we would buy it.’” So the Bradfords went for it, much to the elation of Jason and Mike. Linda praises their talents, saying, “They are very detail-oriented. They are very good at brewing beer. And they are having fun with it.”
Now the restaurant is equipped with a three-barrel brewing system that can put out six half kegs once or twice a week. The brewers are experimenting with all types of beer from farmhouse ales and IPAs, to stouts and sours, their specialty. They are also experimenting with barrel-aging and Mike just returned from a malting seminar. All signs point to many new delicious beers to come.
Impressive undertaking does not end there. In 2013, the Bradfords purchased the Byrd farm property on Route 209 in Kerhonkson, now renamed Bacchus Farm. They have a total of about 50 arable acres. Mike is going to live with there his girlfriend in a tiny house on wheels, and run the farm. They will grow hops and barley organically and compost all of the food scraps from the restaurant.
Linda says affectionately, “Mike is way into everything environmental.” She acknowledges the positive impact that the eco-friendly attitude held by Mike and several other staff members has had on the business. “We are striving to going in that direction more and more.”
Bacchus isn’t going anywhere. Linda says confidently, “We are never finished. We are constantly evolving.”
by Alecia Eberhardt Ellenville
Community Blood Drive at Ellenville Regional Hospital. Every 2 seconds, a patient in the United States needs blood, and the only source is healthy volunteers. Local blood donors are needed year-round to ensure the blood supply stays strong. The American Red Cross will bring its traveling donor center to the Ellenville Regional Hospital parking lot for a blood drive. All presenting donors will receive a $5.00 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card. Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance online or over the phone. Ellenville Regional Hospital. 10 Healthy Way, Ellenville. 1-800-733-2767 or 845 647-6400, ext. 226. redcrossblood.org. January 7. 9am–2pm.
WinterFest on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. Now in its 18th year, the WinterFest continues to provide wonderful entertainment for the entire family. Over 20 regional restaurants will bring their best batches of meat and vegetarian chili to compete for the coveted “Best of Fest” People’s Choice Award. The heated Lowe’s Project Tent will offer simple craft projects for kids. Plus, there will be a wagon-drawn hayride along the trail, free activities and games, food and beverages available at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Grille, marshmallows for toasting, and roasted chestnuts for all to enjoy. Admission is $2; children 6 and under admitted free. Chili tastings are $0.50 per chili or $8 to taste them all. Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot. 101 New Paltz Road, Highland. 781-640-0881. hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net. January 10. 11am–2pm.
Social Media Primer, A Lunch and Learn Webinar. This webinar will explore and review Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Yelp, among others. Participants will learn how to leverage these social media tools, especially as consumers increasingly rely on social media mobile apps. Paul Rakov, Digital Marketing Strategist with the Vokar Group, will give the lecture. This educational webinar is free, sponsored by the Ulster County Office of Economic Development. Register by phone or e-mail (please include your name, affiliation, e-mail, and daytime phone number). ulstercountyny.gov. 845-340-3556. email@example.com. January 14. 12pm.
Building Ulster County Together: A Breakfast Event to Explore 3-D Printing Technology. Daniel Freedman, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering at SUNY New Paltz and head of the Digital Fabrication Lab at the college’s Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center, will discuss the 3-D printing program, the lab and their capabilities, as well as how the program interfaces with businesses and manufacturers. This program is part of the Building Ulster County Together series of breakfast sessions that convene stakeholders in the commercial real estate, construction, engineering, architectural, and commercial lending sector. Register via phone or e-mail (please include your name, affiliation, e-mail, and daytime phone number). Registration is $20. Deising’s Bakery. 111 North Front Street, Kingston. 845-340-3556. ulstercountyny.gov. firstname.lastname@example.org. January 21. 8am.
Live at The Falcon. The Falcon.1348 Route 9W, Marlboro. 845-236-7970. liveatthefalcon.com. Champian Fulton. January 2. 7pm. Rob Paparozzi’s “Good Old Boys”: The Music of Randy Newman. January 3. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with Alexis Cole. January 4. 10am–2pm. Karl Berger’s “In the Spirit of Don Cherry.” January 4. 7pm. Azzolina, Govoni, Nussbaum, and Zinno. January 7. 7pm. Corey Henry with opener Trio Subatomic. January 8. 7pm. Peter Bernstein Trio with opener Tom Polizzi Trio. January 9. 7pm. Soñando! January 10. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with Alexis P. Suter and The Ministers of Sound. January 11. 10am–2pm. Sultans of Strong—World Music Fusion. January 11. 7pm. Dustbowl Revival, an all-American sonic safari. January 14. 7pm. Downtown and Corner Stage Blues Jam Reunion with Jeremy Baum, Slam Allen, Eric Winter, and Chris Reddan. January 15. 7pm. Mike Clark Organ Trio. January 16. 7pm. Blue Chicken, Jim Wieder’s roots rock featuring an all-star lineup. January 17. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with The Organ Grinder’s Jazz Trio. January 18. 10am–2pm. The Mandingo Ambassadors. January 18. 7pm. Tim Reis’ Rolling Stones Project featuring Bernard Fowler. January 23. 7pm. Jesse Harris with opener Rabbits in the Rye. January 24. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis. January 25. 10am–2pm. Cocomamma, an all-women Latin jazz ensemble. January 25. 7pm. Beppe Gambetta. January 29. 7pm.
Taste of New York State with Kevin Zraly. Join Mohonk Mountain House for a culinary weekend and discover the “Taste of New York State” with great local wine, food, and music. It's a New York festival of flavor! Renowned wine expert Kevin Zraly of the Windows on the World Wine School will guide participants through an exceptional tasting of top wines from New York State. Attendees will also enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting with renowned New York chef Waldy Malouf and the award-winning chefs of Mohonk Mountain House. Discounted weekend accommodations and packages available; tickets and accommodations can be purchased online. Mohonk Mountain House. 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. 855-883-3798. mohonk.com. January 9–11.
Repair Café. 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. https://www.facebook.com/RepairCafeNewPaltz . January 17.
Death Cafe. Circle of Friends for the Dying will host the 19th Death Café, as part of a global movement to “increase the awareness of death to help people make the most of their finite lives.” Death Cafes provide a safe and relaxed environment for conversation and sharing. Death Café is not a bereavement support group, but is a place to freely talk about dying and death and related issues. Come join us for an interesting early evening with neighbors and friends. Coffee and tea will be served, and as always—there will be cake! Free admission. www.facebook.com/pages/CFD-Death-Cafe-Hudson-Valley/222137241309943. Elting Memorial Library. 93 Main Street, New Paltz. January 17. 5-7pm.
7th Annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge. Entrants will submit chili dishes using at least 5 local ingredients for a chance to win in several categories, including Best Home Chef, Best Vegetarian, People's Choice, Most Creative, and Best Professional. Friendly rivalries and snarky banter in the courtyard make this a lively and energetic event. Chili-tasting tickets will be sold at the event; all proceeds go to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, which feeds hundreds of local families. Water Street Market. 10 Main Street, New Paltz. 845-255-1403. waterstreetmarket.com. January 26. 12pm–3pm. Snow date: January 27. 12–3pm.
Shandaken Primitive Biathlon. The Shandaken Primitive Biathlon is an annual winter sporting event using snowshoes and black powder muzzle loading firearms. The event will consist of a 1.25-mile course and four shooting stations with two shots per station. The course will be timed, and the number of scored targets will reduce a competitor's final time. An extra minute will be subtracted if a competitor wears 1800s-era attire! Winners take home prizes including a hand-carved powder horn commemorating the event. There will also be an un-timed woodswalk division for those wanting to snowshoe and shoot the course without the competition. Registration starts at $12. The Upper Esopus Fish and Game Club. Little Peck Hollow Road, Oliverea. 845-246-3954. shandakenprimitivebiathalon.net. January 18. 9am–12pm.
The Winter Hoot. The Hoot is a three-day benefit for The Ashokan Center, featuring local food, beer, wine, blacksmithing, dancing, hiking, and more. Friday evening will feature dinner, a documentary film screening, and a community jam session. Saturday will offer all-day entertainment including seven world-class musical acts from the Hudson Valley region, a rousing revue of independent folk and roots music, and a late-night square dance. Sunday will culminate in a community sing-along and farewell brunch. A donation will get you a weekend wristband; lodging and food priced separately. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. The Ashokan Center. 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. homeofthehoot.com. January 30–February 1.
Rosendale Winter Farmers’ Market. The Rosendale Farmers’ Market will hold a monthly indoor event over the winter season. In addition to fresh organic produce, apples, cheese spreads, sweet treats, fresh-baked bread, pickles, mushrooms, pretzel rolls, croissants, wine, herbal remedies, salves, soaps, honey, maple syrup, locally sourced lamb, and grass fed beef, the market will offer complimentary coffee and tea, children’s activities, educational information and samples from the Cornell Cooperative, and live music from the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Boys. Rosendale Recreation Center. 1055 New York Route 32, Rosendale. 845-527-5672. January market held January 4. 10am–2pm.
Parents’ Night Out. Parents, get out of the house and have a night on the town! Drop off begins at 6. 7 pm to 10 pm creative activities, Ages 3 and up $20 per child. Advanced registration is suggested. Creative Co-op. Behind the Big Cheese on Main Street, Rosendale. 845-527-5672 email@example.com January 9, 16, 30. 6-10pm.
Dance Film Sundays: The Bolshoi Ballet in The Legend of Love. Presented as part of the Dance Film Sundays series, this high-definition cinema experience was captured at a live performance at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater in October 2014. A major revival by The Bolshoi Ballet, The Legend of Love—a story of unrequited love, self-sacrifice, sibling rivalry, and fading beauty—catapulted choreographer Yuri Grigorovich into the limelight when it premiered in 1965. Extravagant costumes and artistic sets make this a supremely engaging production. Adult admission is $10; children 12 and under are $6. Rosendale Theatre. 408 Main Street, Rosendale. 845-658-8989. rosendaletheatre.org. January 11. 3pm.
Local Artisan and Farm Shop. Local farmers, crafters, and other artisans offer their products in these holiday themed Shop events. Creative Co-op. Behind the Big Cheese on Main Street, Rosendale. 845-527-5672. firstname.lastname@example.org. January 11, 25. 11am-4pm.
Food for Change Potluck. This event begins with a potluck dinner at 5:30pm, followed by a screening of the film Food for Change at 7:00pm. There is a $5 minimum donation. Discussion of bulk food buy-in club beginning soon. Behind the Big Cheese on Main Street, Rosendale. 845-527-5672. email@example.com. January 17. 5:30pm.
Community Holistic Healthcare Day. A wide array of healing modalities, including acupuncture, massage, qigong, nutritional counseling, and homeopathic medicine, will be available to try at this free monthly event. Patients are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations and community service pledges will be accepted. Marbletown Community Center. 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. rvhhc.org. January 20. 4–8pm.
Windham (Greene County)
Windham Chamber Music Festival Presents: Lynne Arriale and Larry Coryell in Concert. This year’s Winter Jazz Concert will feature Lynne Arriale, one of the top jazz pianists of her day, and Larry Coryell, an innovative pioneer in the world of fusion music, performing “classic jazz at its best.” Adult tickets are $25; senior tickets are $22; contributor tickets (for contributors to the Windham Chamber Music Festival, the Catskills Mountain Foundation, and WMHT/WRHV-FM) are $20; student and children tickets are $5 (ages 6–23). Windham Civic and Performing Arts Center. 5379 State Route 23, Windham. 518-734-3868. windhammusic.com. January 3. 8pm.
Woodstock Day School Arts Exhibition 2015. Art instruction at the Woodstock Day School pushes the boundaries of traditional art-making to incorporate creative trends, contemporary art techniques, community resources, and expressive media used in popular and contemporary culture. Students have a unique opportunity to use professional-level equipment to express their creative ideas. Young artists from the Woodstock Day School will be showcasing their creative talents in a show that marks the third year of collaboration between the school and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock. woodstockguild.org. Opening reception January 10. 4–6pm. Exhibition on view January 9–January 11.
The Paul Green Rock Academy Presents: “A Tribute to Radiohead.” Students of The Paul Green Rock Academy, a performance-based, interactive music school taught by working rock musicians, will perform a collection of music by English rock band Radiohead. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Woodstock Playhouse. 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock. 845-679-6900. woodstockplayhouse.org. January 16–17. 7pm.
Woodstock’s 25th Annual Birthday Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Featuring poet and hip-hop artist Josh Otero, using poetry and hip-hop, Reverend G. Modele Clarke of New Progressive Baptist Church; Pam Africa of International Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, Kingston youth activist Kortnee Simmons, spoken word group Urban Lyrics from SUNY New Paltz, and Debra Burger of Freedom Songs, among others, this event uses reflection, celebration, education, and song to remember the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Woodstock Town Hall. 76 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 845-679-2113. January 18. 2pm.
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Albany (Albany County)
Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival. The City of Albany will host the 6th annual Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival, presented by Adirondack Appliance. The 2015 Festival will bring together over 70 innovative chefs and 250 global wine, spirit, and craft beer companies. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to savor the finest culinary offerings and attend high profile seminars. This highly anticipated three-day festival provides sustainable funding for the support and preservation of the not-for-profit arts community in Albany, allowing attendees to “wine and dine for the arts.” Individual event tickets and all-access passes are available. Hilton Albany. 40 Lodge Street, Albany. albanywinefest.com. January 15-17.
Towne Crier Café. Towne Crier Café. 379 Main Street, Beacon. 845-855-1300. townecrier.com. The McKrells and Mandolin Madness with Barry Mitterhoff, Wayne Fugate, and Michael Sassano. Tickets $20. January 2. 8:30pm. Red Molly. Tickets $25. January 3. 8:30pm. Open Mic Finals. Tickets $8. January 4. 7pm. Beausoleil with Michael Doucet. Tickets $30. January 9. 8:30pm. Empire Roots All Stars Band. Tickets $25. January 10. 8:30pm. Joe Crookston & The BlueBird Jubilee with The Kennedys. Tickets $20. January 16. 8:30pm. Joe Louis Walker Band. Tickets $20. January 17. 8:30pm. Bill Heller Band. Tickets $20. January 18. 7:30pm. Towne Crier Open Mic Night. Cover $4. January 21. 7pm. Martha Redbone Roots Project. Tickets $20. January 23. 8:30pm. Junior Brown. Tickets $30. January 24. 8:30pm. Ani DiFranco with special guest Anais Mitchell. Tickets $55. January 25. 8pm. Judy Collins with special guest Kenny White. Tickets $75. January 30. 8:30pm. Back to the Garden 1969: Celebrating the Music of Woodstock. Tickets $25. January 31. 8:30pm.
Beacon Second Saturday. Second Saturday is a citywide celebration of the arts held on the second Saturday of every month. Special events, art gallery openings, artist receptions, culinary tastings, and live music are just some of the ongoing events. Many galleries and shops stay open until 9pm. It’s kid-friendly and a great way to take the pulse of Beacon. Various locations throughout Beacon. beaconarts.org. January 10.
Fareground Café Pop Up Restaurant. Fareground's mission is to nourish the community by providing a monthly "pay what you can" delicious, locally sourced, nutritious meals. Fareground is a gathering place where the entire community can share a good meal. Fun activities for kids (including music, African drumming, movement, and crafts) will also be offered. There is a suggested donation of $10 per meal. Beacon Community Resource Center. 23 West Center Street, Beacon. 845-202-3273. fareground.org. January 25. 12pm–3pm.
Cold Spring (Putnam County)
Glynwood Farm Dinner. Each season, Glynwood welcomes five farming apprentices to learn about regenerative agriculture through a combination of hands-on training and in-depth classroom education. To kick off the 2015 Farm Dinners, last season’s farming apprentices will team up with Executive Chef Jodi Cummings to prepare a special multi-course meal featuring the meat and produce they grew and raised during their apprenticeships on the farm. Tickets for the January dinner are $75 per guest. Please keep in mind that all Glynwood Farm Dinners are BYOB events. Overnight accommodations are available following all Farm Dinners for $100 for a double occupancy room or $75 for a single occupancy room. A light breakfast will be provided to overnight guests. Glynwood’s Main House. Glynwood Road, Cold Spring. 845-265-3338. glynwood.org. January 23. 6:30pm.
Hyde Park Brewing Company Live Music. Hyde Park Brewing Company Restaurant and Brewery. 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. hydeparkbrewing.com. All shows begin at 8:30pm. Open Mic with Petey Hop. January 7. Vito and 4 Guys in Disguise. January 9. Bernie Duo. January 10. Open Mic with Petey Hop. January 14. Luckey House Band. January 16. Petey Hop (solo). January 17. Open Mic with Petey Hop. January 21. Breakaway. January 23. Rudy’s Backbeat. January 24. Open Mic with Petey Hop. January 28. Ceesar Band. January 30. Johnny Dell & Nite Life. January 31.
Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club Outing: FDR Home Walk. This group hike, led by Sue Mackson, will tackle up to four miles of trails and, if the day is pleasant, the mile-long Farm Trail will be added. Active rain or snow cancel. Meet in parking lot near Visitors’ Center. Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-9115. midhudsonadk.com. January 11. 1:30pm.
Fully Committed. Presented by Half Moon Theatre, this devastatingly funny comedy follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s top restaurant. This hilarious show features one versatile actor who plays 40 wildly diverse characters including the maître’d, the chef—and a variety of scheming socialites and celebrities—who all want a table at the number one restaurant in town. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $22 for attendees under 18. Marriott Pavilion, Culinary Institute of America. 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park. 845-471-6608. halfmoontheatre.org. January 16–25.
The Beefsteak. This event originated in New York City in the mid-1800s, typically hosted by organizations wishing to raise money. Originally, beefsteaks were men-only, all-you-can-eat (and drink) events, with diners sitting on crates and eating with their fingers—no utensils were provided. Beef, beer, and brass bands were the focus, and gluttony was the order of the day! This 2nd Annual Beefsteak welcomes both men and women to celebrate the pleasure and camaraderie of the communal table. There will be food, beer, and song to mark this great occasion, and utensils will be available for the faint of heart! Tickets are $125. Culinary Institute of America, Farquharson Hall. 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park. 845-471-6608. ciachef.edu. January 31. 6pm.
The Voices of Glory Performance. The Voices of Glory, a secular/gospel group made up of siblings Michael, Avery, and Nadia Cole, will present a performance with limited tickets. The group was a top finalist on America’s Got Talent and is a popular community favorite. Tickets are $25. First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley. 1576 Main Street, Pleasant Valley. pvpresby.org or thevoicesofglory.com. January 9. 7pm.
The Chance Theater. The Chance Theater. 6 Crannell Street, Poughkeepsie. thechancetheater.com. Tantric with Hygnd, One Day Waiting, Years Apart, and Remedy. Tickets $15. January 9. 7:30pm. Feast of Friends (a tribute to The Doors), RAEL (a tribute to Genesis), and Blind Spectrum, Big Sister. Tickets $15. January 10. 7:30pm. High on Fire, Mountain of Wizard, Geezer, and Rooms of Ruin. Tickets $12. January 13. 6:30pm. Get Your Wings. Tickets $10. January 16. 7:30pm. New Year’s Revolution Showcase featuring Y.O. Do or Die, C Hall, Bang, Nada Prince, BRKLYN Kidd, Tripple P, Loyal Breed, B.O., and DJ Tracktion. Tickets $10. January 16. 7:30pm. Westchester All Stars Veterans Project Presents the Kristen Capolino Band, Bill Edwards, Patrick James Gasperini, and Whiskey Sinners. Tickets $20. January 17. 7:30pm. Extreme. Tickets $12.50+. January 18. 6:30pm. Money (a tribute to Pink Floyd). Tickets $10. January 23. 7:30pm. Project Insanity, Hellkeeper, Clover, and Project IV. Tickets $10. January 24. 7:30pm. One Night Stand-Up with Chris D and Warren Mason. Tickets $8. January 31. 7:30pm.
Live High-Definition Simulcast from The Met: Lehar’s The Merry Widow. The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman. Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch and costume designer William Ivey Long have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Ticket holders are invited to a pre-opera talk by Leslie Gerber. Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for members, and $19 for children 12 and under. Bardavon. 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. bardavon.org. January 15. 1pm.
Robert Cray Band. A 5-time Grammy winner (and 15-time nominee), Robert Cray is one of the greatest guitarists of our time. The New Yorker hails Cray and his band as “one of the most reliable pleasures of soul and blues for over three decades.“ Having written or performed with everyone from Eric Clapton to Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker, Cray is a member of The Blues Hall of Fame and recognized as one of his generation's great musical storytellers—and an incomparable guitar master. Gold Circle tickets are $65, adult tickets are $50, and member tickets are $45. Bardavon. 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. bardavon.org. January 31. 8pm.
Presentation, Q&A and Book Signing with Ilyasah Shabazz, Author of X—A Novel. The Hudson Valley YA Society brings the best and brightest YA authors to the Hudson Valley in a memorable, fun, party-like “literary salon” atmosphere, with refreshments, conversation, and giveaways for attendees. Ilyasah Shabazz is the third daughter of Malcolm X. She is an activist, producer, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed Growing Up X and the picture book Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X. X—A Novel follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age 20, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today. Oblong Books of Rhinebeck. 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500. oblongbooks.com. January 11. 4pm.
Repair Café. 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! Saturday, January 17, 12-4pm. Rhinebeck Town Hall. 80 East Market Street, Rhinebeck. facebook.com/RhinebeckRepairCafe. firstname.lastname@example.org. 845-453-2105.
Staatsburgh State Historic Site Downton Abbey-Themed Tour. Discover Staatsburgh’s real-life counterparts to the popular characters of Downton Abbey. A costumed guide highlights the lives and roles of Staatsburgh’s family and servants as they prepare for a weekend of lavish entertaining at the mansion. Tour is approximately 90 minutes. Reservations required. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Staatsburgh State Historic Site. 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Staatsburg. 845-889-8851. nysparks.com. January 10. 1pm.
Stony Kill Foundation Winter Yoga Series. Warm up this winter and practice yoga in the Barn Classroom, while helping the Stony Kill Foundation raise money to keep the farm open and livestock available for the public. Ishia Wilson, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, will lead participants through a vinyasa class to awaken and align the body. All levels are welcome! The fee is $15 per class, cash or checks made payable to Stony Kill Foundation. Stony Kill Farm Barn Classroom. 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls. 845-831-1617. stonykill.org. January 15. 6:30-7:45pm.