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People In Your Neighborhood
by Anne Pyburn Craig
Back in the ‘70s, visitors to the Shawangunks simply drove onto the shoulder, cut the engine, and scooted into the woods to hike, picnic, or splash in the creek. Idyllic as it may sound (and from a teenage perspective, it was indeed idyllic) such a laissez-faire policy was in no way sustainable for such a fragile ecosystem, especially located a scant hour and a half from a metropolitan area inhabited by over 20 million souls.
When the state took over Minnewaska in 1987, random roadside parking came to a screeching halt. Locals understood this as the lesser evil; had a Marriott Hotel been built there, it seemed likely that that section of the Gunks would have been lost to public use forever. Since 1993, when the state opened Minnewaska State Park Preserve to the public, visitors have steadily increased in 2007, there were an estimated 250,000 guests, and by now, the number is much closer to 300,000. According to a study in 2010, Minnewaska, Sam’s Point (which has since become part of the park, and is, as of this writing, closed until further notice due to fire) and Mohonk Preserve visitors contributed $12.3 million to the local economy and sustained 350 jobs. That was before National Geographic named the Hudson Valley as a Top 20 destination.
Anyone driving Rt. 44/55 on a summer weekend can testify to the fact that the park has a parking problem. State officials have taken notice, and last October Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $7.3 million plan to modernize the gateway to the park and better accommodate the growing number of visitors. Plans include a new 6,000-square-foot visitor center with exhibit and classroom space, public bathrooms and park offices, and a warming hut that accommodates up to 50 visitors, great news for the cross-country ski set.The plan, and the money, are a public/private partnership endeavor between the state and land conservation non-profit Open Space Institute.
The first phase of the multi-year project is the reconstruction of the Route 44/55 entrance to create stacking capacity for vehicles waiting to enter the Preserve and add automated parking fee payment options, relieving traffic congestion on peak visitation days. Park manager Eric Humphrey says it’s not a moment too soon. “The main entrance redesign should alleviate traffic congestion. Currently we can only accommodate six to eight cars ‘on hold,’ once we have this done we can stack up 45. We’re also in the beginning stages of parking reconfiguration. We’ll be able to handle about 350 cars, which is consistent with what we have right now, but the lot will be paved and lined and much more organized. People will be able to self-park, rather than having multiple staff out there directing traffic. We’ve been making do with the gravel lot we inherited from the site’s time as a small private hotel, and we’ve been making it work, but this will create a much better experience for everyone involved.”
There are no plans to add more parking. “Capacity is capped to stay within the carrying capacity of the land to protect the resources. The whole project, in every phase, is designed to that end– to give people a great experience, but also to make it one that will be shared by future generations.”
Humphrey says massive credit is due to the Open Space Institute, which has committed $3 million to the capital project. “We have doubled the size of the preserve over the past forty years with our various acquisitions, and hopefully that adds some breathing room,” says Eileen Larrabee, OSI’s communications director. “There is always a balance in trying to maintain what is special and allow the public to appreciate it. When you think about Minnewaska and how it was formed, people arrive at the entrance point without much guidance about what to see and how to plan for it. The visitor’s center will help with that, and so will reclaiming the carriage roads, which open up a lot more options for visitors to enjoy.” The OSI has restored 22 miles of the 35-mile carriage road network, and is restoring two more roads this summer..
Skills for the Cats
To the northwest, the Catskill Forest Preserve is made up of 287,500 acres of state-owned wild lands within the Catskill Park, which stretches over parts of Ulster, Greene, Sullivan and Delaware counties. Yet even with that much space, careful management is required to ensure that visitors have the best possible time while inflicting the least possible damage.
Happily for the Catskills and their company, the Maurice D. Hinchey Interpretive Center– opened in Mt. Tremper in 2015 under the management of the nonprofit Catskill Center. The Center has been advocating for the protection and stewardship of the 700,000 acre park since 1969, striving to balance the needs of towns and private landowners with the operation of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, many thousands of visitors out to recreate, and the habitats themselves.
Michael Drillinger, project coordinator for the Hinchey Center, says that having a visitor’s center –as the privately held Mohonk Preserve has had since 1998, and as the state park expects to break ground on sometime between now and 2018–is a huge asset in managing guest flow. “We’re very conscious of all the choke points,” he says. “For example, the parkings area for spots like Giants Ledge and Blue Hole, the spots that have gotten into the New York metropolitan media. We try to direct people to alternate places. It results in a lot less frustration. For example, the parking areas for Panther Mountain, Giants’ Ledge and Slide Mountain are typically packed on a weekend. But what most people don’t realize is that just a mile farther down the road, we have the Biscuit Brook parking area, and there’s an easy two mile walk to a really nice spot from there. And there are a lot of places that haven’t made it into the mainstream press that we can direct you to. Last summer it was a huge issue that too many people wanted to swim at Blue Hole. What they didn’t realize was that right in the same area they could go to Kanape Brook. Part of our purpose here at the Interpretive Center is giving suggestions of lovely places people can go that are less utilized.”
Littering in well-publicized spots has been a subject of concern lately, but Drillinger says he is optimistic that patience, persistence and education will improve matters. “I think that situation was captured beautifully by a DEC fellow at a recent meeting,” he says. “He approached some visitors about their garbage, and they said, ‘You don’t have cleanup staff?’ They were accustomed to the fact that in city parks, staff are paid to pick up trash. When the officer explained to them about carry in, carry out, they got it and abided by it. They weren’t being dirty on purpose; it was the context they were coming from. The DEC did a poor job managing the Blue Hole situation at the beginning of the summer, but by the end of the summer, it got noticeably much better. They had a dumpster, the right kind of signage.”
The interpretive center was built and is owned by the state, while the Catskill Center operates it and raises funds. “We’ve created something called the Catskill Coalition to lobby Albany for funding for the park, and established the Catskill Park Advisory Committee with the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference so we can advise the DEC and the DEP about how to spend the monies that get raised,” says Drillinger. “The DEC is learning to adjust to the influx. We want more people to come and play, visit, eat and shop.To make it a great experience we have to improve, with things like parking, signage, and composting toilets at trailheads. All of that is in the works.”
Besides directing traffic, interpretive centers educate visitors about the importance and preservation of the places they are about to enjoy. The CIC hosts geology lectures, economic development forums and climate change seminars. The Mohonk Preserve’s center offers indoor exhibits and short, self-guided interpretive trails to help guests get acclimated. The planned visitor center at Minnewaska will include exhibit space and classroom space for environmental education programs, as well as public bathrooms and park offices. The center will also bring potable drinking water to the park for the first time.
It’s something of a delicate dance but, as Drillinger says of the DEC, all involved are getting better at it. And everyone’s eyes are on the prize: preserving our wild lands while enhancing the delight and ease of visiting and playing in them.
“We want people to have a wonderful experience and bring their children, and those children will grow up to appreciate the land and become stewards in their own right,” says Larrabee. “It’s the only way to build the next generation of people who will carry this work forward.”
If you're itching to tie one on — a lure, that is — and you're casting about for some healthy trout, DEC wildlife specialists have got your back. Starting in April and continuing through June, they are planning on stocking local waters with nearly 70,000 of the fish to ensure satisfaction for all anglers who care to obtain a license and try their skill. The vast majority released this year will be brown trout, but some rainbows were due to be stocked in the Rondout Creek in Wawarsing, if that's more to your taste.
Fishing licenses, which can be purchased online, by phone, or through any of a number of authorized agents, cost $25 a year for any state resident 16 and older (higher fees apply for out-of-staters), and drops to just $5 at age 70. One-day, week-long, and lifetime licenses are also available. For those who are simply curious about what fishing's like, there's a free fishing weekend June 25-26, when no license whatsoever is required. That's a good time to convince the seasoned fisherman you know to lend you a rod and reel and show you what exactly it is that's so alluring about sitting on shore or in a boat, at all hours of the day and in all weather. While you might not be able to learn the location of that one secret fishing spot that always yields a catch, you might be able to coax out a story or two about Ol' Snaggletooth.
Whether you're fishing with a license or during a free weekend, it's important to understand the regulations. The DEC website (dec.gov) has up-to-date information on all the rules, including the special ones by county. In Ulster County, those include special seasons for certain types of fish in certain locations. Since the Ashokan Reservoir is owned by the City of New York, that municipality's rules also apply to fishing there, so it's worth spending some time understanding the specifics for whatever sport you're angling to visit. The DEC site also provides links to information about known fishing locations and fishing guides, making it all the more valuable to check out before planning your trip.
There are many types of fish in the county to focus on—beyond the ones that are stocked, including perch, walleye, and a variety of panfish. Baiting a hook is certainly one way to go about it, but remember that the Ulster County website asserts, "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 Esopus creeks." With that kind of history, it's reasonable to assume that there's also quite a bit of expertise nearby, fishermen who are willing to teach the skills necessary for this highly challenging and satisfying method of catching the big one. Even if they'd rather just show off a bit, it may be possible to pick up some valuable tips.
Spend some time around experienced anglers and you might learn a thing or two about where to fish, how to tie a fly, or even find out if they've tried to catch Ol' Snaggletooth. If they get to that last, rest assured it's going to be one of the best fish tales you've heard in awhile.
by Maria Reidelbach
The mere existence of an herb like lovage gives me great hope and joy. Lovage is incredibly delicious, extremely versatile, grows better than a weed, and it's beautiful, too. And lovage is, these days, almost unknown.
Lovage is a gorgeous perennial plant that appears first thing in the spring and grows five feet tall or more. It looks a lot like gigantic parsley and has flavor notes of celery, both of which are kissing cousins. In summer it bursts with umbrella-shaped bunches of tiny chartreuse flowers which become pretty green seeds. It grows prolifically until November, getting so tall that it sometimes needs to be staked.
The flavor of lovage is both familiar and exotic; mingling with the aforementioned celery flavors are notes of pine and warm curry. In fact, in its chemical make-up, lovage shares some essential oil components with curry leaf, rosemary, cardamom, oregano and savory. (The English insist that it's got a hint of yeast, but then they would.)
How could such a great culinary ingredient escape fame? Even in its heyday, lovage seems to have been the wallflower at the ball. The Middle Ages were a great era for herb and spice lovers; seasonings were used with abandon on all foods, and lovage was a kitchen garden staple, but it was never among the favorites. This may be because lovage has a reputation for having an extremely potent flavor. I admit that my garden lovage, thriving from seedlings purchased out of curiosity, intimidated me for that very reason, at least until the year my parsley plants failed. Without a ready source of parsley I substituted lovage and fell in love—the leaves provided the fresh green note I sought and those mysterious spicy flavors gave familiar recipes a wonderful new aspect. In soups and stocks I began using the big green leaves instead of celery, and found it equally fantastic.
Emboldened, I've been making dishes where lovage takes center stage. I've made tabbouleh with lovage subbed for the parsley, and it was incredible. Pesto made with lovage instead of basil is great not only on pasta, but on potatoes, fish, white beans, stuffed under the skin of roast chicken, or mixed with cooked whole grains—even kids like it! (And of course, like all green herbs, lovage is a superfood—packed with phytonutrients!)
The great height of lovage is supported on strong, hollow stems, up to half an inch in diameter. Old books suggest that these stems are edible, but I've found them to be too fibrous to eat. Instead, they make fantastic straws through which to sip Bloody Marys or even lemonade. It's said that the root is an edible vegetable, but since lovage is a perennial and returns every year, and mine hasn't spread, I have not checked this out (if you have—do tell!). The seeds are sprightly and spicy; last winter we rolled bread dough in them and they created a yummy and crunchy crust.
Tuscans are fond of the pollen of fennel, another relative of lovage—this summer I'm going to collect lovage pollen and use it in a similar way—by sprinkling it on everything. Stay tuned. And you can always simply add finely shredded lovage leaves or flowers on mixed green salads for a taste twisteroo.
In the last couple of years, since my lovage consciousness has been raised, I've become aware of a faint but persistent lovage buzz. There are secret lovage lovers everywhere, so it seems. Queried at a dinner recently, every one of six guests chimed in with their devotion. Last summer, when I was giving a tasting at a farmers market, I subbed lovage for parsley in a recipe for Moroccan Carrots. I asked passers-by if they could guess the secret ingredient. Christoph Hitz, an illustrator living in Rosendale, took a nibble and replied, in a charming Swiss accent, “lovage!” My jaw dropped. Turns out that dried, powdered lovage was the main ingredient in a Swiss season salt called Maggi Chrut. Corinne Geib, a German native who works with many herbs to create her Immuneschein Elixirs and at her Immuneschein Tea Haus in Rosendale, told me that Maggi Chrut was once so popular that lovage became known as the Maggi herb.
The marvelous Corner Restaurant in the Tivoli Hotel offers a special of seared diver scallops sublimely finished with lovage shreds. Internationally, lovage pops up here and there among the cognoscenti—there's Lovage Restaurant in Seattle that's got a Lovage Asian Bowl, and Lovage Juice Kitchen in London at an Ace Hotel. Montana's Duluth Grill is big on the herb and offers both Lovage Lemonade and Sanguine Maria, a cold tomato soup with lovage and black olives (I'm there!). There's Lovage Bistro in Malta, the swanky Lovage catering company in San Francisco and Lavender and Lovage, an excellent cooking blog. Lettice and Lovage is a new off-off Broadway play starring Angela Landsberry. There's even a rock band named Lovage—this trip-hop group's only album, Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By, has videos with subway trains and men in bunny costumes, but, alas, no lovage.
These recent phenomena are signs that we may be reaching a critical mass on lovage love. Soon lovage may have the popularity that has unfairly eluded it! And if there's a great herb like lovage that's been hiding in plain sight, what other delectable delights might there be to discover? The world is our herb garden!
Tabbouleh, made with Lovage
½ cup bulgur wheat
3 tbs. olive oil
2 cups finely chopped lovage
½ cup finely chopped fresh mint
2 medium tomatoes cut into small dice (also great with soaked dried tomatoes)
1 medium cucumber, halved, seeded, cut into small dice
3 tbs. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
In a heat-proof bowl, stir together the bulgur and 1 cup of boiling water. Cover tightly and let stand for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Drain and press the bulgur in a sieve, then toss it with the rest of the ingredients until well combined.
Maria Reidelbach is an artist, author and local food activist who lives, works and eats in Accord, NY. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saugerties Farmers Market. The Saugerties Farmers Market, a mainstay of delicious fruits and vegetables during each year’s growing season, will open for the 15th year. In addition to a bountiful selection of fresh local vegetables, baked goods, meats, fish, cheese and other goodies, there will be great fun for everyone of all ages, including live music, chef demos, nutrition outreach, massage therapy, and more. Visit saugertiesfarmersmarket.com for more information. 115 Main Street, Saugerties. Opens May 28 and continues every Saturday, 10am-2pm.
Self-Hypnosis & Lucid Dreaming Workshop. There are four stages to falling asleep. Few people know them, fewer develop any skill in them, and most people suffer because of this. Self-hypnosis gives you the tools to navigate each step successfully, to easily and reliably sleep deeply and soundly - not an optional skill if you want to remain healthy. In this class you will learn the skills necessary for ‘a good night’s sleep.’ Lincoln Stoller is a quantum physicist trained in neurofeedback and hypnotherapy (mindstrengthbalance.com). Free. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. June 2, 7-8:30pm.
Stephen Jenkinson Film/Workshop. The feature
film GRIEFWALKER is a lyrical, poetic portrait
of Jenkinson’s work with the dying, filmed over a 12-year period. It shows Jenkinson in teaching sessions with doctors and nurses, in counseling sessions with the dying and their families, and in exchanges about how we live and die. A Q&A with Jenkinson will follow the screening (June 3). Jenkison’s workshop ‘Die Wise: Making Meaning of the Ending of Days’ will teach the art of dying, including skills to be practiced in the course of living deeply and well throughout life (June 4). Film $22; Workshop $101; both $112. Tickets at eventbrite.ca (search: Stephen Jenkinson, Kingston). HealthAlliance Hospital, Admin Service Building Auditorium, 105 Mary’s Avenue, Kingston. June 3, 7-9:30pm; June 4, 9:30am-3:30pm.
7th Annual Collectors Exchange: Fine Art Auction. This fine art auction attracts quality consignments of sophisticated taste. Over 250 lots, including historic Woodstock Art Colony art, historic Hudson Valley art, oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, prints, photography, artifacts, jewelry and vintage posters. Free. Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston. June 4-5.
Lecture on Women in Local History. History is dominated by tales of men - but here in the Hudson Valley, a man is setting the record straight by focusing on the unsung women of local Ulster County history. Woodstock town historian Richard Heppner will speak about "Women of the Catskills.” This lecture continues a series of lectures and events with the theme of ‘Celebrating Women in History’ to commemorate the 2017 centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State. No admission fee for UCHS members; $7 for non-members; $5 for students, seniors and the military. Ulster County Historical Society, 2682 Route 209, Marbletown. June 5, 3pm.
Restorative Nature Stroll. In an attempt to make nature connection accessible to all, Wild Earth will lead a one hour ‘Restorative Nature Stroll,’ providing physical and financial accessibility to community members of all ages and abilities. These walks will offer a balance between contemplative, guided, and communal nature exploration, with time for silence and reflection and time for connecting and sharing. Free and open to all. Meet at the Gardens for Nutrition, 51 Huguenot Street, New Paltz. June 7, 12-1pm.
Ballet Hispanico. Catch the best in contemporary American dance as Ballet Hispanico shreds the silver screen in this presentation of their critically-acclaimed "CARMEN.maquia" and "Club Havana.” Since its inception in 1970, Ballet Hispanico has been recognized as one of the nation's premiere Latino dance organizations. Led by award-winning artistic director Eduardo Vilaro, the Ballet Hispanio Company has performed for more than 3 million people across 11 countries and 3 continents. $13 for members, $15 for non-members and $6 for children 12 and under. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. June 12, 3pm.
Klyne Esopus Museum’s Strawberry Festival. This festival is the one of the oldest continuing events in the town of Esopus, dating back to the days when the Klyne Esopus Dutch Reformed Church hosted the community on the church grounds. Refreshments, white elephant sale, hamburgers, hot dogs, old fashioned potato salad, beverages and, of course, fresh strawberry desserts. $12 for adults, $8 for children 4-10, children 3 and under free. Klyne Esopus Museum, 764 Broadway, Ulster Park. June 18, 12-3:00pm.
Free Community Holistic Healthcare Day. A wide variety of holistic health modalities and practitioners available. Appointments can be made on a first-come first-served basis upon check-in. Though no money or insurance is required, RVHHC invites patients to give a donation or an hour of volunteer community service if they can. For more information please visit rvhhc.org. Free. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. June 21, 4-8:00pm.
Grandmother Earth: A Community Art Project. Throughout June, the public is invited to participate in the creation of a work of art initiated by the artist Linda Weintraub and installed at CHRCH Project Space until June 30. The sculpture Weintraub created rises 10 feet toward the ceiling, and 10 feet along the floor. The surface is completely covered with natural treasures gathered from the woods – seeds, mushrooms, acorns, bark, twigs, bones, shells, moss, clay, and lichens. Over the course of the exhibition, the public will have the opportunity to enlarge the artwork by contributing their own arrangements of these sensual forest offerings. Free. CHRCH Project Space, 167 Cottekill Road, Cottekill. Sundays, 2-5pm or by appointment. Closing reception June 26, 3-6pm.
11th Annual Tour De Kingston. The Tour De Kingston offers bike rides for all abilities and interests, including a flat and free 5-mile family ride, plus longer road & Rail Trail rides. Advance registration is $30 for individuals and $50 for couples/families for all rides except the 5-mile family ride, which is free. Day-of registration is $50 for all riders. Register online at bikereg.com. All proceeds benefit Tour de Kingston Community Scholarships, the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County and the HealthAlliance Foundation. Rides begin and end at Forsyth Park, Kingston. June 28. Registration at 8am, road rides at 9am, Rail Trail at 10am, family ride at 11am, BBQ at 12:30pm.
End Days The hilarious comedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer. June 9–26, 2016
Thursday–Saturday: 7:30pm Sunday Matinee: 2pm $25 general admission, $20 student and senior VENUE: The newly air-conditioned Byrdcliffe Theater, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY.
Mindfulness and Healing for Healers. Come rest, relax, rejuvenate, reconnect and giggle.We will clear, ground and raise our energy, exchange healings, reconnect heartfully with ourselves and other healers, experience and learn a variety of mindful practices to support our full aliveness and how to bring mindfulness into our healing work.**This day is open to healers of all healing modalities - OLHT, Reiki, Matrix, Reconnective Healing, Massage and Others. Please feel free to forward this to other healers that you sense would be interested. Space is limited. Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016 Location: Stone Ridge, NY Cost: $150 includes lunch, $110 if you register by June 2nd To register: call Nancy at 845 687-2252
by David DeWitt
A few days ago at breakfast, Finn got up abruptly and went to the refrigerator. I suspected it
was to get more maple syrup since I had just observed him carefully scooping the amount I had
given him off of the top of his oatmeal and slurping it down.
“Finn,” I said.
“Don’t worry about me,” he said turning back with a hand in the air and a tone that sounded
more like a 14 than 4 year old.
He then lugged the quart container back and plopped it on the table.
“Please?” he said.
The battle of sweets is fought hard in this household. Especially since my sweet tooth is the
size of Switzerland, Belgium and France combined. And it’s the dark confection those countries
are so good at that I tend to gravitate toward. This has not gone unnoticed.
A few weeks ago after I had sneaked a couple of pieces of 70 percent cacao from my secret
stash, Finn was suddenly at my side urgently needing to share something with me. He had a
set of Lego instructions in his hand. On one page were tiny pictures of other lego sets they want
you to buy.
“Come here look,” he said with his nose an inch from the page.
“Just a minute,” I said, pretending to look for something amongst the bottles of oils and
vinegars while chewing and swallowing as fast as I could. Then I squatted down next to him to
“This is the one I want for Christmas next year,” he whispered intensely, pointing like he was
showing me a map to buried treasure.
“Ok,” I whispered back “but Christmas is a long ways away. You may decide by then that you
want something else.”
He turned to me and his expression changed completely to a knowing smile.
“Says the man with the chocolate breath,” he said.
“What are you the chocolate police?” I said.
“Where is it?” he said scrunching up his nose and putting his hands on his hips.
I have to say, I love that he loves chocolate. Even if it’s not to the extent that I do. He doesn’t
always prefer it and he doesn’t generally like chocolate ice cream. But when I say we’re going
to make chocolate chip cookies he lights up as much as he does with the prospect of a new toy.
Which makes it even harder to limit it.
“You wouldn’t like it,” I said.
“Why?” he asked.
“It’s gluten-free,” I said
“Yuck!” he said and walked away.
I accidentally discovered his aversion to that term about a year ago and I keep it in my special
weapons cache. I use it sparingly so as not to diminish it’s potency. And while I do feel a little
guilty saying it, I’m kind of telling the truth. He wouldn’t like the effects of having too much, nor
And it is gluten free.
And a man has to do what he can to protect his chocolate stash.
David Dewitt is an artist, blogger, and painter who lives with his family in the Rondout Valley. For more visit daviddewitt.com.
by JD Eiseman
Arlington Farmers Market. The Arlington Farmers Market opens for the season on Thursday, June 2. This year many past vendors return, as well as a host of newcomers, selling local vegetables, fruits, honey, meat, wool, baked goods, soaps, and jewelry. The market also participates in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which enables veterans and families in need of public assistance to shop for fruits and vegetables. Vassar Alumni Lawn, Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. Every Thursday through October, weather permitting. 3-7pm.
Country Living Fair. The popular magazine Country Living hosts a weekend of great shopping, seminars and demonstrations, delicious food, and meet-and-greets with the editors. Over 200 vendors and local exhibitors will be on hand selling antiques, furniture, crafts, artwork, vintage goods, home and garden decor, and more. Tickets and info at stellashows.com. Early-bird one-day or three-day passes start at $13. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck. June 3-5. 10am-5pm.
Mount Gulian Historic Dinner. The evening will include an early 20th century inspired dinner and the presence of President Theodore Roosevelt, author, explorer, naturalist and 26th President of the United States, as finely portrayed by an actor from the American Historical Theatre. President Roosevelt will talk about his life, career and many accomplishments, including his domestic political agenda known as the “Square Deal” and his foreign policy ensuring that the influence of the United States would grow to span the globe. Tickets to the dinner and performance are $150. For more information, please contact Mount Gulian at 845-831-8172 or email@example.com. Mount Gulian Historic Site, 145 Sterling Street, Beacon. June 4, 5-9pm.
Taste of Millbrook. The Millbrook Educational Foundation will celebrate over a decade of funding projects at Millbrook Central School with the return of its premier fundraiser, featuring wines from Millbrook Vineyards paired with a lovely spread of food donated by local restaurants and caterers. A silent auction will offer trips, sports and entertainment tickets, spa services, and home improvement items. Tickets are $100/$85 in advance at millbrookeducationalfoundation.org. Millbrook Vineyards, 26 Wing Road, Millbrook. June 6.
Sunset Sensations Wine & Food Series. Enjoy samplings from Hudson Valley chefs and wine pairings from around the world in this year-long series held on the Mansion Lawn of the Locust Grove estate. Each guest chef uses vegetables from the estate gardens as their inspiration for three unique samplings. Locust Grove’s horticultural staff will be offering tours of the kitchen gardens. Shelley Boris of Fresh Company is this month’s guest chef. $27 in advance/$29 day-of. Tickets and info at lgny.org. Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie. June 9. 5:30-7:30pm.
Spring for Sound Music Festival. Spring in the village of Millerton means Spring for Sound, an annual homegrown music festival celebrating its sixth year. Proceeds support the programming of the North East Community Center, which provides various services to the residents of Millerton and its surroundings. Local food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Tickets and schedule at springforsound.com. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Village of Millerton. June 11. 9am-12am.
Beacon City-Wide Yard Sale. List your yard sale for $10 or talk to your neighbors and list 3 for $20. Sales will be listed by address and a list will be available to shoppers on the morning of the sale, as well as online in the weeks before. You’ll also receive a sign to mark your house on the day of the sale. Don’t have a yard? Set up at the recreation center. Register at cityofbeacon.org/government/parksrecreation.htm. June 11. 9am-3pm.
Strawberry Festival. A celebration of all things strawberry - fresh strawberry shortcakes made with local berries, strawberry smoothies, chocolate dipped strawberries, and more. There will be music, environmental displays, kids activities and games, and craft vendors. Presented by the Beacon Sloop Club. Free admission. Riverfront Park, 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon. June 12. 12-5pm.
Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Festival. The Hudson Valley Craft Brew Festival presents Beer, Bourbon & Bacon, featuring hundreds of different beers from breweries all around the world, distilleries from the Hudson Valley and beyond sampling their finest products, and everything bacon you can imagine, from bacon-infused beer to bacon tacos, tamales, cupcakes, desserts, and more. Advance General Admission is $45, at-door is $55. Ticket includes a tasting glass and complimentary beer and bourbon samples. beerbourbonbacon.com. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck. June 18, 2-6pm.
Vanderbilt Garden Interpreter Tour. Vanderbilt Garden Association interpreters will offer tours of the formal gardens at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. The volunteer interpreters will discuss the history of the gardens with a focus on the Vanderbilt ownership and the mission of the non-profit Vanderbilt Garden Association to rehabilitate and maintain the plants, shrubs, trees, and statuary in the gardens as they were in the 1930’s just prior to Mr. Vanderbilt’s death. Vanderbiltgarden.org for more information. Free. Vanderbilt Mansion, 119 Vanderbilt Park Road, Hyde Park. June 18, 1-4pm.
Back to the Future Under the Walkway. Free, family-friendly movies will be shown on the big screen
beneath the Walkway Over the Hudson at the Upper Landing Park in Poughkeepsie all summer long. Additionally, live musical entertainment, contests and fun for the whole family will precede each movie. All attending are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Free. Local vendors will be on hand to provide food and beverages. Parking and scheduling information can be found at walkway.org. Upper Landing Park, 83 N Water Street, Poughkeepsie. June 24, bands at 7 pm, feature film at sundown, approx. 8:30 p.m.
Marco Eneidi/Joe Morris/Luther Gray. Orthogonal Hustle Industries Unlimited (OHIU) is proud to present a rare US appearance by the expatriate American alto saxophonist and composer Marco Eneidi, playing in a trio featuring Joe Morris on bass and Luther Gray on drums. He studied with Jimmy Lyons and Sonny Simmons and has played and recorded with illustrious musicians including Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, William Parker, and Glenn Spearman. $10 admission. Beacon Yoga, 464 Main Street, Beacon. June 30, 8pm.
Free Garden Tours of the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. On Sunday June 19, 2016 the Vanderbilt Garden Association interpreters will offer FREE tours of the formal gardens at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site on Route 9 in Hyde Park between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM (weather permitting). Tours begin at the entrance to the gardens. The volunteer interpreters will discuss the history of the gardens, with a focus on the Vanderbilt ownership and the mission of the not-for-profit Vanderbilt Garden Association to rehabilitate and maintain the plants, shrubs, trees, and statuary in the gardens as they were in the 1930’s just prior to Mr. Vanderbilt’s death. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at http://www.vanderbiltgarden.org or call 845-229-6432.