Almanac Weekly’s calendar of events (July 23-August 1)

Thursday 7/23

175th Orange County Fair (7/22-8/2). The rides! The midway! The music! The kettle corn! It’s all here once again! Mon-Fri 4-11pm, Sat-Sun 1-11pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown.845-343-4826, 845-343-4894,

8AM-5PM HITS-on-the-Hudson IV: AIG Grand Prix. World-class equestrian show jumping. Info: 845-246-5515 or—2. HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Ave Ext, Saugerties.

8:30AM-9:30AM Free Daily Silent Sitting Meditation. On-going every Morning, seven days a week, 8:30-9:30am in the Amitabha Shrine Room. For info contact Jan Tarlin, 845-679-5906, x 1012. Karma Triyiana Dharmachakra, 335 Meads Mountain Rd, Woodstock.

9AM-1:30PM Day of Mindfulness at Blue Cliff Monastery. mindfulness practice center in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Listen to a talk on mindfulness, practice walking meditation in the woods, and enjoy a mindful lunch. Info: or 845-213-1785. Blue Cliff Monastery, 3 Mindfulness Rd, Pine Bush.

9AM-11:15AM New Paltz Playspace. NPZ Town Rec Center, off of Rte 32, New Paltz.

9:30AM-11:30AM Arts and Crafts Master Class. “Creating Hand Made Cards” for Ages 55+ Create unique, personal handmade cards. Drawing, painting, collage, and writing materials supplied. Reg reqr’d. Info: 845-688-7811. Phoenicia Library, 48 Main St, Phoenicia, free.

9:30AM-11:30AM Shandaken Seniors: Arts and Crafts Master Class “Creating a Memory Gift Box.” Ages 55+. Do you have a special memory to express or give to someone you love? Drawing, painting, collage. Must pre-register. Info: 845-688-7811. 48 Main St, Phoenicia.

9:30AM-10:30AM Senior Fit After 50 with Diane Collelo. Three-part class offering movement for balance and breath, weight-training for bone health, and mat work for flexibility and core. Open to Woodstock residents 55 and older, $1 donation requested. Town Hall, Woodstock.

10AM-11:30AM Parkinson’s Dance & Exercise Class. Led by Anne Olin. For people with PD & other neurological disorders. Groups are challenging, creative and fun! Info: 845-679-6250. $12 for one or $22 for two. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 207 Albany Ave, Kingston.

10AM-1PM Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Junior Naturalists: History Scavenger Hunt. 2-mile hike. Recommended for seven to twelve year old children, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pre-registration is required. Info: 845-255-0752. Minnewaska State ParkPreserve, Nature Center, Gardiner, $10 /car.

10AM-11AM Learn to Use Craigslist. Learn to get the most out of this website service. Info: 845-679-6405 or West Hurley Library, 42 Clover St, West Hurley.

11AM New Paltz Chamber’s Golf Event & Networking Mixer. Golf Includes lunch sandwich, 9 holes of golf & cart, green fees, late afternoon meal, prizes and a networking mixer. Cash bar on and off the course. Dinner at 4pm. Info: 845-255-0243 or [email protected]. New Paltz.

12:30PM-6:30PM Crystal Energy Readings with shamanic practitioner Mary Vukovic every Thursday and Monday at Mirabai. Walk-ins welcome or call for appointment. Info: 845-679-2100. Mirabai Bookstore, 23 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, $40 /45 minutes, $30 /25 minutes.

1PM-4PM Senior Duplicate Bridge with John Stokes. Woodstock Bridge Club offers a short lesson and a game of Duplicate Bridge. Most players are elementary and intermediate players. Open to Woodstock residents 55 and older, $1 donation requested. Rescue Squad Bldg, Rt 212, Woodstock.

2PM West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical. Info: 518-392-9292; May-Hayden Theatre, Chatham, $31, $14 /under 12.

3PM-7PM Arlington Farmers’ Market. 3pm-7pm. Thursdays, spring through fall corner of Raymond & Collegview Avenues, Poughkeepsie.

3PM Kingston YMCA Farm Project Farm Stand. Thursdays thru September. The Farm Stand/Cornell Cooperative Extension will feature fruits and vegetables freshly harvested from the Farm. Info: 845-340-3990 or [email protected]. YMCA Main Lobby, 507 Broadway, Kingston.

3PM-6PM Diana’s Fancy Flea Market. Pre-Sale Opening with Wine & Cheese. To Benefit Diana’s CAT Shelter. (Between Stone Ridge & High Falls.) The King Church, Rt. 213, High Falls, $10.

4PM-5PM Meditation Support Group. Meets at Mirabai every Thursday. 30 minutes seated meditation followed by 15 minutes walking meditation. Walk-ins welcome. Info: 845-679-2100. Mirabai Bookstore, 23 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, $5.

4PM-11PM The Orange County Fair. Info: or 845-343-4826 or 845-343-4894. Orange County Fairgrounds, 100 Carpenter Ave, Middletown.

5PM 12th Annual Mini Golf Tournament. Hosted by Kingston Sunrise Rotary Club. BBQ dinnner starting at 5 pm. Tee time: 4:30 pm or 6 p.m. Trophy presentation, players bags with a souvenir sports towel, raffles. Info: 845-242-2802 or [email protected]. Ascot Park, 163 Esopus Ave, Kingston, $18, $12 /12 & under.

6PM-7PM Free Meditation Practice at Sky Lake Shambhala Retreat Ctr. Meets every Thursday, 6-7pm. Free and open to the public. Contact info: 845-658-8556 or Sky Lake, 22 Hillcrest Ln, Rosendale.

6:30PM Reading and Book Signing: Marc B. Fried. Author of Notes from the Other Side. Kingston Library, Kingston.

6:30PM Master Gardener Open House. Learn what is takes to become a Master Gardener Volunteer. Info: or 845-340-3990 ext. 335. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, 232 Plaza Rd, Kingston.

6:30PM-9:30PM The Garrison’s Sweet Summer Series: Petey Hop and Gary King, Blues Trio. Info: 845-424-3604 The Garrison, 2015 US 9, Garrison.

7PM “Music in the Park”-Summer Concert Series- Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers. Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill.

7PM-9PM Thursday Japanese Free Movie Night. Info: 845-255-8811 or Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Shop, Rite Aid Plaza, New Paltz.

7PM Jeff Wilkinson and his crackerjack band the ShutterDogs. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, a picnic. Info: or 607-326-7908 Veteran’s Memorial Park, Stamford, free.

7PM Actors& Writers: Evening of Short Plays written by members of the company. Info: Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Rd, Woodstock.

7PM-8:30PM Solarize Beacon + Educational Workshop. (with selected installers Apex Solar and NYS Solar Farm). Howland Library, 313 Main St, Beacon.

7:30PM Special Preview Performance: Footloose the Musical Special . Stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford. Info: 845-610-5900 or Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, 1351 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf.

7:30PM Shut Up and Look. A documentary about the private world and personal life of Richard Artschwager. Curator Patricia Phagan will introduce the film, which was produced by Morning Slayter and Maryte Kavaliauskas. Info: 845-437-5632 or VassarCollege, Taylor Hall, Room 203, Poughkeepsie.

8PM Vassar & New York Stage and Film 2015 Season: The Light Years. A new play written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen. Developed and directed by Oliver Butler. Info: 845-437-5599 or https://[email protected]. The Powerhouse Theater, 124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie,

8PM Our Country’s Good . Play by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Info: 845-679-0154. Byrdcliffe Theater, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Rd, Woodstock, $25, $20 /senior/student.

8PM The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of “show biz” and the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday. A Comedy By John Bishop. Info:! Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, $40 /golden circle, $36/blue, $32/ green.

8PM Moon Over Buffalo. Classic comedy by Ken Ludwig. Info: 845-647-5511. Shadowland Theatre, 408 Main St, Ellenville, $39.

8PM-9:30PM Japanese Movie Night: “Barefoot Gen/”, Not recommended for young children. Directed by Mori Masaki, manga written by Keiji Nakazawa, screenplay by Issei Miyazaki, Masaki Koda, Yoshie Shimamura. Info: 845-255-8811. Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Shop, Rite Aid Plaza, 232 Main St, New Paltz, free.

8PM 2015 Lobby at the Ritz Music Series. Mina Thomas, a trained Jazz/Gospel Singer, recording artist, actress, song-writer and spoken word poet. Info:, or 845-784-1199. Lobby at the Ritz Theater, 109 Broadway, Newburgh, $20.

8PM West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical. Info: 518-392-9292; May-Hayden Theatre, Chatham, $34, $33.

8:30PM Bluegrass Clubhouse with Brian Hollander, Tim Kapeluk, Geoff Harden, Fooch, Eric Weissberg and Bill Keith. Info: 845-679-3484. Harmony Café @ Wok ‘n Roll, 50 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock.

9PM Strand of Oaks. Info: 845-679-4406. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St, Woodstock, $15.



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  1. Cassatt String Quartet performs
    at Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, New York
    Sunday, July 19, 2022 at 4pm

    The internationally celebrated Cassatt String Quartet will perform on Sunday, July 19, 2022 at 4pm at Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock, NY. Established in 1985, and celebrating their 30th anniversary season, the Cassatt String Quartet has collaborated with a vast array of artists and Pulitzer-prize winning composers. Named three times by The New Yorker magazine’s Best Of The Year CD Selection, the Cassatt has recorded over twenty-five commercial releases for the Koch, Naxos, New World, Albany and CRI Labels and can be found on YouTube.

    The concert will feature Joan Tower Incandescent for String Quartet, Peter Schickele Quartet No. 1, American Dreams, and Franz Schubert Death and the Maiden.

    For further information access: or call (845) 679-8217

    • General admission: $25., Students with valid ID: $5., Children under 12: Free when accompanies by an adult; Reserved (assigned) seats: $40 or $50 (depending on the event); a limited number of reserved seats are available only in advance and online by credit card or by phone 24 hours; Rock Bottom: “Pay-what-you-can” seating. Bring your own chair or blanket.

    The hall is wheelchair and walker accessible. To purchase tickets, go to the schedule page and click on the concert you wish. You will be directed to the order form. Or: 24 Hours Phone 800-595-4TIX [4849].

    More about the Cassatt String Quartet:

    Acclaimed as one of America’s outstanding ensembles, the Manhattan based Cassatt String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, with appearances at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Theater, the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Theatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and Maeda Hall in Tokyo. The Quartet has been presented on major radio stations such as National Public Radio’s Performance Today, Boston’s WGBH, New York’s WQXR and WNYC, and on Canada’s CBC Radio and Radio France.

    “… an undulant, lyrical and insightful performance…” by the Cassatt Quartet was recently cited in The New York Times. The 2014-2015 season highlights include their debut at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and concerts in Chiba, Japan, appearances at the NY Botanical Gardens, Tenri Cultural Center, Bargemusic, Mohonk Mountain House, Maverick Concerts and the Westchester Chamber Society (NY), Music Mountain and Treetops Chamber Series (CT), the Seal Bay Festival (ME) and their annual Cassatt in the Basin! educational chamber music residency (TX).

    Named three times by The New Yorker magazine’s Best Of…CD Selection, they have over thirty CDs and YouTube postings. They are named for the celebrated American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt.

    Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) has recently awarded the Cassatt String Quartet a coveted grant to help support their engagements across the globe as part of the 2015 USArtists International (USAI) program. USAI is the only national initiative in the United States solely devoted to promoting the excellence and diversity of American performing arts abroad. The program works to strengthen the creative and professional development of American artists through participation at important international festivals and performing arts markets. The program is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Engagements supported through the program provide American performing artists the opportunity to exchange ideas and practices with their counterparts around the world, and sustain their careers through exposure to new audiences and access to the international marketplace.

    The End

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