Almanac Weekly’s calendar of events (July 30-August 8)

Friday 7/31

The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice (7/ 29 – 8/2). Featuring professional world-class Opera, Broadway, Choral, Early Music & Aboriginal singers in Phoenicia.Info: 845-586-3588; [email protected]: Phoenicia.

Tour of the Catskills (7/31-8/2). The 9th Annual Pro-Am bicycle road race drawing over 800 racers from throughout the world! Held over 3 days with a time trial on Friday and two epic road stages on Sat and Sun. Info: or 518-275-6185. Hunter.

The Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition & Festival. Annual, multi-disciplinary celebration of art, music, dance, and community featuring over 100 artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance performances. Info: The Maxon Mills, 37 Furnace Bank Rd, Wassaic.

8AM HITS-on-the-Hudson NY Horse & Pony Show (VI): $100, 000 Ulcergard Grand Prix. World-class equestrian show jumping. Info: 845-246-5515 or—2. HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Ext, Saugerties, free.

9:45AM-10:45AM Senior Chi Kung with Corinne Mol. Meditative, healing exercise consisting of 13 movements. Open to Woodstock residents 55 and older for a $1 donation. Town Hall, Main Room, Woodstock.

10AM Ulster County Fair (7/28-8/2). Info: 845-255-1380 or Ulster County Fair, 249 Libertyville Rd, New Paltz.

11AM-4PM Historic 1812 House Tour. View the private collection of 18th and early 19th century furnishings and decorative arts of noted antiquarian Fred J. Johnston in eight elegant room settings. Info: 845-339-0720 or Friends of Historic Kingston, corner Wall-Main St, Kingston, $5, $2 /16 & under.

12:05PM-1:15PM Senior Basic Pilates with Christine Anderson. A floor work course promoting improvement of balance, coordination, focus, awareness breathing, strength and flexibility. Open to Woodstock residents 55 and older, $1 donation requested. Fire Co #1, Rt 212, Woodstock.

12:30PM Be Happy, Get Crafty! Drop by the library between 12:30 and 2:30 pm to create a craft to take home. Ages 6 and up. Info: 845-246-4317 or Saugerties Public Library, 91 Washington Ave, Saugerties.

12:30PM-6:30PM Soul Readings and Intuitive Guidance Enhance Clarity, Focus, Memory and Mood with psychic medium Maureen Brennan-Mercier. Walk-ins welcome or call for appointment. Info: 845-679-2100. Mirabai Bookstore, 23 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, $30 /25 minutes.

2PM-3:30PM Puzzles and Games. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/21. Choose from over 4 dozen new & classic board games & puzzles. Bring a friend or come and make a new one. Info: 845-.876-4030. Starr Library, 68 West Market St, Rhinebeck.

4PM-6PM “Desmond’s Back Porch Concert Series” : The Simons Family Fun Time Band. Rain date: Saturday, Aug. 1 from 4-6 pm. Bring a picnic and a chair or blanket. Info: 845-565-2076. MSMC Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post Rd, Newburgh, $5.

4PM-11PM The Orange County Fair (7/22-8/2). Info: or 845-343-4826 or 845-343-4894. Orange County Fairgrounds, 100 Carpenter Ave, Middletown.

4:30PM-5:30PM Lego Club. All welcome. Children 7 and under must be with an adult. Duplos available for younger kids. Info: 845-688-7811. Phoenicia Library, 48 Main St, Phoenicia.

5PM Woodstock Shakespeare Festival: Much Ado About Nothing. Performed by Bird-On-A-Cliff Theatre Company. Folding chairs or blankets are suggested. 45 Comeau Dr, Woodstock, free.

5PM-7PM Music in the Woods: Rich Hines & the Hillbilly Thrifters. Info: 845-399-4800 or Rail Trail Café, 310 River Road Extension, Tillson.

6PM The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice : The Medium an Opera by Giancarlo Menotti. STS Playhouse, Church Street Phoenicia $5 - $25.

6PM Painting Conservator to Speak on Hasbrouck portrait restoration. Marie Bruno will speak on the restoration process of the nineteenth century portrait of Garret Decker Hasbrouck. Info: Stone Ridge Library, Library Reference Room, Stone Ridge.

6PM-9PM Jazz with John Menegon.Jazz with Teri Roiger. No cover. Info: 845-687-9794. Lekker, 3928 Main St, Stone Ridge.

6:45PM Robin Williams-Seriously” Film Series: “ “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1996). Featuring Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan Directed by Chris Columbus. Info: 845- 229-7791, x 205. Hyde Park Library Annex, Hyde Park, free.

7PM -8:30PM Free Evening Talk. What Makes a Good Life? Keynote Speaker Neville Hodgkinson, journalist, formers science and medical correspondent for the “London Times” and “Daily Mail”, author of three books. Mountain Top Library, 6093 Main St, Tannersville.   Seating is limited, RSVP: 518 -589- 5000. Sponsored by Peace Village Retreat Center, Haines Falls. Info:

7PM Friday Night Jazz! New York City saxophonist Al Guart leads ensembles comprised of the best Hudson Valley Jazz musicians. A rotating roster of performers includes pianists John Esposito & Peter Tomlinson, guitarists Steve Raleigh & Peter Einhorn, bassists LewScott & Rich Syracuse. Other musicians regularly sit in with the band. Info: 518- 678-3101. Kindred Spirits, 334 Rt 32A, Palenville.

7:30PM Bard Summerscape: The Wreckers. Opera by Ethel Smyth. American Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director. Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger. Info: 845-758-7900 or Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, $25.

8PM Singin’ in the Rain. Directed and choreographed by Kevin Archambault, produced by Diana di Grandi for Up In One Productions. Info: or 845-876-3080. Center of Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, $27, $25.

8PM Live Music. Info: 845-679-3484. Harmony Café @ Wok ‘n Roll, 50 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock.

8PM Vassar & New York Stage and Film 2015 Season: Noir. A new musical with music by Duncan Sheik, book by Kyle Jarrow, lyrics by Kyle Jarrow and Duncan Sheik. Directed by Rachel Chavkin. Info: 845-437-5599 or https://[email protected]. The Vogelstein Center forDrama and Film, 124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, $30.

8PM Roomful of Blues. Info: 845-289-0185 or Daryl’s House, 130 Route 22, Pawling, $35, $20.

8PM Sonic Soul Band. Info: 845-679-3484. Harmony Café @ Wok ‘n Roll, 50 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock.

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

8PM “Oklahoma!” The classic American musical and first Rodgers & Hammerstein collaboration. Info:!oklahoma-summer-2015/c1xl2. Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, $40, $32.

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 The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice ; American Classics - Frederica von Stade, Lauren Flanigan and others Festival Stage, Phoenicia $5 - $25.

8PM Moon Over Buffalo. Classic comedy by Ken Ludwig. Info: 845-647-5511. Shadowland Theatre, 157 Canal St, Ellenville, $39.

8:15PM-10PM Orange County Land Trust “Blue Moon.” Stroll. Gary Keeton will lead guests on an evening stroll during the second full moon of the month, also known as a “Blue Moon.” Participants should wear long pants and use bug repellent. Info: [email protected] or call 845-469-0951 ext 18, Moonbeams Preserve, 219 Prosperous Valley Rd, Middletown, $5.

8:30PM Bard SummerScape 2015: Cabaret - Eisa Davis. Info: 845-758-7900 or Bard Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson, $65, $25.

8:30PM Movies Under The Stars: “Beetlejuice” Bring your own chairs and/or blankets! Forsyth Park, Lucas Ave, Kingston.

9PM The Slackers. Opener Los Thujones. Info: 845-679-4406. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St, Woodstock, $20.

9PM The Real Men.   Info: 845-229-8277. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park.

10PM-12:30AM Bard SummerScape 2015: After Hours with Justin and Friends: DJ JD Samson. Info: 845-758-7900 or Bard Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

10PM “Pay Attention.” Official CD Release Show Info: or 845-658-3164. Market Market, 1 Madeline Ln, Rosendale, free.

10:30PM-11:30PM Full Moon Hike. Led by Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern, Tim Evans. Come to learn about lunar phases, constellations and the unique event of a blue moon! Info: 845- 437-7414. Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, Main parking lot, Poughkeepsie,



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  1. FarmOn! Foundation Presents: How Does the Garden Grow? In Partnership with Bronx
    Date: Saturdays and Sundays June 6-October 3, 11AM-4PM
    Price: $20.00
    Location: Bronx Zoo 2300 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10460

    A series of weekend events, viewed by over 2 million Bronx Zoo visitors, strengthening the connection between food, the environment and ourselves with partners and celebrities. As part of the summer celebration of the Children’s Zoo, this June guest programming activities will expand upon our domestic animal farm area. In association with the education department and FarmOn! Foundation will host a number of interactive experiences (How Does our Garden Grow: Planting a Garden, seed & soil & composting, Father’s Day Weekend - Pick, Plant and Cook with Dad - Healthy Eating, Be a Bee - Importance of Our Pollinators) that align with mission and support the following goals: Connect our visitors to nature and natural processes, Generate awareness of and interest in engaging in sustainable actions that relate to gardening, Gain insight into our actions and how they affect the planet.

    Weekend Schedule in June
    June 6-7: “Meet Your Farmer: Seed and Soil”- Get dirty and connect to New York farms with hands-on activities, seed packet crafting, and more.

    June 13-14: “From Kitchen To Compost”- Meet the soil’s best friend, the earthworm, and learn the basics of composting food waste. Create your own seed packet craft.

    June 20-21: “Celebrating All-Star Dads: Healthy Food and Recipes”- Discover healthy, seasonal recipes, learn the art of pickling, and meet Super Sprowtz Roger and Colby Carrot!

    June 28-29: “Celebrating Pollinators”- Enjoy stories from author Lela Nargi, special activities, and honey tastings as you discover the importance of bees. Create your own seed packet craft.

    Tickets can be purchased at

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