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  • Friday, November 28
    Sinterklaas Kingston
    Sinterklaas arrival day in the Kingston Rondout. 10:30am-7pm. A day of open houses, musical performances, workshops creating beautiful crowns and branches, a march down Broadway, a parade of stars, and puppets galore. Kingston sends off Sinterklaas and his white horse on a tugboat across the river. After his send off, there will a Sinterklaas Soiree, Tree Lighting Ceremony and plenty of specials at all of the local restaurants. sinterklaashudsonvalley.com

  • Friday, November 28 - Sunday, November 30
    Farm & Flea
    Showcase for the agricultural bounty & craft making richness of our region. Shop, hear music, taste local treats, attend a workshop or lecture. All day: 9am–7pm. Email: info@basilicahudson.com. Url: http://basilicahudson.com.

  • Friday, November 28
    Kingston Tree Lighting
    6-8:30pm. Local entertainment, refreshments, Santa & friends. Phone: 845-331-1216.

  • Friday, November 28 - Sunday, November 30
    Museum Shop Holiday Sale
    10am-4pm. Phone: 845-338-1661. Url: http://hurleyheritagesociety.org.

  • Friday, November 28
    2nd Annual Green Friday
    11am-2pm. This free, outdoor event will showcase a variety of ways to "green" your home this year. This will include rain barrels, home composting, solar energy, permeable pavers and asphalt and much more. For more information or to participate in this event, please contact Steve Noble at 845-481-7336. Phone: 845-331-1682. Email: recreation@kingston-ny.gov. Url: http://kingstonparksandrec.org.

  • Friday, November 28 - Sunday, November 30
    A Gilded Age Christmas
    Lavish holiday decoration, special programs & holiday shopping at the Mills Mansion 11/28–12/31.Tours Fri–Sun from noon–4pm; then every Thu–Sun in December; also every day 12/29–12/31. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov . Url: http://staatsburgh.org.

  • Saturday, November 29
    ARTspace Holiday Gift Fair
    Opening reception 5–7pm. Continues Sat & Sun thru 12/13. Phone: 518-537-4469. Url: http://germantownartspace.com.

  • Saturday, November 29
    Holiday Show Opening
    2014 show opening from 5–7pm. Winter gallery hours: Thu–Sat 11–5pm; Sun 11am–4pm. Phone: 845-516-4435. Email: betsyjacaruso@gmail.com. Url: http://betsyjacarusoartist.com .

  • Saturday, November 29
    Magic, Mind Reading & Comedy
    llusionist David Garrity and mind reader Denny Corby present awesome illusions, magic and mind reading w/a comic twist. $20. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, November 29
    Introduction to Fermentation
    Learn how simple it is to make your own kimchi, kefir, and other fermented delicacies and watch Sandor make a simple sauerkraut. Learn about the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well as their illustrious history and integral role in human cultural evolution. Empower yourself with simple techniques for fermenting these healthful foods in your home. Presented by Sandor Ellix Katz. 3-5:30pm. Phone: 845-255-1255. Url: http://gardinerlibrary.org.

  • Sunday, November 30
    Village Tree Lighting & Activities
    Family fun throughout the day w/ tree lighting taking place at Rhinebeck Bank parking lot on East Market St around 5:30. Phone: 845-876-5904. Email: info@rhinebeckchamber.com. Url: http://rhinebeckchamber.com.

  • Sunday, November 30
    Naughty Sweeties
    A 1920s cabaret: Molly Parker-Myers (w/Joel Flowers on piano) presents an afternoon of songs and stories from the Roaring 20s. $20. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Sunday, November 30
    Families: Nature Collages
    Come join other families at Minnewaska to make art, using materials from the natural world. First, we will look at examples of collage and explore a few assembly techniques. Then, we will search nearby trails to gather items to use in our art project. The fun begins when we return to the Nature Center and we create our collages. This program is recommended for children aged six to twelve years old accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years old. Pre-registration required. 10-11:30am. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.com.

  • Wednesday, December 3
    Bard College Symphonic Chorus
    Handel, Esther; chamber singers, and baroque ensemble. Directed by Alexander Bonus, conducted by James Bagwell. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Wednesday, December 3
    RB Honor Society Induction
    National Honor Society Induction Ceremony in auditorium at 7pm. Phone: 845-871-5500. Url: http://rhinebeckcsd.org.

  • Wednesday, December 3 - Thursday, December 4
    ND Hospital Poinsettia & Wreath Sale
    Holiday décor available to purchase including poinsettias, wreaths, swags, kissing balls and handmade decorations. To benefit ND Auxiliary. Phone: 845-871-1720 ext. 4.. Url: http://health-quest.org.

  • Thursday, December 4 - Friday, December 5
    Brookmeade's Winter Wonderland
    Annual holiday bazaar, craft fair, penny social, tree lighting, hot cocoa bar, holiday treats & pictures w/Santa! (Need appt: from 3:30–5pm on 12/5) Drawing on Fri at 3:30pm. Thu and Fri 8am–4pm. All ages invited; free. Phone: 845-876-2071x107. Url: http://communityatbrookmeade.com.

  • Thursday, December 4
    The Murder of Richard Jennings
    A talk for true crime buffs! Join author and detective Michael J. Worden as he examines the first murder for hire (in 1818) in New York State. 7–8pm: Free. Phone: 845-757-3771. Email: tivolilibrary@gmail.com. Url: http://tivolilibrary.org.

  • Thursday, December 4
    Conservatory Orchestra
    Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphoses, Martin's Concerto for Seven Winds, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. Conducted by Cristian Măcelaru. $15/$20 at 3pm. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Friday, December 5
    Christmas Fair, Caroling & Tree Lighting
    The church sanctuary will be decorated and open for touring, with church historians on hand to answer any questions. Enjoy "Soup on the Stoop" - cups of hot soup & cider will be available for purchase. Luminaries will light the way to the Education Building across the street, where there will be a special preview sale of the annual Christmas Fair. Children can decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus in the Gingerbread Room. The tree lighting and caroling will commence at 7:00pm on the steps of the church, led by our Youth Choir. Festivities will end at 8:30pm and reopen at 9am with our traditional Christmas Fair in the Education Building. Phone: 845-255-6340. Url: http://reformedchurchofnewpaltz.org.

Iva's Accord Roots

by Vivian Yess Wadlin  

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

New Englanders-on-Hudson

by Cynthia Owen Philip  

I have a confession to make. I am a somewhat unreconstructed New Englander. The Puritans drove my progenitors out of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and into the wilderness of what would become Rhode Island. There they would stay generation after generation, including my own. Read more...

The Roots of Sinterklaas

by Jim Blackburn  

For casual visitors the annual Sinterklaas celebration centered in Rhinebeck may be a brief eruption of early holiday festivities, but for Jeanne Fleming and her volunteers preparing each year’s celebration is a year-round undertaking. Having attended the last two Sinterklaas celebrations (and having a good time), I was curious about the history of the event, how it is all put together, and what we can look forward to this year. Ms. Fleming was kind enough to explain many aspects of the festival. Her enthusiasm and passion for the community of Rhinebeck shine through the Sinterklaas celebration she has tirelessly helped Read more...

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