Please confirm all dates and times with sponsors. Not to mention, typos can really ruin your day. Also, some events have fees, so check.

 

December

Friday, December 23

Swing Dance to the Blue Gardenia Quintet. Beginners’ Lesson 8-8:30. Band 8:30-11:30. Admission $15/10 full time students with ID.
www.hudsonvalleydance.org or 845 454-2571/Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Everyone Welcome.

Wednesday, December 28

NYUD CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, Participate in the longest running citizen science effort in the world. Contact Mark DeDea (339-1277 or forsythnature@aol.com ) for assignment in the Ulster Dutchess count circle. Be prepared for a full day out of doors. Reports from feeder watchers in the count circle are also desired. Contact Mark regarding details about compilation get together afterward at the Hasbrouck Park stone building, submission of records, and weather postponement.
John Burroughs Natural History Society/www.jbnhs.org

Thursday December 29

Open House at Knox’s Headquarters. The Ellison mansion is open for tours at 10:00 AM, 11: 0 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM each day. Tour the elegant 1754 historic house decorated for the season in 18th century fashion.
Call (845) 561-1765 X22

January

Sunday, January 1

IN SEARCH OF SAW-WHETS. We hardly know a thing about these beautiful little owls. Trip leader Peter Schoenberger (pdsis@yahoo.com or 914-466-2707) in search of their Ulster County wintering hideouts. 5:00 PM – All interested participants MUST REGISTER with Peter to attend and understand space is limited and that a successful trip will hings on QUIET AND COURTEOUS BIRDERS.
John Burroughs Natural History Society/www.jbnhs.org

Wednesday, January 4

Guest Speaker: Ron Knapp and Michael Neil O’Donnell. THE GUNKS: RIDGE AND VALLEY TOWNS THROUGH TIME. A talk and book signing. While Knapp was responsible for the text, Michael O’Donnell shepherded the striking visual content from idea to reality with contributions by Mohonk Preserve Volunteer Photographers.
New Paltz Community Center/3 Veterans Drive/New Paltz

Saturday, January 7

ALL DAY – 11th ANNUAL WINTER BIRDCOUNT AT Esopus Bend Nature Preserve (EBNP). Rain Date: Sun., January 8. Participants will census the winter bird community inhabiting the 160-acre Preserve, recording numbers of individuals and species diversity. Results become part of the Preserve’s biodiversity database to provide future guidance for land management and stewardship decisions. Meet at the Shady Lane main entrance parking lot at 5:30 a.m. for pre-dawn owling, or later at approximately 7:00 a.m. for the diurnal part of the survey. The WBC is a great way for birders and naturalists to start off the New Year and contribute to our knowledge of the wintering bird population inhabiting Esopus Bend Nature Preserve. Additional field observers are always welcome, and full day participation is not required, but you should be prepared to invest several hours out in the field under cold winter conditions. Contact Steve Chorvas (schorvas@verizon.net or 845-246-5900) to register, or for additional information, no later than 12:00 noon, Friday, January 6th. Esopus Bend Nature Preserve is located on the banks of the Esopus Creek in the Village and Town of Saugerties, in northern Ulster County.
Esopus Bend Nature Preserve/Saugerties/John Burroughs Natural History Society/www.jbnhs.org/schorvas@verizon.net or 845-246-5900

Sunday, January 8

Swing Dance to the Bernstein/Bard Quartet. Beginners’ Lesson 6-6:30. Band 6:30-9:00. Admission $12/8 full time students with ID.
www.hudsonvalleydance.org or 845 255-0614/Arlington Reformed Church 22 Raymond Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Sunday, January 8

WALLKILL VALLEY RAPTORS 8:00A.M. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC but please register with leader Christine Guarino Astronomy Night at the John R. Kirk Planetarium! A free planetarium show followed by telescope observing (when the sky is clear) at the Smolen Observatory. Open to all. Shows 6:30 p.m. Tickets required and are available one week prior to show time. Tickets are NOT required at the Smolen Observatory. Reserve FREE tickets contact:
Raj Pandya/(845) 257-3818/pandyar@newpaltz.edu/Coykendall Science Building SUNYcampus/ website: www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/

Saturday, January 14

Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest: Come out and enjoy the day. Chili cook-off, bonfire, roasted chestnuts, hayrides,games and more. Admission: $2; children six and under, free. Chili tastings for fifty cents or taste them all for $8. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hudson Valley Rail Trail, 101 New Paltz Road, Highland. 781-640-0881; hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net

Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29

HoneybeeLives’ Organic Beekeeping Class This two-day class introduces students to Organic/Natural Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence. A philosophy of care is imparted, as well as practical knowledge in preparation for starting hives in the spring. Also helpful for current beekeeperslooking for a culture of nurturing to advance their skills.
845-255-6113, www.honeybeelives.org, HoneybeeLives@Yahoo.com/New Paltz, NY

February

Thursday, February 2

Astronomy Night at the John R. Kirk Planetarium! A free planetarium show followed by telescope observing (when the sky is clear) at the Smolen Observatory. Open to all. Shows 6:30 p.m. Tickets required, available one week prior to show time. Tickets are NOT required at the Smolen Observatory. Reserve FREE tickets
Raj Pandya/(845) 257-3818/ pandyar@newpaltz.edu/Coykendall Science Building SUNYcampus/ website: newpaltz.edu/planetarium/

Friday & Saturday, February 3 & 4

Fun-filled event featuring local food, beer, wine, music, dancing, film, art, nature activities for all ages. Come for a day or the whole weekend. Tickets: pay what you can. Lodging available.
Ashokan Center. 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge/845-657-8333/ homeofthehoot.com/winter

Sunday, February 12

Swing Dance to an Exciting Live Band. Beginners’ Lesson 6-6:30. Band 6:30-9:00.. Admission $12/8 full time students with ID. Everyone welcome.
www.hudsonvalleydance.org or 845 255-0614/Arlington Reformed Church 22 Raymond Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Thursday, February 16

Astronomy Night at the John R. Kirk Planetarium! A free planetarium show followed by telescope observing (when the sky is clear) at the Smolen Observatory. Open to all. Shows 6:30 p.m. Tickets required and are available one week prior to show time. Tickets are NOT required at the Smolen Observatory. Reserve FREE tickets contact:
Raj Pandya/(845) 257-3818/ pandyar@newpaltz.edu/Coykendall Science Building SUNYcampus/ website: newpaltz.edu/planetarium/

Friday, February 24

Swing Dance to the Gordon Webster Sextet. Beginners’ Lesson 8-8:30. Band 8:30-11:30. Admission $15/10 full time students with ID. Everyone welcome.
www.hudsonvalleydance.org or 845 454-2571/Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Friday, February 24

The History of the Bluestone Industry, 7:30 Robert Donaldson discusses the origin, growth and decline of the bluestone industry in Ulster County, New York Refreshments will be served.
Starr Library/Rhinebeck Historical Society/ INFO@RhinebeckHistoricalSociety.org.

Saturday, February 25

20th Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta: Over 700 bowls and tumblers handmade in the Women’s Studio Workshop’s ceramic studio on sale. Fill with chili donated by favorite local chefs. Early admission 2-4pm, $5. From 4-7pm, free admission. Accessible.
Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 Route 32/Rosendale/845-658-9133/ wsworkshop.org

Saturday & Sunday, February 25 & 26

HoneybeeLives’ Organic Beekeeping Class.See listing for Jan 25 & 26
845-255-6113, www.honeybeelives.org, HoneybeeLives@Yahoo.com/New Paltz

Tuesday, February 28

John C. Priscu, “Hidden Ecosystems Beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet” – Harrington STEM Lecture presented by the The School of Science & Engineering by John C. Priscu, Department of Land Resources & Environmental Science, Montana State University. Antarctica is the highest, driest and coldest continent on earth holding 90% of our world’s ice and 70% of its freshwater. Early explorers referred to it as a place devoid of life. Recent research proving subglacial ecosystems in there form the world’s largest wetlands. 5:00 p.m., Reception preceding the lecture at 4:30 p.m. in the CSB lobby.
Coykendall Science Building Auditorium/Leslie Masker/maskerl@newpaltz.edu/(845) 257-3990/ newpaltz.edu/sse

March

Wednesday, March 1

New Paltz Historical Society Guest Speaker: To Be Announced
New Paltz Community Center/3 Veterans Drive/New Paltz

Thursday, March 2

Astronomy Night at the John R. Kirk Planetarium! A free planetarium show at the John R. Kirk followed by telescope observing (when the sky is clear) at the Smolen Observatory. Opento all. 6:30 p.m. Winter; Tickets required, available one week prior to show time. Tickets are NOT required at the Smolen Observatory. For more information about Astronomy Night Schedule and to reserve FREE tickets contact:
Raj Pandya/(845) 257-3818/ pandyar@newpaltz.edu/Coykendall Science Building SUNYcampus website: www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/

Tuesday, March 7

Harrington STEM Lectures:The School of Science & Engineering presents the fifth Harrington STEM Lecture of the 2016-17 academic year: “The Higgs Boson: What, How and Why We Care” by Matthew Deady, Professor of Physics, Bard. In 2012, two teams of scientists on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland announced that they had discovered the long-awaited Higgs Boson. What are the implications to our understanding of matter, energy, and the universe?
Coykendall Science Building Auditorium/Leslie Masker/maskerl@newpaltz.edu/(845) 257-3990/ newpaltz.edu/sse

Sunday, March 12

Ashokan Maple Fest: Fun, hands-on activities, music, and pancake breakfast all day. Entry: $5 (kids under 5 free). Pancake breakfast: $6. Blacksmithing experience: $5.
The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. 845-657-8333; ashokancenter.org

Sunday, March 12

Kingston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Parade kicks off from the Kingston Plaza and proceeds down Broadway to the Rondout Creek waterfront district in Kingston. Numerous bands, floats, and community organizations celebrate the “wearing of the green” at this annual fun-filled Irish celebration. Step off 1 p.m. sharp. Sponsored by Ancient Order of Hibernians.
845-338-622/events@ulsteraoh.com/ ulsteraoh.com

Thursday, March 16

Astronomy Night at the John R. Kirk Planetarium! A free planetarium show followed by telescope observing (when the sky is clear) at the Smolen Observatory. Open to all. Shows 7:30 p.m. Tickets required and are available one week prior to show time. Tickets are NOT required at the Smolen Observatory. Reserve FREE tickets contact:
Raj Pandya/(845) 257-3818/ pandyar@newpaltz.edu/Coykendall Science Building SUNYcampus/ website: newpaltz.edu/planetarium

Friday, March 17

Happy Birthday to Fawn T. , Sandy O., The Smiley twins (who founded Mohonk), and the rest of the St. Patrick’s Day babies.

Friday, March 31

The History of Old Time Radio, 7:30pm. Ron Gabriel on The Golden Age of Radio. Learn about the massive impact the coming of radio had on American society starting with the first radio broadcast in 1906 as well as the importance of the formation of the four major radio networks.. Refreshments will be served.
Starr Library/Rhinebeck Historical Society/ INFO@RhinebeckHistoricalSociety.org

April

Wednesday/April 5

Dr. Joseph Diamond discusses “Recent Excavations on Huguenot Street: The 1680 Redoubt, and Earliest Houses.” Ongoing excavations in the National Landmark Huguenot Street Historic District have uncovered portions of the c. 1680 redoubt, an earthfast house, a pithouse, and during the 2016 field season, possible poteaux-en-terre structures (post in ground houses) within the redoubt.
New Paltz Community Center/3 Veterans Drive/New Paltz

Thursady/April 6

Astronomy Night at the John R. Kirk Planetarium! A free. See full listing under Feb. 26.
Raj Pandya/(845) 257-3818/ pandyar@newpaltz.edu/Coykendall Science Building/ SUNY campus/ website: www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/

Tuesday/April 18

Sherri Mason, Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Fredonia. presents Beads of Destruction: A Survey of Great Lakes Plastic Pollution. Given the size and importance of the Laurentian Great Lakes, they provide a significant representative model for other freshwater ecosystems throughout the world. We present here our results from these initial open-water surveys, as well as investigations that were engaged upon as a result of these studies.
Coykendall Science Building Auditorium/Leslie Masker/maskerl@newpaltz.edu/(845) 257-3990/ newpaltz.edu/sse