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o submit a calendar listing for your community event, email pertinent information to: calendar@ulsterpublishing.com. You can also mail prospective calendar entries to Alm@nac Calendar Manager Donna Keefe c/o Ulster Publishing, PO Box 3329, Kingston, NY 12402. Donna can be reached by phone at (845) 334-8200 extension 104 or by fax at (845) 334-8809. To list community-related and cultural events in our calendar of events, we must have your information as early as possible and no later than Friday at noon (for the upcoming week’s issue). Instructional and workshop listings appear in the calendar when accompanied by a paid display ad or by a paid individual calendar listing. Listings should include: the name of the event, time, date, location of event, a telephone number (for publication) and admission charge (specify if free). A brief description is helpful, too. Events are published in the newspaper as a community service and on a space-available basis.

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7:30 AM-8:30 AM Morning Qigong Class with Jeffrey Antin. Mo. - Thurs through the end of December. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, $15 /per class, 255-1559. 9:00 AM-11:15 AM New Paltz Playspace. NPZ Town Rec Center, off of Rte 32, New Paltz. 9:30 AM-10:30 AM Senior Exercise with Diane Collelo. Free to Woodstock residents over 55. Community Center, Rock City Rd, Woodstock. 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Toddlertime II. 1/2 hour programs will include stories, songs, crafts, & movement.An adult must accompany each child enrolled. Marlboro Free Library, 1251 Route 9w, Marlboro, 236-7272 ext-15. 10:00 AM A Christmas Carol. The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, 876-3080 or www.centerforperformingarts.org. 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Free Health Screening Day. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Ctr,300 Wall St, Kingston. 11:30 AM-1:00 PM Rhinecliff Ladies Auxilliary Soup Sales. Call ahead beginning at 11am for choices and pre-orders. Rhinecliff Vol. Fire Co, Corner of Shatzell & Orchard, Rhinecliff, 876-6149. 12:00 PM-2:00 PM Senior Writing Class with Lew Gardner. Free to Woodstock residents 55 and older. Meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month. Community Center, Rock City Rd, Woodstock, 679-2880. 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Story Hour II. The program fosters independent activity and include storytelling, craft projects, and creative group movement. Marlboro Free Library, 1251 Route 9W, Marlboro, 236-7272 ext-15. 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Senior Duplicate Bridge with John Stokes.Free to Woodstock residents over 55. Rescue Squad Building, Route 212, Bearsville. 3:00 PM-5:00 PM Reading Adventures. 6-8 yrs of age. Young readers can schedule a 15 minute reading time with Lesley to develop & strengthen reading skills. Woodstock Library, 5 Library Ln, Woodstock, 679-2213 or www.woodstock.org. 3:00 PM Admissions Workshop. RSVP by calling or online at www.sunyorange.edu SUNY Orange, George F. Shepard Student Center, Third Floor Conference Room, Middletown, 341-4030. 3:30 PM-5:00 PM Curiosity Corner. Activities include a special story hour, snacks, and seasonal surprises for K-1st graders. Marlboro Free Library, 1251 Route 9w, Marlboro, 236-7272 ext-15. 4:00 PM $5 Sanctuary Yoga. Meets 7am, 4pm & 5:30 pm on Thursdays and 10am on Saturdays. 853-6727 or 679-0706 for information. Shakti Yoga, corner of Main & Partition streets, Saugerties. 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Young Reader’s Theatre. 6-8 yrs of age. Reading and Theatre skills are developed by reading and acting out a play. A

presentation will be given on the final class, or during a Saturday Story hour. Sign up required. Woodstock Library, 5 Library Ln, Woodstock. 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Afternoon Youth Program. Mon, Thurs and Fri. Thursdays will focus on community giving, service and activism.Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main St, Pine Hill, 254-5469 or www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org. 5:30 PM-7:00 PM Fall Learning with the Rabbi. Exploring Judaism as Your Practice: Launching a discussion on Jay Michaelson’s book “God in Your Body.” Temple Emanuel, 243 Albany Ave, Kingston, 338-4271. 6:00 PM Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry. Featuring Brad Scribner, Josh Roy Brown and Sean Schenker. High Falls Café, corner of Mohonk Rd & Rte 213, High Falls, 687-2699. 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Free Thursday Evening Meditation. Sitting and walking meditation. On-going. Sky Lake Lodge, Mountain Rd. & Hillcrest Ln, Rosendale, 658-8556 or www.skylake.shambhala.org. 6:30 PM-7:30 PM Recipe Swap: Holiday Cookie Swap. Bring a sample of your favorite fall dishes for all to try, along with the recipe. Registration is required. Please make 2 dozen cookies. Highland Public Library, 30 Church St, Highland, 691-2275 ext. 16. 7:00 PM The Open Eye Theater presents “A Christmas Party with 19th and Early 20th century Stories and carols plus cookies, cider & cocoa. The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville. Suggested: Adults $10; Students, Children $5. For information and reservations, call 586-1660 or emailopeneye@catskill.net . 7:00 PM Community Chamber Music Concert. Donations are always welcome. St John’s Episcopal Church, 40 Market St, Ellenville, 647-5087 or www.misucatskills.org. 7:00 PM The Nutcracker! New Rose Theatre, 35 East Main St, Walden, $18 /adult, $15 /senior/ student, 778-2478. 7:30 PM-10:30 PM Skytop’s Weekly Open Jazz Jam. Led by guitarist Matthew Finck. Sign up at 8:30pm. Website: www.skytopsteakhouse.com Skytop Steakhouse & Brewing Company, 237 Forest Hill Dr, Kingston, 340-4277. 7:30 PM-9:30 PM Life Drawing Session. Tuesday & Thursday nights ongoing through March 2011. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, $13 /session, $48 /series of 4 session, 255-1559. 7 : 3 0 P M Fre e S ri m a d B h ag ava t a m w / PR.Shuddhatmaprana. Classic wisdom tales of Sri Krishna. Vivekananda Retreat, 101 Leggett Rd, , Stone Ridge, 687-4574. 8:00 PM Dweezil/Zappa Plays Zappa. Website: www.theegg.org The Egg, Center for Performing Arts, Albany, $69.50, $44.50, $32.50, 518-473-1845. 8:00 PM Bluegrass Clubhouse with Brian Hollander, Tim Kapeluk, Geoff Harden, Fooch and Bill Keith. Harmony Café @ Wok ‘n Roll, 50 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, 679-3484. 8:00 PM Live @ The Falcon. Eric Reed. The Falcon, 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, 236-7970 or www.liveatthefalcon.com. 9:00 PM Miss Angie’s Karaoke, Live! Bearsville Theater, Tinker St, Woodstock, free, 679-2079.

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9:00 AM-10:00 AM “Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts.” Are you involved in the arts and seeking funding? This seminar will demonstrate how to use and search Foundation Grants for Individuals database to obtain funding. Kingston Library, 55 Franklin St, Kingston, 331-0507. 9:30 AM-10:30 AM Baby & Toddler Playgroup at the ACC. A free playgroup for 0-5 year olds accompanied by a parent, grandparent or other responsible caregiver. There are plenty of books and toys for the children to play with. Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St, Athens. 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Buddhist meditation. Sitting and walking meditation, reading and discussion, in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. New Paltz Reformed Church, Education Building, 92 Huguenot St, New Paltz, free, www.buddingflowersangha.org. 10:00 AM Broken Dish Mosaic Workshops! Holiday Special! One Day Workshop: $110. Choose Fri.12/17 or Sat.12/18, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Create a gift for yourself or someone else. Back Door Studio 9 Rock City Road,Woodstock. To register or for info call Syd Hap: 845-679-3660 orsydhap@aol.com. 10:45 AM-12:45 PM Woodstock Yoga (Level II-III) with Barbara Boris. 2 hour class for expe-

rienced students and teachers. No beginners or injuries.Experience and explore proper alignment, breathing, and mindfulness; develop strength, and endurance. 679-3728 or www.woodstockyoga. net. Mt. View Studio, Woodstock, $20. 11:00 AM-4:00 PM Holiday House Tour. Visit Olana for Christmas with the Churches, a look at how the Family spent theHoliday at home. Last tour starts promptly at 3PM.Website: www.olana. org Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, 518-828-0135. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Senior Strength & Balance (pre-registration & physician approval required). Free to Woodstock residents 55 and older. Community Center, Rock City Rd, Woodstock. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Caregivers’ Support. A new weekly support group open to all caregivers. Sponsored by the Jewish Family Services and facilitated by Paula Lockshon. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, 300 Wall St, Kingston, 331-5300 or Katherine@LGBTQcenter.org. 2:00 PM-8:00 PM Rosendale Blood Drive. Every donor gets a puffy fleece scarf. Walk-ins are welcome. Hosted by the Rosendale Women’s Club. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rte 32, Rosendale, 658-8584. 4:00 PM-9:00 PM A Hudson Valley Holiday: A Gift Sale. Featuring Emerging Artisans & Unique Local Products. MaMA, 3588 Main St, Stone Ridge, 532-3246. 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Afternoon Youth Program. Mon, Thurs and Fri. Fridays will focus on physical activity, games, and movement such as dance and yoga. Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main St, Pine Hill, 254-5469 or www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org. 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Free Feldenkrais Gentle Exercise Class. Led by Tatiana Light. On-going, 4-5pm Sundays & 5-6pm Fridays. Community Room, 18 Woodstock Meadows Ln, Woodstock, 679-6299. 6:30 PM-7:30 PM Intermediate Swing Dance Workshop with Paolo Lanna and Lauren Bova (Adm. $12). For more info: www.hudsonvalleydance.org, 454-2571 or 591-4068. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie. 6:30 PM Family Movie Night at The Gardiner Library: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory , starring Gene Wilder on Free popcorn will be available. Bring a blanket and stuffed animal, if you’d like.The movie will be presented in the library’s community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner. For further information or directions call the library at 845-255-1255 or visit www. gardinerlibrary.org . 7:00 PM -12:00 AM Murali Coryell & Woodbine Inn Holiday Dance Party. Complimentary Banquet Buffet & Party Refreshments! $25. The Woodbine Inn, 144 Malden Avenue, Palenville. 845-679-5549/518-947-6787 www.thewoodbine.com. 7:00 PM Five Children and It. A wild adventure story about the hidden dangers in the granting of wishes! Performed by Cocoon’s Production Program. Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St, Rhinebeck, $15, 876-6470. 7 : 0 0 P M L i v e @ T h e F a l c o n . A l Fo s ter. Opening Act: Jason Liebman. The Falcon, 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, 236-7970 or www.liveatthefalcon.com. 7:00 PM Live Music at Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub. Al Guart on saxes, Allen Murphy on upright bass and Lenny Pace on drums.Website: www.catskillmtlodge.com. Catskill Mountain Lodge, Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub, 334 Route 32a, Palenville, 518-678-3101. 7:00 PM The Open Eye Theater presents “A Christmas Party with 19th and Early 20th century Stories and carols plus cookies, cider & cocoa. The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville. Suggested: Adults $10; Students, Children $5. For information and reservations, call 586-1660 or emailopeneye@catskill.net . 7:00 PM The Nutcracker! New Rose Theatre, 35 East Main St, Walden, $18 /adult, $15 /senior/ student, 778-2478 or 7:30 PM-10:30 PM Live Jazz at the ZenDog Café. Every Wed, 7-10pm & Fri, 7:30 - 10:30pm. Call for reservation as seating is limited. 516-4501 or www.zendogcafe.com. ZenDog Café, 6367 Mill St, Rhinebeck. 7:30 PM-11:30 PM Swing Dance toThe Gordon Webster Quartet with guest vocalist, Brianna Thomas.This is one of the most sought after swing dance bands in the country. (Adm. $15/10 FT students). Beginners’ Lesson 7:30-8:30 with Paolo Lanna & Lauren Bova (Free withAdm to Dance). Band: 8:30-11:30.Everyone Welcome! No Experience Needed! For info: www.hudsonvalleydance. org, 454-2571 or 591-4068. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie.

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7:30 PM Just Us. Website: www.frankguidoslittleitaly.com Frank Guido’s Little Italy, 14 Thomas St, Kingston, 340-1682. 7:30 PM The Princess Bride (1987). Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston, $5, 339-6088 or www.bardavon.org. 7:30 PM ASK for Music. Mark Brown; Kurt Henry and Cheryl Lambert; Lisa Lipkin. Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston, $5, 338-0331 or www.askforarts.org. 8:00 PM Mistletoe Martini’s w/ Musty + Guest Stars. 405 Columbia St, Hudson, HelsinkiHudson.com. 8:00 PM-10:30 PM Pure Acoustic Music. Featuring: Pamelech Klezmer Orkester, Dented Fenders, Thomas Earl, Todd Young, The Riches. Refreshments provided. Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St, Rhinecliff, free, 876-7007. 8:00 PM Hallow Dog. Harmony Café @ Wok ‘n Roll, 50 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, 679-3484. 8:00 PM Classical Holiday Concert . Sarah Williams, Sheila Hamilton & Jim Bacon. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mt. Rest Rd, New Paltz, $20, 255-1559. 8:00 PM A Christmas Carol. The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, $20 /adult, $18 /senior/child, 8763080 or www.centerforperformingarts.org. 8:00 PM AnnualWinter Solstice Concert. Happy Traum & Friends. John Sebastian, Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Amy Helm and Byron Isaacs. Bearsville Theater, Tinker St, Woodstock, $50, $35, 679-2079. 8:00 PM Solas An Lae Dance Company. With their all-new production, A Midwinter Night’s Dream. Joined by a full cast of dancers from the Solas An Lae School of Irish Dance. Website: www.fishercenter.edu Bard College, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, SosnoffTheater, Annandale-on-Hudson, $19, 758-7900. 8:00 PM Composing Under the Shadow ofWar Concert. Award winning South African Harpist, Jacqui Kerrod joins Esopus Musicalia.$20/adult, $15/students, seniors.Tickets can be reserved by emailing esopusmusicalia@gmail.comor calling 901-5389. WAAM, 28 Tinker St, Woodstock. 8:00 PM The Nick Martin Band w/ Rhett Miller &The Dharma Bums. The Colony Café, 22 Rock City Rd, Woodstock, $7, 679-5342. 9:00 PM Joey Eppard. Featuring Cosmonaut. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston, 338-0744. 9:00 PM Phelonious Funk. Featuring Danny Louis on keyboards, Machan vocals and guitar, Stew Cutler on guitar, Randy Ciarlante on drums and Charlie Kniceley on bass. Resevations suggested. High Falls Café, corner of Mohonk Rd & Rte 213, High Falls, 687-2699. 9:30 PM The John Schrader Band. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Co, 4076 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, 229-8277.

12/18 SATURDAY

Mid-Hudson ADK: A Different Way to Lake Awosting Hike . Difficult, 9 mi. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com. Bring lunch, snacks, 2 qts. water and headlamp/flashlight. Contact leader for meeting time and place. 7:00 AM $5 SanctuaryYoga. Meets 7am, 4pm & 5:30 pm on Thursdays and 10am on Saturdays. 853-6727 or 679-0706 for information. 853-6727 or 679-0706 for information. Shakti Yoga, corner of Main & Partition sts, Saugerties. 9:00 AM Very Beginners Yoga with Linda . Shaktiyogawoodstock.com or 679-0706. Ongoing. Shakti Yoga of Woodstock, 1685 Sawkill Rd, Zena. 9:30 AM Free Chandi Reading / Chanting (Goddess Text) w/PR. Gitaprana. Vivekananda Retreat, 101 Leggett Rd, , Stone Ridge, 687-4574. 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Mohonk Preserve - Owl Pellet Workshop for Families. Learn all about owls and then unravel the mystery of what they eat by examining bones and other prey remains. Children ages 7 and up are welcome with adult. Call for reservations and meeting location. MohonkPreserve, New Paltz, $18, 255-0919 or www. mohonkpreserve.org. 10:00 AM-6:00 PM A Hudson Valley Holiday: A Gift Sale. Featuring Emerging Artisans & Unique Local Products. MaMA, 3588 Main St, Stone Ridge, 532-3246. 10:00 AM-1:00 PM ComedyWorkshop: “Feasting on Funnybones - Holiday Helll.....p!” With Joyce S t. George and Frank Canavan. All ages welcome. Registration required. RAG 76 MAIN!,


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upcoming calendar events Mid-Hudson ADK: Mid Week Hikers. On the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month the leaders offer 3-6 hour hikes of varying difficulty to different areas of the Mid Hudson Valley. For details, call 399-2170 or email LalitaMalik@aol.com. Workshop Offered: “How to Audition for College Theatre Programs.” Held on 12/28. Registration deadline: 12/22. During this workshop students will be guided in the choice of audition pieces and the proper length of each piece. The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck . Winter Arts Program for Children (12/2712/29). 3-day program for ages 5 - 9. . Storytelling, winter arts and crafts and walks through the sculpture garden. End every day with a tea time to warm up. RSVP. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mt. Rest Rd, New Paltz, $130. Notice: New Group Forming: Northeast Center for Special Care sponsors a self-help group for survivors of brain and spinal cord injury. Program: ‘’ Better Together, ‘’ promoting lifestyle Stamford, $35, 607-326-7908. 10:00 AM Knimble Knitters. Bring your knitting or crochet. Beginners welcome! Ellenville Public Library & Museum, 40 Center St, Ellenville, 647-5530. 10:00 AM-11:30 AM The Sedona Method Support Group. Breakthrough in Creativity: The Sedona Method r Workshop. Donations welcome. Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston, free, 338-0331 or www.askforarts.org. 10:30 AM-11:30 AM Meditation and Stress Reduction. Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street,, Kingston, 339-8567. 10:30 AM Level II Yoga with Linda. Shaktiyogawoodstock.com or 679-0706. On-going. Shakti Yoga of Woodstock, 1685 Sawkill Rd, Zena. 10:30 AM Free Class: “Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna” w/PR. Gitaprana. Vivekananda Retreat, 101 Leggett Rd, , Stone Ridge, 687-4574. 11:00 AM-7:00 PM Pine Hill Art and Craft Shop. Catskill Mountain arts and crafts for sale, refreshments, hot coffee, and fami ly h a n g - o u t t i m e. P i n e H i l l Co m mu n i t y Center, 287 Main St, Pine Hill, 254-5304 or www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org. 11:00 AM-6:00 PM Candle Wax Recycling Drop-Off. Accepting citronella candles, glass container candles and all candle waxes. On-going every Saturday. Free Spirit of Woodstock Store/ The Reggae Store, 69 Tinker St, Woodstock, 246-1625. 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Winter Farm Market at The Gardiner Library. The market is held on the third Saturday of every month in the library’s community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike in Gardiner. For information about the market, contact Anne Rogers at 255-0087. For directions or information about the library call 845-255-1255 or visit www. gardinerlibrary.org 11 : 0 0 A M - 1 2 : 0 0 P M H o l i d a y S t o r y time in the Deyo House . Deyo House, Huguenot St, New Paltz, free, 255-1660 or www.huguenotstreet.org. 11:00 AM ‘Puppet People - A Christmas Carol.’ The Puppet People’s spectacular show features beautiful marionettes, holiday music in Dickens’ classic. The CENTER for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, $8 /adults, $6 /child, 876-3080. 11:00 AM-4:00 PM Christmas at Clermont Open House. Website: www.friendsofclermont.org Clermont State Historic Site, One Clermont Ave, Germantown, free, 518-537-4240. 11:00 AM-4:00 PM Holiday House Tour. Visit Olana for Christmas with the Churches, a look at how the Family spent theHoliday at home. Last tour starts promptly at 3PM.Website: www.olana. org Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, 518-828-0135. 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Free Hudson Valley Community Reiki Session. On-going every 3rd Sat, 11am-1pm. For info: www.HVCReiki.org or call 616-1219. New Paltz Community Ctr, 3 Veterans Dr, New Paltz. 11:00 AM Shop, Eat & Have Fun at Kings Mall! Santa will visit. Ulster #5 Fire Dept will give out Christmas Teddy Bears to the first 200 children. Kings Mall, Ulster Ave, Kingston. 12:00 PM-6:00 PM Byrdcliffe Shop Holiday Showcase: Katie Love, ceramic artist. A large selection of her animal deco tiles, mugs, dishes, etc. will be on display. www.katielovedesign. com Byrdcliffe Shop, 34 Tinker St, Woodstock, 679-2079. 12:00 PM-2:00 PM Free Yoga & Writing: Winter Solstice. Featuring Mary Leonard & Shawn. A beautiful combination of physical, spiritual and mental practices to help us transition smoothly into the winter season. Website: www.muditayogacenter.com Mudita Yoga Center, 243 Fair St, Kingston, 750-6605. 12:00 PM-4:00 PM Coat & Accessory Drive. Please donate coats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves... that have been gently used. Drop off at New Paltz Village Hall after the 15th .If you know people in need, please let them know. 12:00 PM-7:00 PM Rhinebeck ArtsWalk. Holiday Open House and Reception at galleries through out Rhinebeck. Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck.

changes associated w/ improved well-being. On-going Mon, 4-5 pm. Adv reg req. Space is limited. Northeast Ctr, Grant Ave, Lake Katrine, 336-3500 ext. 3106. Holiday Food Drive. Non-perishable food items (please, no glass containers). Bring your items when you attend a show or simply drop them by. All donations will benefit Hudson Valley families. Runs through 12/19.The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, 876-3088 x12. Course Offered: Permaculture Design Certification Course in the Hudson Valley at Camp Epworth Permaculture Demonstration Site. Led byInstructors:Kay Cafasso of Sowing Solutions&Connor Stedman of Gaia Univ w/ Ethan Roland of Appleseed Permaculture.Gain your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification! Share 5 weekends in a fun & supportive co-learning environment .Jan to May 2011:1/ 15-17 (3 day); 2/19-20; 3/26-27; 4/16-17; & 5/ 6-8 (3 day). For info & to register, call 687-7646 or email mamajoane@yahoo.com, High Falls. 12:30 PM The Met: Live in HD:Verdi’s Don Carlo. Roberto Alagna leads the cast, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, and Simon Keenlyside also star.Ulster Performing Arts Center, Broadway, Kingston, $23 /adult, $16 /child, 473-5288 or www.bardavon.org. 1:00 PM -6:00 PMDragonfly Showroom’s Big Sale (12/18 & 12/19, 1-6pm) . Imports from India & Nepal. 626-3096. www.dragonflyshowroom.com. 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Wilderstein’s Holiday Tour. The mansion is transformed into a magical holiday spectacular, decorated by local designers and florists. Website: www.wilderstein.org. Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd, Rhinebeck, 876-4818. 1:00 PM-5:00 PM 16th Annual Holiday Open House. Visitors will be able to take self-guided tours of the mansion’s first floor. All five rooms, as well as the main foyer, will be decorated. SUNY Orange, Morrison Hall mansion, Middletown, 341-4769. 2:00 PM Woodstock Renaissance. A vocal septet will perform Renaissance, Medieval, and traditional music. Overlook United Methodist Church, 233 Tinker St, Woodstock, $12, $5 / senior/student, 246-7991. 2:00 PM The Zucchini Brothers. Perform their original holiday songs as well as tunes from their new recording. Website: www.theegg.org The Egg, Center for Performing Arts, Albany, $12, 518-473-1845. 2:00 PM The Nutcracker! Still cracked up and nuttier than the traditional tale, Clara and her Prince journey from under the christmas tree to under the big top in a whimsical world. New Rose Theatre, 35 East Main St, Walden, $18 /adult, $15 /senior/student, 778-2478 or 3:00 PM Understanding The Crash. With the kind of striking precision that only graphic nonfiction can provide, artist Seth Tobocman and Eric Laursen explain how we got into this mess and how we can get out of it. Kleinert/James Art Center, 34 Tinker St, Woodstock, 679-8000. 3:00 PM-7:00 PM Christmas Candlelight Tour. The parlor will be adorned with the traditional holiday tree and many antique toys. Watch cooking over the open hearth. Refreshments available. Website: www.hillholdandbrickhouse.org HillHold Museum, 128 Rte 416, Campbell Hall. 2:00PM -4:00PM Art Demonstration by noted artist Martin Davis. Demonstratiion will feature impressionistic landscape painting, Unframed ArtistsGallery, 173 Huguenot St, New Paltz, 2555482,www.unframedartistsgallery.com. 3:00 PM The Golden Notebook presents Multimedia Malange with Seth Tobocman and Eric Laursen presenting their graphic book Understanding The Crash.presenting their graphic book Understanding The Crash. Kleinart/James Arts Ctr, 34 Tinker St, Woodstock, 679-8000. 4:00 PM-7:00 PM 3rd Saturdays Art Loop. Part of the very successful Art Along the Hudson program, features twelve venues in the village of New Paltz every month.It is suggested that participants visit the Dorsky Museum first, as the museum closes at 5pm. New Paltz, New Paltz,www.newpaltzarts.org or www.artalongthehudson.com. 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Opening Reception: Ropes Reconfigured. Mixed media by John Bridges. Exhibit through 1/11/11.Website: www.unisonarts. org Water Street Market, The Gallery, New Paltz, 255-1559. 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Third Saturday Art Walk: As the SeasonsTurn - Holiday Greetings Card.The collections at Historic Huguenot Street include an impressive collections of holiday cards from the late 19th and early to mid 20th centuries. DuBois Fort Visitor Center, Huguenot St, New Paltz. 4:00 PM “Feasting on Funnybones - Holiday Helll.....p!” Performance with Joyce S t. George and Frank Canavan. RAG 76 MAIN!, Stamford, 607-326-7908. 4:00 PM-6:00 PM ATraditional Candlelight Service of Christmas Lessons & Carols. Conducted by Gregory Citarella, Organist. Free will offering. All are welcome! Holy Cross Church, 30 Pine Grove Ave, Kingston, 331-6796. 5:00 PM-8:00 PM 3rd Saturday Arts Along Main Street. Catskill, Catskill, 518-943-0380 or www. mgallery-online.com.

5:00 PM-7:00 PM Artist’s Conversation with Jeff Romano. He will discuss “small ink” a solo exhibition of abstract expressionist paintings. Exhibits through 1/28/2011. Montgomery Row Second Level, 6423 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck, free, 876-0543. 5:00 PM Library Forum: Documentary Film “Bienvenidos A Fleishchmann’s.” Filmmaker Jessica Vecchione. Free admission. Refreshments will be served. Woodstock Library, 5 Library Ln, Woodstock. 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Monthly Art Opening at the ZenDog Café & Gallery. Featuring the artwork of Chris Curnan - painter, sculptor and photographer. Reception includes a short talk by the artist, an audience Q & A, a tour of our galleries and complementary tapas. 516-4501 or www. zendogcafe.com. ZenDog Café, 6367 Mill St, Rhinebeck. 6:00 PM Arts Upstairs “Celebration” Show. Show runs through January 15. olo room artist is lyric painter Patricia Charnay. 688-2142 or www. ArtsUpstairs.com S 60 Main Street, Phoenicia. 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Live Nativity. Boys and girls at Christ Church will stage an outdoor “live nativity” scene. Performances, which include readings and music, will cycle during the two-hour period. Refreshments will be served. Christ Episcopal Church, Route 9W, Marlboro. 6:00 PM Opening Reception: “Celebration.” Solo room artist is painter Patricia Charnay. Also works by Jacqueline Barnett. Exhibits through 1/15/2011. Website: www.ArtsUpstairs.com Arts Upstairs, 60 Main St, Phoenicia, 688-2142. 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Christmas With the Ellisons. Enjoy 18th century music and period displays, as you tour the elegant candlelit Ellison House. Website: www.palisadesparksconservancy.org Knox’s Headquarters, Ellison House, 289 Old Forge Hill Rd, Vails Gate, free, 561-5498. 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Opening Reception: Mark Beard & Still Life Group Show. Exhibits through 1/23/2011. Website: www.carriehaddadgallery. com Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren St, Hudson, 518- 828-1915. 6:30 PM-10:00 PM Hudson Valley Gamers Event. Sudbury School, 84 Zena Road, Kingston, 679-4282 or www.hudsonvalleygamers.org. 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Unframed Artists Holiday Party. Jeremy Mage & the JJJ band to perform Potluck- Galleryopen as well! 173 Huguenot St,New Paltz, 255-5482, www.unframedartistsgallery.com 7:00 PM 5th Annual Classical Christmas Concert. Professional musicians from the Hudson Valley join in presenting seasonal sacred and classical music. All proceeds from the freewill offering will benefit families in need through Heifer International. St. John’s Reformed Church, 126 Old Post Rd N, Red Hook, 758-1184. 7:00 PM Five Children and It. A wild adventure story about the hidden dangers in the granting of wishes! Performed by Cocoon’s Production Program. Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St, Rhinebeck, $15, 876-6470. 7:00 PM-9:30 PM ALEAH LONG & En Full Circle Winter Solstice Celebration This multicultural ensemble of musicians from the Hudson Valley uses vocalizations, songs, Tibetan singing bowls and drumming to create lush soundscapes. Rosendale Theatre, Main St, Rosendale, $12.50, $6 /child under 12, 658-8989 or www.rosendaletheatre.org. 7:00 PM Movies With Spirit:TheTruman Show. Reformed Church of Port Ewen, 160 Salem St, Port Ewen. 7:00 PMThe Nutcracker! Still cracked up and nuttier than the traditional tale, Clara and her Prince journey from under the christmas tree to under the big top in a whimsical world. New Rose Theatre, 35 East Main St, Walden, $18 /adult, $15 /senior/ student, 778-2478. 7:00 PM Hudson Valley Ice Dance Holiday Performance. Seating is limited. Town of Saugerties Kiwanis Ice Arena, Washington Ave Ext, Saugerties, $10 /adult, $5 /child, 247-2590. 7:00 PM Live @ The Falcon. Tom Freund & Friends. Opening Act: Origin Blue. The Falcon, 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, 236-7970 or www. liveatthefalcon.com. 7:00 PM Hudson Valley Community Contradance in Poughkeepsie. Contradance music jam session at 7pm followed by Contradance from 8-11pm, to the calling of EricHollman. Join in - any level welcome. $10/5 full time students. 473-7050 or cntra@hudsonvalleydance.org. Arlington Reformed Church, 22 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 7:00 PM Poetry Reading. Leslie Gerber & Harvey Monder. Open mic. Unitarian Congregation, 320 Sawkill Rd, Kingston, $5, $2.50 /open mic, 3312884. 7:00 PM Live Music at Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub. Al Guart on saxes, Allen Murphy on upright bass and Lenny Pace on drums.Website: www.catskillmtlodge.com. Catskill Mountain Lodge, Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub, 334 Route 32a, Palenville, 518-678-3101. 7:00 PM The Open Eye Theater presents “A Christmas Party with 19th and Early 20th century Stories and carols plus cookies, cider & cocoa. The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville. Suggested: Adults $10; Students, Children $5. For information and reservations, call 586-1660 or emailopeneye@catskill.net . 7:30 PM Hudson Valley Folk Guild Coffeehouse Series. Open mic followed by featured performers, Mike and Emmy Clarke. Unitarian

Fellowship, South Randolph Ave, Poughkeepsie, $5 /general adm, $4 /senior, 229-0170 or hvfolks@aol.com. 7:30 PM Unison Celebrates 35thYear with Benefit Performance & CD Release Gala. $25, $10 students, at the door. Save $2 by pre-purchasing your tickets before December 17 New Paltz High School, New Paltz, 255-1559. 8:00 PM Minivans/Chops & Sauerkraut/JP Harris. 405 Columbia St, Hudson, HelsinkiHudson.com. 8:00 PM Jim E Harmony Café @ Wok ‘n Roll, 50 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, 679-3484. 8:00 PM A Christmas Carol. The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, $20 /adult, $18 /senior/child, 8763080 or www.centerforperformingarts.org. 8:00 PM The Mighty Diamonds. Bearsville Theater, Tinker St, Bearsville, $20, 679-4406 or www.bearsvilletheater.com. 8:00 PM The Irish Tenors Christmas Reunion Tour. Website: www.palacealbany.com Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave, Albany, $77, $57, $37, 800-745-3000. 8:30 PM-1:00 AM Freestyle Frolic Community Dance The Frolic dances are alcohol free, smoke free, and drug free. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Knights of Columbus Hall, 389 Broadway, Kingston, $5 /adult, $2 /senior/ teens, free /child under 12, 658-8319. 8:30 PM Nailed Shutt. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Co, 4076 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, 229-8277. 9:00 PM Naked. The Colony Café, 22 Rock City Rd, Woodstock, 679-5342. 9:00 PM Reggae Holiday Bash. Featuring special guests the Yellow Wall Dub Squad, and the Paper Planets. Bearsville Theater, Tinker St, Woodstock, $20, 679-2079. 9:00 PM Holiday DanceParty with The Sugarbees. High Falls Café, corner of Mohonk Rd & Rte 213, High Falls, 687-2699.

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9:30 AM-11:00 AM Woodstock Yoga (General Level) with Barbara Boris. Develop strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. This General Level class is open to all students of Yoga. Mt. View Studio, Woodstock, $15. 10:00 AM-3:00 PM Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables - Spring Farm Ski (Hike if no snow). Aged 18 and above. No reservations required. A moderate, 7-mile ski or hike if no snow, led by Bill Jasyn (255-7805). Mohonk Preserve, Spring Farm Trailhead, New Paltz, $10, 255-0919 or www.mohonkpreserve.org. 10:30 AM Free Bhagavad Gita & Meditation w/ PR. Gitaprana.Vivekananda Retreat, 101 Leggett Rd, , Stone Ridge, 687-4574. 10:30 AM-12:30 PM Free Sunday Morning Meditation. Sitting and walking meditation. Ongoing on Sundays. Sky Lake Lodge, Mountain Rd & Hillcrest Ln, Rosendale, free, 658-8556 or www. skylake.shambhala.org. 11:00 AM-4:00 PM Holiday House Tour. Visit Olana for Christmas with the Churches, a look at how the Family spent theHoliday at home. Last tour starts promptly at 3PM.Website: www.olana. org Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, 518-828-0135. 12:00 PM-4:00 PM Ski With Santa. The kids will have a great time skiing with jolly old St. Nick! Website: www.mtpeter.com. Mt. Peter Ski Center, 40 Ski Ln, Warwick, 986-4940 ext 101. 12:00 PM -4:00PM Saugerties Indoor Farmers Market. Fresh produce, artisan gifts, eat-in foods.Senior Center, 207 Market St, Saugerties.246-6268. 12:00 PM-4:00 PM Christmas CandlelightTour. The parlor will be adorned with the traditional holiday tree and many antique toys. Watch cooking over the open hearth. Refreshments available. Website: www.hillholdandbrickhouse.org HillHold Museum, 128 Rte 416, Campbell Hall. 12:30 PM-3:30 PM Pine Hill Art and Craft Shop. Catskill Mountain arts and crafts for sale, refreshments, hot coffee, and fami ly h a n g - o u t t i m e. P i n e H i l l Co m mu n i t y Center, 287 Main St, Pine Hill, 254-5304 or www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org. 12:30 PM-2:00 PM Advent Discussion Group Series, Saving Jesus. A four part DVD program featuring contemporary theologians speaking on the topic of Jesus. All are welcome. St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Route 212, Woodstock, 679-8800. 1:00 PM -3:30 PM 1940’s and 50’s Historic Art Auction. A benefit for Family of Woodstock’s Food Pantries.Fletcher Gallery,40 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock. Online and phone bidding available 679-4411. 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Sundays in the Studio with Robert Selkowitz. Robert Selkowitz Carriage House ings,3024 Rte 28,Ashokan, 657-6982 or email artfolks@earthlink.net, www.artfolks.com. 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM HistoryWalk featured at Frost Valley. Participants will learn about the past of this century-old facility.Reservations are necessary the group size is limited.To register or for information, please e-mail: rbauer@frostvalley.org or call 985-2291, ext. 397. Or visit: FrostValley.org. 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Wilderstein’s Holiday Tour. The mansion is transformed into a magical holiday spectacular, decorated by local designers and


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3 • December 16, 2010 Page florists. Website: www.wilderstein.org. Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd, Rhinebeck, 876-4818. 1:00 PM-5:00 PM 16th Annual Holiday Open House. Visitors will be able to take self-guided tours of the mansion’s first floor. All five rooms, as well as the main foyer, will be decorated. SUNY Orange, Morrison Hall mansion, Middletown, 341-4769. 1:00 PM-3:30 PM Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Meadows Loop Hike. A leisurely threemile long stroll on a combination of carriage roads and footpaths. RSVP. Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New Paltz, $8 /per car, 255-0752. 1:00 PM -6:00 PM Dragonfly Showroom’s Big Sale (12/18 & 12/19, 1-6pm). Imports from India & Nepal. 626-3096. www.dragonflyshowroom.com. 2:00 PM The Open Eye Theater presents “A Christmas Party with 19th and Early 20th century Stories and carols plus cookies, cider & cocoa. The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville. Suggested: Adults $10; Students, Children $5. For information and reservations, call 586-1660 or emailopeneye@catskill.net . 2:00 PM Annual German Christmas Service (Weihnachts Messe). There will be performances by the Germania Men and Ladies Chorus as well as the Germania Kinderchor plus traditional Christmas Songs and a German Christmas message. Refreshments will be served following the service. All are welcome. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 325 Mill St, Poughkeepsie, 454-8192. 2:00 PM Woodstock Renaissance. A vocal septet will perform Renaissance, Medieval, and traditional music. Overlook United Methodist Church, 233 Tinker St, Woodstock, $12, $5 / senior/student, 246-7991. 2:00 PMThe Nutcracker! Still cracked up and nuttier than the traditional tale, Clara and her Prince journey from under the christmas tree to under the big top in a whimsical world. New Rose Theatre, 35 East Main St, Walden, $18 /adult, $15 /senior/ student, 778-2478. 2:30 PM Trail Mix Chamber Concert. Featuring pianist, Ieva Jokubaviciute performs Beethoven, Berg, Chopin, Chopin and Brahms. Olive Library, West Shokan, $20, 657-6864 or www.trailmixmusic.org. 3:0 0 P M Hu d s o n Valley P hilharmonic III: Serkin’s Serenade. Bardavon, 35 Market St, Poughkeepsie, $47, $25, 473-2072 or www.bardavon.org. 3:00 PM A Christmas Carol. The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, $20 /adult, $18 /senior/child, 8763080 or www.centerforperformingarts.org. 3:00 PM 1848 CandlelightTour of Mount Gulian Featuring actors in character as freed slave James F. Brown and his employer Mary Anna Verplanck as they were in 1848.Website: www.mountgulian. org Mount Gulian Historic Site, 145 Sterling St, Fishkill, $8 /adult, $6 /senior, $4. 3:00 PM Five Children and It. A wild adventure story about the hidden dangers in the granting of wishes! Performed by Cocoon’s Production Program. Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St, Rhinebeck, $15, 876-6470. 3:00 PM Lessons & Carols Service. Presented by Kairos: A Consort of Singers. Free-will offerings will be collected for the Kingston Freeman Holiday Fund. Website: www.kairosconsort.org Holy Cross Monastery, 1615 Broadway, West Park, free, 256-9114. 3:00 PM “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts St, Kingston. 3:30 PM The Nutcracker Performed by the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Website: www.theegg. org The Egg, Center for Performing Arts, Albany, $34 /adult, $32 /senior, $22 /child 12 & under, 518-473-1845. 4:00 PM A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols. Music of John Rutter, G. F. Handel and Paul Manz will be presented by the Adult Choir and the Bell Choirs. St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd, Poughkeepsie. 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Free Feldenkrais Gentle Exercise Class. Led by Tatiana Light. On-going, 4-5pm Sundays & 5-6pm Fridays. Community Room, 18 Woodstock Meadows Ln, Woodstock, 679-6299. 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Unplugged Acoustic Open Mic. Folk, blues, country, jazz, classical, poetry. Sign up to participate: 3:30pm. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mt. Rest Rd, New Paltz, $6, 255-1559. 6:00 PM-7:00 PM D.A, Debtors Anonymous. Every Sunday evening. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt. There are no dues or fees for D.A. membership. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 38 Woods Rd, Tivoli. 6:30 PM-9:00 PM Swing Dance, Beginners’ Lesson, and Holiday Party. Includes pot luck finger snacks.West Coast/California Mix Dance to DJ’d music. Beginners’ Lesson 6:00-6:30 (free with adm to dance).www.hudsonvalleydance. org, 845 255-1379 or 914 475-0803 White Eagle Hall, 487 DelawareAve, Kingston, $8 /adults, $6 /FT students. 6:30 PM “Christmas Starr!” Presented by St. James Sunday School and Hallelujah Chorus. The story of Chrissy, a fun-loving little star, who is just coming into an understanding of who she is and what the birth of Jesus means. St. James United Methodist Church, Corner of Fair & Wall Sts, Kingston, 382-1788.

7:00 PM “A New Christmas Carol,“ performed by youth and adults of Fellowship Baptist Church. 660 New Paltz Rd, Highland, 691-8344. 7:30 PM Anna Cheek CD Release Party. Website: www.bearsvilletheater.com. Bearsville Theater, Tinker St, Bearsville, $10, 679-4406. 7:30 PM The Nutcracker Performed by the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Website: www.theegg. org The Egg, Center for Performing Arts, Albany, $34 /adult, $32 /senior, $22 /child 12 & under, 518-473-1845. 8:00 PM Free Folk Sunday. The Colony Café, 22 Rock City Rd, Woodstock, free, 679-5342.

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7:30 AM-8:30 AM Morning Qigong Class with Jeffrey Antin. Mo. - Thurs through the end of December. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, $15 /per class, 255-1559. 9:30 AM-10:30 AM Wee Folks. Creative and expansive playtime is open to children from infant up to age 2 « where parents or caregivers share experiences together.Marlboro Free Library, 1251 Route 9w, Marlboro, 236-7272 ext-15. 9:30 AM-11:30 AM Senior Drama w/ Edith Lefever. Free to Woodstock residents over 55. Community Center, Rock City Rd, Woodstock, 679-2114. 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Woodstock Yoga (Level I Basics) with Barbara Boris. Develop strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Perfect class for absolute newcomers to yoga. 679-3728 or www.woodstockyoga.net. Mt. View Studio, Woodstock. 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Hurley Heritage Society presents Dutch Influence in the HudsonValley. Colonel Jonathon Elmendorf House, 52 Main Street, Hurley, Free, 338-1661. 10:30 AM The Nutcracker . Performed by the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Website: www.theegg. org The Egg, Center for Performing Arts, Albany, $34 /adult, $32 /senior, $22 /child 12 & under, 518-473-1845. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Qigong for Seniors. On-going Mondays. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mt. Rest Rd, New Paltz, $5 /per class, 255-1559. 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Senior Art Class with Judith Boggess. Free to Woodstock residents over 55. Multi-media, supplies provided with a charge for some. Community Center, Rock City Rd, Woodstock, 657-5817. 3:00 PM Town of Olive Senior Art Group Holiday Art Show. Exhibit will display through January 15th 2011.Framed paintings priced $50 & $75 with partial proceeds to benefit the Library. Olive Free Library, Rt 28A,West Shokan,657-6522 3:30 PM-5:00 PM Carousel for Kids. Activities that offer boys and girls a full circle of celebrations and a spectrum of surprises.Available for students in grades 2 & 3. Marlboro Free Library, 1251 Route 9w, Marlboro, 236-7272 ext-15. 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Afternoon Youth Program. Mon, Thurs and Fri. Mondays will focus on nature and the arts. Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main St, Pine Hill, 254-5469 or www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org. 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Notice New Group Forming: Northeast Center for Special Care sponsors a self-help group for survivors of brain and spinal cord injury. Program:‘’Better Together, ‘’promoting lifestyle changes associated w/ improved wellbeing. On-going Mon, 4-5 pm.Adv regreq. Space is limited. Northeast Ctr, Grant Ave, Lake Katrine, 336-3500 ext. 3106. 5:00 PM Polar Express Night. Story telling, crafts, model trains layout, games, refreshments and Santa. Hyde Par k Train Station Museum, 34 River Rd, Hyde Park, www.hydeparkstation.com. 5:30 PM-6:30 PM Kids Chess Club. Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner, 2551255 or www.gardinerlibrary.org. 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Ferry Godmother Christmas Caroling Series. Community members and area choirs will welcome Newburgh commuters home as they disembark from the ferry. Newburgh Beacon Ferry Landing, Newburgh, free, info@ ferrygodmother.com. 6:30 PM Kingston High School Music Department Holiday Concert.KHS Symphonic Band, KHS Concert Band, KHS Wind Ensemble, KHS Chamber Orchestra, KHS String Orchestra, KHS Choir, Mixed Chorus and Choir Ensemble. The KHS Brass Choir w/perform in the lobby area at 6:30pm w/ the main Concert starting at 7pm. Kingston High School, Auditorium, 403 Broadway, Kingston, free, 336-8205. 6:30 PM The Living Nativity. Reenactment of the Christmas story with animals and local parishioners.Reenactments: 6:30,7 & 7:30pm. Website: www.olddutchchurch.org Old Dutch Church, Main St, Kingston, 338-6759. 7:00 PM Jazz @ Quimby Theater. The Wilson/ Bollenback/Grenadier Trio. Also featuring: the Rondout Valley Middle School Jazz Ensemble and the Rondout Valley High School Jazz Ensemble. SUNY Ulster, Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge, $15, $8 /with student ID, 514-2079. 7:00 PM Polar Express Night. Hyde Park Train Station, 34 River Road, Hyde Park, 229-8562 or 229-2338.

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7:30 PM Celtic Session. All are welcome to play or just come and enjoy the Traditional Irish music. No cover! New World Home Cooking, Saugerties, 246-0900. 8:00 PM Open Spoken. On-going. Harmony Café @ Wok ‘n Roll, 50 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, 679-3484.

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Mid-Hudson ADK: Leisurely 4th Tuesday Hike. Walks and hikes that are shorter and more leisurely in pace than the Thursday group currently offers. Hudson Valley, 471-9892 or susiem6@ juno.com. 7:30 AM-8:30 AM Morning Qigong Class with Jeffrey Antin. Mo. - Thurs through the end of December. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, $15 /per class, 255-1559. 9:00 AM-10:00 PM Senior Dance Exercise with Inyo Charbonneau. Free to Woodstock residents over 55. Community Center, Rock City Rd, Woodstock, 246 0671. 9:30 AM-10:00 AM Toddlertime I. 1/2 hour programs will include stories, songs, crafts, & movement. An adult must accompany each child enrolled. Marlboro Free Library, 1251 Route 9w, Marlboro, 236-7272 ext-15. 10:30 AM-11:30 AM Story Hour I. This program fosters independent activity and includes storytelling, craft projects, and creative group movement. Marlboro Free Library, 1251 Route 9W, Marlboro, 236-7272 ext-15. 11:00 AM-11:45 AM Terrific Twos and Threes Story Time. Books, action rhymes, music and crafts. Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner, 255-1255 or www.gardinerlibrary.org. 12:45 PM-1:45 PM Senior Qigong and T’ai Chi Class. Led by Cassia Berman. Free to Woodstock residents age 55+. Community Center, Rock City Rd, Woodstock, 679-9457. 8:00 PM Talk & Party! Jennifer Yee, will be speaking on extra-solar planets and her work hunting these elusive planets.Free. The meeting will be at the main auditorium of the Coykendall ScienceBuilding at SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY. The MHAA business meeting begins at 7:30 PM in the auditorium with the talk starting around 8:00.http://midhudsonastro.org. 3:30 PM-4:30 PM AllYou Can Read Book Buffet. Grades 4 and up.Lots of reading, book discussion, and snacks. Marlboro Free Library, 1251 Route 9w, Marlboro, 236-7272 ext-15. 5:30 PM Stone RidgeTorah Class. High Meadow School, 3700 Main St, Stone Ridge, 687-7023. 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Ferry Godmother Christmas Caroling Series. Community members and area choirs will welcome Newburgh commuters home as they disembark from the ferry. Newburgh Beacon Ferry Landing, Newburgh, free, info@ ferrygodmother.com. 6:00 PM The Kingston Digital Corridor and the Ulster County Musician’s Network to host“Jollier Hour” & Food Drive. Benefit for the Queens Galley. Event takes place at Keegan Ales, 20 Saint James St, Kingston. Free. 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Scrabble Mania. Ellenville Public Library & Museum, 40 Center St, Ellenville, 647-5530. 6:00 PM-7:30 PM General Level Yoga Class with Barbara Boris. Develop strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. This General Level class is open to all students of Yoga. Satya Yoga, Rhinebeck, $17, 876-2528. 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Free Tuesday Evening Meditation. Sitting and walking meditation. Ongoing on Tuesdays. Sky Lake Lodge, Mountain Rd & Hillcrest Ln, Rosendale, free, 658-8556 or www. skylake.shambhala.org. 6:30 PM-7:30 PM Open Mic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore, 65 Partition St, Saugerties, 246-5775. 6:30 PM The Living Nativity. Reenactment of the Christmas story with animals and local parishioners. Reenactments: 6:30,7 & 7:30pm. Website: www.olddutchchurch.org Old Dutch Church, Main St, Kingston, 338-6759. 7:30 PM-9:30 PM Life Drawing Session. Tuesday & Thursday nights ongoing through March 2011. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, $13 /session, $48 /series of 4 session, 255-1559. 7:30 PM Free Shakta Advaita w/PR. Gitaprana. Vivekananda Retreat, 101 Leggett Rd, , Stone Ridge, 687-4574. 7:45 PM-10:00 PM Songwriters Summit. Inquiring Mind Bookstore, 65 Partition St, Saugerties, 246-5775. 8:00 PM Woodstock Weekly Torah Session. Woodstock Library, Library Ln, Stone Ridge, 679-7148.

12/22 WEDNESDAY

7:30 AM-8:30 AM Morning Qigong Class with Jeffrey Antin. Mo. - Thurs through the end of December. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, $15 /per class, 255-1559. 9:15 AM-10:15 AM Senior Kripalu Yoga with Susan Blacker. Free to Woodstock residents 55 and older. Community Center, Rock City Rd, Woodstock. 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Community Play Space.

Website: www.gardinerlibrary.org. Gardiner Library, Community Room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner, 255-1255. 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Pine Hill Social Circle. An informal gathering of friends and neighbors; food, crafts, outings. Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main St, Pine Hill, 254-5304 or www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org. 2:00 PM-5:00 PM Meet Santa Claus. Ulster Savings Bank is offering free photos with Santa, gift bags for all of the kids and light refreshments for everyone visiting the Phoenicia branch Ulster Savings Bank, 58 Main St, Phoenicia, free, 6885965, ext. 6701. 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Lilliput Players. 3-5yrs of age. Theatre skills are developed and classic stories are played out. Woodstock Library, 5 Library Ln, Woodstock, 679-2213 or www.woodstock.org. 4:00 PM-8:00 PM “Open Painting Studio.” Ongoing. Call for details. Unframed Artists Galley, 173 Huguenot St, New Paltz, 255-5482. 4:30 PM-6:00 PM Woodstock Yoga (Level I-II) with Barbara Boris. Develop strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation.This Level I-II class is for continuing students. Absolute beginners come to Monday’s class. 679-3728 or www.woodstockyoga.net. Mt. View Studio, Woodstock, $15. 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Ferry Godmother Christmas Caroling Series. Community members and area choirs will welcome Newburgh commuters home as they disembark from the ferry. Newburgh Beacon Ferry Landing, Newburgh, free, info@ ferrygodmother.com. 6:30 PM Gurdjieff Study Group. On-going. Email: gstudygroup@gmail.com. Stone Ridge. 7:00 PM Triple Play featuring Teri Roiger, John Menegon, & Paul Duffy. Country Inn, 1380 County Road 2, Krumville, 657-8956 or www. krumville.com. 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Live Music at the Country Inn. Featuring Teri Roiger (voice & piano) and John Menegon (bass). Website: www.krumville. com Country Inn, 1380 County Rd 2, Krumville, 657-8956. 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Live Jazz at the ZenDog Café Every Wed, 7-10pm & Fri, 7:30 - 10:30pm. Call for reservation as seating is limited. 516-4501 or www.zendogcafe.com. ZenDog Café, 6367 Mill St, Rhinebeck, free, info@zendogcafe.com. 8:00 PM Open Mic. On-going. Harmony Café @ Wok ‘n Roll, 50 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, 679-3484. 8:30 PM Legendary Hyde Park Open Blues Jam. 8 years and going strong. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, 229-8277 or www.hydeparkbrewing.com. 9:00 PM Miss Angie’s Karaoke, Toys for Tots! Bearsville Theater, Tinker St, Woodstock, free, 679-2079.

12/23 THURSDAY

7:30 AM-8:30 AM Morning Qigong Class with Jeffrey Antin. Mo. - Thurs through the end of December. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, $15 /per class, 255-1559. 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Toddlertime II. 1/2 hour programs will include stories, songs, crafts, & movement.An adult must accompany each child enrolled. Marlboro Free Library, 1251 Route 9w, Marlboro, 236-7272 ext-15. 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Story Hour II. The program fosters independent activity and include storytelling, craft projects, and creative group movement. Marlboro Free Library, 1251 Route 9W, Marlboro, 236-7272 ext-15. 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Senior Duplicate Bridge with John Stokes.Free to Woodstock residents over 55. Rescue Squad Building, Route 212, Bearsville. 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Euro Dance for Seniors & Others. Ongoing classes on Thurs. Unison, 68 Mt. Rest Rd, New Paltz, $5 /single per session, $8 /couple per session, 255-1559. 3:00 PM-5:00 PM Reading Adventures. 6-8 yrs of age. Young readers can schedule a 15 minute reading time with Lesley to develop & strengthen reading skills. Woodstock Library, 5 Library Ln, Woodstock, 679-2213 or www.woodstock.org. 3:30 PM-7:30 PM All Is Calm Night. the church sanctuary will be open to every one in the community and all are invited to come and enjoy the calm provided.There will be soft background music throughout the event and the Christmas decorations will be lit. St. James UnitedMethodist Church, corner of Fair and Pearl, Kingston, 331-3030. 3:30 PM-5:00 PM Curiosity Corner. Activities include a special story hour, snacks, and seasonal surprises for K-1st graders. Marlboro Free Library, 1251 Route 9w, Marlboro, 236-7272 ext-15. 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Young Reader’s Theatre. 6-8 yrs of age. Reading and Theatre skills are developed by reading and acting out a play. A presentation will be given on the final class, or during a Saturday Story hour. Sign up required. Woodstock Library, 5 Library Ln, Woodstock. 4:00 PM $5 Sanctuary Yoga. Meets 7am, 4pm & 5:30 pm on Thursdays and 10am on Saturdays. 853-6727 or 679-0706 for information.ShaktiYoga, corner of Main & Partition streets, Saugerties. 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Afternoon Youth Program. Mon, Thurs and Fri. Thursdays will focus on community giving, service and activism.Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main St, Pine Hill, 254-5469 or www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org. 6:00 PM-7:00 PM FreeThursday Evening Medita-


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2011. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, $13 /session, $48 /series of 4 session, 255-1559.

6:00 PM-7:00 PM Ferry Godmother Christmas Caroling Series. Community members and area choirs will welcome Newburgh commuters home as they disembark from the ferry. Newburgh Beacon Ferry Landing, Newburgh, free, info@ ferrygodmother.com.

8:00 PM Bluegrass Clubhouse with Brian Hollander, Tim Kapeluk, Geoff Harden, Fooch and Bill Keith. Harmony Café @ Wok ‘n Roll, 50 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, 679-3484.

7:00 PM Live @The Falcon.Adam Falcon.Opening Act: Casey Erdmann. The Falcon, 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, 236-7970 or www.liveatthefalcon.com. 7:30 PM-10:30 PM Skytop’s Weekly Open Jazz Jam. Led by guitarist Matthew Finck. Sign up at 8:30pm. Website: www.skytopsteakhouse.com Skytop Steakhouse & Brewing Company, 237 Forest Hill Dr, Kingston, 340-4277. 7 : 3 0 P M Fre e S ri m a d B h ag ava t a m w / PR.Shuddhatmaprana. Classic wisdom tales of Sri Krishna. Vivekananda Retreat, 101 Leggett Rd, , Stone Ridge, 687-4574. 7:30 PM-9:30 PM Life Drawing Session. Tuesday & Thursday nights ongoing through March

9:00 PM DJ Heat Dance Party. Bearsville Theater, Tinker St, Woodstock, 679-2079.

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10:00 AM Christmas Eve Ice Skating at Bear Mountain. Weather permitting ice skating sessions are as follows: 10-11:30AM, Noon-1:30PM, 2-3:30PM, 4-5:30PM.Website: www.bearmountainicerink.com. Rink is outdoors and uncovered so dress appropriately. Bear Mountain Outdoor IceRink, Bear Mountain, 786-2701. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Senior Strength & Balance (pre-registration & physician approval required). Free to Woodstock residents 55 and older. Com-

munity Center, Rock City Rd, Woodstock. 11:00 AM-4:00 PM Holiday House Tour. Visit Olana for Christmas with the Churches, a look at how the Family spent theHoliday at home. Last tour starts promptly at 3PM.Website: www.olana. org Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, 518-828-0135. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Caregivers’ Support. A new weekly support group open to all caregivers. Sponsored by the Jewish Family Services and facilitated by Paula Lockshon. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, 300 Wall St, Kingston, 331-5300 or Katherine@LGBTQcenter.org. 12:30 PM Christmas Eve Service. The 12:30 p.m. service is a Family Service.The 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. services are Candlelight Services. St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd, Poughkeepsie. 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Papermaking for Holiday Ornaments. Learn the ancient art of papermaking. Using all recycled materials, each participant will make their own piece of original paper to take home. RSVP. Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New

December 16, 2010 • Page 4 Paltz, $8, 255-0752. 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Free Feldenkrais Gentle Exercise Class. Led by Tatiana Light. On-going, 4-5pm Sundays & 5-6pm Fridays. Community Room, 18 Woodstock Meadows Ln, Woodstock, 679-6299. 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Ferry Godmother Christmas Caroling Series. Community members and area choirs will welcome Newburgh commuters home as they disembark from the ferry. Newburgh Beacon Ferry Landing, Newburgh, free, info@ ferrygodmother.com. 7:00 PM Live Music at Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub. Al Guart on saxes, Allen Murphy on upright bass and Lenny Pace on drums.Website: www.catskillmtlodge.com. Catskill Mountain Lodge, Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub, 334 Route 32a, Palenville, 518-678-3101. 7:30 PM Israeli Dance & Celebratory Shabbat. An abbreviated Friday Night Service beginning at 7:30pm.At 8pm, a spectacular evening of participatory Israeli Folk Dancing for individuals of every skill level, led by the amazing Livia & Bill Vanaver. Temple Emanuel, 243 Albany Ave, Kingston.


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nots are fascinating, both as a metaphor and as real objects. My son, almost five, wants to learn how to tie them more than anything – and then get them undone. His mother and I want to figure out ways of breaking through them whenever they threaten our communications, or the ways by which happiness balances with all those other elements in our complicated lives – as well as how to get them out of our backs, necks, legs and heads. John Bridges paints knots. Not only does he similarly recognize their innate importance to all souls, but they also haunt his dreams, and have played a key part in his life. Concerning his new exhibition of “Ropes Reconfigured” – opening this Saturday, December 18 at the Unison Gallery at the Water Street Market in New Paltz – Bridges points out how knot-tying saved his life on two occasions: once while mountaineering in the German Alps and later aboard a research vessel off the coast of Diego García. But he will not dwell on the traumas. Instead, Bridges – who also works at Rhinebeck Artists’ Shop in New Paltz – speaks of his ongoing attempts to “untie his knotted psyche” and to reloop the zeit seil or “timerope” of his past into a “Double Redemption Bend” – a knot that the artist claims is nearly impossible to tie correctly. “I mythologize the Mundane and create works that reveal the ambiguity in the Ordinary,” he writes in an artist’s statement. “My work conveys both a deep suspicion of, and reverence for, the cast-off, ephemeral and overlooked. I revive items from garbage cans, garage sales and thrift stores, then recombine these rejected objects with strong colors on off-sized panels and canvases. I marry the Forgotten to the Abandoned. I participate in a process that I describe as ‘Informed Savantism.’” The man’s résumé – which starts off in Texas, born in 1962 – includes sojourns in Pennsylvania, California, Belgium, Iowa, Colorado and Washington, DC; three years in the Army as a cavalry scout; and work as a store clerk, video editor, teacher, cook, bartender, paralegal, housepainter, social worker and assembler at a mannequin factory. He cites, along with a BA in Literature and failed attempt at a Law degree, a continuing fascination with Joseph Beuys, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Walt Whitman, Pee-Wee Herman, Tom Waits, Giotto and Fra Lippo Lippi. This current show opens with a reception on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Gallery at the Water Street Market – located on lower Main, just before the bridge over the Wallkill in the Village of New Paltz – and runs through January 11. For more information contact the Unison Arts & Learning Center, itself located at 68 Mountain Rest Road west of town, by calling (845) 255-1559 or visiting www.unisonarts.org.  @ Paul Smart


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olks who want to keep the focus of this holiday season rigidly centered on religious traditions generally don’t want to hear this, but it cannot be denied that the original “reason for the season” is the plain scientific fact that Earth’s axis tilts our Northern Hemisphere as far away from the Sun as it gets at the Winter Solstice. Humans living north of the Tropic of Cancer find reasons to celebrate now, theological or otherwise, because we crave the light and warmth that are in such short supply as winter sets in. As long as we have to put up with seemingly endless hours of darkness this time of year, we might as well put them to good use in contemplation of the wonders of the visible heavens. This winter has a lot to offer even novice skywatchers, including the total lunar eclipse expected the very night of the Solstice. And based on the “standard” 11-year sunspot cycle, activity is supposed to start building up soon to a new peak in 2012, so this may turn out to be a decent winter to catch the aurora borealis – especially as we get closer to the Vernal Equinox, when solar storms tend to become more frequent. A great way to introduce youngsters to the joys of stargazing is to take them to a planetarium show, and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) in Poughkeepsie stays open late – until 8 p.m. – on the third Saturday of each month, so that families can come and learn a bit about the night sky within the cozy confines of its amazing inflatable Starlab. What’s so extraordinary about this resource is that it’s collapsible and portable; in fact, it was on one of its many rounds to school districts in the region that I was privileged to make Starlab’s acquaintance. A little over ten feet in height and 16 feet in diameter, from the outside it’s a bit reminiscent of Rover, the scary giant rubber balloon that pursued and suffocated people who tried to escape from the Village in the ‘60s TV series The Prisoner. But unless you’re seriously claustrophobic, there’s nothing macabre about a visit to this room-within-a-room, its dome held aloft and the air inside refreshed by a powerful intake fan. You crawl in through the igloo-style entry tunnel, sit or lie on the floor and gaze up at the ceiling, where a sophisticated, compact projection system illustrates the astronomy program chosen for the month, narrated by a live educator who will also take questions from the audience. MHCM’s Starlab program scheduled for this Saturday will emphasize some of the most familiar constellations that offer prime viewing in winter, like Orion and Taurus; explain what the Solstice is, exactly; and address questions like why Polaris, the North Star, never seems to move. The sky show begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 18 and costs only $4, in addition to the usual $6.50 Museum admission fee. As Starlab only accommodates to 27 people at a time, advance reservations are prudent; phone (845) 471-0589. The next planetarium program will be offered on Saturday, January 15, also at 6 p.m. Also coming up in the next few weeks at MHCM are a couple of hands-on crafts workshop programs for the little ones: Next Wednesday, December 22 from 4 to 6 p.m., elf-wannabes can visit “Santa’s Workshop” and have hot cocoa and cookies while decorating a toy for holiday fun. Holiday photo ops are guaranteed. This workshop incurs a fee of $8 per child and $4 per adult for Museum members, $10 per child and $5 per adult for non-members, which in this case includes museum admission. The workshop on the following Wednesday, December 29 at 11 a.m. is called “Light up the Winter” and has more of a multicultural theme. Kids can celebrate the winter season with crafts from all over the globe, creating a clay menorah for Hanukkah, a colorful design for Diwali and more. The workshop fee is $4 per child in addition to the cost of museum admission. Another way to keep the wee ‘uns occupied during the long school break is to go see the Puppet People’s production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at MHCM, sponsored by M & T Bank. There will be two performances, beginning at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 28. Combined show and museum admission is $10 per person. Finally, the Museum is taking an innovative approach to what is normally the season’s most kid-unfriendly holiday: New Year’s Eve. Want to wear out your hyperactive brood in time for the babysitter to tuck them in well in advance of the actual turning of the year? Show up at MHCM between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, December 31. As they count down to the stroke of 12 – noon, not midnight – children will get to pop in the New Year using that most irresistible of unintended toys: bubble wrap! Families can enjoy music, arts and crafts and snacks, including an edible New Year’s hat and yummy non-alcoholic punch. Admission to the Children’s New Year’s Eve Party is $10 per person for members, $15 for non-members. Space is limited for all these special events, so prepaid reservations are required. Call the Museum at (845) 471-0589 to purchase tickets in advance, or visit www.mhcm.org/new/pages/PDF/EventListing.pdf for more information. The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is situated at 75 North Water Street, just north of Waryas Park on the Poughkeepsie waterfront. @ Frances Marion Platt

As they count down to the stroke of 12 – noon, not midnight – children will get to pop in the New Year using that most irresistible of unintended toys: bubble wrap!


Ulster Publishing’s alm@ nac

December 16, 2010 • Page 9

gardener’s notebook

Chestnuts roasting on a not-so-open fire PREPARING THESE SEASONAL TREATS AT HOME IS A TWO-STEP PROCESS

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alking in the woods this time of year, my friend Bill and I always play a game of tree identification. We don’t even bother with white birches or shagbark hickories; they’re too easy. I might be able to stump Bill if we happened upon a European birch, another white-barked birch distinguished from our native paper birch by the dark diamond-shaped fissures on its bark. (Of course, we’re unlikely to find that birch in the woods.) I’m often snagged by cherry birch, whose bark isn’t white at all, but whose young bark  resembles young cherry bark, then morphs with age into longitudinally elongated plates. The giveaway for cherry  birch comes with breaking a small twig and smelling wintergreen. Trees like red oak, sugar maple, ironwood, juneberry, hop hornbeam and ash are easy to identify once you know their bark. I’m usually the first to identify hackberry, because it’s one of my favorite barks: pure gray and punctuated by corky ridges. On a wintry day when the sun hangs low in the sky, the shadows create a pattern that recalls those crisp, achromatic photographs of lunar landscapes. If tree bark offers no leads about a tree, a few dead leaves on the ground or clinging to stems often help out.  Beech leaves make identification especially easy, because beech is among the few trees that cling to almost all their dead leaves all winter. The lower leaves of some oaks also are reluctant to drop. Bark, leaves and aroma aren’t the only things that scream out a tree’s name.Everyone knows the distinctive weeping form and light-colored young bark of weeping willows. Less universally known is the very distinctive form of pin oaks: Lower limbs sweep downward, mid-height limbs grow out horizontally, and upper limbs point skyward. On most trees, stems are alternate – that is, they don’t grow directly opposite each other. So if a tree – one that grows wild in the Northeast, at least – has opposite stems, I can limit the choices to just a few trees: dogwoods, maples, ashes or catalpa. This tree game is more than fun; it’s also useful for identifying firewood. A couple of years ago, I bought some firewood that was billed as “swamp oak.” Swamp oak turned out to be another name for pin oak, which this wood definitely was not. Bill and I looked at the wood and the bark with its distinctive, long, flat-topped ridges again and again, wondering. Finally, about a month ago, Bill pronounced the wood to be American linden (basswood). I think he may be right. It’s not very good for firewood.

This tree game is more than fun; it’s also useful for identifying firewood.

Photo of Chestnuts by Lee Reich There’s nothing fancy about my fertilizing. I use soybean meal, available from feed stores, because it’s good for plants that need acidic soil (as well as plants that don’t need acidic soil), it only needs to be put down once a year and it  releases its goodness, mostly nitrogen, slowly and in sync with plant growth. I whirled out 12 pounds from my  Whirlybird fertilizer spreader for a rate of about a pound-and-a-half per hundred square feet. Mulching was slower. Two truckloads of wood chips (from the town recycling center), at 45 cubic feet per truckload, laid down a blanket an inch-and-a-half deep under the whole planting. This organic blanket keeps the blueberry planting essentially weed-free and nourishes the soil, then the blueberry bushes, as it decomposes. The plants like the fluffy, spongy ground that has resulted from 25 years of mulching – especially during dry summers like last summer. The mulch also reduces the number of disease spores on the ground, such as from dropped mummy berry fruits, that would waft back up into the plants to infect them in spring. Insects and diseases have never been problems on my blueberries. *** Moving indoors, to the fruits of my labor – or rather, the nuts of my labor: I finally figured out the best way to roast chestnuts, which, as usual, bore abundantly this year. I start out by giving each nut a shallow slit perpendicular to its axis: easily done with a light chop from a heavy, sharp knife. A  shallow layer of nuts goes into a covered pan set in a hot oven or on top of the woodstove for 45 minutes, during  which time the nuts steam from their own moisture. Then off comes the lid for another 15 minutes of cooking to let the nuts roast and the shells and pellicles (the skin around each nut) turn crisp. Massaging each nut without breaking up the nutmeat cracks the shell and the pellicle so that both come off easily – usually. With last summer’s drought, the nuts are small, but they are pretty much insect- and rot-free. They have the mealy texture of a baked potato and a wonderfully sweet flavor. @ Lee Reich

*** The blueberries have been fertilized and mulched. Next year, I’ll again expect bushes to put on a couple of feet of new stem growth and yield another 160 quarts of delicious berries – all from a planting only 25 by 30 feet in size.

legals LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE TO BIDDERS: Sealed proposals will be received, publicly opened and read at the Ulster County Purchasing Department, 310 Flatbush Avenue, Kingston, NY on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM for Water Treatment Equipment and Installation, BID #RFB-UC11-12. Specifications and conditions may be obtained at the above address or on our website at www. co.ulster.ny.us/purchasing. Robin L. Peruso, CPPB, Ulster County Director of Purchasing

Any gardening questions? E-mail them to me at garden@leereich.com  and I’ll try answering them directly or in this column. Check out my garden’s blog at www.leereich.blogspot.com.

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