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Mercantile June/July 2011

summer Photos L to R: Swing, photo by Mary Ann Glass; Wau Wau Sisters, detail of photo by Don Spiro; Tero Saarinen in HUNT. Photo by Marita Liulia; Garden walk, Hidden Gardens of Spencertown; Mary Chapin Carpenter performs at Bellayre Music Festival and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival this summer.

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27th Powerhouse Theater Season

Powerhouse Theater, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Through July 31: The season includes new plays by Patricia Wettig and Rob Handel on the Mainstage; three Martel Musicals by Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik, Gabriel Kahane & Seth Bockley, a bio-musical about composer Bert Berns; two Inside Look workshops by David Solomon and Seth Zvi Rosenfeld; a special musical presentation by singer/songwriter Dar Williams, as well as readings by Mattie Brickman, Joanna Murray-Smith, Mona Mansour, John Patrick Shanley, among others. Tickets: prices vary; Season subscriptions available. Information: http://powerhouse.vassar.edu

Air Shows

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, 9 Norton Rd, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday & Sunday, through October 16, museum opens at 10 a.m.; airshow starts at 2 p.m.: Pioneer and barnstorming airplanes featured on Saturday (WWI Airplanes also perform); WWI Airplanes featured on Sunday (barnstorming and pioneer airplanes also perform). Special season events include: 7/9, “United Octogenarians Day”; 7/17, “British Car Day”; 7/30, “Spirit of St. Louis Day”; 8/3, “Open Cockpit Day”; 8/13-8/14, “Artists-Authors-Photographers Weekend”; 8/20, fundraiser for new gift shop and restroom; 8/21, “World War One Day”; 8/27, “Pioneer Aircraft Day”. Admission: $20; $15 teens (13-17); $5 juniors (6-12 and Scouts in uniform); free, kids 5 and under. Information: 845.752.3200; http://www.oldrhinebeck.org

Hidden Gardens of Spencertown: Celebrating the Art of the Garden

Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY 12165 Saturday, June 25, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: “Town & Country Gardens” is the theme for this year’s tour which offers self-guided tours of six

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unique and special gardens chosen for the artistic and horticultural excellence. The day begins with a breakfast lecture at 9:30 a.m. entitled, “At Home in the 365-Day Garden” by noted author/garden blogger Margaret Roach. She will describe her own gardening journey, and sign copies of her new memoir, “And I Shall Have Some Peace There.” In addition, there will be a special exhibition at Spencertown Academy Arts Center, “Gardens: Found & Constructed,” featuring the work of artists Nancy Beal, Susan Benarcik, and Gai Giles. Tickets: $25-$250 Information: http://spencertownacademy.org/garden.htm

Celebrate America Weekend

Columbia County Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Sat. & Sun., July 2 & 3: Saturday’s family-oriented, bring-a-picnic twilight concert features a “Salute to America” by the Columbia Festival Ragtime Band and takes place at 7:30 p.m. on a spacious lawn at the fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Sunday’s “Family Fun Fest” begins at 3 p.m. and includes free kiddie rides, a climbing wall, hay maze, Fuddi-Duddy the Clown, pony rides, food, and fireworks. Tickets: Concert: $15 advance/$20 gate, kids 12 and under, free; Fun Fest: $5/person ages 13 & up; $15/carload. Kids 12 and under, free. Information: http://www.columbiafair.com

Bellayre Music Festival

181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, NY 12441 July 3-September 3: Annual festival featuring live performances of everything from folk to rock, opera to classical, Broadway, dance and jazz. This year’s line up includes: K.D. Lang and The Siss Boom Bang on 7/3; Creedence Clearwater Revisited on 7/16; KJ Denhert on 7/29; Clint Black on 8/23; Mary Chapin Carpenter on 8/20 and much more! Tickets: Price vary, lawn tickets always $25. Information: http://www.belleayremusic.org continued on page 7 g

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