Events for April 15-21 , 2019


Ahh, it’s TAX DAY!

▲Raising awareness for veterans with a Walk Across America
Tom Zurhellen, Commander at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 170 in Poughkeepsie, starts his Walk across America to raise awareness of issues affecting veterans through VetZero – an organization aiming for zero veteran suicides, zero veteran homelessness and zero tolerance for disrespect for veterans in our community. Commander Tom starts his trek in Portland, Oregon on April 15 and will return to Poughkeepsie around August 23. Follow his journey at


Swap meet with Yard Sale
Buy, sell, trade, drink and dance every Tuesday night in April at the Beverly in Kingston beginning at 8:30 pm. This week’s theme: Ballads/Collectibles – action figures, comic books, stamps, guitar picks, etc. accompanied by music from Yard Sale.



Gilded Age Mansion Re-Opens for House Tours
Thursday, April 18 • 11am - 5pm (last tour is at 4pm) • Mills Mansion, Staatsburgh State Historic Site. $8 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for children ages 12 and under. Open for tours through October 27, 2019. Grounds open sunrise to sunset. [ Add to Calendar ]


Unusual Edibles for the Backyard Gardener
Thursday, April 18 • 6:30pm • Morton Memorial Library, Rhinecliff • Presentation by Hortus Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on tips for surrounding your home with lesser known fruits and nuts. Free. 845-876-2903.


Opening Exhibition: “Rescuing the River: 50 years of Environmental Activism on the Hudson”
Friday, April 19 at 4:30-5:30pm and Saturday, April 20 from 10:30am to 5pm • Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston • Deck tours of the Clearwater sloop, music and access to the museum (free), public sails ($35-$50) and exhibition ($5-7). [ Add to Calendar ]


▲ Opening day at the Four Brothers Drive-in
The modern-retro Amenia spot (and the newest drive-in built from the ground up in America) will officially open for the season on April 19th with two family-friendly screenings and the introduction of its newest, kitsch addition – a jungle-themed Airstream you can rent (equipped with a Polaroid camera, board games and bikes for a truly nostalgic stay.) Check our homepage for more info on drive-ins throughout the Hudson Valley.

Full Pink Moon Hike
Friday, April 19 • 7:30pm • Drayton Grant Park, Burger Hill, Rhinebeck • Tasty treats at the bottom of the hill and telescopes at the top from the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association. $5, free for Winnakee and Open Field Society members. [ Add to Calendar ]


Guided Paddle of the Great Swamp
Saturday, April 20 • 10am meet at Green Chimneys, Brewster. Two hour, easy paddle to the wetland that is home to a wide variety of animal life. Space is limited, registration required. $25 suggested donation. More info: LINK

Pine Day
Saturday, April 20•10am•Pine Plains Free Library. Day of events related to the environment including fairy house crafting, talk on how trees defined Pine Plains, planting trees and more. [ Add to Calendar ]

Cleanup of Crystal Lake
Saturday, April 20 • 10am • Crystal Lake, Newburgh. Join Scenic Hudson to help with spring clean-up projects for all ages. [ Add to Calendar ]

Lucky Orphan’s Horse Rescue Annual Easter Event
Saturday, April 20 • 10:30am - 12:30pm • Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, 2699 Route 22, Dover Plains. Free family event with Easter candy and visits from the farm’s horses.


Beacon Flea Market
Every fair-weather Sunday • 8am - 3pm • 6 Henry and S. Chestnut St., Beacon • . More info: Link

Brush Pick-Up in Millbrook
Through May 31, with additional days during the summer: July 8, August 12 and September 9. Branches less than five inches in diameter, and less than ten feet in length should be placed unbundled on the curb with all cut ends facing the same way. Please do not leave leaf piles, tree trunks or stumps. (Leaf pick-up begins October 1.)


Trees for Tribs
Friday, April 26 from 9am to 4pm • DEC’s Regional Office, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz. Help pot up thousands of bare-root seedlings in celebration of Arbor Day.

Workshop: Impacts of Land Management on our Forests 
Saturday, April 27 • 10am - 2:30pm • Cary Institute East, Carriage House, 2917 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook. “Three-quarters of New York's forested lands are privately owned? This means that anyone who owns or manages private forested lands can influence the heath and future of this important resource for everyone.” Head outside to learn about the ecology of local forests and how to identify threats to forest health. Registration is required as space is limited. $20. Register: LINK

Free Rabies Clinic
Saturday, April 27 • 8am - noon • Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Ave., Hyde Park. Available for dogs, cats and domestic ferrets ages three months or older. Proof of residency required. Free for Dutchess County residents, $10 non-residents.  (845) 486-3404 or

Preview Party – Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek
Saturday, April 27 • 4-6pm • New Studio and Main House at the Thomas Cole Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill • Free admission*. (Members only viewings on Saturday and Sunday 11am-2pm) • Exhibition on view May 4 through November 3, 2019. Curators talk on Sunday, May 19 at 2pm. *Regular season guided tour and Explore-at-Your-Own-Pace tickets are $14 for General Admission, $12 for Seniors, and free for members and visitors under the age of 16. [ Add to Calendar ]

Uptown Swing with the Swingaroos
Saturday, April 27, 7-10:30pm • The Beverly, 224 Foxhall Ave., Kingston. an evening of Hot Jazz and Swing Dance. 7:00 Beginner’s swing dance lesson (included with cover, no partner needed) 8:00 Open dance with house band (2 sets!) Performance by the Uptown Lowdown vintage jazz dance troupe at the band break!  Plus a DJ-ed 3rd set to close out the night • 18 and older • $15  • RSVP on Facebook

Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 28 • 10am • Morton Memorial Library, Rhinecliff. Clean with your neighbors along the dock, railroad tracks, parking lots and other places around town. 845-876-2903.

“Making Democracy Work: FDR’s Bitter Struggle to Modernize the Presidency”
Sunday, April 28 • 2pm • Wallace Center, FDR Presidential Library, Hyde Park. Symposium commemorating the 80th anniversary of FDR’s 1939 reorganization of the executive branch. Free with registration required: 

JUST ANNOUNCED: Vampire Weekend in Kingston
Thursday, May 2 • 8:30pm • Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. Grammy Award-winner for Best Alternative Album (2013) will play songs from their upcoming fourth album, Father of the Bride. $54. 

Craig Ferguson discusses his new memoir, “Riding the Elephant: A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations”
Wednesday, May 8 • 7:30pm • Olin Hall at the Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. $33 includes one copy of the memoir. More info: LINK

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PHOTOS WANTED: The developers of the Hudson River State Hospital are looking to rebuild and reuse the Administration portion of the Main Building and they are looking for: digital copies (high res) of any blueprints/plans/drawings of the Administration attic and roof and/or digital photos from inside the attic space from before the fire. Note: They do not need photos of the exterior of the roof or buildings. They have those already. *The photos/images you send will remain anonymous (unless you specify otherwise).

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DESIGNERS WANTED: Submissions are now open for the chance to design this year’s Rosendale Street Festival t-shirts! Deadline to submit is May 1. Email entries to Tito Walsh, (JPEG format, at least 8x8 at 300 DPI)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  The 2019 Special Olympics New York Summer Games is coming to Dutchess County this June 14-15 and approximately 2,000 volunteers will be needed. For more information on volunteer opportunities and to register, visit or send an email to