Hobart Book Village – Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Sale
Hobart, the Book Village of the Catskills, home to six independent bookstores, is hosting its traditional annual Thanksgiving Weekend Sale, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Each bookstore has a unique vibe, and a distinctive focus: Adams’ Antiquarian specializes in rare and old books, Liberty Rock Books specializes in art and music titles, Blenheim Hill bookstore specializes in classic children’s literature and African-American titles, Mysteries & More specializes in science fiction books, and Butternut Valley specializes in fiction, maps, and ephemera. The newest addition to the village is Around the World with Books and Cooks, a store dedicated to cookbooks and titles in foreign languages. For more information, visit http://www.hobartbookvillage.com/.
Wired Gallery – Collectors Curate Art Show
Wired Gallery in High Falls is hosting a novel art show called “Collectors Curate,” opening reception Saturday, November 28 at 5 pm. Four collector teams will discuss works by artists of their choice including Jan Muller, Anna West, and Tim Rowan. Collectors Christy and Jamie McDougall, for instance, explain why they cherish the work of Tim Rowan, a ceramics artist based in Stone Ridge: “We love Tim Rowan’s work because it takes the delicate ceramic medium and gives it mass and strength; it makes you believe that it’s carved stone, or even metal. We love that his pieces make you look twice, compelling you to feel the texture and try to get to know them while you become absorbed in all the tiny details that the clay delivers.” The show remains on view through February 7, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.thewiredgallery.com/.
Basilica Farm & Flea Thanksgiving Market
Basilica Farm & Flea in Hudson is hosting its third annual Thanksgiving Market Friday from 2 to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Over one hundred farmers, crafters and collectors will be offering a variety of products, and hosting numerous tastings and workshops. For more information, visit http://basilicafarmandflea.com/.
May Day, Park Day, Independent Bookstore Day, Kentucky Derby, and superb weather this weekend – many reasons to celebrate.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site & Olana State Historic Site
Thomas Cole National Historic Site in partnership with Olana State Historic Site are co-hosting River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, an exhibition that opens this Sunday, May 3 at both sites. The exhibition, featuring twenty-eight contemporary artists inspired by the works of Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church, is the first major collaboration between the two institutions, and the first event since the 19th century when contemporary artists are invited to present their works in these settings. Artists such as Chuck Close, Martin Puryear, Lynn Davis, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Maya Lin, Stephen Hannock, and Jerry Gretzinger are among those featured in this show. For more information, visit http://www.rivercrossings.org/.
Hudson Opera House in Hudson, Columbia County, is hosting a classical music concert this Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. Mozart and Friends: Musical Wonderland featuring world class musicians from the Preparatory Division of The Bard College Conservatory of Music: soprano Amy Palomo, clarinetist Nicholas Lewis, and pianist Renana Gutman. Talented young musicians will also perform under the tutelage of these accomplished artists, and will be exposed to performing in a professional setting. This is a free concert for the entire family. For more information, visit http://hudsonoperahouse.org/2013/11/30/bard-preparatory-division-family-concert-sunday-may-3-at-3pm/.
Writers in the Mountains
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Writing Fiction Today – Literary vs. Genre Fiction: Real Distinction or No Difference at All? Sunday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at the Golden Notebook Bookstore in Woodstock, Ulster County. The event is co-sponsored by Glaring Omissions Writing Group, one of the longest-running critique groups in the Hudson Valley. Moderator Jenny Milchman will lead a conversation with panelists Elizabeth Brundage, Alison Gaylin, and Peter Golden as they question the foundation that lies beneath bookstore shelving, library categorization, and the ways we define words on a page. For more information, visit http://writersinthemountains.org/.
Bardavon Theatre in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, is hosting a classical music concert this Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. featuring the Hudson Valley Philharmonic conducted by Randall Craig Fleischer. The orchestra will perform Brahms’ Requiem and Haydn’s Symphony No. 44. Over one hundred and fifty instrumentalists and singers will perform, including the Vassar Choir and Cappella Festiva directed by Christine Howlett. Fleischer will deliver a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. For more information, visit https://bardavon.org/event_info.php?id=736&venue=bardavon.
Bannerman Castle, located on Pollepel Island, in the proximity of Fishkill, Dutchess County, is an architectural gem built in 1901 by businessman Francis Bannerman. Bannerman designed the building himself. While the castle is currently under renovation, the island is open to the public by guided tours only. To embark on a tour, visitors meet at the Beacon Institute Dock. The first tour of the season will take place this Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m. The tour is two and a half hour long. For more information, visit http://www.bannermancastle.org.
Also, Vassar College is open for campus tours this Saturday, May 2 at 1 p.m. Lyle Lovett will perform at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston Sunday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Bard College Conservatory Orchestra is having the last concert of the season Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m.
The Spring Season at Fischer Center at Bard College in Dutchess County begins this Saturday, January 31 at 8 p.m. with an Opera workshop called “Danger and Devotion,” staging operatic scenes from the 1600s to the 1900s. Students from the Bard College Opera Workshop will perform in the chorus and as soloists. Founded in 1860 in Annandale-on-Hudson, in Dutchess County, New York, Bard College has been a haven for writers, artists, intellectuals, and scientists since the mid-1930s, when many luminaries fled Europe and settled in New York. The college is an important cultural institution in the region, and includes the Hessel Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, every summer Bard offers an eight week long arts festival – Bard SummerScape, which takes place in July and August, and a classical music festival – Bard Music Festival, which takes place in August. For full program, visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/springevents/.
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College
Also, in Dutchess County the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College is opening a new exhibit this Friday, January 30 – XL: Large-Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection, on view through March 29. Founded in 1864, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center houses over 18,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and glass wares from ancient times to the present. The collections include many European and American masters, such as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, and others. The Warburg Collection contains works by leading artists of the Hudson River School of Painting such as Frederic Edwin Church. Two new installations are also worth checking out: http://info.vassar.edu/news/announcements/2014-2015/150123-fllac-installations.html. For more information about Vassar’s Art Center, visit http://fllac.vassar.edu.
Carrie Haddad Gallery
Carrie Haddad Gallery, located in Hudson, Columbia County, opened in 1991 as the city’s first gallery. It showcases many established as well as emerging artists. Painted Cities, a multi-media group show, opened this Wednesday, January 28 and will run through March 1. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://carriehaddadgallery.com/
Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, Ulster County, includes seven authentic historic stone houses built by Huguenot settlers fleeing Europe in the late 1600s – early 1700s. The seven existing homes were built between 1705 and 1799 in the Dutch rural architectural style – some of these households also include Federal elements. In addition to these homes, the Historic Huguenot Street includes a church, a research library, and an archive. The street, in its current state, was founded in 1894 by the descendents of the first settlers; it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. Special events are organized year round. For more information, visit http://www.huguenotstreet.org.
Arts Society of Kingston
Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) in Ulster County was founded in 1995, and presents ten – twelve juried art shows each year. Workshops and other events are organized year round, including poetry readings, musicals, plays, and other performances. On view through January 31 there is a member exhibition called Interaction of Color, and a spotlight exhibit featuring paintings by Isaac Abrams inspired by Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, visit http://www.askforarts.org.
A beautiful, snowy Thanksgiving weekend in the Catskills!
Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra
Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra is performing this Saturday at 8 pm its Annual Thanksgiving Concert at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter. The orchestra, conducted by Robert Manno, and featuring 24 musicians, will perform compositions by Vivaldi, Shulman, Mozart, Mahler and Haydn. The program includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Horns and Strings, Shulman’s A Nocturne for Strings, Mozart’s Concerto No. 2 for Flute and Orchestra, and an excerpt from Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 as well as Haydn’s Symphony No. 24. For more information, go to http://www.catskillmtn.org/events/performances/2014-11-29-windham-festival-chamber-orchestra-works-by-vivaldi-782.html
Elena Zang Gallery
Elena Zang Gallery in Woodstock is presenting a Holiday Group Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The group show includes works by 16 visual artists including painters Pia Alexander and Joan Snyder, multi-media artist Mary Frank, and sculptor Tom Gottsleben. The show will run through January 12, 2015. For more information, visit http://elenazang.com/.
Also, Wired Gallery in High Falls, is hosting a traditional annual Thanksgiving show both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. “Affordable Color Show” features small works by 35 regional artists, including Leah Brown, Mona Chiang, Shellie David, Doris Goldberg, Marilyn Hauser, Meredith Rosier, Linda Miller, Susan Silverman, Ted Welch, Peg Wright, and others. High Falls is also home to the Delaware & Hudson Canal Museum. Cubist painter Marc Chagall lived and worked in High Falls in the late 1940s. For more information about Wired Gallery, visit http://www.thewiredgallery.com/.
Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown is hosting a book signing event Friday from 11 am to 2 pm, offering popular books by 12 regional artists, including Cindy Falk, The Beekman Boys, Anna Membrino, and Richard Duncan. Books in all genres – historical fiction, children’s books, heirloom cookbooks, memoirs, locally inspired fiction, and more – will be available for sale. For more information, visit http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/books
Basilica Farm and Flea
Basilica Farm and Flea in Hudson, inaugurated last year over Thanksgiving, is hosting its second annual event Friday from 5 to 9 pm. There will be food, cocktails, and music. Over 50 regional farmers, makers and collectors will be offering a variety of products – local food items, handcrafted goods, and vintage objects that showcase a wild assortment of local talent and resources. For more information, go to http://basilicahudson.com/basilica-farm-flea/
Also, three ski resorts in the Catskills have opened for the season: Belleayre, Windham, and Hunter. Plattekill is scheduled to open next weekend. Check them out for outdoor recreational opportunities.