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Bryan Adams at U.P.A.C., an inaugural Turkey Trot, a tree lighting, and Sinterklaas, all this and so much more this week in Kingston!
The City of Kingston is nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains less than 2 hours from New York City and 1 hour from Albany. Located along the banks of the majestic Hudson River, Kingston boasts amazing boutiques, cafes, antique shops, a farmers’ market, restaurants, historical attractions & an amazing performing arts center. Kingston is the perfect location to spend your holidays or your lifetime.
“Kingston, Where History Meets the Hudson”
Exit 19 on the NYS Thruway www.kingston-ny.gov
Highlights of upcoming events are as follows:
The Kingston Library is located at 55 Franklin Street in the B.E.A.T. District of Midtown. For more information please call the Kingston Library at:
(845)331-0507 or www.kingstonlibrary.org
Ongoing Events at the Kingston Library:
TEEN ARTLAB AFTER SCHOOL ART PROGRAM
Thursdays at 3:30-5 PM, September through June
Open to students ages 13-18, no registration required. Come explore the arts: painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture, crafts and more with local artist and SUNY New Paltz Professor Jessica Poser. No prior experience necessary. FREE
BARD CLEMENTE COURSES
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM, September through May
Bard College will be offering free college credit humanities courses at the Kingston Library. All tuition, books and child-care expenses will be covered. To apply for this course, please pick up an application at the library's circulation desk.
BARD MATH CIRCLE
Second Saturday of the month at 1:00 PM, September through June
Math puzzles, logic games, problem solving and a hands-on math project. This gentle and encouraging mathematical environment is led by Bard math professor Japheth Wood and undergraduate math majors. Middle school and upper-elementary aged students welcome.
Third Saturday of every month 2:00-3:30 p.m. September through June
Open to teens and adults Children under 12 with parental supervision please. Learn how to start collecting and searching pocket change for valuable mint errors! No prior experience necessary. FREE
CHILDREN'S STORY HOURS
Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Time Tuesday (18 mos. to 3 years) and Preschool Wednesday (3 years to 5 years) followed by crafts and music.
STRESS REDUCTION THROUGH MEDITATION
Thursday mornings 10:30 a.m.
A great way to find inner balance and deep relaxation. This program is free and all are welcome. Call Ann at 339-8567 with any questions.
Third Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m.
This informal group welcomes all skill level knitters. For more information, please contact Stephanie at [email protected] and reference "knitting" in the subject.
Second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
Explore the art of Japanese paper folding with Anita Barbour. Ages five and up; teens and adults may attend as well.
The Arts Society of Kingston located at 97 Broadway in the Historic Rondout Waterfront District, presents a diverse range of visual art exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes, and other arts-related programming. Through its initiatives, ASK provides opportunities, resources, and education for artists. For more information, please call (845)338-0331 or visit: www.AskforArts.org
Sundays - The Artists Way Cluster, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mondays - Swing Dance Classes taught by Linda and Chester Freedman, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thursdays - Figure Drawing with Live Model led by James Martin, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., $20/session or $50/3 sessions
Fridays - ASK for Music, 8:00 p.m. every third Friday of the month. Please check website for up-to-date information, $6
Saturdays- First Saturday Reception, Free, every first Saturday of the month, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Kingston Model Railroad Club, in celebration of their 76th Anniversary, will be hosting an Open House every Saturday & Sunday throughout the month of November. The Kingston Model Railroad Club is located on Susan Street, off of Pinegrove Avenue. Come view a complete ‘O’ Scale railroad system in action. Scale models of steam and diesel locomotives, old-fashioned and modern trains, complete villages and scenery are on display for railroad enthusiasts as well as all who are interested. The Club will be open from noon until 5:00 p.m. on the weekends. Regular Membership meetings are held every Thursday night. For more information please call: (845)334-8233.
Through November 30th - The Kingston Museum of Contemporary Arts is pleased to present recent works by Faheem Haider and Derek Stroup. Faheem Haider's paintings reflect the US military occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. Accompanying his paintings will be a collaborative body of work by poets and musicians who have been to Afghanistan and Iraq and have seen the effects of the War on Terror in person. Derek Stroup will be showing work from his Model Posters project, a series of paintings on plywood that look like fragments of construction fencing covered with posters and graffiti. The "model posters" at the heart of the project (designed and printed by Derek) don't actually contain words or images they are just the framework for communication you would normally see in such a situation. On the opening night of the exhibition, there will also be a book launch party for Utilities, Derek Stroup's 5th artist book. Available in an edition of 100, this book of drawings includes a separate 8"x10" archival pigment print, also in a limited edition. Come meet the artist and have your copy signed. Since 2005 KMOCA has presented some of the region’s most exciting exhibitions. KMOCA is open on Saturdays, noon until 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. KMOCA is located at 103 Abeel Street. For more information please visit: www.kmoca.com
Through November 23rd - The Storefront Gallery at 93 Broadway is pleased to feature the photography of Eric Lindbloom. In "Window Shopping" Poughkeepsie based photographer Eric Lindbloom will be exhibiting a selection of his series of black and white images looking into storefront windows. As he puts it: "Gary Winogrand famously said, 'I photograph to see what things look like when photographed.' That’s what is going on in my Window Shopping photographs." He adds, " The camera is a democratic beast, the lens faithfully records whatever reflects light in its field of vision; we normally are much more selective, seeing only what we care about, or the familiar. These photographs explore that disparity." Eric Lindbloom is a landscape photographer and a founding member of the Center for Photography in Woodstock. Original prints of his photographs are in a number of public collections, including the New York Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Library of Congress, and the Alinari Museum in Florence.Gallery hours are Saturday 1:00 -6:00 p.m. and 24/7 through the storefront windows or by appointment. Visit: www.TheStorefrontGallery.com for more information or call 845-338-8473.
Through November 30th - ASK welcomes Sculpture by Casey Schwarz (Solo Member Show) and Feast for the Eyes: A The Arts Society of Kingston, a regional center for the arts, presents a diverse range of visual art exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes, and other arts-related programming for the benefit of artists, art-lovers, and the general community of the Hudson Valley. For more information, please visit: www.ASKforArts.org or call (845)338-0331.
Through November 30th - The Uptown Gallery presents Franz Heigemeir Paintings and Sculptures. Franz Heigemeir is a prolific painter and sculptor. Captivated by a Queen of the Night evening-flowering cereus he has revealed the midnight beauty seldom even seen. The blossoms are infrequent throughout the year and burst forth in the late evening to share the splendor for only a few hours before wilting. With a fragrance that fills the house with a haunting intensity, the paintings open the secrets of midnight and nature's ways of beauty in the darkness under the rays of the full moon. These paintings are his inquiries into the unknown, the twilight and the far away. Join the artist reception for Franz Heigemeir from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Annie Roland will perform at 5:00 p.m. The Uptown Gallery is located at 296 Wall Street. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m., Sunday from noon until 5:00 p.m. and Monday from noon until 6:00 p.m. or by appointment anytime. For more information please call: (845) 331 3261 or email: [email protected]
November 24th - The Fair Street Reformed Church presents the Fair Street 5K. The event begins at 1:30. For more information please call the Fair Street Church at: (845) 338-7722 or email: [email protected]
November 25th - The Ulster Performing Arts Center presents Bryan Adams. Celebrated Canadian rocker Bryan Adams brings his tour to the UPAC stage for a rare intimate evening with the Grammy Award winner. Performing rock n’ roll favorites like Summer of 69, Run To You, 18 ‘Til I Die, It’s Only Love, Somebody, and The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You, Adams has been #1 in 40 countries and has played to sold-out audiences on six continents over his incomparable 30-year career. The show begins at 8:00p.m. U.P.A.C. is located at 601 Broadway. For more information on this and other shows please visit the website at: www.bardavon.org
November 26th - Adult Nature Walks sponsored by the Forsyth Nature Center. Meet at the Forsyth Nature Center located at 157 Lucas Avenue, at 9:30 a.m. Transportation provided to unique walking/hiking trails in the area. For more information please visit: www.kingstonparksandrec.org
November 28th - The Junior League of Kingston presents the First Annual "Turkey Trot." This event is bringing Thanksgiving Day tradition back to Kingston! The Turkey Trot is a 5K Run/Walk through the streets of Uptown. There will also be a 2-mile family fun run. All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt the day of the race. There will be prizes and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds benefit the rebuild of Kingston Kinderland II. For more information please visit: www.juniorleaguekingston.org
November 29th – The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony sponsored by the Kingston Professional Firefighters Association will be held at Academy Green Park from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. City of Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo will officially begin the holiday season by lighting the tree at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy local entertainment. Refreshments will be provided. Santa and Friends will be present to make this a wonderful prelude to the holidays for family and friends in the community. For further information please call: 845-331-1216.
November 29th & 30th - The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to present “Sinterklaas” workshops. On Friday from 1 to 4pm and Saturday from 10am to 2:30pm, because no Sinterklaas procession is complete without children of all ages accompanying Sinterklaas in his journey that day. They become the Kings and Queens with their handmade decorated crowns and royalty with their branches representing the Royal Scepter. Hundreds of handsome branches will be laid out alongside lots of beautiful and fanciful materials—jewels, ribbons, glitter, lace, streamers, -- with which the children can create their Royal garb! At the end of the day each child has something to carry in the Parade and to take home with them. The museum is located at 50 Rondout Landing on the Historic Rondout Waterfront. For more information or to volunteer for the Sinterklaas events, call 845-339-4280 or visit: www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com
November 30th - Sinterklaas is a holiday celebration where Kingston experiences a little bit of its Dutch heritage. In the story, Kingston will play the role of Spain as a procession of giant puppets, stars, fish, flags, and the great Hudson River itself will travel down Broadway participating in the story of Sinterklaas' arrival in the Hudson Valley. Starting at 11am for a day of open houses in all the shops with music, food, arts, crafts and antiques. Sinterklaas will make his appearance that day first at the Old Dutch Church in the morning, stopping in Midtown at the Spiegeltent site then heading down to the waterfront. In addition to Sinterklaas, there will be a cast of characters roaming through Downtown that afternoon including the Pocket Lady (a fanciful dowager who allows children to pick little surprises from the pocket of her coat) and a group of Grumpuses, the wild men who guard Sinterklaas. Open all afternoon and into the evening keeping their warm wood stove going will be the historic covered barge Pennsy 399 where the Parrots for Peace will take center stage. The day culminates with a parade down lower Broadway where we will send Sinterklaas and his white horse off on a tugboat. As we move into the evening, there will be activities throughout the Rondout and special offers at restaurants with the lighting of the tree at dusk at the Downtown Visitors Center. Operating throughout the day from 11am to 7pm will be the Kingston Corridor Shuttle Bus taking passengers from Uptown, Midtown to Downtown and back. A ticket cost of only $1 allows use of the shuttle for the entire day. It will traverse the entire Corridor, 3 miles, from Washington Avenue to the Rondout via Front Street, Clinton, Albany Ave extension and Broadway in a continuous loop, with two buses running providing 15 minute service intervals. For more information or to volunteer for the Sinterklaas events, call 845-339-4280 or visit: www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com
Sinterklaas Arrival Day Schedule:
11:00am - Old Dutch Church - Pastor Renee House kicks of the day with a Dutch Poem. Bex Calder-Roper then tells the Dutch story of The Three Sisters, followed by The St. Joseph’s School Choir with solo by opera singer Kerry Henderson. Then the Maennerchor will sing and closing the program is an Indonesian Gamelan group that will parade down Broadway to the next stop in mid-town.
12:30pm - Mid-Town on the site of San Severina (Old Kings Inn) 615 Broadway -A Mariachi Band and Las Posadas Festivities.
11am-2pm - Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing - The Annual Mitten Tree Project – please donate new “warm & fuzzy” child-sized mittens, gloves, winter scarves and hats for children who wish to play outdoors at recess time and during after-school programs. Items delivered to area children week of December 16.
12pm-1:30pm - Trolley Museum, 89 East Strand - Puppet Making Workshop
12pm-1:30pm - On the Kingston Corridor Shuttle Bus -Buskers for Bread (music group)
12:30-2:30pm - Kingston Home Port and Education Center, 50 Rondout Landing - Face Painting by Patti Gibbons
1:30pm - Trolley Museum, 89 East Strand, Karen Pillsworth Storytelling
2pm-3pm - Karmabee 73a Broadway - Nan's Art Playshop for Kids & Grownups
2:00pm - Pennsy 399 Historic Covered Barge docked @ The Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing - Parrots for Peace
2:30pm - Mint, 1 W Strand -Sol Sonado Duet performing Renaissance and Baroque music.
2:30-3:30pm - TR Gallo Park - The Wayfinder Experience, arts and education program, will run team based sword games with play-safe foam weapons through imaginative play and storytelling which incorporates fun, atheistic games such as capture the flag and improvisational duels.
3pm - Pennsy 399 Historic Covered Barge docked @ The Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing - Grian McGregor Puppets
4:00pm - Broadway and Garraghan Drive - Children's Maritime Parade Kicks Off
5:00pm - Rondout Visitors' Center, 20 Broadway - Tree Lighting
5:30-7pm - Pennsy 399 Historic Covered Barge docked @ The Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing - Dance Party-Music by the Old Double E.
10am-4pm - The Steel House Restaurant at 100 Rondout Landing -Holiday Craft Fair
12pm-4pm - Milne’s at Home Antiques at 81 Broadway presents freshly baked cookies available for the children to decorate under the watchful eye of Mrs. Sinterklaas.
12pm-4pm -The Storefront Gallery, 93 Broadway-Art Exhibit -The Honored Animal: The Fox
12pm-4pm - Pirate Upholstery, 25 Broadway - Ornament Making Workshop
12pm-4pm - TheGreenSpace, 73B Broadway - Open House serving free hot chocolate with marshmallows!
12pm-4pm - Vetere Real Estate, 37 Broadway - Open House serving Dutch Treats
Operating throughout the day from 11am to 7pm will be the Kingston Corridor Shuttle Bus taking passengers from Uptown, Midtown to Downtown and back. A ticket cost of only $1 allows use of the shuttle for the entire day. It will traverse the entire Corridor, 3 miles, from Washington Avenue to the Rondout via Front Street, Clinton, Albany Ave extension and Broadway in a continuous loop, with two busses running providing 15 minute service intervals. For more information or to volunteer for the Sinterklaas events, call 845-339-4280 or visit: www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com
November 30th - The Trolley Museum of Kingston is pleased to open for the Sinterklaas on the Rondout Celebration! Come ride along the waterfront from noon until 4:00p.m. And don't forget a visit to the charming rail-themed gift shop! The Trolley Museum is located at 89 East Strand in the Historic Rondout Waterfront District. For more information please visit: www.tmny.org or call (845) 331-3399.
November 30th - Milne’s at Home Antiques presents freshly baked cookies available for the children to decorate under the watchful eye of Mrs. Sinterklaas. Milne’s has amazing decorations for the holidays which add to the spirit of this tradition in the Rondout. Milne’s at Home Antiques is located at 81 Broadway. For more information on the store, its products, and other events they hosting please call: (845)331-3902 or visit: www.milneathomeantiques.com
November 30th – The Uptown Gallery presents Franz Heigemeir Paintings and Sculptures. Franz Heigemeir is a prolific painter and sculptor. Captivated by a Queen of the Night evening-flowering cereus he has revealed the midnight beauty seldom even seen. The blossoms are infrequent throughout the year and burst forth in the late evening to share the splendor for only a few hours before wilting. With a fragrance that fills the house with a haunting intensity, the paintings open the secrets of midnight and nature's ways of beauty in the darkness under the rays of the full moon. These paintings are his inquiries into the unknown, the twilight and the far away. The Uptown Gallery is located at 296 Wall Street. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m., Sunday from noon until 5:00 p.m. and Monday from noon until 6:00 p.m. or by appointment anytime. For more information please call: (845) 331 3261 or email: [email protected]
November 30th - The Storefront Gallery at 93 Broadway is pleased to present a group show of the honored animal for this year's Sinterklaas Celebration: The Fox. The exhibit will open with an open house between noon and 4:00 p.m. The reception for the artists in the show will take place on December 7th from 5-8pm during Kingston's First Saturday's art walk. For the past several years, the Sinterklaas committee has chosen a different animal each year to honor. This year's honored animal is the fox which is often depicted in many folk lore tales as a symbol of cunning and trickery. But for this day he will be transformed into a guide. An image of the fox will be stenciled on flags for people to carry in the parade to escort Sinterklaas to his tug boat and journey across the Hudson River. The artists inspired by the fox and honored to create a piece for the show: are Dick Crenson, Priscella Dervan, Tom Dinchuk, Stacie Flint, Richmond Johnston, Michael Lalicki, Sarah Greer Mecklem, Elin Menzies, Elisa Pritzker, Jacquie Roland, Roberta Sickler, Susan Whelan and Carol Zaloom. The work will be in a variety of media and styles. Gallery hours are Saturday 1-6pm and 24/7 through the storefront windows, also by appointment, or visit: www.TheStorefrontGallery.com. For more information, call 845-338-8473.
Come visit Kingston’s Historic Districts. Enjoy holiday events, boutique shopping and five-star dining in our intimate cafes and family-friendly restaurants. See concerts & live performances. Visit an abundance of galleries and artists’ spaces. All this and so much more combine to make Kingston a not-to-miss destination or a forever home.