Kids’ Almanac (Aug. 29-Sept. 5)

Felice (Brothers) County Fair at Opus 40

I’ve been a big fan of the Felice Brothers band ever since I discovered them performing on the Walkway one afternoon. As my daughter and I scootered by, I was taken by their sound. I thought to myself, “These guys are talented and could really go somewhere. I think I have just stumbled on some excellent undiscovered talent. I wish to help them widen their reach so they can ‘make it.’”

On our way back to the car, my daughter and I stopped again, and I told them how much I enjoyed their music. Since I mistakenly thought they were a newly formed group of musicians, I encouraged them to keep playing and mentioned that maybe I could introduce them to some fellow musician friends of mine for some networking. They were so kind and patient with me. I asked if they had a name, and when they told me, that’s when I think my face started turning really red and I may have sputtered, while inside I was thinking, “Oh, right, you are actually a well-established famous band.”

Since the rest of the world already knows this band, that leaves me more time to listen to them. On Saturday, August 31 from 12 noon to 7:30 p.m., the Felice County Fair at Opus 40 provides a day of entertainment for the entire family. Check out this great lineup: Paul Green Rock Academy; Connor Kennedy; Marco Benevento; Amy Helm; and of course, the Felice Brothers.


Food trucks will be available for vending on-site, and just walking around Opus 40 is a treat. Remember to bring a lawn chair, blanket, an appetite, your kids and sunscreen; and “what to leave at home: coolers, food, beverages, weapons, frowns, illegal substances, fun-suckers.”

Admission to the event costs $25; VIP admission costs $65, which includes dinner from ‘Cue in the VIP Lounge Tent; snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided throughout the day; VIP Parking (one parking spot per two VIP tickets); and a commemorative poster. Children 10 and under get in free.

Opus 40 is located at 50 Fite Road in Saugerties. For more information, call (845) 679-7600 or visit To learn more about the Felice Brothers, visit


Audience Participation Magic Show at Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

Abracadabra! On Saturday, August 31, the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck presents the Great All-American Audience Participation Magic Show. Magician Andy Weintraub leads this show at 11 a.m.: Audience members will be amazed by their own feats of prestidigitation, through transmittal, transposition and mind over matter.

Tickets cost $7 for children; $9 for adults and seniors. For tickets or more information, call (845) 876-3080 or visit


Silhouettes program at Storm King Art Center

On Sundays at 1 p.m., Storm King Art Center offers a Children and Families program with a different topic and hands-on activity each week. This Sunday, September 1, the theme is silhouettes. I discovered the beauty of silhouettes when I was introduced to the amazing work of Kingston’s own Jenny Lee Fowler, a traditional silhouette artist working in paper, bark or leaves. Now I’m completely taken by this artform, and perhaps your children will find it interesting as well.

This program includes an art activity and is free with paid admission to the Center, which costs $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and youth and is free for children under 5 years. Storm King is located at 1 Museum Road in New Windsor. For more information, call (845) 534-3115 or visit