Kids’ Almanac (Aug. 29-Sept. 5)

Alpaca Festival at Bethel Woods

Bethel Woods hosts a weekly Harvest Festival on Sundays during the month of September. On Sunday, September 1, Bethel Woods presents the Rosehaven Alpaca Festival, including live alpacas, as well as exhibits, spinners and weavers. A singalong and storytime take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; a woven yarn bowl craft will be available to create; a corn and hay maze will be open; and the bands Over the Line and Emish will perform.

Admission to the Festival is free; parking costs $2. Bethel Woods is located at 200 Hurd Road in Bethel. For more information, call (845) 295-2448 or visit


Wildlife program at Minnewaska

On Sunday, September 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Minnewaska State Park Preserve hosts “Wild for Wildlife,” including an introduction to current wildlife, a short hike and making a plaster footprint mold. This free program is intended for ages 7 through 10 years, and preregistration is required. The entry fee for cars is $8; free to those using the Empire Passport.


Minnewaska is located at 5281 Route 44/55 in Gardiner. For more information or to register, call (845) 255-072 or visit


Labor Day celebration at West Point

Nothing says summer’s end like the West Point Band season finale. On Sunday, September 1, head over to the free Labor Day celebration. Be at Trophy Point at 3 p.m. for a scavenger hunt for the kids and an opportunity to study the museum exhibits. Guided tours of Trophy Point will be held at 5 and 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call (845) 938-2445 or (845) 938-2617, or visit To print up a concert program, visit the day of the concert.


Hudson Valley Renegades season closer at Dutchess Stadium

Another sign of the end of summer is the last Hudson Valley Renegades baseball game of the season. On Wednesday, September 4, the ‘Gades play against the Connecticut Tigers at 6:35 p.m. at Dutchess Stadium, followed by fireworks. Not only are Renegades games a lot of fun to attend, but the team store usually has end-of-season sales on Renegades merchandise on the last game date.

Ticket prices range from $8 to $17. Dutchess Stadium is located at 1500 Route 9D in Wappingers Falls. For tickets or more information, call (845) 838-0094 or visit


Erica Chase-Salerno is thrilled that she finally saw her first Hudson Valley eagles while sailing on the Clearwater! She and her husband Mike live in New Paltz with their two children: the inspirations behind She can be reached at