Kids’ Almanac (Mar. 20-27)

Friday, March 21

Spring Fairy Fun Day crowns

According to Bonny Algozzine’s, March 21 is Spring Fairy Fun Day, and I have the perfect, easy craft for your family to help celebrate: petite fairy crowns! Cut an empty toilet-paper roll in half, then cut points on the top. Decorate with markers and stickers, then punch one hole on either side to secure a ribbon to help keep the crown on a doll’s or child’s head. Happy spring!


Echoes of Ireland at Newburgh’s Ritz Theatre

Echoes of Ireland is a series of interrelated monologues about a family’s Irish American experience. The themes of immigration, relationships and identity sound like they might appeal to teens through adults. Performances take place Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre lobby.

Tickets cost $15 and are available through The Ritz Theater is located at 107 Broadway in Newburgh. For more information, visit




Saturday, March 22

Fuzzy Lollipop at the Rosendale Theatre

It’s always a treat to see the local children’s band Fuzzy Lollipop perform live, and what better way to celebrate spring! On Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m., the members of Fuzzy Lollipop don their zany outfits and perform some new material, along with familiar classics (crossing fingers they play “Don’t Touch the Lava!”). Their shows are interactive, and they get kids moving and having fun.

Admission costs $10 for adults, $5 for kids or $20 per family of four, and $5 for each additional kid. The Rosendale Theatre is located at 408 Main Street in Rosendale. For more information, visit or


Landscape archaeology hike in Mount Tremper

There’s a reason so many fairy tales take place in the woods, right? That feeling of otherworldly dimension has resonated for hikers and forest-dwellers for centuries. This weekend, spend a few hours learning more: On Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Glenn Kreisberg, author of Mysteries of the Ancient Past, presents “Landscape Archaeology and Archaeoastronomy.” Together, the group will explore questions and highlights patterns of existing stone structures in the woods, suggesting that there is more than we ever thought that we knew about them.

The event begins at the Rainbow Center, located on Route 212 in Mount Tremper. The suggested donation for this program is $20 and proper hiking attire, boots and lunch are required. To register or for more information, call (845) 417-8384 or e-mail To learn more about the program, visit


Maple Weekend at a sugarbush near you

It’s time for March maple madness, and the Hudson Valley is ready! On Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23, and again on Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30, Maple Weekend means heading to sugarhouses to watch sugaring demos and to buy fresh syrup.

Did you know that it takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to yield one gallon of syrup? Perhaps you’re inspired to tap your own trees this year! Check out for a printable kids’ coloring book, a list of sugarhouses near you, recipes and more. Enjoy!


Women & Leadership Conference moves online

The Women & Leadership Conference scheduled for this weekend at SUNY-New Paltz has been canceled. In the meantime, in an effort to keep the conversation going and to share resources and inspiration, a Facebook group has been established called “What the World Needs: Women and Leadership” and interested participants are invited to join and participate openly in a much-needed dialogue. Visit



Sunday, March 23

Fashion show in New Paltz to benefit Washbourne House

Your family’s experience with fashion shows doesn’t have to be limited to entertainment segments or glossy magazine pages: You can see one right in New Paltz while supporting a good cause. On Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m., Twice Blessed Thrift Boutique and No. 5 boutique host a fashion show to benefit the Washbourne House, Ulster County’s domestic violence shelter. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

The fashion show takes place in the Fireside Room of the Education Building of the Reformed Church, located at 92 Huguenot Street in New Paltz. For tickets or more information, call (845) 255-6340 or visit or


League of Extraordinary Readers brings authors to Oblong Books in Rhinebeck

Give your kids a direct interaction with authors of books that they read. Every month, Oblong Books hosts the League of Extraordinary Readers for ages 8 through 12, and this weekend features Aaron Starmer and Kari Sutherland. Starmer’s latest release is The Riverman; Sutherland’s Dragon on Trial is her second title in the Menagerie series. This author event takes place on Sunday, March 23 at 4 p.m., and reservations are required.

Oblong Books is located at 6422 Montgomery Street in Rhinebeck. For reservations or more information, visit Oblong on Facebook or e-mail To learn more about the event, visit


Iyoya children’s art show at Vassar

This weekend, make some time to stop by Vassar College for the 29th annual Iyoya children’s art show, featuring more than 200 works by very young local artists. The show opens with a reception at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 23 and remains on display until Friday, March 28, and is free and open to the public.

The children’s art show takes place in the Palmer Gallery, located in the Main Building, open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie.


Kingston Model Train Show

Add the Kingston Model Train Show to your plans this Sunday, March 23. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Murphy Midtown Center, located at 467 Broadway in Kingston. Admission costs $6 for adults, $1 for children under 12, and the show includes a kids’ corner play area. For more information, visit


Gustafer Yellowgold returns to the Falcon in Marlboro

Wish that you could enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch together as a family, but know that the kids won’t remain engaged in the meal as long as you would like? Then make your reservation now for everyone’s favorite character from the sun, Gustafer Yellowgold, performed by Morgan Taylor on Sunday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The creative storyline involves an animated visual display along with the music, and our family loves it.

The Falcon is located at 1348 Route 9W in Marlboro. For reservations or more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit To learn more about the performer, visit



Self-defense workshop for women in Kingston

Calling all women who live in Ulster County: How would you like to attend a free hands-on fighting to survive self-defense workshop? Sessions take place on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and again from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. at the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center, located at 380 Boulevard in Kingston. Sessions are free, no previous experience is necessary and advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, call (845) 340-3590 or visit

Erica Chase-Salerno is smitten with those craft crowns! She lives in New Paltz with her husband Mike and their two children: the inspirations behind She can be reached at

There is one comment

Comments are closed.