Kids’ Almanac (1/10-1/17)

Dog on Fleas

Woodstock Library hosts Gustafer Yellowgold on Saturday

The Woodstock Public Library presents a morning multimedia performance by kids’ music and art sensation Gustafer Yellowgold on Saturday, January 12. Gustafer Yellowgold is the project of Morgan Taylor, an Audible best-seller and two-time Grammy-nominated illustrator and songwriter. This performance involves live music, animated illustrations and storytelling.

Gustafer Yellowgold
Saturday, Jan. 12
11 a.m.-noon
Woodstock Public Library
5 Library Lane
(845) 679-2213

Dog on Fleas plays Unison in New Paltz this Saturday 


The “comparison cocktail” is perhaps the most overused mode of describing music, often involving compound references verbed together in unnatural ways that are supposed to equate to a sound: “like Simon and Garfunkel wrestling Edith Piaf in the pit at a GWAR concert.” Seldom have I seen a comparison cocktail as specific and accurate as the one that Dean Jones’ legendary kids’ music trio Dog on Fleas uses in its press releases. Let’s let the dogs themselves do the talking: “What’s the Dog on Fleas recipe? In a very large saucepan, mix equal parts Cab Calloway and the Kinks. Stir in a pinch of Spike Jones, NRBQ and Sun Ra. Top with a sauce of calypso, Cajun, highlife, soul and reggae. Stir with Ringo’s drumstick and simmer. Brigitte Bardot will serve you from John Cage’s hat.” Works for me.

Dog on Fleas, music for kids that thrills adults, performs at Unison Arts in New Paltz on Saturday, January 12. Tickets cost $20, $15 for children.

– John Burdick

Dog on Fleas, Saturday, Jan. 12, 3-5 p.m., Unison Arts, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz, (845) 255-1559,

WinterFest on Hudson Valley Rail Trail in Highland this Saturday

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail in Highland presents WinterFest, an outdoor winter festival featuring a chili contest, roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows, light snacks and beverages, wagon rides, woodcarving demonstration and activities for children of all ages. Admission costs a mere $2, and children 6 and under get in free.

Saturday, Jan. 12
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot
101 New Paltz Rd.
(845) 691-6313

Dia:Beacon offers Saturday Studio for families on Saturday

Dia:Beacon presents its Saturday Studio on Saturday, January 12. Guests are invited to join practicing artists for a free monthly workshop of artmaking and play at the stunning Beacon facility. Saturday Studio is a family-friendly program that is most suitable for children ages 5 and up. All families participating in the Saturday Studio program receive free admission to Dia:Beacon for the day. Signup begins at 10 a.m.

Saturday Studio
Saturday, Jan. 12
10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
3 Beekman St.
(845) 440-0100

Check out Bacchus Billiards in New Paltz

For years, New Paltzonians have been enjoying the sneaky and snaky expansion of Bacchus into just about every adjacent space available to it: the quaint front deck, a spacious two-tiered back patio with the lower one heated in winter, and of course the big annex that created Bacchus Billiards.

It is hard to believe that it has been over 13 years, but Bacchus Billiards opened in November 2005, when the two buildings were joined by an attractive tiled brick passageway. Suddenly, a bar/restaurant with one well-trafficked pool table became the proud home of an entire family-friendly billiards culture featuring seven full-sized and two bar-sized billiards tables, ping pong and foosball in a separate room, darts, a smattering of vintage videogames and lots of table space for parties and events. Serious players and rank amateurs mingle in the big room.

Regarding hours, just consider Bacchus Billiards open after its winter break ends on January 11, for all intents and purposes, from 11 a.m. to 12 midnight on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends. Pool is cheaper before 5 p.m., and additional weekday specials are always in effect.

– John Burdick

Bacchus Billiards
4 South Chestnut St.
New Paltz
(845) 255-8636