Founded by a volunteer group of artists, humanists and community-minded townspeople in 2017, with the intent of creating a locally based substitute for the cultural services then being cut back from the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, the ShoutOut Saugerties Fall Festival returns once more, with diverse programming scheduled for September 28 through October 27. This annual celebration of art and culture features more than 20 events including music, dance, readings, sculpture, theater, workshops, carnival, puppetmaking, gallery exhibits, films and street art, showcasing the range and depth of its local talent. The majority of events take place within walking distance around the scenic historic village of Saugerties.
The Fall Festival kicks off on with Saturday, September 28 with two sets of Music on the Dugong, a schooner moored at Ulster Marine in Kingston. Reclaimed: A Live Demonstration of Recycled Art will be shown at the Emerge Gallery on Friday, October 4, with the opening reception for “Reclaimed: Art from Recycled Materials” happening at Emerge the next day. Make Music Saugerties happens all over town on the afternoon of Saturday, October 5, culminating that evening with Laura Stevenson in Concert at the Saugerties Reformed Church. Sunday, October 6 offers Street Haiku with Will Nixon and Sari Grandstaff in front of Love Bites, Rae’s Handmade Games and Carnival & Mask and Puppet-Making with Joanne at Tamayo’s Green and A Conversation on the Art of the Region with Walter F. Petrucci & Bruce Weber at Emerge Gallery.
The following weekend, P. C. Smith’s Hardware Tunnel hosts Latin Dance with Carlos Osorio on Friday, October 11. Theater Live presents Mirror Mile by Josepha Gutelius, Emerging Man by Joanna Weber and Hit Parade by Kate McCamy at the Masonic Lodge on Saturday, October 12. On Sunday, October 13, Street Pet Portraits will be taken at Lucky’s Fine Organic Chocolates. On Wednesday, October 16, Cinema Alive will screen Little White Lie at the Saugerties Public Library, with filmmaker Lacey Schwartz Delgado on hand for the discussion afterward.
Tad Richards’ new retelling of a medieval beast fable, Willem and the Werewolf, will be unveiled on Friday, October 18 at Opus 40. On Saturday, October 19, the Secret Saugerties tour gets underway, Loel Barr and Ann Morris give a Collage Demo at Emerge Gallery and Cinema Alive screens Esopus at the Saugerties Public Library. Sunday, October 20 has a full slate of events: Exploring the Collage Essay with Nancy Kline at Emerge Gallery, an Upcycled Jewelry Workshop with Alicia Stang at Rosie’s Vintage, Linda Mary Montano’s Laugh-Cryathon at the Saugerties Public Library and two talks at Emerge Gallery: Artists, Commitment and Community with Josepha Gutelius and Lynn Woods and Artists’ Relationship to Politics and Community with Linda Marston-Reid and Josepha Gutelius.
Charles Barnett’s rarely seen indie film classic Killer of Sheep will screen at the Saugerties Public Library on Wednesday, October 23, with the filmmaker present. The Masonic Lodge hosts Theater Live: The Skin of Our Teeth on Friday, October 25. Saturday, October 26 brings a reading of Found/Collage Poems to Emerge Gallery and Theater Live: Cream of Shorts to the Masonic Lodge. Finally, the community installation The Water Chestnut House will be unveiled on Sunday, October 27.
Admission to many of these events is free. For start times, ticket prices and more details, visit www.shoutoutsaugerties.org/all-events.
ShoutOut Saugerties Fall Festival, Sept. 28-Oct. 27, Various venues, Saugerties, www.shoutoutsaugerties.org