As schools all over the state wound down for the summer, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that removed religious vaccination exemptions for children attending school. The law was the latest in an effort to contain ongoing measles outbreaks in several New York counties. It mandates that unvaccinated students at public, private, and parochial schools have 30 days from their first day at school to provide proof they have received the first dose of required vaccinations.
The Gilded Carriage, a longtime fixture of Woodstock for fine kitchen and housewares, is celebrating its 60th year. Owner Marina Basil says the store, which her mother, Mari Basil, opened in 1959, holds much more than six decades of Woodstock history within its walls; it also contains the memory and legacy of her mother, father, and sister.
An increased number of big-budget film productions in the mid-Hudson region in 2017 have resulted in a 300 percent increase in direct spending, according to the Hudson Valley Film Commission.
The Woodstock Film Festival will present a special screening of Woodstock-edited film Walking Out on Saturday, August 12 at 2 p.m. at Upstate Films Woodstock. Thirty years in the making, it’s based on a short story about a father-son hunting trip.
The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice returns for its seventh season beginning Friday, August 4 and finishing Sunday, August 6.
The Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center will commemorate its 49th birthday with an evening of classical Indian music and theater at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 2 at the Mountain View Studio. Matagiri is a nonprofit organization located just outside of Woodstock dedicated to spiritual growth and the evolution of human consciousness.
The Woodstock Comedy Festival will introduce cabaret into its repertoire in a fundraising event preceding the fifth annual festival. Cabaret…Classics…Comedy! will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, and will star composer and comic Jimmy Roberts, accompanied by “King Clarinet” Felix Peikli.
The Woodstock Library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program continues its decades-long run under the new direction of Dawn Meola, Coordinator of Children’s Services.
Starting Saturday, July 8 and continuing through the month, the Film Festival will be screening independent films Saturday evenings at Upstate Films on Tinker Street. The series will culminate in a benefit concert for the Festival by the Paul Green Rock Academy on Saturday, July 29 at The Lodge.
The Woodstock Bookfest is in its eighth year of entertaining and inspiring writers and book-lovers alike. Since its conception, the festival has drawn speakers, panelists, and literarians from across the country as well as locally.