Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, the abbot of Woodstock’s Tibetan monastery, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), died on Sunday, October 6, at the age of 95 (or 96 according to the Tibetan lunar calendar.) Hailed by Tricycle, the American Buddhist magazine, as a leading figure of Tibetan Buddhism in the US, Karthar Rinpoche will be honored and supported on his death journey by seven weeks of ceremonies at Karme Ling, the retreat center in Delaware County where he made his home.
Friday-Saturday, October 18-19. While a reenactment of the Redcoats’ landing and skirmish with the local militia at Kingston Point won’t be happening this year, some new features have been added to the semiannual commemoration of the disastrous sequence of events in 1777, when British forces took over the city, setting buildings afire as they moved from east to west.
“We’ve always admired this building. We spoke with the Masons, who were operating on a much smaller scale by then. We saw what it could be and took the risk.”
I recently became casually acquainted with the outspoken and quite busy Ethan Scott Barnett, often found passionately chatting with a wide array of people around our city at night, and I suspected a great interview subject as well as interesting human had been found. Thank you to Ethan for taking time and agreeing to be this week’s Faces of Kingston subject.
A live auction will present for sale 50 colorful guitar sculptures that have been on display throughout the town this past summer, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, October 13 at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock.
Kindergartners gathered last Saturday in New Paltz to say one final goodbye to their monarch butterfly friends, and to wish them well on their long journey to Mexico. The insects had hatched on milkweed saved from mowing along the River-to-Ridge trail, collected as caterpillars and allowed to pupate under the watchful eye of Duzine students.
Sunday, October 13: “Sustain Traditions” is the motto of the Ulster County Italian American Foundation, which hosts this festival of Italian cuisine, culture and music every year on the Kingston waterfront: a natural location for an Italian Festival, with over 150,000 Italian Americans in Ulster, Orange and Dutchess Counties.
Saturday, Oct. 12: Located in the heart of Woodstock for 70 years, Matt, Heather and Kathy Longyear’s farm has hosted a benefit for the Woodstock Land Conservancy for the last five years. This event is a celebration of community for all ages and features opportunities to learn about the farm and the environment while enjoying crafts, kids’ activities and local foods and music.
Saugerties American Legion Lamouree-Hackett Post 72 turns 100 this year. It’ll be celebrating its centennial Wednesday, Oct. 16 with a banquet, a parade and a musical evening.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the apple festival organized by the Reformed Church of New Paltz each fall, rebranded since 2016 as “Applestock.” Hosting an autumn festival can be tricky in terms of the weather, but Saturday, October 5 dawned cool and sunny, the perfect combination for hanging out on Huguenot Street at a family-friendly event that felt like a traditional, old-time village fête.