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Sinterklaas returns to Rhinebeck December 4

Sinterklaas returns to Rhinebeck December 4

Miss Mousey and Froggy will renew their vows this year as Sinterklaas Hudson Valley returns to Rhinebeck on December 4 after a one-year COVID-related hiatus. This year’s festivities will be exclusively in Rhinebeck. The organizers on the Kingston side decided not to host an event in 2021, according to Jeanne Fleming, the festival’s organizer.

In the world of country fairs, real means dream

In the world of country fairs, real means dream

There will be racing pigs, chainsaw carving, a stilt walker, fireworks on Wednesday, circus performers, and a number of other artifacts of a shared past that may or may not have actually happened. There will be music by Sass and Brass with Daryl McGill, Neal McCoy, Emily Ann Roberts, The Son Brothers, Roots & Boots Tour, and Exile. All concerts are included in the price of admission to the fair.

Caring for livestock helps 4-H youth transcend a time of social isolation

Caring for livestock helps 4-H youth transcend a time of social isolation

Half the fun of a county fair is seeing the live farm animals – raised from infancy, groomed to look their handsomest and trained to be on their best public behavior by young volunteers. These hardworking kids learn practical animal husbandry skills in the 4-H Youth Development Program run by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County.

The Golden Notebook Bookstore opens second floor children’s store: The Little Golden Notebook

The Golden Notebook Bookstore opens second floor children’s store: The Little Golden Notebook

In 2010 when The Golden Notebook almost closed, the building which housed the speciality children’s store, The Golden Bough, was sold in a separate sale. Gaela Pearson was the manager and creator of that space and she has remained as the children’s buyer and so much more since then. The Little Golden Notebook is most capably stocked with 40 years of her valuable book-buying experience.

Legoland New York Resort opens all seven Lego-themed lands

Legoland New York Resort opens all seven Lego-themed lands

Legoland New York Resort in Goshen has announced the opening of all seven of its Lego-themed lands: the latest step in its phased opening. Annual pass and single-day ticketholders can enjoy Brick Street, Bricktopia, Lego Ninjago World, Lego Castle, Lego City, Miniland and now, Lego Pirates.

Register now for free virtual photography workshops for teens

Register now for free virtual photography workshops for teens

The first series, offered last fall, was a tremendous success, culminating with public exhibitions where the young participants – novices all – were actually able to sell some of their work. A new eight-week series got underway Wednesday, April 29, taught entirely via Zoom classes. And while some of the slots are reserved for youth on probation or otherwise identified as at-risk by the Restorative Justice Center, enrollment in the course is open to anyone in the county aged 14 to 18.

Do ecological research as a family project, virtually, via Cary Institute’s 2020 Hudson Data Jam

Do ecological research as a family project, virtually, via Cary Institute’s 2020 Hudson Data Jam

The 2020 Hudson Data Jam competition will be 100 percent virtual. Cary Institute educators will be offering informational webinars and instructional videos to help parents, students and educators learn how to work with data and create a project that clearly communicates the data trends you discover. Participants must register by May 13 and submit their project results online by May 27.

Local resources for homeschooling & distance-learning

Local resources for homeschooling & distance-learning

Your kids are home from school, probably right through the end of the spring semester. They’re bored, restless, maybe a bit hyper, maybe driving their parents or siblings a little crazy. Left to their own devices (literally and figuratively), they’re maybe not motivated enough to go on learning constructive and meaningful things, the way youth are supposed to during their formative years. What’s a parent who never planned on being a homeschooler to do?