Sunday, March 10: Part of what makes the Montgomery Place gardener Alexander Gilson (1824-1889) remarkable is the fact that he was born into slavery. After being freed, Gilson eventually opened his own nursery business, and had a cultivar of ornamental plant that he had bred named after him: Achyranthes verschaffeltii, var. Gilsoni.
Sunday, March 3: St. Baldrick’s Day, the cancer fundraising event in which participants have their head shaved after gathering donations from sponsors, is back and it’s “bigger and balder” than ever in Saugerties.
Saturday, Mar. 2: Over the years the parade has grown to include more than 3,000 participants and entertained more than 10,000 spectators as it winds its way through the Village of Wappingers Falls.
Sunday, October 7: This free celebration of heritage features a huge variety of Italian foods, beverages, products and music.
Saturday, Sept. 15: Attendees can test drive electric cars and speak with energy efficiency and renewables experts. There will also be activities for kids, including a bicycle-decorating contest with prizes and wildlife education from Eric the Reptile Guy.
Saturday-Monday, September 1-3: A rite of summer for artisans and their avid community, the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair returns to the Ulster County Fairgrounds with rows of one-of-a-kind, handmade art and crafts with live craft demonstrations.
Sunday, September 2: Four venues will feature live music, step dancing, storytelling and traditional music for all ages.
Thursday, Nov. 23 & Saturday, Nov. 25: Thanksgiving marks the traditional beginning of the season of overindulgence in America. A neat thing about these running/walking events is that they benefit worthy local causes.
Expect admiring crowds and chilly weather for this Sunday’s annual Shamrock Run, a two-mile Kingston road race beginning on the Academy Green and ending at the Strand.
Ever more ceremonial and ritualized, Uptown Kingston is now adding a Mardi Gras celebration to its yearly calendar of chaos.