Recalling a time when the Hudson River needed a lot of help, reflecting on how conditions in the river have improved, and remembering there’s still much to be done to protect our seminal waterway, the Sloop Clearwater marked the 50th anniversary of its May 17, 1969 launching last Friday in Beacon.
Festa at Italian Center Thursday, May 16-Sunday, May 19: One doesn’t have to stroll far along the streets of Poughkeepsie’s Mount Carmel district to come across a bakery or restaurant that reaches back into the century-old culinary traditions brought to the Hudson Valley by Italian emigrants. The story goes that Eleanor Roosevelt’s limousine driver would pull up to Caffe Aurora and fetch her a box of pastries to take home to Hyde Park.
Saturday, May 18: The Rondout Valley/Route 209 corridor has been a hotbed for UFO sightings since long before Whitley Strieber wrote his 1987 best-seller Communion, about his alleged alien abduction.
Saturday, May 18: There will be more than 10,000 cupcakes on hand as well as live bands, bouncy houses, wagon rides and the Gardiner Cupcake Classic 5K Run through the orchards.
Warming weather means, among other things, the seasonal reopening of the mid-Hudson Valley’s remarkable riches in the form of drive-in movie theaters.
Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19: Receive a souvenir wineglass at your starting winery and enjoy delicious wine-tastings paired with a mouthwatering food bite – cheeses, meats, salads, pastas or desserts – at some or all of the 15 member wineries.
Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19: Once a year, the artists of the City of Beacon open their studios to the public. This free weekend-long event has become one of the largest of its kind in the Hudson Valley.
Saturday, May 18: This unique new shelter provides a homelike setting for those senior dogs in need.
Sunday, May 19: It’s the blessed relief from the dictates of “cool” and the straitjacket of “relevance” that can make good kids’ music so, well, cool and relevant.
Wednesday, May 22: It is agents, not publishers, who read unsolicited manuscripts. Jeff Herman will discuss this and other aspects of the publishing industry at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck.