The Tenth Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase will return to the Bearsville Theater complex and other venues around the town over the weekend of October 26-28, bringing an almost magical communion with wood and wires to the region that breathes music and reveres the finest instruments.
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Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 20-21: This Rhinebeck festival features live demonstrations of shearing and spinning, master classes and expert talks, the Northeast Angora Goat Show, kid-friendly activities such as llama parades, sheepdog demos and Mad Science shows, and of course, vendors of wool, tools and supplies for the hobbyist.
Saturday, Oct. 20: You can join in a special feeding of the turkeys’ (and pigs’) favorite treats, decorate a pumpkin for Halloween, shop a vegan marketplace, do yoga outdoors, learn new recipes and try free samples at food demos. Best-selling author Gene Stone (The How Not to Die Cookbook) will be the guest speaker.
Sunday, September 30: Proceeds from the annual Garden Party help support the group’s Community Grants program, which has granted more than $1.2 million since 2000 directly to nonprofits in our region.
Monday, Sept. 17: There’s a growing rumble of popular interest in a movement to pass a “Green Amendment” or Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution. It takes varying forms, but in general would establish a constitutional right to a healthy environment, grant the natural environment “personhood” and standing in court and/or require large corporations to recertify at regular intervals that their business practices are environmentally responsible or lose their charters.
August 19-20: Elementary school teacher Joseph Defino founded Hope Rocks to combat addiction and its associated despair after 13 of his former students died in a space of four years. More than 30 live musical acts are scheduled.
August 21-26: The 173-year-old tradition continues in Rhinebeck.
Tuesday-Sunday, July 31-August 5: Thunder Ridge, the Charlie Daniels Band and Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters headline this fair’s musical acts.
Saturday, July 21: Feed watermelon to rescued pigs and learn how to cook vegan delicacies at Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s celebration
The festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, July 21-22.