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Rhinebeck hosts Sinterklaas, honors children

Rhinebeck hosts Sinterklaas, honors children

Saturday, Dec. 7: Whereas the Dutch antecedent of this revered character employed a rather scary entourage of grumpuses to chastise naughty children with birch rods (and carry the worst ones off in a sack), our kids get to carry the branches themselves – transformed during Crowns & Branches decoration workshops into royal scepters. They’re designated kings and queens for a day, and tasked with bringing light into a dark time.

Winter Walk revisits downtown Hudson

Winter Walk revisits downtown Hudson

Saturday, Dec. 7: Though the event has happened annually for the past 23 years, and has turned into a destination for out-of-towners, drawing some 20,000 participants last year, Hudson’s Winter Walk has prided itself from the get-go on a spirit of spontaneity.

Andrew Yang: presidential candidate, New Paltz weekender

Andrew Yang: presidential candidate, New Paltz weekender

He’s smart and articulate, with a sheen of Silicon Valley nerdiness. Yang thinks that America’s biggest problem – and a major motivating factor for blue-collar workers is the loss of jobs to automation: the subject of his book The War on Normal People. And his prescription to solve that problem is a concept that economists call Universal Basic Income. He has lifelong ties to the Hudson Valley. He spent his early childhood, when his father was working for General Electric, in Niskayuna, and his middle and high school years in Somers after his father went to work for IBM.

Remember the Burning of Kingston

Remember the Burning of Kingston

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.

Take the Secret Saugerties photo challenge

Take the Secret Saugerties photo challenge

Now, every town has its cool stuff, but some of these discoveries are mind-blowing. Did you know that the first stained-glass window commission undertaken by the William Morris Company for an American client, with panels designed by Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown and Morris himself, was the 1867 Vanderpoel Window that hangs in Saugerties’ Trinity Church?

Longyear Farm Day benefits Woodstock Land Conservancy

Longyear Farm Day benefits Woodstock Land Conservancy

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.