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Pop-up Crystal Trunk Show at Mirabai in Woodstock

Pop-up Crystal Trunk Show at Mirabai in Woodstock

Saturday, Aug. 24: Browse through hundreds of superior-quality pieces of amethyst, citrine, quartz, pyrite, agate, ammonite, petrified wood and other fine stones as Aurora Minerals of Freeport brings in its Pop-up Crystal Trunk Show to Mirabai in Woodstock. Aurora is a leading purveyor of crystal, stone and fossil specimens whose client list includes the Harvard University Museum, the Smithsonian and the Museum of Natural History.

Register now to take tea with American Girl Blaire & her creator at Ulster County Fair

Register now to take tea with American Girl Blaire & her creator at Ulster County Fair

Wednesday, July 31: Among the attractions at this summer’s Ulster County Fair will be an opportunity for children who love the history-based American Girl dolls to attend a tea party with New Paltz resident Jennifer Castle, author of two books about American Girl’s 2019 Girl of the Year, Blaire Wilson. Set in Ulster County, Blaire’s story involves living on a sustainable farm turned into a bed-and-breakfast and volunteering for the local food pantry.

Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival takes flight this weekend at Dutchess Fairgrounds

Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival takes flight this weekend at Dutchess Fairgrounds

Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14: Want to take a flight in a hot-air balloon, or go aloft on a tethered ride? No problem. A helicopter ride more your speed? Yeah, you can do that, too. Or do you just want to take in the spectacle of more than 100 hot-air balloons launching throughout the weekend? Or view the Illumination Moon Glow on Friday and Saturday evenings: a stationary display of hot-air balloons with their burners fired up, glowing against the night sky? A greater number than ever of the eyecatching “shape balloons” are expected this year – which have included lighthouses, cartoon animals and even a tuxedo balloon – and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome will get into the act, too, with an antique airplane display and flyovers (wind and weather permitting, as is true of all flight activities over the weekend).

Hudson Valley Pride Month events

Hudson Valley Pride Month events

Friday, May 31-June 2: Pride Month (June) is timed to commemorate New York City’s famous Stonewall Riots of 1969, in which the NYPD’s planned raid of the gay haven the Stonewall Inn was met with vast resistance, marking the beginning of the modern LGBTQ rights movement.