Saturday, Nov. 2: The Chocolate Factory in Red Hook was founded in 1888 by William H. Baker – no relation to the older, more famous Walter H. Baker Company, but Red Hook’s Baker was not above exploiting the coincidence to promote his business, starting what became known as the Chocolate Wars. At the height of production, 20,000 pounds of chocolate were produced in Red Hook each day.
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Saturday, Nov. 2: Are you a vegan or vegetarian who feels a little left out of the fun this time of year? Is your favorite part of Thanksgiving the presidential pardon for a couple of turkeys? The Catskill Animal Sanctuary is planning some festivities this weekend that will help get you into the holiday mood.
Saturday, Oct. 26: Meet rescued animals and enjoy pumpkin-painting, hayrides, vegan food vendors and more.
Saturday, October 5: The section of North Front Street between Crown and Wall Streets in Uptown Kingston will be transformed into a festive autumnal block party with curated vendors and entertainment.
Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 5-6: “Oktoberfest at Rhinebeck: A Family Harvest Celebration” will bring together a variety of attractions, all of them handcrafted in some fashion.
Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 24-25: Headliners include many of the world’s top military and civilian airshow performers, such as the US Navy Blue Angels, Royal Air Force Red Arrows and F-35 Lightning II Demo Team.
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.
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.
Saturday, July 20: Decorated dragon boats have been used in special ceremonies in China for over 2,500 years. The sport of international dragon-boat racing began in Hong Kong around 1976. Now, more than a hundred cities in the US host dragon boat races, including our own Poughkeepsie.
Saturday/Sunday, July 20/21: Native American dancing, drumming, craft vendors, food vendors, storytelling and audience participation are the fare being served up at the two-day gathering.