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Second annual Saugerties music fest highlights addiction and suicide issues

Second annual Saugerties music fest highlights addiction and suicide issues

Aug. 18-19 Hope Rocks offers onsite counseling, speakers offering their personal experiences and a myriad of activities, including: approximately 50-plus live musical performances; a motorcade; a 5k and 10k run; softball; volleyball; basketball; tennis; pickleball; human foosball; art exhibition; and, crafters. New to the 2018 festival is a walk- and bike-a-thon, children’s area, petting zoo and t-shirt design contest.

Breathe life into a stone: Macbeth at Opus 40

Breathe life into a stone: Macbeth at Opus 40

Artistic director Matt Mitler said he is fascinated by the mythological archetype of the trickster, an entity who destroys to make way for the new. “In some spiritual practices, it’s considered ‘holy destruction,’” Mitler explained, “from Baldr in the Norse myths to Jesus.” In the search for a text that would embody destruction leading to creation, the company turned to Macbeth. They approach the play’s violence as a kind of ritual combat, designed to create a purifying catharsis for actors and audience.  Dzieci Theater Company will present Makbet, their Eastern European-flavored version of the Shakespeare tale of ambition and revenge Saturday, July 7.

Saugerties marks national poetry month

Saugerties marks national poetry month

Activities include a combination poetry walk and window shopping event with a correspondence contest, a series of poetry readings over the course of the month and an hour-long reading of a new translation of the Odyssey written by Emily Wilson, the first penned by a woman in the over 60 translations of Homer’s text into English.