Here’s a hot winter menu for you: Dance, music, and film served with a side of bouillabaisse and chili bowls. Dig in!
Chili Bowl Fiesta in Stone Ridge
The 23rd annual Chili Bowl Fiesta returns on February 29 from 2 to 6pm to offer nearly 1,000 handmade bowls and mugs created in the Women’s Studio Workshop and available for purchase—all of which can also be filled with homemade chili donated to the event by area chefs. The spicy soiree takes place at Vanderlyn Hall on the SUNY Ulster campus in Stone Ridge. Early bird (2 to 4pm) admission is $10; admission is free after 4pm.
Local singer-songwriter and producer Chris Maxwell is one busy half of soundtrack/production team the Elegant Too (“Bob’s Burgers,” “Inside Amy Schumer”). Out this month is New Store No. 2, Maxwell’s second solo album, which he’ll celebrate with a record release show at Colony in Woodstock on February 29 at 7pm. The Shivers open. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show.
Vassar Dance Performance in Poughkeepsie
Vassar College’s resident company, Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, will perform at the Bardavon Theater Poughkeepsie on February 29 at 8pm and March 1 at 3pm. The two shows, which mark the occasion of the company’s 38th annual gala weekend, will feature 34 Vassar students performing jazz, ballet, and modern works created by faculty and students. Tickets are $12 (Vassar community, students, and seniors are $10; there is a group discount of $8 for parties of 10 or more).
Toni Morrison Documentary at SUNY Dutchess
To wrap up its 2020 Black History Month Film Series, SUNY Dutchess Community College will screen Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am in Dutchess Hall’s James and Betty Hall Theater on its Poughkeepsie campus on March 2 at 5:30pm. Admission is free.
However you decide to spend your indeterminately long reprieve from society, there may be no better mental health booster than getting outdoors. If we can’t get back to reality we can at least get back to nature. Here are 7 social distancing-compliant outdoor activities you can do in the Hudson Valley to get you out of the house and stop you from going stir-crazy.