This month’s combination of cold weather and COVID awareness continues to be conducive to keeping inside. But to keep you company, here’s this week’s online-oriented litany of Hudson Valley events.
Multimedia Event Honors Area Black Cultural History | February 16
On February 16 at 6pm, local filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss will host the Zoom presentation “Black Cultural History of Ulster County
” in celebration of Black History Month Kingston. The free event runs one and a half hours and utilizes rarely seen photos and video clips to highlight how the county’s Black arts, sports, industrial, and activist communities have shaped the greater Hudson Valley community. The program features Father Divine, Augusta Savage, Robert Blackburn, Ben Wigfall, Peg Leg Bates, Mickey Mathis, Billy Costello, Odetta, Jimi Hendrix, Jack DeJohnette, Richie Havens, Sonny Rollins, Juma Sultan, Simi Stone, and more.
Seed-Starting Workshop Airs Online | February 17
Sure, we’re in the throes of winter, but spring will be here before you know it. Which means it’s the perfect time to be thinking about planting for the coming season. Growing healthy seedlings is simple—as long as you plant the right seeds, at the right time, with the right tools. Fruition Seeds organic seed company cofounder Petra Page-Mann shows the way on February 17 at 6pm via a virtual workshop hosted by Backyard to Table
. Registering enters you to win a Fruition Seeds perpetual planting calendar (use it year after year) with lush photos and gardening tips for each month. The sliding-scale registration fee is $1-$25.
The Restless Age Live at Bethel Woods | February 18
Besides being a powerhouse unto themselves, area rock trio the Restless Age have backed such lofty names as Donald Fagen, Graham Nash, John Sebastian, Kate Pierson, Amy Helm, Evan Dando, and local phenom Connor Kennedy and have toured with the Waterboys and the Gipsy Kings. On February 18 at 6pm, the band will perform live at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival when they take the stage of the Event Gallery at the Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts
. Donation requested. Register to watch at the Bethel Woods website.
Ulster BOCES Hosts Virtual Information Night | February 18
February 18 will see the Ulster BOCES
Career and Technical Center hosting a free virtual
parent/student information night, with sessions at 5pm and 6pm. During the event, students and parents will be able to visit up to two programs (one per session), meet with school counselors and instructors, and learn about the BOCES classrooms and work labs related to the students’ professional areas of interest. The more than two dozen fields of study represented include animal science, information technology, healthcare, criminal justice, automotive technology, manufacturing technology, the culinary arts, aviation and drone technology, and welding. Information and registration can be found at the Ulster BOCES website.
Green Kill Sessions Presents We Come from Far Away | February 19
On February 19 at 8pm, Kingston art gallery and events space Green Kill
will offer a livestream performance by the experimental music duo We Come from Far Away. Comprised of Hudson Valley guitarists Dane Johnson and Rick Warren, the pair uses electronic effects to meld, mold, and shape the sounds which they evoke from their instruments into detailed soundscapes. Johnson has been composing and performing since the mid-1990s, starting in Boston with groups like Jonathan LaMaster’s Saturnalia and Prelaspe (with John Zorn). Warren has been deeply involved in the improvisational and experimental music scene fostered by renowned vibraphonist Karl Berger at his Creative Music Studio in Woodstock. The event is free, although a donation is requested.
Great Hyde Park Tasting Experience Goes Online | February 19
The Hyde Park Education Foundation, a 501c-3 non-profit organization that supports the teachers and students of the Hyde Park School District, is having a virtual tasting event organized by the New York State Brewer’s Association and sponsored by Poughkeepsie’s HalfTime beverage shop. The Great Hyde Park Tasting Experience
will feature tastings from three local breweries, a local cidery, and two local bakeries/caterers offering sweet and savory snacks. The event will take place on February 19 from 6-8 pm and tickets are $200 for a party of four (your package is shipped to you); $185 if you pick up your tasting package at HalfTime.
New Exhibit on View at September Gallery | February 20-March 28
in Hudson will show “Let’s rename our city,” an exhibition by artist Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, from February 20 through March 28. The exhibit, Branfman-Verissimo’s third exhibition and first solo show with the gallery, includes recent painted collages and freestanding works along with five paintings from her 2020 show at Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco that were never on view to the public due to COVID disruptions and restrictions. Branfman-Verissimo is temporarily living and working in Richmond, Virginia, and investigating unseen and reclaimed histories including those of land, monuments, and black queer voices of the current moment. For the exhibition, Branfman-Verissimo is installing site-specific murals that engage the duel private/public space of the gallery windows facing the street, disrupt the white space of the interior walls, and reroute the path of the viewer.
Maritime Museum Offers Sailing Lessons | March 1, 8
How about getting ready for spring by learning to sail the Hudson River? Registration is now open at the Sailing School at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston for “Sailboat Ownership,” an online, interactive four-hour class featuring two sessions. This class is for newer and prospective sailboat owners. Participants will meet like-minded sailors and learn more about boat ownership. The class meets on March 1 and March 8 at 6pm. The price for each class is $36 $40 per person. “Introduction to Sailboat Racing,” an interactive, online four-hour class featuring two sessions, will meet on March 15 and 22 at 6pm. This class is for sailors new to racing or interested in learning more about racing basics. Participants will meet local sailors and become more comfortable with the excitement of sailboat racing. The price is $36/$40 per person. For details about classes and to find registration links for all Sailing School offerings, visit the Sailing School online
or call (845) 338-0071.
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