Barton Orchards' first annual Sunflower Festival takes place August 10-18.
As August takes root, head to one—or all—of these attractive area events.
“Shear Madness” at Shadowland Stages
Playing now through August 18 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays at Shadowland Stages in Ellenville is playwright Paul Portner’s comedy “Shear Madness.” Directed by Brendan Burke, the hilarious whodunit takes place in a hairstyling salon where, “a murder is committed- and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime. The outcome is never the same, so you just might want to see this show twice!” See website for performance times and tickets.
Hudson Valley Music Summit in Kingston
Any aspiring or working professional musicians out there? Running on August 9 at the Best Western Plus hotel in Kingston is the Hudson Valley Music Summit, a full day of panel discussions featuring 10 panels and 50 speakers; live performances; vendors; and a post-conference performance showcase at BSP Kingston. Speakers include Pete Shapiro, the owner of the Capitol Theatre in Portchester and Brooklyn Bowl; Dean Budnick, the editor of Relix magazine; original Alice Cooper band bassist Dennis Dunaway; singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked; Stefani Scamardo of Hardhead Management; and Liz Penta of Emcee Artist Management; Jeff Mercel of the O+ Festival; and others.
Laurie Anderson at Mass MoCA
Over the years, iconoclastic musician Laurie Anderson has been a consistent presence at North Adams, Massachusetts’s celebrated contemporary arts center, Mass MoCA. On August 10 at 8pm, she’ll present “Lou Reed Drones with Stewart Hurwood,” an immersive, drone-based sonic experience utilizing guitars that belonged to her late husband, Lou Reed. For the performance, Hurwood, Reed’s former guitar technician, will create an enveloping drone of harmonic feedback that shifts and changes, depending on the locations of the audience members.
Riverside Crafts Fair in Garrison
Held at Garrison Art Center on August 17 and 18, the Riverside Crafts Fair is one of the most well-established, high-quality crafts fairs in the Hudson Valley. With majestic views from the banks of the Hudson River, the fair is an exquisite spot to shop for hand-made traditional and alternative crafts. The two-day event promises a selection of over 60 juried artists offering furniture, photography, jewelry, gourmet food, glass items, textiles, fine art, ceramics, wooden utensils, tableware, and more. Attendees from New York City or points north can take the train to the fair location, which is steps from the MTA Metro North Hudson Line. Free parking at the train station or at Garrison School and a free shuttle service also make it a popular event.
The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art State University of New York at New Paltz and the Magazzino Italian Art Foundation in Cold Spring have partnered to bring the Hudson Valley community 11 rarely-before-seen works of three Italian artists.
It’s time to step out from the shadows and let your hard work shine! Open mic performances may seem daunting, but you’re in the same boat as everyone else on stage. Break out of your comfort zone and be a star for the night at these cool Hudson Valley open mics and gigging grounds.