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This Week's Fabulous Fount of Fantastic February Festivities from the Hudson Valley


The Hudson Valley Gospel Festival Community Choir
  • The Hudson Valley Gospel Festival Community Choir

To fire up February, here’s a heaping a handful of Hudson Valley happenings. Enjoy.

Gospel Music History Series Goes Live | February 1

Starting on February 1 at 7pm, the Hudson Valley Gospel Festival Committee will begin streaming a monthly series of Zoom presentations about the long, rich history of gospel music in the region. The first installment, presented by Professor Ciesta Little-Quinn of the Department Black Studies at SUNY New Paltz and the Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program, offers an overview of the music’s local traditions. The series is free, but viewers must sign up to receive a Zoom link to watch. History of Gospel in the Hudson Valley: An Overview.

City Winery Hudson Valley Serves “All Things Gin” | February 4

Cocktail enthusiasts should set everything aside February 4 at 5:45pm when City Winery Hudson Valley hosts “All Things Gin,” a limited-reservations seminar overseen by the Montgomery bistro’s beverage manager. The interactive evening, which features strict compliance with local health protocol ordinances (see website for details), will offer tutorials on the making of three gin-based cocktails and include complementary light bites. Advance admission is $45.

Event Examines Bob Dylan’s Links to Judaism | February 4

Bob Dylan
  • Bob Dylan
February 4 at 7:30pm finds Chronogram contributor and author Seth Rogovoy and Boston University music professor Jeremy Yudkin “The Kabbalah of Bob Dylan,” a virtual multimedia exploration of the rock icon’s connections to his Jewish roots in life and music. The program is the first of two such events that Rogovoy and Yudkin will present this month; on February 11 at 7:30pm, the pair will host “The Kabbalah of the Beatles,” which examines the Fab Four’s Jewish links. Both events are being presented by the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Toronto’s Prosserman JCC. To watch, register at the Virtual J website.

Anna Oliver Art in Hudson | February 5-March 13

Wild Dill by Anna Oliver
  • Wild Dill by Anna Oliver
“Meadow Suite,” an exhibition of works by Berkshire-based painter Anna Oliver, will open on February 5 and run through March 13 at 510 Warren Street Gallery in Hudson. The images capture Oliver’s fascination with the area’s ever-changing array of wildflowers that line the roads and fill fallow fields in the warmer months, which have reminded her of the mountain meadows that had been a favorite feature of her childhood in northern New Mexico and depict black-eyed Susans, clover, wild dill, and innumerable other flowers and grasses. Check website for gallery hours and health safety guidelines.

Benefit Features Wanda Houston, Chris Noth, Lauren Ambrose | February 6

Wanda Houston
  • Wanda Houston
Berkshires homeless advocacy organization Construct will host the Warm Up the Winter Call to Action for Emergency Assistance, a benefit event, on February 6 at 7pm. The 45-minute online event will be emceed by Construct’s executive director, Jane Ralph, and board member Barney Stein, and will feature live music by the Wanda Houston Band as well as appearances by actors and Construct supporters Chris Noth (“Sex and the City,” “Law and Order”) and Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”). The event is free, but donations are requested.

Winter Hoot Returns Via Internet | February 6

Although due to the pandemic the Ashokan Center’s beloved Winter Hoot concert won’t be open to the physical public this season, the show will still go on. The center will present an all-star live song circle on February 6 at 4pm featuring Ani DiFranco, Dawn Pemberton, Coolie Ranx, José Ayerve, Lyre, Gail Ann Dorsey, Joakim Lartey, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, the Restless Age, and Mike + Ruthy live from the Ashokan Center. The livestream will also include archival highlights from past Winter Hoot festivals and live ice carving by master sculptor Thomas Brown. The event is free, but donations are requested.

Poughkeepsie Exhibit Explores Amazon Jungle| February 6-27

  • Carl Parris
“Meet the Matis: Adaptation and Endurance in Amazonia,” an exhibit of photography and artwork by Carl Parris and others, will be on display at Queen City 15 gallery in Poughkeepsie from February 6 through February 27. The exhibition explores the daily survival skills, customs, and struggles of the native Matis Indian tribes as they strive to maintain their culture while the modern world comes closer and more threatening to their way of life. On February 13 at 3pm, Parris will share his travel experiences with a slideshow and a talk at the gallery. See website for gallery hours and health safety guidelines.

Mesier Homestead Hosts History Videos | through March 31

Mesier Homestead
  • Mesier Homestead
Through March 31, the Wappingers Historical Society is streaming “Pathway Through History,” a video program filmed at the Mesier Homestead. Suitable for ages four and up, the series focuses on dramatized portrayals of local historical figures like phrenologist Orson Fowler, Native American tribe sachem Daniel Nimham, abolitionist Sojourner Truth, baseball slugger “Big” Dan Brouthers, a local Suffragette named Mary, and Pieter Mesier and his wife Catherine, who gives a personal account of the Wappinger Tea Party revolt which took place at the Mesier Homestead in May 1777. The videos can be seen via clickable links on the society’s website.

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