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“Kingston, Where History Meets the Hudson”

  |   August 22, 2012  |  Comment

Fall is the perfect season to visit the City of Kingston. Nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains it is less than 2 hours from New York City and 1 hour from Albany.  Located along the banks of the Hudson River, Kingston boasts well over a dozen museums and cultural attractions. It is the perfect place to spend your vacation or your lifetime.

Exit 19 on the NYS Thruway   www.kingston-ny.gov

Highlights of upcoming events are as follows:

City of Kingston Environmental Educators offer Guided Kayaking Tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Fridays & Saturdays at both Kingston Point Beach on the Hudson River, and at T.R. Gallo Park on the Rondout Creek. Register online at: www.forsythnaturecenter.org or call (845)481-7336. Tours include kayak, life jacket and paddle. $35

The City of Kingston in collaboration with the Kingston Land Trust, the YMCA of Kingston and MAC Fitness will host a Free Fitness in the Parks Series through Labor Day. In partnership with Mudita Yoga Studios, Shakti Yoga Studios and MAC Fitness, the Kingston Land Trust will once again offer free “Yoga in the Park.” For the entire summer schedule of the Free Fitness Series please visit the City of Kingston website at: www.kingston-ny.gov

The Arts Society of Kingston located at 97 Broadway in the Historic Rondout Waterfront District, presents a diverse range of visual art exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes, and other arts-related programming. Through its initiatives, ASK provides opportunities, resources, and education for artists. For more information, please call (845)338-0331 or visit: www.AskforArts.org

Sundays – The Artists Way Cluster, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Mondays – Swing Dance Classes taught by Linda and Chester Freedman,

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Thursdays – Figure Drawing with Live Model led by James Martin,

6:00 – 9:00 p.m., $20/session or $50/3 sessions

Fridays – ASK for Music, 8:00 p.m. every third Friday of the month. Please check website for up-to-date information, $6

Saturdays– First Saturday Reception, Free, every first Saturday of the month, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

 

September 1stCrafts on John Street join the Kingston Farmers’ Market this week.  An all-natural line of hand-made vegetable-based skin care products such as soaps, message oils, bath salts, moisturizers and more are just some of the wares you’ll find from this talented group of local Hudson Valley artisans.  The harvest is peaking and with so many crops in season it’s hard to choose which ones to buy. Come speak with the farmers for fresh ideas and new ways to look at your meals. Almost 40 vendors make this Market one of the largest outside of NYC. Located on Wall Street in the Historic Stockade District of Uptown.     www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org

September 1st – The Wall Street Jazz Festival is held in the Historic Stockade District of Uptown Kingston and the lineup is spectacular. A well-known trumpeter with much international fame, a young up-and-coming trombonist/vocalist/composer from California, a vocalist extraordinaire with her guitarist husband, and a bari sax, alto sax, piano, and kicking rhythm section for some “dancing in the street” make this musical event a not-to-miss festival.  www.wallstreetjazzfestival.com

September 1st, – Join the Friends of Historic Kingston for the 1658 Stockade National Historic District Walking Tour .  Following the street plan designed by Peter Stuyvesant in 1658, the tour walks the heart of the largest intact early Dutch settlement in New York State and the neighborhood where New York State was born in 1777. Included is a tour of the interior of the c. 1812 Johnston House, the former home and showroom of nationally noted antiquarian Fred J. Johnston where his collection of 18th and early 19th century American furnishings and decorative arts are showcased in eight elegant room settings he designed. Walking tour highlights include viewing the many eighteenth century limestone houses still standing in the Stockade District, and visiting the site of the drafting of the New York State Constitution in 1777 and the gravesite of New York’s first elected governor, George Clinton, in the Old Dutch Church Burying Ground.   For information, call (845) 339-0720, or visit www.fohk.org

September 1stFirst Saturday – ASK (Arts Society of Kingston) Located in galleries throughout the City of Kingston.  Opening Night Receptions with artists at most galleries. New work featured each month. 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. www.askforarts.org

September 1st, 15th, & 29thGuided Tours of Esopus Meadows Lighthouse aboard “The Lark.” The ship departs at 1:00 p.m. from the Hudson River Maritime Museum.      [email protected]

September 1st – 29th: The Arts Society of Kingston located at 97 Broadway in the Historic Rondout Waterfront District, presents “Stacie Flint” (solo member show) in the Lounge Gallery and “In the Drawing Room” drawings, graphite, pen, ink, & value studies in the Main Gallery. For more information, please call (845)338-0331 or visit: www.AskforArts.org

September 2ndHooley on the Hudson: A Celtic Festival It’s the Irish event of the season! Join us on the Historic Rondout Waterfront for blarney, spoken word, music, dancing and great food. Tens of thousands of people can’t be wrong!  www.ulsteraoh.com

September 3rd – The Kingston Film Festival will have a special engagement screening of, “How I Became an Elephant.” Join director Tim Gorski for a Q&A session after the film. www.kingstonfilmfestival.org

September 4th, 5th, & 6th – Coach House Players will be holding auditions for “Lust & Rust: the Trailer Park Musical,” at 7:30 p.m., 12 Augusta Street. For more information please call (845) 331-2476 or visit them online at: www.coachhouseplayers.org

September 8th – It’s Senior Day at the Kingston Farmers’ Market and the young at heart are the focus. Join us for health screenings, benefits enrollment, and nutrition education. You’re never too young or too old to start living right. Healthy eating is just the beginning. The Healthy Eating Series continues with a look at delicious fall soups. Almost 40 vendors make this Market one of the largest outside of NYC. Located on Wall Street in the Historic Stockade District of Uptown.     www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org

September 8th & 22ndGuided tours of the Rondout Lighthouse aboard “The Lark.” The ship departs at 1:00 p.m. from the Hudson River Maritime Museum.  www.hrwatertaxi.com

September 14th – 16th: An Old Fashioned Barn Raising at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Welcome the sloop Clearwater as it comes to dock for the colder months on the Historic Rondout Waterfront. www.hrmm.org

September 15th – The Storytelling Series continues this week at the Kingston Farmers’ Market.  Also this week, Chef Kendell Brenner of Chefs2be will provide a fun, interactive cooking demonstration for kids. Crafts on John Street returns to the Market as well with talented, local, Hudson Valley artisans showcasing their wares.  Almost 40 vendors make this Market one of the largest outside of NYC. Located on Wall Street in the Historic Stockade District of Uptown.     www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org

September 15th,Super Saturday” at the Kingston Library: The Jester Jim Show featuring Jim Maurer. Be amazed and laugh with Jim’s great high-energy juggling and comedy. Fun & Free for All Ages. Kingston Library (845)331-0507 (ext.7)  http://www.kingstonlibrary.org/kids/supersat.php

September 18thCoach House Players will be hosting a general membership meeting which will be open to the public at 7:30 p.m., 12 Augusta Street. For more information please call (845) 331-2476 or visit them online at: www.coachhouseplayers.org

September 22nd – The Healthy Eating Series continues this week at the Kingston Farmers’ Market.  Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?  Come speak with our nutritionists, watch the chef demonstration and find out. With the focus on apples, it’s bound be tasty. Almost 40 vendors make this Market one of the largest outside of NYC. Located on Wall Street in the Historic Stockade District of Uptown.     www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org

September 22ndScarecrows in Frog Alley:  The Friends of Historic Kingston in association with the Junior League of Kingston will be sponsoring Scarecrows in Frog Alley from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.  This event will enliven Frog Alley Park which features the Louw-Bogardus Ruin. Portions of the Ruin date back to the late 1600’s. The Scarecrows in Frog Alley will feature a gallery of Scarecrows designed by local organizations, businesses and individuals. This one day event will feature scarecrow making demonstrations and a gallery scarecrow contest. Cookies and cider will be served. For more information please contact Friends of Historic Kingston at [email protected]

September 22ndFall Family Day & Bar-B-Que at Rotary Park. Enjoy music, entertainment, and vendors. Rotary Park is located along the banks of the Hudson River at the bottom of Delaware Avenue. Please visit:  www.kingston-ny.gov for more information.

September 29th – The Kingston Farmers’ Market is overflowing this week with farm-fresh, ripe, seasonal crops.  Fall is creeping in and so are the items that warm your soul. Your shopping list for this week includes items for the perfect stew or soup, warm breads and baked goods, cheeses, dried flowers for the table, and a nice bottle of local wine. Cheers! Almost 40 vendors make this Market one of the largest outside of NYC. Located on Wall Street in the Historic Stockade District of Uptown.     www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org

September 29th –   Join the Friends of Historic Kingston for the Rondout National Historic Walking Tour in Kingston.  Hear how entrepreneurs and immigrants rapidly transformed farmland into a thriving maritime village when Rondout became the terminus of the Delaware and Hudson Canal in 1828. Walk the “street of churches” along which the various immigrant groups built their houses of worship and view the rich legacy of commercial buildings and homes from this era. Adults $5; children under 16, $2. Departs at 11:00 a.m. from outside the Heritage Area Rondout Visitors’ Center, 20 Broadway. Friends of Historic Kingston (845) 339-0720 or www.fohk.org

Come tour the largest still intact early Dutch settlement in New York. Visit some or all of our eight museums with subjects from Maritime to Trolley to Firemen. Join an educational kayak tour of the magnificent Hudson River. Spend time shopping at Kingston’s famous farmers’ market and its bountiful boutiques. Dine in our intimate cafes and family friendly restaurants. Live performances, an abundance of galleries and events ranging from historic to soap box derbies, all combine to make Kingston a not-to-miss destination.

www.kingston-ny.gov

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