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Highlighted Things to Do In Kingston, NY for 5/4-5/9

The Merry, Merry Month of May is here! The warmer weather is spawning even more fun things to do here in the Hudson Valley. You can check out some of our highlighted events happening here in and around Kingston NY this week. New this week is the great addition of outdoor markets and events showcasing Mother Nature that can engage us to appreciate our own natural habitat!



Come out Wednesday night to get your bike tuned up and ready to go at the YMCA, Bike Friendly Kingston – Bike Repair Clinic. In case of bad weather, this event will be occurring on May 6. No advance registration required. The event is free, but donations are welcome! Be sure to bring your bike and wear a mask or other face covering when you come! Join in for a virtual lecture Wednesday evening with the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Virtual Lecture: Picturing Rondout.“Picturing Rondout and other Hudson River Stories” will focus on the extensive research and the story behind Len Tantillo’s detailed painting depicting a vital and dynamic river port at the height of its golden age. Another great community event happening May 5-9th is The Ulster County SPCA is the Empty The Shelters, nation-wide effort by over 200 animal shelters and agencies to help shelter animals find their #fureverhome! Adoptions are reduced during this event thanks to the BISSELL Pet Foundation. Reschedule from last week due to inclement weather, Join Senator Michelle Hinchey and SAMADHI for an outdoor Narcan Training on Friday May 7th at 5:00 PM at Loughran Park in Kingston, NY. During this training, participants will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and how to administer Narcan (naloxone), which temporarily reverses the effects of opioids. Participants will receive a free Narcan nasal spray kit to always carry with them in case of an opioid overdose. And, Saturday May 8th, enjoy a virtual presentation “Backyard Birds of the Hudson Valley presented by Mohonk Preserve ” in conjunction with the Town of Ulster Library. During this hour-long presentation by a Mohonk Preserve educator, you will get a few tips and tricks to identifying our feathered friends visiting the feeders. Learn how to use apps for your smartphone to help you identify birds and contribute to citizen science from home.



The Ulster County SPCA’s Artists for Animals program sounds like something you don’t want to miss! Their staff and volunteers will render your pet to the best of their questionable abilities in a variety of mediums, all in fun to support their awesome organization. Submissions are open May 15th to June 19th. Artwork will be shared online and exhibited in our shelter as it is completed, until the end of June.

Check out ArtPort on the Rondout with their exhibition “Form or Function,” running April 24, 2021 until June 6, 2021. This show features artists Chuck von Schmidt, Karen Jaimes, Staveley Kuzmanov, Traci Johnson, Barbara Marks, Ellie Murphy, Courtney Puckett, Jim Osman, Rachel Urkowitz and Gabriele Hamill, Inna Babaeva, Clemens Kois, Sophie Kravits, Christina Kruse, Jeanne Atkin, Kathleen Vance, Erika DeVries, and Rodger Stevens. The exhibition “Form or Function” presents works that crosses over media and discipline exploring the relationship of objects in between contemporary art, design and craft. Schedule a Gallery Visit at the Lockwood Gallery and check out the new exhibition ‘CAPTURED SPACES,’ a multi-disciplinary visual discussion that explores how three abstract artists apply their individual perspectives to the shaping of spatial experiences that express the world without and the world within. CAPTURED SPACES is on view from April 24 – May 23!



Live music is on the rise with bands like Bunkhouse Boys and Michael Francis McCarthy performing at Keegan Ales. The Deadbeats 
and  Mick Lynch will be providing some tunes to accompany some fine food truck faire at Grand Cru in Rhinebeck. At Pearl Moon, you can enjoy the likes of James Hearne and Peter Einhorn  in that up and coming music venue!


Outdoor Markets and Nature Walks

It’s definitely time for us to get outdoors and enjoy some great markets as well as some guided excursions into the woods to explore local fauna and flora. The Kingston NY Farmers Market kicks off its official outdoor market with plenty of new local vendors and makers.  Mayfest Essential Farmers and Makers Market
at Walkway Over the Hudson will bring a curated selection of the Hudson Valley’s finest producers – farms, distilleries, breweries, wineries, restaurants, artists, artisans, and more – to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and west approach to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park on Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9 from 12-5 p.m. Another great fest not to be missed is Women in Food & Farming Festival – Live and Virtual at Stone Ridge Orchard! The hybrid live/virtual event open to the public will honor and celebrate more than 50 women-owned farms and businesses in the food and craft beverage industries and also provide resources to women in business. It’s Warbler time at the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary. Join the Sanctuary for this special inaugural Warbler event,Warbler Time at John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary , during which you will explore the sanctuary in search of these neotropical migrants on the first two Thursdays of May during the peak of spring migration in our region. At a time when they are in their most brilliant courting colors, warblers are often ranked as the highlight of the spring migration. Join the Kingston Land Trust for a guided Spring Ethnoecology Walk in Kingston with local ethnoecologist Justin Wexler of Wild Hudson Valley and learn about the springtime environment around the Rondout and Twaalfskill uplands and historic hamlet of Wilbur (now part of Kingston) through the lens of pre-colonial relationships with the land.

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