Friday, October 28, 2011

10/29/11: Ulster County Candidate Forum

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

10/18/11: Two films tonight on Women & War

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lectures on the History of Dance

The week of August 1, 2001 Kaatsbaan offers three more informative and exciting lectures in our Historic Dance Theatre Series.
Limón Dance Company 

Monday, August 1, 2011 at 6:45 p.m.
Barefoot and Free: The History of Modern Dance
Joanna Dee returns to Kaatsbaan to discuss the history of Modern Dance: female choreographers Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Mary Wigman, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Katherine Dunham played a dominant role in the early formation of modern dance, while important male choreographers such as Red Shawn, Jose Limon, and Merce Cunningham helped shape the field. Helen tamiris, Pearl Primus, Alvin Ailey, Bill T. Jones and Mark Morris - is modern dance a dead art?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 6:45 p.m.

Javier Gurerro and 360 Dance Company perform Jane Dudley's "Cante Flamenco" American citizens aligned to fight fascism - artists from George Orwell to Ernest Hemingway joined dancers that included Martha Graham and Lincoln Kirstein to support democracy. Graham's Deep Song and Jane Dudley's Cante Flamenco capture this moment in dance.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 6:45 p.m.
Dialogue on Dance: The Art of Jose Limon
Lynn Garafola, editor of Jose Limon's critically acclaimed autobiography, An Unfinished Memoir, will discuss the choreographer's life and art focusing on Missa Brevis (1958).

The lecture will include performances of excerpts by members of the celebrated Limon Dance Company, introduced by artistic director Carla Maxwell.

These evenings are free and open to all.

GASLAND at 6:30 PM tonight at Rhinebeck Town Hall

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sustainable Action Week at SUNY New Paltz

April 25 to May 1

There's a lot of great stuff happening in New Paltz this week - check it out!

RSVP on Facebook

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Field biologist Marc van Roosmalen to speak at SUNY Ulster

Cultural Diversity Day with
Marc van Roosmalen
World-renowned field biologist and Amazon researcher
Wed., 4/20, 7 PM
Student Lounge
Vanderlyn Hall
SUNY Ulster
491 Cottekill Road
Stone Ridge

Monday, April 18, 2011

4/19/11: Carbon Nation @ BSP

For event details, click here.

Photo: Peter Byck

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Magnificat Festival, April 30 and May 1, 2011

From Betsy Tuel (husband Bill is singing):

This spring the combined choirs of Ulster Choral Society and Camerata Chorale will present a "Magnificat Festival", consisting of three settings of the famous biblical text by JS Bach, Vivaldi, and JC Bach.  We will be joined by professional soloists and the Bach-Handel Festival Orchestra.
The concert dates are:
  • Saturday, April 30, 8:00 PM at the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church
  • Sunday, May 1, 4:00 PM at the Overlook United Methodist Church in Woodstock

Advance tickets are $15.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


From Vivi Hlavsa:

Jane Barsumian
On a program full of “lovable” music the world premiere performance of a new work by Jane Barsumian will be of outstanding interest to area concert goers. The WOODSTOCK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, conducted by Artistic Director David Leighton, will present its final concerts of the 2010-2011 season, featuring Jane Barsumian’s newest work, “Scattered Stars.”  The program also includes “Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1” by Ottorino Respighi, “Adagietto” from the Symphony No. 5 of Gustav Mahler, “Czech Suite” by Antonin Dvorak and “Overture to The Wasps” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

  • 8 pm Friday, April 29 at Olin Hall, Bard College, 
  • 8 pm Saturday, April 30 at Pointe of Praise Family Life Center, 243 Hurley Avenue, Kingston, and 
  • 3 pm Sunday, May 1 at Saugerties Reformed Church, Main Street, Saugerties: 
Tickets: adults $20.00, college students $5, K-12 with accompanying adult, free. Subscription sets are available (4 tickets good for any concert).
Jane Barsumian, a resident of the Hudson Valley for some thirty-three years, is well known for her remarkable skills as violinist, pianist, organist, vocalist and composer.  “Scattered Stars” is her first work for chamber orchestra and audiences will have an opportunity to hear her music in full panoply of orchestrated imagination.  Her style is charming, witty and actually beautiful.  Yes, you read that correctly – this is contemporary music you will enjoy.  Born into a musical family, father was a concert violinist, composer and conductor, mother a church organist for seventy five years, Jane Barsumian studied piano with Frank McConnell, Edgar Roberts and Antoinette Lind, violin with Norman Black of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Henk Schram of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and composition with Grammy-winning composer Joan Tower.  For the 2002 Woodstock Cycle Jane composed music and text for the Cantata "Healing." She is the 2006 winner of the Hymn Competition of the Eastern North Carolina Religious Arts Festival, and has written service music for the Episcopal Church.

The WOODSTOCK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, formed in 1980 by musicians from the Woodstock area, now is comprised of professional musicians from the entire Hudson Valley. The WCO regularly commissions music by local and regional composers and each season performs in Woodstock, Kingston, Saugerties, and at Bard College.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Ulster County Recycling Event

It’s that time again. 
Tell your neighbors, family members and friends about the upcoming 
FREE Household Hazardous Waste, Pharmaceutical Waste and Electronics Recycling Event 
Saturday, April 16, 8 am to 2 pm
  999 Flatbush Road, Kingston, NY

You must have an appointment!!

By offering alternatives for the safe disposal of household hazardous waste, Ulster County is taking a proactive role in protecting the environment by preventing these items from ending up in landfills or contaminating water sources and waste water treatment plants.
This FREE collection provides a safe disposal alternative for: 
  • hazardous pesticides, solvents and household chemicals. 
  • lead and oil based paint, paint solvents (Note: latex paint will not be accepted as it is not a hazardous material)
  • fertilizers, pesticides, 
  • household cleaners, hobby chemicals, etc.
Also being accepted at the event for FREE are electronics for recycling including: 
  • computers and their components,  keyboards, printers
  • VCRs/DVD players
  • monitors/TVs. 
Ulster County residents will also have the opportunity to discard their unused and/or expired medications at the event for FREE. Bring any prescription or over-the-counter pills, ointments, lotions and liquids for disposal. 

The Agency is pleased to be able to provide an opportunity for residents to properly dispose of hazardous waste and to recycle electronic waste.  For a complete list of acceptable items for this event, visit

How to schedule an appointment:
You must schedule an appointment if if you are interested in participating in the event. Please visit our website at or call the Recycling Hotline at (845) 336-3336 to request more information or to make an appointment.
Ulster County Residents ONLY.
No businesses.  No organizations.  No farms.  No institutions.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

4/5/11: Health Care panel in Hyde Park

Health Care Reform: What Does It Really Mean?

Tuesday, April 5
8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Henry A. Wallace Center
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
4079 Albany Post Road, Route 9, Hyde Park

With the premise of health care as a human right, this will be a day of exploring the impact of health care reform on women, small businesses, seniors, African-Americans, Latinas, Latinos, and Americans with disabilities. As leaders in their fields, the featured speakers will illustrate, educate and debunk myths of health care reform.

Keynote Address: Geeta Desai, President, AAUW Poughkeepsie
Luncheon Speaker: Jamie Torres, U.S. Health & Human Services Regional Director, Region II–NY, NJ, PR, VI
Other Speakers and Workshop Leaders:
Susan Dooha, Executive Director, Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY
Margaret Moree, Director of Federal Affairs, The Business Council of NY State, Inc.
Michael Olender, Associate State Director, AARP
Lois Uttley, Executive Director, Raising Women’s Voices

Cost: $10 (suggested donation)
To register: call 845-229-5302 or e-mail (optionally, order a $10 box lunch when you register)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Maine Governor Denying History, Removing Mural, Renaming Conference Rooms

Dolores LaChance forwarded this article by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich

Why We Need a Fighter in the White House: "Maine Governor Paul LePage has ordered state workers to remove from the state labor department a 36-foot mural depicting the state’s labor history. Among other things the mural illustrates the 1937 shoe mill strike in Auburn and Lewiston. It also features the iconic “Rosie the Riveter,” who in real life worked at the Bath Iron Works. One panel shows my predecessor at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins, who was buried in Newcastle, Maine.

The LePage Administration is also renaming conference rooms that had carried the names of historic leaders of American labor, as well as former Secretary Perkins.

The Governor’s spokesman explains that the mural and the conference-room names were “not in keeping with the department’s pro-business goals.”"

Wasn't the Department of Labor set up to protect workers? How bizarre?

3/27/11: Second Annual Hudson Valley Hunger Banquet

Image source: Ulster Publishing

Sunday, March 27
3 PM to 5 PM
Mount St. Alphonsus
1001 Broadway (Route 9W)

To reserve your seat online, click here.

To read the 3/24 Hudson Valley Times article, click here.

To see this event on Facebook, click here.

Queens Galley web site

Friday, March 4, 2011

3/4/11: Roberta Gould poetry reading in Saugerties

Author Event with Roberta Gould

Friday, March 4
7 PM to 8 PM

The Inquiring Mind Bookstore
65 Partition Street

Reading from recent books and new poems

Image Credit: Foothills Publishing
(click this link if you want a sneak peek at a poem from this collection!)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

2/23/11: Concert at SUNY Ulster

Music Scholarship concert in memory of Lee Herrington
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
7:30 PM
SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge
Quimby Auditorium

Community Concert Band
College Jazz Band
Rondout Valley School Concert Band
College Chorus

Suggested donation: $2 (student/senior), $3 (adult), $10 (family)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Until the Violence Stops

Please join us:
Sunday February 13, 2010,  2:00 pm
 Upstate Films, 132 Tinker Street, Woodstock

 A V-Day Benefit Screening of
 “Until The Violence Stops”
an Eve Ensler Film
To benefit The Washbourne House
Ulster County’s Battered Women’s Shelter
 A program of Family of Woodstock Inc.
  Tickets $12.00 in Advance or $15.00 at the door
 Call 845 331-7080 ext.127
 or mail your check to The Washbourne House
PO Box 3817,  Kingston, New York 12402
Attn.Kathy Moretti
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Need help with preparing your taxes?

The United Way of Ulster County announces the availability of free tax preparation services for low wage workers making up to $43,352 per year (with 3 or more children). 

The Hudson Valley Mall site will operate January 29, and each Saturday in February from 10 AM to 2 PM.  There are fifteen other sites throughout the county that will also be available from January 29-April 15.  See below for locations and call 845-802-7190 to make an appointment.

Volunteer tax preparers, certified by the IRS, will be on hand to help residents access the Earned Income Tax Credit, and other tax credits which may total up to $7,000.

The following sites are available:

Ellenville Public Library, 40 Center Street, Ellenville, Saturdays, 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, & 3/19, 10 AM to 1 PM

Hudson Valley Mall, Route 9W, Kingston, Saturdays, 10 AM to 2 PM. (We’re located in the former Lady Footlocker store front, next to H&M.  As you leave JC Penney, go past the customer service desk, turn right.) 

Department of Social Services, 1061 Development Court, Kingston, Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM

Town of Olive Library, 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan, Mondays, 1 to 3 PM
West Hurley Library, 42 Clover Street, West Hurley, Wednesdays, 10 AM to 12 PM

Port Ewen Library, 128 Canal Street, Port Ewen, Thursdays, 9 AM to 12 PM

Community Action Center, 70 Lindsley Avenue, Kingston, Tuesdays, 11 AM to 3 PM

Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street, Kingston, Mondays, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Tuesdays, 1 to 4 PM

St. John's Episcopal Church, 207 Albany Avenue, Kingston, Thursdays, 9 AM to 3 PM

Stone Ridge Library, 3700 Main Street, Stone Ridge, Mondays, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Bridge View Apartments Senior Community Room, 34 Sterling Place, Highland, Every Other Friday

St. Joseph's Church, 34 S. Chestnut Street, New Paltz, Tuesdays, 9 AM to 3 PM

Reformed Church, 92 Huguenot Street, Education Building, New Paltz, Fridays, 9 AM to 1 PM

St Charles Church, Route 44-55, Gardiner, Every Other Wednesday

Kiwanis Ice Arena, Washington Avenue, Saugerties, Wednesdays, 10 AM to 3 PM

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Journey to Freedom - songs and stories of Sojourner Truth - March 5, 2011

Music of Sojourner Truth in Concert
Save the Date!
Cynthia Lowe, Ulster County Community Foundation, Esopus Town Supervisor John Coutant, Anne Gordon  AAUW member, and Pastor Evelyn Clarke at the dedication of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Park in Port Ewen.
On Saturday, March 5, Journey to Freedom - songs and stories of Sojourner Truth will be presented by the Sojourner Truth Memorial Fund and Heritage Folk Music, Inc at St James Methodist Church in Kingston. A variety of local singers and storytellers will give a 2 hour program, beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10.

The concert will include songs written by Truth, spirituals, and songs from the Abolitionist movement and the Civil War. Storytellers Evelyn Clarke and Terry Gittens will be joined by singes, Betty & the Baby Boomers, the Veterans in a New Field, and several others. Refreshments will be served, accompanied by fiddlers, Earl and Mimi Pardini.

St. James Methodist Church is a fitting location for the concert. In 1827, the congregation welcomed as a member, Isabella Van Wagonen, a freed slave who later took the name Sojourner Truth. As a dynamic speaker advocating the end of slavery, voting rights for women, and basic human rights for all, she became one of the most notable women in the 19th century.

There is a statue of her in the National Women's Hall of Fame, and most recently, a statue of her was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol by the First Lady, Michelle Obama. The proceeds from this concert will be used to erect a statue of her in The Ulster County town, Esopus, where she was born and lived for the first 30 years of her life.

Saturday, March 5, 2011
7:00 pm
Journey to Freedom - songs and stories of Sojourner Truth
St James Methodist Church, Kingston 

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Stone Ridge Library Concert: December 11, 2010

From Rokki Carr:

Saturday, December 11, 2010
3:00 pm - Marbletown Reformed Church

The Stone Ridge Library will host a free Holiday Concert of Traditional International Holiday Music performed by students in the Graduate Vocal Arts Program of the Bard College Conservatory of Music on Saturday, December 11 at 3:00 PM in the Marbletown Reformed Church, Main Street in Stone Ridge.

Performers include Julia Bullock and Ilana Zarankin, sopranos and Christina Lalog, pianist. The program will include a variety of familiar and lesser known works representing all traditions. A dessert buffet will follow the performance. All are welcome.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Take Action - Nuclear Arms Verification START Treaty

From AAUW member Dolores LaChance:

The Senate is currently considering ratification of the new START Treaty.

The goals of the START Treaty, to reach a near term reduction of nuclear weapons with mutually agreed verification, will make for a stable strategic relationship between the two nations.This would be the first arms control treaty between the United States and Russia in a decade.

The START treaty calls for regular inspections and timely exchanges of information regarding nuclear arsenals. It would not only reduce the number of deployed nuclear weapons in both the United States and Russia but could also influence other nations to follow suit.

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed the new START Treaty by a bipartisan vote in September 2010 after months of hearings and support from high ranking members of the previous seven administrations.

The Senate should ratify new START

1. Tell your Senators to ratify the new START Treaty

2. Send this alert to other concerned citizens – your grassroots network, your friends, neighbors and coworkers. Encourage them to contact their Senators today!


  • Learn more about what the League is doing on Arms Control.
  • Sign up to receive League of Women Voters Action Alerts directly by email. Don’t miss an opportunity to take action! It’s easy to sign up and the League will never share your email with others.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Support Group: for Women Coping with a Loss

MHA: the Mental Health Association in Ulster County, Inc presents

Women & Loss
A FREE Support Group in Kingston

Wednesdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm
October 27, 2010 - November 24, 2010

For Women Seeking Support & Comfort
In Coping With A Loss Of Any Kind Including:
~ The Loss of A Job
~ The Loss of A Family Pet
~ The Loss of Self-Identity
~ The Death of A Loved One
~ The Loss of a Partner (due to Separation, Break-up or Divorce)

Registration is Required. Please call (845) 339-9090 Ext. 115
Feel free to post or distribute the attached flyer.

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10/19/10: GASLAND at UUCC Kingston

If you haven't seen GASLAND yet,
get thee to the UUCC tonight! --

7 PM on Tuesday, October 19
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills
320 Sawkill Road
Kingston, NY

Sponsored by the Social Action Committee of UUCC
as part of its Issues Of Our Times series. Free admission.
For more information, call Paula at 845-679-2821.

Monday, October 18, 2010

10/18/10: NYS Gubernatorial Debate

Tonight at 7 PM:
Watch the first-ever NYS Gubernatorial Debate
live — on your TV or online.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Blog Action Day Post: Water

Ashokan Reservoir FishingImage via Wikipedia
Unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
Water: 38,000 Children a Week: Every week, nearly 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions.
More people have access to a cell phone than to a toilet. Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to toilets. This means that sewage spills into rivers and streams, contaminating drinking water and causing disease.

Living here in the Catskills, it's hard to believe that clean, fresh water could be a problem anywhere. Of course, I know that it is a problem. The facts  speak for themselves.

But, I also know that fixing this problem is within our grasp. Here are some water solutions posted on the Blog Action Day site.

Water solutions:
The good news is that there are great organizations working on solutions and new tools that empower people to do their part to address the water crisis.
  • Building Wells: Organizations like and charity: water are leading the charge in bringing fresh water to communities in the developing world.
  • Technology for Good: Do you want to measure how much water it took to make your favorite foods? There’s an app for that. More Info »
  • Conservation Starts at Home: The average person uses 465 liters of water per day. Find out how much you use and challenge your readers to do that same. More Info »
  • Keeping Rivers Clean: We can all take small steps to help keep pollution out of our rivers and streams, like correctly disposing of household wastes. More Info »
  • Drop the Bottle: Communities around the world are taking steps to reduce water bottle waste by eliminating bottled water.More Info »

We can also take a big step toward protecting our water by passing legislation to stop hydrofraking. Watch Gasland and contact your elected representatives.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Now showing: GASLAND at Upstate Films

If you haven't seen GASLAND yet, here's your chance! It's showing this week - Tues (10/5), Wed. (10/6), and Thurs. (10/7) at 5:45 PM and 8 PM - at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, NY.