Culture and pleasure. Kingston’s second annual African-American Cultural Festival. Sunday, August 28, from noon to 6 p.m. at Harambee, 157 Pine Street, Kingston. Food, music, dance and more to celebrate African American culture in the Hudson Valley and beyond.
– Elizabeth’s Choice

Stunning view and local craftsmanship. Phenicia Flea: A summer market in OLANA

Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A nomadic market of makers and traders from the Catskills, Hudson Valley and beyond will come to Olana this weekend. Stop for a walk along the historic carriage roads of Olana and enjoy breathtaking views as you shop. This free market will take place rain or shine. The Olana Partnership will collect suggested donations of $5/per person to support their work and mission to inspire the public by preserving and performing Olana of Frederic Church. To find out more about this event, send an e-mail [email protected] or go to https://www.eastwestexperiential.com/phoenicia-flea to find out where Phenicia Flea is going this season.
— Pam’s Choice

Mysterious, whimsical and ethereal. The WSW Candle Mountain Trio opens Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m., Store Space, 84 Hone Street in Kingston. An art exhibition consisting of prints on paper, fabrics, handmade books and installations by Eliza Clifford, Hannah Moog and Judith Tong entitled “Meeting at Candle Mountain”. The three artists spent nine months living and working at Woman’s Studio Workshop, founded in 1974. Please RSVP to 845-658-9130. Show open three nights only.
.Geddy’s Choice

Time travel. New York Renaissance Faire opening weekend. From August 27 to October 9 on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo. Travel back in time to the Age of Adventure! Join Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I on a grand visit to a magnificent 16e-century English village. Cheer on your favorite knight in the jousting tournament. Meet Robin Hood and his merry band. Feast on savory sweets and mouth-watering treats. Marvel at incredible acrobats, magical fairies, swashbuckling pirates and more! Play a game of skill or chance. Stroll through our quaint village as Renaissance music surrounds you. Shop the market, with over 100 artisans offering the finest handmade goods. For more information, visit: https://renfair.com/ny/.
Frank’s choice

Classical music in a classical setting. Annual Chamber Orchestra Concert at the Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock, August 17, 6-8 p.m. Evening opens with Alan Shulman Theme and variants, for viola, strings and harp. Alan Shulman, cellist of the NBC Symphony and one of the great minds of the Maverick for many years, was also a composer and this is his masterpiece. Belarusian émigré Yevgeny Kutik, fresh from his concerto appearance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, makes his maverick debut in a special concerto version by Dmitri Shostakovich 1968 Violin Sonata, made famous in recent years by Gidon Kremer. The program ends with the elegy in G of the beloved Tchaikovsky; Serenade for strings. For more information, visit https://maverickconcerts.org/.
Genia’s choice

Think about our history. Land, Liberty, Loss: Echoes of the American Revolution at the West Hurley Public Library, 42 Clove Street, West Hurley. Session 1 Monday, August 29, 7-9 p.m. There are four sessions in total. Community reading and discussion program with guest speakers. Explore a lost and hidden story that still touches us today. For more information, call 845-417-8384 or visit: www.overlookmountain.org.
Lynn’s Choice

The cool side of nature. Forest ferns at John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary, 261 Floyd Ackert Road, West Park. Saturday, August 27 at 10 a.m. Escape the heat in our fern forest and explore the world of ferns that fill little nooks and valley bottoms with summery lightness and elegance at Nature Sanctuary. Join Lynn Bowdery and learn about the intricate parts of ferns and how to distinguish between Lady and marginal ferns, polypody and Christmas ferns, cinnamon and ostrich. Register on [email protected] for meeting place. Space is limited.
– Abigail’s Choice

The key to good music. Pianists in the Mountains presented by Catskill Mountain Foundation, Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Hunter August 24-28, nightly 7:30 p.m. This unique week-long residency, led by world-renowned pianists and educators, Dr Joanne Polk https://joannepolkpianist.com/ and Dr. Inesa Sinkevych https://www.inesasinkevych.com/, will focus on an unusual repertoire for the piano. Evening student recitals are free. Visit https://pianistsinthemountains.com/ and catskillmtn.org for tickets and more information.
– Joe’s Choice

Animals Among Us. Forsyth Nature Centre, 125 Lucas Avenue Extension, Kingston. Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. HV1 Writer Jeremiah says, “Among the best kept and happiest secrets in the Kingston area is the Forsyth Nature Center. I discovered it a few years ago in my role as an almost desperate grandfather. The child (nor the grandparent) was not born who did not find something fascinating in the place. This “pocket park” has a history dating back to 1936. In its humble way, it looks like what the greatest old-fashioned zoos once claimed to believe. The Nature Center emphasizes education and understanding for children who have never seen or had contact with seemingly “ordinary” creatures – turtles, steers, peacocks. Watching kids learn about these creatures can be as much fun as watching them too. Over the years, he has kept a low profile that belies his value and loving care for his animals. Visiting the Forsyth Nature Center is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more programming information, call ahead: 845-339-3053 or visit http://www.forsythnaturecenter.org/.
Jeremy’s Choice

Life is not fair or is it? Dutchess County Fair, 6550 Spring Brook Avenue
Rhinebeck. August 23-28, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-8pm Rides, food, music and lots of farm animals! Children 11 and under are free. Go to the website for a list of events and ticket costs: https://www.dutchessfair.com/the-fair/.
Angela’s choice