Our monthly list of Top 10 Events has been altered to ensure everyone can experience Dutchess’ exciting happenings – both virtual and in-person (while maintaining social distancing to keep everyone safe)!
FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow hosts a conversation with Hoover Library Director Thomas Schwartz about the relationship between the two men during the 1932 campaign and the transition between their presidencies, examining their different philosophies in the role of government and the protection of individual liberty and freedom.
Everyone is invited to participate in the first Virtual Walkway One Mile from May 14 through June 14 – a race that can be completed on your own time, at your own pace, from anywhere in the world including the professionally-measured and marked course on the deck of Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
. All Walkway users are asked to follow the current health and safety guidelines for using the park available at parks.ny.gov/covid19
. Virtual One Mile participants should wear a face covering, commit to following social distancing protocols, and not complete their race in a group.
Did you know that Dutchess County is home to – not 1 – but 3 drive-ins?! On May 11, 2020, NY’s Governor Cuomo announced that certain low-risk business and recreational activities will be ready to reopen statewide
on May 15th, including landscaping and gardening; outdoor, low-risk recreational activities such as tennis; and… drive-in movie theaters
! Of course, they must still maintain social distancing and protective measures during business operations to keep everyone safe. Check Hyde Park Drive-In
and Overlook Drive-In
’s Facebook pages for updates – coming soon! Four Brothers Drive-In
in Amenia has announced it will be open 7 nights per week, rain or shine, starting Friday. See you through the windshield soon!
Enjoy a nice drive through the Hudson Valley to the farm. Savor Valia's Wood Fire Pizza
and pick up your Plan Bee’s bottles to-go. Parking available or get it and go! For those that want to stay, pick a numbered barrel to park in front of. Stay in your car, enjoy some tunes, and roll down your windows to breathe in the fresh country air. They will serve you without leaving your seat, so recline and relax. However, no onsite drinking is permitted. Order bottles on Plan Bee Farm Brewery’s online shop
to take home.
Monday, May 18 and Monday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom
Take a virtual trip to the Tinseltown of India and join Arobi in this live Bollywood dance workshop. Learn some fun and easy steps that have cinematic pizzazz and originate from India’s numerous traditional dance forms. Register here
, and a link for the Zoom will be sent to you.
7. Forests Adrift: The Future of Northeastern Forests Hosted by Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Thursday, May 21 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join this virtual book chat with Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
’ forest ecologist Dr. Charlie Canham. He will be discussing his new book, “Forests Adrift: Currents Shaping the Future of Northeastern Trees,” ‘in conversation’ with Cary President Dr. Joshua Ginsberg. Discover the history of northeastern forests, their resilience in the face of change, and threats that will shape their future. Registration is required here
. The book can be purchased online from Yale University Press; Merritt Bookstore
in Millbrook has a limited number of copies on hand.
8. Taste NY Market at Todd Hill Farmers Market Opening Day
The Taste NY Market provides a showcase for local farms to highlight selected products. Inside the year-round market, locally produced products include milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, juice, ice cream, pastries, granola, and apple cider. Pantry items include maple syrup, honey, jam, fruit sauces, pickles, salsa and tomato sauce. Frozen products include farm-raised beef, lamb, pork and poultry items. Artisanal inventory changes periodically. Outside seasonally, a Farmers Market is open Friday afternoons, June through October (they’re opening early!), to provide additional delicious fresh produce and a variety of other farm products.
9. Reel Exposure 2020: International Teen Film & Photo Festival
Friday, May 29 – Sunday, May 31 with Virtual Photo Gallery open all weekend, Live Film Screenings each night at 7:00 p.m. on The Art Effect’s YouTube and Facebook, and Award Presentations on Sunday
The Art Effect’s annual event is an important showcase that invigorates our local community through the arts and showcases the incredible work done by media makers from Ireland, Austria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and throughout the United States — including films created by youth in Poughkeepsie. Viewers can expect to see a mix of film genres in this year’s lineup, including comedies, dramas, animations, environmental documentaries, and music videos. The new online format allows viewers to share their opinions by voting in an Audience Choice Poll for Best Photo and Best Film. The results will be posted on Monday, June 1. The festival is created for audiences at least 13 years of age. Pre-registration
10. Omega Institute Presents (Online Learning): The Science of Habit Change
If you are feeling fear, struggling with uncertainty, or stress eating, you are not alone. But neuroscientist Judson Brewer and psychologist Robin Boudette have some good news: by understanding the basic building blocks of the brain, we can move from anxiety to action, from separation to connection. Join them for a unique online workshop to learn the science of habit change. Through mindfulness practices, the latest scientific findings, and patient stories, participants will learn practical tools for breaking stress-producing habits. Registration required here
*To the best of our knowledge, this information is correct as of publish date.*