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Top 10 February Events

Publish Date: 2021-01-28

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)!

1. History of Gospel in the Hudson Valley: An Overview

Although this event has passed, you can watch a recording of the presentation here.

The Hudson Valley Gospel Festival committee is pleased to announce the first of monthly virtual presentations about the history of gospel music in the Hudson Valley! Professor Ciesta Little-Quinn of the Department Black Studies at SUNY New Paltz will present the rich history of gospel music from groups such as Marva Clark, Gretchen Reed, and Toni Graham and the many famous performers that graced the stages in the area. Registration is required. For more information, click here

2. Sloop Clearwater Virtual Speaker Series and Book Release Celebration

Wednesday, February 3 on Clearwater.org

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is hosting a Virtual Speaker Series and Book Release Celebration in honor of the 3rd edition of “The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River”. Join for a fun and illuminating exploration of this river we all love with Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Dr. Dave Strayeri in the webinar “A Few Thoughts About Science and the Future of the Hudson River”. This presentation will discuss how the Hudson is extraordinarily well-studied yet constantly changing. L recent additions to our understanding of this dynamic ecosystem, and discuss what science predicts are changes to come. For more information, click here

Photo Credit Alan Thomas


3. The Orchestra Now Concert Series from Fisher Center 

Sunday, February 7 and Sunday, February 21 live-streamed from Fisher Center

Catch two performances by The Orchestra Now live-streamed from Fisher Center this month! TŌN music director Leon Botstein kicks off the spring season with “Schoenberg & Bach” on February 7th. Also on the program are works for string orchestra by Venezuelan composer Teresa Carreño and Polish composer Witold Lutosławski. Then listen to “NEW & CLASSIC WORKS FOR STRINGS” which features the world premiere of a new work by composer Sarah Hennies, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College, and the 2005 piece Popcorn Superhet Receiver by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, which was used in the film There Will Be Blood. Tune in on February 21. For registration and more information, click here. Keep enjoying live-stream music with Met Orchestra Musician by Howland Chamber Music Circle on Sunday, February 21at 8:00 p.m. 

4. Virtual Presentation of James F. Brown Video: "Cultivating Freedom: From Slave to Citizen"

Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30p.m. via Zoom

Celebrate Black History Month with Mount Gulian as they join The Field Library in Peekskill for a virtual presentation about the amazing life of James F. Brown. This true story takes us back to a different time, but the values and struggles of that era mirror our own. Join Mount Gulian’s Executive Director, Elaine Hayes, as she gives a brief overview of the historic site’s key role in the creation of our nation, and then introduces a short video about the incredible life of James F. Brown, a long-time resident of Dutchess County and employee of the Verplanck family. Mr. Brown was born a slave in Maryland, escaped to New York, was manumitted by the Verplancks and became the master gardener and trustworthy member of the Verplanck household.  Q&A will follow the presentation. Click here for more information. 

5. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck Presents “To Someone I Love: A collection of love letters and prose

Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 21 Live-streamed on Centerforperformingarts.org

Make your cozy night in with your Valentine more special with a live-streamed in real-time performance by The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck in “To Someone I Love: A Collection of love letters and prose”. CENTERstage Productions is excited to present a story illustrating a relationship coming full circle through old love letters from famous novelists and poets, with modern-day excerpts of interactions between lovers. For more information click here.

6. Queen City 15 presents “Meet the Matis: Adaption and Endurance in the Amazonia

Saturday, February 13 at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom 

Join Queen City Fine Art Gallery as they welcome Carl Parris as he shares about his trips to Amozonia during the rainy and dry seasons to observe their way of life. This virtual Zoom presentation will share his experience with Matis. The material will be on display until February 27. Registration is required. For more information, click here

7. Valentine’s Day Vendor Pop-Up Shop at Eastdale Village Center

Saturday, February 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Cottage Square 

Pick up your Valentine’s Day gift and treats at the Outdoor Vendor Pop-Up Shop at Cottage Square! Vendors will include local names like Lilly's Natural Pet Store, Hudson Valley Floral, Sweetbakes Cafe, Daffodils Gift Shoppe, Small Paws Alpaca, TR Timbers, Opal & Amber Soap, Nostrano Vineyards, & More. This event is weather dependent. Social distancing and masks are required. For more information, click here

8. Staatsburgh State Historic Site Winter Walks

Monday, February 15 and Saturday, February 20 at Staatbugh State Historic Site 

The winter months were a unique time for Staatsburgh during the Gilded Age. Follow staff on a guided walk discussing the winter-time fun from the turn of the century. Using historic photos and oral histories, the tour will show to visitors how the Edwardians spent a day in the snow! Along the way, complete our winter scavenger hunt - fun for all ages! The tour will be approximately 45 minutes in length and cover about 1 mile of fairly level terrain. The event will be rescheduled in the event of heavy snow. Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate cold-weather clothing. For more information, click here

9. The Great Hyde Park Tasting Experience 

Friday, February 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Beer from NYS is as diverse as the state itself! Tour some of the state's unique breweries and craft beer culture from your living room with The Great Hyde Park Tasting Experience. The New York State Brewers Association is working with local breweries, cideries, & eateries to bring you tasting and food kits! It will feature beers from Hyde Park Brewing, Plan Bee Farm Brewery, Zeus Brewing, hard ciders from Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cidery, and sweet and savory snacks from Chocolate Mousse Catering and Emy Delights and Bites. Click here to register. For more local tasting visit Le Chambord at Curry Estate for Scotch Tasting, cigars and uniquely paired hors d'oeuvre on February 6. 

10. Souper Chef Weekends at Millbrook Vineyard and Winery 

Saturdays and Sundays in February from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Millbrook Vineyard and Winery

During the chilly winter weekend warm up with a bowl of hearty soup, chili or chowder, prepared by one of our Dutchess County Chefs from local restaurants! Have a glass of wine and spend the afternoon in the Taproom or in our new Bubble Bistro & Lounge. This heated and socially distanced venue will allow visitors another beautiful space in which to enjoy time at Millbrook Winery. For more information including menu and featuring chef click here








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