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Top 10 Events in July

Publish Date: 2020-06-26

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. Pick-Your-Own Harvest at Local Farms
Harvest Season at Various Dutchess County Farms

Even though planning a weekend of family fun can be challenging right now, PYO season is here and Dutchess is home to so many great farms! You can take a trip to Greig Farm, Fishkill Farms, McEnroe Organic Farm, Rosehill Farm (and more) who have opened their fields to visitors for socially distanced pick-your-own. For the month of July we can expect cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and the start of peach and plum season. Be sure to visit their website or call ahead for details on reservations and procedures. Find a farm near you


2. Virtually Staatsburgh
Available Now on Friends of Mills’ website

Until we can meet together again, Staatsburgh State Historic Site is offering everyone a virtual glimpse into one of Hudson Valley’s historic treasures. As a part of I LOVE NEW YORK’s Path Through History program, this new way of enjoying Staatsburgh includes videos, blog essays and family activities. You’ll get a closer look at artifacts in the home, various parts of the estate and landscape along the Hudson River, and you can learn about the Mills family, their employees and visitors. Plus, discover how the Titanic story is part of the Staatsburgh story. New content is added regularly, so check back often!  


3. Dutchess County Goes Renegade on Independence Day 
Saturday, July 4 at Dutchess Stadium, Silo Ridge, and Dutchess County Fairgrounds at 9:30 p.m.

Celebrate Independence Day with an evening of patriotic fun for the family while practicing social distancing! Dutchess County Government and Community Partners are inviting residents to attend one of the three FREE drive-in fireworks displays throughout the county! This nighttime spectacle will promptly begin at 9:30 p.m. at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, Silo Ridge in Amenia, and Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. These will be in-car viewings only with synchronized broadcasting by iHeartMedia. Parking is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. For more information click here. 


4. FDR Presidential Library & Museum Facebook Live Event: The Roosevelts and the Kennedys
Wednesday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m on FDR Presidential Library & Museum Facebook Page

Dive a bit deeper into history and learn about the most politically powerful families of the 20th century, the Roosevelts and the Kennedys. Join the directors of the FDR and JFK Presidential Libraries as they discuss the complex, controversial and compelling story of how they changed the world. 

5. Valia’s Wood Fired Pizza Pop Up at Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market
Friday, July 10 from 4:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m at Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market 

Who doesn’t love the charred flavored edges and smokey cheese taste of a wood fired pizza? Satisfy your craving at Valia’s Wood Fire Pizza’s next outdoor pop-up event at Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market! Their menu will slightly change, offering standard pizza toppings along with some creative options. Customers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to picnic on the grounds in the event that all the tables are full.


6. Poughkeepsie Open Studios 2020 Virtual Experience
Monday, July 13 on Poughkeepsie Open Studios’ website

Poughkeepsie Open Studios is typically an opportunity to interact personally with artists who live, work, or teach in our area, and while it’s a little different this year, you’ll still have the opportunity to virtually learn about local artists’ creative processes, and the types of media they employ. Access to information about all of the participating artists will begin July 13, available for everyone to explore!

Acrylic Painting “Kobe Bryant” by Junior Gonzalez










7. Looking for Life on Mars with the NASA Perseverance Rover Live Video by Fellowship of the Books: Five Libraries 

Wednesday, July 15 from 7:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m on Fellowship of the Books: Five Libraries Facebook Page

Are you fascinated with space exploration? Fellowship of the Books: Five Libraries - a coalition of the Pine Plains Free Library, Northeast-Millerton Library, Scoville Memorial Library, Amenia Free Library, and Roeliff Jansen Community Library to offer digital programs throughout the summer - will host NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador Joshua Morrison as he presents information about NASA’s upcoming mission: Mars 2020 and the Perseverance Rover. This fun online interactive program is perfect for children ages 8-12 but open to anyone! Bring any questions you have about Mars and this mission. 


8. Boondock Film Society presents “Do the Right Thing,” a Spike Lee film, at Four Brother’s Drive-in
Friday, July 17 at 7:30 pm at Four Brothers Drive-in Movie Theater 

Enjoy more than just a movie night out at this socially distanced block party presented by Boondock Film Society! Known for their series of events centered around critically acclaimed but challenging films, hosted by the most interesting venues the area has to offer, this pop-up film event will celebrate Spike Lee’s masterpiece “Do the Right Thing.” Guests can enjoy pizza specials, craft cocktails, and music following the evening’s theme. A showing of the film will begin at dusk. Tickets must be purchased in advance at playeatdrink.com


9. Virtual Opening Celebration of Ensamble Studio Virtual Reality Exhibition Ca'n Terra: Architecture of the Earth Presented by ‘T’ Space
Saturday, July 18 at 3:00 p.m. ​ 

Join ‘T’ Space’s opening celebration where Ensamble Studio’s Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa will present an exhibition walk-through of Ca'n Terra: Architecture of the Earth with a complimentary reading by the esteemed poet Marie Howe and an immersive percussive performance by Fast Forward. Architecture of the Earth discovers an abandoned sandstone quarry in the Balearic Island of Menorca and gives it new meaning, opening our imagination to architectures that have more to do with reading space, recycling landscape and quarrying light than building from the ground up. RSVP here.


10. Tivoli Library Presents: Meet Emily Majer, Historian and Owner of White Clay Kill Preservation, LLC ​
Thursday, July 23 from 6:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m. via Zoom​

Tune into Tivoli Library’s webinar and learn all about how Emily Majer began White Clay Kill Preservation, what inspires her and how she’s been navigating the current challenges. White Clay Kill Preservation specializes in exploring the social and architectural history of properties and assists in making decisions about preservation, restoration, and renovation while providing guidance about sustainable solutions for living in the 21st century. As a member of Historic Red Hook’s Board of Trustees, and as the Deputy Mayor of the Village of Tivoli, Emily Majer’s conviction that historical narrative is a valuable community building tool is evident. Learn more about her by signing up here.






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