Friday, April 24, 2009

May events in Ulster County

Ulster County has released its list of Quad-related events for May. There are some interesting things to do here – a Native American festival, the Kingston Fair, paintings and photos in The Great Tulip Scandal exhibit, historic stone house tours, and more.

Here are the details:

Friday, May 1

"The Esopus Native American Peoples," records and artifacts related to the original inhabitants and contact with the Europeans, will be on display at the Huguenot Historical Society, in New Paltz, through October 31. Also scheduled on May 1 and 2 is a conference entitled "Before Hudson: 8,000 Years of Native Esopus Culture." Key-note speaker, the renowned Lenape expert, Dr. Robert Grumet, will open the conference on Friday evening. Includes demonstrations of native crafts.

Saturday, May 2

"Celebrate: The 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration,"
opening at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, in Kingston, and on view until October 31, features archival photographs, artifacts and souvenirs from the original 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration. The monumental event celebrated the discovery of the Hudson River by the English navigator and Robert Fulton's first successful American steamboat and was held in the fall in New York City, which hosted its largest ship parade ever, as well as every port city along the river.

A second exhibit, "The Changing River," also opens on May 2 at the museum. Funded by a grant from the Department of Environmental Conservation, it features dioramas of various species indigenous to the area as well as satellite photographs showing local topography. An interactive computer station with a visual "time-travel" site comparison, using photographs of long-ago and actual present-day river sites, allows viewers to witness the evolution of the River over time.

"The Great Tulip Scandal" at Arts Society of Kingston is curated by Lynne Friedman and runs through May 30, with the opening reception from 5-8 pm on May 2. As current events attest, greed can compel people to take unreasonable risks and put their money in iffy investments. Nothing new in that: in 1636-37, investors in the Netherlands went nuts over tulips. At the height of the boom, a single tulip bulb was equal in value to the worth of a common worker's wages for half a year. What accounted for the power of this innocent-looking botanical? The paintings and photographs in this show, which depict tulips and other aspects of traditional Dutch culture, might shed some light on that question. During the opening, there will be a reading of excerpts from Crazy About Tulips by Lew Gardner.

"Hudson-Fulton: Take Two" at Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK), which runs through October, is another art show taking a look back at an historic event. Memorabilia from the 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration served as the inspiration for works created by 10 artists in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, fiber arts, metal, jewelry, prose and poetry.

The original memorabilia, culled from FHK archives and Jack Matthews' photo collection, are also displayed, enabling visitors to link the contemporary works with their source. Participating artists are Michael Asbill, Susan Basch, Francois Deschamps, Aliyah Gold, Ken Gray, Arthur Hash, Casey Kurti, Sara Pfau, Cozette Phillips and Sean Sullivan. Opening reception, 5-8 pm.

More memorabilia from the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909 will be exhibited at the Hurley Heritage Society, along with artifacts of the colonial Dutch, in a show that runs through October 31. Specially commissioned sculptures will be exhibited on the grounds. The society will also be hosting a garden tour, plein-air paint out, plant sale and Dutch Tea on May 2, between 11 am-4 pm. The tour is $20 ($18 in advance). Call 845-331-4852. Rain date is May 3.

Sunday, May 3

A Native American Festival at the Senate House State Historic Site, in Kingston, will explore the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Hudson Valley with performances, demonstrations and talks, 11 am-4:30 pm.

Tuesday, May 12

A lecture entitled "American Indians in the Time of Henry Hudson" will be held at the Kiersted House in Saugerties, at 7 pm. Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities and the Village of Saugerties.

Saturday, May 16

"Take Me to the River,"
photographs by Tom Sobolik, are displayed at Cabane Studios Fine Art Gallery and Photographic Studio, Phoenicia. The show runs through June 21 and the opening reception is on Saturday, May 16, from 6-9 pm.

Sprint Tide Festival at the Hudson River Maritime Museum will feature a performance by Arm-of-the-Sea entitled "Mutual Strangers: Henry Hudson & the River That Discovered Him." Arm-of-the-Sea harnesses the transformational energy of mask and puppet theatre to re-imagine, from multiple points of view, Hudson's voyage up the river that bears his name. Also music, food, children's activities and educational displays.

Tour nine historic stone houses in Saugerties, from 11 am to 5 pm. Tickets are $20 ($10 in advance). Available at Smith's Hardware, Hudson Valley Guild Booktrader and Muddy Cup/Inquiring Mind, all in Saugerties. Torrential rain date, May 17.

More historic stone houses can be toured at Historic Huguenot Street, during its May Day: Colonial Street Festival, from 11 am-5 pm. Site of a colonial village established by French-speaking Huguenots and the Dutch, Huguenot Street celebrates the traditional European rite of May Day.

Town of Rochester holds a Spring Heritage Day from 10 am to 3 pm, with exhibits on Henry Hudson's voyage in 1609 and the evolution of farming in the Rondout Valley. A scale model of the Half Moon will be displayed, and there will be demonstrations of heritage crafts and children's activities.

Sunday, May 17

"Historic Hudson Valley Characters,"
songs and stories of Henry Backus, the "Saugerties bard," and other legends, are performed by Rich Bala at the Dutch Arms Chapel in Saugerties, 3-5 pm.

Wednesday, May 20

Arm-of-the-Sea performs "Mutual Strangers: Henry Hudson & the River that Discovered Him" on the lawn of the Kiersted House in Saugerties at 7 pm. Rain date May 27. Meanwhile, 45 carousel horses decorated by artists in themes related to the Quadricentennial are displayed on the sidewalks of the village of Saugerties. They will be on view until Sept. 12, when they will be auctioned off.

Sunday, May 24

The Kingston Fair, held at Kingston Point Park, from 9 am to 4 pm, features performances by musicians, artisans and their wares, and large wooden shoes planted with tulips.

An exhibit of Impressionist paintings by Hudson Valley artist Louise M. Kamp (1867-1959) opens at the Saugerties Historical Society, from 12 to 3 pm. The exhibit runs through Sept. 6.

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