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Hudson Valley Shakesbeer Festival Returns to Poughkeepsie

The Taming of the Brew: Read up on the second annual Bard-and-beer fest, and submit your best rhyming couplet for a chance to win free passes

“A life’s but a span, why then let a soldier drink.”

So, take this advice from the Bard himself and head to the Hudson Valley Community Center on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. for the second annual Shakesbeer Festival, a night dedicated to the legendary works of William Shakespeare — and, of course, beer. Created by HVCC Special Events Coordinator Lu Ann Kaldor, the festival hopes to build on last year’s success and continue breathing fresh, fun (and frothy) life into Shakespeare’s timeless classics. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Touring Company will return this year for the main event: a 90 minute, edge-of-your-seat rendition of Macbeth, the thrilling tale of a young man’s sinister plot to take the throne of Scotland. Stick around after the performance for a chance to talk with members of the acting company. Other highlights include a Half Time-sponsored beer tasting, a Thinking and Drinking trivia game, and light fare prepared by Culinary Institute students.

Tickets are $30 each, $25 each for HVCC members, and $15 for those under 21 (845-471-0430;

Want to win tickets to the festival? Channel your inner Shakespeare and submit your best rhyming couplet about your love of beer or the Bard — or both — in the form below. Last year, Diane Fanelli of Hyde Park won with this clever couplet:

“Big easy blondes, cool and tasty without falter
My husband drinks one, but took another to the altar.”

Good luck, and may the best wordsmith win!


Enter Our Shakesbeer Festival Contest!

Are you a poet and totally know it? Flex your mental muscles for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Shakesbeer Festival. Send us your best rhyming couplet (two lines that end in rhyming words) that extolls the virtues of your favorite local brew or declares your undying love for the Bard. The best wordsmith will emerge victorious.

Example of a (very bad) couplet:
Great Shakespeare, how we wish you hadn’t lived in days of yore,
If you worked at Hudson Valley, our subscription rates would soar!

Deadline is April 13. Good luck! (As luck would have it...)


Full name:



Zip code:

Email (to contact you if you win):

Your rhyming couplet:

About the event:
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s touring company will perform Macbeth alongside a beer tasting by Half Time and light fare. Guests can enter to win prizes and test their knowledge of all things Shakespeare during the Thinking and Drinking trivia game. After the show, the audience will have the opportunity to participate in a post-show “talk-back” paired with dessert and dessert beers.

$30 each, $25 for HVCC/JCC members, $15 under 21

Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m.

Hudson Valley Community Center (formerly the Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County)
110 South Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603


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