Fairs and Festivals

Once again, it’s that lovely and amazing time of year: summer. After a terribly long, icy winter and slow-starting spring, the sun is shining — and the region is bursting with events ripe for the picking. Whether you’re looking for quality theater, classical music, family fun, or anything in between (and we do mean anything — classic motorcycles, anyone?), there’s a fair or festival somewhere in the Valley to help you celebrate the season


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Bard SummerScapeThere’s always something surprising at Bard SummerScape, which celebrates dance, film, opera and a multitude of other arts

Photograph by Stephanie Berger

Bard SummerScape

July 9-Aug. 23

Classes may be over for the summer, but — as far as many Valley locals are concerned — things are just getting started on the Bard College campus. The seventh SummerScape season opens July 9 with Lucinda Childs’ Dance, kicking off seven weeks of diverse entertainment including opera, theater, film, dance, music, and of course, cabaret. Highlights of this year’s festivities include a full production of Meyerbeer’s opera Les Huguenots; “Politics, Theater, and Wagner,” a film festival inspired by the Bard Music Festival’s 2009 theme “Wagner and His World”; and Aeschylus’s epic trilogy of plays, Oresteia.

Also not to be missed is the triumphant return of the wildly popular Spiegeltent, Dutchess County’s favorite place for summer revelry. The handmade, mirrored Belgian theater tent — whose 2006 debut was the first in the United States — will host family events during the week and late-night dance parties on the weekends throughout the full seven weeks. Trapeze dangling, beer swilling, cabaret favorites the Wau Wau Sisters, and the eccentric Bindlestiff Family Cirkus are scheduled to return (buy tickets early as they sell out quickly). For more detailed schedule information, visit www.fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape.


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