Out & About: Featured Events in October 2015

A studio tour, an award-winning play, and serendipitous music roll into town this month


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Apple Happy

Beginning as a small harvest celebration in 1989 and growing into one of the most anticipated events in the country, the Warwick Applefest regularly attracts upwards of 30,000 visitors from all over the America. The one-day festival that centers around — what else? — locally-grown apples features more than 200 craft vendors, myriad food vendors, 50 local not-for-profit exhibitors (who benefit from the festival proceeds), a children’s festival, live entertainment, and a farmers’ market. Guests are also free to peruse the various shops, businesses, and restaurants. Festgoers go wild for the apple pie baking contest and try to get their hands on the winning slices, which are available for purchase. Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission, $5 parking fee. Village of Warwick. 2 Bank St., Warwick. 845-987-8300; www.warwickapplefest.com

Define Normal

Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Original Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Next To Normal is a rock musical that offers social commentary on suburban life and how our culture treats mental illness. The story follows a mother battling an increasingly strong bipolar disorder and the havoc it wreaks on her family. In addition to addressing ethical issues in modern psychology, it also touches upon heavy themes of suicide, loss, grief, and drug abuse. Oct. 9-11, 16-18. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $20, $14 seniors and students. Performing Arts Center at Taconic Hills School. 73 Rte. 11A, Craryville. 518-758-1648; www.thetwoofusproductions.org

3d imageA new 3-D photograph series explores various themes like human relationships, and how people interact

Another Dimension

People have long been fascinated with three-dimensional images. Artist Eric Egas presents numerous 3-D photographs in a series entitled Seeing Double. The images, known as anaglyphs, are two-dimensional and fool the eye into seeing depth when gazing through special glasses. The 35 stereoscopic pictures — measuring four-by-four feet — explore themes such as human relationships, how people interact with nature, aggression, the meaning of the absurd, and human impulses. The exhibit runs through the month, and on the closing day (Oct. 25) Egas presents a special lecture on the works. Thru Oct. 25. $10, $8 seniors and students, $6 children, under 6 free. Weds., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m. Albany Institute of History and Art. 125 Washington Ave., Albany. 518-463-4478; www.albanyinstitute.org

sons of serendip

Serendipity

Through a series of “serendipitous events” four friends from Boston University graduate school came together and formed musical quartet the Sons of Serendip. Their backgrounds could not be more unique: teacher from Randolph, MA, Micah Christian, takes on the role of lead vocalist; Cordaro Rodriguez, an attorney hailing from Charlotte, NC, tackles piano and guitar; performer, cello instructor, and grocery clerk Kendall Ramseur (who also has roots in Charlotte) is vocalist and cellist; and Mason Morton, a teacher from Atlanta, GA, strums away at the harp. The fellows present an intriguing evening of melodic pop music. Oct. 16. 8 p.m. $30. Pawling Concert Series at Gardiner Theater. Trinity-Pawling School. 700 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-3100; www.pawlingconcertseries.org

On Tour

Art enthusiasts have a chance to peer into local artists’ creative process during the 9th annual ArtEast Open Studio Tour. Participants are given driving directions to the locations of 40 artists’ creative workspaces in the Dutchess towns of Dover Plains, Holmes, Hopewell Junction, Millbrook, Patterson, Pawling. Poughquag, and Wingdale. The artists, who deal in a variety of mediums, will have works on display that are both for show and for sale. Those who visit four or more studios are eligible to enter a contest for a free gift. Oct. 17-18, 24-25. 11a.m.-5 p.m. www.arteastdutchess.com

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