Fall Weekends 2010
Art shows and concerts. Dance performances and crafts fairs. Plays, movies, and festivals galore. The Valley’s teeming with great weekend events — from now until the snow flies
Hudson Crossing performs at the Mountain Music Festival
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Sept. 3: Andy Warhol exhibit Get a glimpse of intimate portraits taken by America’s premier pop artist at the Samuel Dorsky Museum’s exhibit “Andy Warhol: Private and Public in 151 Photographs” (www.newpaltz.edu/museum).
Sept. 10: Bye Bye Birdie Based on the mania surrounding Elvis Presley in the 1950s, this Tony-winning musical tells the story of fictional rocker Conrad Birdie and the teenage panic that ensues when he’s drafted into the army (www.machaydntheatre.org).
Sept. 17: Yankee Tavern This play, a comic thriller which explores conspiracy theories, is the latest from Steven Dietz (author of 1991’s Halcyon Days). It premieres tonight at the Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville (www.shadowlandtheatre.org).
Sept. 24: Thomas Cole Historic Site The Catskill landmark celebrates female painters and their contributions to 19th-century art at its “Remember the Ladies: Women of the Hudson River School” art exhibit (www.thomascole.org).
Hudson River Panorama This comprehensive exhibit — on view at the Albany Institute of History and Art — explores 400 years of the Valley’s history. The show features artwork, artifacts, and interactive displays (www.albanyinstitute.org).
Sept. 4: West Point Band The Military Academy’s musicians play Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture — complete with real cannon fire — at the campus’s Trophy Point outdoor amphitheater (www.usma.edu/band).
Sept. 11: New York Renaissance Faire Feast on a turkey leg, catch a jousting tournament, and play a life-sized game of chess at Tuxedo Park’s annual celebration of all things medieval (www.renfair.com/NY).
Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst More than 275 artisans display and sell jewelry, textiles, glassware, ceramics, and other handmade goods on the lawn of this historic site on the banks of the Hudson (www.artrider.com/lynds2010.html).
Sept. 18: Galerie BMG Award-winning photographer Rita Bernstein presents “Undertow,” a collection of haunting black-and-white photos brushed with silver emulsion and printed on handmade paper. The result: images that are raw with emotional power (www.galeriebmg.com).
Sept. 25: LarkFEST Upstate’s largest street festival is an all-day arts extravaganza, complete with five stages of live music, dance performances, arts and crafts vendors, family activities, and — of course — a dizzying variety of food (www.albany.com/news/larkfest.cfm).
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival This ever-popular Saugerties event attracts upwards of 40,000 visitors every year with its five stages of continuous entertainment, an entire street dedicated to arts and crafts vendors, and dozens of dishes showcasing this luscious leek (www.hvgf.org).
Sept. 5: Onion Festival Try not to cry at this annual fête, held in Pine Island. Entertainment highlight: 18-time Grammy-winning polka musician (and Orange County native) Jimmy Sturr oom-pah-pahs along with the Janosik Polish Dance Ensemble (845-651-4266).
Sept. 12: Mountain Music/Harvest Festival Country and bluegrass tunes fill the air at Bethel Woods. The songfest is part of the arts center’s annual Harvest Festival, which takes place each Sunday through Oct. 10 and features a farmers market, corn and hay mazes, pony rides, arts and crafts workshops, a scarecrow contest, and an array of festival foods (www.bethelwoodscenter.org).
John Fogerty A Grammy winner, this singer-songwriter-guitarist belts out classics like “Proud Mary,” “Fortunate Son,” and other mega-hits from his days with Creedence Clearwater Revival at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties (www.hitsshows.com).
Sept. 19: Hudson River Valley Ramble Explore the region’s history and beauty during this unique and wide-ranging event, which spans three weekends. Participants can tour historic homes, attend fall festivals, take a hike, ride a bike or a boat — and enjoy dozens of other activities amid the fall foliage. » Click here for more on the Ramble
Sept. 26: The Complete History of America (Abridged) Catch this wacky comedy — which condenses 600 years of history into 6,000 seconds — at the Albany Civic Theater (www.albanycivictheater.org).