Get Festive in February at 7 Hudson Valley Celebrations
An epic Poughkeepsie anniversary, a winter wassail at Angry Orchard, and more from this week’s picks for things to do around the Hudson River.
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Denizen Theatre, New Paltz
January 31-February 24
On Thursday evening, Denizen Theatre kicks off the opening weekend of the third show in its inaugural season. Venture to the New Paltz theater to lose yourself in a moving tale that explores the eternal bond between a father and daughter. If you’ve never seen a black box performance before, you won’t want to miss this one.
February 1, 5 p.m.
In honor of the Bardavon’s 150th anniversary, the Poughkeepsie opera house invites the Hudson Valley community to a fun-filled celebration for all ages. As part of the city’s First Friday festivities, the theater celebrates with performances by the Julliard-trained Wholly Brass Band and complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Henry’s at the Farm. At 6 p.m. Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and Bardavon Director Chris Silva welcome everyone in a birthday toast and cake-cutting.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
February 2, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
To help kick off its 50th anniversary celebration, Bethel hosts an open house for anyone who is interested in volunteering at the historic site over the course of the summer. Attendees can tour the museum and sit in on presentations, then talk with staff about different opportunities and evens in which they can participate.
Poughkeepsie Hellenic Center, Poughkeepsie
Come hungry to Poughkeepsie’s food-filled pre-Super Bowl event this weekend. Located at the Poughkeepsie Hellenic Center, Gyrobowl brings delectable Greek eats and local vendors to one spot. Stop by before the big game to pick up all the gyros, spanakopita, and baklava for your at-home festivities. You’ll score a touchdown with your group without having to lift a finger in the kitchen.
Angry Orchard, Walden
February 2-3, 12-4 p.m.
Celebrate ye olde folklore of England at Angry Orchard this weekend, when the beloved Hudson Valley cidery hosts a festive winter Wassail. Locals are welcome to tour the orchard and wake up the trees in time for spring. Get ready to belt out ancient chants and banish the bad spirits of the season, all with a warm mug of Wassail Wooden Sleeper in hand.
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Boutique Wines, Spirits, & Ciders, Fishkill
February 2, 3-6 p.m.
Pop into Boutique in Fishkill on Saturday for a new year tasting to sample the best sips of 2019. If you’re trying to find drinks that fit with your dietary needs (low carb, low sugar, vegan, gluten-free, organic), the team at Boutique will be on hand with recommendations catered around your goals.
Howland Cultural Center, Beacon
To mark the 25th anniversary celebration of African American History Month, Howland Cultural Center kicks off a February gallery showing to honor the African American artists of the Hudson Valley. On Saturday, come to the opening reception from 2-4:30 p.m., or score tickets to the Cabaret Night, which features musicians Kofi & Sankofa. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. from Friday to Monday.