festival http://wamc.org en Maverick Concerts' 99th Season http://wamc.org/post/maverick-concerts-99th-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.maverickconcerts.org/">&nbsp;</a></span><a href="http://www.maverickconcerts.org/">Maverick Concerts</a> is celebrating its 99th summer of Music in the Woods!</p><p>This season will celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, the last Romantic, with an exploration of his chamber music and of the rich trove of Central European music at the dawn of the 20th century. They will also renew their commitment to American music with new and recent repertoire, from the cutting-edge work of young composers to America’s master of the string quartet, Elliott Carter.</p><p>Alexander Platt, Music Director of Maverick, joins us to tell us more.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94427 at http://wamc.org Maverick Concerts' 99th Season PianoSummer At New Paltz http://wamc.org/post/pianosummer-new-paltz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Now in its twentieth year, <a href="http://www.newpaltz.edu/piano/">PianoSummer at New Paltz</a> is an international summer institute and festival dedicated solely to piano music. It features an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of master pianist and teacher Vladimir Feltsman.</p><p>Gifted students from around the world join with devoted musicians and teachers to learn more about the art of the piano and, ultimately, more about themselves and their place in the world of music.</p><p>PianoSummer takes place July 12th through August 1st.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94246 at http://wamc.org PianoSummer At New Paltz The Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival June 20-22 http://wamc.org/post/saratoga-balloon-and-craft-festival-june-20-22 <p><a href="http://www.balloonandcraft.com/"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival</a> is taking place next Friday through Sunday – June 20th-22nd at The Saratoga Fairgrounds.</p><p>125 artists and artisans will display and sell their original works, there will be live entertainment and music and ongoing craft demonstrations, there will be activities for kids – oh, and 20 hot air balloons will launch.</p><p>Christian Dutcher is the balloon component organizer or The Saratoga Ballon and Craft festival and he joins us now.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 92257 at http://wamc.org The Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival June 20-22 Big Gay Hudson Valley's Queen City Pride Celebration 6/5-6/8 http://wamc.org/post/big-gay-hudson-valleys-queen-city-pride-celebration-65-68 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.biggayhudsonvalley.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Big Gay Hudson Valley</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is holding their first-ever </span><a href="http://www.queencitypridepok.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Queen City Pride</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> celebration in Poughkeepsie the weekend of June </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> through </span>8th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. They’ve given their classic “Pride Preview Weekend” a new date, new time, and a host of all-new events.</span></p><p>Events include Night Out At Vassar on Thursday June 5th; Big 80s Cosmic Bowling hosted by Trixie Starr on Friday, June 6th; Hudson Valley Gay Life Expo on Saturday June 7th; Beefcake Dinner also on the 7th; and the Big Gay Summer Picnic on Sunday, June 8th.</p><p>Here now to tell us more is Stephan Hengst, Co-Founder of Big Gay Hudson Valley.com and the organizer of Queen City Pride.</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 91337 at http://wamc.org Big Gay Hudson Valley's Queen City Pride Celebration 6/5-6/8 2nd Annual Kingston Community Block Party 6/8 http://wamc.org/post/2nd-annual-kingston-community-block-party-68 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Kingston’s <a href="http://www.rehercenter.org/">Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History</a> is sponsoring the second annual Kingston Community Block Party on June 8th from noon to 4pm at Kingston's T.R. Gallo West Strand Park. The multicultural festival is a free, family-friendly, multicultural festival which will feature live ethnic music, dance and comedy, along with handicrafts and children’s activities, including arts and crafts, games, singing and storytelling.</p><p>Here to tell us more are Geoff Miller, chairman of Kingston’s Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, and Gerry Harrington.</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 14:48:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 91335 at http://wamc.org 2nd Annual Kingston Community Block Party 6/8 9th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival http://wamc.org/post/9th-annual-berkshire-international-film-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>9th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Annual </span><a href="http://www.biffma.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">Berkshire International Film Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will spotlight 75 features, documentaries and short films, as well as parties, filmmaker Q&amp;As, workshops and awards, from May </span>29th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to June </span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Great Barrington and </span>Pittsfield<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Mass.</span></p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 91130 at http://wamc.org 9th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival Taking Saugerties: Michael Lang On The Hudson Project http://wamc.org/post/taking-saugerties-michael-lang-hudson-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.hudsonmusicproject.com/">The Hudson Project</a> is a new 3-day music festival from Michael Lang, the co-creator of the Woodstock Music &amp; Art Festival. The festival will feature The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Kendrick Lamar, a DJ set by Moby and so much more.</p><p>Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY will host four stages along with a 5th interactive performance area at the center of the site highlighting local musical acts and performance artists.</p><p>In addition to the musical talents, a wide range of interactive activities will keep attendees stimulated throughout the weekend filled with music, food, and camping.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89957 at http://wamc.org Taking Saugerties: Michael Lang On The Hudson Project Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival 4/11-12 http://wamc.org/post/read-local-red-hook-literary-festival-411-12 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>There is nothing like a good literary festival, especially when it takes over an entire municipality.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/readlocalredhook">3rd Annual Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival</a> will take place next weekend, April 11th and 12th, throughout the village. The festival is full of free events celebrating local authors and featuring the likes of James Romm, Valerie Martin and Gail Godwin.</p><p>We get a preview this morning from two of the organizers - Suzanna Hermans of <a href="http://www.oblongbooks.com/">Oblong Books and Music</a> and Juliet Harrison of <a href="http://www.rhcan.com/">Red Hook Community Arts Network</a>.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87444 at http://wamc.org Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival 4/11-12 4th Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers http://wamc.org/post/4th-annual-berkshire-festival-women-writers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with many local partners, celebrated county-wide in the month of March, Women’s History Month.</span></p><p>In 2014, the Fourth Annual Festival will feature more than 150 women of all ages and from many backgrounds, sharing their talents through readings, lectures, workshops, performances and screenings held at 36 Berkshire County venues from Sheffield to Williamstown.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85337 at http://wamc.org 4th Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers The Hanford Mills Museum Ice Harvest Festival http://wamc.org/post/hanford-mills-museum-ice-harvest-festival-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.hanfordmills.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Hanford Mills Museum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in East Meredith, NY is having their annual </span><a href="http://www.hanfordmills.org/programs-at-hanford-mills-museum/events/ice-harvest/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ice Harvest Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on February </span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from </span>10am<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to </span>4pm<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Ice harvests were once an essential part of winter in rural communities. Before there was refrigeration, ice was needed to preserve agricultural products and to keep food cold in the warmer months. Ice Festival attendees can take part in a traditional ice harvest! They’ll walk out on the frozen mill pond to help cut and maneuver blocks of ice using historic tools. The ice will be transported by sled and then packed in the Museum’s traditional ice house.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 82666 at http://wamc.org The Hanford Mills Museum Ice Harvest Festival