News That Matters
Good Friday Morning,
As some of you may already know, I'm about to embark on a journey to, how shall we say it, put my body where my mouth is. Things really start gearing up in April and May with the main event coming at the end of the summer and into the Fall. Because of the time required to make this journey a success I'm going to have to start dedicating some serious time, money and effort in that direction. As a consequence, News That Matters is going on an alternate publishing schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Friday between now and the end of the year. Fate is a fickle thing though, so things may turn out otherwise and we'll be back to every day sooner than that but, at 3 hours a day - on average - a great deal of personal time is spent crafting this daily column that may be needed elsewhere.
If you'd like to read the blog which includes posts that are not part of this newsletter, just point your brower here.There's a whole bunch of events going on this weekend. Get to one of them, enjoy spring!
8PM - It's not what you think! Think of it instead as a recital for the students of director Lora Lee Ecobelli's acting class at Arts on the Lake. Performing in a variety of short one-acts and monologues will be Jon Barb, Chris Blossy, Kathie Freston, Larry Garvey, Jeff Green, Zulie Lozada, James McGuire and Kenn Sapeta. Writer Christopher Durang's Canker Sores and Other Distractions, DMV Tyrant and Funeral Parlor and John Patrick Shanely's Welcome to the Moon will be some of the highlights. Free Admission! Write email@example.com for more information and reservations.
8PM - Join "ACT II" at Daniel J's starting around 8:00 to celebrate the long-awaited end of winter. The Dan is on Route 22 in Patterson at the foot of the Thunder Ridge Ski hill. Should be interesting. Please stop by if you can and hang/help out.
8PM - by Eve Ensler; local women perform acclaimed Off-Broadway show to benefit Project Hope - a local women's mentoring program. Sponsored by HOPE's Fund, in partnership with the United Way of Ulster County. Rosendale Theater. 845-331-4199. firstname.lastname@example.org. $25, $50 includes members-only reception.
ShopRite Supermarket and the Rotary club will be hosting a long-running food drive to assist county social service organizations in meeting the increased food needs of families who have fallen on hard times. There will be a truck parked outside the ShopRite on Route 52 on the Carmel/Kent line to accept donations of non-perishable foodstuffs. More information is here.
10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sponsored by Scenic Hudson. Hyde Park Drive-in Theatre, Hyde Park, Dutchess County This will be a great time to sell your used or surplus outdoor gear tents, sleeping bags, etc. and pick up some new gear at the lowest possible prices. Contact: Anthony Coneski, 845 473 4440, ext. 273 More information at their website here.
2 PM - Celebrate the coming of spring with musician and noted nature photographer Geoff Welch, storyteller Chuck Stead and special guests. Geoff Welch, who is curator of Harmony Hall and Ramapo River Watershed Keeper, is renowned regionally for his musical compositions and exquisite landscape photographs of the Ramapo Pass and the highland's region. Welch will be joined by local storyteller Chuck Stead, well known for his local lore and entertaining tales. Stead, a Professor of Environmental Studies at Ramapo College, is the author of Back Porch Stories. The event is free. 15 liberty Rock Road, Sloatsburg, NY, 10974 (845) 712-5220
7:30PM - Great Blue is back! We're going to be making some homemade music at the Sunflour Cafe (formerly the Lighthouse Cafe) 222 Beekman Ave. in Sleepy Hollow NY on the 21st of March. See http://www.yelp.com/biz/sunflour-cafe-sleepy-hollow. Phone 914-909-5002. There is no cover. This is a small cafe -- very informal and intimate. Come out and support your local musicians. We'd love to see you.
7:30 PM - The 1920’s will be roaring into Brewster this March as The Putnam Children's Discovery Center Players bring Bugsy Malone Jr to the stage. Show times are Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 pm. at The HH Wells Middle School, Route 312, Brewster, NY. This family musical, written by Alan Parker with music and lyrics by Paul Williams, pays homage to old-time gangster flicks with its bevy of tough guys and show girls. Film fans may recall the 1970s movie of the same name headed up by then child-actors Scott Baio and Jody Foster. Intended as a crowd-pleaser for all ages, the show features a catchy, swinging score, larger than life characters, a fast-moving plot, and lots of slapstick comic moments. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at HH Wells Middle School lobby on Mar 7 and 14 between 12-4 pm, and Mar 16, 18, and 19 between 6-9 pm. To order tickets by mail call 845-621–1260 X306 or email email@example.com. Log onto www.discoveryctr.org for more information about PCDC’s programs.
10 am- 2 pm, At Bowdoin Park, Wappingers. Explore both modern and Native American methods used to create maple syrup. Event is free, open to the public, and is both indoors/outdoors, will include demonstrations on tapping a sugar maple tree, boiling sap with hot rocks and by evaporator, and starting fire by friction. Syrup for sale. Dutchess County Parks, Bowdoin Park, 85 Sheafe Rd. Wapp. Falls, 845-298-4602, firstname.lastname@example.org
8 p.m. at the Melrose School, Federal Road, Brewster, NY. Also, March 27 and April 3-4. This is the hilarious story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty authoress who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong does. When the authoress decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax to a thoroughly hilarious romp.
10 PM - Cousin Larry's Cafe 1 Elm Street, Danbury $7 cover (includes raffle ticket) or $1 off with canned good. 21+ only, Drink Specials. Bands: Fighting Cocks, feat. Philo Cramer, formerly of FEAR, Kimono Draggin (New Haven), 76% Uncertain (CT's veteran hardcore since 1983) Info: 203-730-0035 or 203-770-8304. The raffle will include all the goodies like last year, supported by local businesses and will again include 2 10-trip local bus passes and 1 free roundtrip on MetroNorth and the atmosphere will have bike posters, bike hanging bike angels and many cutouts of Andy Singer CARtoons.