Edited by Pamela Doan ([email protected])
For a complete listing of events, see highlandscurrent.org/calendar.

FIRST DAY HIKES

MON 1
Little Stony Point
PHILIPSTOWN
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 3011 Route 9D
facebook.com/littlestonypoint

MON 1
Stony Kill Farm
WAPPINGERS FALLS
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 79 Farmstead Lane
stonykill.org

MON 1
Walkway Over the Hudson
POUGHKEEPSIE
1 – 3 p.m. | 61 Parker Ave.
walkway.org

COMMUNITY

SAT 30
Silent Book Club
BEACON
4 p.m. Beacon Volunteer Ambulance
1 Arquilla Drive | 845-831-4540
beaconvac.org
Bring something to read and share space with other people who are reading.

MON 1
11th Annual Polar Plunge
PEEKSKILL
Noon. Riverfront Green
thisismefoundation.com
Registration required by SAT 30 to participate. All donations benefit the This is Me Scholarship Fund.

TUES 2
Audubon Christmas Bird Count
PUTNAM COUNTY
Various locations
Email [email protected] to participate in this annual survey of species.

FRI 5
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions
BEACON
5 p.m. St. Rocco’s Society
26 S Chestnut St.
Beacon High School will induct three members of the Class of 1973 (Dave Eraca, Rodney Paulin and Joe Simmons); two members of the Class of 2018 (Jummie Akinwunmi and Lenny Torres Jr.l); the 2012 softball team; and basketball coach Randy Casale.

KIDS & FAMILY

SAT 30
Play Sets
BEACON
10:30 a.m. Dia:Beacon
3 Beekman St.
845-231-0811 | diaart.org
Families with children ages 5 and older are invited to explore the galleries; in this session, Dia educators will focus on Binky Palermo’s work. On SAT 6, the focus will be on Dan Flavin. Free

MUSIC

SAT 30
The Big Takeover
BEACON
8 p.m. Towne Crier
379 Main St. | 845-855-1300
townecrier.com
Singer and songwriter Nee Nee Rushie and her seven-piece band will perform music rooted in Jamaican pop. Cost: $25 ($30 door)

SAT 30
Zohar & Adam
BEACON
8 p.m. Reserva Wine Bar
173 Main St. | reservabeacon.com
The Cabo brothers, a post-jazz duo, will be joined by Ben Mizrach.

SUN 31
Almost Queen
PEEKSKILL
8 p.m. Paramount Hudson Valley
1008 Brown St. | 914-739-0039
paramounthudsonvalley.com
Celebrate the new year with the Queen tribute band and opening act Steve Leonard. Cost: $37 to $89

SUN 31
Chris O’Leary Band, Dan Brother Band and Boom Kat
BEACON
9:30 p.m. Towne Crier | 379 Main St.
845-855-1300 | townecrier.com
Ring in the New Year with live music, food and a champagne toast. Cost: $60

FRI 5
Buffalo Stack
BEACON
8 p.m. Towne Crier | 379 Main St.
845-855-1300 | townecrier.com
The singer, songwriter and guitarist Andy Stack leads the band. Cost: $20 ($25 door)

SAT 6
David Fung
NEWBURGH
5 p.m. Calvary Presbyterian Church
120 South St. | thornwillowinstitute.org
The pianist’s program will include compositions by Beethoven, Dett and Schubert. Free

SAT 6
Sharkey & The Sparks
BEACON
8 p.m. Towne Crier | 379 Main St.
845-855-1300 | townecrier.com
Sharkey McEwen will play covers and originals with his son, Ben, and their band. Cost: $25 ($30 door)

TALKS & TOURS

SAT 30
The Highlands Adventures of William Howell
NEWBURGH
1 p.m. Washington’s Headquarters
84 Liberty St. | facebook.com/washingtonsheadquarters
This lecture about the amateur photojournalist and pathfinder will be presented as part of the Cure for Cabin Fever series. Free

THURS 4
Growing Small Fruit
Via Zoom
Noon. Cornell Cooperative Extension
cceputnamcounty.org
Learn how to grow blueberries, blackberries and raspberries in this course for home growers and small farmers. Free

SAT 6
New Year’s Intentional Workshop
GARRISON
10 a.m. Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing |
845-424-3960
garrisonartcenter.org
Create a visual map to set a path for yourself in the New Year. Cost: $40

SAT 6
Kakizome
POUGHKEEPSIE
1:30 p.m. Arts Mid-Hudson
9 Vassar St. | 845-454-3222
artsmidhudson.org
Learn and practice the art of ritualized Japanese calligraphy to draft inspirations and wishes for the New Year.  Free

STAGE & SCREEN

FRI 5
After the Bite
GARRISON
7:30 p.m. Philipstown Depot Theatre
10 Garrison’s Landing
845-424-3900
philipstowndepottheatre.org
This 2023 film, screened as part of the ongoing Depot Docs series, examines the ripple effects on a Cape Cod community following a fatal shark attack in 2018. Director Ivy Meeropol, who lives in Philipstown, will answer questions. Cost: $25

CIVIC

TUES 2
School Board
COLD SPRING
7 p.m. Haldane Library
15 Craigside Drive | 845-265-9254
haldaneschool.org

TUES 2
Putnam Legislature
CARMEL
7 p.m. Historic Courthouse
44 Gleneida Ave. | 845-208-7800
putnamcountyny.com

WED 3
Village Board
COLD SPRING
7 p.m. Village Hall
85 Main St. | 845-265-3611
coldspringny.gov

THURS 4
Town Board
PHILIPSTOWN
7:30 p.m. Town Hall
238 Main St. | 845-265-5200
philipstown.com

Behind The Story

Type: News

News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

Doan, who resides in Philipstown, has been writing for The Current since 2013. She edits the weekly calendar and writes the gardening column. Location: Philipstown. Languages: English. Areas of expertise: Gardening, environment

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