Around the Valley

Posted 12/11/19

Maybrook Wind Ensemble presents its sixth annual Holiday ConcertThe Maybrook Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s sixth annual holiday concert on Friday, December 13, will be conducted by Roy Coates, Sr, …

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Maybrook Wind Ensemble presents its sixth annual Holiday Concert

The Maybrook Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s sixth annual holiday concert on Friday, December 13, will be conducted by Roy Coates, Sr, music director. The concert will begin at 7:30 at the Maybrook Senior Center, Schipps Lane/Veterans’ Memorial Park, Maybrook.

Along with holiday classics like Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival” and Albert Hague’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the program will feature a Hanukkah tribute, “Eighth Candle” arranged by Steve Reistater.

The program will highlight the “Dance of the Knights” from the Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev composed most of his music for the ballet Romeo and Juliet during the summer of 1935, and the ballet premiered in Brno, Czechoslovakia, on December 30, 1938. The “Dance of the Knights” has whimsical yet ominous strains that portend the ill-fated love of Romeo and Juliet. A variety of festive selections will round out the evening of music and merriment; the audience is encouraged to mingle with the musicians after the concert and enjoy some light refreshments.

Admission is free, but free will donations are gratefully accepted. In the event of inclement weather, the snow date for the concert is Friday, December 20. For more information about the concert or about joining Maybrook Symphonic Wind Ensemble, please call 845-475-8046 or email

Folk guild features Neil Okeson

The Rock Tavern Chapter of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, will be featuring Neil Okeson on December 14.

Neil Okeson is a Hudson Valley based singer-songwriter and composer for whom music is a central part of life. Neil’s songs live in a real world - one that is full of wonder, love, sadness and humor. Today, Neil’s time is spent writing and performing what he terms ‘contemporary protest music’. He can be found gigging in the five boroughs, northern New Jersey, and upstate New York.

Open mic performances will be available to all. Cost of admission for this event is $6 ($5 for Folk Guild members and seniors). Signup begins at 7 and open mic begins at 7:30.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern is located in the Town of New Windsor at 9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern, NY, off Route 207, 3.4 miles west of Rte 300; or take I-84 to Exit 5, Rte 747 south to Rte 207, make a right and take the second left.

For more information call Maureen Black, President of the Rock Tavern Chapter of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild, at 845-464-2526

Shawangunk Church to host cookie walk and vendor craft fair

The Reformed Church of Shawangunk presents its annual cookie walk on December 14, with an extra added attraction this year.

Get the best homemade cookies around for only $6.50 per pound! This year they are adding a vendor craft fair to the event that will take pace on December 14, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the church.

The Reformed Church of Shawangunk is located at 1166 Hoagerburgh Road in Wallkill.

Harmony Christian to host Carol’s Cookie Walk

The 12th annual Carol’s Cookie Walk to support student missions will be held at the Harmony Christian School, Rt. 211 between Montgomery and Scotchtown areas. It is on Saturday, December 14 from 10-12 p.m.

There will be delicious cookies for sale and Santa will be there for people to take pictures with him.

The phone number to call is 692-5353.

Senior Resource Committee to host holiday luncheon

The Gardiner Senior Resource Committee (GSRC) invites all Gardiner area seniors to enjoy a free lunch and show at the Gardiner Library on Monday December 16 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. This month the Gardiner Seniors’ will meet for a spectacular show. The Catskill Readers’ Theater presents: “Aging Ain’t for Sissies”. With poetry, stories, jokes, personal accounts and just plain fun, this is meant to entertain them all! The Catskill Readers’ Theater is a group of seasoned actors who cleverly present shows with costuming, literature, music and more.

Please call 255-4442 to reserve a spot. If no one answers, please leave a voice mail specifying if you need transportation; this cannot be guaranteed, but every effort will be made to accommodate. Although this is a free event, a suggested donation of $3 is requested to defray committee expenses.

The Gardiner Seniors’ mission is to support seniors so that they may remain in their homes as long as possible. Through social events and other outreach we provide information and spaces to exchange ideas and build community.

Events take place in the library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike in Gardiner.


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