You gotta hand it to Saugerties: The Ulster County town (and village contained therein) knows how to throw a party as evidenced by the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival held just a couple of weekends ago. Saugerties isn’t resting on its laurels, however. Instead, it’s hosting a month-long celebration of arts, music, creative writing, ideas, and community called Shout Out Saugerties in various locations throughout the village.
Shout Out Saugerties – which intentionally coincides with October’s National Arts and Humanities month – features dozens of workshops, stand up comedy, musical/dance performances, and art exhibitions for the purpose of recognizing “the town’s artistic and scholarly resources historically and currently – to Shout Them Out – but also to connect creativity with economy and well being in the community,” according to event chair Suzanne Bennett. Activities are taking place on weekends throughout October
Oodles of events are on the Shout Out Saugerties events calendar, so find out what you want to do, and go do it. It’s all centrally located in the village, so park in a municipal lot and plan to wander around for a while. On the schedule for this weekend: On Friday, October 13th, an art opening. “Yearnings of the Heart: paintings, cut outs, and sculpture,” Elin Menzies, Paintings, Diane Dwyer, as well as “Arm-of-the-Sea: Selected Visuals From 35 Years of Theater Art,” Marlena Marallo, 114 Partition St. Pop-Up Gallery. On Saturday, October 14th, American Roots music with Scott Grower, country rock singer-songwriter, and special guest Jon Lee, Bella Luna upstairs, 124 Partition Street.
Next weekend: On Saturday, October 21st, a discussion entitled “Journalism, Capitalism and Democracy? How do they Co-Exist?” with Chris Allen, Jeff Beals, Mariel Fiori and Geddy Sveikauskas, moderated by Jeremy Russell, Community Room, Public Library, 91 Washington Avenue. On Sunday, October 22nd, live music at the Pavilion behind Bella Luna.