This Weekend in the Catskills

  |  July 12, 2017

Tenth Annual Shandaken Art Studio Tour  

The tenth annual Shandaken Art Studio Tour takes place this weekend Friday through Sunday, July 14 – 16 in Phoenicia and surrounding area featuring over 30 visual artists and writers affiliated with the Phoenicia Spoken Word. The festivities begin at The Arts Upstairs Gallery on Main Street in Phoenicia Friday at 6 pm; there will be a storytelling performance moderated by Sparrow. On Saturday at 6 pm the gallery will host a potluck reception. The studios of over 30 artists including illustrator Durga Yael Bernhard, multi-media artist Dave Channon, photographer Howard Harrison, ceramicist Sally Rothchild, and furniture designer Steve Heller will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. For maps and more information, visit

Glimmerglass Opera Festival Presents The Siege of Calais

One of the most sought-after summer events Upstate New York, Glimmerglass Opera Festival presents The Siege of Calais, a melodrama written by Gaetano Donizetti in 1836 and recounting the beginning of The Hundred Years’ War between France and England during the Middle Ages. This new production, conducted by Joseph Colaneri and directed by Francesca Zambello, will be performed Sunday, July 16 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm on the festival’s Main Stage. To learn more, visit

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Presents Pride and Prejudice  

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents Pride and Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, Friday, July 14 at 7:30 pm. The performance will take place at Boscobel estate in Garrison, overlooking the Hudson River. Featured in The New York Times, this production, directed by Kate Hamill, who also stars as Lizzy, has been described as playful and effervescent. For tickets and more information, visit

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Arc Iris Pay Tribute to Joni Mitchell in Woodstock

Really, it makes perfect sense that freak-folk rockers Arc Iris would cover one of the original folk freaks, Joni Mitchell; after all, airs of Mitchell’s gossamer, jazz-inflected vocals are strongly apparent in those of Jocie Adams, who leads the Rhode Island-based band. But we’re not talking about Arc Iris covering just one Mitchell song; instead the trio has taken to the road with a show that it’s billing as “a reimagination” of Mitchell’s beloved album Blue—which the group will perform in its entirety at Colony on July 15.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Adams performed with the Low Anthem (and worked as a NASA researcher) before forming Arc Iris in 2012. A highly theatrical unit, the band blends folk-based vocals with modern electro sounds and cabaret camp.

Here, they do the title track of Mitchell’s 1970 opus in Paris just last year:

Arc Iris will perform at Colony in Woodstock on July 15 at 8:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call (845) 679-7625 or visit

–Peter Aaron

Rosendale Street Festival


Every summer since 1978, the town of Rosendale shuts down Main Street to traffic and opens up six stages for over 70 bands and booths for over 100 vendors. If you missed it last year, you weren’t alone. Construction on Main Street meant the festival couldn’t happen. So this year, the Rosendale Street Festival back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. It comes to town on July 15th and 16th for a family-friendly, small-town-welcoming weekend of music and community.

“The Rosendale Street Festival is a fantastic event for the whole family!” says musician and festival co-chair Charlie Kniceley. “We offer all styles of music showcasing some of the best music in The Hudson Valley.” The Music Festival of Rosendale is a not-for-profit, grassroots citizen organization that comes together for the purpose of continuing the legendary Rosendale Street Festival for the multiple benefits it offers to our community and the Mid-Hudson Valley as a whole. Says musician and festival co-chair Carrie Wykoff, “It’s great to bring the festival back this year.”

One of the area’s best bands which play kid-centered music, Rosendale’s own Dog on Fleas, is performing on Saturday, and there’s a seventh stage for mostly solo singer-songwriters added at the deck of the 1850 House. With younth performers, a kids’ craft station, a beer garden, and lots of delicious food vendors, it’s a weekend for the whole family. Don’t miss the Film Festival of student films being shown on Saturday at the Rosendale Theater, featuring films crafted by the Homeschool Short Film Club and the Woodstock Day School’s Media Arts Department. It all ends with a bang, literally. A closing parade to Canal Lock with the Rosendale Improvement Brass Band and Social Club and P.O.O.K. (the Center for Creative Education’s Percussion Orchestra of Kingston) happens at 5:45pm on Sunday.

The Rosendale Street Festival on Main Street in Rosendale: 10:30am-9pm on July 15 (music starts at 12pm) to 10:30am-7pm on July 16 (closing parade at 5:45pm); by donation. UCAT will be providing shuttles from the following parking areas: Bloomington Fire House, The Old Tillson School, Brookside School, The Rondout Municipal Center and The Iron Mountain Kiln lot (to the left of the Iron Mountain Main entrance) on Binnewater Road.  To learn more about the event, see the full festival lineup, or to volunteer please see

–Hillary Harvey

About Simona David

Simona David is a writer living in the Catskill Mountains, New York. She is the author of Art in the Catskills (3rd edition, 2016), available on and Kindle. For more information, visit

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