SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK READY TO TAKE THE PLUNGE

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WHEN:

Saturday, November 17, 2018

10:00am to 11:30am – Registration

12:00 NOON – Polar Plunge

WHERE:

Glen Island Park, New Rochelle, NY

The Special Olympics New York Polar Plunge is a unique pledge event that has become the premier annual fundraiser of Special Olympics New York across New York state. Participants raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics New York by asking family, friends, co-workers, etc. to support their efforts in “Freezin’ for a Reason” as they take the plunge into chilly waters.

“The more funds we raise, the more we can expand our programs, giving our athletes more opportunities to train and compete,” said Stacey Hengsterman, president & CEO of Special Olympics New York. “This event also helps to create awareness about our organization and what we do. I am amazed by how hard our athletes work. They face challenges, yet put so much time and effort into reaching their goals.”

Last year over 800 Plungers braved the frigid waters while spectators watched with excitement. These brave souls are your neighbors, friends, and of course, Special Olympics New York athletes.

Individuals and teams interested in registering can do so by visiting: www.polarplungeny.org. Donations are welcome and all funds raised help support the cost for athletes to participate in training and competitions.

Volunteers are also needed.  All volunteers and participants will receive at least 10 hours of community service. You may contact Kaitlin Brennan at 212-661-5217 for more details.

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About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 23 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes, their families or caregivers. There are 66,835 athletes and unified partners that train and compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America. For more information please visit specialolympicsny.org.  #SpecialOlympicsNY   @SOpolarplungeNY

Into the Woods at SUNY New Paltz

itw_poster_artwork-736x1024The Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz presents “Into the Woods,” the timeless and beloved musical that reminds us to be careful what we wish for, because we might just get it.

Performances will be given from Nov. 8 – 11 and 15 – 18 at McKenna Theatre on the New Paltz campus. This production is directed by Catherine Doherty, assistant professor of Theatre Arts, with a book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by the legendary Stephen Sondheim.

“Into the Woods” is a Brothers Grimm-inspired production offering a modern take on the classic fairy tales that are fixtures of our storytelling culture. Characters familiar from “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Jack and the Beanstalk” are forced to unite as a community and make sacrifices to protect each other and save their kingdom.

“This show is a love letter to storytelling and a love letter to narrative,” Doherty said. “I am so excited for the whole department to put the best of themselves forward for an evening of craft and magic.”

This production promises to push boundaries, with abstract set design, nontraditional casting, and playful takes on gender and identity, complemented by Sondheim’s intricate and award-winning score.

“Sondheim is a master of providing musical hints that help cast members and audiences deepen their understanding of roles and the piece as a whole,” said Katya Stanislavskaya, assistant professor of musical theatre and the production’s musical director. “Whether on a conscious or a subconscious level, we recognize ‘leitmotifs’ – recurring musical themes – that tell audiences to pay attention to, or recall, a certain character, object, emotion or idea.”

What resonates most about “Into the Woods,” Doherty says, is the play’s portrayal of the delicate balance of beauty and despair, which we all experience in our journeys through life.

“The show has some pretty dark moments in it, and watching these characters navigate those moments is fairly profound,” said Doherty. “They can’t pass through the darkness unless they have companions there to help to the other side.”

“Into the Woods” will be presented on Nov. 8 – 10 and 15 – 17 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. All performances will be given at McKenna Theatre.

Tickets are $20 for general public; $18 for seniors (62+), SUNY New Paltz faculty/staff, SUNY New Paltz alumni and non-New Paltz students; and $10 for SUNY New Paltz students.

Use this link to purchase tickets online, or contact the Parker Theatre Box Office at (845) 257-3880 or boxoffice@newpaltz.edu. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and is also open for one hour prior to each performance.

Visit the Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz for more information.

 

SUNY New Paltz, McKenna Theatre
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz
12561
845-257-3880

newpaltz.edu/theatre

STORM KING

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Storm King Art Center is best known for its grand landscape of rolling hills and its display of  more than 100 carefully sited large-scale outdoor sculptures, including works by the likes of Richard Serra and Maya Lin. But for a special exhibition in 2018  this bucolic sculpture park in Orange County, N.Y., will focus directly on a hot political topic: climate change.This exhibit closes 11/11. Highlights walking tour everyday at 1:00  pm

Open Wednesday – Sunday Closed Mondays & Tuesdays Nov- Dec 9th.

HUDSON VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week returns Mon Oct 29-Sun Nov 11. Be sure to make reservations early. The two-week celebration of dining is an opportunity for chefs to flaunt their best fare, for diners to check out new restaurants and visit old favorites. Over 200 participating restaurants (15 in Orange County) offer special three-course lunch and dinner menus for a fraction of the normal price. No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Reservations are highly recommended.

www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com

HORSE FUN DAY

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Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Northwind Horse Farm, 2496 Bruynswick Road, Wallkill, NY

Have you ever ridden a horse? Would you like to?

The Orange County 4-H Horse Program is hosting a Horse Fun Day! Ride a horse lead-line, groom a horse or pony, learn about horse anatomy, tack, and stamdardbred breed.  Bring your camera! Food will be available for purchase.

Bring the whole family! We will have lots of “horsey” related fun activities. The riding will be done lead-line which means someone walks next to the horse as the youth rides. The program is geared for all ages (perfect for Cloverbuds!). Registration is required by November 1. Call the 4-H Office at 845-344-1234 to sign up and for more information.  Online registration is also available:

To register online, click here!

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Boo at the Zoo 2018

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Friday, October 26th at the Forsyth Nature Center in Kingston

Join the Friends of Forsyth Nature Center, Kingston Parks and Recreation, and the Junior League of Kingston on Friday, October 26th, 2018 from 5:30pm-7:30pm for a fun filled evening at the Forsyth Nature Center.

“Boo at the Zoo” is a Halloween treat for children of all ages. Families are encouraged to come in costume to this free event and enjoy s’mores over a campfire, snacks, live entertainment and a costume parade.

GOBBLE & GROOVE

Revel in the spectacular Fall foliage of the Hudson Valley at the 3rd annual Gobble & Groove! Celebrate the beautiful turkeys who call Catskill home as we honor them with a special feeding of their favorite treats (the pigs get some too!).

Enjoy an autumn feast with sweet and savory treats by The Cinnamon SnailYeah DawgRockin’ Raw, and Healthy Gourmet To-Go, as you jam to live fiddle music from The Bad Cats and newgrass from Stranger at Home.

There’s fun for the whole family!
Bond with rescued turkeys, pigs, goats, horses, cows, and more!
-Feed pumpkins to the pigs
-Decorate a pumpkin for Halloween
-Shop the mini vegan marketplace
-Get some serenity with outside yoga
-Learn new recipes and try free samples at food demos
-Score cool prizes at the raffle

Don’t miss our special guest speaker, best-selling author Gene Stone who has written or co-authored 45 books, including Eat for the Planet, The How Not to Die Cookbook, Mercy for Animals, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, My Beef with Meat, Forks over Knives: The Plant Based Way to Health, The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick, and The Engine 2 Diet.

The celebration will go on rain or shine!

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