Win Tickets to the Shakesbeer Festival

Send us your best rhyming couplet for a chance to win a free pair of passes to the Shakesbeer Festival


Are you a poet and totally know it? Flex your mental muscles for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Shakesbeer Festival. Send us your best rhyming couplet (two lines that end in rhyming words) that extolls the virtues of your favorite local brew or declares your undying love for the Bard. The best wordsmith will emerge victorious.

Example of a (very bad) couplet:
Great Shakespeare, how we wish you hadn’t lived in days of yore,
If you worked at Hudson Valley, our subscription rates would soar!

Deadline is April 1. Good luck! (As luck would have it...)


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Zip code:

Email (to contact you if you win):

Your rhyming couplet:

About the event:
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s touring company will perform the comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” alongside a beer tasting by Half Time and light fare. Guests can enter to win prizes and test their knowledge of all things Shakespeare during the Thinking and Drinking trivia game. After the show, the audience will have the opportunity to participate in a post-show “talk-back” paired with dessert and dessert beers.

$30 each, $25 for HVCC/JCC members, $15 under 21

Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m.

Hudson Valley Community Center (formerly the Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County)
110 South Grand Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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