Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at 7 Hudson Valley Events

A champagne stroll, a kimchi festival, and more from this week’s top picks for things to do in and around the Valley.


A Holiday Supper

8 North Broadway, Nyack​
December 5, 7-9 p.m.

On Wednesday evening, three powerhouse Hudson Valley brands come together to concoct one delectable holiday dinner. 8 North Broadway brings the seasonal eats while Whitecliff Vineyard and Hetta Glögg pair their signature wines and glögg, respectively, with each course. Themed around winter favorites like split pea soup and slow-braised beef, the multi-course meal runs $79 per person and includes beverage pairings and gratuity.

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TIX now available!!! Dancer Wendy Whelan @wendyw and cellist Maya Beiser @thecellogoddess join forces with the seminal modern dance choreographer #LucindaChilds to create THE DAY – an evening-length work, with evocative music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. THE DAY is a new work being developed at LUMBERYARD over a two-week production and technical residency, and will have its world premiere at Jacob’s Pillow in summer 2019 and its New York premiere at The Joyce Theater in fall 2019, before touring the U.S. and abroad. Audiences are invited to see the work in progress at LUMBERYARD in showings on December 7 and 8. Featuring both Beiser and Whelan onstage for the duration of the performance, THE DAY is a meditation on two journeys – the mortal passage, followed by the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes not easily grappled with – memory, aging, death, the survival of the soul – through the shared language of music and dance. Tickets and post-performance reception:

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The Day

Lumberyard, Catskill
December 7, 8 p.m.; December 8, 7 p.m.

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During a special two-day showing, Hudson Valley dancer Wendy Whelan and cellist Maya Beiser debut The Day, an exploratory work-in-development that touches upon themes of aging, death, memory, and survival through music and dance. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang and choreographer Lucinda Childs orchestrate The Day, which will see its world premiere at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts in summer 2019.


Doubt: A Parable

Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison
December 8-9

This weekend, the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning Doubt comes to Garrison for the first of two December showcases. Presented by new Hudson Valley theater company GoJo Clan Productions, Doubt tells the story of a principal who suspects a school priest of having an affair with a student. General admission tickets cost $25, while senior and student tickets run $20 per person. If you can’t make it this weekend, the play returns to the Philipstown Depot Theatre on December 15 and 16 for an encore show.


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Holiday Open House

Home of FDR National Historic Site and Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park
December 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Children of all ages will have a blast at the FDR Holiday Open House. Throughout the day, the site hosts seasonal festivities like visits with Santa and crafting workshops. Then, from 1-4 p.m., the annual Children’s Reading Festival returns to the Henry A. Wallace Center. During the event, children’s book authors will be onsite to read excerpts from their works and sign copies, which are also available for purchase. Add to that live music, photo ops, and card-making for sailors aboard the USS Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and you have more than enough to spend the full day at the Hyde Park historic center.


Pawling Champagne Stroll

December 8, 5-8 p.m.

Pawling adds sparkle to the holiday season with its first ever Champagne Stroll. On Saturday, the 21-and-up crowd can check in at the Chamber of Commerce Building to pick up a champagne flute and map of participating establishments. If you decide to sip and sample at local venues, take the opportunity to browse the wares, since many shops will offer discounts and deals during the evening.



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K104’s Not So Silent Night

The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie
December 8, 6:30-10 p.m.

K104’s annual winter concert takes over The Chance on Saturday for a night of music with pop performers Dinah Jane (of Fifth Harmony), Bryce Vine, Ava Max, and Charli XCX. While the lineup for the show is enough of an allure, the fact that a portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Grace Smith House (our charity partner for Best of Hudson Valley!) makes the show even sweeter.


Hudson Valley Kimchi Festival

World Mission Society Church of God, New Windsor
December 9, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Give your taste buds a break from all things cinnamon sugar and pumpkin spice at the Hudson Valley Kimchi Festival on Sunday. During the day, visitors can learn all about kimchi, including how to make and use the fermented vegetable medley. After learning about the zesty Korean dish, attendees can sample the best of the culture’s cuisine while taking in live performances influenced by Korea.

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