November 22, 9 a.m.
What would Thanksgiving be without a Turkey Trot? While there are quite a number of runs happening in the Hudson Valley this week, the race in New Paltz is a fun fest for all. Kids under 12 can dash for free in the “Mashed Potato” half-mile fun run, while grown-ups can enter the chip-timed 5K competition. Now in its 14th year, the annual event supports Family of New Paltz’s Food Pantry and Crisis Services.
Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie
November 23-25, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Shop local this Black Friday (and Saturday and Sunday) at Locust Grove’s holiday artisan market. Over the course of the three days, more than 40 vendors will be onsite to share their local, sustainable, and fair-trade creations with the community. For one-of-a-kind gift inspiration with a good-for-all twist, this is the place to be. P.S. Ask about Locust Grove’s holiday tours while you’re there. The mansion is decorated for the season and well worth a weekend detour.
Olana State Historic Site, Hudson
November 23, 1-4 p.m.
Skip the store-bought paper reams this year and craft your own holiday wrapping paper instead. At Olana, attendees can drop in at one of the decorating stations to learn how to marble paper, print with apple and potato blocks, and splatter paint and stencil their own designs. Plus, once you learn how to craft it up, you can create your own paper creations for years to come.
Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskillâ€‹
November 23, 8-10 p.m.
If the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Carol of the Bells” is your jam when December rolls around, score tickets to The Wizards of Winter, the holiday rock performance slated to wow the house at Paramount in Peekskill on Friday. Former members of the orchestra partner with rock industry veterans to perform “Tales Beneath a Northern Star,” a rock opera that takes attendees on a journey to find the true meaning of Christmas. The powerful performance will get you in the holiday spirit in no time.
Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie
November 24-25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Need a place where you can you shop local, support a good cause, and avoid the holiday hoards? Stop by Dutchess Community College’s 47th annual craft fair this weekend. Between Saturday and Sunday, more than 100 artists will set up shop to display handicrafts and fine art. In addition, specialty food vendors will be onsite for snacking during shop breaks. To make things even sweeter, all proceeds from the fair go to scholarships for deserving students.