It’s rare to chat with 15 prominent Hudson Valley authors in one place at the same time, but bibliophiles will have a chance to do just that at the Holiday Book Signing in Rhinebeck. Some authors scheduled to sign their books for holiday purchases include historian Vern Benjamin (The History of the Hudson River Valley), Leslie Sharpe (The Quarry Fox), Hudson Talbott (River of Dreams), and Stephen Silverman (The Catskills). Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or cup of tea while meeting some local luminaries. Nov 5, 1-4 p.m., The Beekman Arms, 6387 Mill Street (Route 9), Rhinebeck, 845.876.7077; www.beekmandelamaterinn.com
Nov 16: The Olate Dogs The fun-loving Olate Dogs, made famous on America’s Got Talent, is a theatrical show of canine skill for all ages. Father-and-son team Richard and Nicholas Olate will entertain the crowd with a classic comedic routine featuring their amazing dog tricks including jumping rope, twirling, spinning, cycling, juggling, and even a doggy fashion show. 7 p.m., $25+. • Cohoes Music Hall, 58 Remsen St, Cohoes, 518.465.4663; www.palacealbany.org
Nov 18: Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother An interactive play where the children of the audience become pixies of storyland singing and dancing to help Cinderella with a magical riddle her Fairy Godmother has asked her to solve in order to marry her prince. 11 a.m., $9 adults, $7 children. • Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org
Nov 24: Czech-American Marionettes This miniature theatre is an ancient art form of puppetry in traditional and modern forms that incorporate Central European heritage layered with adventure and travel. Sure to delight and amuse children of all ages. 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., $10 member, $15 non-member, $30 family. Nov 25: Walking in Search of the Gobble Enjoy the fall foliage on a walking hike to learn all about turkeys this holiday weekend. Environmental educator Fran Martino will guide you and your little ones on carriage roads in search of Tom Turkey. 10 a.m., $10 member, $15 non-member, $25 family. • Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, 518.828.0135; www.olana.org.
Nov 24: Holiday Kick-Off The day after Thanksgiving is a flurry of family activities at the Hudson River Museum. Learn how to paint a wintry landscape and enjoy face painting, experience storytelling with April Armstrong, watch the premieres of two live planetarium shows: Holiday Sky Tonight and Myths, Legends, and Travelers’ Tales, then complete the day with a sing-along with Junior Docents. 12–5 p.m., $6 adults, $3 children, $4 seniors. • Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, 914.963.4550; www.hrm.org.