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February Events You Won’t Want to Miss in the Hudson Valley

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This month in the Hudson Valley, check out a winter exhibit at Olana, a festival for wing lovers, a snow moon fest in Saugerties, and more.

For more events, visit calendar.hvmag.com.

The Authentic Self: Photography and Portraits — Poughkeepsie

Throughout February

This exhibition explores how photographs represent individuals: Can you tell who someone really is from a picture? View works from Jo Ann Callis, Graciela Iturbide, and more—then decide for yourself. vassar.edu/theloeb

Chasing Icebergs: Art and a Disappearing Landscape — Hudson

Weekends throughout February

The first winter exhibition at Olana State Historic Site, this show highlights Frederic Church’s iceberg sketches from his 1859 trek to the Arctic, on display in the Sharp Family Gallery. olana.org

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Find your next low-maintenance friend (and say goodbye to seasonal depression) at Grow, Newburgh’s first plant shop at 42 Liberty Street. There are plenty of succulents, winding pothos, fun-looking ferns, and huge philodendrons—plus candles, white sage bundles, and pretty planters. Visit grownewburgh.com for more.

Saugerties Snow Moon Festival — Saugerties

Begins February 3

This weekend-long event will feature activities like bonfires, scavenger hunts, outdoor winter bars, a parade, and more. Proceeds from the festival will be donated to area food banks. discoversaugerties.com

Night Photo Summit — Catskill

February 3–5

Join National Parks at Night for its annual Night Photo Summit: three days filled with presenters, panel discussions, photo reviews, giveaways, and much more. Tickets available online. nationalparksatnight.com

The Capital Region Spring Home Show — Albany

February 4, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., and February 5, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Need some inspiration for your next reno? Take a look at the latest home trends—from kitchens, to bathrooms, to windows, and more—plus gain access to experts that can help you successfully complete your project. capitalregionhomeshow.com

Hudson Valley WingFest — Poughkeepsie

February 4, 5–9 p.m.

Returning to the Valley for the 16th year, this event celebrating the best wings in the region will take over the MJN Convention Center for one night. In addition to food, there’s live music, games, and prizes. baptickets.com

Hudson Valley Wing Festival

Courtesy of Felicia Salamone

“Sleeping Beauty” — Albany

February 11, 11 a.m.

Coming to Hart Theatre at the Empire State Plaza, this family-friendly classic is performed by the New York Theatre Ballet. See dancers perform the story of Princess Aurora in front of a backdrop of a magical fairy kingdom. theegg.org

winter beauty and the beast

Courtesy The Egg

Comfort Food Casserole Pies with Miriam Rubin — Hillsdale

February 11, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Ward off chilly winter nights by cooking up chicken pot pie, vegetarian chili with cornbread, and Tex-Mex turkey enchilada pie. Culinary Institute of America alumna and cookbook author Miriam Rubin leads this 10-person class in the kitchen of Hillsdale General Store. hillsdalegeneralstore.com

Get The Led Out — Albany

February 11, 8 p.m.

If you’re a Led Zeppelin fan who’s never had the chance to see them in concert, a night with Get The Led Out, a Philly-based tribute band, could be the next best thing. The six-piece group brings early hits, acoustic favorites, and deep cuts to The Palace. palacealbany.org

Youth Empowerment & Sustainability Summit — Olivebridge

February 12–14

When it comes to climate change, we need innovative thinkers. Groups of four students and one adult can register to attend this annual intensive workshop at The Ashokan Center that aims to produce the next generation of eco-friendly problem solvers. ashokancenter.org

winter youth empowerment

Courtesy of the Ashokan Center

2023 Hudson Jazz Festival — Hudson

February 16–26

Operating under the theme “The Shape of Jazz Today,” this year’s festival features performances by artists with bold, modern takes on the genre. Over two weekends, view sets from musicians including Michael Mayo, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, and Endea Owens & The Cookout at Hudson Hall. hudsonhall.org

winter jazz festival

By JD Urban

Broadway Perspectives: A Concert Celebrating Diversity — Peekskill

February 25, 8 p.m.

The Paramount celebrates Black History Month with NYC casting director Stephen DeAngelis’ exclusive show: it features five Broadway artists of color presenting their most iconic performances and honoring those who came before them. paramounthudsonvalley.com

Bonsai Bar @ Newburgh Brewing Company — Newburgh

February 26, 1–3 p.m.

Learn the art of bonsai while sipping craft brews near the Hudson. Select your own dwarf jade tree and glazed ceramic pot, and prune and design your new bonsai to your liking under the guidance of professionals. More details available on eventbrite.com

Paula Poundstone — Poughkeepsie

February 25, 8 p.m.

In the mood for a good laugh? Spend a night with Paula Poundstone, touring comic and host of the podcast “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone.” Enjoy her humorous observations live at the Bardavon. bardavon.org

Blondery Bakery

Photo courtesy of Blondery

Like her perfect pastries, Auzerais Bellamy always rises to the occasion. After honing her craft as a sous chef at NYC’s famed Bouchon Bakery, she founded Blondery, a circa-2016, Brooklyn-based cloud bakery offering blondies, layer cakes, and even dog treats. (Cloud kitchens are shops with no physical location that take orders online or by phone.) Last November, Bellamy established Blondery’s first storefront (and headquarters) on Peekskill’s Main Street. The bakery serves up eight core blondie flavors (including pecan and salted caramel, butterscotch and cocoa noir Brooklyn blackout, and birthday cake) plus seasonal varieties alongside Peekskill Cookie Company, a new branch of Blondery that operates under the same roof. – Megan Ashcroft

Bondery baked goods

Photo courtesy of Blondery

Blondery treats

Photo courtesy of Blondery

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