A film festival in Beacon, a bridal market in Montgomery, and more from this week’s picks for Hudson Valley events.
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Looking for fun plans for a night out in the Hudson Valley?? If you’ve not yet checked out the new @story_screen_beacon and @wonderbarbeacon in Beacon get on it! Story Screen is the Hudson Valley’s newest local cinema, showing both classic favs and new releases! Story Screen opened last year and has already experienced huge success. Before your show grab a small bite or cocktail at Wonder Bar, the chic, new Art Deco cocktail lounge connected to the theater lobby. Their drinks and food are some of the best we’ve had in Beacon. This weekend we went with friends and saw Oscar nom @jojorabbitmovie and had drinks and bites at @wonderbarbeacon From the cozy, restored historic cinema to the gourmet popcorn at the concession stand to the movie themed cocktails and gourmet bites at Wonder Bar we say 10/10 on this night out.
Story Screen Beacon Theater, Beacon
February 29 – March 1
Film fans in the Hudson Valley will be all about Story Screen’s first-ever film fest in Beacon. Just for the weekend, the local theater hosts a series of film screenings, panel discussions, and a makers market to engage community conversations about film, art, and expression. Visit the website for the full lineup of events but be sure to stop by on Sunday afternoon for the pop-up market with local artisans.
February 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
If ever there was an excuse to grab a drink, Albany’s weekend pub crawl is it. Held on Saturday afternoon, the scavenger-style hunt aims to raise money for local animal shelters and introduce participants to watering holes in the Capital Region. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at McGeary’s Pub and includes locations throughout the city.
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook
February 29, 12 p.m.
It’s not every day, or every year, that leap year arrives in the Hudson Valley. To celebrate, Millbrook Vineyards invites locals to get their Irish on with tunes by WildCat Creek, a six-piece band that specializes in world music beginning in the British Isles and hopping to Scotland and France. The $15 admission includes a glass of tap wine and a bag of popcorn, with additional bites and drinks available throughout the day as well.
Oakdale Lake, Hudson
February 29, 12 p.m.
Get chilly for a good cause during the Oakdale Plunge on Saturday. With an aim to support the Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue & Dive Team and the Hudson Youth Department, the cold-weather event challenges daring locals to jump into the icy lake as individuals or teams. For those who’d rather watch from the sidelines, a community costume contest and chili-eating are on deck for the day, too. The cold never bothered you anyway, right?
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CATSKILL PARK TRAIL CONDITIONS This holiday weekend should be really nice in the Catskills! Sun is in the forecast each day through Monday for President’s Day. Expect colder overnight temperatures to continue through the weekend, especially on Friday night with lows in the single digits. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TRAIL CONDITIONS Ice is here! After a warm spell in January and early February, we’ve had enough cold temperatures lately that all Catskills trails are icy, especially at high elevations. Pack crampons if you have them, especially if you plan to hike one of the steeper trails. Foot traction devices (micro spikes like Kahtoola or Hillsounds brand) are a necessity for hiking in the mountains this time of year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don’t have crampons or foot traction devices? Try hiking one of the rail trails in the Catskills like the new Ashokan Rail Trail, the Catskill Scenic Trail, or the Andes Rail Trail. Visit us at the Catskills Visitor Center for maps and more recommendations! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ SPIKES IN THE WINTER ARE ESSENTIAL Micro spikes, crampons, and other types of traction devices are essential pieces of gear for winter time exploration. Not only do they make hiking over icy surfaces easier, they will also make your hike far safer. One thing to be aware of however, be careful to avoid scuffing your pants or dragging your feet on the ground. Doing either may lead to a quickly rolled ankle, or torn pants. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more details and a fresh post every Friday: catskillinterpretivecenter.org/trail/ ⠀ #catskills #catskillmountains #catskillpark #upstateny
Catskills Visitor Center, Mount Tremper
February 29, 7-9 p.m.
When’s the last time you actually admired the stars in the Hudson Valley skies? Take this weekend to do just that during the Catskill Visitor Center’s stargazing party. National Geographic writer Steve Tomecek guides participants on how to utilize star maps while peeking through telescopes to identify the moon, Venus, and twinkling constellations.
The Wildfire Grill, Montgomery
March 1, 1-5 p.m.
With bridal season officially in swing, The Wildfire Grill invites brides and grooms in the Hudson Valley to mix and mingle with wedding pros in the region. Attendees can shop couture gowns during a sample sale, taste-test food from local caterers, and meet wedding vendors ranging from beauty and food to photos and fashion.
Looking for more Hudson Valley happenings this week? Check out our complete February calendar of events for a silent film at the Ashokan Center and a dance performance in Albany. Otherwise, take a peek at our monthly insider guide for a cider festival at Nine Pin Cider and a chili shindig in Stone Ridge. You won’t want to miss any of it!