Hudson Valley Shakesbeer Festival Returns to Poughkeepsie

The Taming of the Brew: Read up on the second annual Bard-and-beer fest, and submit your best rhyming couplet for a chance to win free passes

“A life’s but a span, why then let a soldier drink.”

So, take this advice from the Bard himself and head to the Hudson Valley Community Center on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. for the second annual Shakesbeer Festival, a night dedicated to the legendary works of William Shakespeare — and, of course, beer. Created by HVCC Special Events Coordinator Lu Ann Kaldor, the festival hopes to build on last year’s success and continue breathing fresh, fun (and frothy) life into Shakespeare’s timeless classics. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Touring Company will return this year for the main event: a 90 minute, edge-of-your-seat rendition of Macbeth, the thrilling tale of a young man’s sinister plot to take the throne of Scotland. Stick around after the performance for a chance to talk with members of the acting company. Other highlights include a Half Time-sponsored beer tasting, a Thinking and Drinking trivia game, and light fare prepared by Culinary Institute students.

Tickets are $30 each, $25 each for HVCC members, and $15 for those under 21 (845-471-0430;

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Want to win tickets to the festival? Channel your inner Shakespeare and submit your best rhyming couplet about your love of beer or the Bard — or both — in the form below. Last year, Diane Fanelli of Hyde Park won with this clever couplet:

“Big easy blondes, cool and tasty without falter
My husband drinks one, but took another to the altar.”

Good luck, and may the best wordsmith win!

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