There is so much to do in the Hudson Valley. Views, Art, Culture, Outdoors, Recreation, Entertainment, History, Dining, Shopping and more. Each month we’ll give you new ideas for how you can explore and take advantage of all the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Albany County

The 24th Annual James Campbell Memorial Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale - February 18 - 19, 2017: Head to the New York State Museum 4th Floor Terrace Gallery for the 24th annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale for a wide array of vendors displaying and selling, you guessed it, gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils and much more. This event is co-sponsored by the Capital District Mineral Club and the New York Academy of Mineralogy. All proceeds benefit the Museum's mineral acquisition fund. Click here to learn more.

2017 MAAC Basketball Championships - March 2 - 6, 2017: The 2017 MAAC Basketball Championships are back in town March 2-6, 2017. The MAAC Championship games will be held at the Times Union Center during the first weekend in March and we are helping fans celebrate with the second annual Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest and MAAC College Fair on March 3.  Visit albany.org/maac for more information!

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Columbia County

Once Upon A Mattress: Jan. 20-22, Jan. 25-27 & Feb. 3-5: What do you get when you mix one pea, 20 mattresses and a Princess-to-be named Fred? One hilarious musical love story. Based on the popular fairytale, “The Princess and the Pea.” Fee: $20/adults, $10/students

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Dutchess County

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Now - March 4th. Marcus D. Gregio directs the raw and penetrating revised version of Tennessee Williams’ classic Pulitzer Prize winning play, a steamy tale of truth, lies, greed, and sexual desire. It's been revived 5 times on Broadway and was made into a film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives. Williams considered it to be his personal favorite. “Tennessee Williams never wrote a more explosive play.” -The Daily News. Fri. & Sat., 8pm and Sun., 3pm. 845-876-3080. More>

22nd Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Parade: March 4. The pipes, the pipes are calling! Bring the kids & enjoy greeting old friends & making new ones, with more than 3000 participants & 10,000 spectators! See floats big & small, pipes & drums, classic cars, firefighters & police, and so many marchers, from the Hibernians & Scottish Society to scouts & sports clubs. The parade kicks off at 1 pm from the corner of W. Main & Delavergne Ave. and winds through the Village of Wappingers Falls. more>

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Greene County

Sunday Salons: Buried Treasure: Thomas Cole's decoration of Cedar Grove: March 12: Meet the trio of historic interiors experts – Jean Dunbar, of Historic Design, Inc.; Matthew Mosca, of Artifex, Ltd.; and Margaret Saliske, of IN SITU Furniture Restoration – as they reveal the real story behind the amazing discovery of Thomas Cole's detailed decorative paintings on the walls of his home that had been hidden from view for over a century and will be uncovered with the completion of the Parlors Project opening May 2017.    more>

The Influence of the Dutch Golden Age on the Hudson River School:  February 12:  Join Dr. Lloyd DeWitt, Chief Curator and Irene Leache Curator of European Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art, as he explores the transformational influence of 17th century Dutch landscape painting on Cole and other Hudson River School artists. more>

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Orange County

Maple Sugaring Tours at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum (Sat-Sun Mar 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26): Discover maple sugaring techniques on a Sugar Bush Tour, a one mile moderate hike through field and forest to the Sugar Shack (terrain and weather conditions dependent) at 11am, 1pm, & 2pm; or take the Maple Lane Tour at 12pm & 3pm, perfect for young children and a short walk from the farmhouse to the new Sugar Shack. Sugaring Off Celebration is Opening Day, March 4th, 11am-3pm with special crafts, games, treats and story telling around the camp fire. Admission. Call 845-534-5506 x204 for more information.  more>

Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Parade: Sun, Mar 12: Line up on the streets of historic Village of Goshen to enjoy the grand parade that steps off at 2pm.  more>

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Putnam County

‘Death Takes a Cruise’ Murder Mystery Dinner: Friday Nights in JanuaryStep aboard the riverboat and prepare yourself for an evening of mysteries at the Putnam County Golf Course! Tickets include a three-course meal, a non-alcoholic beverage and the show.  more>

Celebration of Winter at TOEC: January 21st: Join the Taconic Outdoor Education Center by fending off cabin fever and getting outside to celebrate the winter! There will be snow tubing, ice skating (bring your own skates!), a warming fire and much more! more>

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Rensselaer County

Festival of Manliness, Brown’s Revolution Hall, Troy:  January 22, 3:00 p.m.: Our ever popular Festival of Manliness returns! This wild game, beer-paired supper is held in Revolution Hall on Sunday, January 22 at 3 pm and benefits Pints for Prostates. Amazing hand crafted pints of Brown’s beer and six delicious courses. Catch the AFC and NFC championships on the big screen. After dinner, settle in with hand rolled cigars from Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe. 21+ event. Tickets are limited ($80/person, $70/Club Brown’s member), purchase now online or in our taprooms. more>

32nd Annual Winter Festival, Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton: January 28: Bring your family out to this FREE festival to enjoy food, games, exhibitors, and fun in the snow. Remember that snow or no snow, it’s a go! Activities will include horse drawn carriage rides, Polar Plunge, kid games indoors and outdoors, crafts, live animal presenters including birds of prey and reptiles, snowshoeing and so much more! more>

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Rockland County

14th Annual International Jewish Film Festival: March 5 - April 5:  JCC Rockland hosts its Annual International Jewish Film Festival featuring films including "Atomic Falafel," "Fire Birds," "The Frisco Kid" and more. Tickets on sale now. Call 845-362-4400 or visit more>

55th Annual Pearl River St. Patrick's Day Parade: March 19: The 55th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will feature over 5,000 marchers and 25 bands kicking off at 1:30 pm from the Pfizer parking lot on Middletown Road in Pearl River. more>

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Ulster County

Women’s Studio Workshop’s 20th Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta: February 25:  Browse and buy from a vast selection of handmade bowls, enjoy a helping of hearty chili generously donated by Hudson Valley restaurants and chefs and dance to lively music by The Kitchen. During early admission, the best selection of handmade ceramics will be available. The live music takes place during free admission. The chili is available while it lasts, either served up in one’s newly acquired ceramic bowl or purchased at nominal cost in paper bowls. Cornbread and toppings are included in either case. Prices start at $10 for a small bowl with a simple design. Large, more elaborately decorated pieces or ones made by professional artists can cost upwards of $50, but much of the selection falls in between. $5 early admission 2 p.m.-4 p.m., free admission 4 p.m.-7 p.m. More information: more

30th Annual Kingston's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Shamrock Run: March 12: Parade kicks off 1 p.m. from Kingston Plaza and proceeds down Broadway to the Rondout creek waterfront district in Kingston. Shamrock run is a two-mile flat, fast and first-class run seeking to break the record for runners in a kilt. Preceding the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Kingston, it helps benefit local charities. Register online $20. Check in 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Run starts 12:50 p.m. sharp at Academy Green, 1 Albany Ave., Kingston. 845-514-4654. More information:  more>

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Westchester County

Teatown Hudson River Eaglefest: Feb 11, 2017:  Live Eagle shows & bird walks, Live music, heated tents, food trucks, children’s activities and so much more.  Tickets $10-$17 dollars include a screening of “The Eagle Huntress” @ 1 pm & 3:30 pm @ Pace University. Bus tours are available for additional cost of $26.00 and space is limited so reserve your space today! more>

Westchester Broadway Theatre: Thru Jan 29, 2017: Saturday Night Fever, The Bikinis Feb 2-Mar 19, Mamma Mia Mar 23-June 25 buy your tickets on line and stop and have lunch and or dinner and see a show.  Many special events at the theatre so check out our website. more>

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