Dec 14, 2021 – Daily Freeman

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• The Rhinecliff Volunteer Fire Company and Rhinebeck Grange 896 will start soup sales at the Fire Station, Shatzell Ave. Orders are takeaway only. The sale is scheduled for December 16, January 27 and February 24. To order in advance, email Joey Potsandpans at [email protected] or call (845) 876-6149 after 10:30 am

• The Kingston Community Singers are looking for new members. The group meets on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at the Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street, Kingston. No audition is required. CDC guidelines for vaccinations and social distancing are required. Call (856) 305-1546 for more information.

• The Fairly New Thrift Shop, 58 Pearl St., Kingston, is open for shopping Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm and accepts donations on Fridays from 10am to 4pm. Call (845) 481-4171 for more information.

• Handle With Care, a romantic Christmas comedy, will be performed through December 19 at Shadowland Stages, 157 Canal St., Ellenville. The performances are on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $ 42 for evening performances and $ 37 for matinees. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required to enter, and participants must wear their masks indoors at all times regardless of vaccination status. Participants under the age of 12 and people who are not vaccinated due to a disability must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of the start of the performance or a negative COVID-19 antigen test, which was carried out within six years. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office at (845) 647-5511.

• United Reformed Church, 9 Church St., Bloomington, has soup sales on Friday, December 17, from 3pm to 6pm. A pint of soup and a bun cost $ 5. Call (845) 331-7099 for more information.

• Rosendale Theater, 408 Main St., Rosendale, presents an interactive version of “A Christmas Carol” tickets on Friday, December 17th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 18th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets are $ 20, $ 15 for children under 12 years. Proof of vaccination and masks are required (unless you are eating or drinking while seated). Visit or call (845) 658-8989 for tickets or more information.

• The “Movies With Spirit” community film series will show the family film “Lost Christmas” on December 18 at 7:00 pm at St. James United Methodist Church, 35 Pearl St., Kingston. Participants over the age of 12 are asked to contribute USD 10 per person.

• The Performing Arts of Woodstock has postponed production of The Moors and postponed the play to June 2022.

• Family of Woodstock has postponed their scheduled gala to May 5, 2022.

• The City of Kingston civic buildings are open, but all staff and visitors are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

• The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie and the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston have reopened. Visit for information on upcoming shows.

• The Kingston Library is open. More information:

• The Rheinbeck farmers’ market is open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the community car park E. Marktstr. 61 open. It will run outdoors until December 26th. Further information is available at

• The Stone Ridge Library, 3700 Main St. (US Route 209), is open. Opening times are Monday, 1.30pm to 7pm; Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Further information:

• Friends of Historic Saugerties, a Saugerties Public Library program, has suspended its monthly talk on local history. Online:

• Ulster City Russell Brott Senior Center is now open for daily activities. Contact the group leaders or the town clerk’s office at (845) 382-2455 for lesson plans.

• Happy to Help Food Pantry is located at St. James United Methodist Church, 35 Pearl St., Kingston. The pantry is only open on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Attendees are asked to follow COVID procedures by wearing masks, bringing their own bags, entering through the Fair Street entrance, and observing social distancing. The pantry does not deliver any food. (845) 331-3030.

• The People’s Place Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 1 pm at 17 St. James St. in Kingston. Donations of fresh and long-life food are accepted. Call (845) 338-4030.

• The People’s Place Community Café is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and is free. It serves continental breakfast and lunch.

• The People’s Place Bounty Table, right outside the door, offers free produce, bread, baked goods, dairy and protein. The articles change daily and are first come, first serve during business hours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• People’s Place thrift store and boutique reopened. The opening times are from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• The Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, is open for 30-minute tours for groups of up to four people on Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Presale tickets are required. Go to

• The Saugerties public library is open to the public. Go to or call (845) 246-4317.

• The Arts Society of Kingston Gallery has reopened. The opening times are Tuesday to Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit

• The Ulster County Ostomy Support Group has resumed its meetings. It meets every second Tuesday of the month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 90 Millers Lane, Kingston. Call (845) 594-9376 for more information.

• The Highland Public Library is open. Opening times are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays 2 pm-6pm; and Saturdays 12 noon to 2 p.m. For more information: (845) 691-2275 or

• The Starr Library in Rhinebeck has reopened. The opening times are Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. More information: or (845) 876-4030.

• Woodstock Library is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 am to 5:30 pm, Wednesdays from 11 am to 7 pm, and Saturdays from 11 am to 4:30 pm. Visit

• The Red Hook Public Library is open. Call (845) 758-3241, email [email protected], or visit

• The Olive Free Library is open. More information:

• The Rosendale Library is open. (845) 658-9013,

• The Hurley and West Hurley Libraries are open.

• The DR Evarts library in Athens is open. Further information: (518) 945-1417.

• The Clinton Community Library is open.

• The Ellenville Public Library and Museum are open. Call (845) 647-5530.

• The Esopus City Library is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 6pm and Thursdays from 1pm to 6pm. More information: (845) 338-5580, [email protected] or

• The Morton Memorial Library & Community House in Rhinecliff is open to the public again. The opening times are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (845) 876-2903 or email [email protected]

• The Morton Memorial Library in Pine Hill is open. More information: (845) 254-4222,

• The Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower in Arkville has reopened its top cabin to visitors.

• The pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church, 72 Spring St., Kingston, is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The pantry is closed on Mondays and Fridays. Wear a mask when you pick up a bag of groceries at the door.

• The Dutchess County Department of Motor Vehicles, 22 Market St., Poughkeepsie, has personal license, permit, and non-driver ID transactions by arrangement. Appointments can be made by calling (845) 486-2388 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. For vehicle registration information, see

• The Ulster City Transfer Station is open.

• Dutchess County Public Transit and Ulster County Area Transit have expanded bus services. See for more information.

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