May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and it’s a great time to engage with Eastern cultures in Dutchess County. From bonsai workshops and kintsugi sessions to Japanese-inspired gardens and Asian art, here are a few ways to discover something new in the heart of the Hudson Valley.
Thursdays, May 18, June 15, July 13, August 10, September 7, October 12, November 16, December 14 at 6 p.m. at the Beacon Daily, Beacon
Tuesday, June 22 and Thursday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Industrial Arts Brewing Company, Beacon
Learn the Japanese art of bonsai at a variety of Dutchess County destinations. Bonsai Bar brings the East Asian gardening tradition to beginners. At these workshops, grab a Hudson Valley beer and start making miniature trees. Fundamental techniques will help you pot, prune, and design organic works of art. Start with the dwarf jade for a manageable tree for first-timers. Local breakfast and lunch hotspot The Beacon Daily offers several opportunities to try this—pair the process with loaded breakfast bowls, pimento Philly cheesesteaks, Nashville hot chicken sandwiches and beers from Mill House Brewing Co. Speaking of Hudson Valley brews, Industrial Arts Brewing Co. also hosts a series of Bonsai Bar workshops including a repotting class. Also check out upcoming events at Lasting Joy Brewery for more Bonsai Bar sessions! For full dates, click here.
Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at River Valley Arts Center, Wappingers Falls
The ancient practice of Kintsugi teaches us to embrace flaws and imperfections. This Japanese tradition highlights the beauty of blemishes by breaking pottery bowls, studying the pieces and glueing them back together with gold. The bowls change forever, just as people change and become stronger through difficult personal experiences. River Valley Arts Center invities art therapist Tara DeLuca to lead a unique kintsugi workshop. Visit Wappingers Falls and reflect on the Kintsugi experience, connecting with a pot of your own before breaking and rebuilding it. To register, click here.
Saturday, May 27 at 4:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Innisfree Garden, Millbrook
Discover blooming Japanese primroses, peonies and yellow foxgloves in this stunning Eastern Dutchess garden. Innisfree Garden opens its doors to visitors an hour before sunrise, offering a rare and precious perspective. Golden light dramatically floods the Chinese and Japanese-inspired gardens and landscape. Enjoy meditative cup gardens around the 40-acre glacial lake. Bring a picnic for an early breakfast at sunrise. Or, create art by brining an easel or a camera, drawing inspiration from the curated landscape. Rock formations, lily pads and native wildlife provide peace to visitors. Be sure to bring birding binoculars to spy heron and other beautiful birds. To register, click here.
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