From participating in a murder mystery delight just in time for Valentine's Day to a sneak peek of a new exhibit at Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum, these are our top 10 events for February.
Thursday, January 27 - February 5 at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie
The Vassar College Music Department, in collaboration with the College’s Creative Arts Across Disciplines, is thrilled to celebrate the 20th season of MODfest, Vassar College’s annual exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. This dynamic collection of both in-person and online events has a theme, “Kaleidoscope,” which captures the desire to collect, reflect, overlap and illuminate a rich spectrum of perspectives. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
Wednesday, February 2 at Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum, Hyde Park
Get a sneak peek inside the Library's newest special exhibit. FDR's Final Campaign immerses visitors in the final momentous months of President Roosevelt's life and presidency. Featuring rarely seen documents, photos, films and artifacts it explores FDR's vision for the future of his nation and the world—and the campaign he undertook to secure it. At the center of that vision was the creation of the United Nations organization. For more information, click here.
Saturday, February 5 at Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center, Poughkeepsie
The original Wingfest is back! This year the biggest wing event is coming back to the very spacious Majed J. Neishwat Convention Center formerly the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. At this year's event, you can expect more participants, more amazing and unique flavors as chefs battle it out for the best wings and be crowned Kings of the Wings! There will also be live music, games, and prizes. For more information, click here.
Saturday, February 5-6 at Fisher Center at Bard, Annandale-on-the-Hudson
After a year of isolation and distance, Bard Opera Workshop returns with an exploration of intimacy and companionship. The ensemble will perform scenes and arias from the operatic canon that depict the complications of love with this in mind. They will bear witness to each other’s stories, often weaving in and out of scenes and pushing the action forward with devised storytelling. These interactions will culminate in an ode to togetherness (“The Promise of Living”) and hope for a more collaborative future. For more information, click here.
Various dates and various locations in Dutchess County
Join Murder Cafe in the dinner theater performance Death by Chocolate, which offers music, mystery, and comedy. The evening’s performance will follow Danny Crunkle, owner of Dan-Dee-Can-Dee, as he merges with Hershel Crackleberry his biggest competitor. Danny’s dinner guests include his soft son Goobar, nutty ex-wife Sister Godiva, creamy girlfriend Coco, crunchy attorney Fanny Farmer and brittle chocolatier Russell Stover. Before your salad is served someone will poison Danny’s sweet deal and you’re either a suspect or a witness to a murder. Catch this murder mystery at Le Chambord at Curry Estate on Friday, February 11th, or at Beekman Arms on February 12th and 16th. For more information, click here. For more murder mystery fun, check out “Till’ Death Do Us Part” at Revel 32.
Thursday, February 17 at Happy Valley, Beacon
Have a night of fun at Happy Valley during their monthly Drag Show! Enjoy dazzling performance and entertainment by special guests. Arrive early and play vintage arcade games, taste craft beer and munch on snacks. Stay tuned for more details on their Facebook page.
Saturday, February 19 at Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown
During the winter of 1782-1783, 7,500 Continental Army soldiers established a temporary camp at New Windsor, New York. Among them were countless numbers of soldiers of African descent, who joined of their own free will, or as substitutes for people who claimed ownership of them. Using documentary evidence, we'll meet some of these remarkable soldiers and learn about their contributions at what would be the last encampment of the American Revolutionary War. For more information, click here.
Sunday, February 20 at Howland Cultural Center, Beacon
As part of the annual Piano Festival presented by Howland Chamber of Music, enjoy the musical talents of Charles Richard-Hamelin. The Canadian pianist is the winner of the silver medal and the Krystian Zimerman prize at the 17th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. For more information, click here.
Sunday, February 20 at Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center, Poughkeepsie
Calling reptile enthusiast! Check out more than 140 tables worth of pet reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids at the Mid-Hudson Reptile Expo. Visit vendors and browse cages, terrarium supplies, feeder bugs, frozen rodents and other reptile-related items at discounted prices. For more information, click here.
Sunday, February 25 - March 6 at Adams Fairacre Farms, Poughkeepsie
Each year in late winter, the Adams Landscaping crews design and install an amazing backdrop of patios, ponds and walkways for hundreds of flowering spring bulbs, annuals, trees and shrubs in our greenhouses. Vendors, knowledgeable staff and garden experts from throughout the region are there to answer all your questions. The Garden Show is free to attend and also includes seminars, giveaways and free raffles. For more information, click here.