BGHV Weekend, Oct 15thWelcome to what looks like the peak leaf-peeper weekend here in the Hudson Valley for the Fall of 2009!

With the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk happening in Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park on Saturday morning, there are a tremendous amount of events which are working to support the event taking place this weekend.

First; on Friday night at 8pm, BGHV is presenting the Poughkeepsie premier of Tom Judson’s “Canned Ham” at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center on Vassar Street in downtown. A portion of the proceeds from this performance will go to benefit the BGHV AIDS Walk team. Still undecided about attending the show? Check out this interview with Tom for a preview of what to expect. While tickets will be available at the door, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance online to ensure that we don’t sell-out before you get there.

The doors of the Cunneen Hackett Arts Center will open at 7pm prior to the 8pm performance of Canned Ham, and during this time BGHV will be raising additional funds for the walk by offering up “Blue Cashoupons” that will enter you into a drawing for a $100 surprise gift basket from everyone’s favorite gay-owned kitchen wares store – bluecashew – that will be celebrating its Grand Reopening in Rhinebeck on Saturday, November 7th!

The following morning, Saturday, October 17th, the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk kicks off at 9am. With record numbers of walkers pre-registered, this promises to be the largest area AIDS Walk yet to benefit ARCS.

Following the Walk, Isis Vermouth is hosting the official AIDS event after-party at Truman’s in New Paltz at 8pm.  Entitled “Horror Queen”, all the proceeds from Isis’s annual drag ball will benefit ARCS.

We hope to see you somewhere in our Big Gay Hudson Valley this coming weekend!

Now, on the with the listings:


Friday, October 16th

“Canned Ham” @ Cunneen-Hackett, Poughkeepsie @ 7p
Tom Judson’s acclaimed one-man comedy makes its Poughkeepsie debut at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center at 12 Vassar Street.  Tickets are $15 and are available online (at the link above) or at the door.  Proceeds benefit the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk.

VCS Gay Pride Rockland Gay Dance Party, Nyack @ 7:30pm – 11p
Join Gay Pride Rockland at the Nyack Center at S. Broadway & Depew Avenue in ringing in fall by shaking what your momma gave ya!  Tickets are $20 at the door ($10 for students) but you can pick up a discount by buying online or calling 845.634.5729.


Saturday, October 17th

Hudson Valley AIDS Walk, Pougkeepsie @ 9a
This annual fundraiser and community day benefiting AIDS Related Community Services (ARCS) of the Hudson Valley will kick off at the Pougkeepsie waterfront and weave throughout the city.  Come say “hi” to Stephan & Patrick at the BGHV table!

Painted Ladies of the Village of New Paltz, New Paltz @ 10a
This 120-minute walking tour tells the stories of some of the village’s most interesting historic buildings, including the village’s acclaimed Victorian estates (it’s “painted ladies”).  Starts at the Deyo House in the historic Huguenot District.  Tickets $12 per person.

“My Red Blood” Book Launch @ The Kleinert, Woodstock @ 2p
Alix Dobkin will be reading from her newly release pre-lesbian memoir about growing up communist, coming onto the Greenwich Village folk scene and coming out in the feminist movement.  Reading is free and hosted by the Kleinert at 34 Tinker Street.

Red Masquerade CLOSING WEEKEND @ SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz @ 2p
The first show of the new season of SUNY’s MainStage program, Red Masquerade, is upon its closing weekend with shows at 2p on Saturday & Sunday.  $16 for general seating, $14 for SUNY students.  For more information about the show and the pre-production seminars being hosted about the show and its themes, visit their website.

“Hudson Valley Mediterranean” Booksigning @ bluecashew, High Falls @ 2p to 5p
Gigi Hudson Valley owner Laura Pensiero will be signing copies of her new book, “Hudson Valley Mediterranean” at this last event before bluecashew moves to its new location in Rhinebeck.  Stay tuned for updates on BGHV’s grand opening party for bluecashew:Rhinebeck!

“Stage Fright: A Monsterpiece Theater Production” @ SUNY New Paltz’s McKenna Theater, New Paltz @ 8p
A theatrical evening of harrowing & hilarious short plays & sketches performed by some of the Hudson Valley’s finest actors.

Hyde Park “Visual History Project” Premiere @ The Hyde Park Drive-In Theater, Hyde Park @ 8:30p
This project is a collaboration between artists and the community exploring what connects between people and place.  No admission, open to the public.

Hudson Valley AIDS Walk After Party @ Truman’s, New Paltz @ 7p
After all that walking, it’s time to party!  Join the ARCS staff at Truman’s from 7p to 10p for free safer sex supplies and drink specials – and no cover! (until 10p, that is) Hostess Isis Vermouth will be showing off her latest “Horror Queen” fashions at this pre-Halloween benefit for ARCS.


Sunday, October 18th

Grand Reopening of the Adriance Memorial Library, Poughkeepsie @ 2p
Join the Poughkeepsie community in celebrating the reopening of the 3rd oldest library in the U.S.!  The recently (fabulously) made-over building – originally opened in 1898 – is at 93 Market Street.  Renowned folk singer Tom Chapin and his band will be performing.

William Noonan Open Studio, Newburgh @ 12p – 5p
Newburgh artist William Noonan opens his studio as part of an Orange County weekend long studio tour. Noonan a native to the hudson valley is deeply involved with the local art community. This open studio event will offer collectors a chance to see work that might otherwise not make it into a gallery, particularly his more erotic, gay themed work.

Men’s Fall Foliage Cruise Aboard the Rip Van Winkle, Kingston @ 2p
Hosted by the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center’s Mens Group and The Valley Boys, this cruise on the Hudson will depart from the Rondout Landing.  Details & a cruise coupon are available here.  Email Chip if you’d like to attend at

Orange County Rainbow Events Tea Dance @ Truman’s, New Paltz @ 3p
OC Rainbow Events’ monthly tea dance will have bar food, a DJ and dancing available for a $10 cover charge.  Call Terry for more info at 845.978.3850

Dinner & Live Music to Benefit Deborah Schneer @ Bridgewater Grill, Kingston @ 4p to 7p
Join this fundraiser benefiting Ulster County Court Judge Candidate Deborah Schneer at 50 Abeel Street in Kingston’s historic Rondout district.  Live music from Lucie Blue Tremblay, silent auctions, light fare & several surprises are in store.  Tickets are $20 at the door.  Call LK for more info at 845.331.8128.

LOFT Bowling League @ White Plains Bowl, White Plains @ 7p
The LOFT benefit bowling league’s proceeds sponsor the programs of the LOFT Gay Center.  $15 gets you shoes, a ball and three games.


Coming Down the Pike…

Orange County Rainbow Events Halloween Dance, Saturday October 24th
Open to any who’d like to attend, The Cauldron Restaurant at 631 Route 17K in Montgomery will be hosting OC Rainbow Events party @ 9p.  $5 per person with door prizes, raffles and a best costume contest.  Bar apps will be provided, cash bar.  Call Terry for more info at 845.978.3850

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center Halloween Dance, Saturday October 24th
Center members (and non!) are invited to this annual costume optional soiree at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center.  Tickets are $10 for Center members, $12 for non and available online or at the door.  Music by DJ John Martin of Superior Sounds