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With the onset of fall, it’s time to pull out your sweaters and brace yourselves for cocoa and apple picking.  Looking for a place to grab some fruit with the local fruits?  Visit our friend Farmer Billiam at Liberty View Farm in Highland.  He and farmhand husband, Rene, have an amazing site with apple picking, chickens, farm animals, veggies, tag sales, picturesque views and oh so much more.  Check them out this weekend and tell them BGHV sent you!

Next weekend is the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s Fall Fest 2009 Fundraiser!!  This amazing group is celebrating its 30th anniversary of supporting and developing at-risk LGBTQ youth into the future of our country.  Tickets for their 4th Annual Fall Fest Fundraiser are available now and the lineup & after party are proving to be a the premier party of the year.  Through our partnership with the group, we’re encouraging youth to attend this event, that’s why we’ve made “30 for $30″ available – 30 tickets for $30 available only to those between the age of 21 and 25.  Members of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center are also getting the hookup, with tickets available for 50% when purchased through the link posted on BGHV.  If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, read up on this incredible event and book your spot now to get in on what is sure to be the premier party of the year.

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Friday, September 18th

Virgo Birthday Bash @ Primetime, Highland, 10p
Come and join the “Diva of Diamonds” Miss Lady Black Diamonds as she celebrates her birthday along with the other fabulous Virgos. If you are a Virgo you get in FREE…

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Saturday, September 19th

“Legacy In Light” The Art of Rudie Berkhout, Catskill, 5p
This event commemorates the first anniversary of the passing of Rudie Bkerhout.  It also marks the commitment to develop a traveling retrospective exhibition of Rudie’s work in major museums around the world.  “Legacy in Light” will be open through January 10th at Union Mills Gallery at 361 Main Street.  Call 845.510.8081 or email lindalaw@mhcable.com for hours and more info.

GLO Party at Truman’s, New Paltz, 10p
GoGo Dancers, Drink Specials and Contests, with free GLO sticks for all! Free cover before 10pm.  Music by Prephab.

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Sunday, September 20th

Antiques & Art Auction Fundraiser, Milton, 2p to 6p
Come and enjoy a lovely afternoon at the Milton on Hudson Train Station (follow the Milton Turnpike signs to the train station). Built in 1883, this historic building is a work in progress. Once rehabilitated, the Train Station will be the only extant Train Station on the west shore of the Hudson River open to the public.  Festivities include music, local food & wines, and a wide assortment of art, antiques & services on which to bid. All proceeds go toward the rehabilitation of the Station.  Tickets are $25 at the door, contact Cindy Lanzetta at 845.795.2220 or packback56@yahoo.com for details.

HV Out & About Wine Tasting, Marlboro, 3p
Join Hudson Valley Out & About‘s Ryan & Matt for an afternoon of wine tasting at the scenic Benmarl Winery.  Enjoy 6 tastings for $6 as you overlook the Hudson River at America’s Oldest Vineyard.  Rendezvous in the main tasting room, rain or shine.  RSVP to membership@hvoutandabout.com.

Orange County Rainbow Events Tea Dance, New Paltz, 3p
Orange County Rainbow Events will be sponsoring a monthly T-Dance at Truman’s the 3rd Sunday of each month – and this their first!  $10 at the door gets you admission, dancing and a buffet – cash bar available.

Savage Nights DRAG WARS @ Rocks, Albany, 10p
Drag Wars @ Rocks bar – submit your entry online or attend and bring singles to egg the girls on.

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Monday, September 21st

MHVGLPA Monthly Dinner, Highland, 6p
The Mid-Hudson Valley Gay & Lesbian Professionals Association monthly dinner will be held at the Highland Cafe in Highland.  BYOB drinks starting at 6p, dinner’s on at 7p.  RSVP online by Friday to confirm your attendance.

Big Gay Monday’s “Dinner With Family”, Suffern, 6:30p
Join Ravi at Rockland County’s “Ravi Continental Cuisine” for their monthly “Dinner with Family” big gay Monday celebration.

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Coming Down The Pike….

Thursday, Sept 24th: ARCS AIDS Walk Kick-Off Party
Help ARCS kick off the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk “season” with a ribbon cutting and kick-off party from 4p to 6p in their Poughkeepsie office at 235 Main Street. Co-hosted by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Featuring refreshments by Babycakes Cafe. Stop by to sign up for the Walk, get tips on how to raise funds, collect posters and lawn signs to help raise awareness, and say hello to ARCS staff!

Thursday, Sept 24th:  Safer Sex for GBTQ Men
A presentation by Paul Moccio, Gay Men’s Health Educator, ARCS, AIDS Related Community Services. All men are welcome. The presentation takes place at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center and is part of a two-part Men’s Health Workshop sponsored by the Men’s Group.