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On December 17, 2014, the Claudio Cares Foundation will be hosting their 3rd Annual Claudio’s Can Drive in honor of Claudio’s Birthday. Give1% of yourself and contribute non perishable food items at Pizza Mia in Highland by Hannafords. Our hope is to collect 60,000 lbs. of food for those less fortunate in order to instill those qualities of selflessness that Claudio possessed. All goods will stay local to help feed local families.Please help us to help our own.

 Join the Museum Village for a FREE Christmas in the Village. They would appreciate a donation for Country Kids Food Pantry (soups & pastas needed!).

This year, Santa and his helper will be waiting for everyone in the Visitors' Center to spread his cheer and his jolly good Ho! Ho! Ho's! Then you can take a hay ride around the village and meet at the Snack Bar where we'll have crafts for the kids. And starting at 1:30PM there will be a holiday entertainment show in the Playhouse to keep with the festive mood. Out on the green we will also have a 1:00PM short ceremony in remembrance of the Attack at Pearl Harbor. There will also be some Civil War Re-enactors looking to share stories with visitors and maybe "recruit" a few inquisitive youngsters. The Gift Shop will be open for those stocking stuffers and the Snack Bar will have some warm foods to keep the tummies warm. Sunday, December 7; 12:00N - 4:00PM 12:00N - 1:30PM      Santa & his helper in the Visitors' Center 1:30PM - 2:30PM     Entertainment in the Playhouse  A Cappella Group singing Christmas Songs Magic Lantern slide show  Alexa singing Christmas SongsTwas the Night Before Christmas reading12 Days of Christmas Participation Puppet Group Sing along 2:30PM - 4:00PM     Santa & his helper in the Visitors' Center          

 Museum Village is a living history museum preserving a vast collection of eclectic, 19th century artifacts for educational purposes. Using these artifacts and reproductions, we provide hands-on experiences and exhibits illustrating the transition from a rural to an industrial culture and economy in America, provoking thought and discussion about history.

 Museum Village is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Educational Institution.

 Half Moon Theatre Company invites you to bring the entire family to celebrate the holiday season Dec. 5-20 (weekends only) with It’s a Wonderful Life: The 1946 Radio Play. Set in a 1946 radio station studio, five actors perform an “on-air” retelling of this heartwarming tale. The actors portray all of the movie’s favorite characters and are joined by a live sound effects artist—who brings the story to life by encouraging audience participation. Kids (and kids at heart) will love getting to applaud and make special sound effects throughout the performance.

 Adapted by Tony Palermo, It’s A Wonderful Life: The 1946 Radio Play is directed by Michael Schiralli and features Jason Cohen, Darrell James*,  Molly Renfroe Katz*,  Amy Lemon Olson*, John Summerford*, and Drama Desk nominated live sound effects artist Ien DeNio.

 With a festive sing-along to favorite carols and hilarious commercials, everyone in the family will enjoy this version of the timeless classic about love, redemption and the Christmas spirit. Give your kids their first It’s a Wonderful Life experience, or bring your entire office or out of town guests for a memorable holiday outing!

 Director Michael Schiralli said, “It’s not the holidays without watching It’s A Wonderful Life. Its message—that no man is a failure who has friends—sums up the heart of the season.  Sharing it with the Hudson Valley—live—in a theatrical setting, in this clever radio play version, makes it that more special. It’s the perfect gift for the person who has everything!”

 John Summerford, who plays the beloved everyman George Bailey, said, “The film has always been a part of the holidays for most of us. This version gives the Hudson Valley community an opportunity to come together during this special time of year and reflect on what is truly important in our lives. Community is such an important theme in this piece.”

 “It's a Wonderful Lifeis the perfect holiday show for the whole family,” said HMT managing director Kristy Grimes. “We're hoping everyone from Grandma to the grandkids will come for dinner at The Culinary Institute of America, see the show, and start a new Christmas tradition right here in the Hudson Valley.”

 As part of the It’s A Wonderful Life festivities, Grimes said carolers will stroll through the theatre singing holiday music. She noted The Culinary Institute of America will offer themed concessions from the Apple Pie Bakery for Christmas —with special treats for children.

 Performance Dates:     

  • FRIDAY12/5, 12/12, 12/19 at 8:00 p.m.
  • SATURDAY12/6, 12/13, 12/20 at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
  • SUNDAY12/7, 12/14 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Special performance:WEDNESDAY 12/17 at 8:00 p.m.

 Special Events:

  • FRIDAY 12/12 at 7:00 p.m. & SATURDAY 12/20 at 1:15 p.m.: Stage and screen SOUND EFFECTS SHOW & TELL with Drama Desk award nominated sound effect artist Ien DeNio


  • WEDNESDAY 12/17 at 7:00 p.m.: Join Eddie Kowalski, CIA graduate, owner and chef of CRAVE and LOLA’s Café, for a special pre-show talk about his favorite holiday recipes.


  • SUNDAY 12/7 at 1:00 p.m.: Join film scholar Sybil DelGaudio for a special pre-show talk about the classic film that inspired the play.

  Special Dinner Option for Theatre Patrons:  Due to overwhelming popular demand, The Culinary Institute of America will open its Italian themed restaurant Caterina de'Medici on two Saturday nights (12/6 & 12/13) for Half Moon Theatre patrons. Guests will enjoy a specially crafted family-style meal, with a selection of salads, homemade pastas, and dessert (and we'll get you out in time for the show!). The cost is $39 per person (not including beverages, tax, and service charge).

This very special pre-theatre dining experience is currently ONLY BEING OFFERED to Half Moon Theatre patrons. Call now to book your reservations for Dec. 6 or Dec. 13. Pre-theatre dining reservations are available between 5:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.  

TO BOOK YOUR TABLE, call 845-451-1553 (Mon-Fri 9-5pm) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please act quickly as reservations for this special family-style pre-theatre dinner will sell out. 



Have fun while helping homeless dogs and cats! Pictures with the family and your pets will be done on Sunday  December 7th from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Companion Dog Training Club, 878 Blooming Grove TPKE(Route 94E) in New Windsor, NY 12533, Next to the firehouse! Bring the family, your dog, cat, hamster, goats or whoever is your favorite friend for a photo with Santa by photographers Mike Jones and Toni Lund! This year Santa is looking forward to granting wishes to dogs and cats everywhere who need a forever home.You can help him by stopping by with your loved ones for a beautiful keepsake photo. Your donation will help the lost and abandoned cats and dogs of The Canine Sanctuary, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization run entirely by volunteers.Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and other goodies while your photo is being printed. We'll have treats foryour favorite four-legged friends too!For more information contact The Canine Sanctuary (845) 534-8414, email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Join them, they're looking forward to seeing you there! $15 for a 5x7 Photo - benefits the homeless pets of The Canine



 If you lost someone to suicide there is a support group that meets 1st Monday of each month and is open to all in the Newburgh Area, Walden, Wallkill, Montgomery, Cornwall,New Paltz, Gardiner, Modena, Ardonia, Beacon. It will be held at the Union Presbyterian Church, 44 Balmville Road in Newburgh, NY 12550   3rd Floor- from  7:00 - 9:00 pm. CONTACT:  Rose Terwilliger, Group Facilitator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 845-220-6963


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