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What’s Up Peekskill? Karaoke and More Humidity!

Here is your weekly round up of events that are rocking Peekskill. For recurring events, please scroll to the bottom.

Thursday, August 20th

karaoke cats
• Live Band Karaoke
@ 12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

• Karaoke Night
with host Tina Machete
@ Gleason’s – 9:00 pm

• Steve Chizmadia
@ Birdsall House – 9:00 pm

• The Judy Marie Canterino Trio
@ The Hudson Room – 8:00 pm

Friday, August 21st

• Wine Tasting Boat Cruise on the Tour Boat Evening Star
Dylan’s Wine Cellar and Trinity Cruises
@ Riverfront Green Park Boat Dock – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

• The Bookends Band
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Sailing Stone
@ Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• The Black Dirt Band
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@ The Bean Runner – 8:00 pm

• L’il Bastads
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 22nd

Daisychain image by Dieter Unrath Photography
Daisychain image by Dieter Unrath Photography
• Daisychain ft. Tom Simmons
@ Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• The Jon Bates Band
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Joe Ferry & The Big Ska Band
@ The Bean Runner – 8:00 pm

• Stax of Soul
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

• Live Music
in the beer garden
@ Birdsall House – 7:00 pm

Sunday, August 23rd

• Christine
@ Peekskill Coffee House – 1:00 pm

• Hahnbone Band
Live Outdoor Music
@ The Peekskill Brewery – 4:00 pm

Ongoing Summer Events:

Peekskill Farmers’ Market
@ Bank Street in Peekskill – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Every Saturday.

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Hudson River Cruises on the Tour Boat Evening Star
@ The Riverfront Green – 11:00 am; 7:00 pm Sunset Cruise

Peekskill Riverfront Summer Concert Series
@ The Riverfront Green

Downtown Peekskill Music Series
@ North Division Street

Sunday Funday Music Series
@ The Peekskill Brewery – 4:30 – 7:30 pm

What’s Up Peekskill? The Ides of August Edition

Here is your weekly round up of events that are rocking Peekskill. For recurring events, please scroll to the bottom.

Thursday, August 13th

• The Bianca Muniz Band, Unplugged
@ 12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

• Karaoke Night
Karaoke@ Gleason’s – 9:00 pm

• The David Wynne Duo
@ The Hudson Room – 8:00 pm

Friday, August 14th

• Wine Tasting
@ Dylan’s Wine Cellar – 4:00 – 7:00 pm

• Celebrating Rock & Roll!
with Vintage Vinyl
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Soul Fusion
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• Roxy Perry
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 15th

• Keeping the music of Led Zeppelin LIVE!
with Black Dog
Zoso
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• The Kurt Henry Band
in the beer garden
beer gnome
@ Birdsall House – 7:00 pm

• Dirty Stay Out
@ The Hudson Room – 8:00 pm

Sunday, August 16th

• KIDS Open Mic Night!
@ 12 Grapes – 6:00-8:00 pm

• Tribes Hill Kindred Folk Concert
@ Embark Peekskill – 4:30 pm

• Sunday Fundays — outdoor live music
@ The Peekskill Brewery – 4:30 pm

Ongoing Summer Events:

Peekskill Farmers’ Market
@ Bank Street in Peekskill – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Every Saturday.

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Hudson River Cruises on the Tour Boat Evening Star
@ The Riverfront Green – 11:00 am; 7:00 pm Sunset Cruise

Peekskill Riverfront Summer Concert Series
@ The Riverfront Green

Downtown Peekskill Music Series
@ North Division Street

Sunday Funday Music Series
@ The Peekskill Brewery – 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Has This Woman Delivered the Farmers’ Market of the Future to Peekskill?

This article is part of a syndicated series written by Paul Stark and focused on the things that make Peekskill special.

Corinna with a baby chick
Corinna with a baby chick
Corinna Makris has worked hard to give Peekskill a farmers’ market that’s state of the art.

No, there’s nothing high tech about this future – no clothing with built-in internet access, no self-driving trucks filled with fresh-picked produce. Just corporate-trained business savvy, a belief in hand-to-hand capitalism and a deep understanding that a farmers’ market should be so much more than an open-air supermarket.

The Market invites you to “bee” there every Saturday
The Market invites you to “bee” there every Saturday
If you’ve been coming to The Peekskill Farmers’ Market (Facebook, Pinterest), you know what to expect and you’re starting to recognize some familiar faces. But you may not know it hasn’t always been like this, or how it was transformed. (If you haven’t been coming to the market, it’ll be Saturday morning before you know it, so c’mon by)

Market day has been a special occasion since humans invented agriculture. Not only an opportunity for all kinds of buying and selling, but a chance to meet neighbors you haven’t seen all week, or all season. Away from familiar chores and familiar faces, there can be discussions, side deals, gossip, maybe a little flirting, maybe a little celebrating. And, at a more basic level, market day is a time for everyone to celebrate their personal participation in the bounty created by the fruitful and generative earth transformed by human work and ingenuity.

So, all that is old is new again. As Ms. Makris puts it, the Market offers a “revolution in shopping: it’s possible to buy what you need directly from the person who made it.” She calls herself a practitioner of “capitalist activism,” an advocate of what might be called hand-to-hand capitalism.

And you can meet the people on the other side of those hand-to-hand transactions. You can meet some of the Wengerd family and buy produce grown on their Rolling Ridge Farm in Mifflinburg, PA. The unassuming guy who sells the Cooperstown Cheese? His award-winning cheese has been served at the White House. The hilarious guy selling meat down at the end? All his cows have names, and in his spare time he flips (buys, restores, sells) classic cars.

How did Ms Makris, a woman whose mother celebrated her blossoming maturity by giving her Saul Alinsky’s classic Rules for Radicals, pass through high-level corporate capitalism to end up running a farmers’ market in Northern Westchester? She liked her corporate work: she was good at it, a “people person” who thrived within in an environment of clearly articulated rules and goals. But her populist instincts rebelled when she saw wealthy companies looting their employees’ pension funds. How could that not be wrong? How could that not be illegal? Eventually those and other abuses made waiting tables in Hudson the more soul-preserving alternative. She soon found work in community activism, and when the chance came to manage and grow a community endeavor that doesn’t do evil, she jumped at it and became part of the unfolding history of Peekskill.

What she’s grown at the Peekskill Farmers’ Market is a win-win raised to the sixth power.

Marcy B. Freedman colorfully changing the tone
Marcy B. Freedman colorfully changing the tone
It’s marketing for Peekskill’s downtown: it entirely changes Saturday’s tone, and brings people from ever-greater distances to enjoy Peekskill and spend money here. “You have to entertain the customers while they’re here. It has to be fun. You want them to spend the day in Peekskill. Hopefully, you want them to buy a house in Peekskill.”
Peekskill citizens get to buy farm-fresh produce and other good things, while having a market day, making new friends and running into the old.

Corinna is very concerned that every single one of her vendors is happy and making enough money to make the day worth the effort (efforts like heavy lifting and getting up at two in the morning).

The entertainers make it fun for shoppers while earning new fans, maybe selling some merchandise, and leaving with some tips and some farm-fresh produce.

Community organizations (the Cornell Extension Master Gardener, the City of Peekskill 75th Anniversary Committee, HVCCA’s Peekskill Project are visible to a broad cross section of our community.

And there’s even jobs, jobs, jobs. Some vendors hire locally. If you’re interested, Corinna can hook you up with whoever’s hiring. And while we’re at it, volunteering for the market will not only make you feel glad all over, but will look great on your resume.

And the market supports Local Living Economies both here, and in all the places within the 250 mile radius food shed that sends us the fruits of their lands and people. (Learn more about Local Living Economies at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, and around these parts, check out Re>Think Local. And Scott Tillett, founder of Re>Think Local, has also stepped into the stream of Peekskill history, as I detailed here.)

Farm Fresh from Eight Mile Creek
Farm Fresh from Eight Mile Creek
Some important facts. The market operates under the auspices of Peekskill’s Business Improvement District. The theory, borne out in fact, being that the rising tide created by the Market will lift all boats in the district. But the Market doesn’t cost anyone anything: it’s not only self-supporting, but turns a profit. Some people believe City of Peekskill tax money is spent on the market – not true; in fact, the City gets paid by the Market for street closure.
There’s no electioneering at the market, but that doesn’t make it politician-free. “It’s a good place for elected officials to be seen – it’s neutral territory,” Corinna explains, “Everybody wants Peekskill to be a good place to live.”

Another win-win in the market’s six-dimensional win-win universe: Quirk Shop Peekskill (Facebook), a retail co-op for designers is slated to open on North Division in August. It will be curated by Jeorjia Shea, a designer whose work flew off the shelves when she was a vendor at the market. She’ll be representing other independent designers and providing gallery space for local artists.

I’m grateful that the Farmers’ Market is part of my Peekskill, and I see lots of grateful, happy Peekskillians (as many as 1,500 per market day) getting farm-fresh produce and so very much more every Saturday morning. Maybe I’ll see you there one of these Saturdays.

What’s up Peekskill? Dog Days of Summer Edition

Thursday, August 6th

• Trash to Treasure: An Upcycled Art Experience
Opening Reception: 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Runs through September 6
@ The Field Library

• Open Mic Night
with host, Jess Erick
@ 12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

• The Compact
@ Birdsall House – 9:30 pm

• Karaoke Night
@ Gleason’s – 9:00 pm

• Swing Night with The Bensen-Scott Big Band
@ The Hudson Room – 8:00 pm

Friday, August 7th

Joe Duraes (SOLO)
@ The Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• Grand Funk Railroad
GFR
@ The Paramount – 8:00 pm

• SoulRagga
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Salsa Night with Los Mas Valientes!
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• Vinny Pastore and The Gangsters
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 8th

• Alexis Cole
@ the Farmer’s Market

• Gordon Lightfoot
50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour
The lightfoot
(Is it just me, or does Walter White kinda look like Gordon?)
@ The Paramount – 8:00 pm

• Rip and the Sleepy Hollow Boys
in the beer garden
@ Birdsall House – 7:00 pm

• Gerry Malkin Quintet
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• The SUNDOWN Band
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Soul Fusion
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Sunday, August 9th

• Sunday Funday
PB
Live Music outdoors – True Apacothary and A Balance Between
@ The Peekskill Brewery – 4:30 pm

• Greg Westhoff’s Westchester Swing Band
@ 12 Grapes – 5:30 – 8:30 pm

What’s Up Peekskill? August is here!

Here is your weekly round up of events that are rocking Peekskill. For recurring events, please scroll to the bottom.

Thursday, July 30th

• Drew Bordeaux
@ 12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

• Phil Dollard
@ Birdsall House – 9:00 pm

• Salsa Night
@ The Hudson Room – 8:00 pm

Friday, July 31st

• Bakklash!
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Reggae! with Donovan Michael and U.R.I.
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• Soul’d Again 
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 1st

The ExpoHudson Valley Expo
@ Riverfront Green Park – Noon – 9:00 pm

• Indigo King
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Daniel Abrams & Hilary Korn Fontana
Art Exhibit and Opening
With Music by Harry Rios at 8 pm
@ Beale Street Barber Shop – 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

• Premik Russell Tubbs
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• Warrior’s Pub Crawl
Warriors
Warriors! Come out to pla-ee-aay!
Sponsored by the Coney Island Brewery.
@ Taco Dive Bar – 6:00 pm
@ Gleason’s – 7:00 pm
@ Hudson Room – 8:00 pm
@ Birdsall House – 9:00 pm

• Louis Vanaria’s Upbeat Classics
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Sunday, August 2nd

• Sunday Funday
outside with live music with American Pinup
@ The Peekskill Brewery – 4:30 – 7:30 pm

• Bianca Mancinelli & Band
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 4:00 – 7:00 pm


Ongoing Summer Events:

Peekskill Farmers’ Market
@ Bank Street in Peekskill – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Every Saturday.

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Hudson River Cruises on the Tour Boat Evening Star
@ The Riverfront Green – 11:00 am; 7:00 pm Sunset Cruise

Peekskill Riverfront Summer Concert Series
@ The Riverfront Green

Downtown Peekskill Music Series
@ North Division Street

Sunday Funday Music Series
@ The Peekskill Brewery – 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Support a Cleaner Mighty Hudson

BM_4380While this site is usually all things Peekskill, our home shares the Mighty Hudson with everyone. Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson is sponsoring a candlelight vigil this Thursday to promote a full recovery from PCB pollution, and to celebrate our region’s most treasured natural and economic resource — the Hudson River.

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Unfortunately, there is not one at Peekskill’s Riverfront Green, but there are plenty others. Here is a full list of candlelight vigil locations and contact information. All vigils are on Thursday, July 23 and start at 7:30 p.m. (You can sign up officially at the event section of the Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson page on Facebook.)

BEACON (Dutchess County)
Sponsored by City of Beacon/Scenic Hudson (Beacon Riverfest concert starts at 6 p.m.)
Location: Long Dock Park, Long Dock Rd, Beacon, NY 12508
Contact: Jake Salt, 415-378-1658, jsalt@scenichudson.org

COEYMANS (Albany County)
Sponsored by Coeymans Neighborhood Association
Location: Coeymans Landing between Westerlo and Dock Street, Coeymans, NY 12143
Contact: Barbara Heinzen, 646-238-7089, barbara@barbaraheinzen.com

KINGSTON (Ulster County)
Sponsored by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Location: Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing at foot of Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
Contact: Kyle Downey, 845-803-6862, kdowney@skidmore.edu

MECHANICVILLE (Saratoga County)
Sponsored by City of Mechanicville/Scenic Hudson
Location: Mechanicville City Dock at Terminal Street, Mechanicville, NY 12118
Contact Jake Salt, 415-378-1658, jsalt@scenichudson.org

NEWBURGH (Orange County)
Sponsored by City of Newburgh/Scenic Hudson (live music and food)
Location: Unico Park at the waterfront, Front Street b/t 3rd & 4th Street, Newburgh, NY 12550
Contact Jake Salt, 415-378-1658, jsalt@scenichudson.org

NEW YORK CITY
Sponsored by NYC Friends of Clearwater
Location: Pier 63 between 22nd and 23rd Streets, at Hudson River, NY 10001
Contact: John Breitbart, 917-612-9353, johnbnycfc@yahoo.com

OSSINING (Westchester County)
Sponsored by Riverkeeper
Location: Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Westerly Rd, Ossining, NY 10562
Contact: Suzie Ross, 914-588-6100, suzie.e.ross@gmail.com and Emma Lagle, 914-355-0874, elagle00@gmail.com

SCHUYLERVILLE (Saratoga County)
Sponsored by Village of Schulyerville/Scenic Hudson
Location: Fort Hardy Park, Off of Ferry Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871
Contact: Jake Salt, 415-378-1658,
jsalt@scenichudson.org

NYACK (Rockland County)
Sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation
Location: Fellowship of Reconciliation, 521 N Broadway, Nyack, New York 10960
Contact: Sister Hope Altkin, 845 358 4601 ext. 32
shaltkin@forusa.org