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Name: Brandy Walters
Business: Rondout Music Lounge (soon to be The Anchor)
Occupation: Co - Owner
Where are you from originally? Born in southern NJ; but called the Hudson Valley home since I was 2 y/o.
Why are you here? I have left several times and have lived all over the north east; however, I am always drawn back. There is just so much beauty and art here.
What is your favorite hangout? Rondout Music Lounge obviously, but it's not just because I own the place. I really enjoy our clientele and they tend to be the people I want to hang out with anyway.
Tell us something we never would have guessed about you. I collect Pez! I started collecting them as a kid and have since developed quite the collection. I love them.
What keeps you here? Besides the obvious beauty of the Hudson Valley, there is always something to do (hikes, festivals, markets, shows, etc). Most of all, though, is the passion of the locals. As a community Kingston locals do not give up, they keep working hard to make things better and don't accept defeat.
What would you change? I would like to see Midtown thrive. There are so many amazing buildings just sitting there vacant, it's a shame.
Where would we find you on Sunday mornings? Serving brunch down at the Rondout Music Lounge (soon to be The Anchor).
When you're not in Kingston, what's your idea of a wonderful city to visit, and why? I love Portland, ME. There is so much art and culture there. The beaches are amazing as well.
The Rondout Music Lounge will be moving to their newly renovated location at 744 Broadway and changing their name to The Anchor on September 13th
THIS WEEK IN KINGSTON
August 7 - August 13
Highlights of This Week in Kingston
The listings abridged:
Wedneday August 7-Sunday August 11
Kingston Film Festival
Through screenings and associated events, the festival aims to present a wide spectrum of filmmaking - feature films, documentaries, animation, short films, experimental, big budget, micro-budget, trailers and so on.
For this weeks screenings, click here.
Wednesday, August 7 | 6:00- 7:00pm
The Free Music in the Parks Series
featuring the Ben Rounds Band will be held in Gallo Park, located on the Historic Rondout Waterfront. For more information on the Series and the bands please visit the City of Kingston website at: www.kingston-ny.gov
City Trolley Bus service available beginning at 5:00 p.m. Please call (845) 750-3460 for more information.
Thursday, August 8 | 8:00pm
Friday August 9 | 5:30-8:00pm
Wine Tasting at Madden's Fine Wines & Spirits Baeza Wines Connection will be pouring fabulous and affordable Chilean and Spanish Wines. Loranque Tempranillo, a Syrah Tempranillo blend, a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir Rose. As always, Madden's tastings will be filled with great Wine, Food and Friends.
Madden's Fine Wines & Spirits, 65 Broadway, Kingston, NY.
Friday August 9 | 8:30pm
Movies Under the Stars: West Side Story
Kingston Parks Movies Under the Stars presents:West Side Story, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Kingston and the Sunshine Rotary Club. It's a grown up night so keep the little ones at home, but teens with parents or adult guardians are more than welcome. Come sing along with the Jets and the Sharks to a classic American musical at 8:30pm! Come early for the The Gold Hope Duo beginning at 7:30pm:
Stripped down upbeat Rhythm & Blues, Country, folk and a pinch of Rockabilly, The Gold Hope Duo is a joint effort between front-persons Lara Hope and Matt "The Knife" Goldpaugh. They share percussion duties with their fast feet and live by the motto "If you can't do it, kazoo it!"
Saturday August 10| 11am-5pm
3rd Annual Summer D.I.Y. Craft Fair in Collaboration with The Art Riot!
30 + local craft vendors showcasing jewelry, accessories, ceramics, art, clothing, paper goods, knitted wears, and more!! Live music with DJ Dan Jurow, Mister Oh!, Kyle McDonough and more TBA. Fitness Demos will include: Zumba with Alicia, Kickboxing with Che, Hula Hoop with Liz, and Workout on the Go with Jess! Fitness Demos start at noon
Rain Date is Saturday August 17th.
Event will be located at Cornell Street Studios. 168 Cornell Street, 2nd floor in the Darmstadt Overhead Doors building.
This event is sponsored by Bailey Pottery Equipment & Ceramic Supplies, R & F Handmade Paints, Artcraft Camera & Digital, and Speigel Bros Paper Co., Inc.
Saturday August 10th | 3:00-8:00 pmThe Summer Schmooze and Benefit for Queens Galley
Summer's here, and the time is right for some great music and good company.
Kingston Digital Corridor and the Ulster County Musicians Network are happy to announce a lazy summer afternoon of music.
UPDATE: As you might have heard, a benefit for Queens Galley, scheduled for 8/3, had to be cancelled. SO... we'll be taking up the slack, and passing the hat, bucket, cup, boot and anything else we can to help raise funds for them!!!!
Live music (including multiple jams... bring your instrument!), plus Wavy Dave spinning some fine tracks... networking and just plain hanging out with your fellow Ulsterians... topped off with the fine food and drink of Keegan's!
So come on out and get LAZY! Keegan Ales, 20 St. James Street, Kingston, NY.
The events above are just a small sample of what's happening in the City of Kingston. For the complete listings of events go to www.KingstonHappenings.org
If you wish to have your event listed, click here.
The Business Alliance of Kingston is a consortium of the three business associations in the City of Kingston. BAK is working with local businesses and the community to revitalize the city's business districts. For more information go to: www.businessallianceofkingston.org
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