The Woodstock Comedy Festival (WCF) is Comedy For a Cause, a 501©(3) with a mission: a weekend of laughter to benefit survivors of violence against women. Each year they donate net profits to Family of Woodstock (domestic violence programs) and Polaris (human trafficking survivors). The festival, held every September at venues around town, features comedy from stand-up to sketch to improv, from panels to films.
This festival went epochal in its first year with Dick Cavett, Mario Cantone, and Bobcat Goldthwaite. They’ve featured Susie Essman, Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Klein, Colin Quinn, Caroline Rhea, Sasheer Zamata, and other bright lights of comedy.
The Woodstock Film Festival named by Travel Pulse as one of the 5 US Film Festivals you must see in 2017. The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. The annual fall festival screens more than 125 feature narratives, documentaries, shorts, student films and animated films in the towns of Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale, and Saugerties. The festival draws thousands of visitors from the area, the country, and all over the globe. Prominent attendees are an annual staple at the event and have included Paul Rudd, Uma Thurman, Alec Baldwin, Natalie Portman, Giancarlo Esposito and many others luminaries. The festival’s year round program of special screenings and events attract notables to the area including Kyra Sedgwick, America Ferrera and Daniel Day-Lewis.
The all new Colony Woodstock will be an entertainment and dining space worthy of the Woodstock community and its history. This historic space has recently been purchased by Neil and Alexia Howard and will offer live music, comedy, theatre and performance acts, community events, games, local food, a world-class drink selection and great company. This Catskill Mountain landmark is being lovingly renovated and restored for an opening in Spring 2016.
Levon Helm Studios–Recording studio (live and recorded), home of the Levon Helm Midnight Ramble Sessions. Levon was in the business of making music for over forty years and if the walls of “The Barn” could talk, what stories they would tell! Music legends galore have played, jammed and recorded there and his family is happily continuing that tradition. He based his Midnight Ramble Sessions on the southern medicine shows of his youth and they continue to include some of the most notable entertainers and musicians of our time. Whether you’ve been a fan of Levon Helm forever or just love good music, you don’t want to miss The Midnight Ramble Sessions.
The Lodge is on a mission to re-establish Woodstock as a musical destination, both for local artists and the visiting celebrity set. The Lodge is becoming host to some eclectic music choices, with a new Thursday Open Mic night for local performers, Saturday nights rotating between local and faraway DJs and music acts, and Sundays always ending with a Latin Jazz party.
Maverick Concerts, America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival and winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, thrives on the love of great music and the spirit of its unique site in the unspoiled woods. The rustic 1916 concert hall, with its perfect acoustics, is ideally suited to chamber music and the intimacy of live performance. Maverick Concerts continues the vision of Hervey White, founder of the collaborative Maverick Art Colony. Artists and other volunteers built the hand-hewn œmusic chapel in 1916 and the Hall is now a multi-starred attraction on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an annual event for the community of acoustic stringed instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, presenting a gathering of the finest handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments from around the world. A luthier (from the word lute) is astringed-instrument maker. Fine handmade instruments such as these are not usually available in music stores or other retail environments,and the Luthiers Showcase is a rare opportunity for the public to see, play and experience the instruments, meet with their makers, discuss custom options and one of a kind creations, and buy or order a dream guitar from dozens of master builders, all gathered together in one place.
Performing Arts of Woodstock is a not-for-profit year-round local theater organization presenting new and established plays of quality since 1964, when it was founded by Eda Crist and Edie LeFever. PAW is the oldest, continuously running theater organization in the history of Woodstock.
The Woodstock Playhouse stands at the entrance to our Colony of the Arts as an invitation for all to experience the joys of attending live performances. First built in 1938, the Woodstock Playhouse was one of the original theatres in the U.S. to offer a summer stock season. The Woodstock Playhouse dba/Pan American Dance Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment of the arts through performance and education. The Foundation has owned and operated the New York Conservatory for the Arts of Hurley, which has presented theatrical productions and provided high level training in the music theatre arts for over 25 years. And now, for the first time in its history, the Woodstock Playhouse is open year-round as a venue for local and touring productions of theatre, music, and dance as well as film and theatre festivals. The Playhouse also houses two large Fine Art exhibit spaces.