Elsewhere in the county, it's Spencertown Academy's Hidden Gardens Weekend. The featured event of the weekend is a self-guided garden tour on Saturday, June 16. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., an array of exquisite private gardens in the hamlets of Spencertown, New Concord, and Red Rock, as well as the restored gardens at Steepletop, the home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in Austerlitz, will be open for visitation. Garden "tourists" can "explore the landscapes of several historic homes, featuring abundant gardens and curated grounds with ponds and other water features; an enchanting shade garden and pond complementing a contemporary house in the woods; a charming brick sundial garden bordered by lavender and filled with blooming perennials; a formal 'secret garden' surrounded by a tall privet hedge; and a garden inspired by the iconic Grande Allée in Monet's celebrated garden at Giverny."
The garden tour will happen rain or shine. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to SpencertownAcademy.org.
Also on Saturday, June 16, the Garden Market on the Green takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spencertown Village Green, across the street from Spencertown Academy on Route 203. This year's market will showcase more than twenty vendors offering plants, home and garden furnishings, birdhouses, antiques, garden books, and expert garden advice. There will also be a White Elephant Booth and food--breakfast, lunch, and ice cream--prepared by the Spencertown Volunteer Fire Company, Arturo's at Micosta, and Academy members.
An art exhibition titled Woodlands and Wetlands and featuring the work of artists Jacqueline Altman, James Coe, George Dirolf, Ellen Jouret-Epstein, Roger McGee, and Burdette Parks will be on display in the Spencertown Academy Arts Center Gallery on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, June 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. "Using an array of materials and techniques, the artists explore the flora, fauna, and aquatic areas within these ecosystems through depictions of specific species, in addition to nature's more encompassing vistas." Admission to the exhibition is free, and the artworks will be for sale.
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