Bard College: Singer Natalie Merchant and the Kalmia String Quartet in a benefit performance for the Washbourne House of Kingston and Grace Smith House in Poughkeepsie. 7 p.m. Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, $40, $65, $80; $250 special benefit ticket includes post-performance reception with the artists. (845) 758-7900.
Bellefield: 7th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture and Garden Party: Rick Darke, The Wild Garden, an illustrated lecture on livable landscapes featuring Darke’s award winning-photography from his expanded edition of William Robinson’s influential book The Wild Garden, first published in 1870. Books for sale and signing; garden boutique; heirloom plant sale. 2 p.m. $35; advance purchase required, as seating is limited: beatrixfarrandgarden.org. Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center and Bellefield, located at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park.
Merritt Bookstore: Book reading and discussion: Verlyn Klinkenborg, author and New York Times editorial board member, reads from his More Scenes from the Rural Life. 5 p.m. 57 Front Street, Millbrook. (845) 677-5857.
NorthEast Millerton Library: Sports injury workshop, led by Josh Chason, with Q&A and a discussion of what parents should look for in a high school athletic program. 11 a.m. (518) 789-3340.
NorthEast-Millerton Library: Battle of the Books Pajama Party and Potluck. For middle school students who will be in the 5th through 8th grade for the 2013–2014 school year. 4:30–6:00 p.m. 75 Main Street, Millerton. (518) 789-3340.
Towne Crier: The McKrells, with Kevin McKrell, Chris Leske, Doug Moody, and Rick Bedrosian, a blend of Celtic, American folk, and bluegrass music. 8:30 p.m. $17.50 advance/$22.50 door. 130 Route 22, Pawling. (845) 855-1300; Townecrier.com.
White Gallery: Return to Gotham, an exhibition by David Dunlop. Thursdays through Sundays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. May 31–July 14. Artist’s reception, Saturday, June 1, 4 p.m.–7 p.m. (860) 435-1029; www.thewhitegallery.com.
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