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Water Street’s Sustainable, Organic and Local market wraps up on Sept. 2

Water Street’s Sustainable, Organic and Local market wraps up on Sept. 2

Though they may not yet feel confident that’s it’s always going to be held in the same place — currently in the parking lot directly across Main Street from the Wells Fargo Bank — Paltzonians are getting used to the idea of having a farmers’ market to go to on Sundays during the late spring,...
The Kiltmaker’s Apprentice in Highland takes a niche business worldwide

The Kiltmaker’s Apprentice in Highland takes a niche business worldwide

The name of Bob and Doreen Browning’s specialty shop in Highland — The Kiltmaker’s Apprentice — occasionally causes some joking around by loyal customers, who like to rib the couple, “Apprentice? Haven’t you gotten it down yet?” But the name makes perfect sense when you know the story behind it, which comes from Doreen’s apprenticeship...
A new business makes composting convenient

A new business makes composting convenient

The farm-to-table movement is a concept firmly entrenched in the mindset and lifestyle of many Hudson Valley residents these days. But is it the entire story? Or is there another step in the process — table-to-farm, so to speak — where the remains of dinner are taken back to the farm to be composted and...
Dan Winfield cops swimming medal at Masters’ World Championships in Montreal

Dan Winfield cops swimming medal at Masters’ World Championships in Montreal

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Dan Winfield, the 69-year-old swimmer/runner/biker, husband/father/grandfather community-minded man, then you would know what I mean when I say that “Age is just a number.” Winfield is New Paltz’s own Paul Newman: like a fine bottle of wine that only gets better with age. There are few 40-year-olds...
Joe Thomas is the man to call if your ship gets stuck

Joe Thomas is the man to call if your ship gets stuck

Back in September 1609, Henry Hudson’s Half Moon ran aground on a sandbar near, historians believe, the present-day site of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Hudson and his crew had to rely on the rising tide and muscle-powered rowboats to get free. Today, Hudson River sailors have a better option — Joe Thomas. Thomas, 31, operates the...
The Pirettes Roller Derby team forms in New Paltz

The Pirettes Roller Derby team forms in New Paltz

We’re starting a Roller Derby team,” said Maya Morlock as she handed me the flyer. It was to announce a fundraiser at Snugs for the fledgling New Paltz Pirettes on July 27. “Wanna see New Paltz have a derby team?” it read. “Starts at noon and never ends!” it noted. “Roller Derby?” was all I...
New 21-story elevator opens at Walkway Over the Hudson

New 21-story elevator opens at Walkway Over the Hudson

More than 1.3 million people have visited the Walkway Over the Hudson since it opened in October of 2009. Last year alone it attracted more than 700,00 visitors. But until now, those visitors (as many as half of them estimated to be tourists from outside the region), had no way of easily accessing the restaurants...
Good times at Camp Wiltmeet in New Paltz and Berean Park and Tony Williams Park in Highland

Good times at Camp Wiltmeet in New Paltz and Berean Park and Tony Williams Park in Highland

  For 17 years the YMCA’s Camp Wiltmeet, the local summer camp for kids from kindergarten through sixth-grade, was directed by Lee Ann Albritton, who this year turned over the reins to one-time camp counselor Kayleigh Buboltz. The transition couldn’t have gone smoother, especially with head counselor Elise “Flash” Cimino returning to run the day-to-day...
The Kitchenette brings down-home dining to High Falls

The Kitchenette brings down-home dining to High Falls

Twenty years after opening their first Kitchenette in Manhattan’s Tribeca — followed by a second restaurant on Amsterdam Avenue near Columbia University — chef-owners Lisa Hall and Ann Nickinson have brought their home-style dining concept to the Hudson Valley. The High Falls Kitchenette opened in May, right across the street from The Eggs Nest. The...
The Treehouse’s Cindy Capraro launches new clothing line, Root By Cindy

The Treehouse’s Cindy Capraro launches new clothing line, Root By Cindy

Those who frequent The Treehouse craft gallery in New Paltz know Cindy Capraro as the alterations expert there. She maintains a sewing studio in the back of the shop while business partner Kathy Preston showcases fine handcrafts in the front of the store. Since moving The Treehouse to 17 Church Street earlier this year, the...
Creative Co-op offers flexible community space in Rosendale

Creative Co-op offers flexible community space in Rosendale

Ever wonder what goes on in that building tucked away behind the Big Cheese, in the alley connecting Main Street/Route 213 with the Rosendale Theatre parking lot? You may have noticed it being used during the Rosendale Street Festival as a hospitality area and “Information Central” for bands, or as the site of a series...
Artists on the Street paint-out captures Historic Huguenot Street on canvas (with photo gallery)

Artists on the Street paint-out captures Historic Huguenot Street on canvas (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas “Picturesque” is one of the first words that leaps to mind when people try to describe Huguenot Street with its original stone houses. And this past Saturday, 14 professional artists were on hand at various vantage points around the historic neighborhood, creating concrete proof of that exact quality in a matter...