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Raj Pandya: Director of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz

Raj Pandya: Director of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz

“Most people who get into astronomy are into it as a young person,” says Raj Pandya, director of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz. “I had a general interest in it when I was a kid, but I never went to space camp or anything like that. For me it really started...
Tap into history this Saturday at Historic Huguenot Street

Tap into history this Saturday at Historic Huguenot Street

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) will debut the “1677 Huguenot Wheat,” a strong wheat ale inspired by the beers of the early 18th century, this Saturday, August 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. Brewed by The Gilded Otter brewmaster Darren Currier, the ale recipe was researched by beer scholar Craig Gravina, co-author of Upper Hudson Valley Beer and...
Cramped Plattekill Public Library angling to buy former cider mill in Modena

Cramped Plattekill Public Library angling to buy former cider mill in Modena

If you take a look at the Plattekill Public Library’s website, you’re likely to marvel at all the services available there and all the programming that it manages to cram into each week: two events, most days. “We offer the largest summer reading program I’ve seen,” with separate sessions for kids, teens and adults, says...
Mohonk Mountain House celebrates the peak of summer bloom with its 80th annual Garden Holiday event (with photo gallery)

Mohonk Mountain House celebrates the peak of summer bloom with its 80th annual Garden Holiday event (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Arriving at Mohonk Mountain House, surrounded by so much beauty, one tends to initially perceive the landscaping and gardens there as part of the entire vista, with all of it melding into an overall impression of loveliness. But stop and take a closer look, or better yet, a guided tour...
Proposed amendments to Master Plan for Lake Minnewaska area, August 26 deadline for comment

Proposed amendments to Master Plan for Lake Minnewaska area, August 26 deadline for comment

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation held a public meeting last Wednesday on the SUNY New Paltz campus. Dozens of community members were in attendance to discuss several proposed amendments to the 2010 Master Plan for the Lake Minnewaska area at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Attendees were vocal and they...
A.J. Schenkman appointed Gardiner town historian

A.J. Schenkman appointed Gardiner town historian

Longtime Gardiner town historian Carleton Mabee, who died on December 18, 2014, six days shy of his 100th birthday, was a tough act to follow. Professor emeritus in the history department at SUNY New Paltz, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for his biography of Samuel F. B. Morse and wrote a well-regarded book...
Hudson Valley RibFest takes place at the Ulster County Fairgrounds (with photo gallery)

Hudson Valley RibFest takes place at the Ulster County Fairgrounds (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Ulster County Fairgrounds on Libertyville Road in New Paltz hosted a celebration of all things barbecue at the eleventh annual Hudson Valley RibFest last weekend. The RibFest is organized every year by the Highland Rotary Club, who enlist hundreds of volunteers to put on the three-day event. The proceeds...
Highland Landing Park Association and its party in the park

Highland Landing Park Association and its party in the park

Each summer, Highland Landing Park Association’s annual meeting falls on or near the birthday of the association’s president Matt Smith. As a result, members of the board of trustees top off each year’s potluck supper with a logo-frosted birthday cake for all to share. During the association’s business meeting on August 8, Smith itemized the...
Antique caboose at the Highland entrance to the Walkway offers local history and exploration

Antique caboose at the Highland entrance to the Walkway offers local history and exploration

Walkway Over the Hudson provides a gateway from one side of the river to the other on a repurposed railroad bridge. Now those traveling its length can experience a portal of a different sort inside an antique caboose stationed at the Haviland Road parking lot at the Highland entrance to the Walkway. The caboose is...
Monika Schifler’s Superkrauts expand to new headquarters in Gardiner

Monika Schifler’s Superkrauts expand to new headquarters in Gardiner

It probably would not occur to most people to use the words “destiny” and “sauerkraut” in the same sentence – that is, until they meet Monika Schifler of New Paltz. Recently converted to the ranks of true believers in the benefits of probiotics following a health crisis in her own family, Schifler is now a...
Huguenot Street hosted third annual Artists on the Street event (with photo gallery)

Huguenot Street hosted third annual Artists on the Street event (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Historic Huguenot Street hosted the third annual “Artists on the Street: A Plein Air Event” last Saturday, August 8, showcasing the talents of 21 Hudson Valley artists. The event provided an opportunity for the public to leisurely stroll the historic neighborhood on a mild summer day and watch local artists...
Bon-Odori Dance Festival marks 70th anniversary of Nagasaki bombing (with photo gallery)

Bon-Odori Dance Festival marks 70th anniversary of Nagasaki bombing (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Bon-Odori New Paltz Dance Festival returned to Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz for its fifth year last Sunday, blending dance and music from many world cultures with a traditional Buddhist festival dedicated to honoring one’s deceased forebears. Bright, sunny, breezy weather, along with singers, dancers, drummers, martial arts students...