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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...
Phillies Brdge Farm hosts Meal in the Field on August 16

Phillies Brdge Farm hosts Meal in the Field on August 16

For Phillies Bridge Farm Project, the third annual “Meal in the Field” event is, of course, a celebration of all that our local chefs, bakers and farmers have to offer. But it is also a celebration of Phillies Bridge itself turning around. The meal will be served this Saturday, August 16 from 5 to 8...
My Town Marketplace now open at Fann’s Plaza in Rosendale

My Town Marketplace now open at Fann’s Plaza in Rosendale

Rosendalers, rejoice: You don’t have to drive all the way to Kingston or New Paltz for a load of groceries anymore. Your town actually has a full-service food retailer again, in the space formerly housing the Associated Supermarket in the Fann’s Plaza on Route 32. But this time it’s clean, bright and refurbished, its shelves...
The Gardiner Library keeps up with changing times by connecting with its community

The Gardiner Library keeps up with changing times by connecting with its community

The old perception of libraries as simply depositories of books to borrow is gone; today’s library offers its patrons an environment that expands upon not only what residents can expect to be offered within its walls but stretches those boundaries to encompass the greater community outside. The Gardiner Library is a comfortable space filled with...
Putt-putt golf returns to Highland under new ownership

Putt-putt golf returns to Highland under new ownership

What once was Yummies is now Lakeside Licks Ice Cream & Mini Golf. Route 299’s miniature golf standby has a new name, new owners and many more ice cream flavors. New owner John Marsh has cleaned up and repaired the mini-golf course. He added signs, flags and the wacky inflatable tube man out front to...
PDQ Printing founder launches marketing firm

PDQ Printing founder launches marketing firm

PDQ Printing and its founder Craig Shankles are fairly synonymous in New Paltz. Over the years, he’s donated untold banners and fliers for community events. For most festivals, PDQ helped with printing. Many times, Shankles would reach into his own pockets, donating printing as a community service. He also serves on a number of volunteer...
Dr. Taylor Stoermer relinquishes management responsibility at Historic Huguenot Street

Dr. Taylor Stoermer relinquishes management responsibility at Historic Huguenot Street

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has again changed its management structure. Seven months after appointing Dr. Taylor Stoermer as its day-to-day director for strategy, development and historic preservation, the New Paltz Huguenot historical organization announced that effective last week he would no longer hold that position. Instead, HHS said, Stoermer, appointed to the position this February,...
New Paltz Community Center hosts free international folk dance classes

New Paltz Community Center hosts free international folk dance classes

Sestorka. Crnagorka. Rachenitsa. Cobankat. Tropanka. Gankino horo. When it comes to Balkan folk dances, the Miserlou is about the easiest one for a native English-speaking person to pronounce. The dance steps? Not so difficult. At least with practice. Louis Marguglio teaches an international folk dancing class every Thursday at the New Paltz Community Center from...