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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...
HBO’s “Girls” films in New Paltz

HBO’s “Girls” films in New Paltz

With Tyrion Lannister himself, Peter Dinklage, living in our corner of the Hudson Valley, New Paltz is not entirely bereft of HBO star sightings. However, the college town will soon be the backdrop of the Emmy- and Peabody-winning series “Girls.” At their meetings last week, town and village officials approved contracts with Half a Yogurt...
Bon-Odori Festival returns to New Paltz

Bon-Odori Festival returns to New Paltz

New Paltz’s festival celebrating all things Japanese returns early next month to Hasbrouck Park in the village. The Bon-Odori New Paltz Dance Festival, now in its fourth year, will feature martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming, amazing food, dance and live music. Featured performers include bluegrass player Roland White, with special guest Kentaro Hiratsuka, and also...
Rondout Rep students to perform “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Tempest” at Water Street Market

Rondout Rep students to perform “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Tempest” at Water Street Market

It isn’t truly summer without outdoor Shakespeare performances — and when admission is free, that’s even better. When Stephanie Marrinan was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts in the ’90s, SUNY New Paltz presented wonderful Shakespeare under the Stars programs on campus every summer. Missing those days, the Kingston City School District teacher decided...
90 Miles Off Broadway Summer Children’s Musical Theater to feature “The Prince and the Sphinx”

90 Miles Off Broadway Summer Children’s Musical Theater to feature “The Prince and the Sphinx”

In a basement rehearsal space at the Reformed Church of New Paltz on a recent Friday afternoon, a handful of young actors-in-training are blocking their scene, working on how to best coordinate their stage movements to express the lyrics in the song they’re learning. The youngsters are part of the 90 Miles Off Broadway Summer...
Hudson Valley Chalk Festival to return in New Paltz

Hudson Valley Chalk Festival to return in New Paltz

When it returns on July 18-20, expect the Hudson Valley Chalk Festival 2014 to be better than ever, organizers said. Based in New Paltz’s Water Street Market, Chalk Fest will feature 21 top chalk artists — along with more than 14 local artists. “It’s pretty big. We have a lot more artists coming this year,”...
Unison sculpture outside; Hannah Eshel inside

Unison sculpture outside; Hannah Eshel inside

Photos by Rich Corozine   Unison Arts center is throwing a two-fer out on Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz: the 16th annual sculpture exhibition outside in the wood surrounding the center and inside the work of 88-year-old sculptor (she also has work outside) and painter Hannah Eshel. So it’s interesting just to roam around...
Arm of the Sea founders win environmental award

Arm of the Sea founders win environmental award

Patrick Wadden and Marlena Marallo, co-founders of the Arm of the Sea puppet theater troupe, received Mohonk Consultations’ Distinguished Environmental Award during a special ceremony last weekend. “Each piece that they have developed tells us stories about the natural world — and our relationship to it — in ways that are often mysterious, very often...
SUNY New Paltz installs public artwork

SUNY New Paltz installs public artwork

The internationally renowned artist Tom Otterness will bring his 36-foot long outdoor sculpture Gulliver to the SUNY New Paltz campus this Thursday, May 15. The outdoor sculpture will remain on campus through the end of 2014. Gulliver will be located on the Fine Art Building Plaza at the center of campus, near the Sojourner Truth...
Artists put out the welcome mat as Gardiner Open Studio Tour returns May 3 & 4

Artists put out the welcome mat as Gardiner Open Studio Tour returns May 3 & 4

Artist studio tours have become key components in the cultural tourism economy of a number of Hudson Valley communities, including several in Dutchess County and Saugerties’ very successful, long-running annual tour. Last fall, painter/gallerists Ken Aspin and Donna Weil of the D. M. Weil Gallery at 208 Bruynswick Road decided that it was Gardiner’s turn...
Unison Arts Center honors its volunteers, members, board members and arts partners

Unison Arts Center honors its volunteers, members, board members and arts partners

“Sometimes I think, ‘we’re kind of everybody’s best kept little secret’,” said Christine Crawfis, executive director of Unison Arts Center in New Paltz. But last Saturday, March 15, the gallery at Unison was filled with dozens of people who are well aware of the rich and varied arts programs at Unison: the occasion was a...
90 Miles celebrates 50th anniversary in 2014

90 Miles celebrates 50th anniversary in 2014

One of New Paltz’s most well-known theater groups, 90 Miles Off Broadway, entered its 50th anniversary year in 2014. And they’re ready to celebrate, according to Kim Lupinacci, the group’s president. If 90 Miles is hoping for anything, it’s to exist for another 50 years and to finally have a theater to call its own,...