Culture
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,...
Film crew shoot a short film with New Paltz-based actor and producer

Film crew shoot a short film with New Paltz-based actor and producer

Main Street Bistro in New Paltz welcomed a group of filmmakers and local extras to its cozy environs last Wednesday, Feb. 12. They were there to shoot scenes for Spooner, a short film produced by and starring New Paltz-based actor and musician Sara Jecko, who will also provide the original music for the soundtrack. The...
Pete Seeger fans gather for memorial potluck & singalong in Rosendale

Pete Seeger fans gather for memorial potluck & singalong in Rosendale

The Rosendale Recreation Center was packed on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9, as more than 100 admirers of Pete Seeger turned out for a potluck meal and singalong. The event was organized by Miriam Strouse of New Paltz to honor the memory of the late folksinger/activist, who died on Jan. 27 at the age of 94....
New Paltz’s Giselle Eisenberg has a part in “The Wolf of Wall Street”

New Paltz’s Giselle Eisenberg has a part in “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Choosing to be an actor is not for the faint of heart — it may look like nonstop glamour and fun, but in reality it’s a lot of work. And anybody who takes up that life has to have patience and resilience along with talent. And most actors toil away in relative obscurity, happy even...
Musicians sans Frontières organize underage-friendly concert series at St. Joe’s

Musicians sans Frontières organize underage-friendly concert series at St. Joe’s

While there is a thriving music scene in New Paltz, it typically takes place between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. in the village’s plethora of bars, making it inaccessible to underage musicians and music enthusiasts as well as those who may want to call it a night by 10 or 11 p.m. That’s why a...
Gomen-Kudasai brings Japanese celebration to life

Gomen-Kudasai brings Japanese celebration to life

As the cold rain came down, Kazuma Oshita called out commands in Japanese as he held a large wooden mallet over a giant mortar steaming with a payload of sticky rice, ready to strike home. Two pots of sweet rice — one white, the other brown — set up at his side had steamed for...
Fre Atlast’s TRANSnDANCEnDRUM is a hotbed of community activity

Fre Atlast’s TRANSnDANCEnDRUM is a hotbed of community activity

When you walk through the front door at 415 Main Street in downtown Rosendale, it’s hard to know where to look first. Besides the musical instruments that are its original raison d’etre, the shop and art gallery known as TRANSnDANCEnDRUM is packed with crystals and curios, antiques and oddities. Huge, vividly colored and detailed street...
Mountain Laurel Waldorf School hosts annual Winter Faire (with photo gallery)

Mountain Laurel Waldorf School hosts annual Winter Faire (with photo gallery)

  Photos by Lauren Thomas With the sounds of flute, harp and mandolin in the air, revelers gathered at the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. Tables full of homemade yarns, pottery, crafts and delicious foods were there to greet them for the annual Winter Faire. Indoors, parents and kids watched as the Star Penny Puppeteers put...