Events
Vine Van Gogh sip-and-paint Valentine’s Day dinner event in New Paltz

Vine Van Gogh sip-and-paint Valentine’s Day dinner event in New Paltz

The phenomenon of “sip-and-paint” parties has been around for more than a decade now, with franchises popping up all over the country. Although social gatherings at which neophyte artists paint something that they can take home while drinking wine have become a popular trend, the companies that organize them have come up against a marketing...
Historic Huguenot Street celebrates Black History Month with Kim and Reggie Harris

Historic Huguenot Street celebrates Black History Month with Kim and Reggie Harris

In celebration of Black History Month, Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) will host a concert by musicians and storytellers Kim and Reggie Harris on Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at the Crispell Memorial French Church, located at 60 Huguenot Street in New Paltz. In recent years, Historic Huguenot Street has taken an active role in...
Retrospective of works by New Paltz artist Norman Turner opens February 14 at Unison

Retrospective of works by New Paltz artist Norman Turner opens February 14 at Unison

Highly accomplished artist and longtime New Paltz resident Norman Turner passed away in March 2015 at the age of 75: a great loss to the community that he depicted with such a restless and vigorous eye over many years. A memorial exhibition of Turner’s paintings and drawings will open with a reception at the Unison...
WinterFest returns Highland Rail Trail with chili cook-off, family-friendly winter fun

WinterFest returns Highland Rail Trail with chili cook-off, family-friendly winter fun

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail depot at 101 New Paltz Road in Highland will be the scene for the 19th annual WinterFest on Saturday, February 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission costs $2 with kids under age six admitted free. The “Best of Fest Chili Cook-Off” is a big part of the outdoor...
Art, education, recreation and theater at Highland's Boughton Place

Art, education, recreation and theater at Highland’s Boughton Place

Tucked away on Kisor Road in Highland just off Route 299, Boughton Place occupies a unique niche in the region. It’s not an arts center, per se, but it welcomes groups from the visual and literary arts: writers’ groups, a comic illustrator’s retreat and creative arts therapy workshops. It’s not a performance venue exclusively, although...
Winners of this year’s Chili Challenge in New Paltz

Winners of this year’s Chili Challenge in New Paltz

Chili-makers brought their best chili to compete in the annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge at Water Street Market last Sunday (postponed a day because of high winds). Attendees bought tickets to sample 3.25-ounce portions of the chili made and donated by local home and pro chefs. All proceeds benefitted the non-denominational food pantry at St....
Telepathy in Rosendale

Telepathy in Rosendale

“Another Telepathic Thing,” a collaboration between dance theater choreographer Annie-B Parson and film director Jonathan Demme, will be shown Sunday, February 14 at 3 p.m. at the Rosendale Theatre Inspired by Mark Twain’s morality tale “The Mysterious Stranger,” “Another Telepathic Thing” is a prismatic and complex dance-theater parable performed by Big Dance Theatre, the company...
Guy Davis headlines musical tribute to Pete Seeger in Rosendale this Sunday,  raising funds to rebuild Clearwater

Guy Davis headlines musical tribute to Pete Seeger in Rosendale this Sunday, raising funds to rebuild Clearwater

Since 1969, the good ship Clearwater has been giving many thousands of Hudson Valley schoolchildren the chance to learn firsthand about sailing, the Hudson River, what lifeforms it supports, what environmental factors threaten them, and what ordinary individuals can do to help protect them. This winter, the ship is perched atop a barge at her...
Local Ingredient Chili Challenge returns to Water Street Market  this Saturday

Local Ingredient Chili Challenge returns to Water Street Market this Saturday

Two dozen or so chili-makers will bring at least three gallons of their best chili to compete in the annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge at Water Street Market this Saturday, January 23 from noon to 3 p.m. Paul Schembri of Curbside Cuisine will be one of them. He’ll go up against two dozen or so...
New Paltz Chamber of Commerce will offer new cross-country ski race at Minnewaska State Park

New Paltz Chamber of Commerce will offer new cross-country ski race at Minnewaska State Park

A little more than a year ago, a group of Hudson Valley cross-country ski enthusiasts filed a Certificate of Incorporation as the Shawangunk Nordic Ski Association, their intended purpose to promote and support cross-country skiing in the Shawangunk Mountains and beyond. Now the group has aligned their efforts with the New Paltz Regional Chamber of...
Christmas tree bonfire in New Paltz on January 9

Christmas tree bonfire in New Paltz on January 9

The fourth annual Christmas tree bonfire will take place on Saturday, January 9, 3 p.m., at Hasbrouck Park in the Village of New Paltz. The New Paltz Volunteer Fire Department will tend to the fire, and a monetary contribution to the fire department is suggested. There are three ways you can add your tree to...
Rosendale Theatre hosts New Paltz Rock’s Music Bash 2015

Rosendale Theatre hosts New Paltz Rock’s Music Bash 2015

Last Saturday afternoon, the Rosendale Theatre rocked out to the sounds of Music Bash 2015, which could be described as analogous to defending your doctoral dissertation for kids who have completed the latest season of Julian Baker’s New Paltz Rock workshops. Five bands, with members ranging in age from 9 to 16 (not counting Baker...