Events
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...
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...
Rosendale Street Festival returns July 19-20 with 74 bands on tap

Rosendale Street Festival returns July 19-20 with 74 bands on tap

If you will be passing through Rosendale this weekend, July 19 and 20, either plan on taking a long detour around downtown — or, better yet, plan to stay and have a blast! Main Street (Route 213) between Route 32 and the Keator Avenue bridge across the Rondout Creek will be closed off to automobile...
The Gardiner 5K Classic and barbecue will be held on July 17

The Gardiner 5K Classic and barbecue will be held on July 17

For the 12th straight year, the Gardiner 5K Classic run/walk will grace the hamlet, this year, like the previous eight, with proceeds going to the Gardiner Fire Department and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. The race is Thursday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. and it will begin and end at Majestic Park. The kid’s fun...
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,”...
Fireworks in Highland bring the holiday to a spectacular close

Fireworks in Highland bring the holiday to a spectacular close

Accompanied by song lyrics that ran the gamut from the “purple mountain majesties” of America, the Beautiful to Katy Perry’s “Baby, you’re a firework,” Highland put on a spectacular show of fireworks Saturday, July 5 at the hamlet’s Town Field. There was great variety in the sequence of the show, with huge boomers and rings...
New Paltz celebrates Independence Day

New Paltz celebrates Independence Day

As the sun went down on the Ulster County Fairgrounds, families sat in the parking lot, tailgating in the back of SUVs and trucks, pulling cold drinks from big coolers. Their eyes were fixed at the sky. Above them was a clear, cloudless night, with Mars a pale red dot above the bright half-moon. Inside...
A Fair Day in High Falls returns July 12

A Fair Day in High Falls returns July 12

When talking about annual community celebrations that have an impressive multiyear track record, it’s customary for boosters to identify them as the fifth, tenth, 25th or whatever of their kind. But for the big outdoor wingding that gets pretty much everybody in the hamlet of High Falls out on the streets for one day each...
The first day of summer offers a variety of local garden tours for fun and inspiration

The first day of summer offers a variety of local garden tours for fun and inspiration

Why take a garden tour? For fun and inspiration, says Victoria Coyne of Victoria Gardens nursery in Rosendale. “It’s a fun thing to do with a group of friends,” she adds, “and even if it rains, the gardens still look spectacular in that kind of light.” That was the case last year with the annual...
New Paltz celebrates Memorial Day on May 30 (with photo gallery)

New Paltz celebrates Memorial Day on May 30 (with photo gallery)

  With Army veteran and US Congressman Chris Gibson leading the parade down Main Street, New Paltz gave thanks to its servicemen in Friday’s  Memorial Day commemoration. The parade, following Gibson, began in the rain and ended in sunshine at the Village Hall Veteran’s Memorial. There, following a convocation calling for peace and a recognition...
Sixth annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival as popular as ever (with photo gallery)

Sixth annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival as popular as ever (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Camouflage, popcorn and peanut butter and jelly. If that was an answer on Jeopardy, it would have taken a visit to Wright’s Farm in Gardiner on Saturday, May 17 to know the question: “What are just three of the hundreds of flavor varieties that were available at the sixth annual...
NPFD serves up fun, vehicles and crafts at annual event (with photo gallery)

NPFD serves up fun, vehicles and crafts at annual event (with photo gallery)

Photos by Rich Corozine   Despite a sometimes rainy day, firefighters, car enthusiasts and art fans gathered at the Ulster County Fairground last Saturday for the New Paltz Fire Department’s (NPFD) Annual “Cars and Crafts Show.” Kids played in jumpy houses, on the mechanical bull or the “American Gladiators” jousting platform. Parents listened to music,...