Events
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,...
SpringFest in Highland to take place on Saturday, May 17

SpringFest in Highland to take place on Saturday, May 17

At first Highland SpringFest was a way to bring people to the struggling hamlet. Now in its third year, the fest, having accomplished its main purpose, is simply billed as a “fun family community event.” “It’s been very successful, with the crowds bigger and better each year,” said Kate Jonietz, the Lloyd event’s coordinator. “We’re...
New Paltz Regatta 2014 undeterred by Wallkill floodwaters (with photo gallery)

New Paltz Regatta 2014 undeterred by Wallkill floodwaters (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   It was touch-and-go in the week leading up to last Sunday’s New Paltz Regatta whether the wild weather and subsequent flooding of the Flats would permit this year’s event to go forward. “We didn’t find out until 10:15 this morning. It had been on standby because of the flooding; there...
New Hudson Valley wine-tasting event series kicks off in Gardiner

New Hudson Valley wine-tasting event series kicks off in Gardiner

It’s pretty safe to say that the farm-to-table local food movement is firmly established in the Hudson Valley region these days. But for whatever reason, says Perry Goldschein, proprietor of Gardiner’s Hudson Valley Wine Market, a similar appreciation for locally produced wine hasn’t quite happened yet in the same way. “People think local for all...
Locals get month's free access to Mohonk Preserve

Locals get month’s free access to Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve wants to make Ulster County a little healthier. They’re aiming to do so by getting people out of their seats and onto the hiking trails. Anyone with a proof of residency in Ulster County can sign up for one month’s free access to the sprawling nature preserve. Pick up your free pass today...
Get ready for Regatta 2014 in New Paltz

Get ready for Regatta 2014 in New Paltz

Hoping to build upon last year’s record crowds, co-chairs Theresa Fall and Deb Rauch are expecting some of the same creativity that resulted in boats such as the Watts family’s “Ghostbusters” creation of last year. “It really isn’t about who wins the race,” said Fall. “It’s ultimately about the creativity and getting the community together....
Gardiner adds a paper shredding service to its annual Earth Day event ess Farm

Gardiner adds a paper shredding service to its annual Earth Day event ess Farm

Gardiner brought an industrial-size paper shredder to town for its annual Earth Day event last Saturday, April 19. The paper shredded and sent off for recycling resulted in 30 trees saved and six cubic yards less of landfill taken up, according to town officials. And that was just in four hours. The shredder was funded...
Earth Day Fair at New Paltz Reformed Church emphasizes taking action

Earth Day Fair at New Paltz Reformed Church emphasizes taking action

The Reformed Church of New Paltz on historic Huguenot Street is an old church with very modern ideas. A house of worship since 1683, it officially became a “Green Church” in 2008. That meant pledging to uphold certain standards of an environmentally friendly faith community, but the church has a history of caring about stewarding...
Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association to host moonlight walk on the trail

Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association to host moonlight walk on the trail

Imagine walking the Hudson Valley Rail Trail under moonlight. The sounds of civilization are far away, the quiet broken only by a chorus of peeper frogs and the occasional sounds of other wildlife. “It’s a fantastic experience to be out there at night,” says Chrissy Wolcott, a member of the board of the Hudson Valley...