Events
Rosendale Street Festival returns to Main Street (with photo gallery)

Rosendale Street Festival returns to Main Street (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Rosendale Street Festival has been around for so many years now (with a multiyear hiatus at one point) that people have pretty much stopped counting. It takes a lot of donated time, effort, equipment loans and cash donations to make it happen — not to mention 70+ bands performing...
St. Joseph’s Church celebrates 39th annual Festa (with photo gallery)

St. Joseph’s Church celebrates 39th annual Festa (with photo gallery)

 Photos by Lauren Thomas   After four decades of existence, it takes more than a cloudburst to put a dent into the annual Festa at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in New Paltz. The skies opened up around 6:30 p.m. on the final evening of the three-day event, with lightning putting on a fireworks display....
25th annual Taste of New Paltz will be held on a Saturday this year

25th annual Taste of New Paltz will be held on a Saturday this year

It’s never too soon to make a note on your calendar about upcoming events you don’t want to miss. Especially if it’s something one is used to attending on a Sunday and for the first time, it’ll be held on a Saturday this year. That’s the case with the 25th annual Taste of New Paltz...
Benmarl Winery hosts 20th annual Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival

Benmarl Winery hosts 20th annual Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival

Each summer for the past 20 years, one or another of the 14 wineries that comprise the Shawangunk Wine Trail has taken a turn at hosting the Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival. It’s primarily a wine-tasting event, in which all 14 bring out their latest and greatest vintages to vie for the...
Apollo 11 Lunar Module artifact will be featured in raffle at St. Joseph’s Festa

Apollo 11 Lunar Module artifact will be featured in raffle at St. Joseph’s Festa

When St. Joseph’s Church holds its annual community Festa Thursday through Sunday, July 16-18, there will be a unique artifact of our country’s history among the assortment of items contributed by the community for the fundraising raffle. Parishioner Louis Cariola has donated a piece of material taken from a roll of ¼ mil thick aluminized...
New Paltz fireworks, topnotch bands delight county fairgrounds crowd (with photo gallery)

New Paltz fireworks, topnotch bands delight county fairgrounds crowd (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   “The fried dough is amazing!” said nine-year-old Maitreya Motel of Rosendale when asked how her visit to the Ulster County Fairgrounds was going, while waiting for the big pre-Independence Day fireworks display — then added, with not quite as much enthusiasm, “The music is good too.” Her mom, PR whiz...
Gardiner 5K Classic at Majestic Park includes Kids Fun Run and BBQ for all participants

Gardiner 5K Classic at Majestic Park includes Kids Fun Run and BBQ for all participants

The 13th annual Gardiner 5K Classic will take to the roads and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in the hamlet, rain or shine, on Thursday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. Awards will be given out to competitive runners in a number of categories, but walkers are welcome to cover the 3.1 mile course at whatever...
Rosendale gets festive for Pool Fund with new Mermaid Parade

Rosendale gets festive for Pool Fund with new Mermaid Parade

It was another rained-out early summer weekend, but that didn’t faze the festival-mad folks of Rosendale last Sunday, when they launched yet another soon-to-be-annual community celebration: the Rosendale Mermaid Parade.     According to a local with decades of experience estimating crowd size, longtime Rosendale Street Festival organizer Billy Liggan, about 200 people turned out to prance,...
New Palz Garden Club awards annual scholarship at its “Table Carousel” event

New Palz Garden Club awards annual scholarship at its “Table Carousel” event

The New Paltz Garden Club held a “Table Carousel” event last Monday, June 15 at the Ulster County BOCES Conference Center. Nearly 100 members of the club that helps keep New Paltz beautiful attended the fundraiser held every 18 months or so in alternating spring and fall affairs. Funds raised at the event go toward...
Historic Huguenot Street marks Cider Week with Cider Market & Tasting

Historic Huguenot Street marks Cider Week with Cider Market & Tasting

It wasn’t the greatest of weekends for outdoor events, but intermittent rain last Saturday didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the hard cider fanciers who converged on the Cider Market and Tasting hosted by Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz. Under the shelter of a white canopy, dozens of eager tasters clustered around the tables featuring...
“The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015” is open at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz

“The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015” is open at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz

Photos by Lauren Thomas   For people who think visually, the old bromide that “One picture is worth a thousand words” is a given. But the verbal and visual arts are by no means exclusive lenses through which our world can be viewed and described. “The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015,” which opened...
Zero Waste Day is held in New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Zero Waste Day is held in New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The New Paltz ReUse and Recycling Center on Clearwater Road hosted the fourth annual Zero Waste Day last Saturday, June 13. Live music was provided by the Woodcrest Bruderhof community and Lion Zen, and a plant swap was added this year. The purpose of the event was to broaden awareness...