Events
Family friendly concert at Hasbrouck Park on May 30 will benefit Family of New Paltz

Family friendly concert at Hasbrouck Park on May 30 will benefit Family of New Paltz

New Paltz High School students Kristen Chiriani, Dominique Hakim, Justine Kelly and Danielle Read have organized a benefit concert for Family of New Paltz. “Fam Jam” will be held on Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hasbrouck Park. Fam Jam will offer free admission, but goodwill donations for Family will be accepted....
Bon-Odori photographs by Youko Yamamoto and Lauren Thomas on display at Gomen-Kudasai

Bon-Odori photographs by Youko Yamamoto and Lauren Thomas on display at Gomen-Kudasai

Youko Yamamoto, owner of Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Shop, and Livia and Billy Vanaver, directors of the Vanaver Caravan, are the driving forces behind Bon-Odori, a unique summer dance festival in New Paltz. To promote its fifth annual event, scheduled to take place on August 9, they will be featuring photographs taken by Lauren Thomas and Yamamoto...
Fourth annual Spring Fest in Highland draws a sizable crowd (with photo gallery)

Fourth annual Spring Fest in Highland draws a sizable crowd (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The fourth annual Spring Fest celebration in Highland on Saturday, May 16 drew a sizable crowd; its biggest yet, according to several festival-goers who haven’t missed attending the street shindig since it began in 2012. With the streets closed to traffic, there seemed to be some type of activity going...
Crowds flock to seventh annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival (with photo gallery)

Crowds flock to seventh annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Organizers of outdoor festivals usually pray for bright, warm, sunny weather to draw the crowds; but when the thing that you’re celebrating is cupcakes, which wilt quickly in the heat, an overcast sky is not such a bad thing. And after a long dry spell that recently brought a forest...
Teen photo contest winners announced at Elting Library reception in New Paltz

Teen photo contest winners announced at Elting Library reception in New Paltz

  The Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz recently sponsored its fourth annual teen photo contest. Local students from the ages of 13 through 17 submitted 32 entries into the categories of portrait, landscape and other. The contest required that all photographs were to be made in New Paltz. The judges were G. Steve Jordan...
Fourth annual Spring Fest returns to Highland this Saturday

Fourth annual Spring Fest returns to Highland this Saturday

The streets will be closed to traffic in the hamlet of Highland this Saturday, May 16 for the fourth annual Spring Fest celebration from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event sponsored by the Highland Business Association and the Town of Lloyd Events Committee goes on rain or shine and admission is free. The event...
Seventh annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival this Saturday

Seventh annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival this Saturday

The seventh annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival will be held this Saturday, May 16 from noon to 6 p.m. in the orchard at Wright’s Farm on Route 208 in Gardiner. Admission is free and there’s plenty of parking at the 453-acre site. Billed by its organizers as “the sweetest day of the year” — hard to...
New Paltz Regatta marks 60 years since its first appearance

New Paltz Regatta marks 60 years since its first appearance

It’s been 60 years since the first New Paltz Regatta paraded down Main Street to launch homemade watercraft in the Wallkill River. And what began as a SUNY fraternity activity back in 1955 has now become one of the best-attended community events in town; a wacky and lighthearted excuse to get outside with friends after...
Open Studio Tour in Gardiner reveals artists’ life and work

Open Studio Tour in Gardiner reveals artists’ life and work

The fourth Gardiner Open Studio Tour on May 2 and 3, offers both curious observers and serious collectors the opportunity to peek into the work lives of 20 diverse local artists. For this article, several of them opened their doors ahead of time to talk a bit about what they do, how and sometimes, why....
90 Miles Off Broadway presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

90 Miles Off Broadway presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

It’s funny on a number of different levels,” says Jessica Rothman, director of 90 Miles Off Broadway’s latest community theater production, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Opening night is Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances are on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and...
GOSTDOORS show up all over town; what does it mean?

GOSTDOORS show up all over town; what does it mean?

Waiting on the traffic light at Albany Post Road and Route 44/55 in Gardiner, I mused to myself about the lustrous gold door that was suddenly standing aglow amidst the usual collection of gray rocks and debris at that corner. ‘Wow, that’s a cool door,’ I thought to myself. ‘Where did that come from? Must...
Early intervention is key to reversing the progression of autism

Early intervention is key to reversing the progression of autism

“Like typical parents, we had an excuse or a reason for why our son was doing what he was doing,” says Melissa Skillman. When 18-month-old Mason would sit in a corner and spin the wheels on a toy car for hours on end, she and husband Mark just laughed it off. “Oh, he’s working on...