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Tenth anniversary of 2004 same-sex marriage ceremonies in New Paltz celebrates milestones

Tenth anniversary of 2004 same-sex marriage ceremonies in New Paltz celebrates milestones

It’s been over a decade now since New Paltz Mayor Jason West solemnized marriage vows for more than two dozen same-sex couples in the Peace Park on Feb. 27, 2004. And while the state never sanctioned the marriages, many of the participants that day have said that the ceremonies were an important step for civil...
Historic Huguenot Street unveils ambitious strategic planning initiative

Historic Huguenot Street unveils ambitious strategic planning initiative

The history of New Paltz’s Huguenot settlers may be literally carved in stone, but the future is apparently in a state of flux for Historic Huguenot Street (HHS). Rebecca Mackey, formerly known as interim executive director, is now the director of operations. Director of education Susan Stessin-Cohn — the driving force behind much of the...
HHS strategic planning

HHS strategic planning

Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz is taking another step in launching a strategic planning process to build a stronger organization, to provide a road map as to what HHS does, and to explain how its work fits into telling the story of America’s past. The board of trustees, advisory council and staff are sponsoring...
Lagusta’s, SUNY win historic preservation nod

Lagusta’s, SUNY win historic preservation nod

Do-gooders of the historically conscious sort received some praise from the Village of New Paltz last week. On Feb. 12, the village’s Historic Preservation Commission awarded local chocolatier Lagusta Yearwood and SUNY New Paltz their “Partners in Preservation” awards. “Some familiar names from the past are some of our better citizens in terms of keeping...
Tavern lore: Gilded Otter helped usher New Paltz into craft beer age

Tavern lore: Gilded Otter helped usher New Paltz into craft beer age

While The Gilded Otter Brewery might be one of New Paltz’s youngest taverns, it holds a pretty interesting place in the town’s history. It’s our first brewpub — built during craft brewing’s first wave in America — and the Gilded Otter lot also has deep historical roots. Here’s a look back at what came before...
Our Town: What the newspapers said 100 Years Ago

Our Town: What the newspapers said 100 Years Ago

The ‘‘Our town’’ column is compiled each month for the New Paltz Times by Carol Johnson, coordinator of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. The entries have been copied from the February 1914 issues of the New Paltz Independent. If you would like to get a closer look at these newspapers of the past, visit Carol Johnson...
Tavern lore: Barnaby’s building played huge role in New Paltz’s past

Tavern lore: Barnaby’s building played huge role in New Paltz’s past

Of all the taverns the New Paltz Times has profiled so far, Barnaby’s Steakhouse holds perhaps the deepest and most important place in New Paltz history. By far the oldest of the bars, the big brick building on 16 North Chestnut Street once played a vital role in the social lives and entertainment of New...
Tavern lore: McGillicuddy’s brought life to once-troubled storefront

Tavern lore: McGillicuddy’s brought life to once-troubled storefront

In terms of historical bars in New Paltz, McGillicuddy’s Restaurant & Tap House is a youngster. The building at 84 Main Street is also relatively new — built in 1945. But despite its relatively brief history, 84 Main has housed a horde of businesses. Mostly, that’s because it struggled to find a use that fit...
Swimmer Marilyn Bell recalls historic Lake Ontario crossing

Swimmer Marilyn Bell recalls historic Lake Ontario crossing

In the morning, usually at about 6 a.m., Marilyn Di Lascio hits the pool at Woodland Pond in New Paltz with her friends. The room’s high wooden ceilings look a bit like a church — a metaphor the 76-year-old swimmer enjoys. The room is her chapel, she says. Even after her brief but epoch-making professional...
Snug Harbor serves up attitude, whiskey, PBR

Snug Harbor serves up attitude, whiskey, PBR

Snug Harbor Bar and Grill occupies one side of a building with a long history in New Paltz. Snug’s side of the building — 38 Main Street — is intrinsically linked with the other. Part of that has to do with the history of how postal addresses came to be in New Paltz, where prior...
Bacchus experiments its way into 41st year

Bacchus experiments its way into 41st year

Bacchus Restaurant is another New Paltz tavern with a surprising amount of history behind it. Now celebrating its 41st anniversary in business, Bacchus sits in a building that struggled to find a long-term use for years — that is, until Wayne Bradford moved in and named his establishment after the Greek god of wine and...
Historic Huguenot Street appoints Rebecca Mackey as Director of Operations

Historic Huguenot Street appoints Rebecca Mackey as Director of Operations

Rebecca Mackey has been named the Director of Operations of Historic Huguenot Street, the first in the museum’s history. As such, she will immediately assume responsibility for the day-to-day management of the 120-year-old institution. The board of directors created the new position to effectively address the increased importance of attention to organizational administration and meet...