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  • Friday, July 25 - Sunday, August 3
    Christmas in July Week
    Surprise gift for each child. Jump on Big Apple Bounce pillow. Be a sleuth and play the Farm Scene Investigation (Clue) game and earn an Investigator Badge. Ride the cow train, visit our animals, race pedal carts along NEW track, and more. $10, under three free. Farm birthday parties are great! Phone: 845-883-7825. Email: susan@hurdsfamilyfarm.com. Url: http://hurdsfamilyfarm.com.

  • Tuesday, July 29 - Sunday, August 3
    Ulster County Fair
    Old fashioned fun celebrating country life. Pay one price 10am-closing $15 includes all rides, shows & entertainment. Tuesday $40 per carload (opens at 4pm). Seniors free Thursday 10am-4pm. Free parking. Phone: 845-255-1380. Url: http://ulstercountyfair.com.

  • Tuesday, July 29
    Stock Car Talk with Tommy Johnson
    6-7pm. Accord Speedway stock car driver Tom Johnson will discuss and show off his car and talk about racing. Appropriate for all ages. Pre-registration required by July 25. Phone: 845-255-1255. Url: http://gardinerlibrary.org.

  • Tuesday, July 29
    Early Morning Birders
    7am. Designed for birding enthusiasts or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program. Pre-registration required. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.com.

  • Wednesday, July 30 - Sunday, August 3
    Carl Maria Von Weber's opera w/American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein. Kevin Newbury (Die Liebe der Danae, SummerScape 2011) directs this rare staging of this Romantic-era opera that's been unjustly neglected. Sung in German with English subtitles. Tkts $25–$95; Fri at 7pm, Wed & Sun at 2pm. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Wednesday, July 30
    Preschoolers in the Park
    Blueberry Picking. 10:30am-noon. Led by naturalist Jamie McGinnis. Registration required. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.com.

  • Wednesday, July 30 - Sunday, August 3
    Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
    From opera to gospel, world music to Broadway, the festival celebrates the human voice in all its multi faceted glory. See webite for full schedule of world class performances and tickets. Url: http://phoeniciavoicefest.org.

  • Wednesday, July 30
    Preschoolers in the Park
    10:30am-noon. Bring your toddler and join Jamie McGinnis for a stroll through the old meadows of the former hotel golf course and along Lake Minnewaska and Upper Awosting Carriage Roads. The meadows are filled with low bush and high bush blueberry and this is the time of year when they're usually ripe for the picking. Bring a sandwich sized plastic bag to fill and clean hands to eat them as you walk. This modest hike does include some hills and also trails that are suitable for only sturdy strollers. Please make sure to bring enough water, sun protection and bug protection too. Meet at the informational kiosk in the upper parking lot near Lake Minnewaska. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.com.

  • Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3
    Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith
    Shadowland continues its string of successful farces with this regional premiere. Two hotel rooms, eight doors and a crazy cast of characters propel this crime-based comedy to felonious levels of laughter. Fri-Sat 8pm: $39, Sun 2pm: $34. Phone: 845-647-5511. Url: http://shadowlandtheatre.org.

  • Friday, August 1 - Sunday, August 3
    Les Miserables
    The epic story of shattered dreams, passion and redemption, set against the backdrop of a nation in revolution. An Up In One Production produced by Diana di Grandi, directed & choreographed by Kevin Archambault w/music direction by Matthew Woolever. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. $27/$25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, August 1 - Sunday, August 3
    Wassaic Project Summer Festival
    Multidisciplinary, cutting edge yet family friendly celebration of art, music & community featuring over 100 artists, 25 bands, poetry readings, dance performances, film screenings, & more. Check web for times. Phone: 347-815-0783. Email: hello@wassaicproject.org. Url: http://wassaicproject.org.

  • Friday, August 1 - Sunday, August 3
    Ray Bradbury's Short Stories
    Enacted by the creative young actors of Cocoon's summer workshop. $15; at 7pm on Fri, Sat and Sun; Matinees at 1pm on Sat & Sun. Reserve seats—space limited. Phone: 845-876-6470. Email: msanmillan@aol.com. Url: http://cocoontheatre.org.

  • Friday, August 1
    Piano Summer Symphony Gala
    With the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. 8pm. Phone: 845-339-6088. Url: http://upac.org.

  • Friday, August 1 - Sunday, August 3
    Woodstock Shakespeare Festival 19th Season
    Twelfth Night, one of the bard’s most hilarious comedies is performed by Bird-On-A-Cliff Theatre Company on Woodstock’s outdoor Elizabethan stage. 5pm. Free, $5 suggested donation. Blankets, chairs, picnics welcome. Phone: 845-247-4007. Url: http://birdonacliff.org.

  • Saturday, August 2
    One World, Many Rhythms
    Bagpiper. 4pm. Url: http://oklibrary.org.

  • Saturday, August 2
    Gaia Roots World Music Ensemble
    In partnership with Operation Unite; folkloric Afro-Caribbean and West African sounds. Free & open to the public at 7pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, August 2
    Opening for Water
    Exhibit featuring all mediums. 5pm–7pm. Phone: 845-758-6575. Email: redhookcan@gmail.com. Url: http://rhcan.com.

  • Saturday, August 2
    Extreme Ballet Showcase
    Students from Session II of Kaatsbaan's renowned summer ballet intensive present their work, public invited. Free of charge. Phone: 845-757-5106x2. Email: pgrkaats@bestweb.net. Url: http://www.kaatsbaan.org.

  • Saturday, August 2
    Dancing in the Square
    Dance under the stars to the hot jazz and early swing music of the 1920s and 30s with New Orleans' Bad Penny Pleasuremakers. Dine al fresco. For all ages. 7–10pm. Url: http://Villageofkinderhook.org.

  • Saturday, August 2
    Young People's Concert
    11am. Marc Black, Woodstock singer-songwriter. Under 16 free, adults $5. Phone: 845-679-8217. Url: http://maverickconcerts.org.

Unsuspended Admiration: The Mid Hudson Bridge

by Vivian Yess Wadlin  

With its gold-embossed New York State seal, engravings of the first proposed Hudson River crossing and the one constructed, the hand-colored invitation shown below, reads: "The Governor of New York Cordially invites Mr. John F. Wadlin to witness the ceremonies incident to the opening of the Mid Hudson Bridge at Poughkeepsie, New York on Monday the twenty-fifth of August nineteen hundred and thirty between four and five o‘clock p.m. (daylight saving time) at the Poughkeepsie Entrance (foot of Union Street)" John F. Wadlin was the then supervisor of the Town of Lloyd, and was one of Ulster County’s representatives at Read more...

Basilica Hudson

by Evan Harden  

The rejuvenation undergone by the city of Hudson over the past decade or two has mostly taken the form of antique shops, start-up companies, and local eateries. These thriving establishments stand in contrast to the remaining boarded-up windows and derelict housing that flank the ever gentrifying Warren street. Read more...

Francesco Mastalia’s "Organic" Farmers

by Paul De Angelis  

The faces may be familiar, but seeing them through these photographs Read more...

Local History

Did You Know?

by Tom Lake, NYS DEC  


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Building & Home

Long Live the Piano

by Jeff Waldo  


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New Paltz

You're invited to enjoy our hospitality, fine food, and free WiFi. From appetizers to entrees (chicken, meat, seafood), and from pasta specialties to wraps, our extensive menu will delight you, and our desserts will speak for themselves: Tiramisu, Cheesecake, Tartufo, Cannoli. Soda Fountain. Espresso & Cappucino

80 Vineyard Ave, Highland

Featuring expressive fine art landscape photography of the Shawangunk Ridge and Mohonk by G. Steve Jordan.

Water Street Market 10 Main St, New Paltz

Traditional Artisan Baking. All butter crust pies, local apples, the finest ingredients. Luscious Cream Puffs, Chocolate Chubbies, Scones and Muffins made fresh daily. Winner "Best Desserts" Hudson Valley Magazine. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

10 Plattekill Ave, New Paltz

Unusual and surprising gifts. Useful objects for every room in your home. Well designed, functional, and decorative items. Modern baby gifts. Remarkable jewelry. Visit and visualize our offerings in your life.

67 Main St, New Paltz

Handmade clothing, one of a kind.

New Paltz

View the Hudson Valley from 13,000 feet! Our skydiving school offers state of the art aircraft and instruction. We're open seven days a week during the good weather, and weekends in Nov & Dec weather permitting.

Gardiner Airport, Gardiner
845-255-4033 or 845-255-9538

See main listing in General section under "Art Supplies."

Rhinebeck: 56 E. Market St., 845-876-4922, fax 845-876-3801 New Paltz: 188 Main St., 845-255-5533

Relaxing Getaways, Small Events and Retreats. Five miles from New Paltz, this 26-room lodge is tucked away at the base of the spiracular Shawangunk Mountains' granite cliffs. Home-baked breakfast, high-speed internet. Stay with us and enjoy casual elegance and adventure. Adjacent to 26,000 acres of Minnewaska State Park and the Mohonk Park Preserve. Adventure concierge.

3116 Rte 44/55, Gardiner

From a small affair or backyard pig roast to a large corporate event or wedding, our trained professional staff serves the Hudson Valley and beyond. Our fleet of cookers (including The Holstein-Maxi Chicken- Beef & Rib cooker) can roast 12 pigs, and countless tender beer can chickens in record time, all while grilling numerous burgers, hot dogs & more!! We accommodate large corporate events, weddings, fund-raisers, family functions, retreats, and reunions. Our catering menu offers a large variety of choices for off premise functions from a simple birthday party, graduations, anniversary parties and large group picnics. Remember, you can also order trays of food for pick up or delivery to your location. See website for menu ideas and other information, or call us! 845-691-7257

99 Vineyard Ave, Highland

Tailoring, leather cleaning, wedding gowns cleaned and preserved, wash and fold service. Fine alterations by Italian-trained seamstress. M-F 8-6, Sat 9-4. New location, but 11 years serving Highland clients. Free on-street parking. Tina and Tony Guerriero.

50 Vineyard Ave, Highland

100+ TV channels, free wireless internet, fitness area, pool table, and guest laundry. Free "Super Start Breakfast." Handicap accessible rooms available. 1/4 mile to NYS Thruway. Closest hotel to the village.

7 Terwilliger Lane, New Paltz
845-255-8865 or 800-800-8000

We make the old look new! Tile and grout stains and discolorations plaguing you? Call us. Tile and grout cleaning and sealing, and grout color sealing all done with low VOC products. We also provide “zero-dust” hard wood floor maintenance and carpet cleaning. Three average size rooms of carpet cleaning for only $99. Clean is so refreshing! And, it’s easier to maintain. Free estimates. Local references available.


Explore history in Columbia County’s gateway to heritage tourism. Take a walking tour of 26 historic homes and sites, hike the Dutch Heritage Trail, visit the home and burial site of Martin Van Buren, discover fun for all ages. For directions and events visit



Town of Lloyd (Highland) has $$$ to lend for new and existing businesses in the township. Low interest. Also, smaller loans with quick paperwork for facade improvements that conform to town's design standards. Call now for more information & loan forms.

12 Church St., Highland

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