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  • Saturday, September 6 - Sunday, September 28
    Hudson River Valley Ramble
    Weekends in September; Annual event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. See the full schedule at

  • Friday, September 12 - Sunday, September 14
    This engaging play explores the dynamic and complicated reality of a family with an autistic young man. Semi-autobiographical, the play bravely asks "How do you love someone who is difficult to love?" Fri-Sat 8pm: $39, Sun 2pm: $34. Phone: 845-647-5511. Url:

  • Friday, September 12 - Sunday, September 14
    Castaway Players Theatre Co. & in The CENTER stage this upbeat & beloved American musical. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. $26/$24. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url:

  • Friday, September 12 - Sunday, September 14
    Basilica SoundScape
    Acclaimed curated program of a wide range of performance and art at the Hudson Waterfront, featuring Swans, Deafheavan, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, Gamelan Dharma Swara, and more to be announced. Call for times & details. Email: Url:

  • Saturday, September 13 - Sunday, September 14
    Germantown Flower Show
    "Into the Wild" theme. Sat 1–4pm; Sun 1–3pm. Open to public, free. Phone: 518-537-4868.

  • Sunday, September 14
    Minnewaska Volunteer Trail Work Day
    10am. Meet new friends, help improve trail conditions and learn about basic trail maintenance from experienced trail keepers. For adults and teens (accompanied by an adult). Students - accrue community service hours! Free parking for participants, preregistration required. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url:

  • Sunday, September 14
    Nancy Ostrovsky, performance painting
    2pm. Joined by saxophonist Ras Moshe. $20, $15 members, $5 more at the door, students with ID 1/2 price. Phone: 845-255-1559. Url:

  • Sunday, September 14
    How’s the Water in the Rondout Creek?
    4-6pm. Riverkeeper will present information about citizen science monitoring of water quality in the creek. All welcome, wood fired pizza (bring a topping), local craft beer & music. Accord Community Center/50 Scenic Rd/Accord Url:

  • Sunday, September 14
    Taste of New Paltz.
    11am-5pm. Sample the culinary delights of the region including Hudson Valley wine & beer. Live entertainment, kids’ activities, crafts, antiques. $2 & $3 tastes; admission $10, free 12 and under, $7 online in advance. Free parking. Phone: 845-255-0243. Url:

  • Sunday, September 14
    An evening of experimental sound and composition in the Second Ward auditorium, featuring William Basinski with Man Forever, Buke & Gase, and more announced soon. Selected works from the collection on display all weekend. Url:

  • Sunday, September 14
    What You See & What You Don't See
    Guided walk through Mills Mansion's cleverly designed landscape; registration required. No charge. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: . Url:

  • Sunday, September 14
    Dog Days of Summer Hike
    10am-noon. Bring your furry friend along for a romp through fields and forest. Well behaved dogs on short leashes welcome. Free. Phone: 845-255-0919. Url:

  • Sunday, September 14
    Honey Bee Fall/Winter Prep Class
    1-5pm. Learn about the life of the hive during this transitional time; how to clean up hives and look for problems that might weaken your bees. $60, pre-registration required. Phone: 845-255-6113. Url:

  • Sunday, September 14
    Mexico & Central America Independence Day Block Party & Car ...
    9am-8pm. Broadway between Henry and Cedar Streets. Info: 242-9772/

  • Sunday, September 14
    Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Moulin Rouge
    2pm. HD cinema, high kicking choreography, a story of passionate romance in bohemian Paris, stunning sets & costumes. $10, $9 members, $6 ages 12 & under. Phone: 845-658-8989. Url:

  • Sunday, September 14
    Hudson River Steamboats
    1pm. Presented by Allynne Lange, Curator, Hudson River Maritime Museum. Free. Phone: 845-236-3126. Url:

  • Sunday, September 14
    Art Opening
    Joseph Garlock, an Immigrants Gift to America Paintings 1949-1980. 3-6pm. Phone: 845-679-2218. Url:

  • Sunday, September 14
    Family Fun Day
    Benefit for the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. 1-6pm. Bring the family and enjoy all that Rocking Horse Ranch has to offer. $50. 600 Rte 44-55/Highland/800-647-2624/

  • Sunday, September 14
    Five Lock Walk
    Free guided tour. 2pm. Phone: 845-687-9311. Url:

  • Monday, September 15
    Vassar Bros. Golf Invitational
    At Dutchess Golf Club. For info please call the VBMC Foundation Office. Phone: 845-790-9360. Email: Url:

New Englanders-on-Hudson

by Cynthia Owen Philip  

I have a confession to make. I am a somewhat unreconstructed New Englander. The Puritans drove my progenitors out of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and into the wilderness of what would become Rhode Island. There they would stay generation after generation, including my own. Read more...

The Roots of Sinterklaas

by Jim Blackburn  

For casual visitors the annual Sinterklaas celebration centered in Rhinebeck may be a brief eruption of early holiday festivities, but for Jeanne Fleming and her volunteers preparing each year’s celebration is a year-round undertaking. Having attended the last two Sinterklaas celebrations (and having a good time), I was curious about the history of the event, how it is all put together, and what we can look forward to this year. Ms. Fleming was kind enough to explain many aspects of the festival. Her enthusiasm and passion for the community of Rhinebeck shine through the Sinterklaas celebration she has tirelessly helped Read more...

Iva's Accord Roots

by Vivian Yess Wadlin  

Iva Lawrence’s mind is as tidy and organized as the lovely home she and her late husband, Vincent, built. About to celebrate her 97th birthday, Iva speaks with authority about her wonderful neighbors and family. Many regularly drop by to chat or to inquire about this or that—local history, local news—how to make something, or just discuss the weather. But sometimes, as with Hurricane Irene (August 2011), they are there to ensure her safety. Read more...

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Featured Community Businesses

NEW PAINTING CLASSES: ADULTS (FRI 7–9PM) & TEENS (SAT 3:30–5:30PM). Offered: cartooning, illustration, clay, mosaic, printmaking, silk painting, Japanese arts & more. ART Parties, perfect for birthday, any occasion or celebration. Year-round after-school sessions, weekend workshops, etc. Come to enjoy some artistic expression!

The Chocolate Factory 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook

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

Water Street Market 10 Main St, New Paltz

Founded in 1975, Oblong Books & Music is the largest independent bookseller in the mid-Hudson Valley. With a vibrant children's book & toy section, a large bargain books selection, and a knowledgeable staff, Oblong is sure to have something for everyone. Open daily. Author events calendar at

Rhinebeck: 6422 Montgomery Street 845-876-0500 Millerton: 26 Main Street 518-789-3797

Beautiful views, outdoor dining, and large bar. Great food, music, and friends. Affordable country comfort made fresh to order. Live Music throughout the week. Kid's menu, Wednesday Wing & Pasta night, private room for parties or meetings, off premise catering, menus for every budget. See calendar for events.

12 Stone Dock Rd, High Falls

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

Now celebrating over 1000 consignors! In an inviting and cozy atmosphere, we have hand-selected, name-brand clothing and accessories for women and children. You're sure to find that hidden treasure just for you.

133 Main St, Gardiner

Health Quest Medical Practice OBGYN offers care for adolescents through post-menopausal women in 5 office locations in Ulster and Dutchess counties. Finding a qualified health care provider that matches your needs is easy at HQMP.  Visit to view our online introductory videos for all our Board Certified physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives. Call the concierge scheduling line below for OBGYN appts. in Kingston, Rhinebeck, Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and New Paltz.

6511 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck

Since 1976 the Rhinebeck Antiques Fair has been the Number One show in the Hudson Valley and the best-known and favorite antique show on the East Coast! The Rhinebeck Antiques Fair keeps its customers coming back show after show! 200 dealers from all over the USA presenting rare, beautiful, and funky antiques in room-like settings. Expanding to include vintage and decorative arts! "Something for everyone's pocketbook." Free parking, food court, delivery service. INDOORS. Columbus Day Weekend October 11/12. Admission $10, $1 off with display ad. Hours: Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–4pm. Call or write for info:

PO Box 838, Rhinebeck

We're a small boutique agency specializing in antique country homes and historic Hudson townhouses. We're sophisticated, honest and creative professionals who enjoy matching our customers with the most charming and interesting houses in the Hudson Valley. Check out our website, and see why people are saying it's the best real estate site anywhere. Or stop by and see us in Tivoli, Hudson, or Catksill.

41 E. Market St Suite 6, Rhinerbeck

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

Our company has ranked 8th in dollar sales for the last two years in a row out of 150 companies belonging to the Mid Hudson Multiple Listing Service. Our offices, located in Millbrook and Rhinebeck, specialize in country and village properties in Dutchess and Columbia Counties.

51-3 East Market St, Rhinebeck

Highland's newest restaurant serves Japanese & Chinese Cuisine. Fresh and traditional Sushi, Hibachi, Noodles & More. Enjoy your lunch or dinner in our renovated dining room, or order your food to go. We can also cater your party or event. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover accepted. We are located near the municipal parking lot off Main Street.

25 Main St, Highland

Gates and Railings, Fences and Fire Escapes, Commissioned Sculpture, On-site repairs of Steel, Commercial Kitchen Stainless, and Aluminum. 30 Years Experience Vince Murray Welding & Fabrication LLC


Rhinebeck Artist's Shop offers the finest of fine art materials, beautiful cards and clever gifts as well as the services of our fully-equipped professional frame shop for all your framing needs.

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

Confidential, non-judgmental, respectful, objective. Reclaim your space, time and energy, and relieve your stress and worry in times of change. Long or short term projects.


AboutTown Ulster: PO Box 474, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845-691-2089  EMAIL US
AboutTown Dutchess/Columbia: The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Suite 11, Red Hook, NY 12571, 845-758-3616  EMAIL US
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