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  • Wednesday, July 23
    Lecture: Industries of the Hudson River
    7pm. HRMM Curator and Interim ED Allynne Lange talks about the varied and important industrial past of the Hudson Valley. $5 suggested donation. Phone: 845-338-0071. Url: http://hrmm.org.

  • Wednesday, July 23
    Junior Naturalists: Pond Exploration and Blueberries
    10am-1pm. Join park educators to learn all about the animals and insects that live in the ponds and pick delicious blueberries too. We'll take an approximately two-mile long hike to visit two remote ponds where children will use nets to search for animals. When we've had enough fun with the pond, we'll pick wild blueberries until our hands are purple! This program is recommended for six to ten year old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Registration required. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.com.

  • Thursday, July 24
    Eastern NY Junior Holstein Show
    9am–5pm. Phone: 845-876-4001. Email: info@dutchessfair.com. Url: http://dutchessfair.com.

  • Thursday, July 24
    Saugerties in the Hudson River Valley
    6:30pm. Vernon Benjamin, author of The History of the Hudson River Valley from Wilderness to the Civil War, will read from his book. Phone: 845-246-4317. Url: http://saugertiespubliclibrary.org.

  • Thursday, July 24 - Sunday, July 27
    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.

  • Thursday, July 24
    Junior Naturalists: Trees and Papermaking
    10am-1pm. Trees are one of the most magnificent living things on planet Earth and we'll take some time to get to know them better. Your children will make their own recycled paper from discarded, clean newspaper. Then, as it dries, they'll walk the trails near the Nature Center, learning how to age a tree and making friends with a tree by playing a fun game in the woods. This program is recommended for seven to twelve year old children accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All registrants should bring a sandwich sized bag of newspaper, ripped into small pieces, approximately the size of cold cereal, with them. This is a messy activity, so participants should wear clothing they don't mind getting soiled. Pre-registration is required. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.com.

  • Friday, July 25 - Sunday, July 27
    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, July 25 - Sunday, July 27
    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, Sun at 2pm. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Friday, July 25
    Arm of the Sea Theater: The Rejuvenary River Circus
    7:30-8:30pm. An allegorical tale featuring gorgeous masks & puppet characters. Free, all welcome. Phone: 845-246-9529. Url: http://saugertieshistoricalsociety.com.

  • 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.

  • Friday, July 25
    Kingston Night Market
    6-10pm. Shops, galleries, and restaurants host a mix of fun, art, music, food and wine in the form of Parisian style antique markets. Url: http://kingstonwaterfront.com.

  • Friday, July 25 - Sunday, July 27
    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, July 26
    Mohonk Preserve Volunteer Recruitment Open House
    11am-2pm. Do you want to make a difference and connect with nature in the process? Join us at the Visitor Center and learn about the Preserve’s many volunteer opportunities including Back Country Patrol, Bike Patrol, Education, Phenology, Photography, Trailkeeping, and more. Light refreshments will be served. All ages welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP to volunteers@mohonkpreserve.org or call ext. 1269. Free. Phone: 845-255-0919. Url: http://mohonkpreserve.org.

  • Saturday, July 26
    Kuumba Dance & Drum
    Along w/Operation Unite. Bring drum or borrow ours. Free for kids; Adults $5. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, July 26
    One World, Many Rhythms
    Drum circle. 4pm. Url: http://oklibrary.org.

  • Saturday, July 26
    Reception. Small Works
    Opening of show of paintings, prints, collage, and mixed media by 20 HV artists. 6-8pm. Phone: 845-757-2667. Url: http://www.tivoliartistsgallery.com. .

  • Saturday, July 26
    Tivoli Yard Sale Day
    You're sure to find a new treasure at Tivoli's village-wide sale. Starts 9am. Phone: 845-757-2021. Url: http://tivoliny.org.

  • Saturday, July 26
    Firemen's Convention Parade
    40 participating fire companies, including new and old fire trucks, horses, marching bands. 2pm. Url: http://Villageofkinderhook.org.

  • Saturday, July 26
    Glimpses into Existence: Franz Kafka
    10:30-11:30am. Philosophical discussion with Gregory Sadler. Phone: 845-331-0507. Url: http://kingstonlibrary.org.

  • Saturday, July 26
    Woodstock Library Fair
    10am-5pm. Phone: 845-679-2213. Url: http://woodstock.org.

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...

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...

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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Featured Community Businesses

Homes built with quality, care, and craftsmanship.

46 N. Chestnut St, New Paltz

Dine in the area’s most spectacular setting and discover why Mohonk consistently receives rave reviews, including Hudson Valley Magazine’s award for “Best Restaurant with a View”! Combining culinary artistry with the best of traditional tastes, Mohonk’s award-winning chefs serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Bountiful Sunday Brunch and seasonal outdoor dining. Holiday meals are special occasions on our mountaintop. Reservations required.   

1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz

Old Farm Road R & R Psychiatry was founded by Dr. James Standefer to help those struggling with addiction to opiate pain-killers utilizing buprenorphine replacement therapy and a personalized treatment plan for a meaningful, productive way of life.

5 Old Farm Rd Suite C2, Red Hook

Get hot & cold subs & the best pizza in town at this family-owned community gathering spot in the heart of the village.

7514 N. Broadway, Red Hook

All your Indian favorites: curries, tandooris, vindaloos, vegetarian and meat favorites, breads and appetizers.

28 E. Market St, Red Hook

Traditional and non-traditional funerals, memorial services and cremation options. Family owned and operated since 1928.

38 Main St, Highland & 218 Mill St, Poughkeepsie
845-691-2281 or 845-452-7700

Wedding Cakes. 100% scratch, hand-made custom cakes using fresh butter and shell eggs, local milk; plus vegan, gluten-free.

407 Main St, Rosendale

The Augustine Nursery has been creating landscapes of distinction throughout the Hudson Valley for 40 years. We specialize in larger scale, estate-grade trees and plants that you simply won’t find at the typical garden variety nurseries in the area.

9W & Van Kleecks Ln., Kingston

We create custom fine jewelry using recycled precious metals, conflict free diamonds and unique gemstones. Specializing in wedding bands or reworking your old pieces into something new. We also do intricate repairs on jewelry and watches.

11 Church St. Suite 3, New Paltz

Selected for the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List that presents “the world’s best places to stay” and just named the Number One Resort Spa in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler. A visit to our Victorian castle resort feels like a trip to Europe – but we’re only minutes away! Enjoy swimming in our indoor heated pool, spa services, and outdoor recreational activities year-round. Summer activities include: 85 miles of hiking trails, nature walks, tennis, mid-week golf, boating, and swimming in our lake, as well as in our indoor heated pool; fitness, yoga, and meditation classes, and much more. Rates conveniently include meals by award-winning chefs and most activities. Call for reservations/information.

1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz

Theresa Quartararo, CHP, AADP, is a knowledgeable and supportive health counselor. She will help you set and accomplish goals in order to achieve and maintain your ideal weight, reduce cravings, increase energy, feel great in your body, and understand the role food plays in your life.

537 Tyrrel Rd., Millbrook
914-489-8716 or 845-702-0096

Renovated and redecorated rooms. No smoking rooms available. Sound-proofed rooms & quiet countryside assure a comfortable, restful night. Phones; color TV; 3 min to NYS Thruway, 10 min to Mid-Hudson Bridge.

1 mile east of Exit 18 NYS Thruway.

601 Main St Route 299, New Paltz
800-4-choice or 845-883-7373

Offering on-site service for home and small business PCs and Macs in northern Dutchess and southern Columbia area. Services include installation, upgrade and repair of hardware and software. Instruction in Windows, Mac OSX, Internet and application software.


Health Quest Urgent Care offers WALK-IN URGENT CARE at two locations for a variety of illnesses with no appointment necessary. Pediatric and adult care. X-Ray onsite. Visit website below for information.

Lagrangeville: 1100 Route 55, 845-454-4455 Hours: Mon–Fri 8am–8pm; wknds 8am–2pm.
Wappingers Falls: 1530 Route 9, 845-297-2511 Hours: 7 days 8am–10pm.

Local food, live music, fine crafts, family fun. 23 vendors at the heart of Columbia County’s best-preserved historic village. Full menu of market wares and al fresco

breakfast/lunch offerings.

For events visit website.

Broad and Hudson streets, Kinderhook

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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