Ruth Oja at the Sawkill. credit Peter Michos
In naming Ruth Oja "Citizen of the Year" in October, the Red Hook Rotary Club recognized that "Ruth has worked tirelessly to preserve our environment and is a model for good citizenship." For Ruth this has been a labor of love—love for the place she has called home since 1957. Anyone entering the Bard College Campus at Annandale Road is apt to catch Ruth pruning shrubs, pulling weeds, and planting groundcover along the south side of the road, up the hill from the house where she has lived for the last 40 years. When I met with Ruth on a
For a small town Rhinebeck is home to a surprisingly varied history. No building exemplifies this better than the Rhinebeck Post Office. Its structure may be modest in comparison to its neighbor the Beekman Arms, yet on May 1, 1939, it became, according to Rhinebeck novelist William Seabrook, "the most thoroughly dedicated small-town post office in the Western Hemisphere." Seabrook’s description mentions celebrities, newsreels, sound trucks, an army of metropolitan reporters and cameramen, and the first female photojournalist for Life magazine, Margaret Bourke-White, "thrown in for good measure!" On hand to lay the cornerstone, and the guests of then president
Ulster County is comprised of one city (Kingston), twenty towns (New Paltz, Gardiner, Rosendale, etc), three incorporated villages (New Paltz, Ellenville and Saugerties) and about three dozen designations based on census tracts and postal addresses. Most of these last three dozen, plus other named places and small villages are what we consider "hamlets." These have no political designation nor government separate from the larger town surrounding them. These hamlets, plus hundreds of others, were usually formed in our agrarian or mining past at crossroads offering a post office, store, and possibly a church, blacksmith shop, and a school—places like
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Featured Community Businesses
Strip. Refinish. Restore. Reglue. Quality repair. From new to antique furniture. Since 1983 at the same location. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. Antiques bought & sold. Jack Hacker, owner. References.
Holiday Pop Up Store. Men’s and Women’s hats, gloves, sweaters, scarves, wraps and throws. Open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11am to 6pm, Through December 29. Closed Dec 25. Cash, Visa, MC, AMEX. All sales final.
502 Warrent St, Hudson
The Chocolate Factory is the place to come for your framing needs! Renée Burgevin, CPF since 1990, combines a beautiful selection of molding styles and mats with expert design & technical advice, conservation quality materials, and skilled workmanship. Handling repairs as well as new work. Mirrors ready to go or design your own. Offering French matting & calligraphy.
The Chocolate Factory 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook
We have offices located in Millbrook and Rhinebeck specializing in country and village properties in Dutchess and Columbia Counties. Our dedicated agents are knowledgeable and can guide you easily through the process of buying or selling.
51-3 East Market St, Rhinebeck
Family owned and operated in the heart of New Paltz. Imported meats & cheeses, catering, prepared foods, gourmet coffees, hot breakfast, specialty sandwiches, house-made bread & Gluten Free breads. Indoor & outdoor seating or DELIVERY.
164 Main St, New Paltz
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
Design, planting, and consultation for original gardens since 1985. Portfolio on request.
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
The most progressive florist in the area carrying local and imported flowers from globally responsible farms. Specializing in making your everyday floral needs an enjoyable, creative experience. Worth the visit.
2356 Rte 44-55 in Gardiner and 10 Church St. in New Paltz
Residential and Commercial Real Estate.We have been helping individuals and businesses find homes and locations in the Hudson Valley for more than three decades. Let us help you find what you are looking for. Multiple Listing Service. Call John, today.
3553 Route 9W, Highland
Family owned & operated serving the Hudson Valley since 1973. We provide quality service & installations to homeowners, contractors, architects & commercial businesses. Let the "only real door company in the valley" exceed your expectations. Full showroom & parts counter. Like us on Facebook!
40 Arlington Ave, Poughkeepsie
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
Just named the Number One Resort Spa in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler – and we’re only minutes away! Enjoy a relaxing retreat as you pamper yourself in a spectacular setting. Take a mini-getaway with our delightful and delicious midweek “Day Spa and Meal” package. The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House features massages, facials, aromatherapy, a full service salon, and more, as well as 16 treatment rooms, a solarium, steam, sauna, and outdoor heated mineral pool. Perfect for gift certificates—birthdays and holidays! Call for details.
1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz
For your wedding, anniversary, cocktail party, art opening, or even just a dinner for two. Make the event really special, set the mood, and enjoy. Russian trained classical violinist and pianist. Solo or duet. Reasonable rates, large repertoire, references. Also violin, viola, piano lessons.