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  • Friday, May 22 - Sunday, May 24
    The Producers
    Adapted from Mel Brooks's 1968 film about two theater producers scheming to get rich. Directed by Lou Trapani. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. $27/$25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url:

  • Friday, May 22 - Saturday, May 23
    Woodstock Chamber Orchestra
    A Salute to Our Veterans. 7:30pm. Enjoy patriotic and American Music Pops as we salute the Armed Forces and Veterans. The concert is a fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project and SUNY Ulster’s Veterans Club. $20, $18 seniors, veterans & students free with ID. Phone: 845-687-5086. Url:

  • Friday, May 22 - Monday, May 25
    Uke Fest
    Ashokan’s 3rd annual family friendly weekend retreat for ukulele players of all skill levels. Workshops, concerts, dancing, jams & lots of fun. Phone: 845-657-8333. Url:

  • Saturday, May 23 - Monday, May 25
    Vanderbilt Plant Sale
    Annuals, perennials, herbs, vines, etc. Benefit sale in parking lot of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. 9am–4pm rain or shine. Phone: 845-229-6432. Email: Url:

  • Saturday, May 23 - Sunday, May 24
    Barn Star Antiques
    At the Rhinebeck Fairgrounds. Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–4pm. $10pp. Phone: 845-876-4001. Email: Url:

  • Saturday, May 23
    String Trios
    Grammy-nominated artists Shmuel Ashkenasi & Peter Wiley joined by Helena Baillie w/music of Schubert, Mozart & Bach. 7pm. $20/$18. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: Url:

  • Saturday, May 23 - Monday, May 25
    Woodstock-New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair
    Sat & Sun 10am-5:30pm, Mon 10am-4pm. Juried artists and craftspeople from all over the USA. $8, $7 seniors, 12 & under free. Url:

  • Sunday, May 24
    High Falls Cafe 10th Anniversary BBQ & Pig Roast
    Celebrating 10 years of great food, great music, and good times shared with family and friends. BBQ starts at noon with burgers, hot dogs, sausage & peppers, and salads. Pig roast at four o'clock. Musical performances will go on throughout the day. Kurt Henry Trio 12pm, Big Joe Fitz 1pm, Trio Mio 2pm, Kimberly with Bruce Hildenbrand 3pm, Barbara Dempsey & Company 4pm, The Acquaintances 5pm, Breakaway featuring Robin Baker 6pm. Come celebrate this wonderful milestone and raise a glass to many more. Phone: 845-687-2669. Url:

  • Sunday, May 24
    Jennifer Muller/The Works
    A world preview dance performance of inspirational and engaging new works. 7:30pm. $30/student rush & children $10. Phone: 845-757-5106x2. Email: Url:

  • Sunday, May 24
    Milan's Memorial Day
    Refreshments and displays; parade begins at Town Hall at noon. Email:

  • Thursday, May 28
    Understanding Your Blood Pressure
    Learn what your blood pressure and cholesterol levels mean and whether you are at risk for heart disease, stroke or other health consequences. 5:30-6:30pm. For more information, call: 845-871-1720 Ext. 4 Url:

  • Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
    The Producers
    Adapted from Mel Brooks's 1968 film about two theater producers scheming to get rich. Directed by Lou Trapani. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. $27/$25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url:

  • Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
    Clybourne Park
    A play by Bruce Norris, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. Sharp and funny collision of race and real estate. Fri & Sat 8pm $39, Sat & Sun 2pm $34. Phone: 845-647-5511. Url:

  • Saturday, May 30
    Cancer Relay for Life
    American Cancer Society event. See website for details. Phone: 845-876-4001. Email: Url:

  • Monday, June 1
    Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation Annual Golf Tournament
    Registration and lunch begin at 11:30am, shotgun start at 1pm. Phone: 845-473-2273. Url:

  • Tuesday, June 2
    Retirement Planning
    Tax Free Retirement Income & Estate Planning Seminar. 4:15pm. Phone: 845-255-1255. Url:

  • Wednesday, June 3
    About Dementia: Get the Facts
    Sometimes the conditions that cause dementia are reversible. Early diagnosis could make a big difference. Find out about prevention, warning signs and treatments. 5:30-6:30pm. For more information, call: 845-871-1720. Url:

  • Wednesday, June 3
    Film: Deep Water
    The True Story of the Ashokan Reservoir, the Schoharie and the Ten Lost Towns. Speaker: Tobey Carey, Producer and Director. 7pm. $5 suggested donation. Phone: 845-338-0071. Url:

  • Thursday, June 4 - Sunday, June 7
    Mountain Jam Music Festival

  • Thursday, June 4
    Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference
    Nationally recognized speakers and hands on workshops presented by local experts. Designed to provide actionable advice, information, and ideas to enhance your business. 8:30am-4pm. $40 in advance, $60 at the door. College Lounge Phone: 845-687-5000. Url:

So Long, AboutTown!

by by Rachel Cavell  

For one afternoon in 1996, the day otherwise long ago lost in time, I sat in a sun-dusty room in Paul De Angelis’s house on North Road in Tivoli as he and Gail Jaffe-Bennek discussed a local publication they were about to start. As a memory it’s not much, its details mostly forgotten or discarded, like the calendar in which I’d jotted down the meeting’s date. So I was surprised when it resurfaced so vividly as I read Paul’s e-mail late this past August telling us that after 18 years, he and Gail were looking to sell AboutTown (of Read more...

Kingston Streets

by Vivian Yess Wadlin  

Imagine the snarl of commuters (and their vehicles) if the rail crossing on Broadway in Kingston stalled them every day. Fortunately, Broadway now dips below the tracks and you zip through unencumbered by rail schedules. The trolley in the postcard image is gone, but you can still see trolleys at the Trolley Museum in the Rondout—check out its winter schedule for a ride. Read more...

New Englanders-on-Hudson, Part 3: The Making of a Delano President

by Cynthia Owen Philip  

Warren Delano II’s widely travelled, well-educated, and handsome 26-year-old daughter Sara married the fifty-six-year-old widower James Roosevelt of Hyde Park in 1880 and on January 30, 1882 gave birth to a son named Franklin Delano in honor of his uncle. (The child of Sara’s brother Warren III, who also had been named after his grandfather, had recently died and his parents begged her not to use the name.) Franklin Delano Roosevelt would be Sara and James’s only child. But he would proudly bear two sets of New England genes. His parental grandmother was an older sister of James Lloyd Aspinwall; Read more...

General Interest

Deer Trouble

by Frances Sandiford  


Letting Go

by Cait Johnson  


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Food & Wine

Bubby's Beyond Burritos

by Barbara Jean Briskey  


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Health & Wellness

Letting Go

by Cait Johnson  


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Featured Community Businesses

Open Daily serving Lunch, Dinner, and weekend Brunch. Late-night live music and large billiard room with pool, ping pong, foosball and darts. Over 40 years of hearty food and tasty drinks served in a warm neighborly atmosphere. We are the Hudson Valley’s original craft beer bar, now also brewing our own. Monday-Friday 11am-3am. Saturday and Sunday 10am-3am.

4 S. Chestnut St, New Paltz

The place to fill all your outdoors needs: fertilizers, feed, fencing, lawn, garden, & farm supplies, shavings, pet food & supplies, lime, bedding, straw, bird seed, feeders & birdhouses, clothing.

68 Firehouse Ln., Red Hook

Our aim is to give you an authentic, integrated and transformative yoga experience. We welcome you to come just as you are and enjoy ongoing weekly classes. We offer: Yoga for Every Body, Vinyasa, Affordable $5 Community Class, Beyond Basics, Svaroopa, Tai Chi, as well as special workshops and teacher training. Find our schedule online or drop us an email.

403 Warren St., Hudson

Over 25 years working in collaboration with homeowners and professional designers to create a unique and special something for the home or office. Custom cabinetry and so much more!


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.


Got rot? Home improvements & repairs of all types, painting & staining. Historic restoration specialist. Furniture restoration. Serving the Hudson Valley since 1986. Fully insured.


Our agency works with you to manage the risks of everyday life, recover from unexpected events, and realize your dreams by developing a personalized portfolio of insurance and financial services products.

3669 Route 9W, Highland

Don't need office space full-time? Rent your office by the hour. Includes wireless internet service, telephones with private voice mails, copier, fax, furniture, conference room with wall board easel, etc. $15. per hour for office space, less for full-day, weekly, or monthly rentals. Rooms are spacious and light and can accommodate groups or serve as break out rooms. Just off Route 9W , across Milton Avenue from the fire station. Good parking, near restaurants and banks.

20 Milton Ave Rte 44/55, Highland

Serving Dutchess and Columbia counties. All types of carpentry, additions, renovations, roofing, decks, etc. Free estimates, fully insured. Call for appointment. See also “Lawn & Landscape."


Specializing in non-chemical treatment of water and bacterial elimination. Drinking water and municipal treatment available. Commercial and residential treatment available. Rentals and financing plans offered. The standard of excellence in water treatment since 1973.

1888 Route 9W, Lake Katrine
845-336-4353 or 845-876-4489

Your area professional since 1968, is always buying and selling coins currency, gold and silver, jewelry, old marbles, postcards, toys and many other small collectibles. Fair and honest dealings guaranteed. Bill and Ruth Blair. Call for appointment.


Moscow Conservatory trained musicians. Reasonable rates, references.

New Paltz

Our beautiful Victorian castle resort is the perfect backdrop for the perfect wedding. Celebrate your wedding in our spectacular gardens, or in our grand Victorian Parlor.  With  meals prepared by award-winning chefs and an experienced on-site wedding planner, your wedding will be magnificent! Winner of Best of Hudson Valley 2013—“Best Place for a Wedding.” Special values also available.

1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz

An active association focused on enhancing the economic and social opportunities of those who work in, live in, and visit the Rondout Valley. In addition to informative monthly meetings & mixers, activities include successful community events (Jennie Bell Pie Festival, Rondout Valley Garden Tour) and the new The RVBA offers comprehensive member services, insurance, and discounts. Join us!

PO Box 450, Accord

When it's time for a break from the ordinary! Serving breakfast, lunch & grab & go prepared meals. We thrive to provide high quality food & catering with attention to detail & eye appealing presentation. Espresso and cappuccino drinks. See also, under "Caterers."

One E. Market St., Red Hook

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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