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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
    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
    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
    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.

  • Saturday, July 26
    Marbletown Founders' Day
    Celebrating the 311th anniversary of Marbletown's original land patent grant. Marbletown Art Festival featuring over 30 local artists with work on display and for sale. Art competition & auction: email andrey@element22.net for info. Live music throughout the day, 3pm interactive dance with the Vanaver Caravan. Live birds of prey demonstration presented by the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commisssion. Historic grave stone etchings presented by the Marbletown Historical Preservation Committee. Siversmithing presentation by SUNY New Paltz faculty & students. Sponsored by the Town of Marbletown to benefit the Stone Ridge Library. 10am-6pm. Free admission. Lucas & Fairview Ave, High Falls.

  • Saturday, July 26
    Pond Exploration for Kids
    10-11:30am. Come for a two-mile hike to explore the ponds in Minnewaska's former golf course. We'll use nets to see what life, be it amphibian, insect or other, can be found in these ponds. And, if any of the delicious blueberries are ripe near the ponds, we'll take some time to enjoy them! This program is recommended for children age six to nine years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Waterproof boots for all participants is highly recommended. Pre-registration is required. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.com.

  • Sunday, July 27
    Royal Shakespeare Company’s Henry IV Part II
    2pm. $12, $10 members. Phone: 845-658-8989. Url: http://rosendaletheatre.org.

  • Sunday, July 27
    Historic Hurley Guided Walking Tour
    2pm. $5, children under 12 free. Phone: 845-338-1661. Url: http://hurleyheritagesociety.org.

  • Sunday, July 27
    Blueberries on Beacon
    9:30am-12:30pm. The Beacon Hill Carriage Road and Footpath hiking loop offers some of the best views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills and this time of year, it also provides abundant blueberries to snack on as you walk along. We'll start our walk along the carriage road, then hike uphill along the footpath to reach its conclusion along the Minnewaska Carriage Road, which we'll continue to follow along the western edge of Lake Minnewaska. The total distance for this moderate outing, which does include some hills and narrow, cliff-edge sections of the trail, is approximately three and a half miles. This hike is being led by Eric VanDeusen, volunteer naturalist. Pre-registration required. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.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.

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331 McKinstry Rd, Gardiner

Family owned / operated locally for almost four decades. Residential roofing & siding using Energy Star® materials. Dozens of delighted local references. Fully insured. Free estimates. Custom standing seam seamless metal roofing including copper & 23 colors & two gauge thicknesses, all Galvalume®. Also, all shingle roofs. Siding includes wood & vinyl materials, fire & rot resistant fiber cement products that even fool woodpeckers! We install the retrofit roofing system called "cool roof." Learn about the energy efficiency consumer tax credit on roofing and siding packages. We fabricate and intall heavy gauge Galvalume® gutters, as well as 5" & 6" aluminum seamless gutters. We fabricate jointed gutters to match materials of metal roofing. Serving the Hudson Valley.


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81 Vineyard Ave, Highland

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9 N. Chestnut St, New Paltz

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34 North Road, Highland

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