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  • 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.

  • 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 - 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.

  • 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.

  • Wednesday, July 30
    Preschoolers in the Park
    Blueberry Picking. 10:30am-noon. Led by naturalist Jamie McGinnis. Registration required. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.com.

  • Wednesday, July 30 - Sunday, August 3
    Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
    From opera to gospel, world music to Broadway, the festival celebrates the human voice in all its multi faceted glory. See webite for full schedule of world class performances and tickets. Url: http://phoeniciavoicefest.org.

  • Wednesday, July 30
    Preschoolers in the Park
    10:30am-noon. Bring your toddler and join Jamie McGinnis for a stroll through the old meadows of the former hotel golf course and along Lake Minnewaska and Upper Awosting Carriage Roads. The meadows are filled with low bush and high bush blueberry and this is the time of year when they're usually ripe for the picking. Bring a sandwich sized plastic bag to fill and clean hands to eat them as you walk. This modest hike does include some hills and also trails that are suitable for only sturdy strollers. Please make sure to bring enough water, sun protection and bug protection too. Meet at the informational kiosk in the upper parking lot near Lake Minnewaska. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.com.

  • Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3
    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.

  • Friday, August 1
    Piano Summer Symphony Gala
    With the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. 8pm. Phone: 845-339-6088. Url: http://upac.org.

  • Friday, August 1 - Sunday, August 3
    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, August 2
    Young People's Concert
    11am. Marc Black, Woodstock singer-songwriter. Under 16 free, adults $5. Phone: 845-679-8217. Url: http://maverickconcerts.org.

  • Saturday, August 2
    March of Champions Drum & Bugle Competition
    7pm. Benefits the Children’s Home of Kingston. $20. Phone: 845-331-1448. Url: http://childrenshomeofkingston.org.

  • Saturday, August 2
    Outdoor Brazilian Concert with Matuto
    Matuto’s songs can sway hips just as easily as spark insight. Drawing on Northeastern Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forro, maracatu or coco, and on deep Americana, from bluegrass spirituals to swampy Louisiana jams, Matuto uses unexpected Pan-American sonic sympathies to craft appealing, rootsy, yet philosophical tales of love, self-discovery, nostalgia and true peace. The Unison grounds, which house an outdoor sculpture garden, provide the perfect backdrop for an outdoor summer concert. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or their own comfortable chairs. 6pm. $21 in advance, $18 members, $4 more at the door. Students half price with ID. Phone: 845-255-1559. Url: http://unisonarts.org.

  • Sunday, August 3
    The Great Saugerties Bed Race & Old Timers Day
    A full day of family fun & events. Free. Phone: 845-246-0784. Url: http://village.saugerties.ny.us.

  • Sunday, August 3
    Bon Odori: Japanese Dance Festival
    11am-7pm. Dance, music, drumming, Japanese martial arts, food, games. Url: http://bonodori.org.

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Voted "Best Breakfast" in Best of Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Magazine. Innovative American and Vegetarian cuisine. Our menu features wonderful gourmet breakfasts, homemade soups, unique salads & sandwiches, pasta, burgers, creative entrees, vegan dishes, and much more. Our in house bakery provides freshly baked breads, muffins, brownies, and other delicious treats. Gluten free bread available. Extensive beer & wine menu.

59 Main St, New Paltz
845-255-7766

Safe, Clean, Quiet Environment featuring Express Laundry Machines.

Convenient location in the Middle of the Village behind Starbucks®.

5A Plattekill Ave, New Paltz
845-943-8814

For over 26 years, systems technical & project management professionals providing support for IBM Big Iron, experts in large systems infrastructure, and mainframe operating systems that run Western Civilization. Supporting legacy application modernization & transformation; Green Data Center Initiatives; Healthcare IT conversions from ICD9 to ICD10 & server virtualization on System z. Been there, done that - so you can avoid repeating yesterday's mistakes. Contact us - we can help.

New Paltz
845-256-1010

Probably on your way to work! Our name speaks volumes: twelve kinds of bagels, seven kinds of bread/wraps, various muffins, huge sandwich/panini selection, meat & veggie dishes, flavored and unflavored Green Mountain® coffee ready to go, cold drinks, hot drinks, homemade salads, green salads. Main course dishes for lunch or to take home for dinner. All food fresh and waiting to make your mouth water.

3497 Rte 9W, Highland
845-834-3555

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

407 Main St, Rosendale
845-658-3355

Rent from us and you'll be out over the Hudson River without using any roads or sidewalks. Walkway Over the Hudson is 1.28 miles long and it connects you to miles of paved and unpaved rail trails in Ulster and Dutchess counties. Enjoy the rail trails or our lovely rural roads without the hassle of lugging your bicycle. Those who are physically challenged to walk long distances can rent an electric scooter to partake of the fun on Walkway and the rail trails.

We are conveniently located with direct access to the paved Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the approach to Walkway Over The Hudson.

Bicycles are just $13.89 for the first hour. Scooters are $18.52 for the first hour. Lower rates for longer rentals. Free Parking for bike or scooter renters.


Fun - Affordable - Dance in GARDINER! Air Conditioned Facility includes 2 Studios, Dancewear Store, ANYTIME parent viewing, Homework Center, N.P. school bus stop, KinderDance, Tot Classes, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Line Dance. Birthday Parties, Demo Team, Private Lessons, Workshops and MORE! Ages 3-Adults!

28 Osprey Lane, Gardiner
845-255-6434

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

Water Street Market 10 Main St, New Paltz
845-255-6800

Do you have irreplaceable home movies, pictures or slides taking up a lot of room? Save space: Put those old home movies (8mm, etc), slides, photographs, videos on DVDs that you can watch anytime. Easy to store, easy to find. Need great gifts? We can replicate your DVDs for family and friends All work performed on premises. Local references. Reasonable prices. Fast turn-around.

Rock Cut Rd, Walden
845-566-6897

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
845-691-9988

"Capturing the Heart of It". Imagine having the same photographer capture your wedding who got Joyce Carol Oates to glow, Ethan Hawke to calm down, Jay Z to smile and Bill Murray to fish in a swimming pool? Celebrity photographer Steffen Thalemann fell in love with weddings when helping a friend on the job one day. He has joyfully dedicated part of his career to this art ever since. Group shot or individual portrait, his passion for people allows him to truly connect on a human level, capturing the essence of every moment.

New Paltz
845-255-5787

Stay with us in our quiet country Dutch style farmhouse, circa 1790, furnished in antiques. Located on the Wine Trail and nestled in the spectacular Shawangunk Valley just below Gertrude's Nose and the Millbrook Mountain facade, we're within an easy drive of excellent restaurants. Sleep soundly in one of our four air conditioned bedrooms, two with private baths. Visa/MasterCard accepted.

Gardiner
845-255-8998

The finest mouthwatering cheese, savory sauce & a variety of toppings from the classic to the gourmet available on our New York style pizzas. Traditional, stuffed, Sicilian & party pies. Chicken wings, heroes, wraps, burgers, dinners, and more. Dine in, take out & delivery. Call for daily specials.

68 Main St, New Paltz
845-255-2666

Town of Lloyd (Highland) has $$$ to lend for new and existing businesses in the township. Low interest. Also, smaller loans with quick paperwork for facade improvements that conform to town's design standards. Call now for more information & loan forms.

12 Church St., Highland
845-691-2144

Newly renovated banquet facility (110 max) for your special occasion — showers, weddings, rehearsal dinners, baptisms, retirement party, fundraisers, holiday gathering, reunions. BUFFET/FULL SERVICE Culinary Chef/Owner James Jerkowski will make your event memorable. Reasonable pricing.

838 Route 32, Tillson
845-658-3434

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