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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, 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
    Euryanthe
    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 - 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 - Sunday, August 3
    Euryanthe
    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, Wed & Sun at 2pm. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • 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 - Sunday, August 3
    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, August 1 - Sunday, August 3
    Wassaic Project Summer Festival
    Multidisciplinary, cutting edge yet family friendly celebration of art, music & community featuring over 100 artists, 25 bands, poetry readings, dance performances, film screenings, & more. Check web for times. Phone: 347-815-0783. Email: hello@wassaicproject.org. Url: http://wassaicproject.org.

  • Friday, August 1 - Sunday, August 3
    Ray Bradbury's Short Stories
    Enacted by the creative young actors of Cocoon's summer workshop. $15; at 7pm on Fri, Sat and Sun; Matinees at 1pm on Sat & Sun. Reserve seats—space limited. Phone: 845-876-6470. Email: msanmillan@aol.com. Url: http://cocoontheatre.org.

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

Francesco Mastalia’s "Organic" Farmers

by Paul De Angelis  

The faces may be familiar, but seeing them through these photographs 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...

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

A wondrous world of discovery and imagination. Half day classes offered for two, three and four year olds.

The Chocolate Factory 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook
845-758-0889

Rosane Balistreri is now offering Interior Design Service in this area. An established designer with over twenty years experience in NYC, she's available for all types of residential and commercial interior design projects.

Port Ewen
845-340-9289

Decades of excellence. Apple-certified, reasonably priced. Trusted advice, expert installation and life-cycle support for Macintosh OS X systems and networks. Offering a variety of services, for diverse needs. Clients include Sports Illustrated and Apple®, professionals, artists & practitioners.

845-331-1111

The Atwater Gallery, located above the Rhinebeck Artist's Shop in Rhinebeck, is a beautiful light-filled exhibition space showing changing exhibits of professional, quality modern art from the Hudson Valley and beyond.

56 E. Market St., Rhinebeck
845-876-4922

Rhinebeck at a Glance is designed to bring the Rhinebeck area to you wherever you might be. Rhinebeck at a Glance is just that connection; imagine being connected to your community, events, municipalities restaurants, publications, weather, libraries, train schedules, movies, real estate, the surrounding tourism sites of Dutchess County and more—all in one bookmark click. Anne Brown, Publisher.

845-876-3502

"Destination Restaurant" by Culinary Institute of America. Four and 1/2 stars from the Poughkeepsie Journal & "Best Sushi in the Hudson Valley" — Zagat's. Tucked in the heart of Rhinebeck, Osaka has been the go-to-sushi restaurant for 18 years. Chefs work in rhythm to craft sushi, sashimi, and rolls from a vividly bright palette of salmon, tuna, yellowtail, squid, uni, and other varieties of fish. For diners looking to take a break from the raw dishes, Osaka serves a variety of tempura, teriyaki, hibachi, and noodle bowl dinners. Eat-in or take-out.

22 Garden St. , Rhinebeck
845-876-7338

June 21: Equine art show and auction of works by Dino Rinaldi to benefit Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue. Food, crafts, horse demos, exhibits, & children's activities, music and more.

147 Main St, Kingston
845-417-6825

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
888-974-0491

Internationally published, award-winning architectural & design practice with offices in NYC & local. Full 25+ year portfolio from renovations, single family residential to large-scale commercial, restaurants and multi-family. Design-Build our specialty. Look forward to the first 3-D concrete printed project in USA by our firm[s]. Coming to Gardiner this Fall. All solutions derived from site specificity & your requirements. See our web site for details. LEED AP Certified.

212-965-0914 or 917-294-0109

Celebrating its 17th year as one of the premier art dealers and venues in the Hudson Valley, the gallery focuses on quality original contemporary, regional, 20th-century and Hudson River Art, and offers changing exhibitions, a holdings gallery, curatorial, consultation, commissioning, art delivery and installation services. It has established an outstanding reputation for dedicated service to both clients and artists and is known for its annual THE LUMINOUS LANDSCAPE™ National Invitational Exhibition.

22 E. Market St., 3rd floor, Rhinebeck
845-876-7578

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

Dr. Elinor B. Descovich, Optometrist

Eye Examinations, Contact Lenses, No Line Bifocals,Prescriptions Filled

in Dedrick's Pharmacy Plaza 188 Main St, New Paltz
845-255-8370

Sanford Levy. Country and formal furniture, paintings and accessories. Buying, selling and appraising antiques and art at this address since 1974. Located four miles south of town on Route 32, just past Locust Lawn Museum. Open weekends, other days by chance, or by appointment.

520 Route 32 South, New Paltz
845-255-4876 or 845-389-5379

Marty & Kathe Kraus invite you to contact us for EXCEPTIONAL travel service. Let us help you plan YOUR Dream Journey. We are American Express Travel Representatives and a full-service agency ready to provide your every vacation need. We’re not just cruises! Plan now for your holiday get-away.

845-489-5040

Vicki L. Haak, CFP®, Financial Advisor, Personal financial planning, including planning for risk protection, taxes, retirement, estate preservation investments and asset allocation.

30 E. Market St., Rhinebeck
845-876-1157

AboutTown Ulster: PO Box 474, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845-691-2089  EMAIL US
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