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  • Thursday, May 21
    Rhinebeck HS Choral Concert
    7:30pm. Phone: 845-871-5500. Url:

  • 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
    Red Hook Plant Sale
    Old Dutch Village Garden Club's annual plant & bake sale. 8:30am. Rain date 5/23. Phone: 845-758-5758. Email:

  • 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:

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...

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...

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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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.


Glide across our 9,375-square-foot refrigerated ice rink in our open air pavilion. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in front of a 39-foot-tall stone fireplace. The Pavilion is open for ice skating from mid November through early April. Skate rentals, lessons, and private parties are available. For more information, please call the Mohonk Skate Shop.

Mohonk Mountain House 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz

Unusual and surprising gifts. Useful objects for every room in your home. Well designed, functional, and decorative items. Modern baby gifts. Remarkable jewelry. Visit and visualize our offerings in your life.

67 Main St, New Paltz

Traditional and non-traditional funerals, memorial services and cremation options. Family owned and operated since 1928.

38 Main St, Highland & 218 Mill St, Poughkeepsie
845-691-2281 or 845-452-7700

Beadzo offers a wonderful selection of creative, artistic and ethnic jewelry from around the world as well as from our local artists and beaders. Necklaces, bracelets and earrings made from vintage, collectible and contemporary beads and metals are available. Semi-precious stones, pearls and lamp work beads have been made into unique creations and make special gifts. Silk scarves from Thailand and artistic hand knitted scarves can be found there as well. Folk art masks, clocks, earring holders and lively hand-painted wooden chests and jewelry boxes are also added to the mix. It’s all very whimsical, fun and full of spirit!

60 Broadway, Tivoli

We would like to thank Gail & Paul for so many wonderful years of top notch publication. Best of luck in future endeavours. —Little Feet Too Preschool: A wondrous world of discovery and imagination.

The Chocolate Factory 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook

Celebrating its 18th year as one of the premier art dealers and venues in the Hudson Valley, the gallery focuses on quality original contemporary, regional, 20th-c. and Hudson River Art, and offers changing exhibitions, a holdings gallery, curatorial, consultation, commissioning, art delivery and installation services. The gallery has established an outstanding reputation for its dedicated service to both clients and artists. Spring programs include solo exhibitions by David Eddy and Polly W. Law, and the annual Collectors Salon & Sale.

22 E. Market St., 3rd floor, Rhinebeck

Open to the public, it’s “not just for chefs!” Consider this warm, friendly, (and lovely) home  for your retirement. Just 15 residents, ages 62 and up, live in this beautiful complex on 400 acres of gorgeous, well-tended land. A gracious staff is available 24/7. All meals are prepared on premises and served in a wood-paneled dining room (after all, this was the original home of Oscar of the Waldorf). Decorate your room to your taste, travel in your own car, or use our transportation. Large comfortable game and entertainment room, in-house hair dresser and barber.

71 Old Tschirky Rd, New Paltz

We offer classes, productions and summer camp that are creative dramatics based with the goal of providing students with the confidence, creativity, teamwork and poise to develop into happy, healthy young adults.  This summer - Teens camp ages (13-18) 7/21-25  -  Musical Theatre camp two groups ages (7-12 and 13-18) 8/4-8/8 - Audition Workshop two groups ages (7-12 + 13-18) 8/11-14

79 Vineyard Ave, Highland

Design, planting, and consultation for original gardens since 1985. Portfolio on request.


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

"The Real Estate Matchmaker" Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist. Member of Multiple Listing Service of Ulster County.

81 Vineyard Ave, Highland

Founded in 1975, Oblong Books & Music is the largest independent bookseller in the mid-Hudson Valley. With a vibrant children's book & toy section, a large bargain books selection, and a knowledgeable staff, Oblong is sure to have something for everyone. Open daily. Author events calendar at

Rhinebeck: 6422 Montgomery Street 845-876-0500 Millerton: 26 Main Street 518-789-3797

Complete Auto Repair Center. Repairs, sales and 24-hour towing.

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Sat 8-noon. Closed Sunday.

Chris & Justin

84 New Paltz Rd, Highland

Pizza, calzones, stromboli, hot & cold & parmigiana heros—and full Italian dinner menu. Homemade sauces, pizza dough, & desserts (cheese cake, cannoli & specials). Directions from 9G: go east at Germantown light and take first left.

85 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown

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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