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  • Saturday, December 27 - Sunday, December 28
    Clermont Open After Christmas
    The mansion will remain open for holiday visitation 12/27 & 12/28 from 11am–3pm. Tour tkts $5/$4 for seniors and students, children under 12 are free. Phone: 518-537-4240. Url: .

  • Saturday, December 27
    Holiday Break Walk
    10am-1pm. An outdoor hiking therapy session. About 4 miles, destination Echo Rock which offers expansive, stunning views. Pre-registration required. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url:

  • Saturday, December 27 - Sunday, December 28
    David Temple: Sambas in Season of Joy
    Guitarist/composer David Temple presents original work along with pieces from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, and France. Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm; $20. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url:

  • Saturday, December 27 - Tuesday, December 30
    Make a Mouse House
    12/27 & 12/30 only: Holiday Craft Workshop. Kids ages 6–10 inspect mouse houses on display, then build their own to take home. Adults must accompany. Call to reserve. From 2–3:30pm. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: . Url:

  • Sunday, December 28
    National Theatre Live presents JOHN
    3pm. $12, $10 members. Phone: 845-658-8989. Url:

  • Tuesday, December 30
    Talk to the Animals
    10-11:30am. Meet the residents of the visitor center and learn how they are cared for in their snug home and how their family members live out on the preserve. Free, registration required. Phone: 845-255-0919. Url:

  • Wednesday, December 31
    New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance at Ashokan
    6pm dinner, 7pm sing along, 8pm dance, ring in the new year at midnight and dance ’til the wee hours. See website for complete party details & lodging info. $55 dinner & dance, $25 dance only, $30 at the door. Phone: 845-657-8333. Url:

  • Wednesday, December 31
    New Year’s Eve in Uptown Kingston
    9pm. Neighborhood wide celebration with and old fashioned ball drop at midnight at Wall & N. Front Street. Drinks, food, music.

  • Wednesday, December 31
    New Year’s Eve in Saugerties
    Ball drop. Family friendly event, band starts at 11pm.

  • Wednesday, December 31
    New Year’s Eve in Marlboro
    Party hats, noisemakers, live music and dancing in the center of the hamlet.

  • Wednesday, December 31
    Morton on New Year's Eve
    An evening of stories, short plays (read by Rhinebeck Readers Theatre) music & caroling. Donation $10, at 8pm, Phone: 845-876-2903. Email: Url:

  • Thursday, January 1
    New Year’s Day Two Views Snowshoe Hike
    Two mile outing in the Peter’s Kill area featuring views of the Rondout Valley and Clove Valley from cliff top ledges. Pre-registration required, early sign up suggested. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url:

  • Friday, January 2 - Sunday, January 4
    The Woman
    Staged reading of Clare Booth Luce's acerbic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy Manhattan socialites. Directed by Lisa Lynds. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. Pay what you will. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url:

  • Saturday, January 3
    Wallkill Valley Raptors
    Join Christine Guarino and enjoy minimal walking on this popular roadside trip between New Paltz and Wallkill. Wintering raptors, congregating waterfowl and gulls as well as half hardies will be the focus on this outing. We will drive through Blue Chip and Watchtower Farms with stops along the Wallkill River, Shawangunk Grasslands NWR, and the Ulster County Fairgrounds. Meet to carpool at the New Paltz Municipal Parking Lot off of Huguenot Street. 8am. Url:

  • Saturday, January 3
    The Gardiner Community Concert Series and Open Mic
    6-8pm. Phone: 845-255-1255. Url:

  • Friday, January 9
    Parents Night Out
    7-10pm. Have a night out while your kids make new friends and enjoy meaningful activities. $20 per child, age 3 & up, includes pizza. Drop off begins at 6pm. Phone: 845-527-5672. Email: Url:

  • Friday, January 9 - Sunday, January 11
    Sunday In the Park With George
    Sondheim musical follows life of artist Georges Seurat working on his latest impressionist masterpiece. Directed by Andy Weintraub with musical direction by Paul & JoAnne Shubert. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm; $27/$25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url:

  • Saturday, January 10
    11am-2pm. A fun family event featuring a chili tasting contest with area food establishments competing for the coveted "Best of Fest" award. Children’s tent, wagon rides, wood carving demonstration, toasted marshmallows and roasted chestnuts. $2, children 6 & under free. Phone: 845-691-2066. Url:

  • Saturday, January 10
    New Year/New Works: Opening
    Opening party for a joint show of artists from two galleries: the Tivoli Gallery and Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA). All work, in various mediums, will be new to the gallery. 6–8pm. Phone: 845-757-2667. Email: Url: .

  • Tuesday, January 13
    World of Animals
    6:30pm. Live animals featuring raptors and reptiles. All welcome. Phone: 845-691-2275. Url:

Our Hispanic Mid-Hudson

by Dorothy Dow Crane  

What if you woke up one morning and discovered that you’d lost your English? What if you couldn’t understand what the shopkeeper was saying to you? What if you didn’t have the words to ask directions or to understand them beyond pointing? What if you couldn’t tell if that sign was a welcoming or a warning message? Many of our recent immigrants confront these challenges, and more, daily. Read more...

Woodchuck, with All The Trappings

by Danny Shanahan  

There’s wood smoke in the air, and as the leaves fall and the days grow colder and shorter, we all start to live more of our lives indoors, seeking warmth, looking for food to keep us fueled during the crisp, gray weeks and months ahead. We come inside, we hunker down, we eat. Read more...

Food & Wine

Soup: It’s a Meal

by Holly Shelowitz  


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Featured Community Businesses

Little Pickles Toys & Sweets Shop and Playhouse is a specialty toy and candy store to delight children of all ages. Discover beautifully crafted toys, a stunning variety of candies, and playhouse programs set in a gorgeous visual landscape.

7505 North Broadway, Red Hook

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

100+ TV Channels, free wireless internet, fitness area, pool table, and guest laundry. Free Continental Breakfast. Handicap accessible rooms available. Micro/Fridge Units in all rooms. 1/4 mile to NYS Thruway.  Closest hotel to the village.

7 Terwilliger Lane, New Paltz

4200 sq. ft. multi dealer antique center. Antiques, primitives, vintage. 7 days. Surrounded by other interesting shops.

10 Main St, New Paltz

Traditional Artisan Baking. All butter crust pies, local apples, the finest ingredients. Luscious Cream Puffs, Chocolate Chubbies, Scones and Muffins made fresh daily. Winner "Best Desserts" Hudson Valley Magazine. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

10 Plattekill Ave, New Paltz

Beautiful views, outdoor dining, and large bar. Great food, music, and friends. Affordable country comfort made fresh to order. Live Music throughout the week. Kid's menu, Wednesday Wing & Pasta night, private room for parties or meetings, off premise catering, menus for every budget. See calendar for events.

12 Stone Dock Rd, High Falls

Voted "Best Sushi of the Hudson Valley 2014" by Hudson Valley magazine. Also "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 19 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

Your favorite new kids' shoe store with a vast selection of Stride-Rite, Keen, Merrell, Ugg, plus many other great brands. Next to Pegasus Outlet.

27 N. Chestnut St, New Paltz

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

Contractors and builders since 1924. New construction, additions, renovations. Local references throughout the Hudson Valley.

845-236-4031 or 914-755-8814

Custom cabinetry and furniture made to your specifications. High-end antique restoration. References and photos available on request. 30 years experience. Free estimates at our shop. Please call between 9:00am and 5:30pm, or email us.


Renovations & Additions, Finish Carpentry, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Decks & Porches, Miscellaneous Repairs, General Property Caretaking. Insured. References.


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

New in Highland on Main Street: A salon for the entire family. Walk-ins welcome. Wash and Style just $20. Cuts, Color, Highlighting, Perms, Conditioning Treatments, Up-dos, Hair Smoothing, Treatments, Waxing, Contour and Body Wraps. Longer-lasting False Eyelashes. Gift Certificates available.

3 Main St, Highland

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.


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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