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  • Tuesday, April 22
    Get Started in Kayaking
    7pm. Adirondack Mountain Club leader Dom Urmston gives this hands on presentation. Free, all welcome. Phone: 845-255-5030. Url: http://eltinglibrary.org.

  • Wednesday, April 23 - Thursday, April 24
    Seed and Seedling Sale
    10am-4pm. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Phone: 845-340-3990.

  • Thursday, April 24 - Sunday, April 27
    On the Verge by Eric Overmyer
    Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Three women explorers discover they are adrift in time. $18, $16, $10. Phone: 845-257-3936. Url: http://newpaltz.edu.

  • Thursday, April 24 - Sunday, April 27
    The Grapes of Wrath
    Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. $10 suggested donation, students free. Phone: 845-687-5086. Url: http://sunyulster.edu.

  • Thursday, April 24
    Jay Ottaway
    Award winning songwriter Jay Ottaway will perform a free concert to benefit Unison. 8pm. Phone: 845-255-1559. Url: http://unisonarts.org.

  • Friday, April 25
    Women Helping Women
    6:30-10:30pm. Dance benefit for the Women’s Shelter in Kingston. VFW Hall, Route 208, New Paltz

  • Friday, April 25
    Murder at the Movies Dinner Theater
    6pm. Phone: 845-626-2115. Url: http://townofrochester.net.

  • Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27
    Death by Fatal Murder
    Written by Peter Gordon, an Inspector Pratt spoof of the whodunnit genre presented by the Coach House Players. Sat & Sun 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. $20, $18 seniors & children under 12. Phone: 845-331-2476. Url: http://coachhouseplayers.org.

  • Saturday, April 26
    The Met Live in HD: Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte
    1pm. Phone: 845-339-6088. Url: http://upac.org.

  • Saturday, April 26
    New Paltz Clean Sweep
    Clean up the parks, sidewalks and streets. Call the Chamber of Commerce for more information. 255-0243

  • Saturday, April 26
    25th Annual Tulip Ball.
    For the benefit of the Health Alliance Foundation. Lazy Swan, 1754 Old Kings Hwy, Saugerties, 943-6013, hahv.org

  • Saturday, April 26
    Book Sale
    10am-3pm. Phone: 845-679-2213. Url: http://woodstock.org.

  • Saturday, April 26
    SUNY Ulster Open House
    10am-2pm. Information fair, workshops, campus tours. Url: http://sunyulster.edu.

  • Saturday, April 26 - Sunday, April 27
    TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival
    Sat 1-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. Get tickets early! www.tap-ny.com Url: http://huntermtn.com.

  • Saturday, April 26 - Sunday, April 27
    Dip and Sip
    12-5pm. Tasting event of Hudson Valley wines, artisanal breads, and olive oils. $15, reservations not required. Phone: 845-255-4613. Url: http://whitecliffwine.com.

  • Saturday, April 26
    Loaves & Fishes Quilt Show
    Benefit for the Rondout Valley Food Pantry. Over 70 quilts on display, demonstrations, raffle baskets, quilt raffle. Tickets $6, $5 seniors. Afternoon tea $5. 10am-5pm. Phone: 845-687-7867. Url: http://rvfoodpantry.org.

  • Saturday, April 26
    Spirit of Woodstock Celebration
    Woodstock Film Festival fundraiser honoring Markertek founder and CEO Mark Braunstein for his entrepreneurship, innovation, his spirit of giving back, and bringing economic development to the Hudson Valley. The late Levon Helm will also be honored with the 2014 Spirit of Woodstock Award. It will be presented to his daughter, Amy Helm; to his widow, Sandy Helm; and to Barbara O'Brien, who runs Levon's Midnight Ramble. Tickets start at $150. 7pm, Emerson Resort, Mt. Tremper. woodstockfilmfestival.com

  • Saturday, April 26
    UFO Fair Day & Parade
    Events all day: 10am-7pm. Street fair, live music, car show, speakers, special street perfomances, parade, film, Martian art show & reception, Air Pirate Radio Show - "War of the Worlds" Pine Bush Style. See website for full schedule & info. Pine Bush, Town of Crawford. https://sites.google.com/site/ufofairpinebush

  • Saturday, April 26
    Lipbone Redding
    Storyteller, songwriter, guitarist and voice-stramentlist Lawrence "Lipbone" Redding;Woodstock native RoseAnn Fino will open. 8pm. Phone: 845-255-1559. Url: http://unisonarts.org.

  • Sunday, April 27
    32nd Kiwanis Kingston Classic
    Friends & Family Mile, 5K, 13.1-mile half-marathon and a 2015 Boston Marathon 26.2-mile qualifying marathon. All start and end inside Dietz Memorial Stadium, Kingston, kiwaniskingstonclassic.com

The Flow of History

by Vivian Yess Wadlin  

Ulster County is a place of aqua-plenty. Sometimes, far too much. Most of the time however, water has positively shaped our lives as producers, consumers, recreationists, musicians and artists, students, and lovers of beauty. Read more...

General Interest

Mason Bee Update

by Vivian Yess Wadlin  

Mason bees are natives. They are found all over the United States and are excellent pollinators. I’ve been raising them as a hobby for five years and have written about them in previous About Town issues and been interviewed about them by Ulster Publishing. Read more...

Helping the Helpers

by Paul Brown  

Community Foundation Renovates Family of New Paltz Home

Seal Sightings

by Tom Lake  

From Hudson River Almanac, February 15, 2014

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ULSTER Community Businesses

Located on the premises of this original 1790’s salt box is a recently converted stone and wood barn that has become Jingle Bell’s new guest quarters. This 30’ by 50’ space has beamed cathedral ceilings, skylights, lovely antiques, fully equipped kitchen, and private bath. Impeccable grounds with an outcrop of rocks at the foot of which is a lovely pool. Breakfast in former Jingle Singer Juli Cristman’s Country Kitchen.

302 Swartekill Rd, Highland

Now celebrating over 1000 consignors! In an inviting and cozy atmosphere, we have hand-selected, name-brand clothing and accessories for women and children. You're sure to find that hidden treasure just for you.

133 Main St, Gardiner

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

New! Meats—Beef, Pork, Chicken, Rabbit, Duck. Dairy—Milk, Cheeses, Fresh pastas., Vegetables—Tomatoes, Peppers, Egglant, Onions, etc. Fruits—Apples, Pears, Oranges, Mangos, Avacados, Bananas and more. What more could you want? Freshness? Yes. Variety? Yes. Long hours to serve you? Yes, 10am to 7pm daily. AND Arthur Avenue Bread. Plenty of parking.

1826 Route 44/55, Modena

Family owned and operated in the heart of New Paltz. Imported meats & cheeses, catering, prepared foods, gourmet coffees, hot breakfast, specialty sandwiches, house-made bread & Gluten Free breads. Indoor & outdoor seating or DELIVERY.

164 Main St, New Paltz

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

New and resurfacing of paved areas, parking lots and driveways. Paving, seal coating and hot tar for crack repair. Residential and commercial. Started in 1948. Fully insured, free estimates and very neat. Hot tar repair and resurfacing now can save a lot in the long-run. Local references. Serving Ulster & Dutchess Counties.


Peaceful, non-traditional country getaway-perfect for quiet retreats. Mountain Studio Apt-queen loft, or full sofa-bed, ground level; efficiency & private deck. Garden Room-double, AC summer & patio. Each with private bath. Non-smoking. On 2+ acres with paths, benches, labyrinth, pastureland and mountain views. Sauna, massage, energy balancing, other services.

12 Ramah Lane, New Paltz

A different kind of tree service focusing on tree preservation. As a "Certified Arborist" with 30 years of experience I will show you how we can solve tree issues, reduce hazard, and beautify your landscape all in one visit. Fully insured.

New Paltz

Tailoring, leather cleaning, wedding gowns cleaned and preserved, wash and fold service. Fine alterations by Italian-trained seamstress. M-F 8-6, Sat 9-4. New location, but 11 years serving Highland clients. Free on-street parking. Tina and Tony Guerriero.

50 Vineyard Ave, Highland

Highest-quality wallpaper installation. Over thirty years experience in NYC metro area and the Hudson Valley. Skilled in all types of wall covering. References on request. Insured.


Just named the Number One Resort Spa in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler – and we’re only minutes away! Enjoy a relaxing retreat as you pamper yourself in a spectacular setting. Take a mini-getaway with our delightful and delicious midweek “Day Spa and Meal” package. The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House features massages, facials, aromatherapy, a full service salon, and more, as well as 16 treatment rooms, a solarium, steam, sauna, and outdoor heated mineral pool. Perfect for gift certificates—birthdays and holidays! Call for details.

1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz

Enjoy dinner nightly in our traditional dining room or sit back and relax in the pub or on the new Outside Patio. Family owned and operated. Menus include steak, seafood, pasta, homemade soups, etc. Fresh desserts baked on premises.

838 Route 32, Tillson

Three spacious immaculate rooms, private baths, AC, HDTV, oudoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, flower gardens, Koi pond, Wi-fi. Delicious healthful farm-fresh breakfast menus. Peaceful, private nature-lovers site. Bicycles, minutes to Highland’s HV Rail Trail, Walkway Over The Hudson, climbing, canoeing. Close to New Paltz, Poughkeepsie restaurants, CIA, wineries, apple picking.


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

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