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  • Tuesday, July 22
    Royal Shakespeare Company’s Henry IV Part II
    7:15pm. $12, $10 members. Phone: 845-658-8989. Url: http://rosendaletheatre.org.

  • Tuesday, July 22
    Simmons Wildlife
    5:30-6:30pm. Simmons is a celebrated wildlife expert specializing in predators whose appearances include Good Morning America (ABC), The Today Show (NBC), and Good Day, New York (FOX.) He is also a frequent Lecturer at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 1971, he has been studying, raising and lecturing about wild animals. Simmons travels and exhibits with big cats, bear cubs, carnivorous reptiles and birds of prey. This program will include birds of prey, reptiles and a ring-tailed lemur. Phone: 845-255-1255. Url: http://gardinerlibrary.org.

  • Tuesday, July 22
    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.

  • Tuesday, July 22
    Student Scholarship Blood Drive
    This event is hosted by RVHS graduate, Hannah Critchlow of Kerhonkson who will be pursuing a career in nursing. Sponsored by the NY Blood Center, the organization will be giving her scholarship money depending on how many pints of blood are collected. 25-40 pints earns $250 and 40 or more pints provides a $500 scholarship for Critchlow at SUNY Ulster. For more information call 845-443-1993.

  • Wednesday, July 23
    Lecture: Industries of the Hudson River
    7pm. HRMM Curator and Interim ED Allynne Lange talks about the varied and important industrial past of the Hudson Valley. $5 suggested donation. Phone: 845-338-0071. Url: http://hrmm.org.

  • Wednesday, July 23
    Junior Naturalists: Pond Exploration and Blueberries
    10am-1pm. Join park educators to learn all about the animals and insects that live in the ponds and pick delicious blueberries too. We'll take an approximately two-mile long hike to visit two remote ponds where children will use nets to search for animals. When we've had enough fun with the pond, we'll pick wild blueberries until our hands are purple! This program is recommended for six to ten year old children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Registration required. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.com.

  • Thursday, July 24
    Saugerties in the Hudson River Valley
    6:30pm. Vernon Benjamin, author of The History of the Hudson River Valley from Wilderness to the Civil War, will read from his book. Phone: 845-246-4317. Url: http://saugertiespubliclibrary.org.

  • 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.

  • Thursday, July 24
    Junior Naturalists: Trees and Papermaking
    10am-1pm. Trees are one of the most magnificent living things on planet Earth and we'll take some time to get to know them better. Your children will make their own recycled paper from discarded, clean newspaper. Then, as it dries, they'll walk the trails near the Nature Center, learning how to age a tree and making friends with a tree by playing a fun game in the woods. This program is recommended for seven to twelve year old children accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All registrants should bring a sandwich sized bag of newspaper, ripped into small pieces, approximately the size of cold cereal, with them. This is a messy activity, so participants should wear clothing they don't mind getting soiled. Pre-registration is required. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.com.

  • Friday, July 25
    Arm of the Sea Theater: The Rejuvenary River Circus
    7:30-8:30pm. An allegorical tale featuring gorgeous masks & puppet characters. Free, all welcome. Phone: 845-246-9529. Url: http://saugertieshistoricalsociety.com.

  • 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
    Kingston Night Market
    6-10pm. Shops, galleries, and restaurants host a mix of fun, art, music, food and wine in the form of Parisian style antique markets. Url: http://kingstonwaterfront.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.

  • Saturday, July 26
    Mohonk Preserve Volunteer Recruitment Open House
    11am-2pm. Do you want to make a difference and connect with nature in the process? Join us at the Visitor Center and learn about the Preserve’s many volunteer opportunities including Back Country Patrol, Bike Patrol, Education, Phenology, Photography, Trailkeeping, and more. Light refreshments will be served. All ages welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP to volunteers@mohonkpreserve.org or call ext. 1269. Free. Phone: 845-255-0919. Url: http://mohonkpreserve.org.

  • Saturday, July 26
    Glimpses into Existence: Franz Kafka
    10:30-11:30am. Philosophical discussion with Gregory Sadler. Phone: 845-331-0507. Url: http://kingstonlibrary.org.

  • Saturday, July 26
    Woodstock Library Fair
    10am-5pm. Phone: 845-679-2213. Url: http://woodstock.org.

  • Saturday, July 26
    Marbletown Founders' Day
    Celebrating the 311th anniversary of Marbletown's original land patent grant. Marbletown Art Festival featuring over 30 local artists with work on display and for sale. Art competition & auction: email andrey@element22.net for info. Live music throughout the day, 3pm interactive dance with the Vanaver Caravan. Live birds of prey demonstration presented by the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commisssion. Historic grave stone etchings presented by the Marbletown Historical Preservation Committee. Siversmithing presentation by SUNY New Paltz faculty & students. Sponsored by the Town of Marbletown to benefit the Stone Ridge Library. 10am-6pm. Free admission. Lucas & Fairview Ave, High Falls.

  • Saturday, July 26
    Pond Exploration for Kids
    10-11:30am. Come for a two-mile hike to explore the ponds in Minnewaska's former golf course. We'll use nets to see what life, be it amphibian, insect or other, can be found in these ponds. And, if any of the delicious blueberries are ripe near the ponds, we'll take some time to enjoy them! This program is recommended for children age six to nine years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Waterproof boots for all participants is highly recommended. Pre-registration is required. Phone: 845-255-0752. Url: http://nysparks.com.

  • 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.

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ULSTER Community Businesses

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.

7 Linwood Ave HV Rail Trail at Vintage Village, Highland

Rated #1 on Trip Advisor. Enjoy a country experience, take a walk to the lake or kayak. All rooms with private bath, AC, TV, fireplace. Salt water pool. Gourmet breakfast. Pet friendly. Just 6 miles to New Paltz.

12 Calderone Dr, Wallkill

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

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

Classes designed to discover the artist within your child. Children 5-12 years old in small group settings with much individualized instruction and attention in multi medias, including assemblage, collage, print making and paint. Great gift idea for grandparents who want to give new experiences instead of "things". Five - one and a half hour sessions are just $75.

830 Route 9W Broadway, Ulster Park

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

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

Water Street Market 10 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

Your Bank. Our Community. Mortgage rates remain at all time record lows. Great rates and terms. Personal service throughout the life of your loan. Call or click today to consult with Tracy Mackey-Preferred Mortgage Consultant. Eleven Hudson Valley branches.


Providing insurance & financial services.

Cherry Hill Center 246 Main St, Suite 12, New Paltz

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


Restaurant and Tavern. Homemade, American cuisine in a historic 1788 Grist Mill. Our menu is inspired by Italian and American country cooking, featuring fresh, local artisan products and ingredients of the Hudson Valley. Outside riverside dining. Private space for events. Open for Lunch and Dinner.

A National Historic Landmark

29 Gristmill Lane, Gardiner

Clinical Psychologist & MindBody Nutrition Coach offering services to individuals with concerns around weight, eating and body image. An holistic approach that can transform reliance on limiting beliefs and habits into trust in the inherent wisdom of body and mind.

Woodstock & Rhinebeck

We make the old look new! Tile and grout stains and discolorations plaguing you? Call us. Tile and grout cleaning and sealing, and grout color sealing all done with low VOC products. We also provide “zero-dust” hard wood floor maintenance and carpet cleaning. Three average size rooms of carpet cleaning for only $99. Clean is so refreshing! And, it’s easier to maintain. Free estimates. Local references available.


A business oriented Chamber with monthly social and business meetings and dinners. Health insurance available and other benefits. Serving Lloyd, Plattekill, New Paltz, Gardiner, Milton, Marlboro and the surrounding area. Just off Route 9W on Milton Ave in the Mid-Hudson Professional bldg.

3730 Rte 9W/Milton Ave Suite 3, Highland

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