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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

James Scott and the Hudson Highland Art Association

by Sanford Levy  


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

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3669 Route 9W, Highland

Strip. Refinish. Restore. Reglue. Quality repair. From new to antique furniture. Since 1983 at the same location. Free estimates, pick-up & delivery. Antiques bought & sold. Jack Hacker, owner. References.


We create custom fine jewelry using recycled precious metals, conflict free diamonds and unique gemstones. Specializing in wedding bands or reworking your old pieces into something new. We also do intricate repairs on jewelry and watches.

11 Church St. Suite 3, New Paltz

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

For your wedding, anniversary, cocktail party, art opening, or even just a dinner for two. Make the event really special, set the mood, and enjoy. Russian trained classical violinist and pianist. Solo or duet. Reasonable rates, large repertoire, references. Also violin, viola, piano lessons.

New Paltz

Horseback riding for all ages! On 117 acres. Beautiful trails. Excellent horses. Birthday parties and other celebrations. Gift certificates available. Celebrating 48 years!

Route 302, Bullville

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.

Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Treats & Dinner. Tapas Menu and Wine List. Passionate member of Slow Food, committed to serving the finest locally sourced and artisanal ingredients.

10 Plattekill Ave, New Paltz

Convenient, attentive service at our showroom or your home - kitchens designed for cooking, media centers, offices, closets. Full custom and semi-custom cabinetry. Free consultation. Studio Tue-Sat 10-4, Appointments Mon-Fri 8-6, Sat 8-5.

199 Route 299, Highland

We are a shop that is committed to selling the best products as well as maintaining the bikes you ride! Rentals, sales, and service. Mountain, road, hybrid and BMX bicycles and all accessories. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Specialized, Redling BMX & more. Right next to the rail trail!

15 Main St, New Paltz

From April through November midweek, the Mohonk Stables offer western-style riding led by experienced trail guides on scenic carriage roads. Beginner and intermediate rides are one hour long and same day reservations are required, on a space available basis. Carriage rides also available. Please call for details.

1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz

Probably on your way to work! Our name speaks volumes: twelve kinds of bagels, seven kinds of bread/wraps, various muffins, huge sandwich/panini selection, meat & veggie dishes, flavored and unflavored Green Mountain® coffee ready to go, cold drinks, hot drinks, homemade salads, green salads. Main course dishes for lunch or to take home for dinner. All food fresh and waiting to make your mouth water.

3497 Rte 9W, Highland

Lessons, instruments, rentals, repairs. For all your musical needs!

1 Milton Ave, Highland

Full-service Hudson Valley commercial, digital studio specializing in every aspect of business and web photography, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, holy communions, special events, family & executive portraits, and headshots of models and all people in the arts.


Safe, Clean, Quiet Environment featuring Express Laundry Machines.

Convenient location in the Middle of the Village behind Starbucks®.

5A Plattekill Ave, New Paltz

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