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Rondout Waterfront Guided Tours, Kingston

Sunrise guided walking tour of the Historic Rondout Waterfront portion of the NYS Empire State Trail. Approximately two miles of breathtaking scenery and interesting history. Takes about 1.5 hours. For details or reservations, visit the website.

Culligan Water

Get cleaner, safer water in your home with a Culligan® Aquasential® Smart HE Water Softener or Smart RO Drinking Water System. Call today for a FREE water test.

Time Travel

“Public records are the frozen mind of the people.” Thus begins the introduction to transcriptions of Early Records of New York State showing the meetings and laws covering Road Commissioners of Ulster County, Volume I, 1722-1769. The book is an interesting read, especially if you ever wondered who laid out some of the rural roads [Read More…]

Diabetes Education

Nationally Certified* Diabetes Educator offering Counseling for Pre-Diabetes, Type 1, Type 2, and newly diagnosed. (ADULTS 18 & up). Let me guide you through the complexities of your diabetes management. Services cover Medication Review, Meal Planning, Exercise Tips, Achievable Goals, and MORE! By Appointment Only via Zoom Conference or by phone. Insurance Not Accepted. Email [Read More…]

La Bella Pizza Bistro

Pizza perfected. Build-Your-Own pizza–34 toppings–or stick with your favorite traditionals. And,  that’s not all–Paninis, Heros, Dinner Entrees, Pastas, Salads, & Soups. Featuring Deep Dish Pizza, Potato Au Gratin, and LaBella’s Famous Meatballs. Eat in or take out. Catering. Gluten free and vegan. Sounds perfect, yes? See for yourself. Delivery and take out available. Open: Mon thru [Read More…]

Putting Down Roots

Sidgwick Family: England Tantillo Family: Italy Polischuk Family: Russia   This pictorial layout is presented here as a downloadable PDF file: Putting Down Roots (PDF)

Water Works

Following the example of natural waterways, this article meanders. Hopefully, it makes connections between that H2O and some other facets of our vast land and its history that led to America’s unparalleled prosperity. Water was a natural bounty that provided a figurative and literal path to earnable wealth for our forebears, and continues for us [Read More…]

Connecting Oceans / Carleton Mabee

The globe in my New Paltz Campus School fifth-grade class- room clearly showed the Panamanian isthmus; Mrs. Compton, head-enlightener, pointed out that a channel was dug to connect the two oceans. Shipping options increased. Ho Hum. Not until the book, The Path Between the Seas, by David McCullough, made it onto my reading list that [Read More…]

The Social Relief Society Welcomes You to Cottekill…

The Inviting Postcard The bucolic image above is a postcard. Its postal cancellation reads: “Cottekill, N.Y. August 6, 1941, AM.” The Social Relief Society (SRS) advertising text on reverse sets the mood: “The S.R.S. Home is beautifully situated in the Catskill Mountains 900 feet above sea level in Cottekill, Ulster County, N.Y. Reasonable rates. All [Read More…]

Ulster County Hamlets: A-Z

The list below requires a little explanation. For instance, Rosendale is listed as a hamlet, but that is the common name for the village running along Route 213. The Town of Rosendale, however, encompasses many hamlets and the village of Rosendale is just one. Acccording to the town’s website, others are Binnewater, Bloomington, Bruceville, Cottekill, [Read More…]

Thanks To You, Our Advertisers & Readers, We Begin Our 40th Year

About Town began in the Summer of 1984 as The Guide To New Paltz. The Guide’s founders were Liz Weisz, Elena Erber, Karen Thompson, and yours truly. By 1988, the publication had grown to incorporate other Ulster County towns. To accommodate the expanded area, we changed its name to About Town (AT). Within a few [Read More…]

A Solid Heritage

This article is edited, corrected, and shortened from its original publication in About Town, Summer edition 1993 Head west from Rosendale village on Route 213 and after the Turco Water Company caves, make a right at the Brooklyn Bridge. OK, so it is not precisely the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a replica of John and [Read More…]


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The Lemon Squeeze

Restaurant & piano bar featuring locally-sourced, chef-driven menu including salmon, cauliflower steak, pork chops, NY strip, lobster mac & cheese, and burgers.  Craft cocktails, beer, and wine. Live piano and late night menu. Open Tuesday- Sunday. Lunch,  Dinner, Late Night.  “Sinatra” Sunday Brunch.

Fighting Spirit Karate

Fighting Spirit Karate blends traditional elements of Kyokushin Karate and varying forms of other martial arts to enrich your mind, body, and spirit, increasing your field of self-awareness, self-control, and self-confidence, not only in the dojo but throughout your life.

College Hill, Poughkeepsie, NY

Looking at the postcard images throughout this issue, it is easy to understand Poughkeepsie’s “Queen City” designation. In the 1800s, Poughkeepsie was a beautiful, bustling, wealth-generating place bursting with industry, culture, philanthropy, imagination, and education. The city’s most significant enabler, the Hudson River, and later the railroads, brought materials, people, and investment to the area. [Read More…]

Where There’s Smoke…

This is a story that jumps around like water on a hot griddle. It jumps in time and it jumps in geography. When the smoke clears, I hope you have a greater appreciation for the history of our local fire departments, your investment in them, and their hundreds of volunteers. March 17, 1891. Highland. The [Read More…]

Perrine’s Bridge: Celebrating 200 Years

For two hundred years, Perrine’s Covered Bridge has crossed the Wallkill River at Rifton in the Town of Esopus just four miles north of the New Paltz village. In the early nineteenth century, it was one of three bridges within a 10 miles span of the Wallkill in the Town of New Paltz, which had [Read More…]

Marbletown Sportsmen’s Club, Inc.

Established 1951. Clubhouse and range are on 110 acres in Stone Ridge. Clubhouse has all the comforts and a modern kitchen. 25, 50 100 yard ranges, covered firing line and pistol range. Year-round activities. Applications available. Check website.

Equinox Technologies

Full-Time IT Support on Your Part-Time Budget. PC hardware/ software installation & repairs. A+ certified & Network+ certified through CompTIA for PC repair/ diagnostics & wireless/hardwired networking. HIPAA certified. 20+ years experience. Reasonable rates & outstanding IT services throughout the Hudson Valley. We’re committed to providing fast, reliable, & courteous service.

Secluded Country Getaway

A Hudson Valley Countryside Escape. Ten-30 mins to quaint towns: New Paltz, Gardiner, Hyde Park, Beacon, Rhinebeck. Relax near the pond, read a book on the deck, cozy up on the couch. Shopping, restaurants, antiques, festivals, historic sites, museums, landmarks, hiking parks, fruit farms, wineries, and children’s activities.

Building the Ashokan Resrvoir

by Frank Almquist. No one alive today is more qualified to have written this book on the Ashokan Reservoir construction. Using a large collection of real photograph postcards (postcards made on photographic paper by local photographers) the story of constructing the dam, dikes, and water handling was told. Filled with the enormity of the job, [Read More…]

The Poughkeepsie Regatta, 1891-1950

by Elizabeth Clarke & Ann Sandri. Using text and images, this new book chronicles the establishment of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association and its Regatta, an annual tradition held on the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland. Major university crews vied for supremacy on the Hudson. This sporting  event had a huge impact on the both [Read More…]

McManus Inc. Custom Homes

Homebuilding from the ground up. Let us review your plans, or help you develop them. True-Quality home building. Locally owned and operated.

WhiteTail Forestry Mulching

The best way to clear overgrown Land and create usable space.

The Draining and Refilling of the Swartekill Swamp

Over my almost eight decades, I’ve witnessed the transformation of land once farmed by my grandparents. It has gone from farmed to fallow, to brambled meadows, to tightly-packed small-tree groves, to now, a few good-size 60+ year-old mature trees. Another transformation on that land was quicker. Sandwiched between the mostly parallel roads of Plutarch and [Read More…]

D. Greene Building & Mechanical­

Custom builder and tradesman serving Ulster County since 1992

New D&H Canal Museum to Open

The website of the D&H Canal Historical Society makes this simple declaration: “The mission of the D&H Canal Historical Society is to highlight the importance of the D&H Canal and preserve its stories, landscapes, and artifacts.” One of the Society’s important accomplishments was the establishment in 1976 of a museum. They gathered artifacts, ephemera, stories, [Read More…]

Sharkey, When Sea Lions Were Stars of Show Business (1907-1958)

by Gary Bohan. With his deep Kingston, NY, connections at the local Seal College, Sharkey will delight you by bringing back memories of watching him on the Ed Sullivan Show, among a host of others. His training, personality, and life on the road is an amazing tale well told by Bohan, another Kingston native whose [Read More…]

America’s Pedestrian & Ulster County’s Man of Mystery

Two articles on this subject appeared previously in About Town. One with permission of Rodale Press and the other I wrote in 2008. The latter is available on our website. The article below covers some of the same information but also material from a 2014 Rodale Press published book, “The Last Great Walk” by Wayne [Read More…]

Sal’s Place

Open Daily. Offering a Variety of Pub Fare. Specializing in Italian-American Cuisine. Fun Day: Come Out & Support Your Favorite Team with Our NFL & All Sports Package. Bar Is Outfitted to Feed Your Sports Cravings Year Round. Catering 845-691-7257.

Commercial Express Mortgage Lending

Let our 29 years of direct commercial lending experience help you in the acquisition of an income-producing property. We lend for apartment buildings, shopping centers, mixed-use buildings, and investor homes, supplying short-term, bridge, or long-term mortgages throughout the tri-state area.

Cobblestone Antiques

Brian Kaley and Joanne Pinello Kaley. Buying and selling antiques in the Hudson Valley for over 35 years. Furniture, folk art, paintings, jewelry and collectibles. We purchase single items, collections and estates. Special interest in Hudson Valley and Catskills paintings, stoneware, rustic furnishings, & hunting, fishing, & sporting collectibles. See us at the Antiques at [Read More…]

The Era of Oscar of New Paltz

Oscar Tschirky, aka, Oscar of The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, NYC, NY […] was a man of the world. His featured Waldorf domains were the Palm Gardens, the Empire Room, Peacock Alley, The Sert Room (murals by Jose Maria Sert), the Grand Ballroom, and the private supper rooms, all part of the hotel’s iconic dining scene… This [Read More…]

Poughkeepsie’s Woodcliff Pleasure Park

July 14, 1927, at 7 pm, it opened. Finally, Poughkeepsie had something to compete with other famous amusement parks up and down the Hudson, and in nearby cities and states. Poughkeepsie welcomed the Woodcliff Pleasure Park… This pictorial layout is presented here as a downloadable PDF file: Poughkeepsie’s Woodcliff Pleasure Park (PDF)  

Maggie Mae’s Restaurant, Bar, and event venue

Enjoy a spectacular view of the Gunks at the new Irish-inspired and homey restaurant on the New Paltz Golf Course. Reasonable prices. Seven days a week. Extensive menu: website. Looking forward to serving you.

Curtis Momber-Jackson

NYS  L.M.T.    • Reflexology  • Swedish Massage  • Deep Tissue  • Asian Bodywork   • Hot Stone  • Medical Massage  Masks optional. Please call for an appointment today. The Right Hands For Every Body.

It’s Snow Time

Whether or not we get snow, ‘tis the season for it. And that means hiking, snowshoeing, ice climbing, snowmobiling, ice skating, plowing and shoveling…or a warm toasty fire and a good book. After checking the forecast and the wind-chill chart below, decide your day’s itinerary from the possible alternatives listed. See Fireside Reads, and Out [Read More…]

Jean Vanderlyn Unvarnished

My friend, Ken Ericksen, and I were talking about the race track that was on the flats west of New Paltz back in the 1920s. “You know,” he said, “there used to be a little girl from New Paltz who was a great trick rider back in the thirties. She still lives in New Paltz.” [Read More…]

Fireside Reads

Had enough of current events for a while? Travel back in time to the small towns and villages of early Ulster County. The books below are a great way to learn your local history and not over-tax your stressed-out brain. Vintage pictures with just enough text to tantalize you into wanting more. Other great reads [Read More…]

New Paltz Village: Then & Now

In that other lifetime, before we all learned the name, structure, and pitilessness of a virus, I was preparing a presentation titled Then And Now for the New Paltz Historical Society in November. Here are a few of the images I was planning to share…   This pictorial layout is presented here as a downloadable PDF [Read More…]

Opening the Gates to Wellness

Anyone heading east on the Mid Hudson Bridge or driving on Route 9 south of it can’t be faulted for thinking the huge shining edifice cropping out of the stone cliff above the roadway is a dazzling new hotel. The almost completed construction of the Vassar Brothers Hospital takes modern design and the institution’s facilities [Read More…]

Wanted Raymond Riordon School Memorabilia

Information on the Raymond Riordon School 1914-1940 on Chodikee Lake, Highland including students, faculty, coursework, etc, or information on the Chodikee Lake Hotel for inclusion in a book on the subject. Contact Vivian at: 845-691-2089, or write: About Town, PO Box 474, New Paltz, NY 12561

Wanted Elverhoj Items

Any artwork, jewelry, or other items attributed to the Elverhoj Colony in Milton, NY, for outright purchase, use in a temporary museum dispay, or to photograph for a book. Items may be marked “Elverhoj,” but if not, there must be a clear connection.

A Little Kingston TLC History

Care of the sick in Kingston, as in all communities and throughout history, began with home care as alternatives were few, expensive, and far away, not to mention, often not effective or downright deadly. It is only in the last half-century that we take good hospital care as a given. The earliest reference I found [Read More…]

For Freedom

April rains left there dirt roads of York Colony muddy and dangerous to the rider in the night. Part of the journey was by road, but many miles were swampy path or closely wooded virgin forest. The first rider had arrived hours before, soaked and exhausted. He could go no farther. “The British are attacking–destroying, [Read More…]

TRC — The Right Choice

Auto repair facility specializing in Subaru, Toyota and Honda. ASE Certified Master Technician. All aspects of auto repair–from oil changes to engine rebuilds. We have the latest diagnostic technology and the knowledge to get you back on the road–and keep you there.

Wanted Joseph P. McHugh

Furniture by Joseph P. McHugh for outright purchase or to photograph for a book. Oak or wicker. Also, any memorabilia about him or his “Popular Shop” in NYC.

Homegrown Flower Shop & Design Studio

Specializing in LOCALLY GROWN FLOWERS for ALL EVENTS • LOCALLY MADE SPECIALTY GIFTS • Hand Poured Candles •  Bath and Body Products •   Handmade Goodies • Honey and Maple Syrup

Postal Roots

Karen Berelowitz and Stephen Blauweiss’ comprehensively researched, beautifully written, and lushly illustrated account of The Life and Death of the Kingston Post Office should be in the library of anyone who appreciates historic architecture and works to preserve it. The book is a memorial to that most beautiful post office building as well as a [Read More…]

Early Ulster County Post Offices Appearing in Postcards

Most of the cards below are from about 1910-1930, and the postmarks from 1908 to 1950. Any that are postmarked will be given that date, but the cards could be older. Offices moved around frequently, often because the postmasters were patronage positions until as recently as 1969. The Woodstock card above is postmarked October 5, [Read More…]

Owney, World Traveling Post Office Dog

Owney was a stray. He wandered into the Albany Post Office in 1888 and became a legend. He began traveling with mail wagons, then went farther and farther afield. He visited Japan, Mexico, Suez, Algiers and many other exotic places. His postal friends, fearing he would get lost, furnished him with a vest and put [Read More…]

Gina Marie’z Academy of Performing Arts, LLC

Gina Marie’z is a family-friendly dance studio offering ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, hip-hop, musical theater, adult classes & more for anyone ages 15m+. Stop by for a tour of our 6,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility!

The Shoe Magnate of Marlboro

Many an immigrant was drawn to the beauty and fertility of the hills of New York’s  Town of Marlborough. Most seekers came as laborers, stonemasons, and farmers, but others put down roots here after already attaining prosperity in other fields. United States Patent Office patent # 92,966 was awarded to Dominick La Valle regarding “Design [Read More…]

Roebling’s Gifts

Unlike today, fame once equated with substantial achievement—overcoming disease, taming natural barriers, death-defying exploration, tweaking the laws of nature. Fame was once the province of the world-changer. In that rich vein of past boundary-pushers are many inventors, entrepreneurs and scientists who saw better ways of answering the needs of their fellow humans. Henry Ford, Jonas [Read More…]

Five Locks Walk

It is difficult to imagine how William and Maurice Wurts developed the concept for and then actually constructed the Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Canal System that ran from Honesdale, PA, to Kingston, NY, using the power and technology of the day–primarily men & draft animals and picks & shovels. The Wurts brothers’ main objective had [Read More…]

A Ferry Tale

Midnight, New Years’ Eve, 1941. Its light shining into the darkness of the Hudson River, the Brinckerhoff Ferry left its berth in Highland making one last crossing. Its forty-year Hudson River history sealed. Its future uncertain. Prior to the American War for Independence, crossing the Hudson River between Yelverton’s Landing (today Highland) and Poughkeepsie meant [Read More…]

Other Ferry Tales

Captain William Tompkins I love it when things come full circle. One of the last ferry men, William E. Tomkins, was the chief engineer of the Poughkeepsie Highland Ferry Company. Captain Tompkins was the grandfather of local resident Linda Smith. Linda and her husband, Matt Smith, have been instrumental in reclaiming the land that once [Read More…]

Grandpa’s Vintage Attic

We’re chocked full of eclectic collectibles & antiques. Jewelry, bottles, clothing, toys, tomfoolery, furniture, signage, lighting, tools, ephemera, &, well, maybe you just have to see for yourself because we don’t know what it is. We also repair, refinish, and upholster your treasures. Lots of experiences. Just off Rte 44/55. Friday and Monday 11–5pm or by appointment [Read More…]

A Magical Spot

Highland has a few magical spots which remain unsullied by time’s aggressive fingers. If you walk down Mile Hill Road, for instance, the incline becomes steep and you’ll eventually come to the crux of a “y.” At this point, the Twaalfskill Creek, which has raced down Mile Hill with you, gushing with the spring thaw, [Read More…]

The Port Ewen Diner

The friendliest place in town. Good food, an eager-to-please staff, and easy parking add up to an enjoyable, tasty meal, 6AM to 9PM 7-days. Breakfasts to start your day right. Lunch and dinner specials. Like us on FB: Port Ewen Diner

Premier Auto Body

Vehicle Towing and Body Work.

Patrons of Husbandry

“Its primary object is to bring about a union among the farmers of the Republic, for it is its cardinal maxim that only in union can the agricultural class show its strength and make it felt.” History of the Grange Movement (Edward Winslow Martin, 1873)     1867 The United States Civil War had disrupted [Read More…]

Highland 9W Self Storage

Brand new facility with easy access 24/7 just one minute from the Mid-Hudson Bridge. Climate and non-climate controlled units. Constant video surveillance. Fire rated vault units. Come visit today and choose from a large variety of shapes and sizes. Perfect for short or long term needs. Located just south of the Mid-Hudson Bridge.

Through Time: Perrine’s Bridge

About Town was founded in 1984 by Liz Weisz, Elena Erber, Karen Thompson, and Vivian Yess Wadlin.  Stories from 2001 to the current issue are in the archives. As we closed the books on Winter 2018-2019, ending our 35th year, we take the opportunity to look back on some of our favorite stories from earlier [Read More…]

Schools of Thought

I chose “Luminari” for the title typeface of this article because it captures the spirit of the camps, colonies, and schools that have fed the minds and imaginations of countless students from every socio-economic strata. Some of those schools evolved (above B&W postcard of the Mt. St. Alphonsus Seminary, now The Mount, a private high [Read More…]

Levi Calhoun

As I look at this photo of Levi, I am suddenly a five-year old standing at the edge of an unpaved road. It’s 1949. “Poison ivy,” Levi says knowingly. His incredible aquamarine eyes survey the ravages of the plant’s oil on my arms. “Stay,” he commands, and carefully lays his bicycle on the grass next [Read More…]

Racing Hearts

This article honors the historic racing spirit of Ulster County. This September, two unusual races take place here. The Catskill Conquest Pilot Rally partially follows the historic auto-endurance race of 1903 sponsored by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (original 800 miles from NJ to PA). The September 22nd race starts in Ulster County and [Read More…]

What Might Have Been

Twenty years ago, American Demographics magazine published an article titled “Strong Home Towns.” It was based on a study of the 3,600+ counties in the United States detailing the civic connectedness of citizens in each county and ranking them more or less “strong home towns.” Some of the data they looked at were lengths of [Read More…]

McManus Specialized Sheet Metal Fabrication

For all your metal fabrication needs: Metal roofing panels, trim, copper, gutters, and associated materials. Fast turn around. Do-it-yourselfers, architects, builders, roofers are all welcome. Credit cards accepted.  Two New York Locations: Milton & Saratoga. Serving NY, NJ, CT, PA, OH

Woodstock: An Original Long Before…

Outside influences, large and small, tangible and intangible, have shaped Woodstock, NY, for the last 100 years or more. Ideas that crossed the Atlantic in the prior century challenged the accepted orthodoxy of community. Worldly painters brought the beauty of the wild to the city-bound. The affordable publishing and distribution of newspapers and periodicals helped [Read More…]

Hampton Inn

Our hotel offers an inviting atmosphere perfect for your night away from home. Enjoy our heated indoor salt water pool, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast. All rooms have a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker. Our meeting rooms accommodate 2 to 98 people.

Street Art: Celebrating the Highland-New Paltz Trolley

Art evokes feeling. For many of us, trolley images from early last century do just that. They beckon us to imagine riding on them. To think about how they changed the places and people they connected. Now, the Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society, whose mission is, in part, to collect and preserve the historic [Read More…]

Hard Roll Deli

A full-service deli serving breakfast made to order and great lunch specials and sandwiches. Snacks, drinks, and coldcuts. Plenty of free parking right on Route 299 between Highland and New Paltz. Call in your order and pick it up. Let us cater for your stress-free events.

The Deep Family Roots of an Old Vineyard

Fall is a great time to discover Ulster County wineries, and we have plenty: Adair Vineyards, Baldwin Vineyards, Benmarl Winery, Brimstone Hill Vineyard & Winery, Cereghino Smith Winery, El Paso Winery, Enlightenment Winery, Glorie Farm Winery, Kedem Winery, Magnanini Farm Winery,  Maple Hill Winery, Robibero Family Vineyards, Stoutridge Vineyards, and Whitecliff Vineyard (see Whitecliff listing). This list doesn’t include all the “hobby” vineyards scattered throughout [Read More…]

Where’s Waldo?

J. Waldo Smith, engineer, and George B. McClellan, NYC Mayor, are each honored on the “McClellan Monument” shown above in an early post card. The structure, near the Ashokan Reservoir dam, commemorates the amazing feat of sending millions of gallons of water per day to New York City from 92 miles upstream in the Catskill Mountains. [Read More…]


Home and Energy Inspections. A qualified home inspector shouldn’t just know the protocol–they should know houses–how they’re constructed, maintained & lived in. Certinspectors knows homes from the ground up. Owned & operated by Scott Saso, Certinspectors combines 25+ years’ of building experience with a decade of completed energy inspections. If you’re a home-buyer, or simply [Read More…]

A New Paltz Reunion

Members of the New Paltz High School Class of 1962 were born at the end of World War II. In July we celebrate the 55th anniversary of our commencement into the world at large-a world of great opportunity. Though we’ve changed beyond recognition in many cases, many areas of New Paltz are much the same. [Read More…]

Sawyer Savings Bank

The neighborly way to bank. Business banking. Business lending. Personal banking. Residential Lending. First time homebuyer lender. Electronic banking.

Lifetime Learning

Lifetime Learning Institute (LLI) at SUNY – New Paltz offers a variety of classes for learners 55 and over. Meet new people and explore new paths of knowledge. Check our website, call or email us for more information. Winter Session: Jan 10-Feb 2. Catalog available online in December. Spring Session: Mar 13-May 17. Catalog available [Read More…]

John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge

Visit the Lodge! It’s a trip, but worth seeing the “other” John Burroughs site & his grave. Free tours of are offered the first weekend of the month, through October, from 11 to 3. Reservations are not needed. Donations towards the upkeep of the Lodge are gratefully accepted. Learn more at our website.

Recasting Recreation

To paraphrase a mantra of tourism and business developers throughout the world: Happy residents draw visitors. And, I add, businesses. It makes good sense. Residents who like where they live and work usually work and live in very nice places. Who wouldn’t want to visit? It explains why Ulster County has always been a destination. [Read More…]

Winter Tales

Winter. The thought summons dread to many New Yorkers. To others, it’s the best season–invigorating and challenging. Perspective is often missing in today’s revilers and revelers of winter. We are not that encumbered any more by the season’s bluster. This Winter story begins with entries from a set of diaries begun in 1874 by a [Read More…]

275 of History: Going, Going…

By the Casparus Westervelt House as recorded by Tim Harnett By the time you read this, I may be gone. Since I’m still standing now, though, I have some time to share my story. I was built in 1741 in Poughkeepsie, on King’s Highway between New York and Albany. Now, the Americans call this road [Read More…]

Ulster County Tourism Office

The Ulster County Tourism office is a great resource for travelers interested in learning more about the County. The office has helpful guides, brochures and maps, as well as exhibits.

Cruise Planners & Dream Journeys

Announcing our Alliance with SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. World-class experts offer unique insights, and a sense of wonder to your travels. Hosts are world-renowned scientists & naturalists. Experience the World Your Way: River Cruising, Cultural Stays, Active  Journeys. Contact us today!

Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

Kaatsbaan is pleased to welcome the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre to its stage.  “compelling … intriguing … Týnek is a talented choreographer with sure sense of musicality and compositional shape … [he] adeptly captures the urgency in Bryce Dessner’s string quartet “Tenebre” … a fluid and musical study of chaos and harmony”  Brian Seibert, The [Read More…]

KYL/D (Kun-Yang Lin Dancers)

The company will be performing its highly acclaimed “Home/S. 9th St.,” a personal yet universal exploration of the immigrant journey, the discomfort of crossing borders and finding a new identity in America. “evocative performance… very human spirituality and sense of unity” – Knight Arts Foundation

The DASH Ensemble

As part of its acclaimed UpStream Series, Kaatsbaan welcomes The DASH Ensemble under the artistic direction of Gregory Dolbashian to its stage. “. . . wonderful in the fluid, inventive mix of angling shoulders, quick turns and unexpected, off-balance partnering.” – Roslyn Sulcas (The NY Times- June 7 2011)

New York Theatre Ballet

Kaatsbaan is pleased  to welcome back New York Theatre Ballet under the artistic direction of Diana Byer.   Hailed by Dance Magazine as “a miniature American treasure,” NYTB is known for its theatrical inventiveness, high production quality, excellent technique, and accessibility to its audiences.

New York Theatre Ballet

Kaatsbaan is pleased  to welcome back New York Theatre Ballet under the artistic direction of Diana Byer.   Hailed by Dance Magazine as “a miniature American treasure,” NYTB is known for its theatrical inventiveness, high production quality, excellent technique, and accessibility to its audiences.

“Alice-in-Wonderland Follies” (New York Theatre Ballet)

The sheer inventiveness of the choreography is comparable to anything on Broadway or that can be seen in the large ballet venues at Lincoln Center. New York Theatre Ballet is a New York cultural jewel and the nation’s most widely seen chamber ballet company. …”   By Holly Kerr, Broadway World

The Elverhoj Art Colony And Its Kindred Spirits

The frequency of connections among the places and players in Ulster County’s history–from Gomez Mill House’s Dard Hunter to Gustav Stickley and his publication The Craftsman, from the Roycrofters to John Burroughs and Henry Ford,, and from Sticlkey to the Raymond Riordon School, and dozens of other threads  criss-crossing our paths, all add to our [Read More…]


TWO LIGHTHOUSE TOUR, 10 am to 2 pm AND 10 am to 2 pm. Join HRMM and the Save the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse Commission for this special two-lighthouse tour. Take a cruise on board the Spirit on Hudson and stop at both lighthouses for interior guided tours. Enjoy a boxed lunch on the Spirit between [Read More…]

“New Developments in American Maritime History” with Dr. Christopher Pastore

Lecture “New Developments in American Maritime History” with Dr. Christopher Pastore of the University at Albany. 7 pm in the Riverport Wooden Boat School. Suggested donation $5


WALKING TOUR: SLEIGHTSBURGH SPIT 5:30 pm to 7 pm Join HRMM and the John Burroughs Natural History Society for this special, low-tide walking tour of Sleightsburgh Spit in Port Ewen, NY. Learn about the barge graveyard under and next to the spit, then look for and learn about migratory birds in this birder’s haven. $10 [Read More…]

WWI Air Show

WWI Air Show / Mid-Hudson R/C Jamboree Model Meet Weekend- 50th Anniversary! Museum open daily 10am to 5pm. Air Shows and biplane rides every Saturday and Sunday weather permitting. Special events in addition to our regular weekend shows.

SUNY Ulster Music Department Presents SUNY Ulster Chorus and Guitar Ensemble

Enjoy a tapestry of many moods and themes performed by the College Chorus under the direction of Janet Gehres and SUNY Ulster’s Guitar Ensemble under the direction of Greg Dinger.

44/55 Autoworks

Auto repair specialists Chris Sindone and Matthew Asprea on duty daily. Decades of experience to keep your car moving!

First Saturday Arts in Kingston

Exhibits and openings throughout Kingston. For list of galleries, see website

Living Nativity at the Old Dutch Church

Performances 6:30, 7, and 7:30 pm.

John Burroughs Natural History Society Programs

SPARROW WALK AT THE FARM. Call or email for complete info. Contact Peter Schoenberger

History of Flight Show / Pumpkin Bombing & Fall Festival

WWI Air Show, WWI Airplanes featured (Barnstorming and pioneer airplanes also perform). Museum open daily 10am to 5pm. Air Shows and biplane rides every Saturday and Sunday weather permitting. Special events are in addition to our regular weekend shows.

RAMBLE – Geology of the Nature Sanctuary

10:00am, Led by Jeff Walker SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY, Cabin open 12:00am – 4:00pm

John Burroughs Natural History Society program


Pairing Wines with Thanksgiving Flavors

A small plate tasting paired with a variety of wines, to help you plan your Thanksgiving dinner

Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System

Reprinted At Last! Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System by Diane Galusha. Available now in an expanded edition by Purple Mountain Press of Fleischmanns. The 300-page book, originally published in 1999 as the definitive history of the development of the Big Apple’s three-century search for water for its millions, now includes a [Read More…]

Red Wine & Chocolate!

Taste fine local truffles from Lagusta’s Luscious, and chocolate from Brooklyn’s Rescue Chocolate, paired with various styles of our red wines. $14

John Burroughs Natural History Society Programs

KINGSTON POINT AND RIVER ROAD. Call or email for info. Contact Mark DeDea

Snowflake Parade and Open House

Fun, family-friendly parade to welcome Santa and for children to visit him. Parade begins at Dietz Stadium, off Washington Ave.

No Scare Halloween

Once again, Museum Village is making it a No Scare Halloween Weekend to ensure everyone has a chance to enjoy! On Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 from 11:00AM – 4:00PM enjoy Halloween Fun on the green at Museum Village. The museum offers a very safe environment where the children can enjoy the festivities. [Read More…]

Honors Recital

Hear our very best perform. This concert features faculty selected solo and chamber performances by students in our applied lesson program. Enjoy music from our talented SUNY Ulster Music Department students.

Festival of Lights

Enjoy the grounds of the Senate House lighted for the holidays, and see lovely decorations in the Loughran House. Hot apple cider, roasted chestnuts. Horse & wagon rides, visit Santa.

A Match Made in Heaven

A paired tasting of Whitecliff wines with artisanal Hudson Valley cheeses. $15.

John Burroughs Natural History Society Programs

MUSHROOM LARK AT EBNP. Call or email for complete info. Contact Steve Chorvas

Panel discussion: “John Burroughs and the North American Review”

Moderator: Jeremy Schraffenberger, editor, North American Review, , Time to be annonced. Panelists: Harry Stoneback, SUNY New Paltz; Dan Peck, Vassar College, Steve Mercier, Marist College

History of Flight Show / Meet the Fokkers Weekend

WWI Air Show, WWI Airplanes featured (Barnstorming and pioneer air- planes also perform). Museum open daily 10am to 5pm. Air Shows and biplane rides every Saturday and Sunday weather permitting. Special events are in addition to our regular weekend shows.

Pumpkin Fiesta Weekend

Susan Hurd’s Famous Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins & Pick your own pumpkins for 50 cents a pound. Sample our pumkin apple salad.

SUNY Ulster Music Department Presents College Wind and Percussion Ensembles

Attend a concert of outstanding wind ensemble selections performed by the SUNY Ulster Wind Ensemble under the direction of Victor Izzo, Jr. and the Percussion Ensemble directed by Chris Earley.

Wild Saturday, Close Encounters: Reptiles and Amphibians of NY

Meet enthusiast Raquel Pallak & common herpetfauna.

John Burroughs Natural History Society Programs


WWI Air Show / Meet the Fokkers Weekend

October – A Murmuration

Waiting at the bus stop just after sunset, I suddenly caught a glimpse of a cloud swirling low overhead. Tiny black specks coalesced then spread apart, like a breath morphing across the sky, quickly disappearing in the distance. Breathless myself, I gazed beyond into the turquoise sky, reorienting my brain: That was a murmuration of [Read More…]

Scouts & Sports

Wear a part of your uni- form and get $1 off a VIP activity wristband. Scouts who complete our maze challenge will earn a merit badge.

Friends of Historic Saugerties

Talk by Bill Birns on John Burroughs and his “local friends.” Free and everyone interested in local history is welcome to attend.

Robust Revisions

A hands-on writing workshop. During the afternoon event, the former vice president and publisher of Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books, will lead attendees in the exploration of revision techniques and tools to help them experience their work with fresh eyes and new perspectives. Attendance for this is limited so visit [Read More…]

John Burroughs Natural History Society Programs


Slabsides Day Open House

Cabin open 11:00am – 4:00pm, Jeremy Schraffenberger, editor, North American Review “Manifold Nature: John Burroughs and the North American Review” Book launch, Noon.

WWI Air Show

WWI Airplanes featured (Barnstorming and pioneer airplanes also perform). Museum daily 10am to 5pm. Air Shows & biplane rides every Saturday and Sunday weather permitting. Special events in addition to our regular weekend shows.

WSW’s 9th Annual Gala & Auction

At Kingston’s new art and event space, the Senate Garage, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm includes cocktails and gourmet hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, live auction led by Tim Sweeney, raffle drawing for an original, framed Tatana Kellner print, and much more. Tickets $100 and may be purchased online or over the phone. Each additional $25 [Read More…]

History of Flight Air Show

Features pioneer & barnstorming airplanes (WWI airplanes also perform). Museum open daily 10am to 5pm. Air Shows and biplane rides every Saturday and Sunday weather permitting. Special events are in addition to our regular weekend shows.

John Burroughs: A Lasting Source of Wisdom

There’s no better time than Fall in the Hudson Valley, and no better guide to the wonders of nature than world-renowned naturalist John Burroughs (1837-1921). Below are listed a few of the many places to learn from him. Burroughs led generations of Americans to see nature and—in seeing and experiencing it firsthand–to love and sustain [Read More…]

Origami Foldfest: Making Holiday Ornaments

Explore the Japanese art of paper folding, for children ages 5 and up, teens and adults.

Friends of Historic Saugerties

Rounds out the year Audrey Klinkenberg Free and everyone interested in local history is welcome to attend.

John Burroughs Natural History Society Programs

ASHOKAN HIGHPOINT HIKE. Call or email for complete info. Contact Maee Maurer

SUNY Ulster Music Department Presents Tuba Christmas

Join this seasonal favorite as a participant or audience member. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages perform traditional Christmas music from around the world. Participants register at noon, rehearse at 1 p.m. and perform the free concert beginning at 3 p.m.

Light up the Hamlet

Santa and his elves have decorated and planned a great party. Join us. Free. Check Lloyd website for time.

SUNY Ulster Music Department Presents SHOWCASE CONCERT

(formerly the Pops Concert). All performing ensembles of SUNY Ulster, including the Wind Ensemble, Community Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble and Choral Ensembles, come together for a memorable night of music that showcases our student talent. Suggested donation $10 Family, $5 Adult, $3 Student.

Taste of History

Taste delicious corn-cakes made on the hearth during Columbus Day Weekend! Buildings open with costumed interpreters giving demon- strations. Museums will either have foods on location that have historical significance to their site or partnering with local restau- rants offering discounts. Contact each site directly for specific times and details. Plan & book your weekend [Read More…]

Champagne Sabering!

Yes, you CAN open a bottle of champagne with a sword! See it done, and taste the wine with a perfect pairing of shrimp or oysters. 5:30pm. $20. Repeats October 9th & 16th, 4pm. With cheeses on the 9th & 16th. $20. Reservations required for all dates here.

John Burroughs Natural History Society Programs


History of Flight Show / Pumpkin Bombing & Fall Festival

WWI Air Show, WWI Airplanes featured (Barnstorming and pioneer airplanes also perform). Museum open daily 10am to 5pm. Air Shows and biplane rides every Saturday and Sunday weather permitting. Special events are in addition to our regular weekend shows.

John Burroughs Natural History Society Programs


John Burroughs Natural History Society Programs

9:00 AM OPEN DISCOVERY AT JOPPENBERGH, contact Lynn Bowdery 

Lecture: “Hudson River Tugs, Then and Now”

 In the Riverport Wooden Boat School. Suggested donation $5.

Two Lighthouse Tour

10 am to 2 pm AND 10am to 2pm. Join HRMM and the Save the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse Commission for this special two-lighthouse tour. Take a cruise on board the Spirit on Hudson and stop at both lighthouses for interior guided tours, including to the towers of both. Enjoy a boxed lunch on the Spirit [Read More…]

WWI Air Show / Pumpkin Bombing & Fall Festival

WWI Air Show, WWI Airplanes featured (Barnstorming and pioneer airplanes also perform). Museum open daily 10am to 5pm. Air Shows & biplane rides every Sat and Sun weather permitting. Special events in addition to regular weekend shows.

Sounds Like Science

Super Saturdays Performance Series. Make waves and make some noise in the fun and funky show presented by Mad Science of the Mid-Hudson.

Celebrate the Fall Season

Dylan Foley & Family Return

Friends of Historic Saugerties

We hear from Bob Steuding, a legendary figure in the “telling” of the history of the Catskills. Free and everyone interested in local history is welcome to attend.

John Burroughs Natural History Society Programs

SPARROW WALK AT THE FARM. Contact Peter Schoenberger

BA Harvest Fest.

Celebrate the harvest with local food vendors and entertainment.

A Christmas Carol Performance

Sponsored by Ulster Ballet. Dec. 2, 3, & 4; Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. This holiday classic is a must see, and bring the little ones! Call for fees.

Thanksgiving Tasting

Taste some delicious Civil War Era trimmings prepared over an open hearth flame. Drift back in time and enjoy the savory flavors. Visit the many buildings/exhibits of this 19th Century Village. Make a candle in the Candle Shop, churn butter in the Log Cabin. Stop in and see the Printer, and visit the General Store. [Read More…]

Fall Harvest Dinner

Join us for this inaugural farm-to-table wine dinner to celebrate the fall, the foliage, and the story of our community. $? call sponsor.

Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day Live!”

Receive free admission to HRMM with a downloadable coupon from Smithsonian Magazine.

SUNY Ulster Music Department Presents Community Band/Jazz Ensemble

Members of the SUNY Ulster Community Band under the direction of Victor Izzo, Jr. join members of the SUNY Ulster Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Chris Earley in this invigorating annual concert.

Swing Dance Workshops with Bill Kline

Steps Frankie Taught Me! Two exciting workshops with Bill Kline. Workshops: 6:30-7:15 & 7:15-8:00 Workshop Admission: $15 one/$20 both. Sponsored by Hudson Valley Community Dances.

Hudson Ale Works

Just off Route 9W, and minutes from the Walkway Over the Hudson. Brewery and kitchen serving fine hand-crafted beers and the best burgers in the area. Open Monday and Thursday 5-9, Friday 5-11, Saturday 12-11 and Sunday 12-9. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Brand new menu. Online ordering and delivery now available.

Hudson Valley Apple Festival

10am-6 pm, rain or shine . Day of old fashioned family fun including Live Music,Dog Agility Demos, Wacky Apple Crate Derby, Wine and Craft Brews, Arts & Crafts, Apple Baking Contest, Children’s Games and Activities, Rock Climbing Wall, Hay Bale Maze, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo and every conceivable type of food made with apples! See [Read More…]

John Burroughs Natural History Society Programs


90 Miles Theater Company presents: “The Addams Family”

Fall musical. The show runs Thursday through Sunday with two on Saturday. October 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30; a total of 10 performances. Musical Director: Lisa Danner. Choreographer: Kim Schneeberger

WWI Air Show / Pumpkin Bombing & Fall Festival

Final Air Show of The Season. Museum open daily 10am to 5pm. Air Shows and biplane rides every Saturday and Sunday weather permitting. Special events in addition to our regular weekend shows.

Fresh Air Concert

Cool Jazz with the Deane Machine Trio

Foot Stomping Keltic Music

Dylan Foley & Family

Swing Dance: Graham Tichy Quartet

Elegant, air conditioned hall with excellent wood dance floor. Beginners welcome! Beginners’ Lesson 8:00-8:30 Performance 9:30 Dance to The Graham Tichy Quartet 8:30-11:30. Dance Admission: $15/$10 full time students with ID. Every One Welcome! No Experience and No Partner Needed!

Ulster County Beekeepers Association meeting and speaker

Housewarming: Thermoregulation in Honey Bee Colonies – Jonathan Snow, PhD. Barnard.

Taste of New Paltz at Ulster County Fair Grounds

Hosted by the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce and sponsors. A day of great food, craft beer, local wine and spirits, vendors, live entertainment and family fun.

Family Fun Day at Hurds Family Farm

Located at 2187 NY-32, Modena hosted by the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce and Hurds Family Farm. $10 per person 5 and under FREE! Includes a full day of activities & a bag of apples/person!

Starry Starry Night

Starry Starry Night is one of three fundraising benefit events held by the Walkway Over the Hudson nonprofit organization. Walkway Over the Hudson is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Jennie Bell Pie Festival at Kelders

Bagels and Bites

Whether you’re looking for a spot to grab & go or sit down, Bagels & Bites is a good go-to. Perfectly-sized portions every time, fast delivery…food is always fresh and absolutely delicious. The people at Bagels & Bites know what they are doing, and you will not be disappointed. Breakfast & Lunch all day, every [Read More…]

High Falls Cafe

New location!  Still the Same Great food, Same Great music, Same Good times. Family owned & operated since 2005. We are a scratch kitchen, all our dishes are made to order using fresh ingredients. See website for details.

Main Street Bistro

Voted “Best Breakfast” in Best of the Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Magazine. Innovative American and Vegetarian cuisine. Our menu features wonderful gourmet breakfasts, homemade soups, unique salads & sandwiches, pasta, burgers, creative entrees, vegan dishes, and much more. Our in-house bakery provides freshly baked breads, muffins, brownies, and other delicious treats. Gluten-free bread available. Extensive [Read More…]

P&G’s Restaurant/Bar

Join us at our “cornerstone” where people have been having fun for almost 100 years. We serve a variety of lunch and dinner specials including fresh seafood, pasta dishes, and ribs. Children’s menus, too. And of course, Stormy’s Famous Chili, great soups, salads, & other specialties. Take-out, too.

Gourmet Pizza

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. Open daily 10:30AM-12AM. Thurs-Sat, open till 4AM. Call for daily specials

Mountain Brauhaus Restaurant

Celebrating more than 60 Years! Sauerbraten, Wiener Schnitzel, hamburgers & sandwiches, plus creative weekly specials including fresh fish, vegetarian and vegan dishes made with local produce. Located at the intersection of Routes 44/55 & 299, just below the Shawangunk cliffs. Open 11:30am, closed Monday & Tuesday.

Custom Window Treatments

Owner Greg Dawes has been in the design field for 32 years. We specialize in custom draperies, bedding, all kinds of shading, mototized treatments are also available. Commercial & residential. Other services: table pads, interior design service, home staging. We have a in-house contractor for painting, crown moldings, built-in wall units, etc.  Visit our website [Read More…]

Wallpaper Installation By Peter Goodman

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.

Mountain Tree Care

A different kind of tree service focusing on tree preservation. As a “Certified Arborist” with 40 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.

St. Augustine’s One More Time Thrift Shop

Featuring clothing, toys, jewelry, books and household items. Tues & Thurs Noon–3pm, Wed 4–7 PM and Sat. 10am–1pm. Weekly sales. Donations are gratefully accepted during Shop’s open hours. Highland Food Truck Festival at St. Augustine’s June 17, 18 (5 to 11 pm) and 19th (2–8 pm) Rides will be there too!  Come and have fun!

Donna Halstead Memorial, Heaven Cent Thrift Store

Bargains and Treasures in the center of the hamlet of Highland.  Open Tues & Thur Noon to 3 and Sat 10-3pm. Always something interesting! Donations accepted.

Culinarians Home Foundation

Open to the public, it’s “not just for chefs!” Consider this warm, friendly, (and lovely) home  for your retirement. Just 12 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 prepared on premises & served in a wood-paneled dining [Read More…]

Highland Pet Resort

The closest thing to “home” for your pets. We provide cage-free boarding for dogs and cats. Doggie daycare. Pet grooming. Training and much more. High quality care at an affordable price. Come for a tour or shop for pet supplies in our store. Open Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm.

Bark Place

Visit our state of the art dog- and cat-boarding facilities and see for yourself—they are clean, comfortable and spacious. We feature Raintree® cat condos, specifically designed for your kitty’s comfort and security. Our grooming facility pampers your pet with natural shampoos and conditioners created for their special needs.

Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP

General civil practice. Two locations.

C. Glasner Design and Associates, LLC

Complete design & home restoration services, including antiques & fine art consultation. From 18th Century to modern styles. Local references. Free initial consultation.   Serving the Mid-Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley Financial Group of Sullivan & Associates

As your Financial Advisors, Ed Burke and Jeff Altomari can help you define and then act to meet your goals. We can present a vast array of resources and suggest what we believe are the most appropriate avenues for how you invest and what you want to achieve. Investment products and services are offered through [Read More…]

Jim DeMaio, Agent State Farm® Insurance

Providing insurance & financial services.

Mark A. Mahoney Agent State Farm® Insurance

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.

Accent Financial Group & Insurance Services, LLC

Ralph A. Smith, LUTCF and Lawrance R.  Ratick, LUTCF. LPL Financial Member. Member FINRA/ SIPC. We’re a full-service agency offering Auto, Home-owners, Life, & Health, as well as Long-term Care and Medicare Supplement Insurance. IRA’s, Pension Plans, & Commercial Insurance, too. Call us today. We help you take the long-term view of your economic health.

Lance’s Plumbing Service

Offering a full range of plumbing services. Water systems (pumps & tanks), water heaters, plumbing renovations, new construction, services & repairs— large and small. Local references. Established 1985.

Dutchess Overhead Doors

Since 1973, we’ve been providing quality service & installation of overhead doors to homeowners, contractors, architects, & commercial businesses. Let the “only real door company in the Valley” exceed your expectations. M-F 7:30am-5:30pm. Saturday showroom by appointment.


Walk-In Medical Center.No appointment necessary. Open 8am-7:30pm weekedays. Weekends 10am-4pm

Cocoon: Home/Life

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. Open seven days.

Timeless Elegance Upholstery

All upholstery work, all styles. Fabric and leather. Experienced. Many local references. Free estimates.

Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.

Family owned and operated since 1928. For total peace of mind, call us.

New Paltz Eye Care

Dr. Elinor B. Descovich, Optometrist • Eye Examinations • Contact Lenses • No Line Bifocals • Prescriptions Filled New Location in Dedrick’s Pharmacy Plaza

Russo’s Italian Deli

Family owned and operated in the heart of New Paltz. Open Mon -Sat 9am -7pm, Sun 9am – 3pm. Closed Tuesdays. Imported meats & cheeses, catering, prepared foods, gourmet coffees, hot breakfast, specialty sandwiches, house-made bread & Gluten Free breads. In-door & outdoor seating.

Jack’s Meats & Deli

Introducing all-natural Coleman Natural Meats, organically raised beef; no preservatives, no hormones, no antibiotics, all natural, all fresh. Belle & Evans free range chickens—whole or parts. Check our fresh ground turkey, turkey cutlets, turkey sausage, turkey meatballs. Other meats as well. Freezer orders welcomed.

Handmade & More

Anchored in the heart of New Paltz for more than 45 years. Offering Gifts, American Crafts, Women’s Clothing, Jewelry, Stationary, Toys and more! Complimentary Gift Wrapping.

Sorbello Landscaping & Total Clean Ups

All general landscaping services and lawn care. Spring and Fall clean up is easier when we do it! We’ll remove one item or an entire house. We’re less expensive than using a dumpster. Dump runs. Contractors and realtors welcome. Local references. Insured. Call Steve Sorbello today.

Jacobs Music Center

Music lessons for all ages, instrument sales and repair, school-band instrument rentals, and much more. Gift certificates avail.

About Town Calendar

Public event? An inexpensive calendar ad in About Town will put your event in front of many local residents and visitors. $40 words for just $40 covers three months. Get your event in early.

Garvan’s on Huguenot Street

Gastropub dining in the Irish tradition of fine fresh food. Open Tuesday—Sunday, noon to 10pm. Lunch until 4pm, dinner until 10pm. Join us in the tastefully refurbished 1759 Huguenot Street stone house, and celebrate its shared history with the Guinness® company when it first brewed their beer in Ireland. Guinness on tap and many other [Read More…]

Sal’s Catering

Serving you for more than 40 year.  From a small affair or backyard pig roast to a large corporate event or wedding, our trained professional staff serves the Hudson Valley & beyond. Our fleet of cookers (with The Holstein-Maxi Chicken- Beef & Rib cooker) can roast 12 pigs, and countless tender beer can chickens in record time, all while [Read More…]


The most progressive florist in the area carrying local and imported flowers from globally responsible farms. Specializing in making your everyday floral needs an enjoyable, creative experience. Worth the visit.

Violin and Piano Lessons

Individualized, one-on-one instruction offered for students of all ages! Sofya Maryanova (pianist) and Leonid Polishchuk (violinist) are celebrated teachers–over 35 years of experience each, they are offering one-on-one lessons in New Paltz. Lessons are available in English or Russian. Schedule an interview. (Video lessons available while we work through these unprecedented times.) Please email to schedule [Read More…]

Wagon Wheels Deli

Our Unique Style of Catering is tailored to your event, any size any budget. We have a wide variety of choices in our Catering Menu, or adapte it to your own personal tastes. Proprietors, Mike & Christine Renus, well assist you in making your occasion a memorable one whether its on Premise Catering, BBQ’s, Corporate, [Read More…]

Rondout Valley Business Association

Active association focused on enhancing the economic & social opportunities of those who work in, live in, & visit the Rondout Valley. Informative monthly meetings/mixers, activities (Jennie Bell Pie Festival, Rondout Valley Garden Tour) & the new RondoutValleyGuide.com. Comprehensive member services, insurance, discounts. Join today and enjoy the benefits!

Mid-Hudson Professional Offices

Co-working and private offices. Don’t need office space full-time? Rent an office in Highland by the hour in a beautiful 1890 Victorian House. Includes wireless internet service, telephone w/ private voice mail, copier, fax, furniture, conference room and more. Only $20 per hour, less for full-day weekly or monthly rentals. Offices are spacious and bright and [Read More…]

About Town

For more than three decades we’ve been guiding residents & visitors to the wonders of Ulster County. Want to reach those people, too? Advertise in print & on the About Town website. Full year’s advertising, print & web, is just $129.60 paid in advance. Or just $36 per issue on a 4-issue contract. Find everything you [Read More…]

Lou Yess Construction

Renovations & Additions • Finish Carpentry Kitchen & Bath Remodeling • Decks & Porches • Miscellaneous Repairs • General Property Caretaking • Many local references • Work examples throughout the HV Insured • References

M&J Alterations

General carpentry, specialty plaster work, decks, additions, miscellaneous repairs. References.

J. McManus & Son, Inc.

Family owned/operated for four decades. Installation of metal roofing–Energy Star®materials. Fully insured. Free estimates. Custom standing-seam metal roofing including copper & 23 colors.  Two thicknesses,–Galvalume®. We install the high-efficiency retrofit roofing system “cold roof.” Also on-site fabrication of metal roofing & trim, & heavy gauge Galvalume® gutters, as well as 5” & 6” aluminum seamless [Read More…]

Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery

Visit us for handcrafted wines that stand out both at home in the Hudson Valley, and on the world stage. We won “Best White Wine In Show” in the 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition, beating 1300 wines from 27 countries. Enjoy our friendly Tasting Room, 26-acre vineyard, beautiful deck and spectacular view of the [Read More…]

Bacchus Restaurant, Brewery & Billiards

Open Daily serving Lunch, Dinner, and weekend Brunch. Late-night live music and large billiard room with pool, ping pong, foosball and darts. Over 40 years of hearty food and tasty drinks served in a warm neighborly atmosphere. We are the Hudson Valley’s original craft beer bar, now also brewing our own. Monday-Friday 11am-3am. Saturday and [Read More…]

Bicycle Depot

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, Redline BMX, & more. Right next to the rail trail!

The Bicycle Rack

Serving cyclists since 1974. Our friendly staff can perform expert repairs on all makes/models of bicycles. We stock bikes of all kinds: Mountain, Road, BMX, Hybrid & more. See our huge selection of parts & accessories in stock. Spend more time riding, less time waiting. NEW for winter is our indoor cycling center. Come out [Read More…]

The Alternative Baker

100% scratch, small-batch, hand-made baked items using fresh butter & shell eggs, local milk; plus all sorts allergy-friendly options–plus vegan items. All veggie (vegan soups plus made to order sandwiches on our in-house breads. Egg sandwich special still winning rave reviews. Custom Wedding Cakes. All natural ingredients. Full service bakery.Thurs -Monday at 7 am–Closed Tues [Read More…]

Ulster County Fair

This fair’s history started in 1886, and has been a family event promoting agriculture and fun all those years. Early August. Head for their website to see the line up!

Women’s Studio Workshop

Fascinating programs. Bookbinding, paper making, nature drawing, paper marbleizing, faux finishes, & much more. Schedule ob website. Studio space available. Consults on projects. Fun, educational.See listings in calendar of events.

John R. Kirk Planetarium

45 minute programs introduce adults & children to the wonders above us. You and your family will be enthralled, and you’ll learn a lot of science. Public shows are free. Reservations must be made online. NO tickets are available at the door. For public show schedule and ticket info see: www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/ Private shows (for schools, [Read More…]

Hudson River

Black Creek Preserve

Wallkill River

Can enter in Gardiner/New Paltz/Esopus

Black Creek Preserve

New parking area.

Chodikee Lake

Car top boat launch, great fishing and birding. Lots of wildlife most seasons.

Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park

Walkill Valley Rail Trail

From Gardiner through New Paltz,  Rosendale over the Wallkill, and the Rondout all the way to Kingston. 16 miles. Gardiner: Off Rte 44/55. New Paltz: Base of Main St. Rosendale: At entrance of bridge behind St. Peter’s Church.

Hudson Valley Rail Trail

West side of the Hudson–Haviland Rd off Rte 9W, just north of Mid Hudson Bridge intersection. Beautiful, paved rail trail takes you past steep rock cuts and beautiful wetlands. Flora, birds, and the occasional red eft (newt). Peaceful and beautiful. 3.6 miles from Walkway to Tony Williams Field.

Walkway Over The Hudson

1.25 miles long, 212’ above the Hudson. From the west side of the Hudson use Haviland Road off Rte 9W, just north of Mid Hudson Bridge intersection.

Slabsides & Sanctuary New Hiking Trails

New hiking trails at Burroughs’ Slabsides.

Unison Arts

Ongoing Classes. • Qigong for Seniors: Mondays 11am • Qigong: Tuesdays 5:30pm • Life Drawing: Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:30pm, alternate Saturdays 10am

Volunteer Firemen’s Mus.

Call for recorded hours and events.

Saugerties Historical Society

Trolley Museum of NY

Noon-5pm, Sat., Sun. & holidays

Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society

Speakers programs. Check website for monthly programs Sept-May, and for special events such as 2016 Hudson River History Cruises in Spring Send your email address to viv@abouttown.us to be included in regular updates on many local history programs for Ulster County. Put “History Buff” in the subject line, please.

Catskill Mountain Railroad

Check website for rides and activities.

Senate House Museum

Group tours year-round, must be scheduled in advance. Regular hours on website.

Historic Huguenot Street

Here visitors experience over 300 years of history across seven stone-house museums, a reconstructed French Church, and a replica Esopus Munsee wigwam. Our site also includes exhibits, public programs, a library & archives. Please visit www.huguenotstreet.org/visit for DuBois Fort Visitor Center and Tour hours.

Terwilliger House Museum

Noon-3pm and by appointment, Wed, Fri  & Sat . Exhibits, reference & local geneaology.

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

Collecting, preserving, and sharing stories of all Purple Heart recipients. This inspiring site should be visited at least once in your life to honor the men and women who served in the name of liberty. Not far from Washington’s HQ in Newburgh and the New Windsor Contonment where his troops stayed. What a great way [Read More…]

Tuthilltown Art Gallery

A fine art gallery located adjacent to the Tuthilltown Distillery  exhibiting oil paintings , pastels and drawings by Ron Schaefer depicting  landscape , still life , vernacular architecture and industrial subject matter. Open by chance or appointment.

Hurds Family Farm

Come see what’s NEW! Celebrating 28 years with creative outdoor farm adventures. Create memories together while you jump, slide, & ride along with your family. Friendly farm animals. Cool off with a signature drink & enjoy scenic views from our new patio. Fresh apple cider donuts. Voted four years as “Best Farm to Take the [Read More…]

Bolder Architecture, PLLC

Zero-net energy buildings and deep energy retrofits, historic stone and timber renovations/enhancements, commercial developments & projects of any size. Crafting architecture to realize your vision in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Please see website for further info. David Toder, RA, LEED AP

Architectural & Artistic Plaster Casting

Plaster & metal casting for all restoration, copy, repair & dimensional art projects. References. Experienced.

Alfandre Architecture, PC

Alfandre Architecture offers a comprehensive range of architecture services for Municipal, Commercial, Residential, and Spiritual projects. Specializing in energy-efficient and environmentally responsive design. We promote sustainable construction practices that foster greater building performance throughout the life of your project. Our team is involved from the earliest stages of visioning and design through final occupancy. We [Read More…]

Kushner Studios

Architecture+Design, P.C. Internationally published, award winning architecture and design practice with offices in NYC and local. Full 30+ year portfolio from gut renovations, single family homes, large scale commercial work, new construction, restaurants and multi family. Design-Build is our specialty. In addition, we are working on an internationally recognized venture to bring the first 3d-printed [Read More…]

Estate Treasures of Milton

Need a favorite piece restored?  Meticulous and creative custom work our specialty! Artisan quality painted and refinished furniture, home decor, gifts, and accessories. Surprisingly affordable. Find us on Facebook

Water Street Antique Center

Large 2 story Barn with over 40 dealers.  A large selection of antiques and vintage items from the 19th C through the 1970’s. Furniture, glass, pottery, clothing, jewelry and so much more ! Voted again Best Antique Center by Hudson Valley Magazine 2017!  Surrounded by other shops and eateries.  Open 7 days.

Blair Collectibles

Your Area Professional since 1968, is Always Buying and Selling Coins, Currency, Gold & Silver, Jewelry, Old Marbles, Postcards and Toys, & many other Small Collectibles. Fair, honest, dealings guaranteed. Bill & Ruth Blair. Call for an appointment.

Hudson River Antiques

Charles Glasner. A lifetime of buying and selling quality antiques and fine art in the Hudson Valley. Appraisals, Design Consultations. Single items and entire estates purchased. Open seven days.

Jenkinstown Antiques

Sanford Levy. Country and formal furniture, paintings and accessories. Buying, selling and appraising antiques and art at this address since 1974. Located four miles south of town on Route 32—just past Locust Lawn Museum. In and out of the shop every day. A call ahead is advised. Find us on Facebook.

Americas Best Value Inn New Paltz

100+ TV Channels, free wireless internet, fitness area, 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.

Rodeway Inn & Suites

Renovated, and redecorated rooms. No smoking rooms available. Sound-proofed rooms & quiet countryside assure a comfortable, restful night. Phones; color TV; 3 min to NYS Thruway; 10 min Mid-Hudson Bridge and Walkway Over The Hudson.

Brookfield Farm

Very private home decorated in the Shaker spirit of simplicity and grace. On 20 acres in apple country featuring pool, walking trail, gardens, beautiful views & sunsets. Meet our Scottish Highland cattle & chickens. Two suites, each with full, private bath, AC, TV/DVD, fridge, seating & dining area. A delicious, homemade breakfast is delivered to [Read More…]

The System

Turning On the $pigot On Friday, May 20, 2016, the New York City Water Board voted to raise the cost of water and sewer services for its users. According to a Wall Street Journal article printed the next day, titled “City Water Rates Going Up,” the rate would increase 2.1% effective July 1st. Since 1980 [Read More…]

Caboose Gallery

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail Caboose Gallery in Highland began its second summer of operation on Memorial Day weekend. Housed in a 1926 caboose and located alongside the Rail Trail just yards from Walkway Over the Hudson, it is right next to the Rail Trail’s Haviland Road parking lot. It is open to the public [Read More…]


A sign of the times The large green and white New York State DOT “Kerhonkson” sign stood in front of the 1888 Victorian Rhodes house at the intersection of Milton Avenue and Route 9W in Highland for as long as most of us could remember. It directed people to Kerhonkson (NY) via Route 44/55 taking [Read More…]

Beeing Surprised

Vivian Yess Wadlin with Dena Paige, Beekeeper and owner of Mid Hudson Hives While researching for an unrelated About Town article, I came upon an interesting 1908 New York Times story recounting the costs and causes[1] of forest fires in New York State. Among a variety of fire-causing culprits were the honey bee hunters. In their [Read More…]

A Personal Story

When I was ten, I attended my first funeral. I did not know why I was there as the woman in the coffin was unknown to me. She was my grandmother. She had been in HRSH my entire life and no one had ever mentioned her, but as I look back, I recall Sundays when [Read More…]

The Hudson River State Hospital 1871–2015

The Hudson River State Hospital for the Insane, founded by the NYS legislature in 1866, was known through its nearly century and a half to locals by various names including “The Hudson River Psychiatric Hospital,” “Hudson River State Mental Institution,” “Hudson River Psychiatric Center,” “Hudson River State Hospital (HRSH),” and other monikers less publishable, will [Read More…]

Jeanne Wiley: HRSH Student Nurse

I was in school from September 1972, graduating in December of 1974. We went to school through the summers. The nursing school was being phased out, and the final class graduated in 1977. Oh, so many stories! My favorite memory of the students/patients was from our final semester. We took psychiatric nursing every day: mornings [Read More…]

Kingston Streets

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 [Read More…]

Iva’s Accord Roots

Iva Lawrence’s mind is as tidy and organized as the lovely home she and her late husband, Vincent, built. About to celebrate her 97th birthday, Iva speaks with authority about her wonderful neighbors and family. Many regularly drop by to chat or to inquire about this or that—local history, local news—how to make something, or [Read More…]

Unsuspended Admiration: The Mid Hudson Bridge

With its gold-embossed New York State seal, engravings of the first proposed Hudson River crossing and the one constructed, the hand-colored invitation shown below, reads: “The Governor of New York Cordially invites Mr. John F. Wadlin to witness the ceremonies incident to the opening of the Mid Hudson Bridge at Poughkeepsie, New York on Monday [Read More…]

A Walk in the Grass Can Change Your Life Forever

Has the threat from tick-borne disease escalated so much that we can no longer take a leisurely walk in the grass? Do we need to be afraid? Or just careful? Should we tell our children they cannot play baseball or run in the park anymore? We already had enough to worry about with Lyme disease. [Read More…]

The Flow of History

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. From its rivers, streams, vernal pools, cave lakes, Binnewaters, canals, and wetlands, we have so much water that we send millions [Read More…]

Mason Bee Update

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. As I write this in February, I have no idea how [Read More…]

Beers Atlas of 1875

A few images from the treasure trove that is Beers 1875 Atlas of Ulster County, NY. The entire atlas has been digitized by Ulster County and others. The atlas contains demographic information for each town; maps with property owners’ names; sites of hamlets, schools, churchs and hotels long gone and some still existing; and etching [Read More…]

‘Villes & ‘Dales

Ulster County is comprised of one city (Kingston), twenty towns (New Paltz, Gardiner, Rosendale, etc), three incorporated villages (New Paltz, Ellenville and Saugerties) and about three dozen designations based on census tracts and postal addresses. Most of these last three dozen, plus other named places and small villages are what we consider “hamlets.” These have [Read More…]

The Government Shutdown Hit Those Who Need Help

Walk around the Hudson Valley and it seems as though the government shutdown is little more than a distant dream. People are enjoying the last of the spectacular fall foliage and anticipating a season of skiing, sledding, and cocoa by the fire. Tourists and natives alike stroll through quaint villages enjoying the brisk air, oblivious [Read More…]

Renovate or Raze?

Prior to a fire that took the top section of the turret of the Ganse House (current Highland Library building), the lovely home was an inspiration to the thousands of laborers who traveled along the Highland-New Paltz trolley line. Today, the building’s fate is being discussed by Highland area residents and the library board. The [Read More…]

Marion: The Last Wallkill Borden

Marion Borden’s mansion sits on a hill over-looking the Wallkill River Valley with the Shawangunk Mountains looming large in the distance. It is a commanding view of what her family christened Home Farm. It was to become a retreat for the Borden Family for generations and to become a model dairy for the nation. One [Read More…]

Local History Books

Just in time for holidays and stay-cations, we have three books of local history to enjoy. A.J. Schenkman and Elizabeth (Libby) Werlau bring you Ulster County ripped from the headlines. Okay, so most of the crimes were a while ago. Regardless, human nature is not a pretty picture as painted in Murder & Mayhem in [Read More…]

Agoraphobia: Do You Know What It Is?

I can’t work. I can’t go to the supermarket. I can’t go to the mall. I can’t go to the doctor, to my friend’s wedding, to the hospital, on a vacation, to a movie, to see my kid graduate, to dinner with my husband, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t I [Read More…]

Spans of Time

You might think the newly opened span in Rosendale is just a junior act following Walkway Over the Hudson. You would be wrong. The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail (WVRT) bridge over the Rondout Creek is an intimate experience with different construction and a very different history running its course. There is much to see and [Read More…]

Harvesting Memory

Ulster’s harvest has changed dramatically in the past 70 years. Growing up on what had been my grandparents’ farm at the intersection of the towns of Esopus, New Paltz, and Lloyd, we were surrounded by dairy, poultry, and fruit farms. In the 1940s my father turned away from farming to work as a heavy equipment [Read More…]

Greetings from New Paltz circa 1915


Gomez Mill House

Few buildings can boast the varied American stories that took place in the Gomez Mill House. You’ll meet five important families whose tenancy spanned not just the centuries, but impacted important epochs of history in ways that continue to reverberate. In 1654, Luis Moses Gomez’s ancestors fled the tyranny of the Spanish Inquisition. In 1705, [Read More…]

Time Honored II

With this issue of About Town, we are well into our 30th year of publication. Last issue we honored some of the business with whom we have been proud to associate over the decades. Here we highlight more area businesses that have proven their value to their customers and clients —they are “time-tested” as well [Read More…]

Local History Books Reviewed

Marlborough On My Mind Marylou Mahan’s book, Marlborough On My Mind, published in 2009, is broken in to handy bite-size chapters and subchapters covering everything from education, spiritual life, famous and infamous individuals, local families, work, and finally, it brings us up to the planning for the quadricentennial celebration of Hudson’s trip up the river. [Read More…]

Fibromyalgia: A World of Pain

You get used to it. You’re in a world of pain. You’re crawling out of your skin. You’re not yourself anymore. You pop pills and it still doesn’t get better, except perhaps for short intervals when it “kind of” goes away. But then, it’s back with a vengeance. Fibromyalgia. credit Melanie Hall Approximately 3.7 million [Read More…]

Bertolozzi’s Bridge Music

After you’ve strolled over Walkway Over The Hudson, drive or walk to Haviland Road’s abrupt end at the Mid Hudson Bridge. There, be prepared for Bertolozzi’s percussive serenade, known simply as “Bridge Music.” Composer Bertolozzi’s amazing offering uses only the sounds he produced by striking different structural parts, cables, railings, beams, of the Mid Hudson [Read More…]

Time Honored

As we at About Town celebrate the start of our 30th year, we honor other area businesses that have proven their value to you year after year, one year at a time, one customer at a time. It is amazing how many are still owned and run by the same families that founded them. We [Read More…]


Ten years ago, SUNY New Paltz Professor Bill Rhoads asked me if I knew the location of “Rock Nest,” the Highland (Town of Lloyd) home of artist Lilly Martin Spencer. I did not, nor was I familiar with the artist. As it turns out, I should have been, and for a number of reasons. From [Read More…]

Greetings from Stone Ridge

Ridgley Manor was built for Francis A. Leggette. The grounds were designed by Frederick Olmstead. Postcards like this were used by summer boarders living in assorted outbuildings. Their rents contributed to keeping the estate’s expenses in line. Two cards in my collection are from 1908 and 1909 and indicate senders stayed there, probably in the [Read More…]

Collecting Postcards

An About Town reader in Chicago sent me a magazine article about postcard collecting. Since I am of (mostly) Austrian ancestry, it was interesting to note that postcards were invented in the Austro-Hungarian empire around the time of our Civil War, (probably more correctly called the War of Secession?). The article went on to say [Read More…]

SUNY Ulster Built-In Our County’s History

SUNY Ulster is something of a “family affair.” In 1965, my father, Louis Yess, guided his bulldozer to rough out the road that would commence the building of the current Ulster County Community College. Ten years later, I graduated from that school. My husband, John Wadlin, served as Chairman, and in other positions, of the [Read More…]

Imagining John Pizzo

It’s hard to imagine that a man could live on a farm for a hundred years and not have been born there. A man, over 100, who has no need of glasses to read this print, a man, over 100, who has an impish smile filled with perfect, natural teeth. It’s hard to imagine a [Read More…]

A Tribute to Sam

Several years ago Sam Quimby asked the owners of the Ship Lantern Inn for permission to place a historical marker on their property along Old Indian Road in Marlboro to indicate the road’s use by native Americans. Sam then proposed underwriting and installing the marker to the Marlborough Historical Society. After Sam passed away in [Read More…]

Perfect Picnic Places

Hudson Valley residents and visitors are never deprived of outdoor excursions and Ulster County in particular has a delicious collection of places to picnic. Make it your goal to head to each one before school’s back in session.   Minnewaska Lake and State Park are part of the Shawangunk Mountains — or “The Gunks,” to [Read More…]

Somewhere Between Here and Kingston

My dear friend, Wilson Tinney, always a wonderful source of interesting area historical tidbits, alerted me to the story of Zimmy, the Legless Swimmer. Zimmy, a.k.a. Charles Zibelman, who lost his legs in a trolley accident when he was a child. Not one to let adversity wash him up, Zimmy went on to become a [Read More…]

Practically Paradise

Pack up all your cares and… whoa! grab your picnic basket. Have I got a great place for you! In addition to the delightful places to picnic highlighted in Lindsay Pietroluongo’s article, there are two more not to be missed. Both are in West Park, west of Route 9W off Floyd Ackert Road. Fittingly, a series [Read More…]

Wilson’s Other Stories

Continued from Somewhere Between Here and Kingston.   Another swimming topic and some other random memories from Wilson Tinney were sent in the following email. Editor has added the information shown in italics to give background to Wilson’s information.   “Speaking of swimmers, there was a fellow, Al Melville, who used to put on a [Read More…]

12 Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz

New Paltz is old. We know that because it has the stone houses of Huguenot Street and the Elting Memorial Library building on Main. With this rich “stone house history” we often overlook other interesting 19th century structures in our village. Many of these still gracefully serve us in a variety of ways. To honor [Read More…]

Bees, Frogs, Toads, Bats, & Trees

This is a “bad news–good news” kind of story. There is no sugar coating the threats to some of our valuable and/or adorable friends with whom we share this dirt patch in the universe. Now, yes, entire branches on the tree of evolution have come and gone, leaving little or no trace. We did not [Read More…]

Built for the Ages

“It is our hope that The United Methodist Church of Milton and Marlboro will continue to serve as a beacon of light in our communities for many generations to come.”   As the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the experiment in freedom known as America started, a more hopeful endeavor occupied a pious [Read More…]

Three New Local History Books Plus One Not So New

About Town of Ulster County’s focus is local history. Two-thousand-eleven has provided an embarrassment of riches for us as history buffs. The books pictured above are just the latest in a growing stream of good reading and viewing provided by local researchers and writers. Stephen Laden, who was the director of the Trolley Museum in [Read More…]

Winter Hikes

Skip the Winter Blues by soaking up sun and staying active year-round. New Yorkers may not be able to jog outside in shorts and a tank during December like West Coast-ers can, but Southern Ulster County is abundant in hiking trails and nature preserves. Winter hiking lovers will argue that the best time of year [Read More…]

The Civil War’s Ulster Guard

The Civil War was like most arguments — each side had its points, and both the Union soldiers and the Confederates faced off confidently and steadfastly. Modern day history buffs, military servicemen (and women), and bored college students can all make up their minds about which side they would have fought for based on their [Read More…]

Feats of Clay

The natural clay deposits along the Hudson were just one more resource awaiting the entrepreneurial spirit to turn earth-formed materials into fortunes. Rich farm land, blue stone, limestone, peat, Shawangunk grit, timber, furs, scenic beauty, fresh air, water power, potable water, ice, and more provided the raw materials to build an individual’s prosperity—and the nation’s. [Read More…]

Bee Ready

In late March the native mason bees begin to emerge to begin their brief fruitful lives. They are one of nature’s best pollinators and will give you hours of enjoyment watching them come and go bringing food and mud to feed and protect their next generation. Harmless and amusing and easy to lure to your [Read More…]

Ulster Bounty

The first thing newcomers notice about Ulster County is how green it is—how trees fill every vista. It is said there are more trees here now than 100 years ago. With a land and water area of 1,161 square miles, Ulster boasts some of the largest tracks of woodlands and forested areas in New York. [Read More…]

Inspired Architecture

For many of us, the soul of religious architecture is the achievement of an element soaring upward, lifting us from this mortal coil. Rarely do we see a building dedicated to one’s God that does not have an arch or spire—some symbolic element visible from the distance beckoning supporters to “come home.” If the effect [Read More…]

Loyd — Centerville: Reflections of a Forgotten Hamlet

When determining land boundaries, surveyors tell us there must be a “point of beginning.” That said, we turn our attention to the township of New Paltz. But first, a little bit of history. The late Beatrice Hasbrouck Wadlin, former town historian, stated in her book, Times and Tales of the Town of Lloyd: “Prior to [Read More…]

Walkway To The Hamlet of Highland’s History

Walkway Over The Hudson strollers and cyclists can now continue their exploration of the Hudson Valley by following the paved Hudson Valley Rail Trail west, passing under Route 9W, and taking the exit that brings them to the Hamlet of Highland. The exit is just west of the 9W underpass, and leads up to Tillson [Read More…]

Esopus Turns 200

The colorful and inspirational individuals who lived in, and often shaped, the Town of Esopus over the past two hundred years have included a former slave, ship captains, millionaires, preachers, a presidential candidate, a world-renown naturalist, world-shaping entrepreneurs, a world-famous walker, and many philanthropists. Below are a few.   Truth Today, the Town of Esopus [Read More…]

Milling About

I asked my dear 93-year-old friend, Wilson Tinney, what he remembered about mills in Ulster County. “Wherever there was flowing water there were mills,” was his reply. In researching this article, I find he did not exaggerate. Carpet mills, paper mills, saw mills, powder mills, grist mills, cider mills, cement mills, carding mills, knife mills, [Read More…]

A Conversation with the Quimby Brothers of Marlboro

On March 11, 1888, no one knew the falling flakes were anything more than a late-season snow. But by March 14th, everyone knew it was destined for the record books. It was the “Blizzard of ’88.” Phoebe Baxter Quimby of Marlboro was concluding a visit to nearby Plattekill. To make it home, Phoebe’s brothers ended [Read More…]

Ulster County Station Stops

For all the train buffs eagerly awaiting the release of Glendon Moffett’s* new book on the historic rail lines of Ulster County, (with a working title of Five Historic Railroads of Ulster County), I make this humble offering of station images from my postcard collection. Glendon’s book should be out in early April and will [Read More…]

Oscar Lyons

About a hundred yards east of Cliff Inn, near what is now the Minnewaska State Park Preserve entrance, a black shale unpaved road branched off to the right from the highway and looped back around to the highway about a half-mile later. Midway on the loop Lyons Road went off to the right and dead [Read More…]

The Testimonial GateWay

  Located just 1.3 miles west of the New Paltz village on 299, the Testimonial Gateway has delighted residents and puzzled visitors since its completion in October 1908. Honoring the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Albert and Eliza Smiley, founders of Mohonk Mountain House, the gateway was built from the contributions of 1200 friends of the [Read More…]

Charity Begins… at the Mary and John Arbuckle Farm

A New York Times’ article of 1903 tells of a $12,000 purchase by John Arbuckle of 282 acres of farm land in New Paltz, NY. According to the late Peter Harp’s Horse and Buggy Days, the first purchase by Arbuckle was of the Deyo Farm, and shortly after he purchased the Helena Smedes’ and six [Read More…]

The Fox

Summer: Minnewaska sometime around 1950. We are living at a place called Cliff Inn some two miles down the mountain from the Main Entrance. One day I went for a walk on the Minnewaska property to the Mohonk carriage trail and headed West toward Awosting Falls. To get up to the carriage trail from Cliff [Read More…]

Seal College

Mark and Ray Huling had a trained seal (actually a sea lion) act in the Barnum and Bailey Circus. In the 1920s, both men moved to Kingston where Mark set up the Seal College on Route 28, west of the Esopus Creek. He had four seals and you could visit the college for twenty-five (25) [Read More…]

Delight of the Humble Bee

Previous articles on the stresses affecting our common feral (wild) and domestic honeybee populations discussed the disappearance of entire colonies. The term, Colony Collapse Disorder, sums up a focus of current bee research that has important implications for local agriculture. Although farmers in the Hudson Valley rent hives of pollinators for the apple crop, there [Read More…]

Double Life of the Eastern Newt

It’s Spring and salamanders are on the march. They are looking for love in all the damp places: Woodlands, streamsides, swamps, ditches, leaf litter. However, if you see a bright orange one with two rows of small red dots ringed by black on its back, relax, it may not be looking for love. It is [Read More…]

Winter Tales: Esopus Ice Houses

There were four huge icehouses on the shore of the Hudson River in Port Ewen. The northern most, at the foot of Main Street, belonged to the Burns Brothers. It was built in 1870 on the dock of the Pennsylvania Coal Company. The Brothers were coal and ice dealers in NY City. About a third [Read More…]

Fordyce Post’s Strong Home Town

There are over 3,100 counties in the Untied States. A study about them, done in the mid-1990s titled “Strong Home Towns,” was published in American Demographics magazine. The study defined a strong community as one in which the people are long-time residents, are civically engaged, have deep family roots and ties, have business interests, maintain [Read More…]

Winter Tale: The Horse Shoe

“Your grandfather cut ice at Mohonk.” My father spoke the words without preamble or explanation as we walked along the outside of a huge stone foundation in glorious Fall weather. I knew my grandfather (Louis Yess I) worked, as most subsistence farmers in the area had, doing anything—lumbering, field clearing, hauling, machine repair, construction, fishing, [Read More…]

Span of Time

  1974, Fire! Flames rose from the oil soaked railroad ties as charred debris rained down on the buildings, roads, and properties in Poughkeepsie. Our vantage point, on the West shore of the Hudson River, was about a half mile north of the burning railroad bridge. We viewed the fire from the site of Bellevue [Read More…]

Lake Minnewaska Mountain Houses

For most of tourism’s history on the Shawangunk Ridge, the Mohonk Mountain House was one of three Smiley family-owned vacation destinations for the well-heeled. All were set above pristine, glacially- formed lakes and astride the Shawangunk white conglomerate cliffs, each hotel’s magic drawing parched thousands every year to “take the air.” The other two hotels, [Read More…]

The Riordon School

Archery is “taught by Chief Crazy Bull (Ta Tan Ka Witko)—grandson of the heroic warrior of the Sioux, Sitting Bull…” That’s from the opening paragraph of a four-page brochure, Authentic American Archeryproduced by The Raymond Riordon School, Highland, Ulster County, New York, informing prospects this won’t be education-as-usual. Ulster County has had a number of [Read More…]

Promised Land: Father Divine’s Interracial Communities in Ulster County, New York

From the Preface of Promised Land: Father Divine lifted the despairing from the gutter to self-respect, but his methods troubled many observers. He commanded substantial wealth, but he mystified much of the world as to how he acquired it. He had charismatic power, but his talk of his supernatural abilities was difficult for the public [Read More…]

Main Streets

                                          All postcards and images from the collection of Vivian Yess Wadlin.

The Rise and Fall of Cedar Glen

The newest park in the Town of Lloyd, the Franny Reese Preserve, provides spectacular views of the Hudson River and Poughkeepsie. But it also contains a mystery. Go a bit further along the trails, and you will come across castle-like ruins and the remains of several other stone structures. Something important must have been here [Read More…]

Hudson Valley Seed Library Fall Workshops

As the bounty of the season rolls in, gardeners’ thoughts transform. Worry over the fate of tender seedlings and the year’s insect pressures is replaced by gratitude as the sweet tomatoes and peppers of late summer fill the harvest basket, as the crunchy cabbages and succulent broccoli of fall take your garden eating into winter. [Read More…]

Honey Bee

Two years ago we discovered a colony of feral honey bees* in a tree at my family’s old homestead in Plutarch (not far from New Paltz). This spring when I checked, the tree was silent. The colony gone. That colony had been about 8 miles from our present home in Highland. Shortly after that disappointing [Read More…]

Swamps, Trails, and Other Things

Esopus: Shaupeneak Trials Coming from the south, Shaupeneak Trialhead is on Old Post Road (a left off Route 9W just north of Black Creek Apartments and Black Creek Road). Then, cross the railroad tracks and it’s on your right. Burroughs Sanctuary and Slabsides While you are in this neck of the woods, go south on [Read More…]

Milton Training Days

Follow the mile markers along the CSX tracks north along the Hudson River and at marker #68 you will see the Milton Train Station looking much as it did 125 years ago–except the train doesn’t stop now. No wagons line up to disgorge the bounty of Ulster County. There are no baggage handlers, no carts, [Read More…]

Joseph Tubby Retrospective

A retrospective of Joseph Tubby (1821-1896), a nineteenth century Kingston artist noted for his paintings of local landscapes, is open at the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery. Tubby was a disciple of the Hudson River School and painted in that style throughout his career. Born in England, Tubby moved to Rondout as an adolescent when [Read More…]

Esopus Meadow Light House Lights Up

It is a night in 1839. The Esopus Meadows Lighthouse sits on the edge of Esopus Meadows Flats about three miles south of Kingston. It appears to be in the middle of the river. The lighthouse beam casts its warning to the busy cargo and passenger ships making their way through the darkness and into [Read More…]

Walkway Over The Hudson

Considered an unrivaled engineering feat, the bridge was the first to span the Hudson. When opened in 2009 for the Hudson Fulton Celebration, it will be the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. Thanks to the Board of the Walkway, the Dyson Foundation, and Bill Sepe, whose dream it always was.        

Orchard Mason Bees to the Rescue

With all the bad news for feral and domesticated honey bees (Colony Collapse Disorder), we thought a little good news for gardiners might be in order. That good news is the native Orchard Bees, a mild-mannered pollinator. Last year I purchased two orchard mason bee blocks or houses. These were made from 6x6x9 inch blocks [Read More…]

World Class Athlete, Super Star, and Local “Mystery Man”: Edward Payson Weston

When his parents purchased their farm on July 23, 1921 at the intersection of the towns of New Paltz, Esopus and Lloyd, seven-year old Louis Yess, had no idea of the once world-celebrated man living a few miles away. The neighbor, Edward Payson Weston, was a world famous perambulator (walker). He lived on “the Rifton [Read More…]

Putting Down Roots: Concetta Alessi McIntosh

According to the 1930 census of the Town of Lloyd, Rosa DeLena Alessi, head of household, lived with five of her seven surviving children. Joseph, Concetta, Mary, Anna, and Rose. Two, others, John and Frank, lived elsewhere. All the children were born in the United States, but Rosa and her husband, who had died in [Read More…]

Land Escapes

One of the most admired figures in any community is the local artist, and our area has been playing hosts to renowned artists for hundreds of years. The first local artists, the Hudson River School painters, began their work nearly two hundred years ago, as landscape painters. Despite the name, they were widely traveled and [Read More…]

Special Delivery

Sometimes it’s just the message conveyed by the sender that makes a card special. Here are a few I hope you enjoy.     PM New Paltz, NY July 27 6pm, 1910:   PM 1917 6am, NY:        (sent to 321 E 5th, NYC)     PM Rosendale Nov 18, 1909, 7am: (with [Read More…]

The New Paltz Normal School

April 18, 1906 Many people remember and many more will remember, if only briefly, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. It occurred at 5:13 in the morning on April 18th, an 8.25 on the Richter scale, on an otherwise clear day. It was a catastrophic event that brought down buildings and killed people. The earthquake [Read More…]

Walter Williams, Host and Historian, Part Two

This article is continued from Fall 07 About Town and can be found here. It is the history of the Rosendale area as recounted by the late Walter Williams, one of the founders of Williams Lake Resort. This story was transcribed by his wife, Marianne Williams, from a recording of one of his “history hikes,” [Read More…]

Walter Williams, Host and Historian

Introduction by Marianne Williams History, for my husband, Walter Williams, was not just a subject to be studied in school. It was, for him, a way of connecting with all that had gone before him and passing it along to those who would come after. Williams Lake Hotel was his business but it was also [Read More…]

Early Cragsmoor: The Beginning of an Art Colony

Perched high on the Shawangunk Ridge in southern Ulster County, New York, Cragsmoor has long been a destination for seekers of beauty. They have been attracted by the rocky outcroppings, jagged cliffs, sheer waterfalls, and unique vegetation, and enticed by the spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains, and the Rondout, Wallkill and Hudson Valleys. The [Read More…]

Dublin, Ireland Letter About Esopus, circa 1817

(In this letter several dashes indicate illegible passages or words in the original script.)   An Irish Political Exile’s View of America: TIM O’DRISCOLL IN ARCADIA ON THE HUDSON – AND THE LAVISH DISPLAY AT THE HOME OF JACK HANLON From the Irish Magazine (Dublin), 1817. Letter to Mr. (“Watty”) Cox, From New York   [Read More…]

Dashville on the Wallkill

  The north flowing Wallkill River passes through towns in New Jersey and New York before joining its larger sister, the Hudson, via the Rondout Creek near Kingston. Along its bed, the Wallkill enriches the soils and scenery of the towns of Wallkill, Gardiner, New Paltz, Rosendale and Esopus, among others. Enrichment in return was [Read More…]

Some Things I Saw This Winter

Many recall the scene in Hitchcock’s The Birds. An occupied park bench, behind it a playground jungle gym. A single crow silently alights on the structure. Then another. And another. Finally, the bars of the jungle gym are just rows of large, silent black crows. This wasn’t like that. Outside my house the crows were [Read More…]

To Think Of Time

Walt Whitman once wrote a poem entitled “To Think of Time.” A recent trip to Atlanta reminded me of that poem. Rather than flying to a conference, I took the train, a sleeper on Amtrak’s Crescent Limited. I know what you’re thinking: what a waste of time. Eighteen hours to make a trip that you [Read More…]

Gardiner Scenes From Around 1909-1930


Plutarch Lives!

One-room school houses dot Ulster County disguised as homes, stores, club houses, and museums. Dozens of others are gone, but not forgotten by those who learned their “three Rs”, and more subtle lessons–don’t forget your lunch, homework, mittens, boots or anything else, ’cause nobody is going to bring them to you. Walking to and from [Read More…]

The Ruoff Family of Mountain Brauhaus Restaurant

A Half Century Of Fine Dining Doesn’t Just Happen… It takes hosts dedicated to knowing their guests, their guests’ tastes, and by treating everyone who enters with an indefinable, yet genuine “welcome.” It takes people like the Ruoffs. The Ruoff family at the Mountain Brauhaus Restaurant in Gardiner, have done it flawlessly for 50 years [Read More…]

Stone Ridge Orchards, How Does Your Garden Grow?

With horticultural intrigue—read “variety.” When I interviewed Mike Biltonen for the honey bee story, I learned Stone Ridge Orchard is one amazing place. Last year I became addicted to their cider and enjoyed stopping at their stand on Route 213 (just before the intersection of Route 209). Now I know Stone Ridge is more than [Read More…]

Turkey Nuggets

It’s early February and the wild turkeys are starting to strut their stuff (as opposed to late November when they strut their stuffing). Their communications are similar to a cork slowly turning in a wine bottle and signify about the same thing–love is in the air. I watched two males trying to out-fluff-up and out-tail-spread [Read More…]

The Plight of the Humble Bee

It is easy to wax poetic about honey bees. Fragile, fascinating, fruitful, and feisty, the once ubiquitous wild honey bee is now few and far between. Feral (wild) honey bee colony numbers have been decimated by loss of habitat, pesticides, infestations of an imported fungus and a mite. The mite clogs the adult bee’s trachea [Read More…]

The American Chestnut

My father grew up outside New Paltz in the 1920s and 30s. In those days, trees were an economic asset and knowing your trees was essential to a family living off the land. Tulip trees were cut to take to the basket factory in Highland. Locust was cut for posts. Hardwoods for furniture. Walking in [Read More…]

Gomez Mill House

This microcosm of America’s past is not to be missed. Its original builder, Luis Moses Gomez, a Jew, fled the Spanish Inquisition in 1695, ending up in America. Ten years later, Queen Anne of England granted him an Act of Denization–the right to conduct business and own property. In addition to becoming a business leader [Read More…]

Black Bear Trading Post

While traveling in Connecticut we (by chance) visited a museum featuring American Indian tribes. There on the wall with the photos of other honored elders from various tribes was a picture of someone I recognized. Roy Black Bear. Although I had not been in his museum, I had seen him at functions in the community. [Read More…]

Timeless Toys

This large room of toys contains much of the collection I began more than 30 years ago. It started with one rusty 1938 Ford pedal car that my father brought home from the Esopus dump in the late 1960s. The pathetic little car was parked outside my father’s garage accumulating more rust until I asked [Read More…]

Klyne Esopus Museum

The distinguished gentleman to the left is Alton B. Parker. The snoozing, nevertheless distinguished-looking, gentledog is Senator. Judge Alton B. Parker ran against Teddy Roosevelt in 1904 for the Presidency of the United States. Parker declared his candidacy and did much of his campaigning from the porch of his lovely Hudson river home, Rosemont (now [Read More…]

Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a way of organizing and administering information related to location. The uses of GIS in Ulster County and elsewhere seem limitless. When you log on to the GIS web-site for Ulster (www.co.ulster.ny.us), a standard map is shown. However, as you zoom in and out of the map and click the [Read More…]

The Shaupeneak and Black Creek Trails

The geologic undulation running north and south on the west side of the Hudson in Esopus is called the Marlboro Mountains. I call it seclusion with a view. In fact, two quite spectacular views within a short walk—to the east the Hudson River and Dutchess County, and to the west, the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains. [Read More…]

The Story of Sky Top: A Towering Achievement

In 1870, the year that Quaker twins Albert and Alfred Smiley opened Mohonk Mountain House, they built the first of four observations towers overlooking Lake Mohonk on the high point of land which was known locally as Paltz Point. The Smileys referred to it as “Sky Top” and that has come to be the accepted [Read More…]

Snake Shots, Missing Puppies, Raccoon Noses, And A Career As A Veternarian

During the thirty years in which I practiced veterinary medicine-first in High Falls and then in Stone Ridge-thousands of office calls and surgeries occurred, the details of which have left my memory. There are however a few that, because of their unusual nature, will forever linger in my mind. Take for instance, the time a [Read More…]

Skunks and Snakes

Two skunk episodes and a snake story seemed fitting for Spring. The late Peter Harp’s delightful book, Horse and Buggy Days, a History of New Paltz carried the 1906 John Kaiser skunk story, written in 1965. The second skunk tale, by Vivian Wadlin, occurred in Plutarch in 1952, and her snake tale took place in [Read More…]

New Paltz Landing, Highland, NY

In May of this year, the Economic Development Committee of the Town of Lloyd (Highland) unveiled the conceptual drawings for the redevelopment of a portion of its Hudson River frontage. The drawings were the culmination of community meetings seeking public input of ideas for making the river front accessible and interesting. Currently, much of the [Read More…]

Favorite Haunts

A few my favorite haunts and some things I’ve yet to try…such as, the new hiking trail that has opened in Esopus. Esopus: Shaupeneak Trail Coming from the south, Shaupeneak Trialhead is on Old Post Road (a left off Route 9W just north of Black Creek Apartments and Black Creek Road). Then, cross the railroad [Read More…]

Birdland, Revisited

· A wounded Great Blue Heron spent several days in our lake providing a riveting spectacle as she followed the sun around the shallow end. You could walk quietly within ten feet, sit down, and watch her feed on small fish, salamanders, frogs, and polliwogs. When she disappeared, our end of the lake was quite [Read More…]

The Community of Levi Calhoun

Liz Alfonso sat behind a folding card table in the cool October afternoon. Spread before her were a poster with several photocopied newspaper stories and photos, a sheaf of membership forms for the Town of Lloyd Historical Society, and various pens and clips to keep things orderly. “Would you like to join the Lloyd Historical [Read More…]

Rosendale’s Reusable Resource

In the 1950’s, before the owners fenced and sealed it, you could walk deep into the abandoned cement mine beside Route 213 just outside the village of Rosendale. A moist, steady 52-55 degree-air poured from the mouth of the cave, summer and winter. It was often our destination in the early evening of a hot [Read More…]

Through Time: Perrine’s Bridge

This summer, I will take my grandchildren over Perrine’s Bridge. I think of the journey across the wandering Wallkill River as an inter-generational sharing, a tradition I can not break. Often, my father and I would stop, abandon our car, and walk within the bridge’s seemingly indestructible timbers. At the Route 213 end of Perrine’s [Read More…]