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Ulster County Fair opens in New Paltz

The 127th Ulster County Fair gets underway. Source: Ulster County Fair's Facebook page.

The Ulster County Fair opened today for the 127th time, offering fireworks, magic shows, live music, fair food and other festivities.

The fair, held at the county fairgrounds on Libertyville Road in New Paltz begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. and will end on Sunday, Aug. 3.

This year’s fair will feature headline musical performances from Mister Kick, Neal McCoy, Chris Cagle, The Lost Trailers, Katie Armiger and Josh Thompson.

Daily entertainment will come in the form of the Kent Family Magic Circus, the Two by Two Zoo, a pig race and a different horse show each day of the fair, as well as an array of rides and games.

A variety of competitions will take place during the week, including an antique tractor pull, a truck pull and garden tractor pull.  Read more

Gallery opening: Stacie Flint & Leslie LeFevre-Stratton "Joyful & Animated"

September 7, 2014 - 4:00pm
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The Unison Gallery presents "Joyful & Animated," the artwork of Stacie Flint & Leslie LeFevre-Stratton, beginning Sunday, September 7th and running through Sepember 28, 2014. There will be an opening reception on September 7th from 4-6pm.

Stacie Flint creates emotional, vibrantly animated oil paintings that compose people, pet and objects inspired by her daily life experiences, her history and her imagination. She loves Fauvism for its color vibrancy, especially Matisse for his joy.  She also loves German Expressionism for its angst and emotional freedom.  Stacie's interest for her art is to mix the angst with the joy.  Int he part, her work had a humorous but darker tone, the basis for a process that now shows up as quirky imperfection mixed with vibrant uplift. The paintings are fun and are a validation and joy about being alive.  Read more


Preregister to ensure your tee time at the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

TMI Project: Voices in Action plays Rosendale

Above: TMI Project stage manager Erica Pivko, left, talks with founder Julie Novak. Photo courtesey of the TMI Project. 

"I had constructed these pants when I was in one of my nuthouses," Joanee Tarshis says in a video produced by the TMI Project. "I had been refusing to make a wallet in occupational therapy. Only crazy people make wallets."

Stories like this, from mental health patients, at-risk teens, and domestic violence survivors, are the heart of "Voices in Action," a monologue show produced by the TMI Project that comes to the Rosendale Theatre on Tuesday, July 29.  Read more

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Transition Catskills proposes 'Catskills dollars,' tool libraries, and farmers' markets

Above: A design for a local Catskills currency created by members of Transition Catskills.

About two dozen people attended the first public forum of Transition Catskills, a group dedicated to making the Catskills more economically resilient, on Wednesday night at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville.

“This was our first effort to organize a conversation,” said Jeff Tomasi, a former partner at Goldman Sachs who helped found the group.

There will be another film screening and public forum for the Transition Catskills movement on Saturday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury.

Tomasi, who owns a second home in the Delaware County town of Middletown, also lives in London, where he first got word of Transition, an initiative that began in England around 2006 and addressed issues of oil dependence and economic instability.

“I’m not a leader, I’m a facilitator,” Tomasi told the group. “I’m not here to tell people how to live. Just here to start the dialogue.”  Read more

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Extended AUM Chant/Welcoming Fall

September 21, 2014 - 10:30am

Join Dahlia Bartz Cabe and community for an extended Aum chant to celebrate the Fall Equnox.  Participants will chant Aum for fifty minutes, sit for a short while in silent meditation and then share their hearts and voices in sacred song.

10:30am-12noon. $10 donation.

All are welcome. No experience necessary.


Margaretville Health Foundation 2014 Golf Tournament...August 24th

Preregister to guarantee tee off for yourself and your team.

Call 845-586-2631 Ext 3181


This weekend: Hudson Valley Chalk Festival in New Paltz

Above: Mike La Casas' chalk piece from the 2013 Hudson Valley Chalk Festival. Photo via the Hudson Valley Chalk Festival's Facebook page.

This weekend, Mike La Casas will create an entire galaxy, complete with stars, planets, rings and meteors. And by Monday, it will most likely be gone.

La Casas, 53, has been composing chalk drawings of galaxies, animals and dinosaurs since he first heard about street art on a radio segment 20 years ago.

On an impulse, he picked up some chalk that day, and still hasn’t stopped.

He said the impermanence of chalk art is part of its allure — it’s what makes it a distinct medium.

And because these pieces of art are fleeting and temporary, unlike other visual artists, chalk artists craft their work for an audience.

“There’s no studio that will let you watch an artist paint,” La Casas said. “This is unique.”

La Casas said he likens street art to performance art, because watching someone create the piece, and the banter between audience and artist, are just as much a part of the experience as appreciating the finished product.  Read more

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