New Paltz

3rd Annual Artists on the Street: A Plein Air Event

August 8, 2015 - 10:00am

Engage with renowned Hudson Valley artists as they create paintings and watercolors inspired by the landscape of Historic Huguenot Street. A wine and cheese reception will take place at 4 pm, sponsored by Brotherhood Winery. A special art history tour will be offered, in addition to regular guided and In-the-Moment tours.


"FDR, Huguenot Street, and Remembering the Past,” a lecture by Historic Huguenot Street's Thomas Weikel

July 25, 2015 - 4:00pm

Considering FDR’s wartime visit to Historic Huguenot Street, HHS Director of Strategy & Historic Interpretation Thomas Weikel will reflect on the notion that how a group remembers their past affects their present. President Roosevelt’s visit to New Paltz on the surface was simple - to see the stone houses that remain from the original settlement his Huguenot ancestors founded generations before. However, the connection to his past shaped his world view and influenced the decisions he made as President. Deyo Hall6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz Members $10; seniors & military $12; general admission $15. Coffee and tea will be served.


This weekend: Fourth of July in the Catskills

Above: Margaretville's Fire Department Field Days and Carnival comes to a grand finale this weekend, July 3 and July 4. Photo by Joe Damone Photography.

We're already written about where to find fireworks on this Fourth of July in the Catskills. But there’s lots of other things going on across the region as well. Here are a few of our favorites, county by county.


On Friday, July 3, the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith celebrates its 40th birthday with a gala dance under the stars with Hazmat Modine, a pan-ethnic roots and blues band. Chicken dinner at 7 p.m.; music begins at 8 p.m. If you were born in 1975 or are driving a 1975 car, you get in free.   Read more

"Notes From the Other Side," a talk and book signing with Marc B. Fried

July 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join Historic Huguenot Street for a free talk and book signing with local history writer Marc B. Fried for the release of his new book, Notes From the Other Side. Fried's column “Notes From the Other Side” has appeared every 3 to 4 weeks for the past 8½ years in the Shawangunk Journal, a local weekly. Now, Fried has selected and edited the best of these periodical writings and compiled them into a 339-page book that bears his column's title, featuring a wealth of anecdotes, descriptions and historical musings that relate to the Shawangunks and the Wallkill and Rondout Valleys. This event is free and open to the public.


Catskills Fourth of July: Fireworks

Above: Fireworks at the Monticello Raceway on July 4, 2014. Photo by John of Catskills Photography, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool.  

Independence Day in the Catskills means barbecue, waters warm enough to swim in, and lots of time spent outside. But we know that you're really here for the fireworks. Here's our five-county lowdown on where to see fireworks in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties over the 2015 Fourth of July weekend.


10 Catskill mountain waterfalls worth visiting

Above: Old Mill Falls in Platte Clove (number 1 on the list below). Photo by Joshua Trupin.

Steep slopes and restless streams make the Catskill Mountains rich waterfall territory. Here are 10 falls worth visiting, winnowed down from the dozens and dozens to be found in the region. Some are a cool reward at the end of a rugged hike, while others plunge just a few yards from the road.

While most waterfalls in the Catskills are located in the high escarpment in the east part of Greene County, there are cascades, plunges and cataracts in each of the counties that make up the region -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster. All five counties are represented on this list, so there's a waterfall here close to you.   Read more

Brittany Elliott to Perform at Foundation Event on July 11th

We are pleased to announce that entertainment for this year’s

Margaretville Health Foundation Event will be performed by Brittany Elliot.

Brittany is a resident of New Kingston and is seventh generation from

her family homestead, Crystal Brook Farms, settled in 1817 by Thomas Elliot.

From an extended size musical family,

Brittany has got something no other family member has:  Love for composing music.

Graduated from Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY in 2011,

she majored with a B.A. Degree in Music Performance.

Brittany will be performing on keyboards.

Shotgun Start

New Paltz in the War for Independence

July 4, 2015 - 10:00am

Historic Huguenot Street will host a Revolutionary War reenactment on July 4, “New Paltz in the War for Independence.” Featuring members of the 5th New York Regiment, reenactors will camp on the DuBois Fort lawn (81 Huguenot Street) and perform a number of demonstrations throughout the day. At the camp site, visitors will see wedge-style tents and a dining “fly” as they would have been used during the Revolution. Living historians will demonstrate marching and drilling, showing how arms at the time were handled and fired. An armament demonstration will display various types of muskets and weaponry while members of the regiment explain how they were used, fired, and maintained. Additional demonstrations and displays will reveal aspects of civilian life, including candlemaking, blacksmithing, woodworking, musket ball and cartridge manufacturing, and colonial cooking.  Read more


Where to pick your own strawberries in the Catskills

Above: The first strawberries of the season at Dressel Farms on June 6. Photo via Facebook. 

It's strawberry season, that momentarily magical time of year when you can eat fat, juicy, locally-grown berries by the bucketfull at U-Pick farms around the Catskills.

We're smack in the middle of the picking season this week. For most farms, the season begins at the start of June and lasts about four weeks, sometimes stretching into the first week of July. The higher up into the mountains you go, the later the season runs.

We've done our homework, and the strawberries are ripe and ready at all the Catskills farms listed below. Happy picking!


Story Farms
4640 Route 32, Catskill
Story Farms had its first U-Pick day on June 5, and is selling them for $2 per pound. 


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