New Paltz

Classical Music with Rene Izquierdo & Carlo Aonzo

May 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Classical music makes it return to Unison Arts Center on Saturday, May 30 with guitarist Rene Izquierdo and mandolinist Carlo Aonzo. The concert will begin at 8pm.

Rene Izquierdo is currently a professor of classical guitar at the University of Wisconsin.  As a concert artist, he has performed throughout the world, receiving wide critical acclaim for his performances. He is recognized as one of America's classical guitar virtuosos, having won awards and competitions and shared the stage with many prestigious musicians.

Carlo Aonzo, a native of Savona, Italy, followed the family tradition of studying mandolin, first with his feather, then with Ugo Orlandi at Padova's Conservatory of Music.  He founded and conducts the Italian Mandolin Academy Orchestra and regularly performs and tours all over the world.

Tickets are $22 in advance ($18 for Unison members) and $24 at the door ($20 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Fifth Friday Dance Meet Up with Crazy Feet

May 29, 2015 - 7:30pm
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Spend the last Friday of May dancing your heart out to some swing, rocking blues and Motown, courtesy of Crazy Feet, during Unison Art Center's Fifth Friday Dance Meet Up on May 29, 2015.  There will be a dance lesson at 7:30 with Nelson Rodriguez and Zahava Wilson and the band will play from 8-10.

Crazy Feet is a hot swing dance band from Poughkeepsie. All of the band members are experienced musicians who have been playing for decades, and they all agree that playing swing for dancers is just the best. The band members are Pete Redmond on guitar and vocals, Robert Bard on bass, Mario Hernandez on trumpet, Chris Brellochs on tenor sax, John Scanlon on keyboards and Andrew Greeny on drums.

If you missed any of Unison's previous Fifth Friday Dance Meet Ups, here is your chance to start fresh. Remember, no dance experience is necessary and you do not need a partner.

Tickets are $15 ($10 for Unison members). Students are half price with a valid ID. Refreshments will be sold. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament presented by Margaretville Health Foundation

The College Golf Course at Delhi  **  Thursday, August 6th  **  9:30am Shotgun Start

$85 per golfer includes: breakfast, golf, range, cart, snacks & beverages and a lunch barbecue

To register print the registration form below or call Liz Warren at 845-586-2631 x 3181

We greatly appreciate our sponsors MTC Telephone Company, NBT Bank and Sluiter Agency





Unison's Memorial Day Weekend Barn Sale

May 23, 2015 - 8:00am

On Saturday, May 23rd, from 8am-4pm, Unison Arts Center will hold its annual Barn Sale at 68 Mountain Rest Road, in New Paltz, just a mile from the village.  Early birds can get first crack at the great merchanise from 8-9am by paying $10 at the door. Free admission begins at 9am.

We will sell a wide variety of household items, home furnishings, gently-worn clothing, tools, antiques, framed artwork, sports equipment, books, toys, games and more. You can find some wonderful bargains and support your local community art center at the same time.

Donations are accepted through Friday, May 22nd and are tax-deductible.  Please place items in the shed at the far end of the parking lot.

Certain items are NOT accepted: children's car seats, exercise equipment, tee shirts and outdated electronics.  If you have large, heavy items, please check with the staff (845-255-1559) before bringing them.

This sale is an important fundraiser for Unison's programs.  We would love to have your help on sale day. To volunteer, please call Susan at 845-255-3537 or email [email protected].


A Musical Mix with Annie & The Hedonists

May 15, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Are you looking for a band with a great lead singer and tight harmonies, a band that covers an eclectic mix of acoustic blues, vintage jazz, swing, folk, and roots Americana music? Then look no further than Annie & The Hedonists who will appear at Unison Arts Center on Friday, May 15th at 8pm.

Annie & The Hedonists interpret the songs of the great female blues artists of the 20s, 30s and 40s, including Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Ella Fitzgerald and more.  They have played in venues such as Caffe Lena, The Linda Norris Auditorium, Old Songs Festival, New Jersey Folk Project Festival and Garlic Festival in Saugerties.

Annie & The Hedonists are Annie Rosen on lead vocals, Jonny Rosen on guitar and vocals, Peter Davis on clarinet, tenor guitar, piano and vocals and Don Young on bass and vocals. Dancers are welcome!

Tickets are $22 in advance ($18 for Unison members) and $24 at the door ($20 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 845-255-1559.  Read more


Transition Catskills

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Transition Catskills is part of a worldwide network of grassroots community initiatives that seek to address the world’s most pressing challenges with citizen-led action.

The goal of Transition is to create a vibrant, diverse, and relocalized economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels and global supply chains. If we can provide for as many of our needs as possible from relatively close to home, we become more resilient— as individuals and as a community, we can maintain our identity and ability to function despite change and shocks from the outside.

In Transition, we take issues that feel toxic — peak oil, climate change, economic contraction — and we turn them into opportunities for positive change. The movement is rooted in the idea that by taking personal action in our communities, we can not only overcome these threats, but we can also live more fulfilling lives by forging a deeper connection to our neighbors and our local environment.  Read more


Inquiring Minds Bookstore


6 Church Street
New Paltz, NY 12561

You provide the interest, we provide the books. If you love books. This is the place. We're excited to not only offer an excellent selection of new releases, best sellers, and eclectic literary gems, but also a wide variety of gently used and discounted books in all genres. In addition to thousands of books we do have, we're happy to fulfill customer special orders, including hard-to-find and out-of-print titles.

845 255-8300

Amitava Kumar presents his new book, Lunch With a Bigot.

May 15, 2015 - 7:00pm

Inquiring Minds Bookstore New Paltz (6 Church Street, New Paltz) will host Amitava Kumar, presenting his new book,  Lunch With a Bigot.  To be a writer, Amitava Kumar says, is to be an observer. The twenty-six essays in Lunch with a Bigot are Kumar's observations of the world put into words. A mix of memoir, reportage, and criticism, the essays include encounters with writers Salman Rushdie and Arundhati Roy, discussions on the craft of writing, and a portrait of the struggles of a Bollywood actor. The title essay is Kumar's account of his visit to a member of an ultra-right Hindu organization who put him on a hit-list.  Read more

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Nicole Quinn reads from It's a Nightmare

May 8, 2015 - 7:00pm

Inquiring Minds Bookstore ( 6 Church Street, New Paltz) will host author Nicole Quinn. She will read from and sign, It's a Nightmare, the latest novel in her Gold Stone Girl series.  The book has just been nominated for a Tiptree Award, an honor recognizing speculative fiction that changes the way we think about gender. Nicole Quinn has written scripts for HBO, Showtime, and network television. Her feature film, RACING DAYLIGHT, (starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo and Emmy winner David Strathairn), is streaming everywhere. Her plays are published by Playscripts, Inc. In 2011 she won the Harper Audio contest to read on Neil Gaiman's 10th anniversary full cast audiobook American Gods. She now has many audiobooks to her credit.

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The Catskills wedding boom

Above: At Handsome Hollow in Long Eddy, couples can say their vows in a fern-strewn clearing in the woods on the 93-acre property. Photo by JBM Photography.

Catskills weddings – especially those with an outdoorsy twist – are on the rise.

Getting hitched in hills is a booming business. Thanks to the wedding industry, there has been a recent uptick in tourism spending in the Catskills.

“We’ve noticed over the last couple years that there’s been quite an increase in country weddings in the area,” said Rick Remsnyder, Ulster County's tourism director.

“It’s a good location and the price is right. We’re 90 minutes from midtown Manhattan and the price is more affordable than the metro area.”

Cathy Ballone, a wedding planner in Greene County, owes her career to the increase in outdoor upstate weddings.

“I see a definite boom,” said Ballone, who runs Cathy’s Elegant Events out of the old Catskill Game Farm in Catskill, which she and her husband recently bought.  Read more

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