New Paltz

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. 


NYC media outlets dive deep into the Catskills watershed

It's unusual for New York City-based media outlets to pay much attention to the Catskills, and even more unusual for them to examine the long, often painful history of how exactly New Yorkers get their water, more than a billions gallons a day of it, from the Catskills watershed. 

But this week, WNYC radio and a news website called are diving deep into the story of the Catskills watershed in their week-long The Cost of Our Water collaborative investigative series. They're airing thoughtful radio pieces and publishing long articles about the sometimes fraught relationship between the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which runs the vast system of reservoirs that dominates the Catskills, and upstate residents.   Read more

3rd Annual Golf Tournament - Don't forget to Register

Kasten Lecture with Sanford Levy

June 27, 2015 - 5:00pm

Join Historic Huguenot Street for a lecture by antiques expert and Board Trustee Sanford Levy discussing the material culture of Hudson Valley kasten (18th- and early 19th-century Dutch-style cupboards, singular kast).  Although variations exist, the typical kast is a large, free-standing cupboard or wardrobe with two paneled doors surmounted by an over-scaled, molded cornice. The cupboard usually sits on a base with a single drawer or drawers and ball-shaped feet. Levy’s lecture at the 1799 LeFevre House (54 Huguenot Street) will explore the ways in which the Hudson Valley kast developed from its European background, the many styles of construction, and the changes in style from the 18th century to the 19th century. “Historic Huguenot Street currently houses one of, if not the largest collections of Hudson Valley kasten in the country,” explained Levy.  Read more


Extended Aum Chant: Welcoming Summer

June 28, 2015 - 10:30am
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Join Dahlia Bartz Cabe and community for an extended Aum chant to celebrate the turn of the season.

The word Aum (Om) is considered to be the sacred syllable of creation--the symbol of the Divine in all. Simply chanting the single sound of Aum, we immerse ourselves in the infinite ocean of Being.  Thus united, a powerful healing vibration radiates through us, from us and out into the world.

We will chant the Aum for fifty minutes, sit for a short while in silent meditation and then share our hearts and voices in sacred song.

$10 suggested donation.  All are welcome; no experience necessary.

For more information, email [email protected] or call (845) 863-4061.

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


Sean Eldridge: "I’m not going to run again"

Sean Eldridge, a young political upstart who lost the election for New York's 19th Congressional District from Republican Chris Gibson last year, has finally made it public: He won't be running for election again.

Eldridge, a first-time Democratic challenger, lost the race for Gibson's seat by 30 points in a drubbing that received national attention.

That's because Eldridge is one half of a prominent gay power couple. His husband is Chris Hughes, a multi-millionaire who helped Mark Zuckerberg found Facebook. 

Right after the election, Eldridge refused to answer questions from the Watershed Post about whether or not he would run again in the 19th District, which covers much of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley.  Read more

Tornado watch in effect for the Catskills region

Above: A storm system looms to the west of the Catskills at 2:20 pm. on Monday, June 8.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a sweeping tornado watch for much of New York and New England this afternoon.

The tornado watch includes Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties in the Catskills from 1:40 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, June 8. A large storm system will march through the region, bringing winds, possible hail and a chance of flash flooding. 

Tango Lesson & Dance with Nina Jirka

June 21, 2015 - 7:00pm

If you've always wanted to learn Tango, here is your chance.  Nina Jirka will teach a tango lesson, followed by dancing, on Sunday, June 21st at 7pm at Unison Arts Center.

Tango is a remarkable social dance that encourages creativity, improvisation and connection to the music and your parnter.  There is nothing more wonderful than to know how to dance with another human being and tango is the ultimate dance to discover.

Nina Jirka studied varioius forms of dance, movement, music and theatre at the legendary Russian Dance Academy in Moscow.  She danced as a soloist with the Moscow Festival Ballet, Perm Opera, Kremlin Ballet and Stars of Bolshoi.  In 2006 she and Ellen Crystal founded Tango New Paltz.  She is dedicated to creating a supportive and relaxed atmosphere for all attendees to learn and enjoy the dance of Tango.

There is a suggested donation of $10. Refreshments are free. For more information, visit or call 845-255-1559.

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



Summer Photography Workshop with Dan McCormack

July 11, 2015 - 10:00am

Dan McCormack will lead his popular photography workshop, Photographing the Nude in Nature, over 4 Saturdays this summer: July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 from 10am-4pm.  Participants can sign up for a single session or for the entire series.

In this workshop, students will work with various figure models, first in the Unison Sculpture Garden, then break for lunch and travel to landscape settings, often with ponds or streams.  Different models and shooting sites are planned for each Saturday. You can either bring lunch or we can stop at a local deli for sandwiches.

Attendees are asked to bring their cameras, many rolls of film, extra batteries and memory cards, tripods, sunblock, bug repellent, a towel, and plenty of water.  Also, wear sturdy, waterproof shoes for walking through streams.

Dan McCormack is an Ulster County photographer and the head of the Photography program at Marist College, where he specializes in nude figure imagery.  Read more


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