Woodstock Film Festival hosts two drive-in screenings in July
The Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) will hold two new drive-in screenings slated for July. WFF will host a special screening of Todd Stephens’ new film Swan Song on July 8 at 9 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) at Greenville Drive-In Outdoor Cinema at 10700 Route 32 in Greenville. Tickets cost $15 per person. Guests are encouraged to come early and take advantage of the wide variety of drinks and food available for purchase from the venue and Pippy’s Food Truck.
Join WFF and BLUEprint at Tech City for a special outdoor screening of WFF alum Jeremy Workman’s new film Lily Topples the World on July 16 at 9 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.). Tech City is located at 300 Enterprise Drive in Kingston. Workman will be present to introduce the film and host an audience question-and-answer session. Tickets cost $15 per person. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Kingston Bread + Bar.
To purchase tickets, visit https://wff.eventive.org/schedule/6094069fc76a04003765fb42.
DMV mobile unit returns to normal schedule
Ulster County clerk Nina Postupack has announced that the Mobile Unit of the Department of Motor Vehicles will resume service on Thursday, July 8 at the New Paltz Community Center and Friday, July 9 at the Shandaken Town Hall. On Monday, July 12, it will resume its normal schedule around Ulster County.
In an effort to be as conveniently accessible to as many Ulster County residents as possible, the DMV Mobile Unit travels to six different towns throughout Ulster County during the year. Hours each day are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The mobile unit travels around the county on the following schedule:
• Monday: Marlborough Highway/Water Department
• Tuesday: Saugerties Town Hall
• Wednesday: Ellenville Village Hall
• Thursday: New Paltz Community Center
• First Friday of the month: Shandaken Town Hall
• All other Fridays: Shawangunk Town Hall
“We are happy to be able to provide these essential services to our community again,” stated Postupack. “The mobile unit has become a vital part of the communities where it travels, and we are so pleased we can resume services.”
Transactions that can be processed on the mobile unit include driver’s license renewal, learner’s permit, non-driver ID, vehicle registration, registration renewal, license plate surrender, duplicate title request and change of address. Enhanced driver’s licenses, CDL permit testing and enforcement are only available at the main Motor Vehicle location at 244 Fair Street in Kingston.
For further information, call (845) 340-3040 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope is ready to rock & ride
Hope Rocks Events, a Hudson Valley-based organization dedicated to supporting the mental health and addiction community, has announced the Hope Rocks Rumble and the Tour de Hope rides and rallies taking place in July.
Since 2016, Hope Rocks has been working in response to the epidemic of death caused by overdose and suicide. In late 2019, it established corporate not-for-profit status as a fully accredited 501 (c) (3) organization. It has grown to gain national recognition with its programs, events and outreach activities.
The Tour de Hope is a moderate bike ride of about 75 minutes, while the Hope Rocks Rumble is about a two-hour run. ELNA Magnetics is the sponsor of these events; the registration and rides start from its facility on Malden Turnpike in Saugerties. The rides finish in the Village of Saugerties and are followed by a street party at the corner of Main Street and Market Street. Both events will be held on Saturday, July 10 and will consist of food, craft vendors and live music from Julie and the Cruise Directors.
Hope Rocks will also be unveiling Jordan’s Closet at this event. Its newest initiative aims to provide professional clothing to individuals who are not able to purchase such attire. By supplying such clothing to those who need it, these individuals will feel more comfortable in business or professional settings.
Also as part of its summer event series, Hope Rocks Events will be hosting Hope Rocks the Rec on July 30 at Zena Rec and its annual Hope Rocks Festival in mid-August. Filled with music, art, presentations and various fun activities, the Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15 at the Cantine Veterans’ Memorial Complex.
For more information and registration details, visit www.hoperocksny.com.
Horses & Humans Research Foundation adds board member
The Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) welcomes its newest board member, Jane Davis of Woodstock. Davis comes to HHRF with years of equine experience. She first started with horses at five years old. After becoming a Licensed Master Social Worker from Washington University in St. Louis, she focused on equine-assisted therapy. With her equine partner, Snickers, they developed a modality called Equine-Assisted Healing. “It is about contact, communication and connection,” said Davis.
They focus on helping people access and release their deepest emotions. They have touched hundreds of lives and are a prime example of the power of the horse-and-human bond and how effective it can be in healing stress, PTSD, trauma and more. Davis has worked with police officers, veterans, grieving individuals and families, people coming out of prison and couples/individuals struggling with stress and communication. She brings all of this to HHRF to help promote the importance of this bond.
When asked about being a part of the HHRF board, Davis said, “I am so honored and excited to be part of HHRF. Having done this work for so many years, I was always aware of the lack of evidenced-based research and support there was for it. HHRF is this missing link that will provide research and grants to promote the power of the horse/human bond and expand the work.”
For additional information, visit www.ridersofthesage.com.
Christmas in July fun & fundraiser in New Paltz
Celebrate Christmas in July at St. Andrew’s Church in New Paltz on Saturday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (the rain date is July 17).
Christmas ornaments and decorations, crafts and handmade gifts, baked goods and more will be for sale. Enjoy music, snow cones and crafts for kids. The event will also feature a silent auction including a Victorian Christmas pudding, candy-cane ice cream, necklaces, custom-made jewelry, a hand-crocheted coverlet, a Nantucket Basket, themed gift baskets and a gift certificate to Broadleaf Books.
The church is located at 163 Main Street in New Paltz. For additional information or to donate, call (845) 255-5098 or e-mail email@example.com.
Hurley Heritage Museum reopens with walking tours
After a long COVID closure, the Hurley Heritage Society has announced that the Hurley Heritage Museum will reopen for visits and tours on Saturday, July 10 from noon to 4 p.m. The museum will host a reception with refreshments and will be offering walking tours of historic Main Street ($5 per person) at 1 and 3 p.m. Meet in front of museum for tours; reservations are advised. Exhibits at the museum include its permanent exhibits, as well as the continuation, with new updates, of the “Winslow Homer’s Hurley: An Artist’s View” exhibition. The gift shop will also be open and includes a variety of new items for the season.
Due to changing COVID conditions, the number of visitors to the Museum may be limited to ensure safety for all guests. An arts and antiques sale will also take place in the Museum’s front garden. Museum hours subsequent to the opening day will be every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., open and free to the public through the end of October.
For more information and for walking tour reservations, visit www.hurleyheritagesociety.org.
Historical Miniature Wargaming Day at Gardiner Library
The Gardiner Library presents Historical Miniature Wargaming Day on Saturday July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look at history in a whole new way as battles are strategized tabletop-style. Gaming battles include the Battle of Ecnomus (256 BCE), the War of 1812 Skirmish and the World War II Pacific Battle.
Designing figures and terrain will be explored during gaming time. Find out more about the hobby, watch demos and play throughout the day. This program was made possible through a grant from the Historical Miniature Gaming Society. Admission is for ages 10+.
Hinchey hosts community chat at Hudson Ale Works
Senator Michelle Hinchey will host a community conversation on Sunday, July 11 at 12 noon at Hudson Ale Works in Highland. Constituents are invited to come and ask questions, share their thoughts on local matters and receive an update from Senator Hinchey on the State Legislature and the senator’s first six months in office.
The brewery is located at 17 Milton Avenue in Highland.
Summer Book Bingo at Gardiner Library
The Gardiner Library presents Summer Book Bingo ongoing through August 31. Get a prize for participating and be entered in a raffle for a gift certificate to Inquiring Minds Bookstore. Cookbook Bingo: Find recipes in cookbooks according to the different categories on the bingo card. Kids’ Bingo: Find books in fun categories listed and make a Bingo! For more information and to view Bingo cards, visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
The Library is located at 133 Farmers’ Turnpike. For more information, call (845) 255-1255 or visit wwwgardinerlibrary.org.
Health & Wellness Coaching at Gardiner Library
The Gardiner Library presents Health and Wellness Coaching with Cathy Bakker on Wednesdays, July 7 to 28, for 30-minute sessions between 10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Sessions are also available on Tuesdays between 2 and 5:30 p.m. through July 27. Learn how to achieve your health goals in a guided, safe, non-judgmental environment. Become empowered to help create changes you want in your life.
Bakker is a certified Integrative Health and Wellness coach. Sign up for one session every other week, up to a maximum of six sessions. Contact Bakker at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a time(s). The cost is $10 per session.
The Library is located at 133 Farmers’ Turnpike. For more information, call (845) 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
Gardiner 5K Classic on July 15
The Gardiner Fire Department and the Gardiner 5K Classic Committee will be hosting the 19th annual Gardiner 5K Classic Run/Walk on July 15 at 6:30 p.m., beginning at Murphy’s Lane in Gardiner. The proceeds from this event will be used to make improvements to the Gardiner Firehouse.
This run is being dedicated to all of our neighbors whom we lost during this horrific pandemic. CDC guidelines will be adhered to. Due to Covid concerns, there will be no barbecue or kids’ race this year only.
Awards will be given out to Male/Female Overall, 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. Winners will be notified via e-mail and prizes will be mailed to the address on the application.
The cost to enter is $25 for the race fee and $2.50 for the signup fee. Registration ends on July 13 at 11:59 p.m. Organizers will be distributing goodie bags to the runners.
To register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Gardiner/GFD5KClassicRunWalk.
SUNY New Paltz raises $24.6M+
SUNY New Paltz has announced the successful completion of Soaring Higher: The Campaign for SUNY New Paltz, the first-ever comprehensive campaign in the College’s history. Due to the generosity of many members of the global New Paltz community, the SUNY New Paltz Foundation was able to exceed the original goal of $23 million, raising a total of $24.6 million in campaign support as of June 30, with more than $10 million in scholarship support, $11.1 million in program support and $3.5 million in unrestricted support for the Fund for New Paltz.
The Campaign was led by a group of 18 distinguished alumni and business leaders who comprised the Campaign Cabinet, with Michael T. Keegan (executive vice president and head of community markets, M&T Bank) serving as its chair and James H. Ottaway, Jr. (retired director and senior vice president of Dow Jones and chairman of Ottaway Newspapers) serving as honorary chair.
“We are overjoyed with the total funds raised, because of what it means for the entire SUNY New Paltz community,” said vice president for Development & Alumni Relations Erica Marks. “And I’m grateful for the leadership and guidance of our enormously supportive Campaign Cabinet. I’m even more excited by the number of people and organizations who have supported this historic effort: more than 8,300 alumni, faculty, staff, students, volunteers and friends of the College and another 700-plus corporations and foundations. They have all exhibited their commitment through their overwhelming generosity. It’s truly remarkable.”
Campaign funds will create new opportunities for current and future generations of New Paltz students. They enable the College to welcome more students to campus through expanded scholarships – with a record-setting $1 million awarded to students last year alone – to establish new programs, like the Student Psychological Resilience Project, and to grow unrestricted funds.
“To complete a campaign of this scale is a tribute to committed donors in our campus community and around the world,” said president Donald P. Christian. “The remarkable devotion and generosity of our alumni and friends reflect the quality of the SUNY New Paltz experience and our tradition of educating compassionate global citizens that the world needs now more than ever.”
Republican caucus in Gardiner July 14
A Republican caucus will be held on Wednesday, July 14 at 7 p.m., at the Gardiner Town Hall, located at Route 44/55 in Gardiner, for the purpose of nominating Republican candidates for town offices to be voted for at the November 2 general election.
Ulster County, Family of Woodstock to offer transitional housing
Ulster County executive Pat Ryan announced last week that, through a partnership with Family of Woodstock, $80,000 will be allocated to administer housing vouchers for local hotel stays for people who are entering or leaving substance abuse treatment. This program is being established to fill an immediate need for those struggling with addiction, while Ulster County continues to invest in building long-term housing capacity.
“Ulster County will continue to do everything that we can to help our residents who are currently struggling with addiction,” County Executive Pat Ryan said. “We are proud to partner with Family of Woodstock to make sure that residents have a roof over their heads as they prepare for their next steps of recovery treatment.”
The housing vouchers aim to assist residents successfully entering treatment or returning to the community after successfully completing treatment. Residents will be able to have up to two weeks of respite housing, with referrals being made through local treatment providers and placements being connected to Ulster County’s High-Risk Mitigation Team.
The High-Risk Mitigation Team is a collaboration among ORACLE, Samadhi, Catholic Charities, People USA, Ellenville Regional Hospital and the Ulster County Health and Mental Health Department. Individuals who are at risk of overdosing are connected to a peer-care navigator through this collaboration, who then tracks their treatment progress and checks in on them if they miss appointments or need additional support.
In May, Ryan announced the formation of the Behavioral Health Task Force to identify gaps in the existing mental health and addiction landscape in Ulster County. Through this process, the Task Force identified a lack of respite housing for people who are ready to enter treatment but need a safe place to stay for a few days while they wait for their treatment placement.
The housing voucher program is being launched through the County’s HEALing Community study, in partnership with Columbia University.
Food, music and fun under the Gunks
A Moosic Fest will take place on Saturday, July 24 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Kiernan Farm in Gardiner. The doors open at 11 a.m., and music will be performed from 12:30 to 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and/or a picnic blanket.
Enjoy all-you-can-eat Kiernan Farm 100 percent grass-fed beef and barbecue catered by Mancave Meat Co. Burgers, hot dogs and fries will be available all day. Specialty items will be available at the lunch and dinner hour.
Admission costs $55; children aged ten and under get in free. The ticket price includes all-day food, non-alcoholic drinks and music. Alcohol will be available for purchase for attendees ages 21+. To purchase a ticket, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/moosic-fest-tickets-160332784675?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.
Moosic Fest will occur rain or shine. Performers include Slam Allen, the Dan Brother Band, the John Malino Band, Book of James and Ian Moore on fiddle.
Kiernan Farm is located at 1308 Bruynswick Road in Gardiner.
Movies under the Stars return to Kingston
Kingston mayor Steven Noble and the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department have announced the return of the city’s Movies under the Stars program, a series of five outdoor events held in Kingston’s parks and public spaces. Movies under the Stars is a free, family-friendly event.
The following movies will be screened in 2021:
• Wednesday, July 21, 8 p.m.: Zootopia, Kingston Library (rain date: July 28)
• Saturday, July 24, 8 p.m.: Lost Rondout, T. R. Gallo Park
• Saturday, July 31, 8 p.m.: 42, Loughran Park
• Saturday, August 14, 8 p.m.: Jumanji, T. R. Gallo Park
• Saturday, August 28, 8 p.m.: Raya & the Last Dragon, T. R. Gallo Park
Music in the Parks will also be returning in 2021, with concerts on August 14 and 28. Each musical event will begin at 7 p.m. in T. R. Gallo Park and will precede the movie that night. The City of Kingston is looking for local musicians/bands to perform at Music in the Parks events. To apply, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxiwGG9ScsCvhjZmqa980EmRXL3ixtWIxPLrL8PRBZTTL_wQ/viewform.
“We are so thrilled to bring back Movies under the Stars and Music in the Parks. These free outdoor events provide family fun for all ages,” said Mayor Noble. “We encourage everyone to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a night outside with your friends and neighbors in our beloved Kingston parks.”
“We are looking for musical acts to perform at our two Music in the Parks events,” said Adrielle Farr, director of art and cultural affairs. “We are pleased to open this opportunity to local musicians and are excited to hear from our talented pool of Kingston performers. We welcome all local musicians to apply.”
In the event of rain, notifications about postponements or cancellations will be posted at the City of Kingston and Parks & Recreation Facebook pages. For more information on Movies under the Stars, visit https://kingston-ny.gov/movies. For more information about Music in the Parks, visit www.kingston-ny.gov/musicintheparks.
Ellenville man found dead in road was murdered
The Ellenville Police Department, in conjunction with the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police and Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, is currently investigating a homicide that occurred by the Berme Road Park last Tuesday night.
At about 11 p.m. that night, Ellenville Police responded to what was initially reported as a hit-and-run pedestrian accident. Upon arrival, police discovered a male victim, Gerald Keith Richardson, 39, of Hoar Street, Ellenville, who was unresponsive and unconscious, lying in the roadway bleeding. Police found that the victim had been shot multiple times and had not been hit by a car. Paramedics and personnel from the Ellenville Rescue Squad responded to the scene and treated the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was transported to Kingston City Hospital by Loucks Funeral Home, where an autopsy was performed last week by the Medical Examiner’s Office, and as a result the death was officially ruled a homicide. Police are pursuing multiple leads in an ongoing investigation.
Maya Gold Foundation to return to Nepal in October
After a year hiatus from traveling to Nepal due to the global pandemic, the Maya Gold Foundation plans an adult trip for October 2021. The adult trip was designed after numerous requests from local adults for an experience that mirrors that of the teens who have gone to Nepal with the Foundation since 2018. The trip will focus on culture and customs, cross-cultural exchange and experiential learning, and will include a five-day trek for participants to explore the Himalayan countryside.
The trip is a fundraiser for the Maya Gold Foundation, and all monies raised from the trip will go to support teen programs in the Hudson Valley. The 15-day trip will cost $4,500 per person, all-inclusive; a portion of the fee is tax-deductible. Participation is limited to ten individuals.
The trip will be co-led by board members Mathew Swerdloff and Paul Alexander. Swerdloff, a co-founder and president of the Maya Gold Foundation, has previously led youth and family trips to Nepal and has traveled widely in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Alexander has previously co-led an adult trip to Nepal and led a five-day trek during the trip. He is eager to share his experiences of remote Nepal with a new cohort of adult travelers.
KillianFest benefit concert to build ukulele collection at Kingston Library
Hundreds of ukulele lovers will join hosts Robert Burke Warren and Calder Mansfield on Friday, July 9 between 4 and 8 p.m. in Phoenicia’s Parish Field for KillianFest, a concert to benefit Catskill Ukulele Group, which builds ukulele collections for checkout at Hudson Valley libraries. The benefit is sponsored by Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health, a Kingston-based charity that empowers children and teens through a broad range of programs. Suggested donations of $25 can be made on the Foundation’s website at hvfyh.org or day-of at the event.
Event organizer Barbara Mansfield described the origins of Catskill Ukulele Group in a 2019 article in Ukulele Magazine by Heidi Swedberg, a sponsor of the event.
Catskill Ukulele Group was started in my living room by my son, Killian Mansfield, when he was 15. He was at home in hospice care for terminal cancer, teaching a small ukulele group. He wanted me and his dad to keep the group going. He said, “The world would be less pissed off if everyone played ukulele.” After he passed away, we tried meeting in parks, restaurants, community centers, people’s homes, music stores and then finally the library in Phoenicia. We first came to the Phoenicia library after noticing that you could check out a fishing pole there. I thought, if you can check out a fishing pole, you sure as hootenanny should be able to check out a ukulele at a library. No other space offered the consistency, support, flexibility and access to resources. Librarians helped bridge the gap in providing meeting reminders, allowed us to make copies, provided coordination with leaders of meetings (to make sure someone would show up to orient new-comers), and ensured a non-judgey space for people to learn ukulele.
Warren and Mansfield will be joined by performances from El Vuelo Del Quetzal (Ida Hakkila and Perla Ayora), Loveypie, Katie Martucci, Mick Golden, Mark Lerner and Nancy Howell, Ukulele Jake, Jeff Bailey, the Builders (Dan Shapiro), Carmen Borgia, Mike Rice, Cole Freeman, Laila Smith and Rebecca Hendricks, John Sturman, Kaia Dedek, Helenius Ukestra and many other ukulele enthusiasts.
The benefit will start a collection at the Kingston Library and shore up collections at the Town of Ulster, Olive and Phoenicia libraries. Contact Barbara Mansfield at email@example.com for more information.
Mount Gulian offers Great Estates Garden Tours
Mount Gulian Historic Site in Beacon, in cooperation with Dutchess Tourism, invites visitors to explore its garden and unique horticultural history on Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18. Garden tours will be given at 11 a.m., 12 noon and 1 p.m.
Visitors will learn about the garden’s origins, evolution and notable gardeners, including MaryAnna Verplanck, who as a precocious 11-year-old designed the original 1804 garden; James F. Brown, a fugitive slave who worked as the estate’s master gardener after his freedom was purchased by the Verplanck family; and Virginia Verplanck, whose literary contributions include two gardening books, Every Day in My Garden and A Year in My Garden from the early 20th century. Learn tips, tricks and techniques from the past that kept gardens green and glorious, and about the gardeners who committed their garden work to page.
Admission to this special program costs $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for youngsters (6 to 18 years). Children under six and Mount Gulian member get in free. Reservations are required. Call (845) 831-8172 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about the Great Estates Garden Tours and the historic sites participating in this special program, visit https://dutchesstourism.com/greatestatesgardens.
Bette Smith performs at Opus 40 July 9
Bette Smith will perform at 100.1 WDST Radio Woodstock’s sunset concert series sessions on Friday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m., at Opus 40 in Saugerties. The powerhouse Brooklyn-based songstress will be touring all summer, out in support of her recent album The Good, the Bad and the Bette.
Bring a blanket, kick back, watch the sun set, play lawn games and enjoy food from local food trucks such as Papa’s Best Batch,and local brew, wines and cocktails from Stockade Tavern.
Ticket prices start at $10. For additional information, visit www.radiowoodstock.com/sunset-sessions-2021.
Kalmar Nyckel returns to Kingston August 21-28
Adventure awaits! Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware, returns to the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston from Saturday, August 21 through Saturday, August 28, offering sailing adventures and deck tours for all ages on this square-rigged ship. Bring your friends or family on a 2.5-hour day sail on August 21 and 22 or a weekday sail on the high tide on Tuesday, August 24 through Saturday, August 28. Passengers are invited to haul lines, set sails or just relax and enjoy time on an authentic recreation of a 17th-century Dutch pinnace.
Sailing tickets cost $60 for adults and $40 for youth 17 and under. Advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended. The latest COVID restrictions apply. All passengers should bring a mask if they want to participate in ship activities like hauling lines, in brief but close quarters.
Ship tours will be offered at the museum dock on Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22 as well as Saturday, August 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. for $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6 to 17 and free for age 5 and under. First-come, first-served; advance purchase is not available.
For a complete schedule, visit www.hrmm.org/kalmar-nyckel.
Filming at Kingston Point Beach July 7-10
According to Kingston mayor Steven Noble, filming will take place at Kingston Point Beach on July 7 through 10. Production crews will be prepping the area on Wednesday and Thursday, July 7 and 8 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be filming on the beach on Friday, July 9 from 12 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, July 10, crews will be breaking down the set from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During filming on Friday, July 9, actors will be depicting a wartime scene and special effects will be used that may cause loud noises. During setup, filming and takedown, half of the beach and half of the parking lot will remain open to the public. Swimming and water sports will be allowed, but some areas will be restricted. Lifeguards will be on duty during normal beach hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Parks and Recreation programming will not be affected. The pavilion will be closed, but the changing facilities and bathrooms will be open to the public. Rotary Park and the dog park will remain. The Police and Fire Departments will have officers on-site for the duration.
Any questions or concerns can be directed to HBO production location manager Miguel Virola at (718) 913-1373 or email@example.com.