All posts by Erin Quinn

Hoopers for Humanity keep things moving

Hoopers for Humanity keep things moving

“It started out as a small group of ladies who enjoyed getting together and hula-hooping,” said High Falls Hoopers for Humanity member Chiara Herman, a pre-school teacher and mother. “It’s a great form of exercise, and we liked being able to practice together and to teach each other moves. Eventually we started having little potluck dinners afterwards. It was just a fun time!”

Nordic skiing revival thrives in the Shawangunks 

Nordic skiing revival thrives in the Shawangunks 

Central Ulster County, with the miles of groomed carriage roads, linear rail-trail parks. and now the River-2-Ridge trail that leads outdoor enthusiasts from the Village of New Paltz to the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains. This is a pristine and magical  place to wax up cross-country skis and glide across the wintry landscape.

New Paltz teen bound for American Idol

New Paltz teen bound for American Idol

ABC’s hit show American Idol on February 14 will include local singer, songwriter and musician Laila Mach. The New Paltz High School sophomore just punched her golden ticket to the award-winning live singing competition that is fielded by star-studded judges including Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan and hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

Frank’s Fresh now open in downtown New Paltz

Frank’s Fresh now open in downtown New Paltz

After Jack’s Rhythms, the longtime occupant of 56 Main Street in downtown New Paltz, closed, Frank Cardella, owner of Frank’s Fresh Pickling Company, saw a perfect opportunity to have just the right place to showcase his Italian-style deli. After spending some time renovating the old music store to fit the needs of a deli, with a place to cook, refrigerate, serve and dine, Frank’s Fresh opened its doors on December 12. Its shelves are stocked with his homemade, original jarred pickles, sauerkraut, relishes, hot sauces, kimchi, spice mixes and gourmet jams.

Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association founder Judy Mage honored with state commendation

Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association founder Judy Mage honored with state commendation

As one of her parting gestures after her single term in that office, New York State Senator Jen Metzger recently presented longtime activist Judy Mage, 85, with a commendation award for her “tireless work to bring new experiences in nature and the outdoors to Ulster County communities.” Among many things, Mage is the coordinator and “founding mother” of the Minnewaska Distance Swimmers’ Association, as well as a continuing resolute voice on the New Paltz Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee.