All posts by Sharyn Flanagan

New Paltz’s Kon-Tiki to reopen with new owners

New Paltz’s Kon-Tiki to reopen with new owners

When the Kon-Tiki Trading Co. went out of business in May after nearly three decades at 70 Main Street, many local residents bemoaned the fact that the eclectic curio shop would no longer be a part of the New Paltz scene. But MaryAnn Tozzi of New Paltz and Ana Lynn of Gardiner did more than waft nostalgic on Facebook, joining forces as business partners to re-open a revamped version of Kon-Tiki Trading Co. under a new name.

New Paltz Film Festival moves to larger venue this year, still free to attend

New Paltz Film Festival moves to larger venue this year, still free to attend

The New Paltz Film Festival that debuted last year as “New Paltz Shorts” during the outdoor summer movie series at Water Street Market, will present a one-night, two-hour screening event on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m., featuring short films created by Hudson Valley-based filmmakers. But don’t go to the marketplace expecting to find the action this time around: the festival is moving to the 620-seat Studley Theatre on the SUNY New Paltz campus.

The Lotus Seed Project

The Lotus Seed Project

Olivia Treubig’s “The Lotus Seed Project” is primarily an initiative to introduce yoga and mindfulness to more people, she says, doing so in settings other than the traditional yoga studio and with a focus on community and healing. Her efforts extend to both adults and children.

Chef Josh Cohen draws from a number of inspirations to create distinctive cuisine

Chef Josh Cohen draws from a number of inspirations to create distinctive cuisine

When chef Josh Cohen appeared on the reality television show “Chopped” earlier this year, the basket of mystery ingredients he and the other contestants were given to utilize in their dishes included a few things that even avid foodies may not have heard of. But when the New Paltz native first discovered his love for making culinary creations, it was with a far simpler proposition: grilled cheese.

Saugerties lighthouse is the focus of Arm-of-the-Sea’s Esopus Creek Puppet Suite

Saugerties lighthouse is the focus of Arm-of-the-Sea’s Esopus Creek Puppet Suite

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 16-18: The Tina Chorvas Park performance is adjacent to the site of what will be Arm-of-the-Sea’s permanent home. When completed, the Tidewater Center for Hudson River Arts and Science will be include a 100-seat outdoor amphitheatre and facilities for river-related programs. Built on a neglected, much-graffitied industrial site on the Esopus Creek, once home to the circa-1880 Sheffield Paper Company, the Tidewater Center will also feature a waterworks playground.