This year marks the 30th anniversary of the apple festival organized by the Reformed Church of New Paltz each fall, rebranded since 2016 as “Applestock.” Hosting an autumn festival can be tricky in terms of the weather, but Saturday, October 5 dawned cool and sunny, the perfect combination for hanging out on Huguenot Street at a family-friendly event that felt like a traditional, old-time village fête.
Entrepreneurial ventures can take a while to get off the ground. But when Melissa and Andy Peck launched Peck’s Pickled Peppers at last month’s Gardiner Day, they sold a case of their product before the event even began.
The activities at the annual Elting Library Fair last Saturday, September 21, seemed to reflect the multifaceted role libraries play in our lives today, with its emphasis not only on books but on the arts, children’s programs, community camaraderie and opportunities for civic involvement.
The Highland Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 28 from noon to 6 p.m. at Town Field in the hamlet will feature hay rides, apple dunking, bocce ball and a homemade pie contest.
The 63rd annual Elting Memorial Library Fair will be held Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here are 12 reasons you should check it out, along with photos dating back over 60 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The store was opened in 1979 by Bruce Conklin, who named the fledgling business for a favorite author’s collection of short stories: October Countryby Ray Bradbury. Current owner Devon Sprenger says he thinks the store name is very appropriate, given that “a comic book store is really an eclectic collection of different short stories.”