Phoenicia’s Arts Upstairs, which closed its doors last winter, will be reincarnated in two new forms this month.
Functions include advocating for residents who feel their rights were violated by a town employee, weighing in on local government from a human rights perspective, and holding educational events.
The acrimony was prompted by a request to the county for info on how many local homeowners are renting out their homes using sites like Airbnb.
The December 8 festivities kick off with the Phoenicia Library holiday open house, from noon to 2 p.m., with cupcakes and a family concert by Uncle Rock. At 5 p.m. is the tree-lighting ceremony, with Santa and live music in front of the Ice Cream Station. The party begins at 6 p.m. at Parish Hall, complete with crafts, face painting, photos with Santa, free refreshments, and more.
“The core of what I’m writing about,” said Weber, “is what the art colony was about: community and friendships between artists, and their relationships with people in the town.”
After a hiatus of nearly a year, Tuesday evening poetry readings at Woodstock’s Harmony Café will resume on December 4 at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, December 2, and Sunday, December 9, events will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will include latkes, apple cider, music, and a Hanukkah gelt drop, in which the fire department will sprinkle down the traditional foil-wrapped chocolate coins.
The Delaware & Ulster Railroad, which operates tourist trains from Arkville to Roxbury in Delaware County, has been awarded a five-year permit to extend its operations into Ulster County, bringing passengers to Highmount, opposite Belleayre Ski Center, for the first time in nearly two decades.
Since sending out letters to over 900 local short-term rental owners, Ulster County has collected between $25,000 and $30,000 of the two percent bed tax owed by residents renting their homes on Airbnb, HomeAway, and other online platforms.
Composting has the potential to remove an estimated 25 to 30 percent of material going into our waste stream in the form of food scraps.