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Faces of Kingston: Matthew Pleva

Faces of Kingston: Matthew Pleva

Matthew Pleva has both a recognizable face to many in Kingston and a portfolio of memorable, creative work that’s some of the best stuff Kingston has to offer. Pleva is a very interesting guy and it was a pleasure to get to interview him after having it on my “must do” list for a few years now.

Quilt made in honor of Woodstock veteran to be dedicated Nov. 11

Quilt made in honor of Woodstock veteran to be dedicated Nov. 11

The quilt is stunning, and is presently being displayed at the museum in Chandler, Texas, in anticipation of its arrival in Woodstock. “Doc” Quinn — the only Woodstocker to die in Vietnam — was awarded, among many other medals, The Distinguished Service Cross, and the Combat Medical Badge, both posthumously. Each of his medals, as well as his portrait, are entirely embroidered, as are all the names of his family, friends, fellow medics, and many of the soldiers who served with Quinn in Vietnam.

Halloween is a real treat in New Paltz

Halloween is a real treat in New Paltz

Dressing for Halloween in New Paltz carries a certain amount of pressure: it’s a big deal in town, with a giant parade sending participants out like tentacles to probe the nooks and crannies of the community in costumes ranging from the comical to the creepy. Selecting a costume when there’s going to be a big audience is tricky, but trying to predict how to dress with bad weather expected added an extra wrinkle this year around.