An excerpt from a chapter of the authors’ upcoming book, available in December 2021, entitled “The Story of Historic Kingston: A Journey through the Hudson Valley and Its Connections With New York City.”
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Like so many other cultural institutions that rely on public contact, the Elting Memorial Library has weathered a rough year, loaning out books via a pickup window and pivoting to virtual programs in order to continue providing services to its clientele during the pandemic.
Where others saw ugly traffic cones, Barbara Bash saw a canvas for her creative talents. As she recently shared on her blog, she was “happy to do something to beautify, cheer myself and maybe others, and bring some play to a contentious situation.”
Ever wonder what was happening with professional artists during that long stretch of time when we couldn’t, for safety’s sake, go out and see or hear their work in a public place? According to Alexandra Baer, director of Unison Arts in New Paltz, the work went on, even if it wasn’t generating any income. “Because of COVID, people were practicing their arts behind closed doors,” she says. “They were dancing in their living rooms, writing poetry in their closets, playing music in their basements.”
Each year, Mohonk Consultations honors some member of the mid-Hudson community – either an organization or an individual – who has “shown an extraordinary level of commitment in protecting the environment and in making the Hudson Valley more habitable, healthy and participatory.”
A clearly exasperated Supervisor Majestic read aloud a recent letter from the UCPB summarizing its review of the newer proposed law and recommending the adoption of the more stringent earlier draft, which it called “well-crafted.”
To mitigate the environmental impact of the proposed cellular tower at 60 Jansen Road, a $20,000 fund will be established to plant trees elsewhere in the Town.
Like many businesses across the country, Ulster County restaurants cannot hire enough servers and kitchen staff to maintain their hours. Coming out of the pandemic, the food industry may be irrevocably transformed, with fewer, perhaps better paid workers, higher prices and fewer dining out options.
The first annual Friends Fest will run from 1 p.m. on Saturday to 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 25 and 26, with both single-day and full weekend tickets, with or without camping, available.
New Paltz’s leaders feel like this could be the year that $10 million in “downtown revitalization initiative” state funds are awarded to a Village project.