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Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair is back, celebrating 40th anniversary

Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair is back, celebrating 40th anniversary

Since its inception in 1982, the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair has bookended the summer season in the Hudson Valley. But it has been nearly two years since juried artists and makers from the Hudson Valley and beyond gathered underneath the Shawangunk Ridge in New Paltz to share their creations with the public. After 76 shows (and one unexpected pandemic), the fair returns this Memorial Day weekend. Hours are Saturday, and Sunday, May 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Monday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For local creators, the pandemic has required flexibility, inspired soul-searching

For local creators, the pandemic has required flexibility, inspired soul-searching

It’s been called “artist’s time”—the enforced periods of pandemic-induced solitude that have allowed artists the opportunity to create without outside distractions.  For others, of course, the shutdown has brought economic hardship and isolation. Certainly, artists themselves have been affected in widely divergent ways. But one common denominator that emerges from conversations with half a dozen artists and people affiliated with arts institutions is that being resourceful has been essential to surviving and possibly thriving during this time. 

Live music returns to the Hudson Valley

Live music returns to the Hudson Valley

A guide to what’s happening in the live music world this spring. Some selections are shows; others are entirely new venues on the scene. Some are outside, some are inside, and some are, sigh, livestream, and that still doesn’t mean live and next to a stream.

Exploring the Hudson Valley Book Trail

Exploring the Hudson Valley Book Trail

Whether you’re looking for new or used, rare or a classic, the Hudson Valley Book Trail has it all. The book trail, which is made up of only independent bookstores, runs from Peekskill up to Hudson. While we only highlight six stops here, the trail has 17 in seven Hudson Valley counties. Just minutes away from each stop are other activities like unique restaurants, other shopping or even the Hudson River Skywalk. 

Mid-Hudson theaters take baby steps toward reviving live performance as pandemic wanes

Mid-Hudson theaters take baby steps toward reviving live performance as pandemic wanes

The reopening of live theater perches anxiously on the cusp of a reintroduction of in-person performances in 2021, awaiting signals that audiences can feel safe sitting in the same indoor space. Long-suppressed desire for the collective experience of art remains at war with lingering fear of contracting an illness that can turn the lining of one’s lungs to the consistency of concrete. But spring is here, summer looms nearer and presenting venues need to make decisions, pronto.