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Holiday Hoopla Parade & Winter Carnival return to New Paltz

Holiday Hoopla Parade & Winter Carnival return to New Paltz

When Phoenix Kawamoto of the New Paltz Office for Community Wellness and Jim Tinger of the New Paltz Youth Program put their heads together a year ago to organize the community’s first Holiday Hoopla Parade, the impetus was to brighten the spirits of residents at a time when many people were feeling unusually stressed by the isolation of the pandemic.

A boost for beloved barns

A boost for beloved barns

Ulster County’s proud historic heritage dates back to when its barns served as storehouses for its grains and winter shelters for its animals. Many of these impressive structures remain familiar features of the landscape even in the increasingly post-agricultural age. But their numbers have been dwindling from benign neglect. Who wants to pay property taxes on a structure that is infrequently used?