It was a full day of family-friendly activities and community camaraderie last Saturday at Majestic Park in Gardiner, as the 28th annual Gardiner Day went off without a hitch under sunny skies above.
New Paltz area | Events
Members of the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance will be holding the first annual festival to celebrate the river at Sojourner Truth Park in New Paltz on October 7.
The annual Gardiner 5K Classic Run/Walk every July always seems to happen on one of the hottest and most humid days of the summer. This year was no exception. But this time, the humidity that accompanied temperatures hovering near 100 degrees all day became a drenching downpour that let loose from the sky just minutes before race time.
Music is definitely the focus of the festival, and all proceeds over and above the $55,000 cost of putting on the event benefits the music departments of the Kingston, New Paltz and Rondout Valley school districts. Proceeds help fund scholarships for area youth to attend music summer camps or music schools and provide instruments for qualified area students. Admission to the festival was free, but goodwill donations gratefully accepted.
Hot and humid weather with some rain didn’t appear to dampen the enthusiasm of the hundreds of attendees who streamed into Town Park for a picnic-style event culminating in fireworks.
When it finally got dark enough for the fireworks to be seen to best advantage, Soul Purpose ceded the stage to Esme Ariel Hyman, whose soulful, belting rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” has become a Fourth of July tradition in recent years. Then the rockets’ red glare began in earnest — along with plenty of other shimmering colors bespangling the sky. Once again, summer has officially come to New Paltz.
The fireworks will be held Friday, June 30 and the Tiny House and Green Living Freedom Fest Saturday and Sunday, July 1-2, both at the county fairgrounds.
The event launches from Hasbrouck Park this weekend, with 25-, 50- and 100-mile options.
Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4: Take the open studio tour and see what else this beautiful little town has to offer.
This town and its environs are packed to the gills with old buildings with incredible stories to tell.