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Downpour fails to dampen spirits at Gardiner 5K

Downpour fails to dampen spirits at Gardiner 5K

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.

Thousands enjoy Rosendale Street Festival’s return

Thousands enjoy Rosendale Street Festival’s return

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.

Highland marks the fourth

Highland marks the fourth

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.

Tiny houses frame New Paltz fireworks in thunderstorms’ wake

Tiny houses frame New Paltz fireworks in thunderstorms’ wake

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.