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The Ulster County Fair returns to New Paltz July 29-August 2 (photo by Richie Corozine)

Ulster County Fair in New Paltz, 7/29-8/3

The annual Ulster County Fair will return to its home in New Paltz at the County Fairgrounds on Libertyville Road this Tuesday, July 29, remaining in town through Sunday, August 3. It will,…

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Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice returns

Scenes from the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice (photos by Dion Ogust) The growth of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, which was launched five years ago by three local opera…

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Join 100 guitarists at Levon Helm Studios for Guitar Mash

On June 3, 2007 1,683 guitarists gathered in Community American Ballpark in Kansas City to play “Smoke on the Water” and claim a Guinness world record. I wonder if they had someone like…

Gabra Zackman, Jason O’Connell and Katie Hartke in The Liar (photo by Travis McGee)

HVSF presents hilarious farce The Liar

“A liar should have a good memory,” wrote the Roman author Quintilian in the first century AD. Abraham Lincoln tweaked that admonition a bit more moralistically to “No man has a good enough…

The 83rd annual Woodstock Library Fair takes place on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Woodstock Library Fair returns this Saturday

It’s rare that one hooks into local traditions that have maintained their basic form for 83 years running, as the annual Woodstock Library Fair has. It’s even rarer when such traditions keep finding…

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Led Zeppelin Tributon in Rosendale

Market Market’s popular Tributon series continues its recent trending toward classic rock icons, following the Neill Young and the Who Tributons with an evening devoted to the toasting and roasting of Led Zeppelin…

One of the most important events at the fondly remembered Camp Woodland in Phoenicia was the Catskill Folk Festival, held each August. (courtesy of the New York Folklore Society)

“Songs of the Catskill Mountains” in Saugerties

“There are basically two schools of thought on how to present traditional music,” says Liza DiSavino, who will perform “Songs of the Catskill Mountains” with husband and musical partner A. J. Bodnar in…

Ben Neill on the mutantrumpet (photo by Nitin Vadukul)

Ben Neill premieres Manitoga at Manitoga

As a composer and trumpeter who has worked extensively in avant-garde, Minimalist and serious electronic veins (as well as in the acid jazz genre and other urban scenes), Ben Neill has long understood…

Ellie Dehn stars in Carl Maria von Weber’s rarely staged Euryanthe (photo by Cory Weaver)

Haunted by jealousy: Euryanthe at Bard

Each year Bard’s SummerScape program includes a fully staged opera, which is selected according to three requirements: It must relate to the season’s featured composer; it must be relatively rare or unknown to…

See a free public performance of Arm-of-the-Sea in The Rejuvenary River Circus on the lawn of the Saugerties Historical Society’s Kiersted House on Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. (photo by Jim Peppler)

Kids’ Almanac (July 24-31)

“Sometimes you have to look at the shrub from a different angle to see the fruit.” – Jenny Lee Fowler, Mom/educator/artist   Winnakee Nature Preserve Trail The Hyde Park Healthy Trails Walkabout is…

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