Hudson River Playback Theatre, in partnership with Historic Huguenot Street, offers an entertaining afternoon of interactive theatre at Deyo Hall in New Paltz on Saturday, March 19 at 4 p.m. The performance, based on personal stories enacted on the spot, is called “Side By Side: Stories of Companionship.” Audience members of all ages are invited to speak about the companions in their lives, whether human or four-legged (or winged) -- finding them, living with them, losing them, dreaming about them. Admission is by donation. All are welcome. For more information, visit www.hudsonriverplayback.org.
Attention teen photographers
The Elting Library Teen Advisory Committee is holding a teen photo contest open to all photographers in grades 8 through 12. The photos can be black and white or color. The photos MUST be taken in New Paltz. All photos submitted will be displayed in the library. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges and prizes will be awarded. The top prize is $50 cash. To participate, bring your photography to the library at 93 Main Street in New Paltz by March 15.
Read-a-loud at Elting
Elting Memorial Library volunteers Alma Sloan and Karen Marshall will present a read-a-loud for preschool-aged children every Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. This activity will take place in the children’s room at the library. Sloan and Marshall are long-time residents of New Paltz and are members of the library’s volunteer committee. Elting Library is located at 93 Main Street in New Paltz. For additional information, call 255-5030 or visit www.eltinglibrary.org.
Slam event at SUNY
The SUNY New Paltz Slam Poetry Team will host the nation’s second-largest intercollegiate poetry slam on March 4 and 5 in the Student Union Building (SUB) on campus. Ten or more teams will compete in the second annual Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational. The event honors New Paltz’s late Black Studies department head Margaret Wade-Lewis, who was the first black woman to receive her doctorate in linguistics from NYU and taught Black Poetry & Drama before her passing. The first Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion and queer rights activist, Andrea Gibson, will be the featured performer in the final competition.
Two preliminary slams will be held in the SUB’s multipurpose room on Friday with five teams in each slam; the first begins at 7 p.m. and the second at 9 p.m. The top two teams of each slam head to the final competition in SUB MPR on Saturday at 7 p.m., with the Voices of Unity Choir performing, followed by Gibson’s feature opening the night.
The SUNY New Paltz Slam Team is looking to unite the campus as Wade-Lewis did throughout her career. There will be performances from the late Dr. Wade-Lewis’ choir, Voices of Unity, the school’s step team, and the event is cosponsored by the Black Student Union, All People United, Queer Action Coalition, The Feminist Collective, Take Back The Night, African American Women’s Alliance, Black Week, Men of All Nations United, Scholars Mentorship Program, Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity Inc. and Rap Poetry and Music.
Student and parent assemblies on the dangers of social networking
Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright is scheduled to speak to New Paltz middle and high school students on March 2. “We are very fortunate that District Attorney Carnright is committed to the safety of our children and that he has offered to come and provide high school and middle school students the opportunity to learn the pitfalls and dangers when navigating the ever popular social networking sites that have become an integral part of the lives of many of our children,” said New Paltz Superintendent Maria Rice.
Parents will have the opportunity to attend a similar assembly at the high school on March 14 at 6:30 p.m., when Carnright will provide information that parents need to know when monitoring the activities of children who are engaged in this type of communication with their peers. “The prevalence of bullying and sexual exploitation are a few of the areas that we hear about in the news and in some cases this news has hit close to home,” said Rice. “We want to be proactive and prepare ourselves and our children to live in a world where technological advances have opened up wonderful opportunities, as well as new threats to our safety and well being.”
Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at St. Andrew’s
The New Paltz Christian Clergy Association (NPCCA) will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday community pancake supper on Tuesday, March 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New Paltz. The meal also includes sausage and applesauce. The meal provides a traditional “Fat Tuesday” start to the Lenten season. Supper is free, although donations will be accepted. The NPCCA will contribute proceeds after expenses to Family of New Paltz.
Members of the NPCCA prepare the pancakes with assistance from members of several New Paltz-area churches. The Episcopal Church Women of St. Andrew’s coordinate the annual pancake supper.
For more information, please call 255-5098.
Free Qigong documentary and demonstration
All are welcome to attend a free viewing of a one-hour documentary followed by a demonstration of Qigong techniques at Elting Memorial Library on Tuesday, March 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. The documentary features the ancient history of Qigong and the modern-day practice of Qigong in China today. Qigong is an ancient form of exercise and healing that is practiced for health, healing and enlightenment. Your host for the event will be Gary Mercurio, doctor of chiropracty. For more information, contact Dr. Mercurio at 633-6300.
Preserving historical records
The New York State Archives will offer a free, full-day security training in New Paltz on Monday, March 7. The workshop, entitled, “To Preserve and Protect: Security Solutions for New York’s Historical Records,” will focus on theft prevention and recovery strategies for historical records custodians, including museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, educational and religious institutions and government agencies. To register, please e-mail Brittany Turner at BTurner@mail.nysed.gov or call 518-473-0130. Registration will close on Friday, March 4. For more information about the project, please visit www.nyshrab.org/about/about_projects_security.shtml.
New Paltz-Gardiner Seniors to meet
The New Paltz-Gardiner Senior meetings for March will be held on March 9th and 23rd, 1:30 p.m., at the VFW Hall on Route 208 in New Paltz. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. The program on March 9 will be a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On March 23, Valerie Chacuff will speak about different programs of the Office of the Aging. The group is planning a trip to Platzl Brau Haus in Pomona on March 16 and on March 30 a lunch is planned at the Red Brick Tavern in Rosendale. Please call Evelyn at 255-7290 for more information.
Katherine Gray to exhibit at Ulster Savings in New Paltz
Watercolor paintings by local artist Katherine Gray is currently on display at Ulster Savings Bank in New Paltz. The exhibit will begin on display through April 29. Gray, a professional artist from New Paltz, will include scenes of the local landscape and “Split Rock” at the Mohonk Preserve. For more information, call 255-5470, ext. 4202.
Artist Salon at Woodland Pond
Woodland Pond residents Annette Finestone and Natalie Minewski, and two other community artists, Martin Davis and Jane Lehman (SUNY), will speak about their works on display in the Performing Arts Room at Woodland Pond on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. While the subject matter and art media are vastly different, the theme and spirit of the show highlights self/community connections.
The public is invited to both free events -- the exhibit, which can be viewed daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning March 7, and the Artist Salon and reception March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
“I am very happy to have the opportunity to show my work right here, where I live now in New Paltz, and to share, through conversation, my life and work in the arts,” said Minewski. “While I show my work often at Unframed Artist Gallery on Huguenot Street, this is the first time we are hosting an art exhibit at Woodland Pond and I hope this exhibit and artist talk leads to more connections between our residents, the campus and the community.”
Woodland Pond is located at 100 Woodland Pond Circle, off of North Putt Corner Road. For additional information, call 256-8444 or e-mail email@example.com.
“New Paltz is Beautiful” photo contest
The Town/Gown Connect Community Team is now accepting submissions for the “New Paltz is Beautiful” photo contest. Send your best images of the village, town or campus to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 p.m. on March 13. If your photo features minors, you will need to sign a minor model release form before the image is published.
There will be 25 winners and one grand-prize winner, who will receive a $25 gift certificate to a New Paltz business. All winning photographs will be featured on the Town/Gown Connect website.
To enter, e-mail a digital image as an attachment. Up to ten images can be submitted. The photographs will be judged based on creativity, image quality and artistic composition by a panel of curators, photographers, graphic artists, website designers and public relations specialists.
Minimum image size is 1680 by 1050 pixels (or at least 1050 pixels tall) at 72 dpi. Images should be submitted in JPG format. File sizes must be less than 5MB per image. All winning images will be displayed with the photographer’s first and last name, unless otherwise requested.
Winners will be notified via e-mail by March 20.
Work by Ryan Cronin on display at the Bakery
Paintings by Ryan Cronin will be on view at the Bakery in New Paltz through March 11. Growing up in the 1980’s, Cronin was surrounded by and embraced pop culture. The bright colors and sounds of punk rock, skateboarding, MTV, graffiti and the youthful, push-it-to-the-limit attitude of the time became an integral part of who Cronin is today. This influence is apparent in his playful, yet tongue-in-check approach to painting. The Bakery is located at 13a North Front Street in New Paltz. For more information, call 255-8840 or go to www.ilovethebakery.com.
Carol Robins is named executive director at Unison
Unison has announced that Carol Robins will serve as its new executive director, allowing Stuart Bigley to focus his energy in his new position as artistic director.
Robins has lived and worked in New Paltz for more than a decade. With a master’s in arts administration, she has extensive non-profit management, finance, outreach and development skills.
“I am thrilled to be joining Unison as the new executive director,” said Robins. “Stuart and I both see this transition not as the end of an era, but as an incredible testament to the enduring legacy that he, and all of you who love Unison, have helped to create. I look forward to getting to know you and sharing all the wonderful programs Unison has to offer.”
For additional information, call 255-1559.
Poetry event at the New Paltz Community Center
The New Paltz Community Center will host the Arts Community Poetry Live on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Community Center weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon. For information call 255-3631.
The Highland Grange will be holding a pancake breakfast this Sunday, March 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage and toast. The cost is $4.50 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 and free for children five and under. The Highland Grange is located at 620 Old New Paltz Road. Call 691-7072 for information.
‘Amazing Grace’ to be shown at the Methodist Church
The New Paltz United Methodist Women will sponsor a showing of the film “Amazing Grace,” the life of the anti-slavery crusader William Wilberforce, at the Church on Sunday, March 13 at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to view the movie and join in on the discussion afterwards.
Rosendale Farmers Market
The Rosendale Winter Farmers Market will be held this Sunday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Rosendale Community Center at 1055 Route 32. Live acoustic music will be played by singer/guitarist Jeff Entin. Market visitors are invited to a cup of free coffee, tea, hot chocolate or cider. Indoor winter markets will also take place on April 3 and May 1.
A pancake breakfast benefit for the market is set for Sunday, March 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at the community center. The summer outdoor farmers market will start June 5 and run through October 30. For more information, call 339-0819.
In an article published on Feb. 10 entitled, “Mah-oh-no-ney’s West,” the New Paltz Times incorrectly reported that 127 Main Street, most recently known as Rascal’s, had “teamed” up with Mahoney’s Irish Pub of Poughkeepsie. While 127 Main Street was advertising themselves as “Mahoney’s West,” they have no business relationship with Mahoney’s in Poughkeepsie. Our apologies.