Locally and nationally known garden columnist Lee Reich will be spreading the blueberry gospel with a blueberry growing workshop in his garden this Saturday, July 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop will cover everything you need to know to be on your way to picking your own blueberries, including soil preparation, watering, fertilizing, pruning, and, or course, eating (and tasting). The cost is $40. Reservations are a must. Phone 255-0417 or e-mail email@example.com for more information and reservations.
Plan ahead for Gardiner Day
Vendors are needed for Gardiner Day, which will take place this year on Sept. 10 at Majestic Park in Gardiner. For additional information or an application, call Jewell at 255-9675, ext. 103 or Linda at 706-0625.
Meal in the field
Phillies Bridge Farm Project in Gardiner will host its inaugural “Meal In The Field” this Saturday, July 30 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. Four courses of locally-sourced food will be prepared by five local chefs and served in one of the farm project’s working fields.
The dishes will highlight what is fresh and happening in the Hudson Valley at that moment and will be prepared by Café Mio (Michael Bernardo), The Village Tearoom (Agnes Devereux), Bridge Creek Catering (Phil Leger), Karma Road (Seth and Jennifer Branitz) and Lagusta’s Luscious (Lagusta Yearwood).
The dishes’ ingredients will be harvested from Phillies Bridge Farm and other area farms. Each dish comes with a tantalizing name such as squash and summer herb soup with goat cheese feta and olive oil bread stick. There will be a mix of vegetarian and omnivore options throughout the evening.
The cost is $55 per person or $100 per couple. Supervised childcare (including a light meal) will be available for a limited number of children ages 4-12 at a cost of $15.
To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 256-9108 or visit philliesbridge.org.
On Thursday, July 28 beginning at 10 p.m., hydrants and water lines in the village and town of New Paltz will be flushed. The process will be finished by the next morning, but it may cause a discoloration of the water servicing the home. To resolve this problem, let the water run until it is clear.
Community Center update
The next meeting of the New Paltz Community Center Book Club will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m., at the center. Bring your favorite book for discussion.
A cystic fibrosis fundraiser will take place at the Community Center on Friday, Aug. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Certified Zumba instructor Melissa Curcio will teach a two-hour Zumba class and all proceeds at $20 per person will go directly to cystic fibrosis research.
The center is located at 3 Veterans Drive directly behind Town Hal. For more information, call the Center at 255-3631.
HiHo Home Market is chosen as Retailer of the Year by national magazine
Country Business magazine has named HiHo Home Market in Gardiner its 2011 Retailer of the Year. HiHo was chosen from more than 25 retail establishments across the country.
“Heidi (Hill-Haddard) is constantly thinking of ways to improve her business and it shows in everything she does,” says Susan Wagner, editor of Country Business. “Her visual skills are extraordinary and her product mix offers customers merchandise that they can’t wait to bring home. She has created a shop that thrills and delights at every turn.”
According to Wagner, HiHo Home Market received top honors based on Hill-Haddard’s creative eye and incredible visual merchandising skills, her savvy use of social media, her keen business sense in finding and promoting unique products and her commitment to the growth of her community.
HiHo Home Market is located at 132 Main Street in Gardiner. The store can be reached by calling 255-1123 or visit www.hihohome.com.
Free drop-off for electronic equipment recycling
The Town of Lloyd and WeRecycle!LLC now collects electronics for free at the Town of Lloyd Transfer Station on Lilly Lake Road for all its residents. In its first month of the complimentary service, the town recycled 655 pounds of monitors and 3,268 pounds in televisions. Residents must only show proof of residency to drop off their old electronic equipment at the Transfer Station. For more information, visit www.townoflloyd.com or www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/65583.html.
Rhett Miller to perform at Water Street Market
Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s will perform at Water Street Market this Thursday, July 28, 7 p.m., in the outdoor courtyard. Bring your friends, family and a picnic! For more information, visit rhettmiller.com or waterstreetmarket.com.
Retired men to meet on Aug. 1
The retired men of the New Paltz community invite all retired men to their monthly breakfast meeting on Monday, Aug. 1, 8 a.m., at the New Paltz Plaza Diner. George Fischer will be speaking about honey bees.
Crutches 4 kids drive
Bring out those crutches you no longer need. A Crutches 4 Kids Crutch Drive to help children disabled by disaster and poverty begins this Thursday, July 28 and runs through Aug. 7 throughout Gardiner and New Paltz. Your dusty used crutches go to children who can’t lead normal lives even after receiving aid or being rescued unless they have some sort of mobility to help with recovery. Bring your used crutches --grown-up sizes too -- to collection points in Gardiner and New Paltz like Ulster Savings Bank, Stop & Shop, ShopRite, Enthusiastic Spirits and Village Market, to name a few. Look for drop-off spots around the area. For more information, call Ruby at 256-1122.
Ham buffet at the Methodist Church
The New Paltz United Methodist Church will hold its annual all-you-can-eat summer ham buffet at the church on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The continuous servings will feature a menu of sliced baked ham, potato salad, local corn on the cob, baked beans, assorted other summer salads, rolls, watermelon, brownies, iced tea and lemonade. Take-out orders will also be available.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12 and free for children under five. For tickets and information, call the church office at 255-5210 or contact www.newpaltzumc.org. The church, at the corner of Main and Grove streets, is handicapped accessible.
Vacation bible school rescheduled
The First United Methodist Church of Highland and the First Presbyterian Church of Highland have rescheduled their vacation bible school for Aug. 8-12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Church and Grove streets. Staff will be provided by both churches. The decision to reschedule the program was made because the Town of Lloyd summer program would still be in session the week of Aug 1.
For this year’s theme, the curriculum committee chose Cokesbury’s “Shake It Up Café: Where kid’s carry out God’s recipes.” Using games, crafts, music and scripture, children will explore the Bible as a cookbook, filled with recipes for living out God’s Word. There is no cost, but donations will be accepted.
First Presbyterian interim pastor Ken Wonderland and the Rev. Arlene Dawber of First United Methodist, encourage all children (regardless of church affiliation) to come and learn that “shaking up your life as a follower of Jesus means you really need to pay attention to God’s recipe and when you believe in something fully -- whether it has to do with fruits or faith -- you can’t help but pass it on.”
To kick off the event, an ice cream social and evening of storytelling will take place on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the parking lot adjacent to the Methodist Church. All are invited to come hear professional storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and eat ice cream sundaes. Also featured will be face-painting and games for the kids.
For further information contact Laurie Ward at 691-9173 or First United Methodist Church at 691-2284 (leave a message). To sign up on-line, visit http:www.cokesburyvbs.com/shake-it-up-café/highlandvbs.
Reading and book signing at Inquiring Minds Bookstore
Glenn Kreisberg, editor of Lost Knowledge of the Ancients, an anthology, will appear at Inquiring Minds Bookstore in New Paltz on Friday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. for a reading and book signing. Kreisberg, a radio frequency engineer, will read from his contribution to the anthology, Electromagnetism and the Ancient, posing the question: Did ancient humans have knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum?