2014 Hudson Valley Garlic Festival

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival The Kiwanis club of Saugerties and the Garlic Festival Committee are in full swing planning another great Hudson Valley Garlic Festival for your enjoyment, See you there! Follow your nose and the signs for the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival through the historic village of Saugerties NY to Cantine Field... It's here on the last full weekend in September, the Kiwanis Club and founder Pat Reppert (the The Garlic Goddess) host the 2nd largest Garlic Festival in the country. 100 garlic growers, loads of unique craft vendors, and 4 different stages of live music offer plenty to see, do, and taste at the The Saugerties Garlic Festival! Never tried roasted garlic chocolate truffles or garlic ice cream? Never knocked back a garlic shooter? Well, here's your chance. Yes, you will leave stinking of garlic... but who cares! We'd like to share with you our experience at the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. The Saugerties Garlic Festival…
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Saugerties’ Benjamin unveils book on Hudson Valley history

“Early shafts of a red dawn rise on the eastern horizon, penetrating the sky as if wounding it, tomahawk-style… The great river’s form appears as a slightly arching shaft indented by a few protruding landforms, freckled with marshes and a few scattered islands. Let us say that in the center of this lush landscape a human form appeared more than 10,500 years ago.” The passage is from page one of “The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War”by Saugerties writer Vernon Benjamin. More than 18 years in the making, this extensively researched book is a comprehensive history of the early Hudson Valley, part one in a planned two-part series. Benjamin guides us from the Paleolithic period through the incursions of Henry Hudson and the Dutch settlement of the New World, the Revolutionary and Indian Wars to the growth of commerce through the Civil War. Within the pages of this history, Benjamin explores the geology of the river as well as its multi…
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Annual Ulster Chamber of Commerce Community Breakfast

The Hudson Valley Farm Hub will be the focus of attention at the June 26th Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Wiltwyck Golf Club, 404 Steward Lane, Kingston.

Over the past three years, the Chamber’s June breakfast meeting has grown into a Community Breakfast, a celebration of the community, with the chamber also recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding local students and student-athletes.

The Community Breakfast is open to all businesses and members of the community, who will have a chance to celebrate a significant new initiative revolving around the former Gill Farms in Hurley. Guest speakers Brooke Pickering-Cole and John Gill will discuss the Local Economies Project (LEP) and its recently established Farm Hub, which is being developed on 1,255 acres of prime farmland stretching north-south from Kingston to Marbletown along an historic corridor known as the Hurley Flats.

The morni…

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RX painkillers drive heroin use in Saugerties

The sharp increase in the use of prescription opiates and heroin across the Northeast has not spared Saugerties. Of the 34 arrested in last week’s drug sweep, five of the seven Saugerties suspects were arrested for opiate possession— two for heroin, three for oxycodone. “We have definitely seen an increase in opiate addiction here,” says Bill Delaney, program manager of Rehabilitation Support Services, a halfway house in Barclay Heights. “At least half our population is heroin-addicted. Alcohol addiction is second. We saw mostly crack and cocaine in the past, but this past year the amount of people coming in with opiate addiction has become the most significant.” One Saugerties resident, “Jennifer,” was willing to tell us her personal story under an assumed name. “My son [age 19] and his girlfriend were really involved with pills and heroin up until Christmas, when we did an intervention,” she said. “I sent my son out to California to live with his sister. It is of …
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A summer of construction in village

Village of Saugerties officials have decided to delay an $873,000 business district streetscape improvement project and a portion of a $1.2 million sewer line improvement project until the school year ends in June. The crosswalks in the streetscape project must be completed before the sewer project can begin, and those crosswalks are heavily used by students, explained Mayor William Murphy. The streetscape project calls for nine intersections in the downtown area to be dug up and colored pavers to be laid down, clearly marking where pedestrians should cross the streets. New handicapped ramps will also be installed at the intersections, making it easier for those who have difficulty walking to get into the intersection. Police Chief Joseph Sinagra has said the project will make the downtown business district a safer place for pedestrians. One item Sinagra and village officials have been asking the state for since last year is not part of the project, though— “walk” and …
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Modified wrestling team goes undefeated

by Robert Ford While Saugerties High School senior James Bethel was finishing third in the state tournament, the best finish for any Sawyer wrestler yet, Saugerties seventh and eighth grade wrestlers were making a strong statement themselves. They were going undefeated as a team, the first to do so. “We had 32 kids, in weight classes ranging from 67 pounds to 221, who really came through this season,” said head coach Larry Skalla. If anyone should know quality wrestling, it’s Skalla, who has been teaching the sport since 1962. Skalla, whose son Dennis is the junior varsity wrestling coach and assistant head coach at the varsity level, has been coaching the younger kids for the last five years. He’s assisted by former Saugerties High School standout wrestler Reid Kappler. Many of the wrestlers have been recruited from the modified football program, whose coach is Dom Zarrella, the head coach of the varsity wrestling team. “One of the nice things about bein…
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The Best Things to Do in Jimmy Fallon’s Hometown – Saugerties!

From The Huffington Post... It's easy to see why artists have been drawn to Saugerties for generations. This former mill town's enviable geographic position, nestled in the Catskill Mountains and perched on the Hudson River, is inspirational. The eclectic mix of shops and restaurants combine quaint with a soupçon of chic. Stroll the bluestone slab sidewalks and you'll quickly understand why Budget Travel named it one of America's coolest small towns. Urban dwellers in need of an infusion of fresh air have come to the right place. Cycle, hike or enjoy the river on a kayak or sailboat. The area's deep-rooted agricultural heritage has meshed with kitchen savvy to make Saugerties a stomping ground for culinary geeks. If that's not enough to entice you, Jimmy Fallon was raised here and locals couldn't be prouder or more pleased to chat about their hometown boy. It's all just two hours from NYC, close enough for a day trip, but with so much to do and fabulous hotel options, y…
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Concerts planned for Woodstock ’94 site in 2014

The Electric Daisy Music Festival might be out at Winston Farm, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be something happening there in 2014. In fact, according to Winston Farm representative Jeremy Schaller, there are several events in the works for the farm, which last saw music in its midst during the Woodstock ’94 music festival. Although he did not provide many specifics about the upcoming events, Schaller did mention an “arts and music festival” scheduled for mid-July of next year. The proposal will be presented before the Saugerties Planning Board on Tuesday, Nov. 19 (7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center) and the Town Board during its regularly scheduled meeting, the following night at 8 p.m. Schaller was tight-lipped about the details of upcoming events at the Farm, saying he didn’t want to “let the cat out of the bag” before making his presentations to the boards. Other possible future events include a yoga festival and an unnamed jam band festival. Some of the proposed even…
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The 4th Annual Village Invasion Zombie Crawl 2013

SAUGERTIES, NY – Oct 19, 2013 – For the fourth year running, the Village of Saugerties will be the site of the East Coast’s ultimate zombie-themed event. The brainchild of Captain Cruella—a.k.a. Saugerties’ own Jaimee Moxham--the Village Invasion is bigger and better than ever, and poised to take the Hudson Valley by storm on Saturday night, October 19. Over the past three years, thousands of zombie fans from all over have outfitted themselves in their undead best to take to Partition and Main Streets in the heart of town, share their mutual love of ghoulish goodness, and enjoy local pubs, restaurants, shops and other businesses. Just like last year, the event is officially sponsored by the Village Apothecary. Neil Smoller of the Apothecary has helped raise the Invasion to higher levels than ever before. Admission to the event is $2—and this year, like last year, a portion of the proceeds will be directed toward rebuilding and revamping Small World Playground, a local spot fre…
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Hudson Valley Garlic Festival 2013

September 28th and 29th, 2013

Saturday 10AM to 6PM --- Sunday 10AM to 5PM

NO PETS ALLOWED ON THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS

  Follow your nose and the signs for the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival through the historic village of Saugerties NY to Cantine Field... It's here on the last full weekend in September, the Kiwanis Club and founder Pat Reppert (the The Garlic Goddess) host the 2nd largest Garlic Festival in the country. 100 garlic growers, loads of unique craft vendors, and 4 different stages of live music offer plenty to see, do, and taste at the The Saugerties Garlic Festival! Never tried roasted garlic chocolate truffles or garlic ice cream? Never knocked back a garlic shooter? Well, here's your chance. Yes, you will leave stinking of garlic... but who cares!   We'd like to share with you our experience at the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival.   Hudson Valley Garlic F…
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