Briefly noted in New Paltz (12/1/21)



Auxiliary VFW Launches Patriotic Art Scholarship Competition

VFW Auxiliary Post 8645 in New Paltz has announced the start of its annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art competition. Students in grades 9 to 12 by the March 31 deadline who are enrolled in a public, private, or parochial high school or home study program in the United States or dependents of United States military or civilian personnel in schools abroad are eligible. The first place winner from each state competes for national prizes totaling $ 33,000.

Students must submit an original two- or three-dimensional work of art. Digital art, photography and jewelry are not accepted. Registration must have been made during the current 2021-2022 school year and the request must include the signature of a teacher or supervising adult.

Students begin by competing at the local VFW auxiliary level. The first place winner of each Auxiliary goes to the district competition, the district winners going to the state competition. The national first place winner receives a scholarship of $ 15,000. The national winners of the first to the eighth place are presented in Auxiliary charger VFW and on the VFW subsidiary website.

Student registrations must be submitted to auxiliary station VFW 8645 by March 31st. Interested students, parents and teachers should contact Cindy Dates at (845) 332-0734 for more information. To download an app and see the 2021 winners, visit

Scouting for invasive species in Gardiner on December 5

The Gardiner Environmental Conservation Commission will host the screening of an educational film titled Uninvited: the spread of invasive species Sunday December 5th at noon at Gardiner Town Hall, located at 2340 route 44/55 in Gardiner, and also online via Zoom. This hour-long documentary was recently produced by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on its work against invasive species in the state. The documentary will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

To find the Zoom link, visit Log in approximately five minutes before noon.

For more information, contact Michael Hartner at [email protected] or (845) 532-7143.

Holiday Market in Rosendale on December 11

The Circle Creative Collective will feature its fourth Creative Market and a lantern-lit puppet-led procession through the Rosendale Easel on December 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Willow Kiln Park, behind the public parking lot of the Rosendale Theater. Enjoy a day of shopping, community, food (featuring Tilda’s Kitchen, Seasoned Delicious and the various restaurants in Rosendale), hot cider, crafts, live music, the Redwing Blackbird Theater puppets and more. Many local artisans will display original works for sale and offer short craft projects as well as hands-on projects throughout the day.

The day’s program includes:

11 a.m. Opening of the holiday market

12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Community felting party

3:00 p.m. Closing of the holiday market

3:30 p.m. Beginning of lantern production

4:30 p.m. The parade of lighted lanterns and puppets on the Rosendale easel begins, accompanied by puppets from the Redwing Blackbird Theater and the Rosendale Brass Band. At the end of the trip there will be handmade gifts and treats for everyone to enjoy.

For more information visit

New Paltz to host Holiday Hoopla / Winter Carnival parade on December 11

The New Paltz Office for Community Wellbeing and the Ulster Prevention Council will be holding their second annual Hoopla Holiday Parade and Carnival on Saturday, December 11 from noon to 3 p.m. , located at 15, avenue Mohonk, which will be the site of the winter carnival.

The aim of Holiday Hoopla Parade is to bring good humor and lightness, to boost the morale of the community and to let the community know that they are taken care of and not alone. The Winter Carnival will provide food, family entertainment and festivities for everyone.

If you want to be part of the Winter Parade and / or Carnival, visit For more information, send an email [email protected] or call (845) 256-5014.

Winter Craft Workshop at the Gardiner Library

The Gardiner Library is hosting a Winter Craft Workshop on Saturday, December 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy creating a bent star and wet felt lantern using wool wicks for the winter holidays. This project can be used as a gift or as a decoration for windows, tables or trees.

Hot chocolate and homemade cookies will be served. This workshop is for 10+ and / or 10 years old and under accompanied by an adult. Registration is compulsory and places are limited. For registration and information, contact Nicole at [email protected].

The library is located at 133 Farmers’ Turnpike. For more information call (845) 255-1255 or visit

Christmas fair at the Reformed Church of New Paltz

The Reformed Church of New Paltz will hold its Christmas Fair on Friday December 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday December 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Homemade Donuts, Build-a-Pet and more inside the Education Building (across from the church).

The festivities will kick off on Friday December 3 with shopping from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Soup on the Stoop and Carolers at 6 p.m., Twice Blessed will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a Big Blue Big Band concert at 7 p.m. : 30 pm (in the church).

On Saturday December 4th, the party continues with the AIDS Orphan Education Trust (AOET), Autumn Whimsy and Knit and Nibble. Twice Blessed will have extended opening hours (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Santa will stop from noon to 2 p.m. and the Zeus Brewing Company will provide food / drink (to be purchased) from noon to 2 p.m. This duo will perform at 2 p.m. pm in the church.

COVID-19 precautions for volunteers and clients will be taken at all times; this includes during preparation, as well as during the event itself. Social distancing and masks are mandatory at all times.

The church is located at 92 rue Huguenot in New Paltz.

Frozendale at the Rosendale Library

The Rosendale Library will host a Frozendale Holiday celebration on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Friends of the Library have various raffle baskets and there will be handmade quilts and knits that were made in Rosendale. At noon there will be a special story time with holiday stories for the kids.

Here is your chance to shop locally. Handmade items created in Rosendale include knitted hats, mittens, scarves and children’s sweaters. There will also be small gifts and cookies. A handmade queen-size quilt will be on sale, made by the Tillson Quilt Group and donated to the library.

On sale now, tickets for four raffle baskets: a children’s gift basket, a pet gift basket, a family fun gift basket and a “Snuggle up with a voucher” gift basket. delivered “. The winners will be chosen on December 4 at 3 p.m.

All proceeds will help the library deliver engaging programs and improve library facilities. For more information call (845) 658-9013 or email [email protected].

Animal photos with Santa Claus in Marbletown

Animal photos with Santa will be available December 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marbletown Animal Hospital at 3056 Route 213 in Stone Ridge. Profits will be donated to the Saugerties animal shelter.



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