Orange County Events Calendar July 20-31

Orange County Events Calendar July 20-31
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Orange County Fair

July 20-31

Weekdays 4:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Weekends 1:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

One of the oldest county fairs in New York State is back again for 12 days at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Middletown. There will be carnival rides and games, vendors, demos, exhibits, and live concerts, plus Demolition Derby and other events at the adjacent Speedway.

Orange County Fairgrounds, 239 Wisner Avenue


Orange County Fair 845-343-4826

Admission: See website ticket prices

Theater: 'The Sunshine Boys'

July 21, 22, 23, 24

Sunday performances at 3:00 p.m., all others at 8:00 p.m.

The Playhouse at Museum Village is presenting Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" directed by Michael Frohnhoefer. Al and Willie as "Lewis and Clark" were top-billed vaudevillians

for over forty years. Now they aren't even speaking. When CBS requests them for a "History of Comedy" retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries, and laughs. Tickets include dessert at intermission. Group rates are available. Reservations are suggested.

The Playhouse at Museum Village, 1010 Route 17M


Bruce Roman 845-294-9465

Admission: $22

Parenting A Second Time Around (PASTA)

July 21, 26 & 28

5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Parenting A Second Time Around (PASTA) is presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County and is a seven session series addressing issues kinship caregivers encounter. Pre-registration is required.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County, 18 Seward Ave., 3rd Floor

Brenda 845-344-1234

Admission: Free

Middletown Music Series: Soul City

July 22

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Free concerts every Friday through August 26.

Festival Square, 31 West Main Street



Admission: Free

Play: Loves Labours Lost

July 23-24

2:00 p.m.

Cornerstone Theatre Arts is performing Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" in Salesian Park. Bring seating. The play will go on rain or shine.

Salesian Park


Cornerstone Theatre 845-294-4188 Admission: Free

Learn to Play the Harmonica

July 23

12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

This is a step-by-step program for beginners with harmonicist Patti Gessner. No musical talent or experience is required. The harmonica, also called harp, French harp, blues harp, and mouth organ, is a free reed wind instrument used primarily in Blues, American Folk, Jazz, Country, and Rock-n-Roll. Participants can bring their own harmonica (key of C) or pay an extra $5 to purchase one at the class. Must pre-register by calling, emailing, or registering at the library in person.

The hub, Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike Street

Port Jervis

Port Jervis Free Library 845-856-7313

Admission: Without harmonica $10, With harmonica $5

Joseph Brant Bus Tour

July 23

8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

The tour will follow the July 20, 1779 route taken by Joseph Brant and his Tory Raiders as they burned and looted the valley. Some of the events to be related by re-enactors are: Major Decker and Willahousa Cave, Jeremiah Van Auken and the Painted Aprons at Black Rock School, Fort Van Auken's successful stand, The slave who saved James Swartwout's life, and Cooking at Fort Decker. Reservations are required. Forms are available on the website, at Town Hall, or the Deerpark Museum. A box lunch will be available at the end of the tour for $3. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sparrowbush Engine Co., 79 Main Street


Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children under $12

Presentation: Life Among the Lenape

July 23

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Learn what life was like for the Lenape, the area's native inhabitants. See real artifacts found in the area and watch New York Native American expert Barry Keegan demonstrate traditional fire making, flint knapping, and other Lenape skills.

Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, 690 Route 9W

Fort Montgomery


Talk: Loyalists of Newburgh

July 23

1:00 p.m.

Not all colonists were revolutionaries, some remained loyal to the British Crown. Kieran O'Keefe will discuss the Loyalists of Newburgh during the American Revolution. This talk looks at the origins and composition of the Loyalist community, considers their war experiences including the persecution they faced from Newburgh rebels, and finally examines the Loyalists post-war exile in Canada.

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site, 84 Liberty Street


Admission: Adults $4, Seniors (62+) and students $3, Children under 12 are free

Speakeasy at Orchard Hill Cider Mill

July 23

5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Singer Ellen Kaye will be giving her speakeasy performance at Orchard Hill Cider Mill, a local distillery and restaurant. Ethan Fein will be accompanying her on multiple instruments.

Orchard Hill Cider Mill, 29 Soons Circle

New Hampton

845-374-2468 Admission: Free

National Day of the American Cowboy

July 23

10:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.

The New York State Horse Council will have
a horse obstacle course competition and opening ceremony honoring the armed forces. This is a kid-friendly event.

Orange County Farmers Museum, 850 State Rte 17K

Orange County Farmers Museum 845-457- 2959

Admission: Free

YMCA Mini Kids Choir Concert

July 25

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Throughout the year, the Kids Choir performs at both the YMCA's Highland Avenue and Liberty Street locations.

The Center, 6 Liberty Street


Maximilian Mezetin 347-869-5316

Tuesday Tunes in the Park

July 26

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Tara Minstrels will be playing traditional Irish music. Tuesday Tunes has Country, Rock &
Roll, Acoustic Folk Rock, Traditional Irish Music, Polka, Jazz, Party Rock, Karaoke and more. Ends August 16.

Vocci Pavilion, Airport Park, 701 Avenue Q

Matamoras, PA

570-491-2771 Admission: Free

Mount Hope/Otisville Summer Concert Series

July 26

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

The Manaklin Brothers play old and new country, '50s and '60s music, and Rock and Roll.

Mount Hope Park pavilion, 340 Finchville Turnpike

Mount Hope

Mount Hope Town Hall 845-386-1460

Admission: Free

Container Gardening Workshop

July 27

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

There are a few tricks of the trade to making stunning containers of flowering plants. Knowing the mature size, light, and moisture requirements and having an understanding of basic design go a long way to success. The presenter will be a Master Gardener from the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Library Reading Room, Goshen Public Library, 203 Main Street


Goshen Summer Concert Series 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The Hub 845-856-7313

Whitney Road will be performing at this week's Admission: Free Goshen Summer Concert Series.

Village Green, Main Street and South Church Street


Kyle Roddey 845-551-0699 Admission: Free

Middletown Music Series: Cocomama

June 28

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Free concerts every Thursday evening through Aug. 25.

The park adjacent to Something Sweet, 17 North Street


Admission: Free

Riverside Concert Series in Port Jervis

July 28

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Rich Wilson will be performing at this week's concert.

Riverside Park, 4th Street

Port Jervis

Port Jervis Recreation 845-858-4000 ext. 6

Admission: Free

Port Jervis Library

Backyard Series: Everything Lavender

July 28

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Lavender is becoming increasingly grown for the production of its essential oil, which comes from the distillation of the flower spikes of certain species of the plant. Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti- inflammatory properties, which can be used to help heal minor burns and bug bites,

and some research has revealed that the essential oil of lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Linda Werner of Orange County Cooperative Extension will share the broad range of uses of the lavender in gardening. Program requires pre-registration. The schedule is subject to change. Patrons who have pre-registered will be notified.

Port Jervis Library, Community Room, 138 Pike Street

Port Jervis

The Hub 845-856-7313

Historic Tavern Trail of the Hudson Valley: Painter's Restaurant

July 29

5:30 p.m.

Tavern Trail happy hour and dinner events feature local food, a specialty Tavern Trail cocktail, and discussions of local history. Orange County Historian Johanna Yaun, the tavern/restaurant owner, and an invited local expert will follow happy hour with a brief presentation on a local history topic. Painter's Restaurant, built in 1870 as the Elm Park Hotel and later known as the Cornwall Inn, has a long history as a Cornwall resort hotel and

is still a functioning inn with seven rooms, a restaurant, art gallery, and Art Deco-style wood bar. Guests wishing to stay for optional dinner at 7:00 p.m. must RSVP directly with Painter's Restaurant.

Painter's Restaurant, 266 Hudson Street


Painter's Restaurant 845-534-2109

Middletown Music Series: Tone Benders

July 29

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Free concerts every Friday through Aug. 26.

Festival Square, 31 West Main Street



Admission: Free

Helicopters and Horsepower Show

July 31

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

There will be a car show put on by the Saturday Night Cruisers Car Club, helicopter rides by Independent Helicopters, and live music by the Armonia Band. Admission includes a raffle ticket for a helicopter ride or a flat screen TV. Call for tickets. All proceeds go to disabled American veterans. Rain date is Aug. 7.

Stewart International Airport, Second Aviation Hangar
New Windsor paintball-is-back


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