Orange County Events Calendar Aug. 19-25
Historical Portraits by Dona McPhillips Couch
Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
An exhibition of rarely-seen works of Dona McPhillips Couch, a distinguished historical painter famous for large-scale group portraits of American heroes. Exhibition ends Aug. 31.
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 94 Broadway
845-569-4997 Karpeles Manuscript Library
Moonlight Walk with Gary Keeton
This is a walk along Haven Road and the Railroad Trail. See moonrise over the ridge and discuss the area’s natural history.
DEC parking lot, U.S. 209 and Haven Road
845-386-4892 Gary Keeton
Jenna Esposito at Festival Square
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Jenna Esposito will perform in the heart of Middletown as part of the city’s summer concert series.
Festival Square, 29-37 West Main Street
845-343-8075 John Degnan
The Vibe at Sweet Summer Sounds on North
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
The Vibe will perform on North Street as part of Middletown’s summer concert series.
Park at 9-15 North Street
845-343-8075 John Degnan
Middle School Book Discussion ‘Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made’
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Read the book and then join the group for snacks and discussion. Books are available in the children’s room of the Port Jervis Free Library. The program is designed for children entering grades 6-8. Registration required. Event takes place in the Story Hour Room on the second floor.
The Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike St
845-856-7313 The Port Jervis Free Library
Pre-Race Run 4 Downtown Pasta Dinner
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Hosted by Shoprite. Proceeds go to Run 4 Downtown and Middletown BID. Wristband required. Wristband free for pre-registered runners and walkers.
King Street Walkway, King Street and Center Street
845-401-9108 Run 4 Downtown
‘Captain Fantastic’ at The Paramount Theatre
A film about a family living in the wilderness, forced to enter the modern world.
The Paramount Theatre, 17 South Street
845-346-4195 The Paramount Theatre
Admission: Adults $8, Children, Seniors, Students, and shows before 5:00 p.m. $6
Art Exhibit: The Wheel of the Year in Word and Image
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
This poetry and photography exhibit by Margaret McCarthy combines the written word with landscape photography.
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange Newburgh, 73 First Street
845-341-4891 Dorothy Szefc
Orange County Mineral Society at Gander Mountain
The speaker will be Alexander Bartholomew, associate professor of geology at SUNY New Paltz. He will be discussing the fossils found in the Catskill region and the MidHudson fossiliferous rocks. Register for membership.
Gander Mountain, 100 North Galleria Drive
845-542-6441 Mike Tedford
Admission: Adult membership $12 per year, Family Membership $15 per year
Bingo at the Middletown Elks Lodge
The Lodge is hosting Bingo night. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Middletown Elks Lodge 1097, 48 Prospect Street
845-343-1097 Middletown Elks Lodge
Introduction to Digital Photography 2
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The second in a series of two workshops on photography. Participants must be well-acquainted with their cameras prior to attending the workshop (i.e. must have read the owner’s manual at least once, and can find the most common camera controls and settings). The workshop will not attempt to cover the details of any particular camera’s operation although camera specific questions can be addressed during the breaks or post session.
Story Hour Room, Newburgh Free Library
Dance and Performance Class for Special Needs Children
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Special needs children will get to attend class at a dance center that offers ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and ballroom dance.
The Hudson Valley Dance Center of Warwick, 63 Wheeler Avenue
845-728-5488 The Hudson Valley Dance Center of Warwick
Historic Chester Downtown Carnival
12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Vendors, music, aerialists, a drum circle, and dancing. A donation will be given to the Chester Historical Society. Food will be provided by the Rustic Wheelhouse, Clayton Delaney’s Pig Roast, and there will be ice cream down the street at the American House. Photo opportunity with 5-ton Military Troop Carrier with Amo Trailer.
Chester Village Hall, 47 Main Street
845-469-2871 Chester Historical Society
35th Annual Chicken Barbecue
1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Menu includes BBQ 1/2 chicken, homemade potato salad, corn on the cob, homemade desserts, ice tea, lemonade, coffee, and tea. Tickets available at church office from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 142 Stage Road
845-783-1632 First Presbyterian Church
Admission: Adults $15, Children 12 and under $6
‘Honk! Jr’. at Sugar Loaf
11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
“Honk! Jr.” is an all-ages production about being different. Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International from New York City.
SLPAC Pavilion Theatre, 1351 Kings Highway
845-610-5900 Sugar Loaf Box Office
Admission: Adults $13, Children and Seniors $8 (plus a $2 facility fee)
11th Annual Run 4 Downtown
A four mile walk and a four mile run will take place in downtown Middletown followed by post-run/walk events. Taste of the Town, a sampling of food and beverages from local breweries, wineries, and restaurants will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The YMCA will hold a “funzone” for kids on King Street and in Jerry’s Park on North Street. The event is sponsored by the Orange Regional Medical Center. Proceeds benefit Middletown’s Business Improvement District. Registration required to compete.
17 North Street
845-401-9108 Dave Madden
Admission: Participation in run/walk: $27.
Free to watch.
Tour of Historic Jacob T. Walden House
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Walden House architecture comes from the Dutch colonial tradition, and was built around 1768. The house is made from limestone blocks sourced locally.
The Jacob T. Walden House, 34 North Montgomery Street
845-778-7772 The Jacob T. Walden House
West Point Concert Band’s ‘Cinema Magic’
The West Point Concert Band will play movie soundtracks. The soundtracks are from a variety of movie genres.
Trophy Point Amphitheater, 119 Washington Road
845-938-2617 USMA West Point
Historic Cemetery Clean Up
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Gumaer Cemetery is located in a mildly remote rustic setting. Organizers sugggest particiapnts wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Tools are limited onsite so organizers ask participants to bring hand tools, lawn rakes, mid-sized plastic drop-cloths, tree pruners, work gloves, tick/bug spray, cameras, and a light lunch.
The Nature Conservancy’s Neversink Preserve, 504 US-209
845-856-2375 Nancy Conod
1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
Beekeeper Colin Coyne leads tours, educating participants about honeybees and their dependence on the sun for communication and survival. Meet at the apiary at the far edge of Storm King’s property.
Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Road
845-534-3115 Storm King Art Center
Admission: Adults $15, Senior Citizens (65+ with valid ID) $12, Children ages 5-18 and students with valid ID $8, Children 4 and under and members are free
New York Renaissance Faire
August 20-Oct. 2
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
The New York Renaissance Faire will have rides, entertainment, food, artisans, and more. Open on weekends and Labor Day Monday.
New York Renaissance Faire, 600 Route 17A
845-351-5171 New York Renaissance Faire
Admission: Adults $25, Seniors (age 62+) and Military (w/valid ID) $20, Children (ages 5-12) $12, Children 4 and younger are free
Grateful Dead Tribute Festival
12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Dead on the Tracks, Longchamp and Manzo, Gratefully Yours, Wig Jam, Acoustic Nailed Shutt, Uncle Shoehorn, Stella Blues Band, and Jam Stampede will all perform in tribute to legendary band Grateful Dead. Concert happens rain or shine. No coolers.
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, 114 Little York Road
845-258-4858 Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
Admission: Adults $12 in advance, $15 at the door, Children under 5 free
Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
August 20, 21, 25
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Board the River Rose, a Mississippi paddle wheeler, and sail off from Newburgh and to see historic sites along the Hudson River. Some of the sites include Bannerman’s Island, the Catskill Water Aqueduct, the Village of Cold Spring, and West Point’s northern tip.
River Rose Cruises, 70 Front Street
866-240-7665 River Rose Cruises
Admission: Adults $22, Seniors $20, Children $15, Children under 4 are Free
Tour de Goshen Charity Bicycle Ride
This year’s Tour de Goshen features a choice of four bike rides of varying levels of difficulty. The 62-mile ride departs at 8:00 a.m., the 45-mile ride departs at 9:00 a.m., the 25-mile ride departs at 10:00 a.m., and the 11-mile ride departs at 10:30 a.m. All riders must wear a helmet, and any rider under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian’s signature.
Joint Recreational Park, 118 Craigville Road
845-294-7242 Joe Fix Its
Admission: Rider Entry Fee Adults $40, Children Ages 10-20 $20, Children under age 10 $10
Talk: Newburgh Shipyards
Glenn T. Marshall, Town of New Windsor Historian, will talk about the history of the Newburgh Shipyards. The presentation will focus on the construction of the yards, some of the people, the local involvement, the ships and their fates, following the yard from its origin in 1917 through its rise and decline to the present.
Newburgh Heritage Center, 123 Grand Street
845-561-2585 Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and The Highlands
Admission: $5, Members Free