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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bill Brooks brings “Valley of the Giants” to Rosendale

The Valley of the Giants, a kitschy tourist gimmick envisioned for the Rondout Valley, has found a champion for Rosendale in longtime local barber Bill Brooks. Proprietor of the hair salon on Main Street, Brooks has been a fixture in town for over 40 years. Brooks was inspired by the work of Maria Reidelbach, who […]

Rosendale’s festival volunteers leave Main Street spic & span

Last weekend, throngs of thousands swarmed the streets and back alleys of downtown Rosendale, for the annual summer street festival. The two-day festival was marked by sweltering heat, causing lower turnout. On Sunday, temperatures began to break,drawing out more celebrants Main Street. But long after the people have left town, a cadre of dedicated volunteers […]

Rosendale town board meeting July 13th, 2011

The Rosendale town board and planning board will be submitting comments regarding the Williams Lake Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The matter revolves around a large hotel off Binnewater Road, which developers propose to demolish and rebuild. A public hearing was held on June 6th at SUNY […]

Rosendale Street Festival, July 23-24, 2011

It’s been thirty-three years since Rosendale held its first festival in 1978. While the event hasn’t happened consistently every year, it’s lately been becoming an annual summer mainstay. This week, tens of thousands will throng Main Street in Rosendale to celebrate two days of free music and festivities. Vendors will line the avenue, while 74 […]

Sport, Dance, Martial Art — all in one musical activity from Brazil to Rosendale

Kingston resident Gustavo Caldas brings sounds, rhythms and movement from his native Brazil to Rosendale, with a unique art form growing in worldwide popularity. “What I do in Rosendale is Capoeira, which is a Brazilian marital art,” Caldas said. “Some people describe it as a mix of dance and martial art.” Elements include a combination […]

Rosendale Rocks the River, once again.

A decent crowd showed up in late June for Rosendale Rocks the River — the 4th annual summer gig on Ron Parente’s creekside property. Nine bands performed on June 25th, including the Sweet Clementines, Peter Morrison Band, and Pitchfork Militia. Tucked away behind the town building department, the hidden site is accessed via Parente’s setback […]

Rosendale Trestle wins matching funds grant

“Track the Trestle,” a grassroots effort by Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) & Open Space Institute (OSI) to refurbish Rosendale’s landmark Rondout Creek crossing, finished its first round of fundraising on June 30th. Roughly $50K was collected — half from matching funds. “The $25K is being matched by an anonymous donor, and this is one […]