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What to do over Memorial Day weekend

What to do over Memorial Day weekend

Doesn’t it seem as if summer has almost returned to normal? Memorial Day weekend, which is the unofficial start to the season, is full of signature events, some back after two years of hiatus. Know of an event not included here? Email Karen Croke, [email protected] and the list will be updated.

For a list of area Memorial Day parades and remembrances, go to recordonline.com.

Triple Threat Truck Fest, May 27-29

The Orange County Fair Speedway hosts the Triple Threat Truck Fest, three days of family-friendly fun! Enjoy truck pulls, fireworks, concerts, bonfires, food, pig roasts and more. Single-day passes are $25. Kids 12 and under are free with an accompanied adult. For more information and tickets, visit orangecountyfairspeedway.net

Rodeo fans cheer.

Rodeo fans cheer.

Orange County Stampede, May 29

The Stampede returns to Middletown’s Orange County Fairgrounds. Dust off those hats and boots and come on out for return of the Orange County’s biggest outdoor rodeo. Enjoy lawn seating at The Orange County Fairgrounds outdoor concert and rodeo area “The Barn” where you can bring your own chairs and blankets. On-site vendors include food, adult beverage and western wear vendors. At OCFS’s Summer Stage at The Barn Doors open at noon. 111 Carpenter Ave., Middletown. Tickets are $29; $15 for kids. For tickets and more info, go to omeevents.com/stampede-rodeo/

The LightClub Curiosity Shoppe in Sugar Loaf. The hamlet will welcome visitors for the annual Sugar Loaf Spring Festival, May 29.

The LightClub Curiosity Shoppe in Sugar Loaf. The hamlet will welcome visitors for the annual Sugar Loaf Spring Festival, May 29.

Sugar Loaf Spring Festival, May 29

Taking place throughout the artisan hamlet of Sugar Loaf, this annual event features an array of street vendors, food purveyors and entertainers. Local shops will be selling merchandise and the streets will be lined with visiting artists and makers. A mix of cultural and local cuisine will be offered from established eateries in Sugar Loaf and pop-up food and craft beverage vendors. The 2022 festival is co-hosted in conjunction with the Savage Wonder Festival. Savage Wonder brings many nationally recognized acts to Sugar Loaf. Event is rain or shine. For more info go to SugarLoafNewYork.com 

Port Jervis Train Museum, May 28-30

Memorial Day Weekend marks the grand opening of the Port Jervis Transportation History Center. This outdoor rain-or-shine event will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Visitors to the former Erie Railroad turntable facility in Port Jervis, located behind the Save-A-Lot shopping center, can enjoy a collection of artifacts and railroad equipment, vehicle demonstrations and additional events. Tickets are $5 per person ages 12 and up, with children under age 12 attending for free. Admission may be purchased in advance at www.pjthc.org/festival or at the gate on the day of attendance. GPS Address: 78 Pike Street, Port Jervis. For more information, go to pjthc.org.

The Who, May 28

BOSTON - Pete Townshend and The Who perform at TD Garden on Wednesday.

BOSTON – Pete Townshend and The Who perform at TD Garden on Wednesday.

With both Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend delivering their memoirs in recent years,  it’s fitting that the two remaining members of the Who have shared their incredible legacy in literary fashion. Few bands have had a more lasting impact on the rock era and the reverberating pop culture than The Who. The band is at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Tickets are still available for the 7:30 p.m. show. Go to bethelwoodscenter.org/events/the-who

World War 1 Tour, May 30

To commemorate Memorial Day, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present its special themed 90-minute tour of the mansion, “World War I and the End of the Gilded Age.” 1 p.m. $10; $8 for students, seniors; children under 12 are free. Free admission for veterans, active-duty service people, people in the reserves, and their immediate family members: Once reservations have been made online, service members and veterans can present their ID or proof of service when they arrive at the site. Reservations are required: www.bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS. Old Post Road, Staatsburg, parks.ny.gov

New Paltz Woodstock Arts & Crafts Festival, May 28-30

The fair features hundreds of juried artists and craftspeople from all over the country. There’s live entertainment, craft beer and regional wine, a supervised children’s area, apothecary products, craft demonstrations and more. Admission $10; $9 seniors; children 12 and under free. Held at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. For info: quailhollow.com.

Dylanfest, May 28

Willie Nile will be at Warwick Valley Winery to perform as part of DylanFest.

Willie Nile will be at Warwick Valley Winery to perform as part of DylanFest.

Willie Nile will be participating in a couple of celebrations for Bob Dylan’s 81st birthday this year, and one of these is Dylanfest 2022, the Bob Dylan Tribute Music Festival at the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery. Nile will be performing “Blowin’ In The Wind.” Other acts include Tim Odonohue, Elissa Jones Band, Kings of the Physchedelta, The Kennedys. Doors open at noon; show is 3:45 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20 perday/$30 weekend pass. For tickets and info go to wvwinery.com/events/dylan-fest-2022

Field + Supply Spring MRKT, May 27-29

From creating small batch modern heirlooms and vegan reusable bags to African-inspired wares and plant-based aromatics, this carefully curated selection of over 200 independent artisans and designers will bring a thoughtful assortment of handcrafted goods to Hutton Brickyards in Kingston. There will also be live music, local cuisine and beverages, and other special activities, offering a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. A full list of vendors and a link to purchase tickets can be found at fieldandsupply.com

Washingtonville Knights of Columbus Carnival, May 26-30

The fun starts on Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m. and continues Friday, May 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. There are sensory-friendly hours on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Additional hours are Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Monday, 3 p.m. to  9 p.m. Daily wristbands for unlimited rides are only $25. For more information, visit facebook.com/washingtonvillekoc

Zerbini Family Circus, May 27-30

This old fashioned family circus will perform under the big top at Museum Village in Monroe with jugglers, high flyers, clowns, high wire acts and more. Shows at 4 p.m. Friday; 2, 5 p.m. Saturday, 1, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 5 p.m. Monday. For tickets, more info, go to museumvillage.ticketspice.com/zerbini-family-circus

Greenwood Lake Irish Festival, May 28

Shilelagh Law comes to Greenwood Lake for this all-day event featuring multiple Irish bands, food and beer trucks and family-friendly activities. Noon- 9 p.m. Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. This is a ticket events. For more info, including schedule of bands and ticket info, go to facebook.com/events/686310339448440/?


File photo of the Newburgh Illuminated festival

File photo of the Newburgh Illuminated festival

Warwick Food Truck Festival, June 2 & July 7

Now in its sixth year, this community fundraising event features a wide variety of food truck fare, desserts and sweets, locally crafted brews and live music each evening. The festival takes place on First Thursdays, June 2 and July 7, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the soccer field at St. Stephen the First Martyr Church (GPS 100 St. Stephen’s Place). The event’s celebrated food truck lineup includes a broad and varied menu featuring fan favorites like smoked BBQ, burgers and lobster rolls as well as international specialties including Latin American, Mexican and Vietnamese dishes, locally crafted brews and vino, plus gourmet cupcakes, cream puffs, and kettle corn made to order. Specialty pizzas, mac ‘n cheese, sausage and peppers, egg rolls, dumplings and more are an additional sampling of menu items. General admission is $5; free admission for children age 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit Small Things Inc and Warwick Valley Knights of Columbus Council #4952. Free event parking at the St. Stephens Parish Community Center and Warwick Valley Middle School. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Service dogs only. Info at www.warwickfoodtruckfestival.com and follow the event on Facebook and Instagram

2022 Greek Experience, June 2-5

Be Greek for a day at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 2250 Goshen Tpk., Middletown. Greek food and pastries, live music Friday and Saturday, Greek dancers perform Saturday, Yiayia’s attic yard sale. Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12-10 p.m.; Sunday, 12-7 p.m.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Family Fair, June 3

Fair will include craft and activity tables, games, music, food, vendors plus information and resources. This free event is rain or shine, 4-7 p.m.,  309 E. Broadway, Monticello (offices of Action Toward Independence.) Children must be accompanied by an adult, and registration will be required upon entry. Information at 845-794-4228.

Newburgh Illuminated Festival, June 4

The Newburgh Illuminated Festival celebrates the diversity and dynamism of the city of Newburgh with music, art, dance, poetry, food, and more. The free, family-and pet-friendly event will be held on Broadway, near Liberty and Grand streets from noon until 10 p.m. Five outdoor live music and performance stages will be placed along Newburgh’s Broadway and Liberty Street coridors featuring a diverse selection of the area’s top live music acts. Intimate acoustic musical guests shine at local spot The Wherehouse; while live DJs will spin at hotspot Toasted Newburgh. In addition, Broadway will be lined with over 125 of the Hudson Valley’s top food, craft, informational services, local makers and much more. Throughout the day find children’s activities, historical tours highlighting the city’s storied past and an interactive art exhibition on the corner of Liberty Street & Broadway. Round out your day with a classic car show & fashion shows featuring Hudson Valley designers on the Safe Harbor’s Green. For more info, go to newburghilluminatedfestival.com.

Sunset at the Sanctuary, June 9

An intimate evening of celebration at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, 316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets $125 at eventbrite.com. Evening includes a Sanctuary stroll and visit with some of the animals, silent auction, cocktail party with wine and beer and vegan hors d’oeuvre menu from award-winning chef Linda Soper-Kolton. More info at casanctuary.org.

Saugerties Artists Studio Tour, thru June 12

This event is held at Opus 40, which is open now open, with tours Fridays through Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last entry is at 4 p.m.) Admission is $11, $9 for seniors, students and veterans, if purchased in advance at opus40.org/visit. Walk-up tickets are slightly more expensive, if available.

Day of Acceptance, June 12

A family-friendly day with brunch, a parade and live entertainment. This Pride event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and allies starts at 11 a.m. at the Warwick Valley Community Center, 11 Hamilton Ave. Everyone is invited to decorate floats, make processional art for the parade, enjoy a free rainbow bagel brunch and dance to DJ Skyhook. Mental health and support organization booths in attendance. Acting Out Playhouse presents a medley of tunes from “Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” at 12.30 p.m. The parade steps off at 1.30.  Other events: Pride Drag Show, 2.45 p.m. at the Center, Mistress of Ceremonies Eve Starr joined by guest star Evita Loca, all the way from New York City. Audience members are invited to join them on stage and can register for So You Think You Can Drag. More details on the Community Center’s FB event page. All are welcome to march with their own banner. To register a float call the WV Community Center, 845- 986-6422.

Catskills Pride, June 18

Catskills Pride Celebration + Callicoon celebrates the  LGBTQIA+ businesses and marks the 20th anniversary of the hamlet’s “Day to Be Gay,” 1-6 p.m. The event will include unique offerings, specials and events throughout the day. For full details of participating businesses please visit catskillspride.com. 

Karen Croke is the features editor for the  Hudson Valley. Find my stories here. Reach me at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Times Herald-Record: Memorial Day Weekend events in Orange, Sullivan, Ulster counties