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Orange and Ulster Farms are closing at a faster rate than the rest of the state.

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Ralph M. To survive, some farmers diversify their products or consumer markets, which reduces risk and. This is a change from decades ago, when monocropping was the best way to turn a large profit. Ullrich said there are many factors that. Different plots of land and farming methods produce different levels of production.

Coldenham Farm, circa Dairy farming began its decline at the end of the Great Depression. Aiello Collection. The milk is bottled in glass Bell jar bottles that customers return to be reused. The store is always open; customers simply write their name down on a clipboard and leave cash on the table. She also just wants to find better ways to farm. For the present, the Fullams will continue to work the land as generations of Hudson Valley farmers have before, facing new challenges with old techniques.

Hours: 9 a. Contact Sal Aiello at salaiello93 gmail. Monday - Saturday, Noon. Storybook Farm Art School. Monday - Saturday, 12 a. Pleinair workshops, Sundays: May - Oct. Country Quilters Guild. Meets every Monday all day at the Walker Vlley Schoolhouse and the second Wednesday of each month from p. Contact Carol Kilian at Crawford Arts Association.

Contact Sal Aiello. Pine Bush Area Arts Council. Meets every month during winter and monthly starting in April. Contact: Doris Callan: dcallan rcls. Ballet and jazz, and piano classes. Info: Smalling School of the Arts. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, kinderdance combo.. Hudson Valley Conservatory of the Arts. Walden Mall, 35 E. Main St.

Music, voice, dancing and acting lessons. Info: djdancer gmail. Take the Leap Dance Studio. Ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, tap, jazz, hip hop. Montgomery Chamber Music and Theatre Series. New York School of Music. Fullservice music school with all the tools needed to learn, play and create music Pine Bush Community Band. Organized in No auditions are required and membership is free..

Walker Valley Marching Band. Mondays, — p. Ages 10 and up. Post Offices Bloomingburg: Zip: Bullville: Circleville: Gardiner: Maybrook: Middletown: Modena: Montgomery: Newburgh: Newburgh city , Town of Newburgh. Pine Bush: Plattekill: Thompson Ridge: Walden: Walker Valley: Wallkill: Becky clieberman sbmerchantservices. Carin J. Lieberman Al-Anon or Al-Ateen. For spouses, children of alcoholics. Strictly confidential.

All calls confidential. Service of N. Help Line and Rape Crisis. Staffed by trained, listening volunteers 24 hours a day. Call the Help Line. NYS Insurance Dept. Consumer Services Hotline. Senate Bill Status Hotline. To learn status of any bill before the State Senate. Overeaters Victorious. Christian organization for overeaters who cannot control their compulsion. Pregnancy Counseling, Help. Birthright of Orange County.

New Promise Crisis Pregnancy Center. Substance Abuse Problems. Join the Conversation! We are here to Help! Contact the Town of Shawangunk Democrats. History: Crawford was first settled by the Thomas Bull family who, appropriately enough, founded the hamlet of Bullville circa The hamlet of Pine Bush first came into being circa when Robert Milliken settled there.

The Searsville area was first settled by Johannes Snider circa But Crawford was not to become an official township until Mar. There has been a recent resurgence in the hamlet with work proceeding to upgrade and restore the Main Street area. Most of the growth in the outlying areas has been residential, with horse farms a growing land use in recent years. The town now includes nearly 50 square miles and a population of about 7, Supervisor: Charles Carnes. Planning Board Chairman: Linda Zwart. Planning board meetings: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.

ZBA meetings: 1st Wednesday of the month at p. Police Chief: Dominick Blasko, Building Inspector: John Calaca, Bullville Fire Chief: William Bacon, Highway Superintendent: Larry Marshall.

Assessor: Eileen Reichle, Tax Collector: Connie Latimer, Community Services Director: Domanie Ragni, In the later half of the 19th century, Irish families came to settle in Gardiner. Ireland Corners was settled in by Daniel Deyo. Two Irishmen, John and Charles Geirigan, settled there in the s and built a small corner store. The Ireland Corners Hotel was built in the late s. In addition to the grist mill, the Wallkill River also provided water power for wood and woolen mills.

The first apple orchards began in operation around Today, the orchards remain a vital part of the Gardiner community. Supervisor: Marybeth Majestic. Walls and Warren. Town Board Meetings: 1st, 2nd Tuesdays of the month at 7 p. Highway Superintendent: Brian Stiscia, Schenkman, History: During its earliest settling in the 17th century, it was known as the Precinct of Shawangunk and was originally part of Ulster County. In it became known as the Precinct of Wallkill and in the Precinct of Hanover.

It received its current name in in honor of the well-known patriot and soldier, General Richard Montgomery. Montgomery was a Brigadier General in the revolutionary army and died at the storming of Quebec in The later is celebrated as one of the few rivers to flow north in the Eastern United States. These waterways were ideal sites for Indian settlements, and remnants of there inhabitance are still found today.

In the early 18th century, a man by the name of Cadwallader Colden settled in the area. In he became lieutenant governor of New York. He was one of the most learned men of the colonies and was a frequent correspondent of Benjamin Franklin. Colden, also a physician, contributed substantially to a variety of intellectual and scientific fields. He studied botany, physics and philosophy and was published several times on his findings. The area he settled in was called Coldengham, which is the present Coldenham, located off of 17K.

Supervisor: Rodney Winchell, Town Council: Daniel Dempsey, Jr. Town Board Meetings: Regular meeting: first Thursdays at 7 p. Town Clerk: Tara Stickles, Assessor: Dennis Ketcham, Building Inspector: Walter Schmidt, Historian: John Pennings. History: The Village of Maybrook was incorporated in A village, literally built by the railroad, the roots of Maybrook actually date back to , when land was deeded for a highway to be extended from the Town of Shawangunk to Goshen, passing in front of the Goodwill Church.

For many years, the road which is now Route was called the Walden. Government Road, but in , the portion passing through the village was renamed Homestead Avenue in honor of the early owners of homesteads along this road. In the early s, this valley was first considered ideal for a railroad line and, in , the first surveys were made for a rail line through the Wallkill Valley, from Hamptonburgh to Montgomery, to connect existing Erie and Lehigh and Hudson Lines. In , plans were unveiled for the construction of the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, enabling goods from all western portions of the country to be delivered to New England and, in return, expedite the flow of industrial products from the New England states to the western portion of the country.

The steel rails were laid in April of through the settlement of Orange Junction. The name was later changed to Maybrook Junction and, eventually, to Maybrook. In , the Orange County Railroad began to enlarge the existing railroad yards, buying farmland on the east side of the tracks. The enlargement made Maybrook one of the largest freight terminals in the east. In , the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad was consolidated with the Penn Central, signaling the beginning of the end of Maybrook as an active railroad town.

Lines were diverted and the business began to decline, grinding to a full stop in , when a fire destroyed the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge. Mayor: Dennis Leahy, Village Clerk and Treasurer: Valentina Johnson, , ext vjohnson villageofmaybrook. Schimpf Building Inspector: Tim Ippolito, Planning Board Chairman: John Wilson. Planning Board meetings:2nd Thursday of each month at 7 p. Director of Public Works: Matt Thorp, History: When James Ward bought a mill on the east side of the Wallkill River in , he built the first bridge across the river and opened up the land for development that would one day become the Village of Montgomery.

Before even that date, however, they had journeyed to this area to help found the Brick Reformed Church. In , the precinct was divided and that portion containing the village became the Precinct of Hanover.

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After the Revolutionary War, Hanover became the Township of Montgomery, named in honor of the general who fell at the Battle of Quebec. There followed the boom years of the. Other rail lines followed, and the village boomed again. Mayor: L. Stephen Brescia. Village Board Meetings: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at p. Village Clerk: Monse Rivera-Fernandez, Village Justice: Andrew Roepe. Planning Board Chairman: Kevin Conero. Planning Board Meetings: 4th Wednesday of each month at p. Police Chief: Steven Walsh, Fire Chief: Robert Pressler, Historian: Marion Wild.

History: The first settlements of the lands surrounding the high falls of the Wallkill occurred in the middle of the 18th century, decades before a wealthy merchant named Jacob Walden found it to his liking. In the mids, the land was part of the Wallkill Precinct and was the home of a grist mill believed to have been built by James Kidd and his family in a place they called Kiddtown.

In , a New York City businessman, who had made his fortune as a mercantile trader, visited the area. Jacob Walden and his wife were so impressed, they decided to settle here and bought many of the farmlands along the river, including the old grist mill. The family resided in a stone house at what is now the corner of Wait and North Montgomery Streets and the property of the Historical Society of Walden and the Wallkill Valley.

The stone house remained in the Walden family until , when it was sold to Edward Wait. Walden set out to encourage manufacturers to locate in the area. Capron, was erected at the site of the original grist mill. The company manufactured cotton and woolen goods and by had become the largest manufacturer of flannel in the U. In , E. Bridges was commissioned by Walden to plot and map all of his lands and the adjoining area.

It was the first map of what was to become, in , the Village of Walden. Through the years, Walden gained a reputation for its knife manufacturing industries, with the Alden and the New York Knife Works becoming the major industries of the area around the turn-of-the-century. After the first World War, the knife industry declined and disappeared from the village altogether when Schrade Cutlery moved to Ellenville. Mayor: Susan Rumbold. Building Inspector: Dean Stickles, Planning Board Chairman: Stan Plato. History: According to local historian Marc B. From an ancient map, a copy of which is displayed in Shawangunk Town Hall, it is apparent that Gertrude a widow and her three young children.

The Precinct of Shawangunk was created in the early s, with Shawangunk officially becoming a township on Mar. With an area of about 57 square miles and a population of about 12,, Shawangunk has seen the hamlet of Wallkill become the business center of the town. Just outside of the hamlet, the Wallkill and Shawangunk Correctional Facilities are big employers there. Supervisor: John Valk Jr. Town Board: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p. Town Clerk: Jane Rascoe, Building Inspector: George Sawyer, Assessor: Curt Schoeberl, Highway Superintendent:Joe LoCicero, Planning Board Chair: Mark Watkins, Recreation Director: Gillian Batchasingh.

History: William and Thomas Bull were the first settlers of the town, having settled along the Wallkill River in about A, Middletown , Supervisor: Edward A. Town Board: 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at p. Town Clerk: Louisa Ingrassia, Assessor: Lisa Chutka, Planning Board Chairman: Gary Lake, Planning Board Meetings: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, p. Commissioner of Public Works: Louis J. Ingrassia, Jr. Water and Sewer Department: Timothy Grogan, Police Chief: Robert Hertman, Highway Superintendent: Michael Aumick, Historian: Dorothy Hunt-Ingrassia, Parks Director: Jay McClintock, Libraries Gardiner Gardiner Library.

Director Nicole Lane. Hours: Mon closed, Tues. Maybrook George C. Bullis Memorial Community Center. Hours: Mon. Closed Sundays. Montgomery Montgomery Free Library. Director: Betsy Comizio. Hours: 10 a.

Wallkill Wallkill Public Library. Box C, Wallkill. Hours: Mondays and Fridays 10 a. Programming for children, teens and adults. Director: Doris Callen. Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a. Closed Sunday. Director: Ginny Neidermier. They grow so fast! Give your child a feeling of selfconfidence, self-worth and grace. Stimulate their physical and mental awareness. Hello, neighbor! Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. Summer Camp at Olley Park, Walden.

Ages Valley Central High School. Year round. Bradley Park, Walden. Cross-Country Skiing. Daylight trails on roads and acre lake. Snow Tubing. Verkeederkill Park, Route 52, Walker Valley. Are wheelchair-accessible rooms available onboard? What about other special needs? We seek, to the fullest extent feasible, to accommodate guests with special needs. Holland America offers a limited number of staterooms designed to be wheelchair and scooter accessible.

Most public areas of the ship are wheelchair accessible; some areas such as the topmost outdoor observation area are not. You can explore the deck plan Veendam Deck Plan to see where the wheelchair-accessible rooms are located. Please contact EMI directly at to discuss any special needs you may have. Is travel insurance necessary? We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. You will be booking this cruise many months before we sail; circumstances can easily change. Insurance is your only recourse for reimbursement in the event of change, delay, or crisis. What is included in the payment and what will cost extra?

While on board, you can spend a minimal amount or incur significant charges by the end of the cruise. You will certainly be able to have an enjoyable time no matter how little or how much you spend. Alcoholic beverages, soda, spa services, the casino, and other onboard services are not included in your fare. We do not include airfare, ground transportation, shore excursions, or other off-ship expenses in our fares.

Can I get a discount on my cruise? This cruise is private and chartered. EMI will confirm your reservation with you electronically and provide an EMI confirmation number they will use to track your reservation. Closer to the cruise, EMI will provide your Holland America booking number and cabin number , which you will use to prepare for your trip to Book Shore Excursions. How do I check in? All passengers are required to check in using this system in advance of the cruise.

You will need your HAL booking number to do this. You will be prompted to accept Holland America Terms and Conditions online. Once this is clicked, the contract is accepted. All documents necessary for your cruise will be provided online through Express Docs, including your cruise contract and your boarding pass. You will need to print out the boarding pass portion of these documents for each person in your party and have the boarding passes available at check-in. It is essential that you review all documents thoroughly and that you bring everything with you.

This process is similar to checking in for an airline flight, just more extensive. It is required. May I cancel my reservation? You may cancel, but we have a strict refund policy. On or after November 20, , your full cruise fare will be collected and is not refundable.

How do I pay for extras while on board? These accounts must be settled before disembarking. If you have not done so already online, you will need to register your credit or debit card in order to use your onboard account for shipboard purchases. On the day of sailing, your card will be pre-authorized for U. Your account will then be activated, and you may make purchases by simply showing your guest identification card and signing a receipt. At the end of your cruise, you will receive a final statement, and your card will be charged only for the actual amount of your purchases.

Please inform your credit or debit card issuer in advance that your card will be used on a Holland America Line ship. This will help prevent delays in obtaining pre-authorization on board. Some banks may keep the pre-authorization in place for up to 30 days. If you do not want to use a credit or debit card, the ship will collect a cash deposit from you at time of boarding in the same pre-authorization amount. Any excess deposit will be refunded to you at the end of the cruise. Personal checks are not accepted on board. What about tipping? To whom and how much? A prepaid gratuity is included in your cruise fare.

In addition, an automatic 15 percent gratuity is added to all bar and beverage service. Any tipping above this is entirely up to you. It is common, but not required, to tip for personal service in your cabin. Spa services include a 15 percent automatic gratuity. For more info regarding these charges see Gratuities and Service charges.

In terminals, airports, ports of call, on-shore excursions, and at hotels, we suggest that you extend gratuities consistent with customary practices. Are guests from outside the U. International guests will be able to book their cabins online. All credit card charges will take place in USD and be converted to your local currency the day of the transaction. Regardless of who books your air travel, you must send EMI a copy of your flight itinerary. If you book your own travel, you must still provide EMI with your flight itinerary. This is a legal requirement: you will be denied boarding if you do not provide your travel itinerary in advance.

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You must provide a cell or other phone number that can be used to communicate with you in the event of travel delays. We recommend that you purchase airline tickets early. We hope you can find a good deal for travel to Fort Lauderdale. Boarding will begin in Fort Lauderdale at approximately a. You must be on board no later than p. We sail at p. Fort Lauderdale is a major cruise port and there are many options for same-day travel from the airport to the cruise terminal.

The two are quite close to each other. Please be sure to allow ample time for travel complications, understanding that you should arrive to the cruise terminal no later than p. For those that choose to fly into Miami International Airport, driving time between the Miami airport and the port is approximately 40 minutes. Leave ample time to transfer as you would in any major city.

Upon our return to Fort Lauderdale, disembarkation may begin as early as a. Passengers should easily be able to depart from Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, if you wish. We suggest a departure time no earlier than p. What if my luggage gets lost by the airline? In the event your bags are delayed, Holland America will make every effort to work with local operators to help your bags catch up with the ship. Guests will need to submit a claim at the airport before joining the vessel, once onboard the Veendam, guests must submit their claim along with any other details to the Guest Service desk.

Please note that some major discount air carriers require that lost or delayed luggage be signed for personally by the owner at the airport. Please check their policies carefully before booking your air travel. Where can I stay in Fort Lauderdale? EMI has blocked out rooms in a nearby hotel, before and after the cruise. Fort Lauderdale hotel rooms are not included in your cruise fare. EMI will not book a hotel room for you unless you ask them to do so. What are the arrangements for travel from airport to ship? These transfers will include luggage handling.

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EMI will not book any of these options for you unless you request them. Costs for these transfers are in addition to your cruise fare. Here are the basic options:. How about getting to Fort Lauderdale on my own? This may be a good option for many of our passengers. There are parking facilities available at or near the terminal, including a garage adjacent to the terminal.

How do I get my luggage onto the ship? They do it for you! Once at the port terminal, you will leave your bags at the designated drop bag area for transfer to the ship—much the way you would check bags for a plane flight.

There is no cost for this service. Your bags will be delivered directly to your cabin. A similar procedure will happen in reverse when we return to Fort Lauderdale. When you first get on and last get off the boat, there will be a lengthy period of time when you will not have access to your baggage or to your cabin. Please be prepared with a small carry-on bag to hold the items you need, including all of your travel documents, medications, and any valuables you may have with you. Whenever your bags are being transferred for you, please be sure to respect deadlines for having your bag ready, properly tag your bags, and reclaim them promptly.

In particular, remember that just as at an airport, you will always need to claim your luggage in the cruise terminal. It will not automatically be transferred to your hotel. Is there security screening? Before embarking the ship, your luggage will be screened before being loaded onto the vessel. If electrical devices or illegal substances are detected, you will be called to security to verify your items. Will I need a passport? All passengers 16 years of age and over need passports. There are exceptions for infants and minors under the age of Passports must be good for six months beyond the duration of the cruise.

These regulations are strictly enforced. May visitors come onboard? Holland America does allow for guests to have onboard visitors. If guests are interested in having a guest on board, they can visit the front office to find out the terms and conditions. What about after the cruise, in Fort Lauderdale? We arrive early in Fort Lauderdale, allowing a great opportunity to explore all the area offers. EMI will offer you the option of booking a transfer directly to the airport if you are flying immediately following the cruise. You will require a minimum of two 2 hours to transfer off and get from the ship to the airport, plus time to navigate the airport itself.

We suggest booking flights out of Fort Lauderdale that leave after p. Yes, all passengers must carry a passport that expires a minimum of six 6 months following the cruise. For this domestic origination cruise, infants and minors under the age of 16 may prove citizenship with a government-issued birth certificate, and copies are acceptable. Do I need shots? We are not aware of any special vaccinations or immunizations required for the areas to which we are traveling but please refer to Immunization Recommendations for additional information. Please refer to Travel Advisories for current details regarding all advisories.

What languages will be spoken at our ports of call? English is the official language in Ocho Rios and George Town. In Mexico, the official language is Spanish, though many citizens speak English. ATM machines will be available to draw funds, but with arrival in Jamaica on a Sunday, banks will be closed.

Credit cards are widely accepted. Your best bet is to use Mexican Pesos instead of other currencies to pay for your shopping, dining out, and other purchases as local business exchange rates are usually not good. What will we do on board? Boredom is not an issue. Never has been, never will be. We will schedule a full slate of musical performances. There will be sing-alongs and storytelling and gatherings with Garrison. The APHC events are in addition to all of the activities you would expect on a cruise ship: dining, swimming, spa services, eating, relaxing, sports, gambling, shopping, eating, entertainment, other special events, and more eating.

When do we attend the evening performances? Our main attraction on board is the evening performance in the main showroom. These can be similar to APHC broadcast shows, or they can be music concerts, or even shows featuring the various talents of your fellow passengers. Regardless, everyone wants to come see them. The problem comes when people try to see both shows.

This can deny your fellow passengers the opportunity to see the show, so we use a plan that we hope you think is fair. You will receive a color-coded Holland America ID card. This will identify which show you may attend each night. We are going to check this identification for each main evening show, just as we would take tickets for a regular performance. We will clear the auditorium after each show, and we will not allow people to reserve seats in advance. Will you publish a schedule of activities? We are always adding new things to do, right up to the day of departure. When you arrive on the ship, we will have for you a schedule of activities for the entire cruise.

Once aboard, we adjust the schedule daily. The Prairie Home Company will be guests of Holland America just like you, living in cabins right down the hall or maybe next door. Should I bring a musical instrument? Will any of the shows be broadcast? No, but they will be recorded for possible later use. We may feature some video, photos, and audio segments via garrisonkeillor. Will there be opportunities for autographs? While on board, feel free to ask for autographs at your leisure.

We will also schedule autograph sessions in coordination with the gift shops on board. Will there be APHC merchandise for sale? Check out the gift shops on board. When do we schedule our dining? May we sit together at dinner? When you register for the cruise, you will request your seating preferences for dining.

EMI will do everything possible to honor seating requests. In most every case you will be able to sit near friends and family assuming you want to! You may meet new friends at your table as well. Note that your dining time preference determines which performance of the evening Showroom events you will attend. What is the difference between early seating and late seating? Then they go to the second Main Lounge show, at p.

They then go to dinner at the second seating, at p. If I have food allergies or other dietary needs, will the ship be able to accommodate these? Yes, but you must inform us in advance. Upon your initial booking via the EMI website, you will be asked about dietary restrictions. You will be asked again when you check in to Holland America to receive your Boarding Documents. Any special needs should be noted at this time e. What is the Dress Code? Because we are chartering the ship, APHC has the freedom to set our own dress code policies. We are considerably more relaxed than the standard cruise.

Sunday-go-to-church clothes is about as fancy as we get. If you like to dress up, please feel free, and many of us may join you. The only time there will be an actual dress code is in the dining rooms during the evening meal. We ask that you not wear casual T-shirts, swimsuits, bathrobes, tank tops, shorts, and the like in the dining room.

These nights are an opportunity for you to dress up, and the crew will wear their dress uniforms, but it is not a strict requirement. May we dine elsewhere? Holland America offers many other options for dining. The Pinnacle and Canaletto options require a modest surcharge — well worth it for the high quality of food, level of service, and atmosphere.

How will they be identified? We will staff an info table near the front desk. After boarding the ship, how long before I can get into the cabin? Boarding for the ship begins several hours before we cast off. HAL has streamlined this process to a great degree but please understand that they have to turn around accommodations for more than 1, people in a very short period of time.

Plenty of onboard activities will be available while you wait. Make arrangements for your week. And the buffet lines will be open. What kind of amenities will I find in my cabin? Looking for an alternative to hopping down the bunny trail? How about a train ride instead? The rides include an ongoing Easter egg hunt, snacks and photos with the Easter Bunny. Everyone wants to be charitable in December, but if you want to follow in the footsteps of late community organizer John Flowers, volunteering is a year-round gig.

The annual egg hunt that he started back in for kids in Poughkeepsie takes place at Waryas Park on Saturday, March 26, and your donations are needed: plastic eggs, individually wrapped candy, small Easter baskets, small toys such as Beanie Babies or a financial donation of cash or check made out to Family Partnership with John Flowers in the memo line. I love book clubs so much, I belong to three of them. If discussion is an enhancement to your own reading experience, how about introducing something like it to your kids? This Monday, March 28, Poughkidsie presents a free trial workshop of the Book Blossoms, a nationwide interactive book club for children from pre-K through second grade, and this is its first Hudson Valley chapter!

The Book Blossoms consists of weekly workshops focused on a piece of literature incorporating reading, writing, movement, art and drama. The trial workshop for ages 4 and 5 takes place at a. Poughkidsie is located at 50 Springside Avenue in Poughkeepsie. For more information or to register for a trial workshop, call or visit www. To learn more about this reading adventure program, visit www. Enough for the kids, you say! We want a spelling bee for the older set! Registration begins at a. The Bee is open to high school and college students as well as adults of all ages, and sponsorships are welcome, as the event is a fundraiser for Literacy Connections.

For more information, call , e-mail colgreene literacyconnections. You can try for yourself this Thursday, March 31 from 5 to 7 p. She can be reached at kidsalmanac ulsterpublishing. Support independent local journalism in the Hudson Valley.