Rice reprises role in ‘Into the Woods’

Julia Samuelson and Sophia Cappa (Cinderella’s narrators and Maggie Kelly (Cinderella), rehearse a scene from “Into the Woods.” The performance is this Friday and Saturday.

Julia Samuelson and Sophia Cappa (Cinderella’s narrators and Maggie Kelly (Cinderella), rehearse a scene from “Into the Woods.” The performance is this Friday and Saturday.

A veteran cast will take the stage, this weekend, for Step it up Summer Stage’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s  “Into the Woods.” The musical also stars a young woman reprising a role she played 10 years ago.

Auditions were held on June 11, and the camp started with two weeks of rehearsals which began last Monday. The cast includes 30 local middle school through college-aged students. Only five members of the cast are newcomers.

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Portable planetarium landed in COH

Before entering the Star Lab, Lisa DiMarzo discusses the various constellations that can be seen in the night sky.

Before entering the Star Lab, Lisa DiMarzo discusses the various constellations that can be seen in the night sky.

Before the school year ended, students in Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary school received a special visit. Lisa DiMarzo, founder of Impact Education, brought her portable planetarium and treated the kids to a sky show, in the gymnasium.

The Star Lab is a 20-foot wide inflated planetarium with a dome that allows those inside to see the stars and constellations. Using a projector, DiMarzo is able to show the exact position of the stars on any given day. She can put the stars in motion to show their nightly progression from east to west.

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Army cadets build Bannerman Island bridge

 A new bridge on Bannerman Island will allow tours to the summit. The bridge, unveiled last week, was constructed by 11 West Point cadets majoring in civil and mechanical engineering.

A new bridge on Bannerman Island will allow tours to the summit. The bridge, unveiled last week, was constructed by 11 West Point cadets majoring in civil and mechanical engineering.

On May 25, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, on Bannerman Island, to mark the opening of a new bridge, constructed by 11 West Point cadets majoring in civil and mechanical engineering.

This wasn’t the first time the island has benefited from the engineering students. In 2008, Donna Blakemore, one of the garden’s volunteers on the island, contacted the United States Military Academy asking if students could install a new gravity-fed watering system rather than having to take buckets of water from the river, around the island, to water the plants.

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RiverFest lives up to intent

File photo The toy train makes its return as one of the children’s activities at RiverFest.

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The toy train makes its return as one of the children’s activities at RiverFest.

When he was chair of the Town of Cornwall’s Economic Development Committee, Wynn Gold came up with an idea to boost tourism. Thus, RiverFest was born. Twenty years later, the annual riverfront festival continues to draw visitors from around the county, as well as from other states.

“I don’t think any of us planned on doing this for 20 years when we first started,” Gold said, “but we’re still having fun. We have a formula that works. People come down for the entertainment, others because they like craft fairs. The kids’ activities have grown exponentially.”

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Care packages

American Legion Post 353 and the Friends of Sands-Ring will be collecting the following items from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 20 in front of the homestead. Packages will be sent to our troops overseas.

 

CANDY

·         Candy (heat resistant)

·         Fruit Breezes (throat drops)

·         Twizzlers

 

CORRESPONDENCE

·         Writing Paper and Envelopes

·         Pens/Pencils

 

DENTAL

·         Toothbrushes

·         Toothpaste

·         Floss

·         Mouthwash

 

DRINK

·         Coffee (instant)

·         Coffee Creamer

·         Gatorade

·         Powdered Drink Mixes

·         Tea Mixes (sweet)

 

GAMES

·         Playing Cards

·         Board Games

·         Checkers (travel size)

·         Chess (travel size)

·         Crossword Puzzles

 

MUSIC

·         CD Fanny Packs

·         CD’s/Tapes

·         DVDs new and used

·         Hand held electronic games

·         Sudoku books

 

TOILETRIES/HYGIENE

·         Baby Wipes

·         Feminine Hygiene Products (female soldiers)

·         Travel size body wash

·         Nose Spray

·         Eye Drops

·         Deodorant

·         Foot Powder

·         Hairbrushes

·         Hand Lotion

·         Hand Sanitizers (waterless)

·         Nail Clippers

·         Q-Tips

·         Razors (disposable)

·         Shampoo

·         Sunscreen

·         Tissues (heavy duty – i.e. Puffs)

·         Tylenol (individual packets)

·         Fly Strips/Swatters

·         Pre-Paid Phone Cards

·         Shoe Insole Cushion

·         Socks (cushioned white calf high)

 

Farmers Market prepared for the great outdoors

File photo The Cornwall’s summer farmers market returns at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7, in front of Town Hall.

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The summer edition of the Cornwall farmers market returns at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7, in front of Town Hall.

This Saturday marks the last day of the seasonal farmers market, but additional opportunities to purchase fresh produce and other foods are just around the corner.

Weather permitting, Saturday’s market will be outdoors from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Munger Cottage. It will serve as a prelude to the summer farmers market which will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting on the first Wednesday in June through the last Wednesday in September. There will be no market on July 5, the day after Independence Day, and Sept. 6, the first day of school. The market will be set up on the lawn of Town Hall.

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Local artists will open their doors to tours

File photo Vivien Collens will be among the artists to welcome visitors during the open studio tour sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council.

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Vivien Collens will be among the artists to welcome visitors during the open studio tour sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council.

The open studio tour, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council, continues on May 20 and 21 as artists in the eastern portion of the county will be showcased.

Over 20 local artists in Cornwall, New Windsor, Newburgh, Highland Mills, and Washingtonville will be opening their studios to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This is a good opportunity for artists of all types to open their studios and visitors can talk to the artist, get to know their specific work, have conversations, and see behind the veil of the artmaking process,” said Cody Rounds, arts administrator for the council.

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Accident quells Quaker traffic

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Emergency personnel responded to an accident shortly after 3 p.m. on Quaker Avenue near the 9W ramp. Cornwall Fire Department volunteers disabled the vehicles while EMTs from Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps and New Windsor Ambulance Corps tended to two females. Each agency transported a patient to the hospital. Both were conscious, but the extent of their injuries is unknown, as is the cause of the accident. Cornwall Police Department directed traffic away from Quaker Avenue and onto Route 9W.

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Beltane to celebrate 10th anniversary

File photo James Huba and Carly Rivas were married at last year’s Beltane Festival. They’re keeping this year’s honorees a secret. The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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James Huba and Carly Rivas were married at last year’s Beltane Festival. They’re keeping this year’s honorees a secret. The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Editor’s note: There are several festivals in Orange County, but this one is unique.

When Bernadette Montana started the Beltane Festival 10 years ago, it only drew about 200 guests. Since then, the event has outgrown its original location and is expected to draw about 1,000 people this year.

“It’s evolved and I guess it has to do with people wanting it to evolve,” Montana said. “It’s the first event people attend throughout the year. It gives people hope. We’re coming out of winter and coming into spring and summer. People are very excited about participating in a festival like this.”

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Work begins on new organic garden

Charles Quinn and Nina Creta were among the two dozen volunteers who assisted in breaking down the garden at the high school. June 10 has been set as the target date for the completion of a new organic garden.

Charles Quinn and Nina Creta were among the two dozen volunteers who assisted in breaking down the garden at the high school. June 10 has been set as the target date for the completion of a new organic garden.

A light rain fell, but that didn’t deter the two dozen volunteers from tearing down the Cornwall High School garden in preparation for a new organic garden.

On Earth Day, students in the Environmental Club teamed up with the senior French students to begin dismantling the beds and removing mulch and weeds. The wood is going to be recycled and repurposed through a local recycling center. The mulch was composted at the school.

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