This weekend marks 20 years since the tragedy of 9/11, and my recommendations of local weekend events would be incomplete without the multitude of memorials and vigils that will be offered.
Goshen: The Orange County Emergency Services Center, 22 Wells Farm Road. Twin beams will shine as a tribute at dusk.
Huguenot: Deerpark Town Hall, 420 Route 209 at 8:30 a.m. The Broome Street Band and the Port Jervis School District will be in attendance.
Montgomery: Orange County Arboretum, Thomas Bull Memorial Park, 41 Grove St. Families and survivors of 9/11, local military personnel and veterans are invited to participate and join the procession by assembling at the Arboretum’s Ottaway Education Center at 5:30 p.m. The procession will begin at 5:55 p.m.
Town of New Windsor: Kristi Babcock Memorial Park, 660 Mount Airy Road at 5 p.m.
Warwick: Veterans Memorial Park, 29 Forester Ave. at 5pm. Presented by the Village of Warwick and Warwick Fire Department.
Washingtonville: The intersection of Ahern Blvd and Washington Blvd in the Village of Washingtonville at 6:30 p.m.
Matamoras, Pennsylvania: Veterans Memorial Park and Education Center, off I-84, exit 53 near Delaware Valley Elementary School at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.
For more information on these events and more locations in Ulster and Sullivan Counties, click here.
There are still many other great local events for you to get involved with, including…
The Irish American Festival
Sunday, September 12th, 8am-6pm
Celebrate your Irish heritage, or come appreciate it, at the Irish American Festival at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ. Fun awaits you with a step dancing competition, a soda bread competition, pipe band demonstrations, live music by Irish-themed bands, a beer and wine garden, children’s activities, and games!
Click here to get more info!
Be a Rockhound!
Sunday, September 12th, 1pm-3pm
Rock collecting is a hobby that takes hold in childhood and follows you into adulthood, and Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve wants to help you cultivate it! In this hands-on program, participants can visit six interactive displays featuring a wonderful variety of rocks and minerals. It’s great for adults and children ages 5 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The event is for free, but pre-registration is required and donations of any amount are greatly appreciated! Click here to get involved.
NY Renaissance Faire
Every weekend until October 3rd, 10am – 7pm
Every year the Ren Faire comes to town! Will you grace Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I with your presence? Of course there are artisans, vendors, and performances to visit. Is the 16th century not your thing? Well this weekend it’s Time Traveler’s Weekend! Come in your best attire from any time period, even the future, and maybe get involved with the Best Handcrafted Costume Contest. Just be careful with that nasty Plague, if you know what I mean.
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