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St. Mary of the Snow Passion Play this Sunday

St. Mary of the Snow Passion Play this Sunday

This Sunday, St. Mary of the Snow will present its 11th Passion Play, and this year’s performance will be “100 percent different,” says director Jonathan Delgado. The focus will be on those who were guilty for putting Jesus on the cross and the bystanders who did nothing to intervene. The story will be told through...
Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014

In a sports-minded community like Saugerties, it’s quite a thrill to be a successful athlete. But perhaps the greater honor comes several decades later, when the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame picks only the best of the best to enter its halcyon hall. This year’s inductees are Andrea Ungvarsky, Billy Schaffer, and Marc Becker (pictured...
Now that’s hockey

Now that’s hockey

Throughout the week, the Kiwanis Ice Arena plays host to the Saugerties Hockey League, a “beer league” full of teams sponsored by local businesses. It’s mostly fun and games, laughing and smiling, followed by both teams going out for pizza and a beer. This was not the scene on a recent weekend (Feb. 28-March 2),...
A night at the Saugerties Hockey League

A night at the Saugerties Hockey League

It’s surprising to see grown men at Kiwanis Ice Rink ready to play hockey without a face cage. A lot of hockey players play without them because they think that the cage constricts their peripherals. It’s a claim that may not stand up to scrutiny, but hockey players aren’t the only athletes that eschew restrictions:...
Nothing soft about it

Nothing soft about it

In Queens, the Mets have been rained out. High school athletic competition around the Hudson Valley has been postponed because of the rain and chill. It’s coming down hard enough to turn the diamond the shade of brown that all hardball players know is hell on spikes and knees. There shouldn’t be any baseball or...
The invader

The invader

You grow up with adults telling you not to judge a book by its cover, not to make a decision about something until you understand its intentions. And it’s a truism, an unavoidable absolute that everyone has made at least one false judgment based on someone’s outlook or demeanor. Ninety percent of the time, though,...
Labor of love

Labor of love

It’s thoughtful and imaginative and designed to draw out positive thoughts. It’s designed to promote local unity, local industry, local interaction, local pride. It’s structured simply but packed to the gills with understandable symbolism. It’s called Love Knots, and it’s Saugerties artist Willie Neumann’s new art installation, stationed at the corner of Main and Market...

Saugerties church to hold an emotional, unique service

The Reformed Church of Saugerties will present the powerful drama, “Were You There?” on Maundy Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. It is a poignant re-enactment of Jesus’ trip to the cross brought to life by a cast of Broadway actors and professional musicians working side by side with members of the congregation. The drama...
Passion Play an emotional experience

Passion Play an emotional experience

Jesus is walking up and down the aisles of St. Mary of the Snow Church. He’s miffed because he can’t find his other shoe. It’s in the confessional, where he took it off earlier. Richard O’Gorman is in full costume, portraying the son of God in the Church’s annual Passion Play. He’s played Jesus since...
Corralling the butterflies with the Toastmasters

Corralling the butterflies with the Toastmasters

“Surreptitious – it means to do secretly,” Wordmaster Geri Jones tells me. She says I can score bonus points with the crowd if I include it in my speech. I am standing in front of 20 or so people whom I have never met in my life, delivering a short speech about the worst date...
Saugerties High School gets a television studio

Saugerties High School gets a television studio

After years of preparation and fundraising, Saugerties High School is days away from launching its brand new media production center – a project that has been cooking for four years. “We actually just connected the last cord today,” says Scott Wickham. Wickham, a teacher at Saugerties High School, always had cameras, but mostly did single-shot...
Mindful gliding at the ice arena

Mindful gliding at the ice arena

It’s not too much, the Kiwanis Ice Arena. It’s an unassuming ice rink in a very cool town. The place is a fixture, like the Lighthouse or Inquiring Minds. It is there and will be there always, a cold house on the edge of the village. Every little town has something like it, a privilege...