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Spring Awakening

Nothing's as sweet as the coming of spring, heralded by the running sap in the sugar maples, and the trill of returning birds. There is lambing on the farms and fly-fishing in the streams. All creatures renew their vows with nature, including the golfers, who can't wait to shake out their championship games at one of the region's 50 courses. Contests of strength, skill and stamina can be found at Civil War re-enactments, the Shad Festival fly-fishing contest, vintage baseball in Roxbury, the triathlon at Belleayre and the auction houses that dot the region.

During the winter, artisans have worked tireless hours on art and craft that dons the spring fairs in New Paltz and Saugerties. Charming customs from other cultures are shared with visitors at the Irish Festival and the Cinco de Mayo Festival.
 

Arts and Culture

Chamber Arts Festival of Marbletown, 845 687 2687, www.chamberartsfestival.org

  • Festival of Dance, Kingston, 845 339 6088, www.upac.org
  • Hudson Valley Arts Festival, Saugerties, 845 246 9038
  • Woodstock/New Paltz Art & Craft Fair, New Paltz, 845 679 8087, www.quailhollow.com

Ethnic Heritage

  • Cinco de Mayo Festival, Kingston, 845 340 9895
  • Irish Festival, East Durham, 518 634 2286, www.east-durham.org

Fishing

  • Opening Day of Trout Fishing, countywide, 607 252 7366, http://www.dec.ny.gov
  • Annual Two-Headed Trout Dinner, Roscoe, 607 498 4240
  • Hudson River Shad Festival, Catskill, 518 622 9820
  • Opening Day Festivities, Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum, 845 439 4810, www.catskillflyfishing.org
  • Shad Festival, Kingston, 845 338 0071, www.hrmm.org

Maple Syrup

History

  • Civil War Re-enactment, Riverside Park, Walton
  • Hanford Mills Museum May Day, East Meredith, 800 295 4992, www.hanfordmills.org

Sports and Recreation