July 11th, 2012
This Week in Orange County 7-11-12
Orange County Executive Edward Diana
GOSHEN - Grab a blanket and your picnic basket and head to the Orange County Arboretum at Thomas Bull Memorial Park for a great evening out this summer.
We are very excited to be joining with Ferry Godmother Productions and the Ferry Godmother herself, Aquanetta Wright, for free summer concert series at the Arboretum. Aquanetta is founder and Executive Producer of the very successful Newburgh Jazz and Pop/Rock/Doowop summer concert series that were hosted for many years on the Newburgh waterfront.
It was our pleasure to offer the Ferry Godmother, and the many talented musicians who perform in the series, the beautiful Orange County Arboretum as the new backdrop for the Jazz and Pop/Rock/Doowop concert series this summer. Located just off Route 416 between Montgomery and Campbell Hall, the Arboretum is easy to get to, centrally located in the County, offers plenty of space to spread out, and ample parking. The Pop/Rock/Doowop series kicked-off Tuesday, July 3rd and will be held every Tuesday, rain or shine, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Jazz program premiered on Thursday, July 5th and will be held every Wednesday and Thursday through August from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., rain or shine. For more information and a line-up of performers, visit www.newburghpoprockdoowopseries.com or www.newburghjazzseries.com.
With the cost of gas being what it is these days, many people are making plans to stay closer to home for summer vacation this year. For those of us lucky enough to call Orange County home, we’re fortunate to have two of New York State’s top tourist attractions - Woodbury Common and the United States Military Academy at West Point - located here.
The West Point Museum has a new exhibit, “Rally to the Colors” which features regimental flags, swords, uniforms, headgear, and insignia of the War of 1812 era. The Museum’s collection includes more than 500 colors and flags, dating back to the American Revolution, including flags captured in battle. It is considered by many to be the oldest and most diversified collection related to the military in the Western Hemisphere.
Orange County is home to many historic properties and homes. Beautiful Brick House Historic Museum was built in 1768 by Nathanial Hill. Visitors today will find Brick House decorated to reflect the life and times of the seven generations that occupied it, rather than one particular time period.
Whether you’re into history, culture, or the outdoors, Orange County offers a great opportunity for sight-seeing.
Until next week, I wish you good health and happiness.