Strong Summer Demand Expected at Fast-Selling Maple Fields in Orange County, N.Y.


Maple Fields, the collection of three-bedroom townhomes in Orange County’s Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – A strong summer selling season is expected at Maple Fields in Orange County, N.Y.  First-time homebuyers and young families continue to be strongly motivated at the new collection of 196 townhomes in Middletown thanks in large measure to the community’s affordable pricing and premium purchasing opportunities.

Developer Baker Residential has recently released a new building of spacious well-appointed three-bedroom residences, making available each of the townhome designs offered at the fast-selling suburban neighborhood.  Also drawing the attention of buyers is a soon-to-be-released building which will provide a select few homesites with locations directly backing up to a wooded conservation area.  The homes boast expansive decks and walk-out basements to complement the location.

“We’ve sold well over 100 homes and expect to significantly add to that total in the weeks ahead,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for Baker Residential.  “The spring and summer seasons in Orange County are the most popular times for buyers to begin their search and many are finding the perfect home at Maple Fields.  To accommodate growing demand and rising interest, we’ve made sure some of our best housing opportunities are available to prospective homebuyers.”

Priced from just $268,400, homes at Maple Fields range in size from 2,274 to 2,329 square-feet of living space and provide a long list of upgrades in the purchase price.  Buyers receive designer finishes, including 2 ¼” prefinished hardwood flooring on the first floor, gourmet-inspired kitchens with breakfast nooks, stainless steel kitchen appliances including the refrigerator, attached two-car garages, finished basement, and washer and dryer. Continue reading


Hudson Valley Bachfest 2016

2016-05-11_13-28-06The Hudson Valley Society for Music
presents the 17th annual
Hudson Valley BachFest
June 19, 25 & 26, 2016

The Hudson Valley BachFest is an annual multi-weekend marathon of five concerts and multiple church services celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.  The festival takes place in three Hudson Valley locations: Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties.

Christine Howlett will serve as Choral Conductor and Edward Lundergan will serve as Orchestra Conductor.

Highlights will include a “Young Performer’s Concert”, and evening of chamber music including BWV 208, the “Hunting Cantata“.  The “Main Event” will feature several of Bach’s larger choral and orchestral works.

For a comprehensive listing of Bach’s cantatas and other vocal works, including texts, translations, scores, articles and performers, click here.

When Flies are Art

Opening reception this Saturday. Beautiful, surreal, illuminating: fly tying is a remarkable art form. Photographs by Mark Loete reveal the art behind the artifice

2016-05-05_10-48-40Opening May 6, 2016, with a reception on Saturday May 7, the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts’ Catskill Fly Tying: The Art of Artifice is an exhibition of work by photographer Mark Loete. Loete’s subject matter here is a world apart from the landscapes, architecture, and people that occupy his every day as a successful corporate and advertising photographer. Rather, in this exhibition curated by Tina Bromberg, Loete’s tranquilly composed photographs encapsulate another realm of his life which, via the photographs on view, takes on a magical cast: that of expert fly fisherman and fishing guide. The exhibition features over 40 photographs of exquisitely crafted trout fishing flies, celebrating the centuries-old fly tying tradition and the master artisans who fabricate these jewel-like imitation insects out of feathers, fur, and thread.

The exhibition at the Kleinert/James, on view through June 26, reflects upon the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony’s roots in the Arts and Crafts tradition, which sought to mitigate the effects of industrialization through the creation of hand-made objects that married functionality with artistic beauty. In addition to Loete’s captivating photographs, the exhibition includes objects from the Bartlett Collection and artifacts associated with the passion of fly fishing as it pertains to its surrounding environment, the Catskills.

After its run at the K/J, the exhibition will travel to Shandaken, NY (Shandaken Art Studio Tour, July 16 – 17, 2016); the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Livingston Manor, NY (September 2 – October 10, 2016), and the Erpf Gallery at the Catskill Center, Arkville, NY (January 28 – March 18, 2017).

Gallery Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information about the exhibition, please visit and