This Week in Orange County July 5 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

This Week in Orange County July 5 2012

Jul 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Lifestyle

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. This week we are very excited to be joining with Ferry Godmother Productions and the Ferry Godmother herself, Aquanetta Wright, for the launch of two 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. The concert series were so popular that they outgrew their space and available parking at the 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 kicks-off Tuesday, July 3 and will be held every Tuesday, rain or shine, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Jazz program will premier Thursday, July 5 and from then on will be every Wednesday and Thursday through July and August from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., rain or shine. For more information and a line-up of performers, visit or

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 access to a great many opportunities for outings and adventures right here in the County. In fact, two of New York State’s top tourist attractions – Woodbury Common and the United States Military Academy at West Point – are 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. The Museum’s regular collections encompass military history, the history of West Point and the United States Military Academy, the evolution of warfare, and the development of our American Armed Forces. It is considered by many to be the oldest and most diversified collection related to the military in the Western Hemisphere. To learn more, visit the museum online at

Orange County is home to many historic properties and homes. Two historic homes are actually part of the Orange County Parks system. Hill-Hold Museum was the home of a prosperous farmer, Thomas Bull, son of William Bull and Sarah Wells, and namesake of our beautiful Orange County Park. Originally built in 1769, the stone farm house is set to show what life was like on a rural farm in the 1830s when most of the family’s needs, such as food, clothing, and fuel, came directly from the farm.

Beautiful Brick House Historic Museum was built in 1768 by Nathanial Hill. Seven generations of the Hill family occupied the home and added modern conveniences over the course of time. Through its more than two centuries of occupancy, the Brick House has retained its beauty, as well as the charm of its rural setting. 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. To learn more about these two museums visit

Whether you’re into history, culture, or the outdoors, Orange County offers a great many opportunities for sight-seeing. To help you plan your “stay-cation” this summer check out some of our great online resources:, check the Historian’s pages, (there’s a driving tour itinerary to visit historic homes), and the Parks Department’s website at You’ll be amazed at how much there is to see and do here, close to home in Orange County.

Until next week, wishing you good health and happiness,

Edward A. Diana
County Executive


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