Labor Day plans filled with Hooley on the Hudson, Arts & Crafts Fair, and more Kingston, N.Y. - Despite havoc in the area caused by Hurricane Irene, Ulster County's tourism attractions, fairs and festivals are in full swing for Labor Day and the days leading up to the holiday. County Executive Mike Hein notes that the region is open for business, "Ulster County apple picking, resorts, campgrounds and shops are open for business. We still offer wonderful opportunities for visitors to getaway to the country." Five of six resorts in the county - Mohonk Mountain House, Rocking Horse Ranch, Pinegrove Ranch and Family Resort, Hudson Valley Resort and Honor's Haven Resort and Spa - are open for business and have sustained no significant damage as a result of the weekend's hurricane. Hotels in Kingston steered clear of serious disturbance; many of the area's bed and breakfasts have had their power returned to them, and those that have not are still welcoming reservations. Ulster County will host its regular big events for Labor Day, as well, including Hooley on the Hudson; taking place on Sunday, Sept. 4. It is the only Irish Festival in the Hudson Valley, and is a must-do if you're in the area. As always, it will be held at the T.R. Gallo Memorial Park on the Rondout in Historic Kingston. Hooley on the Hudson includes music, dancing, story-telling, and traditional bag pipes playing throughout the day. Admission is free. In addition, the Woodstock Arts & Crafts Fair will take place from Saturday to Monday at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, and will include the latest art exhibitions, live music and locally produced food and wine. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors; children 12 and under are admitted for free. Labor Day Weekend will also host performances at Maverick Concert Hall, Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble, and begin the season of apple picking. For a complete list of places to pick apples and varieties available see below. As of today, Mohonk Preserve is open. Minnewaska State Park will be open starting Saturday, September 3, 2011 for hiking, picnicking and swimming at Lake Minnewaska and climbing in the Peter's Kill area. The following provides the current status of Ulster County campgrounds; several are open and operating fully, while others are in various states of accessibility: The following campground sites are currently OPEN: Greenfield Park: Skyway Camping Resort; Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Birchwood Acres Accord: So-Hi Campground Saugerties: Blue Mountain Campground; Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds; Saugerties/Woodstock KOA Campground Plattekill: Newburgh/NYC North KOA Kampground - power is expected by this weekend and will be open. However, their phone lines are currently down. Phoenicia: Phoenicia Black Bear Campground and RV Park - open but, no hot water or store supplies.
- Please use the following directions to ensure safe travel : Thruway exit 19/Kingston to Rt. 28 West/Pine Hill. go 30 miles on Rt. 28, see Eagle Statue, Turn right. Go down Main St., Phoenicia to Bridge Street; make another right, park on left. See tiki torches and campfire.
- Please call 845-688-5109 for more information
- New York State is the second largest producer of apples in the country and Ulster County is the second largest apple producing county in the state.
- The very first commercial apple orchard was established in Esopus in 1820 by Robert Pell, growing Newton Pippin apples.
###For more information, contact: Lisa Berger Ulster County Tourism 845-340-3567 firstname.lastname@example.org