newburgh-illuminated-logo.jpgNewburgh, N.Y. -"Newburgh Illuminated," set to take place June 21-23, will bring three days of culture, food and fun to the City of Newburgh. More than 30 events are scheduled in celebration of Newburgh's rich history and cultural diversity. The festival will include music for every taste, art, theatre, film, historical presentations, and a marketplace. Almost all of the festival is free, with admission fees for selected events. Check the website for details. The festival kicks off on Friday, June 21 with two floral exhibitions: "Art in Bloom" at the Karpeles Museum and "Illuminations: a Flower Show" at the Newburgh Free Library. The evening concert at Aquinas Hall at Mount Saint Mary College will bring together the voices of several choral groups and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra. Saturday, June 22 starts off with the roar of a Motorcycle Run down Broadway from the Motorcyclepedia Museum at 10:00 AM. Downing Park will be the center of activity starting at 11:00 AM, with an all-day Electric Music Concert featuring nine bands, food and artisan vendors, kids' activities, a solar energy demonstration, and more. Other Saturday events include historic reenactments at Washington's Headquarters, "Young Thomas Edison" live theatre, poetry performances at the Newburgh Free Library, and an illuminated exhibit on The Trestle at the Newburgh waterfront after dark. A historic trolley will provide transportation to all event locations throughout the day. Multi-day events, Friday through Sunday, include a variety of historical exhibits and presentations, including a rare opportunity to visit the Edison Generating Plant; "Follow the Footsteps of Edison" self-guided walking tours; a children's film at the Downing Film Center; art and photography exhibits throughout the city; a holography art exhibit at the Ann Street Gallery; and MUSE: an early American chamber music and dance performance in the Lobby at the Ritz Theater. The Lightbulb Project will exhibit 52 artist-inspired light bulbs at events and local businesses throughout the City. The festival will conclude on Sunday, June 23 with a gospel sing-along on the Mid-Broadway Green Lot. Newburgh Illuminated is a grassroots collaborative effort of volunteers, bringing together a wide range of organizations and individuals to shine a light on the diverse assets of the City, and to offer summer fun and culture to residents and visitors alike. The festival's name pays tribute to Thomas Edison's early work in Newburgh, which was one of the first American cities to be electrified. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit ###