Walkway Over the Hudson logoAuthor to Speak on New Book ‘Las Villas of Plattekill’ at Walkway’s Ulster Welcome Center 

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.— Author Ish Martinez will explore a time when “Las Villas” were the most popular vacation resorts for Latinos in the Northeast when he speaks about his new book, “Las Villas of Plattekill and Ulster County,” during a Walkway Lecture Series presentation scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26th at Walkway State Park’s Ulster Welcome Center. 

Described in numerous news articles as the Spanish Alps, Las Villas, as they were collectively known, was a lively enclave of Spanish, Puerto Rican, and other Hispanic summer resorts in Plattekill, NY, and the Catskill Mountains. Starting in the 1920s and for the next 60 years, the area became the most popular vacation destination for Latinos in the Northeast, with an emphasis on music, food, language and customs. Mr. Martinez’s, nearly one hour talk, will feature an audio visual presentation along with a question and answer period. 

Ismael “Ish” Martinez Jr. is a freelance writer who was raised and worked at his parents’ villa in this community of Spanish resorts. He has extensive personal knowledge and experience of the history culture of Las Villas. He has obtained many never before published photographs from the Plattekill Historical Society, his own family’s collection, and many private and public sources. 

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Contact: Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, Walkway Executive Director, 845-454-9649 

Steve Densmore, Walkway Media Relations, 845-234-8713