2009 Events

In  celebration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's first contact in North America and his sailing up the Hudson River, One Book One New Paltz  selected the short classic Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving as the 2009 community read. Rip Van Winkle was chosen because of its regional, historical, and cultural setting, as well as for the timeliness and universality of its themes, and its appeal to a large spectrum of ages.

The following events took place November 2009. All were open to the public and free, unless otherwise indicated.

November Day

Tentative Event

Location and/or Notes

Sunday, 11/15

Book Discussion & Bagel Brunch with Rabbi Bill Strongin

Jewish Center of New Paltz Community Center,

Monday, 11/16

Panel Discussion & “Brown Bag Lunch”
Dr. Gerald Benjamin will moderate discussion with SUNY New Paltz faculty: Professor  Sarah Wyman (English), Professor Greta Winograd (
Psychology), and Professor  Kerry Carso ( Art History). Audience participation welcomed!

Book Discussion with Tom Mounkhall
7:30 PM

SUNY New Paltz campus
Honors Center
College Hall  111
845- 257-3933

 Inquring Minds Bookstore
6 Church Street

Tuesday, 11/17

Book Discussion with Professor Reynolds Scott-Childress
2:00 PM

Village Tea Room
10 Plattekill Ave

Wednesday, 11/18

Book Discussion with Professor Jan Schmidt
11:00 AM

Mudd Puddle Cafe
Water Street Market

Thursday, 11/19

Discussion with Ann Burdett, on the theme of
coping with change as we age.
10:30 AM


Family friendly Rip Van Winkle Play performed by the New Paltz High School Drama Club, about 45 minutes long
7:00 PM

Elting Memorial Library
93 Main Street
Phone 845-255-5030

New Paltz High School
130 South Putt Corners Rd
845- 256-4100l

Friday, 11/20

Mohonk Mountain Stage Company performance of Rip van Winkle or The Sleep of Twenty Years, written in 1865 by Dion Boucicault for American comedian Joseph Jefferson III.

8:00 PM
$12 members, $16 non-members prepaid, all tickets $2 more at door

Unison Arts & Learning Center
68 Mountain Rest Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561
845- 255-1559

Saturday, 11/21

Cartoons and storytelling with Ann Burdett
4:00 PM

Elting Memorial Library
93 Main Street
New Paltz, New York 12561
845- 255.5030