This past weekend was the Newburgh Illuminated Festival. It’s a labor of love and pride for the city; a day for everyone to gather and share the hope they have for this city. The festival proves:
That people will come to Downtown Newburgh. It was single file walking room on Liberty between Broadway and Washington
People will park their cars and walk the city
Yes, people are willing to spend their money here
The challenge is translating this energy into new business creation and tourism for the city. How can we replicate a fraction of this on a daily basis? I’m not sure I have the answer, but enjoy the photos that show what a future Newburgh could look like.
It’s back for 2018, the Newburgh Illuminated Festival. Truly, it is one of the best days you can ever visit the city. Even though a tornado hit downtown, the community is definitely going to come out bigger than ever for this annual festival.
It is located at the intersection of Broadway and Liberty Street. The best place to park is the Ann Street municipal lot, and even the waterfront, walk up Washington to Liberty Street. Let’s hope it’s a sunny day!
Erika Norton Urie is trying to help find homes for stray cats in Newburgh with her Instagram page Newburgh’s Little Cuties. Read more below:
This is Mr. MauMau who is an abandoned cat that has lived in my backyard. Would you consider posting this little photo? I’m also trying to find a home for the rest of them and have started a page called Newburgh’s Little Cuties. I spay and neuter all of them, vaccinate them and have managed to find homes for a few so far. I want to end the stray care problem in my neighborhood in a positive and humane way.
So sad for Newburgh tonight and the two lives that were lost during today’s tornado. Most have no electricity and no cell phone service in the city. This is just some of the damage on Liberty Street where the roofs came off two buildings. The city is in a state of emergency.
This past Saturday was the second annual Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival. The stormy forecast fortunately cleared up, and a bright sunny day made the perfect back drop for the festival. Something very obvious to another local and myself was that all the faces we saw were new. Meaning that the vegan festival was creating a new kind of tourism for the City of Newburgh that has not existed before. Cinnamon Snail from NYC was a huge hit with a consistent line of 30+ people throughout the day. There were vegan meatballs, ribs, chicken salad, plus all of the available smoothies, desserts, vegetable based meals and more. Families of all shapes and sizes were present and many children! The tents were much needed for shade and a place to enjoy your meal with live entertainment. Hardly a seat was ever available and all of the parking in the immediate area was packed.
Even if you aren’t a vegan, support next years event. There’s something for everyone and it is so special to be happening in Newburgh!