The West Point Band will continue its Music Under the Stars concert series at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with “Kids Night.” Like other concerts in the series, it will be at the Trophy Point Amphitheater. It will be preceded by an”instrument petting zoo” at 6 p.m. and followed by a screening of the Disney film “Coco.” It’s one of the band members’ favorite concerts and the kids love it too. If the weather is poor, it will be moved inside to Eisenhower Hall Ballroom.
Another favorite of the band is the “Dancing Under the Stars” concert featuring the popular Benny Havens Band, a band within the band, and said to be the hands down favorite of the bandmates. Their seventh “Dancing” event will be at 7:30 p.m. August 4 when the most scenic dance floor in the Hudson Valley welcomes dancers to enjoy the music that will get the feet moving to the Dougie, Mashed Potato, Foxtrot to the best of swing, disco, Latin, country, funk, hip-hop, Motown and more. As always, the concerts are free and open to everyone. Allow extra time for a full security check of your vehicle at all gates. The number to call to check whether there are changes is 938-2617.
**The Downing Park Planning Committee is hosting a 1920s-in-style gala catered by the Shelter House Cafe to honor Hannah Brooks and the Wherehouse at 6 p.m. Saturday. It will be at Downing Park’s Shelter House, 123 Carpenter Ave. in Newburgh. Pre-paid tickets are $70, $80 at the door. For information call 914-213-1486.
**A solemn commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be offered on Sunday at the 11:30 a.m. Mass with Scapular Enrollment. It will be at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 90 Euclid Ave. in Middletown. A procession will follow to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel for benediction at 70 Carmelite Drive off Wawayanda Avenue in Middletown. Refreshments (burgers, franks, salads, chips, soda and water) will be available for purchase at the picnic grove on the Shrine grounds.
The actual feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be Monday. Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. The Friars invite the public to celebrate Mass and spend a quiet, peaceful day at the Shrine. For information, call Carol Bezak, Shrine director at 343-1879 or Dottie Lanos at Mount Carmel Church, 342-3347.
**Live music by the Manaklin Brothers will be played at the chicken dinner from 4 - 8 p.m. July 21 at the Mechanicstown Firehouse on Route 211East in the Town of Wallkill. The event will benefit veterans in need and is sponsored by ShopRite in the Town of Wallkill on Route 211East, Mechanicstown Fire District, and the American Soldiers’ Statue Committee. Dinner tickets are $15 and available at ShopRite’s courtesy desk in the store on Route 211E, and also available at the door of the firehouse that evening. Take outs will be available. For information call Mike Cody at 342-4629.
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**Many communities in the Hudson Valley have introduced light-weight throws or blanket-like covers imprinted with historics spots and stops easily recognized. Goshen Rotary introduced its throw at the recent and successful “Taste of Goshen” fundraiser. It is priced at $50.
Among the places featured are the 1871 original Minisink Hook and Ladder and Cataract Engine and Hose Companies, the Old Stone Schoolhouse and Erie Depot.
The throws are available at Griffith and Olivero Real Estate at 226 Main St., next to the Harness Racing Museum. For information call 294-9241.
**Tickets are on sale at $95 for the annual golf tournament hosted by the Monticello Elks on Aug.16 for the scholarship fund. It will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Lochmor Golf Course in Loch Sheldrake. For information call Paul Manz at 794-7907.
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