Cornwall Life

MICHAEL FALCO        Publish date: 15 November 2019

Something new to check out this very weekend! As I understand it, the Destinta Theatre complex in nearby New Windsor has been closed of late – undergoing a facelift. Reborn as Phoenix Theatres New Windsor 12, there is an Opening Date of Friday, November 15. For my senior citizen cadre – Every Monday seniors (60+) pay $6.50 for a movie ticket and get a free bottle of water! Come and enjoy! Be sure to tell your friends. Call before you go: 845-569-8181.

“So tell us, Mike: Last Saturday, how was the experience advertised as a Passport Event at the Cornwall Post Office?” I can share with you the following – $110.00 to the U.S. Department of State; $15.00 for on-the-spot Passport photos snapped in the Post Office lobby; $35.00 US Postal Service Fee. Total (to obtain a Passport) $160.00. Wait time for arrival – 6 to 8 weeks.

Speaking of Passports – a big change is coming up in 2020 to proceed through Airport Security. Flying within the U.S.A. in 2019 – your Driver’s License can serve as your I.D. Come 2020 the same flight within the U.S.A. will require a Passport as your I.D., OR, a newly obtained (and paid for) Enhanced Driver’s License. As I am continuing to learn, some people are willing to purchase both a Passport and also an Enhanced Driver’s License as they don’t want to risk losing their valuable Passport merely to fly to Florida, or California, or Las Vegas! It’s a new spin on an old world.

Motion picture fans – here’s one for you! Arguably while many people may be familiar with the 1947 film “It’s A Wonderful Life,” not as many are equally aware of the fact (arguably) that ‘Bedford Falls’ was designed after one of New York’s towns. If you’re ready to take a trip and to experience one of the most charming areas to visit during the holiday season, then try out Seneca Falls! Yes, out there in New York’s scenic Finger Lakes Region, the small town of Seneca Falls is most locally known for being the inspiration for Bedford Falls in the seasonal film classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Many film-related visitors to Seneca Falls will make the It’s A Wonderful Life Museum their first stop, a space full of all sorts of things relating to this classic film. Seasonal fun in 2019 begins on Thursday evening, December 12 and continues through Sunday, December 15. You won’t believe the array of events! See details by visiting online:

The 13th Annual HUDSON VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK is coming to a seasonal close this Sunday, November 17. This is a fine chance to try out 3-course lunch and dinner options, highlighting the talented chefs and locally sourced food of our beautiful Hudson Valley. Select a restaurant that is new to you or visit an old favorite. Reservations recommended. Browse through your 2019 restaurant choices, as I did, at

My friend, MaryEllen Count, wants you to enjoy an event and it’s much closer to home! MaryEllen tells me: The Orange County Arboretum Holiday Boutique will take place on November 29 and 30 beginning at 2pm until 8pm. December 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th hours from 5pm until 8pm. December 7th and 14th from 2pm until 8pm. The Arboretum is located in Thomas Bull Memorial Park, 41 Grove St. off Route 416, Montgomery. A shopping event stress-free and fun for the whole family. The proceeds from the Holiday Boutique support The Orange County Arboretum. Cash, check and credit cards accepted. For Boutique information call 845-239-7506.The Friends of the OC Arboretum look forward to welcoming you to this wonderful holiday event.

Good fun to catch sight in Cornwall of Paul Sr. of the TV show that built the iconic “Orange County Choppers.” Paul Sr. was quietly having an evening meal in the dining room of Leo’s Restaurant.

Live musical entertainment in Cornwall this Sunday afternoon, November 17, at 2:00 p.m. You are most welcomed to enjoy the Jazz Trio Concert at Munger Cottage. This is a casual, drop-in program sponsored by your Cornwall Public Library. This jazz concert, features Eric Person on saxophone, Gabriele Tranchina on vocals, and Joe Vincent Tranchina on keyboards. Enjoy!

Reminder: Storm King Engine Co. #2 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a ‘Harvest Soup and Dessert Festival’ this Saturday, November 16 from 11:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the firehouse, 233 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson. Your choice of Eat-in or Take-out. Outstanding selection of soups – while they last!



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