Illuminated Festival Awarded for Spotlighting Newburgh Achievements

Newburgh’s popular event is one of 3 winners of the Orange County Citizens Foundation’s 10th annual award.

On the heels of its sixth successful festival, Newburgh Illuminated is being awarded for spotlighting the assets and achievements of the city.

The festival is one of three recipients of the 2018 Placemaking Award by the Orange County Citizens Foundation. The other two award-winners are 3 Pines Nature Place at the Warwick Community Center, and Moffat Library in Washingtonville. The three organizations will be recognized at the 10th Annual Placemaking Conference & Awards, Creating Stronger Communities: Revitalizing Downtown Centers for Today’s World, on Friday, June 15.

“It’s encouraging to learn about all of the efforts residents and local governments are making to develop our communities into walkable, livable places,” said Orange County Citizens Foundation President Nancy Proyect. “All of our well-qualified entrants should be proud of the incredible work they are doing in their community and the lasting impact they are leaving on the citizens of Orange County.”

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The Placemaking Awards recognize individuals, organizations, projects, and festivals that have contributed to the creation or transformation of public places to improve the local community, and have exemplified placemaking concepts and practices.


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Photo courtesy of Newburgh Illuminated

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Newburgh Illuminated is an annual festival highlighting Newburgh’s history, architecture, community, diversity, art, music and natural geography. Newburgh Illuminated draws people together to enjoy a day filled with music, art, culture, fine food and spirits, and community.


3 Pines Nature Place is a unique, quiet place to enjoy nature. Using universal design principles, 3 Pines Nature Place is built on the grounds of an active community center, next to a community garden and orchard, adding an outdoor, nature-centered dimension to these amenities.


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Photo by Matthew Versweyveld


Originally built in 1887, the Moffat Library in Washingtonville recently underwent a full renovation and expansion. The library became uninhabitable in 2011 after being destroyed by floods from Hurricane Irene. Out of that devastation, the library board, staff, building professionals, and members of the community came together to restore and expand the structure, while preserving its historical legacy. Today, the beautiful, new, and improved Moffat Library has resumed its place as an anchor of the community, located in the center of the Village. 


The 10th Annual Placemaking Conference and Awards will be held from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center in Newburgh. Featured speakers include Marc Wouters, Chairman of the Congress for New Urbanism’s NYS Chapter; City College of New York Professor June Williamson, co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia; and Eric Alexander, director of Vision Long Island. A panel discussion will follow on downtown redevelopment from the community’s perspective: panel members include Brenna Robinson of the City of Kingston, Cooper Boone of Foundry 42, Valerie Maginsky of the City of Port Jervis, and Bob Pritchard of the Village of Maybrook; it will be moderated by Lou Marquet.


Tickets are $75 per person, and include locally sourced breakfast and lunch. For information, visit

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