|Downtown Pine Bush|
Pine Bush is actually in Orange County, just over the Hudson River, an hour and fifteen minutes from me. On the surface, it is a cute small town which appears similar to any other small town in the lower part of New York State. The streets are clean and the homes well-maintained. Its schools play a large role in people's lives. Stats on the population show it is a homogeneous white community but looking at the school's website there would appear to be a fair amount of diversity (the schools take in several surrounding towns) and concerted efforts by the school administration to ensure everyone is accepted and respected.
Beneath the surface, Pine Bush is the site of a spree of UFO sightings in the mid-1980's which earned it the self-proclaimed title of "The UFO Capital of the World." I'm sure Roswell, McMenamins, and other towns would say, "Them's fighting words," but I will leave the valuation to the people of each of those towns. Because of this designation, the town of Pine Bush has held a UFO Festival for the past eight years. This is great, I thought. Since reading about the McMenamins festival I have aspired to go deeper down the rabbit hole and attend one of these events. It happens that the two festivals are on the same day. Which to choose? Not a hard choice. One is in Oregon, the other is a fun motorcycle ride away. Pine Bush wins.
In the meantime, I am going to check out the festival. I started with the PineBushUFO website. It is geared towards the stereotypical "UFO Geek" with an X Files type of feel, complete with a hokey Flash animation and mysterious sound effects. It would have been a cool site in the late 90's - ish. Suppressing my gag reflex, I marched past the "Under Construction" warning and ventured into the website. I found the site to be disorganized and cluttered. It will take me a while to digest all the info and pull out something usable for this blog. But that I will.
Next week I will publish more details about the upcoming festival and why it occurs there. Have a great weekend!
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