This weekend there are a pair of interesting events happening in Upstate New York. With proper timing, you should be able to visit both!

First up is The Pine Bush UFO Fair. Pine Bush is a hamlet, in the Town of Crawford in Orange County, and Shawangunk in Ulster County. The day’s events begin with a 5k race, and then Main Street is closed from 9 till 3:30, during which time local authors will talk about UFO sightings. One author is Linda Zimmermann, whose book “In the Night Sky: Hudson Valley UFO Sightings from the 1930s to the Present” prominently features Pine Bush. Then there’s a parade, a documentary film based on Zimmermann’s book, and a radio theater performance of “War of the Worlds” followed by, perhaps, a UFO sighting.

Also on Saturday, The Center for Symbolic Studies’s annual Beltane festival at Stone Mountain Farm. It usually draws a crowd of over 1,000 to celebrate the return of warmth and light. (Picture a Renaissance Faire with a lot less commercialism and a lot more Magick and you’ve got the idea.)