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Ascend Festival Launches in Cold Springs: June 21, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m

Karla McGuire

Ascend Festival, a new yoga, music and art celebration, will take place on June 21, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., in Dockside Park in Cold Springs, on the banks of the Hudson River.

Melia Marzollo, owner of Cold Spring Yoga, which is organizing the inaugural event, says it was planned to align with the summer solstice. “This is the day when our sun reaches its highest point in the sky, providing us with the most hours of sunlight—a perfect time to recharge,” she says. “We’re inviting everyone to celebrate the light of the day and the light within.”

Kevin J. Courtney will lead a morning solar yoga session, and Elena Brower will lead an evening lunar session. Both will be followed by a DJ Drez dance party.

Whether guests are experienced yogis or stepping onto the mat for the first time, Ascend Festival creates space for both practice and play, Marzollo says. “You can take a yoga class, go on a hike, learn, dance, create, make friends or simply sit quietly by the rolling river. With our variety of teachers, workshops and activities, you can explore whatever calls to you.”

The festival will feature artisan crafts, food vendors, community classes, music and other attractions. Dockside Park, located at 34 West Street, is also a popular destination for hiking, kayaking and exploring downtown Cold Spring.

Tickets are available for full-day or half-day sessions. Children will be admitted at a reduced price. For more info, visit

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