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Water Falling in the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains by Joe Vitti

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Their power and beauty make them some of nature’s most alluring wonders. And our region is blessed with an incredible array of waterfalls, from gently rolling cascades to mammoth free-falling cataracts.

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They are places for woodland adventures, for cooling off on hot summer days, and for quiet admiration of this amazing natural world. Between the Shawangunk Ridge and the Catskills, there are dozens of waterfalls, many with beautiful pools below them good for wading and swimming. Many are close to the road, some have easy, direct trails, and still others hide their secrets tenaciously, requiring steep scrambles and off-trail travel in order to enjoy them. No matter what level of adventure Awosting Falls flickr photo by Deep_Shot

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Peterskill Falls

Stony Kill Falls

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Located in the heart of the village of High Falls, this dramatic waterfall is easily seen from both the road and the bridge across the Rondout. It is approximately thirty feet tall and two hundred feet across. With the entire flow of the Rondout Creek pouring over the falls, this is easily the most powerful waterfall in the region. A hydroelectric turbine on the south side of the falls has harnessed this power, and while some fencing and an asphalt parking lot diminish the

natural beauty of the spot, the ease of access and unique nature of the waterfall itself keep this a special place. The village of High Falls, with its shops, restaurants, pubs, and natural food co-op, is an easy walk from the public parking area adjacent to the waterfall and boat launch.

Parking & trail info: There is a large

parking area a few hundred yards south of the intersection of County Route 213 and Lucas Avenue in High Falls. Look for the lot just off the east side of the road downstream of the steel bridge. The parking area is easily seen from the road, as is the waterfall itself. Follow the path to the base of the falls.


Awosting & Peterskill Falls:

Formed by the upper portion of the Peterskill (kill is a Dutch word for creek or stream and is common throughout the Hudson Valley region) is one of the easiest to reach and most beautiful waterfalls in the region. After parking just inside the main entrance of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, a fifteen-minute stroll on carriage roads leads down to the stunning sixty-foot Awosting waterfall. A large and crystal clear pool is below the falls and tucked into a half-moon line of quartz cliff. The open area, beautiful cliffs, and shimmering spray of the falls make this area a must-see. Unfortunately, the park does not allow swimming, but it is not uncommon to see people soaking their feet and kids splashing around a bit. Peterskill Falls is a short walk further downstream. During the mid 1800’s, this roadside spot was the site of a sawmill operated by George Davis,

Parking & trail info:

Park in the lower lot on the right, just past the fee station/entrance for Minnewaska State Park Preserve on the west side of route 44/55. Walk back toward the fee station, turn right onto the entrance road, and then turn left onto the carriage road, which will take you down to the falls. Continue onto the more rugged Peterskill Falls a few hundred yards down the carriage path.

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Sheldon Falls:

Park Preserve. There is a day-use fee. The trailhead is at the west end of the lot (far right corner if you are facing the road). Look for a red-blazed foot path past the rock-climbing area that is clearly marked for climber’s use only. Follow the path downstream (right) for approximately 1.5 miles to a foot bridge that crosses the creek. Do not cross here, but rather continue downstream on an obvious trail to the series of low waterfalls another hundred yards away. Note that there are a number of other paths in this area. Purchasing a map of the area is always a good plan before heading out in a new place. Stay along the creek, and you can’t get lost.

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Stony Kill Falls:

This fifty-foot-tall waterfall has a relatively short and flat approach.

The Peterskill weaves a rugged path down to the Rondout Creek in Accord. Along that path, it has carved its way down to bedrock in many places, leaving the stream flowing over smooth rock slabs and a series of lovely cascades historically known as Sheldon Falls. This area more than makes up for its lack of height with a series of deep pools set in a beautiful forest. It is an isolated yet totally accessible area.

Parking & trail info: Park at the Peterskill entrance of Minnewaska State

Verkeerderkill Falls photo by Teal Harrison Hertz

This trail also links to the Minnewaska State Park network of trails and traverses one of its less congested areas. There is a small pool at the base of the falls that shrinks dramatically over the course of the warm summer weather. A beautiful pool lies above the falls and lasts long after the lower pool has largely dried up. Follow the steep path around the left side of the cliff to reach the upper pool.

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who eventually orchestrated the sale of hundreds of acres of land, including Lake Minnewaska itself, to Alfred Smiley. Peterskill Falls is a more rugged area and not ideal for smaller children.

Parking & trail info:

From the main entrance of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, go west on 44/55 4.5 miles, turn left onto Minnewaska Trail, and then make an immediate left onto Rock Haven Road. In two miles, go left onto Shaft 2A, follow to gate that blocks the road, and park in pullout.

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At Rainbow Falls, find hanging gardens, green mosses, & birds' nests tucked up into the nooks & crannies. Parking & trail info:

Buttermilk Falls Walk past the gate and follow gravel road past a shale pit and onto a foot path that leads to the falls in several hundred yards.

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Rainbow Falls:

This ethereal beauty is across a lovely ravine from a popular carriage road that leads to Awosting Lake. In drier months, Rainbow Falls slows to a trickle, but even at low water times of the year, this is a special spot with hanging gardens, deep green mosses, and birds’ nests tucked up into the nooks and crannies of the seventy-foot overhanging cliff. It is an approximately 2.5 mile hike to Rainbow Falls on fairly rugged forest paths. 16

Park in the upper lot at the main entrance at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Follow the Awosting Carriage Road past the swim area on the north side (right looking at lake from the parking lot) for approximately three miles, (passing the junction with Blueberry Run trail) to the Rainbow Falls Trail. The falls can be seen across a ravine to the north. Go north (right) on RFT and follow it steeply downhill, across the ravine, and then back up to right to the falls.

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Verkeerderkill Falls:

An isolated waterfall that is rarely visited, Verkeeerderkill Falls (say that five times fast!) is one of the real prizes of this group. It is the tallest waterfall in the region and is set in a spectacular, isolated spot. For most people, a trip out to Verkeerderkill Falls will take much of the day, especially if it includes a visit to the series of deep clefts and crevices in the quartz conglomerate cliffs known as the ice caves. The falls themselves are best viewed from

Blue Hole photo by Tim Cox

below, so a steep scramble on an unmaintained trail must be done to really make the most of a visit to this hundred-foot-plus cascade.

Parking & trail info:

From the center of Ellenville, turn left onto Route 52. Go approximately 4 miles. Look for a green sign for Cragsmoor pointing to the right. Shortly after the sign, make a right on Cragsmoor Road. Go one mile to the Cragsmoor post office, and turn right. Go a short distance, and make another right onto Sam's Point Road; follow for approximately 1 3/4 mile to the entrance

of the Preserve. Arrive early because the parking lot fills up quickly, and be sure to pay the $10 parking fee.

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Vernooy Kill Falls:

An easy, two-mile hike leads to a series of gentle cascades that offers one of the nicest (and coldest) swimming holes in the area. Bring your bug spray for the hike up to the falls, but once you reach the creek, the bugs will no longer be a bother. The mixed hardwood forest and quiet, contemplative nature of VKF makes


Parking & trail info: Take Route 3 (Samsonville Road) off of Route 209 (1.5 miles north of the junction of 209 and Route 44/55). Go 1.3 miles, and turn left onto Cherrytown Road. Go 3.6 miles to Upper Cherrytown, and follow it for 3.2 miles to a DEC parking lot on the right. From the trailhead, hike steadily uphill for a mile before the trail flattens out for another mile, leading to a bridge with small waterfalls above and below. _______

Split Rock:

This narrow, twenty-foot deep slot is a geological wonder and a true gem of the Shawangunk region. A nice waterfall and a twenty-foot wide by one hundred fifty-foot long chestKaaterskill Falls deep pool make this one of the single photo by Wally Gobetz most popular spots on the Mohonk Preserve. A two-minute approach from the parking area ensures that you will rarely enjoy this place alone, yet still the remarkable nature of the place makes it well worth sharing.

Split Rock's narrow, twenty-foot slot is a geological wonder and true gem.

Parking & trail info: Find Clove Valley Road three miles west of the Mohonk Preserve Visitors Center on route

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Buttermilk Falls:

Now here’s a spectacular waterfall visible from the road and easily accessed from a small parking area. However, few people take the trouble to make the scramble up to this great little waterfall. There’s a small pool, and the boldest among us will love braving the slick rock and freezing water to stand directly below the falling water.

Parking & trail info: From Route 209 in Stone Ridge take Route 213 to the junction with 28A and go left. In 3 miles, go left onto Route 42/Peekamoose Road. After approximately 7 miles, look for a small pullout on the right with the waterfall up the steep hillside above (when you pass the narrow Peekamoose Lake on the right, you are about halfway). Park and find a welltraveled path leading steeply uphill to the pool below the falls.

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This very popular and gorgeous spot is one of the most extraordinary swimming holes in the Catskill region. The water is crystal clear, and even though the swim hole is a bit on the brisk side (okay, it’s freezing), its sparkling beauty will lure you into its depths, even if only for a short time. The pool is about twenty feet deep and surrounded by low cliffs, except for a small sandy beach on the downstream side. Tumbling steeply over slick rock slabs, the creek pours like a sink about twelve feet into the pool below. It’s hard to believe that this small mountain stream is Rondout Creek, the major drainage for the entire southern Catskill region.

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44/55. Follow Clove Valley for a mile and a half to entrance to parking lot on left. Note that the Mohonk Preserve requires either a membership or a day-use fee from visitors. Split Rock is just across the road from the parking lot.

Parking & trail info:

Follow the directions for Buttermilk Falls a few hundred yards further and park in the DEC trailhead lot on the right for Peekamoose Mountain. Walk back up hill looking over the edge of the road for an obvious trail leading down to the creekside. Follow the obvious social paths to the swimming hole and waterfall.

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mountains densely packed around the Platte Clove, all making for some really rugged terrain. The Platte tumbles steeply from these lofty peaks over at least ten distinct waterfalls. At the top of the ravine is Plattekill Falls, a gorgeous fortyfoot high fall with a large chest-deep, icy-cold pool. The steep sandstone cliffs around the falls are home to a wild tangle of vines and hanging gardens of ferns, mosses, and wildflowers.

The amazing Kaaterskill Falls is at the back of the amphitheater and crashes 180 feet into a gorgeous pool. Parking & trail info: From route 23A

Plattekill Falls photo by Joe Vitti

Kaaterskill Falls:

Perhaps the most popular and certainly the most dramatic waterfall in the region, Kaaterskill Falls is the tallest waterfall in New York at 180 feet. This is a dramatic place. The trail follows along the tumbling Kaaterskill Creek, leading up to a lower waterfall that is about thirty feet tall and in warmer years slows to a trickle. A huge double-tiered brownstone amphitheater hangs above the lower falls and can be reached by a spidery

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network of social paths on either side of the creek. Though not too difficult, caution should be taken in this area as accidents happen every year and some spots along the way are extremely exposed. The amazing main waterfall is at the back of the ampitheater and crashes one hundred eighty feet into a gorgeous pool that is quite a popular swim hole during the hotter weather. Careful scrambling takes the intrepid few up behind the waterfall’s spray.

in Palenville, head west up into Kaaterskill Clove. Approximately 2.5 miles up 23A from the first bridge over Kaaterkill Creek the road takes a sharp left turn, and there is an obvious trailhead on the right. Continue uphill a short distance, and park in a large paved lot on the left. Walk back to the trailhead (be careful on the narrow, typically busy road), and follow the well- worn trail up to the falls. It is a short but steep hike to this magnificent waterfall.

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The Platte Clove has been called the Grand Canyon of the East. While this comparison might be a bit of a stretch, the area does have some of the most dramatic terrain in the Catskills. Indian Head, Haystack, and High Peak are just a few of the

Parking & trail info:

Find the junction of route 23A and route 16 (Railroad Ave) in Tannersville. Follow 16 until it merges with Plattekill Road, and follow it for approximately six miles to the Huckleberry Ledges/High Peak trailhead on the left (if you reach a large pullout and sign saying you have reached the section of road not maintained in winter, you have just passed the trailhead parking lot). Walk back the way you came in from the parking area, and go right up the short hill to a small red artist’s cabin on the left. Follow a path that angles steeply downhill between the cabin and the road. The waterfall and glorious swim hole are at the bottom of the path.

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Parking & trail info:

Park as if going to Plattekill Falls, but instead walk left onto the Platte Clove Road and immediately find a small trail that drops steeply down just before the old stone bridge. Use extreme caution scrambling down into the steep side ravine below; it is known as the Devil’s Kitchen. Follow the ravine and small creek downhill with vertical rock walls on both sides. At the bottom of the ravine, look for a narrow path on the right

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that wraps around and down into the larger Plattekill Ravine. The spectacular Bridal Veil is above you on the right. Note that below the spot where The Devil’s Kitchen meets the Plattekill drainage there are many more waterfalls, as well as some truly amazing swim holes. Unfortunately, it is quite challenging to get around the multiple cliff faces that guard the way. One solution is to bring climbing harnesses and a rope and rappel over the cliffs to continue to explore. From the bottom of the Platte Clove Road, there’s a trail that leads down to the creek and then up the ravine, passing several stunning waterfalls and swim holes. The problem is that the area is adjacent to significant private property and parking is a real challenge.

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Cheers! And enjoy the adventures!

Upper Japanese / Lower Bridal Veil photo by Joe Vitti

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Bridal Veil Falls:

Significant caution must be taken when visiting this area, as rescue would be quite challenging and slow coming. That said, it’s a great adventure getting down to the base of Bridal Veil. The waterfall is 60 feet high and crashes down onto a mad jumble of boulders, filling the air with mist and spray and the narrow ravine with a cacophony of sound. A small pool forms when water levels are high. Though not far from the car if you are a bird, Bridal Veil must be earned with a fair amount of rock scrambling and a couple of spots where a fall would be quite costly.

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Devil’s Tombstone Camping and Hiking in the Glorious Catskills

The Catskills have long been a summer haven for New Yorkers trying to beat the heat. For more than one hundred years, families have been traveling to the area and finding relief from the stress of everyday life by immersing themselves in nature. The tradition continues today with Catskill camping at Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) facilities.

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Soaking up the rays and reading a book around the small lake can be a great stress reliever. Eventually, though, you might start to go a little stir crazy...

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in Stony Clove on Route 214 in Hunter. Stony Clove is an extremely scenic and unusual geographic location. The Clove is a deep pass, slicing through two Catskill peaks—Plateau and Hunter Mountain. As a result of the deep notch, great hiking abounds in the area. In fact, Devil’s Tombstone Campground is the approximate halfway mark on the notorious Devil’s Path. This trail is considered to be one of the three most difficult trails in the Northeast. Therefore, Devil’s Tombstone Campground is well-utilized by the hiking community. As a result of this recreational area’s popularity, it is advised that you make reservations prior to your stay. Also, due to fiscal issues, Devil’s Tombstone Campground will close for the season early this year on August 31, so be sure to call soon.

Relaxing at camp in the Catskills can be a wonderful way to spend a summer’s day. Sitting around a campfire; reading a good book next to a small lake glistening in the sun; or just stretching out and soaking up the rays can be great stress relievers. Eventually, though, you might start to go a little stir crazy at camp and decide it's time to explore the steep slopes that surround you. Luckily, there are a few great Catskill trails in close proximity. It is even possible to stitch some of them together into a nice loop over Hunter Mountain. At 4,040 feet high, the summit of Hunter Mountain is the second highest peak in the Catskills. It boasts a fire tower with spectacular 360-degree views of all the Catskill high peaks. If you are an experienced hiker and feeling ambitious, you can even bag a second peak on Southwest Hunter in the same trip. Both of these summits are required for admission into the Catskill 3500 Club.

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Devil’s Tombstone receives its namesake from a large seven-by-five-foot boulder bordering the campground. Fortunately, the campground offers visitors more than just large rocks. Amenities also include grills and fireplaces, two picnic areas, and access to scenic Notch Lake. Kids will enjoy the playground, as well as volleyball net and horseshoes. There is also a Junior Naturalist Program for children ages 5-13 in which kids can earn an embroidered patch. Unfortunately, the campground doesn’t offer showers. However, another DEC campground at North-South Lake located just eight miles away does.

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The first trail on this loop is the Becker Hollow trail. It is about 1.8 miles north of the campground on Route 214. This is actually a very scenic stretch of road winding its way through Stony Clove. You can easily walk to the trailhead from Devil’s Tombstone; however, if you’re a friendly, outgoing sort, you might be able to team up with your neighbors around camp and score a ride over to the trailhead. After all, walking down the road on a hot summer day can sometimes be an unpleasant experience.

At about 1.7 miles, this fact becomes extremely evident. It is here that you begin to wonder why you ever left the side of that wonderful cooler filled with beer. You may also become delusional in the summer heat and decide that you really need to start finding new hobbies besides hiking. These delusions are further fueled because the trail doesn’t stop its steep assent until after you pass 3,800 feet in elevation. It is here that you meet a yellow-blazed trail. Take a moment to catch your breath, and then turn right on the yellow-blazed

The Catskill high peaks lie before you in every direction, beckoning you to climb them. Once you arrive at the blue-blazed Becker Hollow Trail, your Catskill Camping adventure truly begins. You start off passing through two old stone columns. The trail then winds along a meandering stream passing the remains of an old dam. As you make your way up the moderate grade, you will think to yourself, this isn’t a bad climb at all. However, this will be a short-lived sentiment. The trail becomes much steeper after crossing a small tributary stream at about .5 miles from the trailhead. Becker Hollow is actually considered to be one of the steepest trails in the Catskills. 26

trail, following it .3 miles up a more moderate grade to the summit of Hunter Mountain and its wonderful fire tower. The higher platforms on the tower offer some amazing views of the beautiful earth on which we live. To the north far below, you will notice the ski runs on Hunter Mountain. To the south, you can see the peak of Southwest Hunter also below you. The other Catskill high peaks lie before you in every direction, beckoning you to climb them. It is here that your delusions end regarding your early retirement from hiking. The summit of Hunter Mountain also offers a nice picnic table, which is a very convenient place for a lunch break.

After lunch, pack up your things and head towards the caretakers cabin until you reach the blue Spruceton trail. Turn left on the blue Spruceton trail, and follow it as it stays level, trekking along the ridgeline of Hunter Mountain through a wonderful large grove of balsam. After about .3 miles from the fire tower, you will come to the yellow Hunter Mountain Trail. Take the yellow trail southeast towards the lean-to as you begin to gradually descend from the summit. You will continue on the trail 1.35 miles to the junction with the Red Devil’s path. It is here that you make the decision whether it is a twopeak day or whether you are contented with bagging just one summit. You have already walked over 4.5 miles from the Becker Hollow trailhead. If you weren’t lucky enough to find a ride from the campground, you have already walked 6.3 miles. From this point to the Canister on South West Hunter,


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it is an additional 1.1 miles both ways, and you still need to get down the extremely steep Devil’s Path back to your campsite. If you are in top physical condition and experienced on backcountry terrain, then you might want to try for the summit of Southwest Hunter. The trail to Southwest Hunter is unmarked and not an official trail but considered a 3500 Club bushwhack. Therefore, it is imperative that you bring a good map and compass or a GPS device for this portion of the hike. However, several years ago someone decided to “improve” the access to the Southwest Hunter summit canister and cleared a path with a machete. This sort of activity is illegal on state land and against the principals of Leave No Trace. If you decide to try and find the Southwest Hunter Summit Canister, please don’t make any further improvements to the herd path. To find the unmarked trail to Southwest Hunter, turn right on the red-blazed Devil’s Path, heading west toward the Hunter Mountain lean-to. As you continue to hike another .2 miles over rolling terrain, look for a small stone cairn on your left. It is easy to miss, so you really have to pay attention to find it. If you are using a GPS device, the coordinates to this junction are N42 10.018 W74 14.029. If you reach a scenic view on your left, you have gotten to Geiger Point and have gone too far. You’ll need to turn around and double back. Once

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you find the unmarked trail, follow it for .6 miles as it heads in a southwesterly direction. The trail will then become somewhat indistinct, and you will need to follow the rule of up. The law of up on a Catskill bushwhack states that as long as you are continuing to ascend, you will eventually reach the summit canister. This section of the bushwhack is fairly steep, but not quite as bad as the Becker Hollow trail. It is located at the coordinates N42 09.742 W74 14.620. Sign your name in the summit canister notebook, and retrace your steps back to the junction with the yellow-blazed Hunter Mountain trail. From here on, you follow the red-blazed Devil’s Path heading east back down to your campsite at Devil’s Tombstone Campground. For the first half a mile, the trail will remain relatively flat, hugging the edge of Hunter Mountain. Then the trail begins to plunge down incredibly steeply as you drop down approximately 1,500 feet in about a mile and a half. Towards the end of the trail, you will need to use your hands to navigate through a few steep rock scrambles. Shortly thereafter, you will find yourself once again next to Notch Lake. Turn right on 214 and follow the road approximately a quarter mile back to Devil’s Tombstone campground.

You have finally returned to your temporary home in the Catskills. The BBQ grill is a welcome sight! After this great hike, you’ve certainly worked up an immense appetite, and it’s time to get the charcoal blazing. First, you might want to crack open that cooler and grab a nice cold beer. You’ve earned it! After all, if you hiked the full loop, including Southwest Hunter, you just hiked 10.6 miles with close to 2,800 feet of elevation gain.


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Children are natural rock climbers; they take to it like squirrels to tree tops.

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In an ever more-complicated world, climbing holds clear and simple truths about friendship, trust, discipline, and the natural world. Fortunately, for those of us who live in and visit the Hudson Valley, the steep white cliffs of the Shawangunks are one of the finest climbing venues in America. And each year, hundreds of kids are introduced to climbing in the “Gunks,� often beginning lifelong relationships with the

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Climbing requires flexibility, strength, and agility. It is vigorous and wellrounded like virtually no other activity. In a progressively more sedentary world where more time is spent watching than doing, climbing stands out boldly against a backdrop of LED screens and burgeoning body mass indexes. But kids that climb outdoors fill the day; they develop coordination, strength, and endurance, as well as spatial awareness akin to a gymnast’s. The all-around fitness and balance that climbing fosters is invaluable. Concentration and focus are integral to climbing. From learning knots and rope techniques to figuring out how to move through a puzzling array of rock features, climbing is vigorous exercise for the mind. I witness this repeatedly when I take kids climbing. At home we have a running joke about who has a longer attention span, my fourteen-year-old son or our family’s blue heeler.

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My dog typically wins because when she chases a squirrel up a tree, she sits perfectly still, staring up as if trying to will the critter down to play. However, when we climb, my son wins; he is 100 percent focused. On top of the challenges of the actual climbing, deciphering information about the climbing area itself is often quite challenging. Climbing areas typically have intricate histories, dizzying trail networks, and complicated features that make getting to the climbs themselves an exercise in mental acuity. As a result, kids that climb are working their minds every bit as hard as they are their muscles. Even more, climbing encourages kids to authentically engage and interact with others in ways that they may not

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otherwise do. With the proliferation of electronic communication, face-toface dialogue and the skills it requires appear to be waning. The children of this digital age, one might argue, are separated from one another in ever greater ways, for opportunities for direct interaction have been replaced by phone, texting, and email. But climbing requires an incredibly high level of trust and personal engagement. The obvious risks are managed through mastery of techniques and equipment that have been evolving for over a hundred years and hinge on trust and clear communication. And the commitment that climbing requires fosters a level of support for one another that mainstream sports often lack.


kids, with cliffs between thirty and seventy feet tall. Beginners can often feel overwhelmed by taller, more exposed cliffs, and the closein nature of the forest allows for a less exposed, more comfortable experience. The Trapps area of the Mohonk Preserve can also be a great spot for beginners with many excellent shorter routes, as well as the advantage of having climbs over two hundred feet tall for more ambitious climbers.

The Peterskill area of Minnewaska State Park is one of the finest local climbing spots with challenges for all levels of experience and fitness. The cliff line is about a mile long with massive boulders, rock pinnacles, and caves along its base. Exploring this area is an adventure in itself! The rock is also typical of the quartz conglomerate outcrops found throughout the Gunks. Peterskill is a particularly good place for first-time climbers and

While rock climbing is certainly a game for all ages, the approach taken with grade-school children versus teenagers is very different. Younger participants must often be eased into the experience at a very gradual pace while teenagers are typically eager to know “how it all works.” They also often want to know more of the intricate details behind what it takes to become independent climbers.

Rock Climbing builds self-confidence, communication skills, and trust. Opportunities for professional climbing instruction in the Shawangunks abound with multiple guide services offering private and small group experiences. Most guides in the Gunks are trained and certified by the American Mountain Guides Association, the only internationally recognized training organization in the country. AMGA training includes strategies for teaching and managing risks for all age groups. Alpine Endeavors

offers deeply discounted bookings for parents looking to introduce a child to climbing in a more intimate setting. There are also a variety of summer camps provided through Frost Valley YMCA or New Paltz’s indoor climbing gym, The Inner Wall, offering an extensive climbing camp schedule that incorporates both indoor and outdoor climbing. Rock & Snow in New Paltz is also a great source of information about rock climbing in the Gunks. Joe Vitti is a full-time rock and ice climbing guide with Alpine Endeavors. He lives with his family in High Falls and leads trips here in the Hudson Valley, as well as climbing areas throughout the United States.

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Kids are hungry for experiences, for things outside normal. Not many things are more thrilling than clawing your way up a sheer stone face and then dangling from a rope as your partner lowers you back to the ground. Add the environment itself—the forest and trails, the gliding falcons and vultures, scurrying lizards, the drum of the woodpecker—and suddenly video games and Netflix are all but forgotten and lively minds are onto new paths. Most instructors in the Shawangunks also take full advantage of the opportunity to teach kids about outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace principles, with the intent of fostering respect for the places where we play and the creatures that live there.

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On the west shore of the lower gateway to the Mid-Hudson Valley stands the majestic Storm King Mountain, aptly named

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by a 19th-century writer who noticed that a low mist on its upper slopes often foretold rain. It’s an imposing sight that has inspired many a Hudson River School artist. And in its shadow in the peaceful hamlet of Mountainville, you’ll find one of the world’s most inspiring art museums—the Storm King Art Center—amazing and delighting visitors for over fifty years.

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In a sense, the world famous Storm King is yet another Hudson Valley family business. Current president John P. Stern is the grandson of H. Peter Stern, the engineer and philanthropist who co-founded the center and poured the proceeds from his Star Expansion Company into local philanthropy—and, in 1960, decided that starting an art museum would be a good time. “My grandfather bought the land and the museum building when he was 65,” says Stern, “and there was an early focus on Hudson River School painting. He wanted to do something different that most weren’t doing.” A trip to Bolton Landing in the Adirondacks brought H. Peter to the home of sculptor David Smith, and something clicked: “Grandfather was struck by seeing a number of sculptures that had been made for the outdoors, sited on a hill against beautiful long views,” says Stern. “David Smith had worked in a 40

Studebaker factory and learned welding there, and he used a lot of found objects and agricultural tools. That appealed to the engineer in my grandfather. When Smith died in 1965, he bought thirteen of the works and had them moved to Storm King.” That was an early step on the road to creating a place that stuns even people who don’t think they have much use for art. The Center’s five hundred acres reveal one stunning vista after another, incorporating site-specific installations created by world-renowned sculptors and sending the soul


Another piece of the puzzle fell into place when the Open Space Institute helped to

We allow plenty of time and space and freedom to work out what the artists want to do, which often results in something groundbreaking for the artist and great for the site.

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conserve 2,300 acres on Schunnemunk Mountain to the west, which ultimately became Schunnemunk Mountain State Park, preserving more of the glorious backdrop for works that, as Stern says, “became iconic for the artist and for Storm King,” like the 2,358 foot-long stone wall crafted by British artist Andy Goldsworthy. “He designed the line of it and brought in a team of British ‘wallers,’ and it’s amazing,” says Stern. “It’s inspired by the history of the area and the agriculture; this long wall embraces the trees, serpentining down the hill and into the pond.” The Center commissions world-class artists and works with them for years at a time. “We

allow plenty of time and space and freedom to work out what they want to do, which often results in something groundbreaking for the artist and great for the site,” says Stern. “It’s an eclectic and often surprising process. For example, Maya Lin chose the last open gravel pit from the construction of the New York State Thruway, which is our western border. The DEC championed her work as a model example of reclamation. One of their people followed it very closely and wrote about the process in their official newsletter.” Besides land preservation and gravel-pit reuse, Storm King Art Center is constantly striving to become more sustainable on all fronts—from its solar electric tram that carries visitors on a tour to its trash cans made

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soaring. “The key is the relationship between the landscape and the sculpture. The works are very carefully sited to enhance long vistas of the Hudson Highlands that stretch far beyond the property’s borders,” says Stern. “Before his death, my grandfather commissioned the first two site-specific pieces by Robert Grosvenor and David von Schlegell. After his death, our curator worked with both my father and the board to commission landscape architect William A. Rutherford, who worked on the site for forty-five years.”

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tubing. “It changes minute by minute as the light changes, and hay grows up around it. It’s a very interactive piece,” says Stern. “When the sun hits, you can see it from everywhere, yet it’s very subtle and graceful.”

from 99% recycled materials to its planting of native grasses. Art and environment are constantly intersecting in new ways: Peter Coffin’s 2012 work Untitled (Bees Making Honey) inspired a permanent on-site apiary and a Saturday series of beekeeping lectures. New ways of sharing these wonders with the public are also in a perpetual state of creation. “We’ve been doing more and more with local schools, including partnering with Horizons on Hudson in Newburgh,” says Stern. “And thanks to very generous donations, we’re now available free of charge to all Orange County schools. Last year, we had our first outdoor film 42

We host ‘Wanderings and Wonderings,’ in which artists and poets lead tours to spots they have fallen in love with. screening; this summer we’ll have a whole weekend of film. We host ‘Wanderings and Wonderings,’ in which artists and poets lead tours to spots they have fallen in love with. We have yoga on Saturdays, a lot of wonderful family and children’s programming on Sunday afternoons, and classical and indie music concerts.” Then there are the moonlit walks. “Those were started because of the Bucky ball,” Stern explains. “It’s this work by Spencer Finch, a ball

that evokes Buckminster Fuller and is made with solar panels. It looks like a lunar landing module, and it glows all night. We said, we’ve got to open up at night so people can experience this.” This summer, visitors can experience Three Legged Buddha, one of fifteen works by contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Huan that comprise Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition, along with Outlooks by Virginia Overton, which is constructed of four-inch copper

Sharing the experience with as many as possible is a big part of the mission. “Last year, we had over 100,000 visitors for the first time,” says Stern. “We were up by 34%, and the goal is to keep improving on that. We started staying open till 8pm on Saturdays, and now we’ve added Sundays. The early evening light adds something special, and the air is often cooler.” So plan a visit, pack yourself a picnic, and be prepared to be blown away by this intersection of nature and art... one more big reason to love the Hudson Valley!

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Carolyn Hutchings Edlund is a master artist known and collected internationally. Her works are in collections in Canada, England, Germany, France, Italy, Singapore, and the United States. Born (1947) in Rhode Island, she currently resides in New York State’s Hudson Valley. She studied painting with C. Gordon Harris, Nguyen Tri Minh, Franklin Alexander, and at the Woodstock Art Students League. Edlund is a master of a variety of media and subject portrayal. Her greatest personal satisfaction is derived from the depiction of portraiture, landscape, equine, and canine

subjects. She is known for intimate romanticism in landscapes. She focuses on oil and water-color paints, as well as graphite drawings that are reminiscent of works by Albrecht Durer. She employs traditional techniques, using the finest quality materials to ensure longevity.

“I paint in a way that makes my heart sing and hope that the people who view these paintings find the same song resonating in their own hearts.” A 2004 review compared the excellence of her work to that of John Constable, one of England’s greatest landscape artists. Edlund’s work has been published in the American Arts Quarterly, American Artist, Country & Abroad, and Island Living (UK); and was selected for exhibition at the Salmagundi Club (NYC); at the Chianciano Art Museum for the Biennale Chianciano in Tuscany, Italy; Bienniale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy; and for inclusion in the MFHA Centennial Art Exhibition.

Her paintings and drawings have been represented in the United Kingdom, Chile, Italy, New York City, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, and Virginia. She is listed on AskArt.com, the Artists Bluebook, Worldwide Edition and on Artprice. com, the world’s leading resource for art market information. Artist's Contact Information: Carolyn H Edlund Artist, Fine Paintings & Drawings 845.483.0738 cheart@carolynedlund.com carolynedlund.com Poughkeepsie

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“My work is about the beauty of the natural world as well as the craft of painting itself. I value the characteristics present in both – composition, varied textures, and the power of light and color. I intend the stillness of my scenes to bring to mind times long past and the luminosity to suggest a slight enchantment. Many find the paintings an escape, the meandering paths and waters avenues for adventure. Yet, some find the scenes familiar – perhaps the backyard they grew up in, a road they once took, or a landscape more interior.”

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To Bee or Not to Bee...

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Backyard beekeeping is a life-saving endeavor — and fun too! Life-saving? Sounds serious, and it actually is. Many people don’t realize it, but the honeybee population is rapidly dwindling due to various hindrances, such as and varroatosis, a disease caused by varroa mites that virtually suck the life out of honeybee colonies. photo by Harshjeet Singh Bal

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Some honeybees’ contributions: photo by Kiks Balayon

Why is this so important? Perhaps because another little-known fact is that the gentle honeybee (sometimes given a bad rap that belongs to the aggressive hornet, wasp, and yellow jacket) is responsible for the well-being of all living creatures on this planet.

How? Honeybees, which live in colonies performing as a single unit, cultivate the earth’s bounty with their ability to pollinate. Without them, our earth would be void of our nutritional crops—our sustenance. They also tender us with a wealth of natural beauty: flowers, trees, grasses, and everything we hold dear from Mother Nature.

Pollen:

Our agricultural market is dependent on the honeybee as they account for 80 percent of insect pollination, thus playing a major role in our evolution. Without pollination, there’d be a substantial reduction of fruit and vegetable harvesting. The honeybees from one hive collect roughly 66 pounds of pollen from flowering plants each year, and the process of pollination, in turn, is also responsible for the fertilization and growth of these plants. Pollen also feeds honeybee colonies, enabling them to thrive and keep our earth abundant with sustenance for the health of all living beings.

Propolis:

Speaking of a multi-functional contribution, this sticky resin that bees collect from trees and mix with wax is used by these industrious creatures to seal and repair cracks in their hives. Its antibacterial qualities are also used by humans as a health aid and, additionally, used as the base property of fine wood stains and varnishes.

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Honey:

Another valuable contribution from these wonderful insects is that sweet “liquid gold.”

Not only does honey feed the bee colonies, but it’s also a pure, palatable, and revered food source that’s a syrupy treat for humans. Even more, it possesses antibacterial qualities to fight several allergies.

Royal Jelly:

This milky substance is prepared by the honeybee from digested pollen and honey mixed with a chemical secreted from a gland in nurse bees’ heads. It presents additional health benefits for humans and commands a premium price as an elixir. Sometimes used as a fertility stimulant, it’s also chock-full of all B (not bee) vitamins.

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Honeybees rarely sting unless they feel threatened. Why would they want to sting when the poor creatures perish after losing their stingers? As in much of life, there’s a yin and yang with a honeybee sting, which only produces a severe allergic reaction to a small portion of humans. The bad is the itching from the bee venom’s formic


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Through this knowledge, it’s quite apparent that this centuries-old activity is more than just a honey-of-a-hobby. Backyard beekeeping has been elevated to a necessary attempt to restore the lost colonies of bees and give balance to the natural decrease in pollination, which could lead to devastating results for the earth and all living creatures.

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acid contents, and the good is the fact that this same venom is also used as a therapy to address physical evils, such as arthritis, neuralgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and multiple sclerosis.

Although quite inactive during the winter, the honeybee survives the winter months by clustering for warmth.

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Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa: A Dream Escape Unless you live in Milton and understand its gentle beauty, you just might just drive by this gem of a town and not notice some of its secrets, such as peach

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“I knew from the beginning that we wanted our spa and restaurant to be available for the local community, as well as guests staying at the inn.” Buttermilk Falls is a visitor’s dream of a Hudson Valley experience. The inn is an 18th-century treasure, beautifully restored and sited on a 75acre estate with panoramic Hudson River views, and that in itself would be enough to make lots of people happy. But proprietor Robert Pollock didn’t stop anywhere near there. A state-of-the-art solar/geothermal spa experience, in itself, might well have also drawn a following—but Pollock hasn’t stopped there either. And food for the inn’s kitchen and its affiliated restaurant being locally and sustainably sourced would have brought nods of approval; Pollock maintains Millstone Farm, with an organic kitchen garden, fruit trees, and heritage chickens producing breakfast eggs, onsite. Enough, you say, to cause a stir? Wait, there’s more. Millstone Farm is populated not just by chickens but by peacocks, llamas, miniature donkeys, angora goats and a herd of rescued alpacas. That’s right, rescued alpacas. Oh, and the place is pet- and kid-friendly. Somewhat ironically, Pollock was drawn to Milton by the sleepy isolation of the place. Like many who come to visit the Hudson Valley, he fell in love and 56

dreamed of making it his home, and his success in the competitive world of downstate real estate made that dream attainable. He tried Cornwall for a few years, but it was a bit too crowded. Then, in Milton, he discovered his dream incarnate, complete with exceptional natural beauty waterfall views. And when the neighboring property came up for sale, he did what many a country dweller has longed to do and bought it himself, ensuring that it would not become a subdivision. But this wasn’t just any random tract of land next door. It contained a vintage inn, and one of Pollock’s passions just happens to be hospitality. It only took three years for a friend to talk him into reinventing Buttermilk, and the inn and spa opened in 2004. “I do realize the contradiction,” he says. “I purchased the property to keep strangers away, but now I happily welcome 54 guests at a time. Interesting how things work out.” Indeed it is—but this twist of fate may have been inevitable, given that Pollock is plainly a people person. “I knew from the beginning that we wanted our spa and restaurant to be available for the local community, as well as guests staying at the inn,” he says. “Our spa was originally housed in one of our carriage houses. As the local business began to grow, we quickly saw the appeal to the local market for a high-end day spa, something that could offer a truly unique experience. Our million-dollar, state-ofthe-art, eco-friendly spa opened its doors in 2006. We then realized that we could incorporate a unique dining appeal with our on-property farm and opened Henry's at the Farm in January of 2011.”


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of online reviews, you’ll find CJ joyful about the raves, and it’s clear that Pollock’s vision of “a beautiful location, close to nature, with sustainable practices but with all of the amenities a metropolitan guest would enjoy” is in good hands. Indoor-event space for catered extravaganzas in the newly renovated barn is the newest wrinkle at the inn, but Pollock is nowhere near done, saying that further improvements to the spa are in the works. “Our latest endeavor is a state-of-the-art bakery and cafe,” he says. “Construction is almost complete, and Frida's Bakery should open its doors sometime this summer."

General manager C.J. Hartwell oversees day-to-day operations and sets a tone that somehow blends regal and downto-earth, whether the occasion is a wedding being covered in the society pages or a day spa “staycation” for some office folks from Wappingers Falls. On page after page

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complementary therapies, such as massage, acupuncture, and Reiki, into their treatment plans as part of a more holistic approach to health. Such therapies are referred to as complementary because they complement traditional medical practices. And, according to the National

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Why take advantage of such complementary therapies? Complementary medicines are often used in an approach to health that considers the whole person, rather than simply the specific problem he/she is being treated for. They may help improve the overall results of the whole treatment plan. Some complementary therapies are designed to reduce stress, thereby helping patients achieve an overall sense of wellness. Others are used as an alternative method of pain relief or to promote healing. And some seem to work with chronic conditions that traditional medicine cannot address in all individuals. 62

One commonly practiced complementary medicine technique is acupuncture. The 500-year-old practice, which originated in China, is believed to stimulate the production of pain-killing endorphins and also invigorate the immune system. Studies have documented that it does work, even though scientists are not yet sure exactly how it works. Leslie Wilshire, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist who has seen the practice become more accepted in the last few years. She practices at Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Women’s View Health Annex, which employs a holistic approach to women’s health, with both conventional medical and complementary treatments. “It’s rare now that I find a physician that doesn’t believe it works,” says Wilshire. She has used acupuncture to treat not only non-gender specific issues, such as depression and anxiety, but also a range of women’s

issues, including infertility, fibroids, heavy bleeding, and hot flashes. “I worked with women who had hot flashes because they had to take Tamoxifin as part of their breast cancer treatment,” says Wilshire. “So I developed a treatment for patients with regular hot flashes with outstanding results.” Wilshire recommends that anyone seeking an acupuncturist look for a LAc-licensed professional because the licensing requires more hours of practice. “But like anything else,” she says, “It’s important to choose someone who will be a good fit for you.”

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If a condition precludes applying pressure, the technique known as Reiki may be used. Reiki is a Japanese technique that uses a healer’s hands to channel life energy through the body. Like massage, it is used to reduce stress and promote healing.

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Another technique that is used to reduce pain is biofeedback. This technique helps alleviate pain by making patients more aware of how they react to signals from their bodies. It works best when the pain is exacerbated by stress, as may be the case with migraines. Biofeedback helps patients avoid tensing up at early signs of pain and thereby making the pain worse.

These approaches are designed to help achieve an overall sense of wellness.

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Meditation is a centuries-old technique that is designed to reduce stress and improve overall health. It may also help practitioners learn to control their attention and moderate emotions. Scientific data now supports claims of meditation’s medical benefits, showing that it can be a useful part of treating respiratory disease and reducing the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. It

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has also been shown as effective in helping people quit smoking. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, 20 million U.S. adults use meditation for health purposes.

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Massage has also become a more popular complementary therapy. Its various uses include relieving tension, alleviating pain, and treating symptoms from conditions as varied as cancer and diabetes. “Massage therapy is used specifically for pain management,” says Michele Muller, a licensed massage therapist (LMT) at Women’s Annex. “I see patients who have had knee replacement surgery, back issues, or neck pain who don’t want to take pharmacological drugs for the pain. Massage can also help with the pain associated with diabetic neuropathy.” Muller works with patients affected by cancer, stroke, Crohn’s disease, and fractured hips, but she also employs massage to help laboring and postpartum mothers. She has even used it as a drug-free way to induce labor. “Massaging pressure points may stimulate contractions that speed up the dilation of a laboring woman’s cervix,” she says. “This is especially useful if moms are trying to avoid drugs.” Postpartum massage can be used to reduce a new mom’s muscle tension and stress levels. “That way moms can go home in a calm state,” adds Muller.

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Begin with a clean jar and your decoupage mixture (Mod Modge or a slightly watered down craft glue). Using a large paint brush, apply a thin layer of your glue mixture to a small section of the outside surface of your jar. Do not decorate the inside of your jar.

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Just a glance at Beacon’s

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website and you begin to get a feel for

what a potent renaissance this post-industrial city has undergone. Some small American cities have websites that are excruciatingly (though earnestly) dry or pathetic. Many are just plain ordinary. Very, very few are this casually and confidently well-written, with no less than seven detailed suggestions for how to spend a day there, a Vimeo channel full of meetings and events, and a library jammed with feature articles about various attractions.

But then, VERY LITTLE ABOUT BEACON IS ORDINARY. Hourly trains from Grand Central make Beacon easy to reach from most anywhere.

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Once you get to the station, you can grab a taxi—they meet most trains— or do what the locals do and walk to town. It’s not a long walk, just over a mile, but it is uphill.

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This particular uphill mile, though, will get you to some of the outright coolest sights and doings to be found anywhere—and it makes a great warm-up for Mount Beacon. But let’s say you get off the train and don’t feel like walking up a hill just yet. You could, quite easily, entertain yourself for hours right at river level. The Newburgh-Beacon Ferry run by Metro-North offers a brief, inexpensive cruise across the Newburgh Bay and back; with or without a stop for a drink at one of the storied bars of Newburgh’s revitalized waterfront, it’s a refreshing welcome to the neighborhood. Back on the Beacon side, the waterfront is where you’ll find the Beacon Sloop Club, the living and breathing work of the late Pete Seeger and the home of the sloop Woody Guthrie. It’s also where you’ll

River Pool find Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park, home of their River Center housed in a restored barn and a shoreline sculpture installation by George Trakas. You can rent a kayak or take an easy hike to Denning’s Point State Park. You’re brief minutes from Dia: Beacon, the globally important contemporary art museum in a repurposed box factory that many credit with fueling Beacon’s resurgence as a destination. With its extensive use of day lighting throughout almost a quarter million feet of gallery space, Dia Beacon is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. A quick walk upriver from the station takes you to Riverfront Park, where you can cool your heels wading in the River Pool in midsummer, thanking whatever powers you care to thank for the contagious dedication and


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Modern-day Beacon illuminates what a little post-industrial city can be when it finds the courage to believe in itself and work together. Malouf's Mountain Sunset Campground hard work of Seeger and friends in stewarding these glorious waters. Indeed, you can easily spend a day or more just roving Beacon’s waterfront. But you will want to venture up the hill eventually, because that’s where you’ll find still more of the eclectic selection of creative endeavors that is modern-day Beacon. The mountain with which this city shares its name is the tallest peak of the Hudson Highlands and was a prime

spot for rebel signal fires during the Revolutionary War. Today, the entire town shines—a beacon of realized dreams—illuminating what a little post-industrial city can be when it finds the courage to believe in itself and work together.

STAY There’s much more than a day’s worth of fun to be had here and several nice options when it comes to where to stow your stuff and sleep nights. If you’re the camping type, check out Malouf’s Mountain Sunset Campground. They’ll pick

you up at the train and whisk you to your hike of choice, anything from a half hour to five hours. While you walk, they’ll tote your sleeping bag, pack, and cooler to your campsite, a covered platform that comes equipped with everything else you’ll need. With hot showers, clothes dryers, and catered feasts, Malouf’s Mountain is “roughing it” in a mighty smooth style indeed. If you’d rather bunk indoors, the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls offers spacious loft-style rooms in renovated historic buildings, many with waterfall views. A boutique hotel, the Roundhouse is located right near the nightlife, art, and shopping that you’ll want to explore. Three restaurants— two indoor and one al fresco—serve

locally sourced food and beverage. Or try the Botsford Briar B & B, a meticulously restored Queen Anne Victorian with a fairytale turret, lush woodworking, ornamental fireplaces, and river views. (A deck was added in 2008, the better to enjoy those views.) The high-ceilinged rooms furnished with antiques will impart the graces of a bygone era to your downtime, and you’ll get a continental breakfast.

SHOP True connoisseurs of recreational retail love nothing more than the thrill of a handmade, vintage, or gentlyused find. Let the others flock to the mall and fritter their hard-earned cash away; when you’re shopping indie retail in Beacon, you’ll find classy classics at fractional prices and unique handmade items that you’ll treasure.

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Nobody should contemplate too much shopping or exploring without a snack. Blackbird Attic Boutique

Get Frosted Cupcakery Blackbird Attic Boutique, the brainchild of former Brooklynite Michelle Caves, is a lovingly curated selection of vintage and handmade goods enhanced by fresh, edgy artworks on display. The art show changes every month, the inventory more often than that. Just reading descriptions of the inventory online is enough to make a clothing lover’s heart beat faster.

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You’re also likely to fall in love at Nella Bella's Boutique, another boutique resale shop. “I was actually trying to find mom and pop thrift shops when I walked in here. I was not disappointed, though,” says an online reviewer. “All of the items are BEAUTIFUL. Although they do have their boutique prices, there are plenty of items on clearance from previous seasons. I was able to find a gorgeous embroidered peplum dress for 75 percent off.” That’s really all a

true thrift shop lover needs to know to make a beeline for Nella Bella’s door. Smart shoppers also know that wellmade infant’s and children’’s clothing and equipment outlasts any one child’s tenure, and that’s the founding principle behind Trendy Tots Take Two. “It would be easy to mistake this charming Main Street shop for an exclusive children’s boutique,” writes a reviewer in Hudson Valley Magazine. “But have no fear: the prices here remain bargain-basement, while the merchandise elicits lots of ooh-lalas.” And with word like that going around, you know the selection has only improved. What could go better with your new and improved wardrobe than soft smooth skin, clear eyes, and tons of energy? Nothing, that’s what, and that’s why you should be sure to stop at Heart and Soul, where

Cup & Saucer Tea Room they handcraft and curate the finest organic personal care and health products. Lotions, teas, oils, mists, and spices lovingly made in small batches will pamper your every inch.

Eat & Drink Nobody, of course, should contemplate too much shopping or exploring without a snack. Here, too, Beacon excels. Stop and indulge your sweet tooth at Get Frosted Cupcakery, where two friendly sisters are baking up a storm. Cupcakes are a constant, other baked offerings change daily, and all of it is from scratch. At The Cup & Saucer Tea Room, you’ll find “international comfort foods”—cottage pies, meatloaf, goulash, and sauerbraten, to name but a few, and an authentic British-


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Whether you're looking for snacks, comfort food or fine italian cusine, Beacon has a bit of everything! style afternoon tea served up by an authentic British-born woman who “always dreamed of having my own pretty little tea room” and has created one so nice it’s attracted favorable notice in The New York Times. For dinner, you’ve got some wonderful choices. You can feast on fine Northern Italian fare, impeccably prepared and served, at Brother’s Trattoria, or

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go casual for fresh seafood delights in a laid-back, intimate setting at Gerardo’s Seafood. And over at the Culture Café, they’re cooking up fusion fare three meals a day. Whether you fancy a breakfast of Belgian waffles with mango or papaya, some shrimp toast or empanadas for lunch, or perhaps some balsamic-glazed short ribs for supper, they’ve got a feast just waiting for you. You’ll find fine, fresh craft-brewed beer and much more at The Hop, envisioned as “a universal constant in a sea of chaos.” Besides a stunning selection of the best local brews (nine choices on tap at any given moment), you can sample artisanal local fare of all sorts: chef Matt Hutchins crafts exclusive sausages, pates, and terrines, and they hand-select local chocolates, cheeses, pickles, and suchlike treats.

Oak Vino If you’re in a wine state of mind, try Oak Vino Wine Bar. The revolutionary and well-realized idea here is that you don’t need to be a snob to delight in a wide selection of wine by the glass, served in a tasteful setting. You’ll find they are pouring friendliness and free wi-fi with a generous hand.

Towering over the city of Beacon, Mount Beacon is the highest peak of the entire Hudson Highlands. For most of the twentieth century, the public could ride the Incline Railway funicular—a marvel that combines features of railway and elevator—to the top and stand on the same ground where colonial rebels lit their signal fires of long ago. And there are exciting plans for a revival of the Incline Railway in the works. But don’t wait. Get a good night’s sleep, pack a picnic, and hike the steep mile to the summit. You’ll get a workout, true. But the indescribable reward is a view that stretches, on a clear day, all the way from Manhattan Island to the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge— pretty much the most Hudson Valley that can be seen at once without an airplane getting involved.

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We are located in the heart of The Catskill Mountains. We carry Minnetonka Moccasins, chimes, puzzles, local books & maps, gemstones, homemade fudge, jewelry, candy, t-shirts, games, crafts and so much more. We are packed to the rafters with fun, practical, and hard-to-find merchandise. Come visit us for a unique shopping experience. OUR HOMEMADE FUDGE IS WORTH THE TRIP!

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THIS IS FRESH!

Our fruit stand is overflowing with luscious peaches, nectarines, tomatoes, veggies and plants of every kind. Buy your annuals, perennials, herb plants, veggie plants, flowering shrubs & lots more at the source for nice low prices. We also make cider doughnuts, fruit pies and fruit breads in the bakery. Drive your car into our orchards and enjoy a picnic lunch under the trees. Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm is doggy friendly too! WATCH OUR VIDEO at eatapples.com 82

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OUR FARMS

A Cultural Plant Heritageâ&#x20AC;Ś

Corn is one of the true heralds of summer

The CORN-ucopia of the Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley agriculture. As one of the most fervently anticipated consumer crops, sweet corn is tantamount to summer barbecues, picnics, and parties. Most often served on the cob, it can be steamed, grilled, boiled, or roasted, then rolled in butter and dusted with salt and herbs. However, believe it or not, many farmers feel that the best way to eat corn is raw.

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Loretta Scaturro, co-owner of the Apple Bin in Ulster Park says, “As soon as the sun comes out, people are looking for corn. Maybe the yellow sun reminds them of the maize-colored corn. Whatever it is, people definitely associate corn with summer and barbequing.” Although they grow fruit for their farm market, Scaturro says they do carry out-of-season corn from out-of-state, adding, “But the customers really want the real deal and wait for the Hudson Valley’s finest.”

A family farm for generations, the Walkill View Farm in New Paltz not only grows bi-color sweet corn, but according to Danica Ferrante, whose grandparents started the farm, starting in July the corn is picked fresh every morning. Ferrante says, “And it’s not picked by machine—we pick it by hand. Our weekenders and visitors from all around say it’s some of the best corn they’ve ever had.” She added Walkill View Farm corn is definitely not genetically modified and she’s one of those many farmers who say: “I prefer it raw—it’s so tender, you don’t even need to cook it.”

Chris Kelder, owner of one of the oldest farms in the valley, Kelder's Farms, shared a tidbit on how to recognize when corn is perfect for picking: “When corn is ripe it’ll come off the stalk easy when you pull the ear down towards the ground—that’s the way you can tell it’s ready.” Kelder finds corn to be fascinating. Why?

“Corn is an interesting crop because without the corn silk tassel, there’d be no kernel. The corn silk is like a fallopian tube.”

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Once the season gets underway, corn consumption becomes a virtual institution. There’s nary a roadside stand, farmers’ market, or supermarket that doesn’t feature a bin of corn as their highlighted harvest, all to be brought home for the many mouth-watering ways to imbibe— from raw and steamed to barbequed and, in a pinch, microwaved in the husks. It’s hard to fathom such a simple plant has such a history. From an ancestry spawned from an inedible wild grass to the savory sweetness that makes folks salivate, corn has become quite the celebrity.

Jack Schoonmaker’s Method of Cooking Corn As a farmer at one of oldest farms in the Hudson Valley, Jack is quite the expert on cooking corn. After all, his family has been growing it for generations. Says Jack, “It’s simple. Put the shucked ears of corn into a large pot. Make sure the corn is completely covered by the water and bring to a boil. Wait eight minutes, and you’ll have the perfect corn.”

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Corn is always hand-picked at Kelder's and natural, (no GMOs) bi-color crops are planted twice a week throughout summer to have enough to satisfy the many folks that come from far and wide for Hudson Valley corn. Kelder explains why the Valley is so perfect for corn: “It’s our fertile soil and the climate is just right.”

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Corny Trivia: ¢ T  he average ear has 800 kernels arranged in 16 rows, but it can have between 8 and 22 rows—and always an even number of rows on each ear. There’s also one piece of silk for every kernel. ¢ C  ornstarch is made into high-fructose corn syrup that was used to make liquor, once called moonshine. Why? Because it was typically made at night as it was illegal at that time. However, bourbon was legal and that’s a type of whiskey that's been distilled from at least 51 percent corn mash. Go figure. ¢ C  orn cob jelly is made from, guess what? Corn cobs. ¢ C  orn has an incredibly long shelf life. Archeologists have been able to pop 1,000-year-old popcorn. ¢ C  orn silk is used to make tea to combat urinary tract infections. 86

¢ Heard of grits? Not so popular in the north, but grits are a corn-based porridge made from coarse stone-ground corn. ¢ Did you know that the water in a popcorn kernel is what makes it pop? When heat is applied, the water that exists inside the kernel becomes steam and expands, eventually breaking the hard outer covering of the kernel and turning it inside out. The soft starch of the interior becomes fluffy and white after the tiny explosion. ¢ The world record for eating corn on the cob is 33½ ears in 12 minutes, held by Cookie Jarvis. Wonder if she holds the record for cookie-eating also? ¢ Fresh corn freezes well if placed in heavyduty freezer bags. To prepare whole ears for freezing, blanch them first for five minutes. Frozen whole corn on the cob will keep for up to one year.

¢ O  ne serving of corn provides 25 percent of your daily requirement of Vitamin B1; 18 percent of folate for production of red blood cells; 15 percent of the mineral phosphorus; 15 percent of manganese; and 16 percent of vitamin C. ¢ D  id you know that corn evolved from a wild, inedible grass? ¢ C  orn comes in five varieties: field corn for livestock feed; popcorn for snacking; foodgrade corn used to make numerous food products, including corn bread and tortillas; sweet corn, our favorite summertime treat; and seed corn grown specifically for the kernels to be planted for next year’s crop. ¢ A  s a food product, corn—along with beans and squash—was once revered by the ancestors of the Native American Iroquois and were called the “Three Sisters.”


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Tree Ripened Peaches & Plums Explore the Berry Patch Fresh Local Vegetables Shop our Farm Market

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quality produce. herbs. shrubs. trees. mulch. soil. garden plants.

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What’s your reason for visiting Saunderskill Farms this weekend? • ANNUALS & PERENNIALS • SWEET CORN PICKED FRESH DAILY • HOMEGROWN VEGGIES • PICK YOUR OWN: STRAWBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, AND RASPBERRIES

• LOCAL SMOKED MEATS & CHICKEN • APPLE CIDER DONUTS • FRESH BREWED COFFEE • SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM • HOMEMADE DESSERTS

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RECIPES

ode to the tomato The Hudson Valley’s Summertime Gift

Nothing compares to the bliss of biting into a vibrantly colorful, delectably juicy, and perfectly delicious tomato. After a long winter suffering through the flavorless mealy fruit of the same name, these local gems will fill you with joy that screams summertime.

Jam packed with yummy goodness, now is the time to enjoy our valley’s bounty of fresh and delicious produce. Wonderfully light and refreshing for those steamy summer days, a meal featuring the local tomato will be sure to please. So eat them while you can. There’s nothing like the taste of an in-season tomato!

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he tomato provides the base for a super versatile fresh salsa or sauce that can be used to make endless summer dishes. Experiment with the endless varieties of local tomatoes, or add deliciously ripe seasonal fruits like peach or watermelon. For an extra kick of spice, add in some fresh hot pepper or garlic. Try a salsa with cilantro one day and a bunch of basil or parsley the next day. Harvest tomatoes and other fresh produce from your garden, or pick up the freshest and brightest from the farm stand to make your sauce or salsa of the day. Not only is salsa great for dipping, but you can create so many other lovely dishes as well. The skyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the limit!

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1 small bunch chives, minced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes, chopped 1/4 teaspoon fresh hot pepper or flakes 1/2 cup chopped basil 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 pound pasta of choice

1. Basic Tomato Salsa 3 large local tomatoes, finely diced 1/2 red onion, finely diced 1 jalapeno, finely diced 1 lime, juiced 1/2 cup chopped cilantro Salt and pepper to taste Mix thoroughly in bowl, and let sit in fridge for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend together. Dip your chips and enjoy.

Mix together all ingredients (except pasta) in a bowl. This sauce can sit awhile to let flavors marry or be eaten immediately. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta and toss with tomato salsa. Serves 4-6.


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4. Peach Salsa 2 cups diced tomato 2 cups diced peeled peaches 1/2 cup diced green onion 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper Juice from 1-2 limes 2 teaspoons minced mild or hot chili pepper 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 1 clove crushed garlic salt and pepper to taste

1 pint red grape (or cherry) tomatoes, halved 1 pint yellow grape tomatoes, halved 3 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil salt and pepper to taste 1 baguette Combine all ingredients (except the baguette) in a bowl; stir together. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or so if you have time. Cut the baguette into diagonal slices, and toast the bread in the oven on a baking sheet until golden brown on both sides (flipping halfway through). To serve, spoon generously over the slices of bread. Serve on a platter as an appetizer.

5. Melon Gazpacho 2 cups chopped watermelon 1 cup orange juice 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 seedless cucumber, diced 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 small onion, diced 2 medium garlic cloves, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced juice from 1-2 limes 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, basil, or cilantro salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients, and stir together. For a less chunky soup, pulse in food processor for just a few seconds. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves 6.

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Combine all ingredients. Chopped mango can be used along with peaches in this recipe. Let stand for 45 minutes or refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Delicious with grilled fish or pork.

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Osaka Japanese Restaurant

The premier Sushi restaurant in the Hudson Valley for over 19 years. Only the freshest sushi with an innovative flair.

Dominick’s Cafe 34 North Front Street Kingston, NY 12401 845-338-4552 www.dominickscafe.com

Make Life Taste Better with Dominick’s Cafe’s specialty desserts, catering and holiday gift ideas! Kingston’s best kept secret is rich in old world flavor and offers authentic home-style cooking.

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CANCELLIERE’S PIZZERIA

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6320 Route 209 Kerhonkson, NY 845-626-2441

Full Service Deli • Catering • Party Subs Sandwiches • Wings • Burgers • Fries Hard & Soft Ice Cream • Frozen Yogurt Homemade Custom Ice Cream Cakes

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EATING OUT

Join the Movement: Small Plates and Tapas in the Hudson Valley

When I asked my nine-year-old daughter if she ever heard of the small plate movement, she guessed it had to do with earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plates creating an earthquake. While a thoughtful attempt, it is much simpler than that. The small plate movement is about dinner plates â&#x20AC;Ś not tectonic plates. Small plates are simply small plates. The movement part is about a group of well-minded nutritionists who are spreading the word about the benefits of eating less at each meal.

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Believe it or not, humans are psychologically affected by the size of our plate. Big plate equals more food. Small plate, less food. Basically, we eat in proportion to the size of our plate. But whether our plate is big or small, we have the same feeling of fullness after eating. So, in light of the desire to use food sustainably and fight the obesity epidemic, there is a movement working to get families and restaurants to drop their average plate size down from 12 to 10 inches. This drop in diameter leads to a 22 percent reduction in caloric intake and a significant reduction in food waste. The world needs this movement. There has been a rise in the concerns of the future of the global food industry. Our population is growing rapidly, and our diets are getting richer. By 2050, we’ll need to double the amount of crops

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we grow to meet the demands of human and livestock consumption. In May 2014, National Geographic Magazine began a new series about the future of food. The first article in the series was about how to reach these demands. A team of scientists came up with a five-step plan, and it includes using our food resources more efficiently, shifting our diets, and reducing waste. It states we can all make an impact by “such simple steps as serving smaller portions, eating leftovers, and encouraging cafeterias, restaurants, and supermarkets to develop waste-reducing measures.” Fortunately, in the Hudson Valley many restaurants already joined the bandwagon and offer small plate options, saving people calories and expenses (as well as the oft-wasted leftover). Tapas, traditionally a Spanish appetizer or snack, have grown as a cuisine worth exploring in our region. Keeping in mind that the Spanish word tapas means cover or lid, there are several theories as to how tapas came into existence. Some say tapas were originally foods that were

placed as lids over glasses of sweet wines to avert the fruit flies from the tempting sugars of the drink on a hot summer eve. Another theory says that patrons of Spanish bars would place their small plates of food atop their drinks as they stood (we’ve all been to the cocktail party where we struggled to hold our drink and small plate). However it began, bartenders served drinks with salty meats, such as chorizo, cheeses, and breads, and these small dishes became more and more surprising and elaborate and soon were something that customers looked forward to almost more than the alcohol.

Here in the Hudson Valley, there are plenty of options for delectable small plates and tapas that will satiate your appetite and keep you feeling energized and active this summer. There’s nothing quite like a warm summer night, a cold craft beer, and a medley of tasty food to snack on till you are fully satisfied. The summer is a great time to go taste testing.


EATING OUT In Rhinebeck, sit outside under the canopies at Terrapin Restaurant or at their fabulous bar and enjoy duck quesadilla wedges, mini burgers, and coach farm goat cheese wontons, among other savory little treats that are all $5 or under. You can’t beat the elegant atmosphere of the Terrapin with tapas. For a more country atmosphere, head to Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room in Big Indian. Set in a restored country farmhouse in the Catskill Mountains, Peekamoose supports local growers and changes its menu frequently to showcase the freshest ingredients available. Peekamoose also offers fabulous small plates, including roasted beet “tartare” served with micro arugula, white truffle oil, and caperberries; brandade ravioli served with tomato confit, kalamata olives, and walnuts; and housemade gnudi with stewed roma tomatoes & parmesan. And you must try their caramelized jumbo scallops!

Terrapin Restaurant’s Grilled Shrimp Fajita Quesadilla with Queso Fresco Peekamoose Restaurant’s Housemade Local Charcuterie Board is perfect to share around the table

Enjoy the legendary bounty of the Hudson River Valley by eating some refreshing food at Henry’s Buttermilk Falls at the Farm in Milton. Henry’s sources ingredients from local farms and artisan food producers and purveyors, who primarily practice organic farming and humane animal husbandry. Their own 40-acre Millstone Farm produces the majority of their fresh greens, organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, and eggs throughout the growing season. Some of their delectable light fare includes chipotle beef chili with cilantro cream; crab cake with fennel slaw; spinach and mushroom strudel; white truffle and Parmesan frites; and pulled pork risotto. The list goes on.

The focus of tapas dining is bringing people together. Wonderful conversation is bound to happen while enjoying delicious tapas.

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There is a whole new culture surrounding tapas dining, much like the explosion of brunch.

Boitson's Restaurant’s Hard boiled eggs The Hop, a craft beer and artisanal fare restaurant in Beacon, has a fabulous beer selection (over 150 craft beers and a rotating draft list with growlers to take home) with a diverse selection of small plates, featuring local artisan cheeses, chocolates, pickles, and house-made sausages. They use as much local produce as possible. It’s a great place to sample some exquisite beer and food offerings while relaxing with friends. Boitson’s Restaurant in Kingston offers a huge selection of New York State beers ranging from Keegan Ales brewed in Kingston to Ommegang from Cooperstown. Seasonal cocktails whet your palate for some of their great little foods including deviled eggs; cauliflower wings with Portuguese hot sauce and blue cheese; and fried oysters. 104

Head to Friends & Family II Hillside Restaurant in Accord and choose from their seasonal small plate menu. Find delights like salmon with an apricot and pistachio yogurt sauce with a bulgur pilaf or a beef braciole with chimichurri sauce. Hillside creates delicious handcrafted dishes made with fresh local ingredients in a casual, inn-like atmosphere. For a small plate late night menu, check out Bacchus in New Paltz. Select from bar food favorites, like burgers, nachos, and fish and chips, as well as pizzas, chimichangas, and a variety of appetizers. Jar'd is an intimate, funky, and fabulous wine pub in New Paltz. Its energetic space offers a fun experience for patrons. Enjoy a great selection of wine, beer, and small snacks in the creative indoor or outdoor setting. Small plates and appetizers include pulled pork, soft pretzel sticks wrapped with Serrano ham, stuffed piquillo peppers, and Nutella crostini. Their place is comforting and fun and now has a deck overlooking the rail trail. It is a place to really relax and soak in the flavors.

Boisten Restaurant’s Housemade Local Charcuterie Board is perfect to share around the table

Jar'd Wine Pub’s advertising strategy is straight forward

Wherever you begin, get out there and enjoy the diverse foods and drinks of our region. Sit outdoors under the stars, people-watch in a quaint village, and enjoy the harvest of the valley. As you place your order, consider supporting the small plate movement ... better for you, better for the environment! Author’s disclaimer: You may not want to start supporting the small plate movement on a day you did a seven-mile hike.


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SOOK HOUSE Korean & Japanese Restaurant

Our chef, Sook, is proud to present a variety of mouth-watering choices for youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; be it one of our Sushi dishes, our Chicken Teriyaki with soup, salad and rice, a delicious bowl of thick Japanese Udon noodles with shrimp tempura, or even a refreshingly sweet ice cream tempura for dessert.

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Stop in and dine inside or outside or relax with friends for drinks and appetizers around our fullsurround bar that features over 100 imported and domestic beers and fine wines.

Delicious hand-crafted continental cuisine prepared with only the finest ingredients.

Friday & Saturday: Serving the Best Prime Rib in the Valley Saturday & Sunday Brunch: With Mouth-Watering Delights

Friends & Family II Hillside

We cater to parties of up to 100. Free pool and ping pong.

OPEN for dinner at 4:30pm Wed-Mon Lunch Weds., Thurs., Fri. noon till 2:30pm Brunch on Sunday from 10:30-2:00

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Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm game night with prizes for first place.

Open 7 days a Week Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-7

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American Glory Restaurant

Legendary Wood Smoked BBQ and Classic American Comfort Foods.

China Rose

RIBS PULLED PORK BRISKET PORK BELLY PRIME RIB TURKEY STEAKS CHICKEN CHOPS FISH SOUPS CHILI

Home of the Sake Margarita

Zagat Rated Best Chinese Food in the Hudson Valley for 15 Years Steps away from the Rhinecliff Amtrak Station 1 Shatzell Ave., Rhinecliff, NY 845-876-7442 www.chinaroserestaurant.com

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Enjoy the tastes and sounds of Italy in an intimate setting right here in Rhinebeck. Preparing traditional dishes with gourmet artistry and local bounty.

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Organic, Sustainable, Local

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Hours Tuesday thru Saturday 11 am—9 pm Sunday 9 am—9 pm Sunday Brunch

Hours Tuesday thru Saturday 11 am—9 pm Sunday 9 am—9 pm Sunday Brunch

175 Main St, New Paltz, NY www.maincoursecateirng.com

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Now that the warm weather is here, what you need are some mouthwatering cocktails to help you celebrate with friends and family! Fortunately, the ingredients can all be found locally.

The valley is now one of the hotbeds of distilling in North America. I had a fascinating conversation with Kelley Slagle of Farm-to-Glass Tours. Kelley is a former NYC mixologist who now makes her home in the Hudson Valley, giving expert tours of wineries, distilleries, and cideries. She shared with me some summer drink ideas with locally made spirits. SO, HEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S A FRESH TAKE ON SOME FUN

DRINKS. SHAKE THINGS UP AND ENJOY!

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St. Anne's Peak 2 ounces H  arvest Spirits Cornelius Apple Jack 3/4 ounce strawberry syrup* 1 ounce lemon juice 1/2 ounce D  elaware Phoenix Walton Waters Absinthe In a rocks glass, add ice to pre-chill glass. To shaker, add Apple Jack, strawberry syrup, lemon juice, and ice. Shake hard till very cold. Dump ice from rocks glass, add 1/2 ounce of absinthe, and roll glass to coat completely; dump excess. Add fresh ice to rocks glass. One large rock is best. Strain cocktail into glass. Garnish with one strawberry. Enjoy!


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The Concord

2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup water 1/2 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced

5 ounces Orchard Hill Red Label Method Champenoise Hard Cider 1 ounce Cassis (Tuthilltown, Warwick Valley, Brookview Station, Hudson-Chatham, Adair Vineyards, or Tousey Winery)

1 1/2 ounces gin from Tuthilltown Spirits 1 1/2 ounces Concord grape shrub* 1/4 ounce simple syrup* 4 ounces club soda Orange twist garnish Collins glass Ice

2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries have softened completely and the syrup has a distinct strawberry flavor, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. 3. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer, and discard the solids. Transfer to a container with a tight fitting lid, cover, and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Build in a champagne flute in the order given. Garnish with orange twist.

Into a Collins glass, measure 4 ounces of club soda. Into a cocktail shaker, add gin, Concord grape shrub, and simple syrup. Fill shaker with ice. Shake till very cold. Strain into Collins glass. Fill Collins glass with ice. Twist orange peel over the top and put into glass. *To make Concord grape shrub, fill a one-quart container with washed concord grapes, and cover with Orleans Method Red Wine Vinegar from Classic Wine Vinegar. Infuse for two weeks, stirring occasionally. Into a saucepan, strain while lightly pressing grapes to extract all juice and vinegar from the solids. Add two cups of sugar. Heat over medium-low heat to a simmer. Simmer for two minutes. Strain and cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. * To make simple syrup, add two cups water to two cups sugar in a saucepan. Heat to dissolve the sugar and remove from heat. Cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. visitvortex.com

Method 1. Place the sliced strawberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan, and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.

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Hudson Valley Manhattan 2 1/2 ounces Tuthilltown or Hillrock Estate Rye 3/4 ounces sweet vermouth 2 droppers Tuthilltown Basement Bitters 1 cherry Wedge of orange Stir rye and vermouth on ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, top with bitters, and garnish with the cherry and orange slice.

Hudson Valley Prohibition Martini 3 oz Tuthilltown or Half Moon Gin 1 oz dry vermouth 2 dashes of Dutch’s ProhiBitters Combine over cracked ice and stir. Strain into cocktail glass. Add a lemon twist.

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Hudson Valley Old Fashioned 2 ounces B  ourbon (Millbrook Dutchess Private Reserve, Tuthilltown Baby Hudson, Hillrock Estate) 2 dashes Hudson Standard Spiced Apple 1 splash seltzer 1 teaspoon sugar 1 maraschino cherry 1 orange wedge

Bitters and Shrubs

Place sugar and bitters in glass. Add club soda, and muddle with cherry & orange slice. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cubes, and stir.

J&J Iced Tea 2 ounces Dutch’s Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine 3 ounces Strong black tea 1/2 ounce Cane syrup 1/2 ounce Lemon juice 2 dashes T  uthilltown Basement Bitters Stir and serve over ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Gangland Bay Breeze 1 1/2 ounce D  utch’s Sugar Wash Moonshine 2 ounces pineapple Juice 2 ounces cranberry Juice Build cocktail over ice in a highball glass. Stir to mix. Garnish with a lime or pineapple wedge.

Bitters have traditionally been used as additives for cocktails. The Hudson Valley, with its numerous CSA’s and other farms, is a cornucopia of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices. Originally, many liquors back in the olden times didn’t taste as the good as ones today. To cover up faults or to make them more palatable, bitters were introduced. In many cases, these bitters had their own medicinal powers. Today, the Hudson Valley is making some really good ones.


Basement Bitters from Tuthilltown Distillers. This distinctive brand of bitters is made from rye spirit, Sasaprilla, and fourteen other herbs and spices balanced with local maple syrup and aged in one of Tuthilltown’s rye barrels for extra smoothness. Dutch’s Colonial Cocktail Bitters is an essential aromatic ingredient for any home bar. Handcrafted using botanicals popular in the 18th century, the main ingredients—wild American Spicebush and Kinnikinnick leaf—were first introduced to early settlers by Native Americans acquainted with their fragrant properties. Dutch’s Spirits drew flavors from around the globe, such as Hungarian angelica seed, Pakistani red rose petals, Gabon sandalwood, French lavender, American bitter orange peel, and Egyptian chamomile. Dutch’s Boomtown Bitters combines the ingredients of sarsaparilla and wintergreen popular at the time of the great logging boom in the Hudson Valley, with flavors representing American whiskies of the day, such as coconut and oak from the maturing cask.

The Hudson Standard Spiced Apple Bitters made by Hudson Wine Merchants is a wonderfully aromatic set of bitters made form Hudson Valley apples and a wonderful, sexy blend of herbs and spices. Fabulous with an Old Fashioned! The Hudson Standard Ginger Bitters is a gorgeous blend of exotic taste sensations and aromas. Ginger is blended with herbs and spices to make this spectacular elixir. The Hudson Standard Pear Honey Ginger Shrub dates back to Colonial times and is made from fruit, sweetener, and vinegar to add flavor to water, seltzers, and cocktails.

Lots of bars are making their own shrubs these days. They are the hottest new taste sensation!

Dutch’s ProhiBitters evokes the time of Prohibition. Gin quickly became the most widespread bootleg liquor around. Inspired by the bathtub booze, ProhiBitters is a blend of flavors tailored to tweak that gin martini. Big citrus notes blend with licorice, hibiscus, ginger root, and coriander will class up your cocktails.

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Hudson Valley Dance Venues: Dance the Night Away by Anne Pyburn Craig

Dancing. It’s a cold drink on a hot and dusty trail, a shower after a long dirty job. Moving to beloved music until you’re part of it shakes off the physical aches and pains and the emotional and spiritual cobwebs like nothing else can. It frees you, body and mind. And no matter where you venture in the Hudson

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PoTown Swing

Live music, of course, abounds at a vast variety of venues and events, and dancing is encouraged—even beloved—at most any of these. It’s not hard to find a setting to just shake it up. Beyond that, though, it’s

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getting easier and easier to find good times that are all about the dance—places where you’ll find someone else who can Lindy, places where your partner can spin you into a Latin twirl without risking collisions with the unaware, places where everybody dances as if nobody’s watching.

Pure, unabashed, and unadulterated love of dance can be found in abundance two Saturday nights a month in Tilson at the Stone Mountain Farm in the barefoot outdoor revelry that is a summertime Freestyle Frolic. Ever since 1993, volunteer movement lovers have been organizing regular gatherings at which dozens of dancers come together in joyous bursts of exuberance. Frolics draw a warm, welcoming crowd, jamming to an eclectic variety of music: everything from big band to house to hip-hop, depending only on the collective mood and whim of DJ and dancers. The scene is smoke-, drug-, and alcohol-free, inclusive, and family-friendly. Dancing has been known to continue into the next day on certain legendary occasions. As the name suggests, Freestyle Frolics are for any sort of boogie you choose.


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If you’ve got a preference for a specific style, chances are there’s a place you can find it.

Here’s a brief rundown of the scene: Swing and ballroom dancing are the love languages fluently spoken by Chester and Linda Freeman of Got2Lindy, world-class teachers and performers who call this area home and have dedicated themselves to spreading that love all through the community. If you don’t know how to Lindy or cha-cha-cha, they’ll teach you in a supportive and accepting environment—no partner required— with a focus on the “lead and follow connection” that lies at the

heart of social dance. Not only will you amaze everyone at the next wedding reception you attend, you can also kick out the jams at the Freemans’ Lindy Hops and Swing Infusion—noted, like the Frolics, for good times among great people. That action’s in Kingston and Highland and beyond. Check the Got2Lindy website for details; they’re always finding new venues for swing, one of the latest being the Newburgh Brewing Company.

If your taste runs to spicy Latin, a couple of local restaurants are serving it up hot. At Gabriel’s Café in Kingston, salsa and samba dances with live music are regular items on the menu. At the Rosendale Cafe, most Thursday nights feature an hour’s worth of Latin dance instruction with an Argentinean teacher, after which you can dance the night away. Tango addicts meet for regular lessons, known as milongas, at

the Tango Cafe in Saugerties. Find sessions and special events with international master artists in Woodstock, Kingston, Saugerties, Rhinebeck and beyond; you’ll find the latest updates on the Woodstock Tango Facebook page. If your dance of choice hasn’t been mentioned here, definitely do not despair. Whether you desire belly dancing or clogging, line dancing or Bossa Nova, the Hudson Valley dance world can help you find anything from beginner’s lessons to competitions. At JB Studios in Kingston, for example, you can study up on zumba, belly dancing, or hip-hop.

Whatever the flavor, grab your dancin’ shoes and jump on in; somewhere nearby, this very weekend, a band or a DJ will be playing your song.

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Hudson Valley Community Dances

You can also connect with a lively social dance scene encompassing swing, ballroom, Cajun/Zydeco, Contra, and English country dancing via the good folks of Hudson Valley Community Dances. Based in Poughkeepsie, they offer a calendar of events on both sides of the river, tearing up the floor at a variety of churches, clubs, and social halls. You’ll find them on Facebook. Then there’s the group PoTown Swing, which meets up every Wednesday at Vassar College.

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The Next Generation of Home Improvement

A Tree House... a Secret You and Me House by Rochelle Riservato

Since the mid-1990s, recreational tree houses have enjoyed a rise in popularity. Perhaps it’s because families want to stay at home and enjoy their own property—or perhaps it’s the increased interest in environmental issues and sustainable living. Whatever the reason, adults,

of fun with this outdoor home improvement wonderland.

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And the great thing is that tree houses can run the design gamut, from the simplest children's play structure to fully functioning escapes with extensive designs featuring multiple stories and several rooms — all the way to a tree house with running water and solar lighting and … would you believe hot tubs? However, being a bit more conservative, not to mention affordable, a tree house is basically a delight for the kids, or as we’ve discovered, adults, to take flight to their own respite. For the youngsters, a “no adults” type of situation may prevail.

Whatever you plan—a DIY project, hiring someone to design and construct, an in-a-tree or freestanding structure—a tree house provides adventure for kids and comfort for parents knowing where to locate their children when they’re not in sight … not to mention a great outdoor home improvement.

A tree house, a free house, A secret you and me house, A high up in the leafy branches Cozy as can be house. A street house, a neat house, Be sure to wipe your feet house Is not my kind of house at allLet's go live in a tree house.” —Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

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And, hundreds of years later, the Renaissance era sparked a renewed interest in classical culture, and these abodes became a status symbol. Tree houses were considered must-haves in Florentine gardens. In the mid-19th century, a town just west of Paris became famous for its tree-house restaurants where meals, complete with champagne, were hoisted up to diners in a basket pulley. The next popularity in history was the importance of the tree house’s role with British nobility. These above-ground respites actually became a vital part of the culture in Tudor England. In fact, one of the

More recently, Winston Churchill constructed a tree house 20-feet high in a lime tree at his Chartwell Manor home, and John Lennon was believed to have a tree house overlooking the Strawberry Fields orphanage.

A tree house is a delight for both the kids and adults to take flight to their own respite. The Gamut of Tree-house Designs

Diehard tree-house enthusiasts have specific perspectives as to what embodies an “authentic” tree house, such as the tree must be an integral part of the structure. However, you don’t have to be rigid on the

technicality of it being “in” a tree. Thinking out-of-the-tree can give you the option of a free-standing dwelling, sans the tree, as children will just enjoy the height, the view, and the entertainment this private abode will afford them. Basically, if the structure is not in a tree, some might call it a playhouse, although your children will still call it a tree house!

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oldest tree houses still in existence is located in a 500-year-old lime tree in Pitchford, England. It was designed in the popular English Tudor style and is known as "The Tree with a House in It."

Robert George of Robert George Design Group says that he really enjoys the process of building a tree house. The family and children are so excited, and it makes everyone so happy to see our plans come to life. Shown here are the initial plans to conception of a tree house they built into a living tree with additional support provided by upside down locust tree posts. Construction is mostly conventional and the actual railing is made from locally harvested locust tree branches. There are several pulleys in place to open different trap doors and windows too. Kevin McHugh from Traveling Tools in Kingston says, “As a nature lover, I would have to design and construct a tree house with ropes and clamps to secure it without driving any nails or screws into the tree.” He

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Tree House History

Your first encounter with tree-house life may have started as fantasy in books, such as The Swiss Family Robinson and Peter Pan. However, in truth, tree houses go way back in the real world. These dwellings can be traced back to the people of the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, who lived in trees to provide secure homes for their families.

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The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. feels every tree gives him a fresh new breath of nature, and a dream tree house should respect that. It would be a great idea, as per Victoria Coyne, owner of Victoria Gardens in Rosendale, to heighten the impact of this little getaway. Says Coyne, “A magical idea to improve on an already fun project would be to plan and plant a fairy garden to enhance this enchanting kids’ domain.” And for those expansive tree houses becoming more popular every day, John Mountford, manager of Fireside Warmth in Kingston, says that any stove would need a fresh-air source to ensure safety, and Fireside would make sure to install the perfect heating device for this type of structure. 126

The next best time is now. ∙ Chinese Proverb

Whether this wonderful outdoor home improvement endeavor is a DIY project or built by a hired contractor—materials are always important. Paul Gallo, of Herzogs in Kingston, comments, “We often have customers come in for lumber to build their own tree house. An environmentally conscious consumer may want to use reclaimed wood such as from an old barn. Otherwise, for a structurally sound tree house, fir lumber would be fine.” However, he added that you can also use a composite material.

So, there you have it. If you’re thinking of a great home-improvement project this So with heat and other amenities, why not put in comfortable flooring? John, co-owner of the Rosendale Carpet Store in Rosendale, says, “We can supply either a hardwood floor or laminate as we have many in-stock styles to choose from… and we always have great carpet remnants available to make it cozy and colorful to enhance the interior design.”

year—you may want to entertain the idea of a tree house. Whether simple and fun or a private respite as a home-away-from-home without any travel expense—it’s certain to be a wonderful addition for the entire family.


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Well-crafted, sturdy furniture is like good footwear. It underscores and supports daily life from one moment to the next, adding ease and comfort. Good furniture lasts for more than one lifetime, acquiring a patina of memories as it’s treasured and lived on—a blend of function and beauty. You won’t When you step through the doors of either Bare Furniture or A&G Custom Made Furniture on Route 209 in Accord, inhaling the scent of newly cut wood and looking around at the simple, clean design aesthetics, you’ll realize that their wares are meant to become part of your lifestyle and family heirlooms. You enter a world of genuine old-school artistry. by Anne Pyburn Craig | photos by Roy Gumpel

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“I love being able to pursue what my father worked so hard for,” says Weaver. “He came to this country with not a nickel to his name, just hope and the willpower to succeed.” “My philosophy about business is this,” says Sarah Meni Weaver, the operator of Bare Furniture, “It doesn’t matter what type of individual you are, to run any successful business you need to have passion. Passion is what drives you, and without drive, no business would be successful. All of my family has passion; our passion just so happens to be our family—and, of course, each and every one of our businesses.” These words are far more than an empty marketing slogan. A&G proprietor and Weaver’s father, Alex Kambouris, is an American success story ripped straight from the pages of a good novel: coming to New York as a sailor, falling in love with a trade and a woman, and finding the good life in the country with his first U.S. dollar still framed proudly on the wall. “I love being able to pursue what my father worked so hard for,” says Weaver. “He came to this country with not a nickel to his name, just hope and the willpower to succeed. With his hard work, sweat, tears, and the love of his life—my mother—by his 130

side, he was able to do just that. And once he and my mother started a family, there was never any stopping him.” As his children neared adulthood, Alex succeeded in infusing them with his devotion to quality and the kind of business principles that keep customers coming back. “My father approached me with a business proposition at the end of tenth grade,” says Weaver. “He wasn’t sure whether I would actually pursue it and take as much part as I did, but when I said yes to opening, managing, and running Bare Furniture, I meant it. I stayed after school three times a week with my math teacher to study percentages and profits. We opened in 2006, my junior year. I was already enrolled in college-level courses, pursuing my business management degree.” Sarah’s brother George works with her father at A&G; her mother Dru accompanies her on buying trips to select Bare Furniture pieces. If something they’ve chosen is almost but, not quite, ideal for your home, Alex and George will happily customize the piece. In both businesses, the family has found that an educated furniture buyer makes the best customer. “There’s more to a piece than meets the eye,” says Weaver. “It’s about wood, construction, quality, finishing, décor and creativity. One unit can be customized and finished so many different ways. Each customer has different ideas, and I get to be a part of that process... and I love when I get my shipments in, seeing the different pieces, examining the construction. My customers can feel sure I have thoroughly inspected the items I sell.”


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Weaver thoroughly enjoys each and every one of her customers: “I get to meet such an array of different people, and I love that too. There is such diversity in our customers.” It’s an easy guess that Bare Furniture customers find themselves feeling the same way about their encounters with her—not to mention feeling much more comfortable and aesthetically gratified in their living quarters by the addition of her wares, beautifully finished, carefully delivered, assembled, and installed.

“I really seek to keep the shopping experience here different from the usual,” says Weaver, “We want people to enjoy the products, to understand and appreciate their quality. And when a customer leaves, they know they’ve been to a business that the owners

have passionate love for.” Check out their website at agcustommade.webs. com and barefurnitureny.com for more information, or, better yet, experience their passion firsthand by visiting their store in Accord.

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What’s next for this warm and lively clan? Well, look for a possible expansion of their outdoor furniture selection, currently in the planning phase. And don’t be surprised if, when you stop in to ogle Bare Furniture’s wares, you meet the third generation. “My two munchkins,” is how Sarah refers to her twins, Nikolas and Zoey. They’re not old enough for school yet, but in this family, you’re never too young to learn the scent and feel of fine wood and the joy of meeting people.

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28-Minute Speed Cleaning How to make or “fake” a clean house—FAST! by Rochelle Riservato

It’s summer. The weather is awesome, and you are spending as much time outside as possible. Your friends have just called and, at a moment’s notice, want to pay you a little visit.

This may seem humorous, but seriously, it works! And if you have what’s on our house-cleaning checklist below, you may even be able to apply makeup or comb your hair before your guests arrive!

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¨ Clean any splatters and spills off countertops and stove with a wet microfiber cloth or lint-free cloth. If oven has a window and dishes are hidden there, drape a dish towel over the stove handle (2 minutes).

¨ Clean splatters of toothpaste or debris off the mirror with the same cloth you used on the sink— unless the man of the house shaved that morning (15 seconds if you don’t have to shave the bathroom sink too).

¨ Wipe down the sink and rim with a moist microfiber cloth. If dishes are piled up to faucet, put them into the dishwasher. If you have no dishwasher; hide them in the stove (3-4 minutes depending on how many dishes are in sink).

¨ Using the same cloth from the countertops, provided the cat doesn’t sleep there, wipe off any spots, spills, or sticky spots off floors (2 minutes, unless it’s the weekend and the kids treated you to their special pancakes—then add 15 minutes). ¨ Fold or hang dish towels. (Remember the oven door trick if needed.) Taking a few moments to tidy up a jumble of dish towels gives a sanitary and decorative look (10 seconds).

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¨ Use a pre-moistened cloth—a baby wipe or face wipe—to sweep across the sink, rim, and faucet handles. Or use a washcloth or paper towel with a glass and surface product on it that won’t leave streaks (30 seconds).

¨ By doing the toilet seat and rim last, you can use the same cloth to save time (15 seconds). ¨ Swish toilet bowl interior with a brush and flush. Give a quick scrub if there’s a ring (30 seconds). ¨ Remove water droplets on glass shower door with a squeegee. No squeegee? Use a dry, lint-free cloth (30 seconds). ¨ Bath/shower combo? Even easier. Just pull the shower and curtain liner over and hide the tub and walls (5 seconds). ¨ Shake out the rug or bath mat to fluff it up and make it look recently vacuumed. Do this over the bathtub or shower stall as a receptacle for debris, and make sure curtain or shower door is closed (5 seconds). ¨ Tuck stuff from the vanity into a cabinet, drawer, or under folded towels—or put in the shower or bathtub (15 seconds). ¨ Put out fresh hand towels. If nothing’s clean, put a roll of paper towels on sink rim (30 seconds). ¨ If the bathroom is beyond a quick cleaning, tape a sign over door that says, “Out of Order” (15 seconds).

Bedroom

¨ Make your bed and forget the tidy hospital corners—just pull up your puffy down comforter or bedspread right over messy sheets. Voilà! Totally polished! Even better, if you have tons of pillows, place them at headboard to hide a multitude of sins (2 minutes, depending on how many pillows you have). ¨ Fold, hang, or hide any clothing lying around. Don’t be picky—you only have a few minutes for this (4 minutes if you hang your clothing at night and put away your trinkets and 6 minutes if you don’t).


¨ Tidy sofa and chairs. If you have pets, put on rubber gloves and remove hair first. Rub hands over the arms, seat, and back of the furniture. Save time and don’t do back if it’s up against a wall. Ball up fur and discard. Dampen gloves if upholstery can withstand water for a quicker pick-me-up. Now fluff pillows, giving each a vertical push (a decorator’s tip—you want it to look chic, right?); fold throws and casually drape over arms of sofa and chair backs, hiding any stains or wear; and remove any toys. (2 minutes. Add 10 minutes if you have more than one kitten and toys can’t be tossed down cellar stairs or into a playroom with a locking door). ¨ Concentrate on surfaces in plain sight, such as sofa cushions, coffee table, and area rugs. Spot clean wherever you see fingerprints, and use a moist cloth on any streaky or sticky surfaces. Don’t forget furniture legs—dust bunnies hide there. (3 minutes, as you won’t be going under the cushions—you’ll be serving fresh snacks).

Always start cleaning at the top of a surface, and work your way down. This allows you

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¨ For wall-to-wall carpet—haul out the large vacuum and do only portions most visible. For wood floors, kick debris around to diffuse while doing other clean-ups. Pick up crumbs with a handheld vacuum (45 seconds-1 minute). ¨ Collect old newspapers and put in recycling bin or under couch if it has a skirt. Get all remotes and non-decorative items, and corral them in a drawer—any drawer for now! Now place coffee table books and magazines in a decorative way to give it that interior designer look (4 minutes). ¨ Clear out and hide any major clutter, such as video games, toys, wandering laundry, and anything that wouldn’t be on the pages of House Beautiful. This can be done quickly if you have a large basket and extra pillows to place atop clutter (4 minutes).

Mudroom or Entryway

¨ If there’s mud on floor, wait until it’s dry and crusty; then open door and sweep into yard. Also, shake out doormats. Just make sure your company is not in the doorway (20 seconds).

¨ Stash any hall-table clutter, such as keys, mail, or doggie-poo bags, in a plastic or paper grocery bag. Also, load bag with any socks, hats, shoes, or diapers, and hide in nearby closet. Remember it’s summer, and guests, most likely, won’t have coats to hang in closet (30 seconds). ¨ Quickly cover any stains, scuffs, or scratches with a throw rug; make sure it’s the kind that doesn’t slide, so your guests don’t take a tumble as you rush them to cleaner surroundings (10 seconds).

There…you’re done! If there’s someone to go buy some wine, have him/her do so while you’re cleaning; this way guests won’t notice anything you may have missed!

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While practicing small animal medicine with a holistic approach for over 15 years, I have also seen less-than-optimal homemade as well as commercial â&#x20AC;&#x153;naturalâ&#x20AC;? diets fed to pets by wellmeaning owners. Unless feeding varied whole prey, raw diets are far from perfectly balanced. Along with commercial diets, none is appropriate for all pets at all times in their life span. Proper nutrition leading to optimal health can be better achieved by realizing that as pets grow and age, they will require different diet choices throughout their lives.

With all the different diet choices available today, how does a concerned pet owner learn to identify misleading safety claims and sort facts from fads? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take a look:

CLAIM #1 If it looks and smells good and my pet likes it, it has to be good for them. Since processed food can look like the real thing, the usual senses of sight and smell are not reliable. Dye and starch are easily turned into what appears to be bite-sized veggies and cooked meats. Taste enhancers, like salt, vinegar, celery, hickory, caramel coloring, and synthetic flavorings, entice pets to devour foods regardless of their nutritional merit.

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CLAIM #2 If the label claims to utilize natural wholesome ingredients, then this diet is free of synthetics and processing. Unless feeding fresh, raw, whole prey, all pet diets, including frozen or dehydrated meats, are processed in some way. Processing subjects foods to unnaturally high and low temperatures and pressures that result in fatty acid oxidation, cholesterol oxidation production (COPS), chelation of vitamins and minerals resulting in diminished nutritional value, and the creation of toxins. Such alterations, therefore, require food manufacturers to supplement their products with essential fatty and amino acids, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, antioxidants, and enzymes otherwise lost during processing. These additives, while synthetic in nature, are necessary in order to salvage the nutritional value of the diet. Beware of diets that bypass this replenishment in order to claim their diet to be 100% natural. Ignoring this loss of vitamin and other nutrients without replenishing them results in a lessthan-complete diet.

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The Bottom Line Dental health care for pets and humans is very similar. Genetics, diet, and cleaning habits are all factors. If a kibble contains sugars, caramel, or acidic preservatives and is moistened by saliva, chances are good that it will affect dental health negatively, just as cookies would affect a human being. Canned food with wholesome high fiber vegetables containing protein and fat are less likely to cause a problem. It is important to remember that it is the food ingredients, not the textures, which play a big role in maintaining dental health.

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accreditation to trust that it will keep my pet in optimal health for the long term. Unfortunately, AAFCO accreditation only guarantees that all essential nutrients are minimally present in the diet, regardless of their source or quality.

When all is said and done, the only true measure of good nutrition is how your pet does with a particular diet over the long term. Pets benefit most when owners in search of a healthy diet combine research with regular veterinarian check-ups that include blood work, dental health maintenance, and weight management programs. Such a regimen will provide pet owners with the insight and guidance needed to discern how a particular diet is working for the moment. Even though animals (and human beings) can survive on bread and water for years, most pet owners agree that mere survival is not the goal when choosing a diet—we want what is best for our furry companions.

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CLAIM #4 Kibble is better than sticky canned food when dental health is involved.

Most of us have the knowledge and/or intuition to not exclusively feed our children processed, fortified food from a bag, can, or fast food company, even if the label claims nutritional balance. Astonishingly, few are comfortable to apply such common sense to pet feeding practices. The truth is that processed, canned, and then bagged kibble were first introduced for convenience, not for nutritional reasons.

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EVENTS

LIKE: facebook.com/HudsonValleyEvents America Meets the Beatles. Special exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in America. Unseen photos from LIFE photographer, Bill Eppridge, plus memorabilia from Rod Mandeville collection. The Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. 800-745-3000 or 866-7812922; Bethelwoods.org A special exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in America

Ongoing through July 13, 11am-5pm

“Along His Own Lines.” The first museum survey of the works of realist painter Eugene Speicher (1883-1962), Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz. 845-257-3844; newpaltz.edu/museum

June 8, 11am-2pm

Frost Valley Day Camp Open House. Learn more about summer camp programs; Presentation, Q&A, lunch, camp crafts. Free. Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville. 845-985-2291; frostvalley.org

June 10 – August 30

28th Season of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Online brochure of all performances at hvshakespeare.org/; Boscobel, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison. 845-265-9575; hvshakespeare.org/content/boscobel

June 13 – Jun 15, 6pm-midnight

Father’s Day Weekend. An epic adventure for your dad! Discover the joys of nature together. Get down and dirty in the heart of the Catskill Forest Preserve. Programs will include climbing, hiking, archery, primitive-skills classes, canoeing, zipline and adventure courses, arts and crafts, sports and games, and much more! Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville. 845-985-2291; frostvalley.org

June 14, 6-7:30pm

"Up the North River: An Overview of Pre1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups and Religions." Lecture given by Jane Wilcox, professional genealogist and host of “The On view in the special exhibit gallery

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This exhibition is made possible in part by MIKE WATKINS/WOODSTONE DEVELOPMENT, LLC

Forget Me Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told” in the historic 1799 LeFevre House. Lecture followed by a cocktail reception at 7pm. Here guests may speak with Ms. Wilcox, ask her questions, and socialize while enjoying a catered wine and cheese event. 845-255-1660; huguenotstreet.org/ calendar-of-events/

June 14, 10am-4pm

Kingston Kayak Festival. The Hudson River’s Largest Kayak Festival at Kingston Point Beach. 845-481-7336; kingstonkayakfestival.info

June 15, 10am-8pm

FREE Family Day for Father’s Day. Historic Huguenot Street is celebrating Dad’s Day with FREE historic house tours and exhibits. Bring a blanket and bagged lunch and have a picnic on our grounds. Enjoy a day with the family as you learn about the families who founded the town of New Paltz. huguenotstreet.org/ calendar-of-events/

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June 20, 5:30pm

Kingston’s Buried Treasures Series. “The Early Stockade and Its Settlers-Pioneers of a Nation” by Kingston historian and author Ted Dietz at Senate House Museum, Vanderlyn Gallery. 296 Fair Street, Kingston. Look for info on Facebook or call 845-340-3055

June 21, 11am-1pm

Children’s Play Day. Free event where children learn about the lives of children 200 years ago. Try out their clothes and games. Recommended for children 6-12. Clermont, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown. 518-5376622; friendsofclermont.org

June 21, 11am-3pm

9th Annual Midtown Make a Difference Day. Featuring vendors, informational booths, & entertainment. Franklin Street and Everette Hodge Community Center. 845-331-1110; email: mweiss@fowinc.org

June 21 and June 22, 9am start

Clearwater Festival. This year’s Great Hudson River Revival as always means music, fun, music, fun. Here’s just the tip-of-the-iceberg of musicians: The Mavericks, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Wainwright, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin, and so many more. Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson. Tickets only call 845-4183596; clearwater.org or clearwaterfestival.org

June 22, 11am-3pm

Uptown Kingston Historic House Tour. A tour of historically significant homes and buildings in Uptown Kingston. Check-in begins at 11:00am at the CASA office at 209 Clinton Avenue in Kingston. $25 in advance/$30 on day of tour. Registration 845-339-7543 or CASAulster.org

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Bard SummerScape. Seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. Bard Fisher Center. 845-758-7900; bard.edu/summerscape

July 4, 6pm

City of Kingston July 4 Celebration. Food, music, fun on the Rondout. Fireworks commence at dusk. kingstonswaterfront.com

June 27

Accord Speedway Fireworks Extravaganza & Chicken BBQ! Come to this special event or for races every Friday night. accordspeedway.com

June 28, 11am-3pm

June 21, 10am-4pm

Equine, Equine, Equine. Art show, auction, food, crafts, vendors, horse demos, exhibits, children’s amusements, live music, and so much more. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 New York 308, Rhinebeck. 845-417-6845 or 845-876-3080; centerforperformingarts.org

June 27 – August 3

Let Freedom Ring: Celebrating America’s Independence. Patriotic ceremony, fife and drum music, and magic show at Senate House State Historic Site, 296 Fair Street, Kingston. 845-338-2786; nysparks.com

July 3, 8pm

Natalie Merchant Concert. This show will kick off a national tour and feature hits from her long career, including new music and songs from her first album. UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088; upac.org

July 4, 2pm-10pm

Old-Fashioned Independence Day. 18th century crafts, re-enactors, music, entertainment, delicious hot food, and the magnificent Saugerties fireworks over the Hudson River. 518-537-6622; friendsofclermont.org

July 4; 6pm; July 5; 6am & 6pm; July 6; 6am

Balloon Festival Weekend. July 5 & July 6 6am launch at Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse. Various other locations of balloon launches can be found by calling 845454-1700 or at dcrcoc.org/balloonfestival


July 5 – August 30

The Belleayre Music Festival. Where the mountains meet the stars! From the high energy of “The Music of Queen” to the Django Reinhardt Festival All Stars carrying on the legacy of the famous gypsy guitarist—and so much more. 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount. 845-254-5600, ext. 1344; belleayremusic.org

July 11, 6pm

July 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 7:30pm; July 20, 2pm

“The Second Time Around” performance by Coach House Players. 12 Augusta Street, Kingston. 845-331-2476; coachhouseplayers.org

July 12

High Falls Fair Day. Showcasing the best

Hurley Stone House Day. Some of America’s

oldest stone houses–all private homes–are opened to the public; stonehouseday.org

July 19, 11am-6pm

July 18, 5:30pm

Kingston Buried Treasures Series. “Our Buried Past-The Archeological Treasures of Kingston” by Archeologist and Professor Joseph Diamond at Senate House Museum, Vanderlyn Gallery, 296 Fair Street, Kingston. 845-340-3055; info on Facebook

July 18 – July 20 Independence Day Celebration. Music, food, and festivities. Fireworks at dusk. Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz. 845-255-0604

July 19, noon-9pm & July 20, noon-7pm

Rosendale Street Festival. A decades-long legendary festival with music, food, vendors, children’s activities, and so much more. An all- sensory experience. Free but donations encouraged at the gate. rosendalestreetfestival.ning.com/ or townofrosendale.com

local eats, live music, crafts, flea market, art, antiques and small businesses.

July 12th 10am-4pm

July 5

July 26, 10am-4pm

Annual Children’s Day Parade. Starts on Andrew Street and proceeds up Broadway to Kingston Plaza, 845-481-7333

Hudson Valley Chalk Festival

Upper lot at Water Street Market, New Paltz. Featuring work by 20 professional artists from around the US and the Hudson Valley; hudsonvalleychalkfestival.com

Hudson River Day. Annual event celebrating the history and bounty of the Hudson River Valley. Learn about historical industries, visit heritage vessels, and enjoy entertainment, vendors and children’s activities at Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston. 845-338-0071; hrmm.org

July 19 & 20, Noon-7pm

9th Hudson Valley July Sangria Festival. $20 includes souvenir wine glass, vineyard and cellar tours, live music, flamenco dancers, samples of fresh sangria and award-winning wines. Benmarl Winery, 156 Highland Avenue, Highland; 845-236-4265; benmarl.com

Catskill Forest Festival. The 4th Annual celebration of our region’s forests located at Margaretville Village Park Pavilion. Logging Competition, Arts & Crafts, Maple Products, Sawmill, Wood Products, Recreation Vendors, Forestry Equipment, Food & Beverage Tent, and Fun for the entire family. Don't miss the logging competition. Free admission. 845-586-3054; catskillforest.org

EVENTS

Opening reception Summer Scapes Exhibition. In Main Gallery Members Show and Lounge Gallery: “Hello, Neighbor” (Phoenicia’s ‘The Arts Upstairs’ showcase); Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845338-0331; askforarts.org

July 29 – Aug 3 Ulster County Fair at the Ulster County Fair-

grounds, New Paltz; ulstercountyfair.com

July 30-Aug 3

Phoenicia Festival of the Voice

23 events, 7 venues, 5 days 845-586-3588; phoeniciavoicefest.com

August 2, 7pm

18th Annual Drum and Bugle Corps Competition at Dietz Stadium. 845-331-1448; marchofchamps@gmail.com

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August 2 – August 30, 5-8pm

Opening Reception for Abstracted Exhibit at ASK. Focus is on the abstract, non-representational composition. Distinguished Artist Series featuring Carol Pepper-Cooper. 845338-0331; askforarts.org

August 4 – July 8; 9am-3pm daily

Artistic History Camp: Inspiring Art and Creativity. Campers are invited to artistically interpret Historic Huguenot Street through the means of paint, photography, sculpture, and more. Each day campers will explore a new artistic medium and put technique and practice to use as they are inspired by the landscape, historic homes, and other visual art on-site. The week concludes with a campercreated exhibit of the art they’ve created. 845-255-1660; huguenotstreet.org/calendarof-events/

August 5 – 7, 10am-2pm

History Camp. Hands-on activities at Senate House for children ages 8-12. Registration fee required. State Historic Site, 296 Fair Street. 845-338-2786; nysparks.com; email: deana.preston@parks.ny.gov

August 2

11th Annual Great Newburgh to Beacon Swim. A wonderful opportunity for experienced swimmers to swim about one mile (72 lengths of a standard 25 yard pool) across the

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Hudson River and raise funds to benefit the non-profit volunteer organization River Pool at Beacon. Starts at the Newburgh waterfront and finishes at the Beacon waterfront. Adults and ages 10-17. Rain date, Sunday, August 3. Certain rules apply; riverpool.org

August 9, 9am-4pm

Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry & Huckleberry Festival. Good time, down-home community fun—from the pancake breakfast and live music all day to the kids’ entertainment. Over 175 vendors, homemade blueberry pie judging contest, plus so much more. Rain/ Shine. Canal Street and Liberty Square, Ellenville. 845-647-4620; ewcoc.com

August 9; 10am-6pm

Artists on the Street. Come and spend the day watching renowned Hudson Valley painters create work inspired by our museum houses and landscapes. Experience the process of painting firsthand with artists available to discuss techniques. A children's art area will be set up for the little ones to explore their inner artist. This is a rain or shine event and free and open to the public. 845-255-1660; huguenotstreet.org/calendar-of-events

Kingston Film Festival. The festival presents a wide spectrum of filmmaking of feature films, documentaries, animation, short films, experimental, big-budget & micro-budget. BSP, 323 Wall Street. 845-481-5158; 914417-9114; kingstonfilmfestival.org

August 15, 5:30 pm

Kingston Buried Treasures Lecture Series. “From Dutch to English – The Conquest of Kingston” by Ulster County historian Anne Gordon. Senate House Museum, Vanderlyn Gallery, 296 Fair Street. 845-340-3055

August 16, 10am-5pm; August 17, 10am-3pm

August 9, 10, noon-7pm

9th Annual Hudson Valley August Sangria Festival. Includes souvenir wine glass, vineyard and cellar tours, live music, flamenco dancers, samples of fresh sangria, and award-winning wines. Admission $20. Free admission for Wine Club members. Benmarl Winery, 156 Highland Avenue., Highland. 845236-4265; benmarl.com

August 15 – 17

August 9, 10

Saugerties Artists Studio Tour. The second

weekend in August, 40 or so artists in Saugerties open their studios with demos and showings of their art; saugertiesarttour.com

30th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show featuring a colorful array of antique, historic, and classic boats at Hudson River Maritime Museum, 845-338-0071; hrmm.org

August 16, 11am-3pm

2nd Annual Car Show. View hundreds of entries for trophy prizes, plus enjoy vendors and refreshments. Fair Street Reformed Church, 209 Fair Street, Kingston. Free. 845-706-6258


August 23, 10am-3pm

children activities, and great food. Free. T.R. Gallo Park. 845-338-6622; ulsteraoh.com.

11th Annual Antique Fire Engine Muster and Open House. Display of antique and vintage emergency vehicles and fire engines,. Volunteer Firemen’s Hall and Museum of Kingston, 265 Fair Street, Kingston. Parade of fire engines at 3pm. 845-443-3905; vfmuseumofkingston@gmail.com

August 24

Kingston Artist Soap Box Derby. Parade of artist-designed wheeled sculptures that roll down lower Broadway to the Rondout. Prizes, street performers, music, and food. 845-3801887; kingstonartistsoapboxderby.com; email: yourij@donskojgallery.com

September 6, 7

August 30 – September 1

Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair

The 169th Dutchess County Fair

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August 30, 5-11pm

at Diamond Mills in Saugerties. Proceeds to benefit Always There Home Care; alwaystherehomecare.org

Kingston Festival of the Arts featuring a multi-genre arts festival, including “A Taste of Kingston” culinary event located at multiple venues throughout the city. KingstonFestival.org

“The Variety Show” performance by Coach House Players, 12 Augusta Street. 845-3312476; coachhouseplayers.org

September 12, 6-10pm An Evening in Madrid

August 21 – August 31

August 22, 23, 7:30pm; August 24, 2pm

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest. 2014 will be the 13th year of the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest. Event features wine and beer tasting from some of the best wineries and craft breweries from all across New York State. Dutchess County Fairgrounds Rhinebeck. 845-658-7181; hudsonvalleywinefest.com

Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz, NY (845) 679-8087 quailhollow.com

FREE Wall Street Jazz Festival. Outdoor musical event on Wall Street and North Front Street, Kingston. In case of rain, held indoors at the BSP (Backstreet Productions), Wall Street. 917-494-8354

August 19-24

EVENTS

34th Annual Hurley Heritage Corn Festival. Besides the famous corn chowder, enjoy fresh local farm products, antiques, specialty foods, hand crafted pottery, glass, quilting, woodworking, blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, and local musicians. Rain/Shine. Hurley Reformed Church, Main Street, Hurley. 845338-1661; hurleyheritagesociety.org

August 29, 8pm The Wall Street Jazz Festival: The Art of the Duo will be held at the Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street, Kingston. $15 admission. 917494-8354

August 31, 11:30am-9pm

Annual Hooley on the Hudson. A Celtic Festival with music, dancing, cultural exhibits,

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EAT/DRINK American Glory BBQ . . . . . . . . . . . Asia Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bacchus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benmarl Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bistro-To-Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boitson’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brio’s Restaurant & Pizzeria . . . . . . Brother's Trattoria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Café Mio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cancelliere's Pizzeria . . . . . . . . . . . Candy Candy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cherries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cheese Barrel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cheese Louise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . China Rose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Country Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Culture Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cup and Saucer Tearoom. . . . . . . . Dominick’s Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . El Paso Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friends & Family II Hillside. . . . . . . . Gander Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gerardo’s Seafood Cafe . . . . . . . . Hickory BBQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . High Falls Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson-Chatham Winery. . . . . . . . Jar'd Wine Pub. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kingston Candy Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . Lucky Chocolates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Course Restaurant . . . . . . . . Mickey’s Igloo 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moxie Cup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oak Vino Wine Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . Olde Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Osaka Japanese Restaurant . . . . . Peekamoose Restaurant . . . . . . . . Puccini Ristorante . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ricciardella’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sook House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sportman’s Alamo Cantina. . . . . . . Stoutridge Vineyard . . . . . . . . . . . . Terrapin Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . The Hop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TuthillHouse at the Mill . . . . . . . . . . Tuthilltown Spirits. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Summer awaits in Ulster County! Visit your playground today and discover: Places to Stay - Resorts, Lodges and Campgrounds Things to Do - Shopping, Golfing, Rock Climbing, Apple Picking, Wine Tasting and more

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Get to the fun faster. Fly into Stewart. The quickest way to Hudson Valley mountain views, historic attractions and wineries is through Stewart International Airport. Besides boating, fishing, hiking, winter sports and world-class restaurants, we offer on-time performance, stress-free boarding, convenient access to baggage and affordable fares, all less than an hour from New York City. Next time you come to the Hudson Valley, land at Stewart, just like Allegiant, Delta, JetBlue and US Airways do. Then, let the fun begin. Stewart International Airport. Your Gateway to New York.

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