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9 OUTDOORS: Camping the High Peaks 17 OUTDOORS: Boating on the Hudson 23 EATING OUT: Outdoor Dining 35 OUTDOORS: Summer Bicycling 45 OUTDOORS: Perfect Picnic Spots 53 SHOPPING: Great Local Finds 59 PETS: Outdoor Fun For Your Pooch 63 HOW TO: Make Doggie Biscuits 67 OUTDOORS: Where to Go Swimming

COMMUNITY: Relocating to the Hudson Valley

HOME: DIY Project—Staining your Deck

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GARDEN: Planting Annuals for Summer Color

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THE LAND: What Foods Are Growing This Summer HOW TO: Make Local Berry Sorbet

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97 OUTDOORS: Where To Go Horseback Riding 101 BODY, Mind & SOUL: Power of Focusing 109 OUTDOORS: Summer Night Skies & Constellations 113 EVENTS: WHAT’S HAPPENING Hudson Valley 119 HOLIDAY: Fireworks Displays 127 OUR FARMS: Mid-Hudson Valley Farmers’ Markets

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Belleayre Beach at Pine Hill Lake – Clean, crisp lake swimming for a day of family fun! Also horseshoe pits, volleyball, and basketball. Rowboats, paddleboats, and kayak rentals available. Lifeguards on duty; sorry no pets on beach or in cars. Only US Coast Guard-approved life jackets allowed; no other flotation devices. June 18 through September 5, 10am-6pm. Walk-ins $2 each; $8 car. 845-2545202; belleayre.com/summer/lake.htm Kingston Point Beach – A municipal beach providing a great swim in the Hudson, plus facilities for boating, wind-surfing, and picnicking. Enjoy a playground, volleyball courts, and great bird watching. Shady spots available. Open Friday through Sunday from June

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so much more, including additional water sports such as boating, rafting, and kayaking. From sandy shores to clear pools, from picnic areas to campsites—settle in and relax in the clean waters of the region.

Andretta Pool – If pool swimming’s your thing this six-lane, 25-meter pool is for you. Other amenities include a bathhouse, picnic area, and swim lessons and lap swims available. Season starts June 25; Tuesday through Sunday. City resident: Youth $1; senior citizen $2; adult 18+ $3. Non-city resident: Youth $2; senior citizen $3; adult 18+ $5. Joys Lane, Kingston. 845-331-1682

VISITvortex has unveiled some great swimming spots in six counties of the Valley that are sure to have you swimming with delight. They’re not only beaches—these spots offer

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Lake Awosting

17 through August 14. Lifeguard on duty. 11am-5pm. Free. 53 Delaware Avenue, Kingston. 845-338-0670 Saugerties Village Beach – This free beach offers a sand beach swimming area with a swimming dock right on the Esopus Creek, a playground area, a fishing area, a kayak/boat launch, and restroom facilities. Open July 4 through Labor Day with lifeguards. Hours: 845-246-2321 x1 Ulster Landing County Park – A sandy beachfront offering hiking trails, grills, a boat launch, playgrounds, lifeguards, and sports areas. Open weekends only until June 13, then daily through Labor Day. 13 and over $3; 12 and under $1.50; seniors $1. Saugerties. 84510

336-8484. Lake Minnewaska & Lake Awosting – Two very unique public swimming opportunities. Lake Minnewaska’s swim area offers stunning views of surrounding cliffs around the lake. Open June 18 to September 5, seven days a week from 11:15am to 6:45 pm. Lake Awosting’s beach offers swimming at a remote lake, which can only be reached by a four-mile hike or bike ride. Open June 18 to June 24 weekends and holidays only, 11am to 5:30pm. June 27 to September 2 open daily from 11am to 5:30pm. Swimming at both beaches permitted only when lifeguards are on duty. Preserve admission is $8 per vehicle daily. 5281 Route 44/55, New Paltz. 845-255-0752; nysparks.state. ny.us/parks/127/details.aspx

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Dutchess County Swimming Beacon River Pool – The design of this partially submerged pool is environmentally sensitive and offers a safe wading area, protecting bathers from boaters and currents. With a permeable floor and sides that work as a below-water fence, the twentyfoot diameter wading pool allows river water to flow through it. Floating fiberglass seats line the pool’s perimeter for spectacular river views. A ramp from the river’s shore leads swimmers to the pool. Open early July to Labor Day, Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6pm. Free and open to the public. 914-629-4598; riverpool.org

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Clarence Fahnestock State Park – The large sandyshored beach at Canopus Lake is the jewel of the park and just as sparkling! Pack a lunch for the picnic area or if you’re a camper or day-tripper plan to fish in or tour Canopus Lake by rowboats available for rental by the hour or day. 1498 Route 301, Carmel. 845-225-7207; nysparks.state. ny.us/parks/133/details.aspx Lakeside Park – A 280-acre park featuring a lake for either lapswimming or lapping up the sun. Kayaking and canoeing, an extra treat, available. Open year round from dawn till dusk. Non-resident swimming day rate $10; $15 families. 2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling. 845-855-1131; pawling.org


Taconic State Park, Rudd Pond Area – 225 country acres featuring a sandy beach and clear water swimming on a 64-acre lake that also offers fishing, rowboat, canoe, kayak, and paddleboat rentals. Plus, children’s play area, flush toilets, picnic tables, fishing, forestland, and skating.

Rudd Pond Area open May 27 to September 4 from 8am to 9pm. Parking: $7. 59 Rudd Pond Drive, Route 62, Millerton. 518-789-3059; nysparks.state. ny.us/parks/141/details.aspx Town of Washington Town Park – A cool pool that’s really an old-fashioned beach basin that is drained seasonally, so it’s more like natural swimming. Open weekends June 4 through Labor Day and Monday to Friday from June 12 to August 22; 12-7pm. 35 Merrit Avenue, Millbrook. Passes available for both residents and nonresidents. 845-677-8278; washingtonny.org

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Wilcox Memorial Park – A real country swim awaits you at two small refreshing lakes surrounded by a sandy beach. And, so much more: boat rentals, fishing, children’s play area, hot showers, shelters and pavilions, picnic tables, open athletic fields, nature trails, and miniature golf. Plus paddleboat rentals, concession stand, mini-golf and 27 campsites, including 10 RV trailer sites with water and electric hook-up. May 28 to June 26, 10am-7pm on weekends & holidays only. June 27 to September 5, 10am7pm. Thursday to Monday only; weekend and holidays open until 8pm. Dutchess County residents $5 carload; nonresidents $10 carload. Route 199, Milan. 845-758-6100.

Columbia County Lake Taghkanic State Park – Using the proper Indian spelling doesn’t change the fact that this park offers swimming at its best with two beaches plus so much more in lush forests. There’s hiking, fishing, biking, picnicking, boat launches, playgrounds, sports fields, and rowboat and paddleboat rentals. Plus a rentable pavilion, a recreation hall, and showers. The park also has tent and trailer campsites and cabin and cottage camping facilities. Swimming starts Memorial Day on weekends only. Open weekdays June 25 through Labor Day, 10am-7pm weekends, 10am-6pm weekdays. No pets. 1528 Route 82, Ancram. $8 parking per car. 518-851-3631.

Sylvan Lake Beach Park – A private beach awaits you set on 65 wooded and open acres with a flood of family amenities. From camping, fishing, non-motorized boating, horseshoe pits, volleyball, basketball hoops, and so much more. It’s a camper’s oasis near all Hudson Valley attractions. Hopewell Junction. 845-221-9889.

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Greene County Zoom Flume Water Park – Aquatically awesome with the 2011 addition of the Riptide Cove Wave Pool—like being in the ocean only safer and cleaner. This is an “all-inclusive” park with free parking and one low admission price for a full day of water fun. Rated one of the safest water parks. Group rates available. 91 Shady Glen Road, East Durham. 800-239-4559; zoomflume.com

Orange County Bear Mountain State Park – A day-use park that families can fall in love with. Not only a great swimming pool and bathhouse, but family-fun facilities including

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playing fields, picnic groves, rowboat docks on Hessian Lake, nature trails, basketball court, trailside museums and zoo, Iona Island Estuarine Reserve and Bird Refuge, Perkins Tower, and the newly constructed Merry-Go-Round and pavilion. Pool is open from June 19 to Labor Day; Weekend and holidays 11am to 6:30pm; Monday-Friday 10am-5:30pm. Parking $8 car. 845-786-2701; palisadesparksconservancy.org/ parks/5 Harriman State Park – 31 lakes and three beaches to “wet” your appetite for aquatics. Plus 200 miles of hiking trails, two public camping areas, miles of streams, and much more. Bear Mountain, Orange and Putnam counties. 845-786-2701

Lower Westchester County Swimming Croton Point Park – A 508acre park situated on a peninsula on the east shore of the Hudson River offering year-round events and activities with facilities for camping, hiking, and swimming. Open weekends and holidays only beginning Memorial Day weekend. 10am-6pm. Lifeguard on duty. Admission $8; $4 with Westchester County Park Pass. Croton Point Avenue, Croton-onHudson. 914-862-5290 Now Get on those swim suits, Pack up the towels and a change of clothes, And Choose the swim spots that are best for You.


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The Catskill Mountains are actually a plateau that has been highly eroded into sharp relief to appear mountainous. It is called a dissected plateau. You don’t always know exactly when you arrive at a Catskill summit because they’re wide and flat.

Thirty-five Catskill peaks are above 3,500 feet in elevation. These tallest peaks have become known as the Catskill High Peaks.

Catskill 3500 Club If you are one for physical challenges, here is one for you: summit all 35 High Peaks—even the ones without trails. Not enough for you? Then try climbing four of the High Peaks again in the winter (Slide, Blackhead, Balsam, and Panther mountains). Sound rewarding? It is. Completion of this challenge will earn you a membership in the privileged Catskill 3500 Club. Good for your health, good for your soul.

Before you lace up your hiking boots and strap on your CamelBak, note that some of these hikes are physically demanding and require backcountry navigation skills and experience hiking, navigating with maps and compass, and camping in the backcountry woods. Backcountry camping is an art best learned by going with experienced campers, initially. (The Catskills also have a variety of camping facilities with tent pads, parking, and showers, including the popular North-South Lake Campground.)

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The Catskill Mountains offer fresh air, wildlife habitats, abundant trails, backcountry lean-tos, and truly breathtaking vistas. Whether you are looking for a short, easy hike to a spectacular waterfall or a several day thru-hike with lean-tos for camping, the Catskills are the perfect destination.

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Let’s look further into a few of these peaks and find out about what’s in store for the hiker and camper.

Kaaterskill High Peak Maps provided by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, www.nynjtc.org

In the Town of Hunter in Greene County rests Kaaterskill High Peak with a summit of 3,655 feet in elevation. In the past it was believed to be the highest peak, partly due to its position as the easternmost High Peak in the range, making it appear closer to the people in the valley, but it’s really only the 23rd in height. Kaaterskill High Peak does boast the earliest recorded ascent of any Catskill peak, in 1794. Hudson River School artists, such as Thomas Cole, frequently painted Kaaterskill High Peak (often referred to as just High Peak). Its distinctive ridgeline became a signature image of the Catskills. The Kaaterskill High Peak inspired artworks that helped promote the Catskills and establish a special vacation region with hotels such as the Catskill Mountain House and resorts around NorthSouth Lake. 18

Though the mountain was popular visually, it was not well trodden. Even today it seems somewhat neglected. A footpath leads to the summit, a step down from a well-maintained official trail. Kaaterskill High Peak is very popular with serious hikers in the area, perhaps because of the light use and the unique challenges that it holds, but more likely due to the views of the valley from several overlooks on three sides of the mountain, and the ultimate picnic spot—Hurricane Ledge, on the south side of the summit. Check out the VISITvortex video of the Huckleberry Point hike, a side trip from the High Peak summit it offers a beautiful lookout with deep swimming pools on the Kaaterskill River. Kaaterskill High Peak also boasts many waterfalls and two old plane wrecks—a plethora to explore beyond the beautiful shadowy trails and lush terrain.


You can access the Slide Mountain trailhead just minutes from Frost Valley. A strenuous 6.7-mile loop can take you from the base of the mountain to the summit and back to your car. From the summit of Slide Mountain you can see 33 of the 34 other High Peaks. The trees at the summit include red spruce, balsam fir, mountain ash, and yellow birch. While under their canopy, enjoy a panorama of at least 70 other peaks throughout the Hudson Valley and the distant Berkshires.

Similar to Kaaterskill High Peak, Slide Mountain had a large role in Catskill history. Renowned naturalist John Burroughs wrote fondly of his many hikes up Slide. His writings helped to get the mountains added to New York’s Forest Preserve, which requires that these properties be kept “forever wild” by Article 14 of the state constitution. Like the Adirondacks, the Catskills now enjoy the highest degree of protection of wild lands in any state. Today, this is seen as a conservation measure, however when the mountains were added to the Forest Preserve, it was mostly due to the recreation and tourism value that they added to the region. Those of us who live and recreate in the Hudson Valley can really appreciate the foresight of the naturalists who worked with politicians to keep the Catskills forever wild.

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The most famous and aptly named, Slide Mountain is the highest of the High Peaks at 4,180 feet. The name was given due to a landslide in 1819 on its north face near the summit. The scar from that day can still be seen today, and in fact was reemphasized by another slide in 1982.

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From the summit of Slide Mountain you can see 33 of the 34 other High Peaks.

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On the backside of high-action activity are lean-tos, DEC trails, and the actual Hunter Mountain summit.

Hunter Mountain In the Town of Hunter stands Hunter Mountain at approximately 4,040 feet in elevation. It is the second-highest peak in the Catskill Mountains and highest peak in Greene County. There are an amazing amount of recreational activities on Hunter Mountain. The winter is bustling with skiers and snowboarders at the popular Hunter Ski Resort, built around Colonel’s Chair ridge in the mountain’s northwest corner. In the summer you can ride the Summer Skyride lift to the incredible ski park summit (not the actual peak). On a clear day, the views from this summit stretch to the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts and to Vermont’s Green Mountains. As if that’s not already a ton of fun, New York Zipline Adventure Tours offers four seasons of zipline adventure at Hunter Mountain. Imagine letting gravity pull you down the mountain with amazing scenes surrounding you. And, this zipline, here in the Hudson Valley, is the longest, highest zipline in North America (offering both high-adventure zips and 20

family friendly tours). On the backside of all of this highaction recreational activity are leantos, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) trails, and the actual Hunter Mountain summit. Aside from the obvious Hunter village, Phoenicia is also a great place to launch your exploration of Hunter Mountain. The summit is remote but within hiking distance from the ski area (a detour frequently taken by Catskill 3500 peakbaggers). The summit can be reached by four different marked trails. The hikes to the summit range from a steep, relentless 2-mile uphill hike to a gently sloping 3.5-mile hike. This trail goes past the Devils Acre Lean-To for those camping. At the summit, hikers are rewarded with the highest fire tower in New York, with panoramic views of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and southwest Vermont. Climbing the fire tower offers a remarkable sensation of expansiveness as you stand above the trees and neighboring mountains.


Make sure you leave adequate time for your excursion and check the weather before you head out. Leave word with someone as to where you are traveling, and make sure you are tackling a trip within your physical capabilities. Carry a large pack containing dried foods (for lighter weight), a water filter and some fresh water, mess kit for cooking, camp stove, matches in a plastic bag, headlamp, warm clothes (not cotton), lightweight tent and sleeping bag/mat, a high energy snack, folding saw, lighter, rain gear, first aid kit, and pocket knife. Make sure to sign in at all DEC trail register boxes that you pass. If you do become lost, it is recommended that you remain in one spot. However, if you think you are close to civilization, follow a rushing body

It is also extremely important that we work together to respect our natural parks and to make an effort to have minimal impact on the plant life and animals as we hike, eat, camp, and recreate. In popular areas focus on using trodden paths and campsites, but in pristine areas signs of use should be dispersed to prevent the formation of trails and campsites. Always pack out what you pack in and leave plants, rocks, and other natural objects in the forest. And for safety, and for the animals’ sake, never follow, approach, or feed wildlife—only observe wildlife from a distance. The Hudson Valley is truly graced by the natural beauty of the Catskill Mountains. We are fortunate to get to divert time from our busy lives to connect with our surroundings, to feel the earth beneath our feet, and smell the forest and warm breeze. The Catskills can renew your soul, rouse your creativity, and provide a shift in perspective. Get out there and explore; there is so much to see and discover. From phenomenal campsites that you want to call home to rolling waterfalls that land in pristine pools of water, you’ll find yourself bringing friends to share the experiences. You never know, you may just be inspired to join the Catskill 3500 Club.

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of water downstream and you will usually emerge from the woods.

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he Catskills certainly have a lot of wild to explore, and seemingly endless green vistas. To fully enjoy your experience, and for safety’s sake, you should plan and be prepared before heading toward any summit. Get the latest New York-New Jersey Trail Conference maps and study them before you leave (of course, bring them with you, too). Note the topography, roads, highways, structures, and waterways. Look for lean-tos to stay in off of the main trails. These offer three-sided shelter, designated fire pits, and a privy (primitive bathroom). Lean-tos also often have other perks, like extra wood, tools, grates, or a hiker’s journal.

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Take a tour on a Hudson River cruise ship to explore the historic shorelines and witness the many Hudson River lighthouses. Charter a private boat or rent a kayak for a fun summer family outing—or even learn the art of sailing from one of the many captains on the Hudson. Whether by yourself, with family, or friends take a weekend or summer day off to experience memories on the Hudson River that will be sure to last a lifetime. Here are some top picks.

At Hudson Sailing you can experience the freedom and beauty of the Hudson River. Sail the Hudson aboard the beautiful Cirrus sailing trimaran. The Cirrus is also available for half-day or full-day private charters on the Hudson. Hudson Sailing also offers corporate event charters. Cruise along with your executives for a management retreat not to

be forgotten! Hudson Sailing offers sailing instructions right on their own racing boat. Learn to perfect your sailing skills—whether you are an experienced sailor or just a beginner—from Hudson Sailing’s very own captain. Located at the municipal dock in front of 1 Broadway, Kingston, NY. 845-687-2440; hudsonsailing.com

Hudson River Cruises provides passengers with a firsthand experience of the Hudson River from the decks of the modern, 300-passenger motor vessel, Rip Van Winkle. Passengers get a chance to explore the historic shorelines, Hudson River lighthouses, and the many breathtaking views of scenic preservation sites, vineyards,

Almost anywhere we go in this area, there is a creek or river nearby. We pass them in our cars all of the time. But how often do we take the time to really experience the breathtaking beauty of the Hudson River and its tributaries?

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Take a tour on a Hudson River cruise ship to explore the historic shorelines and witness the many Hudson River lighthouses.

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and orchards. You also have the opportunity to rent the Rip Van Winkle to celebrate an event, family reunion, birthday, or wedding. Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY. 800-843-7472; hudsonrivercruises.com Hudson River Cruises now also provides an opportunity for tourists and visitors to dine, shop & explore both Rhinecliff and Kingston’s Waterfront with the Hudson River Water Taxi. Taxi boards at East Strand Street in Kingston. www.hrwatertaxi. com 1-800-843-7472

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learning how to sail can join the summer program. Tivoli Sailing’s guided boat tours make it possible to learn and see a great deal of history and nature while sailing on the Hudson River, because so much of the area’s history occurred along the shores. Tivoli Sailing offers Historic Mansion Tours, and you can even set up a bird-watching tour. Tivoli Sailing is also the perfect choice for New Yorkers who are looking to get whisked away on their own private yacht and spend the night at one of the many local B&Bs and hotels. 845-9012697; tivolisailing.com The Kingston Sailing Club promotes and hosts weekly sailboat racing on the Hudson River. The Club offers an enjoyable yet challenging race that is

awesome for both beginner and experienced racers. All boat sizes and designs are welcomed. The Kingston Sailing Club hosts the annual Hudson River Maritime Museum Open Regatta, a two-day event in June, and the Spinnenweber Cup Open Regatta in the fall. In addition KSC hosts the Mid-Hudson Long Distance Regatta in August in association with the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club. kingstonsailingclub.org Explore New York’s Historic Waterway with Hudson River Recreation. Hudson River Recreation is the largest guided sea kayak company located in Westchester County. Trips are located on the Hudson River and Tarrytown Lakes. Guided tours are offered; they are three hours long and all


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Charter a private boat or rent a kayak— or even learn the art of sailing from one of the many captains of the Hudson.

The City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department offers guided kayaking tours between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. These programs include a 1 hour and 45 minute guided educational tour of the Hudson River or Rondout Creek, use of kayaks and safety equipment, and basic instruction. These programs can be reserved with the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department at 845-481-7336. Get out on the water with Black Swan Sailing

in Saugerties, NY. Black Swan offers two-hour cruises, day cruises, two-day getaways, or a four-session learnto-sail course. View the fantastic summer sunsets at night, or even go bird watching to catch a glimpse of the frequently seen bald eagles, ducks, herons, and many other Hudson River birds. Cruises are limited to six guests and Black Swan operates from April through October. 845-542-SAIL; blackswansailing.com

Tour the Hudson on the beautiful, authentic New Orleans paddleboat, The River Rose. Cruises include sightseeing, brunch, dinner, holiday cruises, and dance parties. You can charter the River Rose May 1 to October 31. Available 7 days a week rain or shine. The River Rose departs from Newburgh Landing, Front Street, Newburgh,

NY. 845-563-1067; riverrosecruises.com

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view of the Hudson River. Schedule The Teal for inseason cruises for special occasions. North River will charter your group for whatever function you may desire, whether it be a party, corporate event, or a friends and family outing. North River Charters makes your Hudson River charter an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. 845-750-6025; theteal.com

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is a nonprofit, membersupported corporation with a mission to preserve and protect the Hudson River. Join Clearwater this summer as it re-connects Hudson Valley residents with their cultural heritage and traditions by bringing them down to the river for the Great Hudson River Revival, the country’s oldest music and environmental festival. The

organization and its local sloop clubs also sponsor smaller local riverfront festivals throughout the year. Clearwater’s unique approach to public outreach has made the Clearwater sloop a symbol of grassroots action through handson learning, music, and celebration. Clearwater also provides public sails. Each sail is an ecological adventure as well as a trip of discovery.

Visitors learn about the Hudson and join in on songs about sailing and environmental concerns. All sails allow you time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Hudson. Both the Clearwater and Mystic Whaler are available for private parties, weddings, and corporate events. 845-265-8080. clearwater.org


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The Northern Spy Cafe is nestled among waterfalls and apple orchards in the beautiful village of High Falls. The Spy offers guests an inviting comfortable atmosphere to dine and relax. Whether you’re looking for Duck Confit with a Port Glaze, Free-Range Tofu Wings or a great burger, the Northern Spy Cafe will make your dining experience most enjoyable.

NORTHERN SPY CAFE Rt. 213 and Old Rt. 213 High Falls, NY 12440 Call: 845-687-7298 northernspycafe.com

Perfectly Blending Old World Cooking and Famous Classics A casual styled Italian Restaurant, housed on the Historic Kingston Waterfront. • ITALIAN, STEAKS, SEAFOOD • LUNCH AND DINNER • FULL CATERING • PARTIES AND EVENTS • COCKTAILS

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MAIN STREET, PHOENICIA Ricciardella’s: 845-688-7800 www.ricciardellas.com Sportsman’s: 845-688-5259 www.alamocantina.com Brio’s: 845-688-5370 www.brios.net

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Home of the Crankin’ Sandwiches The Bistro Mountain Store is a full service deli and grocery store located at the foot of the Shawangunk Cliffs! We have everything you need for a great day in the mountains! With this and an epicurious approach to world cuisine, the Bistro Mountain Store is a delicious choice! SEE US ON www.visitvortex.com

Fresh, fun and delicious tacos & burritos made just like you like them! Made to order Tex-Mex in Uptown Kingston.

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dining al fresco There’s something embracing about a fresh-air, outdoor dining experience. The inspiring atmosphere of open space, sans walls, seems to kindle the appetite, the ambiance, and the frame of mind. Whether having a casual lunch “catching up” on life’s endeavors or a candlelight tête-à-tête, intimately share love and lovingly prepared foods at these locations.

Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room 8373 Route 28, Big Indian 845-254-6500 peekamooserestaurant.com Surrounded by lush mountains, the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room features a seasonal outdoor deck where you can dine under a canopy of stars while listening to the stream below. The menu has been called “farmhouse cuisine”—as its offerings change daily with what’s freshest in the market.

845-688-5370 brios.net Experience the village of Phoenicia from Brio’s outdoor patio. Taste wood-fired treats like pizza, breads, chicken, or fish fresh out of the oven. Open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Catamount Restaurant 5340 Route 28, Mount Tremper 845-688-2828 emersonresort.com Serving classic American fare in a cozy, familyfriendly atmosphere. Sit out on the back patio overlooking the Esopus Creek.

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Sportsman’s Alamo Cantina Main Street, Phoenicia 845-688-5259 alamocantina.com Enjoy authentic Mexican in their newly renovated dining room, sidewalk cafe, or back deck with awesome mountain views.

Bear Café 295 Tinker Street, Woodstock 845-679-5555 bearcafe.com Sit down to a world-class dinner served streamside or fireside located at the edge of Woodstock.

Brio’s Pizzeria & Restaurant Main Street, Phoenicia

Cucina Woodstock 109 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock

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845-679-9800 cucinawoodstock.com Cucina boasts a contemporary Italian menu based on seasonal, local ingredients. Enjoy your meal on the wraparound porch.

Savonas, Kingston

Northern Spy, High Falls

Landau Grill 17 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock 845-679-8937 Landau Grill serves American cuisine. Sit out on the outdoor seating area that overlooks Tinker Street and enjoy the summer breeze. Garden Cafe on the Green 6 Old Forge Road, Woodstock 845-679-3600 woodstockgardencafe.com Experience fresh, homemade vegetarian organic cuisine at Garden Cafe. It is a charming and cozy vegetarian restaurant. A wonderful place to dine, even for meat eaters. Enjoy eating in the garden for a special treat! Violette 85 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock 845-679-5300 violettewoodstock.com Violette is a country French and continental restaurant. Fresh tastes, simply prepared. Enjoy your meal on a covered patio.

Inn at Stone Ridge, Stone Ridge

Saugerties New World Home Cooking 1411 Route 212, Saugerties 845-246-0900 ricorlando.com At New World Home Cooking, the cuisine is based on lustily spiced home cooking from around the world. Soak up the colors and bask in the big flavors of New World Home Cooking. Mezzaluna 626 Route 212, Saugerties 845-246-5306 cafemezzaluna.com Your bistro latino, where the best food, art, and entertainment meet in a space brimming with culture, earthly delights, and much more!

KINGSTON Savonas 11 Broadway, Kingston 845-339-6800 savonas.com Savonas Trattoria is a casual styled Italian restaurant, housed on the historic Kingston waterfront in a former opera house that dates back to the 1800s. The menu blends old world cooking and famous classics. While sidewalk dining, sit back, relax, and enjoy these classic-style dishes.

Mariner’s 1 Broadway, Kingston 845-340-8051 marinersharborny.com Mariner’s Harbor anchors historic Kingston’s Rondout waterfront district. Enjoy the seafood cuisine from one of the many outdoor tables set up along the waterfront. Boitson’s 47 North Front Street, Kingston 845-339-2333 Treat yourself to traditional American food from the outdoor dining patio and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Catskill Mountains. Riccardi’s Hideaway 11 High Street, Kingston 845-338-0554 riccardishideaway. com Riccardi’s offers excellent food and excellent service. Dine outside in the garden patio, which features a bar, and choose from the wonderful selection of Italian dishes. Skytop 237 Forest Hills Drive, Kingston 845-340-4277 skytop.moonfruit.com Skytop is a grand chalet sitting on a hill with massive wooden beams supporting a beautiful finished wood ceiling. Admire the fantastic views


Cherries 4162 Route 209, Stone Ridge 845-687-9121 Stop by Cherries Deli for ice cream or for delicious burgers and fries. These are just a few things off the mouthwatering menu. Enjoy the many menu items from the newly renovated outdoor patio area.

HIGH FALLS Northern Spy Route 213 and Old Route 213 845-687-7298 northernspycafe.com Northern Spy Cafe is nestled among waterfalls and apple orchards in the beautiful village of High Falls. Enjoy the contemporary and creative American cuisine on the screened outdoor patio.

Pizza Barn 5125 Route 209, Accord 845-626-2300 thepizzabarn.webs.com Specializing in all-natural and organic pizza, salads, and calzones. Eat inside the barn or on the picnic tables on the back deck overlooking the Rondout Creek.

ROSENDALE Bywater Bistro 419 Main Street, Rosendale 845-658-3210 bywaterbistro.com Join Bywater Bistro on their back porch and extensive creek-side garden to sample from their diverse menu. Rosendale Café 434 Main Street, Rosendale 845-658-9048 rosendalecafe.com The Rosendale Café offers some of the best vegetarian food and performing artists in the Hudson Valley. Enjoy a

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Twisted Foods 446 Main Street, Rosendale 845-658-9121 Twisted Foods is a fun place to have breakfast/brunch/lunch/snack. All homemade and delicious...pretzel rolls, pretzel croissants, and so much more! Enjoy these treats on the outdoor patio. Market Market 1 Madeline Lane, Rosendale 845-658-3164 marketmarketcafe.com Market Market cafe is a restaurant and micro-venue. Enjoy delicious vegetarian and omnivorous meals on the outdoor patio. Postage Inn Corner of Grist Mill Road, Tillson 845-658-3434 thepostageinn.com Relax and dine on their outdoor patio, and indulge yourself in their American continental cuisine.

NEW PALTZ La Stazione 5 Main Street, New Paltz 845-256-9447 La Stazione, located in the old New Paltz train station, serves eclectic Italian. The location gives it a nice view and interesting architecture. Enjoy your meal

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Restaurant at The Inn at Stone Ridge 3805 Main Street, Stone Ridge 845-687-0736 innatstoneridge.com Offering fine dining in a restored, 18th-century Dutch Colonial Mansion. Seated under the beautiful porch, enjoy a dinner for two and the views of the gardens, orchards, rolling fields, and untouched woods.

Saunderskill FARMS 5100 Route 209, Accord 845-626-2676 saunderskill.com Enjoy the farm stand’s homemade delights on the outdoor stone patio nestled in their beautiful garden complete with koi pond. Outdoor BBQ every weekend.

sunny or candlelit meal in a unique setting on the newly created cafe patio.

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on the outdoor patio, which also includes a full bar.

Harvest Cafe, New Paltz

Bistro Mountain Store, Gardiner

Henry’s at Buttermik Falls, Milton

Village Tea Room 10 Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz 845-255-3434 thevillagetearoom.com The Village Tea Room is located in a landmarked, 200-year-old building that was formerly the family’s village tailor shop. The menu features seasonal traditional hearty dishes from a variety of European cooking traditions. Enjoy your meal on the shaded patio—a serene and secluded spot in the heart of the bustling village.

Enjoy a family dinner under the covered side deck, which perfectly fits the hilly terrain. Harvest Cafe 10 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-4205 harvestcafenp.com The Harvest Cafe features an expansive New World wine list and seasonal New American menu with vegetarian selections. Dine on the deck for spectacular views of the Shawangunk Ridge & Wallkill River.

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Main Course 175 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-2650 maincoursecatering.com Enjoy America cuisine from one of the two full tables on the patio. A new concept in innovative regional cuisine. Great take-away foods and specialty drinks.

Bistro Mountain Store 3124 Route 44/55, Gardiner 845-255-2999 The Bistro Mountain Store is a full service deli and grocery store located at the foot of the Shawangunk Cliffs! Enjoy gourmet salads, sandwiches, and homemade baked goods from the front porch patio.

Gilded Otter Brewing 3 Main Street, New Paltz 845-256-1700 gildedotter.com The Gilded Otter Brewing Company is a clean and spacious brew-pub. The brewery is the only place to buy Gilded Otter beer.

TuthillHouse at the Mill 20 Gristmill Lane, Gardiner 845-255-4151 TuthillHouse Features an outdoor deck which looks out over the creek, and tables near the rushing water of the old water mill.

MILTON Henry’s 220 North Road, Milton 845-795-1500 henrysatbuttermilk.com Nestled among the carriage houses at the historic Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, Henry’s Farm to Table is a warm and inviting dining room—whether it is dinner at the exclusive Chef’s Table in the kitchen, drinks at the inviting bar in the dining room, or a table on the deck or porch overlooking the pond.

RHINEBECK Foster’s Coachhouse Tavern 6411 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, 845-876-8052 fosterscoachhouse.com Foster’s is located in the heart of historic Rhinebeck. Enjoy hearty classic American dishes from the dining room or on their beautiful and large outdoor patio. Gigi Trattoria 6422 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck 845-876-1007 gigihudsonvalley.com Best described as “Hudson Valley Mediterranean,” Gigi menus


Rhinecliff Hotel 4 Grinnell Street, Rhinecliff 845-876-0590 therhinecliff.com In season, enjoy outdoor seating on the riverside patio at this hotel’s brassiere-style bar/restaurant.

RED HOOK MERCATO 61 East Market Street, Red Hook 845-758-5879 mercatoredhook.com A family run osteria serving authentic

TIVOLI Luna 61 55 Broadway, Tivoli 845-758-0061 luna61.com Luna has been serving organic vegetarian food to the Hudson Valley for over 10 years. Dine inside or out on the garden patio in the sweet Village of Tivoli. MADALIN Hotel 53 Broadway, Tivoli 845-757-2100 madalinhotel.com Madalin is a great upstate escape, whether just for a drink and snack in the comfortable tavern or for dinner out on the wrap-around porch in summer, or anytime in the elegant antique dining room.

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FLATIRON 7488 South Broadway, Red Hook 845-758-8260 flatironsteakhouse.com Serving local produce, meats, and spirits on the enclosed outdoor patio.

Sante Fe 52 Broadway, Tivoli 845-757-4100 santafetivoli.com TexMex food in a great, funky atmosphere with the warmth and welcoming demeanor prevalent in the Southwest. Dine indoors or out.

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Foster’s, Rhinebeck

River Station 1 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie 845-452-9207 riverstationrest.com An affordable waterfront restaurant in Poughkeepsie with outdoor dining for 125 and glass-enclosed dining rooms located between The Walkway Over The Hudson and the MidHudson Bridge with stunning views of the valley and the bridges. Shadows On the Hudson 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie 845-486-9500 shadowsonthehudson.com A waterfront restaurant located in Poughkeepsie perched on a cliff 40 feet above the Hudson River. Take in the grand views of the Mid-Hudson Bridge to the north and miles of open river to the south while enjoying their fresh seafood or steaks.

Peekamoose, Big Indian

Terrapin 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck 845-876-3330 terrapinrestaurant.com Enjoy scrumptious meals while dining inside or outside this former church. Patio dining is now open for the spring/summer season; grab a seat in the sun, on the covered deck, or in the shade under one of their patio umbrellas.

Italian meals as you would find in the countryside. Eat in the dining room or on the front porch.

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celebrate the seasonal bounty of our local farms with innovative, artfully crafted dishes prepared with the freshest Hudson Valley produce. Sit in their generous outdoor seating area in the heart of the Village of Rhinebeck.

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

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Experience the delightful French cuisine of the renowned chef Fabrice Vittoz. “One of America’s top 25 eating inns”– Conde Nast Traveler

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The Harvest Café Restaurant and Wine Bar is a full service restaurant and wine bar featuring an expansive New World Wine List and seasonal New American menu with vegetarian selections available including a healthy children’s menu. Dine outside on the deck for great views of the Shawangunk Ridge.

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What’s really special about having the opportunity to bike ride around the Hudson Valley is the variety of trails, terrain, and biking resources that are sprinkled throughout Ulster and Dutchess counties. Countless bike loops and well-maintained rail trails provide access for recreational exploration and even for commuting. “Since the downturn of the economy,” said Christian Favata, owner of Favata’s Table Rock Tours & Bikes in Rosendale, “there are a lot of people purchasing and renting bicycles to commute to work instead of driving a car.” Favata has had much success with his full service bicycle shop in the

past four years of ownership. With a background in professional road racing, Favata promotes his lifelong sport to locals and area visitors: “I think people are beginning to realize that they can buy or rent a bike and enjoy it all summer long instead of spending the same money or more on just one vacation.” Biking throughout the Hudson Valley region is a way to get back to quality recreation with a very low price tag.

What’s really special about cycling in the Hudson Valley is the variety of trails, terrain, and biking resources in the area. Hudson Valley Biking.com is a great resource for bikers who are looking to tour with a guide or ride in groups. Different themed rides are offered for all skill levels, such as the flatter side of New Paltz named the History 101 ride for beginners. They also guide mountain bike loops and do longer rides such as the Get Me Out of Town Ride through the Ashokan Reservoir area of the Catskill Mountains. The Wine and Art Ride and Organic Foodie Ride are

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ith the rising costs of fuel oil and a need for healthier living, it shouldn’t be hard to convince anybody that hopping on a bike this summer would be a good idea. I’ve always been convinced that Europe has it right. Bicycle riding is an integral part of transportation and lifestyle for so many European countries; a direct correlation can be drawn to their healthier weight averages, stress levels, and cleaner cities and motorways. Not only that, traveling by bike is rather enjoyable.

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perfect for guests who are coming up from New York City and want a taste of some Hudson Valley local culture. Anthony’s Bikes in Poughkeepsie opened in 2010 to offer bike rentals to visitors of the Walkway over the Hudson. A great success, Anthony’s Bikes offers folks free parking in a lot on Parker Avenue, directly across from the Walkway, and all types of bikes to try. Tandem bicycles are available, and two and three-wheeled cruisers can be rented for reasonable daily prices. But Anthony’s bikes are not just restricted to the Walkway. The Dutchess County Tourism website (dutchesstourism.com) has free, printable bike tour maps and turn-by-turn directions for bikeways through Rhinebeck and Red Hook and scenic loops through historic Hyde Park. Central Dutchess County also has nice road loops through Pleasant Valley 46

and the quaint hamlets of Clinton Corners and Schultzville. The Hudson Valley biking community is also primed for the more seasoned and experienced bikers. The NYS Mountain Bike Series takes place every year with five USA Cycling sanctioned races. One of which, Race the World, takes place on July 11 at Windham Mountain, piggy-backing on the internationally known UCI Mountain Bike World Cup event being held the two days before. Participants will have the opportunity to compete on the same course that the world’s top bikers duke it out on. The Hudson Valley is the ideal region to birth a love and lifestyle for biking. Favata said it right, “Biking is peaceful. It gives you freedom. And it’s not a bad way to stay in shape.”

Shops/ Rentals

Favata’s Table Rock Tours & Bikes, Rosendale. trtbicycles.com Overlook Mountain Bikes, Woodstock. overlookmountainbikes.com Mike’s Bikes, Phoenicia. ridemikesbikes.com Anthony’s Bike Rentals, Poughkeepsie. anthonybikerentals.com Wheel and Heel, Wappingers Falls. wheelandheel.com

Guides, Tours, and Resources The Summer of 2011 Hudson Valley Biker’s Handbook Hudson Valley Biking Tours. hudsonvalleybiking.com Dutchess County Tourism. dutchesstourism.com Fats in the Cats Bicycle Club. fatsinthecats.com

CYCLING Events

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Windham Mountain, July 9 & 10. racewindham.com Williams Lake Classic, May 29, 2011. nysmtbseries.com Belleayre Mountain All Terrain Challenges, August 28. nysmtbseries.com Ride The Ridge, First Sunday each June. www.ridetheridge.org


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Safe Bike Riding Tips Before using your bicycle Remember to: 1. Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. 2. Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat. 3. Check Your Equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check

that your brakes work. 4. See and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. 5. Control Your Bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.

6. Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. If you are riding with friends and you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you. 7. Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are harder for others to see. If you have to ride at night, wear something that makes you more easily seen by others. Make sure you have reflectors or lights on the front and rear of your bicycle. 8. Follow the rules of the road. source: www.nhtsa.dot.gov

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ood always seems more palatable when picnicking outside under the glistening of the sun’s rays or accompanied by nature’s background of wind through the trees or water rushing through a stream. There are plenty of good, healthy foods to ingest that’ll give you more energy for all the other amenities offered at the areas we chose for you to visit. And most of all, make it not only a picnic on nature’s greens, but make it a “green” event by buying eco-friendly utensils, tablecloths, reusable plastic containers, cloth napkins, and dish towels. And, if you must buy disposables, buy those made of recycled paper.

Picnic Ulster County there’s always a place to put down a blanket and open that picnic basket as you nosh and gaze at the aerator fountains and picturesque spillway. This reservoir is the oldest New York Cityowned reservoir in the Catskills, located only 13 miles west of Kingston. Exit 19 on the NYS Thruway. Fishing is allowed with a public access permit. Ashokan Reservoir – The blue and purple majestic hues of the Catskills is the perfect place for a relaxing picnic. Private and peaceful

Belleayre Beach at Pine Hill Lake – Enjoy a picnic at the lake plus a day of summertime sensations.

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a wonderful beginning to a day of hiking on 2.5 miles of woodland trails, viewing estate ruins and scenic vistas. A trail leads to the property from the Town of Lloyd’s Johnson-Iorio Park, located immediately north of the Mid-Hudson Bridge’s Ulster County side. The path takes visitors under the bridge and connects them to a carriage trail that accesses the site. Dog-walking on leashes allowed. scenichudson2.org/whatyoucando/ visitourparks/frannyreesepreserve Swimming, horseshoe pits, and volleyball and basketball courts. Plus rentals on rowboats, pedalboats, and kayaks. Walk-ins only $2 per person and a carload gets in for $8. (Eightpassenger vans a bit more). Highmount. 800942-6904 or 845-254-5600; belleayre.com/ summer/lake.htm

Franny Reese State Park – A new park in Highland featuring 250 acres that boast a broad array of tree species, carriage trails, and historic stone walls. Picturesque picnics can be

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Kingston Point Rotary Park – It’s almost as if the majestic iron gate leads you to a “secret” place as you walk down a path that opens up to a small pedestrian bridge, cookout area, and benches. So whether you picnic under the pavilion, under a gazebo, or on the lawn, you’ll enjoy a scenic view where the Rondout Creek flows into the Hudson. It’s as if the water surrounds the park with peaceful grace. Wooded trails and an inlet provide nature’s backdrop. Open May 15 to October 15 from 7am to 8pm. Lower Delaware Avenue in Kingston. 845-331-1682.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve – Ready for a delicious picnic on a dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge with vistas more than 2,000 feet above sea level? This is one of the most unique and picturesque parks featuring waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, and more cliff-edge views than imaginable—plus 35 miles of carriageways and 25 miles of footpaths to bike, walk, or hike after your picnicking pleasures. 5281 Route 44/55, Kerhonkson. 845-256-0579; lakeminnewaska.org.

Shaupeneak Ridge at Louisa Pond – This 56-acre park is not only a beautiful mountain


Willow Kiln Park – A small, quiet park sitting below the old kilns and mountainous rock structures of the old cement business that made the town famous in the 19th century. Pets are allowed on leashes and it’s a great informal place for picnics with barbeques and tables and a fresh air environment. After picnicking you can treat yourself to browsing and shopping at the boutiques aligning Rosendale’s Main Street. Special events go on throughout

Wilson State Park – A scenic park with picnic tables and grills plus hiking trails and secluded, wooded campsites and many outdoor activities. Campers can enjoy a hike on the nature trails, ride on the mountain bike trail, or inner tube on the river. Plus nearby Woodstock and Phoenicia offer fabulous shops and restaurants. Dogs need rabies certificate and cannot be left unattended and are not allowed in facility structures, on the beach, or in day use areas. Day-use fee $6 to $10. 859 Wittenberg Road, Mt. Tremper. 845-679-7020.

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the spring and summer season. Located in back of the Rosendale Theatre off Hasbrouck Avenue with lots of convenient parking. For more information call Town Hall at 845-658-3159.

Sleightsburgh Park – Picnic on a 79acre peninsula at the mouth of the Rondout Creek in the Town of Esopus. This spectacular narrow strip of land almost reaches to the Kingston Lighthouse and provides a wooded environment with trails great for birding, nature studies, and hiking with views of the lighthouse. It also offers a deep-water boat access ramp and fishing on the creek. Dogs allowed on leashes. 845-473-4440; scenichudson2.org/ whatyoucando/visitourparks/sleightsburgh

Tongore Town Park – A family picnic paradise offering a pavilion with tables and barbeques, along with a playground, basketball and volleyball courts, ball fields, and horseshoe pits. Also provides lifeguard supervision for swimming in July and August from 10:30am to 6pm. Regular park hours 8am to 8pm. Located on Tongore Road in the Town of Marbletown. 845-687-7830.

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forest that you can picnic in while viewing the eastern Hudson River shore and Catskill Mountains—it also features a pond, waterfall, hiking trails, and is a virtual outdoor classroom. And it’s a terrific place to mountain bike and burn the calories from your leisurely picnic menu—or stroll and bird-watch among nature surrounded by the 572-acre Shaupeneak Preserve. Park 2.5 miles from intersection of 9W and Old Post Road in the Town of Esopus. 845-473-4440; scenichudson2.org/ whatyoucando/visitourparks/shaupeneakridge

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Burger Hill – A beautiful hilltop park rising 550 feet, boasting panoramic vistas of the Hudson River Valley including the Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill and Taconic mountains, Stissing Mountain, and the Berkshires…a picnic-perfect paradise. Also offers all-season activities of hiking, sledding, and cross-country skiing. The park is 76 acres of open meadows and rural, scenic beauty for bird-watching and picturetaking located in Rhinebeck. 845-876-4213; winnakeeland.org/Burger Hill Park.htm

Clarence Memorial State Park – A year-round outdoor enthusiast’s delight on 13,086 acres in Carmel. Besides a fabulous place to pleasurably picnic on grasslands or in the picnic pavilion, there’s hiking trails, a gorgeous beach, scenic campground, and an abundance of opportunities for boating, hunting, fishing, and birding. Dogs are permitted on trails on a leash not more than 10 feet, but not permitted on beach or in picnic areas. Vehicle entrance fee: $7/car. For hours of operation call 845-225-7207; nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/133/ details.aspx

Fishkill Ridge – The gateway to the fabled Hudson Highlands provides a respite to stop and picnic in the 1,900-acre home to eagles, falcons, and numerous rare species. With 11.5 miles of trails, Fishkill Ridge connect to thousands of acres in Hudson Highlands State Park and the summit of Mount Beacon, featuring some of the valley’s best hiking opportunities, including the

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access to two of the highest peaks east of the Hudson River. So put down your blanket where you can get the best panoramic views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains and relax— unless you’re among the determined who tackle this ridge’s rugged terrain. Year-round daily dawn to dusk. 845-473 4440; scenichudson.org/ parks/fishkillridge

Long Dock Beacon/Beacon Point Park – A 16-acre riverfront park (currently under improvement), but still available for picnics, fishing off the pier, hiking, and canoeing/ kayaking with access to the Beacon Shoreline Trail. Also see George Trakas’ dramatic new riverfront sculpture with its terraced angling deck, boardwalk, and restored bulkhead. 518475-7202 x11; cityofbeacon.org/albums/20 Madam Brett Park – An urban oasis along the Fishkill Creek in Beacon featuring tranquil trails and a beautiful waterfall to have a


Mills Norrie State Park (Margaret Lewis Norrie) – A serene wooded area with glimpses of the river providing an ideal location for

Mount Beacon – Picnic at the highest peak of the Hudson Highlands. A total of 234 acres provides the defining backdrop for a picnic in a historic area that was prominent during the Revolutionary War. After a healthy picnic—go bird watching, hiking on walking trails, and relish the scenic views. Parking area and trailhead are located at the intersection of Route 9D and Howland Avenue in the City of Beacon. 845-473-4440; nysparks.state.ny.us/parks

OUTDOORS: PICNIC Poets’ Walk – Take your picnic basket filled with goodies and enjoy the romance of rolling fields and quiet woodlands that inspired generations of writers and artists. Created in the 1840s, the surrounding park of 120 acres is nestled in the region’s National Historic Landmark District offering breathtaking views of the Hudson River. If this respite inspired Washington Irving’s classic Rip Van Winkle it is certain to inspire you to take a 2-mile walk through woods and fields—or perhaps sit in rustic cedar pavilions. A perfect place for landscape artists. Open daily at 9am, however closing time varies by season and gates are locked at this time. April 1 to Memorial Day closed at 7pm. Memorial Day to Labor Day closed at 8:30pm. Red Hook. 845-473-4440; scenichudson.org/parks/poetswalk.

peaceful picnic. This 12-acre park connects to the “Beacon Shoreline Trail” providing a link between Dennings Point, Long Dock Beacon, and the Beacon train station. One mile of trails along the Fishkill Creek lead to scenic overlooks of tidal marshes and Tioronda Falls. Also great for trail walking and picture taking. Open from dawn to dusk with a parking area. 845-4734440; beaconny.org/html/mbpark.html

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picnicking complete with tables and pavilions. And if you have an appetite for other outdoor activities—you can bike, hike, camp in trailers, tents or cabins, fish, or powerboat. A marina consisting of slip space and a boat launch ramp is a popular area for boating. Staatsburg. 845-889-4646; nysparks.state.ny.us/ parks/171/details.aspx

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Walkway Over the Hudson Historic Park – Wow, are you in for a treat when choosing to picnic at one of the newest sensations in the Hudson Valley. This park not only provides areas to picnic, jog, and walk your dog (leashes no longer than six feet), but you can also take a leisurely, picture-taking stroll across a 1.28-mile long elevated pedestrian bridge that’s 212 feet above the river’s surface—the longest in the world. The park closes at sunset and is accessible from both the western Highland side and the eastern Poughkeepsie side. 845-834-2867; nysparks. state.ny.us/parks/178/details.aspx

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picnic pavilions offering everything from the privacy of Pavilion A to the attached bathrooms, kitchen, and a picturesque view of the beach at Pavilion D. Tucked away in the tiny town of Milan, this 615-acre, family-friendly delight was once an 18th-century estate that boasts two small sparkling lakes. Fish from the shore or from a rented boat, or view the “resident heron” by renting a paddleboat. And…you can swim off those picnic calories from Memorial Day to Labor Day on a sandy beach with lifeguard facilities, a bathhouse, and the lower lake’s snack bar. Route 199, Milan. County-resident vehicles $5; Non-resident $10. 845-758-6100.

feet. The self-guided trail to the falls is about 1/2 mile and requires a careful scrambling over logs and rocks. So put on your hiking shoes, backpack your picnic menu, and get ready for the most amazing scenic area to put down a blanket and ingest the views and some healthy foods. For directions and more information, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaaterskill_Falls.

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Kaaterskill Falls – Spend the day picnicking, hiking, and enjoying one of the most impressive and highest dual waterfalls in New York state. A two-tiered falls, the upper falls drop 175 feet and the lower falls drop 85

Giant Ledge – A unique and large mountain ledge in the Catskills located on Panther Mountain. Its awesome 3,218-feet altitude provides a visual feast on the way to your own picnic banquet. As you hike to the ledge you’ll marvel at a combination of an unadulterated old-growth forest mixed with flowers and foliage in new-growth pathways. Talk about feeling awe and humbleness toward nature. Guaranteed to make you hunger for that picnic and rest on a blanket as you marvel at one of the most incredible vistas in the Catskills. For a great at-home view, visit youtube.com/ watch?v=RuSlUznBwck for a virtual experience of Giant Ledge in Shandaken in its full glory.


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Picnic gear has been revolutionized to be more chic and multifunctional. Today’s picnics combine elegance with convenience and the Hudson Valley offers some of the best new-age, picnic-pleasing products to choose from. So—pick pieces of picnic portables and packables that add punch, pizzazz, and pleasure to your outdoor culinary experience. Here are a few local ideas to get you started.

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But before you let your dog run free, consider that this paradise also offers more than a few hazards: deer ticks that carry Lyme Disease, coyotes, and other unfriendly elements. Happily, there are numerous alternative sites here in the Valley for your four-legged friends to run, under safe, supervised conditions.

a recreation area for unleashed dogs—with access whether you are a lodger or an area resident (annual membership required for the latter). The Catamount Dog Park is fenced in and measures 60 feet wide by 100 feet long. The park offers fresh running water for dog bowls, as well as a shower area. Owners of pocket-sized pups will be happy to know that Catamount has set aside an area for small dogs to interact. According to Veronica Fannon, front desk agent at The Emerson, pet lovers have given the dog park high marks: “They’re happy to find a place around here that accommodates dogs.” The Emerson offers a variety of pampering services for pooches, which they call the Emerson PupGrade. emersonresort.com/catamountdog-park.

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he Mid-Hudson Valley spreads out before you in all its glory: mountains, valleys, woods, country fields, streams, and lakes. In short, it’s a huge playground beckoning your cherished canine companion to take a bracing romp.

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Zoo Cafe in Stone Ridge is the brainchild of dog lover Mary McNamara. After visiting pet stores all around the country, McNamara decided she would create a gathering place for dogs and humans alike. It opened in June 2010, with an emphasis on socializing, exercise, and high-quality foods and toys. In this roomy fenced-in patio area, connected to her sprawling home, people and pets can stretch their muscles or just laze about. “Bring your pet,” McNamara said. “Sit, stay, play. I turned my backyard into a social area. You can meet up with friends and likeminded dogs can hook up.”

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McNamara’s combination cafe and store sells bakery treats which are all-natural or organic, as well as nutritionally balanced dog food. Zoo Cafe will not sell just any dog toy, McNamara said. The items for sale emphasize agility, problem-solving, and interaction, like flexible toys that contain a piece of food and requires the dog to remove it. Squeaky items are verboten, McNamara said, for a simple reason: these toys reward aggression, she said; the squeak that emanates every time the dog bites into the toy mimics the cry of a wounded animal. Zoo Cafe is especially geared for the active Hudson Valley dog, who accompanies its human friends on outdoor activities in this region. The shelves stock canine life preservers for boating and kayaking, biking

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accessories, backpacks for hiking, and animal-sized camping gear. Speaking of dogs with active lifestyles, several of the rail trails in Ulster County afford dogs a nice brisk (leashed) run with their owners. According to Danielle Cardella, president of For Paws of Ulster, Inc., these locations include Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, Highland Rail Trail, and the expansive Walkway Over the Hudson State Park (walkway.org), which stretches across the Hudson with entrances in Highland and Poughkeepsie. Ulster County currently lacks a public dog park. For Paws of Ulster has been working toward that objective for a year. As Cardella notes on her website, “Dog parks provide an immeasurable social benefit to not only the dogs that use them, but to their human owners as well.” Cardella’s group estimates the expenses for a three-acre dog park, replete with trees for shade, a water fountain for both canines and humans, benches, and dog rest stations would be between $14,000 and $20,000. They are currently fundraising in hopes of securing the land in the future. The proposed park, ideally sited at the Ulster County Pool Complex and Fairgrounds, would be accessible to all county residents. Citizens have banded together in towns across Ulster County to create local dog parks, including in Highland, Gardiner, and


“Agility classes are a great way to exercise your dog’s mind and body while strengthening your bond with them,” said Cardella. In Dutchess County, there are several dog parks. Fishkill offers Doug Phillips Dog Park on Route 52, a fenced-in area that features drinking water and benches. Managed by the town, it is available to both residents ($25 annually) and nonresidents ($50). The Town of LaGrange’s dog park is called See Spot Run. Located at Overlook Park, it is open to residents of both LaGrange and bordering towns, which includes the town of Poughkeepsie, Pleasant Valley, Union Vale, Beekman, East Fishkill, and Wappinger. If your dog has a taste for extreme sports, then check out Hudson Valley Dock Dogs (HVDD) in Dutchess County. This club for canine dock diving, established in June 2008, is a nonprofit organization. Members meet and practice at Ledgewood Kennel

Before heading to the park: • Be sure your dog is well socialized around dogs and people. Early socialization of puppies is essential. If your dog is under-socialized, consult a trainer or veterinarian first. • Make sure your dog’s shots are current. • Be sure your dog is well trained in basic commands like sit, stay, come (recall), and leave it, so that he will be more likely to obey you if a fight occurs. • Visit the dog park in advance (without your dog) to assess whether it would be appropriate for your pet. • Familiarize yourself with dog play styles and body language to know when to remove your dog if play gets out of hand. At the dog park: • Before entering, check to be sure the dogs are playing in a manner suitable for your dog, and that pet parents are supervising their dogs. • If your dog tends to be possessive of toys, make sure there are no toys around. Possessive behavior leads to skirmishes.

• Don’t bring food or treats to the dog park, as competition for food can spark a fight. • Always keep a close eye on your dog to ensure he’s playing nicely with others. In case of a fight: • If you notice play getting out of hand, remove your dog before a fight can begin. This is where a strong “leave it” and recall are important. • If your dog won’t come to you, try making a loud noise, to surprise the dogs. Try a deep yell of “no”, or loud clap or bang. Or bring a small air horn or metal to bang. • If the dog park has a water hose, squirt the fighting dogs. Consider carrying citronella spray, a harmless product used to interrupt some levels of aggressive canine behavior. • If you must step in to break up the fight, alert the other dog’s guardian. Both calmly approach the dogs. Never reach for a dog’s collar, even your own. Always keep hands from their heads to avoid a misplaced snap in the heat of a fight. • Upon approach, carefully grab your dog by the upper hind legs near the hips. Lift him in the wheelbarrow position and pull backward, away from the other dog. Source: The Dutchess County SPCA

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Consider these important matters in advance, to ensure fun and safety for dog and human alike.

A generously sized dog run is located at Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption in Accord. Access is available through membership. In the absence of dog parks, RVAA also offers a variety of agility training classes for dogs who need to focus their energies, as well as obedience training and behavioral consultations, said shelter manager Jane Kopelman. “Our philosophy is to foster humane conditions for animals both in and out of the shelter,” she said.

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Marbletown. A group in the city of Kingston, the county seat, is close to completing negotiations with the Kingston Recreation and Parks department for a dog park on the edge of the city limits.

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in Millerton, where competitions are held throughout the year. Energetic hiking for dogs can be found across the region, said photographer Kelly Merchant of High Falls. She and husband Bill take their dogs on multiple-mile treks as often as possible. Destinations include the John Burroughs cabin and pond, and the Black Creek Preserve, both in Espous. Moderate trail hiking with beautiful views are available at Sam’s Point Preserve, in Cragsmoor. A festival guaranteed to provide your canine adequate recreation and social stimulation is The Hudson Valley Pet Palooza and Dog Walk. Established in 2009, this annual event offers everything for dog and human alike: on-site rabies clinic, on-site micro-chipping, interactive games for humans and dogs, pet product and service vendors, dog agility

demonstrations, live music, and food. The most recent Palooza happened on May 21 at Dutchess County Fairgrounds. On the west side of the Hudson, the hamlet of High Falls holds an annual Pet Fair in May, put on by the High Falls Civic Association, which draws area pet item vendors, adoption groups, and pet experts. The centerpiece of the annual event is a pet contest, where dogs may compete against goats and turtles for titles that include Call of the Wild (Vocal Talent), Obedience School Graduate (special tricks), The Graybeards (elder pets), The Whippersnappers (junior pets), and Mr. And Ms. High Falls. Jay Blotcher, a decade-long Ulster County resident, is the contented human companion of Scout, an ultra-cuddly Field Lab adopted from Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption.

DIRECTORY OF RESOURCES: Catamount Dog Park Emerson Resort 5340 Route 28, Mount Tremper emersonresort.com 845-688-2828 Doug Phillips Dog Park Route 52 and Doug Phillips Road Fishkill 845-896-0661 For Paws of Ulster, Inc. Danielle Cardella forpawspark.com High Falls Pet Fair High Falls Civic Association highfallscivic.org Aaron Burke 845-687-4566 Hudson Valley Dock Dogs 639 Smithfield Road, Millerton, NY

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641-715-3900 x684367 Andrea Bacon, president hudsonvalleydockdogs.com Hudson Valley Pet Palooza Jennifer Morris 845-750-1861 hudsonvalleypetpalooza.com Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption Jane Kopelman, shelter manager 845-687-4406 animalsforadoption.org See Spot Run Town of LaGrange 845-452-1972 Zoo Cafe 3050 Route 209, Kingston Mary McNamara, manager 845-687-6272 zoocafe.biz


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1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Next, mix the wheat flour, spelt flour, oats, and flax seeds in a big bowl. 3. Then, mix in the water and peanut butter. 4. Next, knead the dough on a floured surface so that the dough does not stick to the surface. 5. Then, roll out the dough until it is about ½-inch thick. 6. After that, take cookie cutters and cut any shape out. If you really want them to look like doggie treats, use a bone-shaped cookie cutter. 7. Now put the treats in the oven for a half hour or until they look done. 8. If you want, you can decorate the top of the treats with dog food. 9. Let them cool for 25 minutes. 10. Finally, give your pup a delicious and healthy snack! He’ll love you for it!

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Materials:

• 2 cups whole wheat flour • 2 cups spelt flour • 2 cups of quick cooking rolled oats • ¼ cup flax seeds • 2 ½ cups of warm water • 1 ½ cups of natural peanut butter • 1 cup of dog food for garnish, if you like

Have you ever wanted to make a special and healthy homemade treat for your dog? If that sounds like fun to you, follow these simple steps to make these wonderful and yummy dog treats.

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Local Residents Explain Why their Hearts Belong to the Valley by Jay Blotcher

COMMUNITY

The Romance of Relocation, Part II

When asked by VISITvortex magazine why they fell in love with this part of the Valley, the people included here offered answers that differed greatly—but all were equally sincere. In affairs of the heart, as a wise man once said, there are no rules. When a corner of the world grabs onto your heart, there’s no letting go. These folks, still smitten with Dutchess and Ulster counties, are living proof.

Patti Gibbons was a reluctant transplant, her domineering father “dragging us here” in 1969 to live, after several summer vacations here. The relocation was far from easy; Gibbons was a rebellious “Long Island Catholic school girl” thrown into everyday life in Shandaken, where “I did not have one friend!” Assimilation was a necessity. “I had to learn how to fight, shoot

a gun, participate in a turkey shoot,” and she received her best life lessons not in class but at the local bars and discos. At age 18, Gibbons broke from her family and moved to southern Ulster County where, she learned, “the bars got better, as did the dancing, parties, and the choice of boys.” Despite an inauspicious start, Gibbons decided to stay in the area; the Kingston-based artist teaches art at Port Ewen BOCES, while husband Larry Lewis is an administrator at The Center for Photography at Woodstock.

Not all relocation stories begin on a sweet note. For Lori Gross, a student at Rutgers University, she was lured here by a summer internship at a veterinarian’s office. Within a few weeks, she had had not one but two lifechanging revelations: one, “I was so not going to be a vet,” and, two, she had unexpectedly found a new home. Gross now lives in High Falls with

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Some came for the mighty Shawangunks or the Hudson River, others for college or a relationship, still others utterly by chance. And they all stayed, making the transition from tentative newcomers to contented long-timers.

Given the sheer variety of offerings here in the Mid-Hudson Valley, it only figures that everyone who moves here seems to have heeded their own siren cry.

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“It’s a diverse and eclectic community and I found it interesting and welcoming.” “This area is a beacon to artists, with a thriving community of fellow craftspeople, musicians, painters, sculptors, and writers.” her husband and daughter. She teaches at High Meadow School and is a massage therapist at Mohonk Mountain House. Many folks are transplants from New York City who found happiness up the river. Some came from the opposite direction. Jan Marotta moved downstate 35 years ago, from Oneida County. She’d first come to the area to visit her sister, who had attended SUNY New Paltz. “When my job ended upstate I decided to relocate for a better economy and selected New Paltz in Ulster County because I felt comfortable. There were many things to do in the area and work was available. I felt it was a diverse and eclectic community and I found it interesting and welcoming.” After a brief stay in a mobile home in Modena, she has lived in the same New Paltz home for three decades. David and Donna Viertel arrived as students at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. There they met and fell in love. After detours to live in California and Massachusetts, they returned to this area to open a restaurant in High Falls called The

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Clove Café. “After five years running the restaurant, the people we had met and the education systems for our children were of such high quality, we knew this was the place to settle down permanently,” David said. “We have been here 12 years and don’t plan on leaving any time soon!” This area offers a beacon to artists, drawing them with reasonable rents, sheer inspiration in the landscape, and the support of a thriving community of fellow craftspeople, musicians, painters, sculptors, and writers. Carole Ione co-founded the Deep Listening Institute, a multi-purpose arts space on Cornell Street in Kingston. While she and artistic collaborator (and life partner) Pauline Oliveros, the avant-garde musician, lived in Manhattan in the mid-80s, they rented space in Kingston and began visiting occasionally. “I liked Kingston because it looked and felt a lot like

the Saratoga of my childhood,” Ione said, “pre-gentrification: kind of run-down and interesting, with character.” In this space, Ione offered her signature “dream workshops,” a tool for artistic creation and spiritual healing. Ione insists that a dream of her own presaged her life here. “I had an overview, as if from the sky of the city of Kingston with its steeples. I heard a voice—my own, I believe—saying with certainty, I will settle in Kingston. And I knew it was true.” The following year, Ione and Oliveros bought their Kingston home. Call it serendipity, kismet, or happenstance. Jews have another word for it: “beschert” or destiny. Eve Walter (born to a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother) and Ezra Maurer (same scenario) illustrate another case where Ulster County living seemed preordained. But that seeming inevitability took a couple of decades to unfurl. Maurer was raised in West Hurley. Walter was raised in Brooklyn, but would visit her grandmother’s Ulster County hotel, the Centerville-based Solway House, every summer. As the two played as children,


“We began to dream about ‘one day’ when we could move here.”

However fate was poised to lob a fortuitous curve ball. “After one particularly blissful weekend, when the dream tugged especially hard, we made the increasingly loathsome trip back to our city apartment,” Ezra recalled. “In the weekend’s mail was an offer from our landlord to give up my family’s 60-year-run of our rent-controlled apartment in exchange for a check whose sum happened to be exactly the amount for the down payment and fixer-up funds needed for what would be our dream house in Ulster County.” Eve suggested exploring the Rosendale area, situated close to both Ezra’s parents and the NYS Thruway. (Ezra’s woodworking business had many New York City residents, whom he wanted to retain.) It was a rainy day when they came to visit and the real estate offerings were not appealing. After nine hours of house-hunting, the duo was tired and hungry. But the realtor insisted on one more

home in the hamlet of High Falls. Reluctantly, they went to the address and waited for the realtor to arrive with the key. While waiting, the pair peered through the window of the 19th-century house and spied wide wood floors stretching from living room to dining room. Eve exclaimed, “This is it.” The agent led the pair to the Clove Café to discuss the matter over coffee. “We loved our waitress, we loved the Clove, we loved High Falls,” Eve said. They signed immediately. “We never looked back, we never had a single regret and we live in the most wonderful house, in the most wonderful community.” Ezra maintains his woodworking business and Eve is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at SUNY New Paltz.

Jay Blotcher, a veteran freelance writer, celebrates July as the 10th anniversary of his relocation from Manhattan to High Falls.

When they met again as young adults, Eve was living in Woodstock and Ezra was in Manhattan. Eve moved into Ezra’s rentcontrolled apartment in uptown Manhattan, eager to “escape the failing family hotel.” They married and combined their name to Waltermaurer. Ezra’s parents lived near the Ashokan Reservoir and the pair was able to spend summer weekends there, as his parents were usually hiking mountain peaks across the world. “It was calm and quiet and peaceful and clean and quiet and spacious,” Ezra said. “We began to dream about ‘one day’ when we could move back. We had not a penny saved toward such an event.” Daughter Daisy was soon born, a welcome

arrival, yet one that placed a new strain on finances.

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“The people we met and the education was of such high quality, we knew this was the place to settle down permanently.”

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Staining Your Deck

by Julie Jordan

YOUR HOME

Summer DIY Project

April to September are the prime months to revitalize your outdoor living space. Families are spending more time in their homes and enjoying their weekends outside entertaining on their decks. In a few simple steps you can easily bring out the beauty of the wood and impress all your friends.

Preparation

The best time to stain your home’s exterior deck, siding, or outdoor furniture is when temperatures are moderate (above 50 degrees but below 95 degrees), low humidity, and no rain in the immediate forecast. About 95 percent of finish failures are due to improper preparation. Stains require a clean surface free from dirt, dust, grease, mildew, and loose wood fiber. Whether your deck is new, weathered, or previously coated, choose a high quality product for each stage. Ask a local professional for advise.

STEP 2:

Choose Color and Opacity

Choose from a variety of opacities on the market— natural to solid color. The more pigment in the stain the more opaque the coverage will be and the greater its protection over time. Pint samples are available to make your selection easier.

STEP 3:

Product Selection & Application

Find a stain with superior waterborne technology. Some choices include translucent, transparent, and semi-transparent. Most of these products clean up with soap and water.

Application Techniques:

• Apply an even uniform coat to a dry surface • Maintain a wet edge during application • End at a natural point (window, door, or end of a board) • Do not stain in direct sunlight

STEP 4:

Maintenance

Always keep your deck clean of all leaves and debris. Periodically wash your deck with a multi-purpose cleaner. You can refresh your deck annually with a protective clear coat.

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Summer Color

THE GARDEN

Easy Annuals for

Most annuals need abundant moisture to perform at their best, so plant them within easy reach of your hose or consider installing a soaker hose to make watering easier and more efficient. Finally, as with any other planting, be sure to add a top-dressing of mulch to the soil’s surface to help retain moisture and keep weeds at bay. To assist in selecting suitable annuals for your garden, I have included suggested uses for some of my favorites below.

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Unlike perennials, which come back each year, the flamboyant yet fleeting annual beauties often provide the pizzazz.

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f trees, shrubs, and “hardscape� features (like pathways, arbors, and patios) create the structure of a garden, then it is the annuals that often provide the pizzazz. Unlike perennials, which come back each year, the flamboyant yet fleeting annual beauties have only one growing season to strut their stuff. Since most annuals are heavy feeders, be sure the soil in which they are planted is suitably rich. If planting in an existing bed, amend the soil with some nice composted manure or use one of the commercially available slowrelease fertilizers (preferably organic).

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Canna Lily

Brazilian Verbena

(Canna x generalis):

(Verbena bonariensis):

Most verbenas are colorful, trailing, lowgrowing annuals that bloom in shades from white and pink to red and purple. As such, they make excellent, draughtresistant plantings for use in beds, as edgings, and as container plantings. V. bonariensis, however, is the lesserknown, tall, and elegant member of the family. It enchants gardeners with its pom-poms of violet flower clusters that seem to bob and hover above lower plants on thin, airy stalks that may reach three feet in height. Easy to grow and critter resistant, this annual also reseeds itself vigorously, proving it’s hard to get too much of a good thing.

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Coleus

(Coleus x hybridus): A staple in formal, mass plantings of the Victorian era, this 12-inch member of the mint family is widely known for its showy foliage but was considered somewhat of a cliché until relatively recently. Coleus features richly colored and dramatically variegated leaves, often in surprising combinations of red, pink, burgundy, purple, rust, copper, yellow, and lime green. Easy to grow and colorful beyond belief, coleus is ideal for mass plantings in partly shaded beds. Newer hybrid varieties, known collectively as Sun Coleus, feature the same great foliage but on much larger plants that can reach two to three feet in height. As implied by the name, these new hybrids need lots of sun to perform at their best. Of these, ‘Alabama Crimson’ and the large-leafed ‘Kong’ are among my favorites. Use coleus in containers, where their outstanding foliage blends easily with other plantings or use them as bold accents in garden beds.

Cannas are excellent showy annuals for bedding, punching up a border, or for use in large pots and containers. They require full sun and plenty of water. Cannas feature huge, glossy, tropical-looking leaves and lily-like flowers on stems that may reach four to five feet tall. The leaves, which may be green, bronze, burgundy, or dramatically striped, arise from rhizomes that can be dug up and overwintered indoors. Cannas bloom in hot, spicy shades of pink, yellow, orange, and red. ‘Tropicana’ is one of my favorite varieties with orange flowers and boldly striped leaves.


THE GARDEN

Castor Bean

(Ricinus communis):

(Cleome hasslerana): This large, old-fashioned annual boasts colorful clusters of blooms that resemble living fireworks. It also produces masses of long, graceful, arching seedpods that recall spider legs and give this plant its name. Cleome can easily reach four to five feet tall, attracts hummingbirds, and blooms prolifically in white, pink, and mauveviolet. Tough as nails, it requires little care but demands full sun, reseeds itself with abandon, and is totally resistant to deer and other critters. An excellent annual for use in beds and borders, Cleome also makes a terrific seasonal screen.

Sweet Alyssum

(Lobularia maritima): A spreading, fragrant, low-grower, Sweet Alyssum is one of the absolute best edging plants for lining beds and pathways as well as for use as companion plantings in containers. Though delicate looking, with its masses of tiny flowers in shades ranging from white to purple, it is surprisingly tough—provided it is not allowed to dry out. Thus, it’s best in spots with bright morning sun but afternoon shade. It also readily reseeds itself, if it is happy in its location. These are just a few of the many easy-to-grow annuals that deserve a spot in your garden. Now go out and plant something! Eric Stewart is a garden designer, writer, artist, and educator who lives in Accord, NY. He may be reached at Greenman Garden Design, 845-687-9166 or via email at elsgreenman@aol.com. Visit his website at www.greenmangarden.com.

Spider Flower

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Another large, dramatic annual for bedding and seasonal screening, Castor Bean features enormous, maple-shaped leaves and showy scarlet seed pods. Harvested for centuries, it is the source for both the famously foul-tasting laxative oil as well as the deadly poison Ricin. As such, it is untroubled by critters, but it is not a good choice for gardens of homes with small children. In the tropics, it attains tree-like stature, but in the Hudson Valley, it can still reach upwards of six feet if provided full sun and ample water. My favorite variety is ‘Carmencita’, which features outstanding burgundy-bronze foliage.

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What’s NOT growing is more apropos—as the warmth of summer brings an alphabetical bounty brimming with succulent, fresh, and juicy fruits and vegetables emerging from fertile soils and trees so plentiful in our environs. These delicious edibles and more are available at the many farm stands and farmer’s markets in the Valley.

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THIS IS FRESH!

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how to make LOCAL BERRY SORBET 2 cups of fresh local berries of your choice 1/4 cup local honey 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, including pulp 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel 1 cup water

STEPS: Makes 6 servings 1. Puree raspberries, for example, in a blender or food processor. 2. Strain through a fine strainer using a spoon to press puree through strainer into a bowl. 3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. 4. Pour raspberry mixture into 9-inch freezer-safe pan. Place in the freezer for 3 to 6 hours or until firm. 5. Transfer mixture to mixer bowl. 6. Beat with an electric mixer until just slushy. 7. Return to pan and freeze for 2 to 4 hours or until firm. 8. This will keep for one month in the freezer. Before serving, remove from the freezer for 10 minutes. 9. Serve and enjoy! Modified from National Honey Board recipe.

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GARDINER GREEN MARKET. Fridays from 4pm to 8pm rain or shine: Green market outside of Gardiner Library.133 Farmers Turnpike, Gardiner

PINE BUSH FARMERS’ MARKET. Saturdays, 9am to 1:30pm, rain or shine. May 21 thru Oct. 15. 62 Main Street in Pine Bush in municipal parking lot behind the Crawford Cultural Center.  Info: Jacquelyn Carter at 845-978-0273; pinebushfarmersmarket.com.

KINGSTON FARMERS’ MARKET. Saturdays, 9am to 2pm, rain or shine. May 28 to November 19.  Uptown Kingston on Wall Street. Info: 845-853-8512 or www. kingstonfarmersmarket.org.

ROSENDALE FARMERS’ MARKET. Sundays, 10am to 2pm, rain or shine. June 5 thru Oct. 30. Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 Route 32, Rosendale. Info: Annie 845658-3467, amardiney@gmail.com.

MILTON FARMERS’ MARKET. Saturdays, 9am to 2pm. Mid June thru October 31. Cluett-Schantz Park, Route 9W, Milton.  Info: 845-464-2789; hhvfarmersmarket.com.

SAUGERTIES FARMERS’ MARKET. Saturdays, 10am to 2pm. Opening day, May 28. The Cahill School parking lot on Main Street next to the Saugerties Historical Society. Info: Rickie 845-246-9371 or Judith 845246-6491. saugertiesfarmersmarket.com.

TOWN OF LLOYD MID-WEEK MARKET. June 23 thru October 20 from 3 to 7pm. Tillson Ave Ext. at intersection of Route 9W north and Haviland Road in front of Highland Beverage. Info at Lloyd Town Hall: 845-691-2144. NEW PALTZ FARMERS’ MARKET. Sundays, June 12 thru October 30. 10:30am to 4pm.

Woodstock Farm Festival. A midweek, late-day Wednesday time slot from 3:30pm to dusk. Rain or shine. June thru October 26. 6 Maple Lane, Woodstock. Info: Cheryl Paff 845-679-7618; woodstockfarmfestival.com or email info@woodstockfarmfestival.com.

Arlington Farmers’ Market. This year the Market is adding Mondays to their regular schedule. Mondays and Thursdays from 3 to 7pm; June 13 thru end of October. Located at the corner of Raymond Ave. and Fulton Ave. on the Vassar College Alumni House Lawn. Info: Robert Raisch 845-5590023; www.arlingtonbid.org. Beacon Farmers’ Market. Year-round in-and-outdoor comfort on the banks of the Hudson River located at the Beacon Ferry dock (next to Beacon Train Station). Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Info: Simone Williams 845-597-5028. Email simplyvalley@optimum.net; TheBeaconFarmersMarket.com. Poughkeepsie Farmers’ Market. Every Friday from 3 to 7pm; rain or shine, June 3 to October 28. On the ramp way to Walkway over the Hudson and also Pulaski Park on Washington St. Susan Grove: 845-473-1415; farmproject.org/content/ farmers-market. Fishkill Farmers’ Market. May 26 thru Oct. 27; Thursdays from 9am to 4pm. Main Street Plaza on Route 52, Fishkill. Contact: 845-897-4430; fishkill-ny.gov.

Hyde Park Farmers’ Market. June 4 thru Oct. 28; Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. Hyde Park Town Center, Town Hall Parking Lot, Route 9, Hyde Park. Contact: 845-229-9111; email tof@fishkill-ny.org; hydeparkny.us Town of LaGrange Farmers’ Market. June 19 thru Oct. 2 on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. Route 55, M&T Bank Plaza, LaGrangeville. Info: 914-204-0924 Millbrook Farmers’ Market. Saturdays from 9am to 1pm May 28 thru Oct. 29, rain or shine. Tribute Garden Parking Lot on Front St., Millbrook. Email info@ millbrookfarmersmarket.com; MillbrookFarmersMarket.com. Millerton Farmers’ Market. Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. May 28 thru Oct. 29. Dutchess Ave. just off Main St., Millerton. Info: Betsey McCall 518-789-4259; email info@neccmillerton.org; neccmillerton.org/ farmers.htm. Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market. Sundays 10am to 2pm. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, 23 E. Market Street. Email info@ rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com; rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com.

ELLENVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET. Sundays, 10am to 2pm; rain or shine. June 19 to October 2.  Annual Olde Time Harvest Festival, October 9, 10 am-2 pm Corner of Market Street & Center Street. Info: Asha Golligher at 845-532-4905

Dutchess Markets Main Street across from Wachovia Bank. Info: 845-255-6093; newpaltzfarmersmarket.com.

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LOCAL 4 SUSTAINABLE 4 ORGANIC 4 HEALTHY 4 TASTY Baked Goods, Organic Coffee, Skin Care Products, Ice Cream, Snacks, Eggs, Cheeses, Milk, Grass-fed Meats, Free-Range Chicken, Eco-Friendly Products, Fresh Produce Thursday & Friday 11am to 7pm

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Your New Neighborhood Market! www.kingstonnaturalfoods.com We love helping people become healthy again! Pleasant Stone Farm offers a full line apothecary (over 200 bulk herbs on our shelves) as well as supplements, natural health and beauty products, natural home care products, natural pet care products, homeopathic remedies, Bach Flower Essences and foods for special dietary needs.

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Complete selection of Natural and Organic Foods, Produce, Herbs, Spices, Vitamins, Supplements and More. Featuring our Organic Deli And Juice Bar 300 Kings Mall Court, Kingston 845-336-5541 249 Main Street, Saugerties 845-246-9614 1955 South Rd, Poughkeepsie 845-296-1069 www.motherearthstorehouse.com


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hether you’re seeking solitude and serenity in the saddle or a “family bonding” ride, you’ll find it at these renowned horse farms. An equestrian’s dream list, we’ve chosen the best places to saddle-up for the most rewarding rides on acres of trails through open fields and natural forests—with the bonus of incredible panoramic Valley vistas. Many farms offer additional amenities for family entertainment—from petting zoos to overnight camp trail rides.

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Trail Riding Ashokan Horseback Riding Club – A full service riding facility with escorted and supervised trail riding on well-trained horses for both fun and education in a beautiful setting. Lessons, specialized for beginners, will take you from the ring into the field, down to the river, then up the cliffs into the woods. Lessons by appointment only. 363 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. 845-6578021; ashokan.com/riding Bailiwick Ranch and Zoo – Everything you can imagine in one place for the entire family! Year-round trail riding with scenic mountain views. Plus a petting and exotic animal zoo with picnic areas; open until end of October.

Paintball park, games, horseback lessons, and pony rides also available. 118 Castle Road off Route 32, Catskill. 518-678-5665; bailiwickranch.com Cogi Farm – A five-star equestrian facility with rolling countryside and hundreds of acres of bridle paths and trails. A perfect way to spend family time or immerse yourself in the quiet serenity far from the hustle and bustle of civilization. The shaded trails connect to 50 miles of trails throughout Harlem Valley. Lessons available. 15 Kirby Hill Road, Pawling. 845-855-5096; cogifarm.com Coyote Ridge Stables – Provides visitors with beautiful, scenic trail riding right near the Hudson River. Enjoy hundreds of acres of spring, summer, and fall foliage guided by experienced staff. Trail rides are for age 7 and up.

Pony rides for pee-wees. English and Western lessons available. 80’ x 150’ indoor arena. Open 7 days. 583 Lattintown Road, Marlboro. 845-236-1136 or 845-236-7556; coyoteridgestableny.com Juckas Stables – Enjoy the friendly, family-owned and operated business on 117 acres of trails winding through the breathtaking Hudson Valley countryside. Any level of horse-riding ability is welcome as the horses are gentle, responsive, and part of the family. Come for a single-day ride or engage in overnight camping by horseback. Lessons are also available for any level. Bullville. 845-361-1429; juckasstables.com Minnewaska State Park Preserve – Horse owners can enjoy the all-season trails within the dramatic

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Shawangunk Mountain ridge. The Preserve is part of the New York State Park System and is considered one of the most unique parks with waterfalls, sky lakes, cliff-edge views, and more. 5281 Route 44/55, Kerhonkson. 845255-0752; nysparks.state.ny.us Mohonk Mountain House – Day visitors will find the best horseback riding trails around at this nirvana of magnificent enchantment. Besides being able to view a grand 266-room Victorian castle at one of America’s oldest family-owned resorts, visitors discover thousands of acres of pristine forest and winding trails. 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. General info at 845255-1000; mohonk.com Payne Farms Too – Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Shawangunk


The Hudson Valley Rail Trail – If you own your own horse this famous 3.7-mile rail trail stretches from the hamlet of Highland westward toward New Paltz. Once a rail line, this area has been converted into a natural wonderment for many activities. 845691-2066; hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net Wallkill Valley Rail Trail – Bring your horse and ride on the 23.7-

Riding Lessons Planning to take those lessons you’ve always wanted to, but just haven’t found the time? Well, if equestrian edification is on your “bucket-list” or you want your children to be educated in the many riding styles, riding safety, trail etiquette, and the many other facets that factor into a great experience—summertime in the Valley is the time and place to do it. So get off your laurels and into a saddle and have the ride and time of your life.

Angelstarr Farm – Offers several types of lesson programs for both adults and children—specializing in beginner lessons. Lessons are one-hour long consisting of learning to groom, tack, as well as ride your horse/pony. Red Hook. 845-453-3394; angelstarrfarm.com Ashokan Horseback Riding Club – Specializing in lessons for beginners. Your first lesson will take you from the ring into the field, down to the river, then up the cliffs into the woods. Must make appointment. 363 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. 845-657-8021; ashokan.com/riding Cedar Crest Farm Equestrian Center – Lessons available at a brand new equestrian facility on 70 secluded acres. 200’ x 80’ indoor or 160’ x 160’ outdoor arena. 2054 Route 83,

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Stone Tavern Farm – Trail riding at its best from private trail riding to groups. Children from 6 to 9 years must have a guide. Plus picnic lunch and dinner trail riding with full spreads to satisfy hunger after your ride. 2080 Upper Meeker Hollow Road, Roxbury. 607-326-3600; stonetavernfarm.com

mile rail trail and linear park running along the former Wallkill Valley Railroad rail corridor and stretches from Gardiner through New Paltz. gorailtrail.org

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort – This ranch’s riding adventure takes you back in time with the flavor of the Old West with all the activities you would expect to find in a Westernstyle dude ranch. However, all horse related activities are a part of an allinclusive vacation package only. Enjoy trail riding and horse-drawn wagon and sleigh rides all year long! The trail riding program starts at age 7. For little Wranglers there’s a pony ride area. Riding instruction is available. 600 Route 44/55, Highland. 800-

647-2624; rhranch.com

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and Catskill mountain ranges from the saddles of this farm’s safe and sweet horses or ponies. This family-owned working horse and dairy farm also gives riding lessons for all ages. 125 Dubois Road, New Paltz. 845-2550177; paynefarmtoo.com.

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Pine Plains. Call for rates. 518-398-1034; equestcenter.com Duchess Equestrian Center – We cater to all ages from beginners to advanced and also adult jumping. Indoor & outdoor arenas in a bucolic country environment. Open 7 days from 9am-5pm; Call for lesson times. 914-388-3128; duchessfarm.com. East Mountain Farm and Stables – Manager/head trainer Karen Penney teaches with 25 years of overall experience in dressage, hunter, and Western pleasure; USDF Certified Associate Instructor; NARHA Certified. 543 Poplar Hill Road, Dover Plains. 845-877-3728; eastmountainfarmandstables.com Flying Change Farm – Specializing in beginners and building confidence. Appointments are necessary. Also summer camps with private lessons. 235 Airport Road, Accord. 845-626-0020 or email Diane at flyingchangefarm@wildblue.net Green Heron Farm – Provides quality riding instruction suited to every level of rider from beginner through advanced, including dressage, jumping, and pleasure riding. Children and adults. 446 John Joy Road, Woodstock; 845-246-9427; greenheronfarm.com

Horses and Hounds Stables – Hunter, jumper, equitation, and dressage lessons available with experienced trainers. Large indoor/outdoor arenas with safe and Travel Right dust-free footing. Beautiful 100acre farm. 1470 Albany Post Road, Gardiner. 845-895-9376; horsesandhoundsstable.com Lily Pond Stables – Lessons for Western, English, hunter, jumping, and all riding pleasures on the best and safest footing. Gorgeous Valley views. All ages. 321 Skidmore Road, Pleasant Valley. 845-6771248; lilypondstables.com Lucky C Stables – Lessons in English instruction are available in the evening and weekends. Group or private setting. A perfect venue for beginners and experienced riders. Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz. 845-255-3220 or 845-389-7222; luckycstables.com MLC Farm – Whether a beginner or advanced rider—this experienced staff helps you to achieve your riding goals in a family friendly atmosphere. Children and adults learn jumping, hunters, and equitation. Evening lessons available. 731 Cold Spring Road, Stanfordville. 845-868-7946; mlcfarm.com. Norwegian Wood Farm – 150 hilltop acres boasting myriad amenities along with lessons for adults and children 4 years and up—beginner to advanced for pleasure,

dressage, jumper, cross-country, or hunting. 15 Old Queens Highway, Kerhonkson. 845616-3608; norwegianwoodfarm.com Payne Farms Too – Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Shawangunk and Catskill mountain ranges from the saddles of this farm’s safe and sweet horses or ponies. This family owned working horse and dairy farm also has riding lessons for all ages. New Paltz. 845-255-0177; paynefarmtoo.com Southern Dutchess Equestrian Center – Offers both private and semiprivate affordable riding lessons for students at all levels, disciplines, and ages. 187 Robinson Lane, Wappingers Falls. 845-2261256; southerndutchess.com Southlands Foundation – Equestrian lessons including equitation, showing, hunters, trail riding, fox hunting, jumpers, cross-country, and dressage. Beginner through advanced. 5771 Route 9G, Rhinebeck. 845-876-4862; southlands.org Stone Tavern Farm – Western and English lessons for children ages 6 and up and adults. Pony rides for the wee ones. Helmets provided. 2080 Upper Meeker Hollow Road, Roxbury. Reservations necessary. 607-326-3600; stonetavernfarm.com


84 Main Street Phoenicia, NY 12464 Shop Online: thenesteggcountrystore.com 845-688-5851

An Old Fashioned Country Store 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.

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Stony Kill Stone Works Walls, Walks, Patios & Steps

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Stone Ridge Towne Centre, 845.687.0070 Serving Stone Ridge, High Falls, Accord, Cottekill and surrounding areas


A Quaint Shopping Village in New Paltz

WATER STREET MARKET

10 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561 845-255-1403 www.waterstreetmarket.com

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Set along the beautiful Wallkill River overlooking the dazzling Shawangunk Ridge, Water Street Market evokes the charm of a Swiss Mountain Village. The Water Street Market features over 20 award-winning shops offering antiques, arts and crafts, fashions, food and gifts. The quaint open air shopping village is situated on Main Street, by the corner of Historic Huguenot Street and Water Street. Its friendly merchants welcome visitors to relax and stroll, enjoy the views, and possibly pick up a “find� or two along the way.


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Omega Institute is the nation’s most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that awaken the best in the human spirit.

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was out driving around in Kingston, doing errands. Traffic was heavy; it seemed everybody had errands that day. It struck me that everyone was really driving badly. They were very distracted and rude, even by New York standards. Then I noticed a very high percentage of drivers were talking on cell phones. Sound familiar? No, this isn’t going to be a finger-wagging article about cell phones in cars, or the shocking statistics about distracted-driver accidents. Instead, let’s take it somewhere positive. Let’s talk about focusing. Moment to moment, we quite literally create our experience with the natural mental activity of focusing. We sort out and choose our object of attention from the vast array of sensory inputs, and from the internal mix of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This act of focusing is so natural, so normal, that we usually don’t notice it at all. We just pay attention to, well, to whatever we’re paying attention to. If we create our momentary experience in this way, it logically follows

that we have constructed our very lives over time through the accumulated effects of our focus. That’s how people become experts at something, or accomplished in creativity, to give some positive examples. Author Winifred Gallagher wrote a fascinating book on this subject (Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life [Penguin, 2009]) after surviving a serious bout with cancer. Soon after her diagnosis, she resolved to not let the illness take over her life, whatever the outcome. She lived in the moment and kept up the activities she cherished. After her recovery, she used her skills as a behavioral science writer to thoroughly investigate focus and attention in all its ramifications for human life. Her book is a tour de force of findings on the subject, and its significance for happiness, relationships, work, decision making, health (both mental and physical), creativity, and the spiritual and philosophical dimension of life. If the quality and nature of our attention is so incredibly important, it would seem it is

Body, MIND & SOUL

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Focusing

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It becomes quite intriguing just to watch one’s play of attention while going through the day. worthy of observation and study at a very personal level. The human mind is a complicated place, yes? We have habits of attention, and we have styles of attention. Writers on ADHD have talked about “farmer’s mind” and “hunter’s mind,” the former being a sedate, smooth style of attention, and the latter more a roving, searching, and jumpy style. We are each unique, but there is wide agreement—going back to the earliest founders of psychology like William James, or for that matter, meditation masters of the ancient East—that the conscious application of attention is a gateway skill in all areas of life. Jeff Davis, a highly regarded local writer and writing teacher, lists concentration as one of four essential preparations for authentic writing. As he puts it in his book, The Journey from the Center to the Page (Monkfish, 2008), “With faculties focused on one thing, to-do lists and yesterday’s frets slip away, the mind’s wheels slow down, and its little demons of 110

distraction disappear.” Though focusing is entirely natural (and if you think about it, even when you’re “distracted” you’re focusing on something), it would seem we could learn something by watching the whole process in real time in our own minds. It becomes quite intriguing just to watch one’s play of attention while going through the day, whatever the activity. Though the focus required for a particular task is a moment-to-moment play of will and intention, there is also a level of attention that is an expression of the pure natural presence of our minds. What’s interesting about all this is that, at least potentially, a conscious, intentional focus, and the sustaining of that focus, can bring us more fully in contact with this natural presence or awareness. This does not depend so much on the object of focus, but on the steadying of presence that comes about from full, direct attention. This is, perhaps, a way of seeing why all the world’s wisdom traditions have regarded various sorts of discipline of the mind’s attention as the gateway to

inner experience and realization. When we realize that the mind’s presence is natural and continuous, we realize that focusing is just the nudge, the application of attention that brings us to the presence that was always there. All this is easy to say, but walking the walk may take, as the saying goes, “a little longer.” Nevertheless, benefiting from the power of focusing comes not from some special talent, but more from an openness to observe one’s own mind and a willingness to persevere—to start over again and again. The now is always available to us, despite our relentless talent for avoidance! At whatever level we cultivate training of the mind’s attention, whether it is for basic safety and well-being, for creativity, or in the quest for wisdom, there is ample motivation for doing so when we see the rewards of living a focused life.


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DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS THE CENTER OF OUR GALAXY SWINGS INTO VIEW, PACKED WITH EASY-TO-SEE ASTRONOMICAL WONDERS. The Hudson Valley’s dark, rural skies are terrific for stargazing. Having grown up in a city, the first time I ever saw the Milky Way was in the Hudson Valley, at the Ashokan Reservoir. Grab a blanket and head out to any dark field with a small telescope, a pair of binoculars, or even

just your eyes. All the following constellations and targets are easily observable with modest equipment. To make the most of the descriptions below, you’ll need access to a star map. If you don’t have one, monthly magazines like Astronomy (astronomy.com) and Sky & Telescope (skyandtelescope.com) publish highly usable charts and maps to get you started. Alternatively, you can go straight to the Internet, at either of the above sites, and easily generate an accurate sky chart for your location tonight. For the ultimate in desktop exploration and easy planning, planetarium software such as Starry Night (starrynight.com) for Mac or PC is the way to go; for Mac users, Starry Night also provides a free dashboard widget.

On August 11 this year Neptune will be at opposition, meaning the sun and Neptune will be on diametrically opposite sides of the sky. This means that, as the sun sets in the west, Neptune rises in the east and remains visible all night long. This is great because, at this point in its orbit, it swings closest to the Earth and appears bigger and brighter than at other times. You’ll need a telescope to view Neptune as a tiny blue dot. On this evening, the moon, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and the Pleiades lie evenly spaced in a line along the ecliptic, the plane of the Earth’s (and all the planets’) orbit around the sun. On August 12 the Perseid Meteor Shower peaks. Usually the year’s strongest shower, its typical maximum rate is 30 to 70 meteors per hour, though sometimes much higher. Meteors are typically just grains of sand (from comet tails) ripping through the upper atmosphere at 44 miles per second. Being too fast, short-lived, and unpredictable, meteors are best viewed with the naked eye.

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SCORPIO HERCULES

5th Largest Constellation Great Hercules Cluster (M13) Hercules, a large constellation that passes directly overhead in the summer months (making quality observations easy), contains several globular clusters— some of the oldest structures in our galaxy. Globular clusters are densely packed balls of stars— imagine a solar system made up of thousands or millions of suns—and The Great Hercules Cluster is one of the most spectacular: 145 light-years wide, 25 light-years away from Earth, and containing several hundredthousand suns. Visible to the naked eye at dark sites, but greatly enhanced through binoculars or a telescope, M13 is 14,000,000,000 years old—almost as old as the universe itself. In the neighborhood is NGC 6210, a sun quite like our own, but in the final stages of its life. This “planetary nebula” is a bright target, good for high magnification. 114

A Jewel Box Supergiant Stars Scorpio is one of the most rewarding patches of night sky for binocular and telescopic viewing. Simply sweep your field of view slowly through the area and enjoy a multitude of textures, patterns, star clusters, and peculiar clouds. You are looking directly toward the center of our galaxy. Because Scorpio hangs only slightly above the southern horizon, it’s best so start your observations at the bottom of the constellation and work upward. The Scorpius Jewel Box is actually two open clusters in close proximity: the top one loose, and the lower one tight, and both well worth exploring at length. Close by and an easy binocular target with rich detail is M6, “The Butterfly Cluster,” a small grouping of stars which are gravitationally bound to each other. Antares, a red supergiant star, is approximately 800 times wider than our own sun but 12,000 times more luminous. Placed at the center of our galaxy its diameter would extend beyond the orbit of Mars.

LYRA

Quadruple Stars The Ring Nebula Best placed for observation in late July and August, Lyra is a small beautiful constellation featuring blue-white Vega, the second brightest star in the Northern Hemisphere (and the fifth brightest star overall). Due south of Vega, halfway between the stars Sheliak and Sulafat, lies “The Ring Nebula,” the remains of a star that exploded thousands of years ago. Even a small telescope will bring out its cosmic bagel structure. Perhaps the most beautiful of double stars, Epsilon Lyrae, also known as “The Double Double,” is pretty easy to “split” once—while, at higher magnifications, it becomes clear that each component of the double is, in itself, a double star.


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Thursday 6/23

Todd Rundgren

The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice Foundation

WOODSTOCK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY STEVEN WHITE SUPERTITLES

Friday 6/24

Robbie Dupree and Friends

Saturday 6/25

Tuba Skinny

Saturday 7/2

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix

Tuesday 7/5

California Guitar Trio

Thursday 7/28

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa

Saturday 7/30

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World-renowned artists featured in an international Festival and Institute dedicated solely to piano music.

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Saturday, July 9, 8 p.m. Robert Roux, Phillip Kawin, Alexander Korsantia, Susan Starr, Paul Ostrovsky, Robert Hamilton, Vladimir Feltsman

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Saturday, July 16, 8 p.m.

Jon nakamatsu recital Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m.

institUte events visit www.newpaltz.edu/piano for complete schedule.

Concerts, recitals, piano competitions, master classes, lectures, demonstrations and much more! Box Office opens June 6 845.257.3880 Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Order tickets now online at: www.newpaltz.edu/piano Information: 845.257.3860

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It’s a summer filled with festivals, concerts, and outdoor fun! From music, food, wine, and forest festivals to classic culture provided by world-class concerts— the beautiful landscape of our Valley is like a dream offering the magic and freshness of both environmental aesthetics and events.

July 23-24 Rosendale Street Festival

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Festivals:

July 23-24 Rosendale Street Festival 2011 Rockin’ in Rosendale is happening with dozens of bands, vendors, and a plethora of food! This landmark event not only boosts the local economy and community interaction, it also helps support and acquaints people with the region’s local music. Profits are donated to local youth scholarship funds, music camps, and instrument needs for aspiring musicians. Updates on performers, times,

and volunteering: 845-943-6497; rosendalestreetfestival.ning.com July 30, 10 am-4pm Catskill Forest Festival The 2nd Annual FREE celebration of the region’s forests to foster an appreciation for the many benefits our “Working Forests” provide for local communities and society. Arts & crafts, food & beer tent, wood products, maple products, chainsaw carving— much more. Pavilion in the Village Park of Margaretville, Delaware County. 845-586-3054; catskillforest.org

September 3-5 Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair

August 20 Hurley Corn Festival

August 13, 9am-12pm Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry & Huckleberry Festival The most popular berries, harvested for many hundreds of years by Native us on

August 4-7 Phoenicia Festival of the Voice

September 10-11 Hudson Valley Food & Wine Fest

July 3-September 3 Belleayre Music Festival This annual festival will feature the finest headlining entertainment from Broadway to music concerts. From

Katy Lang, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, and the jazz of Ravi Coltrane to a 50-year celebration of Miles Davis and down-home country with Clint Black and Mary Chapin Carpenter—and so much more. 845254-5600 x1344; belleayremusic.org

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June 18-19 Clearwater Festival – The 2011 “Clearwater Generations” title is inspired by Pete Seeger’s vision to activate the next generation of environmental leaders. A sampling of the two-day generational performances will be Pete Seeger with Tao Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Sarah Lee Guthrie, Peter Yarrow and Bethany Yarrow, John Sebastian and Ben Sebastian, and so many more. Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson. Tickets only call 845-418-3596. Times and more info at clearwater.org.

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Americans, are celebrated at the season’s peak with a gala event. Live music; 200+ vendors; blueberry pie judging contest; children’s entertainment; climbing wall; and much more. Liberty Square, Ellenville. 845-647-4620 August 4-7 Phoenicia Festival of the Voice A celebration of diverse genres of World Class vocal performances. Soprano Elizabeth Futral, one the world’s leading lyric, coloratura sopranos opens the festival at Parish Field at 8:30pm on August 4. The festival includes opera, world music, gospel, choral music, musical theater, song recital, storytelling, and music for kids. Also featuring Mozart’s timeless masterpiece Don Giovanni, conducted by Metropolitan Opera maestro Steven White. Performance locations vary in six different inside and outside venues. Phoenicia. 888-214-3063; phoeniciaVOICEFEST.com August 20, 10am-4pm Hurley Heritage Society Corn Festival What an event for an entire family—a whole day featuring so much to do and see! You cannot go to this event without trying the famous corn chowder, and the local produce and sweet corn is fabulous. Plus children’s activities, antiques, crafts, cooking demos, flowers, and entertainment. And, a handmade “Cathedral Window” quilt is being 120

raffled off. Rain or shine. Hurley Reformed Church, 11 Main Street, Hurley. $3; children under 12 are free. 845-338-1661; hurleyheritagesociety.org September 3-4, 10am-6pm September 5, 10am-4pm Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair on Labor Day Weekend – For 30 years people have marveled at one of America’s premier showcases offering the largest variety of art & craft demonstrations while being entertained by the best regionally based musicians. Plus, experience the very best the Hudson Valley has to offer in both New York wines and locally produced handcrafted specialty foods. 845-679-8087 or 845-246-3414; quailhollow.com September 10-11 Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest Annual fun-fest featuring wine-tasting, food sampling, cooking demos, wine seminars, gourmet marketplace, and live entertainment—all for two full days. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 845658-7181 or 888-687-2517; HudsonValleyWineFest.com

Entertainment: June 18-19 To Fuel the Fire This public performance, part of the Clearwater Festival, is a freewheeling allegory about the ecological costs of energy that appeals to audiences of many ages and walks of life. Croton Point Park, Crotonon-Hudson. Tickets: 845-418-3596. Info: clearwaterfestival.org. June 24-July 31 Powerhouse Theater Summer Shows Face to Face with Great New Theater. Powerhouse Theater presents new plays and musicals by Pulitzer, Tony, Obie, and EmmyAward-winning writers, directors, and actors — all at very affordable prices. On the Vassar Campus. 845-437-5599 powerhouse.vassar.edu June 24-July 10 Jackass Flats at Shadowland This world premiere, developed at Shadowland, by CC Loveheart and John Simon and directed by Brendan Burke takes place in 1951 Las Vegas. A woman has a special treat in mind for her daughter until an unwelcome visit from an uptight sisterin-law takes these three women on a road trip at the dawn of the nuclear age. 157 Canal Street, Ellenville. 845-647-5511; shadowlandtheatre.org

June 26, 4pm Maverick Concert: The Tokyo String Quartet Samuel Quintal on viola featuring Mozart: Viola Quintet in C Minor, K.406 and Viola Quintet in E-flat Major, K.614; Szymanowski: String Quartet No.1. Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. 845-6798348; maverickconcerts.org July 2, 8pm Professor Louie & The Cromatics Professor Louie & The Crowmatix will be performing songs from their vast repertoire including tunes from their new CD Whispering Pines. 845-679-4406 Check site for more: bearsvilletheater.com July 2, 8pm The 20th Annual Woodstock Beat “Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America” and “Nexus Percussion” is a benefit concert for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild at the Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. $100/$60. For tickets, contact the Woodstock Guild at 845-679-2079; byrdcliffe.org. July 7-August 21 Bard SummerScape 2011 Offers seven weeks of cultural events—


July 8-10, 8pm Powerhouse Theatre’s Nightingale A compelling contemporary musical rendering of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. Book and lyrics by Steven Sater; Music by Duncan Sheik; Directed by Tony Award-nominated Moisés Kaufman. Entering its 27th year, this amazing cultural line-up is the result of a unique collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar

July 9, 1pm Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park Opening Celebration A free public performance opens the season that will feature shows from Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, Uncle Rock, WeMustBe, and The Big Takeover. Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park, Beacon. For more performances and info visit scenichudson.org/events. July 10, 4pm Maverick Concerts: The St. Petersburg String Quartet Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22. Peter Kolkay, bassoon. Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D Major. Russell Platt: Quintet for Bassoon and Strings (1995). Maverick Concert Hall,

July 12, 7pm Yes & Styx plus a special guest Two iconic bands, plus a bonus on the Bethel Woods Pavilion Stage. Yes, founded in 1968, is the most successful of the ‘70s progressive rock groups, and today is considered the definitive progressive rock band, while Styx continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time. 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. 866-781-2922; bethelwoodscenter.org July 13 Arm-of-the-Sea Theater Public Show Free performance with time and show to be announced. Made possible by a grant from the Dutchess County Arts Council. Ellenville Public Library & Museum, 40 Center Street, Ellenville. 845-647-5530; eplm.org

July 8-10 Powerhouse Theatre’s Nightingale

Shadowland Summer Theater

July 15-August 14 The Andrews Brothers at Shadowland A wacky musical combining the humor of Some Like It Hot meets The Marx Brothers. Created by Roger Bean; directed by Michael LaFleur. Featuring 1940s hits like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree,” and Rosie the Riveter.” 157 Canal Street, Ellenville. 845647-5511; shadowlandtheatre.org

Powerhouse Theater Summer Shows

Bethel Woods Check for full summer schedule

Dancing at Bard’s Spiegeltent

July 9-29 PianoSummer

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

July 9-29 PIANO SUMMER at New Paltz Now in its sixteenth year, PianoSummer is an international summer institute and festival dedicated solely to piano music. It features an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of master pianist and teacher Vladimir Feltsman. Visit newpaltz. edu/piano for complete schedule.

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July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6pm Powerhouse Theatre’s Wuthering A “Soundpainted” dance theater piece by Mark Lindberg. Loosely inspired by Emily Bronte’s classic novel Wuthering Heights and set to the 1979 disco album of the same name by composer John Ferrara and his disco orchestra. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845437-5599; powerhouse.vassar.edu/visit

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opera, dance, theater, operetta, films, music, cabaret, and more—tuned to the theme of the works and world of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Highlights include Richard Strauss’s opera Die Liebe der Danae and the 22nd annual Bard Music Festival, Sibelius and His World. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 845-758-7914; fishercenter. bard.edu/summerscape/2011

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August 4, 9pm Janet Jackson’s Number Ones: Up Close & Personal World Tour 2011 The Bethel Woods Pavilion Stage will present this legendary icon performing songs from her 35 number one hits. 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. General Info: 866-781-2922; bethelwoodscenter.org August 6, 11am Maverick Young People’s Concert Elizabeth Mitchell and Family – Children are admitted free; Adults $5. Receive a coupon for $5 off a regular concert ticket. Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. 845-679-8348; maverickconcerts.org August 13, 8pm Jazz at the Maverick Bill Charlap with jazz piano debuts at Maverick. Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. 845-679-8348; maverickconcerts.org August 18-21, Performance times vary The 2011 Warwick Valley Jazz Festival Kicks off on August 18 from 7-9pm with The NY Swing Exchange, a 17-piece big band. Village Green on Railroad Avenue, Warwick. Sponsored by the Village of Warwick. warwickvalleyjazzfest.com

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Fresh-Air Events: June 18-19, 9am-2pm Hudson River Maritime Museum Open Regatta Two days of racing on the Hudson and after-race events sponsored by the Kingston Sailing Club. Open to all sailors, experienced racers as well as novices. Jib and Main as well as Spinnaker Fleets. Two races per day; expected to finish 4pm Saturday & 2pm Sunday. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston. 845-338-0071; hrmm.org June 25 Frost Valley YMCA Fly Fishing Field Day Join us as we honor the history of American fly-fishing, born here in the Catskill Mountains! Workshops available for beginner to advanced fishermen on the Neversink River from expert instructors, free for Fly Fishing Members; guests pay $15, which includes lunch. Local retailers will showcase fishing supplies and fish on private waters for the day. Register in advance by emailing rbauer@frostvalley.org. Or call 845-9852291; frostvalley.org. June 25, 10am-4pm Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild House Tour Features an eclectic mix of distinct

homes representing the historic significance and unique character of the Woodstock community. The first house on the tour, White Pines designed and built in 1903 by Ralph Whitehead and Bolton Brown, is the quintessential example of the Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Style based on the value of hand craftsmanship living in harmony with nature. 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock. House tour 10am-4pm ($45). Reception 4-7pm (with tour $100). Pick up tour maps at The Byrdcliffe Shop, 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 845-679-2079; byrdcliffe.org July 4, 10am-5pm Independence Day at the Mill An annual tradition! Take part in the children’s fishing derby with special prizes for the biggest fish, frog-jumping contest (bring your own frog!), and 19th century-themed games and contests. Also enjoy a free sample of ice cream churned in a steam-powered ice cream maker and made with ice collected during this year’s Ice Harvest. Sawmill, waterwheel, and steam boiler & engine demonstrations throughout the day. Hanford Mills Museum, 73 Route 12, East Meredith; Delaware County. 607-278-5744; hanfordmills.org July 5, Registration 6pm; Race 7pm New Paltz Summer Cross-Country Series

Part of a summer series of children’s half and one-mile races and adult 3 to 4.7-mile races over spectacular scenic courses and carriage trails. Kids start at 7pm, adults immediately after. Start at metal bridge over Route 44/55, near entry to Overcliff/Undercliff Trail at the Mohonk Preserve. 845-255-0919; mohonkpreserve.org July 9, 10am-4pm Stone House Day Go back in time visiting several 200 to 300-year-old homes in the old Dutch Village of Hurley, settled 348 years ago. Guides in colonial attire explain the history of the homes and much more. Also a 1777 Ulster Militia Encampment, crafts and demonstrations, and a Town Library Fair, with collectibles and book sales. Support services include free parking (including tour buses) and a cafeteria. Discount for early registration by June 25. 845-331-4121; stonehouseday.org July 16, 9am-2:30pm From the Forest Series: Post-Forest Fire Tour The Catskill Forest Association takes you on a learning tour. Find out if the Catskill’s forest fires are as destructive as Smokey the Bear says they are and so much more. Meet at CFA’s office at 43469 Route 28, Arkville. Approximately one hour to destination. Preregister by July 13. $5 CFA members/$10 nonmembers. 845-586-3054; catskillforest.org


July 16 (rain date July 17) 10am-4pm Rondout Valley Garden Tour A self-guided exploration of the area’s most delightful private gardens and horticulture attractions—some embellishing the beauty of historic stone houses. Tour begins at Saunderskill Farms, Route 209, Accord where tickets ($25) and maps await guests. Reception held at the historic Inn at Stone Ridge— Hasbrouck House on Route 209, Stone Ridge where you can relax with a glass of wine while you walk the manicured lawns and soak in the historic ambience. Benefiting the Rondout Valley Business Association and the Lederman Children’s Center. More info call Greenman Garden Design at 845-687-9166 or visit rondoutvalleybusinessassociation.org. July 23 Ice Cream Run for Kid’s Sake An annual motorcycle run through the scenic Catskills that benefits seriously ill children. Over 750 motorcycles participate in this worthy cause that begins in Hamden and ends in Deposit with food, music, and other events at the end of the run. Hamden, Delaware County. 607-746-7244; theicecreamrun.com

August 6, 9am-12pm From the Forest Series: Apple Tree Pruning Learn how properly pruned fruit trees grow vigorously, efficiently allocating the sun’s energy to making delicious and abundant fruit. Pruning apple trees during the summer helps to reduce unwanted growth. Meet at the Catskill Forest Association’s office, 43469 Route 28, Arkville. $10 CFA members/$15 nonmembers. To preregister or for info: 845-586-3054; catskillforest.org.

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August 7, 10am-12pm From the Forest Series: Ginseng Woodswalk Come along and learn how to identify the American ginseng in our own Catskill forest. This long-lived herb, revered throughout China for its medicinal attributes, oftentimes goes unnoticed. Meet at the Catskill Forest Association’s office 43469 Route 28, Arkville. To preregister or for info: 845-586-3054; catskillforest.org.

August 20, 9am Hudson Valley Rail Trail 5K Race &Walk The Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association will host a 5K Race and Walk beginning at 75 Haviland Road in Highland proceeding westward to the midway point and returning to the starting point. 845-691-2066; hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net

August 13-14, 10am-6pm Saugerties Artists Studio Tour An invigorating and inspirational array of art in a variety of media—from painting, printmaking, and collage to photography, ceramics, fine furniture, and sculpture. 845-246-7493;

August 20, 6:30am-5pm 2011 Catskill Century & Family Bicycle Ride The Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club invites you to come out and ride 20 or 50 gently rolling miles or 100 hilly miles in the Catskills. Or you can bring the kids and do the Family Ride. Starts and finishes at SUNY Ulster, Senate Gym, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge. Call Bill Miller, 845-657-9764; midhudsonbicycle.org.

August 27, 10am-12pm From the Forest Series: Edible Forest Fungal Fruit Mushrooms – Learn about some of the easily identifiable and edible mushrooms found locally in our forests. Why buy Portobello mushrooms from the store when you can take a walk in the woods and pick your own for free?

Come prepared for walking in the woods. Meet at the Catskill Forest Association’s office at 43469 Route 28, Arkville. $5 CFA members/$10 nonmembers. Pre-register/info: 845586-3054; catskillforest.org. September 8, 6-9pm Fall for Art at Wiltwyck Golf Club The most beautiful art in the Valley is ready for your home. From paintings, watercolors, jewelry, and photography to pottery, porcelains, and fiber art. This annual fundraiser benefits the Hudson Valley arts community and local Jewish Federation projects. This year’s recipient is The Rosendale Theatre Collective. 845-246-3414; fallforart.org September 11 HITS Pfizer Million Grand Prix: In association with the Bardovan HITS’s richest day in show jumping history will combine the entertainment of legendary Motown group The Temptations with a live concert following the award of this record-breaking prize money award. For tickets from Bardavon call 845473-2072; through UPAC call 845339-6088; or HITS call 845-2468833. Times/info: 800-957-0124; hitsshows.com.

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BARDSUMMERSCAPE july 7 – august 21,

Bard SummerScape presents seven weeks of opera, dance, music, drama, film, cabaret, and the 22nd annual Bard Music Festival, this year exploring the works and world of composer Jean Sibelius. SummerScape takes place in the extraordinary Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s stunning Mid-Hudson River Valley campus.

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Friday, July 1 East Fishkill Holiday Fun Independence Day Celebration

Come for the day and stay late for the free oldies concert at 7pm and fireworks following at 9:15pm. Plan the day to enjoy all the amenities in this 60-acre recreation area. East Fishkill Recreation Park, Routes 376 and 82, Hopewell Junction. Rain date July, 3rd. 845-226-8395.

Sunday, July 3 Beacon Independence Day Celebration

Music at the Pavilion, 7-9pm Before the pyrotechnics, come listen to music and stop by the concession stand. Fireworks: 9:30pm. The celebration concludes with an explosive fireworks display made possible this year by great local donors.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce the return of the New York Philharmonic to the Pavilion Stage on Sunday, July 3 at 8pm. Bramwell Tovey conducts with special appearance by The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and soloist Kirill Gerstein. The performance will conclude with a new and improved fireworks display celebrating Independence Day weekend.

Monday, July 4 Saugerties Parade and Fireworks

In 2011, the Kiwanis Club of Saugerties and the Saugerties Fire Department will team up for yet another great Saugerties 4th of July celebration. The 4th of July parade and fireworks will take place on Monday, July 4.

Monday, July 4 New Paltz Independence Day Celebration

Music, food, and festivities, fireworks at dusk, Ulster County Fairgrounds. 845-255-0604

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Monday, July 4 The Hudson Valley Philharmonic & Fireworks

Dutchess Fairgrounds gates open at 4pm; Show 8pm. Fairgrounds admission: $12 at gate, $8 advanced. Children under 12 free or $45 carload; $35 advanced carload.

Monday, July 4 Ellenville Independence Day Celebration

Parade at noon, crafts fair from 9am to 2pm at Liberty Square, and fireworks at the Resnick Airport at 9:30pm. 845-647-6560

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