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Winter is wonderful at Mohonk Preserve! Explore the many ways you can enjoy the Preserve during the winter months. Whether you prefer a brisk hike, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing, the Preserve is the place for you. Our Visitor Center is open free of charge daily 9am-5pm; the land is open daily, sunrise to sunset. Memberships and day passes are available at all trailheads.

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by Rochelle Riservato

Keeping a happy outlook during a long, cold winter can include sitting by the fire, snuggling up with a loved one, getting outdoors, or having a warm drink. There are so many ways that being warm and cozy can elevate the spirit during winter. Of course, if you're a member of the Polar Bear Club, you can skip the idea of layering clothing, but we’ve supplied you with many more ideas to keep you happy and energized—from reading a book by a crackling fire with hot cocoa in hand to discovering a new hobby or even vacationing at home!

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1. Stay Warm

When outside, make sure your clothing is layered for best insulation. Wear woolen long johns and thermal tops under flannel-lined pants—topped off with a sweater displaying a great pop of color against the white winter snow.

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Learn a New Hobby

One way to be happy is to conquer a new achievement. Why not knit or crochet the winter blahs away by learning how to do either or both? You can kill two birds with one needle—by making hats, scarves, or socks for yourself or by crafting some thrifty homemade holiday gifts. Look in the classifieds of our local paper, or check out a local craft store that may have pros that give lessons. You could also google some "how-to" tutorials on the Web if you're a quick learner. And although the old myth

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about losing up to 80 percent of your body heat through your head has been debunked—it IS true that one loses body heat through every body part not warmly covered—so think about adding some homemade legwarmers and mittens to your winter fashions. These will certainly help to elevate your mood and body temp!

Some Fresh 3. Get Air Exercise

Getting outdoors for winter sports is an exhilarating way to raise the spirits. The Hudson Valley is bursting with venues for downhill and cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, and tobogganing. Why not make it a goal to visit the Mohonk Preserve for some fun winter activities!

Indoor 4. Play Sports

Think about getting the family involved in indoor rock climbing, racquetball, bowling, and many other sporting ideas. There’s nothing better to warm the heart, soul, and body than some physical exercise. Of

course, if you want some solitary time, there are many places to take yoga classes—or even kickboxing, zumba, or tae kwon do—to invigorate the mind and body.

your 5. Plan Spring Garden

Browse through seed catalogs or contact local seed farms—or look up how to grow winter lettuce. You could even start some herb plants indoors under those same fullspectrum lights we mentioned that you should use to keep happy. The plants will be happy also! There is nothing quite as mood-lifting as thinking forward and having something to aspire to.


Winter arrives with short days and the lowest light of the year. And no one wants to be sad or “S.A.D.” [Seasonal Affective Disorder] during this season. It’s a medical fact that the lack of light can affect one’s mood in a physiological way. So, if you’re not the outdoor type of person and, like a bear, cherish cold-weather hibernation, consider making sure you have plenty of natural light coming into your home so you can absorb that wonderful vitamin D. Or you can choose to put some all-spectrum bulbs, which simulate natural sunlight, into a few lamps in your home. Whatever you choose, if you’re a winter couch potato, make sure you bake yourself in a form of light to avoid being S.A.D.

a 8. Plan “Stay-cation”

Think out-of-the-box and plan a weekend get away . . . even if you’re still in your home. Have a finished basement or playroom? Set it up as a campground with tents for the kids. Light a fire in the fireplace and roast marshmallows or make s’mores. If your BBQ is still on the deck or porch, fire it up, and cook some warm weather foods. Take out the board games, checkers, and chess for a family game night. Charades is always fun too! You can even invite the neighbors, both children and parents, to join in this at-home winter vacation.

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Folks tend to eat more in winter due to the holidays and the sheer fact that the body craves more energy. Whatever the reason, it’s important to cut back on sugars and starches and eat a balanced diet, including fruits and vegetables, even if frozen or canned. It’s natural to crave carbs during cold months, but avoid them in processed foods. Eat foods containing vitamin B to ward off the blues. Also, increase food rich in tryptophan, as this amino acid manufactures serotonin, which transmits a “feeling good” m  essage. Bananas, poultry, and peas are good sources of tryptophan.

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in a Spa 9. Indulge Treatment

There’s nothing more mood raising than a day at the spa. Body, foot and aromatherapy massages, facials, body masks, manicures, and so much more are available at many of our Hudson Valley resorts and spas. However, if the roads are a mess, why not a do-it-yourself at-home treatment? Light scented candles in the bathroom, and fill the tub with hot, bubbly water sprinkled with bath salts. Get your bath pillow ready to lay back and soak it all in. Put on a facial mask

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and a hair mask. You can also mix olive oil and kosher salt beforehand and use this as an overall body skin sloughing to be rinsed under an invigorating shower. The glow of candles infused with aromatherapeutic properties, coupled with soothing bath salts or oils, will have your mood rocketing to a happy place—even if that place is your own bathroom. And don’t forget an “after-bath” application of a soothing body lotion for a final spiritual lift.

Brightly 10. Wear Colored Clothing

You think pink with orange or yellow with turquoise is only for summer? Not so. Be a winter fashionista and take out those lime green and neon yellow t-shirts, and pair them up with a sweater over leggings or jeans. Top it off with an infinity scarf in a contrasting color . . . voilà! Happy, happy—

joy, joy as these bright hues will have a big impact on your mood. Who says you have to put away bright colors and white after Labor Day? Anything goes on today’s runways…so why not on you!


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Mapping Out Your Winter Sport by Rochelle Riservato If you’re a part of the genus that just can’t seem to get enough of cold-weather sports, the Hudson Valley is perfectly carved out in a topographical Eden of enjoyment. From adventurous downhill skiing and snowboarding to daring descents on sleds and tubes, the Valley has it all. However, if your frigid-fun vocabulary doesn’t include the words "adventurous" or “daring,” perhaps you might revere the all-invigorating sports of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Whatever your passion is for winter activities, you can easily discover where to find it on the map VISITVortex has put together. It’ll put you on a journey through the Hudson Valley’s finest locations for each.

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7.Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz.

Mohonk Mountain House has 35 miles of trails groomed for skiing. Lessons are available. mohonk.com

8.Mohonk Preserve,

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“Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads.” – Unknown

Cross-Country Skiing 1.Belleayre Mountain,

Highmount. Belleayre has nine kilometers of free cross-country trails for beginners to experts. belleayre.com

2.Clermont State Park,

Germantown. In addition to the Clermont family home, the property houses five carriage road trails for the cross-country skiing enthusiast. stateparks.com/clermont.html 24

3.Fahnestock Winter Park, Cold Spring. nysparks.state.ny.us/ parks/147/details.aspx

4.Fahnestock Memorial State Park’s 10,000 acres of natural wonders offer 7.2 total miles of machine-groomed, tracked, and mapped trails.

5.Frost Valley YMCA,

Claryville. Set on 6,000 acres deep in the Catskill Mountains, Frost

Valley YMCA offers great skiing for all ages and abilities. Frost Valley YMCA offers all kinds of winter fun like broomball, snowshoeing, tubing, cross-country skiing, and snow sculptures. frostvalley.org

6.Minnewaska State Park, Kerhonkson. Experience trails like Awosting and Castle Point Trail Loop, a 9.2-mile total loop with an elevation of 1,650 feet. nysparks. com/parks/127

Gardiner. The Mohonk Preserve has a large network of trails for crosscountry skiing through interesting cliffs, trees, and rocks. Two favorite areas are Spring Farm and the Trapps. mohonkpreserve.org

9.Mountain Trails CrossCountry Ski Center,

Tannersville. Mountain Trails offers 35 kilometers of quiet nature trails on 300 groomed acres. mttrails.com

Ice Climbing

10.Alpine Endeavors,

Rosendale/New Paltz. Instruction to ice climbers of all abilities, covering the most up-to-date techniques from basic climbing skills to top roping and leading; their guides will help you to access some of the most sought-after ice climbing classics in the Catskills. alpineendeavors.com


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– from “A Sledding Song” by Norman C. Schlichter

Sledding and Tubing 12.Burger Hill, Rhinebeck.

It’s part of the Scenic Hudson Park system with a 550-foot hill that rises up to swag and brag panoramic vistas of the Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill and Taconic Mountains, Stissing Mountain, and the Berkshires. scenichudson.org/parks/burgerhill

13.Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, Kerhonkson. A snowmaking machine ensures more fun, more often, and a T-bar lift whisks riders right up to the top after each run. hudsonvalleyresort.com

14.Hunter Mountain,

Hunter. Hunter’s snow tubing park has nine chutes, each nearly

1,000 feet long, as well as two tube tows to haul you back to the top. huntermtn.com

15.Pine Grove Ranch,Kerhonkson.

Get a day pass at the ranch to enjoy tubing, ice skating, and skiing. pinegroveranch.com

19.Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburgh.

Mills Mansion sits on a 192-acre estate, offering a snow-covered, sweeping, descending hill as its back lawn and providing an incredible view of the Hudson as you jettison down on a toboggan or sled. Note: sleds with metal runners are not permitted. staatsburgh.org

16.Plattekill Mountain,

Roxbury. Family owned and operated, Plattekill offers a unique personal appeal and caters to what they know best: families. Snowtubing winter fun awaits at Plattekill Mountain. plattekill.com

17.Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland.

You may bring your own sleds or snow tubes, or rent for the day. rockinghorseranch.com

18.Sawkill Family Ski Center, Kingston. Sawkill

Family Ski Center features a new snowmaking system and new snow tubing run. sawkillski.com

Snowshoeing

1.Belleayre Mountain,

Highmount. Enjoy beginner to difficult guided snowshoe tours at Belleayre, or hike independently through the mountains. belleayre. com/winter/snowshoe.htm

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“Up and down a hillside / When the moon is bright / Sledding is a tiptop wintertime delight.”

New Paltz. Experience spectacular ice climbing in the Catskill Mountains, and gain a whole new perspective on what climbing has to offer. Discover cascading waterfalls, gullies, and steep runnels frozen with aweinspiring ice formations made just for climbing. mountainskills.biz

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20.Catskill Forest Preserve, Big Indian.

Rochester Hollow Trail is a total of 5.6 miles and one of the few easier ski/snowshoe trails in the vicinity of Slide Mountain (the Catskill’s highest peak). dec.ny.gov/ lands/5265.html

3.Fahnestock Winter Park, Cold Spring.

Rent either running or recreational snowshoes, and hike around two dedicated snowshoe trails. nysparks.com/ parks/147

5.Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. Frost Valley offers family-fun snowshoe rentals deep in the heart of the Catskills. frostvalley.org

21.Hyde Park Trails,

Hyde Park. Hyde Park Trails offers over 10 miles of trails and five informational trail-related audio podcasts online, so hikers can access trail information and history on the go. hydeparkny. us/Recreation/Trails/

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16.Plattekill Mountain,

7.Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. Take in

spectacular views from a variety of cross-country trails that are perfect for snowshoeing too. mohonk.com

8.Mohonk Preserve,

Gardiner. The Preserve offers easy and moderate trails for snowshoe enthusiasts. There are no rentals on site, so pick up snowshoes in town. mohonkpreserve.org

22.The Ogden Mills, Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park and Margaret Lewis Norrie State Parks

The combined 1,000 acres of these adjoining parks are ideal for fabulous cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with a backdrop of the Hudson River. Staatsburgh; nysparks.com/ parks/33/details.aspx

Roxbury. Don’t miss out on a snowshoe adventure at this family-owned winter mountain escape, where they are known for “keeping it real.” plattekill.com

23.Stony Kill Farm

Environmental Center, Fishkill. Weather permitting, seasonal winter hikes become snowshoe hikes on Saturday afternoons. dec.ny.gov/education/1833.html

Ice Skating

24.Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain.

Bear Mountain boasts a beautiful outdoor rink with rentals at the base of the mountain. nysparks. com/parks/13/details.aspx

25.Cantine Veterans Sport Complex, Saugerties. Offers an Olympic-sized, fully enclosed ice arena. village. saugerties.ny.us/content/Parks/ View/6

26.Fancher-Davidge Park, Middletown. Ice skate

under the lights at night in this quaint city park for a whole new dimension on the ice. middletownny.com/parks-rec.htm

27.Ice Time Sports Complex, Newburgh.

This Newburgh venue hosts a figure skating club, public skating, and hockey games. icetimesports.com

28.McCann Ice Arena, Poughkeepsie. McCann can be rented for private use and offers figure skating, hockey, and public sessions all year. midhudsonciviccenter.org


1.Belleayre Mountain, 7.Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. Enjoy skating, or just hang out watching the skaters in this nostalgic setting with its gorgeous wooden-beam pavilion, stone columns, and huge stone fireplace. mohonk.com/ recreation/ice_skating.cfm

29.Taconic State Park,

Millerton. Located along 16 miles of the Taconic Mountain Range, the Rudd Pond area is one of the two developed areas offering ice skating and spectacular views. nysparks. com/parks/141/details.aspx

30.Windham Mountain Adventure Park, Windham. Windham has a classic skating

Highmount. Belleayre is part of the Catskill State Park with 47 trails and 8 lifts. Check out their family friendly programming, snowboard terrain park, progression parks, and new high-speed quad. belleayre.com

14.Hunter Mountain

Hunter. Hunter Mountain has over 50 trails and 11 lifts. Three separate mountains offer a large diversity of trail terrain. Hunter has great spacious learning terrain and some amazing expert slopes with jumps and bumps for the seasoned skier. huntermtn.com

16.Plattekill Mountain,

Roxbury. Best known for 38 exciting trails and a mountain that's 'keeping it real,' Plattekill offers a laid-back family atmosphere and

unique vibe that somehow makes them just . . . different. Big Mountain Terrain and Small Mountain Charm is who they are, with a 3,500 elevation and 175" average annual snowfall. plattekill.com

30.Windham Mountain,

Windham. Windham Mountain has 46 trails and 9 lifts, a 600-foot half-pipe, and five terrain parks, complete with rails, bumps, boxes, jibs, and tabletops. windhammountain.com

Zipline Adventure 14.Hunter Mountain,

Hunter. Hunter Mountain is home to New York Zipline Adventure Tour’s SkyRider Tour, offering four seasons of a zipline escapade. Imagine letting gravity pull you down the mountain nearly 600 feet above the

ground at 50 miles per hour while watching the winter scenery below. huntermtn.com

Disc Golf

7.Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. Mohonk

Mountain House has created a whole new mountaintop game called 19-Hole Disc Golf. It scores like golf but uses discs as balls and baskets as the holes. All you need are snowshoes—forget the clubs and balls. It’s a way to get the “golfing” competition out of your system throughout winter. A fun time for every age. mohonk.com

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

From adventurous downhill skiing and snowboarding to daring descents on sleds and tubes, the Valley has it all.

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Ice Climbing Catskills Winter Adventure

Today these frozen gems have become some of the most popular climbs in the Northeast, with hundreds of climbers visiting the area each season. With consistent cold, steepsided ravines and craggy hillsides, the Catskills offer a fantastic array of climbs of all difficulties. There are low-angled climbs ideal for beginners, as well as towering pillars climbable by only the most fit and expert.

Despite its edgy reputation, ice climbing has become one of the fastest growing adventure sports. The equipment that climbers use has been relentlessly refined and today allows even relative beginners to ascend routes once considered the realm of only the most dedicated uber-athletes.

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Boots for ice climbing must strike a balance between being light and still warm enough for cold and snowy days. They need to be waterproof and specially constructed to have crampons attached to them.

It is a gear intensive sport: specialized boots, crampons, ice axes, and ice screws are just some of the equipment needed for the sport. Ice axes have sharp picks masterfully designed to stick into ice without cracking it or displacing too much of it. The shafts of the axes are curved to prevent the climber from smashing their knuckles when swinging the axe hard at the ice.

While ice climbing is less technically difficult than climbing rock, it is vigorous and requires the climber to be aggressive, swinging axes and kicking front points into the surface of the ice. It’s an incredible workout. Some climbers train hard indoors specifically for ice season, while others work themselves into shape by just getting out once the weather turns cold. For beginners, having some decent fitness is all that it really takes to get out there for a first taste. 30

Crampons are a system of steel spikes that are strapped to the boots and allow climbers to walk across frozen ground and kick dagger-like “front points” into steep ice.

Ice screws are crafted to aggressively bite into the ice surface and allow for the creation of surprisingly strong anchors.

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Frozen waterfalls provide some of nature’s most ephemeral beauty, and herein lies the real pull of ice climbing. It is more than mere sport; places like the Platte Clove, Kaaterskill Clove, and Deep Notch become dramatic sculpture gardens

of icy towers in the heart of winter. Bubbling creeks and cascades are waylaid by cold and sculpted by wind and sun into a medium for contemplation and adventure. Once again, our Hudson Valley region is full of surprises!

J oe Vitti is a full-time rock and ice climbing guide with Alpine Endeavors. He lives with his family in High Falls and leads trips here in the Hudson Valley, as well as climbing areas throughout the United States.


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hristmas makes us happy like no other holiday. It’s downright fun (except at one-day sales and during light detangling) and presents us all with a chance to be kids again and throw a little twinkle around. For most homes, the tree is the centerpiece — a giant twinkling sculpture showcasing the memories of our past, the glitter of our present, and beneath its branches, the unopened excitement of the future. Picking the tree has become one of my favorite holiday traditions.

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Before buying a house in the Hudson Valley, we’d get our tree each year at the corner Korean deli I call “Kim’s Mark-Up.” Shortly after Thanksgiving, Mr. Kim leans his selection of trees between two makeshift wooden supports, and I’d quickly run over to appraise his collection and get the pick of the litter. There’d be “too tall” and “too short,” but among the forest would also be a handful of “just right.” I’d grab the one already in a stand and go. It was that simple and unrewarding. After moving to this area, I discovered there’s an incredible green opportunity for fun called a “tree farm,” a veritable zoo of funny named creatures — balsam, Fraser, spruce, and more.

How many are there?” I asked as I was handed a saw.

“What time do you close?” I desperately asked at one point as I went from tree to tree.

“You mean counting the little ones?”

“Well, it gets dark in an hour or so. What size do you want?”

“I mean how many do I have to pick from?” I said, trying not to hyperventilate. “Ten thousand.”

You’re handed a saw and a mission to hunt down your own. The first farm I ever visited was in Accord. I remember being faced with two daunting fields lined with more Christmas trees than I’d seen in my life and instantly knew one thing: I was looking at an obsessive-compulsive decision that could either be a fertile fantasy or a bulb-bursting nightmare.

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I felt weak in the knees. So, I did what had to be done — I decided to choose one and choose one fast. I walked over to a green giant — just short of Rockefeller Center material — and stood by it, hoping to stay focused on its towering figure and not be distracted by the thousands of others that were . . . oh, no, off in the distance one caught my eye. I walked toward it. And before you could say, “Partridge in a pear tree,” I was sucked in.

“Big,” I drooled. “Well, sort of big. I mean, not too big. What do you think?” “Just walk around a little.” I turned and walked back in. The problem on a tree farm is that you pick a tree and while trying to find someone for a second opinion, you see another tree and suddenly forget where the first one was. Or in which direction.

They all look alike — until you get into a serious evaluation of their features.


That first year, and each year since, I proudly drive home with the carcass tied atop my car while thinking I’ve found the “best tree ever.” And that’s the thrill of the hunt and the joy of the season.

Steps To A Gorgeous Tree

1. Decorate away from the wall

Pick a spot for a tree away from heat sources and foot traffic. Now, pull it out away from the wall and place a few chairs around it, or grab a stepladder. You need to be able to easily access all sides and reach the top branches.

2. Hang the lights first

Start at the base of the trunk and work your way up the tree. If possible, keep the lights lit as you go. Rather than “strangling” the tree with lights, work your way from the trunk out along each branch and back in, moving your way around and up the tree. This will give the tree depth and make it more dynamic.

3. Hang the garland

Start at the top, and work your way around and down the tree, weaving the garland in and out and giving it swag. Try using a variety of garlands. Thin beads look best hung branch to branch, and thicker garlands look better loosely wrapped around the tree.

4. Hang the ornaments, 5. Top it off The final touch is crowning from big to small the tree—otherwise, it will If you have a lot of any one type of ornament, put these all on first, spacing them evenly. If you have large ornaments, put them on early in the process to prevent the tree from looking unbalanced. Fill in with smaller ornaments, making sure not to ignore the inner branches of the tree, as well as the tips.

look unfinished. Choose something that makes you happy, whether it be a bow, a star, an angel, or something fun made by the kids.

Creating the perfect Christmas tree is an art that can be learned:

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Fellow tree hunters are always quick to proffer their opinion, and I’ve said and heard it all: ugly; has potential, but not this year; not good for kids; ick. In searching for the perfect specimen, I’ve also developed a tree-hunting vocabulary: Rust—the tree branch equivalent of age spots. Collared—neckline issues. Tilter—needed chiropractic help earlier in life Dead—well, that one explains itself.

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There are several techniques I discovered to mark trees under consideration. On my first such journey, I used what I had—my scarf, a receipt from my pocket, and a used tissue. I’ve since taken pre-cut long pieces of bright ribbon to mark a few finalists.

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TREE-TRIMMING SECRETS DESIGNERS WON’T TELL YOU (BUT I WILL!) When it comes to trimming your tree, there’s really no wrong way. Your tree is a statement of who you are, so be you. But here are a few designer tricks to make it extra special:

1. Before decorating,

stand back and look at the tree’s shape. You want your ornaments to hang freely. Don’t be scared to give it a little haircut by trimming the branches and cutting off any misshapen ones.

2. Make your own hooks by cutting four-inch

pieces of green floral wire. This will allow you to mold (and disguise) the wire along the branch and place your ornaments exactly where you want them.

3. Be generous with lights. Think 100 per

linear foot. Blending different-sized light bulbs also makes your tree more interesting.

4. Put your most fragile and stunning ornaments toward the top of the tree to have them at eye level (and keep them safely out of reach of little hands).

5. Take a yearly photograph of your

tree. When you do, dim the lights in the room, preventing the tree from looking flat and making it photograph beautifully.

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I’ve since learned that the sugar is an old wives tale. Good old water will work just fine, but here are five tips to keeping the tree fresh:

1. When you get your tree home, give it a pick-

me-up by cutting one inch off the butt in a straight cut and immediately placing it in water.

2. Put the tree in a stand that can hold at

least one gallon of water. The first few days watch the water level closely. It’ll drink like a sailor on shore leave.

3. Always keep the base in water.

(So, weekenders, think of it as a potted plant that you call the neighbor’s kid over to water.)

4. Miniature and LED lights give off less heat,

and, therefore, won’t dry out the tree as quickly. If you’re opting for vintage or larger bulbs, always be present if the lights are on.

5. Freshly cut, wellcared-for trees can

last five weeks. If your tree dries out, consider it a fire hazard, and send it packing like a bad holiday guest.

My grandmother in South Carolina would always nab her tree on the other side of the railroad tracks from her house. Each year after the hack job, she’d drag the thirsty thing back up to the house, stick it in a wrought-iron stand, and pour it a cocktail of ginger ale and water. She always said, “It needed a little sugar to make it feel good.” (We were teetotalers, so the tree should be too.)

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DIY Activity with fiberflame studio

Homemade Stamps for holiday cards & gifts

We love that household “trash” can become tools for making art! Just gather some old wine corks, scraps of yarn or twine, and some Styrofoam or cardboard meat trays, and you’ll be well on your way to making gorgeous, handprinted holiday cards, gift tags, wrapping paper, and more!

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newsprint, or anything you’d like to print on

Carved-cork stamps 1. Draw a simple design on one end of the cork.

String stamps 1. Apply a small amount of glue to the end of your cork.

2. Using a scrap of string, create a design on the end of your cork.

3. Trim the end of the string and allow glue to

dry before stamping. Remember, you can stamp your shape many times, so when layered it can create a larger, more complicated design. For example, a triangle can be layered twice *photos on next page to form a Star of David. 1. Apply a small amount of glue to the end of 2. Carve out the negative space using an X-acto knife. your cork. It’s easiest to cut down from the top of the cork, then 2. Press a pom-pom into the glue and allow to cut away from the sides. (Note: Parents will need to dry before stamping. complete this step. Be sure to carve away from your-

Pom-pom stamps

self and stay safe!)

3. When stamping, you’ll get a “fluffy” dot, similar to a snowflake!

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13. blank cards,cardstock, shipping tags,

Instructions for Making Stamps There are lots of ways to make your own stamps with wine corks. We’ll share a few techniques here and hope you’ll discover some of your own too!

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Materials 1. wine corks 2. X-acto knife or small box cutter 3. string 4. glue 5. pom-poms 6. white craft glue 7. scissors 8. thin and thick permanent markers 9. a few foam brushes 10. large paint brush 11. acrylic paint 12. paper plate (or anything you can use as

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Styrofoam stamps 1. Cut a small shape from a Styrofoam meat tray. (Sheets of craft foam can also be used for this.)

2. Using a small amount of glue, paste your shape onto the end of the cork, and allow glue to dry before stamping.

Instructions for Printing Now that you’ve created your own stamps, you can layer and combine them to create wintry scenes and festive designs. When your paint dries, grab a few permanent markers and doodle to complete your images, or add some glam with glitter or sequins.

We’ll show a few of our favorite stamping and layering techniques here, but we hope you’ll play, experiment, and come up with your own fabulous ideas too!

Evergreen holiday card 1. Start by taking a big brush, dabbing it in your paint, and painting a quick layer as a background. Or, skip this step if you like your blank card the way it is.

2. Using a foam brush, dab a thin, even layer of paint onto your stamp. (To create an evergreen, it works really well to use a triangle stamp with one jagged edge.)

3. Press your painted end onto your paper, and layer a few times.

4. Apply more paint to your stamp and repeat until you’ve created a jagged triangle in the shape of an evergreen tree.

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PLAY to have a few different sized pom-poms for your snowman’s body and head.

2. Paint a background on your card, or go ahead and move to the next step.

3. On your palette, brush out a thin layer of paint. Press your pom-pom stamp into the paint.

4. Press your stamp onto your paper and twist. This will create a nice circular shape with slightly rough edges, just like snow.

5. Repeat until your snowman is complete. 6. Add details with your permanent markers.

We hope you have a ball creating your own stamps and prints

• If you are getting messy prints, try

from corks. Adorn gifts for loved ones with images and designs

applying less paint to your stamp. This should make for a cleaner print. You can also try using an inkpad with your stamps.

• Remember to wash or stamp the excess paint off your stamps, so they’ll be nice and clean the next time you want to use them.

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local gift guide

2013 – 2014

GIVING IS BEST WHEN YOU FIND THE GIFT THAT REPRESENTS THE PERFECT EXPRESSION OF YOUR FEELINGS FOR A LOVED ONE. There are so many beautiful items crafted by people in our community who understand that gift buying is a labor of love. Support the Hudson Valley artisans and shops this season, and say something unique and meaningful to those on your gift-giving list!

Tender Land Home, Phoenicia. Swivel-style cutting board with Swiss cheese inlay decoration and stainless steel cheese tools.

Lucky Chocolates, Saugerties. Animals molded into sweet little chocolate figurines.

Handmade & More, New Paltz. Pottery by Bill Campbell fits in with any decor.

The Modern Dream, Saugerties. Handmade home goods, furniture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, art, prints, DIY kits, children’s gifts, and apparel.

768 Main, Margaretville. Vintage aluminum canister set features perky roosters in neutral metallics.

Nectar, High Falls. Chehoma blue floral bowls.

Gray Owl Gallery, New Paltz. Local art pieces ranging from paintings to candles & jewelry. Wine Racks, Tillson. Great gifts for wine lovers: Spot-Not keeps stemware sparkling.


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Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop, Rhinebeck and New Paltz. Brookfield hand-letter-pressed note sheets.

Hudson Valley Seed Library, Accord. Heirloom seeds and contemporary art all in one pack.

High Falls Mercantile. 100% Linen Stellenbosch Tote.

Nest Egg, Phoenicia. Paine’s balsam fir incense.

Element, Hudson. Roland Pine Collection by Soap and Paper Factory; free of petrochemicals, additives, parabens, phthalates, and dyes.

Bare Furniture, Accord. Space-maximizing all-wood corner end table.

Milne’s At Home Antiques, Kingston. Turtles: A collection of 1920’s hand-painted turtle footstools.

HiHo Home Market, Gardiner. 100% cotton, washable, quilted placemats in an assortment of colors and patterns.

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Tibetan Arts and Crafts, Woodstock. Find Imports like this brass Buddha.

Marigold Home, Kingston. Faux fur pillows, throws, and accessories.

Lounge, Kingston and Hudson. American-made and eco-friendly swivel chair in de-constructed linen slipcover.

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Sorella, Woodstock. Fabuli Ermine Rings.

Second Time Around. Unwanted or broken jewelry reconfigured to make wearable pieces of art. Find at RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon; Family Traditions, Stone Ridge; Bluestone Festival, Kingston.

Spruce, Rhinebeck. Locally made lark leather card wallet.

Art Riot, Kingston. Individually drawn and hand cut paper diorama earrings and pendants. theartriot.org

Ellipse, Kingston. Finches necklace made from recycled vinyl record; other styles available.

Stone Ridge Jewelers. Time to pop the question? Montano's Shoes, Saugerties. Warm and stylish shoes like these UGG Josete boots. B&L Jewelers, New Paltz. Sterling silver reflection beads and tons of other gold and silver jewelry.

Schneider’s Jewelers, Kingston. Bracelet collections by Alex and Ani.

Fiber Flame, Saugerties. Buy local, handmade treasures for the home, body, and creative spirit, or make your own gifts in their walk-in art studio.

Parent Teacher Store, Kingston, Poughkeepsie. Give the kids some fun new lunch totes.

Eden, Water Street Market, New Paltz. Unique jewelry pieces and clothing that will be cherished for years.

Pegasus Footwear, Woodstock, New Paltz, and Rhinebeck. Kids EMU boots made with the finest Australian suede and Merino wool.

Dvash Boutique, Woodstock. Aztec print sweater with a touch of gold made by Kerisma.


Kenco, Kingston. Vintage-style Flexible Flyer sled. Theresa & Co., Kingston. Mohair-knit shawl and great cashmere sweater collection.

Emerson Kaleidostore, Mt Tremper. Winter’s Hearth” Kaleidoscope

Potter Brothers, Kingston. Marmot variant jacket in black or cinder/black.

Rock & Snow, New Paltz. All-terrain traction MSR Evo Ascent 22 snowshoes.

Catskill Art & Office, Kingston, Woodstock, Poughkeepsie. Give your artist friends some new art supplies they'll love.

Columbia Beauty Supply, Kingston. Fine detail makeup brushes.

Himalayan Arts, New Paltz. Extremely warm 100% wool sweater.

Illuminated Baby, Woodstock. Natural baby items like this 100% certified organic baby romper.

Barcone’s Music, Kingston. Bongos and other quality acoustic instruments.

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Fireside Warmth, Kingston. Find fireplace accessories like this leather bellows.

Woodstock Trading Post, Woodstock. Kitsch hair ties are gentle on hair and double as bracelets.

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Wildflowers, Margaretville. Hare Rama scarves from India.

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Moxie Cupcake, New Paltz. Bring a delicious holiday cupcake gift box.

Birch Body Care, Kingston.

Give the gift of a detoxifying, rejuvenating, and lightly exfoliating body treatment.

Give a cozy weekend away at one of the Hudson Valley’s B&Bs or lodges like: Whistlewood Farm, Blue Willow, Captain Schoonmaker's, Boitson's Inn, Buttermilk Falls, Suite Dreams, or The Emerson.

Peace, Love & Cupcakes, Woodstock. Adorable, edible cupcake ornament . . . if you don’t eat it first.

Benmarl, El Paso, Stoutridge Wineries, or Stone Ridge Wine & Merchant Wine & Spirits. Lift your spirits with some locally made wines. Binnewater Spring Water, Kingston. Give the gift of fresh water.

Burgevin Florist, Kingston. Fresh flowers are always a perfect hostess gift. Bistro-To-Go, Kingston. A custom gift basket is the perfect present for any occasion.

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Grand Cru, Rhinebeck. Great craft beer-inspired holiday gifts and pre-made baskets. Cheese Louise, Kingston. Gift basket with local foods and treats.

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High Falls Mercantile A Blend of Old and New

Larry Ruhl remembers longing to open a shop of his own as a boy. “I’ve wanted to be a shopkeeper since I was about ten. Other kids played doctor—I played proprietor.” Perhaps it’s that playful joy that

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Breathe deeply as you enter High Falls Mercantile, and let the clean and soothing aromas lighten your heart. Whether you’re after a gift for someone special or design inspirations that will make your home a haven that restores your soul, you’ll know you’ve entered a special place where beauty and comfort reign supreme.

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meticulous study, hands-on effort, and social engagement may be what has enabled High Falls Mercantile to survive and thrive through what has been a challenging decade for retail.

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I love searching out great new finds for the store; it keeps me passionate about retail.

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has kept High Falls Mercantile gaining new fans, keeping old ones, and winning national media raves ever since Ruhl made the leap from developing products for someone else to selecting and presenting them in his own digs back in April 2004. “We did a lot of research, a lot of grunt work, and then we threw a really big party,” recalls Ruhl of that debut nearly a decade ago, when some 700 people showed up. The blend of

And thrive they have. The store was listed as one of fifty “2013 Retail Stars” by Home Accents Today magazine and is beloved by weekenders and lifetime locals alike. “I think our product mix sets us apart,” says Ruhl. “I love searching out great new finds for the store; it keeps me passionate about retail. Our interior design business is stronger than ever. We are doing more product development, and that’s another of my favorite things to work on. We have also grown our e-commerce site and continue to work on that.” In large part, it’s all about the good, good things. That ambrosial odor that wafts throughout the store imports from a 400-year-old Santa Maria Novella. And those artfully laid out decor schemes invite you to reimagine “home.” High Falls Mercantile is filled with items Ruhl has discovered and fallen in love with: rugs by Dash


nity and beyond. This year’s Annual Tent Sale featured a VIP preview that benefitted the Rosendale Food Pantry, and heirloom seeds in frame-worthy artist packs from the Hudson Valley Seed Library are prominent in the garden section. High Falls Mercantile is also a regular participant in the “Design on a Dime” benefit for Housing Works.

Enticing as the merchandise may be, it seems likely that the human factor plays a huge role in Ruhl’s success. His intelligent engagement with homemaking extends into the local commu-

Ruhl has also embraced the power of online marketing, building his shop-at-home department and offering some of his choice items through the Vintage and Market Finds division at One Kings Lane. But he and partner Jeff, whose career in real estate dovetails quite nicely with the fine home goods business, revel in their central Ulster County location. “We found a beautiful farmhouse in Rifton and started weekending there ten years ago,” he says, “and we quickly fell in love with High Falls. We knew it was the perfect place for High Falls Mercantile. It’s beautiful and has an incredible history.” Ruhl further remarks, “High Falls is going through a

Be sure to visit High Falls Mercantile this holiday season, and let its sights and smells transport you as you enjoy the sumptuous blend of painstakingly chosen vintage pieces, fine new goods, and furniture classics designed to be passed down for generations.

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For more information, visit High Falls Mercantile at 113 Main St, High Falls; 845-687-4200; highfallsmercantile.com

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& Albert, whimsical art from Sugarboo, and fine linens and tableware and mirrors. Ruhl features both new and old, including pieces crafted of reclaimed wood and burnished metals from High Falls Mercantile’s own furniture line.

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Dress Your Tables for the Holidays The house is clean, the groceries are bought, and now comes the fun part . . . setting the table. Pull out your favorite seasonal pieces and make the table an expression of yourself. VISITvortex has four festive table-setting ideas from some of our most creative retailers in the Hudson Valley. This table comes together with mismatched dishes and silverware, mason jars, and pewter. No need to be fussy with this mixture of eclectic and rustic elegance. The dark wood of the farm table allows the deep, daring colors of the whites and reds to really pop. Fresh flowers in simple whites add that special touch, and a small beeswax candle at each place brings intimacy.

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Fun and festive table.

Bright colors and snowflakes give this table its simple elegance. Look through your holiday boxes to see what treasures can adorn your table. Don’t let your stemware sit empty: fill them with fun balls. Proper table settings, real silver, and embroidered linens bring a touch of formality. Shot at High Falls Mercantile in High Falls

Traditional country lodge table.

Deep, rich colors on this table create its cozy winter feel. A more formal table arrangement is achieved with matching pieces, and layered plates foretell of scrumptious courses to come. All you need is good company and a fire roaring in the background. Shot at Moose Crossing in Shokan

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Handcrafted dinnerware and frosted glasses of various sizes establish a contemporary finish. Mixing various textures like stone, wood, chrome, and glass bring interest. Don’t be afraid to place objects you might not normally find on a holiday table, like these turtle shells. Outdoor flavor is sprinkled throughout with simple sprigs of pine. Shot at Spruce in Rhinebeck 78


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An Old-Fashioned Hudson Valley Christmas

Punch, Wassail, and Flip by Carlo DeVito

Valley celebrity Washington Irving once wrote a travel memoir entitled Old Christmas, recalling the holidays at a great English manor house. Amongst the yuletide traditions was the celebrating of the season with wassail. As Irving described it, “The butler brought in a huge silver vessel of rare and curious workmanship, which he placed before the Squire. Its appearance was hailed with acclamation; being the Wassail Bowl, so renowned in Christmas festivity. The contents had been prepared by the Squire himself; for it was a beverage in the skillful mixture of which he particularly prided himself. . . .�

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And these days, what’s old is what’s new. In olden times, a large bowl of libation was always a key component. Back in the days of carriages and sleighs, hosts would make large bowls of punch, wassail, and flip to deliver warmth to their cold guests. Irving, Charles Dickens, and even George Washington were fond of such punches. And each had their own recipes.

PUNCH  here is it? You know you have one. When’s W the last time you used it? As a bowl for potato chips at your last party perhaps? Maybe it’s in the basement or attic? Yes, we’re talking about your punch bowl! Time to bring that thing out and show it some love. The word punch is an adaptation of the Hindi word paantsch, which means "five,” because the mixture was usually based on a recipe blending five ingredients: spirits, sugar, lemon, water, and tea (or spices). Punch was brought back to England by sailors of the British East India Company in the early seventeenth century and spread throughout Europe from there. Ornate punch bowls, ceramic or silver, quickly became popular. This was a time before bottling had become more ubiquitous and commonplace. It was the easiest way to serve guests and was thought to be fun and festive. 84

So, this year bring an old-fashioned Christmas back . . . but with a Hudson Valley twist! These classic punch, wassail, and flip recipes have been updated with a little Hudson Valley local flavor. It’ll be just like stepping into an old Currier & Ives print! Look for the specially selected Hudson Valley brands at the end of the article! photo by tymesynk

And happy holidays!

Charles Dickens Punch

This is Charles Dickens’ own recipe for punch. It is sourced from a letter Dickens wrote on January 18, 1847 to Amelia Austin Filloneau, affectionately known as "Mrs. F." Since this punch is served warm, a heated pot like a Crock-pot or deep chaffing dish might be your better choice here. Here’s the recipe in Dickens’ own words: 3 lemons rinds

1/2 pt brandy

1 cup sugar

1 qt water (boiling)

1 pt rum 1. Peel into a very strong common basin the rinds of three lemons, cut very thin, and with as little as possible of the white coating between the peel and the fruit. 2. Add sugar, rum, and brandy. Stir. 3. Take a ladle full of brandy and light on fire, and ladle gently into bowl. Let it burn for three or four minutes at least, stirring it from time to time. Then extinguish it by covering the basin with a tray, which will immediately put out the flame.

Charles Dickens Punch 4. Then squeeze in the juice of the three lemons. 5. Add quart of boiling water. Stir the whole well, cover it up for five minutes, and stir again. 6. Skim off the lemon pieces with a spoon. Take the lemon peel out, or it will acquire a bitter taste. 7. If this is not sweet enough, add more sugar to your liking. 8. Serve warm. Note: The same punch allowed to cool by degrees (and then iced) is delicious. It also requires less sugar.


21 oz rum

9 oz fresh orange juice

6 oz Grand Marnier

9 oz spiced simple syrup*

9 oz fresh lemon juice 6 oz club soda 1. Combine, in a large pitcher, all the ingredients except the club soda. Place in a refrigerator until cold. 2. While pitcher is chilling make spiced simple syrup (or make days ahead). 3. Fill the punch bowl half with ice. If possible, use a small block of ice. If not, use large ice cubes. 4. Add now cold mixture from the refrigerator to the bowl. 5. Add club soda and stir. 6. Garnish with slices of lemon and orange, and sprinkle with grated nutmeg.

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Martha Washington was the First Lady of America for eight years and the keeper of President Washington for a great many. George liked his libations and was fond of social gatherings where he could imbibe and play cards. This is the great first lady’s famous rum and citrus drink. You will need a pitcher to make the first part of this recipe.

Spiced Simple Syrup 1 1/2 cups water

2 cinnamon sticks

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 whole cloves

2 star anise pods Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the sugar fully dissolves. Remove from heat, and let stand until cool. Strain through cheese cloth, and refrigerate until needed.

Bombay Punch

Wassail Cider

This exotic punch is taken from the pages of The Ideal Bartender by Tom Bullock, published in 1917. Madeira and sherry were common additions to punches in the 1700s and 1800s. This recipe will make approximately 2 1/2 gallons, enough for 40 folks. 6 whole lemon rinds

1 qt brandy

1 box strawberries

1 qt sherry

2 lemons, sliced

1 qt Madeira wine

6 oranges, sliced

1 lb sugar

1 pineapple, cut into small pieces

4 bottles sparkling wine 2 qt seltzer

1. In a large punch bowl, bruise the skins of six lemons in one pound of bar sugar. 2. Add strawberries, lemon and orange slices, pineapple, brandy, sherry, and Madeira. 3. Add large block of ice or half a bowl of large cubed ice. 4. Add sparkling wine and seltzer.

WASSAIL  assail, which in Old English meant literally W “be you healthy,” refers both to the salute “Waes Hail” and to the drink of wassail, a hot mulled cider traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, originally an ancient southern English drinking ritual which commenced in November after the harvest to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year. Today, wassail is a hot, mulled punch often associated with Christmas. Historically, the drink was a mulled cider made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Modern recipes begin with a base of wine (usually red), fruit juice, or mulled ale, sometimes with brandy or sherry added. Apples or oranges are often added to the mix. Continue for more recipes...

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Colonial Hot Cider Punch

Colonial Wassail

1 Gallon heated apple cider (non-alcoholic)

1 cup sugar

2 cups orange juice

1/2 quart rum

3 to 6 whole oranges

4 cinnamon sticks

6 cups dry red wine

3 sticks cinnamon

small bag of whole cloves

3 lemon slices

1/2 cup lemon juice

This wassail reflects the ingredients that were available to colonists in early America. If one lived in an area where apples were not in large supply or lived in an established metropolitan city like Boston, New York, or Philadelphia, he or she often added more sophisticated potents to their wassail. This recipe serves 15-20 folks.

1. Simmer mixture with three whole sticks cinnamon to melt— DO NOT COOK.

1. Boil the sugar, cinnamon sticks, and lemon slices in 1/2 cup of water for five minutes and strain. 2. Heat the remaining ingredients, being careful not to boil 3. Combine with the syrup, and serve hot.

2. Allow to cool, and pour into punch bowl. 3. Separately stick whole cloves around entire surface of three to six whole oranges. 4. Place oranges into baking pan with 1/2 inch of water, and bake at 350° for 45 minutes.

T here is a whole classification of drinks called flips. These are alcoholic beverages made with eggs in them. George Washington was said to be very fond of flips. The most popular of the drinks was eggnog.

2 cups pineapple juice 1 cup sherry

1/2 ounce brandy flavoring

Colonial Hot Cider Punch

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FLIP

In America, wassail was a common drink in many farming communities, especially apple farming communities like the Hudson Valley, where cider was the most common available drink. Fun and flavorful and very warming, this is actually more akin to the original classic wassails made back in England. Serve with pound cake, nut cake, or cheese and crackers. Serves 40.

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Whip Top'd Eggnog The origin of eggnog dates back to medieval European times. Many believe that the version we know today dates back to an English recipe called an egg flip. When the drink made its way to the American colonies, it was called an “egg and grog,” a common colonial term used for the drink made with rum. Eventually that term was shortened to “egg n’ grog,” finally becoming “eggnog.”


Eggnog is a popular type of beverage all over the world. Similar combinations are known by other names such as Panche Crèma in Venezuela or Advocaat in central Europe. Because of the Valley’s rich dairy and farming history, eggnog has always been a mainstay of the holidays in our region. This new recipe features some local ingredients.

6 large eggs, plus 2 yolks

3 cups whole milk

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar

1/2 cup bourbon

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp grated nutmeg 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks Additional grated nutmeg for garnish Preparation: Whisk together eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and salt in a heavy four-quart pot. Mix well. Slowly fold in milk until well mixed, whisking continually. Place pot on low burner continuously blending mixture. Stir approximately 25 to 30 minutes until the mixture coats your spoon completely. Use a fine grade sieve to strain out any bits of egg. Add bourbon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract.

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Stir well. Pour into a bowl or pitcher, cover, and refrigerate (approximately 4 to 5 hours). To serve, whip heavy cream into soft peaks, and then fold crème into custard mixture and fold until combined. Sprinkle with ground nutmeg. Ladle into cups.

Traditional Hot Poker Flip

Go back a little further in time, and you’ll find a lot of flips and punches were heated. Here’s a fun old colonial recipe that calls for a hot poker from your fireplace to heat the liquid. Make sure you scrub your poker before deciding to do this, or you might want to find a new soldering iron to provide a safer heating element! You’ll notice this flip is made with good ole fashioned Hudson Valley beer! 3 eggs

1 jigger rum

3 teaspoons sugar

1 jigger brandy

1 red-hot flip iron or poker heated in fireplace a tall, all-pewter mug

Rum: Berkshire Distilling Rum; Albany Distilling Quackenbush Still House Rum; Tuthilltown Roggen’s Rum

Cider: Applewood Winery; Warwick Valley Winery; Bad Seed; Kettleborough; Aaron Burr; Slyboro House

Brandy: Harvest Spirits Cornelius Apple Brandy; Dutch’s Spirits Dutch

Sherry: Paperbirch Bannerman’s Castle Amber Cream; Pazdar Seduce Cream Sherry; Brotherhood Cream Sherry

1. In a quart mug, break three eggs. 2. Add three teaspoons sugar, and stir well. 3. Add in the jigger of rum and brandy, beating meanwhile.

Bourbon: Albany Distilling Ironweed Bourbon; Tuthilltown Baby Bourbon; Rebellion Bourbon; Hillrock Estate Bourbon; Warwick Black Dirt Bourbon

4. Fill remaining volume of mug with beer. 5. Insert red-hot iron until it hisses and foams. 6. The drink will become only warm.

Peach Brandy: Dutch’s Spirits Peach Brandy Sparkling Wine: Clinton Vineyards, Brotherhood Winery; Hudson-Chatham Winery; Whitecliff Winery

12-16 ounces of beer or a sturdy pitcher

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Whether in England or the colonies, the ingredients for the drink were expensive, so it came to be popular among the moneyed classes since fresh eggs and milk were not cheap commodities. In colonial America, brandy and wine were also heavily taxed, so inexpensive Caribbean rum was often substituted. But after the Revolutionary War, rum was more difficult to obtain, so whiskey became the popular spirit, which was plentiful and more patriotic; bourbon also became a popular addition to the mix.

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

Make Life Taste Better with Dominick’s Cafe’s specialty desserts, catering and holiday gift ideas! Kingston’s best kept secret is rich in old world flavor and offers authentic home-style cooking. Phone: (845) 338-4552 ~ Fax: (845)338-1628 ~ www.dominickscafe.com ~ Gift Certificates Available

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Chef Recipe & Video

Venison Medallions with juniper demi-glaze with Josh Kroner Chef & Owner

of Terrapin in Rhinebeck

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Ingredients Venison Loin Venison/Beef Stock Peppercorns Cinnamon Bark Juniper Sea Salt Butter or Lard Warwick Gin Shallots

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Collect your spices: peppercorns, cinnamon bark (or sticks), and juniper.

3 2

Bring your stock to a boil, and then add the spices.

Add gin, and cook for two hours to reduce stock and concentrate flavors.


4

Sear venison loin in oil until browned on all sides. Finish in 350-degree oven until the internal temperature of the meat is 125 degrees (medium rare).

I like to create dishes that delight both body and soul.

About Terrapin & Josh Kroner

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Slice your meat, and coat with hot jus. Serve and enjoy with your favorite wine.

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Strain stock mixture of spices for the jus, and swirl in butter.

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Salt and pepper your venison loin.

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Osaka Japanese Restaurant

The premier Sushi restaurant in the Hudson Valley for over 18 years. Only the freshest sushi with an innovative flair.

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Delicious hand-crafted continental cuisine served in our cozy dining room. Fine Catering Available.

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

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RECIPE

Latkes With A Twist

The traditional way to make latkes is to sizzle them in a lot of oil—sometimes a whole cup! Though I’m a fan of healthy fats, deep frying in oil is something we can all do without. But we are using some oil, so they will still have the crisp memories of deliciousness a good latke is made of. And most recipes call for putting in some muscle using a box grater, but my food processor easily does the trick. Just be sure to squeeze out all the liquid from the potatoes— this makes them crispy! Top with crème fraiche instead of sour cream and my spiced apple chutney instead of applesauce, and you’ll know why I call them latkes with a twist!

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Holiday time means traditions in many families, and latkes are a fun Chanukah dish. In fact, I channeled both of my grandmothers as I wrote these recipes.

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Ingredients:

2 large baking potatoes 1/2 teaspoon sea salt Freshly ground pepper 1 onion to taste 2 eggs Coconut oil to coat 2 tablespoons flour muffin tin 2 tablespoons olive oil

Method:

1. 2.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Grate the onion and potatoes in a food processor or through the large holes of a box grater into a large bowl.

3.

Scoop into a cotton cloth over a colander in the sink. Press and squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can.

4.

Coat a large, six-cup muffin tin or baking sheet with olive oil, and divide the potato mixture evenly into each cup, about 1/4 to 1/2 cup full. If using a baking sheet, flatten with the back of a wooden spoon. The less you fill it, the crispier they will be.

5.

Bake for 35 - 40 minutes until the edges are golden brown but not burned. Remove from the oven, and let rest in the muffin tin for 10 minutes before removing. If using baking sheet, flip latkes when top is beginning to brown after about 20 minutes.

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To make SWEET POTATO LATKES, swap out baking potatoes and use yams. Add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Melt coconut oil and use instead of olive oil. Proceed with recipe as stated.


and green tomatoes. It’s outstanding on veggie burgers, grains, fish, chicken — and now latkes! I recommend adding raw honey and raw cider vinegar at the end of cooking to keep it raw. Enjoy!

This recipe invites creativity.

6 apples, peeled, seeded, and chopped 3 green tomatoes or tomatillos, chopped 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped 1/2 cup raisins, dates, or other dried fruit 1 tablespoons mustard seed or 1 teaspoon dried red chili 2 onions, chopped 1 tbsp fresh ginger 3/4 cup honey 1 tsp five-spice powder 2 cups apple cider vinegar 1 clove garlic 1 tsp salt

1. 2. 3. 4.

Combine all ingredients in a pot (except honey and vinegar) and simmer until thick (about 20 minutes). Stir often to prevent burning. Spoon into glass jars to within 1/4 inch of tops. Leave on counter to cool. Then refrigerate and use within two months or freeze.

Holly Shelowitz is a culinary nutrition counselor and has been offering nutrition counseling and cooking classes for the past 15 years. Learn more about her work and upcoming classes at nourishingwisdom.com or call 845-658-7887.

RECIPE

This recipe is great for using up your green peppers

Ingredients:

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Apple Chutney

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LUCKY CHOCOLATES unique & unusual flavors vintage toys & cafe

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2 TURTLE doves...hell, make it 3! Take a shopping break in our new organic cafe!


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Bacchus, New Paltz: Mocha-cappucino cheesecake topped with chocolate ganache and crumbled almond bark

Mother Earth Cafe, Kingston & Poughkeepsie: Ganache covered chocolate mini-cakes with pecan coconut fudge (vegan)

Bear Cafe, Bearsville: “The Bear” sundae

Bistro To Go, Kingston: Luscious chocolate mousse

frosty outside. We’re very

fortunate to have great chocolate makers right here in our midst: Lucky Chocolates; Fruition Chocolate Works; Oliver Kita, and Lagusta’s Luscious. And what better way to sooth that sweet tooth than with a delicious treat from one of our very own Hudson Valley restaurants.

Above: Lucky Chocolates Cafe, Saugerties: Sea Salt Caramels

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Main Course Restaurant, New Paltz: Gluten-free chocolate torte covered in dark chocolate ganache

Terrapin, Rhinebeck: Bourbon-soaked cake layered with chocolate-cherry custard and whipped cream

Boitson’s, Kingston: Pot de creme

Friends & Family II Hillside, Accord: Chocolate-amaretto terrine with slivered almonds covered with a hard dark chocolate ganache served with strawberry sauce and freshly whipped cream

Moxie Cupcake, New Paltz: “Salt Away My Sugar” chocolate cake filled with house made caramel topped with a cocoa buttercream & French sea salt

Candy Candy, New Paltz: Chocolate malt balls in so many flavors


EATING OUT Puccini, Rhinebeck: House made chocolate lava cake with raspberry glaze

High Falls Cafe, High Falls: Flourless chocolate cake by Maxine Stein

Dominick’s Cafe, Kingston: Delectable cream puff covered in melted chocolate

Gabriel’s Cafe, Kingston: Flourless chocolate cake topped with raspberries

Land & Sea Grill, Saugerties: Callebaut chocolate brownie sundae with caramel pecan creme anglaise

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Henry’s at Buttermilk, Milton: Valrhona chocolate souffle with raspberry gastrique

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Tuthill House, Gardiner: Flourless chocolate cake with Belgian chocolate, our own eggs, Dutch cocoa, orange zest, and cream

Cafe Mio, Gardiner: White chocolate almond raspberry cake

Peekamoose, Big Indian: Bittersweet (flourless) chocolate cake with crumbled caramel and whipped cream

Sportsman’s Alamo Cantina, Phoenicia: Ultimate chocolate cake

768 Main, Margaretville: Vegan chocolate cake with mocha cream filling and chocolate ganache icing

The Phoenix, Mt Tremper: Chocolate dipped pancakes with strawberry sorbet

The Country Inn, Krumville: Pot of chocolate made with Belgian dark chocolate and heavy crème

China Rose, Rhinecliff: Warm nutella wontons served with Jane's homemade "Killer Chocolate" ice cream


EATING OUT Jar’d Wine Pub, New Paltz: House made toasted almond and chocolate biscotti

Kingston Candy Bar, Kingston: Choose from house made dipped truffles and chocolates

Sook House, Ellenville: Tempura fried ice cream in vanilla or chocolate

Peace, Love & Cupcakes, Woodstock: Flourless chocolate cupcakes

Cheese Barrel, Margaretville or Asia, Stone Ridge: Grab some yummy chocolate ice cream

Hickory BBQ, Kingston: Chocolate blackout cake

Barnabys, New Paltz: Chocolate chocolate cake

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Outdated CafĂŠ, Kingston: Chocolate macaroons, gluten-free and delicious

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SOOK HOUSE Korean & Japanese Restaurant

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

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.

HIGH FALLS CAFE at the Stone Dock Golf Course

72-76 Center Street, Ellenville 845-647-1020 sookhouse.net Catch glimpses of the Mohonk Tower as you navigate the 3000 plus scenic yards the course has to offer. Stone Dock features a par 4 fourth hole that crosses two ponds and has a downhill slope to the green, with the Rondout Creek as a challenging backdrop. You will also find two 500 plus yard par 5’s that follow the gentle curve of the Rondout. This nine hole course provides four sets of tees to suit the abilities of various levels of golfers.

12 Stone Dock Rd, High Falls 845.687.7107 stonedockgolfclub.com

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• Saturday & Sunday Breakfast

• Wednesday Pasta & Wing Night

• Great Live Music Check our events calendar

• Acoustic Thursday Every Week • Catering for All Occasions Weddings and Special Events

12 Stone Dock Rd, High Falls, NY 845-687-2699 highfallscafe.com

Great Food. Great Music. Good Times.


Stop in for a casual visit or relax with your friends for drinks and appetizers around a warm and inviting full-surround bar that features over 100 imported and domestic beers and fine wines. Open daily. Reservations accepted. We cater to parties of up to 100. Parent-viewable kid’s play area! Billiard and Ping Pong tables.

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China Rose Home of the Sake Margarita

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

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A quaint little candy store that has a large selection of hard-to-find old-fashioned favorites, novelty candy & jars filled with bulk candy. Stop in to enjoy your favorites!

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Moxie Cupcake Equals Deliciousness in the Hudson Valley

Our Local Business Owners...

Creating a Strong and Thriving Community

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Lucky you if you happen to wind up at the same gas station as Josie Eriole when she’s on her way home from work. The Moxie Cupcake maven has been known to pass out her leftovers to random strangers for the sheer fun of it. “You’d think I gave them gold!” she says. “But it makes me just as happy. I often hear someone in the shop say, ‘Some lady gave me cupcakes while pumping gas, and I just had to come in and get more!’”

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Josie’s passion shows in imaginative confectionery creations, such as maple bacon or "Breaking Moxie". One taste of a Moxie Cupcake, and it’s over. Your daydreams will be consumed with a longing for cupcakes in unheard of flavors like Vanilla Sky and Apple Blossom. It’s easy to see how this dynamic, jazz-singing baker has landed on a fast track from “my kids like my baking” to this year’s Best Gold Standard Cupcake of the Hudson Valley in just a couple of short, eventful years. It might have overwhelmed a person with less, uh, moxie. “In three months, I had 12 wholesale accounts and was averaging about 1,000 cupcakes a week from my certified home kitchen,” recalls Eriole of her rise to cupcake stardom. “I either had to quit or open a shop.”

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Cupcake freaks from all over the Hudson Valley and beyond are ecstatic. Fine organic ingredients—fair-trade cocoa, pure Madagascar vanilla beans, rich European butter, local eggs and fruit—are whipped into a kaleidoscope of cupcake choices, pictures of which Eriole gleefully posts to the shop’s Facebook page for her 6,600 or so friends to drool over. “I’m always trying new things,” says the self-described foodie. She even once made an edible rainforest cake complete with a candy waterfall and a bubbling brook of Pop Rocks. “I love visiting new shops and looking at everything from

their products to their branding to the layout of their space. In our new location, we have a full espresso bar and offer a full line of hot and frozen coffee drinks and smoothies. We also offer some savory options in the form of tapas, paninis, and soups.” Eriole’s passionate focus is still on the cupcakes, including red velvet cupcakes, maple bacon cupcakes, Guinness Stout cupcakes, vegan cupcakes, and gluten-free cupcakes, by popular demand. “It took me awhile to develop the recipe—I didn’t want just to plop something on the shelf without really loving it,” says Eriole of the gluten-free offerings. “But people have really responded well to them, and they often sell out.” Cookie sandwiches have also been a big hit. It’s been a wild ride so far for Josie Eriole. Her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer as her new career was just taking off. “It was stressful and horrendous,” she recalls. “And the business just continued to grow and grow. I was


That was in August 2011, and the shop received its first “Best Of” award from Hudson Valley Magazine just a month later; it’s received one every year since. “I absolutely love to make people happy, and our cupcakes definitely make people happy,” says Eriole. “I also love the actual shop itself—both being in it and visiting with customers. When it’s hopping, I am most happy. Still, I chuckle a little inside when somebody says, ‘I wish I could just quit my job and bake cupcakes.’ You have no idea how hard this is unless you’ve run a retail bakery.”

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spending my days in a hospital room and my nights baking cupcakes. He passed away the day after we opened the shop.”

“My business philosophy is to do what you love in a warm, friendly environment, be happy about it, and take care of your customers and your employees as best you possibly can at that moment,” says the region’s reigning cupcake goddess, who still finds the time for the occasional jazz-singing gig. “I strive every day to make every customer’s experience in the shop memorable and happy.” And delicious.

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RECIPE

'Tis the Season for Grandma's

When a light dusting of pristine white snow coats our Valley, it means one thing for my family and me . . . Christmas cookies. Nothing beats a warm cookie just out of the oven after a long day of snowball fights, sledding, and snow angels. Mind bogglingly delicious, these traditional gingerbread and almond crescents also make the perfect gift; just gingerly wrap them in parchment paper, and bring an extra dose of joy to your friends and family!

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The Perfect Holiday Gingerbread Cookie: 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour 1 tbsp baking soda 1/4 tsp table salt 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tbsp ground ginger

1 lightly beaten egg 5 tbsp brown sugar 1/2 cup molasses 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/4 cup unsalted melted butter

Begin by preheating the oven to 350Âş and gently sifting together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside dry ingredients, and begin to combine the beaten egg, sugar, molasses, buttermilk, and melted butter in a mixing bowl. Add sifted dry ingredients gradually, stirring to blend until completely smooth. Mold into a patty, wrap in plastic, and allow to sit in fridge for three-four hours. Finish by rolling out the dough on a flat surface with a little bit of flour to avoid sticking. Cut into fun shapes with a cookie cutter of your choosing and carefully place onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until perfectly golden brown. 116

Packed with all the delicious spices that churn up childhood memories, gingerbread is the classic American holiday cookie. They look great when decorated with royal icing and pearl-sized candies, but don’t be afraid to go ahead and take a bite out of one of these bad boys au naturel.


For the baking portion, begin by buttering two large baking sheets. For each cookie, roll one tablespoon of batter into a cylinder and pinch at end to properly taper. Form the cylinders into a crescent shape on the baking sheet and allow to bake until the bottoms are perfectly golden brown, which should take about 15 minutes. Finish by gently sifting the remaining quarter cup of powdered sugar over the cookies.

Lightly dusted in powdered sugar, these lunar-inspired cookies go perfectly with a cup of tea on a cold winter morning or alongside a hearty scoop of vanilla bean ice cream for a post-dinner treat. Making these with my grandmother in her divinely aromatic kitchen are memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. So, go ahead and start your own holiday-inspired family tradition with these recipes from VISITvortex!

Begin by preheating the oven to 350Âş and grinding the nuts, flour and salt in a food processor until very fine. Next, combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, butter, almond, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the nut mixture and mix together with the wet ingredients until completely blended. Allow the mixture to chill in the fridge for about an hour.

1 stick unsalted butter 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean extract 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

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1 cup slivered almonds, toasted 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup powdered sugar

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Grandma Trent ’s Crescent Cookies:

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HEALTH/WELLNESS

and Have a Healthier Winter by Joan MacDonald

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE to protect yourself from seasonal ills and MINIMIZE ANY EFFECTS if you do catch them.

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There is no surefire way to avoid all winter maladies. But here are some steps you can take to protect yourself from seasonal ills and minimize any effects if you do catch them. On this page are a few suggestions by Dr. Tracie Di Marco, a primary care physician at Health Quest Medical Practice in Hyde Park.

Partake of probiotics.

Probiotics are the good bacteria in our digestive tract, and they help enhance mucosal immunity. Eating foods that contain these bacteria can help prevent certain gastrointestinal infections.

But don’t let anyone sweet-talk you into the sweeter versions. A probiotic food, such as kefir or yogurt, should not contain sugar. Sugar encourages the growth of flora, such as yeast, but not the good bacteria from which your digestive tract benefits.

Use exercise to boost immunity and reduce stress.

“For a strong immune system, the same principles apply as during the rest of the year,” says Dr. DiMarco. “Exercise has measurable effects on immunity.” Exercise can boost circulation and help reduce stress. Getting the recommended 30 minutes a day can be as simple as taking a 30-minute walk. But since winter weather may occasionally get in your way, consider checking into exercise classes or exercising with DVDs. Besides the obvious benefits of boosting your immune system, starting a new health regimen during the colder months can be a smart way to combat seasonal cabin fever.

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Be smart about vitamins.

Dr. DiMarco believes most people don’t need to take vitamins, and the average person’s nutritional needs can be met by eating a variety of vegetables and fruits. The body’s cells require thousands of substances to function, and having an excess of one vitamin can be more harmful than helpful. Plus vitamins and supplements are not regulated; they don’t have to prove they are effective or even list all the ingredients. Occasionally, however, a nutritional deficiency might call for supplementation. For example, vitamin D3 may be helpful, especially in northern climates with less sunshine. But that does not mean there is no risk. Excessive vitamin D supplementation can be harmful, so it’s smart to discuss the possibility with a medical doctor.

Pursue a plant-based diet.

Because plants are high in micronutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants, a whole food plant-based diet is the best way to boost your nutritional intake. Eat foods that are “close to the earth” and not processed. Avoid overcooking. And use sweeter vegetables, such as sweet potatoes and carrots, to reduce cravings for sweets.

Sprinkle on anti-oxidant rich herbs and fungi.

Although some are skeptical about using herbs, many people swear by their power.

“Some herbs and foods, such as turmeric, garlic, and mushrooms, have been studied for their immuneenhancing properties,” remarks Dr. DiMarco, “and more research is being done.” But given their possible immuneenhancing properties—and also because they make food tastier—you might toss some garlic into your soup, spice up dishes with a turmeric-rich curry, and sauté some savory mushrooms. “To simplify,” says Dr. DiMarco, “eat whole foods, including lots of plants. Your miraculous body will do the rest.”


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2. GINSENG - Its main active component, ginsenosides, has been shown to have antiinflammatory and anti-cancer properties. 3. GARLIC - This spice has had a long history of medicinal value. In recent studies, it was reconfirmed that garlic indeed may have cardiovascular, anti-microbial, and anti-neoplastic properties. 4. GINGER - This herb has been shown to reduce inflammation, cardiovascular conditions, blood clots, and cholesterol. Researchers found that animal subjects given ginger extracts had a significant reduction in cholesterol and blood clotting qualities.

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Once a stop on the storied D&H Canal and famous for its naturally occurring cement, Rosendale is now an ex-urban oasis that has a little something for everyone. One of the

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keystones in the town's eclectic mix of businesses, eateries, and other commercial venues is the Rosendale Theatre. Operating as a movie house since 1949, the theatre has been a place where

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Left: Previous incarnations include a performance theatre called Rosendale Casino Above photo by John Fischer

were interested in being a part of this. That number grew and grew, and we eventually started fundraising."

But it was almost lost a few years ago when the Cacchio family — who originally founded the theatre — decided to sell it and move on. The good news is that the efforts to preserve the theatre turned out to be successful. Today the theatre is owned and run by the Rosendale Theatre Collective, the non-profit group that was formed when it looked like the community could permanently lose the theatre. After a little wrangling and a whole lot of fundraising, the group was eventually able to secure the purchase of the theatre, thereby ensuring that the venue would remain an important fixture in the local community. 126

Ann Citron is now the managing director of the Collective, and she has been an important part of the project since its inception. "I've been involved since the very beginning, since we all started to meet to brainstorm about how to purchase the theatre," Citron says about the purchase. "It's now owned by the community—it’s a non-profit, and the community fundraised for it." Citron says that the process began when a few local residents got together after learning that the Cacchio family might sell the theatre. The fledgling group decided early on that it didn't want the theatre to become just another part of one of the big movie chains—or, worse, that it might close for good—so purchasing the property outright became the focus. "We wanted to keep this anchor business in the community," Citron says, "and there were a number of people who

The turnaround time between the initial fundraising efforts and the actual purchase was just ten months, so the group was able to bring about the transition in a very short period of time, a testament to what can be accomplished in a community when it puts its collective shoulder to the wheel. During this process, the group staged events and other activities that were designed to raise funds for the project. "It was really exciting," Citron says about watching everyone bring their respective resources into the project and hearing the different ideas people had about how to proceed. Ultimately, the efforts proved to be very successful.

This is what can be accomplished when a community comes together.


This translates into valuable foot traffic for the other businesses that are located along Main Street, with the theatre acting as an important anchor. The theatre recently held its grand reopening to celebrate the renovations that

Future plans for renovations include making the bathrooms ADA compliant and redoing the lobby so that it will function better. There are also plans to help reduce the traffic sounds from outside the building, install new lighting, and upgrade the movie screen. Lastly, the third floor of the building right now is simply open space, but the Collective plans to turn this into space that can be used by the community. "It's mostly just this big, raw, beautiful open space," Citron says. "At some later date, we will convert this to office space or rehearsal space or space for classes." And things continue to go well for the theatre. The Collective just passed its third anniversary as owners/operators this past August. During this time, the group has worked to find out exactly what kind of programming would work best. In addition to films, the group has brought in different types of entertainment, including live theater.

modern stand-up comedy. "We do a little bit of everything— indie and Hollywood and docs and a little foreign. We really try to provide a mix," Citron says. Another important aspect of having a locally ownevd theater, according to Citron, is the fact that you are supporting your local community by voting with your wallet. When you spend money locally, it helps everyone, as those dollars circulate throughout the economy.

So, the next time you are looking for a little cinematic entertainment, take a look at the calendar section at rosendaletheatre.org or call 845-658-8989. "We're mainly a movie theater," Citron says. "But we also like offering other things so that we can bring in a wide audience and appeal to broad tastes."

But the main focus will be on film. You typically won't see big Hollywood blockbusters at the Rosendale Theatre. Instead, the Collective looks for movies that are well-received critically, like the film The Butler. You will also get to see documentary films, such as When Comedy Went to School, a film about the Borscht Belt's important influence on the rise of A very happy Ann Citron

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This included making the theater compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which meant adding a wheelchair ramp and lift. The building has also undergone major improvements, including new siding and energy-efficient windows. And the interior has been partially re-insulated using modern materials, with the lobby receiving new carpeting and a coat of paint, as well as improvements to the upstairs office. Finally, the Collective also wanted a traditional movie house marquee in order to help make the theatre stand out a bit more. "That way people can easily see what's playing and give the theatre a beautiful facade," Citron says.

have already taken place. Citron says that the community response was quite good, with more than 150 people attending the reception. "There was live music, and people were celebrating," Citron says. "I think there is something to be said about being part of something that will endure long after you're here. People come down and they have dinner in one of our restaurants and then they see a movie. So, we are very keen on local economic development through the arts. That's a huge part of our mission. We want everyone to do well and all the businesses to really thrive."

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But then came the less glamorous portion of the endeavor: actually running the theatre. To this end, the group broke the project down into different committees, harnessing the individual talents of the folks involved. "Not everyone can do everything, nor do they want to," Citron says. "So, we had a programming committee, and finance, and marketing, etc." One of the first things the committees did was to start looking at capital improvement projects to help bring the old theatre into the 21st century. This included plans for renovations, some of which has already occurred and some that will be addressed in the coming years. Grant money, the lifeblood of any nonprofit, helped to put this wheel in motion. "We received a grant through Assemblyman Cahill's office for renovations and capital improvements, so we've been using that money," Citron says. "And then we received a Tides Foundation grant about five months ago, so we had the money to begin phase one."

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Home Organizing

While outdoor projects are on hold…it’s a superb time to tackle organization. There’s always at least one part of the house to reorganize, whether it be the closet, office, toy room, storage area, or any other place that seems to get cluttered. While organizing, you’ll probably find many things you no longer need, so plan to donate these items or gather them for a spring yard sale. It’s a grand feeling to give away outgrown children’s clothing to those who can actually use it. And culling out-of-date fashions, clothing that no longer fits, or just overload can be empowering, making every fashionista in the house have an easier time finding those early morning outfits. Clothing-trade parties are lots of fun too, where a bunch of people get together and bring their no-longer-wanted clothing and have a free-for-all for who gets what first. Remember one person’s trash may be another person’s treasure. And besides … when the spring sales arrive, you’ll have room in closets to replenish! If you need materials, local hardware and home improvement stores have everything you need for reorganizing.

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Window Treatments

Do your window dressings have that tired look? Blinds, shades, curtains, draperies, and valances are easy to replace in winter. And this is one of the simplest DIY projects you can do to get lots of bang for your buck. If you’re handy or adventurous, perhaps you’ll even take the plunge and sew some new curtains. If you’re a novice, a great tip is to choose a check, plaid, or stripe fabric so measuring and hemming becomes a breeze!

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Carpet & Flooring Changes Winter is one of the best times to find the lowest prices on flooring of all types. So, now is the time to replace that overworn carpet or install hardwood floors or finally tile the bathroom floor. Although you should leave this up to the pros, it’ll be fun to choose a more functional carpet, easy-wash hardwood flooring, or beautiful tile.


There’s no better time to plan a landscape than in the cold weather, as it gives you something to look forward to while days are short and temps are less than inviting. Whether you want a complete renovation or just some additional punch, it’s a good feeling to plan and look ahead to warmer, sunnier times. Maybe you’d like to introduce a flower border to edge and glorify a patio or add some fruit trees for your private “pick-your-own” next autumn. Perhaps you’d like to add some flowering trees for grandeur or ones that offer summer shade or bright fall hues for a color clout. Or think about creating a waterfall cascading and bubbling to surrounding ferns. If these or other ideas are on your spring wish list—don’t procrastinate. Start planning with a pro now. Specialists in this field can offer expert advice while their physical workload has slowed down. Both you and the pros can totally focus on your needs without a time crunch and both can forecast the plans to schedule a spring start-up.

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November 23, Noon-4pm

Crowns and Branches Children’s Workshop No procession is complete without kids of all ages accompanying Sinterklaas on his arrival day on Nov. 30 at the Rondout’s T.R. Gallo Park. Children will have a chance to become royalty by making handcrafted crowns adorned with fanciful materials of jewels, ribbons, glitter, lace, and streamers. The kids will be so proud to be paraded with their personalized crowns and branches representing the Royal Scepter. Location is at A Night in Bloom Florist at the Shirt Factory, 77 Cornell Street, Kingston; facebook.com/SinterklausKingston

November 28-December 22 and December 26-December 28, Friday 6-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 4:30-9pm; November 28 & December 26, 4:30-9pm

Kevin McCurdy’s Holiday Spirit Festival Takes you back to those days of yesteryear but with a new twist. With holiday tunnels

and twinkling light displays, this event blends creativity and good old-fashioned fun, together with leading edge technology for a magical family holiday experience for all ages. Attractions include the Enchanted Forest of Lights, Dingle and Barry Holiday Stage Show, Santa’s Workshop Meet & Greet, Magical Christmas Village and Train Display, and more. Last tickets sold at 8:30pm each night. Park remains open until 9pm. 38 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls; 845-297-9627; holidayspiritfestival.com

November 29-December 31, 1-4pm

Catskill Mountain Railroad Holiday Train Rides Get caught up in the magic of the season and enjoy their decorated train as they make their way through the historic city of Kingston. Warm up next

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November 29, 1-4pm, November 30, 10am-2:30pm Crowns & Branches Workshop These extra days for the children will be hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum to make sure all the children have a chance to create royal crowns and decorate branches for their walk in the Sinterklaas arrival day parade on Nov. 30 at T.R. Gallo Park at the Kingston waterfront. (See first workshop above on Nov. 23.) facebook.com/SinterklausKingston

November 30, 10:30am2:30pm

Sinterklaas Arrival Day in the Kingston Waterfront A day of open houses in all stores, as well as musical performances, a march down Broadway, a parade of stars, and puppets galore. Kingston sends off Sinter-

klaas and his white horse on a tugboat across the river to Rhinebeck. After the send off, there will a Sinterklaas soiree, tree lighting ceremony, and specials at all local restaurants. Lower Broadway to T.R. Gallo Park, Kingston; facebook.com/SinterklausKingston & sinterklaasrhinebeck.com

December 1, 8, 15, 22, Noon-4pm

Holiday House Hunt The theme of the hunt is The Twelve Days of Christmas, and the search goes on through the mansion for three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree. Cookies, cider, and storytelling in the Visitor Center at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. Kids $8; Adults $10; Arrive by 3pm to complete the hunt! Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie; 845-454-4500; lgny.org us on

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December Ongoing Sundays, 1 to 4pm:

The Holiday Whodunit Children ages 6-11 become detectives, questioning Gilded Age costumed interpreters posing as servants and guests to solve a mystery. No extra charge, included with regular admission price. $8 adults; $6 Seniors, 12 and under free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Staatsburg; 845-889-8851; staatsburgh.org

December 6, 5-8pm

The Snowflake Festival Holiday Parade starts the festivities. Begins at 5pm at Dietz Stadium and includes Santa Claus and his elves, treasure map for parade-marching surprises, and horse & buggy rides with a grand finale gala tree lighting led by Kingston Mayor Gallo. The event is partnering with businesses for three deserving charities; kingstonuptown.org

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December 7, 5:30pm

Sinterklaas in Rhinebeck Enjoy a daylong, colorful celebration of dance, theatre, and music all over Rhinebeck village. Spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at twilight, featuring two-story-tall animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers. It’s a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season. Village of Rhinebeck; sinterklaasrhinebeck.com

Festival of the Holidays Come for a variety of winter-themed activities and lunch. If you would like to stay for dinner, the cost is $8 per person. Enjoy a performance by The Bronx Opera from 7:30-10pm in the Castle, also free to the community. 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville; 845-985-2291; frostvalley.org

December 7-8, 10am-Noon A Child’s Christmas Drop in for stories read under the Christmas tree and treats for children ages 3-10; $4.

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High Falls Holiday Tree Lighting 2013 Join us for this holiday community classic featuring carols led by the Rondout Valley Middle School Chorus. Santa arrives by fire truck to commence the tree lighting ceremony and song time. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Fire Department's toy drive. Hot chocolate and cookies will follow the event at the High Falls Community Church; highfallscivic.org

December 27-January 1

Winter Sleep-Away Camp Come spend five exciting, action-packed days in the Catskills with new and old friends. Experience the magic of a wintertime sleep-away with a fun camp experience. Option of four- or five-night camp experience. For kids 7-15. Price starts at $380, plus bus fee. 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville; 845-985-2291; frostvalley.org

February 8

Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest A fun family event featuring the Chili Tasting Contest that brings out the unique food tastes of our culinary region of New York State. The contest features area food establishments competing for the coveted “Best of Fest” award for the best tasting chili. The event also features a children’s tent, wagon rides, wood-carving demonstration, toasted marshmallows, and roasted chestnuts. $2 admission; children 6 and under free. Held at Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, 101 New Paltz Road, Highland; hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net


Gingerbread House Party A deliciously fun holiday party for children is annually held at the Mid Hudson Children's Museum, 775 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie; 845-471-0589; check website for date: mhcm.org

Yuletide Performing Arts & Culture: November 30-December 8, Friday-Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 2pm A Christmas Carol The Broadway musical based on the original story by Charles Dickens and originally pre-

the holidays in its 5th annual presentation with this year’s production being directed and choreographed by Ms. Anne Broche. A CENTERstage production. Tickets $20. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; 845-8763080; centerforperformingarts.org

December 8 & 15, 11am

Story Theatre Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and Aesop come to vivid theatrical life in Paul Sills' innovative script, performed by The Center’s theater workshop company. Here you will meet again Henny Penny, the Golden Goose, Venus and the Cat, the Fisherman and His Wife, The Robber Baron, the Bremen Town Musicians, and other favorites. Directed by Lisa Lynds. The Saturday Morning Family Series is made possible by Stewart's Shops. Tickets $7 for children, $9 for adults & seniors. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; 845-8763080; centerforperformingarts.org

December 13-15, Friday & Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm The Nutcracker The Tchaikovsky classic synonymous with

December 13-15, Friday and Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm

The Nutcracker The Catskill Ballet Theatre presents the third annual presentation of everyone’s favorite holiday dance performance. Performed by toe-tipping youths who prance across the stage to delight the audience. Ulster Performing Arts Center; Broadway, Kingston; 845-339-1629; go to catskillballet.org/ for ticket reservations.

December 17, 8pm

Let's Get Merry with George Conrad Another CENTERstage popular holiday production—the incomparable Mr. Conrad singing popular seasonal songs with

a few rarely heard melodic surprises. Accompanied by maestro Joel Flowers on The CENTER’s Steinway. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; 845-876-3080; centerforperformingarts.org

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sented by Radio City Entertainment at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden comes to the stage of the Woodstock Playhouse for a celebration of the "Christmas spirit." 2013 features a winter wonderland walk-through filled with sparkling lights, special guests, and a meet-and-greet with complimentary refreshments following the performance. Tickets: $28, $32 & $36. Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock; 845-679-6900; woodstockplayhouse.org

December 20-21, Friday 8pm; Saturday 3pm and 8pm; Sunday 3pm

A Christmas Carol This faithful rendering of Charles Dickens’ immortal ghost story features traditional holiday carols sung throughout and the most unusual ghosts you’ll ever encounter. This is the last of the ten years of this performance—next year will be a new holiday happening. A CENTERstage production. Tickets $20. Directed by Lou Trapani. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845-8763080; centerforperformingarts.org

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A Frosty Fest A holiday light spectacular with glistening gardens and dancing trees, a magical mansion, Santa’s North Pole, Frosty’s Adventures (a 3-D experience), two stage shows, and more. Food, cafes, and gift shops. 778 Broadway (Route 9W), Ulster Park; 845-339-2666; check website for date: afrostyfest.com

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December 21-23, Friday 8pm; Saturday 3pm and 8pm; Sunday 3pm

A Christmas Carol The CENTER’s perennial favorite returns with a twist on Charles Dickens' classic tale featuring Scrooge, the Cratchits, Tiny Tim, an unusual ghost, and your favorite holiday carols! Our family invites you to bring your family to “Deck the Halls” this holiday season! Written, directed and produced by Lou Trapani for CENTERstage Productions. Tickets: $20. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; 845-876- 3080; centerforperformingarts.org

Holiday Gift Buying: November 21, 6pm

Old Dutch Church Auction Old Dutch Church will be having a Dutchthemed celebration to get a jump-start on the holiday season. Wine and signature cocktails served while visitors will have the opportunity to bid on decorated wreaths, trees, and gift baskets. facebook.com/ SinterflassKingston

first winery—then at each subsequent winery you’ll receive a ornament from that specific winery to decorate your wreath. Plus you’ll have a chance to purchase Wine Trail specials as holiday gifts. 845-256-8456; gunkswine.com

November 29, 6-9pm

New Paltz Downtown Unwrapped 2013 Kick off the holiday shopping season on Black Friday with special discounts. Enjoy cider, cookies, and special giveaways from selected businesses open late for the festivities. facebook.com/NewPaltzDowntownUnwrapped

December 28-29, Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm

Music through the Ages with David Temple — A Concert for the Classical Guitar From Renaissance Italy and baroque Germany to impressionist France and into 20th-century South America and stops in between. Works by Gaililei, Dowland, O’Carolan, Bach, Sor, Tarrega, Satie, Villa-Lobos and others. Tickets $20. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; 845-876-3080; centerforperformingarts.org

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November 23, December 7-8, and December 15-16, 10am-6pm

Wreath Fineries This year there are 14 wineries on each weekend tour where you’ll get to taste award-winning wines and nosh, plus. Visit just one, or purchase the two-day ticket, which is recommended to allow adequate time to experience each winery and soak in the festive atmosphere. Each participant receives a grapevine wreath, a limited edition Shawangunk Wine Trail ornament, and souvenir wine glass at the

carol singing while you munch on complimentary refreshments, including homemade Christmas cookies and samples of many of our specialty foods. Sale prices on holiday items and a raffle will also make the season a bit merrier and brighter. facebook.com/WallkillViewFarm

December 6 3-7pm; December 7,10am-6pm, December 8, 10am-5pm

Annual Catskill Fiber Celebration A juried sale of fiber arts by local artisans, filled with unique handmade home and fashion accessories. A free event with ongoing demonstrations at the Woodstock Firehouse #4, 443 Zena Rd. (near Sawkill Road), Kingston; 845-246-2203; pinewdsfarmshop@gmail.com

December 7, 11am-6pm

December 4, 7-9pm

Holiday Shopping at Walkill View Farm Shop with yuletide spirit presented by the New Paltz High School Choir. Enjoy

Hullabaloo Indie-Style Craft Fair Hullabaloo is the first annual juried indie-style craft fair that will bring together the area’s best designers, craftspeople, artists, and other makers to sell their unique, locally made handmade wares to holiday shoppers in a fun, party-like atmosphere. In addition to a diverse selection of high-quality handmade vendors in BSP’s former Vaudeville theatre, the event will feature a DJ, a photo booth, a kids’ craft table, and more. Prepared food will be offered for sale in the Lounge and BSP’s bar will be open.


December 7-8, 10am-5pm

November 24, 10am-5pm

23rd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair Unison Arts Center presents holiday shopping for gallery-quality handcrafted gift items, ceramics, jewelry, leather work, woodwork, children's clothing, wreaths, and blown glass from master crafters and fine artists. Admission $3; Free 16 & under. New Paltz Middle School, 2 S. Manheim Boulevard, New Paltz; 845-2551559; unisonarts.org

16th Annual International Pickle Festival Everything Pickle! Pickle paraphernalia, shirts, tote bags, Dilli Chili, vendors, contests, and so much more for the entire family. Rain or shine. Rosendale Community Center, Route 32, Rosendale; picklefest.com

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December 13, 6-8:30pm

Annual Kinderhook Candlelight Evening Village businesses will begin the holiday sparkle with the annual Candlelight Night. Local businesses will open their doors to receive guests and visitors of all ages. Santa, wagon rides, music, lights, and food will fill the evening. 518-755-0911; villageofkinderhook.org

Thanksgiving-to-Go To-go dinners must be pre-ordered by Thursday, November 21. A Pilgrim’s Feast consisting of roasted, brined, free-range turkey or braised lamb and a choice of gravy, side dish, stuffing, potatoes, veggies, bread and dessert, A la carte items (including whole cooked turkeys) and vegetarian options are also available. Pick-up will be on Thanksgiving Day, Nov.28 at Terrapin Restaurant between 11am-2pm. 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck; 845-876-3330; terrapinrestaurant.com/menus/thanksgiving

December 8, 1pm

Yuletide Tea Afternoon affair with fine tea, finger sandwiches, homemade cakes, and cookies. Cynthia Owen Philip, author of Wilderstein and the Suckleys, to be the featured speaker. Admission $30 per adult and $20 per child. Reservations are necessary, as seating is limited. Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck; 845-8764818; wilderstein.org

December 17-19

Holiday Beer Dinner A favorite of Terrapin’s regulars year after year, the Holiday Beer Dinner returns! A perfect chance to take an evening and relax from the stress that comes with the holiday season, the Holiday Beer Dinner features a three-course dinner of soul warming food, paired with festive local beers. Reservations are highly recommended. Terrapin Restaurant, 6426 Montgomery Street Rhinebeck. 845-876-3330; terrapinrestaurant.com

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Special Events:

November 29-30, December 7, 14, 21, 2631, 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2pm, 3:15pm

Decorated Mansion Tours View Locust Grove’s historic mansion featuring “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Each room has glittering decorations and featured trees showcasing the various days of this perennial favorite. Guides available to highlight the extensive collection of decorative arts and antiques throughout the house. $10; Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie; 845-454-4500; lgny.org

November 29, 30, and December 1, 7, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 1-4pm

Victorian Holiday Tours at Wilderstein Florists and designers transform the Wilderstein mansion into a magical

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wonderland and holiday spectacular. Tour the mansion at your own pace; guides available to enlighten you. $10 adults, $9 students/seniors, children under 12 free. 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck; 845-8764818; wilderstein.org

FDR Library and Home visits first—then from 4-7pm shuttles take guests to Val-Kill cottage for another open house! Both events offer much to see and do for the entire family. From noon-4pm a children’s book festival, free photos with Santa photos, and holiday letter-writing for sailors aboard the USS Franklin and Eleanor. These are all free events with free admission. 845-486-7745; 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park; fdrlibrary.marist.edu

children under 12 free. Clermont State Historic Site. 1 Clermont Ave, Germantown; 518-537-4240; nysparks.com/events/ event-results.aspx?hs=16

December 8, 11am-4pm

Holiday Open House at Vanderbilt Mansion See sparkling trees and elaborate Christmas décor throughout the mansion. A festive way to start the holiday season. Free. 119 Vanderbilt Park Road, Hyde Park.

November 21-December 31, Hours Vary

A Gilded Age Christmas See the Mills family mansion decorated for A Gilded Age Christmas. Lavish holiday decorations, many decorated Christmas trees, and special programs. If there's snow— take the sledding with a Hudson River view. $8 adults; $6 Seniors, 12 and under free. Please call for special hours as they vary from date to date. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Staatsburg; 845-889-8851; staatsburgh.org

December 14, 9am-5pm

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offered in Terrapin’s dining room, with early and late seatings. Terrapin Red Bistro will be open regular hours on a first come, first serve basis. 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. Call for details or go online. 845-876-3330; terrapinrestaurant.com

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November 30, 10am December 14, 11–4pm

Christmas at Clermont Open House See this magnificent mansion dressed up for the holidays. A great day for families. Free admission. Clermont State Historic Site. 1 Clermont Ave, Germantown; 518537-4240; nysparks.com/events/event-results.aspx?hs=16

December 15, 3-6pm

Candlelight Tours of Clermont Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen. $10 person;

Ring in the New Year: December 31

Mid Hudson Children's Museum New Year's Eve Festivities will allow kids to welcome in the new year with fun and merriment. Schedule will be posted on the website as soon as times are confirmed. 775 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie; 845-4710589; mhcm.org New Year’s Eve at Terrapin Ring in the New Year with Terrapin! A Prix Fixe Dinner & Champagne Toast will be

Third Annual Phoenicia Turkey Trot Work off Thanksgiving dinner with this 2.4 mile run/walk that benefits the Pine Hill Community Center for a roof replacement project. Free Tot-Trot for kids 5 and under precedes main race at 9:30am. Groups encouraged to run. Registration $10 for individuals or $20 family. Prizes awarded to fastest female and male racers; special cash prize given to the team with most runners. Free Turkey Trot T-shirts for first 50 registrants. Registration/ sign-in 8-9:45am at the Parish Hall, Main Street, Phoenicia. To register go to runreg.com (search for Phoenicia Turkey Trot); Info: Heather: 845-688-7046; Patti: 845-254-4126; hrobertspt@gmail.com


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FARMS/MARKETS: Adams Fairacre Farms. . . . . . . . . . Apple Bin Farm Market. . . . . . . . . . Barthels Farm Market. . . . . . . . . . . Bell’s Christmas Trees. . . . . . . . . . . Emmanuel’s Marketplace. . . . . . . . Hardenburgh Tree Farm. . . . . . . . . Jenkins Lueken Orchards . . . . . . . Kelder’s Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mother Earth’s Storehouse . . . . . . Saunderskill Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . Wallkill View Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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HOME & GARDEN: A&M Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A&G Custom Furniture. . . . . . . . . . Agway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Augustine Landscaping . . . . . . . . . Ben Sprenger & Son Landscaping. Cabinet Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fireside Warmth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Four Season Sunrooms . . . . . . . . . H. Houst & Son Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . Herzog Supply Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Seed Library . . . . . . Ingrained Woodworking. . . . . . . . . Mad Hatter Chimney Sweep. . . . . . Mike’s Earth Works . . . . . . . . . . . . Rice Plumbing & Heating . . . . . . . . S.A.P. Exteriors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sanitall Green Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . Williams Lumber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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PETS: Agway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eco Pet Spa & Market . . . . . . . . . . Emmanuel’s Petagree. . . . . . . . . . . Pet Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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PLAY: Alpine Endeavors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fiber Flame Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . Frost Valley YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mohonk Preserve. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plattekill Mountain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosendale Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . Wild Earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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SERVICES: Aero Repair Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . Always There Home Care. . . . . . . . Binnewater Spring Water . . . . . . . . Birch Body Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Freestyle Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Quest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Collins Real Estate. . . . . . . . . Psychic Rose of Woodstock . . . . . Stewart Airport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trailways Bus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ulster County Tourism . . . . . . . . . . Ulster Savings Bank. . . . . . . . . . . .

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SHOPPING/RETAIL: 768 Main . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barcones Music. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bare Furniture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beekman Arms Antiques . . . . . . . . Burgevin Florist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B&L Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Catskill Art & Office . . . . . . . . . . . . Colonial Subaru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbia Costume & Beauty. . . . . Dvash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eden Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Element Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ellipse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Cole Auctions . . . . . . . . . . Gray Owl Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Great American Auction . . . . . . . . . Handmade & More . . . . . . . . . . . . High Falls Mercantile . . . . . . . . . . . HiHo Home Market . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Himalayan Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Illuminated Baby. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Kenco Outfitters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Kingston Plaza. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Lounge Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Marigold Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Merchant Wine & Spirits. . . . . . . . . 80 Milne's At Home Antiques . . . . . . . 67 Modern Dream. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Montano’s Shoes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Moving In by Bruce Littlefield . . . . . 123 Nectar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Nest Egg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Outdated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Parent Teacher Store . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Pegasus Footwear . . . . . . . . . . 61/65 Potter Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop . . . . . . . . . 61 Rock and Snow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Schneider’s Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Sorella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Spruce Design & Decor . . . . . . . . . 4 Stone Ridge Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . 60 Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits . . . . . . 88 Tender Land Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Theresa & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Tibetan Arts & Crafts . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Water Street Market. . . . . . . . . . . . 66 WildFlowers Florist. . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Wine Racks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Woodstock Trading Post . . . . . . . . 46 STAY: 1850 House Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beekman Arms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blue Willow B&B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boitson's Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa. . . . . . . . Captain Schoonmaker’s B&B . . . . . Emerson Resort & Spa. . . . . . . . . . Frost Valley YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mohonk Mountain House. . . . . . . . Suite Dreams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WhistleWood Farm B&B. . . . . . . . .

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EAT/DRINK Asia Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bacchus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barnaby’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benmarl Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Big Cheese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bistro-to-Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boitson’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brio’s Restaurant & Pizzeria . . . . . . Café Mio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cancelliere's Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candy Candy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cheese Barrel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cheese Louise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . China Rose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Country Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dominick’s Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . El Paso Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friends & Family II Hillside. . . . . . . . Gabriel’s Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gander Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grand Cru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry's At The Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . Hickory BBQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . High Falls Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jar'd Wine Pub. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kingston Candy Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . Land & Sea Grill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lucky Chocolates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Course Restaurant . . . . . . . . Mother Earth's Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . Moxie Cupcake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Osaka Japanese Restaurant . . . . . Outdated Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peace, Love & Cupcakes. . . . . . . . Peekamoose Restaurant . . . . . . . . Puccini Ristorante . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ricciardella’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sook House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sportman’s Alamo Cantina. . . . . . . Stoutridge Vineyard . . . . . . . . . . . . Tavern at Beekman Arms . . . . . . . . Terrapin Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . The Catamount . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Phoenix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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FROST VALLEY YMCA

WHERE FAMILIES COME TOGETHER Your family will love visiting Frost Valley YMCA in the winter. Let us take care of the meals and activities, so your family can reconnect, relax, and rejuvenate - together. Families of all ages and sizes enjoy our winter wonderland of activities: snow tubing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and more! Traditional camp favorites include: climbing, guided nature hikes, arts and crafts, and indoor archery. We can’t wait to see you here in the Valley!

Just 2 hours from metro NY/NJ in the Catskill High Peaks, Claryville, NY EMAIL: info@frostvalley.org TEL: 845-985-2291 WEB: frostvalley.org

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YEAR-ROUND FUN

EXPERIENCE THE STYLE OF ULSTER COUNTY THIS WINTER. STAY AT ONE OF OUR LUXURIOUS RESORTS, QUAINT LODGES OR COMFORTABLE INNS. FIND PLENTY TO DO WITH CHALLENGING SLOPES AND HUNDREDS OF MILES OF TRAILS FOR CROSS COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING. THERE ARE ALSO ICE CLIFFS TO SCALE, CHARMING TOWNS, HUNDREDS OF RESTAURANTS, A RENOWNED WINE TRAIL AND MUCH MORE.

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


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