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11 Hudson Valley Culture Essentials for December

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1. Tinder

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According to recent dinner party surveys, the popular dating app has finally gained enough traction Upstate to be a viable way of find a mate (for the night or for life—your prerogative). As with all things in the countryside, commuting to the date may take anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours, but still the net is cast. Get swipin’!

2. The Last Jedi

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Hold on to your lightsabers folks, the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise hits theaters on Friday, December 15. Han Solo may be dead, but Luke Skywalker is back to train a young Jedi protégé and join the Resistance to do battle with the baddies of the First Order and patricidal maniac Kylo Ren. Go for the cartoonish morality tale made bigger than life with CGI but stay for the poignancy of watching Carrie Fisher's final film, in her most iconic role. May the force be with you, Princess Leia.

3. NOT Drunk Driving

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Drunk driving is so 2016. In June, Governor Cuomo signed regulation permitting ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate Upstate, and the pool of part-time drivers has slowly grown, especially around commercial centers like Kingston, New Paltz, and Poughkeepsie. So, this year, on New Year’s Eve, when you’re good and sauced in the wee hours of the morning, call a Lyft and get home in one piece. (Sure it might run you $30, but by our calculations that’s approximately .3% of the cost of a DUI in New York State.)

4. Beer & Books

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Books+booze=every editor’s dream. After years of swooning over Hudson’s literary pub The Spotty Dog, we are happy to report that Kingston finally has its own very own bookstore/bar. The cleverly named Rough Draft, with its selection of new books, tap beers, and late night coffee service, is a welcome edition to the Stockade District. Recent Hudson Valley transplant and editor of BOMB magazine, Ryan Chapman, will host a pub-style literary trivia night, complete with drinking and heckling, on December 6.


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