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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Menla to Host Tibetan Monk Compassion Tour, Sept. 18-21

Posted By on Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM


A group of five Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in India will visit the Menla Mountain Retreat center in Phoenicia later this month, sharing teachings, sound healings, mandala making, Tibetan arts and culture, and more. Open to all, the four-day event from September 18 to 21 is part of a yearlong US Compassion Tour to raise money for the historic monastery.

The public is invited to join in some or all of the events during the monks' stay. Participants will be able to experience a Tibetan Black Tea Ceremony, meditate with the monks, receive a rare Medicine Buddha Empowerment, and witness the building of a sacred sand mandala. Families are welcome, and children can even participate in making a mandala with traditional mandala tools.

In addition, Geshe Lharampa Lobsang Chophel will offer teachings on Cultivating Compassion, the Medicine Buddha, Tibetan Sound Healing, and the Sand Mandalas of Tibet. Special guest scholar Robert Thurman will join him in teaching one or more of these classes. Guests can register to spend all four days in retreat with the monks, or come to the events they choose. The monks will also be available for private consultations.

The tour, blessed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and sponsored by The Foundation of the Sacred Stream, is designed to raise funds to build a prayer hall, library, medical clinic, and additional dorm rooms at Gaden Shartse Monastery in southern India. The monks started touring the US in March 2014 and will continue into 2015.

All events with the monks at Menla have a suggested donation of $20-$40 (with the exception of the Sand Mandala Viewing with Children’s Station, and the Mandala Closing Ceremony, which are free). Donations are appreciated. Private consultations with the monks are $125/55 minutes or $65/25 minutes.

For more information and a schedule of the events at Menla, visit Learn more about the Tibetan Monk US Compassion Tour at

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Awaken the Dragon!

Dutchess Dragon Boat Race and Festival

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM


On Saturday, July 5, the Hudson River Rowing Association (HRRA) will host Dutchess County’s first-ever Dragon Boat Race and Festival. The only dragon boat race to happen on the Hudson, the event will feature a friendly competition accompanied by a day-long Asian cultural festival on the waterfront offering children’s games, food and drink, souvenirs, dancing, and music.

The boats date back to 278 BCE in China, when Qu Yuan—an exiled poet, minister, and adviser to the Emperor of Chu—is said to have committed ritual suicide as protest against his nation’s corruption. According to popular legend, local villagers and fishermen paddled their boats to the middle of the river in which he had drowned, beating drums and scattering rice into the water to fend off fish and evil spirits. “Zhongzi,” or traditional rice dumplings, and dragon boat racing have become an important part of the Chinese national holiday Duanwu—the annual commemoration of the patriot’s sacrifice.

Join in the celebration and register a team of 20 friends, including paddlers, a drummer, and a steerer, to race a 40-foot-long fiberglass canoe, decorated with a carved wooden dragon head and tail. All proceeds will benefit Arts Mid-Hudson and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. Plus, stop by the HRRA docks early to catch the first launch of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Balloon Festival, free and open to the public, at 6am.

The Dragon Boat Race and Festival will kick off at the HRRA Boathouse in Poughkeepsie with an opening ceremony at 9am and first race at 9:30am. Awaken the Dragon!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Boice Bros.' Birthday Bash

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM


When Boice Brothers Dairy first opened in Kingston in 1914, Pratt Boice personally delivered his bottled milk on a horse-drawn cart.

Now in its 100th year, the local family-owned company boasts a large dairy plant, dairy store, and ice cream shop—a Kingston favorite. The operation supplies eggs and dairy products to businesses around the Hudson Valley and processes only Hudson Valley Fresh milk, all hormone- and antibiotic-free and sourced from the cows of local farms. Offering 12 delicious flavors of hard and soft ice cream and made-to-order cakes, the Boice Bros. Milk House is the community’s favorite place to indulge.

To celebrate a century of fresh, local dairy products, Boice Bros. Dairy will host its Across the Generations Birthday Bash on July 20. The fun-filled afternoon will dish up live music from local bands such as Saints of Swing and the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston, a children’s lineup of clowns, mimes, and facepainters, and a variety of delicious food and exciting prizes.

And what kind of birthday would it be without a little something sweet? The cherry on top of the cake will be an opportunity to eat the Longest Ice Cream Sundae in the World. Spanning five football fields and weighing over one ton, the Boice Bros. Dairy sundae will make ice cream history.

Bring a spoon and an appetite to the Hudson Valley’s ultimate birthday party, a fundraiser for the Hudson River Maritime Museum and Clearwater Organization’s new education program for fourth graders: The Hudson River Stewards Program. July 20 from noon-4pm at the TR Gallo West Strand Park and Waterfront Promenade in Kingston.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Clearwater Festival

The 49th Great Hudson River Revival

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM


Pete Seeger—beloved American folk icon and writer of such classic songs as “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn, Turn, Turn”—founded the Clearwater Festival with his wife Toshi Seeger in 1966. The festival's goal was simple: to use music, storytelling, and other entertainment as a means of promoting environmental education, encouraging a sustainable lifestyle, and cleaning up the Hudson River.

The 2014 Great Hudson River Revival (the official title of the festival) will feature special musical tributes to honor the memory of its two founders, who passed away this past year. Tributes will include performances by the Clearwater Family Band, a group of banjo players led by Tony Trischka, and two of Pete’s former bands, The Weavers and the Almanac Singers. Celebrating its 49th consecutive year, Clearwater also welcomes to its stage such diverse performers as Rufus Wainwright, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Puss N Boots (featuring Norah Jones).

As always, the Revival offers concertgoers additional attractions such as a Handcrafters’ Village, showcasing the handmade items of over 50 crafters and folk artists, an Artisanal Food & Farm Market of specialty items from all over the Hudson Valley, and the opportunity to ride the famous sloop Clearwater or schooner Mystic Whaler.

The Clearwater Festival returns to Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22. It will be wheelchair accessible and staffed with American Sign Language Interpreters. Tickets are $56 for members, $70 for nonmembers. Children under 12 free.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lights up on Newburgh Illuminated

Posted By on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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In the late 1800s, Thomas Edison brought his most famous invention, the electric light bulb, to Newburgh. Edison's company built the city's first power plant in 1884, making Newburgh one of the first cities in the world to be electrified. It's from this moment in history that the Newburgh Illuminated Festival (June 20-22) draws its inspiration. More than 50 giant lightbulbs will adorn the city streets, each individually decorated by local artists, as a symbol of the city's illuminated history.

Even before that, Newburgh was a bustling mini-metropolis, a hub of transportation, industry, and manufacturing, producing everything from boxes to bricks. In 1939, RCA test-marketed their new invention, the television set, in Newburgh, a good decade before Milton Berle and Lucille Ball turned the device into a must have for the rest of America. Now as the city has begun to see some signs of economic growth the organizers of the festival aim to highlight the city's storied history while also emphasizing the renewal and potential of the present day.

Under the theme “Made in Newburgh,” the festival will feature an exhibit by the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands that aims to tell the story of the manufacturing history of Newburgh. Other events include a punk concert Friday evening, special children's activities Saturday, and an art show Sunday afternoon. The festival runs from June 20-22, for more information check out their website. The exhibit will be on display between June 22 and August 30 at the Captain David Crawford House, see the historical society's website for more information.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Juneteenth: Keeping History Alive

Kingston's Second Annual Celebration

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM


Two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation, slavery was still prevalent in the South—during the Civil War, Union laws held no jurisdiction in Confederate states. But on June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers reached Galveston, Texas with the news that the war was over and that all enslaved peoples must be freed. The commemoration of this historic day was coined “Juneteenth,” and Americans have celebrated it each year since.

As part of their 2014 Summer of Unity and Reconciliation, New Progressive Baptist Church and Kingston’s End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) are co-sponsoring the city’s second annual Juneteenth celebration, “Keeping History Alive,” on Saturday, June 14. This year’s celebration fill focus on the ways that African American history tends to repeat itself—particularly in the form of modern-day racial profiling and mass incarceration. The event will offer lectures and discussions on the theme, as well opportunities to enjoy family entertainment, share culture, and sample delicious food.

This year’s program will also include special tributes to Reverend G. Modele Clarke and Rabbi Jonathan Kligler, two figures who have worked tirelessly to combat racism and oppression in local communities. Clarke, who advocates for street and prison outreach programs, is president of the board of directors of Save Them Now, a reentry program for ex-felons. Kligler is leader of the Woodstock Jewish congregation Kehillat Lev Shalem and an accomplished folk singer and guitarist.

Juneteenth comes to New Progressive Baptist Church in Kingston on Saturday, June 14, 3-6pm. For more information, contact Odell Winfield at (914) 388-3092.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Country Living Fair

A Hometalk Recap

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 8:00 AM


Fans of Country Living magazine love how the Country Living Fair truly bring its pages to life. The fair has been around since 2006 and has been a fixture in Columbus, Ohio since 2008. The Country Living Fair was expanded to Rhinebeck, NY just last year, the summer of 2013. This outpost is the main hub for fans located all throughout the Northeast and even the Chesapeake region!

Rhinebeck’s edition of the Country Living Fair is quite sizeable. It’s held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, just a 15 or so minute walk from downtown Rhinebeck. The many vendors of the fair are housed under 14 open-air barns or under white tents sprinkled all throughout the fair. The fair is also home to a number of food vendors making up the Country Living food court and a stage for live music! Some of the most prominent features of the Country Living Fair this year were their presentation stages. All weekend long there were live performances, cooking demos, crafting classes, and interesting interviews held on their their three stages. The presentation schedules boasted both local names (like the Hudson Valley Seed Library) and celebrities (like HGTV’s Cari Cucksey and the Cooking Channel’s Beekman Boys).

In keeping with the theme of bringing the magazine to life, the Country Living editorial team was quite active throughout the whole weekend. They hosted panels like “Ten Minute Table Tops,” “Online Decorating Tools and Tricks,” and a live version of their popular column “What Is It? What Is It Worth?”. The fair also had a shuttle service to the official 2014 Country Living House of the Year, created by Catskill Farms and guest designers Suysel dePedro Cunningham, Anne Maxwell Foster, and Country Living’s own editors.

Discussion led by Sisters on the Fly
  • Discussion led by Sisters on the Fly

For the second year in a row, home and garden hub invited their top home and garden bloggers from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to blend their online and real worlds together to attend the fair. Around 20 influential bloggers, like Kelly Elko of “Eclectically Vintage” and Kristen Rosencrans of “Thrifter in Disguise,” descended upon the vintage and craftsman booths on Saturday afternoon to find new inspiration for DIY decor and upcycling blog posts. Of course, no trip to an antique and artisan fair would be complete without a little bit of their favorite non-writing activity—shopping! The “Hometalk VIPs” capped off their afternoon with a long meet-and-greet with Country Living’s editor-in-chief Rachel Hardage Barrett.

Country Living Editor-in-Chief Rachel Hardage with Hometalk Director and VIPs
  • Country Living Editor-in-Chief Rachel Hardage with Hometalk Director and VIPs

The bloggers expressed their delight at the chance to meet with their online peers and to discover so many new thrift stores and antique shops in their region. The blogging provided by these online writers will do a lot to increase publicity for the local venues and vendors of the Hudson Valley. Hopefully the Rhinebeck Country Living Fair, and the Hudson Valley’s vintage scene overall, will continue to grow and benefit from the additional coverage and exposure.

Diana Mackie is blog editor of Hometalk, an online home and garden forum.
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Mountain Jam Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Garry Chetkof, organizer of Mountain Jam

Gary Chetfkof amused at a clip from the first Mountain Jam

I visited the Radio Woodstock studio last week to interview Gary Chetkof, organizer of Mountain Jam on the celebratory Tenth Annual Mountain Jam Music Festival at Hunter Mountain. It is crunch time. The studio is buzzing with phone calls, staffers stopping Gary to get his approval on things, and parking signs all over the Utopia studio, but Gary appears calm and happy.

Chetkof conceived the idea of Mountain Jam when Radio Woodstock turned 25, and he wanted to throw a one-day concert to celebrate the milestone. He looked at different locations and Hunter Mountain seemed perfect. Back in 2004 about 3300 people came to see 4 bands perform at Hunter Mountain. “I sort of remember when it was over. So many people came up it to me and said you should do this next year. It just evolved spontaneous. It was never like let’s do a big music festival,” says Chetkof.

This year there will be 40 bands, and 15,000 people per day during the 4-day event. The Allman Brothers Band are the big buzz because they are breaking up after 45 years, and plus the festival was named after their great song Mountain Jam. Chetkof is especially excited about The Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Avett Brothers, Damian Marley, and Chris Robinson from the Black Crows. (For the full line up and schedule visit

He works with singer/guitarist Warren Hanes of Gov’t Mule to select the line up for Mountain Jam. “We try to mix and match, the old favorites with the new cutting edge bands so that there is something for everyone. The big thing about Mountain Jam is we go for the real serious musicians, people who can improvise too,” says Chetkof.

There are improvements this year—better camping options, better RV options, VIP perks. “It’s grown to a different level, and it’s exciting to see it all come together. It’s also the most exciting line up we’ve ever had. We’re having a fireworks celebration on Saturday night. There will be collaboration happening between different bands. There’s spontaneity…a band will say, ‘Hey, I see you are playing today, let’s rehearse this song in the dressing room for half an hour,” adds Chetkof. While there are other bands that are planning collaborations ahead of time. (He wouldn’t divulge which bands were already talking).

What is the most important thing for a new Mountain Jam concert go-er to know? “”Come to have a really good time. You’ll meet all kinds of people, people in their 60s, younger people, a really diverse group comes. Be prepared for how you’re going to dress. You can get all four seasons in one day at Hunter Mountain,” advises Chetkof.

I asked him if he had any predictions for the 20th year? He laughed. “I just hope it’s still around. I couldn’t even phathom what the 20th year is going to look like.” The planning is all consuming, and he describes Mountain Jam as “the best and the worst 4 days of my life” as he juggles socializing with people, schmoozing with the bands, and communicating with his team on the ground. “It happens 20 hours a day for 4 straight days. It’s exhilaration, this thing you imagined is happening. That’s why I can’t sleep. I don’t want to miss anything,” says Chetkof. You won’t want to miss it either. Get more information and tickets at

Follow Vanessa Ahern's blog, Hudson Valley Good Stuff for more of where to eat, play, and recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

A Hudson Valley New Year's Eve

Posted By on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Uptown Kingston will host a New Years Eve cabaret festival, featuring events around the town.
  • Andrew MacGregor
  • Uptown Kingston will host a New Years Eve cabaret festival, featuring events around the town.

New Year's, a holiday typically associated with young men and women hunched over their trashcans and toilets, can be spent with safe and quality family fun, and there is no place better to experience such merriment than the Hudson Valley.

The region, in its environmental glamour and community reach, hosts an array of activities and spectacles appropriate for the family. Instead of being quarantined to the bathroom, spend the last day of 2013 outdoors with the brisk winter air caressing your skin or inside wrapped in the warm and cozy comfort offered at Hudson Valley's premium venues.

New Year's Eve at Hunter Mountain Resort
If nature bestows the best climate for culminating the year, travel to the Hunter Mountain Resort for a day-long celebration. The jamboree begins at 2pm with DJ Frankieoke located in the Main Bar where guests can later return at 4pm to sing and sway to the music of 5-Zero Band. At 6:30pm, guests will strap on their selective winter sporting gear, whether it be a snowboard or a pair of skis, as the torchlight parades commence. Children will take to the trails at the foot of the mountain, slipping and sliding down the pathways with battery-powered torchlights, while adults are lifted halfway up the mountain and glide down Racer's Edge bearing blazing torches. The paraders snaking down Hunter's slopes will appear as a sea of lava to onlookers nestled at the foot of the resort. After watching a display of fireworks, guests can delight in a fresh cocktail at the Main Bar or savor St. Louis style BBQ ribs in the warm ambience of VanWinkle's.

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New Year's Day at Minnewaska State Park Preserve
If snowboarding isn't your shtick, but you still want to enjoy the outdoors, take to Ulster County's Minnewaska State Park Preserve on New Year's day for a snow-bound hike in the winter wonderland of the Awosting Falls carriage road. Beginning at 1pm, the two and a half mile walk will take hikers through the bare trees, past the slabs of quartz conglomerate, and along Peter's Kill stream to its final destination: the 65-foot tall Awosting Falls. If weather conditions are cold enough, the billowing streams pumping the water off the Awosting's cliff will freeze, and the waterfall will remain suspended in midair with the straggling streams forming new strands of icicles every moment. Guests can reserve snowshoes for the hike if snow blankets Minnewaska's grounds.

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum New Year's Eve Celebration at Noon
If the winter winds bring too potent of a chill to your bones, travel to Poughkeepsie's Mid-Hudson Children's for a day of kid-friendly fun. While munching on some cookies or drinking some New Year's punch, kids can partake in many hands-on activities, including making noise makers. The kids will then grab hold of their own slices of bubble wrap and count down by ten at noon. Sounding off their homemade noisemakers and banging tambourines, the children will then march in a short parade throughout the museum. The day will feature live music from museum educator Teresa Gimmarco and Hudson Valley folk artist Kathleen Pemble.

New Year's Day Music Ritual with Amy McTear at Epworth United Methodist Camp & Retreat Center
For those a bit more in-tune with the indoors, High Falls' Epworth United Methodist Camp & Retreat Center will host the zen-like performance of Amy McTear and over 25 musicians in their New Year's Day Musical Ritual Event: An Odyssey Into the Heart Via the Power of the Collective Voice. The event will unify the artists' sounds in a choir-like spectacle featuring the soundscape of voice, drums, flute, didgeridoo, symphonic gong, crystal singing bowls, guitar, bass, and cello. With excerpts of spoken word interjecting the melodic songs, the performance will foster a meditative experience of spiritual enlightenment appropriate to usher in the new year.

For those more interested a nocturnal New Year's Eve, the Hudson Valley offers a range of music, dance, and food specials throughout the night.

Alexis P. Sutter Band at The Falcon
Marlboro's premier music and dining venue, The Falcon, will host a New Year's Celebration with the up-and-coming Alex P. Sutter Band. Lead singer and soul chanteuse, Sutter melds her bluesy bass/baritone voice with the funky beats of drummer Ray Grappone, bassist Peter Bennett, guitarist Jimmy Benny, and keyboardist Benny Harrison into a sound that reaches in the roots of soul, folk, and R&B. Since their inception, the group has headlined sold out crowds at BB King's NYC and performed alongside The Levon Helm Band. Dinner will begin at the Falcon at 5:30pm with Aubrey Haddard opening the show at 7pm. Haddard's mellow and sultry tracks blend elements of blues, soul, folk, and jazz, a talent that launched her into the finals in the 2012 Hudson Valley Voice Competition.

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds at Club Helsinki
Club Helsinki carries the music clamor into Hudson with Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. Headed by the raspy and soulful tones of vocalist Sister Sparrow (Arleigh Kincheloe), the band brings a dynamic edge to the contemporary face of soul-funk. Its multifaceted tracks fuse scratchy pop vocals with funky saxophone riff, ska drum beats, and bluesy guitar swells in upbeat and genre-defying performances. The band has earned a noteworthy reputation in the national news as publications rave about Sister Sparrow's vocals. “Frontwoman Arleigh Kincheloe has one of the biggest voices in the soul-funk business," Baltimore Sun. Prepare to be blown away." The performance will begin at 9pm.

The Alexis P. Sutter Band will perform at The Falcon in Marlboro on New Years Eve alongside Aubrey Haddard.
  • The Alexis P. Sutter Band will perform at The Falcon in Marlboro on New Years Eve alongside Aubrey Haddard.

Debbie Davis and Myles Mancuso at Towne Crier Cafe
After moving to a new location in Pete Seeger's hometown, Towne Crier Cafe has successfully integrated nouveau riche dining etiquette with the high-energy thrill of acclaimed musical performances. On New Year's Eve, guests can shake, rattle, and roll to the sounds of the Debbie Davies Blues Band and Myles Mancuso Band. "She wields an electric guitar as if it were a wand," the Los Angeles Times writes, commenting on the night's first performer, the blues singer/songwriter Debbie Davies. Awarded Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist at the Blues Music Awards in 1997 and 2010, Davies 2014 tour showcases numbers from her 16th studio album "Retrospective." Though many fans expected a "Best of" album from Davies after her years developing such a massive discography, the blues chanteuse chose a different route. The album "presents alternate recordings of tunes from earlier projects," Davies writes in her blog, "early recordings of tunes no one has heard yet." Myles Mancuso, otherwise known as "Mojo," will shred his guitar aside the seasoned blues veteran. Mancuso's soulful vocals and complex blues guitar riffs will explode on Towne Crier's stage as his band performs numbers from their recent studio album Blow My Blues Away. At the age of 18, Mancuso has garnered accolades from the industry's most renowned members, regarded as a child prodigy by national publications and celebrated by industry giants Levon Helm and Les Paul."

New Year’s Eve Ramble at Levon Helm Studios Multi-instrumentalist composer and songwriter Marco Benevento brings his genre defying jazz-rock to Levon’s hallowed barn to join the Midnight Ramble Band (Larry Campbell, Amy Helm, Jim Weider, et al.) for a raucous celebration of roots rock ‘n roll.

New Year's Weekend at the Ashokan Center
For those looking for as much gyration in the hips as song on the lips, the Ashokan Center offers a weekend tailored perfect for souls akin to dance. While hosting visitors with their on- and off-site sleeping accommodations, the educational center and environmental retreat will prepare guests for the weekend of music and dance with its many featured classes. Master Swing and Slow Blues grooves with Cindy Overstreet and Cindy Ryan or spice things up at Cajun dance lessons with Corey Porche. The night will also include a selection of instrumental and vocal classes as well. Put your lessons to the test on New Year's Eve and boogie down with the night's musical extravaganza. Performers include Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole band The Revelers, Tunescape and its cutting-edge contras, the swing, blues, contras and waltz numbers performed by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason with Swingology, and lastly, Vikki Armstrong and John Krumm for some more contra- and square-dancing music. Festivities will begin on the 29th. Guests do not have to spend the weekend to attend the New Year's Eve event.

Rock n Roll Resort at Hudson Valley Resort and Spa
Blending the madness of concert festivals with the serene ambience of a vacation getaway, Hudson Valley Resort and Spa hosts Rock n Roll Resort's New Year's installment. The resort's many indoor stages will boom with the vibrancy of vivid lasers and striking lights as installed by New York City-based designer Danzer. Ten acts will line up to perform throughout the night, including Particle, a disco- and instrumental-oriented group, and Bastinado, an electronic dance music duo that revives the ancient sounds of the didgeridoo with the cutting-edge European musical technology. The bands performing have appeared at some of the Northeast's most prominent music festivals, including previous installments of Rock n Roll Resort, Bella Terra, The Big Up, and Catskill Chill. Guests can savor a cocktail from the resort's bar and cheers to a complimentary champagne toast as the clock rings in the new year. In addition to the dinner options offered the night of New Year's Eve, a brunch will be offered at New Year's Day.

Hudsons Fish and Game will offer special dinner options for New Years.
  • Peter Barret
  • Hudson's Fish and Game will offer special dinner options for New Years.

New Year's Eve at Uptown Kingston
With street performers, vaudevillian-styled acts, and a swing band roaming the town, Kingston will become the cat's pajamas and transform into the quintessence of cabaret. Twentieth-century dishes and cocktails will be featured on menus throughout the town as locations like Duo Bistro and Sissy's Café host late-night breakfast after midnight. Boiston's back deck will transform into an afterhours smoking lounge and cocktail bar. At the neospeakeasy Stockade Tavern, revelers can foxtrot and shimmy to a Klezmer band. The traditional countdown to the new year will include a custom-made ball drop on the corner of Wall and North Front Streets. As the clamor erupts outside, BSP Lounge will be open with exclusive performances and dancing opportunities. Lady Schnitzel will host the night's festivities, featuring music from Frenchy and the Punk and burlesque numbers from Lady Alchemy and Delysia La Chatte. Once the ball drops, Dave Leonard of JTD Productions will unsheathe his turn tables as BSP transforms into a night club.

The esteemed culinary tone that permeates the Hudson Valley provides accommodations specific to the holiday as its most prestigious establishments offer dinner specials and prix fixe menu options.

Fish and Game
For $225, Hudson's Fish and Game adds entertainment to its fresh local dishes, innovative cocktails, and its swanky wine list. As 2014s premier hour hits, guests will be gifted a complimentary champagne toast. Tunes from DJ Dr. Zsou-Zsou le Brix will narrate the black-tie affair, allowing guests to boogie by the fire until the last reveler leaves or possibly collapses from exhaustion.

Tivoli's premier Spanish tapas bar Panzúr rings in the new year with select dinner options. Its prix fixe menu, set a $75 dollars per person, provides guests with a three-course meal, appetizers and dessert included. While basking in the dim and soothing iridescent ambiance, savor a few croquetas or dip your foie gras en bocal into a spiced red wine gel. Feel free to walk to the full-service bar overlooking the dining room or ask your waiter for a table-side cocktail. Wine pairing will be available for $40.

Terrapin, Rhinebeck's signature dining destination, will also be serving a prix fixe dinner option. Select from either a two-course meal or three-course dinner and dessert, both with complimentary appetizers for $39 and $59, respectively. Enjoy a goat cheese wanton or spread some sweet mango-avocado salsa on top of your duck quesadilla. Later, walk up to Terrapin's marble-top bar, snaking its way along the walls of the dining room.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

The 16th Annual Rosendale International Pickle Festival is coming!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Pickle tastings for all

Raise your hand if you love a good pickle. Last year I got to the Rosendale Pickle Festival around 2:30 pm, and the Community Center in Rosendale was packed with pickle lovers. It took me a while to find the actual pickles, but once I did I was in a for many tasty free samples. I ended up buying a jar of bread and butter pickles from the Stretch Pickle vendor. Delicious! I felt a bit claustrophobic at times with the crowds, but over all it was a fun time. This year I will try to be an early bird and beat the crowds. The 16th Annual Rosendale International Pickle Festival will be held on November 24th from 10am-5pm at the Community Center in Rosendale.

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