A Guide to Hudson Valley Towns

HV Towns

The Hudson Valley Region
Numerous towns and cities call the Hudson Valley region home, from Newburgh to Kingston to Rhinebeck. With its distinctive balance of nature and culture, there’s no shortage of things to see, do, and experience in the Hudson Valley area. Hudson River towns, like Beacon and Poughkeepsie, enjoy waterfront views and activities, and scenic hikes and bike trails are readily available to the towns that are nestled among the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains, like Woodstock and New Paltz.


Music Venue and Bistro the Avalon Lounge Brings Cool Vibe to Catskill

The chilled-out nightspot was opened last August by local creative couple Liam and Laura Singer.

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“A Quiet Respite” at the Carrie Haddad Gallery and the Ethereal Landscapes of Jane Bloodgood-Abrams

“A Quiet Respite,” on view at the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson from November 13-January 5, offers a sampling of new work from seven artists who have dedicated themselves to the task of depicting the solace of nature.

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Effortless, Sexy, Cool: River Mint Finery Opens in Kingston’s Stockade District

Kat Hammill and Cindy Joffe have been running their chic, minimalist women’s apparel and accessories boutique together since 2015 while living a cool 1,000 miles away from each other, in Rhinebeck and Atlanta, respectively. Their Kingston location is now open.

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A Rundown of Hudson Valley Events

Conversation about immigrants’ rights, musical events, and holiday hubbub—as always, there are so many happenings here in the region to work into to your itinerary. COMMUNITY Chronogram Conversations in Kingston Immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, are facing perilous conditions as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to target all undocumented immigrants and has recently stepped up its efforts in the Hudson Valley. As Michael Frank reported in the November issue of Chronogram, this has prompted community members to organize and fight back against what they view as unjust federal policies targeting immigrants. In tandem with the latter effort, our ongoing Chronogram Conversations series has partnered with Radio Kingston and the River Newsroom to present the panel “Chronogram Conversations: Immigration Advocacy in the Hudson Valley” at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church in Kingston on December 4 from 6 to 8pm. The event is free and open to all. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/immigration-advocacy-in-the-hudson-valley-tickets-81395509159 MUSIC “Dollar Bin Radio” Anniversary Party in Kingston Hosted on Radio Kingston every Thursday from 10pm to midnight by the inimitable DJ Mr. Chips, “Dollar Bin Radio” is sheer crate-digging bliss: two hours of groovy sounds plucked straight from the dollar bin. On December 5 from 9pm to midnight, the show will celebrate the passing of its first year on-air with a live broadcast emanating from microbrewery Kingston Brewing Standard. The free party features a cash bar and mystery gifts from Rhino Records for “lucky guests.” https://www.facebook.com/events/2523519621049717/ MUSIC Fred Hersch in Kingston Along with his former students Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson, pianist Fred Hersch carries the passionate, fleet flame of such jazz giants as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Ahmad Jamal. To these ears, Hersch, who performs magnificently in ensemble settings of all sizes, shines brightest in the time-honored solo-piano setting. On December 7 at 7:30pm at the Senate Garage in Kingston, that’s just what he’ll do, as the featured act of this month’s installment of the ongoing concert series presented there by JAZZstock. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. https://www.jazzstock.com/index/ HOLIDAY FUN Yuletide Fair and Gingerbread House Auction in Ghent On December 7 from 10am to 4pm, Hawthorne Valley School’s Parent Teach Association will once again host its annual Yuletide Fair and Gingerbread House Auction at the school’s location in Ghent. The event, which benefits Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, will feature gift items being sold by artisan vendors; candle dipping, stained glass making, and other children’s activities; and homemade food. The Magical Puppet Tree will perform “Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place” at 11am, noon, 1 pm, and 2pm. Admission is $4. hawthornevalley.org/events/yuletide-fair MUSIC Delsonido at MASS MoCA Now based in Brooklyn, world-fusion band Delsonido, who will perform at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, on December 7 at 8pm, was founded in the Barranquilla region of Colombia. In addition to the sweltering sounds of their South American birthplace, the group pulls from jazz, rock, pop, and electronica to make for a buoyant, infectiously danceable blend of contemporary music that reflects America’s truly diverse culture. Tickets are $18 in advance and $28 and $44 day of show. https://massmoca.org/ To find out about more upcoming events in the Hudson Valley, subscribe to our weekly newsletter Eat. Play. Stay. ...

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A Village Awakens: Catskill

A historic trading and transportation hub, Catskill, NY has steadily and organically morphed into a vibrant, quirky town with fresh energy and fresh tensions over the past few years.

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Feast Your Eyes on These Hudson Valley Events

Thanksgiving is upon us. That means the holiday shopping season has been hammering us for a month, so far. Here’s a smattering of upcoming, holiday-themed Hudson Valley happenings, along with a couple of musical chestnuts, to gobble up.

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Hudson for the Holidays: The New Places and Events to Check Out this Season

This holiday season, a shopping trip to Hudson will yield a bounty of one-of-a-kind gifts from an array of over 200 proprietor-owned shops—plus three holiday events to attend in town.

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November Activities in the Hudson Valley

ZZ Top on the big screen, photographer Elliott Landy, the return of Farm & Flea, and more. Stuff your Thanksgiving-month schedule with these savory events.

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With Their Powers Combined

Clarkson Teams Up with SUNY ESF for Healthier NYS Waterways
Clarkson University, in partnership with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), is raising funds to expand the research and education facilities at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries on Denning’s Point as part of their work as a New York State Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions.

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Nightclub Revel 32 Opens in Historic Downtown Poughkeepsie Building

A “Dress to Impress Party” will unveil the new music venue and event facility on November 23.
Poughkeepsie's newest nightclub and event venue will open with a bag on November 23, with a performance by award-winning band Remember Jones, who will perform a full-album cover of Amy Winehouse's famed Back to Black at the Reveal: Dress to Impress party.

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A Heaping Handful of Hudson Valley Happenings

The weather is turning colder, but we’ve got all of your hot Hudson Valley action right here. Readings, rock ’n’ roll, and renewable energy—plus more!

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Hudson River Housing Takes the Reins for Poughkeepsie's Trolley Barn Project

Affordable housing advocacy group Hudson River Housing bought the Trolley Barn in Poughkeepsie in spring 2019 and will begin managing the Main Street property come January 2020, overseeing further renovations and the development of artistic programming.

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5 November Events in the Hudson Valley

November’s Hudson Valley cornucopia brings jazz, film, maritime model making, a celebrated explorer and TV host, and—despite Halloween being last week—more zombies!

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Pubs, Clubs, and Grub: New Paltz by Night

It’s nighttime in New Paltz. The traffic may have died down, but the restaurants and watering holes are open late, and the town is still churning.

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Where the Country Begins: Winter Sports, Shopping, and Nightlife in Putnam County

Situated amidst the splendor of the Hudson Highlands, equidistant from Manhattan or Kingston, Putnam County boasts access to nature, restaurants and bars, and boutiques. It's hard to pick and choose what to do on your first visit, but here are 4 can't-miss Putnam County attractions.

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A Haunting Handful of Hudson Valley Happenings

Boo! Along with some other fun picks, here’s a couple of spooky happenings with which to haunt your week here in the Hudson Valley. Happy Halloween!

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Woodland Pond is Seeking Team Players to Join Their Family

You may have thought briefly about elder care, then recalled what you’ve heard about typical care facilities and decided it wasn’t for you. You want to be around happy people. Well, have you considered Woodland Pond?

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Autumnal Activities in the Hudson Valley

The leaves are turning brilliant hues of orange and red. The kids (and the kids at heart) are contemplating their costumes. And all of us are trying to figure out if we need a sweater under that light jacket. It can only mean one thing: Mid-October is upon us. Here’s some stuff to do.

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Five October Events in the Hudson Valley

An indie rock icon, some innovative abstract sculpture, a 1920s silent horror film, and chances to dig some blues while cruising the Hudson and sample some craft beer at the 1969 Woodstock Festival site. See all of these event picks below—and see our event listings for more fun fall fare.

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Five Fabulous October Events in the Hudson Valley

Add these plum picks to your Fun Stuff to Do This Month list: a street festival, live music, a gallery opening, and a whale of a one-man show.

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Faces of Change: Kingston

Community Leaders on What Their City Needs to Thrive
Portraits of 11 of Kingston-based activists who are educating, advocating, and organizing for an inclusive, equitable future.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Susie Ximenez

LatinX Project Founder Susie Ximenez on her work, art, and leaving space for existing communities.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Mariel Fiori, La Voz and Radio Kingston

La Voz's Mariel Fiori on the power of using her tools—her voice, her journalism, her power— to make an impact in Kingston.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Molly Sterrs

Molly Sterrs, of O+ and the Kingston Library, on the work she's doing and the work that needs to be done in Kingston.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Susan Hereth, YMCA Farm Educator

YMCA Farm Educator Susan Hereth on her work educating, connecting, and nourishing the community—and how you can help.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Rashida Tyler

Rashida Tyler on Kingston Tenants Union's work, what she loves about Kingston, and the power of grassroots organizing.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Tyrone Wilson

Executive Director and founder of Harambee Tyrone Wilson on educating the community on African American culture and bringing people together for the greater good.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Quay Smith, Rise Up Kingston, LGBTQ Center

Quay Smith of Rise Up Kingston and the LGBTQ Center on the power of emphasizing "unity" in community.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Jordan Scruggs, Mindy Kole, and Julissa Hernandez

New Start for Women's Jordan Scruggs, Mindy Kole, and Julissa Hernandez on their work and the work that still needs to be done in Kingston.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Katy Kondrat, Farmers Market, Kingston Co-op

Kingston Co-op's Katy Kondrat on the importance and benefits of access to fresh local produce in Kingston.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Shaniqua Bowden

Founder and host of Nubian Cafe and co-founder of MyKingstonKids Shaniqua Bowden on her work and her hopes for the future of Kingston.

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4 Hudson Valley Towns Just A Train Ride Away

Grab a window seat (perfect for maximum leaf peepage) and an off-peak ticket and take yourself a day (or weekend) trip to any of these Hudson Valley towns just a train ride away. While enroute, download the free Hudson River Train Tour App for more information about the sights and stories of the valley.

Tags: Poughkeepsie

The Endless Waves of Reinvention in Hudson

As a new generation comes of age in Hudson, we look at the age-old and distinctly modern issues facing the riverfront city.

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Kingston Community Leaders: Frank Waters

A Q&A with Executive Director of MyKingstonKids Frank Waters.

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Entrepreneurship Brewing in Middletown

Alexis Veloz on Launching Kings Bake and Brew and The Power of Uplifting Your Community
Alexis Veloz is using her journey to open up her coffee, tea, and pastry shop on North Street in Middletown as a chance to educate other young people about entrepreneurship, networking, and uplifting community.

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Community, Care, and Comfort Food

Inside Provisions and The Table at Woodstock
Emily Sherry and Anthony Heaney first started Provisions as a sandwich shop on Tinker Street five years ago. Since then, they've expanded to a new location and launched a non-profit, The Table at Woodstock, dedicated to helping food insecure families and individuals in the Hudson Valley.

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Only a Day Away

Fostering Hope and Healing at Tomorrow, Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary in Hudson
Michael Bucci, founder of Tomorrow, Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary in Hudson has accomplished his goal of transforming the farm he bought decades ago into a sanctuary for rescued animals, with a current occupancy of 20 horses, more than 40 goats, 15 cats, and a few dogs and chickens that also works with children and adults with disabilities. Now, he's looking for the next generation of compassionate animal-lovers to carry on his work.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Adaptive Reuse

Adaptive reuse—the process of adapting an existing structure for a purpose other than what it was originally built—has gained traction over the past two decades, especially in the Hudson Valley where there's ample opportunity to give mills, factories, churches, even homes a new lease on life.

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Woodstock: A Legacy of Art and Community

A Story That Runs So Much Deeper than the ‘Festival That Didn’t Happen'
Since the turn of the 20th century, Woodstock has hummed as a thriving center of art, culture, commerce, and community.

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Michael Lang on the Woodstock Festival

Michael Lang, cocreator of the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival, reflects on its legacy (and future) from 50 years out.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Guided Tour @ Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Guided Tour

Fri., Dec. 6, 11 a.m.
Cowboy from the Bronx @ Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz

Cowboy from the Bronx

Fri., Dec. 6, 7-9 p.m. — On the spurs of his sold-out run in NYC, Angelo Iodice (a.k.a....

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