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From style to sustainability, Chronogram’s Lifestyles section follows how those in the Hudson Valley live their lives.

 

The Night of 100 Pumpkins

Head to The Bakery on Halloween for New Paltz's Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Contest
Every year, in the crisp dusk light of All Hallow’s Eve, thousands of goblins, gremlins, witches, and fairies of all ages descend on the Village of New Paltz for the annual Halloween parade. This year, the New Paltz Halloween parade kicks off at 6pm on Wednesday, October 31, at the corner of Main Street and Manheim Boulevard. The cast of ghoulish characters will troop down the hill and to the New Paltz Firehouse, where the Lion’s Club will distribute treats. The Night of 100 Pumpkins Nearby at The Bakery, another annual Halloween tradition will be underway—The Night of 100 Pumpkins. For the past 28 years, this tucked-away cafe and bake shop on North Front Street has hosted the area’s most epic pumpkin carving contest and Halloween celebration. These are not your run-of-the-milled canned jack-o-lanterns. Judged by a rotating cast of local artists, including many who have shown in The Bakery’s gallery, the underlying ethos of this contest is to create truly artful, original carvings. Anyone can submit a pumpkin for consideration on October 30 (and get a free cookie for doing so!).  On Halloween morning, the pumpkins get judged and that night, the carved gourds are lit up for everyone to enjoy. Santner estimates that over 2,000 people come through to see the zany display of pumpkin sculptures gourds over the course of the evening. (One year, someone even proposed by pumpkin). Over 60 prizes, provided by village businesses, are awarded in a broad range of categories from cutest to most peculiar to best panoramic pumpkin, to most petrifying.  “The point is not to pick the best overall pumpkin,” Bakery owner David Santner says. “We’re trying to give out lots of prizes.” To make the competition more fair, kids’ pumpkins are judged separately from adults’. Head to The Bakery between 6-10pm on Halloween, to see the pumpkins illuminated, listen to live African drumming, and enjoy free pumpkin bread, cocoa, and cider. The cafe will also be open for business. For more information, call (845) 255-8840 or visit www.ilovethebakery.com. ...

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The Science of Leaf Color Change & Where to Go to Enjoy the Hudson Valley Fall Foliage

The next time you munch an apple-cider doughnut or sip a steaming mug of cider as you look at the fall colors, you may find yourself wondering why leaves change color. Here is a look at some of the biological mechanics behind fall foliage, plus 5 places to go to see the Hudson Valley's autumn colors in all their splendor.

Tags: Outdoors

Halloween Events in the Hudson Valley

Here's eight Halloween-themed experiences for every level of spook.

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Hudson Trailer Co. Brings The Party

Vintage Trailers & Campers-Turned Mobile Bars and Photo Booths
While the tiny house fad has catalyzed a generation of DIY airstream remodels, many of those refurbished trailers remain stationary. But Hudson Trailer Co., based out of Washingtonville, spruces up vintage tow-behind campers and transforms them into mobile bars and photo booths for rental as whimsical-yet-functional centerpieces for weddings and events.

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Woodstock Car Show 9/23

Back-to-back auto events in the upstate New York: Catskill's 1903 Auto Run and the Woodstock Car Show.

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Stamell Stringed Instruments: Your Local Luthier and Music Store

With locations in Amherst and Poughkeepsie, Stamell specializes in violin-family instruments.

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Lumberyard in Catskill is the Area's Newest Wedding Venue

For a Creekside Industrial-Chic Wedding Head to Lumberyard
The renovation of Lumberyard's performing art space in Catskill is complete at long last (and debuts tomorrow September 1). But that's not all, beginning this fall, the 1.7-acre creekside property is also available for rental. Choose from two different spaces or do a full property buyout for exclusive access and 12,000 square feet of event space.

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Kayaking & Canoeing the Hudson Valley

Tips, Trips, & Safety: A Guide to Paddling Hudson Valley Waterways
New to paddling? Or new to the area? Get an overview of everything you need to know to paddle the Hudson River and the surrounding estuaries, including safety tips, tide info, and several itineraries so you can kayak or canoe safely.

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Halloween 2018

Join Chronogram for a rockin' Halloween party in the backroom at BSP Kingston.

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Evening Float

A Photo Essay by Yva Momatiuk
National Geographic photographers Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott document a day in nature in the Hudson Valley, aboard their canoe, Edy.

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Repair Cafe of the Hudson Valley

One Jeweler's Experience of the Community-Sourced Pop-Up Repair Shop
Seasoned jeweler Barbara Klar, of Clear Metals, shares her experience of working at a Repair Cafe in the Hudson Valley, fixing an artful pendant necklace made by artist Rolph Scarlett.

Tags: Beauty & Fashion

Geothermal Heating & Cooling Gets a Boost in the Hudson Valley

Dandelion is Innovating Geothermal Technology and Accessibility
Google-incubated startup Dandelion is revolutionizing access to geothermal heating and cooling systems and bringing this technology to the Hudson Valley.

Tags: Art of Business

Top 10 Things to Do Before Summer Ends

Summer in the Hudson Valley is ephemeral. Here are the top 10 things to do near you, before it’s all over.

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Fish and Game in Hudson Hosts Open-Fire Cookout

Zak Pelaccio and Friends are Back 8/11 for a Gourmet Picnic
Join Fish and Game farm in Hudson for the fourth annual Play With Fire Cookout.

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Crystals and More at Green Mountain Minerals

Earlier this year, Green Mountain Minerals joined Beacon's gallery community with their new storefront at 412 Main Street. Visit the new space to view beautiful, rare mineral specimens and learn the basics of the science of minerology.

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Nature's Bounty in Ulster County (Sponsored)

The soil in Ulster County contains an abundance of natural treasures—from the sprawl of orchards to the rolling fields where livestock roam and feed. When the weather permits, it’s hard to beat a weekend in thrall to nature’s bounty, but where do you start? We have a few ideas. Now in its 61st year, Dressel Farms in New Paltz is known for its mouthwatering strawberries and apples, which are also used in the soft and hard ciders of Kettleborough Cider House. Dolan Orchards in Wallkill specializes in apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, and vegetables. CDC Farms in Gardiner is all about handcrafted artisan cheese made with fresh Hudson Valley raw cow's milk. The facility also offers tasting tours, field trips, and private parties. Hepworth Farms in Milton yields more than 400 varieties of organic vegetables, while Four Winds Farm in Gardiner sells heirloom vegetable seedlings along with turkey, pork, and grass-fed beef. Minard’s Family Farm in Clintondale is an ideal autumn stop for its apples and pumpkins, corn maze, hayrides, and a barn market. Ulster County’s numerous farmers’ markets are magnets for chefs, foodies and locavores in search of the freshest flavors. In addition to organic produce and meats, the Ellenville Farmers’ Market features art from local makers and the Rosendale Farmers’ Market offers live entertainment. Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention the Kingston Farmers’ Market, named “Best Farmers’ Market” in 2016 by Hudson Valley magazine. These suggestions only scratch the surface. For a full list of farms and markets, visit ulstercountyalive.com and start planning your outing today....

Tags: Outdoors

Vintage Clothing Stores in the Hudson Valley

Your Guide to Rockin' Retro Threads Upstate
Vintage and second-hand clothing is a great way to rock a far-out, super individual style without breaking the bank. In addition to the classics (ahem Goodwill and Salvation Army) here are some top-notch vintage shops in the Hudson Valley so you can get yourself some thrifty new threads.

Tags: Beauty & Fashion

Best Places to Take a Picnic in the Hudson Valley

While the weather is warm, take advantage of the glorious Hudson Valley scenic outlooks and pack a picnic. Whether you go with your lover, your friends, or all alone with a book, a fresh air meal is a great way to get outside.

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Hike & Swim in the Hudson Valley

Your Guide to the Best Local Spots for Hiking & Swimming
When the weather is nice the Hudson Valley is a great place to be—with endless natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. Get out there and hike one of these trails ending is a deliciously refreshing swimming spot. Some end in pools, some rivers, and others in lakes—either way they are sure to cool you off.

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The Future of Brick and Mortar Retail

The Hudson Valley's authentic marketplaces are the future of shopping on foot, as opposed to online.

Tags: Art of Business

Friday Night Brights: The Accord Speedway

Summer is heating up at Accord Speedway.

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Hudson River School Art Trail Hikes 2018

The next Hudson River School Art Trail Hike is on July 27.

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Woodstock Byrdcliffe House Tour 2018

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild hosts a self-guided tour of beautiful Woodstock homes on July 14.

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Kayak Down the Hudson River This Summer

Hudson River Paddle and Hudson River Valley Greenway are hosting the Great Hudson River paddle this August, a guided excursion along the Hudson from Albany to Poughkeepsie.

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Community Solar Farms Arrive in the Hudson Valley

NRG Community Solar brings a convenient model for clean energy – with no rooftop installation
NRG Community Solar is championing a new model for clean energy generation, not to mention potential energy savings, through their Community Solar program. The company is in development on 11 other Community Solar farms in Dutchess, Ulster, and Greene Counties, all of which are actively accepting enrollments.

Tags: Sustainability

Kasuri: Upstate's Punk Epicenter

Bringing Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion to the Hudson Valley
Rejecting the status quo never looked so good. Kasuri in Hudson is a luxury clothing boutique dedicated to showcasing the world's most influential directional fashion designers, while firmly rooted in a commitment to the work of avant-garde Japanese designers. The post-punk anti-establishment vibe that characterizes the shop creates a welcoming environment where anyone is free to wander in, ask questions, and try on clothes.

Tags: Beauty & Fashion

Hudson Valley Tech Industry Sees No Signs of Stopping

With the arrival of accelerator giant Grand Central Tech this summer, the Hudson Valley tech industry is beginning to earn deeper credibility as a formidable ecosystem.

Tags: Art of Business

NRG Community Solar: A New Clean Energy Model for the Hudson Valley

NRG Community Solar: solar powering the Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley Creates Careers in Community

Good Work Institute and others set new models for work
Hudson Valley organizations like the Good Work Institute are forging a path of careers in community.

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Fashion Finds in the Hudson Valley

Your spring and summer wardrobe awaits at these local shops
With warm weather approaching, check out these Hudson Valley fashion boutiques for light clothing and accessories.

Tags: Beauty & Fashion

The Art of Layering

Owner of NFP Studio clothing line shares her fashion advice
Gail Travius, designer and owner of NFP Studio clothing boutique in Beacon, offers advice for transforming dressing into an art form, giving tips on layers, texture, color, and individuality.

Tags: Beauty & Fashion

NYS's I Love My Park Day Returns May 5

NYS's I Love My Park Day is coming up on May 5. Learn more and register to volunteer at one of your favorite local parks, preserves, or historic sites.

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A Children's America @ Rockland Center for the Arts

A Children's America

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Actors Workshop @ Tompkins Corners Cultural Center

Actors Workshop

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Shopping and Style

Chronogram regularly publishes articles on fashion in the Hudson Valley. Our shopping category contains information about local stores selling everything from antiques to cutting-edge clothing. Chronogram’s beauty and fashion category takes a look at seasonal styles, surveying what’s available in various communities throughout the valley.

Entertaining

Our entertaining coverage discusses how to throw a great party, ranging from informal garden parties to formal affairs. Our wedding coverage focuses on everything involved with that special day, from cake alternatives to entering into matrimony on a budget. Holiday and New Years Eve event listings keep Hudson Valley residents up-to-date on all of the options for celebrating in different communities.

Money & Investing

Our money and investing category reports on ways to spend money and invest intelligently, focusing on the local economy. Recent articles include an interview with mother of localism Judy Wicks, and how the thriving financial field of impact investing offers the possibility for fiscal growth and social change.

Nature

Chronogram’s outdoors and sustainability categories emphasize the Hudson Valley’s natural environment—and the necessity to protect it. Outdoors focuses primarily on events in the region, from skiing and snowboarding to hikes in the forest. Sustainability takes a look at green events (like the annual Rosendale EarthFest) and ecologically minded thinkers in our area (like Scenic Hudson’s Sacha Spector).