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March 16, 2018

Like most successful performing artists, Dar Williams travels a lot. The popular folk singer-songwriter and longtime Hudson Valley resident has crisscrossed the United States dozens, if not hundreds of times during her 20-plus years as a performer crooning in small tow...

March 16, 2018

Cell phones at the ready, foodies. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is back.

For those who have not yet dialed the reservation hotline, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, or HVRW, is a biannual event that takes place in spring and fall each year. This month’s celebration kicke...

March 16, 2018

As far as experiences go, it is hard to rival an afternoon spent at a local cafe, sipping fresh coffee and typing away on the computer as conversations buzz around you. Maybe you meet a friend on the weekend and catch up over homemade croissants. Another day, you might...

February 16, 2018

A secret garden is hiding in Poughkeepsie.

You don’t need to know Morse code or get your hands on a treasure map to find it. In fact, the secluded paradise is just off Route 9. That does not mean you will spot it from the roadside, however.

Need a hint? Try doing a quick...

January 19, 2018

When it comes to thinking local, Williams practices what she preaches – and sings.

It takes guts to perform at an “open mic” night. The prospect of standing in the heat of a glaring spotlight in front of an expectant audience is enough to send most people on a beeline t...

January 19, 2018

If William Shakespeare had to pick a college, chances are that Bard would be at the top of his list.

Bard College, located in Annandale-on-Hudson, is well regarded both in the Hudson Valley and across the country for its enriching curriculum and scenic landscape. Studen...

January 19, 2018

The Hudson Valley is a home of artists. For decades, painters, poets, and writers have traversed roads and waterways to glimpse the region’s natural beauty. Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church was among the journeymen who felt the lure of upstate New York....

December 29, 2017

For many people, ‘tis not just the season for joy, it’s also the season for stress. Beneath the jolly tunes and holiday cheer lie lists of to-dos, hectic schedules, and anticipation about the new year. With frazzled nerves all too common this winter holiday, it can fee...

December 15, 2017

As with most things in life, inspiration for the perfect present often comes when you least expect it. Contrary to wishful thinking, homing in on the golden egg while scrolling through page after page of online retailer websites results more often in hours lost than in...

December 15, 2017

Winter in the Hudson Valley is a magical experience. As the mercury dips lower in the thermometer, the festive aura in the region heats up with celebrations galore. From tree lightings with the family and caroling around the neighborhood to sledding with the little one...

December 1, 2017

Each December, the gift shopping struggle is always the same. In a sea of online retailers and chain stores clamoring for your attention about deep discounts and one-time specials, it can be a challenge to dive through the cacophony and come up for air with the perfect...

November 17, 2017

Step aside, Santa Claus. Sinterklaas is on his way to the Hudson Valley.

Though both figures are related and are based on the legendary Christian bishop of the fourth century, Nicholas, patron saint of children, Sinterklaas became a local presence back when New York was...

November 17, 2017

Albert Einstein had the right idea when he declared play to be the highest form of research. After all, what else are children doing when they chase butterflies and stack blocks?

At the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, play is a serious business. As the sole museum for kid...

November 4, 2017

HUDSON VALLEY TALENT | People are talking about  . . . Robin Lester

Robin Lester is not one for stereotypes. Through the years, the longtime academician and award-winning author has continually worked to disprove false generalizations that linger within society. 

Example...

October 20, 2017

HUDSON VALLEY TALENT | People are talking about  . . . Helen Lester

When Helen Lester became a second grade teacher, her goal was to brighten the minds of her young learners. Yet over the course of her ten years in the role, just the opposite occurred. Her students dole...

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