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Pop Culture in Hudson Valley

These Mushroom Sliders Are the Perfect Way to Welcome Spring

These maibock mushroom sliders are loaded with caramelized onions and creamy goat cheese.

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A Day Trip Guide to Poughkeepsie

From waffles to walkways, this daylong guide to Poughkeepsie, New York highlights the culture and history of the community.

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An Expert's Guide to the Perfect Wine for Easter Dinner

Kingston Wine Company expert Tristan Gild shares his Easter wine picks for every budget.

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The Kids Will Love These Hudson Valley Easter Egg Hunts

Let the little ones run loose in search of plastic eggs, chocolates, and maybe even the Easter bunny.

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The Vegan Hamburger Showdown

Skeptical about meat alternatives? There are two “burgers” that may change your mind.

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Farm to Flask With a Local Flare

Catskill Distilling Company elevates artisan spirits while retaining local vibes.

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Spend Your Off-Season Training at These Indoor Baseball Facilities

These six Hudson Valley and Westchester indoor training facilities have batting cages, tunnels, and fields to help local athletes hit the turf during off-season.

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Design a Medallion Commemorating This WWI Hero and Win $1,000

Artists can submit designs for a silver ‘coin’ to commemorate Albany's Sgt. Henry Johnson.

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6 Restaurants Serving Easter Meals in the Hudson Valley

Local restaurants offer prix fixe holiday menus to help families celebrate a stress-free Easter.

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The Instagram-Famous Cats Who Inspired Waves of 'Misfit' Pet Adoptions

Beacon’s Frida and Eddie “the Lilac Lion” inspired thousands, and are doing even more for special-needs pets after their passing.

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5 Essential Super Food Spices

We asked a local certified nutritionist and personal trainer which ones offer benefits beyond just great taste.

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What Home Design Trends Are Hot on the Horizon?

Just in time for spring, we turned to design experts to get a style refresher course.

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Poughkeepsie Non-Profit The Art Effect Promotes Art Education

The diverse careers enjoyed by graduates of The Art Effect illustrate the rather surprising effect of nurturing artistic abilities.

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Here's Where You Should be Dining Out This Spring

These restaurants are updating their menus to showcase seasonal ingredients.

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George Washington Slept at This Bed & Breakfast and Now You Can, Too

The Brinckerhoff Inn's design marries historical accuracy with modern convenience.

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Rush the Duck at the Recently Expanded Rushing Duck Brewery

Rushing Duck’s expanded brewery offers space to duck in for a beer or grab some brews and duck out.

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY


Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.

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