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The Blog For Hudson Valley Weddings

5 Types of Yoga and Where to Try Them

Find your “ahh” moment at these local studios


Ageless and Moving: Charlotte Michos’ Program For Active Seniors

A guru for the graying helps them stay strong


Dispelling the CrossFit “Cult” Myth

Rock your world with this high-intensity program that’s physically demanding — and emotionally rewarding


Our New Favorite Valentine’s Day Drink

Make this sweet sipper for your sweetie


Marist College Announces New President, David Yellen

The dean and professor of law becomes just the fourth president in Marist College’s 87-year history


Bacon Swizzle Sticks (Recipe)

Courtesy of the book Bacon Nation by Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama


30-Minute Chicken and Chickpea Skillet Pasta

Prepare chickpeas the day before for a fast — and filling — meal


Where to Find the Best Chocolate in the Valley

The Valley’s chocolatiers tempt us with to-die-for bars, bonbons, hot chocolate, and other confections


Elevate Your Workout: Yoga, Barre, and Meditation

Sweat it out in style at these chic and challenging classes


Where (and How) to Practice Parkour

Locals are adopting these French ninja-style street moves by leaps and bounds


Meet the Prince of Pull-Ups

This personal trainer spices up classic calisthenics with martial arts and yoga moves


Family-Friendly Presidents Day Trivia

In honor of Presidents Day, here’s a bit of trivia about the U.S. presidents — from Washington to Clinton — who have lived in the Hudson Valley


The Real History of Letchworth Village

Letchworth Village was both a model for compassionate care and a symbol of institutional abuse — and it helped make Geraldo Rivera a household name


Special Olympics New York Brings Winter Games to the Hudson Valley

The events take place at sports arenas across three counties on February 19-20


On the Town: Event Photos and Party Pictures in February 2016

See who’s been out and about in the Hudson Valley in our parties and events gallery


Three Can’t-Miss Foodie Events This Month

News and notes from the Valley’s dining scene in February 2016, including a chili festival, grocery shopping seminars, and a paella cooking class


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The Blog For Hudson Valley Weddings

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Liz Stein

Laura Calhoon
Dover, NY

A Hudson Valley native, Laura Calhoon grew up in Poughkeepsie and earned her Bachelor's degree at SUNY New Paltz in May of 2007. Laura, who has worked for both Hudson Valley magazine and the Taconic Press in Millbrook, is now teaching at a nursery school in Brewster. She is thrilled write Behind the Valley Veil -- mostly because it gives her an outlet for all that wedding talk! Her hobbies include reading, drawing, singing opera (minus the viking hat), writing fiction, and performing with her band "What's in this Juice?" -- and, of course, hanging out with her wonderful fiancee, Tim. She currently resides in Dover -- not all too far away from her husband-to-be.



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