25 More Things Every Hudson Valleyite Must Do!
Back in 2007, we told you about 20 local activities — from dining at the CIA to taking a swim in the Hudson — that help separate true Valleyites from the out-of-town tourists and weekend wannabes. But — we now realize — that list wasn’t half long enough. Here are 25 more can’t-miss Valley pursuits to spice up your late summer/early fall weekends
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3. Visit Dia:Beacon
In 2003, a 300,000-square-foot former Nabisco box factory on Beacon’s waterfront was converted into this cutting-edge contemporary art museum. Funded in large part by Steve Riggio (chairman of Barnes & Noble Booksellers), the museum is an offshoot of the Dia Foundation, an arts organization with facilities in Manhattan, Utah, and New Mexico — and its presence in the Valley has no doubt fueled the influx of artists who now call the area home. The vast gallery space specializes in exhibiting works that would be difficult (or physically impossible) for smaller museums to accommodate. (Two works, for example, from Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipse series are on view, each of which weighs 20 tons). Permanent installations of works by Andy Warhol, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and other contemporary-art heavyweights draw the crowds from the city and elsewhere; but the museum also offers changing exhibits each season (artists Sol LeWitt and Imi Knoebel are currently featured), as well as workshops, lectures, dance performances, and other special events.