August 2014

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The Borscht Belt: Grand Hotels, Tall Tales — and Ruins

Summers spent in the “Borscht Belt” inspire colorful tales of Jewish life

Are You Ready for the First-Ever Vino and the Beasts Race?

Millbrook Winery is transformed into an obstacle course

8 Hot Hudson Valley Food Festivals

Wrap up the summer by checking out a delightful — and delicious — local food festival

Catskill Mountain Railroad Now Offering More Scenic Tours of the Catskills

All aboard! The Catskill Mountain Railroad offers several scenic rides throughout the Catskills that are perfect for the whole family

Event Photos and Party Pictures: On the Town (August 2014)

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

Mountain Madness: The Catskills Are Back

A word from Hudson Valley Editor in Chief, Olivia J. Abel

When a Celebrity Moves Into the Neighborhood

Mixed feelings abound when a celebrity becomes a country neighbor

Letters to the Editor in August 2014

Read our letters to the editor for August 2014, including our Where in the Hudson Valley “Marble Maiden” contest answer

Where in the Hudson Valley Contest: “Purr-fect Place” Cat-Shaped Roadside Museum

An unusual artwork doubles as a local museum

Ate.O.Ate Food Truck: Farm-to-Truck Dining in the Catskills

Roxbury’s Ate.O.Ate Food Truck serves up comfort food made with local ingredients

15 of the Best Festivals, Performances, and Events in the Catskills

A cultural revival is underway in the northern Catskills this summer

6 Things to Do In Tannersville

Taking a trip to Tannersville? Here’s what to do

Events: Polly’s Editor’s Picks in August 2014

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for August 2014

Events: Kids' Play Dates in August 2014

Play ball with the prism fly with Peter Pan, stroll under a night sky, and learn stained-glass art

Events: Out & About in August 2014

SummerScape sizzles, Shadowland expands — and everyone heads to Rhinebeck

Can Casinos Save the Catskills?

Four new casinos have been proposed to help bring growth to our region’s slowing economy. But will they be enough?

Aerial Tour of Kaaterskill Falls and Our Favorite Catskill Towns (VIDEO)

Take an aerial tour of some of our favorite Catskills landmarks, including Kaaterskill Falls

The 7 Catskills Creatures You Need to Watch Out For

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Keep an eye out for these wild animals during your stay in the Catskills

The Ancient Art of Fly-Fishing

Where to learn fly-fishing in the Catskills

Catskills Lark in the Park Celebrates 11th Anniversary in October

Free bike rides, paddle tours, and fishing trips? Yes, please!

Where to Stay in the Catskills: The Graham and Co., Phoenicia

Book a room at this boutique hotel during your next Catskills getaway

Where to Stay in the Catskills: Nehapwa, Tannersville

This resplendent refuge caught our eye as one of this year’s coolest Catskills hotels

Where to Stay in the Catskills: Andes Hotel, Andes

This Delaware County gem won our hearts as one of this year’s top places to stay in the Catskills

Protecting the Hudson Valley’s Great Swamp

Spanning some 6,000 acres in Dutchess and Putnam counties, the Great Swamp is an ecological treasure teeming with wildlife

Saving the Catskills Forest Preserve

Nearly one-half million acres of the Catskills is now protected — and thriving

World's Tallest Indoor Ropes Course Opens in Palisades Mall

Shoppers can get more than just bargains at the Palisades Center Mall

A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskills

Eight can’t-miss landmarks along hiking routes and trails that every outdoorsman and woman must see

Roxbury Motel Gets an Update

The Catskills hotel — known for its themed rooms — adds a few that we’re sure you’ll love

Glamping: Glamorous Camping in the Catskills

If you’re not quite ready to rough it yet, these two Sullivan County campsites offer a happy medium between enjoying the outdoors and staycationing in style

Hobart Book Village’s Five Bookstores Offer Something for Everyone

Bookworms delight in not one, but five bookstores in one little Catskills town

10 Things You May Not Know About Mormons (But Should)

Fast facts about the Church of Latter Day Saints

Bear Grylls Survival Academy Hits the Catskills

Challenging fun from a Catskills survival skills program

4 of the Hottest Catskills Restaurants Right Now

Restaurants old and new are upping the ante on fine dining options in this reinvigorated region

Hudson Valley Submarine Solves Mysteries and Explores Shipwrecks

We all live in a yellow submarine: A pair of cousins dive deep for Marine Exploration Group missions in their submarine, dubbed Seahorse

SUNY New Paltz Gets a 3D Printer!

The college’s School of Science and Engineering embraces cutting-edge technology

Q&A with Fashion Blogger Sarah Skriloff

A Poughkeepsie teen opens up on life, dating, her fashion obsession — and balancing it all with her Mormon faith
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This indoor farmers market offers vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, jams, breads and baked goods (gluten-free, too!), eggs, mushrooms, and specialty items from local growers and producers.

Cost: $0 (FREE)

Where:
Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy
15 Mt. Ebo Road South
Brewster, NY  12563
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Sponsor: Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy
Telephone: 845-878-9078
Contact Name: Clark Cameron-Gonzalez
Website »

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Art can manifest itself in myriad different forms, and furniture is no exception. In Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now, works by nearly a dozen contemporary artisans are on display, drawing...

Cost: $17, $14 seniors, $8 ages 6-14, under 6 free

Where:
Boscobel House and Gardens
1601 Rte. 9D
Garrison, NY
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Telephone: 845-265-3638
Website »

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Explore the visual world with artist Keith Gunderson and his students. Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Opening reception and special demonstration on May 14 from 5-7 p.m.

Cost: $0 (FREE)

Where:
Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery
43 E. Market St.
Rhinebeck, NY  12572
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Telephone: 845-516-4435
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Winter is finally over, and a quartet of contemporary artists — Christopher Engel, Scott Nelson Foster, Paul Chojnowski, and Dai Ban — welcome the new season with a springtime show at...

Where:
Carrie Haddad Gallery
22 Warren St.
Hudson, NY
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Telephone: 518-828-1915
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Last year for the first time, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art issued an open call for regional artists to submit their works for a new exhibition called WORD. Fittingly, the only...

Cost: $5, $4 seniors & educators, $2 students & children

Where:
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
1701 Main St.
Peekskill, NY
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Telephone: 914-788-0100
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Still-lifes, portraits, and landscape photographs created in the 1930s by West Coast artists Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke, and Edward Weston.

Cost: $5, $3 seniors & students

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
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Telephone: 914-251-6100
Website »

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Built around the camera’s unique ability to capture movement, this exhibit includes works by name-brand artists (such as Edward Steichen and Andy Warhol) culled from the museum’s...

Cost: $5, $3 seniors and students

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
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Telephone: 914-251-6110
Website »

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Over the course of a tense parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed elementary school teacher try to come to grips with a 5th grader’s tragic suicide. John...

Cost: $20, $10 age 21 and under

Where:
Bridge Street Theatre Speakeasy
44 West Bridge St.
Catskill, NY  12414
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Sponsor: Bridge Street Theatre
Telephone: 518-943-3818
Contact Name: John Sowle
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Meet local artist Alison Winfield-Burns during this wine and cheese reception and exhibit opening. Winfield-Burns’ portraits act as cultural freeze-frames of people, places, and foods....

Cost: $0 (FREE)

Where:
Gallery at Lifebridge Sanctuary
333 Mountain Rd.
Rosendale, NY  12472
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Sponsor: Gallery at Lifebridge Sanctuary
Telephone: 845-658-3439
Contact Name: Kevin Kraft
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Sewing circles were all the rage back in the 19th-century. This event, the first of a series, provides instruction and supplies to create embroidered art projects. Following the session, wine and...

Cost: $25

Where:
Olana State Historic Site
5720 Rte. 9G
Hudson, NY
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Telephone: 518-828-0135
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Darkside Records and Gallery hosts its open mic series every third Sunday of the month, featuring performers of all kinds — singers, musicians, poets, dancers, fire-breathers, comedians,...

Cost: $0 (FREE)

Where:
Darkside Records and Gallery
611 Dutchess Tpke.
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601
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Sponsor: Darkside Records and Gallery
Telephone: 845-452-8010
Contact Name: John Bryan
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Van Cortlandt Manor springs to life during this incredible nighttime display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects. Created by the team that brings you The Great Jack O’Lantern...

Cost: $20 for adults; $16 for children 3-17 ($25, $20 Saturdays); free for under 3

Where:
Van Cortlandt Manor
525 S. Riverside Ave.
Croton-on-Hudson, NY  10520
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Sponsor: Historic Hudson Valley
Telephone: 914-366-6900
Website »

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Art can manifest itself in myriad different forms, and furniture is no exception. In Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now, works by nearly a dozen contemporary artisans are on display, drawing...

Cost: $17, $14 seniors, $8 ages 6-14, under 6 free

Where:
Boscobel House and Gardens
1601 Rte. 9D
Garrison, NY
View map »


Telephone: 845-265-3638
Website »

More information

Sewing circles were all the rage back in the 19th-century. This event, the first of a series, provides instruction and supplies to create embroidered art projects. Following the session, wine and...

Cost: $25

Where:
Olana State Historic Site
5720 Rte. 9G
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-0135
Website »

More information

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Still-lifes, portraits, and landscape photographs created in the 1930s by West Coast artists Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke, and Edward Weston.

Cost: $5, $3 seniors & students

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6100
Website »

More information

Built around the camera’s unique ability to capture movement, this exhibit includes works by name-brand artists (such as Edward Steichen and Andy Warhol) culled from the museum’s...

Cost: $5, $3 seniors and students

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6110
Website »

More information

Sewing circles were all the rage back in the 19th-century. This event, the first of a series, provides instruction and supplies to create embroidered art projects. Following the session, wine and...

Cost: $25

Where:
Olana State Historic Site
5720 Rte. 9G
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-0135
Website »

More information

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HITS welcomes spectators to its Saugerties show grounds to experience international-level hunter and jumper competitions that bring equine stars from around the globe right to the Hudson Valley....

Cost: $0 (FREE) Weds.-Sat.; $5 Sun.; children 12 & under always free

Where:
HITS-on-the-Hudson
454 Washington Ave. Ext.
Saugerties , NY  12477
View map »


Website »

More information

Art can manifest itself in myriad different forms, and furniture is no exception. In Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now, works by nearly a dozen contemporary artisans are on display, drawing...

Cost: $17, $14 seniors, $8 ages 6-14, under 6 free

Where:
Boscobel House and Gardens
1601 Rte. 9D
Garrison, NY
View map »


Telephone: 845-265-3638
Website »

More information

Still-lifes, portraits, and landscape photographs created in the 1930s by West Coast artists Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke, and Edward Weston.

Cost: $5, $3 seniors & students

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6100
Website »

More information

Built around the camera’s unique ability to capture movement, this exhibit includes works by name-brand artists (such as Edward Steichen and Andy Warhol) culled from the museum’s...

Cost: $5, $3 seniors and students

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6110
Website »

More information

Enjoy $4.95 wings and drink specials, and free trivia.

Cost: $0 (FREE)

Where:
Walsh’s Town Tavern
1118 Rte. 311
Patterson, NY  12563
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Telephone: 845-319-6442
Website »

More information

Sewing circles were all the rage back in the 19th-century. This event, the first of a series, provides instruction and supplies to create embroidered art projects. Following the session, wine and...

Cost: $25

Where:
Olana State Historic Site
5720 Rte. 9G
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-0135
Website »

More information

Learn to dance the East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop — no partner necessary. Beginner lessons from 7:30-8 p.m., social dancing (with deejay) from 8-10 p.m. Notes: Parking available close to...

Cost: $0 (FREE)

Where:
Vassar College
Aula at Ely Hall
124 Raymond Ave.
Poughkeepsie , NY  12604
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HITS welcomes spectators to its Saugerties show grounds to experience international-level hunter and jumper competitions that bring equine stars from around the globe right to the Hudson Valley....

Cost: $0 (FREE) Weds.-Sat.; $5 Sun.; children 12 & under always free

Where:
HITS-on-the-Hudson
454 Washington Ave. Ext.
Saugerties , NY  12477
View map »


Website »

More information

Art can manifest itself in myriad different forms, and furniture is no exception. In Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now, works by nearly a dozen contemporary artisans are on display, drawing...

Cost: $17, $14 seniors, $8 ages 6-14, under 6 free

Where:
Boscobel House and Gardens
1601 Rte. 9D
Garrison, NY
View map »


Telephone: 845-265-3638
Website »

More information

Explore the visual world with artist Keith Gunderson and his students. Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Opening reception and special demonstration on May 14 from 5-7 p.m.

Cost: $0 (FREE)

Where:
Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery
43 E. Market St.
Rhinebeck, NY  12572
View map »


Telephone: 845-516-4435
Website »

More information

Still-lifes, portraits, and landscape photographs created in the 1930s by West Coast artists Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke, and Edward Weston.

Cost: $5, $3 seniors & students

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6100
Website »

More information

Built around the camera’s unique ability to capture movement, this exhibit includes works by name-brand artists (such as Edward Steichen and Andy Warhol) culled from the museum’s...

Cost: $5, $3 seniors and students

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6110
Website »

More information

Join more than 500 tourgoers and view the private sanctuaries of Troy’s city dwellers during this fundraiser to benefit Troy’s Prospect Park. This self-guided walking tour features...

Cost: $10

Where:
Various locations
Historic Sage College, Washington Park, and more
Troy, NY  12180
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Sponsor: Friends of Prospect Park
Telephone: 703-984-9765
Contact Name: Jane
Website »

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Sewing circles were all the rage back in the 19th-century. This event, the first of a series, provides instruction and supplies to create embroidered art projects. Following the session, wine and...

Cost: $25

Where:
Olana State Historic Site
5720 Rte. 9G
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-0135
Website »

More information

Van Cortlandt Manor springs to life during this incredible nighttime display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects. Created by the team that brings you The Great Jack O’Lantern...

Cost: $20 for adults; $16 for children 3-17 ($25, $20 Saturdays); free for under 3

Where:
Van Cortlandt Manor
525 S. Riverside Ave.
Croton-on-Hudson, NY  10520
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Hudson Valley
Telephone: 914-366-6900
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

HITS welcomes spectators to its Saugerties show grounds to experience international-level hunter and jumper competitions that bring equine stars from around the globe right to the Hudson Valley....

Cost: $0 (FREE) Weds.-Sat.; $5 Sun.; children 12 & under always free

Where:
HITS-on-the-Hudson
454 Washington Ave. Ext.
Saugerties , NY  12477
View map »


Website »

More information

Art can manifest itself in myriad different forms, and furniture is no exception. In Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now, works by nearly a dozen contemporary artisans are on display, drawing...

Cost: $17, $14 seniors, $8 ages 6-14, under 6 free

Where:
Boscobel House and Gardens
1601 Rte. 9D
Garrison, NY
View map »


Telephone: 845-265-3638
Website »

More information

Last year for the first time, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art issued an open call for regional artists to submit their works for a new exhibition called WORD. Fittingly, the only...

Cost: $5, $4 seniors & educators, $2 students & children

Where:
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
1701 Main St.
Peekskill, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-788-0100
Website »

More information

Explore the visual world with artist Keith Gunderson and his students. Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Opening reception and special demonstration on May 14 from 5-7 p.m.

Cost: $0 (FREE)

Where:
Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery
43 E. Market St.
Rhinebeck, NY  12572
View map »


Telephone: 845-516-4435
Website »

More information

Built around the camera’s unique ability to capture movement, this exhibit includes works by name-brand artists (such as Edward Steichen and Andy Warhol) culled from the museum’s...

Cost: $5, $3 seniors and students

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6110
Website »

More information

Still-lifes, portraits, and landscape photographs created in the 1930s by West Coast artists Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke, and Edward Weston.

Cost: $5, $3 seniors & students

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6100
Website »

More information

Sewing circles were all the rage back in the 19th-century. This event, the first of a series, provides instruction and supplies to create embroidered art projects. Following the session, wine and...

Cost: $25

Where:
Olana State Historic Site
5720 Rte. 9G
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-0135
Website »

More information

This two-day, three-night, family-friendly festival is dedicated to music, art, and yoga programs. Guests planning to spend the weekend can rent cabins or camp on-site. The Vendor Village offers...

Where:
Surprise Lake Camp
382 Lake Surprise Rd.
Cold Spring, NY  10516
View map »


Sponsor: Melia & Dave Marzollo
Telephone: 845-265-4444
Contact Name: Dave Marzollo
Website »

More information

Van Cortlandt Manor springs to life during this incredible nighttime display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects. Created by the team that brings you The Great Jack O’Lantern...

Cost: $20 for adults; $16 for children 3-17 ($25, $20 Saturdays); free for under 3

Where:
Van Cortlandt Manor
525 S. Riverside Ave.
Croton-on-Hudson, NY  10520
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Hudson Valley
Telephone: 914-366-6900
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

HITS welcomes spectators to its Saugerties show grounds to experience international-level hunter and jumper competitions that bring equine stars from around the globe right to the Hudson Valley....

Cost: $0 (FREE) Weds.-Sat.; $5 Sun.; children 12 & under always free

Where:
HITS-on-the-Hudson
454 Washington Ave. Ext.
Saugerties , NY  12477
View map »


Website »

More information

Art can manifest itself in myriad different forms, and furniture is no exception. In Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now, works by nearly a dozen contemporary artisans are on display, drawing...

Cost: $17, $14 seniors, $8 ages 6-14, under 6 free

Where:
Boscobel House and Gardens
1601 Rte. 9D
Garrison, NY
View map »


Telephone: 845-265-3638
Website »

More information

Last year for the first time, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art issued an open call for regional artists to submit their works for a new exhibition called WORD. Fittingly, the only...

Cost: $5, $4 seniors & educators, $2 students & children

Where:
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
1701 Main St.
Peekskill, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-788-0100
Website »

More information

Explore the visual world with artist Keith Gunderson and his students. Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Opening reception and special demonstration on May 14 from 5-7 p.m.

Cost: $0 (FREE)

Where:
Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery
43 E. Market St.
Rhinebeck, NY  12572
View map »


Telephone: 845-516-4435
Website »

More information

Still-lifes, portraits, and landscape photographs created in the 1930s by West Coast artists Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke, and Edward Weston.

Cost: $5, $3 seniors & students

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6100
Website »

More information

Enjoy live performances (rain or shine!) in honor of the legendary rocker at this annual event. Food and drink for sale, and wine and cider tastings available. Notes: No outside coolers,...

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Where:
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
114 Little York Rd.
Warwick, NY  10990
View map »


Website »

More information

Built around the camera’s unique ability to capture movement, this exhibit includes works by name-brand artists (such as Edward Steichen and Andy Warhol) culled from the museum’s...

Cost: $5, $3 seniors and students

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6110
Website »

More information

Pennings Farm brings together more than 50 breweries and cideries for its fifth annual festival. Enjoy craft beer and cider tastings, live music, homebrew demonstrations, and local food vendors set...

Cost: $60 in advance, $70 at door; $20 designated drivers

Where:
Pennings Farm
161 Rte. 94 South
Warwick, NY  10990
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Sponsor: Pennings Farm
Telephone: 845-986-1059
Website »

More information

Sewing circles were all the rage back in the 19th-century. This event, the first of a series, provides instruction and supplies to create embroidered art projects. Following the session, wine and...

Cost: $25

Where:
Olana State Historic Site
5720 Rte. 9G
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-0135
Website »

More information

This two-day, three-night, family-friendly festival is dedicated to music, art, and yoga programs. Guests planning to spend the weekend can rent cabins or camp on-site. The Vendor Village offers...

Where:
Surprise Lake Camp
382 Lake Surprise Rd.
Cold Spring, NY  10516
View map »


Sponsor: Melia & Dave Marzollo
Telephone: 845-265-4444
Contact Name: Dave Marzollo
Website »

More information

Van Cortlandt Manor springs to life during this incredible nighttime display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects. Created by the team that brings you The Great Jack O’Lantern...

Cost: $20 for adults; $16 for children 3-17 ($25, $20 Saturdays); free for under 3

Where:
Van Cortlandt Manor
525 S. Riverside Ave.
Croton-on-Hudson, NY  10520
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Hudson Valley
Telephone: 914-366-6900
Website »

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