There are so many ways to enjoy the pleasures of summer in the Valley — it all depends on your mood. Looking for something relaxing? Take a stroll through a formal garden or a cruise down the Hudson. Need more excitement? Watch a stock car race, rock out at a summer concert, or hurtle down a 600-foot water slide. The choices are endless. So gas up the car, and get going!
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Get Creative Outdoors
During a Valley summer, finding activities to do outdoors certainly isn’t difficult — you can swim, bike, walk, play golf, go sailing or rock-climbing — you get the idea. But here’s one activity we’ll bet you’ve never considered — painting. Artists of the Wallkill River School — a nonprofit artist’s cooperative in Orange County — host a series of plein air painting workshops every Sunday from May through October. Held in the great outdoors at various picturesque spots throughout the county (many of which are part of the Orange County Land Trust, which partners with the WRS on the program), the workshops offer budding artists the chance to try their hand at rendering the landscape as they see it. An artist from the WRS starts each session with an outdoor painting demonstration, then students spend about two hours working independently (with one-on-one help from the demonstrating artist). A light lunch (made with locally grown produce) and group critique ends the workshop. This month’s featured locales: Snake Hill Preserve in New Windsor (May 2 & 9); and Kowawese Unique Area at Plum Point (May 16, 23, & 30), which offers wonderful views of the Hudson River, Bannerman Island, and Storm King Mountain.
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Become a Beach Bum! Play a Round of Miniature Golf! Get Creative Outdoors! Go to the Zoo! Go Fruit-picking! See some Al Fresco Art! Get Fast and Furious! Visit a Formal Garden! Take in a Horse Show! Rent a Bike on the Walkway! Take a River Cruise! Go to a Water Park! Go to the Drive-in! Enjoy an Outdoor Concert! Picnic at Vanderbilt Mansion! Ride the Rails! Indulge in Dining Delights!