Check Out These Impressive Landmarks Built Out of Gingerbread

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‘Tis the season for recreating our homes and favorite buildings out of dough. Even though no one has put baked panel to icing and build the Gilmore Girls home in Stars Hollow out of crispy gingerbread or frosty fondant (yet), these landmarks both real and fictional have us whispering, “I smell snow.”

ApartmentTherapy.com has put together an amazing array of gingerbread houses that imitate architecture artistry. I can’t take my eyes away!

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Lettuce Rejoice! Hedda’s Holiday Spectacular Comes to Rosendale!

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Lettuce Rejoice! Hedda Lettuce returns to the Hudson Valley on Saturday night, December 16th!

The Queen of green is bringing her book of parodied holiday classics along for the ride, so get ready for a raucous night of gay holiday cheer as this drag legend brings brings her one-of-kind humor and storytelling to the Rosendale Theater for one night only!

Don’t miss her first-ever HOLIDAY spectacular at the fabulous Rosendale Theatre starting at 9:30pm!

Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

December 9-10

2017-12-05_13-38-00Self-guided wine tasting tour along the Shawangunk Wine Trail.

Advance tickets only; tickets will not be sold at the door. All 15 member wineries will be decorated and awaiting your visit.

Jump into the holiday spirit and do your holiday shopping with Wreath Fineries at the Wineries, the Shawangunk Wine Trail’s memorable holiday event!

You pick the weekend or Sunday date. You pick a winery for your starting point. The event begins when you check-in at your starting winery where you’ll receive a souvenir wine glass, a grapevine wreath, and a Shawangunk Wine Trail ornament. Then you’ll travel along the Wine Trail, receiving a wine tasting and a beautiful ornament to decorate your wreath from each winery you visit.

Please Note: We offer weekend and Sunday tickets only. There are no Saturday only tickets available. You may attend the event only on the specific weekend or Sunday that you have chosen. The Shawagunk Wine Trail recommends you use the entire weekend to enjoy the trail. Thank you! TICKETS

Important Information:

You must bring your Eventbrite receipt email and a valid photo id to check-in at your starting winery, receive your tasting glass and wreath, and begin your tour. Please note that each winery may be visited once. The number of people allowed at each winery to start the event is limited. Purchase tickets early to be assured of getting your preferred starting winery. Groups of attendees should purchase tickets all in one order to assure that everyone gets the same starting winery.

Holiday Lights in Bloom at The Arboretum

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Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays to Dec. 23rd from 5-8pm, Daily Dec. 26th thru Dec. 31st from 5-8pm. CLOSED Christmas Eve 12/24 & Christmas Day-12/25.  Wander through the beautiful Holiday Lights in Bloom display throughout the Arboretum. The Arboretum will be in “full bloom” with beautiful, garden themed light displays in the the forms of flowers, animals and insects. Stroll many paths of lit trees, gardens filled with an assortment of flowers and the 9/11 Memorial Garden adorned with patriotic decorations. Other features in this year’s “Lights in Bloom” will include a pond created in lights. Volunteers from the Friends of the Arboretum will be on hand selling hand made crafts while supplies last until Dec 17th. The Orange County Arboretum is located in Thomas Bull Memorial Park St. Route 416, Montgomery. (Use Hamptonburgh for GPS directions.) Take the Grove St. entrance into the park. Admission is free.

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Candlelight Tour of Homes

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 December 10: 12-5 PM  The Newburgh Historical Society’s annual Candlelight Tour features a self-guided tour of a  dozen decorated homes within the second largest historic district in New York State. Explore an assortment of public and private spaces, mansions, structures in the rehabilitation process, new construction, architectural gems, and some of Newburgh’s most important landmarks.  The 1830 Captain David Crawford House, located at 189 Montgomery St., Newburgh is the starting place. Tickets sold on line or at the door.

Bah! Humbug!

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Experience the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge like you never have before!

Nestle in to historic the Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale you with his adaptation of this Charles Dickens classic. Performances last about an hour.

December 9-10, 16-17
Performances at 3:30, 4:45, and 6pm

Recommended for ages 10+.

This Historic Hudson Valley event takes place at the Old Dutch Church,  just across the street from Philipsburg Manor.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking for this event is at Philipsburg Manor.

Tickets

Adults, $25
Children under 18, $20 

Members receive a $5 discount per ticket

Accessibility

Entry to the Old Dutch Church involves negotiating a long, steep ramp, uneven stone steps, narrow entryways, and narrow aisles. It is not wheelchair-accessible.

Angry Orchard’s Black Friday with the Black Dirt Bandits

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Fri, November 24, 2017 from 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

It’s that time of year again for The Black Dirt Bandits to come rock it out at Angry Orchard! These Hudson Valley natives are known for their country rock swag and their eccentric personalities, and they’ll be here from 7-10pm in our brand new Cider Garden bar at The Stone Barn! Also invited is Fireball Whisky to come and serve up some ice cold samples! Chef Shawn Hubbell from Amuzae Catering will be here with his signature food offerings, and we’ll also be celebrating the one year anniversary of our bourbon barrel-aged Wooden Sleeper with 10% off bottles of that style in the Cider Garden. Be kind to your bartenders, as all tips collected today will go straight to the Wallkill Hook, Ladder and Hose Co.! Don’t miss out on the fireplace, free Fireball, and some Wooden Sleeper to warm your bones! This event is 21 and up and requires a ticket for entry.

Bourbon & Rye Whiskey Flight Nigh

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Presented by the Owners of Orange County Distillery on

Fri, December 15, 2017

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Presentation and Q&A With the Owners

4 Samples Each of our Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskies and Single Barrel Rye Whiskies

Locally Sourced Small Plate Fare, Including Smoked Meats from Quaker Creek, Various Cheeses From 5 Spoke Creamery & Edgwick Farm and Bourbon/Rye Fudge

$30/person

Orange County Distillery at Brown Barn Farms

286 Maple Avenue

New Hampton, NY 10958

THANKSGIVING DECORATING, TABLESCAPE AND CENTERPIECE TIPS AND IDEAS

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via Food & Wine –  We’re at Thanksgiving for the food, clearly, but décor and a beautifully set table are just as important a part of the big day as the turkey and sides (well…they’re close). Here, a few easy tips to make sure your table is Thanksgiving ready.

FRESH LINENS

Send all of your linens (napkins, table runners, even a fancy apron for the chef) out to be dry cleaned so they’re pressed and ready for the big day.

MISMATCH YOUR TABLEWARE

Not everyone has enough matching glasses, silverware and plates for 20 plus people, so don’t hesitate to mix-and-match what you have. Keeping it all in the same color family will give your table an eclectic, but coordinated look.

USE CANDLES

Use a lot of them. Everywhere. No, you’re not trying to seduce your house guests, but the warm glow of (UNSCENTED!) candles is much more welcoming than overhead lights. Candlesticks are festive, but short pillar candles or votives won’t block the person dining across from you.

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Twilight Tours at Boscobel House & Gardens

candlesticks-40With the mansion lit by candles, decorated for a 19th century Christmas, and resonating with live string music, Twilight Tours offer an especially beautiful view of Boscobel House and Gardens.

Children will enjoy hunting for gingerbread kids throughout the mansion.

Outside, the mansion, Apple Orchard, Rose Garden, and Maple Lane will be lit with an elegant display. We add to this singular experience with a lovely post-tour reception in our decorated gallery, and live holiday music in the Carriage House as well as an expanded gift shop.

Come experience Boscobel at its holiday best.

Boscobel House & Gardens, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, 845.265.3638; www.boscobel.org

Musicians: Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra Quintet, The Brasiles Ensemble, The Putnam Chorale, Putnam Joy

Dates:

Friday, November 24

Saturday, November 25

Saturday, December 2

Sunday, December 3

Saturday, December 9

Sunday, December 10

Tours begin at 4:00pm. The last tour commences at 7:00pm.

Advance registration is strongly recommended.

$25 / Adults

$15 / Ages 6-14

Free for attendees ages 5 and under