Holiday Open House


Locust Grove’s historic mansion in Poughkeepsie glitters for the holidays with festive decorations and special exhibit from the museum collection; antique toys and games! In 1901 William and Martha Young moved into a newly-renovated house with their two children, Annette (then 16) and Innis (then 14).

The Youngs brought trunks of toys with them, and carefully packed them away as their kids grew up. The toys are unpacked and more than a dozen are out for you to see. On December Sundays, take a self-guided tour of Locust Grove’s 25-room mansion.

Expert guides are stationed throughout the house to answer your questions, and there is a fact-filled hunt for kids! $11/adults, $6/kids. 12pm – 4pm.




It’s with great pleasure that the Hudson Opera House presents the 20th annual Winter Walk on Saturday, December 3. For one magical evening, thousands of area locals and visitors from throughout the region flock to our city to enjoy free, family-friendly festivities including a musical parade, live reindeer, a fireworks show, and hundreds of performers throughout town, including carolers, fire-throwing jugglers, and one saxophone-playing Santa Claus.

A beloved community event, Winter Walk begins at 5pm with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus leading the Santa parade from the Hudson Opera House to City Hall, as well the Hudson-debut of Phil Kline’s long-running holiday parade and musical extravaganza Unsilent Night, stepping off from Front and Warren Streets. Winter Walk concludes at 8pm with a mesmerizing firework display at Promenade Hill. Upwards of 20,000 people, young and old, will be in attendance to celebrate this year’s Winter Walk.

Read on to find out more about what’s new for 2016

Tips for Hudson Valley Fliers


If your Thanksgiving destination will be reached by air travel, the Transportation Security Administration says it has added staff to move passengers more quickly through airports and offers some advice for you before you head to the airport.

This week kicks off the hectic 2016 holiday season at Westchester County Airport, Stewart International Airport, and the NYC metro area’s big three: JFK,LaGuardia and Newark Liberty, as well as airports nationwide. So, it’s best to come prepared to avoid delays in boarding your flight.

Starting this week through Jan. 7, 2017, the Transportation Security Administration will screen more than 100 million travelers as they take to the skies to reunite with family and friends for the holidays.

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2016-11-11_14-15-57Pete Seeger launched the sloop Clearwater in 1969 to clean up the Hudson River. Join Clearwater as they continue the work, inspiring, educating and motivating  new generations of environmental leaders to preserve and protect our earth!

Clearwater’s longtime strategy of inspiring, educating and activating people is still a powerful formula for success. Utilizing the greatest natural resource in the region – the Hudson River – Clearwater is the grassroots model for generating change to protect our planet.

Over the years, Clearwater has been at the forefront of the environmental movement, working to pass landmark legislation such as the Clean Water Act and protecting all of us from toxic waste.

Visit their website and learn more about this exciting and enduring work.

Baker Residential Adds 60 Townhomes to Fast-Selling Maple Fields Community in the Town of Wallkill, NY

mf-groundbreakingBaker Residential announced today the acquisition of a new land parcel within its Maple Fields townhome community in the City of Middletown, delivering an additional 60 homes to the fast-selling Orange County, N.Y. residential neighborhood.

Officials from the White Plains, N.Y.-based homebuilder recently broke ground on the property which will bring the total number of homes offered at the community to 256 when completed.  Town of Wallkill Supervisor Daniel Depew and John W. Dolan, Vice President & General Manager of Baker Residential’s Metro Division, led the special event on the newly-purchased development site at Maple Fields, widely hailed for its competitive pricing and ideal location minutes from Route 84 and Interstate 17.

The new collection of homes is expected to begin sales in the first quarter of 2017. Continue reading

Still need volunteers for Turkey Trot!

2016-11-11_14-24-25The Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club is looking for volunteers for race day. Could that be you? Here’s what they need (from their site):

The smooth, happy experience of the Turkey Trot relies on our volunteers. Please help us keep this race enjoyable for our runners. You can run and volunteer. Your family members can volunteer to help keep their favorite runners safe.

We still need:

  • 2 – 5 more traffic control volunteers along Cramer and at Dr. Fink into AHS.
  • 1 helper with awards ceremonies after races finish.
  • 3 timing volunteers at the finish line (one will do kids finish and then move to do adult race).
  • 1 backup bib recording volunteer (for kids and then for an adult race).
  • 2 volunteers to give out ribbons at the finish line for the kids race.
  • 2 volunteers to help with race day registration.
  • 12 volunteers to help with distributing bibs and tee shirts before races to preregistered runners.
  • 3 more helpers for Wednesday evening set-up.

Please go to, to the volunteer page, and add your name if you can help. 

So many people are working long hours to make this a successful race. You can help. It is fun and rewarding. The runners really appreciate it. Thank you.

Build the Best Media Room


There was a time when only a few could afford a large screen television. The resolution was clunky, the sound poor and the cost high. But over the past decade, technology has advanced so remarkably fast that today a 60-inch television with unbelievably crisp resolution is within many people’s budget.

Add to this the fact that tickets for movie theaters are more expensive than ever, and it makes sense why more people are building a home theater in their house. With some planning and amazing electronic toys, it’s possible to create a media room that delivers theater-quality sound and visuals. And you can enjoy it in more comfortable seats and without obnoxious strangers interrupting the show.

But 4K televisions, surround-sound speakers and bass cannons are only part of the overall experience.

To compliment these electronics features, you need the right setting to amplify the experience. This means taking the time to design a proper media room that enables your equipment. These five indispensable tips will help you do just that. Continue reading

Open House Set for Sunday, November 13th to Preview Apartment Building at Southgate Middletown

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MIDDLETOWN, NY – Construction is moving along at a fever pitch on the newest phase of upscale apartments at Southgate Middletown, the upscale collection of 306 rental homes in this Orange County City.

Set for occupancy in early 2017, the new three-story elevator building will offer a mix of one-and two-bedroom residences complete with a host of designer interior finishes and appointments.   Homes are expected to begin from $1,575.

The highly-anticipated building has already generated excitement with a renting public which has been clamoring for new homes to be released at the popular Southgate Middletown neighborhood since the end of summer.

With anticipation high, developer Sterling Properties is hosting a special Open House at Southgate Middletown on Sunday, November 13th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees will be provided an advanced look at the newest phase by taking guided “Hard Hat” tours of the building under construction.  The catered event will be held in the community’s leasing center at 15 James P. Kelly Way.

“There’s been tremendous interest in this new phase and we thought this was the perfect time to invite VIP prospects for an inside look at its development progress,” says Nick Hollenbeck, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sterling Properties.  “The Open House will provide an opportunity to see exactly how this building has been designed to offer the ideal upscale Orange County rental lifestyle.  Attendees will also be able to tour two existing model residences to get a strong sense of the luxury and comfort they can expect in these apartments when completed.” Continue reading

Acclaimed Escher String Quartet To Perform

screen_shot_2016-10-25_at_5-29-24_pmThe Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The quartet will perform at Vassar College’s Skinner Hall of Music on Sunday, November 6, 3:00pm.

This concert is free and open to the public.

The program at Vassar will feature Mendelssohn’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1; Bartok’s Quartet No. 2, Op. 17; and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet featuring Vassar music faculty member Todd Crow.

Within months of its inception in 2005, the ensemble came to the attention of key musical figures worldwide. Championed by the Emerson Quartet, the Escher Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be Quartet in Residence at each artist’s summer festival: the Young Artists Program at Canada’s National Arts Centre; and the Perlman Chamber Music Program on Shelter Island, NY.

Known for their wide stylistic interests, the Escher Quartet has collaborated with jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, vocalist Kurt Elling, legendary Latin artist Paquito D’Rivera, and tours regularly with Grammy award winning guitarist Jason Vieaux. The group takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (

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