Candlelight Tour of Homes


 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!


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.


Adults, $25
Children under 18, $20 

Members receive a $5 discount per ticket


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


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


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


Orange County Distillery at Brown Barn Farms

286 Maple Avenue

New Hampton, NY 10958




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.


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.


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 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.



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;

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


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


Hudson Valley Spice Route – Spice Tasting Tour at Nirmala’s Farmstead


Saturday, November 11th from 9 am – 10 am TICKETS

The Hudson Valley Spice Route

Follow the cinnamon hues of Fall to Nirmala’s Farmstead in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley, where we explore the Sensory Characteristics of Spices, its colorful history and medicinal properties.

The tasting tour is held in our heavenly-scented-culinary apothecary spice shop. A historic destination, where classic Dutch-American farm architecture merges with global influences, foods and cultures.

Origins of Spices

Your spice expedition begins with an educational journey of its origins, and how for centuries it was not only used to flavor food, but has led to historic explorations, wars and conquests.

Mindful Spice Tasting

Sip and Savor! Evaluate the taste and aroma of spices as we indulge your senses mindfully, in a variety of liquid spice teas and tisanes.

Hands of Spices

Try mixing and pounding spices with one of our antique mortar and pestle and take home your creation. Walk away with skills and knowledge to blend spices in your own kitchen.

Spice and Thyme

You have places to go and things to do in the Hudson Valley! That’s why we keep our spice tasting tours intimate and in a neat action-packed sixty minutes; held early in the morning or early evenings.

This AM or PM real spice experience preps your palate for many other delectable to savor in your visit to the Valley. Our tours are limited to 6 people. We are family friendly and will host kids 12 years and older.

Spice Deals!

Receive a 10 % off discount, valid at our shop for the purchase of cooking classes, spices and merchandise. Continue reading


Great Gear for Parties


via Wirecutter – If you’re having a party—whether it’s a small get-together or a call-the-cops dance party—you’ll need some supplies. Here’s our guide to the most essential gear you’ll need to throw the best party. The picks below represent several hundred hours of research and testing; some picks come from longer full guides, while other items come from research we did specifically for this collection. A great party is a chance to put your phone down and enjoy good company. Prepare just enough so you can relax and have fun. It’s your party, after all.