Perseids: Summer Meteor Shower Peak Weekend in the Hudson Valley

The Annual Perseid Meteor ShowerThe always anticipated Perseids meteor shower began July 17 as Earth passed through the path of the Comet Swift-Tuttle, but the shower known for its blazing bright meteors won’t peak until Aug. 12. If your eyes have feasted on any meteors already, they could be part of the Delta Aquarids meteor shower, which started last week and continues through Aug. 13.

Westchester Amateur Astronomers, a nonprofit group, has scheduled its next Starway to Heaven Star Party at the Meadow Parking Lot,Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, for Aug. 18, weather permitting. The bad-weather make-up date is August 25th. Click the Star Parties tab for more information and directions

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Open Days Program Garden Tour

nydc_hyland-wente_dsc_0254Explore five private gardens in Millerton, Millbrook, and Pawling, NY and West Cornwall, CT open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Highlights include an extensive naturalistic rock garden, ornamental vegetable gardens, several ponds and water features, a large collection of native plants, and a wild and rocky ravine planted with giant ferns and hot colors. Begin at the Kaye Garden, or see website for additional locations; hours vary. No reservations required; rain or shine. Admission is $7 per private garden; children 12 & under free.

For More Information: See www.opendaysprogram.org or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.

17th Annual Jazz in the Valley

jazz_in_the_vally_71717-1500431255-4167JAZZ IN THE VALLEY takes over Poughkeepsie with two stages of non-stop music at Waryas Park on Sunday, August 20, from noon to 6:00 pm (gates open at 11:00 am). Celebrate 17 years of world-class jazz presented on the beautiful banks of the Hudson River with TRANSART & Cultural Services and world-class artists including Swing Unlimited with Delfeayo Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Javon Jackson, Jimmy Cobb & David Williams; Christopher Dean Sullivan Ensemble featuring Mala Waldron; Elio Villafranca & the Jass Syncopators; Neil Clarke’s Mongo Santamaria Centennial Project; and the Jeff Siegel Sextet.

TICKET INFORMATION

Discounted early bird tickets are $40 through August 1. Afterward, general admission is $50, and $60 at the gate. Students with valid ID gain entrance for $20. Tickets can be purchased online through the festival’s website (jazzinthevalleyny.org), or in person at Blue-Byrds Haberdashery & Music (320 Wall Street, Kingston, 845-339-3174). For group ticket sales, directions and more information about Jazz in the Valley, contact TRANSART at info@transartinc.org, (845) 384-6350 or log on to www.jazzinthevalleyny.org. For a combination ticket and round trip bus travel from New York City call (917) 345-1357 or (646) 643-3035.

Southgate Middletown to Welcome Outdoor Pool with Festive Party on Saturday, July 16th

Southgate PoolSouthgate Middletown will officially welcome its sparkling outdoor pool and sundeck with a special Pool Party on Saturday, July 16th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents and potential renters alike are invited to attend the Pool Party which will include tasty summer delights from a popular local ice cream truck.  Developer Sterling Properties will host the festive event at the luxury rental community in Orange County, N.Y.

The pool is located adjacent to Southgate Middletown’s fully-equipped 3,251 square-foot clubhouse, which features a state-of-the-art fitness center with spin, cardio and weight equipment, furnished event lounge, shuffleboard table and media room with six 70” televisions.

“The outdoor pool is the final step in completing our recreation and social amenity package and we’re incredibly excited for its debut,” says Nick Hollenbeck, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sterling Properties.  “We’ve created an outdoor oasis for our residents to enjoy and look forward to showcasing the well-rounded rental lifestyle at Southgate Middletown next weekend.” Continue reading

Dutchess County Hot Air Balloon Festival

balloonfestwebheaderThe Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival this July. They are expecting another great weekend with about 100 balloon launches between Friday and Sunday.

At Barton Orchards, afternoon launches will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Morning launches will be at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Festival hours are Noon-10 p.m. on Friday, 5-7 a.m. and Noon-10 p.m. on Saturday, and 5-7 a.m. and Noon-7 p.m. on Sunday. Festival will include family activities, food and beverages, and live music. There will be a fireworks display Friday night and a Moon Glow on Saturday night. Admission to the morning launches is free. Admission to the afternoon festivals is $10 on Friday and Saturday in advance (a limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $12) and $5 on Sunday. Advance sale tickets are available, including an ALL ACCESS WEEKEND PASS at http://www.balloonfesthv.com. Tether Rides will be available for sale for CASH ONLY the weekend of the event. A limited number of Balloon Rides are available for advance purchase ONLY.

Up-to-the-minute information about launch times, including delays, will be available via the Chamber’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DutchessChamber throughout the Festival.

For complete Balloon Festival information, tickets, balloon rides, directions, or to be a vendor or sponsor, visit www.balloonfesthv.com.

Mega-Yoga Event at the Summer Solstice

get_on_your_mat_for_mental_health-1497295692-1576On June 21, Get On Your Mat For Mental Health returns to the Hudson Valley for what promises to be an inspiring and empowering event for the community. Hailed as “one of the world’s most inspiring mega-yoga events” by Well + Good, the event draws hundreds of participants.

Get On Your Mat For Mental Health kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with live performances by world music trio House of Waters and a yoga marketplace full of community partners, vendors and sponsors. Attendees can also strike their favorite yoga pose in a photo booth and join a social media awareness campaign, telling the world why they believe #MentalHealthMatters.

At 6:30 p.m., everyone will get on their mat for an hour-long class, suitable for all levels and ages, led by renowned teacher Beryl Bender Birch.

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13th Annual Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain

2017-06-07_13-52-05June 16th – 18th at Hunter Mountain

For over thirteen years, Hunter Mountain has been the backdrop for Mountain Jam. Nestled in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, Mountain Jam is a three-day, multi-stage event, featuring approximately 40 bands on three stages. This year features headliners Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band, and The String Cheese Incident along with Peter Frampton, The Head and the Heart, Gary Clark, Jr, Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and so many more. Plus late night shows, activities for the kiddos, seminars, and other experiences throughout the festival. Join us on the mountain this June, and experience Mountain Jam!