The 9 Best Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This January

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Albany will be dancing and stretching with children’s favorite yoga expert in Yogapalooza with Bari Koral. An interactive concert packed with yoga poses, songs, dance, and play, it’s based on the TV show created and hosted by Koral, who’s appeared at the White House and all over the country.  Koral gets children involved in yoga in a fun, entertaining way with activities such as taking a trip to the moon, yoga with a gingerbread man, pop like popcorn, hang upside-down like bats, and lots more as they rock out to award-winning songs. Adults are free, accompanied by a child, and beginners are welcome. Jan 20, 3 p.m., $15. The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, 270 State St, Albany, 518.473.1845; www.theegg.org

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9 Scented Candles Interior Designers Always Buy

jo-maloneCandles may as well be currency in the interior-design world. Interior designers use them as the final touch to a room, the one that elevates a space to the next sensory level. We mortals love them too but have a hard time knowing where to start.

To help you wade through the morass, we rounded up our favorites. Psst — they are also on every interior designer’s list!

Get ready to buy matches in bulk.

Jo Malone

If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, then it’s good enough for us. The Duchess of Cambridge had Jo Malone’s citrus scents — Orange Blossom ($65) included — perfuming Westminster Abbey during her royal wedding. ‘Nuff said.

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50 Christmas Cocktails to Get You Through Holiday Drama

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Have one glass (or six) of these cocktails and punch bowls—who’s counting during the holidays, anyway?

via Alyse Whitney at Bon Appetit

All you need are two steps to survive Christmas: Take a deep breath and make a cocktail, stat. Cozy mulled wine, spiked egg nog, and dangerously-strong bourbon punch will help you get juuuust drunk enough to survive everything from fake-smiling through bad gifts to your post-feast food coma.

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Great Gear for Parties

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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.

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This Popular Designer Couple Just Launched a Chic Shop on Amazon Prime

novogratz-products-amazonGetting HGTV-approved interior decor has never been so easy, thanks to the duo behind The Novogratz. Robert and Cortney Novogratz have recently paired up with Amazon to give decor-lovers and Amazon Prime fans alike a seamlessly chic shopping experience with their new storefront.

The Novogratz Amazon shop is filled with 150 pieces of furniture, art, lighting, and so much more. If it’s not the incredibly adorable designs that draw you to the shop, maybe the low price points and Amazon Prime efficiency will convince you.

In addition to their entertaining home life with seven children, the couple’s love for decorating has been featured on Bravo and HGTV, and now, we’ll be able to decorate our homes with their taste in mind. Read on to see some of our favorite pieces from the collection, and bookmark these items for your next redesign!

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Woodstock Farm Festival

2017-05-26_11-08-49Peace, love, good food & music every Wednesday from 3:30 ’til dusk, rain or shine, from May 31-October 18, 2017.

Park in one of Woodstock’s free lots and come find us on Maple Lane between Bread Alone and Houst & Sons in the heart of Woodstock, NY. And once you’ve picked up all the locally grown fresh veggies, fruit, mushrooms, meat, eggs, baked goods, wine, beer and spirits you need for the week, make your way back to join the freewheeling fun in Mower’s field where the live music and prepared food vendors are set up.

Browse the vendors to see what’s on offer, check out the events schedule, and sign up for emails to make sure you don’t miss a thing this season!

 

GIANT TAG SALE IN PLEASANTVILLE TO BENEFIT HUDSON CHORALE

SUPPORT THE ARTS. SAVE THE PLANET. HELP TURN CLOSETS INTO CONCERTS!

tagsalefair83kb96dpi-1f8317c6via Press Release – Bargain hunters keep coming back year after year for their favorite event! A Giant Tag Sale to benefit the Hudson Chorale will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 19 & 20 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Rain or shine. This is NOT your typical neighborhood tag sale of used toys and children’s clothing. We receive both used and new donated items in a wide variety of categories: used and antique furniture, collectibles, jewelry, appliances, housewares, CD’s, DVD’s, books, toys, sports equipment, good used clothing and accessories, bed & bath, decorative art, etc. Location: 107 Bedford Road, Pleasantville (corner of Manville Rd/Route 117. To donate tax-deductible items, call (914) 714-0464.  Early Bird Friday 5/19 from 8:00 am – 9:00 am for $10.

All proceeds will benefit Hudson Chorale, the area’s largest not-for-profit community chorus, and will be used to cover the costs of having a full orchestra accompany the chorus for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem, along with other works, on June 2 and 4, 2017.  Weekly rehearsals are held at the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, and singers come from throughout Westchester and surrounding counties.  The chorus performs a wide range of music featuring both traditional and contemporary composers.  See the website for complete concert, membership and audition details.  www.HudsonChorale.org.

Business Spotlight: Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

2017-01-11_12-30-11Hudson Valley FYI recently stumbled upon Irving Farm Coffee Roasters. Check them out for one, or several, fine cup of coffee.

Irving Farm Coffee Roasters was founded in 1996 when David Elwell and Steve Leven opened a much-needed neighborhood café in Gramercy Park, hoping to provide a space where people could gather and drink great coffee.

At a time before “handcrafted,” “organic,” and “fair-trade” had yet to enter the coffee drinker’s lexicon, the two trailblazing college friends distinguished their Gramercy shop from other java huts in New York by stocking it with specialty blends and single-origins. Shortly thereafter, they decided to convert a carriage house in bucolic Dutchess County into a roastery, determined to learn the craft of coffee roasting themselves.

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