FUN HALLOWEEN DECOR

2017-09-29_11-54-28via PopSugar – Maybe you’re content just throwing some pumpkins on your front stoop for Halloween and calling it a day — or maybe you’re quick to decorate with the most gorynostalgic, or timely decorations. But if you’re the type who wants to be on the cutting edge of seasonal design, then we’ve got the list for you: Pinterest’s fastest-rising Halloween decor. Check out what’s on the rise ahead.

BALLOON PUMPKINS

Balloon pumpkins aren’t just for kids — although they are perfect for a children’s Halloweenparty, especially when filled with candy! Pinterest users have saved 16 times as many versions of these easy and adorable DIY latex accents than last year.

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Four-Acre Estate in Rye, N.Y. to be Sold at Auction by Madison Hawk Partners

Landmark Westchester County Property Includes 13,650 Sq.-Ft. Mansion  and Future Subdivision Into Three Separate Buildable Lots

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We sometimes like to post “Hudson Valley adjacent” real estate stories of interest. Here is one:

A sprawling four-acre estate situated in one of Westchester County, N.Y.’s most desirable residential settings is being offered for sale in a sealed bid auction by Madison Hawk Partners, a national real estate firm and industry leader specializing in Structured Accelerated Sales.

The auction sale of the well-located property at 3 Club Road in Rye, N.Y. presents an incredibly unique and flexible purchasing opportunity in New York City’s submarket.  The pristine land is currently home to a majestic, move-in ready 13,650 square-foot mansion.  The sought-after parcel also has recently applied for a subdivision into three buildable acre-plus homesites in an extremely desirable setting that could be sold separately.

“This is the perfect residence for a sophisticated buyer seeking an exclusive Westchester County address or a smart investment opportunity for anyone looking to monetize the potential of the property,” says Jeff Hubbard, President of Madison Hawk Partners.  “The purchaser will be provided the opportunity to reside in the magnificent home in its current configuration, or split the property and sell two buildable lots while retaining much of the existing home.” Continue reading

Sunnyside: Home of the ‘Legend’

lbtlsigimage3_0Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

At this festive event, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside celebrates its connection to Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

A daytime visit here is the perfect prelude to an evening at Blaze, Horseman’s Hollow, or Irving’s ‘Legend.’ Irving’s fascinating home – a colorful blend of architectural styles – will showcase numerous objects related to Irving’s famous story and other tales. Historic games and Headless Horseman art activities are great for families.

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

pumpkinline_sliderThe tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying fall event returns with more pumpkin power than ever before! Meander through an historic, 18th century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display – all made of jack o’ lanterns!

Wander along our main street Pumpkin Promenade and stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge. Around the next corner, discover an awe-inspiring jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty rising to the sky! Twirl with excitement as you witness a fully functioning, 20-foot diameter Pumpkin Carousel. Gaze in wonder at swimming aquatic creatures and a giant Sea Serpent surfacing next to the Croton River. Get mesmerized by a color-changing star show in the Pumpkin Planetarium.

Feel the earth shake as you approach Jurassic Park, where a brand-new herd of pint-sized dinosaurs mingles with an enormous T-Rex, brontosaurus, triceratops, and flying pterodactyl. Squeal with joy as the Circus Train rolls into town with a cast of colorful clowns and awesome animals. Don’t miss Sleepy Hollow Country’s most iconic inhabitant, the Headless Horseman…yes, all made entirely of jack o’lanterns! Continue reading

Prost! Oktoberfest Events

bberbros-01bebd5dvia HVMag – It’s time to bust out your lederhosen and welcome Oktoberfest, a traditional German fall festival that’s perhaps better known to most Americans as the biggest beer fest of the year. The celebration dates back to the early 19th century, intended to celebrate the marriage of  Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in 1810. Though the original Oktoberfest lasted less than a week (October 12–17​), today the festival is more readily celebrated between mid-September and early October in the U.S. to accommodate weather concerns.

Whether this is your first Oktoberfest or you’re a seasoned sauerkraut-fiend, join us in raising a brew-filled Bavarian bierstein mug to these Oktoberfest events in our region. Cheers — or as the Germans say, “Prost!”

The Tallman Grill, Sparkill

September 29 – October 29, Weekends only

If food is your thing, make no mistake that The Tallman Grill has you covered for some the best in authentic German dining. Every weekend through October, you can find everything from soft pretzels to spaetzel, and practically every kind of wurst in between. Fuel your dancing feet with one of 14 hearty German beers on tap, and grove to live music every Saturday night.

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Walter De Maria: Truck Trilogy

dem-black-truck-aDia Art Foundation in Beacon, NY presents Walter De Maria’s Truck Trilogy in Dia:Beacon. Begun in 2011 and completed posthumously, the Truck Trilogy consists of three classic Chevrolet pickup trucks, which have been stripped of all extraneous elements and details. Placed vertically in the trucks’ flatbeds are circular, square, and triangular polished-stainless-steel rods. Similar to De Maria’s Bel Air Trilogy (2000–11), the Truck Trilogy juxtaposes the elegant lines of mid-century American industrial design with the geometric vocabulary that underscores more than fifty years of the artist’s practice. This installation is organized as part of a year of programming in celebration of Walter De Maria’s art, marking the fortieth anniversary of The Lightning Field, The New York Earth Room, and The Vertical Earth Kilometer, each commissioned by Dia and completed in 1977.

Support for the fabrication of Truck Trilogy was provided by Gagosian Gallery.

2017 Hudson River Ramble

cover-from-hvramble_2017_final-proofThe Hudson River Valley Ramble is an annual event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region.  Every September, ‘Ramblers’ come not only from the Hudson Valley region and New York State, but from other regions of the country as well to discover the riches our Valley has to offer.

The 18th Annual Ramble will take place on September 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24, 30 and October 1, 2017!

To view a digital copy of the 2017 Hudson River Valley Ramble booklet, please click here.

To download a PDF version of the 2017 booklet, please click here (10 MB file)

19th Annual Orange Open

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Orange County Chamber of Commerce

Monday, September 25, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

Middletown, NY

From the website: 


Join the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and HONOR as we host the 19th Annual Orange Open Golf Tournament at the beautiful West Hills Country Club in Middletown, NY. Your participation in this event will not only be enjoyable but will also benefit HONOR  an organization that helps citizens in Orange County who need it the most. Compete in the Corporate Challenge for the Rowley Cup, or enjoy a relaxing day on the course. The tournament is open to all skill levels as there will be three games determined by skill, played on the course throughout the day. There will be lunch, dinner, and a cocktail party with awards.

HONOR (Helping Others Needing Our Resources) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Middletown, NY.  They provide services such as adult and family shelters, a youth shelter, permanent housing and support services to individuals with HIV/AIDS, transitional housing for homeless, single women as well as addiction and case management services.  The goal for all these services is to help people become independent and self-sufficient by providing the help, counseling and services they need to get themselves there.

By committing to a sponsorship at the 2017 Orange Open, a portion of your donation will go directly to HONOR to support their cause and help their mission.  Your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal tax purposes, but as always, consult with your tax professional.  Once your Eventbrite transaction is complete, you will receive an email from HONOR stating the above, and as always, please keep this written acknowledgement of your donation for your tax records.

We are looking forward to working with you to help advance HONOR’s reach.  If you would like to learn more about HONOR, please visit honorhelpingothers.org.  We thank you in advance for your commitment to ourselves and HONOR.