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Classic Choral Society perform at annual Christmas concert. (Credit: John Maney)Share in some beautiful holiday music this Christmas season!

Orange County, N.Y. (December 10, 2018) – Need a break from holiday shopping? Relax to some beautiful seasonal music at unique venues around Orange County, N.Y.  From Yule-tide carols being sung by a choir to lighter tunes you know by heart, the sounds of the holiday season are filling the Hudson Valley with music.   

“Grab your loved ones and head to a local concert this holiday season,” advises Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “You don’t need to travel outside of Orange County to catch top-notch musical talent. Whether you’re looking for holiday entertainment or inspiration, you’ll find it right here. Come, relax, recharge, rejoice and sing-along!”…

Warm up at the Washingtons'Newburgh, NY (December 5, 2018)  -- You are invited to Warm Up at the Washingtons’ at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, on Sunday, December 9th, 12 PM until 4 PM. Historic interpreters in each seasonally decorated room will greet visitors and share what took place when the Washingtons occupied the Hasbrouck farmhouse during the last winter of the Revolutionary War. The Salmagundi Consort will perform period appropriate music by an indoor Dutch jambless fireplace, and cookies and warm cider will be served near an outdoor fire.

Excelsior PR logoRegional Gateway Will Promote Local Attractions, Food and Beverage

NEW YORK – November 14, 2018 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the Hudson Valley/Catskills Welcome Center, located at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley, Orange County. The state-of-the-art Welcome Center, one of 11 being built across the state, will serve as a modern gateway to the Hudson Valley and Catskills vacation regions, supporting New York State's commitment to growing regional economies and promoting local tourism, foods and craft beverages across the state.

 Barrett Art Center“Digital Docent” Boosts Visitor Engagement

Poughkeepsie, NY (November 13, 2018) – The Barrett Art Center has added a “Digital Docent” (SEO with Artificial Intelligence) to boost visitor engagement and streamline access to its community focused programs.  

The Barrett believes art and history play key roles in establishing local identity and fostering tourism.  To address both, the Digital Docent recommends programs, classes, exhibitions and events that will stimulate engagement and foster discovery. …

Historic Huguenot StreetNew Paltz, NYHistoric Huguenot Street (HHS) has been awarded a $14,000 New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Planning Grant to prepare for a year of women’s history centered programming at the 10-acre National Historic Landmark District in the Village of New Paltz, NY.

HHS was notified of the award in early October. “We are extremely grateful for this grant which will support us as we take the time needed to develop and plan for a comprehensive array of programs in 2020 that celebrate the centennial of votes for women,” said Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming. “Each year, we host dozens of programs including community favorites like Cider Market, Trick-or-Treat, Haunted Huguenot Street, and A Holiday on Huguenot Street; but developing and planning new programs that are particularly relevant to today, takes time. And this grant gives us that time.”…

Walkway Over the Hudson logoAuthor to Speak on New Book ‘Las Villas of Plattekill’ at Walkway’s Ulster Welcome Center 

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.— Author Ish Martinez will explore a time when “Las Villas” were the most popular vacation resorts for Latinos in the Northeast when he speaks about his new book, “Las Villas of Plattekill and Ulster County,” during a Walkway Lecture Series presentation scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26th at Walkway State Park’s Ulster Welcome Center. …

Apple Dave's OrchardCelebrate U-pick apple season in Orange County, N.Y.

Orange County, N.Y. – Autumn is the perfect time to take advantage of the colorful landscape and outdoor activities in Orange County, home to some of the best apples in New York State.  The orchards offer a wide variety of weekend activities perfect for family outings. Pumpkin patches, tractor and pony rides, corn and hay mazes, and even a little hard cider tasting, round out days of fun in the crisp Hudson Valley air. Sample more than 50 varieties of apples ripening on the trees from late August through October.

Courtney LoveThe multidisciplinary arts center will celebrate Love’s work with an evening of performance, readings and tributes at its biennial Pioneering People Basilica Benefit

Hudson, N.Y. - Basilica Hudson is thrilled to announce its honoree and preliminary lineup of hosts and performers for Pioneering People, the organization’s biennial benefit set to take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018. This year’s event will celebrate the achievements and legacy of musician, songwriter, actor, performer and incomparable cultural force Courtney Love and will be creative directed by Basilica Hudson Co-Founder and Director Melissa Auf der Maur and artist, creative director, and Basilica Hudson collaborator Joe Mama-Nitzberg.

ThinkDIFFERENTLY DashPoughkeepsie, N.Y. – Registration is now open online for the 2018 ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash and Queen City Mile, a partnership between Dutchess Tourism Inc., First Friday Poughkeepsie, and Dutchess County Government. The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash and Queen City Mile are run/walks for individuals of all abilities, and all are welcome to participate in the city of Poughkeepsie.

Dutchess County Tourism logoPoughkeepsie, N.Y.– Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company, recently released their report “The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York” which showed 2017 tourism spending in Dutchess County increased 5.9% over 2016 to more than $601.5 million. This is the eighth consecutive year spending has increased and marks a 25% increase since 2013.

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