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Manza Family Farm HolidayFind the perfect tree for your home’s holiday display at a nearby U-cut farm

Orange County, N.Y. (November 24, 2020) – With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of us are anxious to deck the halls and add some holiday cheer to our homes. This year, more than ever, local farms are in need of your support and many offer a wide selection of beautiful trees perfect for trimming this holiday season. Enjoy a family-friendly outing and holiday-themed experiences as you search for a pre-cut or chop-your-own tree at a nearby farm.

Dutchess Tourism Destination Guide AwardsPoughkeepsie, NY– Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) is proud to announce that the Discover Dutchess Destination Guide has been awarded a Platinum MarCom Award and a Silver Davey Award.

MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. Well respected industry-wide, the Awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). In the past, only about 15 percent of entries have earned Platinum awards, a level the Association deems a tremendous achievement.

The annual International Davey Awards honors the achievements of the "Creative Davids," who derive their strength from big ideas rather than big budgets. The Davey Awards is the leading awards competition specifically for smaller entities as they compete with their peers to win the recognition they deserve. The Daveys are judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA).

Sarah Mijares Studio by Angelina DreamHudson, NY - Basilica Hudson co-presents with creative studio LikeMindedObjects the first ever Basilica Farm & Flea Virtual Market, featuring a diverse selection of over 70 Hudson Valley based businesses, in place of its annual in-person Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market. Basilica’s curatorial eye and devotion to the creative community will help provide many participants with the nest egg needed to carry them through the slower winter months.  

This Holiday Season, Basilica Hudson will host the virtual market on their website to access more than 70 clickable vendors and products for purchase directly from each webshop. Additionally, Basilica Hudson will run a promotional campaign on their social media to highlight participating vendors, and will also conduct Instagram Live interviews with a diverse range of business owners.

Irvington, NY — When COVID-19 became a household name, Irvington Theater worked quickly to provide free, online programming to keep their audience members connected. And because it was so successful this summer, one such offering is back: the Arts Incubator offers a glimpse into the creative process by showcasing works-in-progress from artists across mediums. Serving as a companion to #IrvingtonAnywhere, the theater’s all-virtual season of ticketed events, this month’s Arts Incubator offerings premiere Thursdays November 5, 12, and 19 on Irvington Theater’s YouTube channel and will be available to stream on demand for free. 

Basilica HudsonHudson, N.Y. - Basilica Hudson, a leading nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center founded by musician Melissa Auf der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone, celebrates its first-ever Kickstarter campaign. Having already surpassed their initial goal of $35,000, Basilica Hudson continues to raise funds to support their projected loss of income for the first half of 2021. As a beacon in Hudson for explorative and innovative programming while maintaining its commitment to waterfront access and preservation, Basilica Hudson aims to maintain their mission through the Kickstarter campaign, reaching their vast global and local audience for support.

Lawrence Farms OrchardsU-Pick pumpkin patches offer fall fun for the whole family

Orange County, N.Y. (October 20, 2020) – ‘Tis the season for hayrides, farm mazes, and pick-your-own pumpkins for family fun! U-pick farms and pumpkin patches across Orange County, N.Y. offer all of these, and so much more. Explore the Hudson Valley region’s vibrant fall foliage, savor sweet treats from local markets, and enjoy family fun for all ages. With activities for families, kids, and adults, a day on the farm may include animal experiences, outdoor games, and locally-grown food and drinks.

“Feel the crisp autumn air as you enjoy a day on the farm, picking the plumpest pumpkins. Kids can enjoy the many outdoor activities like corn mazes and hayrides while you discover one-of-a-kind fall-themed home decor items in markets. Don’t forget to treat the whole family to one (or a few) cider donuts before the day is done!” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “Is it a craft beverage you seek? Try one of the county’s many cideries, breweries, wineries, and distilleries — all while taking in the beautiful hues of gold, red, and orange foliage the region is known for!”…

Kinderhook, New York – Beginning Sunday, November 1, 2020, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site will transition to winter operations. Park grounds remain open daily from 7 am to sunset. Pick up a brochure in the parking lot and follow the three-quarter mile wayside loop to learn more about Martin Van Buren’s post-presidency home.NPS

Facilities, including historic Lindenwald and the park visitor center, will be closed. Ranger programs will not be offered during the winter season. Traditionally, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site increases operations for the spring in mid-April. Please check back closer to that time for more information.  …

NYS - Making Progress HappenCenter Will Welcome Visitors and Introduce Them to the 24,000-Acre Preserve

NY Parks 2020 Initiative Leverages Public-Private Investment to Modernize Minnewaska State Park Preserve Gateway

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today the opening of a new visitor center at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve on the Shawangunk Ridge. A public-private partnership with the Open Space Institute created the modern facility overlooking Lake Minnewaska to welcome and guide visitors arriving to explore the 24,000-acre preserve and provide public amenities and education and programming space. The project installed modern facilities necessary to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the park needed since the administration of Governor Mario Cuomo acquired the site of a former resort hotel in 1987. The new visitor center caps a $27 million public-private multi-phase investment to modernize the gateway to Minnewaska State Park Preserve under Governor Cuomo's NY Parks 2020 initiative.

Pure Terror Scream ParkDon’t miss a spooktacular lineup of tricks and treats this Halloween season

Orange County, N.Y. (October 7, 2020) – It’s the most wonderful season for Halloween enthusiasts of all ages in Orange County, N.Y. Residents and visitors to the Hudson Valley can choose from a scary good lineup of thrills and frights throughout the month of October. Home to legend and lore, terrifying tours, nightlong horror-themed movie nights, trunk-loads of treats, and more await!

“Mark your calendars, it’s officially the Halloween season! Whether you’re seeking thrills or a family-friendly outing, Orange County has a spooktacular lineup of events for you,” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “Halloween isn’t just for the kids either! Trick or treat yourself to a night with friends for a candy and wine pairing, or cuddle up for a nightlong movie marathon of classic horror flicks at a local drive-in. Come on out, if you dare!”…

Hudson Jazz FestivalHudson, NY – With a focus on music as a healing force, Hudson Hall is proud to announce a special edition of the annual Hudson Jazz Festival from November 13 – December 20, 2020. Curated by Cat Henry, the festival celebrates the enduring vision of Alice and John Coltrane, whose relationship and creative output symbolize artistic achievement and Black excellence. In an effort to lift spirits in a turbulent time and encourage visitation to support local businesses, the festival has been shifted from its usual President’s Day weekend schedule to five energizing weekends of Live from Hudson Hall Facebook Live streamed music, and free exhibitions, film, talks, and events to engage and enrich our community starting November 13, 2020.

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