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The Real Gilded Age costumed guide. Photo by Pierce JohnstonStaatsburg, N.Y. (2/16/24) — With the Season 2 finale of HBO’s TV series, The Gilded Age, last December and the recent Downton Abbey film “A New Era,” Staatsburgh State Historic Site is presenting a special theme tour exploring the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel these popular shows.

Led by a costumed guide, “The REAL Gilded Age” tour will show how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high-society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw in the popular period dramas.

Commander in CheersInnovative Augmented Reality Campaign Brings George Washington to Life

Dutchess County’s Revolutionary War Impact Highlighted

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (February 15, 2024) – Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) announced the launch of Commander in Cheers, an innovative augmented reality initiative aimed at sparking new engagement with the Revolutionary War history of Dutchess County, kicking off a multiyear celebration of the United States of America’s Semiquincentennial on July 4, 2026. This innovative project will spotlight the roles Dutchess County played in the Revolutionary War and highlight its contributions to American history. The campaign represents a collaborative effort between DTI, Dutchess County Historian William P. Tatum III, Ph.D., technology partner Evercoast and DTI’s agency of record, FourthIdea, to create an immersive experience that educates, entertains, and inspires visitors of all ages.

Still from The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1968, dir. Michael Lindsay-Hogg)Highlights include solo exhibition by artist, and author Michael Lindsay-Hogg, director of Let it Be (April 20 – June 2), plus a screening of his iconic music extravaganza, THE ROLLING STONES ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS, May 4

Hudson, NY (February 15, 2024) – Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House announces a spring season of music, visual art, film, circus, theater, and community programs for the whole family. Highlights include a solo exhibition by legendary director, writer, author and artist Michael Lindsay-Hogg (opening April 20) and a special screening of his iconic 1968 music documentary The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (May 4); contemporary circus from Canada’s Femmes du Feu Creations with a high-flying homage to firefighters, In the Fire (June 15); and a duo exhibition by father/daughter artists Allan and Ara Osterweil (June 8 – July 28).

Washington's BirthdayNewburgh, NY – February 15, 2024) Come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site and help us celebrate George Washington’s Birthday!!! The three-day event will be held February 17th, 18th and 19th, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm each day. Admission is free for all those three days, though donations are welcomed.

Sing “Happy Birthday” to General Washington (reenactor John Koopman) as he cuts into his birthday cake, officially starting the day’s festivities.

Depiction of Martha ChurchA free program on Black Americans at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, March 2 and 16, at 2:00pm

Staatsburg, N.Y. (2/10/24) — Stephen. Belinda. Mary. William. Dinah. Those are the known names of the nine people New York State governor Morgan Lewis enslaved at his country estate, Staatsburgh. What do we know of their lives in the Hudson Valley and the legacy of slavery within New York today?

Staatsburgh State Historic Site is offering their free, one-hour program “Slavery, Segregation & Staatsburgh” on Saturdays, March 2 and 16 at 2:00 p.m. Staatsburgh’s founder, Morgan Lewis, enslaved people of African descent at Staatsburgh. Yet, when his great-granddaughter, Ruth Livingston Mills, lived at Staatsburgh at the turn of the 20th century, the staff was exclusively White and of European descent. At the same time, a free Black community was able to grow and thrive in the surrounding hamlet.

ShortPlayFest-Press-Photo-1Irvington, NY — For the 4th consecutive year, Irvington Theater is thrilled to present the Arts Incubator Short Play Fest: a free celebration of short, new, in-development works of theater and the playwrights behind them! This year’s Fest will once again exist in a hybrid format of free events online and in-person between March 10-16.

Yonkers Public Library logoIn celebration of Black History Month

Yonkers, NY  (February 13, 2023) – Yonkers Public Library will launch its “Grow, Harvest, & Feast” program series on Sat., Feb. 17, 2024 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riverfront Library in celebration of Black History Month. The kick-off party invites residents to learn about the library’s seed library, watch a cooking demonstration with Chef B, sample local cuisine from Black and Afro-Caribbean chefs, and enjoy an interactive dance performance with James Norton from Youth Theatre Interactions. …

Westchester PhilharmonicJaime Laredo returns to lead the orchestra with violinist Isabelle Durrenberger

White Plains, New York — The Westchester Philharmonic returns to the stage at the Purchase Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 7, 3:00 pm. The program, entitled “Old School, New Voice,” features works of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart.

Renowned conductor and violinist Jaime Laredo returns to lead the orchestra, performing Bach’s sublime Concerto for two violins with prized former student Isabelle Durrenberger.

Mirbeau Resorts Earn Prestigious Accolades; Ratings Showcased on ForbesTravelGuide.com

Atlanta, GA (February 7, 2024) — Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, spas, and ocean cruises, today announced its 2024 Star Awards. All Mirbeau Inn & Spa properties including Skaneateles, NY; Rhinebeck, NY; and Plymouth, MA received Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Awards. These properties are showcased with other honorees on ForbesTravelGuide.com. In 2024, there were only 600 Four-Star properties worldwide.

Indonesian DanceYonkers, NY (February 5, 2024) —Hudson River Museum is celebrating the Year of the Dragon at its annual Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, February 17, 11am–5pm. Join us for performances, traditional Asian arts and crafts, demonstrations, and much more! All performances and workshops are free with general admission; Planetarium shows and Glenview tours are ticketed.

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