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Local Events Close to Home in Westchester County, NY

Hi everyone. . .wow we have missed being able to take our famous “day-trips” in and around the Hudson Valley this summer!  Between all the rain and our busy schedules this year we were not been out ‘n about as much as we normally are, but, the  few places we went were wonderful!

In between the many many rain filled weekends we enjoyed activities much closer to home than we normally do including:

The 14th Annual Peekskill Celebration the first weekend in August.  We rushed  to Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park to watch the Dragons on the Hudson dragon boat races which started early in the morning on Saturday (before the rain).  This was my first time seeing these boats first hand.  The workmanship in the design/ construction of these boats is wonderful; not to mention the much needed strength/stamina it takes to actually paddle one of these boats.  These boats are rich in history and a treat to watch!

   

Because it was yet another cool/over-cast day, the crowds seemed to hold off in the morning when we were there but as the day went on more people arrived to take part in the Peekskill Celebration, enjoy good food and visit the many booths.

  

  

Once again the sun was finally shining on Sept. 10th, we took advantage of the great day and attend the 6th Annual Cortlandt Family Fun Day in Montrose, NY.  This was a cute / fun day for the families in Cortlandt.  And, with the record breaking rain fall during August, the sunshine and a day of games, food and entertainment was just was area families needed.

  

On Sept. 24th we went to the 3rd Hudson Valley Irish Fest  at the Riverfront Green in Peekskill, NY.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Irish culture and especially Irish music.  My Dad’s family hales from Ireland with my father’s great uncle being Daniel O’Connell, the famed “Liberator” of Ireland.  We sat and enjoyed music by Celtic Cross, a wonderful pop/folk band with a traditional Celtic Irish influence.  Led by lead vocalist  Kathleen Lee (I’m actually named after/for the song “I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen“) is outstanding and amazing to listen to!

  Okay, so we all know how very much I love traveling to the Catskills, I’ve been going their since I was a child with my family for Sunday afternoon drives and now I enjoy spending long weekends traipsing around the Catskills.  While I have not yet had the pleasure of staying at Gavin’s, it is without a doubt on our list of places to stay.    At the festival I bought the most amazing celtic cross garden statue! I love it! And, the amazing thing was the designer of the piece Bill Bywater of Bywater.com is the brother of someone my honey used to work with in Poughkeepsie, NY – which made purchasing this handmade piece even more special!

Also on Sept. 24th we attended the  1st Buchanan Family Day at the Buchanan Pavilion in Buchanan, NY.  Like the Cortlandt Family Fun Day, this event was intended to give the families of Buchanan an opportunity to get together as a community, enjoy each other’s company, meet neighbors perhaps they hadn’t met and provide a fun filled environment for the children complete with face painting, pumpkin panting, a DJ providing live music and great food provided by  Buchanan Fire Department and Two Brother’s Pizzeria,!  Buchanan’s newest eatery Taste was also there meeting and greeting their neighbors!   From pumpkin painting to face painting, fun, food and entertainment, who could ask for more. . .the event was well attended and enjoyed by all!

  

  

As always, I wish you days filled with wonder – take a minute to wonder what it is that made you smile today!

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“Festa Italiana Peekskill” Festival 2011

The summer is winding down and the evening temperatures are starting to cool down here in the Hudson Valley. Of course for all of you that follow WonderfulWonders you already know how very important it is to my honey & I to support local businesses, vendors and events. This weekend we did just that by attending the 2nd year for the new “Festa Italiana Peekskill” festival.

What began with general conversation at Ciro’s Restaurant on South Street in Peekskill (in Westchester County NY) has turned into “Festa Italiana Peekskill” thanks to organizer/director Frank Cimino.  Apparently after doing some research it was discovered that 20% of Peekskill’s population is made up of Italian/Americans. With that, Mr. Cimino was on a quest, a quest to bring an Italian festival to Peekskill. Last year Mr. Cimino and a group/army of volunteers got together to bring what was a childhood memory of the great smells of good food, good conversation with family & friends to life in Peekskill.

Similar to their neighbors in Verplanck NY, who has proudly hosted the Italian Feast presented by The Society of Our Lady of Mt Carmel for the past 89years, Peekskill now proudly celebrates their “Festa Italiana Peekskill” Festival during the Feast of the Assumption. The “Festa Italiana Peekskill” features genuine native cuisine and bona fide Italian entertainers.

  

2011 is the 2nd year for the new “Festa Italiana Peekskill” festival and the Paramount Center for the Arts kicked off this year’s celebration with a benefit concert featuring Michael Amante. The benefit concert was for the Assumption Church and School in Peekskill. Michael Amante is one of the few tenors in the United States that is highly regarded and has been in a number of shows.

Friday night the crowd was entertained by Peekskill’s very own Internationally Acclaimed Vocal Artist Mary Mancini and World Renowned Accordion Virtuoso Mario Tacca and Doug Ferony Big Band. After the traditional Italian “salute!” (even though it may have been only water for our performing friends) everyone enjoyed themselves as they were clapping in their seats, singing along & even dancing in the streets!

     

The very beautiful Ave Maria performed by Mary Mancini was among the shows highlights

As with most festivals, along with the entertainment & food is a unique blend of vendors ~ many of which are local offering a unique blend of local flare and in many case homemade items featuring locally grown or manufactured materials.

   

  What I love most about attending these festivals is the opportunity to meet these local businesses/vendors and chat a bit with them. I simply love unique items and to meet the owner of the business and learn how they make the products is truly a pleasure for us. In return for their time & effort, we like to give them a little recognition and showcase a few of the more unique products and we have to save the trivets from Botanical Trivets are not only unique but they are exquisite! And yes, of course I had to have one for myself and I bought one as a gift!

 

As always, I wish you days filled with wonder – take a minute to wonder what it is that made you smile today!

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TO DO IN THE HUDSON VALLEY 08/01-07/11

Thanks to the various Patch.com sites here is a brief listing of some fun exciting things to do in and around the Hudson Valley during the week of 08/01 – 07/11.

As always, I wish you days filled with wonder – take a minute to wonder what it is that made you smile today!

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SHINE ON SAUGERTIES – 2011

Lighthouse on a Lighthouse

OMG – I can’t believe my honey and I recently stumbled upon the wonderful Shine on Saugerties art display. For those of you that follow WonderfulWonders, you will recall that for the last couple years we have seemingly “been-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time” because we have managed to see the Horses Are Coming to Saugertieslast year and Cat-N-Around Catskill” and The Best in Show in Hudson in 2009 – how great is that!

“Shine On Saugerties 2011″ features handmade wooden lighthouses.  The lighthouse design is based on the famed Saugerties Lighthouse, the oldest (1869) continuously operating lighthouse on the Hudson River, which sits at the mouth of the Esopus Creek in Saugerties.

The lighthouses are a great way to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Saugerties’ incorporation in 1811.  The Lighthouses, which feature an operating solar light, are now on display along the streets of the Historic Village Business District, now through late September.  Not only are the models designed by a Saugerties artisan, the lumber is milled and harvested locally, by Native Lumber in Saugerties.  I highly suggest visiting Saugerties and strolling along the streets to enjoy these wonderful works of art as some thirty-two lighthouses are proudly on display.  Here are just a few:

Checker Lighthouse

 

Eye on Saugerties

Hudson Lights

Today is a Good Day

And, this is my favorite:

Valley View

If you are in need of some relaxation and an overnight stay with a great view consider staying in this historic landmark on the Hudson River!  Restored to its former glory, the Lighthouse hosts a rustic Bed and Breakfast. Open Thursday through Sunday nights year-round.  What a special / unique place to relax and enjoy the seasons of the Hudson River Valley (okay so we haven’t stayed yet, but can you tell I’m anxious to stay  !)

You all know how much I LOVE the water, and especially the Hudson River, I can’t imagine anything more beautiful that being surrounded by the river on a remote little shoal.          Of course to get to the Lighthouse you will need to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the half-mile trail. Many people are often seen enjoying popular activities include fishing, picnicking, bird-watching, photography, and relaxing by the riverside. There is no air-conditioning in summertime. It is heated in wintertime.

There are two second floor bedrooms each with a double-bed.

The West Room has windows facing south down the Hudson River and west towards the Catskills (probably the room I’d hope to stay) and the East Room, the larger of the two rooms, has windows looking east onto the river.

Breakfast is provided for overnight guests. Dinner can be enjoyed by one of the many local area eateries or you may bring food to the lighthouse as the kitchen is available as well as an outdoor propane grill.

The Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy is pleased to announce the Between the Tides Festival,      its annual fundraiser and music festival. It will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 21st, 2011, from 2PM to 7PM. Hosted at the historic Saugerties Lighthouse, the festival is a family-friendly, all-ages event that includes live music, food, and drinks. It is scheduled “between the tides” so that the 1/2-mile trail to the lighthouse is passable throughout the event.

The line up of local musicians includes Paul Luke, the Josh Tyler Band, and more.

Tickets are on sale now – advanced ticket price is $25.00/person. Day of event: $30.00. Seniors $5.00 discount; children under 12 are free. Proceeds from the music festival supports the continued preservation of the lighthouse.

Celebrate the Hudson River and the historic Saugerties Lighthouse, a landmark of the Hudson River Valley. Enjoy live music, food, and drinks. The lighthouse is open for tours of the interior during the festival instead of the usual tour schedule on this day. NO PETS allowed during festival.

If you are in or around Saugerties I would strongly suggested walking through the streets, visiting the shops and eateries, and yes, plan that special weekend at the Saugerties Lighthouse!

As always, I wish you days filled with wonder - take a minute to wonder what it is that made you smile today!

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The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope – in the Catskills!

WOW, I can’t believe how time flies. . .it’s been a few months since I last blogged, what’s up with that?   So by now most of you “regular” visitors may be saying, hmmm, WonderfulWonders hasn’t done too much traveling in and around the Hudson Valley this summer…. unfortunately you are right.  Somehow our days have been filled with work, errands and then more work. So to all of you that follow my blog, you know that now that the warmer temperatures are here it’s time for my honey and I to get out and about traveling around the Hudson Valley.

We took a drive recently to Mt. Tremper to check out the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope – Kaleidostore at the Emerson Country Store. The store is filled with a large variety of unique items from the newest trendy fashion items to vintage fashion, antique to modern furniture and so much more!

Outside the front door an adorable garden says “relax, enjoy & stay awhile.”  I love love love shops like this!

The kaleidoscope is housed in the 56+ feet tall (certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the World’s Largest) silo of a beautifully restored 19th century dairy barn, The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope has been mesmerizing guests since 1996, which means we happen to visit while they are celebrating their 15th anniversary!

The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope show features brilliant moving images while you listen to theater-quality sound.  While you watch the amazing images moving and taking on different shapes & sizes you are treated to great music by Gary Burke, a local composer and drummer who has worked with Frances Ford Coppola and Bob Dylan.  Listening to this music takes you back in time as you hear hints of folk, jazz, big band, psychedelic rock and patriotic grandeur.

 

When visiting, you will enjoy one of three shows, depending on the season. We saw the America, The House We Live In:  A look at the history of America from settlement days through the first space walks and the sixties.


With Woodstock  being only a short distance away, the music was appropriate for our location.  So, what did we do, but of course head over to Woodstock for a bite to eat and browse the shops.

As suggested in our Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains An Explorer’s Guide book, we stopped at Alyce & Roger’s Fruit Stand on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper and picked up the most delicious corn relish! The couple (we assume Alyce & Roger) was so friendly and kind, we will absolutely go back for more of their fresh relish and jams!

We absolutely had to go back to Cafe Mezzaluna on Route 212 in Saugerties.  We knew from out last visit how special this place was and it was confirmed again when we walked in the door and Sherri greeted us with that same warm & friendly smile.  More specifically, she asked if we were again staying at the  Grouse House/Penthouse (where we spent a long weekend last year).  Her remembering us and where we stayed re-confirmed why we LOVE Cafe Mezzaluna!

There are many great places in and around the Catskills and Hudson Valley and we love exploring them all!

As always, I wish you days filled with wonder - take a minute to wonder what it is that made you smile today!

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2011 Hudson Valley Gateway Experience

Hello Hudson Valley! What a great day, I am so excited, why, a number of reasons; tomorrow is the beginning of spring and today we attended the first (I believe the 1st)                   Hudson Valley Gateway Experience at The Mansion on the Hill at Colonial Terrace Conference Center, 119 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY.

This great event provided area residents an opportunity to attend a fun-filled, jam-packed day while learning about and meeting some of the Hudson Valley-based businesses.   The first-ever “Experience” is a regional showcase for vendors to display their best products (many having been voted “Best of Westchester”) and services to the local market.  A few local personalities were on hand meeting and greeting too!  Our own WHUD 100.7 radio personality Kacey Morabito (also a friend from high school for me!) was busy announcing the various vendors in attendance. 

Nearly ninety (90) area businesses from across the Hudson Valley were there interacting with everyone, providing information, coupons, samples and more!  I completely love events like this where the businesses/vendors are accessible and eager to meet the community. 

While all the businesses / vendors were wonderful, a few of my personal favorites include:

I completely fell in love with the hottest trend in readers…well the hottest European trend … clic readers!  These are great and Stephanie Waters, owner of   CraftGoggles, is the ONLY vendor in the entire state of NY to have the license to carry these adorable readers!  The strengths vary from 1 to 3.  And for those of you that know me, yes, I did purchase a pair for myself!    I simply couldn’t resist!  So if you use readers, you know – a pair in the bathroom, a pair in the kitchen, a pair by your bedside and so on and so on, I strongly suggest you contact Stephanie. Keep checking her website (it’s currently under construction) or call her direct at 1-845-603-6124!!

Next on my list of new favorites is     G&K Sweet Foods! Kecia is amazing! With her business partner Gay, these two women have to be among the friendliest & personable ladies you will ever meet.               Their “sweetness” automatically draws you to their table and trust me, once there, you won’t want to leave!  Their sweet potato pie is will have you smiling for more.  The recipe is based on legacy recipe passed down by Gay’s great-grandmother.  My congratulations to these two amazing women for not only creating this successful women owned business but for continuing the legacy and preserving their family history & heritage through the use of recipes passed down through the generations. 

An already mentioned favorite but well worth mentioning again is 12 Grapes - the best music & wine bar in town!  It’s true when they say “a little bit of SoHo in historic downtown Peekskill”! 12 Grapes has received numerous awards and rave reviews including:

·       featured in the Jan. 2011 issue of Westchester Magazine Entitled “A Little Night Music”, this is a great article on food & music venues in the area.  The first photo, of the 12 Grapes stage, includes 5-time Grammy nominee Jon Cobert on keyboard, Mark Rivera on sax (Billy Joel’s sax player), Seth Glassman on bass, Denny McDermott on drums and Russ Velazquez on vocals. And what a night it was!  Click HERE to read the article.

 ·       Dec ’10: 12 Grapes was featured on Toni! on New York TV Everyone in New York loves TV’s Entertainment Reporter, Toni Senecal.  Formerly with WPIX & FOX5, she now has her own cable TV show.  We were happy to have Toni visit with us on December 8th as part of a Jazz special with Wynton Marsalis (Wynton visited 12 Grapes  last year after he performed at the Paramount). 
The Toni! on New York episode aired on 12/22 and 12/25. Click HERE to watch the video.  Toni’s spot on 12 Grapes is found at 20:35 thru 23:00 (you can fast-forward to it). 

 ·       Jul ’10: 12 Grapes was awarded Westchester Magazine‘s Readers’ Pick for “Best Place For A Date Night” See the July ’10 “Best of Westchester” issue of Westchester Magazine. Click HERE for the online story.

 We very much enjoy events like this as we love meeting new people in and around the Hudson Valley!  A very special THANK YOU to everyone for hosting such a spectacular event – one that is sure to grow each year!  Thank You to the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce organizing the event and to your wonderful sponsors:  

    

As always, I wish you days filled with wonder - take a minute to wonder what it is that made you smile today!

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X2O Xaviars On The Hudson – My Valentine's 2011 Dinner

 OMG! How else can I describe both my Valentine’s Day 2011 (which was a weekend long adventure filled with gifts & surprises) and my exceptional dinner at X2O Xaviars On The Hudson in Yonkers, NY.  X2O sits in the water on the only turn of the century Victorian pier that is still in use on the Hudson River. X2O’s Main Dining Salon’s 25 foot vaulted ceiling and 3 walls of glass frame offers views of the George Washington and Tappan Zee Bridges, as well as sunsets over the Palisades.

 We (probably more like me) have had X20 on our/my list of places to have dinner for about a year now.  Being from Northern Westchester County, traveling down to Yonkers isn’t first on our “can’t wait” to-do list (nothing again Yonkers itself), but, X20 was high on the “must do” list. 

 My honey surprised me with roses Saturday morning as he informed me that this was Valentine’s weekend!  As we set out that morning to go eagle watching/scouting, I had no idea what was in store for dinner or that there even was a dinner in the plan.  So, you can image my surprise when I learned we had reservations at 6:30 at X20 Xaviars On The Hudson!

 Where to begin…X20 provides the complete package – everything from the magnificent view of the George Washington Bridge/NYC skyline, the most pleasant/friendly servers (Chase was outstanding!) to welcoming conversation with the Maitre D Greg Vann.  I was very impressed by the fact that Greg went out of his way to spend time chatting with us, showed us their wine room and overall made us feel welcomed.  I think too, his sincere appreciation that we came to X2O was evident in his conversation, again making our experience all the more special! All these elements combined set the stage for what was nothing short of a spectacular dinner. 

 We started with a nice bottle Riesling as we toasted Valentine’s 2011.  I began with the Winter Citrus Salad with Lump Crabmeat Ginger & Miso Dressing which was Blood Orange, Meyer Lemon & Grapefruit with Frisee while my honey started with the Lobster Crepe Mascarpone & Chives Sauce American with Star Anise & Tiny Salad – both were delicious leaving us eagerly anticipating our entrees!

 

Winter Citrus Salad with Lump Crabmeat Ginger & Miso Dressing

Lobster Crepe Mascarpone & Chives

I decided on the Braised Short Ribs of Beef Parsnip Puree and Fried Cauliflower Chili & Onion Crust with Asian Yam Chips.  I completely fell in love with the parsnip puree and the fried cauliflower (which came highly recommend by our server Chase) completely exceeded my expectations! 

Braised Short Ribs of Beef Parsnip Puree and Fried Cauliflower

My honey chose the Pan Roasted Hudson Valley Chicken Barley & Apple Risotto with Braised Fennel Foie Gras & Sauce Perigourdine. 

Pan Roasted Hudson Valley Chicken Barley & Apple Risotto with Braised Fennel

Now for those of you that follow my blog and read my post on various places we have dined at, you know that we always share the desert,  We decided on the Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake Grand Marnier Ice Cream & Orange Confit! HmmHmm GREAT!

Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake

For those that may not be aware, Peter Xavier Kelly (born in Yonkers, NY) owns/operates some of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in the Hudson Valley.  He was working in local restaurants at the age 14. While attending Marist College (for Business Administration), his love of the food industry was developed as he held a various jobs in various NY restaurants. He traveled to France to perfect his skills in the culinary world.

 In his early twenties, this self-taught chef opened Xaviar’s in Garrison (which was closed and re-opened in its current Piermont location) and began his journey to success. To date, Peter owns some of the most renowned & acclaimed restaurants in New York State, all located in the Hudson Valley, north of New York City. Xaviar’s at Piermont, The Freelance Cafe and Wine Bar, Restaurant X & The Bully Boy Bar, and X2O Xaviars on the Hudson have all received popular praise and the industry’s most coveted awards and accolades.  Zagat’s Survey (29 out of 30), New York State Restaurateur of The Year 1998.

ZAGATRatings & Review

Food Decor Service Cost
27 28 25 $70

Smitten surveyors say Peter Kelly “has done it again” with this “spectacular” waterside venue in Yonkers – voted Westchester/Hudson Valley’s Most Popular – that “more than delivers on the hype” with “knock-your-socks-off” “adventurous” New American cuisine matched with “magnificent river views”; add in a “stellar” wine selection, “seamless service” and a “stunning” room, and even if a handful huff “overpriced”, for most it’s a “triumph” all around; P.S. “try the prix fixe lunch – it’s quite a bargain”, as are the small plates in the lounge.

 I’m sure many of you also know that in 2007 Peter appeared on the Food Networks Iron Chef America and beat Bobby Flay in Battle “Cowboy Rib Eye.”

 Can you tell we loved it! So now we want to experience the views, and oh yes, the food, during the daylight hours….so, my honey said we’ll just have to go back and do brunch!

 As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today!


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Living History in my hometown…Verplanck NY

Half Moon-River Day 2009 By now you all know how passionate I am about the Hudson Valley and the vast amount of history that was made right here in our valley.  I am excited too that my hometown (Verplanck, NY) played and continues to play a major role in history making.

Much of this blog post will be information currently available on various other websites (see resources below).  I’ll do my best to summarize what for me is both historical in scope and personal, as it’s, literally, history in my backyard.

Once again the replica ship of Henry Hudson’s original Half Moon exploration ship from 1609 has docked at the King Marine in Verplanck, NY.  This beautiful replica has been docking here during the winter for the past twelve (12) years.  The ship is one of only two such replicas in the world.

Now for the exciting news, recently the Half Moon’s captain, Chip Reynolds, hosted a group of filmmakers from the Netherlands who were visiting the Half Moon in consideration of using her for a documentary about Dutch explorers! How exciting the possibility of a documentary featuring this great ship with so much history connected to my hometown! After all, my high school was named after the famous explorer (Hendrick Hudson High)!

“It will be a story about discovering the new world that has never been done before,” said Erwin Godschalk, the film’s producer. Godschalk said the crew should begin filming in May and release the documentary in December. The Half Moon will be needed for about five to ten days of shooting.

Captain Reynolds is also the Director of the New Netherland Museum.  The New Netherland Museum operates the Half Moon. When the ship is under way Captain Reynolds uses a crew of volunteers to sail her. He also runs an educational program in partnership with New York State certified educators that integrates history, math, science and writing for fourth and seventh graders who can embark on a one-week voyage.

Watch the video to learn more about the ship and the programs run through the New Netherland Museum, which is the non-profit, educational institution that owns and operates the ship as a traveling museum dedicated to public education about the life in New Netherland during the 17th Century. Reynolds is the director of the museum.

The ship will be here until late March / early April at the King Marine in Verplanck.  Randy King, invites residents of the community stop by the marine at 270 6th St., Verplanck, any time to visit the Half Moon. You can reach him at 914-739-3413.

As reported on The New Netherland Museum’s website,”the original Half Moon was the first European ship to document entry into what we now call the Delaware Bay and River, and to explore the Hudson River to its navigable limits and was commissioned on March 25, 1609, for the Dutch East India Company. She was a ship of exploration and the spaceship of her age, designed to take a crew of twenty into unknown and uncharted waters.

Her captain, Henry Hudson, was already a famous explorer of Arctic waters when in 1608 he was hired by the Dutch East India Company to find a northeast, all-water route to Asia. but only a month out of port, the Dutch/English crew of his ship was disheartened after their passage north of Norway was blocked by Arctic ice floes. Many talked of mutiny.

Sitting in his cabin, the concerned captain considered his dilemma and options. A compromise was made. The course was changed and what began as a search for a Northeast passage became a transatlantic crossing to look for a Northwest passage to the rich spice. trade of China. Of course, some think that Hudson’s intention all along was to go Northwest.

Hudson in North America

After reaching the Maine coast and replacing a foremast lost in rough storms during her Atlantic crossing. the Half Moon sailed southward as far as the present day North Carolina Outer Banks. Then, turning northward, Hudson explored the Delaware Bay before arriving at the mouth of a wide river. Could this be a passage to the Pacific Ocean?

Hudson stopped at points on the New Jersey coast before sailing the small ship up the river which today bears the Captain’s name–the Hudson River, but it was soon obvious that it was an inland river, not a west-ward passage. Hudson sailed upriver to present-day Albany before returning down river, and claiming the region for the Dutch.

It would be many years before the significance of Hudson s 1609 voyage to America would be understood, and the Half Moon universally recognized as one of the best known ships of exploration.

America’s Dutch Heritage

Hudson’s voyage had important consequences. In making this historic journey, Hudson claimed the region for the Dutch and opened the land for the settlers who followed. Hudson s voyage, nearly ten years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, led to the establishment, in 1614, of the Dutch trading post, Fort Nassau, at present day Albany, New York. The first European settlements in the States of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania were built by the Dutch beginning in 1624 and formed the Dutch colony of New Netherland, or Nieuw Nederlandt.

By the end of the 17th century, all of New Netherland had become the possession of the British crown. Yet the maps of the region still reflect the original Dutch settlements. Brooklyn, Hoboken, Block Island and hundreds more places take their names from the first Dutch colonists. These names hint at the early Dutch role in establishing our nation, an involvement that continued through to the American Revolution. …..”

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today!

Resources:

http://peekskill.patch.com/

http://www.halfmoonreplica.org/

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The Hudson Valley on Canvas

Hello everyone, I am so excited to launch the new image (Hudson From Bear Mt. by Phyllis Tarlow) on my blog and to introduce you to the wonderful artist whom I am both honored and privileged to have met; Phyllis Tarlow. Even more, I am grateful that Phyllis has graciously permitted me to feature her piece on my website. 

We had the pleasure of meeting Phyllis last year at the Knickerbocker Ice Festival (if you didn’t catch my blog then, you may want to check it out now).  We had an instant connection.  Phyllis’ passion for painting and painting here in the Hudson Valley (which we all know I’m so passionate about!), probably made it inevitable for us to connect.  I am very happy to say that we’ve stayed in touch throughout the year since we met, one year ago this month.  We’ve exchanged holiday cards and learned a little about each other’s lives.   

The more we have gotten to know each, the more we have discovered that we both have visited and/or have a love for particular areas here in the Hudson Valley.  Phyllis has many pieces in her Hudson Valley collection.  Many of the paintings are scenes from the lower Hudson Valley & Hudson Highlands region.  Like me, Phyllis says she finds herself heading West toward the Hudson River (which we all know how very special the river is to me) and up into the very dramatic landscape of the Hudson Highlands. Just as traveling in and around this beautiful Hudson Valley always makes me smile, Phyllis too says capturing the colors and sights of the valley lift her spirits and she finds happiness in being able to share with others through her paintings. 

 Here are a few of my favorites, most of these are basically in my backyard, and areas I’ve visited and played in for many years! 

Cornfield-at-Lawrence-Farm in Newburgh NY

Stony-Shoreline-Hastings-on-Hudson

Evening-Shoreline-At-Rye-Town-Beach

Oh and if you live in or near, or just love Larchmont, NY you may want to check our Phyllis’ collection titled Manor Park.  As Phyllis describes it, “…Manor Park in Larchmont, NY is a charming little park located on the shores of the Long Island Sound. Its distinctive gazebos and wonderful rocky outcroppings have given me pleasure throughout the years since I discovered the park as a young girl. I’ve been painting small watercolors of the various views through the years and have also chosen two of my watercolors to publish as limited edition giclee prints.” 

In addition to prints and originals, Phyllis offers a boxed set of 6 assorted cards of Manor Park scenes. Call 914 428-1224 or email Phyllis to order. 

Phyllis has been working professionally as an artist since the early 80′s, first entering the world of art as a commercial artist and illustrator and gradually turned toward portraiture and fine art.  My honey and I are considering a portrait of us from this past year as we just celebrated 5 years together! 

While commissioned portraits continue to be a part of her work, Phyllis has found oil landscapes have become central to her body of work and have captured her heart & attention! 

Phyllis feels that the variety of locations, atmospheric effects, changing seasons and climate present such endless possibilities that she now understands how her love of the landscape continues to feed her senses while at the same time challenge her abilities as an artist. 

Phyllis paints in oil en plein air (artists lingo meaning “on location”) as well as in her Hartsdale, NY, studio where she will often finish a painting started on location but also paint new subjects using plein air sketches and photos taken with her digital camera as reference. 

If you would like to keep up with the wonderful new pieces Phyllis paints from our great Hudson Valley I encourage you to     Phyllis Tarlow Fine Art on Facebook and/or sign up for her newsletter.  

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today! 

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Autumn's Colors from 5,000 Ft.

To me, the beauty of the Hudson Valley and Autumn’s colors is nothing short of breathtaking, until I seen its beauty from 5,000′! 

My honey and I had another spectacular weekend!   The air was crisp as we headed north on Route 9 early Saturday morning as we ventured out on another one of our famous “day-trips.”  Today’s destination was the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Rhinebeck NY.   

You may not know but my honey is an avid model plane builder/flyer .  He has been building and flying model planes since he was a child growing up in New Jersey.  While I truly enjoy watching him fly his planes, I wasn’t sure I would be “wowed” by our visit to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome but I knew he would be thrilled so off we went.

Upon arriving at the Aerodrome we were excited to learn they were celebrating their 9th Annual Glenn Curtiss Day (we somehow always seem to stumble upon an event or celebration taking place!) 

I am not an expert on airplanes, designs, manufacturers or aviation at any level but I was intrigued to learn that Glenn Curtiss flew from Albany to Manhattan in some documents report 5 hours and others 3 according to the MC at the Aerodrome.  Glenn Curtiss was born in Hammondsport NY and is considered “The Father of Naval Aviation” and “Founder of the American Aircraft Industry”, Now according to the MC at the event, some documents indicate this flight took 5 hours and some say 3, none the less it was a historical flight over the Hudson River.  The plane Glenn Curtiss flew during his flight from Albany to Manhattan was the Albany Flyer.  This flight was captured by artist John Gould as he paints the Albany Flyer flying past Bannerman’s Island and Storm King Mountain. 

Original Painting of the Albany Flyer by John Gould

It was interesting to see so many of these old planes many of which the ORA still fly today.  Some may only lift off the ground maybe 4′ but none the less, for a plane that was built in the early 1900′s and is still able to lift off the ground is a remarkable feat!  If only our cars of today were built to last as long LOL!

The ORA puts on spectacular air shows with many of these planes.  In addition to the air shows they have period music and automobiles as part of the show.  Members of the audience are encouraged to participate by volunteering to wear period clothing and ride in these beautiful old cars!  

One of the most exciting things to do / see while at the ORA is to take a ride in the open-cockpit 1929 New Standard biplane!  I felt like Amelia Earhart (my mother asked me if I had my scarf, darn I knew I forgot something!). We dubbed ourselves Amelia and Orville “wannabes.”

The New Standard D25 Bi Plane

More Autumn’s Colors from 5,000 Ft. photos

After a “wonderful” day at the ORA we decided to find something new for dinner.  With the Best of the Hudson Valley 2010 list recently announced we decided we were going to try to visit a few of the places voted BOHV 2010 while out n ’bout during our travels.  Being in Dutchess County we choose to have dinner at Terrapin Restaurant voted Best Restaurant in Dutchess County.  You can read more about our dinner at Terrapin in my “BOHV 2010 – Best Restaurant in Dutchess County” post.

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today! 

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