Author - Melissa Tyler

Underground Coffee & Ales

Highland Coffee & Ales Pub A Big Attraction

Underground Coffee & Ales

The Research

Coffee and Craft Beer are a winning combination at Underground Coffee & Ales in Highland. The Coffee Pub which opened October 2015, is the unique brainchild of Erin and Jeremy Intonti.

How do you combine coffee + beer? The answer is simple. The Highland couple live close to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the Walkway over the Hudson and like to walk the two parks on a regular basis. One thing led to another and Erin liked the idea of combining a place that you could get a coffee and a bite to eat. The couple are craft beer enthusiasts and that’s how they combined the two.

Erin & Jeremy

The couple who are the original founders of the Hudson River Craft Beer Festival on the Beacon waterfront spent years researching craft beer. They did their homework by visiting breweries, craft beer festivals and other craft beer pubs. They may call themselves “beer nerds” but there’s nothing nerdy about the brand they are building.



Stop by for breakfast Thursdays thru Sunday from 9 am – 11:30 am and you’ll find menu selections like the Rail Trail Sandwich which includes fresh eggs, mixed greens, Parmesan cheese + avocado on a Brioche roll. A Caboose Sandwich includes fresh eggs, sausage, sharp cheddar, salsa + avocado on a Brioche roll. Buttermilk flapjacks, homemade Belgium waffles with fresh fruits, pastries are also just some of the menu options and of course we haven’t talked about the coffee.


Coffee + More

Underground serves a large selection of coffees that are made locally in the Hudson Valley in Tarrytown by Coffee Lab Rosters. They serve 9 latte’s, cappuccino, espresso,  iced coffee’s, ice latte’s, cappuccino latte’s, chai latte’s and Harney & Son’s Tea. This place is a coffee lovers dream!


The Beers

Underground Coffee & Ales is more an Artisianal beer and concept pub. They serve 10 craft taps that rotate almost daily. This is the unique experience that customers like as well. This destination pub brings it’s patrons new experiences. It truly is an adventure going as the beer you may have had yesterday, is not guaranteed tomorrow. But, that is what is popular in the whole craft beer trend. Small batches are made and the changing taps almost daily guarantee freshness!


Bet You Can’t Taste Just One

Options, options, options! That’s what you’ll find. Not sure what you want, ask for a sample. The underground features seasonal and hard to find beers and ciders from the Hudson Valley as well as all over New York. One and Done, not quite; but today people are into UNIQUE and One-Off’s that breweries make in small batches.


Beer Flight

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few years, Beer Flights are the way to go! It’s part of the whole Craft Beer experience. Tasting several types of beer light and dark, mixing and matching and finding out what your favorites are. That combined with a great pub menu of soups, cheese board, burgers, apple onion sausage sandwich, grilled pesto & mozzarella chicken sandwich and we can personally say the best black bean burger we ever had.


Art + Music


Live Music + Entertainment is available several times per week and it’s best to check the Underground Facebook page for daily + weekly updates. The day we were there was the opening exhibit of  Jeffrey Anzivino’s phototography and he also played a set with his band mates

5 Whether your a local, traveling from somewhere in the Hudson Valley, a weekender or a tourist to the area, Underground Coffee & Ales is a stop you will want to make.

Why You Should Visit!

This coffee pub has craft beer that rotates their taps almost daily. The beer is brewed in small batches so it’s big on flavor. They support local brand coffee’s, teas, beer + music and are conveniently close to the Rail Trail and Walkway Over the Hudson.


Photos By Melissa Tyler

Kwirky Kakes baked by area favorite baker

Birthday, Wedding + Special Occasion Cakes

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Linda Cronk has been baking cakes since she was a teenager. A descendant of the Huguenots that founded New Paltz, she started baking at 13 and began decorating cakes for family events at 15. She and her sister had always wanted to open a bakery.  As a student in Arlington, she took every food class they taught and won an award for excellence in baking. She also took a Wilton class while working in the food service business.Kwirky Kakes Wonderland Bridal Shower cake

In 1992, she began working at the Pastry Garden in Poughkeepsie. She started as a sales girl and worked her way up to head decorator. Being mostly self-taught she says she had some excellent teachers along the way. She’s also taught Wilton classes as well.

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After baking for more than 30 years, she recently left The Pastry Garden to start her own home business Qwirky Kakes. Her goal is to eventually have a storefront location. She’s also working on a website, but in the meantime you can find her through facebook  

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She bakes cakes for all occasions from birthday to wedding and special occasions. Her favorite cake was a team effort with her husband.  He created a working carousel stand and Linda went on to decorate it with horses. The cake on top was a stack of whimsical circus animals. She loved it so much that she features it on her business card.

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Another favorite was a very lifelike looking trout. She has done everything from buildings to castles, cars, trucks, motorcycles and a lot of animals. Everyone says her cakes taste as good as they look and that no one ever wants to cut them. Freshness and quality are key!

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Creating a custom cake starts with ideas from the customer. A lot of the times it comes from photos  that someone saw online and Linda tweaks the specifics and the flavors. Whether it’s a bride looking for a wedding cake or someone looking for a birthday or shower cake a lot of her customers come to her with inspiration from photos they have seen online. After years of experience baking Linda is confident in handling special requests and making recommendations.

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Being a part of people’s special events is important to Linda. “It’s great to see kids grow up and be a part of their milestones. I consider it to be a privilege.”  Fundraisers are also an important aspect of her business.  She recently participated as part of a cake sale raffle to raise funds for a good friend struggling with cancer. The fundraiser was very successful.  Kwirky Kakes has been involved with Calvary Chapel Christian Nursery School for the last 14 years and Linda enjoys seeing the happy young faces and working with them. People love to get goodies from bake sales and are very generous. Plus getting to talk to the community and being involved is something important.

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Delivery of the cakes is an important matter as well. Some people want them delivered while others like to transport them. Depending on the situation, time of year, temperature, distance and humidity, it’s all something that Qwirky Kakes is mindful of.  Linda has also earned the title of Cake Doctor as sometimes people have called upon her services to fix cakes she has not even made or when others have choose to transport a cake.

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 Do you know someone having a birthday or special occasion coming up?  It’s best to get on the Qwirky Kakes calendar early.

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Capturing Love With Caitlinn Mahar Daniels Photography

The Hudson Valley Story First Spring 2016 Wedding Feature


There is something wonderful about intentional moments when capturing couples and there is a whole different magic that happens when capturing the unintentional moments as well. Caitlinn Mahar-Daniels lives for both!

CaitlinnMahar-Daniels-0195A traditionally trained photographer obsessed with capturing LOVE between people. She thrives off the positive energy and atmosphere she has the privilege of capturing with her lens!

Caitlinn has been photographing weddings professionally since 2011 and strictly gets her clients through word of mouth. Other happy couples tell more happy couples about their dream wedding. It’s the love that is generated from the couples she photographs that emits an energy and excitement!


Engagement Photographs

CaitlinnMahar-Daniels-5244Caitlinn recommends if a couple is looking to use their engagement photographs for their “Save the Dates’ they should take that into consideration when booking their session. Engagement photographs can take place at any time while planning the wedding process. She has photographed multiple engagement sessions as much as two years before a couple walks down the isle as well as two weeks before the wedding. If a couple has time to plan, she suggests thinking about  a favorite season and involving nature becomes a very important part of the process.

Advice To A Bride From A Wedding Photographer


Something  that is really important is that the bride feels a connection with her photographer on an emotional as well as aesthetic level. In Caitlinn’s case many brides or grooms make an inquiry through her website. She responds by finding out basic information about the couple.



From there either a phone conversation or a meeting is scheduled. After a meeting and the couple official books the photographer a contract is signed and a deposit is made. That’s when the scheduling and engagement photos are planned. After that, Caitlinn  and the couple talk several times before the wedding day to go over a timeline and specific posed photographs. This is an important step in the process since candid’s are mainly taken during the wedding. So it is important to have conversations in advance about the directed and set up photographs.


The BIG Day is spent photographing the getting ready process and details, first look, family, bridal party, bride and groom portraits and the documentation of the wedding. The couples receive their images through an online gallery within two weeks of the wedding and a box of prints and various other materials within a month after their wedding day.


Caitlinn has photographed at numerous locations throughout the Hudson Valley + beyond. The list is too long to mention here. A few of the locations include Boscobel, The Garrison,  The Links, The Thayer Hotel, Central Park Boathouse, The New York Botanical Gardens and private homes and estates just to name a few.

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Rustic, barn settings, open fields, destination adventure weddings have become very popular and Caitlinn enjoys working with couples that think outside of the box.


Two words of advice she gives is “avoid Pinterest and get your inspiration from within. Think deep within your souls and what comes from your heart and let that guide how your wedding should be”. She’s not saying to abandon tradition, but thinks it’s important for people to truly have the wedding they want to have and not the wedding the think they are supposed to have.

As an example, she and her husband were married at Blooming Hill Farm in the middle of July with 48 guests and every bit of decor came from her imagination and no where else.” Having your family and friends documented in authentic moments are what is truly important.”Other local locations she would like to shoot more at are Full Moon Resort, Ashokan Dreams, The Roadhouse, Shadow Lawn and a list of new B&B’s that have been popping up.


Dream Wedding

About 25 percent of the weddings she now photographs are destination weddings all over the country + beyond. South Africa holds a special place in her heart. She says she has a large social media following from this area and this could be in part to her husband Brian who will be coming on-board as her partner and photographer. Other destination dream locations she would like to shoot weddings at are Iceland, the Isle of Skye, New Zealand and many more. She is also interested in photographing destination elopements and documenting an elopement in Monument Valley would be the absolute dream!

A Re-branding

Caitlinn met her husband Brian in South Africa while photographing a wedding several years ago. He will now be joining forces and they are in the midst of re-branding her brand to her new last name “The Ramsdens” Brian’s mother and sister are both talented photographers in SA so although he is not classically trained in the art, it was a natural transition and he learned the ropes rather quickly.  She says “it was definitely in his blood”.


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Crossing Waters: The Documentary A Jane Watson Film

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Jane Watson is an independent filmmaker living in the Hudson Valley. Her passion is film-making! She loves the process of making a film.  ” I love uncovering a story. I love listening to people tell me their stories. I love uncovering little details while watching the film take shape, evolve and change.  I love collaborating with other artists and story tellers”.

Crossing Waters: The Documentary   is a 40 minute documentary that she completed in Fall 2015 that has won several awards and is a main attraction featured at several film festivals across the country.

Crossing Waters Documentary Jane WatsonPoughkeepsie Immigration History

Jane began researching Poughkeepsie’s first ward a neighborhood now known as “little Italy” which lies underneath Poughkeepsie’s  Walkway Over The Hudson   Once her research began, it became clear that there were 60 years of history that had been forgotten or not known today by most of the community. Before the Italian immigrants arrived and began to settle in this neighborhood it had been primarily an Irish neighborhood.

Those 60 years represent a period in Poughkeepsie, as well as the country’s growing pains and conflict as America struggled with it’s first major wave of immigration. “The more I researched, the more I realized how similar the conflict of the past was exactly the same conflict of immigration today.”

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She admits the film took three years to make because of a tiny budget, little resources and the amount of research that had to be done. She credits the resources of Vassar College, Marist College, FDR Library, IBM archives, NY State Archives, the Library of Congress and University of Connecticut.

After the film was completed, the process of submitting it into film festivals in the United States and Europe Began. It was a tough time because the film was competing to get accepted into film festivals where as many as 2,000 other films were submitted for each festival. The other films had budgets 10 – 12 times the budget of Crossing Waters. She was in direct competition  with films that had interviews with the Taliban or a film narrated by Liam Neeson.

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Awards + Film Festivals

The film with a tiny budget and no big name cast wound up doing pretty well. It won two film awards at film competitions in southern California and Atlanta. The Silver Award Spotlight Documentary Film Awards in Atlanta (December 2015) and an Award for Merit Special Mention for Technical and Artistic Capabilities Women Filmmakers IndieFest,  (November 2015) La Jolla, California 

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To date, her film has been accepted into three film festivals and interest from some others that we can’t mention at this time. A local Hudson Valley showing at prestigious Vassar College last week was only the first local preview. There is a plan in action for a larger viewing for the Hudson Valley Community.

Chicago Irish Film FEst

This past weekend, the film premiered at The Chicago Irish Film Festival where it got fantastic reviews from fellow filmmakers.

On the Road with Penn State

Saturday, March 17th Jane will attend PENN State for the College Town Film Festival  which is organized in Burbank, California and will travel to different college campuses. PENN State is just the first stop. Later this year, her first European festival will be at the Northern Wales International Film Festival. 

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Jane  says “the documentary deals with history. History does not tend to be as popular today…people are more interested in realty TV shows than history. But, she is quick to point out how strategically the film has a tie to America’s history and today’s current conflict of immigration. Including the similarities between Donald Trump and fear mongers of the past.”


Jane Watson is a graduate of NYU’S prestigious film school. She has worked in advertising for a division of Saatchi & Saatchi, the Writers Guild of America, production and post production in film and television. Her passion for documentary storytelling and photojournalism was developed while working as a newspaper photographer in New York City covering civil rights movements, police actions and the political life of the city.

She is currently developing several new projects including looking for a script of what she would like to call her dream project to make a smart, scary, thriller. “American women haven’t really broken into this genre. I’d like to bust open the boy’s club and work in this area”.




Hudson Valley Renegades 2016 Ticket Sales


Mark Your Calendars!

Come On Out to Dutchess Stadium,  Saturday, March 19th for the first day of ticket sales at 10am and an Easter Egg Hunt at both 10:30 and 11:15!

Tickets for the 23rd season of the Hudson Valley Renegades Baseball will go on sale Saturday, March 19th at 10am.

Fans will be given their first opportunity to purchase single-game tickets for the 2016 Opening Day and to any 2016 home game!

The Renegades Ticket Office will be open from 10am – 2pm booking individual tickets, group outings, season tickets and mini plans!


Kick Off to Kids Club Easter Egg Hunt

This event will also take place on Saturday, March 19th at the Dutch. The Renegades will host two hunts with the first one beginning at 10:30 am and the second at 11:15 am. Families love this event!

This event will take place on the field as eggs will be filled with candy, certificates and prizes!

Gates Open at 10am!

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Jeffrey Anzevino Photographing + Music + Sailing on the Hudson

You know your doing something right when people tell you they LOVE what your doing. They want to be #THEHVStory. Well, this past week, we have been inundated with kind words and all kinds of requests! So we thank you for that!

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Jeffrey Anzevino is doing what he loves. For the last 25 years he has worked for Scenic Hudson as the Director of Land Use Advocacy. But, there’s a back story to every story and that is what always intrigues us. That is the Essence of #THEHVstory.

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A Father’s Influence

You see, Jeffrey has been what he likes to call a “water rat” his whole life. His father taught him to love the Hudson River. He took him sailing on the Hudson when he was a kid in the 1960s. He moved away with family when he was a teenager, but never forgot those days on the river.  After 20 years of living from coast to coast, he returned and found a much cleaner river, The Hudson River was the river of his youth and the river he fell in love with!

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Hudson Valley Here I come!

Returning to Highland in 1991, with a pick-up truck, a camera, a guitar, a sailboat and his cat, he quickly found the boat ramp at Poughkeepsie. He learned the River that Flows Both Ways – Muhheakantuck; and that the wind was fickle and the tide was both predictable and incessant. “Currents can be your friend or your enemy and, as in life, it’s best not to try to fool Mother Nature”.

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The Calendars

He became good at sailing a 14 foot wind-powered craft in all conditions.  From March to November, day and night the river was his domain. Most of all, he loved sailing under the abandoned Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge and encountering an array of commercial river traffic. This is where we always like to point out the serendipity of the story. Fullscreen capture 362016 73813 AM

You see, Jeff’s favorite subjects to   photograph was the abandoned Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge now known as Walkway Over the Hudson , and the commercial boats that travel the Hudson. He spent his time honing his technique, sailing into position, aiming his camera under the boom, steadying the tiller with his knee and making photographs. Soon he had quite a collection. He sells these photographs and produces calendars of the commercial boats he loves.  The tugboats are the most popular among captains, crew and family members as well as maritime transportation companies.

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Back in 2000, Jeff bought a larger boat and changed from film to digital cameras. That’s when Tug-Spotting became an obsession! He attributes sophisticated tracking equipment and junior high math to predict when tugboats will arrive at any given location! He also likes to bike ride on the Walkway Over the Hudson  for photos.

In the winter, he likes to wake up before sunrise and wait on freezing bridges to capture powerful tugs and barges crashing through the ice. During Summer, he dashes out to rendezvous with tugs out at the channel for wide angle up close and personal encounters. Follow his Hudson River and Tugboat photos on Facebook

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Let the river Do The Talking

in 1994, as a Geographic major at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Jeffrey was a DJ at a college radio  station. He took a course called Country Music in America and listened to the public radio station. He decided to express himself through music and bought a Dobro which is a wood-bodied single cone resonator guitar. Jeff was invited out onto the abandoned Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge with his band-mates to record the soundtrack for Dick Crensn’s documentary “Sittin On Top Of The World”. Soon after that, he wrote “The Hudson River Song” as a tribute to Pete Seeger, the Sloop Clearwater and everyone who works to restore the Hudson River and give it back to the people.

The Hudson River Song by Jeffrey Anzevino

Today, the Hudson River is cleaner. The abandoned bridge is now Walkway Over the Hudson, a fabulous park. Music and Photography are deeply ingrained in Jeff ‘s spirit and it gives him great pleasure to use both to convey his perceptive and love of the Hudson River.

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Jeffrey Anzevino’s photographs as well as some of his original songs written in celebration of the Hudson River will be featured at  Underground Coffee & Ales in Highland. The exhibit is called “The Hudson River: Images & Music” and the opening reception is Sunday, March 13th from 2-4pm.  The Music will be performed by Jeff’s band Rich Hines & The Hillbilly Drifters   a bluesy bluegrass band.

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Jeff will also donate the sale of a 20×30 canvas print “Mother Shop & Spawn” to Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s “Float the Boat” program and will donate a 20×20 canvas print to Walkway as a silent auction item.

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Jeffrey Anzevino – A Hudson Valley Photographer, Songwriter and Founder of the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association.

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Donna Davies Halloween Queen + Author dabbles in Pottery too!

I have known Donna Davies for eight years, We met when I co-created a tourism magazine and reached out to her to submit  editorial content on her passion; all things Halloween and her website Hudson Valley Halloween Magazine ! Since then, she has written a handful of children’s books , co-produced Halloween parades in Dutchess County, written numerous online pieces, decorates like a mad-woman for Halloween and somewhere along the line had time for her new passion pottery!

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The Beginning

When you are thinking of starting a new creative project, it sometimes takes a while to get going.  There are moments when you have a vision of how you are going to do something.  You even picture the successful outcome and you catch yourself doing a little happy dance while driving in the car.  But guess what?  Sometimes you NEVER do that great creative idea! I think many artistic people go through this and I know there are more times than I  care to admit that I  have personally dropped  the ball or let go of why I should do something. That changed  for me this year and I take comfort from friends like Donna Davies who choose to constantly grow, change and delve into a new artistic project.    Donna Davies Celadonna Pottery


Donna has always been artistic.  She had been told you can’t support yourself on an artist’s income. But after receiving her BA Degree, she was looking for something to fulfill the needs of the right side of her brain. She took a few classes at Rhinbeck Pottery and was hooked.

Although she had limited free time, she set up a home studio and devoted her off-time to practicing her new craft. Of course, in the beginning she admits she wasn’t very good. Pottery is an art form that takes patience and practice. So she researched the possibilities, became more intrigued with the endless applications and  techniques of working with clay. She says ” Ceramics is no longer your grandmother’s hobby and certainly not limited to paint your own pottery shops”.

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Cape Cod Influence

Cape Cod is a mecca for pottery and Donna took workshops at Castle Hill with Chandra Debuse who is gaining quite a reputation for herself in the ceramics industry. Snow Farm in Massachusetts is another amazing place to retreat to and a couple of hours away from the Hudson Valley. A lot of her off-time is spent looking for pottery workshops on the east coast where she meets the most amazing people.  She says “when she is immersed in making pottery nothing else exists”.  She is now taking an online pottery course with Diana Fayt who she calls an amazing artist who transitions her drawings into clay. In the Hudson Valley she likes the classes at Art Centro and is working toward her dream trip to spend a month at Arrowmont in Tennessee.

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It’s All In The Name

“I remember my first dish like it was yesterday. It was a hot summer day. I was slicing up a juicy watermelon and placed it in a dish that I made myself. The caladon color of the dish brought out the pink of the watermelon. Hence the name of my studio, Caladonna Studio. A combination of my favorite glaze and my name”. Serendipity Indeed!

Donna Davies Celadonna StudioInfluences & Inspiration

Chandrea Debuse, Molly Hatch and Diana Fayt are her favorite potters. She loves how they blend the art of drawing and using clay as a medium to create something functional and appealing to the eye. She likes fun pottery which is functional and it carries as an inspiration for developing her own personal style which has taken her the past few years to figure out.

“I always have a sketch pad with me.  After spending 13 years working as the Director of Web Marketing at The Culinary Institute of America, it’s not  a surprise that food would play a role in what she creates. She is developing a line of pie plates.

Local antique shops and retro kitchen also inspire her craft. From cherry red and bright teal to kitschy advertising. Since her focus is on functional pottery, her work is starting to reflect the period of time when life was all baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. She even uses a retro kitchen table as her glaze table.

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Donna’s  3  Takeaways On Pottery

1. You can make pottery anywhere with tools you can find around your house.

2. Color….color….color! I love the multitude of colors and glaze availability.

3. I love the new friends I’ve made who have a love for clay.

To watch Donna’s progress follow her on Pinterest + Instagram

Her pottery website  Celadonna Studio is under construction so check back!

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Mark Woods: Landscapes + Sunrises & More

We love when people contact us through our website to tell us about their Hudson Valley Story!


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Mark Woods Photography 1Mark Woods is an amateur photographer that likes taking photos of landscapes, sunrises  and maritime subjects. Photography is pretty much a hobby to him, but he has  been taking photographs for about fifteen years.

Mark is a retired truck driver who traveled up and down the east coast. Although he traveled a lot during this period he did not take photographs of his travels. He also had a route closer to home in the New York city area but with 30-40 stops per day, photography just didn’t fit in.

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Capturing sunrises in the Hudson Valley is what interests him today. The Hudson Valley has opened his eyes to many natural wonders which he didn’t appreciate living in the city. Living in Brooklyn, he says “when you step outside your house you can only see across the street”. He moved to the area in 1985 and never looked back. He loves the Hudson Valley panorama’s. He enjoys photography because it gives him the ability to capture an instant in time that is visually pleasing and he can share with the world.

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Army CIA Connection

Mark Woods also served in the US Army for 32 years where he did many things. He ran a 19,000 line item mobile warehouse of spare parts which he could put 75% of anywhere in the world in 24 hours. The rest of the week he ran a ration breakdown distributing food to 16,000 soldiers for 45 kitchens on maneuvers. He also was the logistician for mechanize infantry Battalion of about 800 soldiers and equipment, getting everything they needed; where they needed it, when they got there. During retirement he attended the Culinary Institute of America and studied general culinary arts and admits he enjoys making people food they enjoy and makes a mean carrot cake.

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Mark has exhibited his photos at Barnes & Nobel, The Newburgh Library and a few local town hall offices. His work can also be viewed on Smugmug and Facebook.  His photos can also be found on  the  Hudson River Pilots Association and Tugboat Information 

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Tuthill House at the Mill

More then 5 years ago I did a story on Tuthill House at the Mill for a local tourism publication and it was too long since I visited. This past Saturday, I enjoyed a delightful late lunch and cocktails while speaking with Lucia Civile; the Front House Manager and George Gorsky the General Manager.

Tuthill House 1 FWe knew that Ralph Erenzo and Brian Lee founders of Tuthilltown Spirits had purchased the restaurant.  We have featured Tuthill Distillery on THEHVStory last year. But, this was the first chance we had to actually experience the restaurant for ourselves. Here’s a word of advice, if you have not been to the restaurant make sure you get here soon, because it will become a fast favorite! Locals and tourists flock here for some of the freshest and unique cocktails made from spirits right here at the distillery! Unique, fresh cocktails, local farm to table dishes and great service is what you’ll experience.

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Grist Mill History

This rustic, historic restaurant makes fantastic food and cocktails using local products and infuses their signature line of spirits  in the cocktails and dishes they serve. Tuthilltown Spirits produces the Hudson Whiskey, Gin, Vodka and bitters.

The Tuthilltown Gristmill has a history as the oldest continuously operated water powered gristmill and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original gristmill structure was constructed in 1788, by 18 year old Selah Tuthill. It was one of three gristmills that operated on the Shawangunk over the past 300 years. In the early 1980’s, the mill began grinding kosher matzoh flour which continued through 2003. The grist mill also produces it’s own Cacao Liqueur, Triple Sec and Cassis.

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We had heard  about the good food and fantastic cocktails served weekly to locals and tourists and couldn’t wait to find out for ourselves! The Tuthill House team filled us in. Lucia and George  are excited to announce that Jeremy Berlin a graduate of The French Culinary Institute in New York City will be the new Executive Chef. He is well seasoned chef that has worked in restaurants in New York City, Colorado and California. In addition, Tuthill House will launch a new menu this spring and will be working with many more local farms and companies as possible. The restaurant changes it’s menu seasonally.

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Our barman; Sean Davis recommended we try a Fresh Blackberry & Plum Gimlet. It included Half Moon Gin, fresh blackberries, plum bitters, fresh lime, simple syrup and egg white. It had a very unique berry taste that was very complimentary to the dishes I ordered. As I sipped my drink and watched Sean and my server Rachel make cocktails for other patrons, I knew I was in the presence of great mixologists. I’ve never had such fresh tasting cocktails and that’s because they are made fresh with the Tuthill Spirits brand. Patrick Pierpoint, the bar manager created  all the cocktails on the menu.

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Let’s Lunch

For lunch, I had the Roasted Mushroom Cakes and Roasted Apple Flat-bread. Both were incredibly delicious! The flavors were all so different but yet blended together so well with my cocktail!

Lunch is served from noon – 5pm on Saturday and Sundays and starting April 1st, they will be open every day except Wednesday. Other customer favorites include are classic and chorizo burgers, baked jalapeno bacon and mac n’ cheese.  Menu’s change seasonally, so we look forward to visiting again in Spring and Summer  when the outdoor deck will also be open.

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The evening really showcases the mood of this restaurant. The lighting, the music…their is a vibe to this restaurant that the customers enjoy. Even if it’s your first visit the friendly staff is known for making people feel welcomed and the ambiance is homey and comforting. Whether your sitting at the long copper bar or dining under beautiful crystal chandeliers with candles on the table. This restaurant exudes ambiance! Popular favorite dishes for dinner are Cauliflower Gratin for an appetizer, Braised Bison Short Ribs and Seared Salmon.

The restaurant will also be serving Sunday Brunch starting Easter Sunday. It is an al a cart menu with breakfast and lunch items, burgers, flat-breads and smoked items that feature an infusion with Tuthill brand liquors.

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Tasting Flights + Events + Weddings

Tasting Flights are available and they can be ordered different ways. You can choose a beer or wine flight or a Tuthill Spirits flight. This is where you can taste a selection of four different Tuthill spirits distilled from right here at the distillery.

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Customers and tourists both like the rustic historic decor, the post and beams, the old staircase and the decor and the history of what was the original grist mill. Tuthill is also known as a place to celebrate events and weddings. This year they will be bringing more events to the restaurant and the grounds that house the distillery. One popular event is the Sunflower Festival. Tuthill also accommodates banquets, weddings, luncheons, town and business meetings and more. You can  also inquiry to rent out the restaurant for an event. With over 30 acres to walk around no wonder this is a destination place in Gardiner!

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A variety of events are offered and more are coming this year including live music, arts, sip and paint events and more!

THEHVStory advises  you to experience this restaurant for the first time or all over again!

We might just be sitting at the bar next to you!

Photos By Melissa Tyler



THEHVStory President’s Day Cape Cod Weekend Getaway

Weekend Getaway

Hyannis Yacht Club

So last  weekend was the long President’s Day Weekend.  Oh, yes, it was Valentine’s Day too! So we got in the car and took a drive and did what we love!  We went to New England. More specifically, Cape Cod!
On our way we stopped at Wrentham Village Premium Outlets.  It has been our experience overall, that WVPR always has   the most enthusiastic and happy sales associates we have ever seen any where…well except maybe Nantucket. But that’s another story.

Wrentham Premium Outlets Tory Burch

Armani, Nautica, Ralph Lauren, Coach, Michael Kors and  one of favorite must do stops at Tory Burch.  Guess what? That pocketbook I have been dreaming about since last year in gold was now in silver and well YES, I had too!

Mashpee Commons 1Now, Here’s where I start entering my Happy Place!  Cape Cod and the Islands! A short 40 minutes drive from WVPO, remember it’s winter and I made my next stop Mashpee Commons. I LOVE Mashpee Commons too! They have some wonderful shops that are authentic New England like Maiden Voyage,  The Black Dog, Puritan Cape Cod, Vineyard Vines, Purple Poppy and Cupcake Charlies.

Cupcake Charlies Mashpee CommonsIf you do not know, in my opinion Cupcake Charlies has the BEST cupcakes I have ever had! My favorite is the Ultimate Chocolate and this weekend it was decorated for Valentine’s. Apparently, New England agrees with my taste as Cupcake Charlies has been consistently voted BEST Cupcakes in New England.  So of course after  the drive to the cape and all that shopping it’s time for dinner.

Roadhouse Cafe Hyannis


Roadhouse Cafe in Hyannis is a must. After more than 25 years of going out to the Cape and a year of living on the Cape I know all the best places to go!  Overall, many of the restaurants on Cape Cod and the Islands offer not only the best hospitality and service but the best food and presentation I have ever had. That Friday evening at the Roadhouse Cafe was no exception! By the way, the house salad dressing is so good, they bottle it and sell it locally on Cape Cod.

RoadHouse Cafe


Alison Caron Boot Camp

Saturday was Boot Camp day with Alison Caron Design Alison has not only been a friend of mine for many years, but I along with the rest of Cape Cod and the Islands and beyond have admired her work in numerous Cape Cod magazines for over a decade. While not designing for the Cape’s top companies like Cape Cod Beer, Alison won the 2015 Hermes  Creative Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for an international business report. She’s involved in a whole lot more but that’s another story.

Pizza Barbone

Boot camp included lunch at my forever favorite pizza place on the cape Pizza Barbone IT was great to meet with new and old friends and talk about projects and the future. Earlier in the morning before Boot Camp we took a drive to Seagull Beach. What a surprise to see the snow drifted almost a foot high so sad to say we did not have our ocean beach walk. But, all the same it was great to just take it all in.

Seagull Beach

Saturday Night Dining

Bar at Yarmouth House Restaurant

How cool was it that Valentine’s and President’s Day combined to make a wonderful four day weekend! We dined at another favorite  Yarmouth House Restaurant  You can’t visit, yet alone live on Cape Cod for a year with out dining at one of our friends Ted Zambeli’s restaurants.  So good to see our friends that work here that once again provide great hospitality, service and delicious food. Presentation is key here as it is at some of other favorite restaurants in the area.

Yarmouth House Restaurant

Presentation and big portions are a strong point. First off, the dipping oil with the fresh Parmesan cheese was mouth watering! The French onion soup was so good and had excellent presentation, as did our Caesar salad and seafood entree. Desert! Yes, we overdid it tonite! Chocolate cake and a Irish coffee!

The Yarmouth House

Yarmouth House Restaurant

Sunday was a relaxing day. Catching up with more friends. Seeing the sights. Planning our next visit. But first, we had to stop at Bagels and Beyond for their tasty non doughy bagels. Look, I’am originally from New York so I know my bagels. These my friends are the best bagels I have ever had! Incidentally, Bagels & Beyond 1st store was in New Jersey! Lucky for the Cape, Bagels & Beyond has several locations to keep the Cape Cod going!

Well, that’s it for now. I will be back soon from numerous locations throughout Cape Cod and the Islands and all of New England and look for my new updated website to premiere soon this Spring 2016!

Bagels and Beyond

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