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Carolyn Odell: Portrait of a Hudson Valley Photographer

If you live in the Hudson Valley and are active on social media, there’s a high chance you’ve seen photos by Carolyn Odell Photography. If  you haven’t then you should follow her Facebook page and visit her on SmugMug  where you can view her entire portfolio of work as well as purchase your favorite images for your home or office.

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We talked to this well known area photographer this week and learned she is up and out and making photographs daily. She says it feels like forever, but in realty she has been making photographs steady and daily for five years. Photography has changed her everyday existence. Once she started to notice the details, she saw how much beauty is around her everyday in the most ordinary or unexpected places. That’s when she started to derive happiness from seeing and being able to capture amazing light and color.

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“Inspiration and creativity are all around us. Sometimes we inspire, sometimes we see inspiration in others.” She pays homage to Fred Schaffer, who saw a debilitated old railroad bridge and had vision for the  Walkway Over the Hudson. “I think his determination and not giving up attitude most influenced me to keep going forward.”

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Carolyn’s favorite subjects are Hudson Valley sunrises, sunsets, ice waterfalls and nature. She is also excited about her new abstract “blurred” series inspired by a Georgia O’Keeffe painting called “Reflection Seascape” of Lake George. “It had a dreamy quality to it. It was sparse on detail yet very serene. I am trying to create an impression. It is as if you were to look at a scene and then look away quickly without being able to focus. You would not be able to take in the details of the scene but left the color and light. An essence of a landscape; soft, dreamy feeling.”

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 Favorite Places to Photograph

Anywhere along the river. I have shot from above Hudson down to Ossining. The creeks at Vanderbilt and James Baird State Park for ice pictures. There is so much to photograph here in the Hudson Valley, every day is a new day. Sometimes I just stumble upon a scene that catches my eye and I just go with it. I go out having a plan on what I will photograph and something else entirely will resent itself. Art leads, I follow.

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I want my work to reflect the peace and tranquility that I often obtain from these scenes I capture. I would like when my work is being viewed it strikes some kind of emotion in the viewer. A state of pleasure and or a state of serenity. Creativity is boundless. Each one of my photographs come from an ordinary moment captured. Sparked by imagination. I hope that people will be inspired to get out in nature and seek out their own surroundings.

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Solo shows include:  “A Moment in Time” all abstract ice at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie.  Mixture landscapes with ice at The Arts Upstairs in Phoenicia. Carolyn Odell has also been in multiple group shows and is currently working towards having another solo show.

The Future

I would like to continue to improve my skills. To continue shooting every day. I feel that I am no longer just taking photos. I give it thought, try different things and try to create something that comes from inside me. My main goal is to let it come to me naturally and not try to force the creativity.

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Sunday Brunch – Weekend Getaway: The Thayer Hotel

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The Thayer Hotel at West Point is a landmark hotel celebrating it’s 90th anniversary this year. It is rich in our nation’s history and provides guests with a memorable experience.

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Did you know the Thayer Hotel is the only hotel on the Hudson River between Albany and New York City? Plus it has the prestigious 10996 West Point zip code.  It is a favorite for locals as well as weekend getaways and a stop for people who transition south for the winter also known as snowbirds.  People also travel from all over the country as well as from all over the world to stay at the Thayer.

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This past Sunday, I shared Sunday Brunch at the MacArthur Riverview Restaurant and a tour  of the hotel with Jose Tejedor; Director of Sales and Marketing of the historic hotel.  The Thayer Hotel opened it’s doors in the 1920’s and went through a huge transition about six years ago both in renovations and management. Jose talks about the hotel and it’s ambiance to the feel of a mid-evil castle on the outside but with all the modern amenities on the inside.

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Sunday Champagne Brunch is served from 10:30am – 2:30pm and  consists of tables and tables of food including an omelette and waffle station.

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Fresh fruit, bagels and salmon, and other cold salads are featured as well as traditional breakfast egg and sausage dishes and lunch options are all ready in a circle of hot chafing dishes.

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Then of course there is the desert station and a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary.

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Reservations are suggested. Reservations are now being taken for Easter and Mother’s Day Brunch. This is a great place to share with someone special or the whole family!

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Weekenders from New York City as well as all over the country and the world love to visit this hotel on weekends. Special packages are available for a shopping experience at Woodbury Common Outlets. Did you know that Woodbury Common Outlet’s is the  #1 Tourism destination in Orange County?  Jose and his team can also plan a trip that includes Storm King Art Center;  one of the world’s leading outdoor sculpture parks. Boscobel, the elegant Federal home with it’s own spectacular history and views of the Hudson River.   Wine tastings and tours are available at local wineries since the hotel is located in the center of Hudson Valley Wine Country.

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Leisure is what people come for on the weekends or a day or evening out for lunch or dinner.  The restaurant is now reserving Valentine’s Weekend at MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant with a romantic 4-course dinner offered Friday, February 12th thru Sunday, February 14th.

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The rooms and suites have been remodeled and offer a modern look in the prestigious historic setting. Each of the suites have a bit of a different look paying homage to West Point.

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General Patton’s Tavern  is a favorite place to watch any game including ARMY football, and basketball. This tavern originally opened in 1926 and has river views and all the feeling of  your favorite tavern with a long bar and leather couches and chairs which make it a cozy place to watch the game! Drink specials are offered and appetizers and sandwiches are served.

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Zulo is the rooftop outdoor bar open April through the fall. Here too, the views are spectacular and  in season things kick off at happy hour.

If your a local and you have cabin fever be sure to take a short scenic drive to West Point for Sunday Brunch, an evening out with dinner or watching the game with some friends. If your a weekender or coming up from New York City for a getaway you will love the “Getaway Experience” at The Thayer.

Thayer Hotel Weddings & Conferences

During the week the hotel’s clientele serves many name companies in the tri-state area and beyond. It’s a favorite place for meetings and conferences accommodating up to 300. The hotel has several large rooms for events and weddings.


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Photos By Melissa Tyler






Fashionably Prep Victory Cup Polo

This past Saturday, July 11th was the 10th Annual Victory Cup Polo Match at Beaver Creek Equestrian Center in Patterson, NY.

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It was a sold out event with over 1100 people attending the event according to event organizer and former New York State Senator Greg Ball. This year’s event benefited three charities: The Little Babyface Foundation, Purple Heart Homes and the Putnam County SPCA. The event sponsor was Lou Cardillo; owner of Cardillo Real Estate.

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Polo fans watched the match, bought art, smoked cigars, drank champagne, shopped at vendor booths and enjoyed a farm to table dinner on the field. Most importantly money was raised to support worth while causes!

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It was billed as the Best Party of the Season and for good reason! In addition to fundraising….We must talk about the fashion…and we can’t talk about FASHION without talking about KIEL JAMES PATRICK

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KJP is known for nautical bracelets, belts, moccasins, shirts, ties and sports coats. Inspired by years of exploring vintage clothing stores, antique shops and friend’s attics in search of the age-old quality, style and construction once easily found in American made goods.


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The KJP brand embraces simplicity of design and regal nature of old family tartans, regimental stripes and high quality woven goods from Scotland, England, Ireland and the USA.

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A passion grew into a business and allowed the brand to become a public symbol of elegant and understated styles and fashion. Kiel James Patrick has consistently been growing and developing into a recognizable name indicative of quality, style and integrity.

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From humble roots,a personal hobby, and selling out inventory at craft shows throughout New England to worldwide distribution, the Kiel James Patrick brand has always maintained its commitment to solid construction and American Made virtue. From the buttons to each individual stitch, KJP products are 100% USA Made.

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KJP design studio and factory is based in Rhode Island, just a few miles from the places the brand found its inspiration and provides jobs in the USA. Simplicity, superior craftsmanship and a timeless look help brand the lifestyle and products which represent this companies unique products and comfort you will find in wearing.

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Let’s Hear it for the Ladies

Whether you saw this event as the opportunity to get a new Lilly Pulitzer, raid your own closet or took on a shopping spree. It was clear that the must have items were a floppy hat, a mini or maxi dress, and accessories that work well on a warm summer sunny day.

We took to the field and tent and here’s an overview of some of our favorite looks from the ladies.

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We hope you enjoyed sipping bubbly, a beautiful weekend and hope to see you next year summer at the event of the summer.

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Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is Getting A New Home: Find out how your donation can help!

After ten years in Woodstock NY, Woodstock Farm Animal  Sanctuary is getting a new home in High Falls.   The sanctuary will relocate to a 150 acre property that is six times larger and just 90 miles from New York City.

The philosophy of the sanctuary is simple. Kindness and respect to animals is their duty and that all creatures that share this earth are here with us and not for us.

Farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion.


Here’s how you can help! Make a donation! Your tax deductible donation directly goes to the carAnimal e link to learn more:  http://woodstocksanctuary.org/

A donation of just $30 entitles you to becoming a member of the sanctuaries growing benefits.  Donations can be made by check, credit card and PayPal.

The sanctuary has a wish list of items needed. Help donate and spread the word to friends you know can help!  Items needed include:

Functioning bicycles (adult & kid sized),  A zero turn lawn mower, Bookcase, computer and iPod, Minivan, Flat bed trailer, An automatic backup generator, 6 foot trees for shading animals

This move will give more room to rescue and shelter animals in need, greatly expand educational programs and host more outreach and advocacy events.

Internships and residency programs are available.

Please donate today!


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Feeding the Hungry is Big Business – The Hudson Valley Food Bank – The Hudson Valley Story

In the Hudson Valley, there are 385 programs in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan  and Ulster Counties that offer places to receive meals via soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency shelters, rehabilitation programs, after school programs, backpack programs, senior programs, programs for the disabled and daycare centers.

“In 2014, the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley distributed over 12 million pounds of food to close to 400 feeding programs in six counties to help feed people in need” according to Antonetta C. Gutter; Director of Development, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.

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The following offers to help explain how food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and food programs work and more importantly how important it is that you donate your time and energy to these programs. If you, your company or local farm or business would like to contribute read on and look below for important links and contact information for The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. Thank you for reading!

What Does a Food Pantry Provide?

A Food Pantry provides a 3-5 day food package to families that have a place to live but not enough food. These packages are designed to provide nutritionally balanced meals.

What is a Soup Kitchen?

Soup Kitchens serve walkins in a need of a hot meal, the only meal of the day for many. Most soup kitchens serve a full balanced meal and some prepare and deliver meals to the homebound as well.

What is a Food Bank?

A food bank solicits, stores and distributes large donations of food. Donations that a single food pantry could not accept because of a lack of storage capacity at their facility. Food banks feed the needs of hungry people by distributing the donations they receive to a large number of member agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, meal programs, drug treatment centers and senior care centers.

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How Does a Food Bank Get Donations?

Mislabeled, over produced, test-market items and products with short code dates are donated from the food industry. The Food Bank also “salvages” products such as dented cans and crumpled boxes that are pushed aside at a grocery store. USDA Government foods are donated by the federal government. Sometimes food is also purchased with donated dollars. A cooperative buying program operated by the food bank helps its member agencies. Items needed are purchased in large quantities and then resold.

What are the most NEEDED foods?

Tuna, canned meats, peanut butter, canned stews, chili, ravioli, canned or packaged beans, rice, hearty soups and cereal.

What are the most donated foods?

Fresh produce, varieties of canned items, meats and cooler items.

What percentage of fruits and vegetables do you receive and from where?  

A large percentage of donated fruits and vegetables come from various growers, distributors, retailers and wholesales throughout the Hudson Valley. We definitely work with local farms in the six counties to donate some of their produce to the HVFB.

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Are there any times of the year you are more in need of food for the food bank? 

The need for food exists all year round. However, we do see the higher spikes for food demand during the winter season and during the summer season when children are home from school and no longer receiving free breakfasts and lunches.

What are your big events during the course of the year? 

The FBHV has several big events during the course of the year. Two major events are the Annual Dinner in September and our Walk to Fight Hunger in October.

We are also blessed to be the recipient of several third-party events throughout the year from great supporters of the HVFB. Events such as the Markertek Golf Open, Rocking Horse Ranch Family Day, Hambletonian Marathon and the Foodstock Concert. These events, as well as others, to many to list, bring in much-needed donations to the HVFB for us to continue our mission to distribute food to feeding programs in the Hudson Valley. 9f0627c6a14b9aee2e2e6bb015a5ca1f

What is Foodstock?

Foodstock is a concert and inspired by Lorenzo Agelino and Ryan Michaels of Turning Point Entertainment. They had a desire to help feed people in the Hudson Valley. It’s held each year the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The first concert raised over $4,000 and countless canned food items. Foodstock 2,3,4,5 and 6 were equally successful. I all these concerts have raised over $25,000, all of which has gone directly to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. Close to 30 bands, 60 businesses and countless individuals have donated their talent, time and dollars to make these concerts a success. Foodstock 7 was held on Saturday, November 22nd 2014 at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie and raised $6,000.

How do I help?

You can go to our website and learn how you can donate your time to help at our facility by volunteering, host a food drive or donate food or money. If you are a farm or business in the Hudson Valley and would like to donate your farm products or volunteer or donate click this link: 


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The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is dedicated to alleviating hunger while preventing the waste of wholesome food.  It is a branch of the Regional Food Bank of Northwestern New York in Latham, and a member of America’s Second Harvest, the national food bank network.  The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York was created by a group of food pantry coordinators and anti-hunger advocates who began its operation in June 1982.

The Hudson Valley Food Bank was developed to channel large quantities of surplus and salvage product from the food industry to programs serving the needy throughout the Hudson Valley. Food banks are warehousing operations that receive pallet loads of donations ad redistribute case quantities to charitable organizations who feed the hungry.

In addition to donated food, The Hudson Valley Food Bank distributes USDA products, administers an emergency food program for New York State, provides a cooperative buying program and offers an Extra Helpings Program which allows low-income individuals to purchase food at substantially reduced prices.

Initially, food was transported from the Regional Food Bank and distributed from the backs of trucks at a handful of member agency locations. As need and membership increased, a physical presence was deemed necessary for greater efficiency and food safety.

In 1990, The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley was established in Newburgh to serve the lower Hudson Valley. This branch warehouse allowed increased donations from food companies and improved service to member agencies in the area. By 1994, the HVFB outgrew its rented Newburgh location and moved to a larger facility in Milton. By 1996, with additional steady growth of member agencies and the amount of food distributed a generous friend of HVFB donated a 55,000 square foot warehouse in Cornwall-on-the-Hudson. This is still the current home of HVFB operations.


For inquiries How You and Your Farm or Company can help contact:

Antonetta C. Gutter; Director of Development

Food Bank of the Hudson Valley


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10 Books Written
More To Come! Joanne Michaels is
THE Hudson Valley Story

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One Book is an accomplishment! 10 Books, that’s a CATALOG!

Joanne Michaels is an Author, President of JMB Publications, former editor at two major publishing houses and was Editor-In-Chief for five years at Hudson Valley Magazine.

She has been a contributing writer for New York Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Wine Enthusiasts, The Village Voice, Redbook, Self, Brides, Working Mother and Capital Region just to name a few. Right out of the gate she received national attention and was on The Phil Donahue Show for her first two penned books “Living Contradictions: The Women of the Baby Boom Come of Age” and “The Joy of Divorce”.

It’s hard to find many people that really inspire you. When you do. . .it’s even better when they become a friend and a mentor. I was introduced to Joanne several years ago through an acquaintance. We hit it off right away. She has a great sense of humor! Our first conversation began with her telling me a story about an experience she had. Her story was one that I was familiar with in my own life and I just knew we would be fast friends!


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Joanne, What Inspired you to become a writer?

Joanne Michaels:
I kind of fell into it. I was an editor at Simon & Schuster and part of the job as editor is to acquire books for the company. There was a discussion with a literary agent about looking for books about women’s rights and turning 30. It was suggested that I write a proposal to present an idea I had. . .which would became the book I wrote called “Living Contradictions: The Women Of The Baby Book Come Of Age”.

Three weeks after I wrote the proposal I got a deal and a book contract with Simon & Schuster. It forced me to learn the craft of writing a book…then I started to write articles for major magazines.

You seem to have a love for the written word. Would you say that is true and what inspires you to write a book or article?

Joanne Michaels:
I have to feel strong or passionate about something to write about it. That has always been a motivation…then I propose an idea to write about.

When do you find time to write so many books? You’ve written 10 already!

Joanne Michaels:
Usually my pattern is to set aside the winter months from December through April when my selling business of my book company Joanne Michael Books is quieter.

You seem to have a passion for travel and tourism. Tell us how that came about?

Joanne Michaels:
I’ve always traveled since I was a teenager experiencing different cultures and seeing different ways of life. When I moved to Woodstock, I wrote the publisher of Hudson Valley Magazine. He called me up looking for someone to run the magazine. I was Editor in Chief from 1981 through 1986. That’s how and when I got involved with tourism in the Hudson Valley. In 1986, I got a book contract for my first guidebook…and they have been in print for 25 years.

Tell us about the “Famous Woodstock Cooks” published in 1986? What inspired you to come up with the concept and do you have any unique story about writing it?

Joanne Michaels:
I wrote it with the assistant editor from Hudson Valley Magazine Mary Barile. I had only been living in woodstock four or five years. It was a great way for me to meet a lot of people that were living in Woodstock. We interviewed a cross section of people. It’s almost 30 years ago and the book has become a COLLECTORS ITEM because of the resurgence in Woodstock. It was a lot of fun to write that book!

What was it like to have such a great success early on with your debut book ” Living Contradictions” What was it like to be on the Phil Donahue show and receive such notary early on as an author?

Joanne Michaels:
It was great because it was my intent was to use that book as a vehicle for my success and the success of divorce and inequity issues. I was on the Phil Donahue Show two times. The first time was July, 1983 in connection with “Living Contradictions”. The 2nd time was for “The Joy of Divorce” in 1995.

Are you working on a new book this winter?

Joanne Michaels:
I am. I am updating “Living Contradictions”.


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The Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains:
An Explorer’s Guide, an insider’s guide covering the finest inns, restaurants, historic sites and points of interest in ten counties between Westchester and Saratoga Springs. This book has been in print for twenty years and is currently in it’s sixth edition.

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Hudson River Towns
Treat yourself to a captivating journey through the cities and villages that are the lifeblood of one of America’s most beautiful and historic regions from Albany to Tarrytown. Seasoned travel writer Joanne Michaels and award winning photographer Hardie Truesdale created a vivid portrait of contemporary Hudson Valley life. Over 120 full-color photographs.

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Famous Woodstock Cooks and their Recipes
This book reads like a chronicle of Woodstock’s subculture from the 80’s with fifty-one personalities offering insight into what’s really cooking around this renowned village. Humorous tidbits are also included.


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Adirondack High
A celebration of America’s first wilderness, the Adirondack Park, created in 1892 out of a patchwork of public and private lands. Roughly the size of the state of Vermont, the park has neither an entrance gate nor an admission fee and contains six million acres seamed with more then 200 miles of trails – the nations largest trail system. Photos by one of history’s great landscape photographers Hardie Truesdale.

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Hudson River Journey
Two Hudson River natives teamed up to document the beauty and passion of this special part of New York State. Their stunning photographic journey in words and images follows the path of this historic river, through the Catskill Mountains, Shawangunks, past the Palisades all the way to New York Harbor. Photos by Hardie Truesdale.

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The Joy of Divorce
Geraldo Rivera said ” This little book is terrific”. This book includes pearls of wisdom from Katherine Hepburn, Cher, Johnny Carson, Gilda Radner and John Lennon just to name a few! Humorous quotations that are the perfect gift for anyone- man or women – going through a divorce. Author Joanne Michaels was featured on The Phil Donahue show.

Joanne Michaels books make a perfect holiday gift or great for the person who likes to collect books by local authors.

For more information on other books and projects or to discuss projects or to book Joanne Michaels as a guest speaker contact Author Joanne Michaels through her website www.joannemichaels.com



THE Hudson Valley Story

Every day thousands of people pass by a picturesque old iron gate just south of what is the main FDR entrance to Springwood the HISTORIC home of Franklin D. Roosevelt the 32nd President of the United States

Sometimes you can see photographers or tourists stopped at the side of the road taking photos of this this TREELINED long driveway. This is the entrance that is no longer used but is close by to the Presidential FDR Library and the birthplace of FDR.

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Old Gate Has A History!
Turns out that iron gate is the only thing left from the original Hudson River estate of James Roosevelt (1760 – 1847), Franklin D. Roosevelt’s great grandfather who originally owned a parcel of land and built MOUNT HOPE in 1819 just down and across the street from what is known today as MARIST COLLEGE.

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Here’s THE HUDSON VALLEY STORY as told to us by Scott Rector, Chief of Interpretation for NATIONAL PARK SERVICE in HYDE PARK.

“James Roosevelt II son of Issac II was in line to inherit Mount Hope. He was in Europe with his first wife Rebecca Howland circa 1866 when they got word that Mount Hope had burned down to the ground. When he arrived back James still wanted to raise his family in the area. He choose to sell the property Mount Hope was on to the State of to New York for the construction of the Hudson River State Hospital. He then purchased the additional parcel of land and beautiful farm on the banks of the HUDSON RIVER and named it SPRINGWOOD.

One of the only things left to salvage from Mount Hope was the front gate and pillars. They were used as the main driveway into the estate that was then built and known today as Springwood.”

Through the years parcels of land where added until James maintained 750 acres of hills, fields and forest. It is here that his son, the future President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in 1882.


James Roosevelt was the son of Issac Roosevelt and Cornelia Hoffman, and the great-great-grandson of the FIRST ROOSEVELT IN AMERICA, Claes Maartenszen Van Roosevelt.

He graduated from PRINCETON in 1780 and was a sugar refiner (like his father) and a banker in post-revolutionary NEW YORK and amassed a large fortune in addition to his inheritance.

James Roosevelt was co-founder of the Bank of New York with Alexander Hamilton in 1784.

He was a philanthropist and and at one point he also owned stony farmland at Harlem between 110 and 125th streets and fifth avenue and the East River. He sold the land to JOHN JACOB ASTOR for $25,000.

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Fall Garden Walk

Fall Walks in the Hudson Valley are wonderful!

The air is cooler and the opportunity for leaf peeping is at it’s highest! It’s also an opportunity to look first hand at great landscaping and our historic treasures.

Veterans get FREE admission in November!

BOSCOBEL Gardens and Grounds in Garrison is a great place to visit any season as we found on a recent visit.

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You’ll find breathtaking views everywhere you turn. Take a walk through the herb garden and orangery, apple orchard, rose garden, Frances Stevens Reese Woodland Trail of Discovery and the front lawn and belvedere with breathtaking views of the Hudson River, Hudson Highlands, Constitution Marsh and WEST POINT.

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No wonder BOSCOBEL has been known as a destination for WEDDINGS, Special Events, Big Band Concerts, Yoga and of course THE Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

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Herb Garden and Orangery
The herb garden features a variety of plants and trees that would have played an important role in daily life of early 19th century. It is planted and maintained by the Philipstown Garden Club.

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The day we were there we got some wonderful photos of the fall harvest.

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Even with Winter pressing on…There’s still wonderful walks at historic sites! It’s a great time to get out and explore. If your planning a wedding it’s a great time to research the website or call for information about your future wedding.

A series of brilliant evening events featuring thousands of lights, luminous displays and festive holiday happenings! Walk candlelight paths with a cup of cocoa and celebrate the season with friends and family.

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Event tickets go on sale November 20th – 26th for the December 5, 2014 event premiere! This event takes place Friday’s and Saturdays from 5-9pm on December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20.



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Cold Spring General Store

Wikipedia says…A general store is a rural or small town store that carries a general line of merchandise. It carries a broad selection of merchandise sometimes in a small space where people from the town and surrounding rural areas come to purchase all their general goods.

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Well if that’s the case…people should make the Cold Spring General Store a destination visit from wherever they are in the Hudson Valley because this store is filled with a feast for the eyes and your tummy! Foodies this shop is a must visit!

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Craig and Deanna Muraszewski opened the Cold Spring General Store March 2014. I recently found this shop on my return to the area. The shop has been carefully curated by Craig and Deanna for a modern day general store!

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This shop has an energy you can feel when you first set eyes on it from outside. There’s something inviting about it! Once inside…everything catches your eye! Maybe that’s because Craig was Director of Operations at Foragers an Organic Food company in NYC prior to opening the Cold Spring General Store with his wife. He had become tired of the commute and the couple decided to pursue their dream and open the shop in the town they lived in. It’s a good thing they did!

The store is filled with handmade NY state goods and local provisions. They carry diversified items from maple syrup to handmade hats by a local artist in Garrison. Craig says one of his favorite items in the shop is BJORN QORN which is sun popped popcorn made here in the Hudson Valley.

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The shop is part grocery store, part home store, part gift shop. It stocks local produce, cheese meats and beverages. There are candles, carrying bags, barware and a nice modern book section with books about what people are doing;Raising children, forging berries and wild flowers, vegan and gluten-free lifestyles.

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Upon entering the shop the catchy bar area draws one’s attention not only to the gift items but bottles of Cocktail Crate Lavender Bloom, Ginger Bee and Spiced Old Fashioned that are dedicated to make drinks more exciting!

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We encourage you to visit the shop. It would be great to visit on a Sunday drive or any other day and we’re sure you would find something special for your home or holiday gift giving. Plus you can check out the other shops and restaurants in Cold Spring! Be sure to sign up for the newsletter on their website.

Photos By Melissa Tyler

61 Main Street Cold Spring 10516

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Rhinebeck Community Forum

Thanks for The Photo.

It Takes A Village….To Anything These Days! It also Takes A Village To Start A Blog! So we are thankful to Rhinebeck and to an old friend Maggie Salamone that heads up The Rhinebeck Community Forum in Rhinebeck.

I recently mentioned that I needed a photo taken of myself for my blog. Maggie Salamone was kind enough to offer to help. So yes, my photo on my team page on the Hudson Valley Story and now my Linked In photo are courtesy of Maggie Salamone.

SInterklaaas By M Salamone

Maggie heads up the Rhinebeck Community Forum since 2006. “It is a non-denominational, non-partisan platform offering helpful links, advisories, and other essential services. Thousands log onto our site every month.”

“We invite all comments and contributions from readers. After all, we are a community, and each one of us has a part to play in the greater scheme.”

Maggie also likes to get out and about and document Rhinebeck and other areas she travels to!

Tivoli Ice Sailing By M Salamone

Please see her wonderful photo of the ice boats on the Hudson River. The one year I was in Cape Cod it was finally cold enough for the ice to freeze and Maggie got the shots. She also has documented the Rhinebeck Crew team for many years.

Thanks Maggie!

Rowing Hudson River By M Salamone


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