Here's Your Weekend Guide to the Hudson Valley

Saturday morning the third Honor Flight carrying WWII veterans to D.C. to tour the memorial will depart from Stewart International Airport. Wish the travelers well at a send-off ceremony at the terminal 8am Saturday morning. Wave as all 98 of the local veterans sail overhead on their way to a the trip of their lives - a grand homecoming that many of them have waited sixty years for! 

The honor flight committee shared some news with us about this trip in particular.  Local documentary film maker Joe Allen will be in attendance on Saturday's flight filming the experience from start to finish. Allen has an extensive background creating corporate films and this will be his second full length documentary. Allen says he was inspired to do the project on Hudson Valley Honor Flight when he learned that the original four founders were all under the age of 30.

The working title of the documentary is Hudson Valley Honor Flight: Generation Bridges.

“This title identifies the organization as well as the important bridging of the Greatest Generation with the current generation of youth,” explains Allen. “It also amazes me that there are members of the committee from all ages and genres of life – from 17 to 70, all working together for the common good of honoring our country’s greatest heroes.”

The Honor Flight experience gives World War II Veterans an opportunity many have never had – and one that most are too humble to ask for – a trip to Washington, D.C. to experience the Memorials at no cost to the Veteran. It is said to be the “trip of a lifetime” by Honor Flight Network hubs throughout the United States, and it will be the third flight for the Hudson Valley group since forming their hub two years ago.

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Afterwards stop by the Kaplan Family Pavilion at 147 Lake Street in Newburgh where the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center is having a health fair from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is free and will include free food, games, activities, prizes, and more. Last year, there was more than 800 people in attendance, and GHVFHC planners expect over 1000 this year.

“By hosting this event each year, we are able to spread awareness about the services we offer and interact with our patients beyond the exam room,” said Linda S. Muller, President and CEO of The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center.

Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with health center physicians and community organizations, participate in health education games, and taste samples from the chili cook-off. Basketball and soccer games, as well as an obstacle course, rock wall, zumba/zumbatonics, and yoga also will be offered. Flu vaccines will be available at the health fair. The health center’s annual blood drive will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the event.

Questions regarding the fair can be directed to Diahan Scott, Community Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator, at 845-220-3167 or dscott@ghvfhc.org.

About The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center

The purpose of The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Inc., (GHVFHC) a non-profit organization, is to provide high quality, comprehensive, primary and preventative health care services in an environment of caring, respect and dignity, and in a cost effective manner that maximizes revenues; to be responsive to the needs of the Mid-Hudson community but with continued emphasis on the underserved and those without access to care regardless of race, economic status, age, --sex, sexual orientation or disability.

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In the city of Newburgh Saturday tourists and visitors will gather at 135 Grand St. to tour the city with new eyes thanks to Newburgh for Newcomers. N4N refers to the urban area as being, "Like Brooklyn, but affordable." The architectural/heritage tour now in its 6th year has been expanded to include open houses of spaces that are for sale, for tent or recently renovated. As a bonus, Atlas Industries is having an open house in their commercial location that will feature loft spaces in its recently renovated building.  Tour starts at 11:30am -- ends with an informal networking mixer at the Newburgh Brewing Company (88 Colden St. Newburgh, NY) from 5pm - 6:30pm (also on Saturday). Call co chair Dick Bedrosian 917-676-5515 for more info. 

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Also on the possibility list for the Fall Equinox is the Hudson Rising 2013 River Tour stopping by Ossining with heritage ships, a farm feast with local craft beers, live music, outdoor adventure activities, sustainable living and historic exhibits, a wooden boat show, fun family activities, and a fireworks finale. 

This single-day festival takes place at Ossining’s public ferry dock and Harbor Square—just north of the Metro North train station—from 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and is open to the public. This is the fourth and final stop for this year’s tour, which has already brought thousands to the Yonkers Waterfront (June 30), Kingston’s Rondout Creek (July 20), and Beacon’s Riverfront Park (Aug. 11). By partnering with communities and marshaling their strengths to draw visitors from near and far, Hudson Rising is able to present the fun activities, delicious foods, and environmental lessons that can help inspire and catalyze smart, sustainable economic growth in the region.

There is no general admission fee; however individual activities may have their own fees. At the Farm Feast, for example, a $20 sampling ticket includes six tastes of New York State beer, wine, and cider, as well as a savory bounty of Hudson River Valley sourced foods. Local chefs team up with regional food purveyors such as Feather Ridge Farm organic chicken and eggs, The Pastures pasture-raised beef, and Pura Vida Fisheries, with fresh Atlantic fish & shellfish to create delicious dishes. A farmer’s expo will include fresh bread, pickles, nut butter, cheese, and more, plus you’ll be able to meet a beekeeper and apple farmer. 

In partnership with Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY program, Hudson Rising showcases the local spirit and natural assets of the Hudson River Valley with a series of waterfront festivals that bring together the best foods, attractions, and outdoor activities of each participating city for a day of fun and community involvement. And with boat rides, farm feasts prepared by local chefs, music, and kid’s activities tailored to fit each city along the route, the events offer something for everyone. Expect Farm Feast, climbing wall activities, wooden boat exhibit, trolley rides, and children’s activities all-day Saturday, September 21, 2013.

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If you're 21+ definitely catch the Hudson River Craft Beer Festival in Beacon, NY. Jonny Monster Band and the Love Taps will play at Beacon's Riverside Park on Saturday alongside delicious food vendors like Yum Yum Noodle Bar and Beacon Bagels while of-age guests sip on craft beer from around the region. Chatham Brewing, Adirondack Brewing, Brooklyn Brewing, Keegan Ales, Sloop Brewing and Newburgh Brewing (among others) will all be on tap. Get the full list here. General Admissions Tickets are just $40.

(Riverside Park shown in headlining photo c/o HVCBF)

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Plus we mentioned yoga at Storm King Art Center - on the grass overlooking the Valley. If you need to skip all of this awesome stuff to gain some clarity we will totally understand. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Bring your yoga mat and prepare to see the world from a whole new perspective! Hosted by the talented professionals at Storm King Yoga.