Tuesday, May 22, 2018

You Won't Believe What You'll Find at the Woodstock-New Paltz Art and Craft Fair

Come experience the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Craft Fair this Memorial Day weekend- it's become a nationally recognized event featuring handcrafted functional and decorative art from the most talented craftspeople in the northeast.

This groundbreaking crafts fair draws thousands of visitors to the Ulster County Fairgrounds twice a year to meet the artists and enjoy demonstrations, live music, entertainment, and more!

Whether you're decorating a country home, bringing some rural charm to an urban apartment, looking for something farm fresh to highlight a dinner party, or just need an excuse to get away, the Woodstock-New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair has what you’re looking for.

The carefully curated community of 300 independently juried artists and craftspeople from all over the country have developed a vibrant craft culture which makes this fair a unique experience and a pleasure for all.

Demonstrating ceramic techniques, jewelry making, ironwork, wood carving and turning, leather-working, broom-making, etching, weaving and more, many of the artists will be conducting continuous demonstrations throughout the show in addition to exhibiting their finished products..

Featuring beautiful handcrafted works in ceramics, fiber, fine art, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, photography and wood, the fair also offers the opportunity to enjoy healing arts, musical arts, local wines, and landscape arts.

Architectural craft exhibits include handcrafted built-ins, laminated hardwood lamps, woodware accessories, sculptural pieces, stained glass windows, hand-sewn patchwork wall hangings... even handcrafted tiny houses!

Looking for the finest in unique handcrafted specialty foods and healthcare products?  You’ll find a wide variety of all natural foods, beverages and healthcare specialties crafted with care by small artisan vendors with a focus on quality.

If you're a crafter yourself,  be sure to check out the exhibits of crafting supplies which feature hand-spun yarns, fabrics, leather goods, jewelry supplies, tools and other quality equipment suited for the most discerning craftsperson.

Of course, no fair would be complete without an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment!  Highlights of this year’s shows will include performances by Kayla Rae, Deb Cavanaugh's Children's Show, Artie Tobia Band, All-She-Wrote, Michael Gordon and the Outsiders, Eric Erickson, Christine and Elliot Spiro, and magician Jim Snack!!

There’s something for everyone at the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Craft Fair, and the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is just minutes from it all!

Gracefully set in the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains and surrounded with gorgeous Catskill views, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa offers 270 comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms.

Guests enjoy our indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and basketball courts, an arcade center, and so much more!  

So give us a call at 845-626-8888 when planning your trip to the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Craft Fair this Memorial Day weekend, and we'll help you make the most of your stay!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Taste the Tradition: Hudson Valley Maple Syrup Season

We may be dealing with some serious winter weather, but there's a light at the end of this cold, snowy tunnel- we know for certain that spring is on its way because our local maple syrup producers have started tapping their trees!

That’s right- it’s maple syrup season, and that means plenty of opportunities for you to experience the maple syrup harvest yourself! 

Local maple producers throughout the region are inviting you to come visit and enjoy their exciting hands-on programs exploring the journey of maple syrup from the tree to the table.

Did you know that the process of making Maple Syrup hasn't changed much since colonial times? Producers begin by drilling a small hole in the trunk of the Sugar Maple tree and inserting a small tube.

The clear, slightly sweetish maple sap collected from these “taps” is then boiled down to create the beautiful amber syrup we all know and love.  Would you believe that it takes more than 40 gallons of sap to produce just 1 gallon of syrup?  

New York is now the second largest producer of maple syrup in the US, and this proud tradition is gaining more momentum in response to consumer demands for healthier options.  Did you know that ounce for ounce Maple Syrup contains more calcium than milk, and more potassium than bananas?  Sweet!

Come and taste the tradition.  Check out these exciting maple syrup events happening this March and take part in the delicious heritage of the Hudson Valley maple syrup harvest.  Spring is on its way, and there’s no sweeter way to celebrate the season!
Join the Mohonk Preserve for a short hike leading to a sweet treat.  Learn how to make maple syrup the traditional way.  This fun and educational woodland excursion includes an easy 1-mile hike so be sure to wear boots. Reservations are required. 
Ashokan Maple Fest March 18th
Join in for an all-day pancake breakfast hot off the girl with Ashokan Maple Syrup. Learn to tap a tree, make syrup and more. Live music with Jay and Molly, hiking and fun for the entire family.
A fun open house where visitors can see how maple syrup and other related products are made, this family oriented event is sure to delight visitors of all ages. Visitors can sample and purchase the maple products in addition to participating in a variety of interactive activities to make your visit more memorable.  

Visitors will enjoy tours of the sugarbush and demonstrations of how the sugar shack operates as well as a sweet treat: samples of different grades of syrup will be offered and all maple products will be available for purchase.

Gather in the cozy log sugar house and watch as syrup is made using a wood fired 2'x6' evaporator.  Explore the variety of maple equipment on display and a live tapping demonstration.  Enjoy free samples of syrup with maple popcorn, apples in maple syrup, maple tea, lemonade and maple donuts available for purchase.   
Of course, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is at the center of it all!  You can come and enjoy all of these Hudson Valley maple syrup season events because we’re offering some sweet deals.  Want to experience the season without sapping your savings?  Visit www.hudsonvalleyresort.com today!

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