Tag: Dutchess County

Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival 2017

The Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival will be happening this weekend. The event is hosted by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and will feature 25 balloons, launching at scheduled times from Barton Orchards in Poughquag. Anyone that is not interested in taking flight can enjoy the festival taking place on the ground. The festival will include live music, a Bakery, Tap Room, & Farmer’s Market, Concessions, Food Trucks and other vendors.

July 7 – 9, 2017
Launches will take place at 6:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and Saturday & Sunday mornings at 6:00 am.
The Festival runs Friday, 10am-10pm; Saturday, 5am gates open.

Admission to watch morning launches is free until 10am. On Saturday tickets are $10/advance, $12/gate, and $17.95 weekend passes accepted. Sunday, it’s $5 at gate.

Hot-Air Balloon Rides:
Morning Launch – $225 per person
Afternoon Launch – $250 per person
Rides are limited and completely weather dependent. Visit www.dcrcoc.org/balloonrides to purchase tickets.

Barton Orchards
63 Apple Tree Lane
Poughquag, NY

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Beacon NY, A Footloose Town for Arcades

Beacon, NY in Dutchess County recently shut down the Retro Arcade Museum because it had  pinball machines on the premises. Apparently pinball machines were outlawed back in the middle of the 20th century because law-makers thought pinball arcades were fronts for mob operations.

The current town council is trying to change these antiquated laws to allow the arcade to reopen.

Columbia And Dutchess County Residents in The Times

A recent article in the New York Times discusses the allure of weekend homes in our two counties for city dwellers who love to garden. The article’s author, Stephen Orr, spoke to residents from both Columbia and Dutchess Counties for the piece.

You can read the article now by clicking here.

Dutchess County E-mail Scam

It appears as if a classic e-mail scam has received a local twist. Residents of Dutchess County have been subjected to an email scam in which residents have been receiving an email that states they are going to be murdered unless they send money to the scammer’s account.

If you receive an email like this, call your local police department.