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.
I just got around to reading the profile piece of Hyde Park, NY, in the August 4 issue of The New York Times. The article, The Exurbs, Too, Appreciate an Oasis, by Elsa Brenner, is a great look at this beautiful area in Dutchess County.
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.
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.
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.