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WOOHOO! We made it!  The weekend is here, and it’s no ordinary weekend!  It’s Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial beginning to the summer season!  Bring on the warm weather, sunshine, and all the outdoor activities you can handle!  It’s a long weekend with plenty to do in the Hudson Valley:

 

Warwick Valley Winery will be hosting a Bob Dylan Tribute all weekend from 12-5.  I know what you’re thinking, but it’s totally family friendly with a huge lawn to let the kids loose.  Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance before they sell out.

 

Sugarloaf will be having their annual Spring Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 10-6.  They will have arts and crafts made by local artisans, food, live music, and a kids’ zone.

 

Nothing says summer time like the drive-in and lucky for us, the Four Brothers Drive-In in Amenia and the Warwick Drive-In is open for business.  Grab a bunch of sleeping bags and camping chairs for an evening under the stars.

 

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Hudson Highlands Outdoor Discovery Center officially opens their Story Walk this weekend.  In addition to the walk, there will be crafts and snacks for the kids and even a chance to meet one of the characters from the  story walk book, Lost in the Woods.

 

Woodstock & New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday 10-5:30 and on Monday from 10-4 at the Ulster Fairgrounds.  They will have food, live music, crafts, and kids’ activities.

 

The Catskill Animal Sanctuary will be offering tours on Saturday and Sunday from 11-2:30.  Get up close and personal with their free range animals while you learn about them and their mission.

 

I’m sure it will be a busy weekend for most, but don’t forget to fit in a family hike!  Check here for my list of family friendly trails. This weekend would also be a great time to get started on creating that summer bucket list  and maybe even crossing something off!

 

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Most importantly, commemorate Memorial Day by honoring the men and women who fought and died for our country.  One way to do that is to attend one of the many Memorial Day Parades being held this weekend. Another way is to visit any of the local monuments we have dispersed across the Hudson Valley. In our village alone there are several monuments that have been erected in memorial to those who lost their life while serving in the military.  I pass by those monuments everyday but never gave them a second thought until my daughter began asking about them.  I took it as a teachable moment and spent an evening visiting a few in our village and actually reading what each stood for.  For additional kid-friendly ways to commemorate Memorial Day click here.

 

Whatever you chose, have a safe and beautiful weekend!

 

 

 

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