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In New York’s picture-perfect Hudson Valley, the right balance of art, presidential history and food

Written by Debbie Bruno of the Washington Post It happened as we drove one evening across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in New York’s Hudson Valley. As the sun slipped behind the jagged edge of the Catskill Mountains to the west, the clouds lit up, making a pink-and-golden canopy over our heads. The river sparkled beneath us. ¶ We were inside a Hudson River School painting. ¶ And, at the risk of waxing rhapsodic about the romantic landscapes created by 19th-century painters, we felt, for a moment, as if the great artists were looking down and smiling on us, their modern-day kindred spirits. ¶ After all, we were halfway between Olana, the stunning Persian-style home of Frederic Edwin Church, and Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole’s estate near the western banks of the river. We were in the heart of the countryside that inspired them and their contemporaries, leading to the first truly American school of art. ¶ Hudson Valley was to them the “center of the universe,” according to Church and the other landscape painters who lived there and celebrated its natural beauty. “All nature here is new to art,” Cole wrote in 1836. This is a great time to visit […]

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Basilica Farm and Flea, 2016

BASILICA FARM & FLEA SPRING MARKET in collaboration with Hudson River Exchange May 7 & 8 2016 – Mother’s Day Weekend May 7 MARKET HOURS 10 AM – 6 PM May 8  MARKET HOURS 11 AM – 5 PM LOCATION BASILICA HUDSON 110 S. Front Street Hudson, NY 12534 http://basilicafarmandflea.com/info/

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