A Magazine about the Hudson Valley’s local economy, published by Hudson Valley Current.

Briefs & Opportunities

6 Time World Pizza Champion

Better known as the ‘Pizza Geek” or the “Dough Boy”, 6th time world pizza champion Bruno DiFabio has just opened up a new restaurant in Newburg. Founder of the International School of Pizza and owner of over 10 successful pizza restaurants across the United States, DiFabio has brought his latest to our neighborhood. The Pizza Union Gastro- Restaurant & Bar opened up on route 300 in Newburgh. Along with the traditional Italian pies that we all know and love, his resturant highlights a 72 hour fermented pizza dough which he calls the “ Poolish” to accompany his signature and most popular pizza called the “Pizza Romana”. While bringing his famous pizza for the people of the Hudson Valley Region to dine on, DiFabio hopes to teach local chef’s the scientific principles of dough making, theory, and the history of pizza.

Funding for Parks and Housing in Dutchess County

Through the Community Development Block Grant, Dutchess County has awarded 1.5 million dollars to local governments, housing developments and non-profits. These awards have positively influenced and guided construction towards bettering our communities throughout the county, including developing lower income households and boosting the expansion of affordable housing. The grants have gone towards improving infrastructure, increasing accessibility, helping the homeless, and as well as targeting substance abuse addiction in the area. The Home investment partnership programs have also used this funding to help reduce the transportation challenges surrounding the county. We are excited to welcome the new and positive changes that are continuing to happen in our area.

Craft Beer Festival

If you have a taste for craft beer, locally and nationally brewed, then you are sure not to miss this 4 hour tasting event which will feature over 200 releases of America’s best craft breweries. Saturday, September 15th from 1:30-5:30pm at the Riverfront Park in Beacon attendees will be able to sample the beers and enjoy live music, craft vendors, and scrumptious food stands brought to you from our local restaurants. A general admission tickets is $45 and will include four hours of sampling, a souvenir glass and the live music entertainment. Upgrade to a VIP ticket and receive an official HVCBF t-shirt and five hours of sampling. Some of the craft breweries featured this year will be Adirondack Brewery, Duncan’s Abbey and Foreign Objects, which is out of New Paltz, NY. Check out the website, americaontap.com, to view the entire list of craft breweries that will be featured at the festival.

Clean Energy

SUNY New Paltz campus has just completed a solar energy and battery storage system which was installed by Solar Liberty and engineered by Princeton Power Systems. This project has worked towards creating a transmission of clean and renewable energy to meet the storage target of 1,500 megawatts in New York State by 2025. The electricity generated from this switch can now be used as an immediate source of energy but can also be stored for later use. This proves to be quite useful because the excess can then be fed right back into the grid and the energy overflow can also be used as a backup source. This is especially important for the SUNY New Paltz campus, where the Elting Gym is the campuses Red Cross Emergency Shelter. Because SUNY New Paltz uses such an high amount of energy statewide, on hot summer days they are now able to reduce their energy consumption for a few hours which benefits our overall state consumption.

Renovations at Ulster County SPCA

As most of you well know, the SPCA is a nonprofit animal welfare organization for abused, neglected and homeless animals. The renovations in the Kingston location include a newly designed “Catio” and newly resurfaced and mulched dog play yard. The mulched dog yard is now protected from getting muddy during rainy weather. They also made additions to the patios that people can use too; now potential adoptees can spend time with the animals on these patios and can watch dog introductions occur here. The SPCA also added a doggie playground so that the dogs are able to interact with one another in a safe and healthy environment. And not to forget about the cats; there has also been enhances perches, ledges and cubbyholes in the indoor and outdoor facilities. Largely, these renovations were made possible due to the significant outreach of supporters and volunteers throughout Ulster county.

Food Safety

Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County (CCEUC) offers a ServSafe Food Safety Manager Certification course for food service managers and employees who work in restaurants, schools, commercial kitchens, catering, hotels and lodging, hospitals, or basically anywhere food is handled or served. Living in the fast paced, fast food culture that we find ourselves in today, it is more important than ever to take food safety seriously and to be aware of the necessary hazards associated with E. coli and botulism. Luckily, Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County is here to extend their knowledge and educate the public on food borne illnesses. This one day course is being offered on September 10th, October 1st, November 5th and December 3rd. You will find this course located at CCE Ulster County, 232 Plaza Road (Hannaford Plaza) in Kingston. The classes begin at 9:30 am and run until 3:30 pm. Each course costs $150 which includes a certification and it is recommended that you pre register prior to the course start date.

Hudson Valley Chefs Challenge

On Saturday, September 15th Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, Millbrook Winery, The Valley Table and the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association are excited to offer the First Annual Chefs Challenge. The top 15 chefs in all of the Hudson Valley encourage you to come and vote for the best local lamb dish of 2018. Ticket holders will be able to sample all of the lamb dishes (made from locally sourced meats and produce), local area wines, craft beers and distilled spirits. General admission is $35 and the event will be held at Millbrook Winery which is on 26 Wing Road. At 12pm the lamb sampling will commence; come and support your local chefs and Hudson Valley agriculture all in one spot!

The Ulster County Industrial Development Agency Makes Headway

The UCIDA board members has decided to utilize a portion of its fees and enter a contract to award $1,500 to a local startup food manufacturer. The main goal is to assist and create jobs for residents with disabilities, as well as allowing the business to make much needed purchases in order for it to prosper. The board also decided on creating a larger community outreach and communication efforts by creating educational videos as well as videotaping the meetings to share with the public. In doing so, we will gather a larger understanding of the UCIDA’s role and function on business retention and job creation and development. The board also plans on targeting tax incentives, bonding and other assistance programs to foster the creation and attraction of new business and the retention and expansion of existing business.

Searching for Farmland

The Cornell Cooperative educators and local professionals want to help you learn the fundamentals to create the farmland of your dreams! In this one day workshop, participants will be informed the various agricultural tax laws and will get an understanding on the viability of raising animal or vegetable products. The class will take you on a trip to visit agricultural land where you will discuss property considerations and see firsthand a local farm that is already in successful production. The space for this workshop is limited to 30 participants so it is vital that you pre register before September 14. The cost is $50 for regular participants, and $40 for those of you who are already a member of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County. Both of these prices include a lunch. The workshop will be held on Saturday, September 22nd from 9am-3pm at 232 Plaza Road in Kingston. You can register online at tinyurl.com/Land-Class

Old New Paltz Stone House Day

To celebrate the 340th anniversary of the setting of New Paltz, Historic Huguenot street will celebrate all of the cultures that has helped create the diverse County that it is today. From the Dutch, African, Dutch, English, Esopus Munsee and French cultures, each house on Huguenot street will be open for tours that demonstrate the distinctiveness of each culture. There will be craft makers, performance and time reenactment skits that will emulate the aged crafts of musket firing, candle making, sewing, and blacksmithing. And what is a gathering on Huguenot without the accompaniment of the local and acclaimed New Paltz Brewing Company? There will be samples of food plates and of course, beer, at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center. Old New Paltz Stone House Day is a time and place for all cultures and backgrounds of the Hudson Valley Region to get together to celebrate our differences, but to also bask in our similarities. Come and join the fun on September 8th from 11am- 4pm.

Art Walk
A true celebration of the arts and our local community. Bringing together the hand crafted mediums of paintings, sculptures, drawings, pictures, jewelry and ceramics along with live performances is the main attraction of the Kingston Art Walk. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon strolling through the private galleries and studios of our talented artists on both Saturday September 22nd and Sunday September 23rd from 12-5pm. Stop in to one of Kingston’s diners, restaurants, or pubs, to grab yourself a meal and a drink. Pause on the sidewalk and witness a live act or a reading from a talented performance artist. Over 100 artists will be featured and the number of participants continues to grow each year. This is a perfect time to find an artist you may admire and support their talent and it provides an even better way to diversify your artistic taste. The tour will take you through Kingstons three main sections, Uptown, Midtown and the Roundout. This intimate experience between artist and the public is one that you are sure not to miss out on.

Headless Horseman Hayrides
Rated the scariest Haunted House in the North East by MTV and consecutively listed in the top ten Haunted attractions by CNBC, the Headless Horseman attraction located in the Haunted Hudson Valley provides a frightening and exhilarating thrill like no other. The hayride is perched atop a 250 year old plot of farmland which hovers over 65 acres of naturally landscaped property of woods and ponds. Each year there is one theatrical hayride, 7 haunted houses, and a giant corn maze. Animations, makeup and costumes are made possible through the hard work and dedication of the American Made Monsters Studios. The Headless Horseman has proved to be one of America’s most unusual and intriguing monsters while each year becoming a more chilling and realistic depiction of the enigma. Hayrides and the Haunted Houses can be found at 778 Broadway, Route 9W in Ulster Park. Opening night is on Saturday, September 22 at 6pm and will run through the first two weeks in October.

Open Garden Day
Now that September is officially here, it is almost your last chance to view the fall gardens and scenic properties that flourish in this area. The Ulster County Open Garden Day is a perfect opportunity to view the Eric Stewart and Dr. Michael Sheran Garden and Hollengold Farm in Accord, the James Dinsmore Garden in Olivebridge and Hortus Conclusus in Stone Ridge. While you’re strolling through the peaceful and scenic premises you may come across fresh vegetables, herbs, flowering trees, native species, fresh honey, perennials and even some unusual edible plants. Each garden is unique and has something special to offer the public. For example, the James Dinsmore Garden features a Buddha garden with a teahouse, and a koi pond with a granite dragon in the center. Sunday, September 23rd at 10am is when they become open to the public, but to get the exact locations for each garden please visit gardenconservancy.org