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Shop Our Editors' Faves from Field + Supply

Shop Our Editors' Faves from Field + Supply

Field + Supply @ Chronogram is a collection of our editors' favorite wares from the makers featured at Field + Supply, one of the Hudson Valley's most beloved makers' fairs.

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Ulster County Black Business Achievement Awards

Celebrating Black businesses and entrepreneurs from the past, present, and future.
The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ulster County Tourism are partnering to host the inaugural Ulster County Black Business Achievement Awards and Community Connect on June 15 from 5pm to 8pm. The event will be hosted at Ulster Savings Bank corporate headquarters at 180 Schwenk Drive, Kingston.

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Winnakee Land Trust: Stewarding Healthy Forests to Fight Climate Change

Dutchess County-based Winnakee Land Trust introduces its Forever Forest program, a nature-based strategy to address our climate crisis by protecting and restoring 10,000 acres of forest in the next 10 years.

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Picnic Power: Tips for Planning the Perfect Hudson Valley Picnic

Whether you're headed to the park with friends, a new romance, or the kids, here are some tips for putting together an easy, flavorful picnic basket that’s sure to pair perfectly with any outdoor event you’re headed to this summer.

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The Open Space Institute and New York State Parks Restore High Point Carriage Road

The network of carriage roads that lace Minnewaska State Park Preserve were built in the late 1800s for scenic rides in horse-drawn sleighs and carriages. They’re wide, flat, and designed to offer plenty of panoramic vistas. In other words, they’re ideal for some 21st-century hiking or biking. Beginning in 2014, the Open Space Institute and New York State Parks teamed up to begin restoration work, reversing the damage and degradation caused by time and use over more than 100 years. To date, 11 of Minnewaska’s carriage roads have been restored and reopened. The next in line: High Point. This isn’t just any carriage road, but a major connector in the patchwork of local parks and preserves. Once the restoration of the 2.4 mile High Point Carriage Road is completed, visitors will be able to travel between the Lake Minnewaska and Sam’s Point visitor centers without leaving the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Local contractor Mombaccus Excavating started work on High Point at the beginning of March. Precautions are being taken to not disrupt the fragile ecosystem of the Shawangunk Ridge. “We had to have all the trees we wanted out cut down by the end of March,” says Peter Karis, OSI’s Vice President of parks and stewardship. “There are two species of endangered bats living in Minnewaska that roost in the trees from April 1 to October 31.” In a series of improvements costing $1.2 million, OSI will smooth out the rocky and uneven surface of the carriage road, improve the flow of storm water, and widen the path to accompany plenty of visitors. Changes will also include a 1,200 foot reroute around a very steep area. “Originally, it was just a straight line that dropped down,” says Karis. “Whereas with the reroute, you get a curved slope with a view of the Catskills.” While Karis expects all of the work on the trail to be completed by the end of 2022, the carriage road’s reopening will take a few months more so the crew can keep an eye on how the landscape is affected by the changing seasons. “We’ve had problems in the past with rainfall or melting snow completely blowing out parts of the trail when we thought we were ready to open,” says Karis. “We need to wait a couple months to make sure we open once and without any problems.” High Point Carriage Road will open in summer of 2023, and Minnewaska lovers will have a new spot to take in the sights and get in their steps. ...

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Biased: Zephyr’s Handmade, Bias-Cut Dresses Flatter for Every Size & Style

At her boutique clothing store in Rhinebeck, Caitlin Millard offers high-end, artisan-made garments from global and local brands, including her own collection of flattering, bias-cut dresses that are made using natural fabrics like silk, linen, cotton, and wool by a small team of sewists in Kingston, NY.

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All Fun, No Fatigue: E-Bikes Are All the Rage at Berkshire Bike & Board

Berkshire Bike & Board, a staple of the Berkshires cycling scene since 1997, has a new location opening in Hudson this summer.

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Can’t Miss Makers Coming to Field + Supply Spring MRKT

Chronogram's shortlist of must-see makers for the Field + Supply's Memorial Day weekend fair at Hutton Brickyards in Kingston.

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Hit the Water: Hudson Valley Kayak Rental Locations

Getting out on the water in a kayak is one of the most beautiful and peaceful ways to enjoy the scenery from a different perspective. If you don’t have your own boat, you can still enjoy the region's waterways from the namesake river to its many tributaries and other bodies of water at these 12 Hudson Valley kayak rental spots.

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Phoenicia Soap Co.'s New Store Offers Sustainable Skincare & Workshops

Slated to Open May 7 in Mount Tremper, the Shop Will Double as a Makers Space with DIY Classes on Soapmaking, Candle Making, and More
Phoenicia Soap Co. is opening a brick and mortar location.

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7 Great Mother's Day Gifts from Women Artists and Artisans in the Hudson Valley

Show the mamas in your life some extra love with these wares from women-owned businesses
With Mother's Day right around the corner on May 8, the search is on to find a gift that tells the special mamas in your life that you're thankful they're always there for you. If you're stuck on what to gift your own mom, your kiddos' mama, or any of your other favorite motherly figures, we've rounded up seven Hudson Valley women artists and artisans whose beautiful, creative, and thoughtfully made wares will light up their day.

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Celebrate Spring At These 6 Upcoming Hudson Valley Makers Markets

Check out local artisans at these six markets.

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BaseCamp in Gardiner: Gateway to the Gunks

Deyano Manco's New Adventure Outpost to Provide Gear, Supplies, and Community for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Rock climbers have flocked to the crags and cliffs of the Shawangunk Ridge for decades. Though, for Deyano Manco, a biker and businessman born and bred in New Paltz, the lack of infrastructure to support such eco tourism has always been surprising. So, in early May, he will open BaseCamp in Gardiner, an “adventure outpost” where visitors can grab supplies, plan a day on the ridge, and hang out afterwards with a glass of local ale, cider or wine.

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8 Clean Beauty Brands That Call Upstate New York Home

From soap to perfume to face and body care and more, here are eight brands to know.
In the last few years, upstate New York has become a magnet for enterprising folks looking to make waves in the clean beauty space. And given the bounty of locally grown herbs and botanicals that can be sourced direct from the region's many farms for use in all manner of products, it's no wonder.

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Found in Translation: Helen Prior Reimagines Ceramics and Textile Design

Kingston-based ceramicist and textile designer Helen Prior uses ancient blockprinting techniques in her innovative approach to pattern making across mediums.

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Tap Into Flavorful Ingredients at Warwick Valley Olive Oil Company

With a wide array of spices, jams, syrups, and kitchenware, Warwick Valley Olive Oil Company has nearly anything a foodie needs. But the star of the show are the stainless-steel fustis—tanks of varying sizes with olive oils and vinegars that span a rainbow of flavors.

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Kingston Gift Shop Bop to Tottom to Close March 26

After 22 Years Selling Whimsical Gifts, Karen Adin Embraces Retirement
The latest in a series of Kingston business closures, Stockade District gift shop Bop to Tottom to shutter March 26, after a 22-year run.

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Win a Hudson Valley Dream Wedding from Keepsake at The Academy Valued at $30,000

If you’ve always dreamed of hosting your nuptials in the Hudson Valley, here’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss. This spring, one lucky couple will win a picture-perfect wedding from Keepsake, one of the Hudson Valley’s most anticipated new event venues. From March 1-31, couples can enter the Keepsake Dream Wedding Giveaway for a chance to win a total wedding package for a Friday night for 100 guests valued at $30,000.

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Made X Hudson in Catskill Offers Small-Batch Garment Production for Indie Makers

After less than a year in operation, Catskill-based nonprofit Made X Hudson is already proving both the demand for, and the viability of, a centralized manufacturing facility for the Hudson Valley’s small-scale garment producers.

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3 Family-Friendly Events for President's Day Weekend in the Hudson Valley

Enjoy President's Day in the Hudson Valley at these family-friendly events

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Tivoli Shop Thrift 2 Fight Sells Secondhand Clothes for Social Change

What started as a series of pop-up clothing sales to raise money for activist groups and organizers during the summer of 2020's social justice protests, Thrift 2 Fight has grown into a movement uses the ethos of thrifting to fund racial justice work, disability activism, and queer liberation. Founded by friends in Red Hook, the Thrift 2 Fight team traveled all over New York State in 2021 before coming back to Dutchess County, where the team opened a brick and mortar thrift store on Broadway in Tivoli in January.

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The Chapel Restoration: A Cold Spring Historic Landmark Fit for Picture-Perfect Intimate Weddings

If an elegant, intimate wedding with unparalleled views is on the bucket list for your impending nuptials, then look no further than The Chapel Restoration in Cold Spring. Perched on the water just north of Foundry Cove, the stately 19th Century Greek Revival chapel offers couples a heaping helping of historic charm alongside breathtaking views of the Hudson River, West Point Academy, and Bear Mountain.

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Overwhelmed by Omicron: Stories from the Pandemic's Third Wave

Hudson Valley residents share their first-hand experiences of Omicron.

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Country Chic Wedding: 6 Hudson Valley Inns that Make Excellent Venues

There’s something so Hudson Valley about a cozy inn, whether bursting with greenery or dusted with New Year’s Eve snow—and perfect for weddings!

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Chambers Vintage: Second-Hand Threads for the Contemporary Closet

A New Saugerties Clothing Boutique Offers Vintage Finds from the ‘60s through the late ‘90s
From a postpartum pop-up vintage shop concept to an e-commerce store and now a brick-and-mortar studio, Chambers Vintage has grown and evolved with founder Kym Chambers life. The 1241

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Wrap Up in Hudson Valley Luxury With Heidi Wynne

A Hudson Valley-based, female-founded brand, Heidi Wynne offers small-batch, ethically produced natural-fiber items that keep artisanal crafts alive.

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Time for a GlampStar Giveaway

Enter to win up to three nights in a GlampStar Rockstar tent.
Be a GlampStar Rockstar, and win up to three nights in a luxurious GlampStar Rockstar tent.

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Wow ‘Em With a Woodstock Wedding at the Colony

The Colony in Woodstock is the perfect setting for a long wedding weekend—from the rehearsal dinner all the way to a day-after jazz brunch.

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Fig & Pig Caters Weddings from Brooklyn to the Catskills

Fig & Pig Catering can provide the menus to complement weddings from Brooklyn to the Catskills with locally sourced, sustainable, and delicious dishes your guests will love.

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Upstate's Bride & Groom Boom

Hudson Valley Wedding Industry Prepares for the Busiest Season in Years
We talk to wedding industry insiders about how 2022 is shaping up to be the busiest year in recent memory for Hudson Valley nuptials.

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Race Brook Lodge: A Wedding Venue That’s Warm and Welcoming

Race Brook Lodge, in the heart of the Berkshires, is a bucolic venue with an event barn, hiking trails to waterfalls, and plenty of room for friends and family.

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Does Your Wedding Guest List Include Meat-Eaters and Vegans? Halo & Horns Can Feed Them All.

Halo & Horns Catering eliminates wedding-catering headaches with professionally trained chefs that provide a full spectrum of choices to satisfy carnivorous palates and plantophiles alike.

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Shopping and Style

Chronogram's coverage of Hudson Valley fashion in the Hudson Valley. Our shopping category contains information about local stores selling everything from antiques to cutting-edge clothing. Chronogram’s beauty and fashion category takes a look at seasonal styles, surveying what’s available in various communities throughout the valley.

Entertaining

Our entertaining coverage discusses how to throw a great party, ranging from informal garden parties to formal affairs. Our wedding coverage focuses on everything involved with that special day, from cake alternatives to entering into matrimony on a budget. Holiday and New Years Eve event listings keep Hudson Valley residents up-to-date on all of the options for celebrating in different communities.

Money & Investing

Our money and investing category reports on ways to spend money and invest intelligently, focusing on the local economy. Recent articles include an interview with mother of localism Judy Wicks, and how the thriving financial field of impact investing offers the possibility for fiscal growth and social change.

Nature

Chronogram’s outdoors and sustainability categories emphasize the Hudson Valley’s natural environment—and the necessity to protect it. Outdoors focuses primarily on events in the region, from skiing and snowboarding to hikes in the forest. Sustainability takes a look at green events (like the annual Rosendale EarthFest) and ecologically minded thinkers in our area (like Scenic Hudson’s Sacha Spector).