Hudson Valley, N.Y. - Shakespeare wrote, “The world’s my oyster.” Come find your pearl! Orange County Tourism is betting you’ll find lots of precious gems on their jam-packed June events calendar. Two beautiful rivers, the scenic Hudson Valley Highlands, and the picturesque countryside provide the perfect backdrop for a wide variety of precious summer happenings. Click on www.orangetourism.org to create a string of pearls that will adorn your visits with fun.
Fragrant flowers and gourmet food are the highlights of the annual Gardens of Goshen Tour and Luncheon on Saturday June 16th from 9am to 4pm. Private homes open their garden gates with exceptional landscape and floral displays. Savor a delicious meal served on linen tablecloths on the lawn of a Gothic-style English country church between peeks at these secret gardens. Later that day, head to Artwalk 2012 where the picturesque mill pond at Monroe’s Crane Park sets the scene for an exhibition of local artists’ works and an outdoor concert. Children’s activities and food vendors will also be on hand for this free event held from 5 to 7pm.
The Two by Two Petting Zoo, a magic show, and 18th century games are the Children’s Day stars at New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site on Sunday, June 17th from 1pm to 4pm. This free annual event is a gem for families. Sunday is Father’s Day, so surprise Dad with a picnic on the park grounds. A tour of the Visitor’s Center and fun time with the kids will make his day memorable. Late spring through early fall is great for paddling and rafting the scenic Delaware River, but Sunday is an especially good time. Kittatinny Canoes honors dads that day by offering free paddling to fathers and their families. Another freebie is at Gomez Mill House, the oldest Jewish dwelling in North America. Dads and their families receive free admission. Guided tours of the unique manor house that’s been home to merchants, patriots, farmers, craftsmen, and statesmen will be given at 10:30am, 1:15pm and 2:45pm. An ice house, root cellar and restored mill and dam add to the charm of this unique historic site.
The weekly Antique and Custom Car Cruise on the expansive lawn at Bear Mountain State Park is in full swing every Wednesday night from 6pm to 9pm until early September. Just $4.00 admission per vehicle allows you to enjoy the food and specialty vendors, beautiful views, and DJ music. Of course hundreds of classic cars and all varieties of motorcycles are lined up on the great lawn next to the Bear Mountain Inn. Liven up an evening in the middle of your week with a visit to this family-fun venue. Brighten your days at another ongoing outdoor event, Storm King Art Center’s 2012 “Light and Landscape” exhibition. Discover how fourteen inspirational artists interpret natural light. From the solar powered lunar module to the active honey producing apiary, you’ll find this artful experience very illuminating. This renowned 500-acre sculpture park is open Wednesday through Sunday until November 11th.
Get your cameras ready! The most historically accurate replicas of Columbus’ ships the Nina and Pinta will be docking at Newburgh, one of the Hudson Valley’s oldest ports, for tours between 9am and 6pm from June 14th through 17th. Bring your appetite and enjoy a meal at the great variety of river side eateries. Check out the newest Front Street restaurant, Billy Joe’s Ribworks, for delicious barbecue in a casual, fun environment. Then see the Tall Ship Unicorn when it docks here overnight on Monday, June 18th. Although there won’t be public tours, catch a glimpse of this impressive vessel that sails as the only ship with an all-female crew in the world. It’s a sight to behold! For more great scenic river shots, check the schedules of the Pride of the Hudson and the River Rose for regular 2-hour sightseeing cruises departing from the Newburgh Waterfront weekly into the fall.
Goshen tops off the month of June with a couple of Orange County’s most spectacular pearls. Great American Weekend fills the beautiful village green with more than 150 craft, antiques, and food vendors, children’s rides, music and fun for all on Saturday and Sunday, June 30th and July 1st. Leading up to this event, the Goshen Historic Track, the world’s oldest harness track, features matinee racing on Sunday, June 17th, followed by Grand Circuit Harness Racing on June 29th and 30th, and July 1st and 2nd. Post time for all races is 1:00pm. Once your family experiences the thrill of a race, you’ll want to learn more about this fascinating sport at the state-of-the-art Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame overlooking the track.
Find a complete list of attractions, lodging, and events at http://www.orangetourism.org/. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide call 800-762-8687, or email email@example.com. Orange County Tourism is headquarters for tourism in the county and is part of the I LOVE NEW YORK program.
Gardens of Goshen Tour and Luncheon, Goshen. http://www.stjamesgoshen.org/, 845- 294-6225
Artwalk 2012, Monroe. http://www.villageofmonroe.org/, 845-782-8341
Father’s Day Paddle for Free, Delaware River. http://www.kittatinny.com/, 800-356-2852
Gomez Mill House Fathers Day Free Admission, Marlboro. http://www.gomez.org/, 845-236-3126
Antique and Custom Car Cruise, Bear Mountain. http://www.popyourhood.com/, 845-786-2701
Light and Landscape Exhibition, Mountainville. http://www.stormking.org/, 845-534-3115
Children’s Day, New Windsor Cantonment. http://www.nysparks.com/, 845-561-1765 ext 22
Tall Ships Nina and Pinta, Newburgh Waterfront. http://www.thenina.com/, 845-541-6575
Tall Ship Unicorn, Newburgh Waterfront, http://www.tallshipunicorn.com/, 845-541-6575
Pride of the Hudson Sightseeing Cruise, Newburgh. http://www.prideofthehudson.com/, 845-220-2120
River Rose Cruises, Newburgh. http://www.riverrosecruises.com/, 845-562-1067
Great American Weekend, Goshen. http://www.goshennychamber.com/, 845-294-7741
Grand Circuit Harness Racing, Goshen http://www.goshenhistorictrack.com/, 845-294-5333
Mary Ann McCarthy