Denny’s affordable kids meals are offered at restaurants nationwide with prices starting at $2.99 depending on location. Additionally, families can enjoy great savings with the Kids Eat Free program served from 4 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and at participating restaurants on Saturdays.

Please visit http://dennyskidsandparents.com.

There is a Denny’s in Newburgh (1283 RT 300 NEWBURGH, NY 12550)

for more information.

What a view!

What a view!

I was here a few weeks ago for an event. You can’t miss this!

On Sunday, September 13, all residents of Dutchess County may visit the elegant nineteenth-century house museum and gardens at Boscobel free of charge upon presentation of proof of residency.

Set upon 68 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds, Boscobel House contains a collection of furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period, much of it made by premier New York cabinetmakers, Duncan Phyfe and Michael Allison. Collections include rare china and glassware, scientific instruments, antique books and fine art, including a Benjamin West painting. An exhibition about the rescue and restoration of Boscobel may be seen in the Visitors Center.

In addition to a house tour, guests are invited to stroll Boscobel’s grounds and admire breathtaking views of the Hudson River and its Highlands. For the more adventurous, a 1.25-mile Woodland Trail offers forested areas with spectacular views, ending at a scenic overlook with a rustic summerhouse pavilion. Don’t forget to pack a picnic!

Boscobel is located on scenic Route 9D in Garrison, New York. From April through October, hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the last tour at 4:15 p.m. The museum and distinctive gift shop are open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas. For more information, visit www.boscobel.org.

Great affordable program for aged 10 and older!

Palisades Interstate Park Commission
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Evening Lighthouse Lantern Tour
Saturday, July 11th, 2009
7:30 PM

The Friends of Stony Point Battlefield & Lighthouse invite you to travel back in time to the nineteenth-century; you’re appointed lighthouse keeper by the United States Light House Establishment. In the days before GPS, you are solely responsible for safely navigating ships around the narrow bend in the Hudson River above Haverstraw Bay. Every hour, all night long, you must climb up the two ladders into the lantern room to clean the windows and the glass prisms of the light and make sure the lamp is still burning bright. When it is raining, snowing or foggy, you must also walk the steep path down to the fog bell near the river every four hours to rewind the mechanical clock. Still interested in maintaining your post as Keeper of the Stony Point Lighthouse?

The romance of the lighthouse keeper meets the reality of the physical labor involved in keeping the maritime community safe in a slide lecture presented by Scott Craven. Drawing on a wealth of images of 19th and 20th century boats, lighthouses and community life on the river, Craven illuminates the maritime history along the Hudson. He will review the 14 lighthouses that were once used to protect the river, focusing on the 8 that remain today. Craven will also discuss the many other navigational aides that were part of the US Light House Establishment’s protection in the Hudson River and talk about what is used today to keep commercial traffic flowing smoothly and recreation boaters safe. After the presentation in the museum, Craven will give guided tours of the Stony Point Lighthouse – with its breathtaking views of the Hudson River by moonlight. (Don’t worry, you’ll only have to climb the two ladders once!)

The historic site is located at 44 Battlefield Rd., accessed from Park Rd. off Route 9W in Stony Point. The evening program begins at 7:30 PM with the gate opening at 7:00 PM. Admission: $4 adults, $3 seniors and children 10 and older. Program not appropriate for children younger than age 10. Advanced reservations required for this program, please call the site office to place them, 845-786-2521.

The Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site is part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, which administers 29 parks, parkways, and historic sites for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in New York as well as the Palisades Interstate Park and parkway in New Jersey. For information about New York State parks and historic sites, please visit www.nysparks.com and for more information about the Palisades Interstate Park parks and historic sites, please visit www.palisadesparksconservancy.org.

Orange Julius is encouraging consumers to try its new Light Smoothies with a coupon that can be downloaded from its Web site, www.OrangeJulius.com.

The one-day sampling will take place June 19 at participating locations across the country.

The new beverages come is three flavors: Strawberry Delight, Berry-Pom Twilight and Tropical Sunlight. The coupon is good for one 20-ounce Light Smoothie.

It says they are good in participating Dairy Queen, but they don’t mention the Dairy Queen on Route 9 in Wappingers Falls. However, they are good at other locations, so print it out and carry it with you. If you’re in the area of another Dairy Queen, give it a shot!

Enjoy!

Learn and take part in ‘Hands-on Heritage Crafts’ at Van Cortlandt Manor on June 6-7 Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Visitors to Van Cortlandt Manor can try their hands at more than a dozen colonial-era crafts and tasks during “Hands-On Heritage Crafts” on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, from 10-6 p.m. The gardens, grounds, and buildings of Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson will be bustling with activity as visitors are encouraged to learn about traditional activities of the 18th century in an interactive way. Each activity is presented by guides wearing clothing of the period. Visitors can help make candles, churn butter, and stitch brooms. They can also try their hands at coopering (barrel making), wool dyeing and spinning, shoe making, tinsmithing, flax breaking and spinning, quilting, weaving, and open-hearth cooking. Particularly popular with youngsters is the chance to help Van Cortlandt Manor’s blacksmith forge iron hooks and other items. Children can also sew a bag designed to hold medicinal herbs and then have it filled with dried botanicals in the manner of the 18th century. One example is a “sleep bag,” which is filled with a mixture of rose petals, mint leaves, and cloves, and was used by early Americans as a cure for insomnia. The weekend also features a small farmer’s market, with local artisans selling honey and maple products, an assortment of pickles, relishes, mustards, jams, and cheese.

Admission to Van Cortlandt Manor is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $6 for children 5-17; and free for children under 5 and HHV members. Visitors who buy tickets online can save $1 per ticket by using the promo code BLACKSMITH. Van Cortlandt Manor is at 525 South Riverside Avenue (off Route 9) in Croton-on-Hudson. Take the Croton Point Avenue exit from Route 9 and follow the signs. For information: 914-271-8981, www.hudsonvalley.org.

Sorry about the delay in posts, but I’m back and letting you know what you can plan for in the Hudson Valley this summer! Like many places, Poughkeepsie offers free concerts at local parks. At Bowdoin Park in Poughkeepsie, you’ll find:

On June 30: Bill’s Toupee (with fireworks) 7 pm
7/7: Big Blue Band, 7 p.m.
7/14: Rendition, 7 p.m.
7/21: jazz pioneers 7 p.m.
7/28: Longneck, 7 p.m.
8/4 Burr Johnson, 6:30 p.m.
8/11: Last Call
Bring your lawn chair or blanket. If it rains, the concerts are held in the community room at the Park.

Matinees & Music, Sinatra & More, Thursday May 14, 2 p.m. ONLY $5!!!!! This is definitely a cheap night with great music and movies. The Bardavon is located at 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY. The box office is 845-473-2072, so call them for more info.