UnWined Wine Bar: unwind at this hip wine bar and kitchen in Somers

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We are often asked about new places in our area to dine. Recently we enjoyed a visit to UnWined Wine Bar & Kitchen located in Somers.

Longtime Westchester resident, Stephanie Small of Waccabuc and Brian Moss of Somers are also the owners of Uncorked Wine & Spirits, located next door. The wine bar, which opened in 2018, is bringing new energy to the area’s dining scene. This wine bar features a full menu, along  with an extensive wine list — it’s a real hidden gem! The owners have brought a hip urban vibe to customers in the area seeking such a venue.

UnWined Wine Bar & Kitchen  features more than 30 wines by the glass, wine by the bottle, creative cocktails and a variety of small plates. The small plates are an eclectic mix of cuisines, and compliment the extensive wine list.  Wines cover most of the major wine regions including Europe, California and South America. Prices start at just $9 per glass.

The interior of the wine bar includes a beautiful multi seat curved marble bar, seating options that include pub tables, high backed banquettes, wooden tables reclaimed from centuries old wood, and Edison bulb lighting.  The overall effect creates a fun and hip atmosphere.

Menu items cover a wide array of dishes — such as creative salads, seafood, flat breads, small plates, steak and plenty in between. Some of the items we sampled are as follows:

Tiny Tuna Tacos, not really a taco but rather sushi grade tuna with avocado served on a wonton crisp.

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Tiny Tuna tacos ( actual serving is 3 on a plate)

Caramelized Peaches and Chorizo is an interesting dish served in a small square iron skillet and brushed with a honey glaze.  Its blend of flavors was quite unique and satisfying.

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Peaches and Chorizo

Grilled Flatbread: with three on the menu we sampled two, including one with stracciatella, prosciutto, arugula and pesto with a light balsamic glaze.  Great for one or to share with friends. The other flatbread was the Charred broccoli with mozzarella, ricotta and red pepper flakes. The crust was thin and toasty and was the perfect complement to the toppings.

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Flatbread

Un Lobster Roll was one of the larger items we sampled and has  a twist on the classic lobster roll! It featured fresh chunks of lobster served on a thick slice of buttered brioche toast and topped with watercress. The brioche toast really set this roll apart from other lobster rolls we have dined on elsewhere.

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Un Lobster Roll

IPA Battered Fish and Chips will satisfy your appetite with fresh pieces of cod that are battered and fried and served with hand cut chips, along with a side of chipotle remoulade.

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IPA Battered Fish and Chips

There are plenty of options on the menu with three salads, numerous sides and some interesting dishes — we will be sure to try the next time!  UnWined Wine Bar offers a unique experience and is great for date night, or girls night out.  Out for a drive or apple picking near by, then UnWined is the perfect spot to cap off your day.  The small plates encourage you to sample a variety of different dishes, and the fantastic wine selection will allow you to create the perfect pairing.

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UnWined Wine Bar & Kitchen

Somers Commons Shopping Center

80 Route 6 ( right next door to UnCorked Wines & Spirits)

Baldwin Place, NY 10505

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Sound Waters: help preserve Long Island Sound while enjoying a 2 hour sail

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Looking for  a great sailing experience close to home?  Than look no further than the schooner “Sound Waters” which sails from Stamford Harbor.   This is a great way to sail the beautiful Long Island sound on a classic sailing ship, but you are supporting environmental education and awareness as well

SoundWaters is a recognized organization focused on protecting Long Island Sound Sound  Waters  have sustained relationships built on shared value and trust for 25 years that includes community, school, business, and political leaders. We have been awarded a 4-star rating, the highest possible, from Charity Navigator based on our financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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The story begins Len Miller read a series of articles in the Stamford Advocate about the plight of the Sound  and its environmental decline. He saw this as an opportunity to increase learning and exploration and he set in motion a course of science and stewardship that continues to inspire over 30,000 students per year.

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In 1990 Len and a group of friends purchased a replica of an 18th century Chesapeake Bay sharpie schooner. The 80 foot vessel was refit with education stations on the deck and rechristened “SoundWaters.” The ship, with its six person crew, immediately made an impact as the “floating classroom of Long Island Sound,” sailing with classrooms of students from its home port of Stamford.

You too can sail on this amazing 80 foot schooner.

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Sunset Sail on the Sound Waters

Maritime History Sails

Discover the rich history of sailing and oystering on Long Island Sound. Learn the importance of design and use of a sharpie schooner as you sail aboard a 19th century replica.. All passengers must be at least 5 years old. Price: $30/adults, $20 for Seniors ages 65+ and $15 for children ages 5-12.

Afternoon Sails (good for families)

Enjoy the excitement and wonder of the Long Island Sound aboard our 80′ Schooner. Work together to raise the sails, examine firsthand the rich diversity of the life that exists beneath the waves, sample and test water quality, learn about hypoxia, and analyze groundwater. All passengers must be at least 5 years old. Price: $30/adults, $20 for Seniors ages 65+ and $15 for children ages 5-12.

 Sunset Sails – Great for Adults!

This is the sail we enjoyed.  A warm August breeze carried us out of Stamford harbor for a wonderful and peaceful two hour sunset sail.  In the distance you can see Long Island, and even New York City.  Bring your own food and beverage (no hard spirits) and watch the the sun dip below the horizon. You will feel for two hours that you are on vacation.

All passengers must be at least 5 years old. Price $40/person.

Sound Waters

https://soundwaters.org

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Mambo Italiano: The feel good musical for everyone

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A fun and light hearted  new musical, Mambo Italiano has arrived at the Westchester Broadway Theater.  This Pre-Broadway run of this musical is based on a Canadian film of the same name, and has been adapted as a musical by Jean Cheever and Tom Pollum.

The setting of the musical is in South Jersey where the Barbieri family led by the loveable but controlling grandmother Maria and her husband Gino, struggle to operate their long established Italian restaurant, “Famiglia Italiana”.   For twenty years they have labored at the restaurant and have raised their two grandchildren,   Anna and Angelo.   The grandparents labor to keep open the restaurant, but also keep alive the traditions of Italy, the memory of their daughter and preserve the family. This means everything to them.

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The cast of Mambo Italiano

The grandchildren, now grown have their own ideas of moving out defying the Italian tradition of staying home until married.  Angelo does not want to stay in the family business, but instead wants to follow in his mother’s dream of being a dancer.  The changing world , new moral attitudes and traditions are dealt with humor in this very funny and family friendly performance.

Though the themes of traditions, family struggle and self identity are dramatic, the musical lightens up and the audience is treated to fun, catchy songs, great vocal performances and most of all a celebration of love and family.  A feel good musical to which everyone can relate.  There are lots of laughs, memorable songs and stand out vocal performances.

The musical stars  Joy Hermalyn as the grandmother, Maria Barbieri, Bill Nolte as Gino Barbieri. The grandkids are played by Alex Drost (Angelo Barbieri), and Alexandra Amadeo Frost (Anna Barbieri), Diana DiMarzio (as Lina Paventi), Natalie Gallo (as Donna Lunetti), Zach Schanne (as Nino Paventi). With:  Alexandra Adinah, Aaron Patrick Craven, A.J. Hunsucker, Stuart Marland, Corey Masklee, Laura Stracko, Mackenqie Rogers, Halle Mastroberardino.

 The casting of the play was particularly well done as the cast were convincing and  in their roles and presented to the audience relatable characters.

Mambo Italiana is the musical where you will leave the theater happy and humming the theme song.  And you wont leave hungry either, as the WBT serves dinner right before the performance.  Mangia!

Mambo Italiano – August 8th – September 29th 2019

for tickets and information

Westchester Broadway Theater

One  Broadway Plaza  Elmsford, NY

web https://www.broadwaytheatre.com/

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Boca Oyster Bar: the newest waterfront dining destination in Fairfield County

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Fair weather makes one want to enjoy the outdoors.  Finding that perfect dining spot where you can take in the sun can be challenging.  With so few waterfront dining spots in our area, we were pleased to dine recently at Boca Oyster Bar.

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The Outdoor Bar overlooking the water

Located in the newly developed coastal neighborhood at Bridgeport’s Steelpointe Harbor, Boca Oyster Bar takes its place as the anchor restaurant and event venue within this urban multi-use destination.  Sitting right on the waterfront this restaurant is but a minute drive from Exit 28 on Interstate 95, so getting there is a snap. The entire Steelpoint Harbor area is being redeveloped with all new dining and shopping.

With a seafood inspired food concept, which fits in perfect on the New England waterfront, spirited beverage program, and waterside location Boca’s location in city of Bridgeport makes this unique restaurant a true standout within Fairfield County’s constantly evolving restaurant scene.

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Great cocktails are just one reason to head to Boca

The restaurant located on the first floor of a brand new building is quite large.  Indoors features a large rectangular bar, a wall of windows facing out to the outside deck and marina,  antique maps of the harbor, as well as a mast from a 1870 schooner that once plied the waters of Long Island Sound.   There is plenty of seating in this space with  ash wood tables, and nautical rope globe lights that soften the look of this modern space.

On our early August visit we elected to dine outside in the late afternoon sun.  The deck of Boca is very large and composed of brick pavers and flanked by a metal railing much like a sailing vessel.  The view is a mix of the new marina,  industries across the water as well a view directly out into Long Island Sound.  There are plenty of tables outside, a lounge area of comfy outdoor couches, and a beautiful four corner bar that would be right at home in a Caribbean resort.

The bar has a list of wines, local craft brews and some excellent tropical cocktails to put you in the mood.  Appetizers are plentiful as is a fine selection from the raw bar.  Feeling in a seafood mood, then grab a few like minded friends and try to conquer the three tiered Boca  Raw Bar Platter with east and west coast oysters, clams, ceviche, jumbo shrimp cocktail and topped with a 10 oz. lobster tail.  Bring your appetite.

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Other starters include the delicious Grilled Octopus served hot in an iron skillet, and the wonderful Crab Cakes.  If seafood is not your passion, the Marinated Flank Steak Tacos and the Chicken Avocado Flatbread was the perfect appetizer for one or to share.

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Flatbread

Salads include the Sashimi Tuna Salad, a perfect blend pan-seared sushi grade ahi tuna, mango, avocado, mixed greens,  and a cilantro ginger vinaigrette.  The Boca Salad was another hit perpared with burrata, seasonal fruit jam, heirloom tomato, bruschetta, red roasted peppers, crostini, evoo, balsamic glaze, and fresh basil.  There is even a Vegetable Tower.

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Sashimi Tuna Salad

Main dishes range from steaks, to roasted chicken, Chicken Milanese Stack, and  French Cut Porkchops.  Plenty of seafood options also and we recommend the delicious Chilean Sea Bass with Mussels and the Blackened Salmon.

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Sea Bass with Mussels

Boca Oyster Bar has something for everyone on the menu.  There are happy hour specials and check the website for live music events.  So get out into the sun and enjoy the latest addition to the waterfront dining scene.

 

Boca Oyster Bar

10 East Main Street Bridgeport Ct

web  https://www.bocaoysterbar.com

 

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Sound Waters HarborFest 2019, a great way to spend the day on the harbor in Stamford, Saturday August 24th

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Sound Waters HarborFest brings the community together through the initiative to educate and create a great experience on the harbor for Stamford and surrounding areas. Hosted in Harbor Point, Stamford CT Saturday, August 24th from 10am – 9pm, located at 2200 Atlantic Street. Plenty of free parking is available in the Harbor Point garages and parking lots. Something for all ages Harbor Fest 2019 is a FREE event that allows the community a fun day on the water.

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The Schooner, “Sound Waters”

We attended Harborfest last year and enjoyed the food trucks, strolled along the harbor on the walk, witnessed the cardboard boat races and even sailed out for a short ride on the 80 foot sailing schooner, “Sound Waters”

Complete event information:  SoundWatersHarborFest.org

Part of the activities for the day will be the  Race for the Mayor’s Trophy in the Aquarion Cardboard Kayak Races. The wildly popular Cardboard Kayak Race is returning. Teams will build their boats from 1:00 – 3:00pm from supplied materials and race their boats on the Harbor. The race will take place at 3:15pm. The race is open to all comers, but teams must register in advance and space is limited. There is a $100 team registration fee to cover the cost of materials.

Stay all day and enjoy, Good Eats & Drinks on the Harbor, Listen to Live Music, Touch a Truck, Boat Rides, Oyster Lounge , Corn Hole Competition, Mini Golf, Under the Sea Doggie Costume Contest, Tour of Harbor Village, Painting with Pinot’s Palette, Tours the boats of the Harbor, and so much more.

The City of Stamford will be sponsoring FIREWORKS this year!   So come out and enjoy a beautiful day on Stamford harbor at Harbor Point.

You can learn about Sound Waters and their mission to educate children on what an amazing resource that is Long Island Sound and how we need to protect the sound.

Sound Waters Harbor Fest

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SoundWatersHarborFest.org

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Olde Rhinebeck Inn : relax and restore at this historic Hudson Valley inn

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We live in a busy world that where every minute of the day you seem to be bombarded with the demands of modern life. We recently stayed and inn in the heart of the Hudson Valley which is the perfect tonic for the hectic lives we lead.

The Olde Rhinebeck Inn located just outside the beautiful village of Rhinebeck NY in Dutchess County  is the perfect escape.  Rhinebeck is a thriving little village filled with shops, fine dining, an arts movie house, and is home to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.  The building itself dates back to 1738 when the original structure (now the dining room) was built by Johann Michael Pultz a tenant farmer.   As his family grew as  did the family farm, the house expanded adding a room every 5 to 10 years.  The family would occupy the house for 12 generations or close to 240 years.

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It is this special historic farmhouse that is situated on a quiet country lane that is now operated as an B & B by  Jonna and Cindy.  Jonna who grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn and whose family turned their house into the city’s  first B & B  is a natural innkeeper.  Cindy at grew up in the house itself and would go on to own a inn right in the village of Rhinebeck as well as manage other properties.  Hospitality comes naturally to these innkeepers and it shows in the numerous ways they make their guests feel at home.  The Inn’s website provides more detailed history and would encourage the reader to visit their site.

Upon reaching the inn , you feel instantly transported to another era. The house is beautifully maintained as is the garden that lines your path as you make your way to the front door.  As soon as you step over the threshold the house embraces you in warmth and authenticity.  The small entrance foyer leads to a charming main room with its original fireplace, mantle and wood surrounds still wearing its original blue paint.  Wide board wood floors and low ceiling instantly remind you that you are in a special place.  The room is tastefully decorated with comfy furniture, antiques,  and repurposed items.  The effect is instantly welcoming as if you were returning to a family homestead.

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The dining room (the original part of the house) is adorned with a long communal table repurposed from barn wood which is the setting for a healthy and delicious breakfast.  Two Dutch doors lead to the outside as well as allow natural light to fill the room.

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The first floor  also features two large room suites with their own bath.  Our room was the Ryefield Suite, which features a large king size canopy bed,  a separate sitting room (with a twin bed for an additional guest) and a modern bath with rainfall shower.    The room was beautifully decorated  and featured fresh cut flowers, and a plate of welcome treats of fresh fruit, candy and chocolate dipped strawberries.   A really welcoming touch.

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The bed was very comfortable as were the pillows.  The bed was covered in fine white cotton sheets and a soft comforter.  On a steamy July day the inn we were thankful for the very effective air conditioners that were quiet and kept our room at the perfect sleeping temp.  The rooms come with flat screen televisions, free netflix, wi-fi  (if you must be connected) and comfy robes.

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There are two additional guest  rooms on the second floor .  Each room is unique and has its own charm and character.   On the first floor there is also a coffee and tea station available to the guests at all times.

After a peaceful nights rest, we joined the other guests in the charming dining room for breakfast.  We were in for a delightful morning.  Fresh juice and coffee were served followed by a fresh fruit salad.  An egg and cheese souffle was delightful with a side of sausage.  The meal was finished with a beautiful Dutch pancake with stone fruit.   A hearty and delicious way to start our day.

After breakfast we strolled the property of the inn. Outside is a stone patio with overhead string lights and a comfortable grouping of outdoor couches.  A  perfect spot to relax after you travels.  The inn also provides a peaceful and relaxing setting with a wide lawns spreading down to a small pond.

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Along the pond are 4 wicker rockers facing the water creating the perfect location spot to read or to just take in the serenity.

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Our stay at the inn was brief.  We returned to sit and talk with our wonderful hosts, Jonna and Cindy who shared stories of their passion for hospitality, local history, and or course provided us with suggestions on what to do in this special corner of the Hudson Valley.  The inn is a perfect base for exploring the area including wineries, historic sites, the Culinary Institute, Walkway across the Hudson, or cultural events at The Fisher Center at Bard College.

The Inn was voted as a 2019 Top Ten Best Romantic Inn by iloveinns website.

Jonna and Cindy have provided an experience you cannot obtain in and air bnb or a hotel.  In our brief stay we immersed ourselves in the authentic richness of the Olde Rhinebeck Inn and combined with the warmth and hospitality of our hosts,  we left feeling rested and restored by our experience.

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Olde Rhinebeck Inn

340 Wurtemburg Road

Rhinebeck NY 12572

tel. 845.871.1745

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Sonora: Port Chester’s legendary Latin restaurant celebrates its 20th anniversary

 

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Located in Port Chester, a town known of its collection of multi-cultural restaurants, Sonora  made its mark  on the area food scene twenty years ago with Chef Palomino’s signature Latin inspired menu, and innovative cocktail program.  As 2019 is the 20th anniversary of its opening, Sonora still pleases its customers and attracts new diners  with a fresh and creative take on Latin cuisine and an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.

Born in Columbia, Chef Palomino draws inspiration for his menu from his childhood in Bogotá, his earlier years in New York City alongside such culinary legends as Larry Forgione and Charlie Palmer, and his time in France honing his craft with renowned Chef Michel Guèrard in Eugènie-les-Bains.

With a wealth of knowledge and great respect and appreciation for cuisines from around the world, Chef Palomino took all that he had learned and returned to his roots, focusing on the flavors of Latin America. He opened the first Sonora Restaurant in New York City’s Eastgate Tower Hotel in 1997 before relocating it to Port Chester, NY in 1999.

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Sonora’s menu is a culinary tour throughout Latin America, Mexico, and Spain. Dishes are drawn from Spain, Portugal, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, and Chile.   The Chef has also embraced the desire of many diners for a healthier plant based diet and has incorporated modern offerings such as Fresca Kale, and Tacos de Squash.

Inside the unique and beautiful dining room with soft colors and white linen covered tables, the menu is beautiful as it is delicious.  Tapas include; crispy coconut shrimp from Peru served with sweet plantain and Chino Latino lemongrass sauce; Mexican tacos de churrasco with grilled skirt steak, mushrooms, chopped lettuce, and cilantro sauce; and quinoa empanadas from Peru, filled with roasted eggplant, quinoa, and goat cheese, served with chocolate vinaigrette. For entrees; from Colombia, Pollo Organicorrelleno, stuffed with sweet plantain, goat cheese, peppers, chorizo, served with saffron mashed potatoes.

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Eggplant Meatballs in a Spanish Tomato sauce

From Spain, Eggplant Meatballs in a Spanish tomato sauce is a twist on the this Italian vegetarian favorite, and was delicious.   Palomino Pulpo was a fantastic dish of grilled octopus served with fingerling potatoes, arugula and chimichurri.

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Palomino Pulpo

The delightful and flavorful Cerviche served in a martini glass is from Ecuador with shrimp in a tomato base with cilantro, onions and sweet potato.  A unique combination of flavors.

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Cerviche

Sunny Mexico provides  Camarones y Vieras, a beautifully presented dish of shrimp and sea scallops in a delicate edible potato “basket” with black bean and cheese ravioli and finally topped with a sweet corn chipotle-chardonnay sauce.

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Camarones y Vieras,

The menu is quite inclusive and the chef has included innovative dishes for vegetarians and vegans so that everyone in your party can enjoy the cuisine at Sonora.  The Chef has written 5 cookbooks and has restaurants in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida in addition to Port Chester.

“Westchester County is where I call home and is where Sonora and my professional career took shape,” says Chef Palomino, “Sonora will forever be dear to my heart, and I hope my guests feel the same way for years to come.”   We are happy he feels this way, as we plan to return again and again.

Sonora

179 Rectory Street, Port Chester, NY 10573
(914)-933-0200
www.sonorarestaurant.net 

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A fun event for all ! The Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival is back July 12th-14th

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Here is a fun and unique event for this weekend.  This year’s Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival is back and promises more of everything—more eye-catching “shape balloons,” more vendors, and more attendees.  We were able to enjoy one of the ‘tether”balloon flights which takes you a short distance off the ground, and it was a fun experience.

The festival takes place in the scenic village of Rhinebeck New York.  Be sure to visit the village and browse its shops or grab a bite at some of the great local  eateries.

The festival, presented by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce (DCRCOC), is in its 28th year of hosting balloonists from all over the country, and will once again take place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, on July 12th, 13th, and 14th. The Fairgrounds treats spectators to a 360-degree view of the balloons; gives guests free and easy parking; and allows balloonists room to launch, offer paid rides to the public, and interact with the crowd.

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The Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival hosts over 100 balloon launches throughout the weekend, with mass launches scheduled for 6 pm in the evenings Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and the popular sunrise launches at 6 am—which are free and open to the public—on Saturday and Sunday. An exciting variety of other activities will be available at all times. These include a craft beverage tap tent with live music, over 100 vendors, food trucks, hayrides, family friendly games, and “balloon presentations,” where balloonists will answer commonly asked questions about the art of ballooning.

Festival-goers can purchase full flight balloon rides and helicopter rides, which are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, online in advance.. Tethered hot-air balloon rides are available on a first-come-first-served basis. These rides are $20 per person, cash only. Spectators should arrive an hour early to allow extra time for traffic and to ensure seeing the balloons inflate and launch. For more information and to reserve your ride, visit https://www.dcrcoc.org/balloonridereservations. It is extremely important to note that all rides and launches are weather- and wind-permitting.

Advance discounted tickets are available online. Visit balloonfesthv.com for festival tickets and balloon ride reservations, schedule and festival information, and a full list of sponsors and vendors.

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https://www.dcrcoc.org/balloonfesttickets

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Maritime with a Twist: food, adult drinks and an over 21 evening at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk on June 27th

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A fun event for adults is coming June 21st at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Celebrate the summer solstice with sips and samples from some of the area’s top breweries, distillers and restaurants during the “Maritime with a Twist” adults-only evening event at the Aquarium!

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS AND RETAILERS INCLUDE:

Asylum Vodka
Bandido
Blind Rhino
CulinArt
Eder Brothers Wine
Evarito’s
KRAKEN Rum
La Dolce
Local
Monsieur Touton Selection, Ltd.
Owl’s Brew
Saltwater
Tablao
Thimble Island Brewery
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Open to anyone age 21 and over, this event will feature tastes from nearby restaurants in Norwalk, as well as refreshments by craft breweries, artisanal distillers, and local wine retailers. Sample them all while enjoying the entire Aquarium for one price. There’s no extra cost for food and drink after your ticketed admission.

There will be live music by ‘Big Yachty’ and, weather permitting, the event will spill out onto the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard.

Tickets are $40 ($35 for Aquarium members)

for more info and to purchase tickets

https://www.maritimeaquarium.org/events/event/1401690

Date & Time
June 27, 2019 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

10 North Water Street  Norwalk Ct

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Ya Mon, Party with the Jamaican Bob Sled team Saturday June 29th at Riverside Yacht Club

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This a  unique fun event that is also a fund raiser!   On Saturday June 29th, the   Riverside Yacht Club in Riverside Ct. will host the Greenwich Jamaican Jam !  The jam is a special event to raise money for the Jamaican Bob Sled Team as they train for the 2022 Winter Olympics Beijing, China. The Jam will help future travel and coaching expenses for the team.

What can you expect at the party?   Great Jamaican Food. Adult Beverages – Full Bar, Live Steel Band & Drums, Live Band! Deep Cover Groove Band,Bobsleigh Team Members, Live & Silent Auctions.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Devon Harris.  Devon is one of the founding members of the Jamaica National Bobsleigh team, which first competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. He went on to compete in the 1992 and 1998 Winter Olympic Games. Devon grew up in the Kingston ghetto of Olympic Gardens and went on to graduate from the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England. In his early years he played soccer and dreamt of representing Jamaica in the 1984 Summer Olympics.

The event is the idea of Louis Van Leeuwen  who is Jamaican – both by birth and heart and soul. His Dutch parents fled Nazi Europe by boat and were welcomed in Jamaica just as Janette Van Leeuwen was due to give birth. Van Leeuwen’s deep gratitude drives his desire to give back to his island home.

For Van Leeuwen, (founder of Curry & Kingston Cabinetry & Greenwich Construction) giving back means hosting a Jamaica Bobsleigh Foundation fundraiser for the fourth year in a row – the coolest event in Greenwich, according to everyone who has ever been!  We can’t wait to find out.

It should be a fun day of  Jamaican music, food, beverages, and a chance to meet the Jamaican Bob Sled team !

For tickets and more information on the event:

https://www.greenwichjamaicanjam.com/

The Bobsled team’s motto – Dream. Believe. Achieve. – speaks to the belief that perseverance and hard work pay off. To learn more about the team visit www.jamaicabobsled.com

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