Best of Hudson Valley: People in 2023

Our Best of Hudson Valley winners in 2023 foster community in the region through the arts, music, and even social media.

Actor (Live Theater)

Sam Eisenbaum, Hopewell Junction

Actress (Live Theater)

Maria B. Hickey, Poughkeepsie


A.W. Storm Anderson, Poughkeepsie

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Julia Dahl, Cornwall-on-Hudson


A Little Beacon Blog, Beacon

Ryan Dutcher
Courtesy of Ryan Dutcher

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Ryan Dutcher, Hopewell Junction

An illusionist by trade, Ryan Dutcher’s unique mix of mind-boggling magic and sharp comedy enthralls audiences and keeps them coming back for more. Formerly of local hit radio show “Annie in the Morning with Ryan,” his adults-only performances often sell out far in advance. Get tickets for his next shows on July 1 and 2 in Rhinebeck.

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Cover Band

The Carrie Zazz Band, Wappingers Falls


Frankie Flowers, Pleasant Valley


The Hudson Valley Wreath Company, Hopewell Junction


Matthew Sabellico, Hopewell Junction

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Female Vocalist

Carrie Zazz, Wappingers Falls

Interior Designer

Helen Piteo Interiors, Wappingers Falls

Local Band

The Carrie Zazz Band, Wappingers Falls

Local Celebrity

Paul Rudd
@paulrudd_ (fan account)

Male Vocalist

Larry Bassen (The Carrie Zazz Band), Newburgh


Ben Noll, Hudson Valley and Auckland, New Zealand

News Anchor

Blaise Gomez (News 12), Cornwall


Frankie Flowers, Pleasant Valley

Radio DJ

Kent “Woodman” Bonham (K104.7), Poughkeepsie


Jessica Lynn, Yorktown

Social Media Influencer
Jackie Foley/ Jacpfef Photography

-Reader’s Pick-

Social Media Influencer

Linsey Gatto

Not every aspect of motherhood is glamorous—and our readers love Beacon-based Linsey Gatto because she’s not afraid to be real. For every fun family activity on her page, her followers will also catch glimpses of mornings gone awry, school lunch mix-ups, and more of the nitty-gritty of parenting.

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