5 Hudson Valley Events to Kickstart the New Year

A wine lover’s weekend in New Paltz, a brewery jazz fest in Highland, and more from this week’s top picks for things to do around the Hudson River.


Wine Tasting Weekend With Kevin Zraly

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz​
January 4-6

Ring in the new year with a one-of-a-kind weekend at Mohonk Mountain House. If becoming a sommelier (or a sommelier-at-heart) is on your 2019 bucket list, you’ll be all over the wine tasting extravaganza at New Paltz’s picturesque retreat. Explore the iconic cuisine and wines of France with wine expert Kevin Zraly and health educator Frances Largeman-Roth, then take in the tunes of Megg Farrell and the Avalon Jazz Band.

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Jazz & Brew

Hudson Ale Works, Highland
January 4, 7-10 p.m.

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This Friday, Hudson Ale Works hosts a Jazz & Brew event to celebrate the first full weekend of 2019. Round up friends and family to keep the good times going with tasty beers and bites from the brewery and killer tunes from The Dennis Jacobs Jazz Duo. If your new year goal involves working your way through the epic roster of Hudson Valley breweries, this is the perfect way to get started.


History Hike

Muscoot Farm, Katonah​
January 5, 1-2 p.m.

Celebrate healthy January in the Hudson Valley at Muscoot Farm’s seasonal winter hike. On Saturday afternoon, curator Jonathon Benjamin leads attendees around the farm and shares tidbits about the site’s history along the way. Anyone who wants to get moving and learn more about the local community will love this free trek.


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Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie
January 5, 2-4 p.m.

Take a trip to Arts Mid-Hudson on Saturday for a community celebration of Kakizome, the Japanese tradition that marks the first calligraphy writing of the new year. Attendees can learn about the historic practice, which highlights hopes and goals for the next 12 months, then test out their own calligraphy skills to ensure a healthy, prosperous 2019.


New Year Swing Dance

Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley
January 5, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Step into 2019 in style at Got2Lindy Dance Studios’ rocking new year dance. Open to the public, the swing event features an 18-piece band that delivers live music and foot-tapping tunes. The Got2Lindy team will be on hand to teach beginner lessons and help perfect your form. Admission is $15 and includes a lesson.

Related: 5 of the Coolest Things to Do in the Hudson Valley in January

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