7 April Events to Celebrate Spring in the Hudson Valley

Photo courtesy of Troy Waterfront Market

An Easter Bunny train ride out of Kingston, a guided tour of the USS Slater, a farmers’ market in Troy, and more make the month unforgettable.

Through April 17: Am I Nuyorican?
The artists in this virtual exhibition — Martin Rubio, Armando Soto, and Marcos Dimas — have one thing in common: Their parents moved from Puerto Rico to New York during the 1960s. “Nuyorican” designates the cultural connections of a hybrid identity which is not solely Puerto Rican or New Yorker.
Martinez Gallery, Troy

April 3: The Bunny Express. All aboard! Hop on this 9.5-mile roundtrip train ride through Kingston with the Easter Bunny and his friend Fernando the Fox. Due to COVID, activities will be abbreviated, and passengers will not get off the train at the Easter Egg patch. Instead, candy will be handed out aboard the open-air flat car train.
Catskill Mountain Railroad, Kingston

April 4: Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. After spending the winters indoors, this popular market moves back outside to Riverfront Park on the first Saturday in April, with 75 participating vendors. In 2019, TWFM was the national winner of American Farmland Trusts’ 2019 People’s Choice award for favorite local farmers market.
Riverfront Park, Troy (virtual market also available)

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April 7: USS Slater. Explore the last-remaining American WWII destroyer escort docked on the Hudson River. The guided tour of the USS Slater dives deep into its history, technical advancements, and powerful stories.
USS Slater, Albany

April 8 ‑ 10: Knit & Escape. Yarn enthusiasts unite! Join this knitting extravaganza hosted by Eve Ashworth (co-owner of Ashworth Creative in Poughkeepsie, a Hudson Valley Magazine Woman in Business) and Kristy Glass (an acclaimed knitter and influencer). Participants can enjoy interactive, virtual demo sessions about knitting, crocheting, and fiber arts taught by master knitters themselves.

April 18, 23, 25 & 30: Program on the Portico. Walk along the grounds of Mills Mansion and enjoy an outdoor presentation about the site’s connection to the tragic sinking of the Titanic. Staff will even display replicas from the ship!
Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburgh

Craft Show April 30 – May 2, Tours Beginning May 7: Lyndhurst Mansion. The Gardens and Grounds tour returns to this iconic Hudson Valley site. It combines the history of the estate and its residents with some discussion of trees and historic plantings. Other tours, like the Backstairs and Multiple Landscape tours, are slated for June.
Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown


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