Letters to the Editor in November 2012

Read our letters to the editor for November 2012, including our Where in the Valley “Eastern Edifice” contest answer

Where in the Hudson Valley…?

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Perched on a magnificent hill overlooking the Catskills near the city of Hudson in Columbia County, Olana State Historic Site was the Persian-style home of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church — and the subject of our latest “Where in the Hudson Valley” contest. Containing the artist’s last studios; original possessions; and 250 acres of jaw-dropping vistas, carriageways, and gardens, the estate is a well-known Valley landmark. Congratulations to faithful reader Pat Wendler of Gardiner, who spotted this majestic manse with ease. This month, try to identify this soaring Civil War monument — with a link to Madison Square Garden — here.

I grew up in Germantown and spent many a school field trip on these grounds. The view of the Catskills/Hudson River from those grounds is breathtaking, especially at the heart of leaf-peeping season. Perhaps highlighting this home in your magazine will bring more people to beautiful Olana and Columbia County.
Terry Gaffken

I lost my gold wedding ring tobogganing down the road to the house in January 1976. This coming January will be our 40th wedding anniversary.
Robert Rudolph

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The building is amazing, as are the grounds. If you have not been there, put it on your bucket list.
Elyse Mansfield
Hyde Park

Beautiful grounds, fabulous place to spend the day and walk among the beauty and history that is so profound in the Hudson Valley.
Janine Carchidi

Our family has visited multiple times and we always enjoy our visits. We have seen Church’s works also on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Steven Vitoulis

A surprise and a smile

Two years ago, my husband and I moved up to the Hudson Valley to be nearer to our children and grandchildren. We were delighted to discover your magazine, and it became a wonderful source for finding restaurants, events, and many interesting articles about the area. We also needed to find doctors and dentists, and while perusing one issue I saw a picture and article about a dentist, Dr. Michael Koumas. I wondered if it could possibly be the little Michael Koumas I had in my preschool class on Long Island many years ago. It turned out to be the same person, and he is now our very competent, caring dentist! Thank you, Hudson Valley, for connecting us. We would have never discovered him if it had not been for your magazine.
Marilyn Shipe
Hopewell Junction

To meet all of our Top Dentists in 2012, click here.

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Olana State Historic Site affords a view of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge — not the Kingston-Rhinecliff — as noted in our last “Where in the Hudson Valley” quiz.

From our “Best Of Hudson Valley” feature:
We forgot to include the Editors’ Pick for Best Calamari. That honor goes to Cosimo’s Brick Oven restaurants, with four locations in the Valley. Click here to learn why their squid is so sensational.
Find the 1850 House Inn and Tavern (Editors’ Pick, New Bed and Breakfast) at
www.the1850house.com; Body Be Well Pilates (Editors’ Pick, Pilates Studio) at www.bodybewellpilates.com; and SensatioNail Creations (Readers’ Pick, Manicure/Pedicure) at 845-532-8784. The pineapple upside-down cupcake at JJ’s Rockin’ Cupcakes (Editors’ Pick, Party Favor) is called “The 1926.”


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