Hudson Valley Highlights
April 1 – 3, 2022
Live it up locally! We are celebrating the unique region of the Hudson Valley from our upstate resort. Featuring local music, spirits, crafts, art work, and some Hudson Valley history, this exciting weekend highlights what makes our “neck of the woods” so spectacular. Make sure to collect your Hudson Valley History puzzle when you check in at the Front Desk!
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PAST FEATURED EVENTS
Listed below are some of the many events featured in past years of this program.
Hudson Valley History Puzzle
Master puzzle maker, Greg Pliska continues to keep our minds sharp with an all new puzzle packet focused on Hudson Valley history. Pick up your puzzle packet at the Front Desk and solve throughout the weekend. Solutions will be available at each event from Theme Programs and on Sunday at the Front Desk.
Live Music with Oh Hudson!
Oh Hudson! was commissioned by the Hudson Quadricentennial Committee of New York State to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the river that now bears his name. This music and poetry celebration of the Hudson Valley features guitarist and poet David Gonzalez, piano virtuoso Daniel Kelly, and master fiddler Gretchen Koehler.
Wired Art Gallery
Check out some local art displayed from vendors across the Hudson Valley in a pop up from Wired Art Gallery.
Environmental History of the Hudson Valley
On this short walk with Annie O’Neill, learn about the extensive and illustrious history of the unique Hudson Valley Region. She will focus on the environmental phenomena of the Shawangunk Ridge and beyond.
Beer Tasting with Yard Owl Brewery*
Join James and Joe of Yard Owl Craft Brewery in Gardiner, NY for an opportunity to taste delicious, local beer and chat with the guys who made it.
*Please Note: Pre-registration is required. $30 per person program fee for admittance to the tasting. Space is limited. Participants must be age 21 or over to attend.
Live Music with Dylan Doyle Band
Southern born, Northern raised, Dylan Doyle has been steeped in everything from Bob Dylan, Wes Montgomery, and Bill Withers to John Prine, Jimi Hendrix, and The Band. From this comes a unique musical interpretation that lies somewhere within the delta of Roots, Rock, and Jazz; giving him a style that defies classification.
Local Lecture: Americans on the Move
In the 19th century the Hudson Valley was a hotbed of transportation; there was a rapid rise in manufacturing and the movement of goods thanks to the railroads and waterways around us. In this compelling lecture, Frank Marquette will focus on the role played by the Delaware and Hudson Canal, the Hudson River, the Valley’s roadways, and the railroad industry; he’ll give examples in words an pictures of how they were responsible for moving natural resources and manufactured goods of every description from their sources, through the Hudson Valley and to New York City and beyond. All of this activity stimulated the growth of our economy and played a major role in the industrialization of the United States.
PAST PROGRAM LEADERS
Greg Pliska, composer and orchestrator, has been solving and creating puzzles since he could read. He has been a puzzle writer and presenter for public radio’s Ask Me Another and A Way With Words, and he creates puzzle hunts for corporate and academic clients. Greg has scored films, television shows, musicals, and opera. His orchestrations can be heard every morning on NPR and at night on CBS Evening News. His latest film project, Push, should be available in the new year, in whatever form we’re viewing films in the new year.
David Gonzalez is a professional storyteller, poet, playwright, musician, and public speaker. He is a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department, and is the proud recipient of the International Performing Arts for Youth “Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence.” David was named a Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience” for The Frog Bride. He was the host of New York Kids on WNYC for eight seasons. His poetry has been featured at Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors Festival, Bill Moyers’ documentary Fooling with Words on PBS, and NPR’s All Things Considered. David was a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival and received his doctorate from New York University’s School of Education. Mr. Gonzalez is bi-lingual and is the Artistic Director for the Crisalida Communications, a company that consults on arts outreach to theaters and community organizations. David has been performing for audiences at Mohonk for over 30 years. Learn more at www.davidgonzalez.com and www.crisalidacom.com.
Annie O’Neill is a local environmentalist, ceramic artist, and outdoor enthusiast. She edited and published The Northern Shawangunks, An Ecological Survey, and for 24 years edited and designed Shawangunk Watch, the newsletter of Friends of the Shawangunks. She rock climbed for 30 years, but now devotes her time to local arts organizations and environmental issues.
Wired Gallery was established in May 2012 with the mission to show works by Mid-Hudson Valley artists. Located at 11 Mohonk Road in High Falls, New York, and open Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wired Gallery was named “one of Ulster County’s most high-profile, prolific sources of quality art exhibitions” by Almanac Weekly.
Dylan Doyle has been touring nationally since age 15, and became a seasoned professional guitarist and singer at a very young age. He has played with such notable musicians Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan, Don Mclean), John Platania (Van Morrison, Natalie Merchant), Ben Cauley (Otis Redding) and Bill Payne (Little Feat). Stoner called Dylan one of the most prodigious players he has known with abundant natural talent. John Platania has referred to Dylan as “The Future.” Ben Cauley, after playing with Dylan in Memphis said, “Dylan Doyle sounds like a young Jimi Hendrix.” In the words of Bill Payne upon sharing the stage, “Music is a conversation. Dylan spoke beautifully and was listening to the musicians around him. His play was imaginative and original.” Attesting to Dylan’s versatility, Dylan has played the King Biscuit Blues Festival three consecutive years as well headlining the Grateful Garcia Gathering, the largest Grateful Dead festival in the Midwest.
Frank Marquette, a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, is the owner-operator of Murder Café and Theatre on the Road. He has been writing and producing original murder mystery plays for Mohonk’s Mystery Weekend since 2017 and has been presenting “living history” tours and performances at local historic sites since 2013. Beginning in 1998 he has written and produced 12 original plays and has acted in and directed dozens more; Frank has also appeared in national commercials, and a number of television shows. He also conducts workshops at the annual NYSTEA (New York State Theatre Education Assoc.) Conference.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
When you visit during Hudson Valley Highlights Weekend, your overnight package includes:
- Three meals daily featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients from our farm-to-table partners. See our full list of dining options>
- Access to more than 85 miles of scenic hiking trails
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness classes
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Make an appointment to visit our Greenhouse
- Indoor heated pool with underwater music
- Guided hikes and outdoor activities with our Recreation team
- Nightly evening entertainment, special events, and more! See activities schedule>
- Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on more than 30 miles of groomed trails (weather permitting)
- Winter hiking with MICROspikes® (weather permitting)
- Ice-skating in the open air pavilion
- Guided outdoor activities and hiking with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains (weather permitting)
À la carte experiences available to overnight guests:
- A full menu of nature-inspired treatments at our award-winning spa
- The Carriage Lounge, featuring a full bar and handcrafted cocktails as well as hyper local draft beer and hard cider
- An award-winning wine list in our dining venues
- Private fitness, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions
- Disc golf discs available for purchase (weather permitting)