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Wedding planning, then and now

My first memory of planning a wedding might have been around the age of six. To me, weddings were a sign of growing up and womanhood. When I was little, everything was about…

Wedding jam

Off-the-shoulder gowns, third dresses, copper, outdoor chandeliers, glitter and food that hangs from walls — these are just some of the 2015 wedding trends. While I’m intrigued by the notion of increasing dance…

A young man’s perspective on love and marriage

It’s easy to hate marriage. I try and retain a healthy amount of positive feeling, but in late June my romantic resolve was tested when I was stolen away from some long-needed summer…

Do yourself a wedding favor

In planning and executing a wedding, the big things are important. But so are the small ones. One small touch that can delight if done properly: the wedding favor. If done cheaply or…

Changing face of marriage

Marriage is changing. The terrain has shifted in terms of who can marry whom, but there are other trends as well. According to quite a few of the advertisers in this publication, the…

Here comes summer

Beware of ticks and teens, poison ivy, rabies and snakes   Summertime, and the living is … well, actually, it’s dangerous. The thought seems at odds with the sunshine, the green leaves, the…

All the world’s a stage

Fran Platt presents a comprehensive survey of regional cultural events Bard SummerScape, June 25-August 16, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard SummerScape brings topnotch performers in the fields of music – including classical, opera and…

Attendance is activism

John Burdick surveys the regional musical scene with a fine-tooth comb   As press releases, event announcements, links, lineups, and requests for coverage race across my virtual desk like a flickering news ticker…

County fairs of the Hudson Valley

Jen Holz captures the rare beauty of 4H youth   A boy rests against a snoozing goat, his cowboy hat tipped over his eyes, her Nubian ears softy flicking against his cheek. He…

Swimming holes

Corinne Mol discloses open secrets and secret secrets   A great way to survive sweating hot days and to get the most out of summer is a dip in your favorite river, stream,…

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