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The Best Farms for Pumpkin Picking in Lower Hudson Valley

October is the pumpkin’s time to shine, and what better way to celebrate this colorful fruit than by picking your own at one of the many farms and orchards throughout the Hudson Valley. A stroll through vine-covered fields in the region’s picturesque hillsides in search of the perfect pumpkin makes for a great day trip with friends and loved ones. In addition to pumpkin-picking, many of the farms offer hayrides, corn mazes and other seasonal fruits and vegetables for plucking perfection. Be sure to stop by the orchards’ shops for apple cider doughnuts and fresh-pressed cider.

little girl sitting on pumpkins at Orchards of Concklin in Pomona, New York

Orchards of Concklin
2 South Mountain Road, Pomona, New York

The Orchards of Concklin have been a prominent fixture in Rockland County for over 10 generations. Families come to Orchards of Concklin to pick their own produce and visit the popular on-site bakery. After enjoying a day of apple and pumpkin-picking, families can refuel with hot cider, coffee and other delectable treats. The on-premises bakery offers everything from pies and quiches, cookies and cakes from century-old traditional recipes, delicious apple cider donuts and fresh-pressed cider, local honey, and a wide variety of organic, sugar-free and wheat-free foods. If you don’t have the opportunity to visit the orchards, they will ship apples and baked goods directly to you. The orchards are open daily 8 a.m.to 6 p.m., www.orchardsofconcklin.com.

pumpkin display at Pierson’s Farm

Photo credit: Pierson’s Farm

Pierson’s Farm
1448 Route 211, Middletown, New York

Settled in 1790, Pierson’s Farm is one of the Hudson Valley’s historical landmarks. The 270-acre farm hosts an annual festival in October that’s a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the crisp autumn air. Hop on a hayride to the pumpkin patch, snack on some tasty baked goods and wash them down with some hot cider or hot chocolate. When you’re all set with your pumpkin, be sure to explore the four-acre corn maze, three-quarter acre mini maze, petting zoo and play area. The farm also sells pasture-raised pork, lamb and chicken, grass-fed Black Angus beef and free-range eggs. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival is held from the last weekend in September to the end of October. www.piersonsfarm.com

little boy running through corn stalks at Dr. Davies Farm

Dr. Davies Farm
306 Route 304, Congers, New York

Family-run since 1891, Dr. Davies Farm offers pick-your-own apples on over 35 acres of orchards with 4,000 apple trees; pumpkin-picking, hayrides, farm stand, corn maze and more, all in a beautiful farm setting in Rockland County’s scenic lower Hudson Valley. The Davies Farmhouse was built in 1836, part of a 450-acre farm that ran from Rockland Lake to the Hudson River. Visitors can take in the views on a trailer ride to the pumpkin patch and enjoy fresh cider and apple cider donuts, made fresh daily. The Dr. Davies Corn Maze is the perfect activity for families and backdrop for fall selfies. For more information, visit www.drdaviesfarm.com.

wagon full of gourds at Lawrence Farms Orchards

Photo credit: Lawrence Farms Orchards

Lawrence Farms Orchards
39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh, New York

Lawrence Farms Orchards is managed by three generations of a family that has been running pick-your-own orchards for over 30 years in the Hudson Valley. This scenic, family-owned farm features a hay bale maze, petting zoo, including its “show chickens” and playful goats as well as a “little village” that’s modeled after an old-fashioned New England farm town. Visitors can eat at the concession stand, which has freshly made food for sale. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick pumpkins from late September through end of October. www.lawrencefarmsorchards.org


WHO’S NEWS: Residential appointments & promotions

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty announced that Sharon Reidy D’Orazio has joined the luxury brokerage firm as an associate broker.

She previously managed a real estate office in Rockland County, New York, recruiting coaching and training agents. A top producer, Reidy D’Orazio has served in various facets of the real estate business for 20 years and was recognized with a President’s Award for sales. She is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a certified home stager.
In addition to real estate, her diverse background includes advertising, consumer research, marketing, sales and senior living.


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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center to Host Gala and Live Auction for Local Arts Education Benefiting Hudson Valley Students

NYACK, N.Y. (Sept. 6, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has teamed up with Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack to host its annual fundraiser at the Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown in New York City on Oct. 3 to benefit arts education in Hudson Valley public schools.

pupils attending class at the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center in Nyack

Strawtown elementary school pupils participate in the 2018 arts education program at the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack, New York.

The event, scheduled Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will feature an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. The Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown, located at 30 Park Place in Tribecca, overlooks the historic Woolworth building, Freedom Tower, Ellis Island and Hudson River.

During the last three years, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House raised about $80,000 to benefit arts education. The program has benefited over 1,000 pupils, encouraging them to expand their artistic analytical skills, become more creative and explore narrative storytelling as it relates to Edward Hopper’s art, home, life experiences and influence.

Special guests will include Kim Conaty, the Steven and Ann Ames curator of drawings and prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art, who will curate the Whitney’s next exhibit about Edward Hopper in 2021. A live auction will be hosted by Auctioneer Christy Williams Coombs, Sotheby’s vice president, museum and corporate art services, with Elizabeth Goodridge, Sotheby’s assistant vice president and specialist in American Art, attending.

Speaking of his firm’s support of Edward Hopper House, Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, said he “believes in the importance of art education, for both the emotional and educational benefits it can provide young adults and for its influence on the way they appreciate not only art, but anything aesthetic for the rest of their lives.”

“Our vision is to build self-esteem in students K-12 in a supportive, creative partnership centered around art and the legacy of Edward Hopper. Funding for arts education has unfortunately been cut back through the years, and we believe this curriculum is important in creating a confident, well-rounded individual.”

“The Hudson Valley has a rich history of nurturing not only great artists but also free, independent thinkers who aren’t afraid to think out of the box. We have proudly served the Hudson Valley community for more than 33 years and are committed to nurturing our future generations.”

paining of Manhattan Bridge

Edward Hopper “Manhattan Bridge” (1926) Watercolor and graphite pencil on paper. Digital image (c) Whitney Museum of American Art / Licensed by Scala / Art Resource, NY

The program’s curriculum is focused on the recurrent themes and distinctive aesthetics of Edward Hopper’s work and its place in American art. Led by an artist-in-residence at the school, each program session includes an introductory classroom lesson, a visit to the Edward Hopper House and a classroom lesson following the visit.

The arts education program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools, South Orangetown Middle School and Sleepy Hollow School District.

“The generosity of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has allowed the Edward Hopper House to create and sustain a powerful arts education program,” said Jennifer Patton EdD, Edward Hopper House executive director. “Touching the lives and supporting the creativity of over 1,000 students has been made possible by this empowering partnership.”

Ellis added that the event is a “natural fit” for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty because the company’s culture is built around Sotheby’s Auction House, which showcases objects and art of exceptional quality and trends

Limited tickets are available at $250. For more information, email hopperinthecity@gmail.com.


About Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading luxury real estate broker located in the Hudson Valley village of Nyack, approximately 22 miles from New York City at 76 N. Broadway. The firm lists and sells extraordinary properties in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties, specializing in the lower Hudson Valley, from Upper Nyack through Snedens Landing to Tuxedo Park. The firm sells the area’s most extraordinary real estate, from fine country estates, waterfront homes, historic properties, farmhouses and contemporaries to Victorians, Greek Revivals and log cabins. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty associates have extensive knowledge of the lower Hudson Valley, including Nyack, Piermont, Grandview, Palisades, Snedens Landing, New City, Tuxedo Park, Warwick, Goshen, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake, Pierson Lakes, Suffern, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Tappan.

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Evy Apostolatos


Fun Fall Festivals and Activities in the Hudson Valley

Fall is in the air, and there’s nothing like fall in the scenic Hudson Valley. With the temperatures getting crisper and cooler, it is easy to imagine sweater weather, apple cider, pumpkin picking and pumpkin pie. From its magnificent greenery and stunning fall foliage to the abundance of events and activities, a visit to New York’s Hudson Valley during the autumn months strikes the perfect balance between nature and culture. And fortunately for us, festivals abound just in time to usher in the fall season. Here are some worth a visit:

apples on a tree at Warwick Applefest

Warwick Applefest
Oct. 6
Warwick, New York

Named one of the top 100 events in the country, over 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the Warwick Applefest Oct. 6, traveling from neighboring states to experience the extraordinary variety of this historic town’s apples, culture and entertainment. Toast the region’s signature fruit at this annual get-together by eating, drinking and enjoying over 200 craft vendors. The event features music and entertainment on several stages, a children’s carnival, farmers’ market and apple pie-baking contest. Admission is free. www.warwickapplefest.com

view of Hudson River from Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park
Palisades Parkway, New York

It’s not too early to plan a leaf-peeping trip. The Lower Hudson Valley parks and preserves offer plenty of opportunity for Instagram-worthy shots a stone’s throw from Manhattan. Bear Mountain State Park, a 5,205-acre park located on the west side of the Hudson River in Rockland County, New York, offers biking, hiking, boating, picnicking, carousel, skating rink and more. It also features the Perkins Memorial Tower at its summit, complete with spectacular 360-degree views of the Hudson River, Harriman State Park, the Palisades and, on a good day, the New York City skyline. Perkins Memorial Drive is open through late November, weather permitting, and can be accessed via Seven Lakes Road: turn onto Perkins Memorial Drive and continue to the top for the breathtaking vistas. From Sept. 27-Oct. 20, visitors to Bear Mountain also can celebrate Oktoberfest with German food and beer, traditional entertainment and local artisan craft vendors.

pedestrians at Nyack’s Famous Street Fair

Nyack’s Famous Street Fair
Oct. 13
Nyack, New York

Looking for a great way to spend an autumn day? There is something for everyone at Nyack’s Famous Street Fair, which returns on Oct. 13 to picturesque Main Street, Broadway and Cedar Street in downtown Nyack. Visitors can peruse wares from over 300 vendors offering quality handmade arts and crafts, antiques, retail items, collectibles and home décor. To top it off, delicious festival foods will be available along with fair specials from Nyack’s popular restaurants and outdoor cafes. Musician Ritchie G will perform live, and children will be entertained at the Kid’s Zone, featuring a variety of inflatables. This free event will be held 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., rain or shine. www.pjspromotions.com, 201-666-1340.

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Croton-on-Hudson, New York

The wildly popular Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, featuring over 7,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkin lanterns, takes place in the evenings from late September through November against the stunning backdrop of the 18th-century Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. About an hour’s drive from New York City, the annual event is hailed as one of the best Halloween events in the tri-state area, thanks to breathtaking displays such as the Pumpkin Promenade, Pumpkin Zee Bridge, Pumpkin Planetarium star show and show-stopping 25-foot-tall jack-o’-lantern Statue of Liberty. Tickets go on sale Sept. 3. hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze/.

militiamen at Heritage of West Nyack Fall Festival

Heritage of West Nyack Fall Festival
Oct. 20
West Nyack, New York

See how militiamen and women of the American Revolutionary War lived in the 1770s. Visitors can expect a colonial theme with living history demonstrations and crafts like pen-turning and lace-making, plus sheep-shearing, pumpkin-picking and decorating, horse-drawn hayrides, spooky storytelling, music, crafts, minigolf, country dances, a magic show and more. Food will be available for purchase. Free parking at Germonds Park, 131 Germonds Road.


Majestic Victorian on the Hudson River asks $5M

With pocket doors, eight fireplaces, and beautiful stained glass

309 North Broadway (Queen Anne Victorian house)

Photos by Andrea Swenson

There’s something innately charming about a historic house, from the woodworking to the intricate original details. The latest historic stunner to cross our desk is this 1887 Queen Anne Victorian located on the Hudson River.

With six bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, the house is about 45 minutes north of Manhattan and has undergone an extensive renovation. The asymmetrical exterior is a mix of balconies, turrets, and eclectic roof lines, and belvedere windows add charm.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Sharon Reidy D’Orazio

NYACK, N.Y. (Sept. 3, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Sharon Reidy D’Orazio has joined the luxury brokerage firm as an associate broker. Sharon Reidy associate broker at Ellis Sotheby's International Realty

She previously managed a real estate office in Rockland County, New York, recruiting coaching and training agents. A top producer, she has served in various facets of the real estate business for 20 years and was recognized with a President’s Award for sales. She is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a certified home stager.

In addition to real estate, her diverse background includes advertising, consumer research, marketing, sales and senior living.

“Clients will benefit from Sharon’s extensive expertise, effective marketing and sales campaigns and use of technology and innovation to market homes,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development. “Her business acumen, approachability and outstanding level of client satisfaction are a great fit for our office.”

Reidy D’Orazio is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service. She received her bachelor of arts from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“I am proud to be affiliated with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and look forward to sharing my experiences and passion for real estate to serve my clients,” said Reidy D’Orazio. “My clients always come first and can count on me to be there every step of the way to make sure no detail is overlooked.”

Reidy D’Orazio, who has resided in Rockland County for nearly 30 years, is also long-time supporter of the Rockland Business Women’s Network and Professionals in Aging.

Evy Apostolatos