Hudson Valley Writing Project's Young Writers Summer Programs 2019

POUGHKEEPSIE – Summer Young Writers Program: Write on the Farm (Ages 7-9) with The Hudson Valley Writing Project @ Poughkeepsie Farm Project


Join us as we explore a community farm together! Hands-on activities will inspire our writing and creativity as we grow, harvest, cook, and eat delicious, farm-fresh food.

Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2 , 2019

9 am – 1 pm

Ages 7 – 9




The Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP) offers remarkable summer experiences for students at the region’s most important cultural and historic sites, nature preserves, and college campus in the Hudson Valley.

Workshops are led by HVWP Teacher Consultants, some of the best teachers in the Hudson Valley. With creative guidance, writers will have opportunities and inspiration to write. At the end of each program, writers will choose one piece to refine, revise, and share in an end-of-program celebration.

The Hudson Valley Writing Project at SUNY New Paltz is an educational organization whose purpose is to promote literacy development and to improve writing in all disciplines and at all levels of education, pre-kindergarten through college.

Childrens Nature Day Camp at Primrose Hill School

RHINEBECK – Children’s Nature Summer Camp (Ages 5 & 6) @ Primrose Hill School


Join us for another fun-filled summer of nature crafts, stories, songs, outdoor exploration, water play, and animal care on our farm.



Monday – Friday, July 1 – August 9, 2019

9 am – 2 pm

Session 1: July 1 – 5 (including July 4th)

Session 2: July 8 – 12

Session 3: July 15 – 19

Session 4: July 22 – 26

Session 5: July 29 – August 2

Session 6: August 5 – 9


For ages 5 & 6


1 Week Sessions: $325, $310 for siblings


All 6 weeks: $1950; $1860 for siblings



All children must be potty trained before they attend camp.




NEW PALTZ – An Afternoon on Bradley Farm

Join us for springtime fun on the farm and a chance to celebrate the Hudson Valley’s own American Girl doll, Girl of the Year 2019 Blaire Wilson!


Saturday, May 11, 2019


1 – 4 pm


$12 for kids 4 and up; free for adults and children 3 and under


Activities throughout the afternoon include:

Hands-on planting activity with Farmer Ray; Kid crafts; Petting zoo and animal selfie station; Farm “tea party” with New Paltz parent Jennifer Castle, author of the books for Blaire Wilson, American Girl’s Girl of the Year 2019. Blaire lives on her family’s farm in Ulster County! Jennifer will be doing a reading, writing activity, and Q&A about creating Blaire and her stories. Kids are encouraged to bring their favorite doll or stuffy to be part of the fun. (Tea party at 2:30 pm; book sales and signing before and after.)


Farm fresh lunch fare and adult beverages will be available for sale, and the farmstand will be open and Mother’s Day plants will be available for purchase.

MARLBORO – Benmarl Winery and Hudson Valley Seafood All You Can Eat Seafood Picnic @ Benmarl Winery


Benmarl Winery in collaboration with Hudson Valley Seafood and Chef John Vargo are Announcing a very special Pre-Mother’s Day Seafood Picnic at the Winery!


Gather the family together, load the kids into the wagon, and come out to one of the most stunning and beautiful farm -vineyards in the Hudson River Valley. Dress the kids in their favorite play clothes and set them loose to roam free while Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa enjoy a casual yet elegant picnic buffet of Hudson Valley Seafood that can be paired with Benmarl’s award winning wines and draft beer selections.


This exquisite feast will be prepared and presented fresh and on the grounds of the winery. Live music will be provided by Rock Steady, and when the kids get hungry from all of the fresh air and play, there will be plenty of soft drinks, wood fired pizza slices, hot dogs and french fries to keep them happy. Because we all know that when the kids are happy- Mom is happy!


This event is limited to 500 adults, so please make your reservations early. It will sell out! This is a tented event that will be held rain or shine. Adult Tickets are $80 Each and it is all you can eat! Children 14 and under are $15 and there is a special menu just for them!



Adult Picnic Buffet Menu:

Fresh fruit and local cheese platters
Salmon and corn chowder w/ oyster crackers
Fried Gulf oysters with caper remoulade
East Point oysters Rockefeller
Split and grilled Maine lobster w/ herbs de Provence
Fried calamari with basil marinara
Chicken Coq au vin with wild mushrooms
Shrimp and tarragon beignets
She-Crab Mac ‘n Cheese
Herbed red skin potatoes buttered and roasted
Creamy dill Slaw
Hudson Valley orchard salad with apples, yogurt, and maple candied pecans
This is not Key Lime Pie! (Chef John’s famous lime chiffon pie with chocolate cookie crust- yum!)



Children 14 & under: $15

Includes Wood Fired Pizza Slices, 1 Soft Drink Ticket, Hot Dogs and French Fries



In addition, Hudson Valley Seafood will be offering a “Farmers Market Seafood Stand”, offering:


Freshest sustainable seafood for sale with cooking tips and recipes

A la Carte Raw Bar of Long Island littleneck clams and East Point oysters on the half shell by the dozen or half dozen- mix and match!

Live 1-1/2# lobsters for sale- steamed free on site and served with drawn butter and lemon
Wine and beer available for purchase!

Bake shop and coffee available on premises!

Acorn Hill Farm in Kerhonkson, NY

KERHONKSON – Family Cheesemaking Workshop @ Acorn Hill Farm


Bring your curious and science excited young person age 7 – 14 to our farm for a two and a half hour workshop in our creamery! A cheesemaking workshop designed especially for you and your favorite young person!


Saturday, April 27, 2019

1 – 3:30 pm

One Adult & One Child (7-14yo): $90

Additional Child (7-14yo): $40

Additional Adult: $50



This two and a half hour class walks you through a bit of cheese history and explores some facts about milk before we experience the stages of making a basic chevre (goat cheese) and then shape and flavor traditional chevre logs to take home. We will also make fresh ricotta and see the magic of quick separation of curds and whey. Take home cheese and handouts including recipes and information for successful home cheesemaking. This workshop also includes a farm tour and visit with our baby goats.




We limit class size so we can give you one on one attention and answer your questions about cheesemaking.