Since Henry Hudson first sailed up the Hudson River in 1609, the valley he explored has exerted a hold on the imaginations of people around the world. Today this beautiful, historic valley is experiencing a cultural renaissance t seen since the founding of the Hudson River School of painting more than 150 years ago.In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Hudson's voyage, the Alliance for the Arts has produced a cultural guide to the Hudson Valley arranged by county, from Staten Island to Lake George. It includes more than 500 performing-arts centers, museums, historical homes, parks, nature sanctuaries, fairs, and festivals along the Hudson River. The guide celebrates t just the big museums and historic locations for which the valley has long been famous but also the little-kwn gardens, hidden masterpieces of municipal architecture, local theater companies, and small rustic lodges where local musicians play chamber music under the stars.
Alliance for the Arts, a private advocacy organization, publishes cultural guides and calendars for New York City and New York State. The former director of the Parks in Print program at the New York City Parks Department, Benjamin Swett is best known for Great Trees of New York City: A Guide; Bronx River New York; Fort Greene Park Brooklyn; Route 22, and many other publications. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.