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HVP July 2015

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4 Hudson Valley Parent ■ July 2015 ON OUR COVER This month's cover kid is Billy, 12, from Cornwall. Billy loves to sing, act and dance. He takes voice lessons and acting lessons and loves being in shows. Photo by Michael Bloom In this issue COLUMNS FEATURES 6 Editor's Journal: A 'hole' lot of swimming! BY KATY WEBER 31 New Moms: Baby brain boosters 40 Calendar: Great places to go and things to do 46 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK What fairs and festivals are you most looking forward to this summer? "Well, of course the Dutchess County Fair! Can't wait to take my baby on some rides for the fi rst time!" — Jessica Canavan, Wappingers "I'm looking forward to checking out the bagel festival in Monticello for the fi rst time this year. We attend the Little World's Fair in Grahamsville every year, as well as Wurtsboro's street fair and Liberty's 4th of July celebrations." — Rose Woods, Liberty "The Sangria Festival!" — Kelly Parker, Stone Ridge "The Wayne County fair. Cheap- est fair around and they have a cool monster truck show my kids love." — Erin Johnson, Woodridge "Every year I can't wait for the Rosendale Street Festival! Great music, food and vendors! It's a great time! Everyone should check it out!" — Ashley Sweeney, Rosendale "The Ulster County Fair because their admission includes all the rides. We meet up with my son's best friend and her family and let them ride the rides together." — Kelly Oggenfuss, Highland "The Summer Hoot at the Ashokan Center! Oh, and the Kingston Artist Soap Box Derby." — Caitlin Kaposhilin, Kingston Get the details on these summer fairs and festivals and more at 2015-best-of-festivals-and-fairs. 8 I am a Hudson Valley parent Gabrielle Burton-Hill: Pride in her uniform BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 10 Hudson Valley Parent's 2015 Education Guide County-by-county listings of the best schools in the Hudson Valley for your child at any age. 26 Wet 'n wild! The Hudson Valley's best swimming holes and beaches 28 Psst! They'll never know it's math! 21 ways to trick your kids into studying over the summer BY JANEEN LEWIS 32 Movies under the stars The region's best drive-in theaters BY PAMELA PERRY 34 Wee jammin! Making homemade preserves is easy — even with kids! BY LARA KRUPICKA 36 Is your teen OD'ing on ca eine? The hidden dangers of energy drinks BY KYMBERLY BRECKENRIDGE 10 28

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