Playing with Magic in 2013

What an awesome year!! In addition to great fb fans and awesome readership we jumped on the pinterest wheel, started our newsletter and brought in new contributors and returning sponsors (thank you!!) The highlight reel for 2013 is a beautiful thing! This was our best year ever.. Check it out! ------

January: set out on the road in the Happy Hudson Valley mobile!

February: Launch the new improved site with user interface in 2013 thus allowing readers, fans and event organizers to post their news and events for free

March: Hudson Valley Restaurant week invited us in for a sneak peak at their week long celebration, we saw people freezin' for a great reason at the Fishkill Polar Plunge, and we celebrated women and girls around the world (literally, guests from around the world!) at the Grail Center. 

April: Newburgh launched their film office, we hit the high school musical circuit, Boston Marathon tragedy hit too close to home and we joined Orange County Choppers in an unforgettable 5k in support of road safety. 

May: Cupcake festivals and student races at the national solar car competition in Texas. We joined in the Memorial Day parades, visited the Purple Heart Hall of Honor, sat in on local college graduations, and even saw a Miracle in local theater. 

June we hit the field at Renegades stadium! You may have seen us driving the Hudson Valley hero to the pitchers mound before the start of each game in a collaboration with the 'Gades and Morehead Honda (sponsors of our happy-and-you-know it mobile!) Newburgh was illuminated and the community poured out in droves to support Relay for Life.

In July there were fireworks and Lap4Life. Chef Jessica - our guest blogger from the Culinary- cooked up some exciting recipes for summer fun! Our local high schools graduated a plethora of excited young adults into promising futures. 

August we joined forces with Simply Bridal for an awesome accessory giveaway. Publisher, Stefanie, put her engagement story on the site in a rare act of sharing her personal life via post. There were pig roasts and community day celebrations, student summer camp Olympic games and read-to-me series across the HV. 

September is gala season, the close of rowing and time to get studious. We checked out the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential library in Hyde Park and tried some great fall food!

October was the month of honor for Rising Stars in Orange County, a great time of year for a brewsky and time for a major amount of volunteering across the whole Hudson Valley.

November was our best month yet - we attended the Skyfall festival at Mount Saint Mary's College, honored our veterans, made strides in breast cancer and did some reviewing of books via major publishing!

December giveaways were out of control! The generosity we saw through toy drives and fundraisers was unparalleled this year. We're so proud to be part of all of these wonderful moments. 

Now it is the time to wrap things up here for just a few weeks and say, "Thank You!" to all of you for your support and readership! We'll be posting the best-of for the next two weeks as we regroup for 2014 with much in store! 

Happy Holidays to everyone!!! See you next year!

<3 The HHV family