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Happy International Women's Day: Celebrating Award-Winning Women in Dutchess' Tourism Industry

Publish Date: 2020-03-07

Each year, Dutchess Tourism recognizes tourism businesses who provide exceptional offerings to visitors of Dutchess with Awards of Distinction in multiple categories. Did you know? Anyone (visitors, residents, businesspeople, retirees – really anyone!) can nominate a tourism-related business for an Award of Distinction (self-nominations are also allowed!) and they’re due by Friday, March 13 for consideration for the 2020 Awards.

Dutchess Tourism will host its 7th Annual Awards Breakfast in 2020 and has recognized dozens of vital businesses over the years with Awards of Distinction. Many of these businesses can attribute their success to hard-working, female professionals on their teams. To celebrate International Women’s Day, here are just a few of the incredible, award-winning women that make Dutchess a premier tourist destination:

2019 Arts Award of Distinction Winner: The Clove Creek Dinner Theater

Felicia DiNonno founded Clove Creek Dinner Theater in 2015 to promote the arts and has brought busloads of tourists to Dutchess County. Visitors enjoy live stage productions, murder mysteries and comedies – returning for new shows, again and again. Clove Creek proudly gives back to the community through nonprofit fundraisers and their Veteran’s Table.

2018 Culinary Award of Distinction: The Hyde Park Brewing Company

Angela LoBianco-Barone is the owner of the Hudson Valley’s original brew pub, Hyde Park Brewing Company. This restaurant offers visitors fine hand-crafted beer paired with their seasonally inspired, locally sourced menu. In addition to serving up great food and beer, their staff also provides great hospitality by sharing information about other attractions in the area and encouraging visitors to explore Dutchess. Angela also serves as Dutchess Tourism’s Board of Directors Vice Chair.

2015 Family Entertainment Award of Distinction: Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum

Lara Litchfield-Kimber is the executive director of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, an award-winning, rich environment for family engagement (for families with young children ages 0-6) and purposeful play. The museum also hosts the internationally recognized Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market in its covered pavilion as a seasonal, Monday night farmers market. Lara also serves on Dutchess Tourism’s Board of Directors.

2017 History Award of Distinction: Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Pam Malcom is the site manager for Staatsburgh State Historic Site, which offers special programming that invites visitors to connect with the Mills family in a unique way. Their Gilded Age Tea & Talk series, Downton Abbey-, Titanic-, and WWI-themed tours and more at the Beaux-Arts mansion, give a one-of-a-kind glimpse into an era gone by.

2017 Outdoors Award of Distinction: Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community

Stancy DuHamel is a co-chair of the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community, which was designated by the Appalachian Conservancy in 2013, following two and a half years of construction on the oak-decked boardwalk across the Great Swamp in Pawling. A project completed in total by more than 75 volunteers, the Appalachian Trail is an important local and national asset as well as an international draw for visitors from all over the world. Stancy also serves on Dutchess Tourism’s Board of Directors.

2018 Hospitality Award of Distinction: Sabrina Kardas from the Hampton Inn Fishkill

Sabrina Kardas is the director of sales at Hampton Inn Fishkill and has a true passion for the area. Her professionalism, knowledge, dedication, friendliness, patience and more with guests of the hotel demonstrate a level of hospitality that all should strive for in the tourism industry. Visitors to Dutchess appreciate her suggestions for local goods, restaurants, activities, and the driving directions to get them there.

2019 Dutchess County Executive’s Award for Overall Distinction: Fishkill Farms

While Josh Morgenthau is the owner and operator of Fishkill Farms, a 270-acre apple orchard and vegetable farm that’s been in his family for over 100 years, Stacy Dedring is the farm’s cider maker. The first cidery in Dutchess open to the public, Treasury Cider holds a unique spot in Dutchess’ growing craft beverage scene. With farm festivals, pick-your-own fruits and vegetables, hard cider tasting and more, Fishkill Farms is a regular destination for tourists and residents alike.

From the all-female Dutchess Tourism team, Happy International Women’s Day!

This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge as of the publish date. - Dutchess Tourism Team





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