Karen Croke, The Journal News

Karen Croke

The Journal News

Hudson Valley, NY, United States

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Past articles by Karen:

Yonkers film festival embraces diversity with films for and by women, LGBTQ community, more

YoFiFest, a Yonkers-based film festival which runs Dec. 2-11, will offer over 140 independent films for diverse audiences. → Read More

What to do over Thanksgiving weekend; a list of events

From train shows to World Cup soccer, light spectaculars to house tours, there's plenty to do this holiday weekend. → Read More

Where to cut down a Christmas tree in the Hudson Valley

Expect a few changes if you're planning to cut your own Christmas tree this year including shorter selling seasons, limited varieties. → Read More

Turkey trots: 10 easy hikes to walk off that Thanksgiving dinner

The Hudson Valley offers ample opportunities for an easy hike, from paths at state parks to farm lanes, even a historic cemetery offers options. → Read More

Heading to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? Here's what you need to know

From the route and best viewing spots to when the trains are running, what to know if you're heading into Manhattan for the parade. → Read More

Homes for the holidays: Take a tour one of these festively decorated mansions

The Hudson Valley is home to dozens of historic properties; many are open for the holidays offering tours, decorations and shopping. Find a list. → Read More

Hometown pride: Where to watch U.S. team, Bedford native Gio Reyna in the 2022 World Cup

The U.S team includes Bedford's Gio Reyna, so there's a lot of excitement building for this year's World Cup tournament. → Read More

Free meals on Thanksgiving for those in need in Westchester: Here's where, and when

These Westchester restaurants and organizations are making sure no one will go hungry on Thanksgiving. → Read More

Waterfront park opens in Sleepy Hollow

The Sleepy Hollow Riverwalk is located on the Hudson River on the site of the former General Motors Assembly Plant, which closed in 1996. → Read More

Don't turn that dial: Rockland, Westchester high school alums on TV this fall

The fall television season features some familiar faces: Check out these Hudson Valley natives with starring roles on TV, cable. → Read More

Holiday light shows are back and there's some new sparkle for 2022

Think it's too early to start thinking about the holidays? Popular light shows at the Bronx Zoo, Bethel Woods, Kensico Dam, more, sell out fast. → Read More

Halloween parades are back in 2022: Find one in the Hudson Valley

After being canceled for two years due to the pandemic, most of the local Halloween parades return for 2022. Find a list. → Read More

Drought didn't diminish fall colors in the Hudson Valley. Here are our stunning photos

There was concern that the prolonged drought in New York would have a result in ho-hum fall foliage. Turns out, that was wrong. → Read More

Opening date announced for BJ's Wholesale Club in Greenburgh

The new store will offer fresh foods, produce, a full-service deli, household essentials and pet supplies. → Read More

Love HomeGoods? Now you can spend the night

HomeGoods, the national home decor retailer has created a unique weekend/shopping destination: A vacation rental in the Hudson Valley. → Read More

Fall arts preview: Diversity, environment, history represented in Hudson Valley exhibits

Haven't checked out an arts event in the Hudson Valley? There are many ways to get inspired this fall, from festivals to films to museum shows. → Read More

Heading to Sleepy Hollow for Halloween? Here's what to see and do

Sleepy Hollow is Halloween central during October. There's enough to do to keep you busy, and slightly scared, for the entire month. Find a list → Read More

Scared by The Sound is back for 2022 in a spooky new locale

Scared by The Sound is back for 2022, this time in an empty Yorktown department store. What else is new? → Read More

Fall leaf peeping: Why you may have to travel north for best colors

The prolonged summer drought will affect the fall leaf peeping season, but it is still possible to see the changing colors say experts. → Read More

Halloween: 2022 Hudson Valley events are selling out; find info, ticket links, more

It's time to buy your tickets for these popular Halloween attractions! Scared by the Sound, Harry Potter, The Blaze, and more sell out quickly. → Read More