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Round Out Summer with Local Excursions

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Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of fun things to do and see close to home. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

Summer isn't down for the count just yet. The first weekend of September has some seasonal fun for a getaway not far away.

For instance, under two hours from the city, head to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York for the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest.

Taking place September 6-7, the festival showcases local wine, state-of-the-art distilleries and New York's diversity of food producers.
If your Fido is a foodie, then get this! New York City adds the first food truck for your 'four on the floor.' Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck is stopping at two dog parks in Manhattan as part of a tour to cities across the U.S. appealing to the gour-mutts among us. Besides tasty treats like chicken meatballs and grilled burger bites, how about a doggie selfie in a canine ready photo booth?

This free event comes to Tompkins Square Park on Friday, September 5 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then to Pier 26 Park the same time-frame on Sunday, September 7.
Should the weather not cooperate this weekend, why not ponder the question of how travel impacts the planet? That's the message of a provocative new documentary called "Gringo Trails," beautifully shot over an extended period in Bhutan, Bolivia, Mali and Thailand.
"I hope that it's just that we start thinking about what our footprint is on cultures and environments globally," says Director/Producer Pegi Vail.

Gringo Trails makes its New York City theatrical premiere September 4-11 at Cinema Village, located at 22 East 12th Street.

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