My husband is Jeff Haynes a prominent recording and touring percussionist and teaching artist. We have three kids (Valerie, Oji and Dirani).
We used to live in Lefforts Gardens, Brooklyn. We found Beacon, by Googling Hudson Valley communities. Just reading about the cultural diversity and the art scene that was unfolding made us jump in the car and take a drive up. We feel in love just driving over the Newburgh Beacon Bridge. We sold our house and moved up less than 3 months later.
I left my job at NYC Transit after moving up because I couldn't deal with the commute. We struggled financially and did a lot of freelance and volunteer marketing work. I worked at Dutchess County Tourism for about 2.5 years promoting Dutchess County/HV attractions (including Dia and Beacon) to the Group Travel market.
I've been at Metro-North for the past 2 years promoting leisure travel -- to amazing destinations like Beacon! I develop discount getaway packages and crossmarketing partnerships.
I also write grants and develop music enrichment programs for the Jeff's multi-music performances at cultural centers/libraries/schools and his arts-ed residencies for school districts throughout New York State (including Beacon).