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Old 05-06-2013, 07:46 AM
 
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Hey CD,

I have been living in Dutchess County (near Bard, but I honestly want nothing to do with Bard students based on my interactions with them!) for a little over half a year and am still totally clueless as to how I can meet fellow twenty-somethings. I know that tons of them come here just to live in a beautiful place or to get in on the farm scene, I just can't find them! I don't have any friends, so I feel a little unsafe going to bars by myself (and also driving home) and the people in this area of Red Hook/Rhinebeck/Poughkeepsie are totally on the snooty side. I recently attended Ramp Fest in Hudson which was super fun! There were only older people there so I couldn't really hang out with anyone after the festival, but I guess that's the way to meet people?

University of Vermont grad, laid-back, into music and food, vegetarian, typical twenty-something democrat.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:15 AM
 
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What about Beacon, which seems to have a growing arts scene? If you are willing to go to the Albany area, perhaps Lark Street in Albany, Downtown Troy or Upper Union in Schenectady.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:27 PM
 
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if you're a foodie you'll meet a ton of people at farmers' markets and restaurants.

i loved the area when i lived there and made lifelong friends too.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:09 PM
 
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Have you tried Meet-up for local groups of interest in the area? Seems you're a fairly recent grad so some of the college towns may not be ideal as they may still kind of revolve around campus life, but New Paltz may be a bit more down-to-earth than the Bard or Vasser crowd. I would head to Kingston or Hudson's downtown area and ask around about events going on, the shop owners will usually have a local paper and having worked with businesses in the area I've seen the occasional blurry Bigfoot sighting of a twenty-something traipsing through town. I'm sure they're out there, but online to establish some connection first may be the route to go without a big city scene.
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