The red carpet was rolled out! We’re happy to shine a light on the coolest award show in upstate NY. The Chronogrammies, the reader’s choice awards of Chronogram magazine, highlight the most outstanding establishments, organizations, and people in the Hudson Valley. Gardiner winners are listed at the end of this article.
The original idea for the Chronogrammies came about nearly ten years ago in 2012. Every year, people of the Hudson Valley come together to cast their vote for their favorite businesses. Maybe you’ve nominated someone? I know I have! With nominations coming from friends, clients, strangers, and customers — the ballot includes everyone and everything from BBQ and Banks, to Bike Shops and Bakeries! The top five nominees with the most nominations in each category advance to the voting round. Anyone can be nominated for any category. It’s obvious with thousands of submissions, that the people in our communities love having an easy way to show local makers, small businesses, and everyone in between some love, support, and free advertising!
Samm Liotta, Director of Creative Partnerships at Chronogram Magazine, said the mission was always to empower businesses to find exposure without paying for it. The Chronogrammies give readers and residents the CHOICE to support businesses.
“Whoever gets the most votes, wins! It took years to bring the Chronogrammies to life and we couldn’t be happier with the turn out,” Samm enthused. How are the Chronogrammies different from other “best of” lists in the HV? Samm explained, “The quality of the categories is more diverse; appealing to locals and tourists, we know that both of these groups rely on Chronogram for solid recommendations on “the best of”, in every town, in every industry.”
Info about winners of the Chronogrammies remains on the Chronogram website forever. After 6 weeks of nominations and about 6 more weeks of voting, the 2021 Winners were published in the July issue of the Chronogram, and winners also received a free social media kit—not to mention the bragging rights.
Gardiner Chronogrammies’ Winners
- Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery (Local Spirit)
- Mountain Brauhaus (German Food)
- Ulster Savings Bank (Bank)
- Dolphin Plumbing (Plumber)
- Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery (Local Wine)
- Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Lazy River (Campground)
- Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery (Tasting Room)
- Robibero Winery (Local Wine)
- Pat Ryan (Politician)
- Gardiner Liquid Mercantile (Craft Cocktails)
Congratulations to all our local winners!