Charlie Cornacchio

Charlie Cornacchio

News Anchor

Paula Young hosts “Public House” – intimate conversations with people making a difference in the Hudson Valley.

Paula’s Public House


Paula’s Public House

Paula’s Public House in Poughkeepsie opened in October 2016 on the site of the well-known Mulligan’s Irish House in the Red Oaks Mill section of town.  It’s proprietor, Paula Young, has completely re-imagined the old, dark Irish pub into a bright, homey, comfortable pub and bar with a “food is love”-conceived menu.

Paula’s Public House is also the setting for “Public House”, a series of intimate conversations with people making a difference in the Hudson Valley. This segment was recorded in front of the restaurant’s beautiful stone fireplace.

Paula’s guest is Hudson Valley resident Mary Kay Vrba, President & CEO of Dutchess Tourism, Inc.

"Public House" Welcomes Mary Kay Vrba; Dutchess Tourism

Mary Kay Vrba; Dutchess Tourism, Inc.

Mary Kay has more than 31 years of tourism experience. She works with over 600 tourism businesses in Dutchess County and has a responsibility for marketing Dutchess County as vacation destination. There have been many new programs initiated by Dutchess County Tourism including Farm Fresh Dutchess, Tourism Rally Day. Dutchess Tourism will also be using VR videos in there marketing efforts along with exclusive program with the Luxury Concierge Association promoting everything that is distinctly Dutchess.

Mary Kay has been with Dutchess County tourism for 23 years prior experience includes"Public House" Welcomes Mary Kay Vrba; Dutchess Tourism 5 years as Director of Tourism for the Hudson River Valley Association. She is former Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Conservation for Dutchess County and has consulted for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Mary Kay has a master degree from George Williams College in Downers Grove Illinois in Leisure and Environmental Resource Administration and bachelor in Recreation Administration from College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.

Mary Kay has served on several non-profit boards and has been involved in prison ministry in NYS women’s prisons.


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