Donna Schmidt’s first job in High School was writing for the Enterprise Newspaper in Westchester County, New York. She has always been fascinated by the written word and the smell of newsprint. Both her father and grandfather were printers. Schmidt grew up in an Italian-American family in Westchester where sauce was always called gravy.
Schmidt is currently the President/Owner of a small publishing company, Donnin Publishing; a freelance writer specializing in feature and human interest stories; a writer for AOL’s New City, Nyack-Piermont, Pearl River and Nanuet Patch.com, Rivertown Magazine, and The Valley Table.
Schmidt is active and part of a Core Group for a local CSA–Cropsey Community Farm in New City, NY (at the historic Cropsey Farm) and was the 2011 Co-Chair for the Cultural Arts Festival at the JCC of Rockland. Donna’s two small children are now teens, her husband is her best friend, and her two mini-dachshunds are always at her feet.
Schmidt’s step-brother is Peter McGuire, owner of Antoine McGuire’s restaurant in Haverstraw. When the restaurant first opened, Schmidt asked McGuire, “What can i do to help?” McGuire’s answered “bring New City.” And so she did. . . weekend after weekend for two years, showing up with friend after friend. During that time, Donna discovered Haverstraw and fell in love with the Village, its history, architecture, people – and of course, its emerging culinary scene.
Keep an eye out for Donna’s upcoming posts!