Friday, October 24, 2008

News That Matters - October 24, 2008 - The Things To Do Edition

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Good Friday Morning,

Yikes! Do you see what's going on out there?!? It's pure insanity! Ball is off the hook (yeah, but see this column on Monday morning for another take on that story), McCain believes he can win with divine intervention, Lalor won't thank Hall for all the work he's done for veterans, Bondi vetoes 4 items from the budget and raises county taxes higher than the Leg did, there's no ice in the arctic, gasoline is under $3 a gallon, unemployment is up, the stock market is down... You need a diversion. You need something refreshing and new and informational and educational. You need to get out this weekend and here in NtM's weekly, Things to Do Edition we're going to help you do just that.

If you're up for a hike there's the trusty Open Space Guide at PlanPutnam. The Collaborative Concepts Outdoor Show is still ongoing at the Saunders' Farm in Philipstown (this is the last weekend, by the way) and there's a plethora of other things do to, listed here.

Turn off the TV. Close your web browser. Get out of your house!


Spoon River Anthology

The Blue Horse Repertory Company presents a staged reading of Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. This is a modern political update of a timeless classic with lively traditional American music performed by Peekskill Hollow's famous Kitchen Table Band. The show starts at 8PM at the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel (The old firehouse on route 52) and singing is optional... but you'll want to! Write for reservations.

Murder in Green Meadows

Two suburban couples become caught up in a web of deception, murder and mind games in The Brewster Theater Company’s production of Murder in Green Meadows on October 24th and 25th at 8 p.m. at The Melrose School, 120 Federal Road, Brewster, NY.  
Beneath its serene exterior there is trouble brewing in the picture perfect sub-division of Green Meadows.  Newcomers Thomas and Joan Devereauxs’ quickly forged friendship with neighbors Jeff and Carolyn Symons becomes threatened when disturbing events from the Devereauxs’ past begins to surface.


Jazz Me Blue

Michelle LeBlanc returns with her Jazz Quintet for an evening of jazz and blues standards to the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel at 8PM tonight. Bring your dancing shoes! Write for reservations, odds are you'll need them!

Performing with Michelle will be: Pianist Tom Kohl, an arranger and composer who has performed with Quincy Jones and Clark Terry, among others. Bass player and jazz writer Bill Crow who has played with everyone, including Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, Mose Allison, Chet Baker and Ray Brown. Ed Xiques, jazz composer and master of sax, clarinet and flute, who tours regularly with Lisa Minelli and has worked with Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. And, Ron Vincent, a former member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, has recorded with many jazz greats including Bill Charlap, Slide Hampton and Lee Konitz. In 1996, Ron received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for jazz performance.

This concert series is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program.In Putnam County, the Decentralization Program is administered by the Putnam Arts Council. Additional funding has been supplied by Feehan Agency, Southeast Shop and Trebb Audio.

Autumn Nature Walk

A guided nature walk at Esopus Bend Nature Preserve in Saugerties.  Meet 8:00 a.m. in the Saugerties Village Beach parking lot on US Rte. 9W (at the bottom of Partition Street), just north of the Esopus Creek bridge in the Village of Saugerties.  We will carpool to the preserve.  Bring binoculars if you have them, & be prepared for potentially wet/muddy trails & cool autumn weather conditions.  Light rain often makes for excellent nature observation, but heavy rain will cancel the walk.  Children are welcome & encouraged, but please do not bring pets.

Pumpkins On Parade

At Foundry Dock Park, Cold Spring (Putnam County) from  2:00- 4:00 pm Prior to Cold Spring's Halloween Parade, join us and carve your own pumpkin. Well provide the pumpkins and tools, as long as refreshments Contact: Anthony Coneski 845 473 4440 ex 273

The Wassaic Project


Art show and live music, October 25 & 26, 2008 in Wassaic, NY.

12pm - 4pm: Art show opens to the public in the Maxon Mills with works by: Robbi Behr, Mark DeLura, Las Hermanas Iglesias y Una Mas, Jessica Higgins, Urban Inks, Casey Lynch, Karl Saliter, Joel Schapira, Diane Schapira, Joshua Selman, Ryan Speth, William Stone, and Sophie Tusler.

4pm - 7pm: Art Opening with live music by NAILBITERS and WADE and BAGS in the Maxon Mills. Beer will be available for donation.


Discover the Black Creek Preserve

Easy Hike on a 130-acre park purchased by Scenic Hudson with 2+ miles of trails, which begin with an elevation gain of 150 feet. Some rough terrain with ups and downs to reach the shore of the Hudson River . Meet the leader at 10:00AM (845) 452-1727. Rain cancels. Leader: Nancy Keenan-Rich

Meet the Candidates

At the Sedgewood Club Boathouse (1026 Barrett Circle West) at 3 pm. 
We have invited all of the candidates for the US House of Representatives, New York State Assembly, Putnam County Legislature and Kent Town Council.  Each candidate will be given a chance to present their case and then after each candidate has spoken, we will have a question and answer session. Coffee and cake will be served.

“What Would Jesus Buy"

Lake Carmel Community Center at 3PM - The Kent CAC invites you to view, "What Would Jesus Buy", featuring the Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. A farcical polemic against consumerism and big box stores. See

The film focuses on the issues of the commercialization of Christmas, materialism, the over-consumption in American culture, globalization, and the business practices of large corporations, as well as their economic and cultural effects on American society. Seen through the prism of activist and performance artist Bill Talen, who goes by the alias of "Reverend Billy," and his troupe of activists whose street theater performances take the form of a church choir called "The Church of Stop Shopping."

The film follows Billy and his choir as they take a cross-country trip in the month prior to Christmas 2005, and spread their message against what they perceive as the evils of patronizing the retail outlets of several different large corporate chains.

A brief discussion will follow the film moderated by PlanPutnam's Jeff Green.

Compost Bin Sale Day

10am - 2pm Rain or Shine - Hergenhan Recreation Center, 40 Maple Ave., Armonk, NY

Choose from two types of composting bins – a $48 "enclosed" bin or a $30 bin suitable for gardeners looking to compost mostly leaves and grass. These are wholesale prices and include tax. Also available for purchase: kitchen scrap buckets, aerators and more.

Reserve your bin by October 22nd and get a FREE kitchen scrap bucket. Please mail or fax the reservation form available here to: Town Clerk's Office, 15 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY 10504. To reserve a bin and for more information, call the Town of North Castle at (914) 273-3269 or email

Into the Future:

Falling Through The Cracks:

Tues., Oct. 28, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
The Science and Policy Challenges of Conserving Small Wetlands in the Hudson Valley.
Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg.  HRES is partnering with Cornell University, NYS DEC-HREP and HRNERR  $35 prior to 10/22; $40 after; $50 on-site; HRES & NYS Wetlands Forum members: $30/$35/$45; Students $20/$25. On-line registration is available.

Hike to Southwest Hunter Mountain

Sat., Nov. 1
Starting in Spruceton, hike up the Devil's Path to the herd path for SW Hunter.  Following this excellent path on a long abandoned RR bed, we will head for the canister.  Steady rain or no sign-ups by Oct. 30 cancels. Leader:  Cal Johnson (preferred)  845-246-2006 Before 10

Alternative Energy Program

Sat., Nov. 8, 1 pm,
Topics include solar, wind, hydro, and bio-mass.  Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Hudson Valley and held at Mount St. Mary College Hudson Hall Auditorium, Newburgh.  Call 845-344-1234 or email or for more information visit

Meanwhile, over at the Palisades Interstate Park Commission...

Hike of the Month: Spruce Pond
Sunday, November 2 - 12:30 PM
Hike to Spruce Pond Camp, a closed area that can only be seen on our guided hike. Developed by the Boy Scouts in 1925 as the Rock Oak Forest Ranger Camp and later known as Spruce Pond Scout Camp, it was abandoned in the early 1980's. (moderate 3 mile hike).

Family Fun Hike: Indian Hill at Night
Saturday, November 8 - 7:00 PM
Join the staff of Sterling Forest State Park for a night walk in the woods and learn some interesting facts about the amazing rock walls of the long gone farm at Indian Hill. (Easy 3 mile hike)

Lecture Series: The History of Sterling Forest
Sunday, November 16 - 1:00 PM
Learn the history of the land that is now Sterling Forest State Park, who and what lived here 6,000 years ago. The forest's rich history will unfold before your eyes.

Hike of the Month: Hidden Treasures
Sunday, November 23 - 1:00 PM
Join us for an easy 2 mile road walk and discover the many secrets of Sterling Forest's past. From the Indian rock shelter to iron mines and award winning architecture and the city that never was. (Easy 2 mile hike)

Lecture Series: Iona Island
Sunday, November 30 - 1:00 PM
Iona Island was used by generations starting with Native Americans as hunting and fishing grounds, a grape vineyard, an orchard, an US Navy arsenal, and now by the Palisades Interstate Park System. Amazing photos will take us back in time.

Family Fun Hike: Extended History Hike
Saturday, December 6 - 1:00 PM
Where did the late 19th century iron miners and their families live and what were their lives like? Join us and walk the roads that the Lakeville residents used. This will be an easy 2.5 mile hike back into time.

Lecture Series: The Furnaces of Sterling Forest
Sunday, December 14 - 1:00 PM
Do you know what a blast furnace is? A bloomery? How about a forge? After this lecture, you will know what they are and how to identify the remains of these structures.

Lecture Series: The Mines of Sterling Forest
Sunday, December 21 - 1:00 PM
We have identified 32 mines in the Park. Come learn the story behind these mines and their history. Please note that while you may not visit the mines that are not on marked trails on your own, there will be staff guided hikes to several of them in the coming year.

Registration is required for all programs. Sterling Forest State Park Visitor Center is located at 116 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, New York 10987. For more information or to register, please telephone (845) 351-5907
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