Friday, November 7, 2008

News That Matters - November 7, 2008 - Things to Do Edition

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From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

- J.R.R. Tolkien

PlanPutnam's Annual Fund Drive: Day Three.

Good Friday Morning,

It's a cloudy, wet, foggy warm early November morning. The heavy rains the other day brought many leaves down thus baring the trees for winter. My philosophy has always been, if there's no leaves on the trees there had best be snow on the ground. But with temps forecast in the 60's this weekend thoughts of snow are a long way off... but still, I can't wait!

In the meantime, there's a large number of events taking place this weekend which might interest you. Go through the list and pick a few then get outside! Rain or shine, warm or cold, it's better than sitting in front of the idjot box or your computer screen.

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So, here we go!


Ask the Expert: Ward Stone

7:30-8:30 p.m. Mohonk Preserve. Join NY State DEC Wildlife Pathologist and host of WAMC's In Our Backyard to discuss trends with deer, bats, and other animals and implications for our environment & communities. Ages 14+. Call 845-255-0919 to register. Members free, $9 non-members.


Moodna Creek Tree Planting

10 AM - 3 PM  (we may finish earlier but just in case, please come even if you can't get there until 1-2 pm.) Meeting location:  Orrs Mills Road parking lot, just west of the Moodna Viaduct railroad trestle in Cornwall (which is between Jackson Avenue and Clove Road).  From the parking lot, walk north through the field, towards the Moodna Creek (walk parallel to the Viaduct) and look for us.  This is the parking lot for the Schunnemunk Mt. State Park trailhead. Please RSVP if you plan to come, or if you know you can't come.
Thanks, Simon Gruber 845  534  5622

New Trail Construction in Wonder Lake State Park

Join us for an invigorating day of trail building in Wonder Lake State Park. Work crews will be continuing stone work and side-hilling to establish this new trail. We will meet in the parking lot on Ludingtonville Road in Kent Corners, Saturday, November 8, at 9:30 am. Please RSVP: Gary Haugland at

Act III - Running from the Law with "Full Moon Bay"

Join Mike Latini, Jim Nowak and Larry Eidelman at 8PM for another night of music, fun and maybe some mayhem? Mike's show will be preceded by Bob Hauver's:"Full Moon Bay". At the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel (the old firehouse on Route 52) Admission: $10 ($9 AotL members). Reservations:

Salute to Veterans

National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM A Salute to Veterans with a Day Full of Activities in New Windsor

Come face to face with history as you meet "soldiers from the past," authentically uniformed and equipped in a living timeline of American troops from Colonial times forward. On Saturday, November 8, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site in collaboration with The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor invites you to a day full of activities dedicated to the American Veteran.

Throughout the day troops will be "encamped" around the site and at 2:00 PM the reenactors will assemble to guide visitors through a living timeline of soldiers from American history including demonstrations of the weapons they used.

4th Annual Sustainability Expo

Free - Open to the Public
9:00am - 1:00pm - at The Garrison, Route 9, Garrison, NY

Visit Expo Booths Featuring a Diverse Array of Sustainable Technologies and Green Products - All Day Eco-Art Workshop for Kids! Featuring the Hudson Valley Materials Exchange Reuse-a-Bus. 

10:00am - 11:00am - Welcome - Featured Speaker: Ralph Coleman

11:15am - 12:15pm - Topical Breakout Workshops: Exploring New Ways to Save Energy & Money, We're All in This Together: Building a Sustainable Community, EcoYouth Workshop for Middle & High School Students

1:30pm - 3:30pm - Sustainable Design House Tour: Four Houses Thoughout Garrison and Cold Spring utilizing a Variety of Sustainable Technology and Practices including Solar, Geothermal, Green Roofing and Local Agriculture (House tour plan available at the Expo Registration Desk)

Appalachian Trail Hike

Route 22 to Cat Rocks and return - 6.5 miles / moderate. Meet at trailhead on NY22 about 3 miles north of Pawling on NY 22 at train stop. Park at DOT parking area just north of the trailhead. Leader - Ollie Simpson  845-298-8379 (no answering machine),


Open Space Beacon presents their latest art show at 510 Main Street in Beacon. DJ, snacks and art. What could possibly go wrong? The fun runs from 6 - 9 PM. Visit them here.

The Kennedys and Mustard's Retreat

7:30 pm - Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse, Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Ave, White Plains - Audience songfest at 6:45 pm. $20 at door / $17.50 on line / children 6-12 $10/ $15 student ID. Advance Tickets at


Schunemunk Mountain Hike

(Rating: Difficult). Start at Taylor Road, hike along the Sweet Clover Trail up to the Long Path, along the Western Ridge Trail and back down the Hollow Trail, for 7 strenuous miles, providing superb views of the Hudson River and the Highlands to the East, and of the Catskill Mountains to the Northwest, and the highest point in Orange County: Jean-Claude Fouere.; 1-845-462 0142 and Georgette Weir. Contact leaders for meeting place and time, and for carpool arrangements.

Putnam Valley Harvest Festival

From 2:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M., $8, $5 for seniors and children. Putnam Valley Arts will host its annual Harvest Festival of Music at the beautiful YMCA Camp Combe lodge at 684 Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam Valley. The entertainment will consist of local musical artists playing a wide variety of music – jazz, folk, country, classic rock, etc. This year there is a huge performer turnout, so the musical sets will be on the average of 10-15 minutes each. Other performers include well-know jazz vocalist Michelle LeBlanc accompanied by guitarist Tim Pitt, Folk singers Ron Gluck, John Cohen, and many superb local vocalists such as Melodie Wolford, Sarah Knapp, Tamara O’Leary, and Brian & Nereida Roberts. Additional musicians featured are keyboardist Carl Danielsen and Steve Alper. There will be performances by the groups “AJ (Chris Leighton & Victoria Lynn)”, “The Swamptones” (playing Cajun music) and the “Kitchen Table Band” which is the largest band playing the widest variety of instruments. See the PV Arts website for the complete performer lineup.

Into the Future:

Weds., Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Pesticide Neighbor Notification Hearing held by Dutchess County Legislature at Beacon City Hall, 1 Municipal Center Plaza, for input on whether to adopt the Pesticide Neighbor Notification Law.  Please come speak out in support of your right to be warned in advance before harmful lawn pesticides are sprayed on neighboring properties!

Thursday, Nov. 13, Mahopac: First Annual Putnam County N.Y. Women of Worth Awards at Public Library, 688 Rt. 6 at 6 p.m. in the community room. Featuring Allison Bloom, Women's Study Program, Vassar College; Nada Khader of WESPAC, and others. Honoring Lynne Eckardt, Susan Spear, Margaret Yonco Haines, Jennifer Maher, Margaret Flannery on the 88th anniversary of Seneca Falls. Admission is $20. Sponsored by Putnam County NOW Chapter. For information, M. Laura Leonard, (845) 207-9488, Kathy G. Meyerson, (845) 278-8410, Mahopac Library, (845) 628-2009.

Thursday, November 13, 2008:  8:00 - 9:30 am - HRWA Watershed Omelette Series: 
Monitoring the Invasive Chinese Mitten Crab  Sarah Fernald, Research Coordinator at the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation, will give a presentation on the invasive crab and its habitation in the Hudson River Estuary.  The first Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) documented in the Hudson River Estuary was found on June 3, 2007, when an adult male mitten crab was caught near Nyack NY, followed later that summer by an adult female.  These crabs are labeled injurious because, at high densities, burrowing behavior may increase erosion, compromise shoreline structures, and impact aquatic vegetation.  In 2008, the evidence of a mitten crab invasion greatly increased, with 17 live crabs found throughout the estuary, as well as over 150 shed exoskeletons of juvenile crabs.  Most of these were discovered in conjunction within the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve on the Saw Kill.  The documentation of juveniles suggests but does not definitively demonstrate mitten crab reproduction in the estuary.  The Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve has begun to monitor for the presence of larval stages of mitten crabs has begun and to document the downstream migration of reproductive adults.  By documenting the occurrence and life cycle of this harmful invasive, the Research Reserve hopes to aid in the formation of a management plan.  Participants are responsible for purchasing their own breakfast from the menu; please note that there is a $4 minimum.  If you plan to attend, please contact Katy Dunlap, Coordinator of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, at (845) 454-7673 x116 or  See attached Announcement. Location:  The Plaza Diner, New Paltz, NY
Thursday, November 13, 2008: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (optional networking until 6:30pm)
4th Annual Conference on Green Buildings and Energy for Mid-Hudson Region
The 4th annual conference on green buildings and energy for the mid-Hudson region will be on November 13, 2008.  This conference will feature energy efficiency technologies, concepts and resources that can provide significant near-term cost savings in existing and new buildings.  The program will focus largely on residential buildings, yet the concepts and information presented will be relevant to municipal, commercial and other buildings.  It's aimed at community leaders and decision makers in local government, business, environmental, planning, design, contracting and development, lending, property management, education, and other sectors. This program is being hosted by the Orange County Rural Development Advisory Corp., Hudson Valley Regional Council, Orange County Citizens Foundation, Orange County Department of Planning, NY State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Builders Association of the Hudson Valley, and Mid-Hudson Energy $mart Communities.  Major sponsors include the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University, NY House Magazine, and others (list in formation.)  Several scholarships are available to nonprofits, local government and students based on need.  A networking reception from 5-6:30 pm, sponsored by the US Green Building Council NY Upstate Chapter, Hudson Valley Branch.  If you are not able to attend the conference, you are welcome to attend the reception at no charge.  For more information or to register or download the flyer, visit or call the Orange County Citizens Foundation at 845-469-9459.  The registration fee, $40, includes continental breakfast and lunch.  Location:  Inn at Central Valley in Central Valley (206 Smith Clove Rd, Central Valley, NY 10917)
Fri., Nov. 14, 8 PM  Ashokan Center Fundraiser Concert Join Pete Seeger at the First Presbyterian Church, 80 Elmendorf St., Kingston, with Jay Unger and Molly Mason join Pete.  Cost: $25 and can be purchased at website: or call the church at 331-0633.  Proceeds go to the Ashokan Center for their sustainable music and educational center.

Saturday, November 15 from 11AM - 5PM  and Sunday November 16, from 11AM - 3PM:  Interfaith Fair Trade Bazaar. Fairly-traded craft items from around the world, plus merchandise from local artisans and non-profit organizations.  Co-sponsored by Dutchess County Interfaith Council.  Ely Hall, Vassar College.  Contact Pat Lamanna, 845-452-4013, This event will help towards your goal of your $20 - Nothing From China holiday shopping!

On Saturday and Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd, Concerned Residents of Carmel & Mahopac will hold its annual food drive for the benefit of Putnam Community Action Program. CRCM volunteers will collect food in front of two area supermarkets to provide enough food for Thanksgiving dinners for hundreds of needy residents of Putnam County.  We are seeking volunteers, children and adults, who can give at least two hours of time to this very worthy cause. If you are able to participate in this important community service event, or would like further information, please call Jerry or Judy Ravnitzky at 628-6681.

The Putnam Chorale begins its winter 2008 season. The Putnam Chorale is pleased to announce its winter 2008 program, A Celebration of Henry Purcell.
During its winter season, the Chorale will perform two works by the English master of Baroque style, Henry Purcell, “Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day” and “Come, Ye Sons of Art.” Under the direction of Douglas Anderson, professional soloists and orchestra will accompany the Chorale. These performances are scheduled for 8:00 pm, Saturday, December 6, at the First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Brewster and 3:00 pm Sunday, December 7, at the United Methodist Church on Main Street in Cold Spring. The Chorale will also host a community sing along of Handel’s Messiah, with chamber orchestra. Bring your own score, or use one of ours and join the Chorale in singing these classic pieces. The sing is scheduled for December 13, 2008 at 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, Main Street, Brewster, NY.
Saturday, December 6th 2008, 10AM-5PM
WESPAC Fair Trade Festival and Crafts Fair at the Memorial United Methodist Church , Asbury Hall 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY. Admission is $1 and all are welcome. Lunch and homemade baked goods will be available for sale as well.

    * Crafts from a women's collective in Guatemala
    * Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate and olive oil
    * Native American hand woven cotton and wool clothing and silver jewelry
    * Siwok crafts from Argentina
    * Embroidered cushion covers and accessories
    * Signed Ralph Fasanella prints
    * Handmade crafts from Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda & Ethiopia
    * Locally-made jewelry
    * Palestinian Children’s Art Exhibit and Silent Auction
    * Jewelry, toys and crafts from Mexico
    * Silk Scarves from India designed by local artist

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