Friday, January 30, 2009

News That Matters - January 30, 2009 - Things To Do Edition

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Good Friday Morning:

Sorry we're late! I woke late this morning after having another night of nightmares and disquieting dreams. No, it's not the new Obama administration and it's not Andy DeStefano's announcement that he's joined the masses running for Sheriff. I have no idea what it is but here we are anyway.

I don't have much listed for this weekend (you're not sending me stuff!) but there are a few interesting events worth checking out.

My usual recommendation is to turn off the idiot box and get out of your house for a hike. Thanks to NY State Parks, DEP and DEC and other agencies, Putnam County is home to more than 20,000 acres of permanently preserved open space lands with hundreds of miles of trails and they're here for you to use, explore and wander in. There's a partial list here at PlanPutnam's outdoor recreation page which has seen 20860 visitors so there must be something of interest there! Check it out.

We'll be back on Monday.


The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State
7:00 p.m. Cary Institute Auditorium - Join us for a lively discussion about how New York State's bird populations have changed over the past 20 years. This event will feature Kimberley Corwin, one of the co-editors of the recently published Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. Co-sponsored with Merritt Bookstore; books will be available for purchase.

Arts on the Lake Member Event

7:30 p.m. Short Performance, Short Meeting, Great Desserts.
Broadway veterans Marcus Lovett and Eleanor Reissa in a reading of They Say the Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living – a new take on Adam and Eve – by Bob Rogers. Flutist Jeff Waldo playing Michael Gittel’s Aspens in January. Reports on building plans, fund-raising and new programs. Great desserts and a chance to socialize with others interested in supporting and strengthening a regional Art Center. Current members who plan to attend should write to Others may use PayPal, or join or renew via check at the event. (A membership donation to AotL is good for member events and discounts to all events for one year from date of contribution.)


8PM (For those of you not allowed to stay up late). Join Mike Latini, Jim Nowak and Larry Eidelman at Daniel J's in Patterson (at the foot of Thunder Ridge) for a "night of music, and whatever". Mike seems to schedule these things on the same night as AotL has events - so choose wisely!


Putnam Valley Grange Indoor Flea Market

10AM - 4 PM At the Grange Hall at Adams' Corners on Mill Street and Peekskill Hollow Road. Given the over abundance of STUFF most of us have collected these days, the worst place for it to end up would be in a  land fill. The Putnam Valley Grange has decided to sponsor a once a month Flea Market.  This will give many of us an opportunity to not only clean out our closets, but make better wonderful things available to those who might be struggling economically at a better than reasonable price. From food, to books, to old VHS tapes or DVDs, jewelry etc. and STUFF, there will be more than enough to delight the senses, while creating a wonderful, warm and friendly environment for all to come and enjoy. Continues the last Saturday of every month.

Snowshoe Challenge, Fishkill Ridge, Fishkill.

10:00am - 1:00pm  Strenuous five-mile trek offers a worthwhile payoff spectacular panoramic vistas of a snow-covered Hudson Valley. Along the way, we'll search for animal tracks and see how nature adapts to survive winter's icy blasts. Participants must be proficient at snowshoeing and bring their own gear, water and lunch. Wear appropriate cold-weather clothing. Contact: Anthony Coneski 845 473 4440 ex 273

Brewster Theater Company Auditions

2-4PM Auditions for "Play On" by Rick Abbot will be held today and Tuesday (7:30-9:30PM) at the Brewster Public Library. Write Ryan Dietzen for more information.


Hike to Pine Island

Putnam County Land Trust & Friends of the Great Swamp
1 pm - Hike to Pine Island with Judy Kelley Moberg; naturalist and historian.  Meet at the Paterson Recreation Center for a two–hour hike to Pine Island in the midst of the frozen waters of the Great Swamp.  Weather permitting we will be looking for the tracks made by otter, coyote, and bobcat and identifying other natural life signs of winter. Registration is required at 878-7740.  There is no fee for this program.  If weather does not cooperate, another route will substitute.

Into the Future:

Tuesday, February 3
4 Chaplain Program - American Legion Argonne Post No. 71 Post Commander issued the following statement. " The post has received confirmation from the following members of the clergy with reference to the 4 Chaplain Program to be held on Feb 3rd 2009 at the post headquarters on Ice Pond Road. Brewster NY. The program will be called to order at 8:00 PM.
Rev. Thomas C. Marsden
Deacon Mark Shkrtell
Rabbi Daniel Zucker
Rev. Kwang-il Kim

Wednesday, February 11

17 – 18 - 19 CHANGE - A meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 11 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Room of Memorial Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY to discuss how citizens in New York's 17th, 18th and 19th Congressional Districts can organize to run a joint slate of candidates, beginning in April this year, to replace in 2010 the current members of Congress from these districts with three people who are unreservedly committed to ending US military adventurism overseas and establishing equal justice and a fair economy at home. Contact Nick Mottern for more information.

Thursday, February 12

6:30PM "Top Secret Briefing" - Join (unannounced) 19th District Congressional candidate Greg Ball for an intimate dinner with your closest reactionary friends at the Traveler's Rest in Ossining for "Inside the CIA", a talk by Gary Bernstein. $250 for the talk and dinner or come at 7:30, and drop $100 for dinner alone. Well, you won't be alone, all your friends will be there! Okay, so maybe you will be alone but there's an Open Bar!

Or, for $20 I'll do the talking, burn copies of the PATRIOT Act, reinstate due process, not target dark-skinned immigrants, grant civil rights to same-sex couples, promise not to run for Congress and offer chips and dips. Maybe a cheese spread and crackers, too. BYOB.

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