Friday, March 13, 2009

March 13, 2009 - Things to Do Edition

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I know, I know, I keep saying it's spring. But yesterday I took a hike at the amazing Laurel Ledges preserve in Patterson and the peepers were peeping at the sunny end of the wetlands. If that's not a sign of spring, I don't know what is!

BusinessWeek reports that one of the biggest problems of the current recessionary cycle is the abundance of unoccupied commercial space. One San Francisco based commercial real estate firm reports a 16% increase in commercial listings. In Elk Grove, a 107 acre mall site, which was highly touted for years as an economic engine, sits idle and still on the drawing board.

How does this bode for Patterson Crossing? Well, when a much touted and taxpayer funded hotel fails to materialize on one of our county's busiest thoroughfares you'd think commercial developers would take notice. Maybe even the one proposing that 400,000 sq ft behemoth.
Dutchess County has approved a Green Energy initiative based on the Cambridge Energy Alliance model. Kudos to County Legislator Joel Tyner for staying the course. The physical services committee of the Putnam County Legislature has proposed a green energy commission and I've asked to be part of that but the silence is deafening. Dini LoBue, whom I backed in her run for the Leg, and Philipstown's Vinnie Tamagna are putting it together.

State police are still looking for clues on who might be missing a "multicolored, advanced age female nubian goat." If you know, call them at 845-279-8656.

Usually by now local CSA farms have sent me their sign-up notices for the summer season 
but for some reason I've heard nothing from them this year. If you're on the board of such a place, please get your announcements in! There are hungry readers out there.

It's going to be a stellar weekend
, weather-wise. So turn off the TV, get away from your computers and get out there!

Here's what's going on:


Irish Open Mouth

Samuel Beckett's Act Without Words II with Bart Cook and Steve Schreiber, directed by Lora Lee Ecobelli, are part of Irish Open Mouth that also includes musicians Pat Cummings, Tim Pitt, Kate (and Jan) Hoekstra, Caitlin O'Heaney, Neil Hickey, the Real Chemistry Quartet, new stories by Gerard Furey, James McGuire and the awarding of a proclamation by County Executive Bondi to the 2009 Grand Marshall of NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade, Kent resident Mike Gibbons.  You don't have to be Irish to sing along. Admission is $6 ($5 for Arts on the Lake members). More information at Arts on the Lake


Maple Open House

10 am- 2 pm, at Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls. Explore both modern and Native American methods used to create maple syrup. Event is free, open to the public, is both indoors/outdoors and will include demonstrations on tapping a sugar maple tree, boiling sap with hot rocks and by evaporator, and starting fire by friction.  Syrup for sale.  Dutchess County Parks, Bowdoin Park, 85 Sheafe Rd. Wapp. Falls, 845-298-4602,

The Eyes of March

The Exhibit of the Reflectionist Group continues this Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, 1 to 4 p.m. Participating Artists: Bonnie Eggena, Lianne Escher, Susan Ferri, Ann Chapin Fischer, Susan Fronapfel, Rita Golaszewski, Bea Gustafson, Sylvia Hierro, E. Beers Hoguet, George Isaacson, Molly Leckie, Mala Ranade, Karen Schoolman, Nancy Lee Schulz, Alexander Shundi, Gerry Skennion, Dianne Vinopoll and Jennie Williams.

Curbing Global Warming and the New Energy Future

4PM at the Gipsy Trail Club Clubhouse - Kent resident and Executive Director of the National Resources Defense Council, Peter Lehner, presents a talk and slide show on global energy following his return from a trip to China where he is working with the Chinese government on energy efficient construction.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown!

4:30PM - Join Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and friends on their search for Happiness! This Award-winning musical romp is appropriate for our older age group. Ages: 4th grade and up Saturdays: 4:30-6:30pm 1st Rehearsal begins: Sat., March 14 Performances: June 19, 20, 21 Fee: $250.00


Hubbard Perkins Conservation Area - Fahnestock State Park

This is one in a series of hikes I've taken and written up for your outdoor pleasure. This 6 mile loop hike will bring you into one of the most spectacular hidden valleys of Putnam County and for the majority of the walk you won't believe you're only 50 miles from New York City.

This place is a gem. If you really want to get away you can add a second, extended loop onto the first which will bring you to the furthest and remote corners of this keystone park, adding an easy 1.5 miles onto your journey. Listen for spring peepers in the wetlands!

A full outline of the hike is posted at PlanPutnam's Outdoor recreation page here, and if you click on the map you'll get a larger scale map so you can see just what you'll be doing. However, it's best to purchase the full East of Hudson map set for 11 bucks (+$1.50 postage) from the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference.

Into the Future:

Thursday, March 19

1:00 – 4:30 pm - (Or Friday, March 20, 2009: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm) - Resolving Canada Geese Conflicts Each workshop will cover Canada Geese behavior, effective geese management techniques, case studies from other communities, federal and state regulations, and where to find additional resources.  Speakers include: David Feld, GeesePeace, Inc.; Bryan Swift, Game Bird Unit NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife; and Stacy Pecor Preusser, USDA Wildlife Services. Who should attend?  Property, school ground, recreational facility and park managers; golf courses managers; college and corporate campuses property mangers; lake associations; homeowner associations; cemetery groundskeepers, public health managers; and the interested public.  The workshops will provide valuable information that will prepare participants for action this upcoming spring.  The workshops are identical, so those interested need only register for one. The workshops are free but registration is required. Please register by March 16.  For more information contact: Stephanie Stanczak, or 845-889-4745 x 109.

Locations:   March 19: Teatown Lake Reserve Ossining, NY, March 20: Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra, NY, please register at: To register for  either date, please go to

Saturday, March 21

8 p.m., classically trained soprano Elizabeth Tryon who also writes pop songs, one of which has charted in the Top 10, two others in the Top 20's, presents a pop/classical crossover concert that highlights composers Chausson, Puccini, Copland, and Handel, as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tryon's own contemporary hits.  Admission is $10 ($9 for Arts on the Lake members)
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