Friday, March 6, 2009

NtM - March 6, 2009 - Things To Do Edition

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Good Friday Morning,

Well now, Patterson Crossing is back in the news, at least if you were at the Planning Board meeting in Kent last evening. Whew. I'm happy I'm not Insite Engineering or Paul Camarda right about now! It's no longer an issue of crossing t's and dotting i's at this point, it's about stormwater and the plan lacks in specifics about that and the essential factors now lie with the DEP who has never seen a shopping mall in the Croton basin they didn't love. Remember when DEP said, "no new impervious surfaces"? I do. Apparently, they've forgotten.

It looks like the weather will cooperate for a hike this weekend once you're done with all the art openings going on about. Consider visiting the gazebo on Candlewood Hill in Putnam Valley. The hike is just over a mile each way with a slow, but steady climb, with one short steep section before you top out on the mountain.

This trail begins on a private driveway along West Shore Drive across from a trail to the beach at Oscawana Lake. (map)

Follow the gravel drive upwards, skirting two private homes (please keep your noise down and your dogs leashed). You'll see a fork to the left which you'll take and then bear right, that will bring you near and alongside a small and very pretty pond. Stay on the road but when you see it begin to wind back towards a house, jog through the woods to the left to pick up another old road again.

Follow this road until you reach a "T" intersection at which point you will turn to the RIGHT and follow the trail through a pretty forest, first descending towards a wetland and then slowly climbing.

After about 45 minutes, and a last short steep climb, you'll reach the first of several ledges with views south and westward over Belle Hollow with the Graymoor watertower in the distance and beyond that a glimpse of the Hudson River.

A little further up the trail you'll come to an old gazebo (built in 1989) that has seen better days but from which views out over Lake Oscawana and back over the bulk of Fhanestock State Park are quite nice. Stop for a picnic lunch here and enjoy the scenery.

Follow your steps for the return being careful to make the appropriate turns.

 Directions are here.


The Ground Glass

Opening Reception: 5pm-7pm - At the Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill. The exhibit features photographs from members of The Ground Glass, a Westchester-based association of photographers founded in 1975 and dedicated to promoting the practice and appreciation of fine photography in Westchester. The show was juried by Cecilia Bohan, a photo editor for the New York Times, and Stephanie Heimann, founder of Fovea Exhibitions in Beacon, NY. Participating Artists: Rita Baunok, Joe Carline, Robert P. Fine, Claire A. Fishman, Katie Gohdé-Haase, Arnold Kastenbaum, Larry Katzman, Sy Kramer, Arthur Mantis, Mariela Dujovne Melamed, Alan Model, Gisela O’Brien, John O’Donnell, Bob Pliskin (photo above), Ruth Raskin, Charles Seton, and Gary Strausberg.

Karaoke Fridays For Kids

7-9PM at the White Pond Center, White Pond Road East Fishkill. Join the Pied Piper Youth Theater for their Karaoke Friday's at the Kids Cabaret. No experience necessary! A fun, safe, open environment for your younger children. Call 270-1633 for more information. Registration Form.

Veronica’s Room

March 6-7 at 8 pm. Reserve online or call (845) 598-1621 - If there is a lesson to be learned from the psychological thriller Veronica’s Room*, it may be “don’t talk to strangers.”  The play, by Ira Levin, is Brewster Theater Company’s first production of 2009.  Shows are scheduled for Feb 27- 28, and March 6-7 at 8 p.m. at The Cerebral Palsy Headquarters Building, 15 Mount Ebo Road South, Brewster, NY. Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $10 for adults.


Work on the Appalachian Trail

The (RPHCV) have become a member club of NY/NJ Trail Conference.Our first project this year will be building stone steps in Fahnstock State Park on the Appalachian Trail.The project was started last March.Location (West side of Canopus Lake,one mile north on trail) Six steps done,fifteen more to go.Come on out, Build some thing to last more than a life time. Trail work will start on Saturday March 7th at 9am. Email me or call 845-297-9573. for more details See you on the trail.

Intro to Organic Beekeeping

10 am - 6 pm.  Hands-on beekeeping workshop for beginners, with Bee Doctor Chris Harp. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Rosendale. Advance registration required, $95 per person.  Visit , email , or call 845-255-6113.

Maple Sugar Tours

Weekends, Mar. 7 - Mar. 22, 11:30 am until 3 pm. A taste of maple sugaring at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Tours start every half hour and are a 45-minute walk through the forest, stopping at points of interest to learn aspects of making maple sugar. Wear boots and dress warmly. Cost: $7. Museum Members: $5 (845) 534-5506, ext 204.

Putnam Arts Council

2 PM - PAC 46th Annual Members Exhibit at Tilly Foster Farm on Route 312 in Southeast. Pot Luck opening reception. Awards ceremony at 4PM

Plantation on the Hudson

5 pm - Foundry School Museum, 63 Chestnut Street, Cold Spring. $5. Interpreting Slavery in the Hudson River Valley. Join host Leslie Jacobson for wine, cheese, and a lecture with historian Michael A. Lord, Associate Director of Philipsburg Manor. Lord will discuss how Philipsburg Manor created and implemented a new interpretative plan that introduces visitors to the issue of enslavement in the north. Using a select group of enslaved individuals, Lord's conversation will trace the development of slavery in New York State; examine everyday life for those enslaved in the Hudson River valley; discuss forms of resistance to the institution; and explain why this most-American of stories continues to be relevant.


ARTED Exhibit – the Reflectionist Group.

1-4 pm at the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel (Arts on the Lake). This exhibition will explore the unique perceptions of the viewer and the artist and will discuss the question "What do you see?" Additional Exhibit Hours: 1- 4 pm on Sat, March 14 and Sun, March 15. 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.

Into the Future:

Monday, March 9th

The Environmental Injustice of Green Gentrification

5PM - Environmental problems and measures to address environmental problems both have significant social implications. Disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards among people of color and lower income groups is well established.  But what happens when measures are taken to address environmental problems?  In this engaging talk Dr. Ken Gould, the Chair of the Department of Sociology at Brooklyn College and a Professor of Sociology and Earth and Environmental Sciences at the City University of New York Graduate Center analyzes the social implications of environmental remediation projects in Brooklyn.  Does environmental protection reinforce patterns of segregation, gentrification and environmental injustice?  Learn more about this important issue at Dr. Gould's lecture "The Environmental Injustice of Green Gentrification.  For more information call (845) 257-3447 or e-mail Location:  Lecture Center 108 on the SUNY New Paltz campus.
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