Friday, May 8, 2009

News That Matters - May 8, 2009 - Things To Do Edition

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Good Friday Morning,

Correction: The engineer was Tom Baird, not Tom Barrett. He wrote in to say so. And then wrote: "I want to thank you for the nice writeup in your article and to thank the representatives of the community for attending the meeting."

The Putnam County Council for the Arts has announced the winners of their latest round of grant applicants and they are:
Nowodworksi Foundation for free art instruction for children at Brewster Library  & exhibit of the work ($1000)

Nimham Mountain Singers for cultural activities at the Annual Pow-wow at Veterans Park ($1100)

Arts on the Lake for Professional Theatre Program including their December Puppet play and a partnership with Liberty NY Free Theatre for performances in their facility in Kent. ($900)

Butterfield Library for a poetry reading of Dickinson & Whitman by a professional actor and a poet. ($500)
Ed note: You can catch the Nimham Mountain Singers this evening at the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. (see below)

With her back against the wall, Fishkill supervisor Joan Pagones has finally come around to realizing that the Fishkill Supply Depot is one of the most important historical sites in the United States. As reported here a couple weeks back, the State has found graves of soldiers who died at the site while it was occupied by colonial troops from October 1776 through April 1783. The vast majority of the site is now covered with a shopping mall and attempts to preserve the rest have been met - for years - by politicians who would rather revel in the certainty of sales taxes than the patriotic comfort of our nation's early history. Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation J. Winthrop Aldrich writes, “As such, these parcels represent the last intact vestiges of an important part of Fishkill’s and the nation’s history. The OPRHP strongly encourages the Town to consider how it can most effectively help to preserve and protect this important historic location. The opportunity to achieve this patriotic and deeply worthwhile objective is not likely ever to come again.”


Catching Light

“Catching Light: European and American Watercolors from the Permanent Collection” will be exhibited at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, from May 8 through July 26. (845) 437-5632; Artists have treasured the free-flowing, luminous qualities of watercolor for centuries. However, only in the eighteenth- and early nineteenth centuries did this medium come into its own with works by English and French artists. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center has extraordinary works by many of these artists in the permanent collection, a majority of which were original gifts from Matthew Vassar, who acquired them from trustee Elias Lyman Magoon. Featured in the exhibition from this period are light-filled watercolors by J. M. W. Turner, John Ruskin, John Sell Cotman, John Webber, Anthony Vandyke Copley, Joseph Michael Gandy, Augustin Pugin, and Charles-Louis Clerisseau.

Owls, Master Hunters of the Night

7 to 9 PM At the Thomas Center of Christ Church. Take Route 22 to the traffic light at Pawling, Quaker Hill Road to Church Street, Christ Church is near its intersection with Old Quaker Hill Road. Jim Eyring, enthusiastic educator, falconer, and head of Pace University Environmental Center will begin the evening by introducing us to some of his live owl friends and tell us about their marvelous adaptations as hunters. Mark Weckel, preserve manager of Mianus River Gorge Sanctuary will explain his citizen scientist owl-monitoring project. Weather permitting the evening will end with an owl walk on the church grounds. Click here for more info.

Nimham Mountain Singers

8 PM The Nimham Mountain Singers will present an interactive program of Native American drumming, singing and dancing. The chance to participate on the drum as well as explanations of the pow wow make for an entertainment that is also an educational journey into the customs, beliefs and values of an earlier people in the Hudson Valley. Admission: $10 ($1 discount for AotL members). Reservations may be made at Visit their website for more information.


Expert Led Bird Walks at "Hot" Spots in the Great Swamp

7 AM -  1. Barbara Butler of the Waterman Bird Club will lead a bird walk on the new Oblong Land Trust, Slocum/ Mostachetti Preserve in Wingdale. The preserve sits on a low marble ridge that supports cedar groves, open field areas, wetlands and hardwood forest. This varied habitat is attractive to birds, butterflies and unique plants. Birders will meet at 7 AM in the north end of the Star Diner parking lot located at the light where Pleasant Ridge Rd. crosses Route 22 in Wingdale. To reserve please call (845) 677-9025
   2. Beth Herr of The Putnam County Land Trust and Billy Wallace will lead a warbler walk through the Clough Preserve in Patterson. Many species of warblers prefer the cool pines and swampy waters of this beautiful preserve. Spring wildflowers abound along this trail that leads hikers out to Ice Pond. Birders meet at 7 am at the Brewster High School parking lot near the athletic track. Take Route 312 in Brewster to Farm to Market Road then to the light and Foggintown Road. Call to reserve at (845) 228-5635

Other FrOGS Events continue throughout the day

Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day

Unknown to me until yesterday evening, the county is running it Hazardous Waste drop-off day on Saturday. There's a flyer here. However, if you have old electronic gear you want to get rid of, here's a list of places that will take it from you today as well:
Carmel: Salt Shed, Route 6N, 8:30 - 3:30
Kent: Recycling Center, Route 52, 9:00 - 1:00
Patterson: Recycling Center, Cornwall Hill, 8:00 - 3:00
Philipstown: Recycling Center, Lane Gate Road, 8:00 - 2:00
Putnam Valley: Highway Garage, 8:45 - 11:45
Southeast: Highway Dept. Palmer Road, 10:00 - 3:00

Work on the Appalachian Trail

9AM - Folk from the RPH Cabin Volunteers are working on a section of the Appalachian trail this morning in an ongoing management and maintenance effort. This stage of the work is to create a flight of rock steps to reduce erosion and impact on the trail. Meet 1 mile north of Route 301 on the AT. Call Tim at 845-297-9573 or visit: for more information.

Community Tree Planting Event along the Fall Kill Creek

9:30 am - Volunteers are needed to plant trees and shrubs along the pond and Fall Kill creek at Greenfields Park in Hyde Park.  Visit with your neighbors, learn more about a maintaining healthy stream corridors and enjoy refreshments.  All ages are welcome.  Sonsored by the Fall Kill Watershed Committee, Hyde Park Conservation Advisory Committee, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program - Trees for Tribs initiative, Clearwater, and Hyde Park Recreation Dept.  To sign up or learn more, see attached announcement or contact or 698-0297.  This is a great opportunity to involve your friends and family in contributing to the health of their watershed. Location: Greenfields Park on Cream Street in Hyde Park

Maya Lin at Storm King Art Center

Four-acre earthwork opens to public May 9, 2009, accompanied by special exhibition of renowned artist’s work. On May 9, 2009, the Storm King Art Center, in Mountainville, New York, launches Storm King Wavefield, the largest site-specific earthwork created to date by acclaimed artist and environmentalist Maya Lin. Occupying an eleven-acre site that was a gravel pit until Ms. Lin reclaimed it for the work, the ambitious Storm King Wavefield comprises seven rows—each over 300 feet long—of carefully scaled, undulating hills that give the appearance of ocean waves. The four-acre work culminates a series of three wavefields by Ms. Lin. It is the newest addition to the sculpture park’s distinguished permanent collection. Click here for more information.

Rye Playland Opens for the Season

Let the season of fun begin – Playland Park in Rye opens on Saturday, May 9 with a new “pay one price” admission for unlimited rides all day, which means the more you ride the rides you love, the more you save. The fun gets underway with a parade and entertainment beginning at 11 a.m. and the park opening at 12 noon. Rain date for the event is Saturday, May 16. Playland’s rides will be open from noon until 9 p.m. Visitors can purchase a special Opening Day Fun Band for $15, which is good for unlimited rides all day. Fun Bands go on sale at the Fountain Plaza beginning at 10:30 a.m. Non-riders entering the amusement section of the park to walk, enjoy in-park entertainment or chaperone others will be charged $3 for Westchester County residents and $5 for nonresidents. Parking is also reduced to $3 per car for opening day. More info here.

The Last Gorillas of the Congo

4 - 8 PM Join us to celebrate our second anniversary with photojournalist Brent Stirton from 4-8pm at 143 Main Street in Beacon, New York. Mr. Stirton will present an informal talk in conjunction with the opening of his exhibition ‘The Last Gorillas of the Congo', curated by Jamie Wellford. The non-profit charity Fovea Exhibitions will host Stirton's internationally award-winning photo essay through August, documenting the story of the tragedy and the renewal of some of the last mountain gorillas on the planet. Just over 200 of the extremely rare mountain gorillas, of which there are only 680 in the world, live in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 2009 is the Year of the Gorilla--learn more about this issue and what you can do through Brent Stirton's photo essay, on exhibit at Fovea through August, and as a virtual exhibition online at

Benefit For the Arts

5PM - Tilly Foster Farm - Friends of the Putnam Arts Council are cordially invited to attend a Silent Auction and to join Wine Consultant Peter Lesley of Mahopac on a guided taste tour of affordable red and white wines available locally. The silent auction will feature approximately 25 items donated from select artists, craft folks and a few local businesses. Most are quite unique ranging from original art, jewelry, or a painting class to autographed items from Putnam performers John Hall, Graham Nash, and Pete Seeger. This special event for PAC takes place in our Brewster space at the Lodge at Tilly Foster, on Saturday, May 9th at 5pm. Pre-paid reservations are requested as both food and beverages need to be ordered. Tickets are only $25.00 ($20./members). Call 845.278.0230 or visit

Mike Latini and ACT III (Minus 1)

8 PM - We got a late invite, and Jim and I are playing at Daniel J's up on Route 22 near Thunder Ridge in Patterson On Saturday 5/9, starting around 8. The Professor is on sabbatical once again, but Jim Nowak and I will do our best, and need all the help we can get. Come and help out if you can.


Catskill Trail Work

8:15 AM - The Catskill 3500 Club is having Annual Spring Trail Maintenance on Sunday 10 May; we're meeting 8:15 a.m. on Peekamoose Rd Parking Area.  Please bring work gloves and either saw, loppers, hand clippers.  If you don't have tools, then the Club will provide - we have a limited supply of saws, loppers and weed whackers.  Please bring water and lunch as well.  This activity counts a point (7 needed)toward the 3500 Club service patch.  Plus you earn ascent of two high peaks. Please e-mail Elie Bijou if you're attending or if you require directions. Gridders, CHH and others - this is YOUR club and we need YOUR help; please consider giving us a day. 

Into the Future:

Monday, May 11

An Artistic Journey

7PM - Tilly Foster Farm - Putnam Arts Council is pleased to announce that US Congressman John Hall’s office has selected our Brewster location to exhibit the 2009 art competition featuring the work of high school students from his congressional district. Congressman Hall will host an Awards Ceremony and Reception at the Lodge (Bldg #8), Tilly Foster Farm, 100 Rte 312, Brewster to honor all participants on Monday, May 11 from 7 – 8:30pm. The exhibit will remain on view here May 12 – 30,  with gallery hours weekdays, Tuesday through Friday 10-3 and Saturday’s and Sunday’s 1-4pm. Directions are available from PAC at 845.278.0230 or on our website:

Tuesday, May 12

Stormwater Presentation

The Lake Carmel Advisory Committee will include a presentation on Stormwater issues at their regular meeting held in the Community Center at 7:30 PM. (845) 306-5602 for more information.

Thursday, May 14

An Evening of Celebration in honor of Connie Hogarth

6PM - River Terrace Restaurant in Beacon - Join us for an evening of live music on the deck of the River Terrace Restaurant in Beacon, NY overlooking the beautiful Hudson River to honor Connie Hogarth, Environmental Activist and Founder of the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action, Manhattanville College. River Terrace Restaurant, 2 Beekman Street 6pm Cocktails and 7pm Dinner & Ceremony. Live Music. Cash Bar. Tickets: $50 per person, $95 couple, $35 Student. For reservations & donations, contact: Angela Valles, Chair <> 845-797-9810

Marc Pekowsky Kick-Off Party

7:00 p.m. at the Lantern Restaurant on Rt. 6 in Mahopac. For more information click here:

Saturday, May 16

Michelle Leblanc At the Division Street Grill

7:30PM - Michelle Leblanc has a return engagement at the Division Street Grill Jazz Club in Peekskill. Spring has sprung! Michelle's trio at Division Street Grill 7:30pm - 10:30 pm Featuring guitarist Steve Lamattina and bassist Bill Conway. The Division Street Grill, 26 North Division Street, Peekskill NY 10566 Call for dinner reservations (914)  739 6380

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