Friday, July 3, 2009

News That Matters - July 3, 2009 - Things To Do Edition

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"Thus feeding his mind with many sweet thoughts and “sugared suppositions,” he journeyed along the sides of a range of hills which look out upon some of the goodliest scenes of the mighty Hudson. The sun gradually wheeled his broad disk down in the west. The wide bosom of the Tappan Zee lay motionless and glassy, excepting that here and there a gentle undulation waved and prolonged the blue shadow of the distant mountain. A few amber clouds floated in the sky, without a breath of air to move them. The horizon was of a fine golden tint, changing gradually into a pure apple green, and from that into the deep blue of the mid-heaven. A slanting ray lingered on the woody crests of the precipices that overhung some parts of the river, giving greater depth to the dark gray and purple of their rocky sides. A sloop was loitering in the distance, dropping slowly down with the tide, her sail hanging uselessly against the mast; and as the reflection of the sky gleamed along the still water, it seemed as if the vessel was suspended in the air."  - Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Good Friday Morning,

That's quite a long quote which opens this morning's edition of News That Matters but it's sweet and so it's there. I did a film shoot at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery this past Monday of a play by Gabrielle Fox called "Graveyard Shift", which was first produced on the stage at the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. The filming was directed by Kent resident Chris Casaburi and starred Fidel Fonteboa and Fred Rueck, with cinematographer, Alexander Porkos, of Carmel. Watch for it at the Oscars.

The National Weather Service has issued yet another Flash Flood Watch for just north of our area from noon today through this evening. The one issued yesterday failed to materialize, at least around here. Reports are still calling for lots of rain this afternoon - again - but tomorrow and Sunday look like nice summer days.

I had a lot to write about this morning but decided otherwise. I'm sitting here waiting for some sort of email that spells out the weekend's activities but, it boils down to this: private parties and fireworks. Aside from that, (and the quasi-fascist "tea parties" schedule around the region) this weekend is pretty devoid of organizational activities. So let's just say this:
Get outside. Take a hike. And if you play with fireworks (which should be legal as far as I'm concerned) take care, be safe, don't drive drunk and hug someone you love.
Until Monday....

Into the Future

Wednesday, July 8

Ribbon Cutting to Kick Off “Creek Week”

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - A ribbon cutting event hosted by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will kick off of Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month and “Creek Week” on Wednesday, July 8 at 1:30 PM at Malcolm X Park on Mansion Street in the City of Poughkeepsie.  (In case of rain, then event will take place instead in the Catharine Street Community Center in Poughkeepsie.)  Youth participants in the Catharine Street summer program will then begin cleaning up Malcolm X Park as part of an “Creek Week” Adopt-A-Spot sponsored initiative. Afterwards, Jennifer Rubbo, Fall Kill Watershed Coordinator at Clearwater, will host a short education program on “Creek Critters” as part of the the Casperkill - Fall Kill “Creek Week.”

Other highlights of “Creek Week” include the unveiling of the “Reviving the Fall Kill – Creating Treasure from Trash” glass sculpture on Saturday, July 11th, 11 AM at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeppsie, a marking of storm drains along the Main Street Corridor in Poughkeepsie on Thursday, July 9 at 10 AM, and several guided walks—along the Fall Kill in the City of Poughkeepsie on Thursday July 9; at Val-Kill in Hyde Park and at Maple Grove in the Town of Poughkeepsie on Friday, July 10; and a bird walk at Vassar Farms on Saturday, July 11.

For more information about the Casperkill- Fall Kill Creek Week contact Jennifer Rubbo at 845-454-7673 or

Saturday, July 11

Jeff's Annual Picnic and Garden Party at the Asylum - Everyone is Invited!

3PM - Onwards. Come celebrate the beauty of the highlands in western Kent. Rain or Shine! Bring some food for the pot luck and drink for the coolers, a blanket and/or some chairs, or just wear light, comfortable clothes and hang out on the grass in the field. We'll have plates and forks and knives and spoons and cups so you can leave those at home.

Don't forget your sunscreen. There's afternoon shade near the edge of the forest so you can set up over there if you like. Last year the kids had a massive water fight to stay cool. No adults were harmed in the battle.

When the sun goes down the fire-pit becomes the place for gathering and we'll be sure to have it blazing once it's dark enough for the after-party which ran until 6AM last year.

What you could do:

Bring along some friends, the extended family, the neighbors, your kids, the dogs... pretty much anything and anyone that walks or rolls.

Bring your musical instruments, your talents and yes, even your accordions and kazoos. But be prepared to play them.

If you're traveling from away or taste testing the barleycorn, bring your tent. There's plenty of room to camp.

Handicap parking is available!

More info and direction are here.

Sunday, July 12

Putnam County Humane Society

Treat your dog to a day of pampering! Complete Spa treatment: Shampoo, Nail Trim, Micro Chipping @$35.00 Shampoo Only: $10 Large Dog   $8 Small Dog    Nail Clipping: $7   Micro Chip: $25 Sunday, July 12th (rain date July 26th) from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Putnam Humane Society Shelter, Old Rte. 6, Carmel, NY Proceeds to benefit our canine and feline residents!!

Thursday, July 23

Hudson River Watershed Alliance

10AM - 3PM At this meeting, we will learn about the current activities of each watershed group and what new issues you are facing in your efforts.  In addition, we will collectively chart a course for organizing quarterly or semi annual watershed roundtable meetings. The goal of this meeting is to find new ways in which you can learn from one another and move your local watershed
efforts forward! In preparation, please consider these questions and be prepared to discuss your related activities:

1.  Since our last meeting (July 2008), what aspect of watershed planning protection has your group focused on?

2.  What challenges have you faced and how has your group addressed these issues?

3.   Is their mutual consent to commit to more frequent roundtable meetings?  If so, how should we structure these events?
Please RSVP by Thursday, July 16, to or 845-486-1556.

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