Friday, July 31, 2009

News That Matters - July 31, 2009 - Things To Do Edition

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Why didn't someone warn me that running for office was like Kafka on LSD?

Sum Bad Puns:
  1. The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.
    He acquired his size from too much pi.
  2. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
  3. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
  4. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
  5. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for
  6. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
  7. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to
    the other, "You stay here; I'll go on a-head."
  8. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
  9. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his
    grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, "No change
  10. A backward poet writes in-verse.



The American Revolution in the Hudson Highlands

5 PM - with Dr. Colonel Jim Johnson, U.S. Army, retired. Join lecture hosts Dar Williams and Michael Robinson for an entertaining and educational look at how the Revolutionary War played out in our area. Dr. Johnson, an avid Revolutionary War re-enactor, will lecture in period attire, and discuss the encampments at West Point and Constitution Island; the North and South Redoubts in Garrison; and the Fishkill Supply Depot and Encampment, located under the mostly-abandoned Dutchess Mall on Route 9, just north of Cold Spring.
A retired US Army Colonel and former PCHS trustee, Dr. Johnson is perhaps best-known as the Military Historian for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College. Admission is $5 for the general public.

Peekskill Downtown Entertainment Series

6-10PM - North Division Street between Park and Main. Jonathan Batiste Quartet, Jeff Allen Quartet. Admission is free. Children's activities before, from 4-6PM.

Premier Film: Birth of a Generation

8PM - Lake Carmel Cultural Center - In mid-August of 1969 the festival that named a nation was held at Bethel New York. A week before the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, Filmmaker Michael Richards with members of the original festival crew will present the first showing of his documentary film.  For those who worked on Woodstock, having an accurate account, one that acknowledges more fully their participation, has been an ongoing desire. That interest is no doubt partially ego, partially legacy, perhaps partially an interest in discovering more of what happened out of their sight and hearing.  There may not be many years left to gather those inside, first hand stories.
In 1995 Michael Richards, an award-winning film maker, started interviewing the professionals involved in making the festival happen, and on August 1, 2009, in celebration of that event, he will show the film and talk about his experiences in meeting the cast of characters and editing this historical movie.

Admission $6 ($5 for AtoL Members). Tickets may be purchased via a secure server at  Reservations may be made at: or by calling Arts on the Lake at (845) 228-2685.


Art After 75

1-4PM - Building "8" at Tilly Foster Farm, Southeast. The Putnam Arts Council welcomes the public to view our 18th Annual Art After 75 Exhibit Celebrating the creative original Fine Art by working artists 75 and over. Free Parking. Free Admission. More info:

Midsummer Madness: Acting Workshop

3PM - Lake Carmel Cultural Center - Join Lora Lee Ecobelli's acting class for their second public workshop. This time around producing plays by Christopher Durang, Judith Fein and others including a World Premier of the play "Chat" by Gabrielle Fox. Admission is free.

Dar Williams

5:30PM - Cold Spring Waterfront Park at the foot of Main Street (Route 301). Personally inspired by the spindly live feel of late '70s/early '80s albums by the Police, Elvis Costello, and the Pretenders, Williams' elegant, worldly songs sound visceral and urgent, while preserving the integrity and emotion that have been hallmarks of her sound (along with a beautifully intimate, bell-clear voice). Admission is free. Concenssions will be sold. Blankets and beach chairs recommended.

Into the Future:

Thursday, August 6

Outdoor Summer Concert Series

6PM - 8PM
Outdoors on the North Lawn at the Lake Carmel Cultural Center, the Old Firehouse ~ 640 Route 52, Lake Carmel. (Inside if it rains) Picnic on the lawn with family and friends (or buy food available on site) but what a nice way to end your work day! Here's the Schedule:

Thursday, August 6th - Tim Ouimette Big Band Swing Music.
Thursday, August 13th - Roxy Perry Blues Band – Queen of the Blues
Thursday, August 20th - Swamp Gumbo Mardi Gras Cajun Rock
Thursday, August 27th - Vaneese Thomas Women of Soul R & B

Tickets for the Summer Concerts are $10 ($9 for AotL members).  There is also a family price (2 adults with children) of $25. Tickets may be purchased in advance and will be held for pickup at the site.

Friday, August 7

I Got Sick, Then I Got Better

8PM - Lake Carmel Cultural Center - I Got Sick Then I Got Better is a hilarious and wrenching riff on one woman's adventures after falling down the medical rabbit hole. Performing at Arts on the Lake, 640 Route 52 Kent NY on Friday August 7th at 8pm and Saturday August 8th at 8pm, Comic and writer Jenny Allen (The New Yorker, The New York Times), treated for ovarian cancer in 2005, has been shaping and performing her monologue under the guidance of directors James Lapine and Darren Katz for the past two years. The show, produced by New York Theatre Workshop, has been seen at the Vineyard Playhouse, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Hudson Opera House, Barrington Stage Company, and Long Wharf Theatre. Admission is $12 per person, $10 for AotL members. Tickets may be purchased via a secure server at  Reservations may be made at: or by calling Arts on the Lake at (845) 228-2685.

Saturday August 8

Lake Carmel Summer Festival

9AM - 3PM Beach 3. Rain Date - Sunday, August 9th. Open to residents of the Lake Carmel Park District only. (Guests must be accompanied by Resident - Parking Stickers required) Swimming races for all ages. Registration 9:00AM - 11:00AM - races begin at noon. Prizes for all. Face painting and crafts. Presentation by Kent Police Department.

Sunday, August 9

Family hike to California Hill

The Kent CAC is sponsoring an easy family hike to California Hill on August 9, starting at 10:30 AM. Meet at DEC MUA at the end of Gordon Road. From Peekskill Hollow Road take Gordon Road approximately 1/4 mile, and look for the wooden DEC sign reading 'CALIFORNIA HILL MULTIPLE USE AREA (MUA)' on the left side of the road. Follow the driveway to the bridge, stay left and drive into the DEC parking area.

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