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|Good Friday Morning, |
Why was it dark and 43° this morning when I woke up? What's with that?
Someone tell Joe Lindsley that, as promised, I bought a copy of his paper yesterday.
Rush Limbaugh called for segregated public buses. Huh.
There was no News That Matters on Wednesday this week as I was recovering from the primary elections the day before and being on-the-go for 16 hours straight is draining. The race I was in is still up in the air as the write-in and absentee ballots will not be counted until next Tuesday, but I go into the general election on two lines in any case.
There were a number of upsets and surprises and even at that, reports say that many of the races assumed won or lost may change come the final tally so we're all just sitting back and waiting until then. And let me tell you - it's quite nerve-wracking.
There were three Big Races: one for Sheriff, the judges' race in Kent and the Republican primary for town council in Southeast.Anyway, enough of all that stuff and on to the weekend!
Get yourself outside and do something like taking a hike to Earl's Chimney at Fahnestock State Park.
This is an easy 2 mile (round trip) "Granny" hike above a small gorge with an ancient, collapsed dam, along some sweet wetlands, through a pine grove and finishes with a slam-dunk view over the Hudson Valley. The hike steps off on Highland Road directly across from the Garrison Fish and Game Club in Philipstown. The key is to take the right-hand trail at every intersection until you reach Earl's Chimney and its fantastic vista at the end.
More information and a detailed trail map can be found at PlanPutnam's Outdoor Recreation pages or here.
The Collaborative Concepts Outdoor Art Exhibit begins this weekend (and runs through October) on Sandy Saunder’s Farm at the intersection of the Old Albany Post Road and Highlands Road in Philipstown. Admission is free and the scenery is ‘to die for’. Don’t miss this show.
10 AM - 4 PM. 504 Rt 9 (Rt 9 & I 84) Revolutionary War Weekend. Re-enactors' encampment. Exhibits of Artifacts from the Fishkill Supply Depot, 1776-1783. Sunday, Sept. 20, 11 AM. Presentation by Elizabeth Kaplan on "George Washington's Long Island Spy Ring" courtesy of the NYS Council on the Humanites.
10 AM - Celebrate the Quadricentennial with an exploration of Henry Hudson’s journey aboard the Half Moon along "The Devil’s Horserace." Local Hudson River historian Ray Phillips will begin the discussion at the Fort Montgomery promontory, one of the most amazing concentrations of military, cultural and natural history sights in America, and then take a stroll across the Bear Mountain Bridge to ponder what we’d see if we travelled back in time to 1609, before, and since. Pack a picnic to enjoy at the Center after the hike. Part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble. Meet: 10am Fort Montgomery Visitors’ Center Duration: 2.0 hrs. Level: Moderate
Noon - 2PM - Opening Reception. This solo exhibition featuring Joseph Squillante, Hudson River photographer, will be open from September 19 through October 25. The opening reception will be held on Sept. 19, from noon – 2pm. Location: The Field Library, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY
7:30pm - 10:30 pm - Featuring guitarist Steve Lamattina and bassist Bill Conway at the The Division Street Grill 26 North Division Street, Peekskill NY 10566. Call for dinner reservations: 914 739 6380.
Putnam Arts Council is pleased to announce our September film, "Constitution Island: American Landmark" screened in honor of the Hudson Quadricentennial. This brief documentary written and presented by Richard de Koster, executive director of the Constitution Island Association, includes wonderful material about Constitution Island and its history, and has recently been the recipient of a GHHN Award toward Excellence. The screening, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20 at noon, co-ordinates with the dates logged for Henry Hudson sailing up that area of the river (Sept. 15, 1609), and will be offered at the Arts Council’s headquarters at Tilly Foster Farm, Building #8.
Urging businesses and homeowners to plant flowers along road frontages. 8:30PM Kick-off Party at Cornerstone Park at Fiar Street and Route 52 in the Hamlet of Carmel. Co-sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension 845- 278-6738 Welcoming remarks from Ken Schmitt, Supervisor, Town of Carmel. Learn how to improve your curb appeal/value of your home or businessâ€¦and your quality of life. Learn why Daffodils are the perfect roadside plant. Learn which plants are road salt tolerant & deer resistant (free list of plants for sun or shade). RSVP by Sept. 21 so we can get enough coffee and deserts (Yum!). Contact: Walt Thompson at Keep Putnam Beautiful. Putnam County Health Department, 1 Geneva Road Brewster , NY 10509 Phone: 845-278-6130 X 43155 Web site: www.putnamcountyny.com/kpb
Plein Air means, "In the open air". Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) has held its very Successful Art Show for the past fifteen years at Christ Church on Quaker Hill in Pawling in Late October. We draw over 2000 people to the Show each year. We are holding the Show again this year—on October 24th and 25th but to Celebrate the wonders of the Harlem Valley---Great Swamp Watershed and give artists a special event opportunity to create a work outdoors in the Swamp and its environs.
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