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It was 34.3° here this morning and I could hear the jade plant and the orchids shivering outside. There is a call for rain later this afternoon and evening. Tomorrow is supposed to be windy and rainy for most of the day but you should still get outside. Along with the events listed below (and the many that I don't even know about), if the weather does keep you in I still want you to get outside! To help with that, PBS has made their new series by Ken Burns on our National Parks available for free viewing at their website here. Use a fast 'net connect.
Using the economic downturn as an excuse, the NYSDEC is looking for ways to "streamline" the SEQRA process. The state has enjoined the pro-development group, Pattern For Progress, to help create a "working group" to find ways to speed development. Though, they say otherwise.
SEQRA is the strongest tool we have to maintain the integrity of our communities. Many planning and other boards ignore large portions of SEQRA or decide that some of the more egregious development projects won't have a negative impact (plans for the new Senior Center out on Luddingtonville road is one example,) so it's especially important that we not only maintain the integrity of the process but find ways to strengthen it, not weaken it. William Janeway, DEC's Region 3 Director insists SEQRA won't be touched, but only the process. Huh.Some of the events below come from the excellent calendar maintained by the Hudson River Watershed Alliance of which PlanPutnam is a founding member.
Following a day of golf - for those who golf - there will be a an Autumn Reception at the home of Mike and Cynthia Gibbons in Western Kent on Friday, October 2. Singing and music by Pat Cummings, Michelle LeBlanc, Kate O'Connor Hoekstra, Neil Hickey, Jan Hoekstra, Lora Lee Ecobelli, Tim Pitt, Real Chemistry Quartet, Midhat Serbagi and . . you. The admission is by a contribution in an amount of your own choosing. If you haven't yet said you will join us, please email email@example.com to sign on. Full details of the day can be accessed at artsonthelake.org. As Shakespeare surely said, "we must party together or hang separately."
(Continuing on Saturday, October 4th. 7 PM - Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie.)
10:30 AM - Kent Public Library. Meet local author Joe Schiavone and learn about the New York Central Railroad, now the North County Trailway, at the Kent Public Library on Saturday, October 3, 10:30 a.m. and Monday October 19, 7 p.m. Mr. Schiavone, the author of "The Old Put" and the recently published "More of the Old Put", will present the story of the "Old Put," the nickname for the Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad that ran through Westchester and Putnam Counties from 1894 to 1951. See recently discovered, vintage film of old railroad stations and steam locomotives chugging through Putnam and Westchester. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended but walk-ins are always welcome. For more information or to register call the Library or register here: October 3 at 10:30 a.m. or October 19 at 7 p.m.
Slabsides, West Park. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3. Slabsides, John Burroughs' cabin, will be open and interpreters will discuss Burroughs' life at Slabsides and his significance. Talk on Burroughs' journals by Vassar Professor Jeff Walker will be given at 1 p.m. Hiking trails around the site will be open to the public until dusk. Refreshments will be available. Free.
12:00 noon to 5:00 PM - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center will hold its 31st Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 3, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM, rain or shine.
Join the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference on a fundraising hike to protect trails impacted by storm damage, invasive species, erosion, foot traffic from thousands of visitors, and budget cuts every year. Join in and acknowledge the importance of a healthy lifestyle, environmental stewardship, and outdoor recreation in your life by registering for this fun event! You don’t need to be a member of the Trail Conference to participate. Note, dogs are allowed on Bear Mountain, and therefore can participate with you on leash for this event if the route which you chose allows dogs. Please visit www.nynjtc.org for more information about the event, the hikes, or email Hikeathon@nynjtc.org. Location: Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks
1PM - 4 PM today (and tomorrow). Sponsored by Visual Arts Committee of Arts on the Lake. This exhibit, in which all works were created by two (or more) artists, continues this weekend. The piece that 15 collaborating artists created at the opening last Saturday is now on display. Held at the Lake Carmel Cultural Center.
5 pm - Foundry School Museum - With Kate Johnson, Curator and Director of Collections for Historic Hudson Valley. Join us for a Quadricentennial lecture with Kate Johnson, curator and author, about the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery of the river bearing his name and the centennial of Robert Fulton's first successful run of his steamship up that same waterway. This lecture tells the story of what those two weeks in 1909 meant to four million New Yorkers and one million out-of-town guests, including the celebration planners and the ordinary citizens who witnessed the events. The Putnam County Historical Society & Foundry School Museum is located at 63 Chestnut Street in Cold Spring. Admission is free for members and donors, and $5 for the general public. Space is limited; reservations are strongly suggested. Please call 845-265-4010 or email.
10 AM - Up for a challenge? Jordan Dale, Exec. Director of Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring, leads us on this vigorous hike/climb to the Beacon Fire Tower on Fishkill Ridge and the incredible 360 degree views it affords of the Hudson Valley. Along the way, you'll see and hear about the old Beacon Incline Railway & catch glimpses of the Shawangunk Ridge to the northwest. Bring a bag lunch. Meet: 10am Surprise Lake Camp Main Bldg. Duration: 4 hrs. Level: Difficult (not recommended for beginners or hikers with physical limitations) Sponsor, Hudson Highlands Land Trust.
10 AM - Meet at Gipsy Trail road DEC parking area for a longer hike. 11 AM - Meet at the end of Nimham Court for a shorter hike. Moderate family hike to Kent's most famous landmark. Contact David Ehnebuske at (845) 878-3592 or by email.
11AM - 3PM -At the Lake Carmel Community Center.
11 AM - 4 PM Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation District has partnered with the Putnam County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board for Putnam County’s 4th Annual Farm & Harvest Tour. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day in the countryside visiting one of Putnam County’s unique farms, Willow Ridge Farm in Putnam Valley. There will be talks regarding the benefits and struggles of farming today, several demonstrations, activities, animals, farm fresh products, a farmers market, tastings and music. You can also take a pumpkin home just in time for Halloween. Putnam County is one of the best kept secrets in the Hudson Valley with beautiful views of the country side. Purchase some fresh farm products and make a picnic lunch, have a snack or take home and make a harvest dinner or enjoy dinner at one of the fabulous restaurants in the area. This is a rain or shine, any questions please call Lauri Taylor at 845-878-7918. For more information, please visit: www.putnamcountyny.com/farmtours. Location: Willow Ridge Farm at 174 Canopus Hollow Road in Putnam Valley
10 AM - 4 PM . Along Main Street in Brewster. More info can be found here.
11AM - 6PM - Veteran's Park on Maple Avenue. More information can be found here.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Only 25 barrels are available, so register early!
Arts on the Lake, accompanied by pianist Lida Grossman, in a program that includes Kreisler, Sinding, Paganini, Lopez-Marin, Sarasate and Brahms.
email@example.com. Registration information, the agenda and vendor information are available at http://lhccd.org, under Upcoming Events. Location: Dutchess Manor, Beacon, NY
firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, New York.
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