Friday, June 11, 2010

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Good Friday Morning,

Collected from the 'net:
A guy in a bar leans over to the man next to him and says, "Want to
hear an economist joke?"

NY at night - Photo by Jeff GreenSecond guy says "Well, before you tell it, you should know that I'm 6 feet
tall, 200 pounds, and I'm an economist.  And the guy sitting next to me is 6
foot 2, weighs 225 pounds, and he's also an economist.  Do you still want to
tell the joke?"

The first guy says, "Nah -- not if I have to explain it twice."

I apologize if this issue is brief but I have been stage managing Fox Tales at the Gene Frankel Theater in NYC, not getting back until the wee hours of the morning before going back out to work once again. All will be back to normal next week.

Fox Tales has two more performances: one this coming Monday evening at 8 PM and the last next Sunday at 1 PM so you weekenders have at least one last chance to check it out and support local actors. Subway to Bleeker and then a very short walk or (usually) ample parking right at the theater which is at Bond and Lafayette.

If your organization's event is not here that's pretty much because you didn't tell me about it!

What's Going On?

Friday, June 11

Fund Raiser for Mike Kaplowitz in Putnam Valley

7:30 PM Come out and support Mike Kaplowitz as he works to be the next State Senator from the 40th District. At the Allen home on Seifert Lane in Putnam Valley. Write for more information.
Music by the Kitchen Table Band with Special Guests! Beer, wine & cheese, desserts and goodies... and a great opportunity to talk with our next State Senator about your issues and concerns. Suggested donation: $30/person, $50/couple Please RSVP. If you need directions or further information, call 845 528-6643.

Singer/Songwriter nightat Arts On The Lake

8PM - At the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. Jake Holmes, Kati Mac, Rob Morseberger and Kathleen Pemble perform in our third Singer/Songwriter night this Friday (6/11) at 8 p.m.  From the composer of Be All That You Can Be to Only Love to Dalton Trumbo's HUAC Hearings and WFUV's New Music Mondays these four performers span a large and remarkable range of Words and Music.  Entertainment guaranteed.  Enlightenment possible.  More can be read and tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday, June 12

Millbrook Mountain Laurel Hike

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join Minnewaska State Park educator Jillian Koehnken for a challenging five-mile walk along the Millbrook Mountain footpath and Carriage Road. This hiking loop is lined with blooming mountain laurel flowers and features various terrain including exposed bedrock, twisting trees, and a tranquil stream meandering through it all. Our destination is Millbrook Mountain, a white cliff offering one of the most expansive views in the Park Preserve. Pre-registration is required for all programs since they are weather contingent. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing, sturdy hiking shoes, and bring plenty of snacks and water. Our hikes will include stops along the way to interpret natural and historic features. We hike at the pace of our slowest hiker. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 years must accompany children wishing to participate in programs. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Call 845.786.2701 for more information and to register.

Spring Farm Festival at Phillies Bridge

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Phillies Bridge Farm Project. 45 Phillies Bridge Rd, New Paltz. Celebrate spring with your whole family on the farm! Enjoy a tours and activities including beekeeping, farm tours, and children's activities. Also have garden plants for sale. Event is FREE; cob oven pizza and beverages for purchase. or call 845-256-9108.

Hudson Highlands Land Trust Family Festival

4:00 p.m. Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) invites residents and visitors to join them at the Claudio Marzollo Community Center of Philipstown, off Route 9D in Garrison, for the annual HHLT Family Festival, a rollicking, old-fashioned community barbeque celebrating the beauty of the Highlands. The fun continues for families with the opportunity to "Sleep Under the Stars."  The campout takes place on the premises and includes an evening sing-along and morning breakfast.  More information is here.

Sunday, June 13

Beacon Hill Mountain  Laurel Hike

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Start your morning off right with a hike along the Shawangunk Ridge escarpment! The spectacular views will awaken your soul and the show of mountain laurel blossoms will enliven you. Environmental Educator Laura Conner will lead a moderate, one-and-a-half-mile long hike along the Beacon Hill Carriage Road and footpath, which includes some cliffs and hills. Pre-registration is required for all programs since they are weather contingent. For outings, please wear appropriate clothing, sturdy hiking shoes, and bring plenty of snacks and water. Our hikes will include stops along the way to interpret natural and historic features. We hike at the pace of our slowest hiker. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 years must accompany children wishing to participate in programs. All programs meet at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted. Call 845.786.2701 for more information and to register.

9th Annual Mid-Hudson ADK Paddlefest

10 AM - At Plum Point Rt. 9W, New Windsor.  Everyone can come and learn how to kayak FREE.  Lessons, kayaks and gear provided by local outfitters.  Trips for experienced kayakers w/your equipment.  Bring picnic lunch or BBQ or buy.  See all details on

Annual Beacon Strawberry Festival

Noon- 5PM - Hosted by the Beacon Sloop Club. Free Sails on Woody, fresh strawberry shortcake, music with The Strawberry Hill Fiddlers, Pete Seeger, Dan Einbender, E'lissa Jones & Mark McNutt, Cabin Fever, Kate Powers & Steve Einhorn,  Jen Klapp. Children’s area, craft & food vendors, environmental displays, WDST giveaways, & farmers market. BSC, Riverfront Park, (845) 463-4660, (845) 831-6962, Free Admission

Meet & Greet Mike Kaplowitz in Mahopac

2PM - A BYOB Pot Luck, Meet and Greet At the Pekowsky/Blum residence in Mahopac. Write for more information. Now that the weather has turned warm and lovely, I thought it would be the right time to catch up with all of you so I would like to invite you to the first big bash of the summer. On Sunday, June 13th, I will be hosting a giant Potluck Picnic at my house and I'm hoping you will all be able to make it. There will be a live House Band playing (all musicians are asked to bring their instruments to jam), lots of good food, good drink, and good people. All I ask is that you bring a dish or beverage for the table and a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. The picnic goes on rain or shine starting at about 2 p.m. and will go to whenever. Children are welcome-there will be lawn games for them ,as well. It should be a great time, especially if you can join us. It will good to see you all ! Please try to come!

Art After Seventy-Five

The Putnam Arts Council is pleased to announce our annual exhibit celebrating the creative efforts of working artists seventy-five and older.  In its eighteen years, this exhibit has brought focus and attention to hundreds of seasoned, charming and remarkable artists whose passion to create is something to respect, admire and enjoy.

This year’s collection of work is an Invitational show and will be featured in a new location - at Putnam Hospital Center, 670 Stoneleigh Avenue in Carmel, from June 13 - September 19, 2010. The public is invited to an opening “Meet the Artist” reception on Sunday, June 13 from 2-4pm. This ever popular exhibit features work from sixteen Master Artists from throughout our region with works on view daily until 8pm in the lower level of the Hospital’s new wing.

The Arts Council is pleased to present the show at this new and exciting public venue and credits Carmel resident E. Nobles Lowe, the exhibit’s founder, for his vision of bringing art to everyday places with an eye to benefiting both artists and audience. Additional sponsors for this exhibit include Mrs. Nancy Dill, Mahopac National Bank, Hudson Valley Trust, Inc. and Dr. Arun Agarwal.

Information about this exhibit and all our events, programs and classes are available on our website: or by calling 845.803.8622 during office hours, Tuesday – Friday 10am to 4pm

Into the Future

Monday, June 14

The Right Light For the Right Place - Municipal Energy Round Table

7PM - Cornerstone Park, Carmel. Speakers: Sarah Charlop-Powers, NYSERDA, Robert Lehmert, Positive Energy Services, Paul Morini, Alteris Renewable Sales and Fred Krone, Grant and Essential Management Services.

Free-flowing dialogue on energy conservation, grants and implementation. To discuss how our county, town's, schools and villages can better manage their energy needs, lighting and equipment maintenance and available alternatives. Sponsored and hosted by the Putnam County Energy Commission, Tony Fusco, Chair.

Fox Tales

Fox TalesGabrielle Foxs' one-act plays at the Gene Frankel Theatre on Bond Street in NYC. The plays are being performed as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity which consists of a series of 50 plays whose proceeds will be directed toward  various charities.
Gabbie's three short plays will be directed by Patterson's Tony Howarth and one of them, "The Graveyard Shift", was first staged right here in Putnam County then made into a short film by Kent's Chris Casaburi.

I've worked with both Tony and Gabby before but this is my first time playing the role of an actual stage manager and so far it's been a tremendous experience.

There are only 2 performances left: Monday June 14th at 8PM and Sunday June 20th at 1PM.

More information about the event is here. And, a great write-up from the NYJN is here. (Read it!)

Wednesday, June 16

LED Lighting: Half Baked or Ready for Prime Time?

6-8 PM - Selecting good LED fixtures today, presented by Michael Stiller, Skytop Steakhouse, Kingston.  Cost: $20, $15 for members, $10 in advance for members and students.  Light refreshments provided. 
RSVP: or

Today’s LED or SSL (Solid State Lighting) industry is often likened to the wild west of architectural lighting.  With improvements coming fast and furiously and with everyone and their uncle clambering onto the SSL bandwagon, how can you be sure the products you buy today will still be functioning as advertised 50,000 hours down the road?  Given the higher upfront costs of LED’s compared to traditional lighting sources, mistakes can be costly.  And if you are a specifier they can be downright damaging to your professional reputation.  With many excellent products out there, how best to separate the wheat from the chaff?  Join us for an in-depth review of the general qualities to look for in an LED lighting fixture, and you’ll come away with a basic understanding that can help you save money and energy—with confidence!  This presentation qualifies for 1 AIA CEU.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Clearwater Festival- Great Hudson River Revival

Dawn to Dusk - A festival celebrating music and the environment.  Seven stages with live music and performance artists!  Featuring Steve Earle, Shawn Colvin, David Bromberg Quartet, Pete Seeger, Joan Osborne, Buckwheat Zydeco, Subdudes, Keller Williams, Railroad Earth, Donna the Buffalo, and many others.  Other attractions include:  Story Grove, World Dance Stage, Green Living Expo, Sails on the Clearwater and Mystic Whaler, Family Stage, Jugglers and Face Painting, Juried Crafts, Great Food, Hudson River Education Exhibits.  For tickets and more information, see Location:  Croton Point Park, Croton, NY

Building Natural Fences and Gates

10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Come learn how to make long-lasting beautiful structures with branches from your own backyard.  The workshop will be lead by Nick Zachos, an accomplished woodworker and artist. Hands-on workshop; help build gates for the Discovery Garden used by our children’s programs. Workshop Fee: $15 members/ $20 non-members Pre-registration required. PLEASE BRING A PICNIC LUNCH Contact Sandra at or 845-256-9108.

Music For Humanity

7:30 PM - Free Performance Night at in Campbell Hall. This monthly free musical evening features 3 outstanding local/regional performers. Music starts at 7:30PM. Arrive early for a seat. Contact Barry@MusicForHumanity  or call 845-469-0900 for more information or,

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