Friday, March 25, 2011

News That Matters - Friday, March 25, 2011 - Things To Do Edition

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We count!

According to the Census Bureau, Putnam County now has 99,710 residents which is a slight increase over the previous census in 2000. Overall, the state's population is 19,378,102, also an increase over the 2000 Census. The States that grew the fastest were, in general, those with the best weather. But if NY is growing, that lays the lie to the belief that people are fleeing the state because of our tax structure. If people more people are moving in than leaving there must be something more important to them than our tax rates.

In the January 23, 2010 edition of News That Matters I wrote an article called, "The Great Tefillin Scare" which has become one of the top read articles at the website. Here it is:

On a short-haul flight the other day a 17 year old kid put on his tefflin to pray. A flight attendant asked what he was doing, “praying,” he replied. She notified the pilot. In the flight attendant’s description she said “…it had wires running from it and going up to his fingers,” What she didn’t know was that they go directly to God! but, I digress…

So cautious was the pilot that the plane was diverted to Philadelphia where it landed so that this poor kid could pray in peace. Not that he could… the pilot described him as “disruptive” and the TSA said he had “prayer beads”.

As a cultural lesson I will show you goyim out there the difference between tefillin and a bomb. Look closely now…

Well, just the other day almost the exact same story took place but on an Alaska Airlines flight. The article in the NY Daily News begins:

Flight attendants on an Alaska Airlines flight to Los Angeles on Sunday interpreted an elaborate prayer ritual by Orthodox Jewish men onboard as a security threat and locked down the cockpit, airline officials said.

Police, FBI and custom agents swarmed the plane when it landed at Los Angeles International Airport at around 8:30 a.m. and three men were escorted off after it was reported that passengers were acting rowdy and a fight had broken out.

In fact, the disturbance was the farthest thing from a fight. The men were praying.

"We've since learned from law enforcement that the passengers onboard were practicing a traditional Orthodox Jew ritual called Tefillin," Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan told the Los Angeles Daily News.

You can read the rest of this silly tale here.

Apparently, no one working for Alaska Airlines has ever read The Yiddish Policeman's Union.

Earlier in the week I wrote about the Hayworth/Katz show held last weekend in Patterson. One of false assertions Assemblyman Katz made was that 2 million people had left the state because of high property taxes, that the state population had gone down. But it hadn't, it's gone up over the years meaning that if those 2 million did leave because of high property taxes, more than 2 million moved in to the state regardless of those taxes.
A discussion has ensued between someone I assume is a staffer in the Assemblyman's office and myself that might be worth a read if you have absolutely nothing else to do. It's here. But, um, this could be a good time to start cleaning out the garage like your wife has been asking you to do for 2 million years now.

Part of the aforementioned discussion is whether the rich are being taxed fairly or not. Republicans say we should not raise taxes on the wealthy as they use those dollars to create jobs. Jobs like gardeners, caddies and nannies.
And it's important to note that while the average worker's salary increased by 2% in 2010, those of CEO's and their bonuses increased by 30.5%.

It's also important to note that as far as state income taxes go, 6.85% of $35,000 ($2200) is a huge chunk as compared to say, 8% of $250,000 ($20,000). Getting by on $33,000 is a lot tougher than getting by on $230,000.

I say, tax the rich which a growing number of GOPers are finally agreeing including State Senator John Bonacic. And I say, stop returning to Wall Street the $13 billion collected each year in stock transfer taxes. And if the rich don't like it, qu'ils mangent de la brioche or we can eat them.


On February 3rd of 2011 an astute reader sent in a photograph of a cougar track taken at the end of Richardsville Road just across the Kent town line in Putnam Valley and up against Fahnestock State Park.
One month later on March 2nd of 2011, the US Fish & Wildlife service declared the eastern cougar extinct. I'm guessing they didn't look in Putnam County or weren't looking very hard. Perhaps they might like to un-announce the death of the eastern cougar.
Our Very Own Young Republicans.

You know those kids: all clean cut, obedient, perfect blond hair and rank-straight teeth, blue eyes, pressed Dockers, starched button down shirts and looking for all the world like America's version of Hitler Youth? Well, Kent town councilman John Greene, better known for corralling pheasants to be shot, is now the president of an official Young Republicans klavern right here in Putnam County. In response, Jeff Green will be setting up Putnam's first Weiße Rose chapter, just in case.

Examining the Examiner:

Andrew Vitelli wrote a rather excellent article about the Hayworth/Katz show last weekend in Patterson. But how he was able to do so without mentioning my name as the Chief Provocateur, even though I was repeatedly singled out by Mike Griffin? I don't work that hard to be ignored!
So what's it going to take to get my name in the Examiner in proper context Andrew, a kiddie porn charge? Drug running? Murder? Everyone knows I don't like children until they're 25 or so, but the latter two are definitely within my ken.

In February, eight students from Nicetown's Gratz High School, joined with 150 others to rampage through downtown Philadelphia trashing a Macy's store in the process.
There's an unintentional but convenient pun in there and finding it is your homework for the weekend.

What's Going On?


Putnam Arts Council Members Show

The Putnam Arts Council invites the public to view the fine work offered in its 48th annual Members’ Exhibit through March 27th, during Gallery hours, Tuesday - Friday, 10-4 and Sundays 1-4. Admission and parking are free.

The March 6 opening reception was well attended by the families and friends of PAC and the artists despite the weather, and viewers enjoyed the almost 100 pieces included in the 2011 show. Works include watercolors, oils, monoprints, photographs, mixed media, pottery and more with many priced for sale.

This exhibit opens our second year back at Belle Levine Art Center, in our re-built facility at 521 Kennicut Hill Rd., in Mahopac. The celebration of Art continues here in our own backyard with art exhibits, classes, concerts and more for artists and audiences of all ages. The Putnam Arts Council is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and with public funds from Putnam County.  Additional support is raised through membership, programs, fundraising, and contributions from the public and private sectors. Inquiries for membership and sponsorship are welcome.

Information on upcoming cultural events and activities along with directions to the Art Center may be found at or call 845.803.8622.

Putnam County 2011 Tree Program

Orders must be in by Wednesday, April 6, 2011.Call Lori Taylor at (845) 878-7918 for more information and tell her we sent you.
From the flyer: We’ve added some exciting and different trees and shrubs this year. Most of them will attract and provide food and habitat for birds and other wildlife for your enjoyment and some even offer the opportunity to make jams and jellies. Blackberry (Rubus darrow) has large berries that are firm, juicy and have honey sweet true blackberry flavor. They are proven the most reliable producer of large crops of top quality fruit. Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) this tree provides excellent vertical definition in a shrub border or as a free standing specimen. Creamy white lemon scented flowers are followed by small red seeds which are used by a variety of wildlife. Pussy Willow (Salix discolor) one of the most time-honored spring rites, Pussy Willow greets your spring starved eyes while snow is still on the ground. The flowers bloom on bare stems and provide pollen for the native bees and food for birds. Sweet Shrub (Calycanthus floridus) has many common names all alluding to the aromatic properties of its leaves, bark, twigs and roots. Best of all is the wonderfully fruity scent produced by the unusual flowers. This plant is deer resistant. Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) Nannyberry’s white flowers give way in autumn to blue-black berry like drupes which often persist into winter and are quite attractive to birds and wildlife. Fruits are edible and used in jams and jellies. Fountain Grass (Pennisetum) is a graceful elegant ornamental grass with plumes resembling bottle brushes that appear in summer and persist until fall. It is suited for residential landscape more than most other ornamental grasses because of its small size. Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium) white flowers provide nectar for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators. The fruit provides a good source of food for birds and wildlife in fall and early winter.

This Weekend:

Friday, March 25

Local Rock Bands at AotL

6PM - "Letters to Autumn," "The Road Home," "The Face of Fear," "After September," "Seeing Through Blind Eyes" and "To Know Avail" are scheduled to play at the Lake Carmel Cultural Center, 640 Route 52, Kent Lakes, 6-10 pm. Admission is $8 with a $3 discount for AotL members.

Michelle LeBlanc and Doug Smith Duo

7:15PM Join Michelle at the Division Street Grill in Peekskill. I'll be performing with the great jazz piano man, Doug Smith. The food and ambiance are wonderful at the Division Street Grill.

Saturday, March 26

Putnam County Legislative Forum on people With Disabilities

8AM - 12 Noon - In typical Putnam County fashion, the announcement for this event is vague, says nothing much, and does so in really BIG LETTERS all over the PDF file announcing it. Apparently the Legislature has invited everyone from Charles Schumer to Sam Oliverio to take questions from residents about various issues concerning people with disabilities but here's the deal - you have to register to speak. Sweet, eh? Anyway, it takes place at the $30 million operations center at the Donald Smith campus on Old Route 6 in Carmel.

Community Forum on Water Quality and Conservation

10 AM - 3PM - On Sat., Mar. 26, HHLT will host Follow the Water, a community forum on water quality and conservation, at the Highlands Country Club, Rte. 9W, in Garrison, NY.  The free event, scheduled from 10:00am to 3:00pm, will feature two moderated hour and a half long panel discussions.  Children's watershed education programming will be provided in a separate room during the panel discussions by members of HHLLT's education team.  Participants will receive lunch and the opportunity to browse informational exhibit tables during breaks before and after the panels.


The morning panel, Water Policy & the Regulatory Framework, will present an overview of existing regulations on watersheds, wetlands/watercourses and wastewater management from the state, county and local levels, and introduce newer wastewater management technologies like subsurface drip dispersal. 

During the afternoon session, Practical Ideas for Home & Business, the focus will be on steps home and business owners can take to conserve water and increase water quality in their communities.  Topics will include non-point source pollution and its prevention, use of rain barrels and rain gardens, and installation and maintenance of technologies like composting toilets.  There will be time for questions and comments from the audience during both sessions.


The forum is open to the general public and free of charge, but registration is strongly recommended as space is limited.  Walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the event on a space available basis.  Call or email HHLT at 845/424-3358 or for more information or to make a reservation.

Rain Barrel Building Workshop

10:30AM - 11:30AM - Our first rain barrel building workshop of the season at the Farm and Home Center in Millbrook (Route 44). At the workshop you will learn how to build a 55-gallon rain barrel that you will take home with you at the end of the workshop. The cost of the workshop is $35 and covers the cost of all supplies.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact Angela at (845) 677-8223, ext. 114. Your spot in the workshop is not held until we receive your payment. The workshop is already filling up, so contact Angela soon if you would like to participate.

If you have any questions about this workshop or future workshops, please contact Carolyn at 845-677-8223, ext. 135 or If you can not make it to this workshop, we will be having several more throughout the Spring and Summer.

Free Rabies Clinic

3PM - 5PM Bring your pets to the South Putnam Animal Hospital (230B Baldwin Place Road, Mahopac) for a free rabies vaccine. Bring along a photo ID for Putnam County residency and proof of prior vaccination. Call the Putnam County Health Department for more information at (845) 808-1390 ext 4312

Imagining the "Highlands of the Hudson" in 19th-Century America

5PM - Lecture with Stephen P. Rice, Professor of American Studies, Ramapo College. Throughout the century there were three main ways that people imagined this dramatic stretch of the Hudson River: as a magical realm of legend, as a natural scene of beauty aided in part by the hand of man, and as a historical setting of national importance. Prof. Rice examines these depictions in the verbal and visual arts, ranging from poems and works of fiction to paintings and popular illustrations.

This lecture is free and open to the public; and is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities program. To RSVP, please call 845-265-4010 or email,

Poetry Plus – an evening of performed poetry and stories

Produced by Chris Blossy.
Lake Carmel Cultural Center, 640 Route 52, Kent Lakes, NY.
Admission: $8. ($5 AotL/Students).
More information at:

Earth Hour

8:30PM - Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
Earth Hour - Chile

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30PM (local time). This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up.

Sunday, March 27

Vernal Pool Exploration and Book Signing

1PM - Come explore vernal pools and learn about the species that rely on them for survival such as frogs, fairy shrimp, salamanders and newts! A hands-on, outdoor activity for children and families and people of all ages, led by outdoor educator, naturalist and author Laurel Dodge. Wear mud boots! Copies of Laurel's newly published book Nature Study for the Whole Family will be available for purchase and signing. Nature Study for the Whole Family promotes a return to nature study as a first-choice activity for family fun and learning and emphasizes how nature study can bring families closer, create special family memories, and encourage personal growth. Registration is suggested as space is limited. A donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is greatly appreciated with proceeds going towards the future stewardship of Land Trust nature preserves. Call 343-0840, x12 to register or RSVP via our Facebook page. Location: Laurel Hill Preserve, Town of Minisink.

PC Land Trust Volunteer Open House

1:30PM - The PCLT is partnering with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to offer a new approach to conservation training.  For the first time, volunteers will have the opportunity to be trained and participate in the design, construction and maintenance of a new trail system on one of PCLT’s newest preserves – the 94 acre Brandon Farm Preserve in Patterson.

The Putnam County Land Trust will be holding an open-house style meeting for anyone interested in learning more about this project and initiative.  Would you like to try trail work, office work or public outreach?  Whether you have experience or not, the Land Trust has always relied upon the unique interests and backgrounds of its volunteers, and can now offer a new level of involvement.   

At the Lawlor Building located at 2 Route 164 in Patterson. The meeting is open to anyone in the community who would like to find out more about this partnership and the other volunteer opportunities at the Putnam County Land Trust. For additional information contact the Land Trust at or 845/278-2808.

Bird Artists for Children

3PM - 5PM - Ongoing Sundays through May 15th. For children aged 5-12. Children will create images of birds using a wide range of high quality art materials.  Children will create drawings, paintings and sculpture. Tuition: $100.00 for the Public and $90.00 for AotL Members. More information is here.

About the Instructor:Mary Schreiber holds an M.S. from Bank Street College of Education. At Arts on the Lake she has led classes in collage, mask-making, painting, and sculpture. As an artist, she makes sculpture and marionettes.

Into the Future

Monday, March 28

Agriculture Sustainable Energy Conference

8AM - 1PM - How To Save Money & Energy on Your Farm

You're invited to attend an Agriculture Sustainable Energy Conference on March 28, 2011, hosted by Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey's Office. Come learn about regional assistance to help make your farm more energy efficient and sustainable. The event will take place from 8 am to 1 pm in the Student Lounge in Vanderlyn Hall at the SUNY Ulster Community College Campus in Stone Ridge, NY.
This event is free and open to the public. A continental breakfast will be provided in the morning. Please see below for the agenda.

To Register for this event, click here. Registration deadline is March 25, 2011.

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8:00 - 8:45 am:
Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:45 - 9:00 am:
Greetings - Dr. Don Katt, SUNY Ulster President
Opening Remarks - Hon. Maurice D. Hinchey

9:00 - 9:45 am:
Efficiency Comes First
-Meridith Nierenberg, Coordinator for Mid-Hudson Energy $mart Communities will speak about the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority's (NYSERDA) programs that offer both technical and financial assistance to help make farms more energy efficient and help farmers save money.

9:45 - 10:30 am:
Is Solar Cost Effective on a Farm? A Funding Opportunities Update
-USDA Rural Development representative Scott Collins will speak about the Rural Energy for America (REAP) Grant and Guaranteed Loan Program, which provides grants, loan guarantees, or both, to assist farms and rural small businesses with their purchases of renewable energy systems and improvements in the energy efficiency of their operations.

10:30 - 11:15 am:
Learn How to Secure $ For Renewable Energy Projects from the 2009 Recovery Act
-US Department of Energy representative Peter Weeks, will provide information about the 1603 program, which is a grant in lieu of tax credit program that enables rural business and family farmers the ability to fund energy projects. Mr. Weeks is the Clean Energy Advisor to the Secretary and Under Secretary for Energy.

11:15 - 11:30 am:

11:30 am - 12:15 pm:
Technical & Financial Assistance for the Hudson Valley Farm Community
-Todd Erling, Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp.

12:15 - 1:00 pm:
Exhibits/Networking/One-on-One Meetings - Meet with exhibitors and program representatives and start filling out applications: Bring your energy bills and let's figure out how to save $$!

Please direct questions about this event and registration to:
Meridith Nierenberg, Coordinator
Mid-Hudson Energy $mart Communities
446 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401

Wednesday, March 30

Reading of "Rabbit Hole" to benefit Gilda's Club

7:00PM - 9:00PM - We hope you will join us for a very special reading of David Lindsay-Abaire’s "Rabbit Hole"  Benefiting GILDA’S CLUB of Westchester. Gilda’s Club…offering support forpeople whose lives have been touched by cancer…all types of cancer. Rabbit Hole takes us through a dark tunnel but it reminds us, with graceful simplicity,that there is light at the end of it. Produced and Directed by Elizabeth D’Ottavio. CAST: Ben Berner, Dee Dee Burke, Elizabeth D’Ottavio, Margie Ferris, Michael Fox, Kaili Lewis. Suggested donation $20 (Any and all donations welcome) To reserve a seat, please email Liz: or call 914.419.6000


Friday, April 1

BATIK Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

Barry Hartglass, Dave Anthony, Tom Nazziola, Tim Ouimette and John Roggie - 5 serious musicians who don't take themselves so seriously. Lake Carmel Cultural Center, 640 Route 52, Kent Lakes, NY Admission: $15. ($10 AotL) Tickets and more info at:

Saturday, April 2

The Reflectionist Spring Art Exhibit 

1PM - Opening Reception: Arts on the Lake, 640 Route 52, Kent Lakes, NY 10512. Mood, Magic, Mystery - What secrets lie within? Come and find out, and add your own point of view in a dialogue with the artists. Refreshments provided. Admission is free. Additional Exhibit Hours: Sun, April 3, 1-4PM, Sat, April 9, 1-4PM, Sun, April 10, 1-4PM
More info:

Putnam County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Presentation by Rita Shaheen

4 pm - Please join us for the Annual Members Meeting of the Putnam County Historical Society. Learn more about our exhibitions, events, and programming while meeting some of our new board of trustees.

Immediately following the meeting, join us for "A Heritage Park at Scenic Hudson's West Point Foundry Preserve." Rita Shaheen, Director of Parks at Scenic Hudson, will present the organization's future plans for the West Point Foundry Preserve, a national register historic site located right in the Village of Cold Spring.

There is no charge for these events. To RSVP, call 845-265-4010 or email,

Sunday, April 3

Michelle LeBlanc

2PM - 3:30PM - 1950's Jazz: Bop, Cool, R&B Our quartet returns to perform at the Shrub Oak Library just in time to celebrate the coming of spring. Michelle jazz combo features the legendary Bill Crow on bass, the talented arranger Tom Kohl on piano and the world touring sax player, Ed Xiques. Our show will include a special encore featuring tunes from our new CD "I Remember You." This free concert take place in the special events room of this lovely library. Ample and convenient parking is available, so invite all your jazz lovin' friends. John C Hart Memorial Library, 1130 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY (914) 245-5262

John Hall in Concert (Yes, that John Hall)

7:30PM - Town Crier, Route 22, Pawling. We're thrilled to welcome back John Hall after his two terms as US Congressman. Singer/songwriter/guitarist John Hall will bring his unique guitar stylings and expressive voice to The Towne Crier for his first concert since leaving Congress. The average music fan may associate John Hall with blockbuster Orleans hits like Still The One and Dance with Me, but those familiar with him know his more eclectic work. He wrote for Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs and James Taylor. John has also played guitar solos on records by Taj Mahal, Carly Simon and Little Feat. As one of the organizers of the historic No Nukes concerts, he was among the performers featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with co-producers Graham Nash, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt. :|: artist's home -  $20 advance/ $25 door Buy TICKETS now!

Wednesday, April 6

Roy Zimmerman in Concert

7:30PM - Zimmerman's songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. The Los Angeles Times says, "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer." Tom Lehrer himself says, "I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don't just rhyne." Joni MItchell says, "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection." At All Souls Unitarian Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue (at 80th). Suggested donation, $15.

Friday, April 8th

Saturday, April 9

Passport Day in Putnam

9AM - 1PM The Putnam County Clerk’s Office is hosting a Passport Event at its office located at 34 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.  Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant is joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2011, a national passport  acceptance and outreach event.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air.  U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S.   government.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at the Putnam County Clerk’s Website located at U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone by  calling the Putnam County Clerk’s Office at 845-808-1142 X49273 or the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.

Putnam County Land Trust 42nd Annual Dinner

5:30PM - Join in the celebration as Putnam County Land Trust marks 42 years of preserving open space and protecting sensitive habitats in Putnam County- right in your big backyard.    Enjoy live music by Bruce Eisenstein, a sumptuously wonderful buffet dinner, their famous silent auction of eclectic items and an exciting Live Auction led by Ivan and Laura Cohen.  Displays of Land Trust properties along with recognitions and awards will be part of the evening.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the preserves and programs of Putnam County Land Trust.  Speaking about the upcoming dinner, Land Trust President Judy Terlizzi said, “PCLT needs the community’s continued support to preserve open space and sensitive habitats in Putnam County.”  In addition to attending the dinner, the Land Trust is looking for supporters to donate goods or services for the auction or advertise in the dinner journal.   

The event will be held at the Starr Ridge Banquet and Conference Center at 38 Starr Ridge Road in Brewster on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 at 5:30pm.  Seating is limited and reservations are required. Take advantage of special dinner pricing of $60 per person if paid by March 30th.  To make a reservation, inquire about advertising space or donate goods or services for the auction, call 845/228-4520 or 845/279-3122, or visit the PCLT website at

Sunday, April 10

Communities in Transition - Local Strengths, Local Resilience

3PM - Mohonk Consultations: We will explore the issues of Peak Oil, climate change and how, together, we can create a locally-based, sustainable and resilient future

Learn how the growing, community-based TRANSITION TOWN movement has begun to implement solutions for climate change, renewable energy, transportation, housing, safe water and food, and strengthening local economies in our region and around the globe.

TRANSITION TOWN INITIATIVES represent the most promising and positive ways of engaging people and communities to take the far-reaching actions that are required to build local sustainability.
Panel Presentation and Group Discussion

The Transition Town Movement is a rapidly spreading global effort to holistically reorganize entire communities and municipalities, and create sustainable and locally based economies in the face of deteriorating oil resources, and increasing climate and economic instability. The Movement embraces the idea of "engaged optimism".� It emphasizes that ordinary people have the collective will to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and to build local resilience to address the challenges of our times.

Reservations required. By phone 845-256-2726, or email

Suggested donation: $10 Seniors; Students $5

Mohonk Consultations
Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561

Voice: 845.256.2726

Mohonk Consultation's mission is to bring together people of diverse perspectives to promote dialogue that inspires greater understanding and sustainability of all life on Earth.

Tuesday, April 19

Sustainable Roofing: Living/Green Roofs, Cool Roofs

6PM - 8PM - Much of conventional roofing represents a wasted opportunity to reduce energy costs, improve building performance and durability, create useable habitat for flora and fauna, improve biodiversity, increase the performance of installed photovoltaic systems, mitigate combined sewer overflow (CSO) events, reduce waste stream pollution, lessen urban heat island effects (UHIE) and make the "view from the top" a much prettier place.  Our experts on sustainable roofing will talk about proven roofing alternatives that can do all these things, turning underutilized dark roof surfaces into acres of better space for the environment, for occupants, and for owners. Participants will gain a strong understanding of innovative roofing technologies such as cool roofs, photovoltaic roofing, vegetative roof systems, recyclable roofing, and roofing materials manufactured with post-consumer recycled content and low VOC roofing options.

About The Presenter: Rich Kuhn, Territory Manager: Rich Kuhn is a Territory Manager for the Garland Company which is a full-service manufacturer of High Performance Building Envelope Moisture Protection Products.  Rich believes that the best way to be "green" is by providing the longest lasting, lowest Life Cycle Cost roofing solutions for his clients.  Rich obtained a B.S. in Biology from Seton Hall University in 1999.  He is a member of the AIA, NYASBO, NYSB&G, and the USGBC.

At: Cathryn's Tuscan Grill 91 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY  

Register for the Putnam/Dutchess County event here. Reservations are $10 for advance sales to USGBC NY Upstate Chapter Members and Students, and $20 for non-members.  Members & students pay $15 at the door. This presentation qualifies for AIA LU

Friday April 22 - Earth Day

An Earth Day Celebration to Benefit Clearwater

We're excited to announce Clearwater Generations: An Earth Day Celebration to Benefit Clearwater, which will be held at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY, on April 22 at 8pm.

The show will feature Pete Seeger & Tao Seeger, Peter Yarrow & Bethany Yarrow, Bernice Johnson Reagon & Toshi Reagon, and David Amram and Family. Performances by Clearwater friends and special guests including Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Guy Davis, Rufus Cappadocia and the Power of Song, will round out this special celebration. 

Clearwater's environmental mission is about inspiring and educating the next generation, and we have applied this theme to music. Honoring tradition while looking toward the future has always been a major part of the Clearwater Festival. The Generations concert is all about classic Clearwater artists performing with and inspiring their children and grandchildren in order to carry on their legacy through song.

Tickets for the Clearwater Generations: An Earth Day Celebration concert range from $48 to $98.  A limited amount of $250 tickets include premium seating, a post concert reception with the artists, as well as special Clearwater gifts. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Hudson River Sloop Clearwater


Saturday, May 14

Carmina Burana

8PM at Brewster High School. The Putnam Chorale performs CARMINA BURANA - One Performance Only - with full orchestra and accompanied by the Brewster High School Chamber Singers and the Seven Star Dancers, on MAY 14, 2011 8 pm at the Brewster High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Foggintown Road, Brewster, NY.  Get more information at our web site ( or by calling 845-279-7265.

A collection of historic medieval songs and poems was discovered in the year 1803 at an abandoned monastery in Bavaria.  This collection was found to be satirical works that had been performed by traveling goliards, disaffected clergy and clerical students, who used the works to lighten the burden of everyday life and to poke fun at the authorities of the day.  In a way, the Saturday Night Live of its time!

The works make fun of church excesses and follies and mock the changing morals of the times.  There are love songs and songs for drinking and gambling that celebrate Epicurus, the ancient Greek Philosopher and advocate of the blissful life.  The stories are provocative and often disrespectful, but offer a common man perspective and a chance at some frivolity.


Saturday, June 18

Clearwater Revival

Croton Point Park - Pete Seeger star Drive-By Truckers star Martin Sexton star Indigo Girls, Arlo Guthrie star Josh Ritter star Jorma Kaukonen star Peter Yarrow, John Sebastian star Janis Ian star The Low Anthem, Red Horse (Lucy Kaplansky, John Gorka & Eliza Gilkyson) star The Klezmatics, Toubab Krewe star Justin Townes Earle star Chris, Smither star Joanne Shenandoah, Tom Chapin star Bernice Johnson Reagon star Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell, James McMurtry | Jay Ungar & Molly Mason | Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, Tao Seeger Band | Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely | Mike & Ruthy | Sarah Lee & Johnny, Bethany & Rufus' Roots Quartet | Clayfoot Strutters | Zlatne Uste | Joe Purdy, The Nields | The Kennedys | Jen Chapin | K.J. Denhert | Zon del Barrio, Vanaver Caravan| Buskin & Batteau | Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Brooklyn Qawwali Party | Joe D'urso | Joel Plaskett, Arm-of-the-Sea Theater star The Power of Song star The Rivertown Kids, Mustard's Retreat star Magpie star Roger the Jester star Dog on Fleas, Walkabout Clearwater Chorus star Paul Richmond star The Storycrafters, Rick Nestler star Donna Nestler star Travis Jeffrey star Margo Thunderbird, Marva Clark star Linda Richards star Eshu Bumpus star Dan Einbender, Dirty Stay Out Skifflers star Geoff Kaufman star Sarah Underhill star Peninnah Schram, Kay Olan/Ionataiewas star Mel & Vinnie star Karen Pillsworth star Gregorio Pedroza , Allan Aunapu star Jan Christensen star The New York Packet star Matt Turk star Hope Machine


July 21 - 24

Gathering of the Vibes

Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT - Gathering of the Vibes, the Northeast’s acclaimed music festival destination, will “bring the magic” once again with a 4-day extravaganza of eclectic music, arts and community, July 21-24, 2011 at Connecticut’s magnificent Seaside Park. The rumor mill is swirling with artist announcements around the corner. Gathering of the Vibes promises its most spectacular and diverse lineup to date, delivering over 40 hours of music on multiple stages. Powerhouse Vibes alumni include: The Allman Brothers, Crosby Stills & Nash, Furthur with Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, James Brown, The Black Crowes, and Damian Marley and Nas, alongside breakout acts like Umphrey’s McGee, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Jackie Greene, and tri-state favorites The McLovins. The Vibes also warmly embraces new, virtually unknown artists, who may submit music for consideration through sonic bids.

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