Friday, March 4, 2011

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Today is Soldiers Day.  (Come on, say it out loud... March 4th! There ya go!)

Just in case anyone has forgotten, Wikileaks is still publishing and has released 5193 of 251,287 documents.

The Senator Who Shall Not Be Named, (until he votes for marriage equality), in an early vote-getting scheme is introducing legislation that would reinstate the death penalty in New York but only for people who kill a police officer, I'm assuming while he's on duty.
But I don't think one group of people are less or more important than any other. Dead is dead no matter how you look at it. But I'm happy New York isn't Texas or Iran or Red China and if that's what the Senator wants I am sure we can arrange a one-way ticket to his destination of choice.
Next Wednesday evening County Executive Paul Eldridge will give his one and only ever State of the County Address. (See below). At least we've been promised it will be his one and only ever. But this is Putnam County and anything can happen.

The Putnam Examiner reports that the Putnam County IDA has decided to put Paul Camarda's request for corporate welfare on hold until his approvals for the project are in place.
This is not a victory for his other two requests (Stateline and Patterson Crossing) are sailing ahead. Don't drop the ball on this, keep the pressure on. When Mr. Eldridge praises these projects during his address on Wednesday let him know you do not agree.

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, in office for just two months, is frighteningly proving her lack of basic understanding of governmental function and care for her constituents. In her latest foray into failing a basic junior high school civics class she believes Federal agencies commissioned and funded by Congress are independent bodies who are not under the control of Congress and are free to do whatever they want, in particular the EPA. Read More about this here.

Q: How many times can you fall into a creek?
A: As many times as there are creeks to fall into.

I had to get out of the house the other day so I could clearly think about how I was going to get rid of all the stuff I've accumulated over the years. Craigslist has proven useless and I can't imagine shipping everything via sale at Ebay so a good walk was in order to help clear the brain and come up with a solution.
I grabbed the dog and we headed over to Sunken Mine Road at Fahnestock State Park, one of the few places we've been able to walk this winter. So many people have traversed the road on skis, snow shoes and the like that it's been well packed and thus easy walking. Closed to vehicles from December 1 until April 1, this Town road traverses the park from Dennytown to Lake Oscawana and is a wonderful 2.5 mile (each way) walk through some of our most beautiful terrain. It connects several trails including the Appalachian Trail on its run from Maine to Georgia.

Though there is a problem: Dog poop. It's everywhere. It makes me wonder why people allow their dogs to crap right in the middle of the road without removing it, throwing it off to the side or eating it, if that's what it takes. Come on folks, it's disgusting and unnecessary. And you know who you are, so cut the crap.

The parking lot on Dennytown Road was a muddy mess and Sunken Mine Road was soft slush underfoot but the going was easy. As I came down around the bend I decided to take the Yellow-blazed Old Mine Railroad Trail which crosses around the north end of John Allen Pond (No relation to Putnam Valley's John Allen) climbing over ridges along the way before dropping to a small valley and crossing an inlet stream, which I've never seen dry and at which I always get my feet wet. But today it looked easy and so judging where to put my feet I managed to cross... without getting them wet!

Once on the other side and buoyed by this success, I followed the trail which was well packed and level, through a rhododendron thicket which ran northwards, away from where I wanted to be, until I came to a main road on which I turned to the right to try to head back towards the pond. Though wide, broad and level, this road had been less traveled this winter and so I began to 'post hole' here and there into the wet slush. The dog, by the way, did not have these problems his 70lbs was not heavy enough to crash through the slush - so long as he stayed where others had trod before. My 200+lbs on the other hand, were exactly what gravity needed to pull me through with each careless step.

A few minutes down this road, having no idea where I was and not wanting to return the way I had come, I called a friend in Putnam Valley who is as much as a map geek as I am, knowing he'd have a map of the park at hand and could tell me how to get out from I was. But he wasn't at home so after a few moments break we continued on lost and alone.

(We weren't really lost in the sense of *lost!* but it makes the story more dramatic.)

Through the trees I could see familiar landmarks off in the distance and so knew we were traveling in a direction more or less where we wanted to go when we came upon a cairn letting us know we had reached the red-blazed Charcoal Burner's Trail. Turning south on this even less traveled trail, post holing into the wet slush was the order of the march. I could still see those familiar landmarks now coming closer and knew we were on the right track when I was brought up short by a stream crossing. I carefully judged which rocks I needed to step on, slippery and wet as they were, and the stream itself was full and rushing with icy-cold runoff.

Let's see... I step on this rock, then that one, then leap - all in one motion - onto the snow on the other side. Step, step, leap.... and post holed directly through the snow into the stream below with my left foot then and while trying to gain traction, my right went in as well.

Yes, I said some things that are not fit to print here and my dog, having crossed with only his feet damp, was wondering why I was upset.

Alright, it's not the end of the world. The sun is out, I'm not lost anymore, it's not too cold, I'm warmly dressed and it's not all that far back to the car. Even the "splushy" feeling in my socks proved slightly humorous as we trod down the trail another few hundred yards when we reached the Blue-blazed Three Lakes Trail. Now I knew where we were with confidence. All was going to be alright.

The TLT is beautiful in season and even in the winter held that promise true. And as I came upon the old dam on the south shore of John Allen Pond a scary thought struck me - there was another water crossing that at times of high water is difficult at best and sure enough it proved impassable without wading knee deep in the outflow. I had previously wondered why so few had traversed this trail and realized now that no one could get to it!

I scouted for a crossing, feet wet and cold, but decided to backtrack a thousand feet to where the creeks seemed to peter out to wetland and cross there. After reaching a promising side trail I followed old ski tracks to a wetland where I could see the Hamilton Mine trail just a hundred feet away when I stepped down through the slush and directly into a hidden stream running under the snow. Extracting one foot pulled my other down and, well... this time the water ran over the top of both boots and I felt the cold water flooding in along with a healthy helping of slush. At just that moment the sun ducked behind the clouds.

Yes, I said some more things that are definitely not fit to print here and the dog, still dry, sat on the snow impatiently waiting for me.

Backtracking now with water-filled boots, post holing thigh-deep into wet slush we worked our way up the hill a bit and beyond the wetland to a small ridge where we were finally able to cross over to the Hamilton Mine trail which I knew would take us back to Sunken Mine Road and the mile-long slog back up the hill to the car.

It was cloudy and windy and the road was slushy and slippery and with every uphill step you slid an inch or two back making forward progress difficult. But we were moving along and that was good. I finally found a rock to sit on, took off my boots, wrung out my socks and put the dripping assemblage back on before heading on to slog further up Sunken Mine Road toward Dennytown. The road's surface now even sloshier (is that a word?) than it had been two hours previous.

Almost at the parking lot I realized I had not even thought about the original problem at hand and was a bit miffed at the turn of events but told myself that this was a 'safe' adventure and so with my spirits lifted if not my guilt assuaged, continued on up the hill. That's when the dog spied a man with three dogs up around the bend...

"Stay," I said calmly, and he did as he always does.

"Staaay," I whispered again. But when he gets that furrow down the middle of his head I know I either have to let him go or his head will explode. Seeing that the gent had two dogs off leash that were running toward us, tails up and wagging, I let him loose and tall three met in the middle in a spray of slush and doggy greetings.

Patrick, the man who owned them, lives down on Dennytown road. A 13 year resident like myself, we talked for a while about this and that as dog owners tend to do when I realized I could not feel the toes on my left foot.

Saying farewell and calling the dog away from this ephemeral Doggy Disneyland, a few minutes later I was back at the car, heater running full blast and quickly on our way home.

Don't think for a moment this is going to keep me away from Fahnestock! A little adventure never hurt anyone and after a warm shower and a high protein dinner of tuna, lettuce, onions and whole grain bread, sharing some heated  leftover venison and rice with the dog, I felt pretty good and he did too.
For those of you unfamiliar with Fahnestock State Park you're missing out on one of Putnam County's best least kept secrets. This place, at more than 16,000 acres, is stunningly beautiful and it's easy to not only get away from the crowds (the park sees almost 300,000 visitors each year) but to discover the county's hidden iron-mining past. The park is riddled with mines, mine roads and the like and the beauty of the Hudson Highlands is laid out over its tortured, craggy topography that makes up the heart of our county. Come in mid-to-late June when the rhododendron are in bloom and you'll keep coming back season after season and year after year. So you got wet feet on a cold early March day? So what? You only live once.

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What's Going On

This Weekend

Friday, March 4

Hollywood Jazz

8PM - Arranger, composer and trumpeter extraordinaire Tim Ouimette will be joined by Thierry Arpino (Drums), Seth Carper (Woodwinds), Joey Berkley (Woodwinds), Art Triggs (Trombone), Rob Aires (Keyboards), Peter Calo (Guitar), Patti Priess (Piano) and Kati Mac (Vocals) in an evening of music from The Sandpiper, Guys and Dolls, Pink Panther, Elevator to the Gallows, From Russia with Love, Robin and the Seven Hoods, The Wizard of Oz and Mondo Cane.  Is it the film or the music you remember?  This evening will bring it back. At the Lake Carmel Cultural Center on Route 52 in Lake Carmel. Tickets: $15.00 General Admission, $10.00 AotL Member Admission.

Saturday, March 5

Talk by Local Artist Jill Reynolds

11AM - Noon. The Dutchess County Arts Council, in conjunction with with the Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) and Oblong Land Conservancy, organizations dedicated to the conservation of wetlands in Eastern Dutchess County, will be presenting a talk by Dutchess County Sculptor and Glass Artist Jill Reynolds on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Dann Building Lecture Hall at Trinity Pawling School from 11:00AM to noon. Following the talk, there will be a reception at Gallery on the Green in Pawling where you will also be able to speak with Reynolds and see work by other accomplished artists who are working in the region. The lecture is free but space is limited, so please make reservations by emailing or call the Arts Council at 845-454-3222.

Film: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live In Barcelona

8 PM at Paramount Center for the Arts. Free with PCA membership or voluntary donation. On October 16, 2002, two months into his world tour in support of "The Rising", Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band took the stage of the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, to create the kind of soul-stirring concert experience that transforms Springsteen neophytes and fans alike into true believers. "Live In Barcelona" captures Springsteen and the E Street Band at the peak of their form performing a dream set-list of new songs, classic hits, audience favorites, and seldom-heard rarities. Since December, 2007 Emerging Pictures and Bruce Springsteen have offered a special series of HD screenings in support of America's historic theaters. The Bruce Springsteen Benefit Screenings have helped communities raise tens of thousands of dollars to support their ongoing digital film & cultural programming initiatives. Tickets available at the door only! Paramount Center for the Arts,
1008 Brown Street, Peekskill, New York 10566

Sunday, March 6

Little Stony Point "2011 Maple Syrup Day"

10AM - Little Stony Point Citizen's Association will host its 22nd Annual Maple Syrup Day this Sunday, March 6th from 10:00AM to 1:00PM at the Caretaker's House on Route 9D just north of Cold Spring.

Last year's event drew a record crowd, who reveled in fresh-off-the-griddle pancakes, hot apple cider and delicious maple syrup. The event is free and open to all, featuring live music with a backdrop of the beautiful Hudson River. Of course the park is open to anyone interested in a quick hike around the perimeter or to the beach.

Kids of all ages will be given a demonstration of how sugar maple trees are tapped and witness first hand the process involved in transforming the watery liquid dripping out of the trees into the sticky sweet liquid the native Americans called "sinzibuckwud" literally, "drawn from wood." A large fire under the evaporator tray, where the water is boiled off, leaves what we know as maple syrup.

A stand operated by the Hudson Valley Maple Farm, a program of NY State Parks at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, will have bottles of syrup available for those interested in taking the party home with them. This group has taps throughout the Taconic Region State Parks, including a number of trees in the woods across from Little Stony Point. The pails appeared last week and have already provided enough sap to fill the evaporator and more. The group will share their knowledge of the history and methodology of maple syrup making.

Michelle LeBlanc Quintet

2PM - 3:30PM - White Plains Library. We are pleased to have received an invitation for our third engagement at White Plains Library. We'll be playing tunes from our 1950's jazz show and also from our new CD, "I Remember You."  As always, the tunes will be interspersed with great improvised solos by pianist Tom Kohl, drummer David Jones, Bill Crow on bass and Joe Stelluti on sax, flute and clarinet. Admission is free, so invite your friends and family to join us! White Plains Library. 100 Martine Ave. White Plains NY 10601 914 422 1400

Putnam Arts Council Annual Members Meeting

3PM The Putnam Arts Council will hold its 48th annual Members’ meeting on Sunday March 6, at 2pm followed by an opening reception for the Members’ exhibit, 3-5pm at the Belle Levine Art Center, 521 Kennicut Hill Rd., Mahopac.

Executive Director Joyce Picone and the PAC Board will review 2010 accomplishments and plans for 2011 including Board elections and an exciting new support Initiative for members and friends. The meeting will be followed by an opening reception for the Council artist members’ exhibit, from 3-5pm. This is a potluck and attendees are invited to bring a ready to serve dish to share.

All are welcome for both the meeting and the reception. The exhibit remains on view through March 27th , Tuesday - Friday, 10-4 and Sundays 1-4. Admission and parking are free.

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 donations from businesses and individuals.

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

Into The Future

Wednesday, March 9

State of the County Address

7PM - By County Executive Paul Eldridge. At the Putnam County Emergency Operations Center - 112 Old Route 6 in the Donald Smith Government Center. Hip boots are optional.

Thursday, March 10

Mid-Hudson Watershed Omelet Series

8AM - Topic:  River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) to Minimize the Gap between Science and Practice. Presenter:  Dr. Shahidul Islam, REON Project Manager, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries (BIRE), Clarkson University and IBM are developing a River and Estuary Observation Network (REON) for real-time monitoring of physical, chemical and biological river data.  REON uses an integrated network of sensors, robotics and computational technology in the Hudson and St. Lawrence Rivers. Real-time availability of the measured datasets will help capture episodic events and interpret important processes controlling river water quality.  These datasets are expected to minimize gaps between science and practices, helping communities address effects of anthropogenic activities and natural water resource variability during a time of burgeoning human growth and uncertain climate changes. Please RSVP to Russell Urban-Mead, , to confirm your attendance.  There is a $4 minimum food/beverage purchase. Location:  Plaza Diner (Stop & Shop Plaza), New Paltz

Saturday, March 12

Putnam Arts Council Second Saturday Series

7:30PM - Putnam Arts Council continues our Second Saturday’s In the Center  music series on March 12 at 7:30pm with Mulebone, John Ragusa and Hugh Pool, a blues duo that rocks like a jam band. Notes about them include “original sound that is simultaneously soulful, agile and adventurous”, “virtuoso instrumentals and killer vocals”, and from WBJB-FM, ”some of the best Delta blues you’re likely to hear this side of 1925, …”.

The audience here in our own backyard is growing each month as folks are blown away by the quality and intimacy of this unique venue at the Belle Levine Art Center, 521 Kennicut Hill Rd., Mahopac. Seating is limited, reservations are advised; tix $20./$15 for PAC members.

Irish Open Mouth

8PM - Songs, dances and Spike Mulligan's Pukhtoon. Jim Dale - of Broadway, film, TV and Harry Potter fame - will join our celebration of Irish humor and music in an evening that includes musicians Tim Pitt, Patrick Cummings, Pallas Athene, Neil Hickey, Patrick Delamere, Lora Lee Ecobelli and Jan and Kate Hoekstra.  Also on the bill will be Irish step-dancing, a short play, Gerard Furey's Irish Language and the Double Bass Bagpipes. Mr Dale is expected to entertain with Thomas Meehan's Yma Dream and Spike Milligan's Pukhtoon. At the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel, Route 52, Lake Carmel, New York. Tickets: $15.00 General Admission, $10.00 AotL Member Admission.

Sunday, March 14


2PM - Garrison: The Academy Award nominated documentary, GASLAND by Josh Fox, will be shown at Desmond-Fish Library Meeting Room, 472 Rt. 9D (entrance on Rt. 403), Garrison at 2 PM. Discussion will follow.

The film documents the controversial process, developed by Haliburton, of hydraulic fracturing - fracking - and how it impacts our water, our environment and our health unless we do something about it – For more information, read this recent article in the New York Times - This event is sponsored by Philipstown for Democracy. No charge, but contributions to cover expenses are appreciated. Questions – call 917-273-0808

Friday, March 18

Two One-Man Shows

8PM - The Blue Horse Repertory Company presents two exciting one man shows at Arts on the Lake on Route 52 in Lake Carmel. Old Hickory by *Ric Siler (photo) and  Cemetery Man by Ken Jenkins.

Fresh from its successful run at The Woodstock Fringe Festival, Old Hickory will be performed by the author Ric Siler and directed by *Wallace Norman. Old Hickory is the funny, murderous tale of boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy hates girl, boy wants to kill girl. Cemetery Man by Ken Jenkins will be performed by *George Kimmel and directed by *Peggity Price.

In Cemetery Man we meet an aging gravedigger who is about to be replaced by a backhoe and who does not accept the change gracefully. As he recounts his experiences, it becomes abundantly clear that digging a proper grave is a human thing, which calls for care and concern if the departed are to go peacefully into eternity.

Lighting and Stage Manager, Jeff Green, Assistant Stage Manager and Sound, Zuli Lozada.

Tickets are $15 and $10 for AtoL members. Tickets may be purchased at: or call: 845 228-AOTL (2685)

*Member of Actors Equity Association

Saturday, March 19

Putnam County History Conference

9AM - Morning Session. The morning sessions will be of general interest to history-lovers.  Eugene Boesch will talk about what Putnam County was like at the time of its creation in 1812 and about what archeology reveals about society of that time. Sallie Sypher will speak on the many little reasons why our towns seceded from Dutchess County. Pat McMahon Houser will discuss the changes in land use from 1812 to the present and how the reservoirs affected planning, farming, and growth.  There will be breaks between each talk and plenty of time for questions and answers. Lunch. Jonathan Kruk and Rich Bala, Hudson River Ramblers, will entertain during lunch, which is scheduled to begin at 12:15.  Those wishing to have lunch should telephone the County Historian's Office (845- 808-1420) or e-mail to and send a check in the amount of $10 to County Historian , 68 Marvin Ave. , Brewster NY 10509.  Even if you do not want lunch, please let us know that you plan to attend. Teachers wishing in-service credit for the conference should register with Afternoon Sessions. The afternoon session, which begins at 1:15, is designed primarily for teachers, but all are welcome and will find it interesting.  County Historian Karl Rohde will lead a discussion of Bicentennial planning and opportunities for teachers and students.  At the Mahopac Library.

Two One-Man Shows

8PM - The Blue Horse Repertory Company presents two exciting one man shows at Arts on the Lake on Route 52 in Lake Carmel. Old Hickory by *Ric Siler (photo) and  Cemetery Man by Ken Jenkins.

Fresh from its successful run at The Woodstock Fringe Festival, Old Hickory will be performed by the author Ric Siler and directed by *Wallace Norman. Old Hickory is the funny, murderous tale of boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy hates girl, boy wants to kill girl. Cemetery Man by Ken Jenkins will be performed by *George Kimmel and directed by *Peggity Price.

In Cemetery Man we meet an aging gravedigger who is about to be replaced by a backhoe and who does not accept the change gracefully. As he recounts his experiences, it becomes abundantly clear that digging a proper grave is a human thing, which calls for care and concern if the departed are to go peacefully into eternity.

Lighting and Stage Manager, Jeff Green, Assistant Stage Manager and Sound, Zuli Lozada.

Tickets are $15 and $10 for AtoL members. Tickets may be purchased at: or call: 845 228-AOTL (2685)

*Member of Actors Equity Association

Sunday, March 20

"Efficient Government in New York: State and County Solutions"

11:30 AM  - Guest Speaker:  Paul Francis, Governor Cuomo's Director for Redesign and Efficiency, former Director of Operations for Governors Paterson and Spitzer. Please join us to mingle with fellow Putnam County Democrats and discuss how our governments can and must be redesigned Sunday, March 20th, 11:30AM at Four Brothers, 654 Route 6, in Mahopac. $25 suggested donation, at the door or sent in advance to 31 Sycamore Rd, Mahopac NY 10541  c/o L. Jones with checks made out to "Putnam County Democratic Committee" Please RSVP at

Concert Keep Art and Music in Yonkers Schools - Westchester Symphonic Winds

3:30PM - City Council President Chuck Lesnick, Yonkers Public Schools and Sarah Lawrence College present a free concert in support of the arts in education. Featuring: The Westchester Symphonic Winds and our very own Yonkers Public School Teachers! Now, more than ever, it is vital that we make our voices heard and keep art and music in Yonkers' Schools! Reisinger Concert Hall, Sarah Lawrence College, One Mead Way Bronxville, NY

Tuesday, March 22

New York State Park Advocacy Day

Join Parks & Trails New York and the Alliance for NYS Parks for the 5th Annual Park Advocacy Day and help send a message of support for New York’s 213 parks and historic sites. As a park advocate, you will have the opportunity to join with park supporters from throughout the state to meet with policymakers and stress the importance of keeping New York’s state parks open, protected and well-maintained. Your efforts will have a lasting impact on legislators’ as they make important decisions about parks.

Participating in Park Advocacy Day is meaningful, fun, and most of all, easy! As a Park Advocacy Day participant, you will be assigned to a team with fellow state parks supporters who will join you in meetings with policymakers throughout the day.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.  Online registration is quick and easy - click here to register.

For more information on Park Advocacy Day, please contact Mark Luciano at Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583 or email

Saturday, March 26

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.

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.

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

Saturday, April 9

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

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.

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