Friday, April 8, 2011

News That Matters - Friday, April 8, 2011 - Things To Do Edition

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PlanPutnam/News That Matters is still climbing the charts of the blogsphere. As of April 1st we are now the 25,232nd most read blogsite on the planet, an increase of 633 places in 30 days. This is triple our rate of just two months back when we were creeping along at 260 places per month. And the best thing is, I could care less. Being popular on the 'net is a lot less important than being effective and informative. Keep up the good work!

The Silliness Continues

Arguing about how many angles have danced on the head of the Leibell pin, Southeast Republicans endorsed County Legislator Tony Hay over town Supervisor Michael Rights at their meeting the other day setting the stage for an interesting primary race.

The Other Silliness Continues

With any luck tea baggers will have achieved their penultimate wet dream today and the Federal government will cease operations. The President and Congress are seeking a solution but really, no one cares. Back in 1996 the government shut down for 21 days and we're all still here, right? The world didn't end, the US wasn't overrun by Swedish communists and the mail still went through. So really, who cares?
In the meantime, everyone in Congress is blaming everyone else while using you as pawns in their sophomoric game of who has the biggest (or is it smallest?) budget dick. If there's a special interest group out there that hasn't been dragged out as an example of how important the continuation of the Federal government is, FBI investigators have failed to find it.

The solution is an easy one: We eat them all.

We call in cattle ranchers to round up members of Congress, the NRA to shoot them and then hold a nation-wide barbecue on the White House lawn with such delicacies as Chicken Fried Republican, Rand Paul Hot Dogs, Hayworth Burgers and that Buffalo favorite, Obama wings, served up with huge vats of Boehner Potato Salad and that soon-to be-famous Schumer BBQ sauce. For the vegetarians out there we'll have Corn Subsidies you can get on a special line that begins at the north portico.
Oh, when the French come marching in...

A hearty Mazel Tov and Bonne Chance to  Beekman Supervisor Dan French on the announcement of his entering the race for Dutchess County Executive. We wish him the very best of luck.

Home Alone 13

A single mother downstate was arrested by police for leaving her 13 year-old daughter home alone for several days armed with money, food, cash and credit cards. While mom was away our young heroine went to school on her own, came home, made dinner, did her homework, went to sleep, woke up the next day and repeated the cycle. In other words, all was well with their little world.
That is until word got out that someone could dare trust their teenage daughter to deal with life on their own for a few days. That's when all hell broke loose with the police stepping beyond their ken and into the world of being arbiters of what is right and what is not and deciding that they knew better, charging mom with "child endangerment".

As far as I can see, the only endangerment the child was exposed to was the danger that she'd think the rest of the world was nuts.
Celebrate a Life

This evening at the Philisptown Depot Theatre, the Aery Theater Company will celebrate a life, that of Putnam Valley's Ariane Orenstein who left us to cancer a few weeks back. Today, just by chance, is Ariane's birthday. has this to say:

Putnam Valley and Philipstown lost a talented and much-treasured friend, artist, activist and neighbor with the recent passing of Ariane Orenstein. Orenstein, who lived in Putnam Valley, and was a former co-Chair of the Putnam Valley Democrats, was extremely active in many civic capacities and had a full artistic life as well, participating in many productions at the Depot Theatre.  She died last month at the age of 51, after a year-long illness.

This weekend at the Depot Theatre, the Aery Theatre Company is honoring Ariane’s memory with a celebration of her life.  The Aery’s usual Spring One-Act Festival, which also takes place this weekend, has been re-named “The Ariane One-Act Festival” in tribute.

Read More at the entry in the our What's Going On section.
Lawyers, Guns and Money

Did anyone attend the NRA rally in Cold Spring last evening? If you did, could you write a little about it for us? There's nothing in any of the local media sources.

Bye Bye Glenn

After years of protest, hard work, sponsor boycotts and the like, Glenn Beck's ratings are no longer as high as an elephant's eye, and the elephant is a little ashamed at the connection. It's gotten so bad that even Putnam's own right-wing media demagogue, Roger Ailes, is happy to see the Beckster make a rapid departure from the scene - but with a caveat.
Ol' Rog is not adverse from taking potshots at those of us who have synapses in our brains that still work. According to a published news story he said, "Advertisers who get weak-kneed because some idiot on a blog site writes to them and says we need to stifle speech, I get a little frustrated by that,"

I bow in his general direction and appreciate the nod.

Dear Rog! It's not his "speech" we were after, it was the lies, deceit, misinformation, hysteria and all around stupidity FOX was passing off as informed opinion we had a problem with. If you had just prefaced Beck's show with a Giant Smiling Clown Face or a disclaimer along the lines of:

"The following show is for entertainment purposes only and for people who believe in UFO's and the International Zionist Conspiracy. Please support our sponsors who offer tin foil hats at reduced rates!"

Then we would have simply ignored your star player.

If there is someone you know that does not currently read News That Matters, please forward this issue over to them. The more the merrier!

What's Going On

This Weekend:

Friday, April 8th

Haldane's Earth Day Week Family Night 

3:15-8:30pm - Haldane school district wraps up its week-long Earth Day commemoration by celebrating "one amazing planet" with the community. Sponsored in part by Hudson Highlands Land Trust, this year's activities will include a Community-School Garden Open House, a visit to the James Pond Outdoor Classroom, cooking demonstration, poetry reading, and the premier of "Why Should We Reduce Our Trash?" by Haldane's third grade classes. HHLT Educator Pete Salmansohn will be on hand to conduct an outside nature workshop, weather permitting.

The Ariane One-Act Festival

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.

Medication Take-Back Day

9AM - 1PM at The Putnam Hospital Center Wagner Cancer Pavilion, 670 Stoneleigh Ave., Carmel, NY 10512. Individuals can dispose of: Prescription Medication, Over-the-Counter Medication, Pet Medication. Please remember to keep medications in their original package, if possible, and to remove personal patient information. Unfortunately syringes can't be accepted because they require a different protocol. For more information please contact Mary Rice at the Putnam County Department of Health -- (845) 808-1390 x 43164 or visit

Hike Schunnemunk Mountain

10AM - Join Orange County Land Trust on this easy-to-moderate family friendly hike which leads to a breathtaking overlook of the Hudson River Valley. All hikers are encouraged to wear comfortable boots and bring a bag lunch and plenty of water. A donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is suggested. Reservations are not required but are greatly appreciated. Location: Meeting place is at the hikers' parking area on Clove Road just south of Hil-Mar Lodge in Salisbury Mills.

Community Free Day at Dia:Beacon

11AM - 4PM - Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508 845 440 0100

Residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties are invited to visit Dia:Beacon free of charge. Please bring a driver's license or other government-issued ID for entry to the museum.

Programs are also open to the general public and are free with museum admission.

11:00 am - Children's reading and book signing by award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin. Susan Goldman Rubin lives in Malibu, California, and has written more than 45 books for young people, including Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter, a 2007 ALA Notable Book. She has been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers Program for over 20 years and has also discussed her work on the Today Show, BBC Radio and C-Span.

Reservations for the reading are recommended and can be made by clicking here or calling 845.440.0100 x23.

12:00 pm - Introducing Dia:Beacon - Tour led by Susan Sayre Batton, managing director, Dia:Beacon.

1:00 pm - Family tours of the collection

Family tours for children ages 5+ (accompanied by an adult)

2:00 pm - Conversations with Museum Guides

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

Montgomery Delaney and the Itchy Nipple Band

7:30PM Putnam Arts Council/Belle Levine Art Center 2nd Saturday’s In the Center music series features Montgomery Delaney and the Itchy Nipple Band - One of the Hudson Valley's most Thoughtful, Insightful and Provocative Songwriters Like You've Never Heard Him Before - "An Outstanding Songwriter".... Dirty Linen Magazine. 521 Kennicut Hill Rd., Mahopac, NY 10541 845-803-8622. Seating is limited, and reservations are advised; Tix $20./$15 for PAC members.

Sunday, April 10

HHLT Presents 2nd Annual River of Words Creative SPLASH!

1:00pm to 3:00pm - Come to the opening reception of our 2nd Annual Creative SPLASH! at the Philipstown dot info offices, 69 Main St., Cold Spring, NY.  The reception will be broadcast live on Cold Spring Radio and features a reading of selected student works by award-winning poet Irene O'Garden and a gallery of student artwork.  Refreshments will be served.  The exhibit will be open each weekday from 3-5pm through Friday, April 15.
Sponsored this year through the generosity of Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Creative SPLASH! is a celebration of nature-inspired poetry and art.  It highlights the work of students from Haldane, Garrison, Fort Montgomery/Highland Falls, and Cornwall elementary and middle schools.  The work displayed is the result of a series of free enrichment workshops brought to students in four local school districts over the span of a full year by the HHLT's Hudson Highlands Regional River of Words Program.  Summer art workshops were co-presented with Habitat for Artists, an artist-run group that explores the nature of creativity and the role of the artist in our communities.

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.

Auditions for My First Time at The Beacon

7PM - 4th Wall Productions will be holding open auditions for the staged reading of "My First Time" by Ken Davenport. Seeking 8 flexible actors (4 m, 4 w) of ALL ages and types to read various characters parts. Over 18 please!

"My First Time" is hysterical and heartbreaking stories about first sexual experiences written by real people. In 1998, a website was created that allowed people to anonymously share their own true stories about their First Times. The website became an instant phenomenon as over 40,000 stories poured in from around the globe that were silly, sweet, absurd, funny, heterosexual, homosexual, shy, sexy and everything in between. And now, these true stories are brought to life by the actors in this acclaimed 90 minute play from Ken Davenport, producer of "Altar Boyz" and creator of "The Awesome 80's Prom."

Auditions will be held April 10th and 11th at 7:00pm at the Beacon Theatre, 445 Main Street, Beacon, NY. Sides will be provided.

Performances will be May 13, 14 and 15 at the Beacon Theatre.

Please call 845-549-3460 with any questions.

Into The Future

Monday, April 11

Albany Rally Against Hydrofracking

10:30 AM - Come out with thousands of New Yorkers and let Albany know we will not let our air, our water and our communities be overrun by industry.  This event is the biggest collaboration of groups working to protect New York from dirty drilling. If you plan to attend the rally, please wear blue to signify the need to protect New York’s water. If you are interested in lobbying your respective Legislator, please send an email to to be placed on a wait list as the offical registration for lobbying is closed.

Thursday, April 14

Mid-Hudson Watershed Omelet Series: Emerald Ash Borer: What's Happening with the Green Menace?

8AM - 9:30AM - Featured Speaker: Jeff Wiegert, Regional Forester, NYSDEC Division of Lands and Forests, Region 3. A non-native killer of all ash tree species, known as the emerald ash borer (EAB), has been found in the Hudson Valley/Catskill area last summer. There are an estimated 1.2 billion ash trees in NY, so EAB will modify watershed forests and cause mortality in ash trees used in urban settings as part of better site design practices. Although impossible to eradicate and extremely difficult to locate, management tools can be employed to slow EAB spread, buying time for our communities to prepare. Jeff will discuss efforts in finding EAB, including last summer's visual surveys and this winter's delimitation survey, and consider community responses to the EAB. 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, April 16

Science and Management Forum: Regional Freshwater Issues

8:30AM - Join the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County for a Science and Management Forum on Regional Freshwater Issues. Free and open to the public, the event will provide an overview of the quantity and quality of regional freshwater resources, pressures that existing supplies face (pollution, development, invasive species), and management options. Special attention will be given to green infrastructure and stormwater. A detailed agenda will be posted when available. Reservations are required. Early registration is recommended. E-mail Claudia Rosen with attendee names and municipal/organization affiliation (if any). Location: Cary Institute's auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York.

Vaneese Thomas at the Towne Crier

8:30PM - Vaneese Thomas' many talents have made her a sought-after solo performer as well as a desired vocalist, contributing to the projects and performances of Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, BB King, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion, Annie Lennox, Patti LaBelle ...and Aretha Franklin rarely performs without her! Vaneese's mission is to continue the legacy set by her influential father, legendary R&B musician Rufus Thomas, but she has also cultivated her own style by blending all the influences of her background: R&B, gospel, blues and jazz. In addition to singing (she had a Top Ten R&B hit herself in 1987 ? Let's Talk it Over), Vaneese has produced recordings, created vocal arrangements and written songs for Dianna Ross, Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson and Larry Coryell, also working with renowned producer Phil Ramone along the way. Thomas' credits for movies & TV include Disney's Hercule! s, Anastasia, The First Wives Club, Everyone Says I Love You, PBS's Shining Time Station and appearances on Letterman, Conan O'Brien and NBC's Today. $25 advance/ $30 door Buy TICKETS now!

Celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo

10:30am - 3:00pm - Celebrate Earth Day and springtime with family-friendly and Earth-friendly fun at Bear Mountain State Park's Trailside Museum and Zoo. Nature-related displays, activities and games give you tips to help you look after Mother Earth.  Arrive at 10:30 and you can help us make treats for the Bears.  They will come out of their dens at 11:00 to gobble up the goodies.

Enjoy live music by the State Workers, live animal presentations and story time in our Amphitheater. Please call (845) 786-2701 x293 for more info.  State Park parking fee is $8.  There is no separate admission fee for the zoo, but donations are welcome.  

"Framing the Viewshed: The Transformative Power of Art and Landscape in the Hudson Valley"

1-5 pm (Registration: 12:30). Viewshed Benefit Party: 6-8 pm At Columbia-Greene Community College
Hudson, NY - The Olana Partnership will celebrate the Hudson Valley's extraordinary natural and designed landscapes in a symposium on Saturday, April 16, 2011. "Framing the Viewshed: The Transformative Power of Art and Landscape in the Hudson Valley" will take place at Columbia-Greene Community College, just outside of Hudson, New York. The panel discussion will feature three leading experts in the fields of art history, conservation, and landscape design who will discuss the Hudson Valley's unparalleled viewsheds and their cultural context.

The panel discussion will be moderated by David Schuyler, the biographer of Calvert Vaux, who assisted Church with the design of the house. Art historian Linda S. Ferber will speak on the four Hudsons of Wallace Bruce, the author of a 1901 travel guide: the Hudsons of Beauty, History, Literature and Commerce. Vassar Professor emeritus Harvey K. Flad will discuss the "Art of Protecting Scenic Views: Nineteenth-century Artists and the Preservation of Modern-day Landscapes." Landscape architect Laurie Olin, whose designs for public and private landscapes have won him international acclaim, will speak on the use of contemporary design in historic settings.

The symposium will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 16, at Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY. Registration starts at 12:30 pm: tickets are $40 each for members of The Olana Partnership, $50 for non-members.

Continuing Education Credits, LACES 3.5 Non-HSW (NYS) will be available for registered landscape architects.

Gasland - The Film

2PM - The prize-winning documentary film "Gasland" will be shown Saturday, April 16 at 2 pm in Lake Carmel Cultural Center, 640 Route 52, Kent Lakes, NY.
When filmmaker Josh Fox was offered a drilling lease for natural gas on his family home in Pennsylvania, he embarked on a multi-state odyssey to discover and document the impacts of high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, on air quality, water quality, and public health.  The film won a special jury prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Described by Fox as "part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown," the film has been shown commercially and at several libraries in the area and includes appearances by Pete Seeger and Dick Cheney.  A key scene is residents in Pennsylvania lighting their drinking water on fire.  The widespread showings of "Gasland" have sparked growing public awareness of the safety issues surrounding hydrofracking.
There is a moratorium on new fracking permits in New York State until this July 1st, pending the submission of a revised General Environmental Impact Statement.  The NYS Assembly is considering a bill that would extend the moratorium until the US Environmental Protection Agency completes a study.  A separate bill before the NYS Senate would mandate open disclosure of proprietary chemicals that are injected into the ground during hydrofracking.
The one hour and forty-seven minute film will be followed by a discussion of the issues raised.   Refreshments will be available.  To defray costs of the showing, Arts on the Lake is asking for a $5 donation at the door or in advance at  The Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition Hydrofracking Educational Kit will be available at the showing.

Sunday, April 17

Chris Hedges Speaks in Beacon

1:30PM - Chris Hedges has written for numerous publications including The Nation, Foreign Affairs, Harper's Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Mother Jones, New Humanist and Robert Scheer's web magazine Truthdig where he publishes a column.

In 1983, Hedges began his career reporting on the conflict in El Salvador. Following six years in Latin America, he took time off to study Arabic and then went to Jerusalem and later Cairo. He spent seven years in the Middle East, most of them as the Middle East Bureau Chief for The New York Times. During the first Gulf War he was taken prisoner by the Iraqi Republican Guard while covering the Shiite uprising in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. He was released after a week to the International Committee of the Red Cross. He left the Middle East in 1995 for Sarajevo to cover the war in Bosnia followed by the war in Kosovo. Later, he joined the investigative team of The New York Times, based in Paris, and covered terrorism.

The Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
Call 845-228-8894 for more information

Monday, April 18

Passover Begins

Passover begins at sundown this evening.

Passover (Hebrew, Yiddish: פֶּסַח Pesach, Tiberian: [pesaħ]  ( listen), Modern Hebrew: Pesah, Pesakh, Yiddish: Peysekh, Paysakh, Paysokh) is a Jewish holy day and festival. It commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan, which is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.

In the narrative of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the Egyptians before Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the slaughter of the first-born. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord passed over these homes, hence the term "passover". When Pharaoh freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread to rise. In commemoration, for the duration of Passover no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason it is called "The Festival of the Unleavened Bread". Matzo (flat unleavened bread) is the primary symbol of the holiday.

Together with Shavuot ("Pentecost") and Sukkot ("Tabernacles"), Passover is one of the three pilgrimage festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire Jewish populace historically made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, but only men participate in public worship.

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, April 23

Brewster Roadside Cleanup

7:30AM - 1PM The Village of Brewster and Town of Southeast are sponsoring a Roadside Cleanup and Litter Removal Day. More information here (PDF)

Wednesday, April 27

Putnam Business Expo

10AM - 5PM When the people who should be going to the Expo are working, so they can't. At the Villa Barrone, where else? The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce, 953 South Lake Blvd. Mahopac, New York 10541 or call (845) 628-5553 for more information.

Saturday, April 30

Gallery Talk: Anthony Huberman on Franz Erhard Walther

2PM - Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508 845 440 0100

Free with museum admission. For reservations, click here.

Anthony Huberman is a curator and writer based in New York. As Chief Curator of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, he organized exhibitions with Gedi Sibony, Lutz Bacher, Bruce Nauman, John Armleder, and Olivier Mosset, and initiated The Front Room, an ongoing series with young artists. He has worked as a curator at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and at Sculpture Center in New York, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Hunter College.


Friday, May 6

The Singing Life of Birds

7PM - Bird song expert Donald Kroodsma will describe how birds communicate and why. Listen to the sounds of birds as you've never listened before, using their songs as a window into their minds. Location: Cary Institute's auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York.

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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