Friday, June 3, 2011

News That Matters- June 3, 2011 - Things To Do Edition

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Good Friday Morning,

And the Lord God Albany said, "Go ahead, just try to hire someone.":

I've been trying to hire an employee to help me through the summer and while I've found a kid to work, the process of paying him, working out the fees, registrations, federal, state and local forms, insurances, workman's compensation and the rest has answered the question many have asked:
Why are so many contractors working in the cash economy and hiring day laborers instead?
The answer is that Franz Kafka had a bad LSD trip and the State of New York has made it a reality.

It's actually cheaper - and easier - to pay the fines and go to prison than it is to hire according to the rules.

And you, Nan Hayworth, you high and mighty protector of giant corporations, I mean really now. You give Big Oil billions in welfare, Monsanto and ConAgra billions more, but the tens of thousands of small businesses who are the lifeblood of our economy are left on our own? I'm willing to bet if we could match their campaign donations everything would be different.

In the meantime, if anyone out there knows how to navigate these waters and avoid their rocky shoals, especially workman's compensation, drop me a line.

Plumbing the depths of your wallet:

If you're a licensed plumber or work in the mechanical trades in Putnam County, the County Legislature, that supporter of Shop Putnam at all costs (usually yours,) is about to change your cost of doing business. Again. Go to the County Legislative meeting on Tuesday, June 7th to watch them do it. And don't you dare think you can stop them! They're desperate for money and afraid to tax county residents directly so they use the Department of Consumer Affairs to raise capital for them - through you. Would the last contractor doing business in this county please turn out the lights?

Passing the Crown:

I'd like to formally congratulate Maryellen Odell, our next County Executive, for winning her election unopposed. I'm sure she'll do fine but it would have been nice for voters to have had a choice.

Where's Nan part V

If you were at all interested in what Congresswoman Nan Hayworth has been up to and you were thinking about using her congressional RSS feed to keep up to date, you can forget about it. She's taken it down. If you've seen her Youtube channel and considered leaving a comment there you can forget about that too. Or if you thought you could ask her a question or engage her in debate at one of her town forums you can forget about that as well.

It appears the Congresswoman from NY's 19th district has shut herself away from her constituents and she's not alone! Ever since her party has moved to destroy our social safety net and forcefully transfer your money to the rich and powerful she, along with many other congressional Republicans, have locked themselves away by carefully constructing their 'public' meetings into showcases for their specific point of view. If you happen to have a different one, consider yourself fucked. You're not welcome, your ideas are not welcome and they don't even want to see their pictures nor recordings of public forums reproduced in any venue they cannot control.
Hey, you all thought the Tea Baggers were the answer and our national salvation! But it's gotten so bad of late that even Newt Gingrich is starting to sound like a moderate.

For the record:

One thousand people died from aspirin last year. None died from marijuana. Just thought you'd like to know that the Fed is now targeting medical marijuana states in another chapter of all that Change We're Supposed to Believe In.

The old standard Food Pyramid has been dismantled and reconstructed as a Food Plate.

Ernest Lawrence Taylor's poem, "Casey At The Bat" was published today in 1888.

From my woodpile:

What's Going On:


Summer Explorers Camp at Stonykill Farm

We are now taking registration for the Summer Explorers Camp for youngsters entering grades 1 to 6 and the Summer Fishing Camp for youngsters entering grades 3 to 6.

The Summer Explorers Camp will be held Monday through Friday, August 22 to 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  The fee is $100.

The Summer Fishing Camp will be held Monday through Friday, July 25 to 28, with the 29th as a raindate, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  The fee is $40.

If you are interested in registering your child/ren for either of these programs, email us at and a flyer/registration form will be sent to you.

Further details are available at on the Events page.

We hope your child/ren will join us!

Help Secure Marriage Equality in New York State

Human Rights Campaign is asking us to make phone calls to our State Senator’s office to encourage his support for Marriage Equality. If you’d like to call, the number is 845-279-3773.

Tell the staffer your name and town and that you expect The Senator to vote for Marriage Equality when the bill comes up later this month.

I’m a fan of letters as they give the Senator’s Staff something tangible to work with.
It doesn’t have to be long or involved, you don’t have to pour out your heart unless you feel so inclined. Just state your case, the case for equal rights and the case for New York.

Here’s the address:

Senator Greg Ball
1441 Route 22
Suite 205
Brewster, NY 10509

Trail Conference Hike of the Week

Bear Mountain Summit Loop - West Mountain From Bear Mountain Summit.
Overview: This hike loops around the summit of Bear Mountain, passing several spectacular viewpoints.


Click here for a detailed map of the summit of Bear Mountain and the immediate surrounding area (the latest edition of our Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails map set was published before these trails were completed).

This hike follows a newly-built section of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), to be formally opened in a ceremony on Saturday, June 4th. As part of a multi-year project to reconstruct this heavily-used section of the A.T., a team of professional trail builders, together with Trail Conference volunteers, has created a magnificent footpath that takes full advantage of the natural features of interest found along the trail,.

The hike begins at a sign for the A.T. on the northwest side of the summit. Directly ahead is a fork. The blue-blazed fork to the left will be your return route, but for now, take the right fork, blazed with the 2"x6" white blazesof the A.T. and the red-ring-on-white blazes of the Major Welch Trail. The first third of a mile has been designed to be handicapped-accessible, thus permitting all users to enjoy a beautiful section of the A.T. Even this trail section has been skillfully designed to blend in with the surroundings.

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[Note: Some of the events listed below are from the HRWA Digest and others from Manna Jo Greene's calendar.]

This Weekend:

Friday, June 3

Hike Huckleberry Ridge State Forest

On Friday, June 3, 2011,  representatives of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will meet at the trailhead for the Minisink Trail on Route 6 in Greenville to mark expansion of recreational trail opportunities in the region and the transfer to the state of 389 acres on the Shawangunk Ridge. The land is to be added to Huckleberry Ridge State Forest in Orange County. Following the 10am press event, take a hike on the Minisink and Lenape Ridge Trails in the company of experienced Trail Conference volunteers. (Directions to trailhead are here.) Click here to let us know you plan to come.

Background: Just a decade ago, no state forest land existed on the Shawangunk Ridge in Orange County. With this transfer, Huckleberry Ridge State Forest now comprises nearly 1500 acres.

The Trail Conference was instrumental in creating this state forest, working closely with the Trust for Public Land and DEC on the first 527-acre acquisition nearly a decade ago. The Trail Conference subsequently purchased an additional 980 acres in this region using funds from its Land Acquisition and Stewardship Fund (LASF). With this transfer, 958 of those acres will have been transferred to New York State, nearly tripling the size of the Huckleberry Ridge State Forest.

Sheilah Rechtschaffer: Green in Vietnam

6PM - 8PM Paintings and Pastels. Opening reception: BRC Gallery at the Bean Runner Cafe 201 South Division Street Peekskill, NY 10566 And in addition to this event, the Bert Rechtschaffer Jazz Trio with Jeff Whalen or Sax and Charles Frommer on Bass will play from 8:00 to 10:30. (There is a cafe music charge of $5)

Exhibition dates: May 30 to July 24, 2011

Michelle LeBlanc Jazz Duo

7PM: Michelle LeBlanc with Tom Kohl on piano at the The Division Street Grill, 26 North Division Street, Peekskill NY 10566. Call for dinner reservations: 914 739 6380 Join us for an evening in my favorite small city at the jazz club that sparked the Peekskill jazz renaissance.

Saturday, June 4 - National Trails Day

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries History Walk

10AM - Join Jim Heron for an historical tour of Denning’s Point. Center for Environmental Innovation & Education (CEIE), Beacon, NY. Register online at Contact:

NY/NJ Trails Conference Annual Meeting

Bear Mountain State Park: On June 4, the Trail Conference will open a wheelchair accessible section of the Appalachian Trail on the summit of Bear Mountain.  For the past year, Trail Conference volunteers have been hard at work building this ADA-compliant segment of this historic and nationally celebrated long-distance trail. The trail will allow wheelchair users to enter the woods and view the Hudson River and Valley from one of the region’s most scenic spots.

At 10:30 AM, we will open and dedicate the trail.  Later in the day, the Trail Conference will have its Summer Meeting on the lawn below Bear Mountain.  There will be food and music by the acclaimed urban bluegrass group, Two Dollar Goat.

The event is co-sponsored by Disney/ABC and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Places.  Members of the Disney team will be on hand to help.

What's Happening When

8:00: Departure of early hike to summit of Bear Mountain from Fort Montgomery Historic Site (co-sponsored by Mid-Hudson ADK)

10:00: Morning refreshments at Trailhead of the ADA-compliant segment of the Appalachian Trail at summit of Bear Mountain

10:30: Opening ceremony and Dedication

10:45: Hike or drive down to Lawn  (Options from easy to strenuous available)

12:00-varied: Lunch on the Lawn with Music by Two Dollar Goat. 
             Hikers arrive from a variety of trails, eat, enjoy music.

             Rain or shine under tent!

1:30 (estimated): Meeting

All programs are free!  Lunch: $15 donation.  RSVP for lunch by sending a check or going to our donation page.  Please indicate your RSVP in the comment box.

Questions, comments, or phone reservations, contact Joanne Reinhardt at or x26 at the office

FrOGS Great Swamp Canoe Trips

Each year Friends of the Great Swamp leads canoe trips on the East Branch Croton River into one of the largest wetlands in New York State. Join us on one of these enjoyable adventures into the Great swamp and experience this beautiful and valuable resource for yourself. As we enter this magical wilderness we will explore the biodiversity and learn more about the values of this nationally significant wetland. The Swamp provides critical habitat for aquatic species as well as for migrating and breeding birds. We have seen Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Prothonotary Warblers and Common yellowthroats as well as Wood Duck, Mallards and many, many more. There are Turtles, Dragonflies, some fantastic plants and possibly catch a glimpse of a mink or a muskrat.

Explore the Swamp with FrOGS. Meet us at the Green Chimney’s Beach on Doansburg Road (formerly Putnam Lake Road) of Rte 22. FrOGS members will guide each trip and point out the birds and plants as we canoe.

All levels of paddlers are welcome. We will provide canoes, paddles, Life jackets (bring your won if you wish) and a licensed Lifeguard. We suggest you bring bottled water, sunglasses and layered clothing to accommodate temperature changes. We will canoe rain or shine. In extreme conditions, we ask that you call for cancellation and rescheduling information.

Reservations are a must and space is limited so get your reservations early! For information and reservations contact:

Laurie Wallace at (845-279-8858) or subject: Canoe Trip

$25.00 Adult Member, $12.00 Child (6 to 14 years)
$29.00 Adult Non-member, $16.00 Child (6 to 14 years)

Cold Spring Farmers Market

9 AM - 1PM - at Butterfield Hospital at the corner of Rt 9D & Paudling Avenue, Cold Spring

Rain Barrel Building Workshop

10AM - Fishkill Town Hall. Sponsored by the Dutchess Watershed and Cornell Cooperative Extension Services.

Although we don’t often think about it, storm water can play an enormous part in the condition of our rivers, creeks, ponds, lakes, and wetlands.   When it rains, this water is usually channeled into storm drains to be taken to the closest body of water.  As storm water travels across the grounds’ surface as runoff, it can pick up different types of pollutants, washing them into our water bodies.   You can help!   Rain barrels are a great option to better manage excess storm water from your roof.  The water is captured before it picks up pollutants, and it is safe to use for watering plants.  A rain barrel can save gardeners up to 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months! 

This workshop will help you learn to better manage storm water AND will help you build your own 55 gallon rain barrel to take home. Cost: $45 per person, includes cost of rain barrel. To Register:  contact Angela Sullivan, 677-8223 x 114

Orange County Earth and Water Festival

11AM - 5PM- The OCWA is pleased to announce that the 4th Annual Earth and Water Festival will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery, NY. This unique festival is family-friendly, intimate, educational and of course, lots of fun! Stay an hour or stay all day. Bring a blanket, the kids and even your dog and enjoy the fresh air, listen to live music and entertaining performances by highly talented local musicians and peformers. Visit the Green Expo area at the festival and learn from many local vendors how they are making a difference by being "green" or what sustainable goods and services they provide. Buy fresh homemade bread, baked goods, produce and plants in the Farmers Market. Let the kids run wild in the Children's Activity tent (big festival favorite).

Live performances this year are diverse, colorful, creative, fun and always entertaining. Returning this year by popular demand are:

Arm-of-the-Sea Theater: Performing "To Fuel the Fire", a free-wheeling allegory about the ecological costs of energy. This tragic comedy features primordial masks and kinetic puppet figures, vivid paintings, whimsical props and live music. Their performances are award-winning and are a must see! You know it's good when a festival full of people stop to watch and listen. Click here to visit their website

Maxwell Kofi Donkor and the Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensamble: Their african drumming and dancing is interactive, makes your feet tap and people dance, and puts a smile on everyone's face. Click here to visit their website

"iS"coustic: This unusual, three piece jam band delivers live performances to electrify audiences. The bands name, which loosely means "the present tense" emphasizes their improvisational nature. They offer a unique experience that includes original diverse, memorable songs and exceptional musicianship. Click here to visit their website

Snakeman's Snake Show: Their performance will teach the audience about the environment and how snakes provide their part for the balance of nature. Their show is both interactive and hands-on with real live snakes, which will educate as well as entertain you. They will be at the festival all day and will do a special performance on the stage for everyone to enjoy! Click here to visit their website

New to the stage this year are Half Jester and Little Sparrow. These bands will delight and keep audiences moving. More details and the full performance schedule for follow soon.

More information is here.

Sunday, June 5

Kent CAC Hike to Wonder Lake State Park

11AM - Meet at the parking area [link] for Wonder Lake State Park on Ludingtonville Road. From there we'll hike to the south end of Wonder Lake using the hiking trails built by the New York New Jersey Trail Conference. From there we'll hike along the eastern shore to the lake's north end. From there we'll return to the parking area. Don't forget to bring your lunch and water for the hike. Also, you may wish to bring a camera. If the cool spring weather hasn't delayed it too much there should be some great opportunities to photograph the mountain laurel in bloom along the shore of the lake.

This is a moderate hike that takes about three hours including a lunch break and stops to photograph the lake and the mountain laurel. If bad weather forces us to cancel the hike, we'll let everyone who subscribes to our hikes list know by e-mail and post the news on the Kent CAC website. For further information contact Dave Ehnebuske.

Green Chimney's Birds of Prey Day

11AM - 5PM - The 19th annual  “With Wings and a Prayer: Birds of Prey Day" is coming to our Brewster campus.

Each year, this special event draws thousands of people from the tri-state area and adjacent states for a day of fun, flight and falconry.  A day dedicated to children, raptors and the environment returns to Green Chimneys in Brewster, NY with the 19th annual "With Wings and a Prayer: Birds of Prey Day." The star-studded event happens on Sunday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

We’re delighted to welcome back some of our ‘regulars,’ like Robert Kennedy, Jim Fowler of ‘Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom’ fame and Bill Robinson of Wildlife Lectures. Brian Bradley of Skyhunters, James Eyring of Pace Environmental Center will be back with their popular free-flying bird show and  a live wolf from the Wolf Conservation Center will be on display.  Keep checking our website for updates on new guests and celebrities as well as biographies on some of our guests. There are always celebrity surprise guests, too.

More than 100 birds of prey will be on display with falconers from across New York and Connecticut, offering families a chance to get "up close and personal" with a wide variety of raptors.  There will be pony rides, hay rides and activities for the kids, tours of the Farm and Wildlife Center and, of course, the 2 p.m. stage show featuring popular animal experts and celebrities.

We've got a full day planned for you and your family. Check the Schedule of Events so you don't miss a thing!

Admission: $15 for adults; $5 for seniors; $5 for children 3-11; free for children 2 and under - and scouts in uniform. A family pass is available for $35.

Metro North travelers receive 20% off ticket prices and free shuttle bus service from the Southeast train station.
Station pick ups are at 10:17am and 11:17am. Afternoon drop offs are at 4:13pm and 5:13pm.

Public parking is available at Powers Fasteners at the corner of Doansburg Road and Route 22 with free shuttle bus pick ups
at Green Chimneys Boni-Bel Farm and Country Store on Doansburg Road.

For more information, call (845) 279-2995, ext. 286.

Michelle LeBlanc Trio: The American Songbook

2:30PM - 4PM Featuring Tom Kohl on piano and Bill Crow on bass. This free concert is open to the public. Ann Marie Parish, Event Coordinator for the Plaza has attended our concerts at Arts on the Lake in Kent NY and loves our sound We were glad to get her call, inviting us to perform for Plaza residents and the public. We will set up on their lovely patio overlooking the grounds. If rain is forecasted, we'll move inside. Join us for a lovely afternoon. The Plaza at Clover Lake, 838 Fair Street, Carmel NY  10512 Call 845-878-4111 for more information.

Into The Future:

Tuesday, June 7

Rally for Marriage Equality

4 pm - At Steven Saland's offices at 3 Neptune Rd. Poughkeepsie

Distinguished Environmental Achievement Award Ceremony

5:30PM - 8 PM - Mohonk Consultations, Inc Presents Laura Heady with its Distinguished Environmental Achievement Award As the 2011 winner of Mohonk Consultations' Environmental Award, Laura is a true campaigner for biodiversity in our neck of the woods. She served last year as the keynote speaker at our Forum on Biodiversity. Since 2006, Laura has been Biodiversity Outreach Coordinator for the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with Cornell University. She helps municipal and regional partners to integrate biodiversity and habitat protection into conservation plans, smart growth strategies, environmental planning and preservation.
Reservations are required for each of our events. Call 845-256-2726 to reserve and/ or to ask for an invitation to the Award Ceremony. If you would like to be placed on our mailing list, please call 845-256-2726 or email   Location: Mohonk Mountain House

Thursday, June 9

Hudson River Watershed Alliance (HRWA)
 Mid-Hudson Watershed Omelet Series 

8AM - Rockland County Groundwater Conditions – Regional Declines or Stability except near Pumping Wells? 
Featured Speaker: Paul Heisig, USGS A recent groundwater investigation in Rockland County included all resources but focused on the fractured-bedrock Newark Basin aquifer, over which nearly 300,000 people reside. Pumping and water-level data suggest there has been no continuous regional downward groundwater trend as far back as 1989, but groundwater levels have declined locally near continuously-used production wells. 

The study describes the nature of the fractured-bedrock aquifer, and Paul Heisig will discuss the effects of suburban development on the hydrologic system. The scientific approach used in this study is a useful model to consider elsewhere in the Hudson River watershed. The results of this work, among others, is contributing to current evaluations of other water supply sources potentially sought for Rockland County residents and businesses.

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.

Friday, June 10

The Environmental Footprint of Marcellus Shale Gas

7PM - New natural gas extraction technology has led to an increase in the exploration of organic-rich shale in the United States. In New York State, the Marcellus Shale formation has captured the public’s attention. Will gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale be a boon, providing cleaner domestic energy, or a bust, contaminating our air and water resources? Find out answers from Duke University’s Rob Jackson. His research captures the latest science on the impacts of shale-gas extraction and fracking.
Location: Cary Institute's auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York.

Six New One-Act Plays

8PM - Six new one-act plays from Tony Howarth's Playwright's Workshop. At the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel, Route 52 just south of the Route 311 Causeway.

Mending Fences by Carol Mark with Karen Hanley and Sean Hopkins.
Never Too Many by Carol Mark with Zulie Lozada and Mark Snyder.
A Cable Situation by Pat O'Connor with Donna James and Jon Barb.
The Reincarnation of Doe Doe by Gabrielle Fox with Sean Hopkins, Jess Erick and Misti Tindiglia.
Dirty Laundry by Pat O'Connor with Jason Xay and Shelley Lerea.
Late for Her Own Funeral by Pat O'Connor with Marisa Lowe, Rob Rowe, Jason Xay and Jeff Green.

The plays are directed by Tony Howarth and Lora Lee Ecobelli. Production Stage Manager: Jeff Green.

The theatrical event is like a “laboratory,” explains Director Tony Howarth. The playwrights get to see their plays live, in front of their community. Howarth says, “The community can come together with a sense of pride and engagement—their reactions determine what will happen with the plays, where they go next. I wish I had this opportunity when I was just starting out.”

Gabrielle Fox, one of the featured playwrights, agrees. She says the audience’s role is key: “I think they’ll pick up on the collaboration and will also get a flavor of the risks that have been taken with styles and genres.  Live theatre is exciting and I love being part of it.”

For further information, contact Tickets: $10 General Admission / $8 Member Admission

Tannahill Weavers

8:30PM - The legendary Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland's premier traditional bands, play a diverse repertoire that spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians consistently garner worldwide accolades for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better ...yet continue to do just that. "An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." -New York Times; "Scotland's Tannahill Weavers play acoustic instruments, but the atmosphere at their shows is electric! The quintet is as tight and as versatile as any band in the Celtic music revival. They can summon rock 'n' roll intensity or haunting introspection." -The Boston Globe; " close to perfect as it gets in an imperfect world." -Sing Out! At the Towne Crier Cafe - $30 advance/ $35 door

Saturday, June 11

7th Annual Family Festival and Sleep Over Under the Stars

With over 400 attendees and all campsites filled, last year's event was our most successful ever.  Reserve early to make sure you and your family can join the fun this year! 

The Claudio Marzollo Community Center of Philipstown (aka Philipstown Recreation Center)
107 Glenclyffe Drive, Garrison, NY
Good Food:
Burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, potato salad, cole slaw, fresh organic green salad (with lettuce from Second Wind CSA), hummus and pita, watermelon, lemonade, iced tea, water.
Campout breakfast will include juice, coffee, tea, bagels and spreads, cereals, fruit and yogurt.

Good Music:
Rollicking bluegrass band NoBrakes . . . and a mish mash of Philipstown's finest campout musicians leading the sing-along at the Sleep Over Under the Stars!
Good Fun:
Lots of fun outdoor activities including soccer, hula hooping with Judy, a wildlife presentation, and giant bubbles, as well as a raffle with great prizes.

Individual Barbecue: $10 ($15 at door)
Family Barbecue: $25 ($30 at door)

Campout: $50 (Includes festival/BBQ admission and breakfast. Pre-registration is required. Just fill out and send in the form.)
To purchase tickets, visit the HHLT office, email, or call 845/424-3358.  Proceeds from the Family Festival benefit the Garrison and Haldane environmental education programs.

Be Part of the Team
Meet your neighbors and make new friends when you volunteer.  We are looking for people to help with parking, food prep, or the raffle booth.  Call us at 845/424-3358 or email to let us know your availablity and interests.

Aztec Two Step

7:30pm Aztec Two Step comes to Belle Levine! These guys have been mesmerizing audiences for over 40 years and our Gallery is the ultimate intimate setting! Tickets are only $35./30. for members and reservations are requested. At the Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac.

Six New One-Act Plays

8PM - Six new one-act plays from Tony Howarth's Playwright's Workshop. Plays by Pat O'Connor, Gabby Fox and Carol Mark, directed by Tony Howarth. At the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel, Route 52 just south of the Route 311 Causeway. See June 10 Above for More Information.

Sunday June 12

Beacon Sloop Club's Annual Strawberry Festival

Noon - 5PM - Fresh strawberry shortcake made with local berries, real whipped cream and hot biscuits. Free Sails on the Woody sloop weather permitting. Music powered by solar panel trailer with Dan Einbender & the Grammy Award Winning Rivertown Kids, Pete Seeger, and others. Environmental tent with speakers and displays. A family friendly festival for all ages. Food & Craft vendors available. WDST radio will have a table with giveaways. Info: (845) 831-6962, (845) 463-4660, Free admission & parking

Thursday, June 16

No-Cost Solar-Thermal Seminar

8AM - Noon - For Contractors at SUNY Ulster's Business Resource Center, 1 Development Court, Room 114,Kingston. Presenters will be John Maliwacki of SunMaxx Solar (Ithaca, NY) and Gerhard Klier of EarthKind Solar in Kingston. Contact Patrice Courtney Strong, Courtney Strong, Inc., 845-331-2238

IBM Distinguished Engineer Dr. Harry Kolar to unveil new possibilities for “smarter rivers” at Beacon Institute

7PM - Coinciding with IBM’s centennial, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries will present a talk by IBM Distinguished Engineer Harry R. Kolar, Ph.D. that features an exciting glimpse into the intelligent systems and cyber-infrastructure technologies available for real-time water monitoring.  In his talk, titled Smarter Rivers for a Smarter Planet, Dr. Kolar will illustrate the computing technologies behind IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative, which sees the world as an intelligent, instrumented and interconnected system. 

Beacon Institute, Clarkson University and IBM are collaborating on the River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON), the first technology-based monitoring and forecasting network for rivers and estuaries. REON allows for minute-to-minute monitoring of physical, chemical and biological data through a network of sensors, robotics and computational technology. As IBM marks its one-hundredth year on June 16, 2011, it is celebrating its history via 100 Icons of Progress , a campaign highlighting 100 of IBM’s most significant achievements to date.  REON is included within the icon for Smarter Water Management. Online registration for this event is encouraged.  For more information about upcoming Beacon Institute events, visit

Location: Beacon Institute’s Center for Environmental Innovation and Education at Denning’s Point in Beacon.

Friday, June 17

Hudson River Watershed Roundtable

10 AM - The 2011 Hudson River Watershed Roundtable will focus on monitoring programs, including: How to design a monitoring program that meets your objectives; reports from Hudson Valley Watershed Groups on their own monitoring programs; reports from State and Federal agencies on monitoring programs; new monitoring techniques; and an opportunity for networking and information sharing.

Watershed Groups should bring a short written summary of: 1. Monitoring efforts; 2. Existing progress/success stories; 3. Challenges you are facing; 4. Updated contact information.  The Roundtable is sponsored by the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and the Hudson River Estuary Program.  

RSVP to Barbara Kendall, HRWA Coordinator:  914-474-2759
Location: Kowawese Unique Area, Plum Point, on the Hudson River East of Route 9W, New Windsor, New York.

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 Moon" A documentary by Karen Person

7:30PM - A screening & discussion with the Director/Producer/Filmmaker – Karen Person presented by The Schoolhouse and the Putnam Arts Council. Join us as we return to 1969 with Buzz Aldrin as he unfolds the story of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon and provides insight and context to this historic event.  The film reflects the space program of that era, its triumphs and tragedies, and documents the culmination of an young, optimistic President’s promise. Film to be screened in the Schoolhouse Theater – 3 Owens Rd., Croton Falls, NY Tickets $10 which includes light refreshments. Reservations recommended – 914.277.8477(Schoolhouse) or 845.803.8622 (PAC).

Saturday, June 25

Beacon Riverfest

Following the rousing success of its illustrious debut last year, where attendance was estimated at 2,500 people, Local 845 will present the second annual BEACON RIVERFEST, a free day-long outdoor music festival held in the city’s Riverfront Park, on Saturday, June 25.

Five bands will headline on one center stage: 11-piece steampunk mambo band, GATO LOCO; one-name moniker and roots collective, MILTON; JACK GRACE BAND, featuring the Broken Mariachi Horns; Hip Hop-Spoken Word project, READNEX POETRY SQUAD; and THE TAO SEEGER BAND.

BEACON RIVERFEST is free and open to the public. Rain location is University Settlement.
BEACON RIVERFEST is growing in its second year with new stuff:

In May, lookout for “Beacon Riverfest Art Guitars,” a citywide public display of more than 40 wood guitars each painted by a different local artist. On June 18, beginning at 6PM, a week before Beacon Riverfest (June 25), the guitars will be on auction at the Marion Royael Gallery, 460 Main Street in Beacon. Proceeds from the auction will be split evenly between the artists and Beacon Riverfest.

In partnership with Beacon's Department of Recreation, Local 845 offers "Rock Band Boot Camp," a fun and inspiring workshop where students learn how to work together and play as a rock band. Sessions are offered to teens and adults year round. Playing in Local 845's Boot Camp energizes and inspires students of all ages. The Spring 2011 session for teens (April 27-June 15) will culminate in a live performance at Beacon Riverfest, where students will share center stage with headlining acts.

Local 845 presents a rich variety of original rock, folk, jazz and contemporary musical artists year-round at a variety of hospitable venues, including Beacon's historical Howland Cultural Center and more non-traditional locales such as Open Space Gallery, University Settlement Camp and Spire Studios. In addition to launching Beacon Riverfest in 2010, Local 845 also produced "Pete Seeger If I Had A Hammer: Concert For a House," a benefit for Habitat for Humanity presented at Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh, New York. In August 2011, Local 845 will present "Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park Summer Concert Series," four weekly free concerts in Beacon's newly renovated Long Dock Park, and its "In The Pines" concerts will expand this year to become a spring and summer series at Beacon's University Settlement Camp.

Sloan Wainwright Band

8:30PM - Folk-pop artist Sloan Wainwright belongs to a musical dynasty of impossibly gifted singer-songwriters. Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, sister-in-law Kate McGarrigle, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who's who of contemporary folk music. Sloan's incredible gift is not only her unique songwriting ability but her dramatically voiced rendition of her original songs. "She's folk-influenced, obviously (you can't grow up in the First Family of Folk and not be, one imagines), but the real star here is her voice. Warm and smoky and smooth, it makes her earthy, ominous lyrics seem all the more intense." Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles --pop, folk, jazz and blues-- held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto. The end result, a un! ique and soulful hybrid. "A lot of singer-songwriters are whitebread. Sloan is whole grain." -WFMT Radio, Rich Warren; "...Sloan Wainwright, whose regal voice could fell a redwood." -The Boston Globe; " mother voice that she pours into unexpectedly sensitive blends of folk, jazz, blues and funk." -The New York Times $25 advance/ $30 door At the Towne Crier Cafe


Thursday, July 7

Wappinger Creek Walk

5PM - In celebration of Creek Week and Dutchess County Watershed Awareness Month the Cary Institute and Cornell Cooperative Extension will host an interpretive hike along the Wappinger Creek Trail. This family friendly event will engage children and adults in hands-on activities. Participants will sample macro-invertebrates and learn about water quality issues. Wear sturdy waterproof shoes and bring your camera and drinking water. To RSVP please visit  Location: Cary East (Gifford House) parking area, located at 2917 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, N.Y.

Friday, July 8

Real Majority Jam at Waryas Park

6:30PM - Bring your instruments and a pot luck contribution. This-- that now more than ever we in the grass roots need to organize together-- to stand up proudly as the true Real Majority-- in recognition of the fact that we ARE the real majority-- as poll after poll after poll still proves that the vast majority of Americans are FOR progressive taxation, AGAINST massive budget cuts, layoffs, and cuts to Planned Parenthood and EPA, FOR our troops to come home from Afghanistan and Iraq, FOR health care for all, FOR a $10/hour minimum wage, FOR a constitutional amendment to make it clear that corporations aren't people-- and FOR Clean Money Clean Elections campaign finance reform. Contact Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner for more information: Waryas Park is on the Poughkeepsie Waterfront just below the train station.

Saturday, July 9

Long Dock Park Celebration

1PM - 6PM - Help us celebrate the opening of this new and improved Hudson Riverfront park in high style. Take to the water on a free kayak paddle, try out a new bike on the Klara Sauer Trail, join a guided tour of exciting park features, including Scenic Hudson’s River Center, our new venue for arts and environmental activities. If that’s not enough, you can test your mettle at hula-hooping and enjoy a great lineup of live performers—all while admiring magnificent Hudson River vistas.

    Arm-of-the-Sea Theater
    Uncle Rock
    We Must Be
    The Big Takeover

Event Location: Long Dock Rd. Beacon, NY 12508 - On the river side of the Beacon Train Station.

Friday, July 15

Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming

7PM - Climatologist Dr. Michael Mann will review the evidence for human influence on the climate, including measurements available for the past two centuries and paleoclimate observations spanning more than a millennium. He will also address how climate change will influence the world we live in, from sea level rise and severe weather to changes in the water supply. His lecture will conclude with a frank discussion about possible solutions to the climate change. A key contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, Dr. Mann is author of more than 130 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and recently co-authored the book “Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming” with colleague Lee Kump. He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning science website  Location: Cary Institute's auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York.

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.

Thursday, July 26

Biodiversity Assessment Short Course

Hudsonia announces two sessions of the Biodiversity Assessment Short Course. This three-day intensive course teaches techniques for identifying and protecting important biodiversity resources. Through hands-on exercises in remote sensing and field assessments, participants learn to predict the occurrence of ecologically significant habitats, and learn field indicators for habitats of conservation concern. Discussions of land use planning for biodiversity conservation will cover many issues and scenarios relevant to the work of town agencies, land trusts, and conservation NGOs. The course is open to land use decision-makers in the ten-county Hudson River estuary corridor, and especially members of town boards, planning boards, and conservation commissions, the staff of land trusts, and others directly engaged in environmental reviews and land use planning. Participants are chosen by competitive application. For further information contact Gretchen Stevens at Hudsonia Ltd., 845-758-7024,
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