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POSITIVE NEWS BRIEFS AND OPPORTUNITIES – SEPTEMBER 2019

Ashokan Watershed Month
The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) has declared that September 2019 is Ashokan Watershed Month. Celebrate the unique characteristics that make the Ashokan watershed so special for those who live and visit here. Take a self guided “Ashokan Watershed Adventure” to important stream sites from the top to bottom of the watershed and win a patch along with other prizes. Attend a plein air painting workshop and learn about the stream features that you will be painting. If you want to get outside, take a guided paddle at Kenneth Wilson Campground, explore the Esopus Creek on a Rail Explorers rail car, or learn about fly fishing and the Esopus Creek Fishery. There will also be a series of talks and interpreted walks on the topics of Ashokan Reservoir operations, watershed wetlands, and paleoclimate. The month will conclude with a volunteer riparian planting project near one of our stream restoration projects followed by a closing party and social hour. To learn more about specific events and to register visit ashokanstreams.org. 

Watergrasshill B&B Fall Harvest Dinner with Whitecliff Vineyard
Join in on this lovely evening at Watergrasshill B&B for a hand crafted five course dinner on the beautiful new patio overlooking the Shawangunk mountains. Highlighting the seasons harvest, Chef Dan will prepare a locally sourced and seasonally fresh dinner. The evening will begin with a wine tasting by Whitecliff Vineyard and continue with five delectable plated courses. The evening will end with a gorgeous sunset and a desert you will go home dreaming about. Seating is limited so please call or sign up online to reserve your spot; the event is on Sunday, September 22nd from 530to 830pm at 105 Phillies Bridge Road.

Taste of New Paltz
Join the community at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz to taste all the richness that New Paltz has to offer.  Come celebrate local shops, producers, craft beers and restaurants with the locals. This is a great way for the local community and for people outside of the New Paltz area to see what they are up to in all realms of business. It’s also a fun end of summer event for the entire family to partake in.  Kids 12 and under get in for free and can enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities. While you’re at the Taste check out the business expo and craft vendors and dance to the music of the local bands who will be playing up and down Main Street. Taste of New Paltz will be on Sunday, September 15th from 11am-5pm.

Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society 
The Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society (RCMS) has for many years presented chamber music concerts at the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck. Unfortunately, due to its recent construction the Church cannot host concerts. But that does not mean there is an end to the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society. This summer and throughout the upcoming fall the RCMS will have events hosted at various different sites across the Hudson Valley. This proves to be a unique and exciting way to explore the different house venues while expanding the types of music on the programs. The RCMS present a Jazz performance at Wilderstein Historic Site in Rhinebeck on Sunday, September 29th at 2pm. This is a free outdoor concert featuring The D and G Quartet whose members include Doug Leaffer on saxophone, Steve Silverstein on drums, Geoff Hicks on piano & vocals  and Dave Landoni on bass. You will not want to miss their traditional jazz renditions of Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, and Cole Porter.

Art Walk Kingston
Art Walk Kingston is a celebration of the arts and the local community. Over the course of two days, visitors and local residents are invited to explore three distinct areas of the city of Kingston and immerse themselves in a range of art and events. Paintings, photographs and sculptures are just some of the mediums that will be on display at home studios and galleries. Whether you have a few hours or a full day, the event weekend will offer a broad range of art and activities.  For more information visit artwalkkingston.com The walk is on Saturday and Sunday, September 21st and 22nd, from 12pm-5pm.

Guided Garden Tour at Innisfree
Join landscape curator, Kate Kerin, for a lively 1.5 hour tour exploring Innisfree, a powerful icon of mid twentieth century design now recognized as one of the world’s ten best gardens. Like a great american novel, Innisfree’s story involves love, loss, and overcoming adversity through creativity and innovation. Discuss the people, inspirations, and the natural and designed features that make Innisfree such a memorable and moving place. Investigate the innovative and sustainable landscape design and management techniques that are central to Innisfree’s unique aesthetic and astonishing ability to maintain a 185 acre public garden with only a tiny seasonal maintenance staff. Learn simple yet powerful ideas home and professional gardeners can adopt. Tickets for this event are $15 per person. The garden is located at 362 Tyrrell Road in Millbrook. See you on Saturday, September 21st at 10am for this peaceful and informative walk.

Puppy Up! Dog Walk
Sunday, September 22nd is the seventh annual PuppyUp! fun dog walk. There will be vendors selling both canine and human products, demonstrations to include agility, retrievers and a great K9 demonstration by the NYS Troopers K9 teams. There will also be a pet adoption opportunity, featuring Pets Alive, where you can go home with your new best friend.  Come as an individual or as a team.  If you don’t have a dog, come walk for the cause, or in remembrance of a pet or someone who has or had cancer. The 2 mile walk will  promote awareness of canine cancer and fundraise for cancer research to benefit both pets and people.  Now more than ever, we must continue the fight and support those with cancer, honor the friends we have lost, and walk for those we can help. The event is at Saint Hubert’s Lodge & Club at Gaurino Farms on 626 Lattintown Road in Marlboro.

Judith Boggess
Not all childhoods are full of sunshine and lollipops; Rosendale native Judith Boggess survived a childhood (1949-1955) with her bar keeping parents, where she often found herself gaining important life lessons among colorful local characters in the bar. Of course a kid turns such wild tales into adventures, and that’s what Boggess did in publishing “Confessions of a Bar Brat: Grouping Up in Rosendale, New York.”  On Sunday, September 8th from 3-5pm Boggess will read from her rollicking memoir, “Confessions of a Bar Brat: Growing up in Rosendale, New York”  She will follow her reading with a book signing. You’ll find her at the Bevier House Museum on 2682 Route 209 in Marbletown.

20th Hudson River Valley Ramble
The Hudson River Valley Ramble is an annual event series celebrating the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. Every September, Ramblers come not only from the Hudson Valley region and New York State, but from other regions of the country as well to discover the riches our Valley has to offer. The 20th Annual Ramble will take place every weekend in September. Visit hudsonrivervalleyramble.com/ramble for a complete and updated list of events.

Annual Hoptember Harvest at Dutchess Hops
A true farm to pint experience with local beer, food and music all day long. Come meet your Hudson Valley brewers, distillers, cideries and vendors.  The event will feature 20 plus local brewers, local music as well as the hop smoked BBQ by the award winning “Bacon Brothers” as well as many other hop infused delights. VIP admission includes early entrance to the event, a commemorative glass and t-shirt and preferred parking. VIP’s will also be privileged to a rare beer and specialty food tasting and a tour of the Vineyard. Dutchess Hops is on 1167 Noxon Road in Lagrangeville. The fun begins at 1130am on Saturday, September 7th.

Fall Forage Mushroom Walk at Harlem Valley Homestead 
Take a walk in the woods to explore the sensational  seasonal fungi that grow at the Harlem Valley Homestead. From the backyard to pastures and woods, you will leave with new knowledge of identification, ecology, and practical uses of mushrooms and wild plants that grow in our area. The foraging walk will be followed by a foraging dinner crafted from wild food foraged at the Harlem Valley Homestead.  You can register for the dinner here http://bit.ly/ForageFarmDinner It is advised that you dress prepared for hiking in the woods and on the property, consider sunscreen, bug spray and hiking attire. Field guides, hand lenses, and baskets will also be available for use.  A small notebook and pen is also encouraged to record notes from the field. The walk is on Saturday, September 14th at 230pm and it does cost $25 to include the prepared meal.

Revolutionary War Encampment Weekend at Brinckerhoff House Historic Site
Join the first ever Revolutionary War Encampment weekend at the Brinckerhoff House Historic Site. It will be on Saturday, September 28th from 10am-4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm. You will be able to see demonstrations of what life was like for Continental Soldiers, Militia, Camp Followers and Civilians during the war for Independence. Musket drills and live fire, cooking and baking, artisans, blacksmithing, woodworking, broom making demonstrations, colonial games, and crafts will be available to the public. As part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble for 2019, Saturday will feature local author Michael Boyajian and his book, “The Fishkill Supply Depot, Sacred Ground of the American Revolution.” Sunday will feature Donald “Doc” Bayne and his talk on the long lost Sterling Furnace and the Great Chain across the Hudson at 2pm.  You will find the East Fishkill Historical Society at 68 Kensington Drive in Hopewell Junction.

Fall Hard Core Grand Cider and Mead Tasting at Boutique Wines and Spirits
Come taste the largest selection of craft cider in NYS under the same roof. This fall’s event has been expanded to 2 days, with different vendors both days. Come by Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th from 1-5pm and taste the flavors of the fall season, as well as straight cider and mead, and apple liqueurs. This event is free and the products are available for purchase both at the event, as well as on a regular basis. Featuring mead from NYS and cider from the Hudson Valley and around the world. Examples from France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Vermont, New York, California and much more.  With over 50 products in both can and bottle to try each day, plus 13 taps of the freshest cider for growler fills, there is sure to be something to please everyone at this event. Boutique Wines and Spirits is located at 18 Westgate Drive in FIshkill.

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
In 1989, Pat Reppert of Shale Hill Farm and Herb Gardens organized the first Garlic Festival held in the Hudson Valley,and perhaps on the East Coast. It was started as a promotional event for Reppert’s fledgling herb business and for New York State grown garlic. Each year it has been growing in size and  consistently looks for new and interesting vendors. This year from September 28-29th the two day celebration of garlic will commence. Enjoy the food, crafts, live music, chef and farmer lectures, children’s area and of course tons of garlic. Some of the varieties of garlic you might see are softneck, silverskin, artichoke, hardneck, rocambole, porcelain, and purple stripe. Get ready to take home lots of delicious garlic! Meet you at 12pm at Cantine Field in Saugerties.