October 2010
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Community Spotlight
Heritage Spotlight
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Barnabas McHenry
Chair, Greenway Council
Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Sara Griffen
Acting Chair, Greenway Conservancy
Acting Co-Chair, National Heritage Area
Mark Castiglione
Acting Executive Director Greenway
Acting Director National Heritage Area

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Historic Landscape Gardens of the Hudson Valley: A Month-Long Celebration

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What's New?

Historic Landscape Gardens of the Hudson Valley

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is pleased to announce that its month-long
Olana (by Ted Spiegel)
Olana Spiegel
"Historic Landscape Gardens of the Hudson Valley" celebration is underway! The celebration runs through October 24th and includes special lectures, guided tours, and workshops focused on the developments in landscape gardening popular in the 19th-century. Read More...

Glenn Curtiss Day at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

The Hudson River Valley Institute and the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum come to Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome with the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area on Saturday, October 9th to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Glenn Curtiss' historic flight in his Albany Flyer down the Hudson River Valley from Albany to Manhattan. The celebration will include a presentation and airshow featuring a replica 1911 Curtiss "D" Pusher, original 1918 Hisso Jenny, and 1931 Curtiss Wright Junion. Read More...

Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Joint Boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council and Conservancy will be held on October 20, 2010, at the Henry A.Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. The meeting is set to commence at 10:00am. For additional information, contact the Greenway at 518-473-3835.

Greenway Celebration at Esopus Creek Conservancy

On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, the Esopus Creek Conservancy held a Greenway Celebration to mark the completion of three pedestrian bridges Esopus Creek Conservancy on the Esopus Bend Preserve, funded through a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway. The event also celebrated the construction of an equipment shed and purchase of trail maintenance equipment, through funds secured by Assemblyman Peter Lopez. Read More...

New Communities and Trails!

The Hudson River Valley Greenway would like to welcome the Village of West Haverstraw in Rockland County as a new Greenway Community!

The Greenway is also excited to have two new segments of designated Greenway Trail - The Peck's Pond Park Loop Trail in the Village of West Haverstraw; and the Sojourner Truth Ulster Landing County Park Trail System in the Town of Ulster, Ulster County.

The Sojourner Truth Ulster Landing County Park is also now a designated Greenway Water Trail Site! Congratulations and thanks to these communities for their double designations!

Greenway Trail to Link Manhattan and Yonkers

The Hudson River Valley Greenway Link project is designed to recommend a route for a Greenway segment that connects the Hudson River Greenway at Dyckman Street in upper Manhattan with the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail in Yonkers. Read More...

Preserve America Grants Announced

The Preserve America matching-grant program provides planning funding to designated Preserve America Communities to support preservation efforts through heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation planning. Cold Spring, a Greenway Community in Putnam County, has been awarded one of these grants for a project titled "Heritage Tourism." Read More...

Planning for Nature in Your Community

A workshop for Green and Ulster County Planning Officials will be held at the Greene County Emergency Services Training Center in Cairo. The Workshop will cover the tools and procedures that can support conservation of natural resources during the local planning process. Read More...

Conference: Water Resources & Regional Economy

A special conference on Water Resources and the Regional Economy will be held on December 13th, 2010. The conference is sponsored by The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program and will be held at SUNY New Paltz. Read More...

Heritage Weekend 2011 Update

Although May 2011 seems a long way off, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is already hard at work planning for Heritage Weekend 2011. Dates have been set and Heritage Weekend will occur May 14-15, 2011. To find out more about how you can participate in Heritage Weekend, contact the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area at (518) 473-3835 or by email at hrvg@hudsongreenway.state.ny.us

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Communities Grants Applicationsfor the next round of Greenway Communities Grants will be due December 8th for our October Board Meeting. Read more...

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities which includes developing tools for preserving and making accessible museums' digital assets. Read More... (October 5)

Recreational Trails Program Grants from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation, and maintenance of trails and trail-related projects Read More... (November 5)

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections helps cultural institutions preserve holdings by supporting preventive conservation measures. Read More... (November 16)

Capacity Building Grants from Parks and Trails New York for organizational development of park and trail groups in New York State. Read More... (November 22)

Homes for Working Families Program for organizations or individuals to construct and/or rehabilitate housing for low income persons/households. Read more... (December 1)

Assisted Housing Stability, Energy, and Green Retrofit through HUD's office of Affordable Housing Preservation for eligible property owners to make energy and green retrofit investments to multi-family housing. Read More... (February 16)

Construction Grants for African American Historic Sites for historic sites with a primary association with African American history. Read More... (April 1)

NYS Community Development Block Grant Program for projects that benefit low- and moderate-income persons, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight or meet community development needs having a particular urgency. Read More... (Ongoing)

Department of Environmental Conservation State assistance programs for waste reduction, recycling and household hazardous waste programs. Read More... (Ongoing)

NYS Department of Environmental ConservationTechnical Assistance Grants for community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. Read More... (Ongoing)

Enterprise Green Communities to help cover the costs of planning and implementing green components of affordable housing developments, as well as tracking their costs and benefits. Read More... (Ongoing)

BJ's Charitable Foundation to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. Read More...(Ongoing)
Regional Events

October 1 - October 31:
Currier and Ives Exhibition: "Cheap and Popular Pictures" at Boscobel and the Senate House State Historic Site, Wednesday though Saturday

October 1:
Albany First Friday: Visit Center Square and Downtown arts venues for exhibition openings, receptions, and events.

October 2:
High Performance Plants for your Garden: Learn which plants are considered the top-performing perennials and shrubs in this region for a long blooming season, textural interest, and ease of maintenance.

Ghostly Games & Delightful Decorations: Early 20th century Halloween festivities featured paper decorations, costumes, historic party games and make your own paper decorations at the James Vanderpoel House

October 2-3:
Twin Forts Days: Enjoy a battle reenactment, cannon firings, and living history demonstrations throughout the day.

October 3:
Paint-Out Olana!: Artists of all ages and experience are invited to paint, sketch and photograph the Olana landscape.

John Jay Homestead Curator's Fabulous Finds: Art By the Jays:
See rare original drawings and sculpture by John Jay's children and grandchildren, as well as his great-great-great-granddaughter, well-known equestrian sculptor, Eleanor Iselin Wade.

Bronck Museum Heritage Craft Fair:Exhibit and sale of traditional American crafts on the grounds of a 347 year old Dutch Farm. Enjoy music, food, and wagon rides

October 4:
Enhancing Main Street: Making Upper Floors Work Again:Learn how community revitalization can be achieved by taking advantage of the latest strategies in historic preservation.

October 7:
John Jay Homestead Curator's Fabulous Finds: Art By the Jays:See rare original drawings and sculpture by John Jay's children and grandchildren, as well as his great-great-great-granddaughter, well-known equestrian sculptor, Eleanor Iselin Wade.

Patterns in Collecting:Staffordshire and History in an Albany Collection:Sarah Coffin, Curator of 17th and 18th Century Decorative Arts at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, will discuss the Ten Broeck Mansion ceramics collections, the history of the transfer-printing process on ceramics, and the role of the printed souce.

F is for Fall at the Children's Museum: Learn about what causes the season, how animals in the wild are changing their habits and create a cool fall collage to take home! Ages 3-5. Pre-registration.

October 9:
Glen Curtiss Day at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome: The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Hudson River Valley Institute and the Glenn Curtiss Museum pay tribute to Curtiss with a special air show and presentation in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his historic flight from Albany to Manhattan.

Spectres, Strange Sights and Visions at Schuyler Mansion: Examine ghost stories and visions of 18th century Albany while enjoying mulled cider. Reservations

Family Tour at Olana:Explore the house, its paintings and treasures from a child's perspective. Tours are geared for families

Manitoga Dutchess County Day:Special discounted rate of $8 for Dutchess County residents. 90-minute interpretive tour of Manitoga, Russel Wright's home, studio and gardens.

Plein Aire at Saratoga National Historical Park:Join in open-air painting of the park's pristine landscape or enjoy an art show of works from past plein-air sessions.

October 9 - 31:
Scarecrow Invasion:School children are invited to create scarecrows that populate the landscape at Lyndhurst.

October 10:
77th New York Regimental Balladeers:Join the 77th New York Regimental Balladeers at Olana State Historic Site as they play patriotic and classic songs of the Civil War.

Manitoga Hike to Lost Pond:Hike to Lost Pond and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy.

Solar Science: The Children's Museum explores the inner workings of solar science and reducing our carbon foot-print. Pre-registration required

October 13:
History Kids!:What did people eat 200 years ago, and how did they prepare it? Tour the Jay family kitchen and dining room, and make real butter

October 16:
Manitoga Columbia County Day:Special discounted rate for Columbia County residents.

The Romantic Age, the Great Estates & the Birth of American Landscape Architecture:Book signing for The Romantic Age, the Great Estates & the Birth of American Landscape Architecture by Robert M. Toole, in conjunction with Hudson River Heritage's 22ndAnnual County Seats Tour

Artists and the Hudson River:Olana welcomes Dr. David Schuyler for an illustrated lecture on how Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Jervis McEntee captured the landscapes of the region, making links between art and the land.

The Mid-19th Century "Men of Influence" and their Country Homes:Tour leaders discuss the evolution of romantic landscapes through the 20th century to the present, as each estate was altered to fit new fashions and new modes of living.

October 17:
200 years of landscape history at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site:During an easy hike, a ranger will chronicle more than 200 years of landscape history, helping participants catch a glimpse of earlier estate owner's legacies.

Family Discovery Sunday:Explore John Jay's farm, learn about the animals and crops raised there, and make bookmarks using natural materials you'll gather on the grounds, in this program for families and children.

Chemistry of Toys: In celebration of National Chemistry week, the Children's Museum examines the chemistry that makes up toys (including gak and silly putty). Pre-registration required

October 19:
Biodiversity Assessment Short Course:The Short Course teaches map interpretation, habitat identification, and land use planning for biodiversity conservation to local land use leaders.

October 23:
A walking tour of Blithewood Garden:Enjoy a guided tour with Bessina Harrrar, Blithewood gardener.

Manitoga Woodland Landscape Program:The Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison presents the fourth annual Woodland Landscape Program

Family Tour at Olana:Explore the house, its paintings and treasures from a child's perspective.

October 24:
Guided walk of the historic designed grounds of Vanderbilt Mansion:Guided walk of the historic designed grounds of Vanderbilt Mansion, led by noted landscape architect Robert Toole

October 29:
TROY NIGHT OUT: Visit the City of Troy for an evening of arts and culture with music, food, shopping, and exhibitions.

October 30:
A Great Sorrow: Visit the Bronck Museum to experience anearly American Funeral... just in time for Halloween!

October 30-31:
Slimy Science & Halloween Fun!:The Children's Museum hosts fun and educational Halloween happenings including slimy science experiments and creepy crafts
Community Spotlight

Sleepy Hollow

In 1820, Washington Irving published a collection of short stories which included The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Over the years, this tale of Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, and the Headless
Sleepy Hollow Horseman has become synonymous with Halloween. While the name "Sleepy Hollow" is shared by four communities throughout the United States and a crater on Mars,the original Sleepy Hollow that was the setting for Washington Irving's story is located in the Town of Mount Pleasant within Westchester County, New York. Originally, the Village of Sleepy Hollow was known as "North Tarrytown" and was an agricultural district but the community eventually became a manufacturing center, producing items that included steam-powered automobiles, shoes, and batteries. In 1996, the village adopted the name "Sleepy Hollow" to reconnect itself with its past and its literary history.

Today, visitors to Sleepy Hollow can retrace Crane's journey along Albany Post Road, stopping at the site of the Van Tassel House and at Patriots Park where Crane was met by the Headless Horseman. Further down the route, the Headless Horseman Bridge spans across the Pocantico, connecting visitors to the Rockefeller State Park Preserve where they can experience what Crane's original ride would have been like.

The Old Dutch Church, where Crane sought refuge, sits adjacent to the Old Dutch Burying Ground and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - the haunt of the Headless Horseman and the final resting place for local residents who inspired Irving's story including members of the Van Tassel family. Other cemetery residents include Andrew Carnegie, Walter Chrysler, William Rockefeller, Elizabeth Arden, and Washington Irving himself.

In addition to this literary connection, Sleepy Hollow is home to a number of noteworthy sites including Kykuit, home to 4 generations of the Rockefeller family; the Croton Aqueduct Trailway; the Union Church of Pocantico Hills, which includes stained glass works by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse; the 18th century Philipsburg Manor, which includes a water-powered gristmill and heirloom varieties of plants and animals; and Patriots Park, where, in 1780, John Andre was captured and Benedict Arnold's treason was exposed.

Sleepy Hollow is accessible by a variety of routes, scenic roadways, and regional trail systems. The community offers exceptional views of the Hudson River, spectacular fall foliage, and a wealth of shops and restaurants - just be sure to watch your head while visiting.

Heritage Spotlight

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome celebrates man's desire to fly. This ""living history"" museum features one of the country's largest collections of early aircraft, spanning the late 19th century through the 1940s. Among the rare (and, in some cases, extremely fragile) vehicles on view are a 1902 Wright Glider; a British Sopwith Camel, German Fokkers, and other mainstays of
World War I dogfights; relics from the Old Rhinebeck Aerodromegreat barnstorming days; and planes with other familiar monikers, such as Bleriot, Curtiss, and DeHavilland. Also on display are early automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles.

Many of the planes are still in working condition and are flown during weekend airshows. On Saturdays, the "History of Flight" show features early aircraft - including a 1909 Bleriot, the country's oldest flying plane - as well as a simulated World War I dogfight. On Sundays, the "World War I & Barnstorming Aircraft" show highlights the daredeviltry of pioneer pilots. Visitors can also book flights in an open-cockpit biplane that soars over the Hudson River and the surrounding countryside. The Aerodrome's museum also displays antique autos, trucks, and motorcycles of the period.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is located at: 9 Norton Road, Rhinebeck NY 12572. (845) 752-3200
Did You Know...

...the fictional tale of the Headless Horseman is based on some true facts?

The story of the Headless Horseman takes place during the 1790s in a community referred to as "Sleepy Hollow" near Tarrytown, New York. Ichabod Crane (a schoolmaster from Connecticut) competes with Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt (the local thug) for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel (daughter of a wealthy farmer). According to the story, a Hessian trooper (who lost his head to a cannonball during the American Revolution) was buried near the Old Dutch Church and was known to haunt the area every night in search of his missing head, harming anyone who stands in his
The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane (By John Quidor)
way. One autumn night as Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel Home, he encounters this Headless Horseman and is never heard from again.

Although the story itself is fictional, it is largely inspired by reality. The final showdown between Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman occurs on a bridge near the location where the Horseman is buried. The Old Dutch Burying Ground, the alleged gravesite of the Horseman, still stands in the Village of Sleepy Hollow. The bridge mentioned in the story is referred to as the "Horseman's Bridge" and still exists as well although today takes on a more modern appearance.

Additionally, the characters themselves are based on real residents of the area. It is believed that the character of Ichabod Crane was based on Jesse Merwin, a schoolteacher in Kinderhook. Although Kinderhook is further north in Columbia County, Washington Irving spent several months in Kinderhook during 1809, well before he published his story in 1820. Similarly, Katrina Van Tassel is thought to have been based Eleanor Van Tassel Brush, with her name coming from Eleanor's aunt Catriena Ecker Van Texel. The gravesites of the Van Tassels, along with the supposed gravesite of the Headless Horseman, are still located within Old Dutch Burying Ground.
Green Tip Of The Month

Take the bus to work one day a week. Each month would reduce your carbon footprint by about 13lbs of CO2. Over a year that comes to a savings of about 156lbs!

(All information courtesy of National Geographic's Green Guide)

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