September 2010
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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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September 11-12
September 18-19
September 25-26

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(Photo by James Bleeker)

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What's New?

10th Annual Great Hudson River Paddle a Great Success

The tenth annual Great Hudson River Paddle (GHRP) launched from the Corning Preserve in the
Assemblyman Peter Lopez joins the Paddle (Photo Courtesy of Jack Gilman)
City of Albany on Thursday July 29th and continued through Thursday August 5th, arriving at Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center in Peekskill. The 30 seasoned paddlers were joined by Fred LeBrun of the Albany Times Union and "Building Bridges Building Boats," a youth boating organization. Read More...

Hudson River Valley Ramble Kicks Off !

The 11th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble will take place September 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26. The nearly 200 events offer opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, and exploring the natural and cultural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Find an event near you at www.HudsonRiverValleyRamble.com!
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Kingston Heritage Passports

Earlier this year, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area partnered with the Kingston Visitors Center to develop a "Heritage Passport." This passport provides discounted admission to Kingston's museums and historic sites. Read More...

Bear Mountain Chef Named Chef Of The Year


Bear Mountain State Park announced that Executive Chef Michael Matarazzo has been named the American Culinary Federation Chef of the Year for 2010. Chef Matarazzo is the Executive Chef at Bear Mountain State Park Overlook Lodge, Cliff House, Merry-Go-Round Pavilion and forthcoming restaurants at the historic Bear Mountain Inn. Read More...
Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Communities Grants Applicationsfor the next round of Greenway Communities Grants will be due September 10th for our October Board Meeting. Read more...


Captain Planet Foundation for hands-on, environmental projects for children and youths that encourage them to solve environmental problems in their communities. Read More... (September 30)


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)


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


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)

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

September 1-October 31:

Currier and Ives Exhibition: "Cheap and Popular Pictures" at Senate House State Historic Site, Wednesday through Saturday

September 3:

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

September 5:
Catch of the Day Seining:Catch fish and other creatures by dragging a 30' net near Yonkers.

September 6:
36th Annual John Jay Homestead Chess Tournament: Enjoy a friendly tournament with activities for kids.

September 8:
History Kids: Tour gardens at John Jay Homestead and make sachets using herbs and flowers

September 11:
Hudson River Valley Ramble: Walking, hiking, kayaking and biking experiences, estuary explorations and historic site tours that highlight the resources of our region!

September 12:
Hudson River Valley Ramble: Walking, hiking, kayaking and biking experiences, estuary explorations and historic site tours that highlight the resources of our region!

Bedford Riding Lanes Fall Pace and Picnic: John Jay Homestead presents this horseback riding event.


River Explorers: Children ages 5-12 can enjoy learning about trees and leaves at Beczak.

September 18:
Hudson River Valley Ramble: Walking, hiking, kayaking and biking experiences, estuary explorations and historic site tours that highlight the resources of our region!

Barn Dance at John Jay Homestead: Enjoy an informal BBQ and concert in the barnyard!


Manitoga Volunteer Landscape Day: Join horticulturists and designers as they landscape

223rd Anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga: Set the 1777 scene with tents and cannon firings!

Catch of the Day Seining:Catch fish and other creatures by dragging a 30' net near Yonkers.

September 19:
Hudson River Valley Ramble: Walking, hiking, kayaking and biking experiences, estuary explorations and historic site tours that highlight the resources of our region!

Annual Homestead Country Fair at John Jay Homestead: Enjoy music, animals, performers and food!

Unplanned Views at Olana: Join a geologist in exploring this landscape in a new way.

Bronck Family at Home: Costumed interpreters discuss Judge Bronck, Dr. Ely and his daughter

Catch of the Day Seining:Catch fish and other creatures by dragging a 30' net near Yonkers.

September 23:
Herb Fair at John Jay Homestead: Plant and craft demonstrations, food, and herb merchandise

First Day of Autumn Hike: Explore carriage drives and sweeping views at Olana

September 24:
Troy Night Out: Visit the City of Troy for an evening of arts and culture with music, food, shopping, and exhibitions.

September 25
Hudson River Valley Ramble: Walking, hiking, kayaking and biking experiences, estuary explorations and historic site tours that highlight the resources of our region!

Manitoga Orange County Day: Special rates and tours for Orange County residents

You Are Needed at the New Windsor Cantonment: Enjoy special presentations on the Continental Army

September 26
Hudson River Valley Ramble: Walking, hiking, kayaking and biking experiences, estuary explorations and historic site tours that highlight the resources of our region!

Patterns in Nature: See how science, art, and math cross paths in the natural surroundings of Olana

"En Plein Air" Creative Writing Workshop: Local writer and poet will lead the outdoor exercises
Community Spotlight

Town of Warwick

Located on the New York / New Jersey border, the Town of Warwick is the largest town in Orange County and one of the largest in the Hudson River Valley (107 square miles). Warwick's landscape ranges from mountainous terrain in the east to flat agricultural lands in the "black dirt" region in the western part of the Town.
Warwick Image
Historically, the "black dirt" region of Warwick was called the "Drowned Lake" because at one time the black dirt area was covered by a shallow glacial lake which filled in over the past 10,000 years (since the last glaciation) with dead vegetation leaving behind a rich, deep soil (at times more than 96 inches) that is ideal for farming. Over 50 farms and vineyards exist within the Town, nearly 15 of which offer "agritourism" opportunities.

While the soil is excellent for agriculture, its tendency to flood makes it ill-suited for development and communities in this region are confined primarily to islands at the edges of the black dirt area. However development pressure still threatens the Town's rural character and Warwick uses a variety of measure to protect its rural character including a conservation overlay ordinance, cluster subdivision ordinance, Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program, Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program, and a Legislative Bill establishing a Community Preservation Act.
Heritage Spotlight

Historic Huguenot Street

Seven restored houses along New Paltz's quiet Huguenot Street offer a glimpse into the lives of the French settlers who founded the village in the 17th century.
Historic Huguenot Street
The sturdy homes belonged to families of Protestant French Huguenots escaping religious persecution in Catholic France; they purchased 40,000 acres along the banks of the Wallkill River from the Esopus Indians in 1677. (Before coming to America, the 12 families first settled in the Pfalz region of Germany, hence the name for their community, New Paltz.) Some of the buildings contain traces of the earliest permanent stone dwellings, built in the 1680s; most date from the early 18th century.

Tours of the houses reflect the changing tastes of the Huguenot families over 300 years. Several have been restored to their early 18th-century appearance; most impressive of these is the stone Jean Hasbrouck House (constructed in 1721), with its steeply pitched roof, jambless fireplace, and massive ceiling beams. Others include a 1799 Federal-style brick home and a house greatly enlarged in the Victorian style in the 1890s. All are furnished in the appropriate period, largely with possessions that belonged to the original families. The community's 1717 French Church has also been reconstructed.

The houses are maintained by the nonprofit Huguenot Historical Society, which also owns two other restored properties nearby: the 1738 Terwilliger House, a Dutch homestead, and the elegant Locust Lawn, a Federal-style mansion.

Historic Huguenot Street is located at 18 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-1660
Did You Know...

...the world's largest kaleidoscope is in the Hudson Valley?

The World's Large Kaleidoscope (formerly known as the Kaatskill Kaleidoscope), standing approximately 65 feet tall, is located on Route 28 in Mount Tremper at Emerson Place.

The kaleidoscope is made up of a 38 feet tall pyramid of mirrors Worlds Largest Kaleidoscopewitha 50-foot wide diameter that towers over the heads of viewers. According to their website, the one and a half ton mirrors were lowered into the silo using a 100 foot crane.

The interior space is lined with 36 sheets of shatterproof, space-age building material that has 98-percent reflectivity.


For more information about the kaleidoscope
visit thei
r website or call (845) 688-5800 x4.
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Editor: John Dennehey, Senior Planner

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