April 2011


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  


In This Issue

What's New?        Upcoming Grant Opportunities        Regional Events         Community Spotlight 

Heritage Spotlight        Did You Know?        Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew


Greenway Board Meeting 

BoardMtg2011On March 10th, the Greenway held a joint meeting of the Boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council and Conservancy, and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, at the Historic Cornell Boathouse at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Greenway Boards and meeting attendees were welcomed by Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus and Marist College President Dr. Dennis Murray. Jennifer Schwartz Berky, Deputy Director for Ulster County Planning, and David Church, AICP, Director of Orange County Planning, each discussed their county's compact initiatives. Read More...


Greenway Grants Awarded


At the March 10th Board Meeting, Greenway Community grants were awarded to the Town of Sand Lake, Rensselaer County ($4,850) for architectural upgrades to Sand Lake Center for the Arts; the City of Newburgh, Orange County ($10,000) for a rescope and additional funding for an Agricultural Land Use and Natural Resource Plan. A Greenway Compact Grant was awarded to Orange County ($25,000) for the Orange County Greenway Compact. 


Greenway Welcomes New Board Members      


At the March Board Meeting, the Greenway Council voted to appoint two new members to the Greenway Conservancy Board. The two new members are Cindy Lanzetta from Marlborough, Ulster County and long-time representative of Congressman Hinchey on the National Heritage Area's Management Committee Stefan Yarabek. Read More... 


New Greenway Water Trail Site    


The Greenway Board voted to include Alfred Z. Solomon Canoe/Kayak Launch at Hudson Crossing Park, Lock C-5 Champlain Canal, Town of Saratoga, Saratoga County, as a newly designated site on the Greenway Water Trail.


Great Hudson River Paddle Changes Course This July    


Building upon ten highly successful years, the Hudson River Valley Greenway is opening up the format of the Great Hudson River Paddle from a single end-to-end trip into a series of many types of partner-run paddles. The new Great Hudson River Paddle will be modeled on the celebrated Hudson River Valley Ramble and will include short overnight paddles, day paddles, free paddles, paddle races, and a variety of other events. Read More...


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


Olana presents a panel discussion on April 16th featuring 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 will be moderated by David Schuyler, the biographer of Calvert Vaux, who assisted Church with the design of the house. Read More...

NY Heritage Weekend



Heritage Weekend 2011 


The 2011 New York Heritage Weekend celebration will take place during the weekend of May 14th and 15th, 2011.  We are timing this event to coincide with "National Preservation Month" and the start of the summer tourism season, when many historic sites are opening for the year.


New York Heritage Weekend has a Facebook page, Twitter account, and Flickr account to keep everyone updated on the latest developments. Read More...





Help Build More Vibrant Riverfronts


Scenic Hudson recently published "Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts," an illustrated guide offering strategies, tools, and techniques to help communities bring new life to their riverfronts. The book has been endorsed by the Hudson River Valley Greenway Council, the NYS Department of State Division of Coastal Resources, the NYS Hudson River Estuary Program, and both the NY Metro and Upstate chapters of the American Planning Association.  


Free copies of Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts have been sent to every municipal, planning, and zoning board in each Hudson riverfront community, as well as to scores of developers, community groups, stakeholders, and individuals. In addition, the book can be viewed or downloaded and printed at www.revitalizinghudsonriverfronts.org. Read More...


Are You the "Greenest NYer?"


I Love New York, New York State's tourism promotion agency, and EscapeMaker.com are seeking to celebrate those individuals who are doing their part to keep the Empire State green with the "Greenest NYer of 2011" contest. Voting will begin April 7th online and the top three candidates will be judged by a panel of expert judges. Read More...    


Calling all Artists


The National Park Service has a $1,000 prize at stake in a new competition for architectural artists who create drawings of historic buildings. The competition will be administered by the National Park Service's Heritage Documentation Programs and the winning drawing will be published in Architectural Record magazine. Read More...



Video Message from NPS Director Jon JarvisInterview with NPS Director Jon Jarvis


On March 31st, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis appeared on the intranet website "InsideNPS" to discuss National Heritage Areas. Jarvis described Heritage Areas as "community-based efforts that preserve and share stories about a region's history and character. Heritage areas contain a mixture of public and private property, including towns, historic sites, parks, trails, commercial districts, and even working farms. All these parts of the community join together around a common theme and promote the cultural, natural, and recreational benefits of the area...they revitalize communities, strengthen local economies, and create jobs." Click the image on the right to watch the video in its entirety.  


Teaching the Hudson Valley Symposium


Students -- and growing numbers of teachers and site staff -- are digital natives. iPods,  wikis, online collections and collaborations, PDAs, virtual tours, and more, are second nature to them. At this year's institute we'll uncover ways to use these proliferating tools to build community and teach about special places.  Learn more at TeachingTheHudsonValley.org


Free Entry to National Parks!


The growing connection between public lands and public health is the focus of National Park Week, April 16-24.  Entrance to all national parks is free throughout the week and many parks are offering special programs and events. Read More... 


Mark Your Calendar for "River Day" this June 


On Saturday, June 4th, 2011 the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program will sponsor the third annual "River Day" featuring events up and down the river. Read More...

GrantsUpcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants applications for the next round of Greenway Community Grants will be due May 6th for our June Board Meeting. The following due date for applications will be September 9th for our October Board Meeting. Read More... 


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


New York Main Streets Program for projects that propose funding for building renovation, downtown anchors, and/or streetscape enhancements Read More... (April 29)


Preserve New York Grant Program to identify, document, and preserve New York's cultural and historic buildings, structures, and landscapes. Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, historic landscape reports and cultural resource surveys. Read More... (May 2)


New York State Community Development Block Grant Program (NYS CDBG) from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation and the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation's Office of Community Renewal in two categories (see below). Read More... (May 27)

    • Annual Competitive Round Funds for community development projects benefiting low and moderate income persons in the categories of housing, public facilities, and public infrastructure
    • Open Round Economic Development Program Funds for economic development, small business and microenterprise activities which create or retain permanent jobs benefitting low and moderate income persons. 

Conservation Treatment Grant Program for treatment procedures by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical, and cultural organizations in New York State. Read More... (June 1) 


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


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Technical 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 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)

EventsRegional Events

April 1

April Fools Olana: Objects that just don''t fit in are scattered throughout the house, some better hidden than others. Bring the family and see who has the sharpest eye.


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


Fancy Meeting You Here: Comedians Carl Arnheiter and Dave Hill entertain and misinform during this walking comedy show through The Dorsky Museum 


April 3


Gallery Tour at the Dorsky Museum: First Sunday Free Gallery tour with guest educator Kevin Cook. 


April 6


History Kids!:Explore the grounds of the John Jay Homestead and discuss the crops that were grown on John Jay''s farm. Plant a crop to take home! 


April 7


Friends of John Jay Homestead Scholar's Lecture: Historian and speechwriter Jeff Shesol will speak on "Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court" at the Jay Homestead


April 8


Opening Reception at the Dorsky Museum:Opening Reception for The Upstate New York Olympics: Tim Davis and Thick and Thin: Ken Landauer and Julianne Swartz


April 9


Family Tour at Olana: Explore the house, its paintings and treasures from a child''s perspective. Tours are geared for families with 6-12 year olds, but all ages are welcome.


April 10


Buddhist Cave Art in India: Dr. Dhammadipa Fa Yao, abbot of the Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, speaks about India's grotto art district and his visit to archaeological sites in Maharajshtra at the Woo Ju Library in Carmel.


April 10 - June 15 


Every Tree Tells a Story: The Jay Heritage Center presents a photo exhibition focusing on trees and tree groupings, often associated with historically important people and events.


April 16


 Daffodil High Tea at Wilderstein: A treat for tea enthusiasts, this event offers a glimpse of what tea time was like during the Victorian era.


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

This symposium, hosted by The Olana Partnership and held at Columbia Greene Community College, will offer a fresh look at iconic Hudson Valley scenes through the lens of art history, environmental conservation, and landscape architecture. 


Celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo!: Enjoy nature-related displays, activities and games at Bear Mountain State Park while learning tips to help look after Mother Earth!   


Brigade of the American Revolution Encampment: The New Windsor Cantonment hosts a weekend of Revolutionary War period activities that includes battle demonstrations  


April 16 - 17


LEGO� FUN at Lyndhurst: All ages are invited to this fun filled weekend of all things LEGO.     


April 16 - 24


National Park Fee Free Days: National Park Service waives admission fees! This is the perfect opportunity to visit one of our national parks!  


April 18  


Spring Break Mini-Camp: Here, There, and Everywhere!: Children at the John Jay Homestead learn what transportation people used to get around 200 years ago


April 19


Spring Break Mini-Camp: The Artist in You!: Children will explore the art collection at the John Jay Homestead and make their own prints.


Spring Egg Hunt: Children can visit the John Jay Homestead and take part in an egg hunt on the front lawn.   


April 20


Spring Break Mini-Camp: Birds of a Feather: Children are invited to explore the grounds of the John Jay Homestead while they learn about the birds who live at the site.


April 21


Spring Break Mini-Camp: Clean as a Whistle: Children will tour William Jay's bedroom and the cellar kitchen to learn about hygiene long ago, and make their own soap.


April 25


Caring for Family Treasures: In celebration of the 2nd American Library Association Preservation Week, the Stanford Town Library in Loudonville presents a program teaching ways to prevent damage to books and paper, including tips for handling, storing, and displaying treasures.  


April 28


Student Art Alliance Lecture at the Dorsky Museum: Lecture by photographer and poet Tim Davis: The Upstate New York Olympics


April 29 - May 1


Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst: Enjoy a festival of contemporary crafts, art, music and food, rated the top show in NY and one of the best in the country. 


April 29


Stand Against Racism: Breakfast and Book Signing at the Jay Heritage Center with Sana Butler author of Sugar of the Crop


Troy Night Out: Visit the City of Troy for an Evening of arts and culture with music, food, shopping, and exhibits 


CommunitySpotlightCommunity Spotlight

City of Kingston



In 1777, Kingston became New York's first capital (in 1797, the City of Albany was designated New York's capital). However, shortly before the Battle of Saratoga, the British traveled north on the Hudson River to Kingston and burned the city to the ground. Only a handful of buildings survived so the city had to be rebuilt. For several years after the Revolution, Kingston served as one of the meeting places for the state legislature. The 1676 Senate House, which once served as headquarters for the new state government, has been restored and is open to the public. 


Currently, Kingston's boundaries

City of Kingston

Image of Kingston courtesy of James Bleeker 

extend to the Rondout Creek. However, the waterfront along the creek was once dominated by the thriving Village of Robdout. Rondout was a bustling port in the 1800s when the Delaware and Hudson Canal carried Pennsylvania coal through the narrow valley of the Shawangunk Ridge and Catskill Mountains to the Hudson River. Canal barges were unloaded here and the coal transferred to riverboats for the trip to New York City. In 1899 the D&H Canalclosed, but the port continued its role in shipping and ship building into the 20thcentury. In 1872, Rondout was incorporated into the City of Kingston. Today, this section of Kingston is home to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, which is dedicated to interpreting the maritime history of the Hudson River from the exploration by Henry Hudson to the sloops and steamboats of early commerce. Themuseum is also one of five water trail sites designated in the City of Kingston or on the Rondout Creek.


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HeritageSpotlightHeritage Spotlight

Old Dutch Church    

Kingston's Old Dutch Church was constructed in 1852 and features a slender wooden spire and a bluestone exterior that combines Greek and Egyptian Revival elements. The interior features superb carvings and a vaulted ceiling. A huge Tiffany window, installed in 1891, rises behind the pulpit, while the pews contain doors, a rarity in mid 19th-century churches.   


Old Dutch Church Interior

Old Dutch Church Interior

Historic artifacts are displayed in the vestibule. These include a 17thcentury communicants' tablet, 18th-century renderings of the first two church buildings (the second was gutted in a fire set by British invaders during the Revolutionary War), and a letter from George Washington. The Heritage Museum on the Church's upper floor contains artifacts and records dating back to 1660, while the surrounding churchyard contains richly carved gravestones dating back to 1710. Approximately 70 Revolutionary War soldiers are buried there. An elaborate monument in front of the church marks the burial place of George Clinton, a brigadier general in the Revolution, New York's first governor, and vice president under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.


The Old Dutch Church is located at 272 Wall Street in Kingston, NY (845) 338-6759

DidYouKnowDid You Know...

...that Kingston has its own Hobgoblin? 


According to local legend, the steeple of the Old Dutch Church in Kingston is haunted by a Hobgoblin. 


Old Dutch Church Exterior

In the early days of the church, the Dominie (minister) and his wife were traveling from New York City to Kingston by boat. As the boat passed through the Hudson Highlands, it approached Dunderberg Mountain (near West Point) and was met with a great thunderstorm. Almost instantly, a large creature appeared and sat on the foremast, causing the ship to become unstable and difficult to steer. The passengers turned to the Dominie and asked for prayers. Once he began to pray, the creature flew away and the ship was able to reach Kingston safely. The next morning, the Domine's cap was discovered hanging from the church's tower. The legend holds that the Hobgoblin put it on top of the tower as a trick but he became caught when touching the sacred structure and will remain trapped in the tower as long as the church remains on consecrated ground. 


Since that time, there have been reports of strange events at the Old Dutch Church. A painter in the 1850's was working on the steeple when he became ill with "painter's colic" (lead poisoning) after the Hobgoblin made faces at him through the windows and caused him to fall. During flashes of lightening, locals (and newspapers) claim that the painter can still be seen working hard on the steeple. Allegedly, his moans during Sunday services are mistaken for worshipers snoring. 


When the steeple was being repainted in 1984, a workman alleged he had been tapped on the shoulder three times even though he was alone on the scaffolding. Additionally, accounts of mysterious figures and unexplained organ music have been reported. One of the most mischievous acts attributed to the Hobgoblin is the unexplained addition of an extra line to a clock face, causing "XII" to read "XIII."  


Although the legend is still popular among locals, Reverend Walsh (the current minster of the Old Dutch Church) points out that the church did not have a steeple at the time the story supposedly occurred.  Furthermore, Kingston historian Ed Ford believes that Washington Irving created the story himself during a visit to the region. 


Despite the doubts as to the story's validity, Walsh admits that unexplained events still occur at the Church and suggests this may be due to the church's location. When the church was rebuilt in the 1850s, it was constructed atop a cemetery of over 100 graves. In fact, many of these graves can be found in the basement of the church's crawl space. 


GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



This month, focus on keeping your tires properly inflated. Each month would reduce your carbon footprint by about 21lbs of CO2. Over the year that comes to a savings of about 252lbs!


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

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