August 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 

   Heritage Spotlight       Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew



Dr. Dennis Murray named Co-Chair of Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council

President Dennis J. Murray
Marist President Dennis J. Murray

Dr. Dennis Murray, President of Marist College and Secretary of the Greenway Conservancy Board, was recently named by Governor Andrew Cuomo as the Co-Chair of Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council. Leonard S. Schleifer, MD, PhD, President & CEO, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was named the other Co-Chair. There are 10 Regional Economic Development Councils. The Regional Councils will now bring together stakeholders in every region of the state to serve as a coordinated point of contact for economic development. Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson, was named a General Member of the Mid-Hudson Regional Council. Dr. Murray has been on the Greenway Board since 1999. Read More... 


Great Hudson Valley Pedal is almost here!

The 7th annual Great Hudson Valley Pedal-a six-day, 200-mile recreational bicycle tour from Albany to New York City-is scheduled for August16-21, 2011. Great Hudson Valley Pedal participants will pedal their way through one of the most picturesque river valleys in the world. Read more.... 


Great Hudson River Paddle 2011

GHRP 2011
Paddlers on the 2011 Great Hudson River Paddle (Credit Rick Cronk)

The 11th Annual Great Hudson River Paddle, from July 1-31, 2011, featured paddling events  like fireworks tours, "Pirates of Esopus" kayak scavenger hunt, kayaking instruction, and a variety of tours throughout the Hudson River Valley. With over 80 events to choose from, the GHRP website has become the place to go to find a paddle in July! Read More... 







Delegation United on Funding for National Heritage Areas

Congressman Paul Tonko offered an amendment to the FY2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations Act on July 27th that would preserve funding for National Heritage Areas (NHAs) by restoring millions in proposed cuts to the program. Congressman Tonko's Amendment, which is co-authored by Republican Congressman Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, would set the Heritage Partnership Program's budget at $17.4 million by moving $8.4 million from the National Parks Operations Account. Those funds will restore the money that has been cut from the program in the proposed appropriations bill. Unfortunately, the amendment did not pass leaving the 50% funding cut in the Interior Appropriations bill.  Read More... 


Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Applications Due August 19th

Applications are now available for the 2011 Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Program, with a deadline of August 19th.  A total of $50,000 is available for matching grants in this year's program. The program offers funding for trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and education and interpretation. Read More... 



GrantsUpcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Communities Grants Applicationsfor the next round of Greenway Communities Grants will be due September 9th for our October Board Meeting. Read more... 


Greenway Conservancy Small Grants

Applications are now available for the Greenway Conservancy Small Grants program, funding trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and education and interpretation. Read More...  (August 19)


Hudson River Estuary Program's "Trees for Tribs"

This initiative offers free native trees and shrubs for stream buffer planting/restoration projects in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. Applications received by August 1, 2011 will be given preference. Read More...


New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Grant Opportunities

 Applications for grants from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) for local park, trail, historic preservation, and heritage area projects are now available.  For more information, visit the State Parks website . (September 1)  


National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities is providing grants for fellowship programs to support advanced study and research in the humanities. Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States, American overseas research centers and American organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. (August 17) Read More...


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)




New York State Homes & Community Renewal

NYS Homes & Community Renewal is accepting grant applications for its Homes for Working Families Program. Funding will provide gap financing through low interest loans for capital costs, related acquisition, and soft costs associated with the new construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing. Read More... (December 1)




EventsRegional Events
August 1-5:

History Adventure Days at John Jay Homestead:  Broad Stripes and Bright Stars: The War of 1812 - A summer camp for children entering the 2nd to the 7th grade. 


Summer Sampler Day Camp:  Crailo's Summer Sampler for children age 7-11 offers a different theme each day - attend all five or pick the themes you like best.


August 3:
Tour the Homestead's beautiful gardens, and make bookmarks with flowers


August 7:

RiverDay : At Van Cortlandt Manor -Take a boat ride and celebrate our relationship to the river in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.


First Sunday Free Gallery Tour:  Tour the galleries of The Dorsky museum with our guest educator. 


August 7, 14, 21: 

Trade Partners:   Each program features Native American demonstrations in skills and art and is free to the public.


August 6-7,13-14, 20-21, 27-28:

Anton Otto Fischer (1882=1962) Exhibit:   Stunning seascapes by the noted marine artist and illustrator for the "Saturday Evening Post."


August 8-12:

History Adventure Days at John Jay Homestead: Seeing Is Believing : The Cabinet of Curiosity - A summer camp for children entering the 2nd to the 7th grade.


August 13:

By the Light of the Silvery Moon :

The pleasures and perils of the night life in times past as told by a storyteller under a tent on the grounds of the Bronck Museum.


History Under the Stars at John Jay Homestead :Experience an exciting overnight family camping adventure.


Revolutionary Camp at Night : Experience by candlelight, military drills, musket firings, and other period activities done at the encampment at New Windsor.


August 16-21:

Great Hudson Valley Pedal


August 20:

 Soldiers Across Time: This program for children provides kids with an understanding of the range of conflicts for which the Purple Heart has been awarded. 


August 23:

Hidden History- Knickerbocker Mansion : Join RCHS staff and Knickerbocker Historical Society members as we get a special tour of one of Rensselaer County's oldest buildings.


August 27:

Kites Over the Hudson: All are invited to come and enjoy outdoor fun at this annual event.

HeritageSpotHeritage Spotlight

 12th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble

It's almost time again for the 2011 Hudson River Valley Ramble! On the weekends of September 10-11, 17-18 and 24-15, over 180 events will be held from the Capital District to New York City.

 Ramble 2010 
The Ramble aims to bring people outside to enjoy our distinct cultural heritage and the natural resources of the Hudson River Valley during the Northeast's most beautiful time of the year. It also serves as an economic boost for our local economies. Nearly 200 environmental, land conservancy, trail and historic preservation organizations, New York State historic sites and parks, as well as the National Park Service participate by offering events, and many are free of charge and family friendly. Guided hikes, cycling and kayaking tours, historic site walks, festivals and river explorations are an example of some of the types of events that will be available for every ability level. With all that the Ramble has to offer, you'll have no problem finding a Ramble adventure near you.


For a complete listing of events, visit  The Ramble brochure is one of the most comprehensive regional recreational guides and can be used as a reference throughout the year. Copies of the program guide can be found in the August issue of magazine or at various tourist destinations throughout the Hudson Valley. They may also be downloaded directly from the web site. Listen for our ads on WAMC and WKZE!


The Hudson River Valley Ramble is presented by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Greenway, in partnership with the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program ,NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation , the National Park Service , and over 180 organizations hosting Ramble events throughout the Hudson River Valley.  The 2011 Ramble is sponsored by the NY-NJ Trail Conference  and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Turkeybush Fund.

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



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(All information courtesy of The Daily Green)


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