August 2016

Barnabas McHenry, Chair Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Kevin Burke, 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              Project Spotlight                Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New? New
The 2016  Hudson River Valley Ramble
The  17th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble features  more than 225 events and programs hosted by over 150 partner organizations. From guided nature walks and challenging hikes, bike rides, and paddles, to living history events, family fun festivals, and arts and culture experiences, the Ramble features something for everyone.
Thank you to all of our partners who make the Ramble a success each year!

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Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program Applications due September 9
The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the 2016 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program. A total of $250,000 is available for grants in this year's program, which offers funding for trail planning, design, constructio n, rehabilitation, education, and interpretation.  

Applications and program guidelines are available at the Greenway website.

Photo left to right: Dr. Christopher Breiseth, Wint Aldrich, Sarah Olson, and Acting Greenway Conservancy Chairman Kevin Burke
Thank you, Sarah Olson!
Sarah Olson, Superintendent of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt-VanBuren National Historic Sites has retired this past month after 17 years of dedicated service to the Historic Sites and 42 years with the National Park Service. Under Sarah's leadership, the National Park grew by 42%, in the process acquiring several significant properties, including the Red House and the forest parcel that allowed the development of the Roosevelt Farm Lane trail. The trail once again unified the Roosevelt property and has become the most popular trail in the park. Sarah's vision extended beyond the National Park. She brought to life the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area's Teaching in the Hudson Valley education program, helping more than 13,000 K-12 students and their teachers visit cultural, historic and natural places in the National Heritage Area. Sarah also developed Bus on Us grants, helping to cover costs for more than 3,000 student visitors on educational trips to Hyde Park's historic sites. The Greenway and National Heritage Area deeply appreciated Sarah's leadership and partnership and extend our warmest congratulations on her retirement. 

Celebrate 100 years with National Park Service!
Help commemorate a century of beautiful parks with the National Park Service Landscape Conservation in the Hudson River Valley with this  day-long conference. Follow the narrative thread connecting conservation efforts from the Hudson River School painters through to strategies to protect the Hudson River Valley landscape for the next 100 years. The conferences will include a history of conservation efforts, inspiring examples, and a stakeholder process that will capture shared values related to regional conservation and conclude with a report of preliminary findings which will discuss a current conservation study being conducted by the Regional Plan Association and the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz. 

Heritage Meeting with Congressman Tonko
From Congressman Paul Tonko: "I would like to invite you to join me and group of your colleagues on Wednesday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m., at Peebles Island State Park located at 1 Delaware Avenue, Waterford. We will gather in the Visitor's Center, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss matters of importance to the heritage and museum community. I serve as the co-chair of the bi-partisan National Heritage Areas Caucus, and I am looking to gain a better understanding of the issues affecting your organization in order to better advocate for your needs in Washington. I believe this will be a helpful and productive dialogue for myself, you and your colleagues.The meeting will be informal and should take no more than an hour. Following the meeting, the New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation will be offering a tour of their conservation labs. Please contact my office at 518-465-0700 or email to confirm your attendance. Please bring a current business card with you to leave for a master contact list that will be created and distributed to the group at a later date. Thank you!"
Heritage Spotlight
Boscobel House and Gardens 
Boscobel was constructed in the early 19th century for States Morris Dyckman and his wife. A Loyalist who made his fortune working for the British quartermasters during the Revolutionary War, Dyckman died before Boscobel's completion. Boscobel House and Gardens is home to the 30th Anniversary of the Hudson River Valley Shakespeare Festival, with shows running through September 5th. Visit Boscobel House and Gardens' webpage for more information and a list of August events. 
Project Spotlight Projectspot
Highland Landing Kayak Launch
Highland Landing Park
Highland Landing Park is located in the town of Lloyd, in Ulster County. Fo r decades it had no access to the river due to the combined barriers of the railroad and oil storage facility located on the property. When the facility went out of business, Scenic Hudson and the Town worked together to buy it. The park has been built mostly by local volunteers using donated materials. Hudson River Valley Greenway has provided grants to repair the bulkhead, install a composting toilet, and most recently, create a kayak launch which was installed earlier this summer. The park is currently managed by a not-for-profit created by the Town. Visit the Highland Landing Park webpage   for more information. 
Upcoming Grants and Other Opportunities Grants
Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program
The deadline for the 2016 Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program is  September 9th . Applications must be emailed or postmarked by 4:00 PM. Eligible projects include trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and education and interpretation. For more information,  applications , and  guidelines , please visit the program  webpage .

Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program
The program provides matching grants to Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Greenway Communities are eligible to receive up to $10,000 for plans or projects consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, regional planning, and heritage and environmental education. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 4:00PM: September 9th, and December 2nd. For more information, guidelines, and applications, please visit the  program website.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards
Teaching the Hudson Valley will provide grant funding for place-based education by funding trips to culturally significant sites through the  Explore Awards. This creates opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley. Submit your application at least six weeks prior to your planned trip.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Bus on Us
Teaching the Hudson Valley provides  Bus on Us grants designed to help with transportation costs for visits to one or more of the following Hyde Park sites:  
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic SiteFDR Presidential Library & MuseumHome of FDR National Historic SiteTop Cottage ( Roosevelt's cottage retreat), and  Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. Applications are accepted until all funds are exhausted.

Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs
Trees for Tribs is now accepting applications for Fall 2016 planting projects. The Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program offers free native trees and shrubs for planting along the tributary streams in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. The program offers land owners with free native trees and shrubs for qualifying riparian buffer planting and restoration projects. Trees for Tribs staff may also be able to assist with plant selection, designing a planting plan, and other technical support to improve the odds of success for projects. Priority is given to applications submitted by August 1, 2016, but applications submitted after will still be considered.
Visit the DEC Trees for Tribs webpage for more information. 

New York State Assembly Grants Action News
State, federal, and private grant information from the New York State Assembly. Grants range from water fluoridation projects, researchers studying law and social sciences, media projects, funding for studies on economic and social inequalities, suicide prevention research, cultural anthropology research, and writing classes. Deadlines vary. Visit the NYS Assembly Grants Action News webpage for more details.

Federal Grant Opportunities with Congressman Paul Tonko
The Office of Congressman Paul Tonko maintains a list of federal grant opportunities, organized by topic that are currently open for applications. Visit Congressman Tonko's federal grant webpage for more information. 

William G. Pomeroy Foundation Legends and Lore Marker Grants Available
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation partnered with the New York Folklore Society in 2015 to launch a grant program to celebrate legends and folklore as part of New York's history. In just one year, 14 markers were funded. Grants are available to 501(c)3 organizations and municipalities within New York State. Apply online. Deadline is October 31, 2016.
July-September Sundays
Join  Century House Historical Society &  NYSCA for IN:SITE's Outdoor Art Show. IN:SITE is a summer-long outdoor art exhibit at the Century House Historical Society (CHHS) on the Snyder Estate in Rosendale, NY, home of the Widow Jane Mine. Curated by Jenny Lee Fowler and Natasha Maria Brooks-Sperduti, over fifteen artists from the Northeast present site-specific sculptures and performances engaging the location''s rich natural and industrial histories. More...

August 5
Celebrate Saratoga Performing Arts Center's 50th Anniversary with the world premiere of The Philadelphia Orchestra's composition, Unconquered, with Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève. More...

August 6
Join the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Sleuthing for Animals. Animals leave clues of their presence everywhere. Are you able to recognize the evidence? Learn to read animal activity by analyzing tracks, beds, runs, nests, feathers, and so much more.  More...

August 8-October 3
Join the Museum Association of New York for a free series of Board Development Workshops! With a workshop for Central New York, Western New York, the Southern Tier and the Capital Region, museums and historical societies are welcome to attend this free development opportunity. Visit the Museum Association of New York's webpage for more information. 

August 13
Join the  Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Perseids & Popsicles. Each August, the Perseid meteor shower reappears and the Museum's dark skies make for a brilliant show. Learn about the history and science behind the Perseids meteor shower. Bring a blanket and they'll provide the popsicles while you watch the show!  More...

Join  Historic Huguenot Street for the  4th Annual Artists on the Street. Hosted on the second Saturday of August each year, Artists on the Street is an an all-day plein air event showcasing the talents of over 20 renowned Hudson Valley artists. It is an opportunity for the public to watch and engage with local artists as they work, creating paintings and watercolors inspired by the landscape of the National Historic Landmark District. More...

August 14
The 5th annual Champlain Canalway Trail Bicycle Tour is a one-day exploration of historic sites along the Hudson River and Champlain Canal corridor. Cyclists have the option between a 32-mile round-trip tour for $55, or an 18-mile tour through Saratoga National Historical Park with lunch, water, and snacks, for $80. Contact Lori Solomon at 518-322-2067 or More...

August 18
Join the Shaker Heritage Society for an evening of history and libations at Shaken, Not Stirred: History Happy Hour. They will also be offering a Pokémon tour for ticket holders that will include a history of the PokéStops on the site. All Pokémon trainers will receive a special gift! More...

August 24
NPS Centennial Founders Day Concert with West Point Military Academy Band
Celebrate the NPS centennial with this popular lawn concert in front of the Vanderbilt Mansion on August 24. Rain date is August 25. More information is available here.

August 26
Lowell Thing will present on his book, The Street that Built a City: McEntee's Chestnut Street, Kingston, and the Rise of New York (Black Dome, 2015) at  D&H Canal Historical Society and Museum. The author takes a look at the city of New York and the street that built it - or much of it.  More...

August 29
Each year, the  Constitution Island Association and the  Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area honor West Point's Constitution Island's role in the American Revolution and the Civil War by hosting Reenactment Day, a family friendly event showcasing the lifestyles of the people who lived and fought during these pivotal periods in American history.  More...

August 31
Join  Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art for Bradley Walker Tomlin: A Retrospective. The exhibition will include over 40 paintings, works on paper, and printed materials, charting Tomlin's development from art nouveau illustrations of the 1920s to large-scale Abstract Expressionist paintings of the 1950s.  More...

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art will present their exhibit In/Animate: Recent Work by Myra Mimlitsch-Gray. Curated by author Akiko Busch, the exhibition explores a variety of artistic processes using iron, copper, brass, silver, and enameled steel.  More...

September 10
Join  Century House Historical Society  &  NYSCA for the closing of IN:SITE, a summer-long outdoor art exhibit at the Century House Historical Society in Rosendale, NY, home of the Widow Jane Mine. Closing event will feature performances and works of a more ephemeral nature, as well as more permanent sculptural works.  More...

September 11
Enjoy an old fashioned tea with guest speaker and live music at High Tea in the Vanderbilt Formal Gardens. Information is available at

September 22-24
The Hudson River Estuary Program is excited to announce another offering of the Habitat and Water Resource Assessment Short Course in partnership with Hudsonia Ltd. The course will be held on September 22-24 in New Paltz, and is designed especially for local officials involved in land use and conservation planning in the Hudson River estuary watershed. Note that space is limited and there is a competitive application process, due September 12. Apply here

September 29
Save the date for History Happy Hour with Friends of Schuyler Mansion. 

October 8
The Civil War, America's story, is told by Red Grooms, American artist, who for 50 years has brought life from city and country to sculpture and canvas, with truth that he inflects with compassion and humor.  More...

October 8
Tom Burckhardt has created a 3-D immersive environment filled with the materials of a modern painter toiling in romantic obscurity. FULL STOP (2005-06) is a full-scale replica of a mythical artist's studio made of cardboard, wood, glue, and flat black paint.

October 12
Celebrate 100 years with National Park Service and join the FDR Presidential Library and Museum for a day-long conference on conserving our parks and the Hudson River Valley for the next 100 years.

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Green Tip Of The Month GreenTip
Greening Your Summer Backyard Cooking
Summer is the time for backyard grilling, but BBQ parties can release up to 225,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide nationwide on the Fourth of July alone, as well as producing tons of waste. But there are plenty of ways to grill more responsibly and enjoy the summer cooking outside, according to this top ten list from  The Nature Conservancy.

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