December 2012


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               Project Spotlight                Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew

Save the Date for Path Through History Weekends

For 2013, Heritage Weekend will join Governor Cuomo's new Path Through History initiative, and become Path Through History Weekends. The same heritage and cultural celebrations and special programming that have made Heritage Weekend such a success will now become part of an even greater effort to promote the unique history of our State. Path Through History Weekends will be held June 1-2 and 8-9. More information about these exciting weekends will be coming to you soon! Please email us with questions about 2013 Path Through History Weekends at


13th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble a Great Success!

Dickinson Fire Tower Hike (Liz Wagner)

Attendance topped 130,00 participants during the Thirteenth Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble, which took place on September 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30.  This year's roster of events included more than 170 hikes, bike rides, paddles, festivals, and interpretive walks taking place from the Capital Region to New York City. The continued success of the Ramble is made possible by all of our public and private partners, and by the Ramble leaders who volunteer their time to guide residents and visitors through the wonders of the Hudson River Valley.  We would like to thank all of these people for making the Ramble such a great event. We are 

Tallman Mtn
Tallman Mountain Hike (John Jurasek)

pleased to announce that the recipients of the $100 gift card to LL Bean are Alan and Nancy Baumes, who participated in the Dickinson Fire Tower Hike! Alan and Nancy submitted a comment card about their Ramble experience

and were entered to win the gift card.

 Ramble event leaders had their own chance to win a gift card as well - John Jurasek, leader of the Tallman Mountain Hike, also won a $100 gift card to LL Bean! Participating in the Hudson River Valley Ramble is rewarding in many ways! Mark your calendar now for the 2013 Ramble, weekends in September!


Mark Castiglione accepts a $5,000 sponsorship from Thomas Behrens, District Sales Manager for Erie Insurance. Erie Insurance is a sponsor of the Hudson River Valley Ramble.


Erie Insurance Sponsors Hudson River Valley Ramble

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area recently received a new sponsor for the Ramble,Erie Insurance. With locations in Albany and Newburgh, Erie was very excited to be able to contribute to this outstanding regional event. We are so pleased t

welcome Erie Insurance as a Gold Sponsor of the Ramble, as they help us to continue our mission of connecting people with the beatiful landscape and inspiring history of the Hudson River Valley. 

Become a 2013 Ramble Sponsor

Sponsorship and benefits informationcan be found on our website


National Geographic Traveler names Hudson Valley Top 20 Best in the World

The editors of National Geographic Traveler selected their top 20 places to visit for 2013, including the Hudson River Valley! See what they had to say about the treasures of the Valley, such as the Hudson River School Art Trail, on their website. Read more... 


Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts Conference Features Strategies for Climate Change
The Hudson River Valley Greenway participated in the November 15th Conference, "Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts in an Era of Global Climate Change and Sea Rise." Read more...  


Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting - January 9, 2013

The Hudson River Valley Greenway will hold a Board Meeting on Wednesday, January 9th at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park. Read more...


Read more about recent Greenway awards to the Town of Clifton Park, Town of Rensselaerville, and City of Poughkeepsie on our website! 

Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Matching Grants are due December 7 for our January Board Meeting. Read more...


Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards

Provides grant funds for place-based education by funding trips to culturally significant sites. Read more...


Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program

Approximately $540,000 is available from USFS, EPA, and NOAA through the Federal Urban Waters Partnership, along with funding from partners listed below, to improve water quality, increase access, and restore riparian and forest habitat in urban watersheds throughout the United States. Read more... (February 7)


2013 Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards

Awards to support projects in environmental conservation, historic preservation, the arts and to strengthen tourism in the Hudson Valley. Any nonprofit organization working in the Hudson Valley may nominate an undergraduate or graduate student candidate and the project that he or she will undertake. Read more... (February 15)  


Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources
requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and
enhancing the nation's water supply. Read more... (February 21)  


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation State Assistance Programs for waste reduction, recycling and household hazardous waste programs.

Read More... (Ongoing)   


NYS 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)      


.EventsRegional Events

December 2012


Green Technology Courses 

The Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance, on behalf of The Clean Energy Training Consortium, announces Green Technology courses available through SUNY Dutchess Community College. Read more...


"Small Works in a Big Way" at Bear Mountain Inn
The exhibit will feature original works by artists who comprise Artists in the Parks, a program of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission that positions artists as partners in the conservation of our 28 state parks and historic sites. Through December 31st.


The Holiday Whodunit
On Sundays in December from 1pm until 4pm, children ages 6 to 11 are invited to solve a "history mystery" in the Holiday Whodunit. The children become detectives, interviewing costumed interpreters who portray Gilded Age houseguests and servants.  Staatsburgh State Historic Site also offers special holiday hours and programs through December. 


Holiday Tours at Wilderstein

Wilderstein Historic Site is decorated for the holidays and open for house tours December weekends through 12/30.


Friends of Senate House are seeking pictures of Ulster County's veterans and active duty military to use in their holiday decorations at the Loughran House located on the grounds of the Senate House Historic Site. The front room of the stunning Victorian Italianate-style home will be decorated in a military theme, and the volunteers will decorate the tree with the pictures they receive. 

December Events at Minnewaska State Park

A host of hikes, tree ID walks, and fun in the outdoors.  


December 7
Holiday Open House
December Holiday Open House for Historic Uptown Kingston, free admission to NYS Senate House and Friends of Historic Kingston Museums.

December 8 
RiverWalkArt: Holiday Lanterns
Brighten the holidays with a colorful lantern made with fresh botanicals! Participants will learn how to work with grasses,leaves, and flowers to transform a beautiful composition into a glowing paper lantern. 


December 9

Warm up at the Washingtons' - Open House at Washington's Headquarters

Historic interpreters will be present in each room explaining how the Washingtons observed this holiday season of 1782, their final winter headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 18th Century music performed by the Salmagundi Consort, refreshments, and more.


December 14

Biodiversity Assessment: One-day Workshops 
Especially designed for town boards, planning boards, conservation commissions, land trusts, and others who are regularly engaged in land use planning and decision-making.  


December 15-16
Christmas with the Ellisons at Knox's Headquarters
Tour by candlelight the elegant 1754 Ellison mansion decorated for the season in 18th century fashion. The house will have costumed staff in each room.

December 26-28
Open House at Knox's Headquarters
The Ellison mansion is open for tours at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM. Tour the elegant 1754 house decorated for the season in 18th century fashion. 

Nominations for Woman of History Award 

Each March, Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site recognizes a woman who has distinguished herself in the field of Hudson Valley history by bestowing upon her the "Martha Washington Woman of History Award." Nominations must be completed and submitted by January 4, 2013.   


Do you have an heritage event you would like to promote? Go to our website and submit one today!


HeritageSpotHeritage Spotlight

New Exhibit at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site


 "Unpacked & Rediscovered" is a compilation of artifacts collected since 1850, when the historic farmhouse, used by General and Mrs. Washington, opened as the first publicly owned historic site in the nation. The exhibit includes Revolutionary War muskets, swords, and a knapsack, epaulets worn by Lt. Augustus Van Horne Ellis during the Civil War, the Nuremburg Kitchen, consisting of over 100 miniature pieces of cooking utensils, numerous commemorative medals and plates featuring Newburgh and its local history, and international artifacts given over the years, to list just a few items. It's an eclectic collection reflecting diversity of interests and highlighting examples of the grass roots of the American preservation movement.


The stately 1910 Georgian Revival-style Museum, which had been closed for almost two years of renovation,  now features over 1,300 artifacts, many which have not been seen in decades.


The exhibit utilizes an "open storage" format, where a large number of objects are on display. An electronic catalog maximizes visitors' self-directed learning experience. This will afford visitors a plethora of knowledge about every object on view, including images, details, curatorial information, and related object references. 


In addition to the wonderful new exhibit, Washington's Headquarters now also has a new Facebook page, with updates about exhibits, events and more.


Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is a registered national historic landmark. It is located at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets within the city of Newburgh's East End Historic District. For more information, please call (845) 562-1195.  


Photos courtesy Washington's Headquarters SHS

ProjectspotProject Spotlight

Economic Study for the Rensselaer Plateau Regional Conservation Plan


In 2011, the Greenway awarded a $10,000 grant to the Town of Nassau for an economic impact study, which would become a component of the Rensselaer Plateau Regional Conservation Plan, being completed by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. The economic study looked at (a) the direct and indirect impacts of the forest products industry, recreation, and tourism and, (b) an estimation of ecosystem services provided by the forest. This study and the information it provides are an important component that complements the ecological and community values data in the conservation plan.


The results of the studies show that forests of the Rensselaer Plateau have great economic value, and that the forest products industry generates the largest dollar impact of the industries that were studied. The forests also support ecosystem services that are of great value to area residents.  


The results of the study provide important information that will help guide decision makers when planning for the future of the Plateau and its communities.  The Greenway is pleased to be able to support studies such as this one that will help communities plan for a balanced economic and ecological future. 


GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month


Place a rolled bath towel or custom-made "draft snake" across the bottom of leaky doors and windows. This will improve the efficiency of heating and cooling, which are typically the biggest energy uses in the home, as well as make your rooms more comfortable.

Read more: The Daily Green

(All information courtesy of the Daily Green)


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