June 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 

Project Spotlight       Heritage Spotlight         Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew


Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting

The next Hudson River Valley Greenway Joint Board Meeting will be held on June 7, 2012, in the Great Room of Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh Campus of Orange County Community College. Read more...



HRS Art Trail
Attending the launch of the newly expanded Hudson River School Art Trail are, L to R: Fran Dunwell, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Coordinator; Mark Castiglione; Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo; Assemblyman Kevin Cahill; Congressman Maurice Hinchey; Elizabeth Jacks, Director, Thomas Cole National Historic Site; and Sara Griffen, President, the Olana Partnership and Greenway Conservancy Acting Chair

Hudson River School Art Trail Expansion


The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site formally opened the expanded Hudson River School Art Trail, which includes locations painted by Hudson River School painters that people can visit. The expansion more than doubles the Art Trail's size - from its original eight sites in New York to 17 sites in New York, two each in New Hampshire and Wyoming, and one in Massachusetts. There is also a new, comprehensive website to accompany the trail expansion: http://hudsonriverschool.org/  Read more...  

Third Annual Heritage Weekend a huge success!
Heritage Weekend volunteers are joined by L-R: State Senator Neil Breslin; Congressman Paul Tonko; Beth Sciumeca, Executive Director, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor; Mark Castiglione; Johnanna Shogan, Regent of the Peter Gansevoort Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canastrari; and Cohoes Mayor John McDonald
The 2012  state-wide Heritage Weekend was an incredible celebration of NYS Heritage! From New York City, north to the Canadian border, to Buffalo and everywhere in between, Heritage Weekend featured more than 200 special programs, lectures, tours, re-enactments, and discounted admission at heritage and cultural destinations.  











Register your Ramble Event Today!

Registration for 2012 Hudson River Valley Ramble events is now open! Ramble events offer interpretation of the landscape, history, or ecology of the area. They can be guided walks, hikes, bike tours, kayak or canoe trips; a family festival or a river exploration. The Hudson River Valley Ramble is promoted online on our website; through our social media outlets; on the radio; and in the highly anticipated Ramble booklet, a must have guide to what's happening in the Hudson Valley all September long. We need to receive your submissions soon to include in the booklet, so if you if you have an event that you would like to a be part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble, please click on this link to submit your information online today! 



NPS staff Samantha Driscoll and Neil Mackay gather input on the W3R trail



Washington-Rochambeau Stakeholder Meetings

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and National Park Service hosted a Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Interpretation Project Stakeholder Meeting  on May 2nd at the Bedford Historical Society's Historic Hall. The meeting's purpose was to give an overview of the project and gather input. The HRVNHA is working with the NPS to interpret the route. Many thanks to the Bedford Historical Society for providing the venue.







Save the Date for Hudson River Day - Now Online!

 On Saturday, July 21, 2012 the fourth annual Hudson River Day will offer numerous river and riverfront community events that will span the length of the Hudson from New York to Albany.  The new website has information on how to participate, by coordinating a Hudson River Day program or attending scheduled events: hudsonriverdayny.org 

This collaborative celebration is presented by the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Hudson River Valley Greenway and many other partners. 

Spare Seat Tour Spotlights the Hudson River

An epic journey of over 500 miles across New York State, from the Niagara Falls to the Statue of Liberty, the Spare Seat Kayak Expedition was launched by I Love NY to capture the heritage, wildlife and iconic locations along this water route across New York State. Richard Harpham and Glenn Charles are two experienced adventurers who have covered over 19,500 human powered miles between them.  The Greenway's own Scott Keller met up with these intrepid individuals to add his insight on paddling the Hudson and share some new kayaking adventures. Read all about their lengthy and inspiring journey on the I Love NY  Spare Seat Blog.



Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Grants are due September 7th for our October Board Meeting. Read more...


Consolidated Funding Application 

State agencies and authorities making resources available in the 2012 CFA include: Empire State Development; NYS Canal Corporation; NYS Energy Research and Development Authority; NY Power Authority; Environmental Facilities Corporation; Homes and Community Renewal; Department of Labor; Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Department of State; New York Power Authority; Agriculture and Markets; Department of Environment Conservation; and the Council on the Arts. Read more...   (July 16)  


Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards

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

NYS Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Program

The SRTS Program promotes safe, healthy alternatives to riding the bus or being driven 
to school. Prospective sponsors are highly encouraged to attend a Safe Routes to School Workshop and familiarize themselves with the requirements of the program. Read more... (October 5)    


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


June 5

Dorsky Museum 4th Annual Fine Wine + Fine Art Benefit Auction -Featuring:-Auction of fine wine, art + destinations-Wine tasting menu selected by Kevin Zraly, founder Windows On The World Wine School-Tuscan table and Hudson Valley cheeses.


June 7

Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop at John Jay College

Now in its fourth year, the vision for this event is a lively, intense exchange of ideas regarding sustainability and brownfields.     


June 9

Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents "Meeting Point", a multi-disciplinary collaboration between sound artists, photographers, writers and visual artists. Curated by Boru O'Brien O'Connell. Through August 12.


Beczak Benefit Show: Party on the Hudson!

Support river education at this benefit featuring Spuyten Duyvil with South County, two Alt Roots bands born on the banks of the Hudson. 


Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents "The Pronouns (Experiment #2)". Clarinda Mac Low's work-in-progress offers a child's-eye view of New York's 1970s avant-garde arts scene that is both an homage to her father's work and a love letter to her dance community. 


June 15

Cultural Landscapes, Design & Historic Preservation - at the Jay Heritage Center

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR Founder and President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington DC will be the keynote speaker for a weekend about historic landscapes.This presentation will reveal both the opportunities and constraints in this rapidly emerging discipline. 


Is there a Hudson Valley Regional Agenda?

The Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) will host a conference on the SUNY New Paltz campus. This conference will engage a broad range of groups and individuals, with a variety of strongly held interests and priorities, to consider whether the Hudson Valley Region can generate and advance a shared agenda for legislative action.


June 15-16

Land Use Leadership Alliance Short Course  A training program designed for local leaders to provide them with strategic tools needed to address local land use issues of critical importance. 


June 16

Reading the Forested Landscape - at the Jay Heritage Center

Based on the popular book, "Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England," this program introduces people to approaches used to interpret a forest's history while wandering through it. 


June 17 

Children's Day at New Windsor Cantonment SHS

A fun-filled day of family entertainment on Father's Day with the Two by Two zoo and a host of 18th century games.


June 23

Opening Reception

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art presents its annual exhibition of work by artists from the mid Hudson Valley. This year's exhibition titled Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012 is organized by guest curator Linda Weintraub.


June 24

Join the Fishkill Greenway Trails Committee as they restore hiking trails at the Mt. Gulian Historic Site, from 10 am - 3 pm. Please register ahead of time. 


July 1

150th Anniversary of Taps at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

The tune we so closely associated with honoring the dead has its origins in the American Civil War. Learn how this tune came to be.


July 4

Independence Day at Knox's Headquarters SHS

See a small cannon fired at 1:30 & 3:15 PM.



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

ProjectspotProject Spotlight
Columbia County Municipal GIS Training
In January 2012, Columbia County was awarded a $4,390 matching Greenway Communities Grant for a geographic information systems (GIS) training program for municipal officials.

Working with Columbia County Land Conservancy, the County sought to develop a GIS training program for municipal officials and others. This innovative project is designed to train planning volunteers throughout the county and provide ongoing support for their work.

Columbia GIS
Columbia County GIS Training for Volunteers

While Columbia County does not yet have a GIS program, many groups can benefit from its use, including conservation advisory councils, planning and zoning boards, comprehensive plan and farmland protection plan committees, trail groups and communities. GIS skills will help these efforts to be accurate, timely and effective; promote cooperation with information sharing; and help educate the public about the interrelated nature of natural resources and the consequences of planning decisions.


The project has just completed the first round of training, with 29 enthusiastic volunteers from 13 towns. Round two of the training is already being planned for next fall, along with a follow-up working group for all those who attend the training to meet and troubleshoot on a regular basis. 
The Greenway applauds the partnership between Columbia Land Conservancy and the County, and we're pleased to be able help fund this project. GIS is a powerful tool for advancing the Greenway principles of balancing economic development with natural and cultural resources, and providing this training to local decision makers will be a model for other communities. 

Heritage Spotlightheritage
Dutch Reform Church in Need of Repair
Dutch Reformed Church
Newburgh Dutch Reformed Church
Newburgh's Dutch Reformed Church, an outstanding Greek Revival structure, is one of the masterpieces of Alexander Jackson Davis, America's leading mid 19th-century architect.  It was deconsecrated in 1967 and later fell into considerable disrepair. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001, it is currently undergoing restoration.

Some new photos taken recently show the extent of the repairs needed to restore this landmark church. Over the winter, a roof leak caused a major collapse, significantly damaging a large amount of the original plaster and framing. This series of photos highlights the extent of the damage and the need for funds to repair this crumbling treasure. Please follow this link to see the photos and learn what is being done and how to get involved.


GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month


 During hot months, try to park your vehicle in a shady spot, which decreases the amount of fuel lost to evaporation and requires less air-conditioning when you get back in.

Gasoline evaporates rapidly, and even escapes from closed tanks. The process is sped up by high temperatures.

Keeping your vehicle cooler means you'll run your air conditioner less, resulting in a substantial savings in fuel.  

Read more: The Daily Green

(All information courtesy of the Daily Green)


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