June 2014


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?New

Greenway Water Trail Tops 104 Sites with Designation of Bard Rock 

A flotilla of intrepid kayakers made for an appropriately aquatic event as elected officials joined staff from the Greenway and the National Park Service in proudly designating the latest site on the Greenway's Water Trail. The new site at Bard Rock is hosted by the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and will offer Water Trail voyagers yet another point of access along the eastern shores of the Hudson in Dutchess County. In addition to providing a welcome rest stop for waterway travelers, the new landing at Bard Rock will offer paddlers on the Hudson the added attraction of the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. The designation of the Bard Rock landing illustrates the ongoing commitment of the Greenway to create recreational access and infrastructure for multi-day paddles, and to promote the natural and cultural resources of the river. Complete story here.


Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Awards Nearly $30,000 to Capital Region Historical and Cultural Institutions

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area representatives and partner organizations were joined by Congressman Paul Tonko at an event today to announce eight Heritage Development Grant awards to local historic and cultural institutions.  Nearly $30,000 was awarded to organizations in support of a variety of educational and interpretive programs that will showcase the area's history and contribute to the regional heritage tourism economy. The event was hosted by Mayor Kathy Sheehan at Albany's historic City Hall.  Grant winners were also joined by Senator Neil D. Breslin, Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy, Assemblymember John T. McDonald III, and National Heritage Area Acting Director Mark Castiglione. Complete story here and from the Times Union.



Be a Part of Path Through History Weekends!

More than 370 special events are planned for New York State's next Path Through History Weekend on June 14th and 15th. Path Through History Weekends are designed to make it easy to experience the Empire State's rich heritage and diverse attractions, from interactive science museums, homes of former Presidents and artists, living history recreations, and historic battlefields. Whether you're a sports enthusiast, a nature lover, curious about history, or simply want to have fun, these free and discounted events are not to be missed. For a complete events listing, please visit Path Through History Weekends.  

Register now for the 2014 Hudson River Valley Ramble!   

It's the Ramble's 15th Anniversary! This year the Hudson River Valley Ramble will take place September 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28. Registration is now open, and you can submit your event here. Please have your event in by June 17th to be published in the Ramble booklet. Thanks to our 160 event partners last year, the Hudson River Valley Ramble continues to be a great success. 

Sponsorships for the Hudson River Valley Ramble are available at all levels. Let's make the 15th year of the Ramble the best ever! 


Consolidated Funding Application Deadline: June 16th

The current application period for Round IV of the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) program runs through June 16th. The CFA program was created by Governor Cuomo in 2011 to expedite the allocation of state resources in order to more efficiently fund economic development opportunities in communities across the state. By relying on a single web-based application process, the CFA program significantly streamlines the grant application process for a variety of hopeful applicants, including business, government, nonprofit, and public organizations. The 2014 Regional Economic Development Councils Guidebook is available at at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. The New York State CFA Application period opened on May 1st and continues through the 4 pm deadline on Monday, June 16th. 

Heritage SpotlightHeritageSpot

Tower of Victory at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

The Tower of Victory at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site was completed in 1890 as a centennial celebration of the peaceful disbandment of the Continental Army in Newburgh following the end of the American Revolution. The Tower was commissioned by Robert Todd Lincoln, son of the 16th President, and designed by New York architect John Hemingway Duncan, who was also responsible for Grant's Tomb and Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza. The impressively arched limestone monument is adorned with bronze statues of Washington and his soldiers and officers in the War of Independence, fashioned by William Rudolf O'Donovan, the most celebrated memorial sculptor of his day (and former Confederate soldier). Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is the first publicly preserved historic site in the country, acquired by New York State in 1850 and now operated by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.
Today, the Tower of Victory stands badly in need of restoration work and the Palisades Parks Conservancy is in the midst of a public campaign to raise $1.5 million to save this monument. For more information or to make a contribution, please visit here.
Project SpotlightProjectspot

Fishkill Creek Greenway and Heritage Trail Master Plan

After planning the Fishkill Creek Greenway & Heritage Trail (FCGHT) for over a year, the City of Beacon adopted a Master Plan for this project in June of 2013. Once complete, the FCGHT will run along the entire length of the Fishkill Creek, offering a continuous pathway between the Metro-North station at Beacon and the Town of Fishkill that will connect residents to the creek and lead them to scenic, historic, and recreational sites in the area.


The Hudson River Valley Greenway is proud to have collaborated and supported the City of Beacon in this endeavor by providing funds for professional consultation in the design of this project. It is the hope of the Greenway that the Fishkill trail will become part of its wider network of free and open trails in the greater Hudson Valley. As part of this system, the FCGHT will join other trail projects in the area, including the "Trail of Two Cities" between Newburgh and Beacon, the Klara Sauer Trail, Beacon Loop Trail, Mt. Beacon Park, and the Hudson River Greenway. Other proposed regional trail projects include the Hudson Fjord Trail, a hike/bike trail connecting Cold Spring and Beacon along Route 9D, and the Mt. Beacon Incline Railway. Ultimately, FCGHT will continue into the Town of Fishkill as part of an ongoing initiative of the Fishkill Greenway Trail Committee. 


 Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Communities and Compact Grants

Applications are due August 29th for consideration at the October Board Meeting.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards

Before school is out in June, go on a field trip to a local Hudson Valley historic site, with help from this grant program.


Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) Grants

TAP funds can be used for a variety of alternative transportation projects, including the construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities; conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trail use; and infrastructure-related projects to provide access for and improve the safety of children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities. Deadline: June 11th. Read more here.


NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Grants 

Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) is now open for grant applications. Up to $750 million in state economic development resources have been allocated for CFA grants. The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) enables businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to apply for assistance from dozens of state funding programs, through a single application, for job-creating and community development projects. Deadline for applications is Monday, June 16th at 4 p.m. For applicants, the New York State CFA Application is open to applicants now. 


Cleaner Greener Communities - Round II

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) requests applications for Cleaner Greener Communities (CGC) Phase II Implementation Grants. CGC is funded with proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the goal of which is to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the Northeast. Phase II of CGC will be instrumental in achieving that goal. Deadline: June 16


Estuary Grants Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the availability of the 2014 competitive Hudson River Estuary Program Grants Program. Funding is available for the Action Agenda Partnership Grants, Estuary Access Grants, & Hudson Tributary Restoration Grants for the state fiscal year 2013-2014 from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and the Natural Resources Damages Fund (NRD). Deadline June 20th, 2014.


2013 Get Ready!, Get Set! And Go! Grants

Get Ready! Grants provide a way to learn about the planning process and help your organization begin creating a plan. A Get Ready! Grant provides your organization with a consultant experienced in museum planning. Deadline is July 1st, 2014.

Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (Ongoing)

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets invite municipalities and non profit conservation organizations to apply for Farmland Protection funding. Prequalification for all not-for-profits is required; all municipalities interested must register on the State's new Grants Gateway website.


New York State Conference of Mayors Grant & Award Opportunities (Ongoing) 

New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials provide access to several ongoing grant and award opportunities. NYSCOM shares several links to federal, state, private foundation, and corporate grant and award programs. 


The William G. Pomeroy Foundation Historic Roadside Marker Program 

Grants are given for historic markers to commemorate historic people, places or things within the time frame of 1740-1900.  


HUD is seeking competitive applications for individual FY 2013 program nofas that will further the achievement of HUD's strategic plan goals and policy priorities. HUD's strategic mission: to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all. 

 Regional Events events

Calendar of Events: June 2014



The purveyors of John Jay Homestead Farm Market are local farmers, bakers & craftsmen, who seasonally provide a variety of fruit, produce, meats, fish, dairy products, baked goods, prepared foods and handcrafted products. Get to know your farmers first-hand, how they make their products and help preserve the environment. Shoppers can enjoy a walk, sightsee and explore flower, herb and vegetable gardens or picnic on the historic grounds of John Jay Homestead. The Market is open June 22nd to October 12th.


Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market

The Spring Season is in full swing at the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market. Hours are 9 am to 2 pm each Saturday on River Street in downtown Troy. Over 70 local vendors each week bring fresh and local products from local farmers, chefs, and artisans to offer the Capital Region's freshest and finest. 
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rhinebeck Farmer's Market! Vendors provide a diverse and unique selection of farm fresh products including fruits and vegetables, meats, jams, honey, and local dairy. A full schedule of special events highlight the bounty of the seasons with chef demonstrations, tastings, recipes, children's activities, free live music and more. Sundays 10 am to 2 pm in the Village of Rhinebeck. 
This year-round Farmer's Market located in Saratoga Springs offers a wide variety of goods and produce. All participating vendors are premium local brands and the best of the best, including a bounty of the New York's most sought after farmers and producers (to ensure the integrity of the market all vendors MUST be legitimate producers and open to facility inspection). In a stunningly beautiful venue with live music, kids crafts table, free parking - and dog-friendly too! Held at the Lincoln Baths in the Spa State Park from 10 am - 3 pm every Sunday.  
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall announces Summer Science and Nature Camp
for Kids Ages 4- 15. The Museum offers the Ramblers Program is for children ages 4 to 6, the Trekkers Programs is for children ages 7 to 12, and The Eco-Rangers Program for children ages 12 to 15. For more information please call 845-534-5506.


June 11

The Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance invites you to a presentation by registered architect David Toder on the "Deep Energy Retrofits of Existing Buildings". Part of the Sustainable Speakers Series, the presentation will begin with a tour of the Town of Highland Landing Park, followed by a lecture on energy efficient renovations at Mariner's on the Hudson in Highland.


June 14

Stony Point Battlefield Evening Lantern Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the attacking American forces as the sounds of musket and cannon fire from the British camp echo around you on the historic Revolutionary War battlefield at Stony Point. Learn the details of this daring and decisive nighttime battle on a guided walking tour. Advance reservations at 845-786-2521. $5 for adults, $4 children (10 and under) and seniors.   


Aiming to Please at Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site

In the spring of 1781, the hills of the Hudson Valley reverberated with the sound of cannon fire, as General Knox readied the artillery of the Continental Army through months of training that would eventually pay off with victory at the Siege of Yorktown later that year. The exciting cannonade returns to the Hudson Valley with this program highlighting the decisive role of artillery in securing America's independence, proudly presented as part of New York's Path Through History Weekends.


Spring Bird Walk at Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site

Rockland Audubon Society invites you to Stony Point Battlefield for a morning of birdwatching presented by Della and Alan Wells. These experts will lead a walk through the wonderfully diverse habitats found at the battlefield in search of neo-tropical migrants and nesters. Bring your own binoculars, or borrow and extra pair from the group. For birders of all ages and skill levels. Free.
June 15

Children's Day at New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site

Come out for a fun-filled day of family entertainment on Father's Day with a petting zoo, magician, and 18th century games for the children.  
June 21 

The Civil Rights at 50: Unfinished Business

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-kill and the National Park Service invite you to a symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the Bertelsmann Campus Center of Bard College on June 21st. Join scholar, experts, and community activists to explore the legacy of the Act and its contemporary issues. Register online by June 13th: www.ervk.org or call: 845-229-5302. More information at info@ervk.org


Exhibition: Utopian Benches at the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon

Please join the artist Francis Cape at the opening of Utopian Benches, an exhibition of 17 meticulous crafted copies early American religious furniture. Mr. Cape's beautifully utilitarian replicas will be joined in display by accompanying artifacts from the Museum's collection in the historic North Family Wash House. Conversation with the artist, aperitifs, and dinner complete the evening. For more information, please email programs@shakerml.org or call 518-794-9100 (ext. 220).

June 22

Field Sketching at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museu
Come join environmental educator Lisa Mechaley at the Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center to sketch in a field journal. Participants will hike and explore different forms of expression, including field sketching, watercolor painting, and poetry, all recorded in a simple journal. For information please visit www.hhhnaturemuseum.org or call 845-534-5506 (ext. 204).
Summer 2014

Summer Camps at the Arts Center!

Give your child a gift that will continue to enrich them for a lifetime by sending them to an experiential art camp offering adventure and learning at the Arts Center. Learn photography, computer music production, stained glass jewelry, theater, pottery, and more from working artists and NYS licensed art teachers. One and two week sessions. Needs-based scholarships available. Visit www.artscenteronline.org or call 518-273-0552. 


Ongoing Events


Exhibition: Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church 

On view April 30th to November 2nd at the Thomas Cole NHS. This is the first exhibition to explore one of the most influential teacher-student relationships in the history of American art - that between the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and his most celebrated student and successor, Frederic Church (1826-1900).


Exhibition: Lincoln & New York

The Historical Society of Rockland County presents Lincoln and New York, a panel exhibition from the New-York Historical Society that probes the myths and controversies surrounding Abraham Lincoln at the History Center Museum. Original research explores New York's influence on the Civil War, the impact of emancipation, and Lincoln's personal evolution as he rose from an obscure Illinois politician to a national martyr. For more information, contact the Historical Society of Rockland County at 845-634-9629, from April 6th to June 15th.


Early 20th Century painter, Eugene Speicher is now best remembered for his portraits, association with Robert Henri, George Bellows, and Leon Kroll, and other New York realists, and for his involvement with the Woodstock art colony. On exhibition at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz February 5th - July 13th.    

As part of their 2014 Exhibition program, Wilderstein & The Houseexplores fascinating connections between the estate and the Suckley family to U.S. Presidents through history.  Costumes, textiles, decorative arts, photographs, books and more will be featured - all from the Wilderstein collections. For additional information about the exhibit and reservations for the preview party, call 845-876-4818. May 1st - October 31st.

Notice: Eagles nesting at Stony Point Lighthouse

A pair of bald eagles, a State protected species, is nesting near the lighthouse.  Visitors will not be able to enter the protected zone, which is posted with New York State Stony Point

Department of Environmental Conservation signs.  Do not enter this zone for any reason. This restriction is in place until August. In the meantime, the museum is open with an exhibit on Hudson River lighthouses and an original 4th order Fresnel lens and fog bell.


To have you event included in future editions of the newsletter and on hudsonrivervalley.com, please enter upcoming event information here.  

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month
Put up a hummingbird feeder!

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the only hummingbird species that breeds in New York State, but they spend their winters far to the south in Central America. Hummingbirds return to the Hudson Valley in April and linger in our area as late as September. Their fast metabolisms make them eager customers of backyard feeders and wildflowers across the state. Putting up a hummingbird feeder is an easy and inexpensive way to enjoy these tiniest of birds throughout the summer, and it helps the birds too as they recover from their long journey, raise their young here, and get ready for another flight back in the fall. For more on hummingbirds and feeding them, visit this page from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology




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