June 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
Awardees joined by Congressman Paul Tonko, Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, National Heritage Area Acting Director Mark Castiglione, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and Assemblymember John T. McDonald III.
On May 6th, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area representatives and partner organizations were joined by Congressman Paul Tonko at an event to announce 17 Heritage Development Grant awards to regional historic and cultural institutions. More than $60,000 was awarded to organizations in support of educational and interpretive programs. See more information here.
Water Trail enthusiasts at Kingston Point Beach, joined by Kingston Mayor Steve Noble and other dignitaries.

Unveiling of the National Park Service Passport Cancellation Station. Left to Right: Albany Pine Bush Executive Director Christopher Hawver, Hudson River Valley Greenway Project Coordinator Dan Jeanson, and City of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. Photo by Krishna Hill.
In March 2016, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area officially designated the Albany Pine Bush as a Heritage Site. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission chose the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their annual Lupine Fest to celebrate the high honor by unveiling a new National Park Service Passport Cancellation Station in the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. See press release and Times Union article.

Hudson River Valley Greenway Connection Plan Update
Screenshot of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Connection Plan Wikimap
The Hudson River Valley Greenway Connection Plan website is now available and  includes an interactive map for public input.  Send any ideas or comments through the online wikimap. In addition to the wikimap, there will be two workshops for public input on June 8th at Scenic Hudson's River Center at Long Dock Park from 2-4pm, and June 9th at The Community Room of the Albany Public Library from 2-4pm.

The Hudson River Valley Greenway Connection Plan will identify likely connections that would complete the trunk line north/south Greenway Trail route from New York City to the Capital region and beyond. 
Register Your Event for the 2016 Ramble!
This year's  Hudson River Valley Ramble  will be held September 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25. Submit your event by June 15th to be included in the Ramble booklet, which is distributed region-wide and beyond to high-traffic tourism destinations.  Sponsorships are also available at all levels, and more information can be found here.

2016 Path Through History Weekend
Each year, Path Through History Weekend features over 150 cultural and heritage sites throughout the state with history-related programming, tours, and events to celebrate the unique history of New York State.  View the list of events or find out how to register your organization's events .

Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting - June 8, 2016
The Hudson River Valley Greenway will meet on Wednesday, June 8 at 10:00 AM at the  Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli. The meeting will feature presentations on Tivoli's waterfront and the new web-based Hudson Valley Design Manual developed by the  Regional Plan Association and  Orange County Planning. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Heritage Spotlight
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Pine Barrens at Albany Pine Bush Preserve
As of March 2016, Albany Pine Bush Preserve is the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area's newest designated Heritage Site.  The Albany Pine Bush was selected because of its unique combination of ecological (pitch pine - scrub oak barrens) features and rich human history. The Mohawks and Mahicans sold the furs they harvested from the Pine Bush to Europeans at Fort Orange, present day Albany. Both settlers and Native Americans used the "Mohawk Path," later named the Kings Highway, as a travel corridor through the Pine Bush. For centuries, the Albany Pine Bush has provided resources of many different kinds, such as land for farms, sand for glass manufacturing, trees for lumber and posts and was a place for hunting and food gathering.
Project Spotlight Projectspot
Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium Planning Project
Bob Dylan, Woodstock, NY, 1968 by Elliott Landy (Collection of Center for Photography at Woodstock)
The project purpose was to find joint storage space for the Samuel Dorsky Museum and its partners' growing collections. The result was an online research tool, funded in part by a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Development Grant. HVVACC raises awareness of the Hudson Valley's rich artistic and creative culture, both past and present, and increases access to the organizations' permanent collections for educational benefits.
Upcoming Grants and Other Opportunities Grants
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.

Consolidated Funding Application Now Open
The  2016 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process is open for applications. Funds are available to support parks, planning, preservation, economic development, tourism, and  many other projects. The Regional Economic Development Councils are hosting CFA workshops to orient potential applicants to the application process.  Find a workshop near you.

NYS Homes & Community Renewal RFP for New York Main Street Technical Assistance Projects
Not-for-profit organizations and units of local government may submit requests of up to $20,000 to complete downtown or Main Street pre-development projects. These grants are intended to improve a community's readiness to administer a future New York Main Street building renovation program. The funding is available through an open-round application using the  Consolidated Funding Application. Applications for NYMS-TA projects may be submitted throughout the year and will be awarded on a rolling basis. The application will remain open until all available funding has been allocated. See the  Request for Proposals.

$11 Million in Climate Smart Community Grants Available
$11 million in Climate Smart Community grants is available for municipalities to become more resilient to the effects of climate change, including sea level rise and extreme weather. Climate Smart Community Implementation grants will support mitigation and adaptation projects and range from $100,000 to $2 million. Climate Smart Community Certification grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000. Municipalities can apply for both grants through the Consolidated Funding Application The deadline to apply for these grant funds is July 29, 2016 See the press release .

National Park Service Accepting Applications for Assistance
Applications are now available for technical assistance in 2017 for your community-led conservation and outdoor recreation project from the National Park Service  Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program Apply by  June 30, 2016 to be considered. View the  application information or  find out more.

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. Deadlines are June 30, 2016 and October 31, 2016.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards
Teaching the Hudson Valley will p rovide 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.

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:  
June-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...

June 4
Celebrate National Trails Day by hiking (or running) the Hyde Park Trail. Join National Park Service on a 9-mile End-2-End trek from Top Cottage to Vanderbilt, via Val-Kill, the FDR Site and Riverfront Park. More...

Kick off the summer season at Val-Kill with a Val-Kill Picnic and Square Dance. The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership and the National Park Service will bring delicious food, drinks, local beer, music and fun to the Annual Val-Kill Picnic & Square Dance! More...

New York iMapInvasives will hold a spring training session at Albany Pine Bush Preserve as part of a workshop being offered by the ADK Mountain Club's Backcountry Water Monitoring volunteer program. Participants will learn a number of aquatic invasive species and how to enter data about ponds and lakes they volunteer to monitor. More...

Join Scenic Hudson for a tour of the  West Point Foundry Preserve. Tours will focus on the foundry's 100-year history, its operations and diverse workforce, and Scenic Hudson's efforts to protect and interpret the remains of this industrial powerhouse while preserving the land's natural beauty.  More... 

Visit  Mount Guilian for a four-course, early 20th century meal with President Theodore Roosevelt, finely portrayed by an actor from the American Historical Theatre. The candlelight dinner will be held in the 18th century Dutch barn and prepared by Bridgecreek Catering. There will be period music by Julie and James Paradies as well as silent and live auctions. Cocktails will be served on the riverside lawn. More...

Join historian & author Don N. Hagist at Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site as he presents an illustrated lecture exploring the make-up of the British forces that served in North America. More...

June 5
Join Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site for the 10th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture by Paula Deitz, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Architectural Review, and Gardens Illustrated and author of the acclaimed book Of Gardens. Included in the lecture will be a collection of her writings on gardens from around the world, and their intellectual, historical, and aesthetic significance. More...

June 8
Join the Hudson River Valley Greenway and partners for the first Greenway Trail Connections Workshop to identify a potential trail route that exists today, and likely future connections that would complete a walking and/or multimodal trunk line north-south Greenway trail, stretching from New York City to the Adirondacks. Read more on the Greenway Trail Connections Study. More...

June 9
The Hudson River Valley Greenway and partners will hold the second  Greenway Trail Connections Workshop to identify a potential trail route that exists today, and likely future connections that would complete a walking and/or multimodal trunk line north-south Greenway trail, stretching from New York City to the Adirondacks. Read more on the Greenway Trail Connections StudyMore...

June 11
Come spend the morning exploring nature with your preschooler at the Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve! Share the excitement of your preschooler's early experiences with nature as they engage in activities that will focus on sight, hearing, smell, and touch. The program will be led by Laura Davis, Sam's Point Educator. More...

June 16
Join Dara Crawford and other parents with babies or toddlers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve for an hour of leisurely strolling in the Park Preserve. Last year, walks included berry picking and beach days. More...

June 17
A memorial will be held at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site to honor the 14 enslaved individuals discovered in an unmarked burial ground in 2005. As they were enslaved by the 18th century Schuyler family who lived in Menands (at what is today the Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park), they will lie in-state at Schuyler Mansion. More...

June 18 & 19
Join Path Through History for a weekend showcase of New York State's rich and fascinating history. This two day event will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. More...

June 19
Make a Father's Day memory with  Clermont State Historic Site for 18th-century dance lessons. This dance experience comes complete with lessons, costumes (for girls and boys), Liberty Punch, and delicious goodies. More...

June 24
Join one of the nation's most respected ecologists, Ned Ames, at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies for a thoughtful and engaging lecture on why long-term, place-based ecological studies are essential to addressing society's most pressing environmental issues, from air pollution and water quality to climate change.  More...

June 25
Join Thomas Cole National Historic Site for their 2016 Summer Party to benefit the site. There will be cocktails, dinner, fireworks, and dancing, all with a 180-degree view of the Hudson River. More...

Kick off the beginning of summer with a day of family fun at Bear Mountain State Park! Stroll over to Trailside to see the animals. Enjoy nature crafts, learn about the summer season and plant your own sunflower. More...

June 26
Join Century House Historical Society & NYSCA for the opening of IN:SITE, a summer-long outdoor art exhibit at the Century House Historical Society 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...

July 4
Join Clermont State Historic Site for an old-fashioned Independence Day, including 18th century crafts, reenactors, music and entertainment. A great day for young families. Later, enjoy live music and delicious hot food until a view of the Saugerties Fireworks over the Hudson River. More...

Enjoy an early American July 4th celebration with  Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site. 18th century-inspired games and performances, as well as other activities and ice cream will be free of charge to commemorate this important holiday. More... 

July 10
Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York's 18th annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour, an unparalleled opportunity to experience great cycling while taking in the rich history of the legendary canal that helped transform America. More...

July 11
Making Art & History On the Riverfront, will be held at Clermont State Historic site as part of this year's The Hudson Valley Writing Project organized by SUNY New Paltz. Young writes will explore regional history and the creative process as they sit on the banks of the Hudson River and join past writers and artists who have celebrated the landscape through word and image. 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...

See hudsonrivervalley.com For Ongoing Events and Exhibitions.

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Green Tip Of The Month GreenTip
Celebrate Dad and the Planet
This Father's Day, celebrate your dad while showing love for the world he helped bring you into with green tips from Earth Share. Hit a local trail or park, go green on the green with recycled tees and eco golf balls, and shop around to find local and organic beers. Read more tips for a Green Father's Day here

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