May 2013


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

Tourism Summit Generates New Ideas to Bring More Visitors to New York State
On May 8th, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of New York's largest tourism campaign in decades, committing nearly $60 million to grow the industry, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State.The Governor's announcement came at the conclusion of the New York State Tourism Summit, where hundreds of tourism experts gathered in Albany to discuss ideas and new ways to bring tourists to every corner of the state. As the fifth largest employment sector in New York, tourism supported 714,000 jobs and generated more than $29 billion in wages in 2012. Read more...

Jane Daniels Honored as State Trail Worker of the Year 
Greenway Conservancy Board Member and longtime New York-New Jersey Trail Conference volunteer has been honored as State Trail Worker of the Year in New York by American Trails, the national organization for advocacy and support of trails. Jane's tireless work on the part of trails and trail development is renowned throughout the Hudson Valley. Congratulations, Jane, the honor is well deserved!  Read more...
Surrender of General Burgoyne by John Trumbull,
The Surrender Of General Burgoyne (

On Saturday, June 1 at 11:00am, on a hill top knoll overlooking the Hudson River Valley, come join the festivities to 'inaugurate' this historic landscape. Activities to include: Displays of local parks and organizations, Unveiling of new bronze sculpture, Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drums, Comments by invited guests, and Ruth Pierpont, Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation. After the event, free guided tours will be available to Saratoga Battlefield and Victory Woods.

Part of Path Through History Weekends


2013 Sacred Sites Open House Weekend

Be a tourist in your own town at the Landmarks Conservancy's Third Annual Sacred Sites Open House the weekend of May 18-19th, 2013. During this weekend, many of New York's sacred sites will open their doors to the general public, introducing non-members to the history, art and architecture embodied in sacred places. Read more...    


Register for the 2nd Annual Riverkeeper Sweep

Saturday, May 11 is the 2nd annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day 

of service for the Hudson River. You can help by joining one of 70 shoreline cleanups, tree-plantings and other service projects between New York City and Albany. Register at




Path Through History Weekends Is Almost Here!

The Path Through History Weekends - comprised of events which are heritage and cultural celebrations and special programming that promote the unique history of our State - will be held June 1-2 and 8-9. There is still time to sign up to host an event. If your organization would like to host an event, please log on and register today!



Sponsor the 2013 Hudson River Valley Ramble

The 14th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble will take place September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29, 2013. We hope you will participate by hosting or attending an event! Further details will be sent this spring, so mark your calendars now! Sponsorships for the Hudson River Valley Ramble are now available, and more information can be found here.



Paddlers on Hudson

Hudson River Days 2013!

Hudson River Day was so successful that in 2013, we're expanding the celebration from a single day to an entire weekend. This year, July 20th and 21st will feature a wide range of activities on and around the Hudson River. Activities will include the 2nd Annual Great Hudson River Fish Count, as well as festivals, swims, kayak outings, sails and more! What will your organization plan for Hudson River Days 2013? Submit your event at .  
 Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications are due September 7, 2013 for the October Board Meeting.


Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards

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


Program to guide the local rebuilding process

Governor Cuomo has announced a new Community Reconstruction Zones program to guide the local rebuilding process for Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. 


Roadmaps to Health Prize - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Due 5.23.13) 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives.


Bikes Belong Coalition - Community Partnership Grants (Due 5.24.13)  

Designed to foster and support partnerships .to improve the environment for bicycling in the community. 


HUD Choice Neighborhoods Program (Due 5.28.13) 

Applicants must visualize the revitalization of a severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted multifamily housing project and propose a viable, mixed-income community.

National Park Service: Engaging Youth with Community (Due 5.31.13) 

Administer a range of internships for young adults ages 18-30 doing community-based work that helps younger generations connect with nature and parks. 


The Merrell Pack Project (Due 6.1.13) 

The Pack Project Grants Program - working to increase participation in active outdoor recreation while also creating meaningful connections to the natural world. 


Conservation Treatment Grant Program  (Due 6.3.13)

Provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical and cultural organizations in New York State. 


Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (Due 6.3.13) 

TIGER Discretionary Grant program provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. 


Advancing the Understanding of Potential Coastal Green Shoreline Infrastructure Strategies in New York City (Due 6.28.2013) 

NEIWPCC, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program, and the New York City Department of City Planning, is soliciting proposals for development of a plan to identify the necessary scientific and technical research to advance the understanding of potential coastal green infrastructure strategies in New York City under current and projected sea-level rise scenarios. 


Transportation Enhancement Program (Due 4:00, 8.16.2013)

Applications are being accepted for funding of transportation projects through the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP). Applications must be submitted to a NYSDOT Region on or by August 16, 2013. Awards will be announced by the end of the year.


Fields Pond Foundation (Ongoing)

Priorities include land acquisition for conservation and project grants for trail making and other enhancement of public access to lands, rivers, and coastlines.


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation State Assistance Programs (Ongoing) 

For waste reduction, recycling and household hazardous waste programs.


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Technical Assistance (Ongoing) 

Grants for community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community.


Enterprise Green Communities (Ongoing)

To help cover costs of planning and implementing green components of affordable housing developments, as well as tracking their costs and benefits.  


Regional EventsRegEvents

Calendar of Events: May 2013  


Park Closed: Madam Brett Park Due to City of Beacon repairs to Tioronda Bridge, Madam Brett Park will be closed to the public from April 29 to Nov. 1, 2013. No vehicular or pedestrian access will be allowed. 


May 11

Peter's Kill Wander

Come and wander along the Peter's Kill, a picturesque babbling mountain stream. Along the trail, we'll look for spring wildflowers that might be blooming. Minnewaska State Park Preserve


Preparing for a New Year at Senate House State Historic Site

Visitors can enjoy a variety of demonstrations including sheep shearing, beekeeping and the role bees play in pollinating gardens, spinning, weaving, and basket weaving. 


Music Popular Among the British During the War for American Independence 

At Fort Montgomery SHS

This concert will showcase musical selections that were performed in British occupied cities, with background discussion including anecdotal evidence and references from colonial newspapers. 


May 12

Hike Sterling Lake

Celebrate Mother's Day with an easy 4-mile hike around lovely Sterling Lake! Join Friends of Sterling Forest for a leisurely walk up a little hill, through the woods and along the shore. 


May 15 

Super Special Story Time: Beautiful Birds at Gardiner Public Library

Children will hear stories featuring birds and they'll listen to bird calls, see bird nests and touch bird feathers. Then, with some help from their parents, each child will make their own binoculars that they can take home. 


May 16

Rockland County in World History Perspective

Important regional events from the 17th to the 20th centuries will be linked to the significant contemporary developments in World History, which have had some important influence in our area. Historical Society of Rockland County 


Land Use Law Update

Westchester Municipal Planning Federation's Land Use Law Update course at the Pace Law School


May 18

Echo Rock Walk

Come for a walk along the beautiful Hamilton Point Carriage Road. Minnewaska State Park Preserve


2013 will be the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Harriman State Park Group Summer Camps program. The Historical Society of Rockland County will host an exhibition of the Harriman camp experience. 


May 19

Children's Event- Who's Hooting Here? 
Children will see a mounted owl, hear their calls and, if there are enough participants, play a game that teaches about their behavior. Minnewaska State Park Preserve


May 25

Pond Exploration for Kids

Come for a mile-and-a-half walk and a chance to explore the ponds in Minnewaska's former golf course. 


May 27

Honor Our Nation's Fallen Soldiers at New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
At 2PM Continental Army soldiers perform an 18th century graveside mourning ceremony. Following the ceremony, balladeer Linda Russell performs the songs that inspired and comforted the American people when our nation was at war.

May 31

Meet the Author and Book Signing

New York author L. Lloyd Stewart has recently published a book on African American history in New York State titled, The Mysterious Black Migration 1800-1820: The Van Vrankens and Other Families of African Descent in Washington County, New York


Spring Certification Courses

The Rockland Municipal Planning Federation announced their upcoming spring Certification Courses May 20 (Session I - Overview of the Boards), May 30 (Session II - Update of Case Law), and June 3, 2013 (Session III - Working Group Discussions). 


June 2

Take the Train and MAKE IT A DAY in the Hudson Valley!

The National Park Service operates the free "Roosevelt Ride" shuttle service from Poughkeepsie Metro-North Station 7 days a week and will take you to your choice of the Roosevelt Sites and the Vanderbilt Mansion from May 1st through October 31st.   


June 12

Hudson River Valley Greenway Joint Board Meeting


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

Heritage SpotlightHeritagesptligt

Albany History Fair

Sunday, May 19, from 1 to 5 p.m.  


Historic Cherry Hill, in partnership with the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center and Historic Albany Foundation, will present the 14th Annual Albany History Fair . Fair activities will explore the diverse history of faith and worship in the capital city, and their impact on community life, neighborhood development and the urban landscape.  Presentations will be made by Jack McEneny, noted Albany historian; Susan Holland, Director of Historic Albany Foundation; Alexandra Prince, masters candidate at the University at Albany, SUNY; and Anthony Opalka, Albany City Historian.  There will also be a "Sacred Spaces Open House" at several houses of worship located in and beyond the Center Square neighborhood.


Test your luck and skill at the Hudson River Trading Game where participants use a 34-foot game board to experience the challenges of 18th century trade and travel on the Hudson River. Highlights of the day will include historical games, crafts, "show and tell" by experts of rarely seen artifacts belonging to merchant Philip Van Rensselaer of Cherry Hill and China trader Stewart Dean of Albany, and special displays of student work.  


This year's fair theme is "Faith, Spirit, Community," and the event will be hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church.    Admission is free. For more information, contact Historic Cherry Hill at (518) 434-4791;

ProjectspotProject Spotlight

Wappinger Greenway Trail Extension

Wappinger Trails Map


With a Greenway Conservancy Grant awarded in 2008, the Town of Wappinger in Dutchess County has developed more than five miles of extension trails to the existing Wappinger trail network. The Town of Wappinger has added access to amenities to such as Carnwath Farms and its trail network, Reese Cultural Center, and the Sports Museum of Dutchess County. The trail now also goes to the hamlet of Chelsea, with access to the Chelsea Yacht Club, Town of Wappinger Water Trail dock, as well as the town of Wappinger Recreation area adjacent to Castle Pointe Veterans Administration Hospital.


The Greenway is so pleased to be able to support these types of trail projects, that enhance recreational opportunities, provide access to parks and other resources, protect open space, and increase tourism in Hudson River Valley communities.

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month

leafWash Your Laundry in Cold Water

An easy way to clean green is to turn the dial on your washing machine to cold. Most loads don't need hot water, and 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating. The higher the water temperature, the higher the cost to you and the planet. (All information courtesy of the Daily Green)


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