September 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

 Ramble On!

Ramblers at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (Credit Robert Goldwitz)
The 14th Annua
l Hudson River Valley Ramble takes place September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29, 2013. Pick up your copy of the Ramble guidebook at tourism centers, historic sites, and state parks. Or, log onto our website and search for an event of your choice. With over 200 events to choose from, there is something for everyone!

Hudson River Estuary Public Meetings

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is hosting two Public Information Meetings on The Draft Hudson River Estuary Habitat Restoration Plan on September 18, 2013 in Staatsburg and on September 24 in Hudson. The Plan will guide restoration and protection actions to sustain priority habitats in the Hudson River estuary and tributaries from the federal dam at Troy to the Tappan Zee Bridge. Read more...


Minnewaska State Park Preserve Historic Carriage Roads

The Minnewaska Carriage Road Rescue Project, a partnership between the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and the Palisades Parks Conservancy, is a comprehensive, system-wide solution that will repair and preserve the 35 mile network of carriage roads conceived of and created over a century ago. While the structural integrity of the original roads is remarkable in most locations, the damage from floods, ice storms, and foot, horse, and bicycle traffic has led to the point where deferral is no longer an option, and reduced services are becoming more commonplace every year. Read more...
 Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications are due December 10, 2013 for the January Board Meeting.


Erie Canalway Grants

This is a competitive grant program which makes awards ranging from $2,000 to $7,000. The grants fund projects that serve to advance the goals and strategies of the Erie Canalway Preservation and Management Plan. Deadline: October 25


PTNY Growing the Grassroots Capacity Building Grants

Parks & Trails New York's Capacity Building Grants enhance the long-term sustainability of park and trail not-for-profit organizations by helping them better fulfill their missions; improve their reach, effectiveness, and impact; leverage resources, and increase community support for and involvement in park and trail planning, development and/or stewardship.  Deadline: November 12

Pre-application webinar: October 16  


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.  


Department of Housing and Urban Development (Ongoing)
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 EventsRegEvents

Calendar of Events: September 2013  


September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 

14th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble  
A month of guided landscape walks, hikes, paddles and biking adventures, Hudson River
Estuary explorations, heritage site tours, and cultural events from the Capital Region
to New York City and beyond.

Hudson River Sight Seeing Cruise  
Come enjoy a narrated scenic trip down the Hudson with a Sight Seeing Cruise from 1:00pm-2:30pm. 


Dutchess Heritage Days Continue This Fall!

September 21-22: Revolutionary War Weekend in Fishkill


September 14-October 27

Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain 


John Jay Homestead Farm Market 
This independent market will offer fruit, produce, including heirloom varieties, and flowers, grown by local farmers, using certified organic, organic, biodynamic and conventional methods.

September 21
Volunteer Landscape Day at Manitoga
Help repair and improve the Manitoga Waterfall under the direction of a skilled stone craftsman.

Artists' Talk at the Dorsky Museum
Screen Play: Hudson Valley Artists 2013 �- Shanti Grumbine, Jonathan Wang, and Harvey Weiss

Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents Joni Bishop in Concert 

Joni Bishop has been developing her Mississippi John Hurt/Elizebeth Cotton inspired finger style guitar playing since childhood and has gone on to build a career based on her songwriting, distinctive vocals, and unique instrumental techniques.

Lighthouse Day at Stony Point Battlefield and Lighthouse
Celebrate the history of lighthouses on the Hudson River. Tours of the lighthouse will be given throughout the day. 19th century maritime music and storytelling will be performed by Balladeer Linda Russell and Storyteller Jonathan Kruk in the shadow of the lighthouse. 


September 22

Passive Activism: Shaker Feminists
Were Shakers "feminists?" What role did women play within the Shaker communities?
What role did they play in the women's rights movement? View the North Family from the perspective of the Sisters who lived there on this one-hour walking tour.   


September 25

Open House Reception with Preservation League of New York State

A wine and cheese reception to celebrate restoration projects at Mount Lebanon. The Shaker Museum recently received a loan from The Preservation League of New York State to support the preservation projects currently underway at the North Family. 


Hudson River Foundation and New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program Seminar Series

The Northeast Regional Earth System Model: A Tool for Hudson River Management and Research 

September 25-27

NY Upstate Chapter APA/ASLA 2013 Annual Conference

Recharging Communities Through Planning and Design


September 28
Continental Army Military Demonstration
Part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live and Hudson River Valley Ramble, at 2:00PM see muskets and a cannon fired. Following this demonstration, at 3:00PM, tour the nearby Knox's Headquarters, the beautiful 1754 Ellison House.    

September 29

Commemorating the 95th Anniversary of the Assault on the Hindenburg Line 

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor will commemorate the 95th Anniversary of the Assault on the Hindenburg Line, September 29, 1918.


October 4

Owl Prowl at Stony Point Battlefield

Search the night woods for Great Horned Owls and Screech Owls. Site staff will lead a walk to find these magnificent creatures. 

October 12
Birds of Winter at Stony Point Battlefield
How do birds find food, shelter, and warmth during the winter presentation months in our area? Discover the challenges and rewards of Winter Bird Watching in the Hudson Valley.   


Ongoing Events: 


Introducing the Hudson River School Art Trail Contest

Visit the Hudson River School Art Trail sites and win a weekend getaway to the breathtaking Catskill Mountains.  


Claude Mirror Project

A new installation by artist Alex McKay at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site lets you see Thomas Cole's favorite view at any time of day, any season of the year, in all kinds of weather, as reflected in a 19th-century optical device called a "Claude Mirror."  


Fill Your Hudson River School Art Trail Passport With Rubbings!
Fun for the whole family! Metal plaques are now installed at the first eight stops along the Hudson River School Art Trail, located within a short drive of the Thomas Cole site and Olana.


Heritage SpotlightHeritageSpot

New Thunder at Stony Point Battlefield   


Stony Point Battlefield SHS (Credit - James Bleecker)

The Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site  preserves the site of the last major battle of the north-eastern colonies during the American Revolution. Today, the site features a self-guided walking trail and a museum displaying artifacts uncovered during archaeological digs, as well as the Stony Point Lighthouse, the Hudson River's oldest.   


The Battlefield recently unveiled a replica mortar bed for the Battlefield's 8" mortar - one of three original captured artillery pieces from the July 15-16, 1779 Storming of Stony Point. The replica took years of research and months of construction, and was based on a design from the British publication, A Treatise of Artillery, published in 1780. The new mortar is the result of hard work on the part of many staff members, historians and craftsmen, and site volunteers Alan Horowitz and Ralph Lapidus. The new design recreates as accurately as possible the correct mortar bed for this type of siege piece, and it is now on display at Stony Point Battlefield. 

Project SpotlightProjectspot

Village of Red Hook Pattern Book and Agricultural Guide


In 2011, the Village of Red Hook in Dutchess County was awarded a $10,000 Greenway
Communities Grant to develop a Pattern Book and Architectural Guide of housing types and commercial infill development buildings. Red Hook's priority is to promote "smart growth." The
Pattern Book, completed in May 2013, provides guidelines for community residents, planners, builders, and developers to maintain the regional vernacular of tree-lined streets and interconnected neighborhoods.


The Village of Red Hook has been a steadfast partner in working locally to realize the regional vision of the Greenway Compact.  This project is another great example of that, and the Greenway is pleased to be able to once again be a partner.

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month


Seal Those Ducts
Heating and cooling is one of the home's biggest uses of energy, so it's important to make sure all your ductwork is tightly sealed. Studies show 10% to 30% of conditioned air in an average system escapes from ducts, reports the U.S. Department of Energy.

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