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Hurds Family Farm Cornmaze

@ Hurds Family Farm: Meet at Historic Dutch Barn

  • August 28, 2021, 12:00AM, Every weekend in September and October

Adventure. Exploration. Discovery. Come wander this family friendly green and growing living puzzle. This years 3 acre designed corn maze has 3 trails, one for folks who love a challenge, two for younger hikers and everyone else! Our design is a Surprise this Season, come meet our NEW maze character who promises to bring smiles as you enjoy fresh air, exercise and over 25 family oriented activities including our Ninja Warrior inspired Obstacle Course!

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John Burroughs Slabsides Geology Ramble

@ John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary at Slabsides

  • August 28, 2021, 9:00AM

The rocks were one of naturalist John Burroughs' favorite aspects of the Slabsides location, but even he did not realize that the rocks represented sediments eroded from a Himalayan-scale mountain range nearly 400 million years ago. Since they were deposited in a shallow sea, the sediments were repeatedly caught in continental collisions which bent them and stood them literally on end. As if that wasn't enough, they were most recently scraped clean by a mile-thick sheet of glacial ice which melted a mere 14,000 years ago. Join Vassar College geology professor Jeff Walker for hike to read the many stories in the rocks of the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary. The newly developed trails are part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System. SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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Exhibition: Cross Pollination (Tuesday-Sun, through October 31)

@ Catskill, NY

  • September 1, 2021, 10:00AM, Tues-Sun, through October 31

Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church and our Contemporary Moment is a national collaborative exhibition exploring the theme of cross pollination in art and the environment from the 19th century to today. The project stems from the artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th-century series of hummingbird and habitat paintings, The Gems Of Brazil, and their unique relationship to the epic landscapes of Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole And Frederic Church, as well as their continued significance to major contemporary artists working today. For the first time in over two decades, 16 paintings from the influential series of hummingbirds and habitats, The Gems of Brazil (1863-64), by Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) will be on tour in New York for public audiences. The project uses the metaphor of “cross-pollination” inspired by Heade’s paintings to explore interconnections in art and science, between artists, and across the 19th and 21st centuries. Paintings, sketches, sculpture and natural history specimens will be displayed in provocative juxtapositions within the historic spaces. The artists featured in the exhibition are Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Emily Cole, Isabel Charlotte Church, Rachel Berwick, Nick Cave, Mark Dion, Richard Estes, Juan Fontanive, Jeffrey Gibson, Paula Hayes, Patrick Jacobs, Maya Lin, Flora C. Mace, Vik Muniz, Portia Munson, Lisa Sanditz, Sayler/Morris, Dana Sherwood, Jean Shin, Rachel Sussman, and Jeff Whetstone. The exhibition was created by The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. The exhibition tour is organized by Crystal Bridges. The project will subsequently travel to The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, FL, Reynolda House Museum of American Art in WinstonSalem, NC, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR.

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Indoor Explore & "Cross Pollination" Exhibition

@ Thomas Cole National Historic Site

  • September 1, 2021, 10:00AM, Open Tuesday - Sunday from 10am - 5pm; Last entry 4pm

Explore the restored historic interiors of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site to learn about the artist and environmentalist Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and see the exhibition "Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church & Our Contemporary Moment" at your own pace with Museum Educators stationed throughout the Site to offer information and answer questions. The exhibition is installed in the Main House, Old Studio, New Studio, and on the grounds. "Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church and our Contemporary Moment" is a national collaborative exhibition exploring the theme of cross pollination in art and the environment from the 19th century to today. The project stems from the artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th-century series of hummingbird and habitat paintings, "The Gems Of Brazil," and their unique relationship to the epic landscapes of Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, as well as their continued significance to major contemporary artists working today. For the first time in over two decades, 16 paintings from the influential series of hummingbirds and habitats, "The Gems of Brazil" (1863-64), by Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) will be on tour in New York for public audiences. The project uses the metaphor of “cross-pollination” inspired by Heade’s paintings to explore interconnections in art and science, between artists, and across the 19th and 21st centuries. Paintings, sketches, sculpture and natural history specimens will be displayed in provocative juxtapositions within the historic spaces. The artists featured in the exhibition are Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Emily Cole, Isabel Charlotte Church, Rachel Berwick, Nick Cave, Mark Dion, Richard Estes, Juan Fontanive, Jeffrey Gibson, Paula Hayes, Patrick Jacobs, Maya Lin, Flora C. Mace, Vik Muniz, Portia Munson, Lisa Sanditz, Sayler/Morris, Dana Sherwood, Jean Shin, Rachel Sussman, and Jeff Whetstone. The exhibition "Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church & Our Contemporary Moment," was created by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. The exhibition tour is organized by Crystal Bridges. The project will subsequently travel to The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, FL, Reynolda House Museum of American Art in WinstonSalem, NC, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. For more information, visit hudsonriverskywalk.org/crosspollination.

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History Tidbits-Bedford House

@ John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

  • September 1, 2021, 11:00AM

Join us for a History Tidbits! This 20 minute program will focus on John Jay's Bedford House. Please note that History Tidbits takes place outside. We will not be going inside Bedford House.

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Boat Tour - Live Music with Mario Rincon

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 2, 2021, 5:30PM

Tour Rondout Creek Aboard a 100% Solar Powered Boat Built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum! Join us for an intimate evening of live music with Mario Rincon - International Folk from Appalachia to Andalucia. You'll be out on the water on our super-quiet 100% solar-powered tour boat for a relaxing evening of live music and conversation with area performers.

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The Armour-Stiner Octagon House

@ Irvington, New York United States

  • September 3, 2021, 10:00AM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 3, 2021, 11:30AM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 3, 2021, 1:00PM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 3, 2021, 2:30PM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 3, 2021, 4:00PM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 4, 2021, 10:00AM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 4, 2021, 11:30AM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 4, 2021, 1:00PM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 4, 2021, 2:30PM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 4, 2021, 4:00PM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 5, 2021, 10:00AM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 5, 2021, 11:30AM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 5, 2021, 1:00PM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 5, 2021, 2:30PM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times
  • September 5, 2021, 4:00PM, See www.armourstiner.com for more dates and times

Visit the only known residence built in the form of a domed, ancient classical temple. Created as a whimsical summer retreat in 1872 by tea-importer Joseph Stiner, this National Historic Landmark's shape was based on the theories of Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist, who believed octagonal houses enclosed more space, allowed the sun in at all times, and permitted more views into the landscape. This lyrical home retains its magnificent ornamentation and furnishings and the only remaining Egyptian Revival Room in America with its original decoration and furniture. The 1-hour tour in groups of 12 people is conducted by highly trained docents and includes the three principal floors of the house. 10% discount code for participants of this year's Hudson Valley Ramble: Ramble2021

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Labor Day Weekend Bird Walk with Alan Devoe Bird Club

@ Olana State Historic Site

  • September 4, 2021, 8:00AM

Get your binoculars ready for this Labor Day Weekend Bird Walk! Join the Alan Devoe Bird Club on an exploration through Olana’s artist-designed landscape while keeping eyes and ears open for local birds. Learn more about local bird species, habitats, and behaviors with Dr. William Cook, Professor Emeritus at Columbia-Greene Community College and the Curator of C-GCC's Natural History Museum.

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Labor Day Weekend Bird Walk with Alan Devoe Bird Club

@ OLANA

  • September 4, 2021, 8:00AM

Get your binoculars ready for this Labor Day Weekend Bird Walk! Join the Alan Devoe Bird Club on an exploration through Olana’s artist-designed landscape while keeping eyes and ears open for local birds. Learn more about local bird species, habitats, and behaviors with Dr. William Cook, Professor Emeritus at Columbia-Greene Community College and the Curator of C-GCC's Natural History Museum.

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Ossining Farmers Market

@ Ossining, NY

  • September 4, 2021, 8:30AM, Weekly on Saturdays

Local farms and food makers gather in the heart of Ossining Village on Saturdays from 8:30am to 1pm. Stop by for lunch or a snack while you browse the village, on your way to the Hudson River waterfront, or before you hit the Croton Aqueduct trail.

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Fall Foliage Paddle

@ Kingston Point Beach

  • September 4, 2021, 9:30AM

Paddle the Hudson River during one of the most scenic times of the year. This paddle launches from Kingston Point Beach. The trip includes instruction, equipment and guide.

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40th Annual Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair

@ Ulster County Fairgrounds

  • September 4, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 5, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 6, 2021, 10:00AM

This end-of-summer fest, set underneath the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge in the lively town of New Paltz, offers visitors one-on-one interactions with many of the country's finest artists and craftspeople. Shop from over 200 juried exhibitors and engage in ongoing craft demonstrations, from wood-turning, to torch-blown jewelry making, metal-smithing, soap-making and much, much more! A Hudson Valley favorite for nearly four decades, the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair Fall Show also features live entertainment by regionally-based musicians, the valley's best wines, craft beer and spirits, and small-batch handcrafted specialty foods and healthcare products. End your summer in style -- by supporting handmade!

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Art in the Garden

@ Thomas Cole National Historic Site

  • September 4, 2021, 10:00AM

Children and their families and visitors of all ages are invited to a morning of drawing, creating, and exploring the historic site's kitchen garden. You will explore and draw inspiration from the natural world through the lens of art and ecology, just like the artists featured in the collaborative exhibition, "Cross Pollination," on view until October 31. The free workshops take place on the first Saturday of the month from July through October. Activities include making fun observational drawings, creating beautiful designs with flowers and leaves, decorating a tracing of your handprint, and designing an ecological trading card: - Exploring and Drawing in the Garden (July 3) - Flower Pounding and Leaf Rubbing (August 7) - Handprint Collages with Natural Minerals (September 4) - Exploring Winter in the Garden with Ecological Trading Cards (October 2) The workshops are free and all necessary materials will be provided. Advance reservations are appreciated, but drop-ins are also welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations, please go to thomascole.org/purchase-your-ticket-ahead-of-time. For questions, please contact Cole Fellow, Issy Bohling, at ibohling@thomascole.org. The workshops are led by 2022 Cole Fellow, Issy Bohling. Issy graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2020 with degrees in Art History and Psychology and is working on education initiatives at the Thomas Cole Site and researching the history of land conservation both in New York and the United States.

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Cranberry Lake Preserve Hike

@ Meet at the Nature Center

  • September 4, 2021, 10:00AM

Join David Steinberg, author of "Hiking the Road to Ruins," for a comprehensive exploration of all the historic sites with the preserve: dynamite shed site, mysterious stone chamber, quarry, railroad bed, and much more. Uncover the secrets and mysteries hidden in plain sight. Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase.

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Free Sails with Ferry Sloops from Ossining

@ Shattemuc Yacht Club

  • September 4, 2021, 10:00AM

The sails aboard Whimbrel, our sloop-rigged Catboat, will depart at 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, and 3PM. Each sail will be approximately 45 minutes long. The free sails are on a "first come, first served" basis. No reservations will be accepted prior to the sail day. Guests can sign up at the yellow Ferry Sloops tent beginning at 9:30AM for any of the day's scheduled sail times (limit of 4 passengers per sail). The boat's captain reserves the right to cancel any or all of the day's sails, if weather conditions make it unsafe for sailing. There is NO Rain date. Passenger age requirement: must be at least 12 years old, under 18 years old must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian (no exceptions). For safety and boating etiquette, we ask that guests aboard our boat wear boat shoes (docksiders or non-marking sandals) or light-colored soled sneakers only. Since it’s always cooler on the water, bring a light jacket or windbreaker and a hat. Also, don't forget the sunscreen. Free parking is available on the street (Westerly Road). DO NOT park in the Shattemuc Yacht Club parking lot or the Boathouse Restaurant parking lot.

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Invasive Plant Removal at Joppenbergh Mountain

@ Joppenbergh Moutain (Hardenburgh Lane (Willow Kiln Parking Lot 41.845319, -74.081639), Rosendale, NY 12472

  • September 4, 2021, 10:00AM

Help to remove invasive plants from Joppenbergh Mountain! No experience necessary, we will teach you how to identify and manage the target plants. The invasives here have been impacting the sensitive ecosystems on the property and threaten the native tree species and native understory growth. Partner organization Wallkill Valley Land Trust plans to restore the target area with native plants following invasives removal!

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Stockade National Historic District Walking Tour

@ Corner of Wall and Main Streets

  • September 4, 2021, 11:00AM, Reservations recommended but not required

Following the street plan designed by Peter Stuyvesant in 1658, the tour walks the heart of the largest intact early Dutch settlement in New York State and the neighborhood where New York State was born in 1777. Walking tour highlights include viewing the many eighteenth century limestone houses still standing in the Stockade District, and visiting the site of the drafting of the New York State Constitution in 1777 and the gravesite of New York’s first elected governor, George Clinton, in the Old Dutch Church Burying Ground.

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Cold Spring and Nelsonville Self-guided History Crawls

@ Putnam History Museum

  • September 4, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 5, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 11, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 12, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 18, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 19, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 25, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 26, 2021, 12:00PM

Explore local history on this self-guided History Crawl exploring Cold Spring’s nationally recognized Historic District. An additional Crawl is available exploring Cold's Spring's Upper Main Street and Nelsonville. Other Details and FAQ: – A great family, inter-generational activity! Recommended for ages 8+. An additional Crawl scavenger hunt will be provided for younger children. – The entire Crawl is 2 miles. – You may complete the Crawl quickly or at a leisurely pace. It will likely take you between 60-90 minutes.

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Boat Tour - Indigenous Heritage with Justin Wexler

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 4, 2021, 4:00PM
  • September 25, 2021, 4:00PM

Hosted on Solaris, the 100% Solar Powered Vessel Built and Operated by the Hudson River Maritime Museum! For countless generations, Algonquian-speaking peoples relied on the Hudson River and its tributaries for their survival. Come aboard the Solaris to explore indigenous life on the Hudson River as it was five centuries ago. Depending on season, tide and weather, visitors will learn about everything from the role of the tide in gathering wetland plants and shellfish, to weather lore and bird folklore and names in the local indigenous Munsee language. Tours are guided by ethnoecologist Justin Wexler of Wild Hudson Valley, who has studied Hudson Valley indigenous culture, language, and history for twenty years.

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Photographing our Farm with Jane Haslam

@ 5409 Route 22, Millerton, NY

  • September 4, 2021, 4:00PM

What better way to show appreciation for farmland other than to photograph it? Join photographer Jane Haslam at McEnroe Organic Farm on Saturday, September 4 from 4pm-5pm. No experience in photographing is necessary, just eagerness to take photos!

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What's That in the Water? A Guided Exploration of Aquatic Invasive Species

@ Rondout Creek

  • September 4, 2021, 6:00PM

Have you ever wondered what plants or animals are lurking beneath the surface of your favorite waterway? Have you ever wondered if those same plants or animals are supposed to be there? Join the Lower Hudson PRISM Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator for an educational workshop on the water all about New York's most unwanted aquatic invaders! From the conspicuous water chestnut to the smallest zebra mussel, you'll learn basic identification, impacts, and what you can do to prevent their spread.

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Family Adventure Tour of Untermyer Gardens

@ Untermyer Park & Gardens

  • September 5, 2021, 10:00AM, one hour
  • September 12, 2021, 10:00AM, one hour
  • September 19, 2021, 10:00AM, one hour
  • September 26, 2021, 10:00AM, one hour

Our guides will engage your kids in a lively exchange about plants, mythology, architecture, sculpture and ruins. This tour is intended for children between 7-12 who must be accompanied by at least one adult. Each tour date will cover one of 3 sections of the Garden. Register for each tour separately. Walled Garden (August 29, September 19) Learn about Artemis, Medusa and the sphinx, why the Walled Garden is built like a fortress and discover the ancient symbolism of its four canals. Learn about the secret histories of plants: trees from the weeping beech to the monkey puzzle tree, aquatic plants like papyrus and lotus and their place in Egyptian history and then stop to smell the roses. Spend a moment finding the mosaic sea creatures on the bottom of an abandoned swimming pool. This tour is stroller-friendly. Vista through Ruin Garden (September 5, 26) Count the steps on the Vista while peeking at the old Color Gardens. Learn about the ancient Roman columns and how they were made. Identify the geometric shapes of the new Ornamental Vegetable Garden. Admire the ancient oaks in the Rhododendron Walk---alive, decaying and dead. Explore the Ruin Garden, with its hidden alley, secret grotto, graffiti covered walls and restored unicorn. This tour is NOT stroller accessible. Temple of Love to Dell (September 12) The Temple of Love is a feast for the eye with multiple water courses and rock formations. Many weeping plants echo this form. Walk through the tulip forest and see the giant twin tulips. See the restored Dell fountain and learn about the Old Croton Aqueduct weir. Climb back up to see the ruined Sundial Garden site and the Rock and Stream Garden with its Mughal throne surrounded by water and the anthropomorphic spruces. This tour is NOT stroller accessible.

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Grow Your Own Mushrooms at Sam's Point

@ Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve

  • September 5, 2021, 10:00AM

Sunday, September 5, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Ramble Event: Grow Your Own Mushrooms at Sam’s Point Join Sam’s Point staff in this hands-on program where we will explore how to grow your own edible mushrooms at home! In this program we will talk about different kinds of mushrooms and what these mysterious organisms need to grow. Each group will build their own mushroom growing kit to take home. This program is open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

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Vista through Ruin Garden Tour at Untermyer Gardens

@ Untermyer Park & Gardens

  • September 5, 2021, 10:00AM

Vista through Ruin Garden (September 5, 26) Count the steps on the Vista while peeking at the old Color Gardens. Learn about the ancient Roman columns and how they were made. Identify the geometric shapes of the new Ornamental Vegetable Garden. Admire the ancient oaks in the Rhododendron Walk---alive, decaying, and dead. Explore the Ruin Garden, with its hidden alley, secret grotto, graffiti-covered walls, and restored unicorn. This tour is NOT stroller accessible.

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Boat Tour - Dual Lighthouse Trip

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 5, 2021, 10:30AM
  • September 19, 2021, 10:30AM
  • September 26, 2021, 10:30AM

See two historic lighthouses from the water! View the Kingston Rondout Lighthouse and the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse aboard Solaris, the 100% solar-powered boat built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum! The last of three separate lighthouses marking the entrance to Rondout Creek (Kingston, NY), the Rondout Lighthouse is a beautiful yellow brick structure. Completed in 1915 it is still a working navigational light. Located off of Black Creek in the Town of Esopus the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse warns mariners away from the "Esopus Meadows," a shallow marshy area stretching from the west side of the Hudson River out near the navigation channel. Finished in 1871, it is the only wooden lighthouse left on the Hudson River. Both lighthouses are two of only seven remaining on the Hudson River. Please note: On this sightseeing cruise, Solaris does not stop at either lighthouse. To visit the interiors of each, please choose either the Rondout Lighthouse Tour or Esopus Meadows Lighthouse Tour.

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Pathway to the Ballot Box

@ Historic Huguenot Street

  • September 4, 2021, 10:30AM, 10:30 AM, 11 AM, 11:30 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM, 3:30 PM, 4 PM, and 4:30 PM
  • September 5, 2021, 10:30AM, 10:30 AM, 11 AM, 11:30 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM, 3:30 PM, 4 PM, and 4:30 PM

Pathway to the Ballot Box is a unique immersive theatre experience that will guide visitors on a journey through more than 300 years of local women’s history. Visitors will come face-to-face with characters inspired by the real women of New Paltz’s past and learn of their challenges, triumphs, fears, and accomplishments.

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Mount Gulian Historic Site Tours

@ Mount Gulian 145 Sterling Street Beacon, New York 12508

  • September 5, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 5, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 5, 2021, 2:00PM
  • September 12, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 12, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 12, 2021, 2:00PM
  • September 19, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 19, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 19, 2021, 2:00PM
  • September 26, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 26, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 26, 2021, 2:00PM

Visitors will tour the historic home, 18th century Dutch barn, and heritage garden filled with native plantings from a lost era. Guests will hear about Mount Gulian’s centuries-long history that shaped our nation, including its part in the Revolutionary War as Patriot General Von Steuben’s headquarters. They’ll learn about the founding of the Society of the Cincinnati, our country’s oldest veterans’ organization, and the history of generations of Verplanck family members who lived at Mount Gulian. Visitors will discover the stories of James F. Brown, a fugitive slave who risked his life for freedom, and of Robert Newlin Verplanck’s participation in the Civil War as an officer in the US Colored Troops. Artifacts on display span the 18th through the 20th centuries and include antique books, furniture, and an array of Revolutionary War items.

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Boat Tour - D&H Canal History

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 5, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 19, 2021, 1:00PM

Tour Rondout Creek aboard Solaris, the 100% solar-powered boat built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum! Join D&H Canal Historical Society Historian and Curator Bill Merchant for an engaging conversation about the history of the Delaware & Hudson Canal and the industrial port of Rondout. Bill will bring a different historical artifact from the D&H Canal Historical Society collections for discussion on each trip. Quiet and comfortable Solaris will take you up Rondout Creek to Lock No. 1 at Eddyville - the first lock and weigh lock on the D&H Canal. Bring your questions!

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Wilderstein Guided Tours

@ 330 Morton Road

  • September 4, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 5, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 11, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 12, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 18, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 19, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 25, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 26, 2021, 1:00PM

With its exquisite Queen Anne mansion and Calvert Vaux designed landscape, Wilderstein is widely regarded as the Hudson Valley's most important example of Victorian architecture. The estate was the home of Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, a distant cousin and confidante of Franklin Roosevelt. Wilderstein is open for guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4pm. Visit www.wilderstein.org for advance reservations and more information.

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Sunset Tour of Untermyer Gardens

@ Untermyer Park & Gardens

  • September 5, 2021, 6:00PM

Enjoy the gardens as the sun sinks over the Palisades, while taking a leisurely guided tour of the Walled Garden, Vista, and Temple of Love. This tour will contain some history, architecture, and garden information, but is mostly a peaceful experience of the gardens during the golden hour, sunset, and dusk. Plan to watch the colors change, take some photos, and enjoy the evening sights, sounds, and smells. As the tour goes down the steps of the Vista and then back up a woodland path to the Temple of Love, we suggest sturdy shoes. Strollers are not advised for the tours.

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USS SLATER Open for Tours

@ Albany

  • September 6, 2021, 10:00AM

Tour the last World War II Destroyer Escort afloat in America. USS SLATER is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is charged.

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Boat Tour - Kafanica Balkan Cafe Music

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 9, 2021, 5:30PM

Join us for Kafanica Balkan Cafe Music aboard Solaris, the 100% solar-powered tour boat built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Get out on the water on our super-quiet boat for a relaxing evening of live music and conversation with area performers.

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Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour

@ 75 Livingston Ave Albany NY

  • September 3, 2021, 12:30PM, Rain or Shine, 2.5 hours
  • September 10, 2021, 12:30PM, Rain or Shine, 2.5 hours

Taste Albany's rapidly evolving culinary scene by exploring the food print of this historic city on the west bank of the Hudson River! Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to experience Albany. New York’s Capital City for 320+ years, is undergoing a culinary and craft brewing boom. You’ll sip and sample from restaurants that are spicing up Albany’s food scene. Discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you develop a fresh perspective on New York’s capital city. Each Friday, we sprinkle in history, architecture and culture to kick off your weekend in the Capital District. Bring your appetite and your friends and family, to celebrate this great legacy city and let your culinary adventure begin! 7 sips and tastes for a complete meal. Discover New York's historic connection with craft brewing and how it has returned to flourish. Get an insider's introduction to one of the oldest churches in New York and discover where some of the famous congregants sat.

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Migration Birds at John Burroughs Slabsides

@ John Burroughs Nature Sanctaury

  • September 11, 2021, 8:00AM

Birds were the first love of literary naturalist John Burroughs when he was writing at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Then as now, the land surrounding his cabin Slabsides was abundant with bird life and at this time of year migrating songbirds en route to wintering grounds in South America are stopping off. Discover the richness of tree top bird life through sight and song with Mark DeDea, president of our sister organization, the John Burroughs Natural History Society. Beginning birders through advanced are welcome.

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Brinton Brook Audubon Hike

@ Brinton Brook Audubon Sanctuary

  • September 11, 2021, 9:00AM

Explore the 156-acres of Brinton Brook Audubon Sanctuary overlooking the Hudson River in Croton-on- Hudson with Saw Mill River Audubon. Two-hour leisurely nature walk with optional 1.5 hour extension to the highest point in Croton on the Village’s Highland Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Binoculars are helpful. Please note: no restrooms on property.

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Collar City Ramble

@ Collar City Ramble Table

  • September 11, 2021, 9:00AM, 09:00AM-02:00PM

Explore Troy's urban trails by foot, bicycle, water, or whatever in this alternate transportation festival. Discover places you have never seen! The Collar City Ramble covers Troy in ways that anyone can find to enjoy. Celebrate the historical, the undeveloped, the waterways, and the recently uncovered located in our urban areas, with a tour group or independently with materials from the booth. Find information from how to share the roads to how to engage in geocaching. The details of the Collar City Ramble's guided tours are listed separately.

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Guided Invasive and Native Plant ID Hike

@ Sugarloaf Hill Trail at Castle Rock Unique Area in Garrison, NY

  • September 11, 2021, 9:00AM, Please bring water and a fully charged cell phone in case you want to take photos or use some great nature ID apps you'll be learning about on the hike!

This guided hike will provide you with the skills and eye for basic plant identification including the key features of some common native and invasive trees and shrubs found along the beautiful Sugarloaf Hill Trail (as well as many other hiking trails in our region!) You will also be introduced to and can practice using some really helpful and easy-to-use nature ID apps along the way. It's the perfect way to take your hiking experience to the next level and learn about the diversity of life along the trails.

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Oakwood's Spectacular Celtic Crosses

@ Oakwood Cemetery Troy NY

  • September 11, 2021, 9:00AM, Rain date 9/12/21
  • September 11, 2021, 9:00AM, 9:00 AM - 11 AM

On this driving and walking tour we will see beautiful examples of Celtic monuments, learn about their history and symbolism, and hear about the Irish immigrants memorialized by them. Led by Michael Barrett, Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway. Duration 9:00AM - 11:00AM

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Central Troy Historic District Food Tour

@ DeFazio's Pizzeria (first tasting stop)

  • September 4, 2021, 10:00AM, Rain or Shine, 3 hours
  • September 11, 2021, 10:00AM, Rain or Shine, 3 hours

Rediscover this 200+ year-old gem of a city as you experience the vibrant culinary scene surrounding Troy’s year-round farmers’ market. It’s perfect for foodies, friends and family, locals, and out-of-towners. 7+ tastings, bites & sips, including 3 from different Farmer’s Market vendors. Discover New York’s historic connection with craft brewing and how it has returned to flourish. Get an insider’s introduction to the number one tourist draw in Troy – the year round, 21 year old Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market! After the tour, there will still be time to shop at the Farmer’s Market and explore the eclectic shops in Downtown Troy.

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Discover the Hilltowns: Farms, Artisans and More Tour

@ Berne, Knox, Rensselaerville and Westerlo

  • September 11, 2021, 10:00AM, Day and times vary by venue; see website and map for details.
  • September 12, 2021, 10:00AM, Day and times vary by venue; see website and map for details.

Experience the scenic Hilltowns of Albany County on this self-guided driving tour of farms, artisan studios, markets, historical museums and other places of interest. Choose from dozens of destinations. Maps with details, schedules, wheelchair accessibility, and locations for gas and food are available free at all venues or can be downloaded from our website www.Hilltowns.org. 2021 map will be finalized in September.

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The Stone Chambers of Mead Farm

@ Meet at 1090 RT 52, Carmel (Dunkin Donuts), carpool to trail

  • September 11, 2021, 10:00AM

Colonial constructions, ancient sacred sites or UFO bases? We will seek out three mysterious stone chambers of unknown origin or date of construction, located on NYC watershed lands. We'll also visit a balanced rock and the enigmatic Hawk Rock glacial erratic. Led by David A. Steinberg, author, "Hiking the Road to Ruins". Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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Walking Tour: The Gilded Age in Troy

@ Troy, NY

  • September 11, 2021, 10:30AM

May and June 2021 saw the historic district in Troy become the backdrop for the filming of the HBO Julian Fellows production, The Gilded Age. This tour will view the exteriors of the many sites chosen for the film and discuss the original tenants of these grand 19th century homes and businesses - from Monument Square to Washington Park. We will also share behind the scenes stories about the filming, so when the series comes out you will be able to say, “Hey! I know where this is!” Walking Tours meet in front of the Arts Center at 265 River Street.

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Geocaching Introduction and Tour

@ Starts at the Collar City Ramble Table

  • September 11, 2021, 12:00PM

Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game in which the goal is to navigate to a set of GPS coordinates and seek out the geocache container hidden there. The Capital District is fortunate to have an active geocaching community and Troy is no exception! There will be an introduction to geocaching followed by a hunt led by an experienced geocacher for some nearby downtown Troy caches.

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Fall Pollinator Walk and Workshop

@ OLANA

  • September 11, 2021, 1:00PM

Explore Olana’s artist-designed landscape through the perspective of pollinators! Learn about how honeybees and humans can prepare for cold and flu season through a guided outdoor walk and workshop. During this program, beekeepers Chris and Lisa Layman will lead a guided outdoor walk and a short demo about making honey throat spray. Chris and Lisa run Fox Farm Apiary, a honeybee rescue and sanctuary in the Hudson Valley. In partnership with Olana, Fox Farm maintains an apiary onsite at Olana’s farm complex. This program covers approximately 1/4 mile and will be conducted outside.

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Some Like it Hot: Making a Spicy Sauce

@ Clermont State Historic Site/Clermont Cottage

  • September 11, 2021, 1:00PM

Are you guilty of adding hot sauce to literally EVERYTHING? Do you wish to experiment with bold flavors and spice up your condiment collection? Then this workshop is for you! You will have the opportunity to start your sauce from scratch, using local peppers ranging from mild to super-hot and flavor powerhouses like garlic, onion, and fruit for balance. To heat things up even more, we’ll create our own branding for the sauces, including clever names and illustrated labels.

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Boat Tour - Local Industrial History

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 4, 2021, 2:30PM
  • September 6, 2021, 4:00PM
  • September 11, 2021, 4:00PM
  • September 12, 2021, 4:15PM
  • September 18, 2021, 4:00PM
  • September 25, 2021, 2:30PM

Tour Rondout Creek aboard Solaris, the 100% solar-powered boat built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum! Rondout Creek was a major industrial port for most of the 19th and early 20th centuries. After the opening of the Delaware & Hudson Canal in 1828, the village of Rondout boomed with barges, passenger steamboats, tugboats, shipbuilding, and the transportation of coal from Pennsylvania and locally produced bluestone, natural cement, bricks, natural ice, and more. As we cruise up Rondout Creek from the Hudson River Maritime Museum, you will learn about the industrial history of the area. Your knowledgeable tour guide will point out the remnants of historic structures such as Island Dock, the Wurts Street suspension bridge, railroad bridge, sunken barges, illustrated with historic images. In addition, your guide will discuss a modern industrial activity, including the history of Feeney Shipyard and the various marinas along the creek. Don't miss this unique opportunity to see this historic port from the water!

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Boat Tour - Esopus Meadows Lighthouse

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 12, 2021, 9:00AM

Visit the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse aboard Solaris, the 100% solar-powered boat built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum! Take a guided tour of the interior of the historic 1871 Esopus Meadows Lighthouse. Located off of Black Creek in the Town of Esopus, this lighthouse marked the "Esopus Meadows," a shallow marshy area stretching from the west side of the Hudson River out near the navigation channel. The only wooden lighthouse left on the Hudson River, you can tour this restored lighthouse and visit with knowledgeable volunteers throughout the house. Access to the tower is by a wooden ladder.

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Hike to Crash Memorial Site of Flight 6231

@ Hiker Parking Lot on St. John's Road

  • September 12, 2021, 9:00AM

Hike from Hiker Parking Lot on St. John's Road (on road side before Church) by Lake Welch to Crash Memorial Site of Flight 6231 - a Northwest Orient Boeing 727 Crash (12-1-1974)

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Invasive Plant Walk & Talk

@ Sisters Hill Road, Stanford

  • September 12, 2021, 9:00AM
  • September 12, 2021, 11:00AM

Invasive plants are one of the biggest threats to biodiversity around the world and represent a major challenge in conservation. Visit one of Winnakee's conserved lands, Sisters Hill Road, to learn how to identify many of these plants, hear about how and when they were introduced to our region, and find out how Winnakee manages them.

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Westchester Wilderness Walk / Zofnass Family Preserve Hike

@ Westchester Wilderness Walk / Zofnass Family Preserve

  • September 12, 2021, 9:00AM

Guided hike led by Westchester Land Trust Staff and member of the family that founded this wonderful preserve.

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West Point Museum

@ West Point Museum

  • September 4, 2021, 9:30AM, FREE ADMISSION
  • September 5, 2021, 9:30AM, FREE ADMISSION
  • September 11, 2021, 9:30AM, FREE ADMISSION
  • September 12, 2021, 9:30AM, FREE ADMISSION
  • September 18, 2021, 9:30AM, FREE ADMISSION
  • September 19, 2021, 9:30AM, FREE ADMISSION
  • September 25, 2021, 9:30AM, FREE ADMISSION
  • September 26, 2021, 9:30AM, FREE ADMISSION

All visitors to the United States Military Academy are encouraged to tour the Museum to view the oldest and largest diversified public collection of miltaria in the Western Hemisphere. The Museum supports cadet academic, military and cultural instruction. Its collections include nearly all aspects of military history and encompass the history of West Point and the United States Military Academy, the evolution of warfare, and the development of the American Armed Forces. Based upon captured British materials brought to West Point after the British defeat at Saratoga in 1777, the Museum collections actually predate the founding of the United States Military Academy. When the Academy opened in 1802, many Revolutionary War trophies remained to be used for cadet instruction. By the 1820s, a teaching collection of artifacts existed at the Military Academy and after the Mexican War (1846 - 1848) West Point was designated by Executive Order as the permanent depository of war trophies. In 1854 the first public museum was opened and today it represents the culmination of more than two centuries of preserving our military heritage.

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Hike at the Catskills Visitor Center / Introduction to Preparing for a Hike

@ Catskills Visitor Center

  • September 12, 2021, 10:00AM, 2 hour program from 10am to 12pm

Come with questions to a demonstration on the basics of preparing for a day hike or an overnight backpacking hike with Catskills Visitor Center staff. A hike of the trails at the Visitor Center is included, just over 1 mile. Learn about outdoor equipment, Catskills ecology, and take a short hike on Visitor Center trails. Preregistration is required and the class is limited to 15 people.

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Historic Piermont Walking Tour: From Pangaea to Paper—Featuring the NY & Erie RR

@ 200 Ash Street, Piermont 10968

  • September 12, 2021, 10:00AM

Join Richard Esnard of the Piermont Historical Society -- walk through early 19th century Bogertown and then onto Piermont’s pier. Enjoy exceptional river views while learning about this scenic village, its critical geological history, the Revolution, World War II, and how the railroad impacted the village and the nation. Finish at Flywheel Park to learn about Piermont’s Papermill. Meet in the parking lot behind Confetti’s restaurant at 200 Ash Street.

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Shaker Heritage Harvest Craft Fair

@ Shaker Heritage Society

  • September 11, 2021, 10:00AM, Ends at 4 PM
  • September 12, 2021, 10:00AM, Ends at 4 PM

We look forward to welcoming you to the Shaker Heritage Society for our Harvest Craft Fair! To make this event as safe as possible, we have the following guidelines set in place: All VENDOR BOOTHS will be OUTDOORS in the fresh air and sunshine. Vendors will be at least 6 feet apart, and we ask you to do your part and maintain your social distance, too. Inside the Meeting House, masks will be required for everyone regardless of vaccination status. Visitors and vendors are not required to wear masks outdoors unless unvaccinated and within 6 feet of another person.

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Temple of Love to Dell Tour at Untermyer Gardens

@ Untermyer Garden & Park

  • September 12, 2021, 10:00AM

The Temple of Love is a feast for the eye with multiple watercourses and rock formations. Many weeping plants echo this form. Walk through the tulip forest and see the giant twin tulips. See the restored Dell fountain and learn about the Old Croton Aqueduct weir. Climb back up to see the ruined Sundial Garden site and the Rock and Stream Garden with its Mughal throne surrounded by water and the anthropomorphic spruces. This tour is NOT stroller accessible.

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What You See and What You Don't See

@ Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion)

  • September 12, 2021, 10:00AM

In 1895, Staatsburgh's landscape architect designed glorious grounds that showcased the good life in the Gilded Age. But the landscape was also designed to hide from view the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Enjoy a leisurely guided stroll through the historic grounds as we explore what you see...and what you don't see.

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Garden History Tour of Untermyer Gardens

@ Untermyer Park & Gardens

  • September 5, 2021, 11:00AM, 90 minutes
  • September 12, 2021, 11:00AM, 90 minutes

This tour highlights the history of the estate from its origin in 1862, through each of its three owners, emphasizing its world famous heyday in the Untermyer years, its dramatic decline after 1940, and the remarkable restoration efforts that have been ongoing from 2011 to the present day. There will be an emphasis on Samuel Untermyer and his wife and their place in early 20th century history as well as discussion of the remarkable architecture of the gardens. There will be some limited discussion of the horticulture but the magnificent plantings will mostly speak for themselves. Children twelve and under are free. As the tour goes down the steps of the Vista and then back up a woodland path to the Temple of Love, we suggest sturdy shoes. Strollers are not advised for the tours.

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Paddle the Wallkill in New Paltz

@ Sojourner Truth Park Fishing Access Site

  • September 12, 2021, 11:00AM, Be there early and ready to launch

We will paddle the Wallkill River in New Paltz. There is a mild current. Views of the Shawangunks. Shady if it’s hot. This is a pleasant paddle on flat water with few challenges

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The Original Knickerbocker - Washington Irving & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

@ Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - South Gate

  • September 4, 2021, 11:30AM
  • September 4, 2021, 2:00PM
  • September 5, 2021, 11:30AM
  • September 5, 2021, 2:00PM
  • September 11, 2021, 11:30AM
  • September 11, 2021, 2:00PM
  • September 12, 2021, 11:30AM
  • September 12, 2021, 2:00PM
  • September 18, 2021, 11:30AM
  • September 18, 2021, 2:00PM
  • September 19, 2021, 11:30AM
  • September 19, 2021, 2:00PM
  • September 25, 2021, 11:30AM
  • September 25, 2021, 2:00PM
  • September 26, 2021, 11:30AM
  • September 26, 2021, 2:00PM

Celebrate the Bicentennial of the publication of"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" as we walk to Washington Irving's final resting place. Learn more about the talented Mr. Irving, his influence on popular culture today and reflect on why "The Legend" has never been out of print for more than 200 years! You'll also go inside the Receiving Vault (which is over 121 years old), stop at the Revolutionary War monument, as well as admire this historic cemetery's lovely art and architecture during a one-hour walking tour.

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Troy Public Library: An Italian Palazzo

@ Troy Public Library

  • September 12, 2021, 12:00PM

The Troy Public Library tour will be led by Suzanne Spellen, a renown architectural historian, who blogs as Spellen of Troy. The exterior, interior, and history of the building will be the focal points of the building tour. Designed to be both a library and art gallery, the American Renaissance style building was completed in 1897. View behind the scene areas that are not open to the public. Learn about the recently located documentation of the purchase of the priceless Aldus stained glass window from Tiffany.The beautiful setting provided by the building enhances the experience of library users.

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Mohegan Granite Quarry

@ Mohegan Lake

  • September 12, 2021, 12:30PM

A hike in Sylvan Glen Park Preserve is more than just a walk in the woods. It is a visit to the former Mohegan Granite Quarry with recently installed interpretive signs about the history of the quarry and how stone was removed. This guided tour will explain the multiple steps in the quarrying process and show you remnants of the quarrying operation. The quarry operated from 1890 to 1941 and was once a major supplier of granite for buildings, including the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine New York City. Assemble in the parking lot at end of Morris Lane.

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Boat Tour - Climate Change Education with Maija Niemisto

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 12, 2021, 1:00PM

Learn about climate change in the Hudson Valley aboard Solaris, the 100% solar-powered vessel built at the Hudson River Maritime Museum! Maija Niemisto, DEC Education Specialist, will talk about Climate Change Education on the Hudson River. This will be an informal presentation and conversation focused trip as we explore how the river is changing, how communities are preparing, how teachers can include climate change in the classroom, and what you can do to be part of the solution.

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Highlands Bluegrass Festival at Harmony Hall

@ Harmony Hall ~ Jacob Sloat House

  • September 12, 2021, 1:00PM

Wonderful musicality will once again sound from our outdoor stage for the 11th Annual Highlands Bluegrass Festival! Blue Plate Special, Cole Quest and The City Pickers and the Eugene Tyler Band are the talented bands entertaining us at the 2021 festival. Set in the beautiful Ramapo River Valley on the Great Lawn of Jacob Sloat's 1848 mansion, Harmony Hall. This National Register of Historic Places Site in Sloatsburg, New York is close to Harriman and Sterling Forest State Parks in the surrounding scenic Ramapo Mountains.

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Piermont’s 1883 Landmark RR Station Museum

@ 200 Ash Street, Piermont 10968

  • September 12, 2021, 1:00PM, 1-4p

Visit this 1883 landmark RR Station. Learn about Piermont’s unique and diverse history, its role in the American Revolution and WW II as well as the longest railroad in the world, which in 1851 left from Piermont’s pier to Lake Erie. View two award-winning documentaries [Last Stop and Piermont’s Papermill] on the 2nd floor. Hikers can access the station via the scenic Erie Path overlooking the majestic Hudson. Parking for motorized visitors.

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Guided Tour of the D&H Canal Five Lock Walk

@ DePuy Canal House

  • September 12, 2021, 2:00PM

Come to the D&H Canal Museum in High Falls and take a free guided tour of the national historic landmark Five Lock Walk. See five restored locks from the final 1850 enlargement of the D&H Canal, the first million dollar private enterprise in US history. The Canal ran for 108 miles from Honesdale PA to Rondout NY to bring coal from Carbondale PA to NYC, running from 1828 through 1898. The Canal fueled the industrial revolution in America and helped make NYC the world's largest city. It informed the 19C history of all the towns along its route. Approximately 1/2 mile.

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Troy Riverfront & Downtown History Tour

@ Independent Living Center of Hudson Valley

  • September 12, 2021, 2:00PM

Join us for a tour of Riverfront Park and downtown Troy to learn or deepen your knowledge of the historical charm unique to the Collar City. Identifying the storied gems in the midst of our beautiful streets, you will come away with talking points to impress your friends and family, and a deeper connection to Troy. Tour the new wheelchair accessible Riverfront Park river walk together, discussing the plan to link it with Collar City Bridge Park.

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Regional Visitor Center Walk ‘Round the Historical Block'

@ Gateway Visitor's Center

  • September 12, 2021, 11:30AM
  • September 12, 2021, 2:30PM

Tour the new Regional Visitor Center in Schuylerville, NY and register to be part of a group (limited to 15) that will gather across the street on the Towpath that is now part of the Champlain Canalway and Empire Trail system. The group will walk the towpath to and around the Schuyler House then up to Broadstreet and on to the historical Bullard Block. (Window Shopping is encouraged.) During the walk a narrator will share historical facts and legends about the influence of the canal, the Schuyler’s and the early businesses that grew the village. Plus, the speaker will share possible solutions to a couple of mysteries surrounding a local legend that a headless horseman plagues a street near the creek. This walk will end at the Bullard Block in downtown Schuylerille, where there are plenty of shops and dining options. It is a short walk back to the Visitor's Center and participants are invited to return at their leisure.

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Boat Tour - Indigenous Twilight Folklore

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 2, 2021, 7:30PM
  • September 15, 2021, 7:15PM

Join us for a twilight cruise with special guest Justin Wexler. This trip takes place aboard Solaris, the 100% solar-powered boat built at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. In the Hudson River native thought-world, twilight is a time of transition and magic. We will explore the evening environment around the Rondout/Hudson River through an indigenous lens. Depending on season, tide and weather, visitors will learn about everything from Munsee firefly and star lore to nocturnal sturgeon fishing techniques. Tours are guided by ethnoecologist Justin Wexler of Wild Hudson Valley, who has studied Hudson Valley indigenous culture, language, and history for twenty years. Don't miss this rare opportunity to get out on the water at night and learn about pre-colonial history!

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Boat Tour - Stories of the NIght with Karen Pillsworth

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 16, 2021, 7:15PM

Join us for a captivating nighttime cruise with special guest Karen Pillsworth aboard Solaris, the 100% solar-powered boat built at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Nighttime on the Hudson River can be magical, mysterious, even spooky. Join Kingston's Storyteller Laureate Karen Pillsworth for this fantastic nighttime cruise. Under the beautiful night sky, bring family and friends and get ready to listen to spellbinding stories of history, folklore, and the natural world. Children welcome.

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Boat Tour - Local Shipwrecks

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 3, 2021, 4:45PM
  • September 10, 2021, 4:45PM
  • September 17, 2021, 4:30PM
  • September 24, 2021, 4:30PM

Tour Rondout Creek Aboard a 100% Solar Powered Boat Built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum! As we cruise along the Rondout Creek and Hudson River from the Hudson River Maritime Museum, you will learn about the shipwrecks, both intentional and accidental, of the area. Your knowledgeable tour guide will point out the remnants of historic vessels poking above the surface of the Rondout Creek or hidden below its depths, sharing their stories. Learn about cargo schooners, passenger steamboats, towboats and tugboats, and barges which once lined Rondout Creek as well as the Thomas Cornell Steamboat Company, Hudson River Day Line, the Delaware & Hudson Canal, and specific vessels such as the steamboat Mary Powell and the Erie Canal hoodledasher Frank A. Lowery, which are just a few of the known vessels sunk in Rondout Creek. Don't miss this unique opportunity to see the shipwrecks of the Rondout Creek from the water!

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Boat Tour - Friday Sunset Cruise

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 3, 2021, 6:30PM
  • September 10, 2021, 6:30PM
  • September 17, 2021, 6:15PM
  • September 24, 2021, 6:15PM

Bring your own wine and watch the sun set aboard a 100% sola-powered boat built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum! Solaris is the only solar-powered boat in operation on the Hudson River. This quiet vessel does not require any fossil fuels to operate and is 100% solar powered.

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Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour

@ Copake, New York

  • September 18, 2021, 8:00AM, Start times vary. See www.roejanramble.org for more info.

This popular annual cycling event is a must for both casual and experienced cyclists. A non-competitive ride through the picturesque country hills of the Roe Jan area towns of Copake, Hillsdale and Ancram, NY, along the Taconic Mountains bordering Massachusetts. Choose from 6 routes of 10, 18, 25, 35, 50 and 62.5 miles (from easy to challenging) on lightly traveled country roads & portions of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Registration is free; suggested donation to benefit the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association is encouraged. More information is available at www.roejanramble.org.

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In Their Own Words - The Battle for Fort Montgomery!

@ Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

  • September 18, 2021, 9:30AM
  • September 18, 2021, 9:30AM

Come for a unique, extended tour of one of the Hudson Valley's most dramatic battle sites!  Drawing mainly on 1st hand accounts and archaeological data, this ramble will bring to life the Revolutionary War attack on Fort Montgomery using the words of the soldiers who were there and what they left behind. Program will last approximately 2 hours and include rarely visited spots of the battlefield and conclude with a musket firing demonstration. *Ramblers welcome to bring a bagged lunch.  Registration Required - please email: peter.cutul@parks.ny.gov or call 845-446-2134 to Register.  www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com

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Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst

@ Lyndhurst Mansion

  • September 17, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 18, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 19, 2021, 10:00AM

Westchester's favorite festival, Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst, returns! Visitors can spend the day shopping with family and friends and enjoy gourmet specialties, tastings from local distilleries, craft demos and family activities! Find handmade and uncommon items from 200 makers you can't find anywhere else in the county! Weekend pass $12; seniors $11; kids 6-16 $4, under 6 free. Rain or shine. No pets. Discount coupons and full details at www.artrider.com

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Family Story Walk

@ Pine Croft Meadow Preserve

  • September 18, 2021, 10:00AM

Story Walk with Lewisboro Library at Westchester Land Trust’s Pine Croft Meadow Preserve September 18, 10am Join Westchester Land Trust for a story about plants with Lewisboro Library and to learn about what’s growing at our Pine Croft Meadow Preserve, on Mead Street in Lewisboro. We’ll take a walk through the preserve, which is home to many native wildflowers and the pollinators they attract. Program is geared towards children ages 4-8.

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Fleece to Shawl Event with the Elmendorph Handspinners

@ Ulster County Historical Society/Bevier House Museum

  • September 18, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 19, 2021, 10:00AM

Join us in welcoming the Elmendorph Handspinners Guild of Red Hook New York. Over the two days the guild will hold a quasi “Fleece to Shawl” competition. On Saturday begins the competition between 5 individuals (a weaver, a plyer, and 3 spinners). The wool used for the weaving will be in lock form requiring carding, spinning and plying. The yarn produced will then be woven into a shawl which will measure at least 18 inches by 72 inches. In a full-fledged competition this would be accomplished in 3-4 hours and be judged for the evenness of the spinning, the complexity of the pattern wove, the use of color, and the evenness the weaving. On Sunday there will be a demonstration in the art of spinning with a wheel and with a drop spindle. A drop spindle has been used almost since the beginning of time. It is still in use today in many countries throughout the world. Its advantages include low cost to begin this type of spinning as well as it’s portability.

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Hiking the Narrows: Troy’s Urban Trail in Progress

@ Burden Pond Preserve

  • September 18, 2021, 10:00AM

Come take a hike in an urban area that has surprising open space: scenic gorges, beautiful waterfalls, and rich history. The Narrows is a trail in progress which, when complete, will link multiple existing open spaces within the City of Troy. We will walk along completed trails in the woods as well as future trails along adjacent roads. Walk along sections of the Wynants Kill, walk through Burden Pond Preserve, continue up and over to Spring Avenue then down to Poesten Kill Gorge Park and the Poesten Kill to Downtown Troy. Join us to see what the trail could be when complete, and if you enjoy it, please help us make it a reality!

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Ornament Weaving Workshop

@ Shaker Heritage Society

  • September 18, 2021, 10:00AM, Ends at 1 PM

Participants will make three woven ornaments. An eight pointed snowflake and a puffy heart, woven in thin maple strips, and a reindeer woven in dyed reed. No prior experience is need. Suitable for ages 14 and up. Maximum 10 participants

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Saugerties Historic Ramble 2021

@ Multiple Landmarks in the Town of Saugerties; Headquartered at 41 Market Street, Saugerties, NY

  • September 18, 2021, 10:00AM

The Town of Saugerties Historian and Historic Preservation Commission have teamed up to present a self-guided historically-themed Ramble highlighting many of the landmarks, stories, figures and facts of the town nestled betwixt the Hudson and the Catskills.

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Walking Tour: Marking History

@ Tour begins in front of the Arts Center at 265 River Street Troy, NY

  • September 18, 2021, 10:00AM

You may walk by them every day - patriotic and honored citizens of Rensselaer County and important events are commemorated by the many monuments and memorials were placed throughout the historic district in Troy. Emma Willard, the Vietnam War and The Rensselaer County Soldiers and Sailor’s Monument are just a few of the monuments we will visit on this walk.

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Biking Around Troy

@ Troy Public Library in Downtown

  • September 18, 2021, 11:00AM
  • Rain Date: September 19, 2021, 11:00AM, rain date if original is cancelled

Please join us for a slow roll bike ride highlighting the wonderful libraries in the area! This will be a group ride at a comfortable pace for all riders along bike paths whenever possible. We'll start at the Troy Public Library downtown, then meander across the river to the Cohoes Public Library, then cross back over the river to the Lansingburgh Branch, and finally ride south to return to where we started at the Troy Public Library downtown.

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Gravestone Cleaning Workshop at the Vails Gate United Methodist Church Cemetery

@ Vails Gate United Methodist Church Cemetery

  • September 18, 2021, 11:00AM, The event will still take place in light rain, however if there are storms we will need to postpone to a date yet to be determined.

Marianne Greenfield, proprietor of Gravestone Cleaning Service, will instruct up to 16 participants on the proper techniques of caring for gravestones. She will begin with a quick talk about the only recommended method of cleaning and then the hands-on portion of the workshop will begin. Expect to get a bit dirty - the results will be worth it!

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Lewisboro Land Trust’s Hike of the Mount Holly Preserve

@ Mount Holly Preserve

  • September 18, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 18, 2021, 11:00AM

Join us for a leisurely hike of this lovely preserve, which the land trust acquired from The Nature Conservancy last year, and which has since been fully renovated including the addition of a parking area.

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Art Walk Kingston

@ City of Kingston

  • September 18, 2021, 12:00PM, Ends at 5pm
  • September 19, 2021, 12:00PM, Ends at 5pm

Art Walk Kingston is a celebration of the arts and the local community. Over the course of two days, visitors and local residents are invited to explore three distinct areas of the city of Kingston and immerse themselves in a range of art and events. Paintings, photographs and sculptures are just some of the mediums that will be on display at home studios and galleries. Our past events average over 100 artists at dozens of locations throughout the city, making this event one of the largest open studio tour in the Hudson River Valley. Whether you have a few hours or a full day, the event weekend will offer a broad range of art and activities for everyone.

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Boat Tour - Local Lenape History

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 18, 2021, 12:00PM

Learn about the Hudson Valley's first people with special guest Harv Hilowtz! This event takes place aboard Solaris, the 100% solar-powered boat built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Did you know? The Hudson River Valley has been inhabited for more than ten thousand years. Learn about the Indigenous Lenape people, their history, and how they interacted with the landscape. Learn about what happened before and after first contact with Europeans, when Europeans colonized the region, the Lenape diaspora, and about the Lenape people who still live and work in the Hudson Valley. Questions and conversation encouraged. Harv Hilowitz is a historian of Indigenous and Hudson Valley history and a contributing scholar to the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

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Colonial Day at Odell House

@ Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale NY 10530

  • September 18, 2021, 12:00PM, Closes at 5:00. Schedule will be posted

Colonial Day will introduce the community to the events that occurred at Odell House during the American Revolution and the French American Encampment of 1781. We will present the plans for the museum to be created in Odell House and talk about the life of the family that lived in the house for 235 years. There will be re-enactors, games for children and militia drills. There will be a guided walk along the Rochambeau Ramble, led by George Washington, that leads from Odell House to Ridge Rd. Park. This is the same path travelled by George Washington and General Rochambeau during the 6 weeks from July 6 to August 18, 1781 when Rochambeau used Odell House as his headquarters.

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Environmentalists on Olana: The History of Our Forested Landscape with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties

@ OLANA

  • September 18, 2021, 1:00PM

During this program, local environmentalists and ecological stewards will lead walking tours of Olana, engaging participants in the work of their organizations and providing new insights into Olana’s 250-acres. By connecting their ecological expertise with Olana’s physical landscape, each visiting environmentalist will provide a deeper understanding of Olana as not only an artist-designed landscape, but a resource for immersive explorations in our environment and appreciation of the natural world. Tracey Testo, program coordinator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, will lead this program, exploring Olana through the lens of agroforestry and examining the history of our forested landscape. The Cornell Cooperative Extension supports ecological sustainability and social well-being in New York State by putting knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability, and social well-being.

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Exploring the Canals of Cohoes

@ Cohoes Visitor Center

  • September 18, 2021, 1:00PM

Cohoes began its rise to industrial prominence as a canal town. The Erie and Champlain Canals traversed Cohoes, and this network of waterways, along with abundant waterpower, made Cohoes a leader in the Industrial Revolution. On this tour, you will travel old canal towpaths where mules pulling barges once trod, see 170 year old limestone locks built by hand, and learn the history of this 19th century technological achievement. You will find out the different routes the canal took through Cohoes over time, hear stories of life in a lively canal town, and learn how transportation and power canals led to the growth of the Harmony Mills and other industries in Cohoes.

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Everything Sing Sing: Bars to Brews Walk

@ 1 Academy Place, Ossining, NY

  • September 18, 2021, 2:00PM, This will be a two hour tour. Arrive at brewery a 4:00 p.m.

Stroll the streets of Old Sing Sing village, one of the oldest and most interesting of the Hudson River towns. Visit a hidden museum, soak up terrific Hudson River views from Ossining's steep hillsides, learn about prison history and local history, and walk the gorge along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway. The final stop, Sing Sing Kill Brewery, offers craft beers and is a favorite local hangout. Degree of Difficulty: This is a hilly walk, 3 miles with a set of steep stairs, 1 to 1 1/2 hours (excluding brews). This outing is for people who walk fairly regularly. Heavy rain cancels.  Meeting /Parking Locations: Meet in downtown Ossining at the corner of Academy Place and State Street.   Free parking is on State Street between William Street and Academy Place, or on William Street or on Academy Place.  From the Ossining Metro North train station it is an 8-minute uphill walk. Our Leaders will be Lesley Yu Walter, who leads tours on the Old Croton Aqueduct trail at Ossining and the High Bridge in Manhattan, and is a board member of the Friends of The Old Croton Aqueduct; and Librarian Sara Bramble, who organizes lectures, workshops and hikes at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library.

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Franklin D Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum: Special Director’s Tour of the Highlights

@ Franklin D Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

  • September 18, 2021, 2:00PM, Meet in the lobby of the Visitor Center; please arrive at 1:45 pm for check in

Franklin D Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum: one hour special tour with Director Paul Sparrow! A contemporary museum which brings history alive through multimedia exhibits, films and newsreels. Learn about the Depression, Dust Bowl, Pearl Harbor, D-Day. Many of the protections and programs which make life better and more secure today were started by FDR: Social Security, EPA, OSHA, child labor laws, overtime and the invention invention of “The Weekend”— the 5 day work week Roosevelt’s life and accomplishments in trying times and with his own enormous physical challenges will inspire you and your family, and make you proud to be an American.

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Boat Tour - Local Birdwatching

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 5, 2021, 8:30AM
  • September 19, 2021, 8:30AM

Take a tour of the tidal mudflats of the Rondout Creek in search of migratory birds, shorebirds, and terns. This tour takes place on Solaris, the 100% solar-powered tour boat built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum. The mouth of Rondout Creek provides rich habitat for migrant and local birds alike. Great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, cormorants, and other local water birds are easy to spot. Bring your binoculars to look out for migrating waterfowl and songbirds. With Solaris' quiet electric motors, you should be able to get up close and personal with all kinds of birds. Led by birding enthusiast Peter Schoenberger, tour the mudflats behind the Rondout Lighthouse, the Sleightsburgh barge graveyard, Sleightsburgh spit, and Port Ewen Bay.

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Invasive Plant Removal and Native Planting at Harriman State Park

@ Harriman State Park

  • September 19, 2021, 10:00AM

Do you enjoy birds, butterflies, and wildflowers? Would you like to help protect them? Come help us restore habitat at this beautiful park! Join the Trail Conference's Invasives Strike Force as we remove invasive plants and plant native plants at a restoration site in Harriman State Park. Anyone can participate. No experience is necessary; we provide on-the-job training. You will need to bring leather work gloves and plenty of water to drink. We provide the tools. Exact meeting place and more details will be provided upon sign-up.

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Iona Island Educational Canoe Trip

@ Iona Island

  • September 19, 2021, 10:00AM

Paddle through this marshy maze with Reserve naturalists. Nestled in the Hudson Highlands adjacent to Bear Mountain State park, this wetland features flowering marsh plants, cattails, and soaring raptors.

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The Dunderberg Spiral Railway and Cornell Mine Ruins

@ Parking lot by junction of Rt 9W and River Road, by sign for Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. 4 miles south of Bear Mountain Bridge .

  • September 19, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 19, 2021, 10:00AM

Join David A. Steinberg, author, "Hiking the Road to Ruins" as we search out impressive remains of the never-completed Dunderberg Spiral Railway. Also on the agenda are the multiple Cornell Mine sites high up and an experiment in time travel. Expect to see filled-in and drilled-out rights-of-way, tunnels, mines, and commanding mountaintop views. This is a challenging hike, done at a leisurely pace, with lots of rewards for your hard work. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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Hudson River Beach Seining

@ Little Stony Point, Hudson Highlands State Park, Cold Spring, river mile 55

  • September 19, 2021, 10:30AM, On the Beach!

At low tide, the warm inshore shallows at Little Stony Point will be teeming with young-of-year fishes of a dozen species, as well as blue crabs and other aquatic life. Come help us haul our nets to capture and discus the amazing stories the animals have to tell. Getting wet is half the fun!

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President's Tour of Untermyer Gardens

@ Untermyer Park & Gardens

  • September 19, 2021, 11:00AM

Stephen F. Byrns, who is an architect and the founder and President of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy leads this monthly tour. He is a fount of in-depth knowledge on the history of the property, on Samuel Untermyer and his historical milieu, on the architecture, especially the Indo-Persian Walled Garden and on his vision for the future of this Landmark restoration. Please join us near the 945 North Broadway Parking lot for a 90 minute tour of the gardens. Children twelve and under are free. As the tour goes down the steps of the Vista and then back up a woodland path to the Temple of Love, we suggest sturdy shoes. Strollers are not advised for the tours.

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The Industrial Gateway Bicycle Tour Pt 3

@ Albany County Visitors Center

  • September 19, 2021, 11:00AM

Our ride will take us along the route of the Erie Canal from downtown Albany through Cohoes, returning via Waterford and Troy. We will make stops along the way and explore the birthplace of the great Industrial Revolution of the United States. Old canal ruins, 19th century industrial sights and factory buildings and the unsurpassed beauty of the Hudson River will be our constant companions on this unique and educational ride through history. There is a 20 rider limit. Please register early as previous rides have sold out. We will stop to buy your own lunch at the amazing and scenic Cohoes Falls,

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Hudson River Skywalk Arts Festival

@ Rip Van Winkle Bridge

  • September 19, 2021, 12:00PM, Noon to 4PM

Celebrate the art of the Hudson Valley and the Hudson River Skywalk, a new pedestrian path which connects the historic homes and studios of master artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. Come to the park next to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge’s toll plaza in Catskill to view and buy artwork, participate in hands-on art lessons, and hear live music by songwriter David Temple, all in a beautiful setting overlooking the Hudson. Consider adding more art to your day by visiting the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site. Motorists have to pass through Toll Lane 1 (full service lane) in order to enter the Bridge Authority parking lot. Learn more about the Hudson River Skywalk by visiting www.hudsonriverskywalk.org.

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Flavors of Haverstraw Food Crawl & Craft Beer Garden

@ Sterling Bank lot

  • September 19, 2021, 1:00PM

The 7th Flavors of Haverstraw Food Crawl is 9/19- 1-5pm. $3-$6 per plate from over 15 participating restaurants. MEET, EAT, WALK. Savor and celebrate the diverse cuisine of Downtown Haverstraw, NY. RAIN OR SHINE. DRINK BEER & listen to live music in the NY CRAFT BEVERAGE GARDEN outdoors on West St. Sample craft brews from Rockland and the lower Hudson Valley. Live music by JLP & the Very Bad Seeds & The Eugene Tyler Band on West St. INFO: http://haverstrawriverwidearts.org/taste-haverstraw/

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Historic Architecture in the Twenty-First Century

@ Monument Square

  • September 19, 2021, 1:15PM

A Second Street walk from Monument Square to Washington Park, talking about the history of the buildings and styles as well as Troy’s development along with people of note who lived there. This will be an overview of early buildings that have remained the same, ones that changed with the changing fortunes of the owners, as well as later ones and even new ones.

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Unplanned Views at Olana: Geology Walk

@ OLANA

  • September 19, 2021, 2:00PM

Time travel back to Olana’s ice age past! Join geologist Robert Titus for a walking tour showcasing Olana’s artist-designed landscape through science and storytelling. During this program, participants will learn more about the geological history of Olana and the forces that shaped Frederic Church’s masterpiece.

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LaGrange Wappinger Creek Greenway Trail Walk

@ LaGrange, NY

  • September 21, 2021, 9:00PM

Enjoy a walk in a serene woodland setting on a beautiful nature trail that winds for over a mile along the banks of the Wappinger Creek under a canopy or sycamore. oak, maple, hickory, cottonwood, and other trees. Park at the Sleight Plass Rd. trail entrance and meet your guides by the sign "Wappinger Creek Greenway Trail".

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Papscanee Island Nature Preserve Walk

@ Papscanee Island Nature Preserve

  • September 24, 2021, 10:00AM

Led by David Chinery from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, enjoy a 1-hour walk though the Papscanee Island Nature Preserve and discover the various species of plants and animals that make the 156-acre Preserve and Hudson River shoreline their home. Cottonwood trees, buckthorn shrub, and bittersweet vine reflect the history of the land farmed by the Mohican Indians for thousands of years. The preserve also boasts a variety of habitats, including marsh, river bank, and floodplain. This riparian setting is a pristine example of nature reinventing itself. Over 30 acres of the preserve are still farmed today, giving the land the distinction of being under active agriculture (corn) longer than any other lands in the U.S. Over six miles of hiking trails offer public access to over 2 miles of Hudson River shoreline. From 9J, turn Right at Preserve South Entrance sign onto Staats Island Rd.; go .25 mi. cross Amtrak tracks, right into Preserve parking lot.

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Birdwatching Walk & Talk

@ Vlei Marsh

  • September 25, 2021, 8:30AM
  • Rain Date: September 26, 2021, 8:30AM

Join Winnakee Land Trust as learn about the many birds that call Vlei Marsh home. Talk led by Dr. Alan Peterson of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club.

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Annual Prostate Cancer Walk

@ Eastdale Village

  • September 25, 2021, 9:00AM

Join hundreds of people as we come together to fight prostate cancer and support those who have been affected by it. This is an exhilarating morning and beautiful Hudson Valley tradition. Join us and soak up the views of the Hudson Valley and the magnificent landscape!

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Farm Market

@ John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

  • September 4, 2021, 9:00AM
  • September 11, 2021, 9:00AM
  • September 18, 2021, 9:00AM
  • September 25, 2021, 9:00AM

Purchase locally produced healthy food and support local, sustainable agriculture. Members of Friends of John Jay Homestead get First Pick 9am-9:30am. Music and Children's activities each week

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Historic Walk of Prospect Park

@ Prospect Park Pavilion

  • September 25, 2021, 9:00AM, Thunderstorms would cause cancellation.

Green, open space for recreation in a city - this may not seem like such a novel idea to 21st century Americans. And yet, 114 years ago, Prospect Park was just that. Designed in 1903 by the first black graduate of RPI, Garnet Douglas Baltimore, it quickly became a much-needed respite from the industrial urban environment of the city open to all citizens and available in all seasons. It quickly became the site of memorable family, sporting and community events that continue today. Using historic images, Rensselaer County & Troy City Historian Kathy Sheehan will lead a historic tour through the park that was known as Warren Hill, we will see the Wesley Bintz swimming pool and the famous overlook.

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National Alpaca Days at Lilymoore Farm

@ Lilymoore Alpaca Farm

  • September 25, 2021, 9:00AM, tickets required
  • September 26, 2021, 9:00AM, tickets required

Come join the fun. Walk an alpaca, tour the farm, have a picnic on the farm and pick one of four amazing options: yoga, wet felting, painting or crocheting. Each group is limited to 10 people.

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Parks & Trails: Pedal to Peebles on the Empire State Trail

@ Corning Preserve Boat Launch, Colonie/Water Streets, Albany, NY

  • September 25, 2021, 9:00AM

Join Parks & Trails New York for a bike ride, three-quarters of which will be on a paved bike path, from Albany along the banks of the Hudson River up to Peebles Island State Park in Cohoes. At the park, we will be led on a short hike by members of the Friends of Peebles Island State Park and will be led on a tour of the park which is rich in history. Following lunch (not provided) we will return by bike to Albany.

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Burden Iron Works Museum Tour

@ The Burden Iron Works Museum

  • September 25, 2021, 10:00AM, 12:15 talk on industrial history of the Wynantskill

Located in the former office of one of the most important firms in the history of iron and steel, the Burden Iron Works Museum educates visitors not only about the history of iron working in South Troy, but also about the transformation of the region around the confluence of the Hudson and the Mohawk Rivers into the Silicon Valley of the nineteenth century. The museum documents the many contributions of the area to the world such as: the hull armor for the Monitor, the modern horseshoe (made at the rate of nearly a million a week), the hook-headed railroad spike (now used worldwide), the lion’s share of the bells cast in the New World, more than a million detachable collars and cuffs a day, the largest textile mill building in nineteenth-century America, the most powerful water wheel in history (and in all likelihood the model for the world’s first Ferris wheel in 1893), and the first truly all-woman labor union.

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Explore Troy’s Gateway to the Hudson River Water Trail

@ Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch

  • September 25, 2021, 10:00AM

This intermediate Water Trail Paddle is a 2 hour paddle of about 3 miles round trip in conjunction w/ the Adirondack Mountain Club. The Paddle will proceed downstream to around the Congress Street Bridge along the Troy waterfront and return. This is recommended for paddlers who have had experience on the river.

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Geology Hike at Sam’s Point

@ Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve

  • September 25, 2021, 10:00AM

Join Rebecca Howe-Parisio, Interpretive Ranger, on a four-mile hike around Lake Maratanza and the Ice Caves to study how the mountains and caves formed. Participants should come prepared with water, snacks, sunscreen, and appropriate footwear for difficult and slippery terrain in the ice caves, where ice persists year-round. All unvaccinated participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and keep a minimum six-foot distance away from others who are not part of their immediate household. Additionally, all unvaccinated visitors are required to wear a mask when inside buildings. Meet at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.

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Hart's Brook Park & Preserve Nature Walk

@ Harts Brook Park and Preserve

  • September 25, 2021, 10:00AM

Guided tour of the Hart's Brook Preserve's barn, greenhouse and master gardens. Learn the interesting history of the Hart's Brook Park and Preserve's property. Explore one of the wooded trails with a member of the Greenburgh Parks & Recreation park staff. Families welcome! Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

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Historic Piermont Walking Tour —Featuring the Birthplace of Piermont & More

@ 200 Ash Street, Piermont 10968

  • September 25, 2021, 10:00AM

Join Richard Esnard of the Piermont Historical Society — Walk to Piermont’s historic district, then to early 19th century Bogertown and ending at Flywheel Park. Enjoy the scenic Sparkill Creek stopping at several sites on the National Register of Historic Places. [The drawbridge, Haddock’s Hall - the location of the 1916 silent movie “The Hungry Heart”]. Learn about the dramatic impact of geology and the NY & Erie RR on the village and the nation. [Other topics: Dutch inhabitants, WWII, Paper Mill, and the Revolution].

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Hudson Valley Irish Festival

@ Peekskill Riverfront Green

  • September 25, 2021, 10:00AM

The Hudson Valley Irish Festival is fun day filled with music, food, crafts and vendors on the shores of the beautiful Hudson River. We recommend taking the Hudson Line train to Peekskill, as the fest is just steps away from the station. Rain or shine, 10am- 7 pm

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The Rankins of Cherry Hill: Struggling with the Loss of their World

@ Historic Cherry Hill

  • September 3, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 4, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 10, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 11, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 17, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 18, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 24, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 25, 2021, 10:00AM

This tour tells the story of how the last two generations at Cherry Hill responded to social, economic, and personal change at the turn of the 20th century. Artifacts in each room vividly tell the story of Catherine Rankin’s loss of her wealth and near loss of her ancestral home—and her family’s struggle to regain their financial standing and restore Cherry Hill to its colonial grandeur- while watching industry and an immigrant working class neighborhood grow up around the property.

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Wild East Women: Invasives Strike Force Workday

@ Harriman State Park

  • September 25, 2021, 10:00AM

Join the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference's Invasives Strike Force in restoring the habitat in Harriman State Park along the Appalachian Trail by removing invasive plants and making room for native species. Anyone is welcome to participate. No experience is necessary; we provide on-the-job training. You will need to bring leather work gloves, plenty of water, and a lunch you can eat on the trails. We provide the tools. Exact meeting place and more details will be provided upon sign-up. This event is co-hosted by Wild East Women and is focused on bringing together people who identify as female and their advocates in a supportive, non-judgmental environment to learn about the joys of nature and giving back to the outdoors.

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Walking Tour: Wild Women of Second Street

@ 265 River Street

  • September 25, 2021, 10:30AM

The women of Troy worked on social movements such as Abolition, Temperance, women’s rights, labor issues and child welfare. Even with often different perspectives, they found common ground to establish key community organizations, many of which are still active today. They came together in times of national challenges as well. Learn about some of these women who left their mark and a lasting legacy in Troy. Walking Tours meet in front of the Arts Center at 265 River Street.

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Historic Tallman Mountain State Park Hike

@ Tallman Mountain State Park

  • September 25, 2021, 11:00AM

We will hike through the historical Tallman Mountain State Park and learn its interesting history as a former oil tank farm. Then it’s out the Piermont Pier to follow in the footsteps of the 40,000 US Troops per month who marched to the waiting ships to transport them to the Atlantic Theatre during WWII. Finally, we will learn of the historic transformation of Piermont, NY from a blue collar factory town to its present day status.

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Rondout National Historic District Walking Tour

@ Meet at The Gazebo, 73 West Strand, Lower Broadway at 11 am.

  • September 25, 2021, 11:00AM, Reservations recommended but not required

Hear how Kingston's historic waterfront district mushroomed from farmland into a prosperous maritime village and major Hudson River port during the heydays of the Delaware and Hudson Canal (1828-1898). View the legacy of residential, commercial and ecclesiastical architecture built by the "melting pot" of nationalities that emigrated to Rondout in the nineteenth century.

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Industrial History Along the Troy's Wynantskill

@ The Burden Iron Works Museum

  • September 25, 2021, 12:15PM

Come learn about the local history and the changing landscape of south Troy shaped by the Wynants Kill from Colonial time mills to the Industrial Era Burden Iron Works. Michael Barrett of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway describes what led to the historical industrial development along this waterway.

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A Mile on the Hudson

@ Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch

  • September 25, 2021, 10:30AM
  • September 25, 2021, 11:30AM
  • September 25, 2021, 12:30PM

For beginners, A Mile on the Hudson with Upstate Kayaks is offered starting at 10:30. Three shorter guided outings on the Hudson are scheduled for those who want to try out kayaking with a volunteer guide. This route circumnavigates Adams Island, just north of the Collar City Bridge & below Ingalls Avenue Launch.

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Hiking Through History Along Troy’s Wynantskill

@ Burden Pond Environmental Park: Wynantskill Trail

  • September 25, 2021, 1:00PM, Preceded by 12:15 Burden Museum talk on industrial history of the Wynantskill

Come learn about the local history and the changing landscape of south Troy shaped by the Wynants Kill from Colonial time mills to the Industrial Era Burden Iron Works. Hike through an urban nature preserve with a deep gorge, a water fall, and remnants of dams and infrastructure that upplied water power. We will stand in an area that had once been a mill pond. We will finish at a historic church and vantage point to see where the Burden Iron Works once stood and imagine what it all looked like in the past.

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Mohansic Trailway Hike

@ Yorktown Heights

  • September 25, 2021, 1:00PM

A rail spur, abandoned in 1917, that once connected Yorktown Heights to a mental institution in what is now FDR State Park in what is now the Mohansic Trailway. Join the folks who built the boardwalk and bridges on the Town of Yorktown's section. Then go into FDR State Park and through the woods over bridges and boardwalks. Meet at Burger King parking lot. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water. No dogs, please. Co-sponsored by Yorktown Trail Town Committee and NY-NJ Trail Conference.

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Revolutionary War Headquarters Site

@ Van Wyck Homestead Museum

  • September 4, 2021, 1:00PM, Guided Tours thru Historic Museum
  • September 5, 2021, 1:00PM, Guided Tours thru Historic Museum
  • September 11, 2021, 1:00PM, Guided Tours thru Historic Homestead
  • September 12, 2021, 1:00PM, Guided Tours thru Historic Museum
  • September 18, 2021, 1:00PM, Guided Tours thru Historic Museum
  • September 19, 2021, 1:00PM, Guided Tours thru Historic Museum
  • September 25, 2021, 1:00PM, Guided Tours thru Historic Museum
  • September 26, 2021, 1:00PM, Guided Tours thru Historic Museum

The Van Wyck Homestead was built in 1732, and enlarged to its present size in 1757. It is one of the oldest homes in Dutchess County. During the American Revolution the home was used as an Officers' Headquarters for the Fishkill Supply Depot soldiers' encampment (Oct. 1776 - Oct. 1783). Dozens of notable Revolutionary War heroes visited the Homestead - including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and Marquis de Lafayette to name a few. For more information about this historic homestead please visit: www.FishkillHistoricalSociety.org

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Walls of the Museum: Rocks and Fossils Older Than the Age of Dinosaurs

@ New York State Museum

  • September 25, 2021, 1:00PM, Registration required.

The natural material used to create the exterior walls of the Museum are filled with 365-million-year-old fossils and Llenroc stone. This traditional building stone illuminates New York State’s ancient history. Join State Paleontologist Emeritus Dr. Ed Landing for an educational tour of the outside walls of the Cultural Education Center building.

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Kites Over The Hudson

@ Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

  • September 25, 2021, 2:00PM

All are invited to come and enjoy the outdoor fun at this annual event when color fills the sky overlooking the Hudson River. FREE kites are given to the first 150 children 15 years and under. Event, Museum, and tours, are free today compliments Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands. All applicable Covid-19 guidelines in effect at the time of the event will be followed. For more information, please contact the site at 845-562-1195.

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Hiking Frear Park Trails

@ Frear Park Tennis Courts Parking Lot

  • September 25, 2021, 3:00PM

Discover Frear Park’s hiking trails, enjoy natural scenery, and learn some history on this guided hike. We will hike along the old Troy water reservoirs, pass by a beaver dam and pond, and the waterfalls in the Piscawen Creek. Enjoy the view over the Hudson Valley: on a clear day you can clearly see downtown Albany and the Catskills from the top of the trails. Interesting native wildflowers can be found along the trails, and a stop will be made to enjoy the educational wildflower and butterfly gardens near the Frear Park pagoda and fountain.

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Esopus Meadows and the Living River

@ Esopus Meadows Preserve

  • September 25, 2021, 4:00PM

Join Clearwater educators to explore the life of the Hudson River. We will collect and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates, a fun and hands-on activity for all ages. Then, participants will don chest waders and take a net through the water to catch fish. By examining the life of the shallows, the attendees will have a greater understanding of the health and vitatlity of the Hudson River.

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Boat Tour - North Bridge Sunset

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 4, 2021, 6:15PM
  • September 11, 2021, 6:15PM
  • September 18, 2021, 6:00PM
  • September 25, 2021, 6:00PM

Bring your own wine and ride into the sunset on a 100% solar-powered boat built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum! Join us for a relaxing ride aboard Solaris at sunset as we head north to view the Rhinecliff train station, Kingston Point, Hutton Brickyards, Hudson Cliffs, and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Crew will point out points of interest and provide light narration. Bring your own beverage and snack and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Catskills, water, and the bridge.

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Hike Historic Fort Hill Park with Senator Pete Harckham

@ Main Entrance of Fort Hill Park, Peekskill NY (located on Decatur Ave, south of Orchard St). Parking is located along Decatur Ave.

  • September 26, 2021, 8:30AM

Join New York State Senator Pete Harckham for a hike into Peekskill's hidden gem, Fort Hill Park. The moderate hike will include a walk through wooded, dirt trails and will include a semi steep ascent and descent as the territory varies in elevation. The trail will consist of some uneven, semi rocky territory. Hiking boots and comfortable clothing are recommended. The trail through this woodland is amazingly just blocks from Peekskill’s busy Main Street and will lead you to fascinating rock formations, meandering stone walls and the natural beauty of the park; offering a peaceful place to escape for a fall morning. Water and a light snack will be distributed at the beginning of the hike but please feel free to bring your own.

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Lyndhurst Landscape Ramble

@ Lyndhurst

  • September 5, 2021, 10:00AM, Meet at Welcome Center
  • September 12, 2021, 10:00AM, Meet At Welcome Center
  • September 26, 2021, 10:00AM, Meet At Welcome Center

This two-hour, two-mile adventure offers a complete overview of Lyndhurst’s historic landscape. This 67-acre Westchester site reflects 180 years of grand estate living on the Hudson River. Visitors will stroll past specimen trees, including the majestic lindens for which the property was named. The tour will visit the Lord & Burnham greenhouse frame, the rose, fern, and rock gardens, historic Civil War-era rockeries with spectacular views of the Hudson River, and will discuss the 1894 bowling pavilion and the ruined swimming pool building.

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Garden Tour of Untermyer Gardens

@ Untermyer Park & Gardens

  • September 26, 2021, 11:00AM, 90 minutes

This tour covers some history of Untermyer Gardens, but focuses on the architecture of the garden, elements of garden design in general and of this garden in particular, and identification and discussion of numerous plants and plant combinations. Children twelve and under are free. As the tour goes down the steps of the Vista and then back up a woodland path to the Temple of Love, we suggest sturdy shoes. Strollers are not advised for the tours.

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Maritime Museum Admission

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 2, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 3, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 4, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 5, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 9, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 10, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 11, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 12, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 16, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 17, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 18, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 19, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 23, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 24, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 25, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 26, 2021, 11:00AM
  • September 30, 2021, 11:00AM

Come check out the museum and its exhibits documenting maritime transportation, industry, recreation, and natural science.

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Newburgh Open Studios

@ 5 Grand Street

  • September 25, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 26, 2021, 12:00PM

The 11th Annual Newburgh Open Studios tour offers a unique opportunity to see the work and meet many of the artists in the City of Newburgh's burgeoning arts community. The studios are located in some amazing historic buildings, most of which are rarely open to the public. This is a self-guided tour, much of it walkable from Newburgh Art Supply. Maps will be available on both days starting at 10:00am at Newburgh Art Supply, 5 Grand Street.

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Rombout Colonial Days Weekend and Encampment

@ Brinckerhoff House Historic Site

  • September 25, 2021, 10:00AM
  • September 26, 2021, 12:00PM

Living history demonstrations will show what life was like for soldiers, camp followers and civilians during the American Revolution. Musket drills, cooking, baking, colonial games, wood working, gunsmithing and blacksmith demonstrations. There will also be live presentations by History At Play, LLC each day. www.HistoryAtPlay.com

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Friends Fest

@ Phillies Bridge Farm Project

  • September 25, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 26, 2021, 1:00PM

Friends Fest at Phillies Bridge Farm Sept 25 & 26: A party for your friends, with your friends, by your friends! Featuring Hudson Valley's most talented performers bringing music, art, and magic from their hearts to yours! More info at: letsbefriendsny.com

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Monarch Butterfly Walk

@ Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park

  • September 12, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 26, 2021, 1:00PM

Join us for a nature walk to learn about the amazing lifecycle of the Monarch butterflies. The walk covers about a mile of gently rolling terrain. We will be looking for the butterflies during their peak season just before they start to migrate to Florida and Mexico for the winter. The monarch butterflies love the Wilton Preserve for its many nectar species and its open pine/oak savannah. The walk will not take place if there is rain.

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Sterling Forest Fire Tower Ramble

@ Sterling Forest State Park

  • September 29, 2021, 10:00AM

The Fire Tower Ramble is a moderate 4 mile loop highlighted by scenic views of Sterling Forest. Hikers are able to observe the surrounding Hudson Highlands from a 60 foot fire tower built in 1922.

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Pride of the Hudson Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

@ Dock, 4 Washington Street, Newburgh

  • September 1, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 2, 2021, 2:30PM
  • September 3, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 4, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 5, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 5, 2021, 5:00PM
  • September 8, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 9, 2021, 2:30PM
  • September 11, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 12, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 14, 2021, 2:30PM
  • September 16, 2021, 2:30PM
  • September 17, 2021, 12:00PM
  • September 18, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 19, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 22, 2021, 2:30PM
  • September 24, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 25, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 26, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 29, 2021, 1:00PM

Join us aboard the Pride of the Hudson for a Cruise through the majestic Hudson Highlands! Bask in the open air on the spacious sundeck or enjoy the comfort of our climate controlled main salon featuring huge wrap-around windows. Our friendly and professional crew will respond to all of your needs. Your adventure will begin at dock 4 Washington Street, Newburgh, NY. Your Captain will present a narration of the sights along the way, including: Washington's Headquarters, Mount Beacon, Bannerman Island, Breakneck Mountain, Cold Spring, World's End, Constitution Island & the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Boat Tour - Rondout Lighthouse

@ Hudson River Maritime Museum

  • September 17, 2021, 1:30PM
  • September 17, 2021, 3:00PM
  • September 18, 2021, 2:30PM
  • September 19, 2021, 2:45PM
  • September 19, 2021, 4:15PM
  • September 23, 2021, 1:30PM
  • September 23, 2021, 3:00PM
  • September 24, 2021, 1:30PM
  • September 24, 2021, 3:00PM
  • September 25, 2021, 1:00PM
  • September 26, 2021, 1:15PM
  • September 26, 2021, 2:45PM
  • September 30, 2021, 1:15PM
  • September 30, 2021, 2:45PM

Visit the Rondout Lighthouse Aboard a 100% Solar Powered Boat Built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum! Take a guided tour of the interior of the historic 1915 Rondout Lighthouse! The last of three separate lighthouses marking the entrance to Rondout Creek (Kingston, NY), the Rondout Lighthouse is still a working navigational light and one of only seven remaining lighthouses on the Hudson River. Led by our experienced and knowledgeable tour guides, you will learn about the history of the lighthouse, its keepers, and tour the historic interior, including an optional climb all the way to the top of the tower and out onto the observational deck! Enjoy stunning views of the Hudson River, including the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and, on a clear day, the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse. The lighthouse is only accessible by boat from the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, NY.

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