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Monday, June 16, 2014

Clearwater Festival

The 49th Great Hudson River Revival

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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Pete Seeger—beloved American folk icon and writer of such classic songs as “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn, Turn, Turn”—founded the Clearwater Festival with his wife Toshi Seeger in 1966. The festival's goal was simple: to use music, storytelling, and other entertainment as a means of promoting environmental education, encouraging a sustainable lifestyle, and cleaning up the Hudson River.

The 2014 Great Hudson River Revival (the official title of the festival) will feature special musical tributes to honor the memory of its two founders, who passed away this past year. Tributes will include performances by the Clearwater Family Band, a group of banjo players led by Tony Trischka, and two of Pete’s former bands, The Weavers and the Almanac Singers. Celebrating its 49th consecutive year, Clearwater also welcomes to its stage such diverse performers as Rufus Wainwright, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Puss N Boots (featuring Norah Jones).

As always, the Revival offers concertgoers additional attractions such as a Handcrafters’ Village, showcasing the handmade items of over 50 crafters and folk artists, an Artisanal Food & Farm Market of specialty items from all over the Hudson Valley, and the opportunity to ride the famous sloop Clearwater or schooner Mystic Whaler.

The Clearwater Festival returns to Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22. It will be wheelchair accessible and staffed with American Sign Language Interpreters. Tickets are $56 for members, $70 for nonmembers. Children under 12 free.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Morning With Crows

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

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On a Thursday I awaken to the noise of crows. (It's difficult to recognize the direction of crow voices — though, of course, they are generally above.) A number of crows are barking, almost mechanically. Some monumental event must have inspired them. In bed, I write:

Crows

The crows
are all
thrilled.

One of
them's
eating
a rat!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Podcast: Gone to the Dogs with Brian Shapiro

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Brian Shapiro at the Ulster County SPCA in 2008.
  • Brian Shapiro at the Ulster County SPCA in 2008.

Brian Shapiro is the New York State Director of the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS focuses on five main issues: factory farming, animal fighting, the fur trade, puppy mills, and wildlife abuse. Shapiro leads the HSUS's animal welfare efforts throughout the Empire State and is responsible for assisting animal shelters, working alongside local law enforcement agencies, and building statewide support for animal protection.

The Humane Society is celebrating a big win this week with Gov. Coumo signing into law a bill allowing local governments in New York the authority to regulate large-scale commercial puppy mills and provide oversight of pet dealers. Sponsored by Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), and Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), the law grants counties and municipalities the ability to enact regulations to protect dogs raised in puppy mills. Shapiro, issued the following statement:

“New York’s lax laws have attracted some of the worst puppy millers, and dogs suffer in cruel conditions every day. Now, local governments and New York residents will have the ability to stop the abuse in these puppy mills. We thank Governor Cuomo, Assemblymember Rosenthal, Senator Grisanti and the legislature for enacting a law that will help prevent the cruelty we so often see at large-scale dog breeding facilities. We also thank the large numbers of New Yorkers, including Glee star Lea Michele, and local and national organizations for encouraging lawmakers to protect breeding dogs in the Empire State.”

Shapiro, an Ulster County resident has been a punk rock musician, hosted a cable access show, and he served for more than a decade in the Ulster County Legislature. He also served as the executive director of the Ulster County SPCA, where he bolstered a highly successful humane law division, helped increase adoptions, and expanded the shelter's spay/neuter program.

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As promised, here's a photo of my dog Shazam, who Brian Shapiro helped Lee Anne and I adopt at the Ulster County SPCA in 2008.

Shazam the flower child.
  • Shazam the flower child.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

ReStore Habitat for Humanity Furniture Store

Posted By on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The sparkling new ReStore in Kingston

I’m so happy to tell you about my find at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Kingston! For the past month I have been on a mission to find good quality dining chairs, but I’m on a budget so I haven’t had much luck. I looked everywhere! At the chain stores I found chairs that I would have to assemble for $60 a piece. At local furniture stores I found brand new faux leather chairs that were not within my budget. I wanted something less expensive and with a little character. Someone suggested that I check out ReStore in Kingston on Route 28, which is right next to the Hesse gas station. The store is run by very cheerful and helpful volunteers, and all the proceeds of the furniture go towards Habitat for Humanity.

The space itself is huge, and I was very impressed with the range of furniture. They have everything from retro vinyl hairdresser chairs to very solid high quality wooden dining tables to very gently used sofas. I needed 6 dining chairs and I found a set of 8, 70s style ones that were selling for $325 as a set. I got very excited since the chairs I had seen up until this point at the chain stores were going to cost me twice that amount. I bought the set of 8 chairs, and one of the volunteers helped us put 3 of them in our car. Everyone is very friendly, and can help you find what you are looking for. We also got 6 cute chair cushions for $3 a piece. We are very happy with our new dining chairs, and if you are looking for great deals on furniture, and a way to give to a local charity, ReStore is your place!

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Meg Ferrigno Speaks at The Tibetan Center in Kingston

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 7:00 AM

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  • Meg Ferrigno

Consumerism and climate change seem to be never-ending forces shifting and shaping earth's landscapes. Water has become one of earth's rare commodities and both climate change and consumerism are gobbling it up. Tibet, often considered the world's "third-pole" as it contains one-third of the world's fresh water supply, has unofficially been labeled an occupied country under the control of the People's Republic of China. Subsequently, the world's eye has shifted its gaze upon the grasslands of the sacred country, and many have lent a helping hand. The Pureland Project is one such organization.

On October 19, Meg Ferrigno, director and founder of the nonprofit organization The Pureland Project, will speak at The Tibetan Center in Kingston regarding environmental and sociopolitical issues of the country. The Pureland Project funds education at three schools in eastern Tibet that work to empower grassroots movements for environmental sustainability and community wellness. The project also supports Garchen Rinpoche’s communities and Ahimsa House, in Philadelphia, which serves as a training center for nonviolence and healing arts.

The schools funded by The Pureland Project preserves Tibetan culture by teaching the Tibetan language, the creation of local economies, and the improved access to technologies.

Ferrigno's talk will discuss the developmental process for creating a nonprofit organization in Tibet. She will recount her experiences as well as address the difficulties and successes in her process. A Powerpoint will accompany the 2-hour presentation, along with questions from the audience and an open discussion.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 2pm to 4pm at The Tibetan Center in Kingston. Pre-register by calling 845-383-1774 or emailing info@tibetancenter.org. There is a $15 suggested donation fee. Tea and refreshments will be included.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hudson Valley Backyard Farm Re-Designs My Vegetable Garden

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Before: Jay Levine measuring my mess of a garden:

After: Beautiful trellis ready for cucumbers and tomato plants

Every time I look outside my window to see my garden, I feel optimistic. As a gardening friend of mine says, "Looking at a garden organizes your mind." It took me seven years of living in the Hudson Valley to begin to take my garden seriously. When we moved to Woodstock in June 2003, our garden had mostly overgrown weeds and mint in it. (I remember being really proud of that mint and having fun putting it in my iced tea.) The garden stayed that way until last year when a friend of mine helped me set up the garden and mix the compost in with the dirt, and plant vegetables that I bought from Gallo's Nursery andAdams Fairacre Farms. My gardening friend moved to Mississippi last year so I had to either try to wing it on my own with my black thumb, or find a gardener who could work with me and my budget.

Enter Jay Levine of Hudson Valley Backyard Farm who I met at a Wellness Wednesday at Mother Earth's Storehouse in Kingston. I invited him to my backyard to give me a consultation, an estimate, and a proposal for a gardening re-design. (He sent me the proposal by email the following week.) Jay Levine has a Masters in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design, worked as an urban planner and science teacher before starting his own gardening business, Hudson Valley Backyard Farm Company. I can tell just by watching him in action, studying every weed and shadow in the garden, that it is his passion. You could call him a walking gardening Wikipedia. (He started gardening as a 6 year old!)

I gave him a brief history of last year's crops: lots of tomatoes and lettuce until an animal came in and went on a binge one night. I had a bounty crop of cucumbers last year. "Oh, really? What did you use to hold the cucumbers up?" Levine asks me. "Uh, nothing. I didn't know any better so I just grabbed them from the ground," I told him. Aghast and mildly amused, Jay suggested building trellises to help the tomatoes grow and keep the cucumbers off the ground.

He asked me if I was attached to anything that was growing wild in my garden, for example the invasive exotic plant, a multi-flora rose shrub which I called the rose bush. He asked me if I was okay with re-organizing the layout of the garden, and removing the bricks that outlined the garden beds. Then he suggested that I remove the mint if I wasn't attached to it. At first, my husband and I were a bit ambitious about building a sturdy 10-foot fence to keep the deer out, and I was open to an irrigation system. Jay sent us a detailed diagram, and an estimated cost of labor and equipment.

After seeing how much the fencing and irrigation system was going to cost in terms of materials and labor cost, we decided to forgo the fancy deer fence and irrigation system, and asked Jay to instead install the trellises, add the mulch, prepare the beds, and plant the seeds and vegetable plants. Jay was agreeable to that, and reduced the estimate accordingly and offered a few budget-friendly suggestions for a DIY fence (chicken wire and metal posts), and suggested we get soaker hoses in place of an irrigation system. The total labor cost (not including materials) was $700, and a good part of that was barter for sponsoring my blog. (Thank you, Jay!)

Jay Levine gave us a shopping list, which included conduit, rebar, netting, and galvanized plumbing tees for the trellises. We really didn't know what to expect, and my husband has an aversion to shopping for hardware supplies, but this was the only challenging aspect of the garden re-design for us. (The previous year, I just bought a few tomato cages. As you can see from the before and after garden photos, the trellises look beautiful!) It took Jay Levine a few long afternoons to create and re-organize our garden. He is confident that the trellises will last a decade. I did a bit of initial weeding before he started, but my weeding was pretty minimal. I would definitely recommend Hudson Valley Backyard Farm if you are in need of a gardening expert consultation, need help starting your own garden, or just landscaping and gardening work. Jay Levine is very knowledgeable about all aspects of gardening, and is the real McCoy! "Mulch is to a garden what a fresh coat of paint is to a room," says Jay.

Vanessa Ahern is the founder of Hudson Valley Good Stuff, a blog about where to eat, play, and recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Creative Financing Comes to Main Street

Posted By on Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

T-shirt design for the 2013 BALLE conference
  • T-shirt design for the 2013 BALLE conference

Small, locally-owned enterprises often have difficulty raising the money they need to sustain or build their business. Professional investors only underwrite enterprises with a big potential upside and most small businesses don’t qualify. There was a time when you could borrow money from a bank, but that was before tight credit. As for that iconic public event, the Initial Public Offering (“IPO”), that’s been seen as for the corporate elite. Local shops need not apply.

The only available option for small businesses often ends up being the owner’s private circle of friends and family (sometimes referred to as friends, family, and fools). This can be problematic, too. Your nearest and dearest may not have enough money to provide the support you need, nor is it easy to go with your hand out to Mom and Dad or your rich pal Phil.

And now for the good news: This disheartening funding landscape is being transformed for the better. As interest in localism surges, innovative financing mechanisms for small, locally owned businesses are emerging.

A breakout session at the recent BALLE national conference in Buffalo examined the shifting funding landscape for small businesses. (BALLE stands for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies: The organization is spearheading the localist movement.) The presenters discussed three divergent but equally intriguing emerging options. Jenny Kassan, CEO of California-based Cutting Edge Capital, focused on what she called “investment crowdfunding”—basically, the ability for local businesses to acquire investors through in-state public offerings. It turns out that the notion that public offerings are only for behemoths is a bit of a canard. Small businesses can play the IPO game, too—but they have to play it at the intra-state level because multi-state public offerings are prohibitively expensive. That’s not a problem—indeed, it’s a non-issue—for a local business with an in-state fan base.

Francisco Cervera discussed the origins and potential of the online eMoneyPool, which he founded with his brother Luis. Rudimentary money pools have been with us for some time. Friends band together and agree to donate a fixed sum every month, with one member of the pool getting the entire proceeds in a given month. Let’s say the pool has twelve members and each contributes $100/month for one year. Each participant will get a $1,200 check somewhere along the way—exactly the amount they put into the pool. This is a lump sum they might not have had access to otherwise—and lump sums are useful things to have.

eMoneyPool brings the efficiencies of the Internet to this traditional money-pooling concept. In return for a small management fee, it facilitates the formation of money pools, manages the payment process, guarantees payments and even reports payments to the credit rating agencies—a participant’s credit rating can go up by as much as 50 points in four months by simply making timely payments.

While eMoneyPool is still a start-up with under 300 users, its potential seems unlimited. Let’s say I’m a small, locally-owned business and want to build my inventory. eMoneyPool enables me to get the funds I need without going through the headache of applying for—and possibly not getting—a bank loan. And I can go to eMoneyPool again and again.

The third presentation, by Arno Hesse, was about Credibles, a word that cleverly combines “credit” and “edible.” Like eMoneyPool, Credibles leverages the efficiency of the Internet to provide funding to small, locally-owned businesses. Let’s say I have a restaurant and need $1,500 to secure a liquor license. Through Credibles, I could get my supporters to advance me the money, with payment taking the form of meals at my restaurant.

It’s a funding approach that gives an entirely fresh meaning to “eat my loan.”

While Credibles, like eMoneyPool, is very early-stage, preliminary indications are that it works beautifully. For one thing, the cost of the loan is very restaurateur-friendly. Lenders are paid back at the menu price level but the restaurateur’s cost is lower—it’s what it takes to prepare the meals. Thus $100 in loans may only cost the restaurateur $50 to pay back. In addition, pre-paid chits encourage customers to patronize the restaurant more frequently. Since the meal has already been paid for, it feels free. (Sort of.) Thus Credibles increases traffic along with helping restaurateurs raise money very economically.

While Credibles is currently focusing on locally owned restaurants, there’s no reason why the organization couldn’t expand to serve other types of local enterprise such as community theaters or that vanishing breed, the locally-owned pharmacy.

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A critically important understanding is underpinning the emergence of these innovative financing mechanisms for small businesses. It’s that for local enterprises to thrive, you need a robust ecosystem to support them. This includes things like effective marketing, local government support, buy-local procurement policies at local anchor institutions like colleges and hospitals, accessible funding mechanisms, and possibly even complementary currencies.

This ecosystem is starting to emerge as localism gains legitimacy and attracts high-level innovation. Don’t be surprised if there’s a dramatically different operating environment for locally owned businesses in 5-10 years, including the end of what Cutting Edge Capital’s Jenny Kassan felicitously called “the end of funding apartheid.”

Carl Frankel has been writing about sustainability, socially responsible business and localism for over 20 years. His most recent book, The Art of Social Enterprise: Business as if People Mattered, was published in Spring 2013 and co-authored with social enterprise lawyer Allen Bromberger.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Five Fantastic Swimming Spots in the Hudson Valley

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Hikers swim in the pool formed by the upper section of Kaaterskill Falls.
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  • Hikers swim in the pool formed by the upper section of Kaaterskill Falls.

You walk toward the office door, fueled by an excited relief to be finished with a long day. Your awaiting 5pm-9pm is a world of opportunities: Go for a run? Organize your closet? Cook an elaborate meal? Nap?

You push through the double doors with purpose, and bound out onto the sidewalk. The heat accosts you. Beads of sweat instantly appear on your skin, and your crisp, collared shirt sticks to your back in long strips. You're suddenly very aware of every pore, the exact dimensions of your underwear.

Welcome to the first mega heat wave of summer in the Hudson Valley. When you leave the comfortable, air-conditioned havens of your office/home/car/bank/supermarket, it becomes increasingly difficult to move, let alone think about anything except for one thing: swimming.

To help you get through this week's lethargy-inducing heat, here are our top five picks for places to swim in the Hudson Valley. Go on, cool off—you deserve it.

1. Lake Awosting
If you're a firm believer in working up a sweat before relaxing with a swim, Lake Awosting is a good pick. Whether on a bicycle or your two feet, work your way from the Minnewaska State Park Preserve through the challenging, hilly, approximately four-and-a-half mile trails to the secluded mountain lake. Make sure to spend some time on the Blueberry Run Trail for some mid-trip refueling.

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2. Peekamoose Blue Hole
The swimming hole on the Rondout Creek gets its name because of the water's crystal-clear, cerulean hue. Brave the natural swimming hole's freezing temps, then warm up on one of the slabs of rock that surround it. There's free camping along Peekamoose Road in three different areas (upper, middle, and lower fields). Lounge waterside all day, then cozy up by a campfire when night falls. Due to incredibly high volumes of swimmers in recent years (think thousands per weekend), which has caused site damage and trash build up, the DEP is now requiring day passes to access the Blue Hole on weekends and holidays. Get your day pass.

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3. Taconic State Park
Located along 16 miles of the Taconic Mountain Range, sharing a border with Massachusetts and Connecticut, the oldest state park in the Taconic Region offers swimming at Copake Falls and Rudd Pond, where there are also rowboats and canoes available for rent. If you want to extend your visit, both areas of the state park offer camping, and there are extensive trail systems to explore, including hikes that lead over the border to Bash Bish Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in Massachusetts.

4. Kaaterskill Falls
The subject of many Hudson River School paintings, the two-drop cascade is one of the most popular waterfalls in New York, and, at 260 feet, one of the highest. Located in the eastern Catskill Mountains between the hamlets of Haines Falls and Palenville, the Kaaterskill Creek is home to many swimming holes, including a natural pool formed by the upper section of the falls.

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5. Belleayre Beach
In the summer months, the popular ski mountain offers a mellow, family beach experience at the lake at Pine Hill. This isn't just a great swimming spot—it's a venue for all of your favorite water activities, including a diving dock, row and pedal-boating, kayaking, and fishing. If you need a break from the water, the beach also offers picnicking, horseshoe pits, volleyball, and basketball.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Top Five on Friday: Pick Your Own

Posted By on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

A handful of freshly-picked fruits and vegetables from Kelders Farm in Kerhonkson.
  • David Spagnolo
  • A handful of freshly-picked fruits and vegetables from Kelder's Farm in Kerhonkson.

There's a certain peace of mind and satisfaction that comes with eating or cooking food you've picked yourself. Maybe it brings out the primitivity in all of us, tying us to a time when humans were hunters and gatherers. Or, more simply, fruit and veggies pulled right from the ground, grabbed off a tree, or plucked from a vine just taste better than their supermarket counterparts. It's amazing what some sunlight and fresh air can do for the juiciness of a strawberry or the sweetness of a raspberry. This weekend throw on a pair of sneakers and go get yourself a bushel or a peck of summer berries—perfect for putting over ice cream, tossing in your cereal, or baking pies. Here are our top five picks for farms and orchards to get the job done.

1. Fishkill Farms
Passed down through three generations of the Morgenthau family, the farm is celebrating its 100th anniversary tomorrow. Come pick cherries, black currants, raspberries, and strawberries all day while enjoying hayrides giving you a glimpse of the farm's sprawling acres. Later, you can enjoy a BBQ with eats like roast pork, grilled corn on the cob, root beer floats, and cherry and apple pie a la mode on the menu. Finish off the evening with music from a live brass band, a moonlit hayride, and a fireworks display. If you can't catch the centennial celebration, check out the farm any day of the week from 9am-6pm.

2. Kelder's Farm
Though this Kerhonkson farm also boasts everyone's favorite red and blue berries this season, it has some bonus goods and attractions which make it distinctive. After you've picked your fruits, you can pick your own flowers to brighten up your home as well as your kitchen. The farm's fruits, veggies, and herbs also serve as the landscaping of a 10-hole mini-golf course. Along the way you'll meet the world's second largest gnome, Gnome Chomsky, standing at 13 feet 6 inches. Later, go see what all the buzz is about and watch the farm's honey bees do their thing. You can purchase the sweet rewards of their labor at the farm's market. Learn more about the perks of buying local honey in Peter Barrett's article featured in this month's issue.

3. Samascott Orchards
Peanut butter and jelly, chocolate and peanut butter—some things are just meant to go together. Strawberry and rhubarb are one such pair. Luckily, you can find them both at this farm in Kinderhook, so get a few pounds of each and you'll be having pie for days. In addition to this duo, handpick blueberries, sweet cherries, sour cherries, black raspberries, and snap peas.

4. Greig Farm
Think of all the things you can do with blueberries—pie, muffins, pancakes, scones—the possibilities seem endless. Here's a list of 100 ways to use these blue antioxidant-filled fruits including some savory dishes like blueberry barbecued chicken and chipotle and blueberry pulled chicken. You'll need a lot of blueberries for all of these recipes, and Greig Farm in Red Hook has all of the berries you need. After you're done gathering up the goods for your meal, make sure the farm's friends are fed as well. There's a pasture of pygmy goats behind Gigi Marketplace, located right on Greig's 500 acres.

5. Och's Orchard
What better way to enjoy the fresh produce you picked yourself than to eat it right on the farm while taking in beautiful views of this Warwick farm. Take your berries and peaches with you to a picnic lunch in the gazebo at the peak of the orchards. When you're done, head back down to meet the the farm's ducks, miniature goats, Misty the Sicilian donkey, and Eeyore the miniature donkey. Don't forget to grab a scoop of homemade ice cream for the ride home.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Historic Rosendale Railroad Trestle Reopens as Walkway This Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The Rosendale Trestle pre-restoration.
  • Greg Miller, courtesy OSI
  • The Rosendale Trestle pre-restoration.

History isn't something that exists merely in the past: it breathes, it lurches, it changes, it grows. This Saturday, Rosendale's 118-year-old railroad trestle will begin a new chapter of its story as it reopens to the public as a pedestrian walkway over Rondout Creek. The rail trail is a nearly continuous 24 miles, running from Gardiner to Kingston. Standing at 150 feet and spanning 940 feet across, it boasts views of the Shawangunk Ridge, Jopenbergh Mountain, and the Binnewater Hills.

The truss bridge was originally used to connect the railways of New Paltz and Kingston, but fell into disrepair in 1977. Since then, there have been a few other attempts to reappropriate the trestle. Of these was a businessman who bought the structure in the '90s, for just $1, with the intention to make it into a bungee-jumping platform. He was unsuccessful. Luckily, the Open Space Institute (OSI) and Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) were more persistent in their efforts to bring the trestle into use, and now locals can enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Speakers from the OSI and WVLT, along with other sponsors and local dignitaries, will kick off the day at 11:30am. Once they cut the ribbon, the bridge is open for business. You can stick around and be one of the first to set foot on the walkway, or travel around the town for other festivities memorializing this historic event. From 12 to 3pm, there will be face painting, opportunities to tie-dye "Track the Trestle" shirts, music at Willow Kiln Park, and guided nature hikes up Joppenbergh Mountain. At 2:30pm, kids and adults can meet at the park to join the Rosendale Brass Band in a parade that will conclude the celebration.

The walkway will be open every day from dawn until dusk and is open to hikers, bikers, and even horseback riders. Though this Saturday marks the opening of the trestle, the 11.5 miles of railroad bed surrounding it remains part of OSI and WVLT's ongoing project. The organizations are moving forward with the design and development of this trail which will run under the bridge and alongside the river. Ultimately, their hope is to extend the trail 32 miles from the village of Walden up to Kingston.

Donations to the project can be made at Trackthetrestle.org or through the Wallkill Valley Land Trust. OSI has committed a 4:1 matching challenge grant for additional money raised for the Trestle’s grand opening.

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