Skywalk Arts Festival at Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Sep 22

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Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley presents the Third Annual Skywalk Arts Festival this Sunday, with celebrations on both sides of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.

Activities at Olana: 9am – 4pm – Get some exercise with yoga in the landscape, poetry walks, walking tours & Gracie’s food truck.

Festival at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge Park- Catskill: 12pm – 4pm – Enjoy local art, art activities, music & Carnival Foods food truck.

Performance of Light across the Hudson River: 1pm – Experience a performance by contemporary artist Shi Guorui connecting the three Skywalk locations with beams of light over the Hudson River.

Contemporary Art Opening – Catskill: 2 – 4pm – See the new exhibition SHI GUORUI: Ab/Sense-Pre/Sense featuring giant camera obscura landscape photographs at the Thomas Cole Historic Site.

Sunday, September 22, 2019 / 9am – 4pm

5720 New York 9G
Hudson, NY 12534

Rip Van Winkle Bridge
99 NY-23
Catskill, NY 12414


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PS21’s Final ‘Movement Without Borders’ of the Season: SoundWalk with Skeleton Architecture, Sep 21

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PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, presents their final Movement Without Borders workshop of the 2019 summer season with a SoundWalk, on Saturday, led by Grace Osborne and Edisa Weeks of Skeleton Architecture.

Skeleton Architecture is a Bessie-Award-winning collective of African American women and gender-nonconforming artists rooted in the power of the collective in practice and improvisation. Embodied Listening is a guided workshop that explores PS 21’s orchards and trails focusing on vocal toning, listening, and medicine melodies. Weeks is the founder of Delirious Dances, where through choreography she merges theater and dance in intimate environments. Osborne is a musical virtuoso whose principal instrument is the flute. Movement Without Borders brings the best and brightest in the dance world to PS21 to teach pay-what-you-wish classes all summer long.

Saturday, September 21, 2019 / 10:30am – 12pm

Pay What You Wish

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
2980 Route 66
Chatham, NY 12037



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The 7th Annual Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour, Sep 21


The 7th Annual Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour is Saturday, September 21 through the sponsor towns of Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale. This community event is a non-competitive ride, and perfect for both the casual as well as committed cyclist. Whether you enjoy a simple ride with your family, or you are an experienced dedicated cyclist, the Ramble offers something for everyone.

Screen Shot 2019-09-16 at 7.41.49 PMThis year there are six routes to choose from (10, 18, 25, 35, 50 miles and the new – 100km or 62.5 miles) on quiet country roads in some of the most beautiful scenery of the Hudson Valley & Taconic foothills you’ve ever seen.

The Ramble is run by volunteers, and the goal is to share the pleasure of riding through our scenic countryside, while raising money to support and extend the Harlem Valley Rail Trail for bikers, joggers, walkers & everyone.

While the ride is free, donations for the Harlem Valley Rail Trail are encouraged. Funds raised will be used to connect the trail from Copake Falls to Hillsdale, and then continue north. The Rail Trail is a paved bicycle/pedestrian path built on the railbed of the old Harlem Line of the New York Central Railroad.

You MUST wear a helmet to participate in the Ramble. Junior registrants (those under 18 years old) must bring a hardcopy of the registration form, signed by a parent or guardian.

Saturday, September 21, 2019 / Check-in starts at 7:30am

The 100KM and 50 mile routes start first at 8:30 AM, the 10 mile route leaves last at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

All Rides Start & Stop at Copake Memorial Park
305 Mountain View Road
Copake, NY 12516

Free. Online Registration Deadline is Friday, Sep 20 at 5pm



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Introduction to Bird Identification and Field Walk at Mount Lebanon Historic Site, Sep 21


Blue-Headed Vireo at the museum’s property. By Chris Franks, Alan Devoe Bird Club.

Join Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and Alan Devoe Bird Club in the first of a series of free workshops and bird walks at the Mount Lebanon historic site. Up to 100 species of birds are reported to potentially inhabit the woodlands and wetlands in the area of New Lebanon, NY where the Shakers once lived, and yet only 32 species have been identified since 2014. Help us get to 100!

Please bring your own binoculars and smart phones to the workshop and download the free app, Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab, onto your phone before arrival. New birders and walk-ins welcome!

Saturday, September 21, 2019 / 8am – 10pm

Mount Lebanon Historic Site
202 Shaker Rd
New Lebanon, NY 12125

Register here



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Columbia County Historical Society Awarded a Preserve New York Grant

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The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) is one of this year’s Preserve New York (PNY) grantees. Their grant of $10,000 will allow the CCHS to work with Walter Wheeler of Hartgen Archaeological Associates to complete a Historic Structure Report (HSR) of the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse in Kinderhook.

The HSR project will assess the current condition of the building, make recommendations for repair and restoration and serve as a guiding document for continued interpretive use and future preservation. The schoolhouse is not currently listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and the Historical Society hopes that the research provided through the HSR process will create a strong case for a future nomination.

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The Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse was initially constructed in 1850 at the intersection of Route 9H and Fisher Road as the District #6 Schoolhouse for the town of Kinderhook. Although the structure was moved just 200 yards from its original location in 1974, it remains an excellent and intact example of a rural, one-room schoolhouse with a gable roof, clapboard siding, and a single pent-roofed entrance.

Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse Interior.jpgThe interior consists of a large classroom with two adjacent cloakrooms – one for boys, and one for girls. The building was never modified to have heat or hot water and still retains its original 1929 wood burning stove, wood flooring, chalkboards, and double-hung sash windows. Several condition issues are present that must be addressed in the near future: the condition of the metal roof and the stability of the structure, as the building still rests on the steel girders that were used to move it in the 1970s.

“We are thrilled the Preservation League of New York has endorsed our commitment to the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse with this grant.” said CCHS Executive Director, Lori Yarotsky, “The iconic literary character is an important part of Columbia County heritage and we want to preserve its namesake schoolhouse–including its architecture–for future generations and visitors. Thanks again to the Preservation League for their recognition and support.”

“NYSCA is proud to support the vitality and character of our communities through our Preserve New York partnership, which provides key resources to historic sites, buildings, and cultural centers statewide and underscores the importance of architecture and landscape design in community revitalization and economic development,” said NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus.

“Thanks to the League’s record of making effective preservation grants through Preserve New York and TAG, our program partner, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), has increased regrant funding significantly over the past several years,” said Erin Tobin, Vice President for Policy and Preservation and the Preservation League, “At the same time, in response to growing demand, the League has successfully lined up additional support to leverage NYSCA funding and League resources. NYSCA and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation make these grants possible through their program partnership and financial support.”

The 2019 PNY grant cycle was the most competitive in the program’s 26-year history. An independent jury met in June to review over 70 applications. After two days of deliberations, $262,498 was awarded to 31 projects across 25 counties.
Preserve New York is a regrant partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of NYS. PNY enables the Preservation League to support projects in all of New York’s 62 counties.

The Preserve New York grant program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided additional support for projects in Nassau, Suffolk and Bronx Counties.


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