This weekend’s festivities include a Fall Gala, fireworks, exhibitions, fly-fishing demo and the unveiling of Will Lytle’s children’s book.
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Saturday, Sept. 21: The day will include case studies and workshops on topics including renewable energy storage, ground source (geothermal) and air source heat pumps, clean transportation, regenerative agriculture, climate solutions careers, Climate Smart Communities and environmental justice.
Now through November 3: Rail Explorers vehicles come in two-seater and four-seater models, and there are special Beer & Pretzels tours on Fridays.
Held Friday through Sunday in September, each yoga class begins with an instruction in paddleboarding. Students will spend some time exploring the waters of the Rondout Creek before dropping anchor for a relaxing one-hour yoga session.
Through Labor Day: Visits and pictures are free, with each flower costing $3, and $25 for a fill-your-own bucket of eight flowers or more. A portion of food and drink concessions goes toward local charities like the Sparrow’s Nest, whose mission of providing meals to cancer patients.
Do you need some sort of concrete incentive – besides beautiful vistas, improved physical fitness and a sense of personal accomplishment – to get out and hike? Here are two local opportunities to structure a plan for yourself to spend more time on the trails, with prizes to be won at the end.
This 1.11-mile paved public path stretches from East Chester Street at Jansen Avenue to Garraghan Drive and 9W at Rondout Gardens, using a restored 19th-century railroad tunnel beneath the 9W arterial to create an automobile-free connection for pedestrians and cyclists between Midtown and the Rondout waterfront.
Sunday, Aug. 4: Studies are showing that even small periods of time spent in the forest reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol and lower blood pressure and heart rate. Trees release phytoncides into the air, which boost the immune system and stimulate production of white blood cells. Being in natural settings also activates our nervous system’s relaxation response, allowing us to recover from the chronic low-intensity “fight-or-flight” environment of daily life.
The Phoenicia Library is home to the Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection, an impressive inventory of books about fishing and fly-tying. “It could be hyperbole, but we like to say we have the largest circulating collection in the Northeast,” says Library Board member Beth Waterman.
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program is a great excuse to investigate gorgeous gardens in our region, both public and private. On the list for this Saturday, July 27, is Innisfree Garden in Millbrook.