Friday-Sunday, May 24-26: Since Bard College acquired Montgomery Place in 2016, the former seat of one of the branches of the Livingston family has become the “salon” hosting public events. Famous names long associated with Montgomery Place include architect Alexander Jackson Davis and landscape designer Andrew Jackson Downing, but now visitors will have opportunities to learn about a lesser-known steward of this magnificent site overlooking the Hudson River, Alexander Gilson.
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Saturday, May 4: This work-in-progress will include solos, duets and trios from Barton’s piece Awáa, which The Washington Post hailed as “an extraordinary work.” There will also be champagne and chocolates.
Saturday, May 4: More than 140 state parks, historic sites and public lands will host hosting volunteer events, including beach cleanups, trail restoration, tree and flower plantings, beautification projects.
Saturday, May 4: The ornithological equivalent of a walkathon and the John Burroughs Natural History Society (JBNHS)’s one fundraising event of the year, the Big Sit situates several birdwatchers in a 24-hour observation and identification of birds by sight and sound, raising money in the pledge-based style per bird or by straight donation.
“Every trail has a unique challenge, so I started to seek out techniques from other trades, whether it’s rigging from sailors or from the stone-quarry industries… The rocks I set in place will still be there until the next Ice Age. That’s very rewarding.”
“The natural resources in Ulster County are still pristine,” Kim Elliman said. “Hopefully we can protect them before there’s too much upward land value. You’re protecting water resources in particular, if you build trails with less erosion and less siltation. And as studies show, the closer people live to parks, the better the quality of life.”
Led by Shari Aber of the Adirondack Mountain Club and Catskill 3500 Club, and a Black Creek neighbor, the group will follow safe wide paths and make their way towards Chodikee Lake. Spring peepers, waterfalls and rustlings. What will the moon reveal?
The property is spectacular and for a long time has functioned as an off-limits recreation center for trespassing ATV drivers, who roar around the moonscape quarries on warm days.
During special hours on Friday-Sunday, April 26-28: Passes must be picked up in person, with the exception of minors, whose parent or guardian may pick up a pass on their behalf.
Sunday, April 14: Come for an afternoon of presentations by community leaders and alternative energy experts at Basilica’s post-industrial space in Hudson. The fair features an intensive focus on exploring both community solar and bioenergy – the generation of energy from food waste and similar organic materials – as vital and viable examples of the move away from the archaic, destructive energy models that have left us in climate chaos.