When Ralph and Mary Adamucci began selling vegetables out of their farmstand in 1919, they probably had no intention of building a Hudson Valley grocery and nursery dynasty. Adams is currently gearing up for its much-anticipated Garden Shows.
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Saturday, Feb. 17: Scientists are looking for volunteers to bolster their monitoring efforts at three local places that attract peregrines. Dress warmly and bring your binoculars if you have them.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Croton Point Park, Boscobel and other venues host annual EagleFest featuring Dar Williams. If you want to start your day early, catch the Metro-North Eagle Train leaving Poughkeepsie at 8:50 a.m. and ride to Croton-Harmon in the same car with a naturalist, who’ll be pointing out winter bird life along the Hudson River.
FDR sent in the Civilian Conservation Corps to build a camping area and a restaurant at Norrie Point called the Point Inn, which served diners from 1937 to the 1960s.
When Jane Goodall went to work for paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey in Tanzania in 1957, her only academic background was secretarial school. She approached her work in Africa with no preconceived notions, and ended up turning the field of primate biology on its head.
Got some holiday poundage to lose and a New Year’s resolution to become more physically active, but no network of outdoorsy buddies on hand to lend support and encouragement? You’re not alone; the ADK has plenty of organized outings to offer, even in the dead of winter.
Saturday, Jan. 13: Author/artist Barbara Bash will talk about the year she spent with little brown bats, learning how they give birth, raise their young, fly, hunt with echolocation (catching 600 mosquitos an hour) and gather at bat “conventions” before going into hibernation inside the caves before reemerging in spring.
After John Jacob Astor’s death on the Titanic in 1912, Ferncliff Farm was inherited by his son, William Vincent Astor. In 1959, Vincent died, leaving Ferncliff Farm to Brooke Astor, who was later persuaded by Homer K. Staley Sr., president of the Rhinebeck Rotary, to donate 190+ acres to the Rotary for a forest preserve and game refuge. Her deed stipulated that the land must remain forever wild.
Monday, Jan. 1: Start off the new year with a walk on the wild side.
From the 1930s until 1971, the steep-sided little Rosendale mountain became the site of ski-jumping competitions, which drew skiers from near and far, including several Olympians.