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Annual EagleFest on the Hudson River this Saturday

Annual EagleFest on the Hudson River this Saturday

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. 

Take a trek to the Ferncliff Forest tower in Rhinebeck

Take a trek to the Ferncliff Forest tower in Rhinebeck

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.