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Montgomery Place hosts Gilsonfest this weekend

Montgomery Place hosts Gilsonfest this weekend

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.

Help out with the Big Sit bird count

Help out with the Big Sit bird count

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.

The trail-building artistry of Eddie Walsh

The trail-building artistry of Eddie Walsh

“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.”

Green Energy Fair at Basilica Hudson

Green Energy Fair at Basilica Hudson

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.