Memorial Day Events & Festivities Around Putnam County

Friday , Saturday , Sunday, May 27,28,29, 2016

Putnam County Joint Veterans Council-
John Morris Memorial Watchfire Vigil, each night
6 PM-6AM May 27,28,29 Opening Ceremony Friday the 27th at 7:00 PM
Flag Retirement through out the Vigil.

Sunday May 29, 20156

VFW Post 1374 & Auxiliary, Carmel & American Legion Post 270-
9:00 AM Ceremony at monument on Terryhill Road, Kent
11:30 AM Ceremony at Post Home 32 Gleneida Ave, Carmel
Refreshments to follow 11:30 Ceremony

Monday May 30, 2016:

VFW Post 391, Putnam Valley-
11:00 AM Ceremony Putnam Valley Town Hall
12:00 Ceremony Lake Peekskill Monument (Chester Place)
1:00 PM Ceremony Post Home 153 Oscawanna Lake Road
Refreshments to follow 1:00 PM ceremony at Post Home
2:00PM Start of “Round of Honor”. Visiting grave sites, cemeteries, and monuments in vicinity, including Lakeland High School, Bill Mangero Park

VFW Post 672, Brewster-
Parade from Brewster Fire House to Electrozone Field
(step off 11:00 AM)
Ceremony at Electrozone Field following parade.
Light Lunch to follow at post home on Peaceable Hill Road
VFW Post 2362 and American Legion Post 275 Cold Spring-
Village Hall at 85 Main Street for a Ceremony.

VFW Post & Ladies Auxiliary 5491 Mahopac & American Legion Post 1080-
Parade from Clarke Place to Veterans Memorial Park on East Lake Blvd. (step off 10:00 AM)
Ceremony to follow at Monument
American Legion Post 1080 Ceremony at noon following VFW
Ceremony at 333 Buckshollow Road
Ceremony and Refreshments to follow at VFW Post home
154 East Lake Blvd

VFW Post 9257& Ladies Auxiliary & AMVET Post 1111
Putnam Lake-
Parade from Castle Restaurant to Veterans Monument on Haviland Road (step off 10:00 AM)
Ceremony to follow parade at monument
Refreshments to follow at Post Home at 4 Fairfield Drive

VFW Post 8013, Somers-
Annual Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony. Step off 10:00 AM from Somers Middle School to Ivandell Cem-etery.
( Somers has been added to the list of Memorial Day events because the Somers VFW has recently joined Putnam County Council VFW)
American Legion Post 1542, Patterson-
10:00 AM walk from Post home to monument on Rt. 311 for ceremony
Refreshments to follow at Post Home.

Saturday day May 30, 2015:

Putnam County Joint Veterans Council-
Sunrise Memorial Day Prayer Service at close of Vigil.


Senior Luau 2016 Wednesday June 1st!

Please join us for our Annual Putnam County Senior Citizen Picnic
to be held at the Putnam County Veterans’ Memorial Park
Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This year’s theme: Luau
Food, Entertainment/Music, Dancing, 50/50 Raffle
We hope you can come and enjoy the fun. Be sure to wear your best Hawaiian attire!



Putnam County 4-H Fair is coming in July!

Putnam County 4-H Fair

2016 FAIR DATES: JULY 29-31

The Putnam County 4-H Fair is a 3-day weekend of fun and learning for everyone.

Enjoy talented local musicians and dancers.  Have fun with games, crafts and animal exhibits.  Experience a country fair with an old-fashioned flair- the Putnam County 4-H Fair!

Relax at the Shady Grove Theater, listen to talented artists, both youth and adult, amateur and professional.

Win a ribbon! Enter your photography, quilt, baked goods, great vegetables and crafts for displaying in the big exhibit building. You don’t have to be a member of 4-H to enter.

Stop by the Master Gardener Plant Sale! Master Gardeners always have a colorful display of perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs for sale.  Master Gardeners are on hand to answer your gardening questions.

Bid and win tools, paintings, antique farm equipment, patio furniture and more at the Country Auction, Saturday at 3pm.

Experience Tony’s World of Science and Magic. Be curious or be skeptical, but you will definitely be amazed. Where is Tony? Just follow the sounds of children laughing.

That’s not all: Pet Shows, Food, Face Painting, Games, Civil War and Revolutionary War Encampments, Putnam History, Horse Demos, Chicken Barbecue, Fishing Contest and more!

Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park, 201 Gipsy Trail Rd., Carmel, NY 10512


Only dogs pre-registered for the dog show are allowed on the Fairgrounds.

Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County


The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is back for its 30th year

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is back for its 30th year on the grounds of Boscobel in Garrison, just a short ride from the Village of Cold Spring. Performances begin in June and tickets are available online. Please visit to find out more!



Lake Carmel Park District Boat Action April 30th


Plant sale

The Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County will host a plant Sale on Saturday May 14th

The Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County will host a plant Sale on Saturday May 14th in the parking area in front of our office at 1 Geneva Road, off route 312, Brewster between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm.

The sale features heirloom and hybrid vegetable selected by Master Gardeners for Putnam County gardens. Carefully chosen tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other popular vegetable seedlings are available singly or in two packs so you can try a few varieties. You’ll also find garden favorites like annuals and herbs.  Master Gardener volunteers offer tough perennials and beautiful shrubs chosen to thrive in Putnam County. A selection of unusual summer-flowering bulbs will round out your colorful garden.

What makes our plant sale different? Master Gardeners are on hand to answer your questions about planning, nurturing, and harvesting, so you’ll be sure to have a successful gardening season. Free soil pH tests will get you off to a good start: bring a two-cup sample of your garden soil in a clean container. Don’t forget to stop and peruse our favorite tools, gardening gloves, soaps, hand-crafted hyper tufa planting pots and other select garden gear.

Beauty and the Bees: Native plants for happy pollinators

Come to our Native Plant sales area and information booth and find out how you can make our ecosystem healthier. Learn about native plants and their importance to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. We’ll have trees shrubs and perennials for your bee-friendly backyard. Bring the kids!

Plant sale will be held rain or shine!

HHW flyer-Spring 2016

Putnam County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled for Saturday, May 7

Putnam County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day  Scheduled for Saturday, May 7

BREWSTER, NY—Putnam County will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day for Putnam County residents on Saturday, May 7. The Putnam County Department of Health and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are co-sponsoring the FREE event, scheduled from 9 am to 12 noon (rain or shine) at the Canopus Beach parking area, Fahnstock State Park, Route 301, in Kent, NY. Pre-registration is required.

Improper storage or disposal of hazardous waste poses a health risk to residents and their families. For this reason, the HHW Collection Day event continues to be maintained in the budget by County Executive MaryEllen Odell as an opportunity for Putnam residents to safely dispose of toxic materials such as: household cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, oil-based paint (not latex), automotive solvents, thinners, mothballs, rodent poisons, gasoline, kerosene, small propane tanks (up to 20 pound size), etc. For a more complete list of acceptable items, visit the Health Department website at

Disposal items must be labeled and identifiable to be accepted. Items not accepted include: water-based paints (latex), used oil, lead-acid batteries, plastic bags, batteries, tires, electronic waste or any materials from commercial establishments. Latex paints can be discarded by routine means, after they have been dried out.



Call early to reserve your spot. The Putnam County Department of Health number is (845) 808-1390 ext. 43150 for questions or to pre-register.

For information regarding electronic waste disposal, call your local town. Please note that household hazardous waste items are not be accepted at the town electronic waste drop-off locations.

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.


Household  hazardous waste day

Thousands of gallons of oil-based paints have been collected since Household Hazardous Waste collection days were started over two decades ago by the Putnam County Department of Health. Disposing of these toxins properly, along with more than a hundred thousand pounds of other hazardous materials, helps preserve Putnam’s environment



Plant sale

The Master Gardeners’ May Plant Sale

If you’re interested in a great selection of plants chosen for success in Putnam County then mark your calendars for Saturday May 14th, and prepare to be there at the starting gun, because this is one plant sale where the plants move faster than you ever imagined!  The Master Garden Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension will host this sale from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in the parking area of Cornell Cooperative Extension, 1 Geneva Road, (off Route 312 – upper DMV Parking Lot) in Brewster.

The event features an incredible variety of tomatoes including heirlooms and organic tomato and vegetable plants.  There will be native and pollinator-friendly perennials and shrubs, aromatic and culinary herbs in addition to bulbs, annuals and ornamental Perennials.  Also native plants grown by or specifically selected by the Master Gardeners of Putnam County will be available.   Master Gardeners are on hand to answer your questions about planting, nurturing and harvesting, so you’ll be sure to have a successful gardening season.

Don’t forget to stop at “Our Favorite Gardening Gear”, an area full of specialized tools, gardening gloves, soaps, hand-crafted hypertufa planting pots and other select gardening items.

Free soil pH testing will also be offered.  Bring a 2-cup sample of your garden soil in a clean container and a Master Gardener volunteer will determine the soil’s pH (acidity or alkalinity).  It can make a real difference for your plants.

For additional information check our website: or call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 845-278-6738


Learn to How to Fish

Learn to How to Fish

With 7500 lakes, 50,000 miles of rivers and stream and hundreds of miles of coastline (, fishing in New York can be a life -long avocation.  Registration is currently underway for the annual 4-H Fishing Clinic – 4-H membership is not required.  This event is free to 150 Putnam County youth, ages 7 to 14 (participants from a previous 4-H Fishing Clinic are not eligible to participate).  This year’s free clinic will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm (rain or shine) at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park, 201Gipsy Trail Road, Carmel.  (Registration for non-Putnam County youth will begin on May 1st.)

All participants will receive a free rod, reel, tackle kit, fishing directory and hat.  Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program and The Oasis Sportsmen’s Club are sponsoring the Fishing Clinic with support from The Jack Stewart Jr. Memorial Fund.  Please note:  this is not a drop off event – a parent/guardian must remain for the entire event.

Check-in will be held from 10am until 10:45am ONLY.  Availability of Rod & Fishing Gear will not be guaranteed after 11am.

Space is limited and accepted ONLY through online registration on a first come, first serve basis at  For additional information call 845-278-6738.

All registered youth will receive a confirmation/reminder postcard 3 weeks before the event.