Chapel Restoration

Cold Spring’s The Chapel Restoration featured in Chronogram Magazine

Chapel Restoration

The Chapel Restoration, Cold Spring

The Chapel Restoration in Cold Spring was the first Catholic Church north of Manhattan, built to serve the Irish immigrants who worked at the nearby West Point Foundry. It was designed by a 19-year-old immigrant in the 1830s, abandoned in the early 1900s and struck by fire in the 1920s. The once beautiful building, overlooking the Hudson River, was given a new life when local volunteers rescued and renovated the property in the 1970s. Fully restored, it plays host to concerts, poetry readings, craft beer and food truck parties and formal events. Read more about this beautiful gem on the Chronogram web site. 

Flamenco Workshop hosted by Arts on the Lake

Love / Art / Play, is hosting this dance workshop that brings the passion, rhythms and music of Spain to our Center. Taught by Sandra Hernandez, a master Flamenco dancer and teacher, the hour and a half workshop is for beginning teens and adults of all ages and will be held Saturday, March 21 at 4 p.m. at Arts on the Lake, 640 Route 52 in Lake Carmel.

A art form style that originated in the Andalusia community of Spain, it has, through the centuries, become popular world wide. In 2010, UNESCO declared flamenco one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Ms. Hernandez, was born and raised in Spain. She started dancing at the age of nine. During her career she has studied with numerous different Flamenco masters, one of who was the internationally known, “La Chamela.” She performed at festivals, competitions, and cultural performances throughout Spain and was a member of the dance group, “El Anernal” (Girona). In the year 2000 she moved to the US and has been dancing and teaching ever since.

The workshop will last 1 1/2 hours with a Ms. Hernandez dancing for a 15 minute performance at the end.

Please wear comfortable clothes such as sweat pants and have thick soled heels on your shoes.

Admission is $25 ($20 for members). Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 845 228-AOTL.

POSTPONED: Green Chimneys Pancake Breakfast at Clearpool

Due to current health concerns, this event is postponed.  

Those already registered will be contacted directly by Green Chimneys. For more information, contact AJ via or 845.225.8226 x603.

Our Maple Sugaring & Pancake Breakfast is an annual tradition, and you are invited to celebrate the end of winter’s chill by enjoying this sweet gift from the earth Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clearpool, 33 Clearpool Road in Carmel.

Enjoy the wintry beauty of the Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus, chock-full of native sugar maples and seasoned experts to show you exactly how it’s done. Visit our website to register:

After your pancake breakfast in our sunny Dining Hall, take a short walk to the Sugar House to see first-hand the maple sugaring process of boiling down sap to make pure maple syrup. There will also be multiple hands-on demonstrations, guided hikes, carnival games, free crafts and more. Join us for a day of sweet memories and family fun for all ages.

Activity Schedule
– Pancake breakfast* ($8 per person, $5 under age 10) includes:
Regular, chocolate chip, and banana pancakes**
Scrambled eggs
Turkey sausage
Coffee, tea, and orange juice
*The last seating for breakfast is 12:30pm.
**Gluten-free pancakes as well as sugar-free syrup available upon request.
– Maple sugaring demonstrations in our very own sugar shack
– Camp tours and camp merchandise available
– Free crafts and activities for the kids

Breakfast and all activities are ongoing from 9am-1pm and at your leisure.

PUTNAM GROWS! Farm & Agribusiness Summit

Putnam County area farmers, agribusinesses, government, and nonprofit support leaders will gather at the Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster, NY, for the first Putnam Grows! Farm and Agribusiness Summit Friday, Jan. 31.

This important event was created to provide information and promote awareness of trends and resources to promote growing business. Featured speakers scheduled to appear include farm industry experts from Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp., the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program; Taste New York Ag, Empire State Development, and Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Putnam County.

The event will offer educational and networking, and opportunities to learn more about new business ideas and agritourism trends. The program kicks off at 9:15 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. There is no fee to attend, and lunch will be served. To register, visit and search “Putnam Grows!” For more information, contact Kathleen Abels, president of Putnam County EDC, at or (845) 808-1021.

Travel Channel star and “Mysteries at the Museum” host Don Wildman stopped by the Putnam History Museum

Travel Channel star and “Mysteries at the Museum” host Don Wildman stopped by the Putnam History Museum in Cold Spring last week.  While there he took in some of the great West Point Foundry history on exhibit.  Wildman, a Hudson Valley resident, was in Cold Spring to meet Mary Jean Cerbini, 5th grade teacher at Austin Road Elementary School in Mahopac, and Jennifer Cassidy of the Putnam County Historian’s Office, to review the Museum’s local history collection with Executive Director Cassie Ward.  Cerbini and Wildman are developing a project to incorporate Putnam County artifacts into local history lessons.

While at the Museum, Wildman spent time speaking with museum visitors about his television work and world travels including his recent trip to Honduras for a new, still to be named series on the Travel Channel.

The Putnam History Museum has limited winter hours but exhibit viewing and the research library are available by appointment and select Saturdays. It is located at 63 Chestnut Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Call 845-265-4010 or visit for more information.

Just in time: Local History Holiday Gift Guide

BREWSTER, New York — Looking for a unique holiday gift that promotes hometown pride and supports a great cause? Well, look no further! The Putnam County Historian’s Office has curated a gift guide in support of local history, and related historical societies, non-profits and museums. These gifts include T-shirts, mugs, historical prints suitable for framing, books on local history and historical fiction, and the all-important membership packages that help keep these organizations up and running during their pursuit of preserving Putnam County’s rich history.

The organizations include: Boscobel, Carmel Historical Society, Kent Historical Society,
Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast, Patterson Historical Society, Putnam History Museum in Cold Spring, Putnam Valley Historical Society, and Southeast Museum in Brewster.

“The Local History Holiday Gift Guide not only provides great gift tips but important information on each organization and their mission,” says Jennifer Cassidy of the County Historian’s Office. “Supporting them with the purchase of a T-shirt, book or membership package, all aid their missions of preserving and presenting Putnam’s past.” Complete contact information for the Historian’s Office, societies, and museums is included in the guide.

Book highlights from the guide include: “Vignettes of Patterson’s Past”, a collection of Patterson’s histories by the Society in a hardback book illustrated with maps, photos and more; “History of Putnam County, New York”, by William S. Pelletreau, the quintessential linen bound, local history book reprinted by Landmarks Preservation Society; and the respective societies offer Bicentennial profiles of Town of Kent and Historic Carmel, Mahopac & Mahopac Falls.

Mugs and a wonderful selection of local history books and exhibit catalogues are available at Putnam History Museum while the Southeast Museum offers iconic reprints of the village of Brewster from 1867 and 1870 as well as local historical fiction titles by Putnam County author Deborah Rafferty Oswald.

Know someone who loves baseball? The Putnam Valley Historical Society has a limited run of rare images of Babe Ruth playing baseball at Lake Oscawana, suitable for 8” x 10” framing.

2019 Putnam County Gift Guide – County Historian


The guide can also  be viewed online at the Historian’s website and a limited amount of printed copies are available upon request by calling 845-808-1420 or emailing

Holiday on the Lake December 7, 2019

The daylong celebration features pancake breakfast, holiday craft bazaars, storytelling, crafts, afternoon chowder festival, hayrides, entertainment on multiple stages and multiple opportunities for visits with Santa.  The evening begins with a Santa Stroll benefiting the American Cancer Society (all are welcome to participate), with the highlight of the event being a 50 float lighted holiday parade.  This magical day culminates with the lighting of 75 trees being lit along the beautiful shores of Lake Gleneida.


Brewster Holiday Caroling and Christmas Tree Lighting December 7th

Presented by the Southeast Museum on Saturday December 7th at 5:15PM

The Mad Hatter Barbershop Chorus will lead everyone in song.  Come early at 4:30 for a free Magic Show.

See Santa!

Cider and cookies provided by the Village of Brewster

Southeast Museum 67 Main Street Brewster, NY

Winter Hill’s Holiday Tree Lighting Party Thursday December 5th

Hudson Highlands Land Trust invites you to join us for Winter Hill’s Holiday Tree Lighting Party on Thursday December 5th at 5:30PM

20 Nazareth Way Garrison, NY

Holiday in the Park is happening in Mahopac on November 30th

Festivities begin at 4:30PM at the Mahopac- Carmel Chamber Park on November 30th.

Tree and Menorah Lighting.  Caroling and special attractions for the whole family.

Highlight of the event is a special visit from Santa!