Teen Writing Workshop With Gail Carson Levine

Mondays and Thursdays July 13th -July 30th 1:30-3:00 PM

Acclaimed author Gail Carson Levine returns again this summer to offer a free, online creative writing workshop. If you love to write stories or poems, this is the program for you! In the course of this workshop, students will be given writing exercises and will share their work with the class.

They will also learn what to listen for when someone is reading, as well as how to give and receive helpful criticism.

This program is for ages 10-18. Program will be held entirely online through Zoom.  Please register online with your email to receive the log on information for this program.  http://brewsterlibrary.org/

For more information please call 845-279-6421

Putnam County Memorial Day Convoy May 25th

We are Having a Memorial Day Convoy!
Join us on the convoy or as we pass thru your town!
Honor those who helped keep us safe and free!

Putnam County Joint Veterans Council

The afternoon of May 25th at 12 Noon we will gather at the county campus at 110 Old Route Six, Carmel NY. At one PM we will begin the Memorial Day Convoy. It is our plan to pass by every Town Hall and Village Hall in the County. Join us or stand on your front lawn to greet us. Vehicles, military and non-military, decorated with flags and other patriotic paraphernalia are welcomed.

Convoy Route:


Head west on Old Rt 6 toward US 6 E

Turn Right on to Brewster Rd/ Stoneleigh Ave

Continue onto NY-52 W

Turn Right onto Sybils Crossing


Exit Sybils Crossing right onto NY 52

Turn Left onto Farmers Mills Rd.

Turn right on to NY-301 W

Head SW on NY-301 W/ Main Street




Northeast on Main St toward Garden St

Continue onto NY 301 E

Turn right onto US-9 S

Left onto Travis Corners Road

Right onto Old Albany Post Road

Left on to Canopus Hill Road

Right onto Canopus Hollow Road

Left onto Oscawana Lake Road


North on Oscawana lake Road

Right on to Tinker Hill Road

Left on to Peekskill Hollow Road

Right on to Bryant Pond Road
Turn Left to stay on Bryant Pond Rd

Continue onto Secor Road

Turn left on to NY-6N 

Turn left onto US-6 E

Turn Right on to Croton Falls Road

Turn Right onto McAlpin Ave.


Turn right on to Croton Falls Road
Left onto Shear Hill Road

Right onto Weber Hill Road

Continue onto Drewville/ Drewsville Road

Right onto US 6/ Carmel Avenue

Right onto North Main Street


East on Main Street

Left on to US-202 E/US-6 E/ Main Street

Turn slightly right to stay on US-202/US6 E

Left NY-22 N Ramp Onto NY-22 N


Right onto Doansburg Road

Right onto Fairfield Drive

Southwest of Fairfield Drive

Left on to Haviland Hollow Road

Right on to NY-22 N

Left onto NY-311 S


West on NY 311 S

Left on to Fair Street

Left on to Gleneida Ave.

& THE Row Of Honor


Putnam County Prepares to Reopen Economic Development Arm Urges Residents to Stay Loyal and Shop Local

In an effort to help small businesses reopen and recover from the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 shutdown, the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) has formed an advisory committee of local small businesses to help provide, share and disseminate information as we accelerate toward a post-Coronavirus world.

The PCEDC’s Small Business Advisory Committee represents a broad cross section of industries and business leaders from every corner of the county.  Members include Tom Feighery, Fiddler’s Green Pub and Putnam County Project Manager;  Bryan Kelly, AON Physical Therapy;  Ed Galligan, Carmel Flower Shop;  Chris DeBellis, Contractor & Assistant Town Code Enforcement Officer;  Maria Quezada, Six Diamonds Tree Service and Landscaping;  Brian Ledley, Ledley Food Service;  Stephanie Tomlinson, Salon Uccelli;  Kimball Gell, Dolly’s Restaurant at Garrison’s Landing;  Nisim Sachakov, Limni & Mezzaluna Restaurants;  Angela Briante, Briante Realty Group; and Emily Simoness, SPACE on Ryder Farm.  PCEDC Board members on the Committee include Richard Weiss, CPA, Founder and Consultant Weiss Advisory Group, Margie Keith, retired Cornell Cooperative Extension Executive Director, Bob Zubrycki, Concertmaster for the American Symphony Orchestra and Walter Recher, SmallBall Marketing.

“This is a forum for small businesses to voice their concerns and share ideas that will help them to survive and prepare for a new economic reality” said Kathleen Abels, President, PCEDC.  “Since the pandemic shut down life as we once knew it, we have seen many small businesses suffer and worry about their ability to carry on.   We implore county residents to stay loyal to Putnam’s businesses by continuing to Shop Putnam now and to hold on just a little longer until more area businesses are allowed to reopen.”

“Putnam County is one community, the same community that encompasses the heroes of the pandemic, such as health care workers, first responders, delivery  people, sanitation and utility workers, grocers and other essential businesses that have continued to serve us at their own peril,” said PCEDC Board Chairman Daniel Leary, Esquire.

The PCEDC has posted on their website, putnamedc.org, ongoing COVID-19 Related Business Resources to assist businesses to stay abreast of opportunities and orders from the State and Federal Government.  NYS Industry Re-Opening Guidelines, including mandatory practices, recommended best practices and templates for business safety plans, can be found on Forward New York at https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

The PCEDC Small Business Advisory Committee will continue to meet during the coming months to promote Shop Putnam and to develop strategies to adjust to new trends in the way we think, live, work, learn, shop, travel and entertain.

For more information, contact Kathleen Abels, President, Putnam County Economic Development Corporation (845) 242-2212

About Putnam County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC)

The mission of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) is to drive the economic vitality of Putnam County by working to attract appropriate new businesses, broaden the County’s tax base, retain and grow employment opportunities within the County and aid in the enhancement of the quality of life for residents. The PCEDC acts as a facilitator, bringing together businesses, government agencies and other stakeholders.  Recently, the PCEDC has pivoted its focus to assist existing Main Street businesses to survive and recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.

For more information, please visit https://putnamedc.org/

Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market

It’s going to be a beautiful day on Sunday and the Market will be OPEN!

Open Every Sunday
(weather permitting)
(Closed on select holidays)
15 Mount Ebo Road, South
Brewster, New York 10509

This Week’s Market Vendors
• Market Shop Pickles and Olives

• Market Shop Coffee, etc.

• Clocktower Grille

• Do Re Mi Farms

• Cochran Meat & Dairy

• Sharamel Coffee Cake and Cookies

• South Salem Winery

• Cooperstown Cheese

• Stone Vibes 11

• Laurelmaud’s Jams

• KAS Spirits

Please be prepared to wait if the market is crowded and no products will be handled by the public until after purchase. Please see the flyer below to see what forms of payment our vendors are accepting at this time – some are only taking cash, others both cash and electronic payments.

Governor Cuomo has issued executive orders requiring ALL people in New York State to wear masks or face coverings in public. You MUST wear a mask or other appropriate nose and mouth covering to attend the Market, otherwise we won’t be able to let you in.

Mark Rust Online Concert for the Whole Family

Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 2 PM – 3 PM

Hosted by Desmond-Fish Public Library

UPDATE; REGISTER HERE https://forms.gle/dZx8QWHRjh8vDu3q6
Once we have the link ready for you to join the event we will email it to you.

Do you know how to play the spoons? You will if you check out the upcoming concert at the Desmond-Fish Public Library with the multi-talented performer Mark Rust. On Saturday, May 23rd at 2 pm, Mark will perform a show that will be enjoyed by everyone of all ages. The show will feature fun sing-alongs on a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, fiddle, and hammered dulcimer. In addition, as promised everyone will learn to play the spoons and participate in a couple of easy traditional American country dances (no experience necessary)!
Mark starred in the Broadway Musical Hit Pump Boys & Dinettes and has appeared in People Magazine performing with Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul & Mary. He has released several recordings including Songs of America on Golden Books, and can currently be seen playing music in the recent Terrence Malick film The Better Angels about Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood years. Mark has been nominated for a Campus Entertainer of the Year Award in Family Programs by the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA).

This free event is made possible, in part, through the Friends of the Desmond-Fish Public Library and the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, with public funds provided through the NY State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NY State Legislature.
The Desmond-Fish Public Library is located at 472 Route 403 (at the corner of 9D) in Garrison, NY. For more information about any of the library’s upcoming programs, please visit www.desmondfishlibrary.org or call 845-424-3020.





Virtual Documentary Movie Discussion Group

Join us for Documentary Movie Discussion Group!

Once a month participants will watch a documentary film then meet virtually to discuss the film and its historical context.

All films are free to watch on your device (computer, laptop, tablet, phone and/or smart TV) via Hoopla. Hoopla is a free service provided by the Brewster Public Library. To learn how to access Hoopla please go to http://brewsterlibrary.org/.

Our first film is Last Voyage of the Lusitania.  The Lusitania was a British passenger ship which was torpedoed by the Germans in 1915 during World War I. This National Geographic documentary is 55 minutes.

You must register for this program to receive the movie link and Zoom session log in information. You can register by emailing director@southeastmuseum.org.

Please watch the film before our first discussion meeting on Friday May 22 at 2:00pm.

About the film, “Why did Germany torpedo the Lusitania, a civilian vessel? And why did such an enormous ship sink so fast? The date is May 7, 1915, just nine months into World War I. A German U-boat torpedoes the Lusitania – one of than largest and fastest luxury liners in the world. Of the 1,959 people aboard, including millionaire Alfred Vanderbilt, nearly two-thirds will die. Many are trapped inside as the great ship sinks in just eighteen minutes.”

Environmental Education Lesson Plans #RecreateLocal

The lesson plans and accompanying activity sheets provided here were developed by DEC environmental educators. They have proven to be successful at environmental education centers, natural areas, and visits to classrooms These education tools bring young people in touch with the natural world and build their understanding of environmental issues.

The lessons, which are divided into topic themes, are grouped by grade level: preK-3, 3-6 and 6-12. Some of these lessons call for the use of specialized equipment. Feel free to adapt the lessons to accommodate the materials you have available. Please contact DEC’s Bureau of Environmental Education if you have any questions.

The links below lead to descriptions of the downloadable lessons and student activity sheets. Bookmark this page and check back regularly as more lessons will be added periodically. Recording and activity sheets for observing nature outdoors are on the Kids G.O. (Get Outside) web pages. http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/73131.html


Space on Ryder Farm 2nd Annual Plant Sale

SPACE on Ryder Farm is thrilled to be back for our second annual Plant Sale to help your home garden thrive or kick-start the brand new one you’ve always dreamed about! Our plant starts are 100% organic and were planted right here on Ryder Farm at the end of March. In this time of uncertainty, SPACE is deeply committed to supporting our neighbors’ need for fresh, reliable organic produce and flowers and hope to encourage a sustainable, environmentally friendly way to navigate this moment. https://www.spaceonryderfarm.org/2020-plant-sale-storefront
If you do not wish to order online, give us a call at (646) 833-8159 between 10am and 5pm on weekdays starting May 4th and we can process your order over the phone.

Orders will be available for pickup at the following times:

•Wednesday, May 20th (3-7pm)

•Saturday, May 23rd (10-2pm)

•Wednesday, May 27th (3-7pm)

•Saturday, May 30th (10-2pm)

Please feel free to reach out with any questions by contacting Kate, at kate@spaceonryderfarm.org or via phone at (646) 833-8159.

The Southeast Museum

History give us many things, a sense of who we are, a sense of pride, an opportunity to showcase our heroes, a perspective of the struggles we have endured and the knowledge that together we will get through this.


We are happy to say our programs have been and are available through Zoom sessions. We have even added a few new programs.

Ongoing Programs
Hey Neighbor– Weekly meet up. Have your history questions answered and say hello to your friends and neighbors. Wednesdays at 2:00pm
History Exchange – Monthly local history talk and discussion. Next Exchange is Wednesday May 13 at 5:30pm
History Book Club – The last Thursday of the month.
Documentary Club – Watch documentaries and meet to discuss

Coming soon
Virtual Local History Tours
History video game

To Register/For More Information: director@southeastmuseum.org

About the Southeast Museum: Established in 1963, the Southeast Museum offers exhibits on the history of the Town of Southeast, including the early American Circus, the Harlem Line Railroad, the Tilly Foster Mine, the Borden Milk Condensery, and the Croton Reservoir System.

Remember to check out our Facebook page to see historic images and event information.

Love In The Time Of Covid-Brewster Theater Company

Up for a quick performance opportunity this week? So are we!

Thursday May 7 at 7:00 PM

Amidst all the uncertain feelings of the Corona Isolation, one thing is for certain – LOVE is always present in one way or another.


1) Dig out your favorite monologue, poem, short story, text message – anything about LOVE in any of its forms: -Pure, unrequited, /hate, puppy, from your friend, for your cat, the Earth….

2) Share a current news story of love as a dramatic reading.

3) Write a poem and let us be your audience.

4) Surprise us!

-Register by email BrewsterTheaterInfo@gmail.com by noon on 5/7 if you would like to present one of the above.
-Please sign on at 7:00 on 5/7 for a 7:05 places.
-You will present in the order of your registration.
-We will be audience for each other, plus we’ll be streaming live on on BTC’s Facebook. (If you just want to be in the audience, visit our Facebook page on 5/7 at 7:10 to watch a live stream!)
-Please keep language PG-13 and presentations under 4 minutes.

Stacy Dumont, BTC Prez