See you this Saturday, May 2nd, at Boscobel House and Gardens with the following Summer Market vendors! Please note, our *NEW* summer hours at Boscobel are 8:30AM – 1:00PM. More soon on pre-order updates and safety precautions.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. There are a ton of things to do in the Hudson Valley each month. Even in the face of the coronavirus, there exist dozens upon dozens of ways to experience the best of what the region has to offer. While they might not be traditional per se (virtual art galleries, anyone?), they are engaging, entertaining, and 100-percent #flattenthecurve-approved.
To help scout out the hottest events in the Valley, we reached out to local tourism directors from Albany to Ulster for their top picks for things to do. Check out their selections, then get planning!
Artist Spotlight: Her Nature
Amanda Lynne was one of the artists featured in our March exhibit, “Her Nature” which had to close early. After many years of acrylic painting, Amanda Lynne is now working in mixed media. She is creating pieces with her own hand marbled paper, and linoleum prints, with hand painted upcycled frames. As always, her works focus on the beauty of the natural world. #localart #supportlocalartists #localartists
The two pieces are: Summer Afternoon 18.5″ x 15″ And Your Bird Can Sing 33″ x 25″
The farm stand is open and full of fresh and delicious produce, cheeses, pastas and specialty products.
Call ahead/curbside pickup is available: 845-228-2500-Spring hours in effect.
Kent Lakes Farm Market is a distributor of fine produce to many local restaurants and delis. The former owner of The Village Market in Katonah, NY is now open in Putnam County. Located conveniently 200 yards off exit 18 of I-84
Fresh produce, Local when available. Fresh Mozzarella, provolone, and Ricotta. Fresh Baked Breads from Mario’s Brick Oven in Hopewell Junction and other baked goods. Coffee. Plants and Flowers.
VISA and MasterCard welcomed.
Ask about our CSA (Community Supportive Agriculture) coming soon.
Don’t forget your re-usable shopping bags. Social Distancing Protocols enforced. Please wear a mask and gloves.
Distance: 1.9 miles
Skill Level: easy, good for little walkers; out-and-back with a few wet, swampy areas that kids will love.
The trail entrance is located adjacent to street parking along 301.
Walk toward the lake through any opening. Walk away from 52 and you will start to see the white trail signs and kiosks. Follow the markers for a bit,and take the path on the left to the “peaceful spot” viewpoint to take in the entire lake. American flags, honoring Veterans and First Responders are displayed along the northern shore from Memorial to Labor Day, and Christmas trees line the shoreline in December. Back track back to the main white trail and head left. You’ll pass over a driveway and cross over around a dozen boardwalks. The trail follows the edge of the lake. You’ll hit the property line for the big white house on the end and turn around.
Wow Factor: the “peaceful spot” overlooking the lake and the GIANT oak tree located on the back side of the lake. Take your photo in front of the “Gleneida Oak” and post it to our Putnam County Tourism page on Facebook.
Lake Gleneida is also a favorite fishing and birding spot.
When fishing, please follow all NYS DEC guidelines.
#RecreateLocal – get outside and discover open spaces and parks close to home.
The Diverting Reservoir Trail is for passive recreation activities such as hiking, bird-watching and snow-shoeing.
The trail, which is flat and mostly shaded by a canopy of trees, is an out-an-back trail, a little over one mile each way. Follow the trail markers. The first part of the trail follows the route of old Nelson Blvd, which followed an old Native- American trail. The trail will bear left to continue to follow the edge of the reservoir. When you get to the end, take in the scenery, catch your breath, and then had back out the way you came in. The trail is lovely and the scenery is breathtaking. Perfect for families and little walkers. This project represents collaboration between Putnam County Land Trust, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, local Boy Scouts, the town of Southeast and the non-profit group Concerned Residents of Southeast. These groups work together to maintain the footpath.
The trail is on Railroad Avenue near downtown Brewster, across the street from Electrazone Field/Veterans Park. Parking is alongside the road. You DO NOT need a DEP permit to access this trail.
The area around the trail was an old farmstead, at one time known widely as the Brady Farm, and Valley View Farm before that. This farm was somewhat of an American icon – photos of the farm were used in ads and such nationwide. The farm was also the home to brothers Jedediah & Nemeniah Wood. Legend has it that during the Revolution, infirm soldiers stayed at their farm, and the two teenage brothers carted them to the military hospital in Danbury. They would have carted those soldiers right down the old Nelson Blvd. Records tell us that Nemeniah served in the militia during the Revolution. Jedediah did not serve until later, but was said to have reached the rank of Captain, and drilled with his troops in a nearby field. Jedediah so loved the land, that he and his wife are buried on a hilltop on the old farmstead. He died in 1857 at the age of 91.
“While health officials are encouraging social distancing, they are also recommending getting some fresh air and keeping a six-feet distance. Whether by yourself or with your partner, enjoying a 15-minute walk during the day can help improve cardiac health, fatigue and tension.
It’s important to give your mind and body a moment to itself.”
The state has changed its guidance on golf courses and will now allow golfers to return to the links with additional public safety precautions in place, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced.
The Putnam County Golf Course, which was closed on April 11 to comply with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order on non-essential businesses has now reopened.
“This has been a confusing few weeks, but we are glad that golf can resume with significant safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Odell said. “Golf is one of the few recreational activities where it’s easy to maintain social distancing, and being outdoors in nature is great for our mental health.”
Under the new rules, no golf carts will be allowed at the Putnam County Golf Course and golfers must walk.
The food vendors, driving range and pro shop are closed to the public. Golfers are required to prepay for reservations online, no walk-ons are permitted. Items that golfers would touch – rakes, flags, benches, etc. – have been removed from the course. Social distancing rules will be strictly enforced.
The change in policy couldn’t have come soon enough for Angelo Prestamo, a first responder from Mahopac.
“I am very happy to hear that the Putnam County Golf Course is open for business,” Prestamo said. “I will be out there soon walking the course and enjoying the exercise. I appreciate all the precautions that are in place.”
The new guidance issued by the Empire State Development Corp., the economic development arm of the state, still prohibits golf course employees from working, except for groundskeeping and security purposes, but allows individuals to play golf as long as there is no gathering.
Visit the Putnam County Golf Course website, www.putnamcountygc.com
In a continuing effort to provide a safe and enjoyable experience at Putnam County Golf Course, we will continue to adhere to strict social distancing measures while at the Club.
- Walking Only- No Carts permitted at this time (Personal Pull/Push Carts Allowed)
- No reservations can be taken or paid for on site. No exceptions.
- No walk-ons will be permitted.
- Unfortunately, the driving range will remain closed.
- Tee Times will be available 8:30am – 5:00pm daily.
- Guests will be permitted to bring Packaged Snacks and Non-Alcoholic Beverages, as no Food or Beverage will be available for the foreseeable future.
- WE WILL BE OPEN FOR PREPAID ROUNDS ONLY.
- Prepayment for RESIDENT RESERVATIONS must be made by calling the Pro Shop after 7:00 AM, Sunday morning at 845-808-1880.
Prepayment for NON RESIDENT RESERVATIONS must be done online. Click Here.
Any cancellations can be processed through GolfNow directly.
Our policies will continue to evolve to adhere to all local, state and national guidelines and recommendations.
We appreciate your cooperation and hope everyone makes responsible decisions and takes all sanitary actions during these difficult times.
Setting up an account on ebird.org is free. On the site, you can search Putnam County (or any area of the world) to see what birds have been sighted, you can see photos of different species and you can hear their songs and calls. Audubon.org is another site with great photos and a lot of information, and they have recently updated their site with beginner’s information specifically posted for those practicing social distancing!
Observing the actions of birds is very calming, even meditative. Depending on the time of year, you might see a ruby-throated hummingbird drinking from a butterfly bush or you could hear the squeaky whistles of a juvenile Cooper’s hawk. Birding is free, easy, and provides an inspirational connection to nature that you can start in your own backyard.
*The Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary in Carmel is listed as an ebird “hot spot.”
Photo Credit: Peter Paradise Lake Carmel, NY Age 10. Peter is a budding photographer and avid hockey player. He is also an American Cancer Society Relay For Life volunteer.
Thank you to Jean Wyckoff Tock for her guidance with this project.
Space on Ryder Farm https://www.spaceonryderfarm.org/
Visit their website for information/registration for the 2020 CSA.
The centerpiece of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s agricultural offerings is its CSA (Community Supported Art + Agriculture) membership. CSA membership is a reciprocal relationship between farmers and their community: the CSA member purchases a share of the farmers’ harvest at the beginning of the season, providing up-front revenue when it is needed most. In return, the CSA member receives a weekly share of certified-organic produce harvested at peak freshness throughout the season, and, unique to SPACE, members also receive locally-grown art created by alumni of SPACE’s artist residency programs.