Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary is Open in Carmel #RecreateLocal

Location: Parking is located behind the Cove Care Center on Route 6.  There is also a trail head on Fair Street just after the Hamlet of Carmel. 

The Sanctuary is great for kids and is also a birding hot spot.

According to a recent Yelp review: “This is an oasis right in the heart of Carmel, NY. It is about a two hour hike if you’re willing to walk the entire trail. The pond is beautiful and there are picnic tables so bring some lunch.”

The trail can be very muddy so proper footwear is a must.

Trail Map:

About Fred Dill:

Fred L. Dill came to Carmel in 1933 after graduating with an Accounting Degree from Bentley College in Boston, Massachusetts. His father, Carl Dill, trained and drove trotting horses and had moved his family from Goshen, NY to work at the horse racing track which was part of Putnam County Fairgrounds located on a portion of this property. A faint outline of the old race track is still visible and is labeled “old racetrack” on the park map.

Upon completion of his first summer “swiping” horses and “mucking out” horse stalls, Fred decided the horse business was not for him. His dream was to be in business for himself. When working as office manager for American Oil in Carmel, he had the opportunity to manage Dain Supply and within three years was a partner in Dain and Dill.

Eventually, Dain and Dill became Lloyd Lumber, a cash and carry lumber yard which grew into a chain of 21 stores in NY and CT.

Fred had achieved his dream of becoming a successful businessman, and he enjoyed using his financial success to benefit the Putnam County Community. The Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary and Outdoor Education Center is the last project Fred worked on before his death in 2004 at the age of 91. This property brought Fred to Putnam County and it gave him great pleasure to think of the many people who would walk the trails, enjoy the tranquil woods, and learn about our local history.

Spring Gardening Series–All Online!

Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Putnam County

  • Thursday, April 16, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Saturday, May 2, 2020, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, May 9, 2020, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

All classes will be offered via Zoom- you will receive a link to the class in your email after registering.

Register Here 

CCE Putnam is excited to offer our spring gardening classes online! While we are all spending more time at home, we can improve our health and the environment by getting our hands dirty in the garden. Whether you are new to gardening or a seasoned horticulturalist, you are bound to learn something from our classes. CCE Putnam Horticulture Educators and Master Gardener Volunteers will be teaching each of these classes, so bring your questions! Many of these are fun to do with your kids as well.

Seed Starting

Thursday April 16, 4PM-5PM

Join us for an hour of learning seed biology and how to successfully start seeds in your home. This activity is especially great for kids.

Get Drastic with Plastic

Wednesday April 22, 5PM-6PM

Happy Earth Day! Join our discussion about the harm that plastics do to our environment, and how we can each reduce our consumption of single use plastics.

Grow Your Own Vegetables

Saturday April 25, 10AM-11:30AM

This class is perfect for folks who are in their first year or so of gardening. You’ll learn how to pick a location for your garden, plan what to grow, make sure your soil is healthy, and more!

Plant a Pollinator Paradise

Saturdays May 2 and 9, 9:30AM-11AM

Pollinators are in trouble, but luckily each of us can have a part in ensuring a healthy environment for them. Join us for an in depth and interactive look at how to plan and create a pollinator garden on your property. Whether you have acres or just a front porch, you can create pollinator habitat. This is a two-part class with some at-home work.


Family Movie Night At Home-An Earth Day Celebration!

Hosted by the Desmond-Fish Public Library

Film/Kid Friendly


An Earth Day celebration! This month’s Family Movie Night can be watched at home with your whole family! Watch Earth (Rated G) a Disneynature documentary free on Kanapy (see how below). We will then meet on Zoom on April 16th at 6pm to discuss the movie and talk together about Earth Day and what we can all do.

EMAIL karen@desmondfishlibrary ahead of time to get the zoom link to join the conversation

Kanapy is a great library resource especially now that you find yourself at home a little more! Sign up at and check out all the free great streaming content! give us a call (yes we still answer the phone) if you need help… or send any questions to

A global journey reveals how animal mothers struggle to raise their young in an increasingly dangerous environment. In the Arctic, a polar bear and her two newborn cubs must find food across the quickly melting ice. In Africa, an elephant and her calf begin an arduous journey in search of water, but a pride of lions guards the pool. A humpback whale must keep her calf safe over thousands of miles as they migrate from the equator to Antarctica.

Discover Volz Park, Mahopac #RecreateLocal


Volz Park is a 15-acre passive park located at the top of Crest Drive in the Mahopac Hamlet. It was donated by Joseph and Aurelia Volz and was dedicated in their memory on October 30, 2004.  The entrance of the park has beautiful stone pillars and hand crafted iron gates.  Pets are allowed.  There are amazing views of Lake Mahopac and includes walking/hiking trails, benches, and information boards.


Trout and Salmon Fishing Season Now Open

New York’s coldwater lakes and streams offer springtime trout anglers the opportunity to pursue trout in a wide array of settings across the state. During the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature while angling in New York’s waters is a great way to help maintain mental and physical health.
Anglers looking forward to pursuing stocked trout can visit DEC’s website to find a complete list of this spring’s planned trout stocking for 2.27 million catchable-size brook, brown, and rainbow trout in 307 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state.
Spring stockings will include 1.68 million brown trout, 424,860 rainbow trout, and 156,970 brook trout. Approximately 98,000 two-year-old brown trout 13-14 inches in length are included in the brown trout total. Nearly 1.6 million yearling lake trout, steelhead, landlocked salmon, splake, and coho salmon will be also be stocked by DEC this spring to provide exciting angling opportunities over the next several years. Almost 307,000 brook trout fingerlings will be stocked in more than 300 Adirondack lakes and ponds this spring and fall to provide unique angling opportunities for future years.
While enjoying the outdoors, please continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19.
When fishing, DEC recommends avoiding busy waters and following the guidelines on DEC’s website about fishing responsibly in New York State. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Anglers fishing from boats should be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information about the benefits of being outdoors safely and responsibly, go to DEC’s website.
To further limit the community spread of COVID-19, DEC is encouraging anglers to purchase sporting licenses online.
Read complete details in DEC’s news release.

Artist Spotlight: Colabria!

Colabria is a duo of artists Mike Grandetti and Valentina Manuele. Their artwork both solo and collaborative pieces creates visual emotions of two lovers navigating life together as one battles mental illness. Their debut last year at the Studio Around the Corner was a big success, where they demonstrated their creativity together to the live music of Chrissy MacCullagh.

Mike Grandetti is from Carmel, NY. He has a degree in Commercial Arts and is a Graphic Designer for Excel Printing by day and a musician at night for The Chrissy MacCullagh Band. Mike is an abstract artist, always creating, thru his passion for music.

Valentina Manuele, also from Carmel, is a self taught artist, home health aide and mother. Valentina has been creating art since childhood. Her inspiration comes from her battles with mental illness over the past decade and how beauty can be found in the darkest of places.

Follow them at @colabria_art on instagram


How You Can Still Celebrate Arbor Day 2020

Arbor Day is an annual opportunity to recognize the value of trees that takes place on Friday, April 24 this year. While many traditional public Arbor Day ceremonies around the state are postponed or canceled this year, that doesn’t mean your community can’t celebrate trees! Get creative for your Arbor Day festivities and encourage families to get involved at home. Visit our Arbor Day webpage for ideas or check out the Arbor Day Foundation’s list of ways to celebrate the holiday while social distancing.…/6-ways-to-celebrate-arbor-day-…/…
Have a happy Arbor Day!

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Update to Summer Schedule

In this time of uncertainty, for both our schedule and yours, we’ve developed a new way to dream about summer — we’re rolling out an OPEN AIR FLEXPASS. These passes are like gift certificates, but instead of cash value, they are directly redeemable for one ticket. When our calendar is confirmed, log into your account and your OPEN AIR FLEXPASS will be automatically applied to the tickets in your cart. In the circumstance that the pandemic prevents HVSF from producing a season this summer, patrons will be able to use their OPEN AIR FLEXPASS for any performance in June of the 2021 Season.

With this pass — you’re committing to HVSF, not to a specific night or production, but to our institution, to the artists you’ve grown to love, and to the value of theater in our community.

You’re also saving up to 44% off regular ticket prices.

To redeem these passes once our revised calendar goes live, simply log in to your account and add eligible tickets to the cart. The passes will be applied in the Payment screen.

In Shakespeare’s day, you could pay a penny to stand in front of the stage, two to sit on a bench, and three to sit on a cushioned bench. In a nod to our namesake, we have three OPEN AIR FLEXPASS levels to choose from:

Boscobel Featured in Digital “Staycation” Guide

Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison

We’re happy to be included in this VAMONDE Travel Staycation Guide. Looking at these destinations is a good reminder of what’s waiting for us on the other side of the pandemic. We can’t wait to see you again.

Putnam County Golf Course Closed Until Further Notice

Immediate Release
Putnam County Executive
MaryEllen Odell

April 10, 2020


Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that the Putnam County Golf Course will be closed Saturday, April 11 until further notice to comply with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order on non-essential businesses.

Until now, the county golf course in Mahopac, like public courses in New York State Parks and in Westchester County, have remained open with significant restrictions added to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

But new guidance issued by the Empire State Development Corp. the economic development arm of the state, on Thursday deemed golf courses non-essential, which now requires them to close.  It also cited boat launches and recreational marinas as non-essential.

“Public health always comes first,” Odell said. “We have said all along that we would follow the state’s lead on this We thought, as the state and other counties did until now, that golfers could enjoy one of the few recreational activities where it was easy to practice social distancing.”

At the Putnam County Golf Course, the food vendors, driving range and pro shop were closed to the public, golfers were required to prepay for reservations and, to limit contact, no walk-ons were permitted. Items that golfers would touch – rakes, flags, benches, etc. – were removed from the course. And golfers were required to practice social distancing.

“These are difficult times, but safety comes first,” said Michael McCall, general manager of the Putnam County Golf Course. “We don’t want to put any golfers at risk. When this pandemic passes and we open again, we want them all to come back healthy and ready to play.”

The golf course will remain closed until further orders from New York State.

Visit the Putnam County Golf Course website,, for the latest information.