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Common Sense Guidelines Promote Safe Recreation Practices to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19
DEC and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) encourages New Yorkers to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. DEC and State Parks recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and encourage New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice physical distancing, and use common sense to protect themselves and others. In addition, DEC and State Parks launched a new hashtag – #RecreateLocal – and encourages New Yorkers to get outside and discover open spaces and parks close to home.
Getting outdoors to walk, jog, hike, ride a bicycle, fish, or visit a park or state lands is a healthy way to stay active, spend time with immediate household family members, and reduce stress and anxiety when practicing social distancing. While indoor spaces and restrooms at State Parks and DEC’s public facilities may be closed out of an abundance of caution to prevent community spread of COVID-19, many parks, grounds, forests, and trails are open during daylight hours, seven days a week.
State Parks, lands, forests, and facilities are monitored by Park Police, Forest Rangers, Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and other staff. These parks, lands, forests, and facilities and visitors will incorporate physical distancing to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. In addition, these officers and staff respond to, and assist, local agencies with search and rescue missions, wildfire suppression, and other response activities. Following this guidance will prevent unnecessary burdens on, and dangers to, State resources and local responders during the ongoing COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 Recreation Tips

For the safety of all visitors and to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, DEC and State Parks are undertaking steps to reduce public density at State Parks, State Lands, and facilities:
• Closing all playgrounds;
• Limiting access to athletic courts and sporting fields;
• Canceling all public programs and events at State Parks, Lands, Forests, and facilities until further notice;
• Closing all indoor visitor facilities, such as nature centers, environmental education centers, visitor centers, and historic houses to the public until further notice;
• Camping changes: all state-operated campgrounds, cabins, and cottages are closed to overnight visitation through April 30. All visitors with reservations will be issued a full refund. We ask for your patience as refunds are processed. New York State has also suspended all new camping, cabin and cottage reservations for the 2020 season until further notice. We are assessing campground status on a daily basis. If you’ve made a reservation for the season beginning May 1, and we determine your campground is safe to open, your reservation will be honored. However, visitors who wish to cancel an existing reservation may do so and receive a full refund. Thank you for your patience as we work to protect the safety of our visitors and staff;
• Implementing precautionary measures at golf courses at State Parks, including increased intervals between tee times, removing bunker rakes and ball washers, and decreasing use of golf carts;
• DEC is closing access to DEC-controlled fire towers to the public. Trails and the summits to the towers remain open, but the towers themselves present a potential risk with multiple people climbing the stairs, in close quarters, unable to appropriately socially distance, and using the same handrails; and
• Limiting parking. If the parking lot is full, visit a different location to recreate responsibly. For visitor safety and the safety of others, do not park on roadsides and only park in designated parking areas.
While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/State Department of Health (DOH) guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:
• Stay home if you are sick, or showing or feeling any COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing,and/or troubled breathing;
• Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others, even when outdoors;
• Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, or high-fives;
• Wash hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol when soap and water are not available; and
• Avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and handrails.
DEC and State Parks also encourage visitors to State Parks, State Lands, and other parks to:
• Stay local and keep visits short;
• Visit in small groups limited to immediate household members;
• Maintain distance from others while in places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trailheads, and scenic overlooks;
• Avoid games and activities that require close contact, such as basketball, football, or soccer;
• Avoid playground equipment like slides and swings and other frequently touched surfaces;
• Do not share equipment, such as bicycles, helmets, balls, or Frisbees;
• If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park, a different trail, or return another time/day to visit; and
• If parking lots are full, please do not park along roadsides or other undesignated areas. To protect your safety and that of others, please choose a different area to visit, or return another time or day when parking is available.
New Yorkers over 70 years old or with a compromised immune system should not visit public spaces, including those outdoors. These New Yorkers should remain indoors or spend time in the backyard or other personal outdoor space, pre-screen visitors by taking their temperature, and require visitors to wear masks.
New Yorkers who are sick or have had contact with someone who is sick in the last 14 days should stay home and spend time in the backyard or other personal outdoor space. Do not visit public outdoor spaces.


Backyard Birding during COVID-19

I Bird NY

Birding is a fun activity that everyone can enjoy! From Montauk to Buffalo, New York is home to a vast array of amazing habitat that supports over 450 different bird species. Bird watching is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreational activities that can be enjoyed by all ages and experiences, plus it’s a great way to get outdoors. Join the fun! Get out and try bird watching today. It’s easy to get started

Lake Gleneida

Fishing Season is Officially Underway!

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. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2842636

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 AJohnson@greenchimneys.org 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: www.greenchimneys.org/maple

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 www.eventbrite.com and search “Putnam Grows!” For more information, contact Kathleen Abels, president of Putnam County EDC, at Kathleen.Abels@putnamcountyny.gov 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 www.putnamhistorymuseum.org 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

www.putnamcountyny.com/countyhistorian and a limited amount of printed copies are available upon request by calling 845-808-1420 or emailing historian@putnamcountyny.gov.

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.