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Hawk's Nest DrivePlan a trip to see the vibrant fall foliage as a fun-filled send off to summer

Orange County, N.Y. (September 21, 2020) – As summer fades into autumn, vibrant fall foliage bedecks the picturesque landscapes of the Hudson Valley. Blazing orange, red, and yellow leaves paint unparalleled sights for all to see during leaf-peeping season. Send off summer and welcome in fall with loved ones with a trip to one, or all, of the many must-visit spots for the most beautiful foliage in Orange County, N.Y.

“You need to get here! So, grab your sweater and discover why fall is the most beautiful time of the year in the Hudson Valley,” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “As the leaves change, the rolling hills and mountains of our region transform into a tapestry of vibrant colors. The eye-popping change begins in mid-September, building to a riot of red, orange, copper, and gold throughout October. With scenic vistas and hundreds of miles of trails, take in the spectacular views by foot, bike, or car. And, don’t forget to pick up an apple-cider donut before the day is done!”…

Virtual Staats Family Fun QR codeStaatsburg, N.Y. (9/10/20) —This fall, Staatsburgh State Historic Site invites families and groups of friends to explore the beautiful grounds of the Gilded Age estate (now Mills Memorial State Park) by taking a photographic scavenger hunt challenge. A phone with a camera and some walking shoes are all that is needed to complete ten fun riddles on a loop through the beautiful landscape along the Hudson River. All ages are invited to participate. Learn about some of the highlights of the historic grounds around the mansion while having fun! Find the signs located near the mansion with the QR code for “Virtually Staatsburgh” to download the clue sheet, or visit https://millsfriends.org/virtual/family-fun/ .

Angry Orchard CiderFarms, foliage, and more offer boundless opportunities to ring in the fall season

Orange County, N.Y. (September 3, 2020) – While we soak up the last few weeks of summer, many of us are looking forward to the change of season and the beauty that autumn brings to our region. Sweater weather, pumpkin- and apple-picking, and vibrant fall foliage are on the horizon. Orange County, N.Y., nestled in the beautiful Hudson Valley, offers U-pick farms, unique shops with beautiful home decor items, farm-to-table restaurants serving up decadent dishes with seasonal produce, and cideries that are just as scenic as their drinks are delicious.

NYS Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation Staatsburg, N.Y. (9/3/20) — “The Gathering of Old Cars,” the annual October car show at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, will not take place this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. The show is slated to continue next year.

“We’ll miss seeing all the devoted fans of the Gathering,” said Staatsburgh’s Educator, Don Fraser, “It’s one of our most popular events, and a long-standing tradition at Staatsburgh. Our wonderful partner, the Red Hook Car Club, has been hosting the Gathering here for 33 years.”…

POCANTICOA Series of Colorful Woodcut Prints

Pleasantville, N.Y. – Inspired by artist Jeff White, Preparator of Drawings and Prints at MOMA, Jeff White sponsored 17 excursions into the 2000+ acres of the Preserve’s carriage paths where strangers were paired to hike, lunch, and participate by carving lines on variously sized plywood blocks that White would further develop. Forty- two participants were invited, seventeen being visual artists and the others, of various vocations.

Power of Native Women eventNew Paltz, NY – As a part of the museum’s 2020 initiative to shed light on the history of women’s rights, Historic Huguenot Street will honor the stories and celebrate the lives of Native women in the larger narrative of our communities. “The Power of Native Women” is a three-part multimedia event: Visitors can choose to attend in person Saturday, September 19 from 4 to 6 PM; join the museum online for a live-streaming of the speakers that same evening; and also attend follow-up themed virtual sessions to learn more on special topics.

I Survived the Sinking of the TitanicStaatsburg, N.Y. — Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present stories for children outdoors on the mansion’s front portico on Saturday afternoons at 3pm in September.  The 30-minute programs will feature stories from or about the Gilded Age.  Selections from stories by Beatrix Potter (the author of Peter Rabbit) will be offered for children ages 5 to 7 on September 5 and 12.  On September 19 and 26, selections from the story I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis will be offered for children ages 8 to 11. 

There is no charge to attend, but visitors must register in advance.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  To make reservations, visit www.staatsburgh.eventbrite.com.   …

Sojourner Truth StatueMonument at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Site Honoring Abolitionist and Suffragist Commemorates The 100th Anniversary Of Women's Suffrage

Monument Expands Representation Of Figures Who Have Contributed To New York State's History 

Photos Available Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a seven-foot bronze statue of eminent abolitionist and suffragist Sojourner Truth was unveiled at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in Ulster County to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.

"Sojourner Truth's passionate belief in equal rights for all made her an enduring role model for the reformers of the civil rights and women's equality movements," Governor Cuomo said. "As New York celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, it is fitting that we recognize this courageous and pioneering New Yorker and look to her for inspiration as we continue striving to make New York State a beacon for equality and inclusion for all people."…

Faux Food Fight!

Aug 13, 2020

Faux Food Fight!Online Contest for Kids ages 6 – 14, Presented by Clermont & Staatsburgh State Historic Sites

Staatsburg/Germantown, N.Y. – Have you ever seen fake food that looked so real, you could eat it?  Many historic house museums use faux (or fake) food as props, to help visitors imagine the time when the house was still a home, and a place for eating, sleeping, playing and working. Two local historic houses, Clermont and Staatsburgh State Historic Sites, have delicious-looking faux food made of materials that don’t attract bugs or go rotten. This August, they are presenting an online contest for kids, ages 6-14, called “Faux Food Fight,” challenging kids to create their own culinary concoctions, and to be as imaginative as they want!  You could make something that looks super-delicious to you and your family! Or you could make something your parents would never let you eat! Or maybe even something you would never want to eat!  Enter your faux culinary concoction by August 30, 2020, for a chance to win a prize.

Jacob WynkoopNew Paltz, NY (August 13, 2020) – Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) presents the online exhibit. “Never Was a Slave” Jacob Wynkoop, Free and Black in 19th-Century New Paltz, and may be viewed at https://www.huguenotstreet.org/exhibits.  Jacob was born in New Paltz, New York, in 1829, the child of two former slaves, Thomas and Jane Deyo Wynkoop. Jacob had an exceptional and varied life for any man of his time, black or white. Among the first African Americans to buy land in the community, he also served in the Union Army during the Civil War, organized politically on behalf of black citizens in town, and built a series of homes that today still define a neighborhood in the village of New Paltz. Jacob and his family’s story are illuminated by historical documents and photographic materials from the HHS Archives, the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library, Town of New Paltz Records, and the Records of the Reformed Church of New Paltz. The exhibit is curated by Josephine Bloodgood, HHS Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs.