September Celebration Features Over 200 Events

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Albany, NY -The Hudson River Valley Ramble kicks-off this Saturday with a weekend full of activities and continues throughout September with more than 200 exciting outdoor adventures across New York's Hudson Valley. The Ramble showcases the region's incredible scenery, history, natural resources, and recreational opportunities and features walking tours, hikes, paddles, bike tours and many other diverse experiences with something for everyone.

"New York's Hudson River Valley is the home to some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes, scenic beauty, and is a place where you can still discover the people, places and events that made American history," Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, said, "These resources not only define our quality of life as New Yorkers but they also help drive our tourism economy. More tourists continue to come and in 2014, the economic impact of New York's tourism industry exceeded $100 billion for the first time in the State's history. The Ramble is a great example of organizations working together to grow our tourism economy by showcasing the Hudson Valley's unparalleled historic, cultural and natural resources and creating unique experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

"The Ramble provides people of all ages an opportunity to
experience the cultural landscape of the Hudson River Valley by hiking a trail, visiting an historic site or paddling on the river and I thank all the participating agencies and organizations for offering such great events this year," Castiglione continued. "The Ramble demonstrates that promoting the Hudson Valley's natural, cultural, historic, and recreational resources has a profound impact on the region's economy. A recent economic impact studies found that Ramble generates $21 million in economic impact each year."

The Hudson River Valley Ramble is presented by the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and it made possible by the more than 150 partner agencies, communities, and organizations participating in the Ramble this year.  Ramble events are led by naturalists, ecologists, historians, geologists and experienced volunteers.  For a complete listing of events,
visit www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com or pick up a copy of the Ramble Guidebook available at various tourist destinations throughout the Hudson River Valley.  See
below for a sampling of Ramble events happening this weekend.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Mark Gerstman said, "DEC is proud to partner again this year in the 16th annual Hudson River Valley Ramble.  The Ramble is always a
wonderful event that encourages residents and visitors to take advantage of the region's amazing scenery and outdoor recreational resources.  The event is also a great way for people to experience nature and be inspired to help protect our resources for future generations." 

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic
Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said, "The beautiful Hudson River Valley - steeped in natural resources, treasured history and culture - has something for everyone, and it's all showcased during this extraordinary celebration. I
encourage visitors to pack itineraries full with a variety of events - from hikes, paddling, historic tours and more - and then to come back in other seasons and experience all the area has to offer again and again."

Howard Zemsky, President, CEO of Empire State Development said, "The Hudson River Valley Ramble welcomes visitors from across the country to experience more than 400 years of history, attend events, visit historic
landmarks, and explore all that Hudson River Valley has to offer. This month-long celebration helps drive New York's growing tourism industry, while supporting local businesses and strengthening the regional economy."

"As we approach the Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016, we are encouraging Americans to ‘Find Your Park' - to discover a personal connection with the natural, cultural, historic, and recreational resources throughout the United
States," said National Park Service Northeast Regional Director Mike Caldwell.   "The Hudson River Valley Ramble is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the Hudson Valley's most treasured places.  In doing so, the event amplifies the efforts of the National Park
Service to engage diverse audiences and expand resource stewardship. We are pleased to be a partner of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and applaud the countless organizations that make this unique regional event
possible."  

Sampling of Hudson River Valley Ramble events happening this weekend:

Lower Hudson River Valley:

  • Tour Lyndhurst Mansion, a Gothic Revival mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The park-like 67-acre site celebrates nearly 175 years of life on the Hudson River and features 16 architectural structures, including a Lord & Burnham steel-framed greenhouse complex and the oldest regulation bowling alley in the United States.
  • Trace the footsteps of Washington Irving's most famous character - Ichabod Crane in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" - as we walk to the author's final resting place. Enter the
    cemetery's 115-year old receiving vault and stop at a Revolutionary War monument.
  • Tour Horace Greeley's Country Home in Chappaqua. Horace Greeley was the founder and editor of the New York Tribune, one of the most influential newspapers of the 19th Century. Tour his second home in Chappaqua (now a museum), view exhibits and artifacts related to Greeley, and take a walking tour of his historic farm.

Mid-Hudson River Valley:

  • Explore inside and outside the new Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center and test your knowledge with any of several questionnaires. All answers can be found in and around the Catskill Interpretive Center. Prizes will be given for correctly answered
    questionnaires. Topics range from plant and critter identification to Catskill History.
  • Tour Franklin Roosevelt's tree plantations connecting the "big house" Springwood to the cottage at Val-Kill. This guided hike will explore a few of the President's tree plantations and discuss tenant farmer Moses Smith who continued to operate a farm on much of the acreage even after the President purchased it.
  • In Their Own Words - The Battle for Fort Montgomery! This event brings to life
    the Revolutionary War attack on Fort Montgomery using the words of the soldiers
    who were there and what they left behind. See rarely visited spots of the
    battlefield and experience a musket firing demonstration.

Upper Hudson River Valley:

  • Germantown-Saugerties Lighthouse Kayak Paddle: Paddle past the beautiful Livingston mansion at Clermont State Park to our halfway point, the historic Saugerties Lighthouse.
    At the lighthouse we'll enjoy an informative private tour.
  • Join Friends of Taconic State Park for tours of the historic Copake Iron Works. Established in 1845 along Bash Bish Brook at the base of the Taconic Ridge, the Copake Iron Works, and 18 acres surrounding the area were listed on the State and National Register of Historic Sites in 2007.
  • Wonder Walk at the Albany Pine Bush: Use your senses to explore the big and the
    small, the living and non-living and the seasonal surprises around you.

About the Hudson River Valley Ramble

The Hudson River Valley Ramble celebrates the history, culture, and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscapes, communities, and trails throughout the region.  The Ramble is presented by the Hudson River Valley Greenway and
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and is sponsored by The New York State Division of Tourism "I Love NY"; The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program; The New York State
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; The National Park Service; and The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. The Ramble is made possible by more than 150
partner organizations. 

About the Hudson River Valley Greenway

The Hudson River Valley Greenway is a unique state-sponsored program established by the Greenway Act of 1991 to encourage communities to develop projects and initiatives related to the criteria of natural and cultural resource protection, regional and local planning, economic development, public access to the Hudson River (as well as other regional and local resources), and heritage and environmental education.  It provides technical assistance and small grants for planning, water trail and land-based
trails and other projects that reinforce the Greenway Criteria.  In keeping with the New York tradition of home rule, the Greenway program has no regulatory authority and participation by municipalities in Greenway programs
and projects is entirely voluntary. The Greenway also manages the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.



 



About
the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area



The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program was
established by Congress in 1996 and is funded through the National Park Service
and Department of the Interior. The mission of the Hudson River Valley National
Heritage Area is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally
significant historic, cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley
for the benefit of the Nation.  The Hudson River Valley Greenway is the
management entity for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.



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Contact:

Mark Castiglione | mark.castiglione@hudsongreenway.ny.gov | (518) 281-7899 (mobile)



Hudson River Valley Greenway | hrvg@hudsongreenway.ny.gov | (518) 473-4518 (office)