Local sites on the page
WOODSTOCK – The 10th edition of “The Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains” by Woodstock author Joanne Michaels will be available starting May 25 at area shops and historic sites including Thayer Hotel, West Point; Jones Farm, Cornwall; Nature’s Pantry, New Windsor, Adams Fairacre Farms and others.
The 500-page book features a cover photo by Sugar Loaf photographer Nick Zungoli and photos and information about towns and sites in the region.
For info, contact the author at joannemichaels.com.
Honoring a local celeb
FLORIDA - History buffs may want to join Florida residents and the village Historical Society May 19 as they honor the life of William Henry Seward, who was born in the village on May 16, 1801. Seward went on to a life of public service: in the state senate, as governor and a U.S. senator representing New York, and secretary of state for Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.
The honors begin 9:30 a.m. with a wreath-laying at his monument, 53 North Main St. From there, everyone is invited to the S.S. Seward Institute cafetorium for an exhibit of artifacts, paintings and an art show.
Fancy doors opening
GARDINER - In advance of the Gardiner Open Studio Tour June9-10, area artists and craftspeople have painted old doors with bright colors and unexpected images, and are displaying them along the streets of Gardiner. Look for them from May 20-June 11, and get a preview at the Gardiner Cupcake Festival May 19. Selfie anyone?
Info at Gardineropenstudiotour.com
Tour naturalist's sanctuary
WEST PARK – Slabsides, the rustic cabin retreat of literary naturalist John Burroughs, holds an open house, with tours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19. In addition, a program at noon, “Writing Nature, Saving Nature”will be presented by Nicholas Robinson.
A a 4.5- mile network of trails rated easy to moderate traverses rocky ridges, deep forests, a 55-step stone stairway, boardwalks and leads to a peninsula in a 2-acre pond. Download a trail guide at johnburroughsassociation.org
The 200-acre Nature Sanctuary is open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. There is no admission fee, donations are welcome.
Ceremony over The Falcon Falls
MARLBORO - The Marlboro Falls at The Falcon, 1348 Route 9W, will be the site of an outdoor ceremony 8 p.m. May 24, called Tribal Harmony, honoring all water protectors. The Falcon celebrates Native American culture every fourth Thursday with special guests, native music, history and spoken word.
Evan Pritchard, historian, poet, musician and author of 35 books on Native American culture, is the host.