Public Educational Forum “The Proposed Pilgrim Pipeline: What Ulster County Citizens Need To Know” on January 28, 2017

Jon Bowermaster will be in attendance to speak and to show his film "A Pipeline Runs Through It' to be presented at the beginning of the event.

By Rebecca Martin to host a public educational forum and discussion called “The Proposed Pilgrim Pipeline: What Ulster County Citizens Need To Know and How Local Action Makes Global Impacts" on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Kingston City Hall Council Chambers located at 420 Broadway, in Kingston NY from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Guest panelists include Jeremy Cherson of Riverkeeper, Sue Rosenberg of Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline/CAPP-NY, Jen Metzger of Citizens For Local Power and a Rosendale Town Councilwoman and Andy Bicking of Scenic Hudson. The short film “Hudson River at Risk 6: A Pipeline Runs Through It” will be presented by Writer, filmmaker and adventurer and six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council Jon Bowermaster.

The event is brought to you by Co-sponsored by Riverkeeper, Citizens for Local Power, Scenic Hudson, CAPP-NY, the Local Economies Project and the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, Kingston Land Trust, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Woodstock Land Conservancy, Earth Guardians NY, Citizen Action NY and Sustainable Hudson Valley. With support from the City of Kingston, the Kingston Conservation Advisory Council, Town of Rosendale, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Ulster County Legislature and 103rd District Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.


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Kingston, NY – Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC has proposed to construct two parallel pipelines that would run along the NYS Thruway and through private property—one pipeline carrying Bakken crude oil south from Albany, NY, to a refinery in Linden, NJ, and the other carrying refined products north. The 170+ miles of pipelines, together with nearly 13 miles of lateral pipelines, would impact 31 communities in Albany, Rensselaer, Greene, Ulster, Orange, and Rockland counties, as well as 30+ communities in New Jersey. The carrying capacity of each pipeline would be 200,000 barrels (or 8.4 million gallons) per day, which would more than double the number of trains carrying volatile Bakken crude to the Port of Albany at the peak of Bakken crude production in 2014.  The increase in crude-by-rail volume means that the project will also impact many communities north and west of Albany through which the CSX and Canadian Pacific rail lines run.

The proposal has the potential for significant environmental impacts, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which stated that the Pilgrim Pipelines project “…would cross 257 streams and waterbodies (232 along mainline pipelines and 25 along laterals), including the Hudson River (two times) and multiple major and minor tributaries of the Hudson.  There are also 296 (9.2 linear miles) crossings of wetlands; including 25 crossings of NYSDEC protected freshwater wetlands (approximately 19 along mainline pipelines and 6 along laterals). Additionally, there will be four pump stations and 215 permanent access roads and temporary access roads at every mile.”

Pipelines would run through several sections of the City of Kingston, with even more pipelines crossing through the Town of Ulster.  It is also being proposed that one of the four pump stations (the only one that would be located near a residential area)  is to be placed only 200 feet away from a trailer park on Sawkill Road in Ulster, also potentially impacting the Town of Kingston, as well. is pleased to present “The Proposed Pilgrim Pipeline: What Ulster County Citizens Need To Know and How Local Action Makes Global Impacts" on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Kingston City Hall Council Chambers located at 420 Broadway, in Kingston NY from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  The afternoon will begin with opening comments by award-winning journalist, author, filmmaker and six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, Jon Bowermaster, followed by his short film “Hudson River at Risk 6: A Pipeline Runs Through It” (that features several of our guest panelists that afternoon).

A powerpoint on the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines project will be presented by our panelists that include:  Jeremy Cherson, Campaign Advocacy Coordinator, Riverkeeper, Sue Rosenberg, Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines NY (CAPP-NY), Jennifer Metzger, Director, Citizens for Local Power and Rosedale Town Board Member and Andy Bicking of Scenic Hudson.  They will give an update on the Pilgrim Pipelines proposal as well as discuss next steps in the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQRA) and what “Involved” agencies in Ulster County (including the City of Kingston, the Towns of Ulster, Marlbourgh, Lloyd, Esopus, Saugerties, Rosendale, New Paltz, Plattekill, and Ulster County) can do in anticipation of the draft ‘Scope’ document.

“Scoping” is a “process that develops a written document that outlines potential environmental impacts of an action (the project) that will have to be addressed in a DEIS or EIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement).  Its purpose is to narrow issues and ensure that the draft EIS is accurate and complete, ensuring public participation, open discussion, and inclusion of all relevant public issues for a final written scope.”  It will provide an opportunity for the public to identify local impacts that are of concern to them and their individual city/town in the Pilgrim Pipelines proposals path (that includes a pumping station in the Town of Ulster).

A question and answer period will follow, as well as a call to action and next steps for all participants.

The event is brought to you by Co-sponsored by Riverkeeper, Citizens for Local Power, Scenic Hudson, CAPP-NY, the Local Economies Project and the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, Kingston Land Trust, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Woodstock Land Conservancy, Earth Guardians NY, Citizen Action NY and Sustainable Hudson Valley. With support from the City of Kingston, the Kingston Conservation Advisory Council, Town of Rosendale, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Ulster County Legislature and 103rd District Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.

Snow date: Sunday, January 29th from 1 - 4 pm at Kingston City Hall.  For updates, visit on Facebook.

For more information, contact



About is a community-based organization committed to improving the quality of life of Kingston residents through accountability and transparency between the people and their local government. By providing citizens with current and important information through better communication, their work is meant to nurture citizen participation and empowerment through programs and education.

About Jon Bowermaster: Writer, filmmaker, and adventurer, Jon is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council. One of the Society’s ‘Ocean Heroes,’ his first assignment for National Geographic Magazine was documenting a 3,741-mile crossing of Antarctica by dogsled. Jon has written a dozen books and produced/directed more than fifteen documentary films.

His Oceans 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak over the course of ten years (1999-2008), bringing back stories from the Aleutian Islands to French Polynesia, Gabon to Tasmania, and more, reporting on how the planet’s one ocean and its various coastlines are faring in today’s busy world.

Jon lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. He is President of Oceans 8 Films and One Ocean Media Foundation, and chairman of the advisory board of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation and a board member of the Celine Cousteau Film Fellowship.

About Jeremy Cherson of Riverkeeper:  Jeremy earned his MS in Environmental Policy at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy in Annandale-on-Hudson in New York’s Hudson Valley. Jeremy first engaged on environmental issues in Washington, D.C., organizing support for the Waxman-Markey climate bill for Environment America in 2007. He has since been an AmeriCorps member in central California, monitored conservation easements in Alabama and Georgia, and served as an assistant camp director at an urban environmental summer camp in Atlanta. Jeremy now serves as the Advocacy Coordinator for Riverkeeper.

About Sue Rosenberg of the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines (CAPP):  a retired social worker was originally from NYC, Sue has lived in Saugerties - in the beautiful Hudson Valley for the last 35 years. She has been involved with peace and social justice work most of her life and most recently co-founded Frack Free Catskills involved in NYS's fight to ban fracking, is an organizer with Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines, is one of the founders of the Extreme Extractive Energy Collaborative- a nationwide collaboration of grassroots organizations fighting all forms of  extreme energy which negatively impact communities from extraction to use  and for a truly just energy future.

About Jen Metzger of Citizens For Local Power:  Director of Citizens for Local Power, Jen holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with a specialization in environmental politics and policy. She is also a Rosendale Town Councilwoman and introduced the first resolution in New York State opposing the Pilgrim Pipelines in November 2014 and various resolutions relating to the SEQR for this project. As a Councilwoman, she has been working to inform and engage other affected municipalities along the pipelines’ path on this issue.

About Andy Bicking of Scenic Hudson:  Andy Bicking oversees Scenic Hudson's government advocacy. He has been instrumental in the passage of state budgets that have preserved conservation funding, and engaging members of Congress in environmental and farmland protection projects in the Hudson Valley. He also spearheaded advocacy leading to passage of an expanded bottle bill and the Hudson Valley Community Preservation Act, and advanced work of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council’s natural resources sub-committee, the Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Coastal Management Program, Hudson River Valley Greenway and Highlands Conservation Act, and been on the front lines of the campaign to rid the Hudson River of PCB contamination for nearly two decades.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Bicking directed Scenic Hudson's environmental education, public events, and grassroots activism efforts. He oversaw the Great River Sweep, an annual volunteer cleanup of the Hudson River's shores resulting in the removal of 400 tons of trash over 10 years.

Mr. Bicking holds a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University. He has held leadership roles in a variety of community organizations. Host Free Screening of TAPPED in the Town of Ulster, NY.

81pCX2exF9L._SY606_ host free movie screening of “Tapped” in the Town of Ulster, NY on Thursday, January 15th at 6:00pm “Tapped” examines the bottled water industry and its long-term social, economic and ecological effects 

Kingston, NY - with the support of the Woodstock Land Conservancy, Riverkeeper and Esopus Creek Conservancy is proud to sponsor a free screening of the film “Tapped” at the VFW Post 1386 Men's Auxillary at 708 E. Chester Street in Kingston, NY on Thursday, January 15th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

Niagara Bottling Company, a national water bottling plant based in California, wants to establish a plant in the Town of Ulster.  It seeks to purchase 1.75 million gallons of water per day from Cooper Lake, Kingston’s municipal water source located in Woodstock, and plans to utilize support from the Start-Up NY Program that gives 10 years of tax abatements to qualifying companies.

Tapped focuses on industry giants PepsiCo and Nestle. The film documents the filmmakers’ visits to a town containing a Nestle factory as well as tests run on the bottles the company uses for its products. These test results showed “several potentially harmful chemicals, some known as carcinogens.” The documentary also focuses on the fraction of bottles that is recycled, noting that “forty percent of bottled water is really just filtered tap water, and every day we throw away 30 million single-served bottles of water.”

The event is free. NO TICKETS ARE NECESSARY. The public will be met by representatives of to answer any questions regarding the proposed Niagara Bottling Company project in Ulster County.

If your school or organization would like to host a screening, please contact Rachel Marco-Havens for more information at

“Tapped” Film Screening Date and Location:

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
VFW Post 1386 Men's Auxillary
Time 6:00pm
708 East Chester Street
Kingston, NY 12401


About is a community-based organization committed to improving the quality of life of Kingston residents through accountability and transparency between the people and their local government. By providing citizens with current and important information through better communication, our work is meant to nurture citizen participation and empowerment through projects, education and fun.

About Woodstock Land Conservancy  The Woodstock Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of the open lands, forests, wetlands, scenic areas and historic sites in Woodstock and the surrounding area.

About Riverkeeper   Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguard the drinking water of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.

About Esopus Creek Conservancy  

  • is to conserve significant natural landscapes
  • in the lower Esopus Creek watershed
  • and in the Saugerties area
  • by protecting the rural character of the environment,
  • by conserving and protecting natural habitats,
  • by promoting biodiversity, and
  • by sharing an appreciation of our natural resources with the community through public outreach, education and advocacy. Event Flyers Are Available! Please Download, Make Copies and Spread the Word.

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Flyers are now available for our upcoming events in December.  Help us to spread the word by making copies and sharing with your neighbors and friends.  A very special thanks to Ann Marie Woolsey for her volunteer design work.

Thank you!

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SPEAK DURING PUBLIC COMMENT ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th At 7:30pm: In Support of Kingston’s Common Council Being Listed as an ‘Involved Agency’ in SEQR.


The Niagara Bottling Company’s proposal must be thoroughly evaluated for its environmental and economic impacts on our region. It is premature and irresponsible to agree to sell our water before due diligence is performed.

On November 4th, 2014 at 7:30pm the Kingston Common Council will meet to vote on a proposed resolution to become an “Involved Agency,” which means they have a role in commenting on the proposed action.

You can support our Common Council’s bold move to protect our interests by coming to speak at this meeting.

Public Comment begins at 7:30pm.
Please arrive 10 minutes early to sign-up to speak.




The Kingston Common Council should be an 'Involved Agency' in the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Process.



  • Kingston’s Water Board has rushed to grant Niagara access to 25% of our daily water capacity without any evaluation of the impacts on our water supply from Cooper Lake.  The Water Board is not accountable to the public.
  • The Town of Ulster is not acting in good faith.  The Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) that Niagara Bottling Company's consultant The Chazen Companies submitted to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) missed items that would trigger more environmental review.


* Demand that the ACTION in the EAF broaden its scope to include both the water delivery and wastewater discharges into the Esopus Creek along with the construction of the new facility.

* Demand that the SEQR process be transparent and considers all the impacts that could affect our water supply and well-being.



There will be significant environmental impacts from this project.  There should be a “Positive Declaration” for SEQR.



  • A Positive Declaration is necessary when an action may result in one or more significant environmental impacts.  A Positive Declaration would require an Environmental Impact Statement before agency decisions may be made regarding the Niagara proposal.
  • Necessary studies include whether the capacity of our water supply in Cooper Lake, last tested in 1961, is adequate to meet our needs and safely sell 25% to a private company.
  • Niagara has a history of illegal dumping violations; they continue to dump because the fines are a tiny fraction of their profits.


* Explain that the risks are too high.  We need detailed, scientific studies.



The Niagara Bottling project is likely to result in higher costs to taxpayers.



  1. Start-Up New York gives Niagara  a 10-year tax -exemption  including NYS income tax,  property (including Kingston school) taxes.
  2. Niagara Bottling has a track record of suing communities that has led to increased water rates and higher taxes.
  3. Niagara bottling company jobs are very low paying.  The average job at Niagara pays $10,000 less than other manufacturing jobs and 33% lower than the national industry average.


* Ask your Mayor, Common Council, and elected representatives to pursue real economic development with responsible, respectful companies that offer quality, high-paying jobs.


Kingston Common Council Meeting

November 4, 2014
(please arrive 10 minutes early to sign-up to speak)

Kingston City Hall Council Chambers
420 Broadway
Kingston, NY

By`s Communications Committee


Visit for more facts on the proposal and how to get involved.

Facebook page: Hosts Public Educational Forum and Discussion on City Administrator and City Manager Forms of Government on Tuesday, March 25th.

City_Manager will host a public educational forum and discussion on "City Administrator and City Manager Forms of Government" on Tuesday, March 25th at the Kingston Public Library 55 Franklin Street, in Kingston NY from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.  Panel guests include Meredith Robson, City Administrator of the City of Beacon, NY and Chuck Strome, City Manager of New Rochelle, NY. 

Kingston, NY -  For the past twenty years, the city of Kingston, NY has what is known as a 'Strong Mayor' form of government, where a mayor is elected into office based on popular vote to manage the city’s $36+ million dollar budget, departments, committees, commissions and an aging citywide infrastructure. is pleased to present a public educational forum and discussion on two alternative forms of government titled "City Administrator and City Manager Forms of Government" on Tuesday, March 25th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Kingston Public Library located at 55 Franklin Street in Kingston, NY. All are welcome to attend.

Guest panelists include Meredith Robson, City Administrator of the City of Beacon and Chuck Strome, City Manager of New Rochelle, NY to discuss their roles and relationships with the public and elected officials.

The evening will be co-moderated by Rebecca Martin, founder of and former Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust and Jennifer Schwartz Berky, Principal at Hone Strategic, LLC and the former Deputy Director of Planning at Ulster County.

For more information, contact Rebecca Martin at:

Our Panelists

Meredith Robson, City of Beacon Administrator:   Meredith Robson has served in a variety of governmental positions for over 26 years.  She has served in all levels of government, except County government, and her career has spanned three states.  She is currently the City Administrator for the City of Beacon. Ms. Robson has been very active in professional associations throughout her career, including serving on the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials Executive Committee and in her current roles as President of the New York City/County Management Association and Northeast Regional Vice President for the International City/County Management Association. Ms. Robson is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and has a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She has participated in numerous professional development programs, including the following leadership training opportunities:  Wallkill Valley Community Leadership Alliance, Leadership Greater Waterbury and Pace University Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program.

Chuck Strome, New Rochelle, NY City Manager On November 12, 2002, the City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Charles B. "Chuck" Strome, III as City Manager. Mr. Strome served as Acting City Manager since March 2002 and as Deputy City Manager since 1995. Prior to that, he served as Director of Emergency Services from 1989 through 1992, and then became Assistant City Manager / City Coordinator. 

Mr. Strome has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and a Masters of Public Administration-Government from Pace University. 

Before joining government, Mr. Strome held positions at Hudson Westchester Radio where he was News Director, Vice President, and Program Director. 

Mr. Strome is a member of the International City Managers' Association, and former president of the New York State City / County Managers Association. He is also past President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Municipal Administrators Association of Metropolitan New York.

Our Moderators

About is a non-partisan, citizen-run organization focused on relevant and current issues about Kingston, N.Y and working to foster transparent communication by encouraging growing citizen participation.  The founder of and evening co-moderator Rebecca Martin is a world renowned and critically acclaimed musician who has 25 years of experience as a manager, community organizer and activist.

About Jennifer Schwartz Berky, Principal at Hone Strategic, LLC:  Berky, the evening's co-moderator, has over 25 twenty years of experience in the fields of architecture, conservation, economic development, and urban planning in the non-profit, government, academic and private sectors. Prior to launching Hone Strategic, she served as Deputy Director of Ulster County Planning for over seven years, where she was the lead researcher and liaison to the Ulster County Charter Commission. Before moving to Ulster County, she worked in Washington, DC at the World Bank and Urban Institute, at the University of Rome (Italy) and as a project manager of design and construction for New York City's major cultural institutions. Berky has lived for extended periods in Argentina, Chile, France, Israel, Italy, and Spain. She earned a B.A. in Art History from SUNY Stony Brook and Masters’ degrees in Urban Planning (M.Phil.) and Real Estate Development (M.S.) at Columbia University, where she is also currently completing a Ph.D. in Urban Planning on the subject of environmental economics.


World Renowned Singer/Songwriter Rachel Loshak to Perform in Kingston

By Rebecca Martin

This is quite wonderful.

My old and dear friend  Rachel Loshak who recently moved upstate with her family (husband Morgan Taylor, creator of "GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD" and their son Harvey) is performing in Kingston in December.

This is good  news for us, as Rachel is no doubt one of the best musicians I know. She spent years on the scene developing the most angelic sound, having collaborated often with Norah Jones, Jason Crigler, Dan Rieser, Morgan Taylor and many other of our pals from the NYC downtown music scene.

Now at just about 9 months pregnant with their second child, she is performing a set of her original music at Gabriel's Cafe on Friday, December 3rd at 7:00pm. Come out and join us. You will be glad that you did.


World renowned singer/songwriter Rachel Loshak to perform in Kingston An intimate performance at Gabriel’s Café is set for Friday, December 3rd at 7:00pm.

Kingston, NY - What makes Singer/Bassist, Rachel Loshak’s music and sound so special is her sophisticated, orchestral approach to traditional pop music. Imagine a string quartet stripped of its native instruments and handed electric guitars and amplifiers. Melodic bass figures move like a boogied cello weaving with her pure and bell-toned voice, all forming an accessible foundation to the wide-eyed wonderment of her lyrics, which Loshak paints in broad strokes with a graceful sadness.  Her unique style can be enjoyed at 7:00pm on Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at Gabriel’s Café 50 John Street in Kingston, NY.

Rachel moved to New York City in the late Nineties from Suffolk, England and honed her songwriting craft with her unique ‘bass and voice’ style. She has created three full-length LP’s (Firefly in 2001, Mint in 2003 and Peach Pony in 2005) featuring guitarist Jason Crigler (Erin McKeown, Linda Thompson, Marshall Crenshaw).  The latest LP features a duet with Norah Jones.  Peach Pony has been released in several international territories to critical acclaim.  Performing with Ms. Jones at the Grammy Awards in 2005, Rachel is also featured alongside her (and with Jesse Harris) on the Best of the Living Room compilation released in 2002.  Recently Rachel has worked with Moby, recording vocals for a future release as well as performing at a Tsunami benefit concert in 2005.

Rachel has toured extensively in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago as well as internationally to Ireland, the UK, France, Germany, Scandinavia and South Korea.

After gaining extensive experience in the music industry as a touring musician, business administrator and creative graphic production designer, Rachel co-founded Apple-eye Productions with husband Morgan Taylor to create an outlet for their creative projects (that also includes their popular children’s series GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD). They now live in the Catskills with their son, Harvey.

For more information, contact Rachel at or visit her website at:

Hudson Valley Seed Library “Pack Art 2011” Featured at KMOCA in Kingston

The Hudson Valley Seed Library is one of my favorite local businesses in the region - and they are about to show their new 'pack art 2011' at KMOCA in Kingston.

Hope you can make it -

Rebecca Martin

The Hudson Valley Seed Library strives to do two things - to create an accessible and affordable source of regionally-adapted seeds that is maintained by a community of caring farmers and gardeners; and, to create gift-quality seed packs featuring works designed by New York artists in order to celebrate the beauty of heirloom gardening.

In 2011, we expect to offer over 60 varieties of locally grown seed and around 100 varieties sourced from responsible seed houses. Most of our varieties are rooted in the history and soils of New York or are chosen because they do well here. Every year we plan on growing additional varieties on the Seed Library farm and contracting with organic and certified naturally grown farmers in the Hudson Valley and upstate New York to grow even more varieties.  By 2014, we aim to be 100% New York grown, though certain tricky biennials may be holdouts for a few years beyond.

At KMOCA (Kingston Museum of Contemporary  Arts), they will present "Pack Art 2011" - Original art from the Hudson Valley Seed Library.

Opening reception:
Saturday, November 6, 5-7pm.

Dreaming is an essential part of gardening in the Northeast. Throughout the winter, our dreams will hold the flavors, fragrances and beauties of the greener seasons. And the Hudson Valley Seed Library is here to help keep those dreams alive until springtime with "Pack Art 2011" at the Kingston Museum of Contemporary Arts.

"Pack Art 2011" is a an exhibit of original works commissioned by the Seed Library, which is known almost as well for their artistic seed packs as the seeds themselves. This year's artists come from all over the Hudson Valley and New York City. Each artist interpreted one variety of herb, flower, or vegetable from the Seed Library's catalog. Mediums include collage, encaustics, oil, watercolor, digital imagery, paper cutting, and ink. The diversity of the artworks reflects the wide variety of genetic wonders they represent.

16 different artists present works depicting such summer delights as Kaleidoscope Carrots, Velvet Queen Sunflowers, Ragged Jack Kale, State Fair Zinnias, and many more. This show marks the first time the Seed Library will be making available signed, limited edition prints of the original works in the show. Art Packs filled with seeds and framed seed packs will also be available.

"Pack Art 2011" continues at KMOCA through November 27th.

Hours: Saturdays, 12 to 4pm, or by appointment.

Kingston Museum of Contemporary Arts
103 Abeel Street, Kingston.

The Kingston Land Trust Hosts Fun, Local Events in September

By Rebecca Martin

The Kingston Land Trust, an urban trust with offices in Uptown Kingston, is hosting several upcoming events that are community based and fun.

On Wednesday, September 15th the Kingston Land Trust will host it's first 'Dinner and a Documentary' series with  a complimentary screening of 'The Chances of the World Changing" by critically acclaimed film maker Eric Daniel Metzgar. The event will take place at MINT Wine and Tapas Bar located at 1 West Strand in the historic Rondout section of Kingston. The community is invited to arrive at 6:00pm and encouraged to purchase drinks and dinner. The complimentary film will begin between 7:15 - 7:30pm and will include fresh popcorn and organic butter for guests.

Exactly one week later on Wednesday, September 22nd the Kingston Land Trust hosts its first annual Harvest Moon Benefit Concert. POOK (the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston) and the Kingston High School Jazz Combo will be featured. World renowned bassists Larry Grenadier and Vicente Archer will sit in with the combo (along with the youth musicians all being from Kingston, Larry is also currently a resident and Vicente born and raised).  The event will take place at the Falcon Arts Performance space, 1348 Route 9W  in Marlboro, NY. There is a suggested donation of $25 with children 18 and under for free.

To learn more about these event s and the Kingston Land Trust, click on this LINK.

Free Bike Tour of Community and School Gardens

Join the Kingston City Gardens Coalition on a free bike tour through historic Kingston to see community and school gardens – as well as potential sites for gardens – this Sunday, August 22 at 10 a.m. The tour starts at Forsyth Nature Center and ends down on the Rondout in time to enjoy the annual Soap Box Derby. The tour is a great way to see the gardens and learn some Kingston history while also avoiding the traffic congestion of the annual derby.

Anyone interested in joining the tour should have a bike in good working order and a helmet as well as food and water. Please meet near the entrance to the Forsyth Nature Center promptly at 10 a.m. No reservations are necessary.

The Good Stewards aka ‘Project Forsyth’

There are many good works underway in the city of Kingston in the midst of some pretty tough economic times. For instance, stewards of the 'Project Forsyth' program are working to gain a substantial grant to update the park at Forsyth in Kingston for all of our families and visitors to enjoy. Forsyth is a premier location that hosts our city zoo (with a wide array of rescued animals ranging from bulls to peacocks), nature center, open space, tennis courts and children's playground.

Ward 1 Alderwoman Andi Turco-Levin is leading the way along with the city of Kingston and citizens to upgrade the park portion by securing a $249,000 (there is a matching portion by the city) grant from the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Ward 7 Alderman Bill Reynolds secured this same grant (in the tune of $50,000) several years ago to restore the playground at Hutton Park.

What's different about Andi's effort, is that citizens are invited to help steer the look of the playground. Their next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 17th 2010 at the Forsyth Park Pavilion at 5:30pm.

You can read the piece written in today's Daily Freeman by following this LINK.

Brand New Jazz Series in Kingston

On Monday, July 19th LVanHart Artist Productions and 323 Wall Street will debut a brand new jazz series in Kingston, NY.  The concert series will focus on the brightest talent on the jazz scene today.  Guest artists will be drawn from the wealth of local talent that is in our geographic region, as well as bringing in the best that the New York jazz scene has to offer. 

 Jazz @ WallSpace is fortunate to have Steve Wilson and Vic Juris coming from NYC, joining forces with two ‘locals,’ Jay Anderson from New Paltz, and Dennis Mackrel makes his home in Woodstock.  This quartet exemplifies the mission of Jazz @ WallSpace.   These four fabulous musicians have all played together in different configurations, but never in this quartet.  Wilson and Anderson currently tour together in Maria Schneider’s Orchestra.  Anderson and Mackrel have performed together with Chaka Khan and Maria Schneider, as well as local favorite, Betty MacDonald.  Juris has performed with Wilson, Anderson and Mackrel, with his own groups, with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, among others. 

For more, contact Laura Hartmann at

“Gasland” Documentary Showing with Director Josh Fox and Congressman Maurice Hinchey

It's hard to imagine that anyone could think drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation in NY State for a natural gas source is a good idea.  Knowing the real environmental dangers and hazard to our surface water in the Southern Tier and Catskills regions is enough to call the whole thing off.

There are options in creating new energy sources. The same is not true with our drinking water. Think about that long and hard.

You must take 20 minutes to view this PBS interview with the director of the film 'Gasland'. Then consider to make plans to view the film on July 17th - as The Woodstock Film Festival folks are showing a screening of it at the Onteora High School in Boiceville. The director, Josh Fox along with Congressman Maurice Hinchey will be present for questions afterwards. Visit the WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL site for more details.

To get information on what you can do in the region, follow this LINK to visit the Environmental Advocates of New York website.

- Rebecca Martin

Further Reading:

WHAT THE FRACK in Chronogram magazine's July issue