Despite heavy rain on Veterans Day, our Mid Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club hiked to the flag atop Beacon Fishkill Ridge to pay tribute to our Veterans. Fifteen hikers and three musicians braved the weather. They felt that Veterans went out in all kinds of weather, and rain was not going to stop us. A big thank-you to Chris Cring for organizing this outing, which we plan to make an annual event. The hike’s destination is the United States flag that has been maintained for decades by the Darcy family in honor of Robert Darcy, a Veteran , who passed away in 1994. The flag flies high at a clearing with a spectacular view overlooking the Hudson Valley. This mountain range happens to be the location where the first American soldiers maintained a look-out to protect George Washington’s Headquarters across the river.
Darcy family member Pete Darcy sent the following thank-you note (published here with his permission):
On behalf of the Darcy Family and all Veterans around the area, THANK YOU. My brother Dean sent me a Facebook video sent to him by Tim Kelleher of the trio playing the National Anthem at the Flag. Very inspiring and gratifying. As an ‘old Marine’ it does my heart good to see the younger generation honoring Veterans. Thanks again and God Bless.
Pete Darcy … Sharpsburg, GA
See video clips of this year’s outing by clicking on these links:
When the Saints Come Marching In (sound of buglers)
Nearly 200 ADKers from all over participated in one or more events during our October 2-4 Fall Weekend celebration of the Hudson Valley/Catskill Mountain region. Persistent talk of a possible hurricane impacting our region (it didn’t, though we did get some rain on Saturday) did not thwart intrepid ADKers. Outings from Hudson River paddles, art gallery visits, Catskill mountain hikes, and a ramble on the Walkway Over the Hudson went off without a hitch.
Nearly100 enjoyed wine tasting at the Robibero Winery in New Paltz and 120 attended the President’s Dinner and Awards presentation on Saturday evening at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson.
Our Mid Hudson Chapter Chair Dan Jones congratulates everyone, startng with committe chair Lalita Malik, who helped make the weekend such a rousing success. “Congratulations to Lalita, her team, the trip leaders and volunteers for showing the ADK world how good we are.”
Our chapter can be proud of setting a high standard for the Club’s Fall Outing.
This Fall, Explore the Magnificent Hudson River Valley Region with People Who Call It Home
Members of the Mid Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club invite all ADKers, their families and friends, to join a weekend of guided hikes, paddles, bike rides, and visits to historic and cultural sites in the colorful Hudson Valley region, October 2-4, 2015. Activities are planned for varied skill levels and interests. Click here to learn more and to register.
Sat., June 13, 2015 Kingston Kayak Festival
Kingston Point Beach, Delaware Ave., Kingston
10 AM – 4 PM
For info, contact: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or email@example.com
This year we are again merging our PaddleFest energies with Kenco and Kingston Parks & Recreation for the Kingston Kayak Festival. There will be activities for first-time paddlers, as well as for experienced paddlers.
- You can test paddle the newest kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards on the market. Beginners can take a guided tour (kayaks and gear provided).
- Experienced paddlers can bring their own boats and gear and take a more advanced guided tour.
- Clinics, lessons and demonstrations. It will be a day of fun in the sun on Kingston’s sandy beach by the Hudson River.
Bring your friends and family, including the kids. Kenco will offer discounts on kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, cartop racks and paddling gear. There will also be a used gear sale. You can buy food there or bring a picnic.
Admission is $10 and is a donation to environmental programs of the Forsyth Nature Center. Mid-Hudson ADK members enter free. (Bring your membership card.) Those joining the Adirondack Mtn. Club at this event will be reimbursed their $10 admission.