Kayak Festival June 9: Kingston

Kingston Kayak Festival

Contact: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com. A fun-filled day for you and your entire family, whether you’re paddlers or have never paddled before.  Bring the kids, grandchildren, spouse, partner & friends.  Don’t let the name fool you.  It’s not just kayaks.  There will be canoes and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) for you to try.  The emphasis will be on education, demonstrations, lessons and guided tours for all levels of paddler, as well as, for those who’ve never paddled before.  If you have a boat, bring it.  We need volunteers to help run this event.  You need not be a paddler to be of help – contact Russ.  You will not be asked to help for more than a couple of hours, so you’ll still be able to do some paddling – a lesson, a guided tour, etc.

Members of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of ADK get in free.  Bring your membership card.  Non-members are asked to donate $10 to the non-profit Forsyth Nature Center.  Go to Kingston Point Beach, 53 Delaware Av., Kingston, NY, between 10 AM to 4 PM.

  • 10:00 AM – 4 PM        Test Paddle a Kayak
  • 10:30 – 11:15 AM       Beginner Kayak Lesson on the Beach:  Mike Pettigrew & Mark Tatro of Mid-Hudson ADK
  • 10:30 – 11:15 AM       Kayaking with the Mayor (Intermediate Level):  Steve Noble, Kingston Mayor
  • 11:15 – 12:15 PM        Kayaking 101*: Mike Pettigrew of Mid-Hudson ADK & KC Keegan-Twombley of Forsythe Nature Center
  • 12:00 – 12:45 PM        Kayaking with the Mayor (Intermediate Level):  Steve Noble, Kingston Mayor
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM          How to Choose a SUP/Intro to SUPing:  Tara of Kenco Outfitters
  • 12:45 – 1:30 PM          Beginners’ Kayak Tour:  KC Keegan-Twombley of Forsythe Nature Center
  • 1:00   – 1:45 PM          Beginner Kayak Lesson on the Beach:  Mike Pettigrew & Mark Tatro of Mid-Hudson ADK
  • 1:15 – 2:00 PM            Kayaking with the Mayor (Intermediate Level):  Steve Noble, Kingston Mayor
  • 1:45 – 2:45 PM            Kayaking 101*:  Mike Pettigrew of Mid-Hudson ADK & KC Keegan-Twombley of Forsythe Nature Center
  • 2:00 – 2:45 PM            How to Pick a Kayak & Paddle:  Dave of Kenco Outfitters
  • 3:15 – 4:00 PM            Beginners’ Kayak Tour: Steve Noble, Kingston Mayor & KC Keegan-Twombley, Forsythe Nature Center
* kayak & gear provided; pre-registration required at pavilion – sign up early

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