Contact: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or email@example.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
Jordan River Paddling/Camping trip in the NW Adirondacks:
Sept. 1-4, 2017
Leader: Russ Faller
We paddled into an Old Growth Forest that was never logged. It was magical!
In the words of participant Carla Barrett, MHADK kayak leader Glenda Schwarze, “put together a terrific, fun, interesting and never-dull overnight kayak outing for us at Taghkanic State Park!!” The outing was September 13-14.
“The group was very congenial and the paddles varied and delightful. The food, though pot-luck, was better than any restaurant we could have gone to. And the cabin was very comfortable, clean and well-situated.
“All in all: Perfect!!! Thank you so much, Glenda, for taking the time to organize and lead it.”
And thank you, Carla, for sharing your words and photos with us!
Learn the ways of a Citizen Scientist and find out what makes a stream stay alive and thrive.
A stream bank assessment of most of the Wappinger Creek has just started under at the initiation of Mayor Matt Alexander of the Village of Wappingers Falls. This is a part of the Village’s waterfront revitalization program. The purpose is to study the causes of sedimentation and pollution and to improve the health of the creek and lake.
Spend a relaxing couple of hours paddling the creek, investigating and observing the native plants, shrubs, wildlife and surrounding topographic features along the banks of the stream. You will also learn to identify invasive species as you search them out.
Get hands-on experience with real-world scientific field work. You will be trained in how to conduct a stream bank assessment by a Marist College student working under the supervision of a professor in the Environmental Studies program. Once you feel confident, you may choose to complete your own assessment of you favorite place along the creek. Or just tag along helping out if you prefer.
If you would like to come out just to see what we’re doing, contact Scott Williams, Village of Wappingers Falls, at 845-297-8773 x9 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Russ Faller, Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mtn. Club (MH-ADK), at 845-297-5126 or email@example.com. Tell them you heard about this from MH-ADK.
by Russ Faller
June 3, 2017: Nine Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mtn. Club members and 3 Lloyd Environmental Conservation Council members gathered where Rt. 299 crosses the Black Creek in the Town of Lloyd, NY. These 2 groups built the water trail in the early 1990s and have been maintaining it since.
The crew gathers.
Above, left to right: Jeff Kaplan, Dave Kaplan, Russ Faller, Judy Mage, Jean McAvoy, Johnny D., Bob Clark, Kelly Oggenfuss & Bud Hossenlopp. Roger Nott behind the camera. Stan Augie already on the water. Scott Greene hiding.
We paddle south looking for obstructions.
Still no obstructions.
Too bad we didn’t take a “before” shot. This tree (below) took 1.5 hours to clear.
We continued upstream, under the old RR bridge, to New Paltz Rd., finding only light work. We were relieved!
Sat, June 10, Kingston Point Beach, 53 Delaware Ave, Kingston, NY, 10 AM – 4 PM
A fun-filled day for you and your whole family, whether you’re paddlers or have never paddled before. Bring the kids, grandchildren, spouse, partner and 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 tours for beginner paddlers and those who have never paddled before.
If you’re an experienced paddler, there will be activities for you, as well. So bring your own boat and gear. A $10 donation to the non-profit Forsyth Nature Center gets you in. Members of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) get in free! Bring your membership card.
Our Mid-Hudson Chapter-ADK has a big presence at this festival. We always need volunteers. You need not be a paddler to be of help. Contact Russ Faller at 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.com if you want to help at this event. You will not be asked to help for more than a couple of hours. So you’ll still be able to have fun.
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