The Kingston Land Trust Hosts its First Annual Harvest Moon Benefit Concert in September, 2010

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The Kingston Land Trust hosts its first annual Harvest Moon Benefit Concert on Wednesday, September 22nd 2010.

Hudson Valley Residents will have a unique opportunity to enjoy performances by the city of Kingston’s youth while supporting an urban land trust.  Sponsored in part by Chronogram Magazine and the Kingston Times.

The Kingston Land Trust will host their first annual Harvest Moon Benefit Concert presenting some of Kingston’s finest youth musicians that include POOK (the percussion orchestra of Kingston) and the Kingston High School Jazz Combo. The concert, which will benefit the Kingston Land Trust, will take place at Falcon Arts 1348 9W, Marlboro, New York on Wednesday, September 22nd.

“We wanted to find a premier venue in the Hudson Valley to showcase the young talent in Kingston,” Martin says. “The Falcon Arts hosts some of the finest musicians in the world. It’s a great location set on a water fall over-looking the Hudson River. Their dinner and drink menu is superb, adding to the certainty of a delightful and relaxing evening for all of our supporters”.

There is a $25 suggested donation at the door. Children 18 and under are free.  Doors are at 6:00pm, showtime 7:00pm.   Dinner and drinks are available at the venue and a silent auction will be held throughout the evening.  Educational tables will be on hand of the many organizations or programs in the city of Kingston designed for our youth and families that include Kingston’s Citywide Neighborhood Watch group, Operation Frontline and the Forsyth Nature Center.

For more information, contact: Rebecca Martin, Executive Director at 845/877-LAND (5263) or

About the Musicians:

The Kingston High School Jazz Combo:
The Kingston Schools Jazz Program is a comprehensive curriculum that serves to celebrate the art form through performance and creativity.  Students at the middle and high school level experience the music through participation in big bands, combos and improvisation workshops.  These students have many performance opportunities throughout the year including community and school concerts as well as the opportunity to work with some of the finest jazz players in the Hudson Valley at the annual Kingston Jazz Invitational.  In recent years the premiere group, the KHS Jazz Ensemble, has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center as one of the finalist in the national Essentially Ellington competition and at the annual NYSSMA conference in Rochester.  The program is currently under the direction of Dan Shaut and Michael Treat

POOK (the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston):
POOK, the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston, is a program of the Center of Creative Education located in Kingston, NY. It was founded in 1997 by three professional percussionists with a strong interest in education and youth development.  Joakim Lartey, Ruben Quintero and Ev Mann come from three distinct cultural traditions but shared a love of drumming and of working with young people.  They each brought a unique style to the group that shaped it profoundly and we are still performing material from that first summer.  Members of POOK learn rhythms from all over the world that they then turn into unique arrangements of traditional material.  More than one hundred area youngsters have taken part in the ensemble and the group has given concerts all over the region, including performances at West Point and Jacob’s Pillow.

About the Kingston Land Trust:
The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the city of Kingston and the surrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and Town of Kingston.

The Kingston Times Reports on the African-American Burial Ground Tour

Photo Credit: Carrie Jones Ross of the Kingston Times

There is a great piece in the Kingston Times this week (8/19/10) on the recent tour of the African-American Burial Grounds on South Wall and Pine Streets in Kingston. The event was sponsored by the Kingston Land Trust.

Our first formal sit down meeting on protecting the sites will take place on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 at 6:30pm. Anyone interested in being present can come to the Kingston Land Trust offices at 280 Wall Street, 2nd Floor at that time.

If you have any questions, contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director at 845/877-LAND (5263).

READ Flesh and Blood: African-American Burial Grounds Tour Reveals Hidden and Painful Past.

Kingston Land Trust hosts its first "Dinner and Documentary" Series at MINT on September 15th, 2010

"The Chances of the World Changing" by Eric Daniel Metzgar


Kingston Land Trust hosts its first Dinner and a Documentary Series at Mint on September 15th, 2010

A complimentary screening of the critically acclaimed film ‘The Chances of the World Changing’ to be shown.

KINGSTON – The Kingston Land Trust is hosting its first Dinner and Documentary Series on Wednesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. as part of Ulster County Creek Week at popular Rondout wine and tapas restaurant, Mint, which is located at 1 West Strand.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase dinner and drinks, which will be followed by a complimentary screening of writer/director Eric Daniel Metzgar’s 2006 documentary “The Chances of the World Changing.” The film tells the story of writer Richard Ogust’s work to save endangered turtles. The award-winning film was showcased at several festivals and was broadcast on PBS in 2007 and continues to be shown across the globe.

“The film focuses on compelling environmental issues that we face,” said Rebecca Martin, executive director of the Kingston Land Trust. “This is also an educational and fun way to celebrate Ulster County Creek Week.”

For more information about the land trust, contact Rebecca Martin at (845) 877-LAND (5263) or email her at: or visit

About the Kingston Land Trust:
The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston and the surrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston. 

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About the Ulster County Creek Week:
The 2010 Ulster County Creek Week event was created to increase watershed awareness in Ulster County. It is sponsored by the Ulster County Environmental Management Council and The Ulster County Department of the Environment.

About the film:
A decade ago, after an epiphany at a New York restaurant, Richard Ogust began dedicating his time and resources to rescuing endangered turtles — confiscating hundreds bound for Southeast Asian food markets. When the filmmakers catch up with the 50-year-old writer, he is sharing his Manhattan loft with 1,200 turtles, including five species extinct in the wild. But his growing “ark” and preservation efforts are threatening to exhaust him, both mentally and financially. With luminous images and a haunting musical score, the award-winning The Chances of the World Changing documents two years in the life of a man who finds himself struggling to save hundreds of lives, including his own.

First Tour of African-American Burial Ground Sites a Success

Cemetery Maps From Pine Street in Kingston

Today, we took part in a special event. It is a new beginning of what will be a long journey in helping the AME Zion Church on Franklin Street (the oldest African-American Church in the city of Kingston) preserve a part of their precious history.

City of Kingston Historian Ed Ford met with residents, county historians, church members, college students and children, the VFW of Kingston and members of the Kingston Land Trust to learn more about the African- American Burial Grounds located on South Wall Street and Pine Street.

Several attempts to protect the African-American cemeterys have taken place over the past 20 years. Even so, there is still a great deal that is unknown at this time.

We’ll continue to provide documentation at the KLT website as the project unfolds. Today was audio taped in full, and shortly we will provide a link to it.

The Kingston Land Trust invites all interested parties who wish to join our effort in collaboration with the church and the African-American community to please contact Rebecca Martin at 845/877-LAND (5263) or

Joseph Forte of the VFW writes to the Kingston Common Council (circa 1987). Page 1

Joseph Forte Letter, Page 2

City of Kingston Historic Landmark Preservation Commission on 155-159 Pine Street

The youth from the Everett Hodge Center arrive to the African-American Burial Ground in elastic shackles. A disturbing site.