Greetings from Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust.
It is with great pleasure that I write to you from my new office in the Historic Uptown district of Kingston, NY. Here, I wish to invite you to participate in our upcoming benefit events as well as to share the Trust’s recent efforts and future plans.
The Kingston Land Trust’s mission as an urban trust is to help preserve, protect and program open space and historic sites in the City of Kingston and surrounding municipalities that include the Town of Kingston and Town of Ulster. It is also our aim to create stronger and healthier communities by connecting citizens to their out-of-door treasures that we are so fortunate to inherit and steward for generations to come. Please feel free to contact us if you have a piece of land that you wish to create a legacy project for or are searching for an easement to preserve the natural characteristics of your family property with a local Land Trust.
To help support our progress, join us on Wednesday, September 15th at 6:00pm as part of ‘Creek Week’ in Ulster County as we launch the first of our new series “The Kingston Land Trust’s Dinner and a Documentary” at MINT Lounge and Tapas Bar (one of our local hot spots) located at 1 West Strand in Kingston. Guests are encouraged to purchase dinner and drinks followed by a complimentary showing of ‘The Chances of the World Changing’. The film was donated to us by filmmaker and musician Eric Daniel Metzgar of Merigold Moving Pictures located in Brooklyn, NY. We’re turning part of the restaurant into a real art house film spot with freshly popped corn and organic butter. A fun date night and local event not to be missed.
The following week, the Kingston Land Trust’s first annual Harvest Moon Benefit Concert and Silent Auction sponsored by Chronogram Magazine and the Kingston Times will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at the Falcon Arts in Marlboro, NY. Doors are at 6:00pm with showtime to begin at around 7:30pm. Scheduled to perform will be POOK (the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston) led by Evry Mann of the Center for Creative Education to lead off the evening followed by the Kingston High School Jazz Combo led by Director Mike Treat. Sitting in with the youth combo will be special guests and world renowned bassists Larry Grenadier (Brad Mehldau Trio/Pat Metheny/John Scofield) and Vicente Archer (Robert Glasper/Nicholas Payton). Being that Larry currently lives in Kingston and Vicente Archer was born and raised here (and also came up in the KHS Jazz Band) we will proudly share with the Hudson Valley some of our prized creative assets. In additional, it’s a real thrill to provide the youth performers of Kingston a professional experience such as this while making certain that our friends and supporters have a fun and relaxing evening (there is a great restaurant, bar and outdoor seating area that is quite wonderful). Special thanks to Tony Falco and everyone at Falcon Arts for providing us with this space to kick off our fall benefit event.
A suggested donation of $25 will be taken at the door (and one may give less or more if they so wish) with children 18 and younger free of charge.
Included below is a list of our recent works and programs. Would you care to be a sponsor? Please contact me to discuss the options.
If you are not able to be present at any of our events this fall, please consider making a donation of any size at this time. Click on this LINK or the button below to do so, and we thank you in advance.
Kingston Land Trust
HISTORIC PROPERTIES AND PARCELS
Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground – There are two African-American Burial Grounds within the city limits of the city of Kingston. The Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground on South Wall Street (owned by the A.M.E Zion Church of Kingston) and a 17th century cemetery on Pine Street. The KLT recently hosted a tour of both sites with city of Kingston historian Edwin Ford. Currently, the KLT is working to create a Black History Committee to help steer a project that protects and preserves these hallowed grounds.
Yeomans Street Parcel - Located in the Ponckhockie section of Kingston, the Kingston Land Trust is currently working with the neighbors to create gardens and more on this beautiful sloped parcel, including the ultimate restoration of a tunnel entrance to the Newark Lime and Cement Manufacturing Company.
Esopus Creek Parcel – This lovely piece of land is located in Kingston’s historic Uptown area along the Esopus Creek. Current management plans are underway to create a kayak and canoe launch pad and park for the citizens and visitors alike.
PROGRAMS! PROGRAMS! PROGRAMS!
Kingston City Gardens – Created to help citizens plant their own home gardens in the ground, pots or a raised bed, the Kingston Land Trust has created this dynamic program that provides educational materials and hand-on support for seed storing, seedling planting, ‘planting out’ home gardens, garden maintaince and harvesting throughout the season. The program, originally named ‘The Kingston Victory Gardens Project’ was pivitol in helping to create a resurgance of garden interest that began with an organic garden placed at Kingston’s City Hall on Earth Day, 2009.
KLT Sponsored Gardens – The Kingston Land Trust is a proud partner in both the City Hall Victory Garden and the Everett Hodge Center Children’s Garden. Expect to see more interesting and useful garden demonstrations and activities on both sites in 2011.
Yoga In The Park! – The Kingston Land Trust is proud to be teaming up with Shakti Yoga of Woodstock and MAC Fitness to help create a free yoga series in the park beginning on May Day, 2011. More details to follow.
KLT’s Dinner and Documentary Series – Make it a date night at this fun evening of food, special drinks and complimentary documentary film that always focuses on important environmental issues.
Leave It On The Lawn, Kingston! - A citywide educational initiative in partnership with the City of Kingston to encourage residents to mulch their fall leaves and compost yard waste.
KINGSTON LAND TRUST – GRANT RELATED
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities – Project Director Kristen Wilson of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County paved the way for important policy work in our community with a $360,000 grant over four years through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Kingston Land Trust is proud to be a partner. Community educator and journalist Arthur Zaczkiewicz currently represents the Kingston Land Trust in this effort.
Columbia Foundation – Recently, the Kingston Land Trust was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Colombia Foundation in support of our Kingston City Gardens project. Count on more being accomplished in the way of home gardens for the families of Kingston in 2011.
KLT LOOKING AHEAD – 2011
City of Kingston Rail Trail – The Kingston Land Trust plans to partner up in support of the Rail Trail System in the city of Kingston in 2011.
Composting Programs – Ever hear the term ‘black gold’? The Kingston Land Trust is working to create a sidewalk composting demonstration in the city of Kingston starting in the spring/summer months of 2011.
KLT Promotes “The Child Safe Playing Fields Act of 2010” – A recent law banning the use of pesticides on playgrounds, school yards and athletic fields is about to get a helping hand in the city of Kingston. The Kingston Land Trust is working to create a citywide educational/promotional campaign alerting citizens and city officials alike on New York’s Anti-Pesticide Ban while sharing healthy alternatives for home and municipal properties.
The Kingston Bluestone Festival – The Kingston Land Trust is a proud supporter.
Hudson Landing (Kingston) – The Kingston Land Trust has been involved with and remains committed to being a partner in creating an open space plan for this important project.
Ulster Manor (Town of Ulster) – The Kingston Land Trust remains committed to supporting and working with the Native American community and Town of Ulster stakeholders in preserving this significant Native American site and the adjoining wetland areas.