The Kingston Land Trust hosts Jazz Mixer in Kingston on February 12th, 2013

January 20, 2013

For Immediate Release

The Kingston Land Trust Hosts Jazz Mixer at the Stockade Tavern in Kingston, NY.  World renowned bassist Tony Levin and his brother, accomplished pianist Pete Levin are scheduled to perform.

Kingston, NY – The Kingston Land Trust, an Urban Land Trust in Kingston, NY is hosting a ‘Jazz mixer’ at the Stockade Tavern located at 313 Fair Street in Kingston, NY  845/514-2649 on Tuesday, Feburary 12th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Suggested donation is $50 (a portion of this amount will be tax deductible) with cash and checks accepted at the door. First come, first served so get there early to secure a good seat. The Kingston Land Trust Board of Directors also plan on giving a short presentation during the event.

Brothers bassist Tony Levin and pianist Pete Levin are scheduled to perform.

Tony Levin is a prolific session musician since the 1970s, and has played on 500 albums, including those of Cher, Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Sarah McLachlan,Stevie Nicks, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Buddy Rich, The Roches, Todd Rundgren, Seal, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Warren Zevon, Kevin Parent, Laurie Anderson, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Jean-Pierre Ferland. Additionally, he has toured with artists including Paul Simon(with whom Levin appeared in Simon’s 1980 film One Trick Pony), Gary Burton, James Taylor, Herbie Mann, Judy Collins, Carly Simon, Peter Frampton, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Peter Gabriel, Tim Finn, Richie Sambora, and Claudio Baglioni. Levin helped to popularize the Chapman Stick and the NS upright bass. He also created “funk fingers”, modified drumsticks attached to fingers used to hit the bass guitar strings (which sounds similar to slap style bass).

Pete Levin has had a diverse music career spanning several decades and has performed and recorded with hundreds of Jazz and Pop artists including Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Lenny White, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Robbie Robertson and John Scofield – receiving critical accolades for his work during a 15 year association with the legendary Gil Evans, and his 8 year stint with jazz icon Jimmy Giuffre.

For more information, visit this LINK

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About 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.

 

“Tillery” Featuring Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens to Perform a Benefit Concert for the Kingston Land Trust and GW Public Montessori School at the Falcon Arts in Marlboro, NY

Tillery that features Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens and Rebecca Martin perform at the Falcon in Marlboro in support of the Kingston Land Trust and the GW Elementary School Public Montessori Program.  This special evening will be held on Thursday, May 24th with doors at 5:30pm and concert time 7:00pm. A $30 suggested donation is requested and reservations are strongly recommended. 

New York –  TILLERY that features a collaboration of acclaimed singers and songwriters Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens and Rebecca Martin will be performing at the Falcon 1348 9W in Marlboro, NY on Thursday, May 24th.

The concert time is 7:00pm with a suggested donation of $30.00. Reservations are strongly recommended. All proceeds will be split between the Kingston Land Trust and the George Washington Elementary School, a public Montessori School in the Hudson Valley. Both function out of Kingston, NY.

“I am pleased to present our group in support of both the Kingston Land Trust and the GW Elementary School, one of only probably 200 public Montessori schools in the US and Canada,” says Rebecca Martin, who also is the Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust. “It will be a fantastic night of music and an important evening to contribute to two very fine programs.”

For directions and more information on the venue click on this LINK

To learn more about Tillery:  www.tillerygals.org

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About TILLERY    Tillery is a collaborative project created by Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens. Individually, they are three of New York’s most acclaimed and respected vocalists/songwriters. Together as Tillery, they’re a potent collective force that’s more than the sum of its already formidable parts.    The threesome’s seamless creative chemistry and organic personal rapport makes for a powerful collaboration that’s been wowing live audiences since the trio first joined forces in 2010. United equally by an abiding friendship and a mutual admiration for one another’s talents, Tillery finds these three unmistakable individuals converging into a distinctive and deeply compelling whole.

Kingston Land Trust Partner in Kingston Parks “Movies Under the Stars”

The Kingston Land Trust along with the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department and many volunteers is working to help create “Movies Under the Stars” an eight week movie series that will be held in a different City of Kingston park in 2012.  The groups fundraising efforts will continue all throughout the Spring.

Movies Under the Stars Logo by Karina Pacheco.

 

Dress up like the “Big Lebowski,” show off your “Kingpin” style,  join in the fun!  Kingston Parks Movies Under the Stars will be hosting a day at the bowling alley to support bringing an 8-week movie series to city parks this summer.

The event will be held at Mid-City Lanes on Cedar Street in Kingston, NY on Saturday, February 25th from 2pm-5pm.  Refreshments, all-you-can-bowl, and lots of fun!  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or in advance.  All proceeds go towards the purchase of a portable, professional grade movie projector, screen and sound system with appropriate film copyrights for public screenings.

Please RSVP to Jen Fuentes at 845.332.6600 or via email at jenfuentes77@gmail.com.

Find out more about Kingston Parks Movies Under the Stars, a special project of the Friends of Kingston Parks and Recreation by visiting: Kingstonparksmovies.com- We’ll see you at the Movies!

Kingston Parks Movies Under the Stars is a Special Project of the Friends of Kingston Parks and Recreation with support from the Kingston Land Trust, Kingston Cares, and a dedicated group of volunteers.

 

Kingston Parks Movies Under the Stars Schedule 2012

   Friday, June 29th, Gallo Park, Sunset 8:36

 Saturday, July 7, Academy Green, Sunset 8:30

  Friday, July 13, Kingston Point Beach, Sunset 8:27

  Friday, July 20, Cornell Park, Sunset 8:22

  Friday, July 27, Forsyth Park, Sunset 8:16

  Friday, August 3, Loughran Park, Sunset 8:09

 Friday, August 10, Hasbrouck Park, Sunset 8:00

Friday, August 17, Former Kings Inn Site, Sunset 7:50*  Ending Celebration

Movies will begin approximately 15 minutes after sunset.  Events will begin 1 hour prior to sunset.  We are still working on events that may accompany each movie night, such as music, entertainment and food vendors.  

 

The Kingston Land Trust Invited to Participate in the 89th Annual George Washington Dinner at the Old Dutch Church in February.

The Old Dutch Church - Kingston, NY

The Kingston Land Trust is pleased to participate and to celebrate the 89th Annual George Washington Dinner on Wednesday, February 29th 2012.

“The Celebration of Service and Community” will highlight several Not-For-Profits in Kingston who provide an important service and who have collaborated with the Old Dutch Church in recent past.

The Kingston Land Trust will provide a short presentation of their work with the Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground Rededication. Others scheduled to participate is the O+ Festival presenting cutting edge music and the Queens Galley to cater this special event for guests. Special thanks to Elder Rob Sweeney for being as hip as he is heart.

 

First in War- First in Peace- First in the Hearts of his Countrymen

Please join us on

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

As we celebrate

His Excellency George Washington’s

280th Birthday

 Take your place at the table for one of Kingston’s finest traditions

The 89th Annual

George Washington Dinner.

Beginning at 6:30 PM in Bethany Hall of

The Old Dutch Church, Kingston.

The program for the evening will be

A Celebration of Service and Community

______________________________________________________________

 I would like to purchase_________ dinner tickets @ $30.00 each.

I would like the following name(s) to be listed in the Patrons List @5.00each:

______________________________________________________________

I regret I will not be able to attend, please accept my donation to the Old Dutch Restoration Fund in the

amount of $_____________.

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Please make checks payable to: “Old Dutch Church”

Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be held at the door.

Please send your reservations and payments before February 22nd.

Old Dutch Church, PO Box 3006, Kingston, New York 12402

“Hath not old custom made this life more sweet”

William Shakespeare

The Kingston Land Trust’s Holiday Mixer and Benefit a Great Success

The Kingston Land Trust Executive Committee. (L-R): Gregg Swanzey (Board Director and Chair, KLT Rail Trail Committee), Rebecca Martin (Executive Director), Steve Noble (President), Kevin McEvoy (Vice President/Treasurer)

 

Thanks to all who came out this evening to show support and to celebrate the efforts of the Kingston Land Trust in 2011.

The Stockade Tavern was an excellent setting for about 50 guests who enjoyed presentations by Steve Rosenberg of Scenic Hudson and Mark Castiglione of the Hudson River Valley Greenway.  The Kingston Land Trust raised $2,045.00 to go towards its match challenge of $5,000 before December 31st.

We’ve got just about a month to do it, and every contribution no matter how large or small helps us to continue this important work.  Click on the “Just Give”  link below to make a secure on line donation to our annual fund and match drive.  Contributions are tax-deductible.

 

From all of us at the Kingston Land Trust – Happy Holidays and thanks.

The Kingston Land Trust in 2011. Click the link to watch our powerpoint presentation.

A packed house. Mark Castiglione of the Greenway speaks with Pat Murphy from the FOHK.

Julie Noble wears many hats working for the City of Kingston, Forsyth Nature Center and Chair of the Conservation Advisory Council enjoys a special "Kingston Land Trust" cocktail made with Lemongrass from the South Pine Street City Farm.

Steve Rosenberg of Scenic Hudson listening on.

Amanda LaValle (Coordinator, Dept. of The Environment for Ulster County) and March Gallagher (Deputy Director for Economic Development at Ulster County).

Incoming Ward 9 Alderwoman Debbie Brown and Ward 1 Alderwoman Andi Turco-Levin.

Paul Maloney, owner of the Stockade Tavern. Where everybody knows your name.

The Kingston Land Trust Hosts Holiday Mixer and Annual Benefit Event at the Stockade Tavern in Uptown, Kingston.

The Kingston Land Trust hosts its annual benefit and mixer event at the Stockade Tavern located at 313 Fair Street in uptown Kingston on Sunday, December 4th 2011 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Kingston’s urban land trust will update the community on Kingston’s rail trails, urban farming and other exciting initiatives and host special guests Steve Rosenberg of Scenic Hudson and Mark Castiglione of the Hudson River Valley Greenway.

KingstonOn Sunday, December 4th, 2011 the Kingston Land Trust, Kingston’s Urban Trust, will host its annual benefit and holiday mixer at the Stockade Tavern located at 313 Fair Street in uptown Kingston. 

The group boasts an impressive year with grant awards from the National Park Service, Hudson River Valley Greenway, Land Trust Alliance, Park & Trails New York and the City of Kingston’s CDBG, all of which will help to build capacity and bring attention to their projects such as a Rail Trail System with a ‘Midtown Hub’, urban farming and practices, protecting and preserving open space and historic sites and to be a strong partner in helping to devise a park conservancy strategy in Kingston.

Special guest speakers will include Steve Rosenberg, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Scenic Hudson and the Scenic Hudson Land Trust on ‘Hudson Valley Farms and Agriculture’ and Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway on ‘Trails, Kingston and the Hudson Valley’.

A $30 donation is recommended and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

For more information, contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-LAND (5263). To contribute to their year end match challenge, visit www.kingstonlandtrust.org or – view our recent NEWSLETTER for the event agenda.

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This is the time to show the Kingston Land Trust that you appreciate their efforts and want to help them continue to do this important work. One of our generous benefactors has offered to match each dollar that we raise up to $5,000. That means that the KLT has the potential to earn at least $10,000 that will be added to our annual operating costs. We have until DECEMBER 31st, 2011 to reach this goal and any donation large or small plays an important role. If you cannot be present at our upcoming event but wish to support us with a secure, on line donation to our annual fund and match drive, click on the ‘Just Give’ link.  Contributions are tax-deductible.
From all of us at the Kingston Land Trust, we appreciate your support.


 

 

Kingston Artist Temre Stanchfield Raffles Painting for the Kingston Land Trust Natural Playscape Committee

Kingston artist Temre Stanchfield Raffles Painting for the Kingston Land Trust.

 

Proceeds will help to support a natural playscape at the George Washington Elementary School, a public Montessori School for grades Pre-K – 5th Grade.

 

 

Kingston, NYKingston artist Temre Stanchfield has generously donated a painting called “Poolside” as a raffle event to help support the Kingston Land Trust’s Natural Playscape Committee. The committee is currently partnering with the George Washington Elementary School, a public Montessori school in Kingston, NY and one of only 200 in the US and Canada combined, to create a natural playscape outside the Children’s House classrooms.

A natural playscape is an outdoor play environment featuring natural elements like logs, boulders, trees, plants, and water that encourage active play, and at the same challenge children to investigate the physical world around them.  This new natural landscape will replace the existing blacktop desert with an inviting lush courtyard that will also be used by students as an outdoor classroom. Design of the landscape will be accomplished with input from teachers, students, interested neighbors and professional designers.

Raffle tickets are available at $5.00 each or six for $25.00. The drawing will be held on Saturday, July 30th. Online ticket sales are available until Friday, July 29th.

For more information, visit www.thestorefrontgallery.com or contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263.

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About the Kingston Land Trust Natural Playscape Committee –  The KLT Natural Playscape Committee is charged with creating natural playscapes in Kingston City Schools. A natural playscape is an outdoor play environment featuring natural elements like logs, boulders, trees, plants, and water that encourage active play, and at the same time challenge children to investigate the physical world around them.

About Tamre Stanchfield – Temre Stanchfield’s paintings are made with visceral textures and color combinations, all put forth by her undeniable, expressionistic brush. Stanchfield works from photographs of everyday life. Revisiting sites and events through painting these images, the works often ponder discrepancies between the inherent and the man made. Stanchfield grew up in a remote fishing village in Alaska and spent much of her early adulthood in a variety of places including Seattle, Tucson, and Japan. She now lives and works in New York’s, Hudson Valley, where the unique local landscape inspires her work.


"Trust" in us. The Kingston Land Trust Invites Friends and Supporters to Help Celebrate Successes in 2010.

What a year it has been for the Kingston Land Trust.

Since July when the KLT hired a full time Executive Director, we have done some pretty heavy lifting to establish several substantial projects.  With so much potential in the City of Kingston, it has been a great pleasure to be a key partner in many collaborative efforts new and ongoing alike. We look forward to our continued efforts in preserving and protecting our historic treasures, discovering new avenues for sustainable and healthy living and creating programs utilizing open space that encourages citizens to take full advantage of the fun and adventures in Kingston’s great urban out-of-doors.

Because we appreciate your interest in the Kingston Land Trust, we have organized a Holiday “mixer” to share our work and to socialize with old and new friends. Join us at Kingston’s local brew pub Keegan Ales in Kingston where you can meet our staff and Board Directors and share in our 2010 successes and strategic plans for 2011.

To make this event a special one, Keegan’s has created a special Kingston Land Trust Rosemary Coriander Brew (using Rosemary from my personal garden) just for us that evening. To top it off, a portion of the proceeds of each one sold that evening will be generously gifted to us (drink responsibly, and bring a designated driver).

The Kingston Land Trust Holiday Mixer

Wednesday, December 29th

Keegan Ales

20 Saint James Street

Kingston, NY 12401

845/331-2739

6:00pm – 8:00pm

At the end of the year, we wish to challenge our friends in helping the Kingston Land Trust ring in the new year successfully. One of our generous benefactors has offered to match each dollar that we raise up to $5,000. That means that the KLT has the potential to earn at least $10,000 that will be added to our annual operating costs. We have until January 31st to reach this goal and any donation large or small plays an important role. Admission to Keegan’s is free, but we ask that you consider making a donation. If you cannot be present but wish to support us with a secure, online donation to our Annual Fund, visit our website at www.kingstonlandtrust.org.  You can also send along a check or money order to: The Kingston Land Trust PO Box 2701  Kingston, NY. 12402.  Contributions are tax-deductible.

Your involvement is crucial to the movement for economic revitalization, sustainability, and land conservation in our community.  Please join us.

With thanks and gratitude,

Rebecca Martin
Executive Director
The Kingston Land Trust

Kingston Land Trust Board of Directors and Advisers
Executive Committee
Steve NobleChair
Kevin McEvoyVice Chair/Treasurer/Chair of the LUAMP Committee
Julie NobleSecretary

Board of Directors/Advisors/Staff
Bill BerardiDirector
Hugh CummingsDirector
Barbara EpsteinAdvisor
Gregg SwanzeyDirector/Chair of the KLT Rail Trail Committee
Steve LiebowitzDirector
Ann LoedingDirector
Arthur Zaczkiewicz, Advisor/Staff

What’s happening at the Kingston Land Trust?

The Kingston Land Trust  BLACK HISTORY Committee

With a wide variety of churches, historians and community members, the Kingston Land Trust’s Black History Committee is organizing a re-dedication of the Mt. Zion African-American Burial ground in June, 2011. The event will help to celebrate and honor past Kingston residents and veterans who are now laid to rest there.  Research projects to help document the people and their families at Mt. Zion and in the 17th Century Pine Street Slave Cemetery are currently underway. For more information, contact rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org

Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground

The Kingston Land Trust RAIL TRAIL Committee

Led by Kingston resident Gregg Swanzey, the Kingston Land Trust recently was awarded trail development assistance from Parks & Trails NY to engage the community in exploring the feasibility of connecting existing trails outside the city to the Midtown area. We were one of three programs awarded state-wide!  For more information, contact Gregg at gregg@kingstonlandtrust.org

The current O&W Trail.

The Kingston Land Trust LAND USE/ACQUISITION/MANAGEMENT/PLANNING Committee

Led by KLT Vice Chair/Treasurer Kevin McEvoy, the Kingston Land Trust’s LUAMP Committee in collaboration with other key stakeholders has participated in and remains committed to the ongoing open space planning process with regards to the approximately 300 acre area proposed to be preserved at Hudson Landing. In addition, the committee participated and is committed, together with key stakeholders, in the planning process for portions of the Ulster-Esopus Ridge in Town of Ulster which includes wetlands and a highly significant Native American lithic workshop discovered during the archeology. With a growing portfolio throughout the city of Kingston, the committee handles all parcels and easements gifted or otherwise conserved to assure protection. To learn more, contact Kevin at kevin@kingstonlandtrust.org

KLT works to preserve open space.

The South Pine Street City Farm Project

About 1/4 acre of land in the Midtown section of Kingston is currently being transformed into Kingston’s first City Farm. Led by first generation farmer and city of Kingston resident Jesica Clark, the Kingston Land Trust has teamed up with The Queens Galley, The Queens Galley’s “Cooking Matters” program and Binnewater Ice Co. to take steps in making Kingston an urban agriculture epicenter. For more information, contact Farmer Clark at jesicaclark21@gmail.com

South Pine Street City Farm in the fall, 2010

“The Dig Kids” – An urban farming program

With the help of a grant from the Columbia Foundation, The Kingston Land Trust has created “The Dig Kids”- a farming program located at the Everett Hodge Community Center in Midtown Kingston to help youth learn important farming skills while being paid a stipend to do so. Harvests will be sold at local farmers markets as well as used for cooking instruction and distributed throughout the immediate community for those in need. For more information, contact rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org

"The Dig Kids" Garden Clean-up in 2010

The Kingston City Hall Victory Garden

The Kingston Land Trust will be in its third year helping to develop the Kingston City Hall Victory Garden, an organic  ‘square foot gardening’ project to illustrate the amount of food that can be grown and harvested in an 8×8 foot raised bed. Managed by City Hall employees, the harvest is donated to a different soup kitchen in the city of Kingston each year.  If you are a soup kitchen and wish to be included, contact rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org

City Hall Victory Garden

Yoga in the Park! Creating Healthy Communities

The KLT in collaboration with Shakti Yoga, MAC Fitness and the City of Kingston’s Parks and Recreation department, is we’re excited to announce “Yoga in the Park! Creating Healthy Communities” starting on May Day (Sunday, May 1st) at Cornell Park in the Rondout section of Kingston. Join your neighbors on the first Sunday of each month starting in May through October for Shakti’s exceptional yoga series that will accommodate every level in the gorgeous setting of one of our most wonderful urban parks. Contact rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org

Healthy Kingston For Kids (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

The Kingston Land Trust is a proud partner of the “Healthy Kingston for Kids” program led by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Leading an initiative to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in Kingston through environmental and policy change, the project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with $360,000 over four years. Recently, a resolution for Complete Streets was approved by the Kingston Common Council and other such initiatives as community gardens and more are on their radar. Contact Arthur Zaczkiewicz for more information at arthur@kingstonlandtrust.org

Midtown, Kingston

The Kingston Land Trust Celebrates the Holiday Season at Keegan Ales on Wednesday, December 29th.

The community is invited to attend and sample Keegan’s new “Kingston Land Trust” Rosemary Brew.

Kingston, NY – The Kingston Land Trust, an urban trust in the historic city of Kingston, celebrates the holiday season at Hudson Valley brewery Keegan Ales located at 20 Saint James Street on Thursday, December 29th, 2010 from 6-8pm.  The community is invited to attend. A special “Kingston Land Trust Rosemary Brew” will be showcased that evening.

“It’s been a big year for the Kingston Land Trust, and we want to celebrate and share our works with the community” says Executive Director Rebecca Martin. ” Keegan Ales is revered in NY State and located in Midtown, Kingston. We couldn’t  think of a better place to invite our friends together for a little holiday cheer and what fun it is to have beer made especially for us for this event”.

The Kingston Land Trust will showcase their upcoming projects in 2011 and will also be accepting tax deductible donations.

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.

About Keegan Ales:

Keegan Ales is the Hudson Valley’s Brewery, featuring three distinct beers brewed and bottled in historic Kingston, the first capital of the state of New York. “Old Capital” named for Kingston’s heritage, is a classic and refreshing ale. “Hurricane Kitty” named in honor of brewmaster Tommy Keegan’s grandmother, is an aggressively hopped India Pale ale, while “Mothers Milk” is a dark, rich, and creamy milk stout with hints of chocolate.  In addition to the brewery the historic 1830’s brick building will also feature a brew pub that is now open.


You’re Invited: A Message From the Kingston Land Trust Offices

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.

Warm Regards,

Rebecca Martin
Executive Director
Kingston Land Trust
Kingston, NY.
845/877-LAND (5263)
rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org

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.