Father’s Day Greenline Weekend Wander – 6/18

The Weekend Wander continues on Father’s Day! This is our second walk of the season. Explore the Greenline third Sundays from 10am-noon from May – October.

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Grab your father, family and friends to join us this Sunday, June 18th. Our meeting place will be at Kingston Point Park. We will be at the parking lot near the dog park. Kingston Greenline Committee Co-Chair Tim Weidemann will be leading the tour.

The route this Sunday – We will walk from Kingston Point Park to the Hudson Landing site, along North Street (past Smorgasburg). This route is being considered for the Empire State Trail as it makes it way through Kingston! Learn more about that on our walk.

After the walk it is a short way to the Smorgasburg at Hutton Brickyards.

The Kingston Greenline is an initiative of the The Kingston Land Trust in partnership with the City of Kingston and Ulster County. Check here for development status: https://kingston-ny.gov/kingstononthemove.

 

For more information contact Kingston Land Trust Executive Director Julia Farr at julia@kingstonlandtrust.org or call 845-877-5263.

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Day 1 – We Walk United

Join us for this terrific walk through Kingston on New Years Day. Perhaps now more than ever the need for us to relate to each other as humans and not labels or beliefs is clear. This starts by just walking together, talking, exchanging, learning not about what divides us, but rather what unites us.

WHO: People of Kingston
WHAT: Day 1 – We Walk United
WHEN: Sunday, Jan 1, 2017. 1PM – 4PM
WHERE: Dietz Stadium
170 N Front St, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: What a GREAT way to start the New Year!

In the face of so much that divides us, let us not forget that we are united by the bonds of our common fellowship in the human race. Let’s Walk…

MADE in Kingston

Come celebrate the 4th annual MADE in Kingston… A shopping event showcasing Kingston’s creative community and their art, sculpture, toys, jewelry, furniture, clothing, home decor and more, accompanied by fabulous local fare, music, and Kingston’s favorite brew, Keegan Ales. All in time for holiday gift giving

WHO: City of Kingston, Midtown Arts District, Arts Mid Hudson, the Business Alliance of Kingston & TRANSART
WHAT: MADE in Kingston
WHEN: Thursday, Dec 8, 2016. 4PM – 8PM
WHERE:
WHY: Shop local and support Kingston this Holidays!

The 15,000 square foot building had been a coat factory, roller rink/bowling alley and an antique restoration business. For more info, click here.

Weekend Wander: Oct Edition

Join us for the 6th and FINAL edition of this season’s Weekend Wander series! In this Wander, we’ll be exploring the Rondout section of the Kingston Greenline which includes the future Kingston Point segment. #KLTWander #WeekendWander

WHO: Kingston Land Trust
WHAT: Weekend Wander – Oct Edition
WHEN: Sunday, Oct 16 at 9:30AM – 11:30PM
WHERE:
WHY: Hike around Kingston with local experts to talk about its exciting projects and hidden treasures right here in our backyard AND it’s the last Wander of the 2016 season!

Keep checking our site for more details on future hikes. #KLTWander #WeekendWander

 

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Weekend Wander, October 16th Route: The Rondout and the Kingston Point Rail Trail

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O+ Festival Mural-To-Mural Bike Ride

The O+ Festival Bike Rides are back! Join us on a tour of past and present murals from the O+ Festival. In addition, the ride will highlight sections of the Kingston Greenline, a planned trail system in Kingston, that is set to begin construction soon!!!

WHO: O+ Festival
WHAT:O+ Festival Mural-To-Mural Bike Ride
WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 9AM – 1:30PM
WHERE:
WHY: Bikes, Murals, Kingston Greenline…

Easy, 5-6 mile rile. All welcome… Bikes, trikes, striders, anything that rolls! Upon our return, an art show featuring works by artists in recovery will be on display in the lobby of the YMCA and a free BBQ will take place in the back of the Y parking lot. Ride is FREE with your O+ wristband. Check out the route here.

O+ Festival Kick-Off Parade

Join the parade and celebrate the launch of the 7th annual O+ Festival! Everyone is invited to walk, dance, ride, scoot and shimmy as we parade past artists creating murals, murals from previous years and great Kingston institutions.

WHO: O+ Festival
WHAT: O+ Festival Kick-Off Parade
WHEN: Friday, October 7, 5:30PM – 7PM
WHERE:
WHY: Because you LOVE to dance, scoot and shimmy.

Line up begins at the Kingston Library at 5PM. Parade launches at 5:30 and will end up on Wall Street between 6:30PM and 7PM. Bring your most festive self and feel free to wear a costume, ride a bike or scooter, or play an instrument. Kids are encouraged! Click for more info.

O+ Festival: all abO+ut it

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Fall in the Catskills means cooler temperatures, changing leaves and the return of the O+ Festival of art, music and wellness in Kingston. Now in its seventh year, O+ has become a must-do on the cultural calendars of both loyal fans and those who are just starting to discover all that Kingston has to offer.

The three-day O+ Festival weekend (Oct. 7-9) features more than 60 bands, 30 artists (murals, performance, installation, interactive and exhibition), Literary SALO+N and CO+LLAGE Café, unlimited classes in yoga, sound healing, dance and meditation, Wellness EXPO+ and CO+NFERENCE, and cycling events for all interests and skill levels — including a bicycle tour of the proposed Kingston Greenline and the O+ murals.

A wristband is your all-access ticket to as much art, music and wellness you can handle.

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Take the time to pore over our digital schedule — you’ll get a beautiful printed version when you pick up you wristband at the MO+THERSHIP (patio at Wall and North Front streets) — and make a plan that suits your interests. But be sure to pace yourself. There’s A LOT to see, hear and experience.

For your inspiration, here’s a peek at my itinerary for festival day No.1 (Friday, Oct. 7):

5:30PM Parade: I’ll kick things off Friday with the New Orleans-style parade, which winds its way through uptown and midtown, passing by O+ murals from years past and 2016 murals in-the-making. I can’t wait to see how Lady Pink, the “first lady of graffiti,” responds to this year’s Mothers of Invention theme at Express Latinos on Broadway.

7PM Kirtan at The Kirkland: Then you can catch me stepping out of my comfort zone and into a kirtan (chanting) concert led by Lee Mirabai Harrington. “Through the recitation of ancient divine names, sacred mantras and sacred syllables, we can align ourselves with divine energies and achieve a state of unity, oneness, transformation and inner peace.” Yes, please.

9PM Uni Ika Ai at BSP: After experiencing the healing vibrations of collective chanting, I’m headed to BSP Kingston for my first of many concerts of the weekend: Uni Ika Ai, a Brooklyn-based dreampop / artpop band.

10PM Drawing Extravaganza at Broadway Arts: Unlike many of my fellow O+ volunteers, I’m no artist, but that won’t stop me from experiencing Anna Hafner’s interactive drawing class. Each of Hafner’s sculptural shrines will house models dressed as different incarnations of the divine feminine for you and me to sketch. LO+VE it!

10:30PM PMS & The Mood Swings at The Anchor: From Broadway Arts, it’s a quick walk to The Anchor for PMS & The Mood Swings, who will “serve up sticky pop candy with a classic Bowery punk beat, Coney Island surf guitars, and that uptown sax sound!”

I would love to know what O+ events are on your must-do list!

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And The Kids performed during the 2015 O+ Festival at Seven21 Media Center — photo by Rachel Brennecke

While attendees are experiencing all that the festival has to offer, volunteer health and wellness providers in a pop-up clinic at Old Dutch Church are treating the underinsured artists and musicians who donate their talent as well as the many volunteers who work the weekend. We call this exchange “the art of medicine for the medicine of art.”

O+ is pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth to make the festival affordable to all while raising much-needed funds for the Kingston-based national nonprofit that powers it.

We have some great thank-you gifts for wristband donations of $50, $75 and $100, including gifts for cycling enthusiasts and a limited-edition Mothers of Invention T-shirt designed by New Yorker cartoonist and O+ alumna Carolita Johnson.

What’s It Worth to YO+U?

Kathleen (Wereszynski) Murray is a Kingston native and chief storyteller at O+ Festival.

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The Kingston Greenline has been greenifying Instagram since early May… And it’s been going FAB! We’re getting tons of new followers daily and people are tagging and hashtagging us constantly – THANK YOU! It’s been a terrific way to show you the existing Greenline trails, the parts that are under construction, the South Pine Street City Farm and other great locations in and around Kingston.

We hope this will encourage you to get out and about in Kingston, on its trails and share your awesome photos. We’d love to see you! Please FOLLOW us… @kingstongreenline

#kltgreenline #kingstongreenline #kingston #kingstonisbeautiful

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Smorgasburg Upstate in review

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On breezy and sunny days in the warmer months, everyone aches to be outside. They look out their office windows or homes and then gather in sculpture parks or have picnics. Visit swimming holes or dine in a friend’s backyard. In the Hudson Valley, we are lucky enough to have endless outdoor options any given day. But now Saturdays are a special day for Kingston. Saturdays mean the Farmer’s Market, and right now, Saturdays mean Smorgasburg: UPSTATE.

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I came in to the food industry by way of the fashion industry, where I traveled almost constantly around the world, shopping and designing for a living, and eating some of the most amazing food on the planet. There was nothing better than a good market. ESPECIALLY if it was open air. You’re tired, and you want to maximize your day. Whenever I hit a market, I have a routine. This is my Smorgasburg routine

  • Get at least 3 other people to meet me there. Preferably more, that way each person can get in a different food line and procure something hot and yummy, the more unique the better.
  • Set up shop at a picnic table, marvel in the sun, and get comfy discussing the previous evening and future events.
  • Settle in for the food! Photograph, take a bite and pass it on, so you can try a little bit of everything and decide on your favorites.

Hillbilly Banh Mi from PAKT in midtown, Scrapple and Country Ham!

Raclette and goat cheese sourdough pizza from ITSA Mobile Pizza Oven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Full and happy, its time to grab a beer and hit the flea market section. I like to pick up unique versions of things that I need or procure gifts for future birthdays and holidays that I will admittedly forget about and then be glad I already shopped for them. Plus you get to meet people from various different industries and connect for future projects.
  • Now back to the food. But packaged food this time. You have a full week ahead of you and you want to be ready. Maybe some pastries and coffee for the morning, or hot sauces to keep the fridge stocked.

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At the end of the day, you’re outside. You’re supporting your community. You are voting with your money, the most influential vote there is. You are so lucky. WE are so lucky!

“Vendor, Customer” Photo by Elke Wong

“Vendor, Customer” Photo by Elke Wong

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Eryn Stutts, Mouth of Madness, Filler of Bellies and Dream Wrangler at PAKT Kingston, an eclectic southern restaurant. She is also known for her alter ego, SweaterMeat, and UglyFoodTastesBetter.com

Crown Street Planter Readopted

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After sitting unclaimed for nearly two years, the Crown Street planter has been readopted by the Kingston Land Trust; and to think it only took one person an hour and a hundred dollars to get it back in action! When it was brought to the Kingston Land Trust’s attention that this KUBA (Kingston Uptown Business Association) planter had not been matched with another organization since we cared for it in 2014, I volunteered to take it back on.

I wanted to demonstrate that it does not have to be a huge commitment to spruce up a small public space. Having studied landscape architecture, I followed the basic plant selection criteria for low maintenance public plantings that I absorbed at the New York City Parks Department: perennial and minimal watering needs.

Sedum fit the bill and I knew they would be available and affordable at Adams, so I headed out to see how many plants I could get with the allocated money. Staying in the succulent palette, I chose a range of forms: upright, spreading and cascading, to fill in around base of the lonely tree. With the plants in tow, plus three bags of organic potting soil (to supplement the existing soil) and my hand shovel and fork, I headed to Crown Street.

Planting was a breeze and I felt proud as people walked by, knowing that I was supporting their experience of this city as pedestrians, especially in this spot that could use a little beautification, since it is in front of a lackluster parking lot.

I am now considering how I can further embellish the planter without further expense. I intend to collect river stones and ask for transplants from friends’ gardens. In fact, with enough creativity and dedication, anyone in our community could do a public planting without cost. I would welcome the opportunity to work with others on stewarding additional installations around Kingston, especially on land that is neglected, as well as planting something more impactful, like edibles that could be harvested by passersby, or native plants to support pollinators.

Julia has been a Kingston resident for less than three years, but she’s decided to put down roots. She is looking forward to applying her background in urban design to the enhancement of a public and green spaces by serving on the board of the Kingston Land Trust.