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Living History in my hometown…Verplanck NY

Half Moon-River Day 2009 By now you all know how passionate I am about the Hudson Valley and the vast amount of history that was made right here in our valley.  I am excited too that my hometown (Verplanck, NY) played and continues to play a major role in history making.

Much of this blog post will be information currently available on various other websites (see resources below).  I’ll do my best to summarize what for me is both historical in scope and personal, as it’s, literally, history in my backyard.

Once again the replica ship of Henry Hudson’s original Half Moon exploration ship from 1609 has docked at the King Marine in Verplanck, NY.  This beautiful replica has been docking here during the winter for the past twelve (12) years.  The ship is one of only two such replicas in the world.

Now for the exciting news, recently the Half Moon’s captain, Chip Reynolds, hosted a group of filmmakers from the Netherlands who were visiting the Half Moon in consideration of using her for a documentary about Dutch explorers! How exciting the possibility of a documentary featuring this great ship with so much history connected to my hometown! After all, my high school was named after the famous explorer (Hendrick Hudson High)!

“It will be a story about discovering the new world that has never been done before,” said Erwin Godschalk, the film’s producer. Godschalk said the crew should begin filming in May and release the documentary in December. The Half Moon will be needed for about five to ten days of shooting.

Captain Reynolds is also the Director of the New Netherland Museum.  The New Netherland Museum operates the Half Moon. When the ship is under way Captain Reynolds uses a crew of volunteers to sail her. He also runs an educational program in partnership with New York State certified educators that integrates history, math, science and writing for fourth and seventh graders who can embark on a one-week voyage.

Watch the video to learn more about the ship and the programs run through the New Netherland Museum, which is the non-profit, educational institution that owns and operates the ship as a traveling museum dedicated to public education about the life in New Netherland during the 17th Century. Reynolds is the director of the museum.

The ship will be here until late March / early April at the King Marine in Verplanck.  Randy King, invites residents of the community stop by the marine at 270 6th St., Verplanck, any time to visit the Half Moon. You can reach him at 914-739-3413.

As reported on The New Netherland Museum’s website,”the original Half Moon was the first European ship to document entry into what we now call the Delaware Bay and River, and to explore the Hudson River to its navigable limits and was commissioned on March 25, 1609, for the Dutch East India Company. She was a ship of exploration and the spaceship of her age, designed to take a crew of twenty into unknown and uncharted waters.

Her captain, Henry Hudson, was already a famous explorer of Arctic waters when in 1608 he was hired by the Dutch East India Company to find a northeast, all-water route to Asia. but only a month out of port, the Dutch/English crew of his ship was disheartened after their passage north of Norway was blocked by Arctic ice floes. Many talked of mutiny.

Sitting in his cabin, the concerned captain considered his dilemma and options. A compromise was made. The course was changed and what began as a search for a Northeast passage became a transatlantic crossing to look for a Northwest passage to the rich spice. trade of China. Of course, some think that Hudson’s intention all along was to go Northwest.

Hudson in North America

After reaching the Maine coast and replacing a foremast lost in rough storms during her Atlantic crossing. the Half Moon sailed southward as far as the present day North Carolina Outer Banks. Then, turning northward, Hudson explored the Delaware Bay before arriving at the mouth of a wide river. Could this be a passage to the Pacific Ocean?

Hudson stopped at points on the New Jersey coast before sailing the small ship up the river which today bears the Captain’s name–the Hudson River, but it was soon obvious that it was an inland river, not a west-ward passage. Hudson sailed upriver to present-day Albany before returning down river, and claiming the region for the Dutch.

It would be many years before the significance of Hudson s 1609 voyage to America would be understood, and the Half Moon universally recognized as one of the best known ships of exploration.

America’s Dutch Heritage

Hudson’s voyage had important consequences. In making this historic journey, Hudson claimed the region for the Dutch and opened the land for the settlers who followed. Hudson s voyage, nearly ten years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, led to the establishment, in 1614, of the Dutch trading post, Fort Nassau, at present day Albany, New York. The first European settlements in the States of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania were built by the Dutch beginning in 1624 and formed the Dutch colony of New Netherland, or Nieuw Nederlandt.

By the end of the 17th century, all of New Netherland had become the possession of the British crown. Yet the maps of the region still reflect the original Dutch settlements. Brooklyn, Hoboken, Block Island and hundreds more places take their names from the first Dutch colonists. These names hint at the early Dutch role in establishing our nation, an involvement that continued through to the American Revolution. …..”

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today!



The Hudson Valley on Canvas

Hello everyone, I am so excited to launch the new image (Hudson From Bear Mt. by Phyllis Tarlow) on my blog and to introduce you to the wonderful artist whom I am both honored and privileged to have met; Phyllis Tarlow. Even more, I am grateful that Phyllis has graciously permitted me to feature her piece on my website. 

We had the pleasure of meeting Phyllis last year at the Knickerbocker Ice Festival (if you didn’t catch my blog then, you may want to check it out now).  We had an instant connection.  Phyllis’ passion for painting and painting here in the Hudson Valley (which we all know I’m so passionate about!), probably made it inevitable for us to connect.  I am very happy to say that we’ve stayed in touch throughout the year since we met, one year ago this month.  We’ve exchanged holiday cards and learned a little about each other’s lives.   

The more we have gotten to know each, the more we have discovered that we both have visited and/or have a love for particular areas here in the Hudson Valley.  Phyllis has many pieces in her Hudson Valley collection.  Many of the paintings are scenes from the lower Hudson Valley & Hudson Highlands region.  Like me, Phyllis says she finds herself heading West toward the Hudson River (which we all know how very special the river is to me) and up into the very dramatic landscape of the Hudson Highlands. Just as traveling in and around this beautiful Hudson Valley always makes me smile, Phyllis too says capturing the colors and sights of the valley lift her spirits and she finds happiness in being able to share with others through her paintings. 

 Here are a few of my favorites, most of these are basically in my backyard, and areas I’ve visited and played in for many years! 

Cornfield-at-Lawrence-Farm in Newburgh NY



Oh and if you live in or near, or just love Larchmont, NY you may want to check our Phyllis’ collection titled Manor Park.  As Phyllis describes it, “…Manor Park in Larchmont, NY is a charming little park located on the shores of the Long Island Sound. Its distinctive gazebos and wonderful rocky outcroppings have given me pleasure throughout the years since I discovered the park as a young girl. I’ve been painting small watercolors of the various views through the years and have also chosen two of my watercolors to publish as limited edition giclee prints.” 

In addition to prints and originals, Phyllis offers a boxed set of 6 assorted cards of Manor Park scenes. Call 914 428-1224 or email Phyllis to order. 

Phyllis has been working professionally as an artist since the early 80’s, first entering the world of art as a commercial artist and illustrator and gradually turned toward portraiture and fine art.  My honey and I are considering a portrait of us from this past year as we just celebrated 5 years together! 

While commissioned portraits continue to be a part of her work, Phyllis has found oil landscapes have become central to her body of work and have captured her heart & attention! 

Phyllis feels that the variety of locations, atmospheric effects, changing seasons and climate present such endless possibilities that she now understands how her love of the landscape continues to feed her senses while at the same time challenge her abilities as an artist. 

Phyllis paints in oil en plein air (artists lingo meaning “on location”) as well as in her Hartsdale, NY, studio where she will often finish a painting started on location but also paint new subjects using plein air sketches and photos taken with her digital camera as reference. 

If you would like to keep up with the wonderful new pieces Phyllis paints from our great Hudson Valley I encourage you to     Phyllis Tarlow Fine Art on Facebook and/or sign up for her newsletter.  

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today! 


15th Annual America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration

Can it be…can it be that I have written since October? Yikes! Can it be that 2010 is gone-it went too fast! Can it be that we are ushering in a new year already-wait it’s happening all too fast!  So I need to play a little quick catch-up here…below you’ll hopefully get a better understanding of why and how much we love Plymouth, MA.  Remember we accidently found our way there back in the summer when thanks to hurricane Earl our vacation to St. Thomas was rudely interrupted.  Because we fell in love we Plymouth we were eager and excited to go back this past fall and take part in their annual Thanksgiving Celebration….hopefully after you read this and browse through some of our pictures you too will want to visit and perhaps attend their celebration this year!

In November we went back to Plymouth, MA for their 15th Annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration and loved it!  We already established that we LOVE Plymouth so I’m not sure if it was the Thanksgiving Celebration or simply the fact that we were back in Plymouth that made our weekend so special!

Rand McNally rates Plymouth’s Annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration #1 in “unique ways to celebrate America’s Thanksgiving.”   The weekend long celebration was kicked-off by a great concert held on Plymouth Memorial Hall on Friday night.  We were treated to great performances by the American Originals Fife & Drum Corps followed by a spectacular concert performed by the Air Force’s Tops In Blue; the Air Force’s premier entertainment show.

We were thrilled to be among the 175,000 people at the parade on November 20th.  The annual event is billed as the second largest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country, according to event organizers.  A special treat this year was for the first time in recent memory, a C-5B from Westover performed a flyover at a parade.

The aircraft carried 200,000 pounds of cargo on a mission bound for a base in the Midwest. But first, it flew a “positioning leg” up the Plymouth, Mass., coastline to the delight of all us attending the parade.

While an Army National Guard unit shot large-caliber blanks next to Plymouth Rock and in sight of the Mayflower replica, Mayflower II, the C-5 banked and headed west out of sight.

From the concerts to various events & activities such as the Thanksgiving Parade, America’s Hometown Historic Village – New England Food Festival – Crafter’s Pavilion –  Wampanoag Educational Pavilion by Plymouth Plantation and more all taking place at the Waterfront Park it made for a spectacular weekend, one I’m grateful we had a chance to attend!  I would strongly encourage you to consider attending this year’s celebration – trust me, you’ll be  glad you did.  And remember, if you need a great place to stay, call Sandy at B&B.  Sandy’s warm hospitality will welcome you from the minute you meet her.  Her smile is inviting, her home is  comfortable and her sincerity is refreshing.  Sandy’s charm, and holiday decor will bring a smile to your face! Oh and bring your appetite because her breakfasts are totally over-the-top delicious!

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today!