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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!

Resources:

http://peekskill.patch.com/

http://www.halfmoonreplica.org/

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The Hudson Valley Welcomes all Cat & Dog Lovers,

Calling all cat lovers, this is the event for you! Calling all non-cat owners, this is still the event to see!

Now in its 3rd year, Cat-N-Around Catskill is a very interesting and fun activity to see.

This year being “A Quadricentennial Celebration” Main Street in Catskill becomes the Hudson River as the Catskill Cats celebrate Explore NY 400, Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Celebration.  This year’s special 2009 felines arrived ready to celebrate the Hudson River Valley. The cats are decorated to reflect the culture, art, history, agriculture, industry and landscapes of this “wonderful” region / valley that I’m so proud to call home!

I am so glad to have had the chance to see this magnificent event and look forward to next year’s event. If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to take a drive to Catskill and enjoy a leisurely walk down the street of this 19th century riverfront village.

60 painted fiberglass felines will be sCATered along the historic Main Street in the Village of Catskill for this summer-long celebration.  Bring the kids, bring your camera and spend an afternoon prowling about with our capricious, whimsical, imaginative kitties.  Don’t forget to visit our wide array of shops, galleries and eateries as you stroll.  We guarantee you’ll go home with a smile
on your face.

Cat’n Around Catskill 2009 will culminate with a live auction of our fabulous felines at the Cat’s Meow Auction and Gala on Sunday, October 4th at The Historic Catskill Point on the Hudson River where these kitties will be looking for a permanent home.

For further information or to purchase tickets to the event please call 518-943-0989 or email catskillchamber@mhcable.com
For more to see and do in Catskill and Greene County, New York
visit
www.welcometocatskill and www.greenetourism.com

Here are a few of the wonderful cats

#8 Hoca Raffle Cat

#8 Hoca Raffle Cat #9 Cat'n Henry Hudson

#10 Lights In The Night

#10 Lights In The Night

#11 Pawing Around Palenville

#11 Pawing Around Palenville

#12 What A Crock

#12 What A Crock

#13 Catskill Cat

#13 Catskill Cat

#14 Tarrytown: Sleepy Hollow Cat

#14 Tarrytown: Sleepy Hollow Cat

Interesting enough, while visiting the shops along Main Street we learned that just across the river in Hudson NY the dogs are on display along Warren Street. So, being a dog lover/owner we had to take a ride across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge into Hudson so see the Best In Show Hudson Dogs. Here are some of the amazing 40 or so dogs we spotted walking down Warren Street.

1609 Canine

1609 Canine

Doggie Wash

Doggie Wash

Faith

Faith

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

River Day 2009

How exciting – Celebrate NY’s 400th – celebrating the great voyage of 400 years ago when Henry Hudson first saw this beautiful valley.  We are also celebrating the river, boats and all of our valley communities with the Great River Day Flotilla.

The flotilla started this morning with the boat and yacht clubs of Manhattan and New York City being the first to send out their memberships around the tip of Manhattan and coming round the statue of liberty led up the river by our New York State heritage flagships tracing Henry Hudson’s path to Albany. 

Along the shores at Verplanck’s Steamboat dock, we sat waiting to see the flagships; the famous Onrust, Clearwater, the Woody Guthrie, the Half Moon and the Mystic Whaler were scheduled to participate in this historic event.

Having grown up in Verplanck, it was a pleasure to see so many friends gathered around the dock on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.  As we all sat with out folding chairs, coolers, picnic lunches eagerly awaiting the ships!  The boat traffic was much more than we’ve seen recently.  Today was all about celebrating our great Hudson Valley and Hudson River.   We cheered and waved as these beautiful ships passed by us.  Flags waving, cannons fired and salutes from the Coast Guard–simply wonderful! 

So I “wonder” what did those like Henry Hudson think when they first passed our shores? 

Thanks to great activities such as this (and my age I would suspect LOL) my love for the river and the beautiful Hudson Valley grows deeper each year.

Hopefully you will get to enjoy some of the many exciting activities scheduled throughout the month of June!

Onrust-replica-June-7-2009

Onrust-replica-June-7-2009

Mystic Whaler River Day June 7 2009

Mystic Whaler River Day June 7 2009

Clearwate Sloop River Day June 7 2009

Clearwate Sloop River Day June 7 2009

Halfmoon River Day June 7 2009

Halfmoon River Day June 7 2009

2009 marks the 400th anniversaries of the voyage of English Captain Henry Hudson, who led (for the Dutch) the first European expedition to sail up the river that now bears his name

I’ve lived along this beautiful river (Verplanck) my entire life and am so grateful to truly love and appreicate it’s beauty and history.

Travel Trip New Yorks 400th Hudson Valley

Celebrate New York’s 400th with activities and events that will remind you why you live in the Hudson Valley and hopefully near our beautiful river.

June 6 will be the official River Day-many events and activities will are scheduled at various marinas along the river.

Here is a list of a few events:

 

Chris Letts serving samples of plank baked shad at last year's Shadfest

Chris Letts serving samples of plank baked shad at last year's Shadfest

 
Bridge Music – June 6

Photo: © 2006, Spencer Ainsley for The Poughkeepsie Journal

Photo: © 2006, Spencer Ainsley for The Poughkeepsie Journal

 

You may want to order your Souvenir Book ofor Quadricentennial by Mildred (Millie) Sullivan Schlachter, a local, Hudson River Valley region writer, presents, “A River Beckons….” Especially written for the ’2009 – Quadricentennial Celebration.

There are so many events scheduled that it is sure to be a wonderful tribute and celebration for all who participate. I am excitied(can you tell) and ready to attend as many of these events as possible! But in the event that I do not get to attend and you do, share with me which event you attend-you know, the where, when, how was it kind of stuff.

I really do love living along the river and love the Hudson Valley–I can’t image ever living anywhere else!

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