Become a part of Quadricentennial history

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2009
400 years of history being celebrated in the Hudson Valley. Who would have thought that a captain sailing from the Netherlands in 1609 would have such a great impact on the Hudson Valley? Take this opportunity to watch the big ships sail from the harbor in New York City up the Hudson River.

The Gaga Arts Center is featuring a special Quadricentennial exhibit called “Light on New Netherlands” until June 14. Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center, 55 W. Railroad Ave., Garnerville. 845-947-7108.

June 6-13 are River Days. The flotilla of tall ships and boats travel from New York City to Albany, with stops Haverstraw, Newburgh, Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Kingston and Albany. Here’s when they’re stopping near you:

On June 7th, the flotilla of heritage ships commemorating Henry Hudson’s journey up the Hudson River lands at the Newburgh Waterfront. A day of activities is planned from 11am-6pm and the ships dock at 6pm. The ships also visit the Beacon and Poughkeepsie areas on June 8-10.

On June 10th The Hudson River Maritime Museum hosts a River Day to welcome the ships to Kingston. Two historic tugs and a World War II PT boat escort a fleet of five heritage vessels–the Clearwater, Onrust, a replica of a Dutch 17th-century sloop, Mystic Whaler, Woody Guthrie and a replica of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon. Trolley rides along the shore and special boat trips out to the lighthouse enable people to view the parade of vessels. 7pm. 845-338-0071.

Celebrate New York’s Dutch roots on June 13-14 at the Dutch Culture Festival at the Senate House in Kingston. Experience the Dutch influence through performances, demonstrations, food and hands-on activities. On June 14, three lectures on aspects of Dutch and New Netherland history are presented. Sat.11am-4:30pm, Sun. 1-4pm. 96 Fair St. 845-338-2786.

On July 25, the Town of Esopus hosts a Quad Celebration Day with narrated boat rides from the marina in Connelly to the Esopus lighthouse; a trolley bus tour to a slave cemetery, a covered bridge, and homes with Dutch-influenced architecture; and a John Burroughs exhibit at the Port Ewen Library. 845-331-3709.

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