Be Here Now: Hudson River Valley Ramble, Sept. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 2010

The Hudson Valley Ramble

Leaves are turning and the days are getting cooler, so you’ll want to put on your walking (and biking and paddling and hiking) shoes as the 11th Annual Hudson Valley Ramble gets underway this Saturday, with three full weekends of guided landscape walks, historic tours, festivals, family fun, hikes, paddles and biking adventures up and down the Hudson River from Yonkers to Granville.

Check the schedule for details: some events require registration. Most events are free, although some include a modest fee. Here’s a map of events.

Here’s just a few of the events that caught our eye:

Legends and Lore of the Pinebush: An afternoon program of tales of burglary, ghosts, fire and the human history of the Pine Bush tat weaves between fact and fiction, imagination and reality. Sunday, 9/12 10:30am. $2.00/person 5years and older, $5.00/family

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Uncle Sam, The Man in Life and Legend: A 1 1/2 hour walking tour of sites in downtown Troy associated with Samuel Wilson, the progenitor of national symbol Uncle Sam just in time for his birthday (Sept 13th). Saturday, 9/11, 10:30am. $5 for not yet members of RCHS. Free to RCHS members and students with valid ID

Albany South End Ramble: The Schuyler Mansion will offer a walking tour of Albany’s historic South End, led by City Historian Tony Opalka. Saturday, 9/18, 10am. Free.

Kinderhook Village Ramble: Town and Village Historian Ruth Piwonka leads the 2-hour tour relating Kinderhook’s history on a ramble through the historic district with more than 150 dwellings, shops and churches from the 18th and 19th century. Saturday, 9/18, 10am.

Hudson River School Art Trail: Guided hikes to the magnificent Catskill landscapes that inspired Thomas Cole and other luminaries of 19th-century landscape painting. Saturday, 9/18, 9am.

Indian Ladder Trail Guided Hike: Learn about the geologic and cultural history of the Helderbergs, descending the cliff to discover underground streams, caves, and fossils hundreds of millions of years old. Saturday, 9/25, 10am.

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