A walk around Ossining – Haverstraw Ferry

My walk down to the Ossining waterfront ended here. By this time I was hot and tired and certainly didn’t feel like walking back the way I’d come. Coming down was all downhill so walking back would have been all uphill. Definitely too much for me a that point. So I called my wife and asked her to pick me up

I left with the thought that maybe a future excursion could be to take the ferry across to Haverstraw. I hope there’s lots to see in Haverstraw because the ferry only runs during rush our. If I take the latest morning ferry from Ossining I’d get there around 10:00 am. The first ferry back would be around 5:00 pm so I’d have about seven hours to kill.

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A walk around Ossining – Take Me to the River

According to News 12 Westchester:

A new piece of art is on display at Harbor Square complex in Ossining.

A 42-foot tall sculpture will serve as the centerpiece of the waterfront park being built. Sculptor Peter Lundberg named the monument ‘Take Me to the River,’ and has framed it with trenches and concrete. “For me it is a homage to the Hudson River and as I was building it, I built it right on location here right next to the Hudson and seeing boats go back and forth; I used to live near the Hudson River too so it has a lot of meaning for me,” says Lundberg.

Lundberg says the sculpture looks different depending on the time of day and weather.

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A walk around Ossining – The Angel

According to an article entitled: GDC and Ossining Dedicate Sculpture and New Public Kiosk at Harbor Square:

Sculpture is Tribute to Fire Departments in Ossining and Sister City in Portugal; Kiosk Features Plaques on History of Ossining Waterfront

OSSINING, NY (September 8, 2016) – Ginsburg Development Companies (GDC) and Ossining Village officials met yesterday at Harbor Square to dedicate a modern sculpture installed on the new public waterfront park and promenade of the luxury rental complex. They also dedicated a new public kiosk in the park that features 8 large-scale plaques commemorating the history of the Ossining waterfront.

The 23-foot tall carbon steel sculpture, which is the fourth sculpture to be installed at Harbor Square, was created by artist César Israel Paulo of Portugal. Commissioned by Harbor Square developer Martin Ginsburg, the sculpture is an exact replica of a sculpture in Alijó, Portugal, which is the sister city of Ossining. Former Ossining Village Mayor William Hanauer had seen the piece on a recent trip and connected the artist back to Mr. Ginsburg to discuss recreating the piece at Harbor Square.

Called “The Angel”, the sculpture is a tribute to the fire departments of Alijó and Ossining. The bright red sculpture varies its color and light and shadow depending on the time of day and year. “With the completion of this artistic project in Ossining there will be, in two different parts of the globe, two “Angels” standing as an homage to all those who give their lives for others,” said artist César Israel Paulo whose work is represented in public collections in Portugal and in private collections in Portugal, Europe, and North and Latin America.

“This powerful piece rising from the bank of the Hudson River is a fitting tribute to the remarkable men and women of the Ossining Fire Department,” said Ossining Village Mayor Victoria Gearity.

“Generations of Ossining residents have proudly served our neighbors. This sculpture is a fine way to honor their sacrifice and dedication,” said Matthew Scarduzio, Chief Engineer of the Ossining Fire Department.

“We are delighted to have brought this exciting work of art to Harbor Square to be enjoyed by our residents as well as the general public who visit this beautiful new waterfront park. We believe that public art plays an important role in creating vibrant residential communities,” said Mr. Ginsburg.

Mr. Ginsburg has a passion for displaying public art at GDC’s residential communities. Last year, GDC installed a towering 42-foot tall sculpture at Harbor Square created by internationally known sculptor Peter Lundberg, whose work is in collections around the world. Across the Hudson in Rockland County, GDC’s Harbors at Haverstraw residential community features several monumental sculptures along a waterfront promenade.

The new waterfront kiosk features photographs and maps from the Ossining Historical Society Museum. Panels are installed on the outside of the kiosk, each one highlighting a different piece of history from the Sint Sinck Indians to the iconic Sing Sing Correctional Facility to the arrival of the Hudson River Railroad’s impact, the Hudson Wire Company, a tribute to Henry Gourdine, a renowned local fisherman for whom the park is named in his memory, and the opening of Harbor Square.

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An Excursion to the Dutchess County Fair – Overview

Last August we went to the Dutchess County Fair with some friends.

According to the fair’s website:

The Dutchess County Agricultural Society was formed in 1842 on a $157.00 grant from the New York State Legislature. The Society’s purpose was “to continue the development of agriculture, household manufactured items, and domestic produce.”

1842 – The First Official Fair

The first official fair was held in Washington Hollow in 1842. Many followed in that same location which is currently occupied by the barracks of the NYS police. The fair was also held off and on in Poughkeepsie in the area of what is now Mill and Catherine Streets.

By the 1900’s, the fair had suffered considerable financial challenges. This caused the cancellation of the 1916 and 1918 fairs. In 1917, the fairgrounds in Poughkeepsie was used to mobilize people on the home front on behalf of the men involved in the war effort.

In 1919 there was much question as to the future of a fair in Dutchess County. The directorate of the Society was reorganized and a new location was chosen, Springbrook Park in Rhinebeck. The relocation to the present location proved successful and subsequent fairs to this time have remained on the same location.

The Weather, Gas Restrictions, the War

Weather always affects the fair. Both the fairs of 1927 and 1928 were cancelled due to heavy rains and flooding. The Society was once again plunged into heavy debt. The subsequent Depression years continued to negatively influence the growth of the fair. The 1942 fair was cancelled due to the War.

After the 1945 fair, gas restrictions were lifted with the end of the War. The “incredible” receipts from the ’45 and ’46 fairs allowed the Society to repay its debts and make an investment in the future. After nearly 100 years of ups and downs, the Dutchess County Fair was in good shape.

In 2011 the fair was forced to close early due to hurricane Irene and an earthquake.

The Largest Agricultural 6-Day Fair in New York

In 1950, the reincorporated Dutchess County Agricultural Society, Inc. purchased Springbrook Park and renamed it the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. The facility has since grown to 147 acres. Construction on the fairgrounds over the years has been constant and impressive.

Today, the largest agricultural 6-day fair in New York State has a physical plant that is the recognized as one of the most beautiful in the country.

Our friends used to live in Staatsburg, NY not far from where the fair takes place so of our first stop was to take a look at their former house. After that we looked at some antique stores in Rhinebeck, had lunch there and took a quick look at the town. Then finally we went off to the fair.

And if by some chance there are some fellow Brits reading this the use of ‘Dutchess’ rather than ‘Duchess’ is not a mistake. That’s what the county is called. Apparently it’s old usage. The word originated c.1300, from Old French duchesse, from Late Latin or Medieval Latin ducissa, feminine of dux (for duke). It was often spelled ‘dutchess’ until the early 19th century.

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