September First Friday is all about the Hudson Valley! Friday, September 2, 6-9

Please join us this Friday for a HUDSON VALLEY Spirits tasting, Book signing & discussion, Art Exhibit & Cookie Sale! There’s much to see and do here in Saugeties that night, so expect a party! Here are further details:

Another First Friday brings another local craft spirits tasting! We will be sampling Albany Distilling Company’s Quackenbush Still House Albany Amber Rum and Ironweed Rye Whiskey.
ADC’s Amber Rum is made in the traditional style of the original Quackenbush Still House in what is now downtown Albany. The original distillery ran from about 1758 to 1810, according to the guys at ADC, and they used Hudson River water to mix with Carribean molasses to make their rum. The ADC Amber Rum also uses Carribbean rum and an old recipe, but they rely on a new water source and their own used whiskey barrels to age the rum. Drink neat or in a cocktail–we will have one for you to try on Friday!
The Quackenbush Still House closed when Rye Whiskey became Albany’s spirit of choice and rum fell out of favor. Ironweed Rye pays homage to that choice, and is made with New York State Rye and a bit of Malted Barley. The mashed, fermented, and distilled rye is aged for 9 months in new charred American white oak barrels.

“The Lower Esopus Creek”
with Vernon Benjamin
The History of the Hudson River Valley:
From the Civil War to Modern Times
Book Signing and Talk
Friday, September 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
The concluding volume of Vernon Benjamin’s acclaimed history of the Hudson River Valley, spanning from the post-Civil War period, through the twentieth century, and into the present day, has been released by Overlook Press. Called “thoroughly informative and approachable” by The New York Times, Vernon Benjamin’s The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War presented nearly the Hudson River Valley’s dynamic past in unmatched richness and detail. And now with The History of the Hudson River Valley: from the Civil War to Modern Times, Benjamin completes his historical account of the region by taking readers from the post-Civil War period into the present day. This event will focus on “The Lower Esopus Creek” and the impacts and changes to the creek and its ecology and history caused by the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir over 1907-16. Benjamin discusses the history in terms of “collateral damages” caused by the Reservoir and its discharges, and what local communities are doing to protect the creek and its new identity as a bifurcated watershed.
Here is an article that appeared in the Metropolitan Section of The New York Times recently:

The organizers from St. Baldrick’s Day-Ulster County will be here promoting their March 2017 ‘Brave The Shave’ event. They will be raising awareness about pediatric cancer research and recruiting shavees for the event; come find out how you can get involved! Banana Moon Baking Company will be with them selling their amazing cookies and pies and donating their proceeds for this cause.

This will be the final installation of this year’s Esopus Creek Conservancy’s ArtEsopus exhibit–“supporting nature through art!” All works are $50 and proceeds support environmental education programs at ECC.

21+ with valid ID to consume alcohol. 6mos+ to eat cookies.
PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE or drop cookie crumbs in the back seat!

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