Hudson River Day 2014

July 3, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
www.hrmm.org

CONTACT:  Lana Chassman  ▪  Director of Public Relations
845.338.0071, ext. 15
lchassman@hrmm.org                                                                                           

 FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE

 July 1, 2014

Maritime Museum’s “Hudson River Day” – Saturday, July 19

Keeping Hudson River History Alive for Generations to Come!

The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s annual summer event, “Hudson River Day”, will be held on Saturday, July 19, from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on the Museum’s waterfront docks and courtyard campus including the Kingston Home Port and Education Center at 50 Rondout Landing in the historic waterfront district of downtown Kingston.

A free, family-friendly festival, “Hudson River Day” grew out of the success and enthusiasm created by the 2009 “Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial” as well as filling the void left when a moratorium was placed on fishing shad and hosting shad festivals.

Lana Chassman, the Museum’s Director of Public Relations, remarks on this remarkable river resource and the importance of the event to the Hudson Valley community.  “Not only is the Hudson River breathtakingly beautiful, but also as a water highway, the Hudson has been the primary component of commerce and development; economic transportation; leisurely travel and sport; and natural products supporting a more sustainable quality of life, for millennia.  The purpose of the Museum’s event is to celebrate this history and legacy as well as the on-going stewardship of our River.  By providing the portal to history along the Hudson, the Hudson River Maritime Museum reinforces this concept of learning from our ancestors’ missteps as well as celebrating their accomplishments to create a more enhanced future for us all”.

Various historical industries will be represented including bluestone and agriculture with traditional and innovative approaches to farming and food production.  “Transition Kingston’s” Gai Galitzine has provided the festival with over a dozen regional “agri-entrepreneurs” who will display their products and discuss their methods of “working with the Earth and its creatures”.  Riverkeeper’s and Clearwater’s representatives/educators will be present to discuss river ecology, education and advocacy.  Among the recreational and competitive sports, rowing and kayaking will be demonstrated.  Other maritime-related vendors will be present as well.

Visiting vessels include the Museum’s 1898 steam tugboat “Mathilda” who proudly reigns over the courtyard and now has a public viewing port to observe her historic steam engine.  A recent donation to the Museum’s courtyard collection is the towboat “Alida’s” restored cabin house, which is installed near “Mathilda’s” propeller.  The sailboat “Osprey” as well as the tugboat “Pilot” and the perriauger “Mercury” will be at dock for educational displays and discussions.  A festival favorite, the authentic small steamboat “Mary Theodora”, will offer brief rides on Rondout Creek on a limited, ticketed, first-come/first-served basis.

Children’s interactive activities will include a mini-boat building workshop followed by a “floatability test” in the Home Port Pool, and designing a mural with “faux” bricks.  There will special musical performances in the blue Gazebo by popular musicians “Payne’s Grey Sky” and Ben Rounds.

For more information, please contact Lana Chassman at 845.338.0071, ext. 15 or e-mail at lchassman@hrmm.org.  Visit the museum’s web site at www.hrmm.org.