Join the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Celebrating the Woman who Made Environmentalism in the Hudson Valley a Reality
KINGSTON, N.Y. – On Sunday, September 18th, the Hudson River Maritime Museum will be hosting its Pilot Gala in honor of environmentalist, activist and author, Fran Dunwell. The event will be hosted at Diamond Mills in Saugerties, NY, and tickets are now available to members of the public.
Fran Dunwell recently retired as the Hudson River Estuary Coordinator at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, a position she held since 1984. In that role, she managed the implementation of the state’s Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda and its $6.5 million annual budget. The Estuary Program organizes many partners to conserve the tidal Hudson and the extraordinary natural heritage of its watershed using programs founded in science and implemented in ways that support the quality of life of the Valley’s citizens.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s Pilot Gala is in celebration of Fran Dunwell and her work in the Hudson Valley. The evening will include a cocktail hour and seated dinner, an programming auction in support of the museum’s sailing and woodworking school as well as their green museum initiative, and a short film about Dunwell’s work.
Tickets are available for purchase on the museum’s website at www.hrmm.org. Also available is a raffle for an 18-person private character on the museum’s 100% solar-powered tour boat, Solaris, in the 2023 season. All proceeds from the event go towards supporting the mission and programming of the museum.
Thanks to community partnerships, a wonderful event unfolded at the Hudson River Maritime Museum (HRMM) in Kingston, New York and on the Hudson River on Saturday, August 13, 2022.
Fourteen middle school age girls from underserved communities that usually do not have access to waterfront activities and sailing, along with eight adult women mentors, spent a day at the Rondout Creek waterfront and sailing on the Hudson River as part of the National AdventureSail Program, organized by the National Women’s Sailing Association.
Participants experienced the world of sailing for the first time: the beauty of the Hudson River, the tranquility and peace of sailing, the focus and skill required by sailing well, the ability to stay calm despite challenges, the teamwork required and the connections built as part of a crew.
Girls and mentors met their skippers and crew members, everyone suited up with life jackets, boarded their boats, and eight sailboats headed out the Rondout Creek to the Hudson River. The day was spectacularly beautiful with fluffy clouds, sun and blue skies, warm temperatures that were not too hot, and a brisk 12-15 knot breeze over sparkling water.
Many of the boats opted to sail under mainsail alone (in contrast to the usual jib and mainsail configuration) to ensure the new sailors were comfortable. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful sail on the River, South of the Kingston/Rhinecliff Bridge and North of the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, until 1:00 pm, when they returned to the dock at HRMM.
It took a village to create this memorable event: The National Women’s Sailing Association provided guidance and information as well as donating backpacks for the girls.
MentorMe of Ulster County identified interested girls and mentors, explained to parents (many of whom do not speak English) what the day would entail, got permission from parents and transported the girls to the waterfront.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum provided the venue, and The Sailing School at the HRMM provided three sailboats along with skilled, certified sailing instructors who volunteered as skippers, and Kingston Sailing Club members provided five sailboats with volunteer skilled skippers and crew. Kingston Sailing Club members also donated breakfast foods, water bottles for each girl, and an ice cream cake, the Bruderhof Community donated lunch for everyone, Mother Earth Storehouse donated snacks for the girls, Adams Fairacre Farms donated a beautiful fruit tray for breakfast, and the National Women’s Sailing Association provided string backpacks for all the girls.
Solar Boat Programs
Kingston N.Y.- The Hudson River Maritime Museum is happy to announce programs conducted aboard our 100% Solar Powered vessel Solaris. Programs depart from the Museum docks from Thursday to Sunday, and on Sunday from our Rhinecliff dock. Tours of the Rondout Lighthouse, cruises on the Rondout Creek, and programs on "Wrecked and Abandoned" vessels in the area will be offered regularly, alongside guest presentations of "Indigenous Life" by Justin Wexler, "Children's and Adults Storytelling" by Karen Pillsworth, and Sunset Cruises. Live Music Cruises will be available on Thursday nights.
Some unique programs offered this month include the last of our "Children's Riddles Program" and Karen Pillsworth's "Children's Storytelling Cruises" on Saturday Mornings. Book before you miss it!
A Three Day Riverwise excursion is planned for the 15-17th to Hudson NY, with several stops planned along the way. Keep your eye out to see if Solaris passes you!
See Solarboattours.org for more information.
Solaris is a 100% solar-powered vessel built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum. It does not require fossil fuels to operate. Designed by marine architect Dave Gerr from a concept developed by David Borton, owner of Sustainable Energy, our tour boat is commercial in design, meeting all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for commercial passenger-carrying vessels. She can travel up to 50 miles at night without the use of her solar panels. Even on cloudy days, the solar panels are so efficient that they continue to power the batteries. Solaris is used for educational programs, public tours, and private charters and events. With near-silent running, low wake, and no engine fumes, Solaris makes the ideal "floating classroom" for children and the general public alike.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries and related communities. In addition to extensive collections documenting maritime transportation, industry, recreation, and natural science, the museum offers classes and programs at its Wooden Boat School, Sailing and Rowing School, and aboard its floating classroom, Solaris. The museum is located along the historic Rondout waterfront in downtown Kingston. Visit www.hrmm.org for more information.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is honored to announce a ceremonial Peace Tree Planting and an historic Peace Treaty Renewal between the Ulster County government and the Ramapough Lenape Nation, renewing the 1665 Richard Nicolls Esopus Peace Treaty. The renewal will take place Friday, August 5th at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, and is open to public attendance.
From the statement by the Ulster County Clerk’s office:
The public is invited to the Kingston Rondout Historic Waterfront District this Friday, August 5th for a day of peace, healing, and good relations. The day will begin at 10:00 am with the planting of a Tree of Peace at the former Kingston Visitors Center, 20 Broadway. The tree will be an Esopus apple tree to commemorate the death of two Indigenous women who ate apples from a local tree. They thought they were eating the fruit of the land. A Dutch settler thought they were stealing from him and so shot them.
The Tree of Peace is a metaphor for how peace can grow if it is nurtured. Like a tall tree, peace can provide protection and comfort. Like a pine tree, peace spreads its protective branches to create a place of peace where we can gather and renew ourselves. Like the White Pine, peace also creates large white roots (tsyoktehækęætaˀkona) that rise out of the ground so people can trace their journey to the source. Leading this ceremony will be Kawisente, Chief of the Bear Clan of Kahnawake, Kanienkehaka.
At 1:00 pm, a renewal of the October 7, 1665, Peace Treaty between the indigenous Esopus people and European settlers will take place. This Treaty is significant because it brought to a close hostility between the Esopus and the settlers that had begun back in 1659. Both parties promised to cease hostilities, to establish a course of justice and conduct trade with each other. In addition to the cessation of fighting, the Treaty proclaimed, “That all past Injuryes, are buryed and forgotten on both sides” and "that it may bee kept in perpetuall memory." There have been 13 renewals of this treaty found in the archives, dating from 1669 to 1745.
Ten years ago, at Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign alliances were made and a decision taken to renew the Treaty regularly. Since that time the Nicolls Treaty has been renewed 6 times between representatives of the county and the Ramapough Munsee Lunaape. It is our intention to continue this tradition and expand awareness of it throughout the county and the states of New York and New Jersey.
Turtle Clan Chief Vincent Mann of the Ramapough Munsee Lunaape Nation will be leading the Treaty Renewal that will happen aboard the Sloop Clearwater. A public sail with limited tickets will follow. Covid protocols will be in place.
“Friday’s event will be the seventh time the Treaty has been renewed in recent years and it is our honor to continue to be a part of it,” stated County Clerk Postupack. “It is so important to continue the tradition of acknowledging the past and moving forward in peace. We hope to inspire future generations to carry on this tradition and embrace the spirit of peace.”
As part of the renewal, the Native American tradition of exchanging gifts will take place. Gifts received in previous years will be brought to honor each side. Among these were pipes made from an ancient walnut tree growing during the time of both Treaties. Siblings of these pipes live around the world, from the tip of Africa to the Middle East, Europe North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and the Philippines, promoting peace, healing, and good relations. The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s Wooden Boat School will also be offering a gift as part of the gift exchange ceremony.
For more information about the Ramapough Lenape Nation, please visit their website at ramapomunsee.net. To learn about Sloop Clearwater and purchase tickets for the public sail, please visit www.clearwater.org. For further information about this and other outreach programs of the Ulster County Clerk’s Office, please contact County Clerk Nina Postupack at (845) 340-3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at clerk.ulstercountyny.gov or Facebook.
Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
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