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Arboretum walk – Tour the gardens filled with tulips, beautiful plants, and trees. The Arboretum is in the County’s Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Hamptonburgh and is most easily accessed from the Grove St. park entrance off State Route 416. There is a motion-activated gate to enter the site in a vehicle, as well as a latched pedestrian entrance. The Arboretum is also home to the Remembrance Walkway and Garden to honor those who lost their lives and those whose lives have been forever altered by the tragic events of the September 11th attack on America. Lunch for anyone who would like to do outdoor dining.
Friday, May 7th - 10:30 a.m. Cost - Free RSVP - send form to MARTA or (Contact) by May 4th. Please Indicate if you will be going to lunch.
The Arboretum – Grove Street entrance - Thomas Bull Memorial Park, 211 Rt-416, Hamptonburgh, NY Copperfields Kildare Pub and Restaurant, 93 Clinton Street, Montgomery, NY
Middletown Reservoir Trails Hike – Come explore the Middletown Reservoir Trails and take in the stunning views of the Monhagen Reservoir, Highland Reservoir, and Shawangunk Reservoir. Along with the reservoirs you will enjoy the beautifully mapped out trails and wonderful plants and trees. We will be offering two hikes: an easy flat terrain walk and a moderate hike. Lunch after the walk to anyone who would like to go.
Thursday, May 13th - 10:30 a.m. Cost -Free RSVP - send form to MARTA or (Contact) by May 4th
Middletown Reservoir Trails - 435 Van Duzer Road, Middletown, NY- with significant parking. Lunch: Pizza e Birra (Outdoor Dining), 287 NY-211 Middletown, NY
Sip N Paint - Join us at the Wallkill River School of Art when our instructor, Nancy Reed Jones, once again helps us tap into the artist living within us! We will be painting a spring wreath. Nancy will show us how to paint different kinds of flowers so all the finished products will look different. To adhere to CDC guidelines, everyone must wear a mask. To maintain social distancing the class will be limited to 8 participants, four in each room.
Wednesday, May 19th - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cost - $30 RSVP – send form and check made out to The Wallkill River School of Art to MARTA by May 4th
Wallkill River School of Art, Rt. 17K, Montgomery, NY
Creating Beautiful Container Gardens 2021 - Cornell Cooperative Extension - During this workshop you will learn the secrets of creating both stunning and functional container gardens. A power team of four Master Gardener Volunteers – Janis Cortright, Judy Norelli, Lore Orchowski and Pat Pawliczak - will start off by teaching the basics of container gardening and finish off by showcasing the container gardens they have planted this year. Whether you are looking to grow vegetables and herbs, create a beautiful living screen, or just beautify your home, this workshop will help you get your container gardens off to a great start. Come be inspired by their creations! Presented over Zoom.
Jill P. Moore, Genealogical Talk and Discussion - Finding, Following, and Recording Your Family Tree – Join Jill as she takes you through a brief tour of overseas records and where/how to obtain them. We will primarily focus on British, Irish, French, Italian, and German records along with a few more adjacent regions. Though not exhaustive, explore some of the common pitfalls and how to overcome those roadblocks when encountering overseas issues We will also touch on Jewish records and the different genealogy groups out there that can help you in your search for overseas records. An engaging and knowledgeable speaker who loves solving a good genealogical puzzle, Jill P Moore has her own genealogy service and holds a certificate in genealogical research through Boston University and is an alumnus of the Pro Gen 37 study group. She teaches genealogical studies at the Moffat Library in Washingtonville and volunteers at many historical archives. Link will be sent to you.
Tuesday, May 25th - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost - $5.00 cash honorarium RSVP - send form and check made out to cash to MARTA by May 15th
When to Start your Social Security BenefitsSeminar – For those MARTA members who have not yet started Social Security, here is an opportunity to learn about how to maximize your benefit. Ravi Gopaul, Public Affairs Specialist from the Social Security Administration will discuss the qualifications for Social Security, ways to estimate benefits and considerations on when to start collecting. Also, he demonstrates how to navigate the My Social Security website when individuals are ready to file. Maximum 18 people.
Wednesday, May 26th - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost - $5.00 to cover the conference call RSVP - send form and check made out to cash to MARTA by May 15th
Zoom – Attendees will be part of a conference call as well as connect via Zoom to see the presentation. You will receive an email before the seminar giving you the phone number and the link to the Zoom meeting. If you need help setting up Zoom, please indicate when you sign up. You will receive additional information a week before the seminar to set up a SSA account before the seminar and print out your annual Social Security statement to refer to during the seminar.
Alex Prizgintas, Local Historian - The Erie Railroad’s Shortcut Then and Now - Alex returns to MARTA to discuss the history of the Erie Railroad’s Newburgh Shortcut, which operated through Woodbury Falls, Mountainville, and Cornwall. An informed and engaging historian, Alex uses anecdotes, historic and present-day photos, maps, anecdotes and more for an exciting presentation. Alex has published many articles on local RRs, local dairy farms, and milk bottles, and is in the process of writing a book that catalogues and identifies historical dairy farms in Orange County and beyond. He has been a sought-after lecturer on the Harriman Incline, Newburgh RR, and Local Dairies for 8 years.
Tuesday, June 8th - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost - $5.00 cash honorarium RSVP – send form and check made out to cash to MARTA by June 1st
Zoom - attendees will receive a link to the Zoom meeting. If you need help setting up Zoom, please indicate when you sign up.
D & H Canal Walk – The walk will be along the flat, easy, scenic towpath of the D&H canal. This is the Bova road access, about 4 miles from Wurtsboro along route 209. There's a sign on 209 for the park. There are remains of original locks, a drydock area and many interesting signs detailing the history of the canal. There's parking and picnic tables. The small interpretive center may be open. Minimum 3. Maximum 8.
Friday, June 11th - 10:30 a.m. Cost – Free RSVP - send form to MARTA or (Contact) by June 1st
Bova Rd, Wurtsboro, NY off Rt. 209
D & H Graham’s Basin Hike - Hike another section of the D & H Canal with Mike Medley. It’s a new section of the D&H Canal Towpath, Rt. 17 off Exit 113 south to Graham's Basin. An easy walk, 0.8 mile segment of the canal with a waste weir, large dry pond known as Graham's Basin, overlooking the Basha Kill's upper waters. Here the canal is in nearly pristine condition and the towpath ends up at an intact drydock.
Thursday, June 17th - 10:00 a.m. Cost - $5.00 honorarium collected at venue RSVP - send form to MARTA or (Contact) by June 1st