What we're about

Welcome to Hike Putnam and Beyond.

This group consists of people who enjoy hiking at a relaxed pace. Join us for some wonderful outdoor activities with some nice people. We will explore trails in the area, mostly in Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Fairfield, Litchfield, and Duchess Counties, as well as other locations from time to time. Non hiking events may also be scheduled. While you should have a reasonable level of fitness, hiking experience is not necessary. Most of our hikes will be relaxed but moderate in pace, distance & terrain. There may be some more challenging trails included too. I will provide details and links for each hike - please use the information provided to decide if the hike is right for your needs and level of fitness. I think we should all have a good time on these hikes. For more information, please read the About Us pages http://hiking.meetup.com/370/about/

Upcoming events (2)

Outdoor play and picnic at Boscobel: Shakespeare's The Tempest

Fabulous!!! The plays at Boscobel are back this year, time to experience a live performance again. Over the last few years we have enjoyed several fantastic plays and picnics in the idyllic setting of Boscobel's outdoor theater. Note this will be the last year that the company performs at Boscobel, as they will be moving to their new permenant Garrison home in next year.

Seating will be more limited this year due to COVID restrictions, so dont delay, purchase your ticket now so you don't miss out. The seats will be spaced apart and as required by New York State, guests may have to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test (within 72 hours of the performance) or proof of full vaccination. HVSF Staff will accept printed and digital documentation, including the Excelsior Pass. Face coverings will be required for all staff and attendees.

On Thursday August 5th join us for:

The Tempest by William Shakespeare directed by Ryan Quinn

As the audience sits under a tent the performance will occur rain or shine, only the actors might get wet whilst we still enjoy the surrounding scenery!

*** Schedule ***

5.30 pm - picnic [Note this year you need to include this as a free item in your cart after your select your ticket]

7.30 pm - performance starts.

We will meet on the lawn overlooking the Hudson at 5.30 pm for our picnic. The picnic is subject to cancellation, depending on the weather. If there is enough interest I hope to do a "potluck".

*** Purchasing tickets *** If you wish to join us please purchase your own tickets at https://hvshakespeare.org/production/the-tempest/

If you wish to sit together with a friend, you will need to buy the tickets together, and provide name and email for each person in your party, so plan accordingly,

$10-90 (some limited discounts available).

Please RSVP on the site and let us know in your comments where you will be located in the tent. I will be at E117

*** Info about the play ***
O, wonder! / How many goodly creatures are there here! / How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world, That has such people in’t!

Prospero has been exiled from his Dukedom in Milan for 12 years, but as the time has come for a final reckoning, he weaves a spell to draw his enemies to his enchanted island. Believed by many to be Shakespeare’s final play, the exuberant and poignant romance is a fitting grand finale to HVSF’s 34-year tenure at Boscobel. The transcendent story brings new meaning to the phrase “social distancing” and thrums with the deep human need for connection and community.

Millbrook Horse Trials (hike around the course) and Winery

Millbrook horse trials


After 10 years hiatus, I am bringing back something a little different Millbrook Horse Trials cross county and a trip to the nearby Milbrook winery. While the trials themselves last 4 days, we will be going for the exciting cross country events on Saturday August 7th.

We will walk the course (several miles, but can be made shorter if you wish) stopping along the way to watch the horses jump fences that we find interesting. These will range from simple fences to the water jump This makes for a nice day in the rolling bucolic country side of Dutchess County. This is an interesting event for both those into horses, and the casual visitor (like myself). The countryside is lovely and watching them jump, especially some of the advanced jumps/riders can be pretty amazing. https://www.millbrookhorsetrials.com/

Around 2pm we will regroup and head to the nearby Millbrook winery (optional), lots of outdoor spots to setup (bring a chair), 2 food trucks and of course wine (as well as some other drinks). We will sit, relax and chat whilst enjoying some food and drink together. https://www.millbrookwine.com/

WIth this event we will likelly split into sub groups and you can leave whenever you wish.

Terrain: Open fields, with some rolling hills

Pace: Relaxed, this is suitable for beginners, you can go at your own pace/distance, we will likely split into sub-groups

Duration: The trials last all day, but you can leave at any time. As a group we will likely head to the winery around 2pm

No dogs.

*** Meetup location: ***From Millbrook NY: take Route 44 East to Dutchess Route 86 (Bangall-Amenia Rd). Left onto Route 86 go approximately 1.5 miles. Park where directed and we will at the petting zoo. Arrive a little early to give yourself time to park and find us. See photo for site map.

*** What to bring***: Bring water, hat, insect repellant, suntan lotion, lunch/something to snack on, and maybe a light blanket or sheet to sit on when we stop at a jump. Summer can bring intermittent showers so it is also a good idea to have a rain jacket with you as a precaution as well as study hiking shoes/boots. While food can also be purchased at the event, remember it might not always be close by. Oh and bring your camera to get some great action shots.

*** Meetup suggested donation: *** There is a $2 suggested donation for the event, this helps cover the cost of the dues meetup charges organizers for using the site. You can ignore the "unpaid" indication next to your name (before and after the event), I will be collecting the donations as always at the event.

*** Cancellation notices: *** I will be monitoring the weather prior to the event and if conditions do not look good, the event is subject to cancellation. Please make sure to check your email/site prior to leaving your house the morning of the hike, cancellation notices will be sent prior to 8 am if required.

Past events (651)

Outdoor play and picnic at Boscobel: Lamentable


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