Past Meetup

Beginner Hike & Gallery Exhibit Opening - Rockefeller Preserve

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SNAP! Out of It!

Beginner Hike & Photography Exhibit Opening

Is Snooki your idea of art?

Has your New Year's resolution to hike more, gone the way of auld lang syne?

Do you have the winter doldrums?

Well, SNAP! out of it and join us for some fresh air, and fresh perspectives, on the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.

The Art Gallery at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve presents: SNAP! "Love That Park: Views of the Preserve"

The gallery will be presenting a community photography exhibit of eighty pictures taken within the confines of the preserve. This year two of our regular hikers will be exhibiting in the show. Nancy Zallo, local artist, will again be exhibiting her photos. Also, my sister Tiffany has entered three photos this year!


The Plan: We will do one of our usual hikes in the ~1.5 hour range and return to the art gallery (right next to the parking lot) to enjoy and critique the exhibit. The exhibit opening will run from 12:00 - 3:00pm and there will be refreshments!! There is no charge for attending the opening. If you can't hike, please feel free to come and mingle with us at the opening. We should be back from the hike no later than 1:00pm, and more like 12:30pm.

And if you really want to fill your day with culture, there is a free Bluegrass Concert with Harry Bolick at the Ossining Public Library at 3:00pm - 4:00pm;

The library welcomes back Bluegrass artist Harry Bolick. Harry will perform original songs from the South. You won't want to miss this unique and educational performance. All are welcome to attend. This concert is sponsored by the Library Foundation.

Contact: Feel free to post a question to the site or send me an email. I'll send out a group email with my cell number 24 hours ahead of the hike so you can contact me for cancellations and directions.

Parking: Since this is happening on a weekend, the $6.00 parking fee will be charged.

I know it's not cheap ($65), but the Empire Passport gets you into all NYS parks for free. (

Terrain: Easy to moderate, mainly rolling hills.

Distance: Something about 1.5 hours.

Pace: Brisk. Although this is a beginner hike, and nobody gets left behind, we walk at a very brisk pace! Please assess your ability to keep this pace before signing up.

What to bring and wear: As with all winter hikes, please no cotton, dress in layers and wear hiking boots. If there is snow/ice bring along microspikes/poles. You should also have water with you, and a snack if you wish.

As for the exhibit opening, wear something ala state-park-chic. If I read this right, SmartWool, Capilene and hiking boots are perfect attire for this venue.

Meeting location: We will meet at the the MAIN Parking lot for the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. The Parking lot is located on the south side of Route 117 approximately halfway between Route 9A to the East and Route 9 to the West. There are gates and stone walls at the entrance, a large horse-trailer parking lot, a little toll booth, a visitors center and a bathroom building. If that stuff isn't around, you aren't in the right spot. (Photo shamelessly copied from preserve web site) (

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Cancellation notices: I will cancel by 10:00am if the weather looks dicey or if the hiking conditions are not great.

Pets: Friendly, well behaved bogs are welcome. The park requires dogs to be leashed at all times. It is possible that we will encounter one or more horses with riders or carriages.

Hike Description: A brisk paced hike on carriage trails over rollong hills. About four miles. (

Liability Waiver: This is a fun and interesting group of people that enjoy hiking and socializing, it is not organized by a professional hiker. Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death. You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests.