Saturday, August 17, 2013


Enjoy Copake! 

Copake Connection is an online newsletter brought to you by members of  the Copake Hamlet Revitalization Taskforce with the generous assistance of Copake resident Karen DiPeri.  This Newsletter will publicize community events throughout the Town of Copake and will be published once a month, on the 15th of the month.  The newsletter will be distributed to anyone who wishes to subscribe.  Simply click the mailing list icon below.  
If you wish to submit an article or notice regarding a community event taking place in the Town of Copake to the Copake Connection, please e-mail:   All submissions should be received by us by noon on the 11th of the month.
In This Issue
Copake Falls Day
The Fabulous Beekman Boys
Calling all Bikers
Taconic Shores Triathaloners
Triathlon Club
Honoring Our Vets
Farmers Market
Bike & Farm Map
Upcoming Events
6th Annual
Copake Falls Day
Saturday, August 17th
7:30 AM
5k, 10k Cross Country Run in the Wilderness Registration
8:15 AM
Runs start
10:00 AM
Opening Ceremony on the Triangle 
Family Fun Run on the Rail Trail Registration
11:00 AM
The Fabulous Beekman Boys at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Register at
11:00 AM
Lunch in the Market Area, Church of St. John's in the Wilderness,
Depot Deli and Taconic Inn
11:00 AM
Kid's Nature Craft Activities opposite the Park Entrance

All Day
  • Farmers'/Craft Market in front of the Hamlet Apartments
  • Art Show at the Taconic Wayside Inn
  • Visit Hidden Gardens - including Margaret Roach's
  • Follow the Map to Historic Homes in the Hamlet
  • Scavenger Hunt and other Activities for Kids
  • Local History Exhibit at the Historical Society's Museum
  • Classic Car Show
  • Visit a Dairy Farm all day. Milking at 4:30 PM
  • Chance Auction and Big Prize Raffle
  • The Manufacturing of Charcoal Exhibit and Blacksmithing Demonstrations at the Iron Works
  • Tours of the Iron Works, Museum and Machine Shop
  • Bring your Bathing Suit and Take a Dip in the Ore Bed

12:00 PM
Face Painting and games
1:00 PM
Kid's Art Projects, Birdhouse and Feeder Projects
Play "My Brilliant Divorce" at Church of St. John in the Wilderness
4:00 PM
Raffle and Auction Drawings
4:30 PM 
Jazz Vespers, Church of St. John in the Wilderness
5:30 PM
Beef Barbeque by our very own Pitmasters
Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at Bash Bish Bicycle, Depot Deli, and Copake Town Hall. Music by the Bash Bish Band
7:00 PM
Campfire Music with Zach Nayer, on the green across from the Park Office

Questions?www.copakefallsday.orgor call 518-966-2233
Copake Falls Day is a Benefit for Local Community Organizations
 The Fabulous Beekman Boys
On August 17th, The Fabulous Beekman Boys present "This Heirloom Life,"  a talk about gardening, food and rural life presented. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Taconic State Park.  The lecture begins at 11:00. Breakfast and book signing with the Beekman Boys at 10 am.   Tickets for the lecture or the lecture and breakfast are at  After the lecture, continue to Margaret Roach's Copake Falls gardens (no ticket required) where Broken Arrow Nursery will offer many beautiful and unusual perennials and shrubs for fall planting.   
First Annual Roe Jan Ramble 
Bike Ride  
By: Jon Strom

On Sunday, September 22nd, the first annual Roe Jan Ramble Bike Ride will kick off, sponsored by the Town of Copake.  The ride, open to cyclists of all ages and abilities, will start at the municipal parking lot between First Niagara Bank and Peck & Peck Insurance, in the heart of the hamlet of Copake. Registration will begin at noon and the first group of riders will depart at 1 PM.  There will be rides of 2 miles, 10 miles and 25 miles.
To register online, CLICK HERE  
To download a copy of the registration form, or CLICK HERE FOR PDF.  Or pick up a copy of the registration form at Town Hall.  

Riders less than 18 years of age will need to print out the form, have it signed by a parent, and mailed to or dropped off at Copake Town Hall.  All riders who register before September 6th will receive a free t-shirt, while those that register after that time will get shirts on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

The idea behind the ride, conceived by the Copake Hamlet Revitalization Task Force, is to further promote bicycle use and tourism in Copake.  There will be refreshments after the race.  Businesses interested in sponsoring the t-shirts can contact Chris Quinby at 329-4571.

The group of Copake residents working on the Ramble include:  Ed Werfelman, Melissa Hermans, Gary Lewis, Peggy Lewis, Jon Strom, Carol Powers, Chris Quinby, Jim Fahey, Jeanne Mettler and Jerry Kraus.  If you are interested in working on this project or if you would like further information contact Jon Strom at or Jeanne Mettler at 
Taconic Shores Triathaloners
Gary Lewis (left) and his wife Peggy Lewis moved to Taconic Shores earlier this year, and both are avid triatholoners.  This picture was taken last September when Gary competed in the Pocono Ironman 70.3. (That competition included a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run.)  It was the great biking and opportunities for swimming and running that attracted this couple to their new home.

Both Peggy and Gary are in training now, and can be seen regularly swimming in Robinson Pond.  Later this year Gary will compete in an Olympic distance triathlon in Lake Taghkanic.

The Copake Lake Triathlon Club
By:  Carol Powers 
A triathlon community is forming at Copake Lake known as the Copake Lake Triathlon Club.

Carol Powers will be hosting a formation meeting/training to take place in late August 2013.
The purpose of the club is to meet with people who are physically active or are interested in  becoming more physically active.
Training together, in the form of sprint triathlon events after sharing ideas or a short talk will occur at the meetings.
Those interested in participating should email  
On the Silver Screen at the Iron Works! 
On August 24th, the Friends of Taconic State Park will host Movie Night at the Iron Works with a presentation of the feature film, "Despicable Me." There is no charge for admission. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs and bug spray. For more information about either event, email or call 518-966-2730.
Seeking Korean Veterans 

Supervisor Jeff Nayer  has announced that the project to correct Copake's Vietnam monument has now been expanded to an effort to correct the Korean War monument, too.

Originally the Supervisor had appointed Joe LaPorta and Rus Davis to spearhead an effort to correct the incomplete list of veterans on the town's Vietnam monument.  But as they worked towards that goal, it became evident that the Korean War monument was missing names as well.  So now the effort will include correcting that monument too.

Supervisor Nayer says the whole effort will cost around $5000.  So far about $1700 has been collected but efforts at fundraising continue. Anyone wishing to contribute should contact Supervisor Nayer at 329-1234 Ext. 1.  There will also be a pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 13, 2013 to raise more funds. 

Any veteran who feels that his or her name has been inadvertently omitted from either the Vietnam or Korean monument should contact Supervisor Nayer. 
Copake Farmers Market 
Come find out why the Copake Market is the place to be on 
Saturday mornings!
The Copake Farmers Market is off to a great start!  Remember, we are there every week now, and the vendors look forward to seeing you each and every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, rain or shine.

We have just about everything you could want, from honey to cheese;  vegetables and fruits to pasture-raised beef, pork and eggs;  delicious breads, baked goods and granola to herbs, plants and herbal skin products. 

We have wonderful music every week and you can become a sponsor for one of our market musicians.  Please contact Roberta Roll at 329-0384 for more information. 
Maps and Directory of Farms 
Upcoming Events
Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Summer Exhibit
"Recreation in the Roe Jan Area"

The summer exhibit will celebrate the Roe Jan area's historic contribution as a recreational wonderland, past and present, and in all four seasons.  From Hudson River School painter John Frederick's Kennset's pre-Civil War discovery of  Bash Bish Falls through the rise of popular village inns and camps that catered to guests escaping the summer heat in the city through the establishment of the Taconic State Park in the 1920s through the present day, the exhibit will showcase photographs and artifacts of camping, fishing, skiing, hiking, baseball and golf.  The exhibit opens July 6th and runs through Columbus Day weekend. The museum will be open Saturdays and Sundays, from 2:00-4:00pm.

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