Monday, September 16, 2013
copake connection
September 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
1st Annual Roe Jan Ramble
Copake Website
Veterans Memorial
100th Birthday Celebration
Leaf Peeper Concert
Upcoming Events
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, or to print out a registration form, go to 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 8th 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.

For further information contact Jeanne Mettler at or Jon Strom at  

All registered riders will receive an email with confirmation details a few days prior to the event.  
The Bike Routes
 Click on the ride below to view the route:

All routes will be clearly marked on pavement.
Wrist Band Bonus!
 When you ride the in the Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour,  show your wrist band in local businesses to get bonuses!  Free stuff!  Discounts!  
Details at the Ride!
The (Continuing) Saga of the Copake Website   
At a special meeting of the Town Board on June 19, 2013, the Town selected Laurie Quinn, of Technology 4 All, Inc., to redesign the Town's website. The Board appointed an ad hoc committee to assist Ms. Quinn, consisting of Board members Susan Winchell-Sweeney and Jeanne Mettler, and Copake residents Noah Elkin and Karen DiPeri. At the time it was hoped that the new website would be up by early fall. 
Subsequently, the Town ran into some snags, as a Malware virus made the town's website inaccessible. But the good news is that the Town has moved forward by obtaining an entirely new domain name: A temporary site at that address will give the public access to public notices, minutes and announcements while the Committee continues to make progress on the permanent website. As Ms. Quinn explained, "This will allow us to build a new, clean database while having necessary information to the public."  
The Veteran's Monument Project
At the September Town Board meeting, Supervisor Jeff Nayer announced that $3500 has been raised for the Veteran's Monuments Project. The goal is to raise $5000 to pay for adding names of veterans to Copake's Korean War monument and Vietnam monument.
Efforts continue to find any veteran whose name has been inadvertently omitted from either the Vietnam or Korean monument. Any veteran who feels his or her name should be on the monument should contact the Town Clerk at 329-1234 Ext. 2.   
There will be a pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 13, 2013 to raise more funds. Anyone wishing to contribute to this project or who wants further details should contact Supervisor Nayer at 329-1234 Ext. 1.  
Roe Jan Library Invites the Community to a 100th Birthday Party
The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, founded in 1913, will be celebrating its 100th birthday on Saturday September 21st with a big, free birthday party celebration for the community starting at 12:30 at the Library.
Under the tent at 2 pm will be the return of the very popular Birds of Prey. Bill Robinson, who teaches field biology, ornithology, and animal life at SUNY New Paltz, returns to the Library with his wildlife presentation that includes a hawk, owl, vulture, falcon and snakes.
Outside will be the 1st Responder Truck Expo with an Ancram Fire Truck, a Columbia County Sherriff's car and a Copake Highway Truck for kids (little and big) to check out. The Sheriff's Department will be making kid's ID cards with fingerprints and promoting the Yellow Dot program, a way to ensure that first responders have your medical information
Whoopsy Daisy the Clown will entertain the kids with goofy antics, face painting and balloon toys. Kids can also try their hand at Spin Art and, thanks to the Hillsdale Supermarket, cookie decorating. Everyone can enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn and cold drinks thanks to Herrington Fuels and First Niagara Bank. With a nod to autumn there will be fresh pressed cider for all. At 3:15 a round of "Happy Birthday" and free cupcakes will commemorate 100 years of service to the community.
The Whitehouse Staff Band will provide the music for the party from 12:30 to 2:00, on the stage playing Rock 'n Roll dance music.
Local community groups will be on hand with information about their organizations, including the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, the Copake Hamlet Revitalization Task Force and the Leaf Peepers.
Inside the Library, party-goers will find how to download eBooks to a Nook or Kindle, get tours of the library and learn about all the resources available. There will be Green Tours at 1:00 and 3:00 to learn about the green features of the library, including a tour of the geothermal heating and cooling equipment. 100th Birthday Commemorative Mugs made by Berkshire Pottery will be for sale.
Essential Moments, B. Docktor's photo exhibit which includes some of her photos of the Library community will be on view as well as the newly restored painting "View of Hillsdale", a Hudson River School painting from the 1860's that is part of the library's collection.
The Friends of the Roe Jan Library Bookstore will be open in the lower level of the library. Everyone who visits the store during the party can get one $2 book for free.
From 3 to 5pm the Salisbury Band Senior Quickstep Hotshots will be on the stage to play old time jazz tunes, American songbook popular songs, and brass band favorites. They are part of a band that has been performing for eight decades.
At 4pm there will be a champagne reception for everyone who has ever volunteered for the library. The reception will honor those who have helped patrons check out items, shelved books, been a member of the Friends, served on the program committee, helped with a fundraising event, raised money for the Capital Campaign, organized a book sale, baked cookies, produced an art show, pulled weeds, built a bookcase, washed a window or volunteered for any other library project. The Board of Trustees are recognizing the volunteers as a key reason the library is a strong and vibrant community resource as it starts its second century.
The Roeliff Jansen Community Library,is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale.
Upcoming Events
Leaf Peeper 2013 Concert Series
September 21, 2013 Hillsdale Grange
Presenting Half the Catalyst String Quartet

Sanford Allen, Music Director of CCCC will talk on (and not on) the language of music
(my own peculiar relationship therewith). Music will include Beethoven's Eyeglass Duo for Viola and Cello and Serenade, Op.8, for String Trio; Ron Carter's 2+1=4 , a Leaf Peeper commissioned piece; and closing with Robert Fuch's String Trio. Sanford Allen, violin; Dov Scheindlin, viola; and Karlos Rodriguez, cello will perform these pieces.

October 5, 2012 Copake Methodist Church

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach will include Partita No. 6 for violin; Three Arias from the Cantatas 58, 80 and 36 adapted for Instruments; Sonata for Oboe and Harpsichord;
Partita No. 1 for Harpsichord; and Trio Sonata No. 5 for Oboe, Violin and Continuo.
Sanford Allen, violin; Virginia Brewer, oboe; and Edward Brewer, harpsichord will initiate this remembrance of Leaf Peeper's founder, Newell Jenkins.

October 19, 2013 St. James Church, Chatham
String Music from Three Centuries

All concerts are at 7:30 pm.  Tickets for Leaf Peeper Concerts are $20 per performance or $70 for a series pass. Students and children get in free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at They may also be reserved by emailing or calling 518-329-5613.

The performances are made possible (in part) with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council of the Arts, administered through the Community Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts, and in part with funds from the Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation, Inc. 
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.
Now entering its third year, Farming Our Future has established itself as an important conference for the Northeast Region, attracting farmers, businesses, community leaders and engaged citizens in the topic of farming.

The 2014 conference will focus on strategies and ideas for ensuring farms will continue to be in our region for many years to come. Speakers and workshops will cover topics related to accessing locally produced food, attracting and getting youth interested in farming as an occupation, thoughts on farm transfer and tools to train beginning farmers.

Sponsored by The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Valley Energy, and Farm Credit East (as of 9/15).  
Proceeds from the conference, expected to draw over 300 attendees, will go toward Taconic Hills' award-winning H.A.R.V.E.S.T. Club (Healthy Agricultural Resources by Volunteers & Educators in Science & Technology), a program that engages youth in the process of growing healthy fruits, flowers and vegetables in a school-based garden, and to the school's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).  
We hope you will join us Saturday, February 22nd 2014 at Taconic Hills Central School District for a thoughtful discussion of where our food will come from in the future.

Exhibitors can register now online!  
For more information please visit our website: 
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