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January 2010 Archives

Any respectable region must have a chorale to sing about it, so The Battenkill Chorale will open its 15th season in Greenwich, celebrating the unrestrained joy of living here and being alive through song.  Specifically, Brahms' "Ein deutsches Requiem".  The show is at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, January 30 and 31 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Hill Street.  We're talking 120 voices here, featuring soprano Gene Marie Callahan and bass baritone Keith Kibler.   Tickets are $15.  Come and see and hear why this group has been celebrating - and a celebration of - this region for 15 years!  Call 692-8093 for more information.  
Some people snowshoe in the park, slogging past swing sets, and the only views they have are the backyards of the people living along the park and the occasional duck swimming on a patch of open water in the man-made pond. 

C'mon now.  Take a short ride to the Battenkill Valley and take your snowshoeing not only to another level...but to another dimension!  Hit the Hebron Nature Preserve on Route 22 north of Salem in Hebron.  They've got 7 trails and over 2 miles of beauty - and you'll see a whole lot more than one lone duck. 

Or, go east from Salem instead on East Broadway and head towards Vermont.  When you get to the top of the mountain, bang a right into Merck Forest and Farmland Center.  Here you'll find another seven trails and the views are so lengthy you can probably see your home from there.

The air is crisp and clear, there are no split levels to block your view, and both of these venues are free and open all year.  Like I said.  C'mon! 

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!


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