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Pooh’s World Comes Alive – for Adults

Kathryn Aalto at Spotty Dog Books & Ale Thursday, November 19 at 7PM

Eeyore's House - photo by Kathyn ASalto

Eeyore’s House – photo by Kathyn Aalto

In southeast England there exists a 6,000 acre tract of land that is among the most beloved (and protected) on earth – the Ashdown Forest, inspiration for the hundreds of illustrations published in the original Winnie-the-Pooh books. And yet, as certain as readers are of the look of the Hundred Acre Woods, few have known that there is a real place that provided the origin for E.H. Shepherd’s iconographic drawings. The photo is one of several of Eeyore’s houses that children and adults build annually in Ashdown Forest.

Map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s World

On Thursday, November 19th, landscape designer and author, Kathryn Aalto, will be sharing her photos of Ashdown Forest along with her “map” of Pooh’s world. In her only Hudson Valley appearance, Aalto will be at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street, Hudson beginning at 7:00pm. A portion of book sales will benefit the Campaign for the NEW Hudson Area Library. Continue reading

Ghostly Gallop Runs into the Record Books

Kids take off on 1 mile event

Kids take off on 1 mile event

Thanks to the more than 300 people who made Sunday’s Ghostly Gallop a huge success! The weather was perfect for running, the crowds cheered every participant, almost 80 children crossed the finish line and even a couple dogs and a few “stroller babies” were seen on the course.  Several competitors praised the new course and the addition of chip timing – giving them a “personal best” to try to beat during the coming year.

More than 20 sponsors helped – either through donations or in-kind gifts of goods or services.  Those generous donations covered the costs of the event.  Other anonymous sponsors helped underwrite the participation of the kids – offsetting a portion of their registration fees. Continue reading

The Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library

imageThe future starts today

Libraries are changing.  Originally designed for solitary pursuits, they are now centers of activity.  Whether connecting people with resources or with one another, the library has moved beyond a whispered book repository and become a community hub committed to lifelong learning and collaboration.   Today users are exploring an expanding world of ideas, discovering new skills, investigating new fields of knowledge, even learning new languages. Continue reading

At Ghostly Gallop – Volunteers are the real Gold Medalists!


Volunteers from 2015 Sean's Run

(Photo from Sean’s Run – 2015)

The Ghostly Gallop 5K is anticipating that 400 runners will participate – a 400% increase over last year.   That means many more volunteers are needed to accommodate the added crowds and participants. Helping serve refreshments, signing up last minute participants and distributing race shirts are just a few of the jobs that need to be filled. The 15th annual event takes place on Sunday, October 25th.

To volunteer go to the website Continue reading