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NEW WINDSOR — Soldiers will bring to life the Continental Army’s final winter encampment with musket and cannon firings, medical demonstrations and other aspects of daily life 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 15 and Feb. 17 on Presidents’ weekend. Muskets and a cannon will be fired at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Monday. Following these firings, children enlist in the Continental Army, drill with wooden muskets and get paid in Continental currency for their service. New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is co-located with the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor on Route 300, 374 Temple Hill Road, in New Windsor, just three miles south of the intersection of I-87 and I-84. For information, call 845-561-1765 ext. 22. Visitors are asked to use the alternate entrance at 382 Temple Hill Road due to construction of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor addition.
VOORHEESVILLE — ‘On the Hunt for New York’s Native Earthworms’ 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at Thacher Nature Center, 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville. There has been a lot of news about non-native and invasive earthworms lately, but what about the earthworms that are native to New York State? Dr. Rebecca Pinder will discuss her work exploring Catskill State Park and surrounding areas in search of our unique native earthworms. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.
TANNERSVILLE — Mountain Top Arboretum, 4 Maude Adams Road, Tannersville, hosts Animal Tracking in the Snow 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 15 with experienced tracker Josh Wood of Flying Deer Nature Center. Explore habitats within the Arboretum to find animal tracks and clues that reveal a wealth of information about local wildlife. Josh will teach us to identify animals by their tracks, recognize scat and other animal signs, and recognize animal gaits and patterns. All are welcome. Dress in warm layers and be sure to wear proper footwear. Members, free; non-members, $10. No reservations necessary. For information, call 518-589-3903.
GLENVILLE — The Empire State Aerosciences Museum, 250 Rudy Chase Drive, Glenville, will host its monthly all you can eat breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 15. Enjoy an assortment of pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, potatoes, juice, coffee, tea and more. Join us at 10 am, as World War II researcher Donna Esposito speaks on “STAG-1: The US Navy’s Secret Drone Project in WWII.” Unmanned aircraft have a history dating back to the years before the Second World War. Learn how the discovery of a naval officer’s dog tags revealed the little-known story of a top-secret drone squadron that flew missions against the Japanese in the South Pacific during World War II. The effort to return the dog tags to the officer’s family uncovered personal photographs and films, as well as a mystery of three missing-in-action pilots and a surprising coincidence. Fly-In if you would like. Pilots: Tower Frequency 121.3; Ground 121.9. Land at Schenectady County Airport and taxi to Richmor Aviation North. Tell them you are going to ESAM.
NEW WINDSOR — Over the winter of 1780-81 at Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site, General Henry Knox organized the artillery for the projected attack on New York City. Soldiers, at the nearby encampment, repaired and trained on the guns, howitzers and mortars. Tours of Mount Ellison will be held at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Feb. 16 and a small cannon fired at 11:45 a.m., 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. Knox’s Headquarters is located at 289 Forge Hill Road, Vails Gate, just three miles south of the intersection of I-87 and I-84 and is 1 mile south, of the co-located National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and the New Windsor Cantonment. For information, call 845-561-1765 ext. 22.
ATHENS — The West Athens Firehouse No. 2, 933 Leeds-Athens Road, Athens, will serve an all you can eat breakfast 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 16 at the firehouse. Freewill offering accepted.
VOORHEESVILLE — Backyard Birds and a Winter Walk 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Thacher Nature Center, 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville. Join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count. View winter birds at our feeders, get tips for identifying birds and for using a field guide. Learn about unique winter birds, test your bird ID skills, and then head outdoors for some birding. Appropriate for adults and children 6 and older. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
KINGSTON — A benefit concert by Adelaide Roberts and Matthew O’Dell at 1 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St., Kingston. The program will feature a four-hand piano performance of Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with narration provided by Marie Duane. Suggested donation is $10; proceeds will benefit the Restoration Fund at Old Dutch Church.
JOHNSTOWN — The Fort Plain Museum welcomes Matthew R. Costello, the actingdDirector of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History and the Senior Historian White House Historical Association as he presents his new book, “The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President.” This Book Talk will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at The Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Allen House, 2805 Route 67, Johnstown. There is a $10 admission fee and the speaker’s book will be available for sale ($5 off with paid admission). Visit the Museum’s website, http://www.fortplainmuseum.com for more information and how to register.
GREENPORT — The Greenport branch of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Greenport Town Hall, 600 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. The group will discuss planned activities for the coming year.
NEW PALTZ — The Mid- Hudson Astronomical Association will conduct a free telescope workshop at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in room 181 of Science Hall at SUNY New Paltz. The workshop is for those who may have a telescope and are interested in learning how to use it or for those who either have telescope experience or are interested in purchasing a telescope. The workshop will be held after the regular meeting of the MHAA at 7:30 p.m. Those who attend are encouraged to bring their scopes along if they wish either before the regular business meeting at 7:30 or during the meeting. The workshop will consist of an introduction to telescopes and a general user information session followed by a hands-on session where participants will be practicing with their own or with club telescopes. All those who become official members of the MHAA will have an opportunity to borrow a club scope in the future when authorized. For questions or suggestions go to midhudsonastro.org or the facebook site; or call/text Tim Denman at 845-245-5483.