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Travel Resources

Amtrak Empire Service between Albany, Hudson or Rhinecliff, NY and Penn Station, NYC.

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited between Pittsfield and South Station, Boston.

Bard Bus and Shuttle  On select summer weekends, Bard offers round-trip bus service from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center directly to the Fisher Center, exclusively for performance ticket holders: $30 round-trip. Reservations are required. Box dinners can be ordered in advance for $10. Bard also offers shuttle service from and to the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station for select performances: $10 each way.

Mega-bus between Albany and Ridgewood, N.J. and Penn Station, NYC.

Metro-North Railroad between Wassaic, Dover Plains, or Poughkeepsie, NY and Harlem (125th Street)  or Grand Central Station, NYC.

Peter Pan Bus Lines  Boston/Albany route serving Albany, Great Barrington, *Lee, Lenox, *Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Boston South Station and Boston Logan Airport  (*greater frequency, better fares). NYC/Williamstown route serving Williamstown, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, MA, or Canaan, CT and Port Authority Bus Terminal, NYC.

Roosevelt Ride Free Shuttle  Free round-trip shuttle service daily (summer through October) from the Poughkeepsie train station to Hyde Park, Val-Kil, the Vanderbilt Mansion, Top Cottage, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum so Metro-North train passengers can tour historic sites without a car. For reservations and tour info, call the Wallace Visitor Center: 845-229-5320.

Weather Underground
The radar is especially useful for tracking snow, sleet and thunderstorms.

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Fence Art Show in the Hamlet of Riders Mills

Rural Intelligence Road TripsRiders Mills, a tiny hamlet in north-central Columbia County,  is a rarity even here in the country: it is bisected by neither a state nor a county road, making it the most remote and perhaps least spoiled of a trio of small villages (in addition, Rayville and Malden Bridge) that were settled by Quakers in the 1790s.  Today, the paper mills they built there are gone, and, apart from a heartening lack of development, the only extant evidence of that era is a red brick one-room schoolhouse that served the children of Riders Mills from 1790 to 1953. 

Rural Intelligence Road TripsOff-and-on since the 1960s, the Rider’s Mills Historical Association has held an outdoor art show there.  The event is free and includes music and refreshments. Considering that it is a non-juried show, there is some interesting work here—good artists who are doing their bit for the community.  But regardless of whether or not you find something there you want to live with, you should be prepared to be charmed.
Riders Mills Outdoor Art Show
Drowne Road & Riders Mills Road
Near Malden Bridge, just north of Old Chatham, NY
Saturday,  September 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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