7th annual Sleep Under the Stars event takes place this weekend

Reptiles, barbeque, bluegrass, sleeping bags”¦all part of the 7th annual Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) Family Festival, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12 at the Claudio Marzollo Community Center (the Rec Center). The festivities start at 4 p.m. with live music and outdoor activities.  Barbeque dinner will be served at 5:30 pm. The fun continues with a community campout for families “Sleeping Over Under the Stars,” including an evening sing-along and morning breakfast. Music from Poughkeepsie bluegrass band and festival favorite NO BRAKES will be on tap and wildlife presenter Brian Robinson will exhibit live birds of prey and, new this year, reptiles.
       Once again, the Land Trust will donate all event proceeds to the Garrison Children’s Education Fund and the Haldane School Foundation in support of school environmental programs.  The Family Festival is being sponsored through the generosity of Turner Construction Company. The Philipstown Recreation Department, Open Space Institute and Putnam Highlands Audubon Society are also providing generous support to the event. The Festival will feature a raffle with great prizes donated by the Army Athletic Association, Bear Mountain Trailside Museums and Zoo, and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
       Admission to the Family Festival is $10/individual ($15 the day of), or $25/family ($30 the day of), and includes BBQ dinner.  Overnight campers must pre-register.  The $50/family campout cost includes festival admission, BBQ and breakfast.  In accordance with its mission to preserve natural resources, HHLT is not issuing tickets for this event.  Make your reservation by contacting the Land Trust office at 845/424-3358, [email protected], or visit http://www.hhlt.org/.  Walk-ins can register for the festival at the admission table on the day of the event at the Community Center.

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