Spring Bursts Out With Multiple Manifestations

Weekend offers a rich menu of serious and fun diversion

By Kevin E. Foley

Signs of spring’s abundance are everywhere in our town.  Blooming forsythia adorn roadways and backyards with several species of flower appearing in gardens and woodlands.  Multitudes of bird flocks have returned to their warm weather nests. And on the Hudson several different species of fish have come back from their annual ocean voyages to spawn a new generation.

Main St., Cold Spring

A few baseball bats and gloves have already been spotted. Hikers, who found even the winter hospitable, are now increasing in number by the day. And gardeners on their hands and knees in glorious contemplation of a new growing season are everywhere.

Spring in Philipstown also portends the outpouring of serious local talent of all kinds expressed through a cornucopia of events.  This weekend along is pleasingly crowded with cultural explorations. Among the highlights:

  • Friday: The Depot Theatre is hosting the Depot Docs series with a showing of the documentary Page One with the film’s director appearing in person.
  • The Haldane production of Guys and Dolls runs four performances through the weekend.
  • Saturday the Hudson Highland’s Land Trust is sponsoring hours of free lectures and demonstrations on gardening, animal husbandry and other wonders of nature especially for children. Peas to Bees is at the Highland Country Club.
  • Saturday night catch variations on old time fiddle music at the Depot Theater.
  • Sunday have pancakes with freshly harvested maple syrup at Little Stony Point.
  • Watch an expert panel discuss books in the digital world livestreamed from the Desmond-Fish library on Philipstown.info.
  • End the weekend with a special concert at the Depot Theater honoring the iconic Richard and Linda Thompson album Shoot Out The Lights.

Check our calendar and stories for more events and further explanations. Note that several may already be sold out, so call ahead.  And if you go to one or more let us know what you thought.

As members of the town’s four volunteer fire companies can tell you, the season also heralds the advent of increased local and out-of-town automobile traffic. Yesterday, Thursday, March 23 saw two traffic accidents that we know of. Please drive carefully, phone-free and with patience for those slower than you.

A car accident occurred on Hustis Road shortly before noon March 22, involving two automobiles driven by members of the same family. A red sedan driven by the 81-year old grandfather collided with a light blue sedan driven by his young granddaughter. The North Highlands Fire Department responded as well as Philipstown Volunteer EMS. The elderly driver, whose airbag deployed, was taken away on a stretcher after complaining of chest discomfort. His granddaughter had lacerations to her right leg. Photo by M.Rubin

Peekskill Road and Main Street in Nelsonville was the site of one accident on Thursday March 22. Photo by K.E.Foley

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