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Perseid Meteor Showers — August 12-13

What’s Peekskill Rocks without rocks? We don’t know… because there are more rocks coming! Space rocks, that is.

The Perseid shower often produces 50 to 100 meteors per hour in a dark sky at the peak. And we should be able to see it from Peekskill, but hopefully we won’t have to play dodge ball with them.
Rocks
Since the moon is waning right now, we should have a great viewing opportunity, providing clouds don’t get in the way. The best times that I’ve been able to extrapolate from various souces is about 2:00 am, Thursday morning and after 8:45 pm Thursday night. Look to the constellation Perseus in the Northeast.

In general, the Perseid meteors tend to be few and far between at nightfall and early evening and don’t really start to pick up steam until after midnight. For you night owls, the usually don’t bombard the sky in force until just before dawn. Think 2:00 – 4:00 am.

“Try to view the Perseids as far away from artificial lights as possible,” Bill Cooke of NASA wrote in a blog post. “The darker the sky, the better viewing experience you can have. Lie on the ground and look straight up.”

This site has some good information about where they can be seen.

information sourced from:
NASA
Astronomy.com
EarthSky.org
CNN
Mashable

Has This Woman Delivered the Farmers’ Market of the Future to Peekskill?

This article is part of a syndicated series written by Paul Stark and focused on the things that make Peekskill special.

Corinna with a baby chick
Corinna with a baby chick
Corinna Makris has worked hard to give Peekskill a farmers’ market that’s state of the art.

No, there’s nothing high tech about this future – no clothing with built-in internet access, no self-driving trucks filled with fresh-picked produce. Just corporate-trained business savvy, a belief in hand-to-hand capitalism and a deep understanding that a farmers’ market should be so much more than an open-air supermarket.

The Market invites you to “bee” there every Saturday
The Market invites you to “bee” there every Saturday
If you’ve been coming to The Peekskill Farmers’ Market (Facebook, Pinterest), you know what to expect and you’re starting to recognize some familiar faces. But you may not know it hasn’t always been like this, or how it was transformed. (If you haven’t been coming to the market, it’ll be Saturday morning before you know it, so c’mon by)

Market day has been a special occasion since humans invented agriculture. Not only an opportunity for all kinds of buying and selling, but a chance to meet neighbors you haven’t seen all week, or all season. Away from familiar chores and familiar faces, there can be discussions, side deals, gossip, maybe a little flirting, maybe a little celebrating. And, at a more basic level, market day is a time for everyone to celebrate their personal participation in the bounty created by the fruitful and generative earth transformed by human work and ingenuity.

So, all that is old is new again. As Ms. Makris puts it, the Market offers a “revolution in shopping: it’s possible to buy what you need directly from the person who made it.” She calls herself a practitioner of “capitalist activism,” an advocate of what might be called hand-to-hand capitalism.

And you can meet the people on the other side of those hand-to-hand transactions. You can meet some of the Wengerd family and buy produce grown on their Rolling Ridge Farm in Mifflinburg, PA. The unassuming guy who sells the Cooperstown Cheese? His award-winning cheese has been served at the White House. The hilarious guy selling meat down at the end? All his cows have names, and in his spare time he flips (buys, restores, sells) classic cars.

How did Ms Makris, a woman whose mother celebrated her blossoming maturity by giving her Saul Alinsky’s classic Rules for Radicals, pass through high-level corporate capitalism to end up running a farmers’ market in Northern Westchester? She liked her corporate work: she was good at it, a “people person” who thrived within in an environment of clearly articulated rules and goals. But her populist instincts rebelled when she saw wealthy companies looting their employees’ pension funds. How could that not be wrong? How could that not be illegal? Eventually those and other abuses made waiting tables in Hudson the more soul-preserving alternative. She soon found work in community activism, and when the chance came to manage and grow a community endeavor that doesn’t do evil, she jumped at it and became part of the unfolding history of Peekskill.

What she’s grown at the Peekskill Farmers’ Market is a win-win raised to the sixth power.

Marcy B. Freedman colorfully changing the tone
Marcy B. Freedman colorfully changing the tone
It’s marketing for Peekskill’s downtown: it entirely changes Saturday’s tone, and brings people from ever-greater distances to enjoy Peekskill and spend money here. “You have to entertain the customers while they’re here. It has to be fun. You want them to spend the day in Peekskill. Hopefully, you want them to buy a house in Peekskill.”
Peekskill citizens get to buy farm-fresh produce and other good things, while having a market day, making new friends and running into the old.

Corinna is very concerned that every single one of her vendors is happy and making enough money to make the day worth the effort (efforts like heavy lifting and getting up at two in the morning).

The entertainers make it fun for shoppers while earning new fans, maybe selling some merchandise, and leaving with some tips and some farm-fresh produce.

Community organizations (the Cornell Extension Master Gardener, the City of Peekskill 75th Anniversary Committee, HVCCA’s Peekskill Project are visible to a broad cross section of our community.

And there’s even jobs, jobs, jobs. Some vendors hire locally. If you’re interested, Corinna can hook you up with whoever’s hiring. And while we’re at it, volunteering for the market will not only make you feel glad all over, but will look great on your resume.

And the market supports Local Living Economies both here, and in all the places within the 250 mile radius food shed that sends us the fruits of their lands and people. (Learn more about Local Living Economies at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, and around these parts, check out Re>Think Local. And Scott Tillett, founder of Re>Think Local, has also stepped into the stream of Peekskill history, as I detailed here.)

Farm Fresh from Eight Mile Creek
Farm Fresh from Eight Mile Creek
Some important facts. The market operates under the auspices of Peekskill’s Business Improvement District. The theory, borne out in fact, being that the rising tide created by the Market will lift all boats in the district. But the Market doesn’t cost anyone anything: it’s not only self-supporting, but turns a profit. Some people believe City of Peekskill tax money is spent on the market – not true; in fact, the City gets paid by the Market for street closure.
There’s no electioneering at the market, but that doesn’t make it politician-free. “It’s a good place for elected officials to be seen – it’s neutral territory,” Corinna explains, “Everybody wants Peekskill to be a good place to live.”

Another win-win in the market’s six-dimensional win-win universe: Quirk Shop Peekskill (Facebook), a retail co-op for designers is slated to open on North Division in August. It will be curated by Jeorjia Shea, a designer whose work flew off the shelves when she was a vendor at the market. She’ll be representing other independent designers and providing gallery space for local artists.

I’m grateful that the Farmers’ Market is part of my Peekskill, and I see lots of grateful, happy Peekskillians (as many as 1,500 per market day) getting farm-fresh produce and so very much more every Saturday morning. Maybe I’ll see you there one of these Saturdays.

What’s up Peekskill? Dog Days of Summer Edition

Thursday, August 6th

• Trash to Treasure: An Upcycled Art Experience
Opening Reception: 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Runs through September 6
@ The Field Library

• Open Mic Night
with host, Jess Erick
@ 12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

• The Compact
@ Birdsall House – 9:30 pm

• Karaoke Night
@ Gleason’s – 9:00 pm

• Swing Night with The Bensen-Scott Big Band
@ The Hudson Room – 8:00 pm

Friday, August 7th

Joe Duraes (SOLO)
@ The Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• Grand Funk Railroad
GFR
@ The Paramount – 8:00 pm

• SoulRagga
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Salsa Night with Los Mas Valientes!
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• Vinny Pastore and The Gangsters
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 8th

• Alexis Cole
@ the Farmer’s Market

• Gordon Lightfoot
50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour
The lightfoot
(Is it just me, or does Walter White kinda look like Gordon?)
@ The Paramount – 8:00 pm

• Rip and the Sleepy Hollow Boys
in the beer garden
@ Birdsall House – 7:00 pm

• Gerry Malkin Quintet
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• The SUNDOWN Band
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Soul Fusion
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Sunday, August 9th

• Sunday Funday
PB
Live Music outdoors – True Apacothary and A Balance Between
@ The Peekskill Brewery – 4:30 pm

• Greg Westhoff’s Westchester Swing Band
@ 12 Grapes – 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Peekskill Summer Activities

Peekskill is a friendly town, and there’s lots to do if you’re looking for summer activities. Here are a few we think are worth a mention:

  • Hike or bike the Blue Mountain Reservation
    This 1,538-acre park right in Peekskill proper features miles of trails for mountain biking, strolling and nature study, and offers challenging hikes to the tops of two large peaks, Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain.
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  • Take in a summer show or just chill by the water at Riverfront Green Park.  A great place to river watch, check out some cool sculptures, enjoy a picnic or bring the kids to the playground. There are nearby restaurants, bars, delis and an ice cream shop, so you don’t have to trek back to town.
  • Enjoy Peekskill and the Hudson Valley by getting out on the water for a relaxing cruise.
    trinity_1Trinity Cruise Company offers cruises from Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park through the Hudson Highlands.  Check their calendar for their regular schedule and special events such as the monthly Wine Tasting Cruise with Dylan’s Wine Cellar and the Brews & Blues Cruise with Peekskill Brewery growlers.
  • Stop by to watch an evening basketball game or enjoy the spray pool on a hot summer day. Main St. Peekskill.
  • Take a tour of Peekskill points of interest on “Stella” the Peekskill Trolly.
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Pig Roast at the Peekskill Brewery

PB PIG OUT- SUNDAY, JUNE 28TH * 2PM – 7PM

One of the Peekskill Brewery’s most anticipated events of the year. The pig roast is right around the corner! Buy your tickets today! Bring the whole family for music, food and beer (for folks over 21). Music this year by The Brighton Beat!

VIP Table of 6: Reserved Seating, Suckling Pig at the Table, Fixin’s and Beers- no lines!! $275
General Admission (food only) $30
All Inclusive (food and beer) $50
Kids Ticket (12 & u) $15

What’s up Peekskill? Mid-June Edition

Thursday, June 11

Fred Gillen Jr. - Wage Love
• Fred Gillen, Jr.
@ Birdsall House – 9:00 pm

• Songwriter Showcase
with John Longhitano, and Jess Erick
@ 12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

• Comedy Night
@ The Hudson Room – 8:00 pm

• Karaoke Night
@ Gleasons – 9:00 pm

Friday, June 12

Judy Collins on a fancy couch
Judy Collins on a fancy couch

• Judy Collins
@ The Paramount Theater – 8:00 pm

• Antonio Ciacca Duo
@ Division Street Grill – 7:00 pm

• Sundad
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• Phillip Dollard
@ Gleasons – 9:00 pm

• Dylan Doyle Band
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

Saturday, June 13

Jimmy Mack
• Honoring Jimmy Mack
@ The Paramount Theater – 7:00 pm

• West African and Caribbean Family Dance Workshop
@ Embark Peekskill – 1:00 – 2:30 pm

• Charley Krachy Duo
@ Division Street Grill – 7:30 pm

• Mark Sinnis & 825
@ Birdsall House – 7:00 pm – in the beer garden!

• Eric Person Trio
@ The Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• A Pink Floyd Tribute
with Beyond The Wall
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• LA Soul
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Sunday, June 14

• Greg Westhoff’s Westchester Swing Band
@ 12 Grapes – 5:30 pm

• The Mike Risko Band
@ The Hudson Room