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Ferncliff Fat Fest

The Ferncliff Fat Fest will be held Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Ferncliff Forest, 68 Mountain Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

This informal event, which is hosted by Revolution Bicycles, is non-competitive with several ride options available depending on ability. Rhinebeck Bagels is also a sponsor.

If conditions are snowy or muddy, fat- tired bikes (with tire width of 3.8 inches) are required.

Although the event is free, there is a $10 participation fee for the post-ride refreshments, and any donations to the Ferncliff Forest projects are greatly appreciated.

Fat Fest Schedule:

9:30 am – Arrive, determine appropriate ride

10:00 am – 4:30 pm Ride

Bonfire, chili, brownies and beer after ride.

For more information call Samantha at Revolution Bicycles at (845) 853-8300.

Proceeds from Fat Fest will benefit Ferncliff Forest.

To learn more about Ferncliff Forest visit


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Ferncliff Forest 5K Turkey Trot

The Ferncliff Forest 5K Turkey Trot will be held Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 at the Baptist Church, Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

The race, which is sponsored by Ferncliff Forest, is a run/walk event.

Pre-register at First 500 entrants get a T shirt. Early registration ends Nov. 12th. The age-related, early registration entry fees are as follows: Adults $25; age 11-17 $20; age 10 and under $10. Note: there is an additional signup fee of $2.50. After Nov. 12th the fee increases to $35 for adults, children and senior fees remain the same.

The race schedule is as follows:

Wed., Nov. 21st

4:30-6:30 pm Bib pick up and late registration at Staley Real Estate, 58 E. Market St., Rhinebeck

Thurs., Nov. 22nd

7:00 am Registration, Bib pick up at Baptist Church, Montgomery St.

8:00 am race begins

Awards and light refreshments (bananas, bagels, drinks) following the race.

Awards will go to the top three overall finishers, male and female; top three male and female finishers in nine age groups and prize for best Thanksgiving-themed costume.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Ferncliff Forest, funding projects and operating expenses. To learn more about Ferncliff Forest visit

For more information about the race email

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Beautiful Places

Have you noticed how quickly time has passed by this year? Seasons seem only to last a month or so, then gone- especially autumn. Already October is half over, and leaf-viewing opportunities are fading. We’ll have to hustle if we want to capture the glory of the Tri-State’s most precious time of year.

And we have some recommendations for where to see it all. These are the beautiful places often mentioned in sportingAcause- the venues where so many walks and runs take place throughout the year. They are the parks and trails where folks can safely run and walk often without venturing onto a highway and maybe take in their surroundings as they pass by.

The White Memorial Conservation Center is one, with 40 miles of trails within 4,000 acres of woodlands, fields, rivers and wetlands in Litchfield, CT. Learn more at

Another is the Walkway Over the Hudson, a converted rail road trestle which spans high above the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, NY. Dozens of walks and 5K’s are held here every year. In fact a Walk To End Alzheimer’s and a Walk To Defeat ALS will be held there this Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Take part in one and view the river vistas at the same time. Visit for details.

The Harlem Valley Rail Trail and the tongue-twisting Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, in Millerton, NY and Cheshire, MA respectively, offer miles of paved pathways with gorgeous views. Visit and for more info.

And here are some more candidates for great autumn viewing:

Ferncliff Forest, Rhinebeck, NY,

Barbour Woods, Norfolk, CT

Peach Hill Park,   Poughkeepsie, NY

Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, MA

Brodie Park, New Hartford, CT,

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA ,

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