Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited
Fourth Annual Great Swamp Shoot & Conservation Program
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Tamarack Preserve, Millbrook, NY
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Day of Sport at Tamarack Preserve, Millbrook, NY
Tamarack Preserve opened in 1992 as a non proprietary hunting and fishing membership club. The Club leases lands primarily from the Bontecou family for members to pursue upland birds, trout, bass, ducks, deer, turkey and geese. One of the primary reasons for the forming of Tamarack was to provide a vehicle to allow the lands to remain undeveloped and further the agrarian and sporting use of the property. The lands have been farmed, hunted and fished for nearly 80 years.
The day of sport begins with a clays warm-up on the five stand. For the walkup hunt, you will be provided with a guide and dog. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in the clubhouse.
For three, ammunition included. Please call Tamarack for scheduling during the 2016-2017 season.
Donated By Tim Bontecou
A Day at the Races
A Race-day box at Saratoga Race Course, courtesy of Berkshire Stud, a private Thoroughbred breeding farm in Pine Plains, NY, whose mission is to breed outstanding Thoroughbred racehorses. Mares are retained until they have proven their worth through progeny race results with the purpose of developing them and their families. Most of the fillies and all of the saleable colts are offered for sale at public auction, usually at Saratoga and Keeneland.
"We try to keep a few homebred fillies each year to race in our colors and return home as future broodmares developing the families of their dams and siblings," says Doug Koch, owner and proprietor of Berkshire Stud. "We are happy to show visitors and interested parties our mares and yearlings throughout the year. Berkshire Stud is visited annually by many of the world's premier horsemen, and our yearlings have been purchased by leading trainers and owners from around the globe."
For six. Please call Berkshire Stud to make arrangements. Expires at the end of the 2017 Saratoga racing season.
Donated by Doug Koch
Flyfishing at Alto Pirana, Argentina
For two rods, four nights/three days fishing. Included: accommodations, all meals, beverages, including open bar and a wonderful Argentine wine list, and transportation during the fishing days. Not included, and payable by auction winner: transfer in/out Posadas airport at $175.00pp and fishing licenses at $75.00 pp. Equipment rental (if needed) and gratuities can be paid on site.
Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Nervous Waters. Reserve applies.
Argentine Dove Hunt
For four guns, for three nights and six hunts. Three days of hunting (Two half days & two full days.) Included: accommodations, all meals, and beverages, including open bar, and a wonderful Argentine wine list, transportation during the hunting days. Not included, and payable by the winner: transfers and land fees at $350 per person, hunting licenses at $260.00 per person.
Gun rentals and cartridges to be paid on site.
Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by David Denies. Reserve applies.
Guided Flighted Shoot for Two Service-disabled Veterans, Tamarack Preserve, Millbrook, NY
For two veterans and a DU Waterfowler.
Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Tim Bontecou
Dakota Meyer Limited Edition Production 1911
A collaborative effort with Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer and master gun builder Shay Akai, the 1911 includes all the modern battle proven upgrades to the timeless styling that have kept the 1911 the quintessential American gun for over 100 years. The traditional John Browning design, enhanced with improved metallurgy, geometry, and manufacturing processes, brings it into the 21st century as the ultimate fighting gun.
Open Water Sea Duck Hunt, Great South Bay area, Long Island, NY
This hunt is from a layout boat surrounded by hundreds of decoys in Great South Bay. The pumpkin is towed out by a mother ship, which then stands off the rig by hundreds of yards. This experience is very different from hunting from a blind – it is a traditional open water hunt.
Your guide is "Red" Oster, a man born of another time. He is a lifelong outdoorsman whose love of the woods and waters has carried him through both his personal and professional life for the past half century. Red has been hunting for over 50 years, guiding waterfowl hunters professionally for over 20. Red has been a commercial fisherman earning his off hunting season living on the water for over 40 years. Red's dedication to the resource has driven him in his roles as Committee member and past Chairman Of the Western Suffolk Chapter of Ducks Unlimited since 1975. He is currently a Ducks Unlimited Diamond Life Sponsor, an NY State Sportsman's Education Instructor for over 10 years, an annual Instructor and Board Member at the Long Island Woman's Outdoor Weekend, and Volunteer for the NY State Youth Conservation Program.
For four people, weekday hunt, during Open Season. Expires September 24, 2017
Donated by Red Oster, Redhead Guide Service
Beretta A300 Outlander, Wood Stock
Donated by Ten Mile River Preserver
Silent Auction Donations
(Please see below for descriptions; check back for new items)
- Round of Sporting Clays and Lunch at Ten Mile River Preserve, Dover Plains, NY
- Shooting Lesson with Anthony Matarese, M&M Hunting Preserve, Pennsville, NJ
- Private Tour and Tasting at the Taconic Distillery, Stanfordville, NY
- Signed Bottle of Bourbon from Taconic Distillery, presented in a Gun Case
- Eco-Tour of the Great Swamp with James Utter, Chair, Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS)
- Round of Golf at Trump National Hudson Valley, Hopewell Junction, NY
- Golf Lesson with Anthony Vos, Quaker Hill Country Club, Pawling, NY
- Riding Lesson with KC DiCostanzo, Thunder Moon Farm, Wingdale, NY
- Gift Basket from Womanswork, Pawling, NY
- Romantic Night for Two at Historic Old Drovers Inn, Dover Plains, NY
- Birding in Dutchess County with Alan Peterson
- Morning Fog, by Justin Goodhart
- Gun Dog Training Session with Jennifer Broome, Quinebaug Kennels, Canterbury, CT
- Remington Versamax Shotgun
- Colt Competition Pistol™
- One Hour Private Lesson, or UTAH CCW Multi-State Permit Class, Adaptive Shooting, Pawling
- Fall Dinner (11/4) or Holiday Dinner (12/2) for two at Crown Maple, Dover Plains, NY
- Half Day Flyfishing on the Housatonic in a Drift Boat, Cornwall, CT
- Private Tour of the USS Growler submarine with James B. Lebenthal, New York, NY
- Fly Fish the Mill Creek, Madava Farms, Home of Crown Maple, Dover Plains, NY
- Hardhat Tour of the Underground Wingdale Mountain Granite Mine
- Guided Hike, Appalachian Trail, Cat Rocks to the Boardwalk over the Great Swamp, Pawling, NY
- Round of Golf at Quaker Hill Country Club, Pawling, NY
- Landscape Design Consultation with Duncan Brine, GardenLarge, Pawling, NY
- Tour of Dover Stone Church with Hawk Storm & Valerie LaRobardier, Dover Plains
- Canoe Constitution Marsh on the Hudson River with an Audubon Naturalist Guide
- Fly Fish along a private stretch of the Ten Mile River, Wingdale, NY
- Tour the former South Dover Marble Company Quarry, Wingdale, NY
- Tour of The Homestead, with Josh Viertel, Wingdale, NY
- Trapazoid Tablet Pendant, Robert Lee Morris
- Fly Fish the Wassaic Creek at Tamarack Preserve, Millbrook, NY
- NASCAR Racing Experience: "Pull the Seatbelts Tight and Drop the Hammer!"
To place an absentee bid, or to donate an item, please contact Stancy DuHamel at DutchessCountyDU@gmail.com or 917-328-8184
Silent Auction Descriptions
Round of Sporting Clays and Lunch at Ten Mile River Preserve, Dover Plains, NY
The Ten Mile River Preserve ("TMRP") is a private membership club for the outdoor enthusiast. Located on the Eastern border of Dutchess County, just 84 miles from Mid-town Manhattan, TMRP offers hunting and fishing for its members and their guests surpassed by none.
The property consists of over 3,000 acres of upland hunting fields. Hardwood ridges dotted with conifer swamps and cover provide a haven for furred and feathered animals. The TMRP landscape also incorporates 200 acres of lakes, and 3.5 miles of the Ten Mile River that flows thru the middle of the club.
Sporting Clays Lesson with Anthony Matarese, M&M Hunting Preserve & Sporting Clays, Pennsville, NJ
Break more clays or bad habits under the expert guidance of world medalist Anthony Matarese. Anthony I. Matarese Jr. of Pennsville, NJ, was born in 1984 and started shooting at six years old. At age 10 he started shooting competitive sporting clays and began studying the art of shooting under the guidance of Olympic Medalist Dan Carlisle. His list of accomplishments is long, impressive and still growing. Recognized as one of the top competitors in the world, he has earned his way onto 16 All-American teams in 20 years of competing. In 2014 Anthony became the youngest member in history to be inducted into the National Sporting Clays Hall of Fame.
Anthony began teaching at the young age of 14 and many of his students have gone on to have great success at the national and international level. He teaches all experience levels from beginners to world-class shooters.
For two, for one and a half hour. M&M Hunting Preserve & Sporting Clays, Pennsville, NJ. Ammo & targets not included. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Anthony Matarese
Private Tour and Tasting at the Taconic Distillery, Stanfordville, NY
When Lewis & Clark set out on their expedition in 1804, they knew a thing or two about how to read the land, the water and the skies along the way. Their survival, although never guaranteed, was backed by pure brawn and bravery. Well-honed skills of hunting and fishing, passed down through generations, provided the sustenance to persevere. Loyalty provided the drive to succeed.
Today, we honor that genuine American spirit by toasting our Dutchess Private Reserve high to the sky, and with every drop, we say thank you to those who forged the way through uncharted rivers, vast prairies and seemingly impassable mountains. It is thanks to them that we lead the life we lead today: one that freely celebrates our country's history, its ancestors and the wilderness they discovered on behalf of an entire nation.
Contact Paul Coughlin to arrange. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Paul J. Coughlin
Signed Bottle of Bourbon from Taconic Distillery, presented in a Gun Case
Taconic Distillery's Dutchess Private Reserve takes its name from the historic Hudson Valley of New York. It is hand crafted in small batches using only the finest ingredients including fresh spring water from Rolling Hills Farm in Dutchess County. This process gives it a distinct taste with notes of oak, vanilla and caramel and a crisp, clean finish. Aged for a minimum of two years and cut to 90 proof, Dutchess Private Reserve is smooth and accessible with a bit of an edge to remind you it is straight bourbon whiskey. "Come celebrate America's Native Spirit with us!"
Donated by Paul J. Coughlin
Eco-Tour of the Great Swamp with James Utter, Chair, Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS)
Leave civilization behind as your boat leaves the shore and you explore the magic of the Great Swamp, New York State's third largest freshwater wetlands right here in the Harlem Valley. Your guide through this alternate universe is Jim Utter, Chair of Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) and Associate Professor Emeritus in Environmental Studies and Biology at Purchase College. Dr. Utter is a specialist in wetlands habitat, and his focus is the conservation of the Great Swamp,a 20-mile wetlands that runs from Dover Plains down to Brewster in Putnam County.
Click here for The Nature Conservancy page, which includes the publication, "The Great Swamp, a Conservation Strategy."
Tour accommodates four at a mutually convenient time. Canoes provided, or bring your new kayak with you. Plan on three to four hours. Expires September 24, 2017
Donated by Jim Utter
Round of Golf at Trump National Hudson Valley
Trump National Hudson Valley is carved from the rolling hills of a 300-acre former bison farm. While navigating verdant fields, babbling streams, lush meadows and mountain foothills, the course becomes a golfer's delight. Framed by breathtaking views of the Stormville Mountains, Trump National features wide open, pristine fairways, tour caliber greens, 69 strategically placed sand bunkers and three sparkling lakes that complement the sheer beauty of the region. Add to this setting multiple rock outcroppings and native vegetation, and an extraordinary test of golf awaits golfers of all levels. Trump National is continually hailed as one of the premier golf clubs in the region. There's no doubt that you will be inspired.
For two, lunch included. Contact Andy Lavine to make arrangements. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Rob Candella
Golf Lesson with Anthony Vos
PGA member Tony Vos is the Head Golf Professional at the Quaker Hill Country Club in Pawling, NY.
Lesson for one, at a mutually convenient time, expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Tony Vos
Riding Lesson with KC DiCostanzo, Thunder Moon Farm, Wingdale, NY
Kimberly Compton ("KC") DiCostanzo is well known in the Eventing community as a member of the US Eventing Association Area I Council. KC represented the US at the North American Young Rider Championships as a teenager and later rode at International levels as an adult. Recently, KC and her off-the-track Thoroughbred, Resilient, were part of the 2014 Area I Championship Team, and were the Jockey Club's High Point winners at the prestigious Fitch's Corner Horse Trials in 2015. They've been featured in the Chronicle of the Horse and demonstrated the Thoroughbred breed at Equine Affaire.
Thunder Moon Farm is an exclusive facility owned by KC & Matt DiCostanzo. Set in the historic hills of New York's Dutchess County, Thunder Moon is located mere minutes from Litchfield County, CT and nearby NYC Metro-North Trains.
For one, age 8 and older. The lesson will be taught by KC DiCostanzo, at a mutually convenient time and within a 40 mile radius. The content of the lesson will be discussed with the winner. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by KC DiCostanzo
Gift Basket from Womanswork, Pawling, NY
Womanswork is celebrating 29 years as a woman-owned business, based in Pawling, NY. Their gloves and other products are known around the world for quality and style. This Gift Basket includes an assortment of Womanswork products hand-picked by owner Dorian Winslow.
Gloves can be exchanged for different sizes.
Donated by Dorian Winslow
A Romantic Night for Two at Historic Old Drovers Inn
The legendary Old Drovers Inn is once again the shining star of the Harlem Valley, right here in Dover Plains. Arrive in time for high tea at this historic inn built in 1750. Old Drovers has been renovated as a premier bed & breakfast, and is also available for private parties. "Old Drovers Inn in Dover Plains is the last standing lodging and dining establishment of many that once existed along a route that, during the 19th century, was known as "the great road from New York City to Vermont.' Its location at East Duncan Road and Old Post Road (County Route 6) was a major thoroughfare for cowboys who drove herds of cattle from more northern states to New York City." – Poughkeepsie Journal
For two, expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Old Drovers Inn
Birding in Dutchess County with Alan Peterson
Curious about who is migrating through or stopping to nest in your woods, fields and streams? Invite Alan Peterson, Waterman Bird Club Education Chair and 18-Year Participant in the World Series of Birding, to join you in a location of your choice in Dutchess County – your own backyard perhaps – for two hours of observation.
Maximum four people, at a mutually convenient time. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Alan Peterson
Morning Fog, by Justin Goodhart
Imagine yourself in floating on one of the rivers of the Great Swamp as the leaves begin to turn. Photographer Justin Goodhart does: "I was introduced to the Great Swamp about six years ago when I was invited to kayak with some friends. I became obsessed instantly with paddling and photographing the swamp year round."
Residing in the Hudson Valley, Justin is exploring long exposures, in both day and nighttime settings. However, when inspiration strikes, some urban or abstract photography is not out of the question. Blending observation, technology and art, Justin seeks to capture the beauty that surrounds us in daily life. His photograph of the Dover Stone Church in Dover Plains was selected for the cover of the Dutchess County Tourism Guide, 2015.
8"x12" print, framed.
Donated by Justin Goodhart
Gun Dog Training Session with Jennifer Broome, Quinebaug Kennels, Canterbury, CT
AKC Field Trial and Hunt Test Competitor Jennifer Broome will work with you, a companion and your dogs - any breed of pointing, flushing or retrieving dog - to problem solve or to prepare for the opening of hunting season.
Jennifer is a published author, and an expert in raising and training dogs. An avid outdoorswoman and successful hunter, she simply loves spending time in the field with dogs. Clients travel from all over New England seeking her advice and coaching as a prominent gun dog trainer. Jennifer's other passions include her artwork, fishing, shooting, and horse riding. Jennifer founded Quinebaug Kennels LLC in 2001 was founded in 2001 and actively competes with her pointer and retrievers in AKC Field Trials and Hunting Tests.
For two handlers and two dogs in Millbrook, NY, at a mutually convenient time. Expires September 24, 2017
Donated by Jennifer Broome
Remington Versamax Shotgun
This self-cleaning shotgun reliably cycles 12-gauge rounds from 2 3/4" to 3 1/2". The Versaport™ gas system regulates cycling pressure based on shell length, and reduces recoil to that of a 20-gauge.
Includes 1 ProBore® Extended Choke Tube (Full). In Remington's opinion, this is the most versatile, reliable shotgun on the market.
Donated by Ducks Unlimited
Colt Competition Pistol™
The Colt Competition Pistol™ is a race-ready full size Government Model ® built with the competitor in mind. Featuring our Dual Spring Recoil System™, Novak's new adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight, acquiring and staying on target is easy. The pistol also features competition ergonomics including an undercut trigger guard and upswept beavertail, allowing shooters a higher grip for enhanced comfort and accuracy. Custom blue Colt G10 stocks, and the legendary National Match® barrel complete the package.
Donated by Colt Industries
One Hour Private Lesson, or UTAH CCW Multi-State Permit Class, Adaptive Shooting, Pawling, NY
Since 2013, firearms training has been delivered through our affiliate, Adaptive Training. Our mission is to provide both the novice and experienced firearms enthusiast access to practical, current, real world training and education opportunities. We have always been committed to delivering quality firearms and safety education, preparing students for the world around them. With an experienced team comprised of civilian, military, and law enforcement instructors, our course offerings are continually enhanced to meet our client's evolving needs.
For one, expires September 24, 2017
Donated by Cassandra Roth, Adaptive Shooting
Fall Dinner (11/4) or Holiday Dinner (12/2) for two at Crown Maple, Dover Plains, NY
The home of Crown Maple, Madava Farms is situated on 800 acres of pristine, sustainably managed land in Dutchess County, New York, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Less than 80 miles from New York City, its century-old sugar and red maples have ideal terroir and seasonal weather conditions to produce a superior sap for maple sugaring. It is also home to the most advanced maple syrup production facility in the country, where the pure sap collected from the eco-friendly maple groves meets the latest in green, organic production techniques to produce a distinct and versatile product.
For two, expires December 2, 2016.
Donated by Crown Maple
Driftboat Flyfishing for a Half Day on the Housatonic, Cornwall, CT
Take a guided boat tour down the river in one of our many driftboats. It's an excellent way to fish the Housatonic, and get a good feel for the true nature and subtle forces that shape and guide the river. You will be able fish spots that are not always available for wading, and when the river is higher, it gives you an advantage by being able to anchor up and cast to either side of the boat.
For two, includes lunch. Rod & Reel if needed. Flies, leader, tippet, gratuities extra.
Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Howard McMillan, Housatonic River Outfitters
Half Day of Driftboat Flyfishing on the Housatonic, Cornwall, CT
Take a guided boat tour down the river in one of our many driftboats. It's and excellent way to fish the river and really get a good feel for the river's true nature and subtle forces that shape and guide the river. You will be able fish spots that are not always available for waders and when the river is higher, it really give you an advantage by being able to anchor up and cast to either side of the boat.
For two, includes lunch. Rod & Reel if needed. Flies, leader, tippet, gratuities extra.
Expires September 24, 2017
Donated by Howard McMillan
Private Tour of the USS Growler submarine with James B. Lebenthal, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Submarine Service
Imagine what life was like for the crew of this compact and efficient vessel as you walk through the USS Growler with Pawling resident and Submariner Jimmy Lebenthal. Hear first hand about the logistics – human and mechanical – of running and living on a submarine; learn about the technological advancements that produced the nuclear powered submarines we have today, and how they differ from the diesel powered subs like the Growler, which was launched in 1958. Past or present, the ability to live in close quarters is part of the package.
The tour includes a walk through the Intrepid. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by James B. Lebenthal
Fly Fish for Brookies and Browns on the Mill Creek, Madava Farms, Home of Crown Maple, Dover Plains, NY
Want to get in on a secret? Guide Craig Castioni will introduce you to this private stream considered by some to be the cleanest and most under-fished trout stream in Dutchess County.
Half day of catch and release for two at a mutually convenient time. BYO Equipment. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Crown Maple & Craig Castioni
Hardhat Tour of the Underground Wingdale Mountain Granite Mine
Tour this six-story underground mine by van on roads of granite that are 80 feet thick and remain after the extraction process known as stoping - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoping . Peckham Industries is developing the mine in a way similar to that used by "sandhogs" who excavate water and subway tunnels in New York City. They mine horizontally for the most part, but do have "levels" of mined area. Peckham operates 15 large pieces of equipment specially designed for underground excavation, including the largest underground rock-crusher in the United States. The primary equipment - double boom drills, low profile loaders and excavators - are built only in Europe and Australia.
For a group of four at mutually convenient time. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Peckham Industries
Guided Section Hike the on the Appalachian Trail, Cat Rocks to the AT Boardwalk over the Great Swamp, Pawling, NY
You will meet your guide, Ron Rosen, at the Dover Oak, the oldest tree on the Appalachian Trail. Ron is the NY-NJ Trail Conference Delegate to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Partnership Committee of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and former Chair of the Dutchess-Putnam Appalachian Trail Management Council.
Hike west up to Cat Rocks, a ledge with a scenic vista across the Harlem Valley in eastern Dutchess County, to Connecticut and parts south. Return eastward through the rolling hills and farmland until you are standing on the Corbin Hill over which eagles soar on the early morning thermals. From here, take a gentle footpath down through the forested uplands until you reach the Swamp River. The boardwalk will carry you across the Great Swamp on foot. Your hike will end at Route 22, at the AT Metro-North Railroad stop, the only AT station stop on the 2190 miles of trail from Georgia to Maine.
The Appalachian Trail was proposed in 1921 by Benton MacKaye, Regional Plan Association, as a way to give urban residents access to the outdoors and bring economic development to the small towns it would pass through. The AT traverses 14 states, 88 counties, 168 townships, and 27 Congressional Districts. It passes through 8 national forests, 6 national parks, 2 national wildlife refuges, and over 60 state parks, state forests, game lands, or wildlife management areas.
For a group of four, in good physical condition. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Ron Rosen
Round of Golf at Quaker Hill Country Club, Pawling, NY
Quaker Hill Country Club, located 60 miles north of New York City overlooking the Harlem Valley in the Dutchess county town of Pawling, NY, was founded by legendary radio commentator and adventurer, Lowell Thomas. The scenic 9-hole course was designed by famed golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. with an extra set of tees for those wishing to play.
An 18 hole round for four, carts included. Please call the Pro Shop to schedule. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Carolyn Handler
Landscape Design Consultation with Duncan Brine, GardenLarge, Pawling, NY
Invite to your home the creator of one of Forbes' top ten Garden Conservancy gardens in the nation. Duncan Brine is a principal landscape designer at GardenLarge, founded in 1984, and he teaches naturalistic landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden and the New England Wild Flower Society.
Just across from the Great Swamp in Pawling, NY, Duncan and Julia Brine's six acre "Brine Garden" is known for its diverse native plant collection. "The line between art and nature has never seemed so blurred as it is at the Brine Garden. It is a vision that is...sympathetic to plants' habits and needs, and uses them to tell the landscape story," wrote Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner in their book, Gardens of the Hudson Valley. Brine's landscape work has been widely published in the New York Times, the Litchfield County Times, and in classic garden books: Designer Plant Combinations, 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants and Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley. The garden has been featured in magazines including: Horticulture, Hudson Valley Magazine, and The American Gardener.
Two hour consultation to take place on-site, within one hour of Pawling, at a mutually convenient time. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Duncan Brine
Tour of the Dover Stone Church with Sachem Hawk Storm & Historian Val LaRobardier
The "Stone Church" is an ancient cavern on the Stone Church Brook in Dover Plains hewn by time in the formation similar to a church's cathedral stained glass window. According to local legend, the site was a refuge for Pequot Sachem Sassacus and his warriors as they fled from the English Army in the 1600s. In the 1800 and early 1900s, the Stone Church was a popular local attraction for New York City dwellers to visit and enjoy the recuperative fresh air and beauty of upstate New York. The Dover Stone Church Preserve reopened to the public in 2004, acquired with funds from Dutchess Land Conservancy and Friends of Stone Church. In 2016, three miles of trails were created on a recently purchased contiguous parcel.
Tour for four at a mutually convenient time. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Schaghticoke Tribe Sachem Hawk Storm & Dover Town Historian Valerie LaRobardier
Canoe Constitution Marsh on the Hudson River with an Audubon Naturalist Guide
Meander in your canoe through winding channels lined with tall, elegant marsh grasses, searching for hidden wildlife with an Audubon naturalist. Constitution Marsh's interpretive canoe programs focus on the near-shore environments of the tidal Hudson River, especially the natural history of Constitution Marsh and the surrounding Hudson Highlands. Enjoy the physical activity and beautiful scenery, and learn the secrets of the Sanctuary.
For up to 4 people, and canoes & equipment are provided. Guided Canoe trips last approximately 3 hours and are tide dependent. Certificate is valid from April through September 2017, but call as soon as possible to schedule a date.
Donated by Stancy DuHamel
Fly Fishing on the Ten Mile River, Wingdale, NY
Enjoy catch and release trout fishing along a private stretch of the scenic Ten Mile River with Don Jiskra, Mid-Hudson Trout Unlimited Boardmember.
Half-day for two at a mutually convenient time. Flies are included; waders & rod rentals courtesy of Angler's Den, Pawling, NY. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Don Jiskra
Tour the former South Dover Marble Company Quarry, Wingdale, NY with Ian Holback, owner of Harlem Valley Sand & Gravel, Wassaic, NY
Every headstone marking the grave of a Civil War Veteran in Arlington Cemetery came from this famous marble quarry in Wingdale, NY. The stone used to build the House of Representatives and the Washington Square Monument was also quarried here. The South Dover Marble Company opened in the early 1800's and operated until 1935. Mining continued through 1977 when Ian bought and took on the reclamation of this 100-acre site. "I liked the challenge of turning it into a beautiful piece of property. I hauled in thousands of yards of topsoil and did a tremendous amount of site work to turn an abandoned mine back into agriculture. It is now a working farm. That is my hobby and my passion."
Looking through photographs documenting the reclamation process, you will marvel at what see before you, and what you don't. On the lowest part of the site, the sky above the former quarry is now reflected in a ten-acre lake. South Dover Marble Company, Prospectus, 1864
For four, at a mutually convenient time. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Ian Holback
Trapazoid Table Pendant
Sterling silver necklace by Robert Lee Morris
Donated by Heather Fialkoff
Flyfishing on the Wassaic Creek at Tamarack Preserve
A half-day of guided flyfishing on a private stretch of the Wassaic Creek at Tamarack Preserve.
For two. Please call Tamarack for scheduling. Expires September 24, 2017.
Donated by Tim Bontecou
NASCAR Racing Experience: "Pull the Seatbelts Tight and Drop the Hammer!"
Head to any of 34 tracks throughout the United States to create a personal adrenaline-filled moment that few people will experience in their lifetime. The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and Triad Racing Technologies will provide the novice or the most knowledgeable race fan with an authentic racing experience that is not soon to be forgotten. With 34 different short, speedway and superspeedway tracks to choose from, you and your racing partner are sure to find the location and style of track that peaks your interest. The Qualifier experience begins by suiting up in a custom Rusty Wallace Racing Experience driver's suit made by Oakley. After a brief orientation with a professional instructor, each driver will cut up to a minimum of 10 laps around the track as he or she attempts to pass other cars and lay down the best timed lap.
For two. A minimum of 10 laps of racing (per driver) at a track of the buyer's choosing.
Expires September 24, 2017
To donate an item to help conserve wetlands, or to place an absentee bid, please contact Stancy DuHamel at DutchessCountyDU@gmail.com or 917-328-8184