The free event, which is titled “Sustainable Living, 17th- and 18th-century Hudson Valley Style,” will have a green bent as well: Master gardener Allyson Levy – hosted by the Kingston Land Trust, one of the event sponsors – will shed light on the types of plants found in a typical Colonial kitchen garden and what they were used for, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The discussion and demonstration by herbalist Dina Falconi, who concocts her own herbal preparations and medicinal remedies, is proof that plants continue to inspire and heal people in modern times.
Town of Ulster historian Robert Sweeney will lead the Senate House tours at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.; as a member of Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture, which is also an event sponsor, he is well-versed in traditional building styles of the region. Peter Cutul, a history educator with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Fort Montgomery, will talk about historic land use as it relates to farming and food preservation practices.
The darning clinic will be offered by Dawn Elliott – she invites visitors to bring their own textiles for a consultation – and the Scions of Patria, resplendent in their authentic 17th-century Dutch clothing, will present the Colonial cooking demonstrations. Kids are invited to try out the quills as well as learn about plants, with each potting a seedling to take home.
For more information, call (845) 338-2786 or visit www.nysparks.com. The free event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., includes free admission to the Senate House.