Tomorrow promises to be a glorious early autumn day--mostly sunny, the high temperature reaching only around 70 degrees, little if any chance of rain--the ideal day to be on or near the river, and two events offer compelling reasons to head down to the waterfront.
From 2 to 6 p.m., the Hudson Sloop Club invites everyone to come down to Rick's Point for Sloops + Scoops. There will be boats on display on land and in the water, two or three of which will be boats that the Hudson Sloop Club is building or restoring. There may even be a demonstration of knot tying or raft making or both by some of the younger members of the club. The event is an opportunity to learn about the Hudson Sloop Club, talk about waterfront issues, connect with the river, and eat ice cream! Food for the event, which is free, is being generously provided by LICK, Hudson Gelato, Bruno's, and the newly opened Kite's Nest Kitchen.
At the same time Sloops + Scoops is happening in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, the Columbia Land Conservancy, as part of the annual Hudson River Valley Ramble, is hosting the North Bay Paddle. Paddlers, in their own kayaks or canoes, will be guided on a three-mile journey to explore North Bay and view the Greenport Conservation Area from the river. In the intertidal wetlands, paddlers can see two rare plant species, numerous kinds of waterfowl, and maybe even a bald eagle. The paddle begins at 2:30 at the Hudson Boat Launch and returns there as well.
Unfortunately, it is now too late to register for the North Bay Paddle, and besides the event is full, but Gossips recommends that you go to the boat launch at 2:30 to see the paddlers off and then head on over to Rick's Point for Sloops + Scoops.