Monday
Jun132016

Puppets, Breads, Bubbles, & Breakfast - Sunday June 19th 10am-2pm 116 Main St. - market

LAST CHANCE!
10am – 2pm
Susannah White is at the market again this Sunday to help you make a larger than life puppet to join the River of Life: Parade of Animals and march in the Philmont Community Day Parade on July 9, 2016.

SWEET MUSIC! - Busking - Rick Warren and Marilyn Miller
11am – 1pm
Rick Warren and Marilyn Miller will be busking. A local duo who offer music to make you feel good, move, and smile. Marilyn writes, sings and plays acoustic guitar to Rick’s amazing lead, performing melodic originals and covers we are sure you remember. Come and see!!!

Wednesday
Dec302015

Hudson Valley Hero - Hudson Valley Magazine

Sally Baker, Cofounder and Executive Director of Philmont Beautification Inc.  

 
A Valleyite creates a nonprofit to revitalize her down-trodden town
By Alia Akkam

http://www.hvmag.com/Hudson-Valley-Hero/January-2016/Sally-Baker-Cofounder-and-Executive-Director-of-Philmont-Beautification-Inc/

It was the purchase of a now-antiquated fax machine that changed Sally Baker’s life. “It was $1,500, and I thought, ‘If I buy one of those, I can move anywhere,’ ” reflects the cofounder and executive director of Philmont Beautification, Inc. (PBInc). “Before that, you were locked into where you lived, a product of your own environment.” New gadget and nine-month-old son in tow, Baker left New York City for the Hudson Valley in 1987, where she continued to pursue her career as a curator of contemporary art.

After living in Millerton and Red Hook, the native Brit settled in Philmont, the village once dubbed “Factory Hill” for its plethora of wool mills. Baker says she was drawn to the town’s friendly, engaging residents. “When I drove through it, it was desolate and boarded up; yet the people, a high number of whom are activists working in fields like education and science, were interesting,” she explains.

By 2000, when Philmont teemed with 75 vacant buildings and housed a population of just 1,480, Baker and her neighbors were meeting informally to help rejuvenate the village.

“As we walked the streets and got to know the community intimately, we became embedded in the real life of Philmont on a daily basis,” Baker explains. Soon this ad hoc group, with the mission of “rebuilding a community within a community,” became PBInc.

Since its inception, the organization has helped implement an artist-in-residency program at Taconic Hills High School, and the creation of a colorful mural in a neglected parking lot. “Revitalization is different from gentrification,” Baker says, and PBInc’s goal is the former. Attesting to this are the numerous New York Main Street program awards, funded by the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation, that the organization has received. A shining example of the village’s transformation of public space is Local 111, a restaurant located in an old auto shop. Across the street is the Philmont Farmers’ Market, which Baker helped establish in 2009. A curbside café in an old Stewart’s has increased local access to wholesome food. Baker hopes the space will grow into a culinary hub with the addition of the Kitchen, an incubator for emerging food businesses, for which the group is currently fund-raising. Baker’s time is also occupied with efforts to restore the Summit Reservoir, a waterfront development intended to spark new life in abandoned mills.

Baker’s impassioned spirit has been evident since her youth in England, when she often took part in community service activities. Her art career further expanded her awareness of issues like climate change and income inequity. “The same conversations were happening here. I realized I wanted to be in the trenches working to address the challenges and make them into realistic opportunities,” she says. “Our community is the smallest in the state to receive a grant because we are so active. We get recognized for turning up and following through.”

Friday
Nov062015

Repowering Philmont's Future with Water

       Saturday Nov 7th

Examples of other communities restoring their waterfronts, presented by Jeff Anzevino, AICP,
Scenic Hudson. Based on the beautifully illustrated Scenic Hudson book, Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts: Illustrated Conservation & Development Strategies for
Creating Healthy, Prosperous Communities, this presentation will show how communities in
upstate New York are working to enhance and preserve the unique qualities of their waterfronts, and how revitalization of Summit Lake and its historic mills can stimulate the village economy, connect people to the waterfront, protect the environment, and offer redevelopment potential for Philmont. 
         

 

Thursday
Oct222015

Philmont's Micro-hydro Possibilities

Philmont Village Hall - Saturday Oct 24,  3pm - 5pm

An in-depth look at the potential for micro-hydro presented by Hydropower Consulting Specialists. Celeste Fay, principal engineer and environmental protection and mitigation
specialist, was one of ten influential women recognized in 2014 by the PennWell's Hydro Group as having unique talents and vision making significant contributions for the use of
micro-hydro in the US. Hydropower Consulting is currently assembling a micro-hydro assessment of Summit Lake Dam and waterways of the historic canals and holding ponds in
Philmont as a part of the Brownfield Opportunity Area program grant.

Friday
Oct092015

Waterfront Workshops Oct - Nov

Philmont Moving Towards the Master Plan
Location: Philmont Village Hall, 124 Main Street, Philmont
Time: Saturdays in October and November, 3-5pm


A series of free public workshop presentations will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday afternoons from 3pm – 5pm in October and November, beginning on October 17.

Saturday October 17, Linking Past & Future: Historic Interpretation
Rediscovering Philmont's industrial history of harnessing water power, presented by Matthew Kierstead of Milestone Heritage Consulting. Matt Kierstead is an industrial historian and recognized authority on the cultural role of industrial heritage, including the revitalization of historic mills, and cleanup of the mining and quarrying industries in the Northeast. He will be presenting on Philmont's historic mills and re-purposing mills and waterways of Summit Lake and Agawamuck Creek.

Saturday October 24, Philmont's Micro-hydro Possibilities
An in-depth look at the potential for micro-hydro presented by Hydropower Consulting
Specialists. Celeste Fay, principal engineer and environmental protection and mitigation
specialist, was one of ten influential women recognized in 2014 by the PennWell's Hydro
Group as having unique talents and vision making significant contributions for the use of
micro-hydro in the US. Hydropower Consulting is currently assembling a micro-hydro
assessment of Summit Lake Dam and waterways of the historic canals and holding ponds in
Philmont as a part of the Brownfield Opportunity Area program grant.

Saturday November 7, Repowering Philmont's Future with Water
Examples of other communities restoring their waterfronts, presented by Jeff Anzevino, AICP,
Scenic Hudson. Based on the beautifully illustrated Scenic Hudson book,
Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts: Illustrated Conservation & Development Strategies for
Creating Healthy, Prosperous Communities, this presentation will show how communities in
upstate New York are working to enhance and preserve the unique qualities of their
waterfronts, and how revitalization of Summit Lake and its historic mills can stimulate the
village economy, connect people to the waterfront, protect the environment, and offer
redevelopment potential for Philmont.

The Village of Philmont, in cooperation with Philmont Beautification, Inc. applied for State
funding through the Brownfield Opportunity Areas program. In 2012 the Village was awarded
a grant to examine the redevelopment potential for the waterfront and vacant mills. The net
result of the project will be a strategic plan that will help create jobs, support environmental
remediation, revitalize the Village as a whole, and expand the tax base that has been
adversely affected by vacant industrial sites.

Since the fall of 2014 the Committee and its consultant team, led by Elan Planning & Design,
have had twelve meetings, met with dozens of residents and business owners, and held a
community-wide open house. Based on this input, a draft Vision and Set of Goals have been
crafted. A survey of the Summit Reservoir/Lake is now complete and an analysis is helping
guide an evaluation of economic opportunities. Currently the Committee is defining
recommendations to support the overall vision and goals with the expected completion this
fall.