Willows Work Party
Thank you to all of those people who helped us at the Willows on Saturday May 4, 2019! We completed most of the tasks we had on our "to do" list.
Here are the before and after pictures of the area around the shed.
Thanks again for all of those who gave their time and energy to help us make the Willows shine.
If you were not able to attend, but would like to volunteer, please give us a call.
For more information or to volunteer call 518-731-5544 or
Damsels & Dragonflies
Featured in many of Tiffany's works of glass are beautiful images of Damsel and Dragonflies and their ancestors have been found in 325 million year old fossils.
Both damsel and dragonflies spend a portion of their early life in water. Both in their immature stage and adults, they are predators, eating other insects! But while predatory, they are some of the friendliest insects you will ever meet!
To learn more about these elegant creatures join us for a walk on Saturday July 13 at 10 AM. The walk will be lead by GLT board member Larry Federman, behind the Serta plant in Coxsackie.
THIS SATURDAY -- Timberdoodle Dance with Rich Guthrie
The Timberdoodle (aka American Woodcock) has a unique courtship dance. In spring, the Timberdoodle, performs a magical evening mating ritual on the edge of open fields, prairies and wood edges.
At dusk, the bird quietly enters the open area. At first glance, you might not even see him as these birds are superbly camouflaged. But you will certainly hear him! His dance begins with a series of buzzy, nasal “peent-peent-peent” calls. As the peenting ends, his assent skyward begins. He makes a melodic whirring sound as he spirals into the sky. As he begins to tumble out of the sky, the sound changes to a twittering warble until he reaches his spot on the ground close to where he took off. And the cycle begins again, for about an hour each evening.
Rich Guthrie will lead a walk to hear and watch these beautiful little birds in their spring ritual THIS SATURDAY:
Saturday April 6, 2019
7:30 PM (note this is in the evening)
Willows at Brandow Point
480 Rt 385, Athens, NY 12015
Wear boots (it is likely to be muddy) and bring a flash light (to be used sparingly). Since the Timberdoodles only dance when the weather is nice, check our website www.greenelandtrust.org in case of inclement weather.
For more information call 518-731-5544.
Reservations Closed - Build a Birdhouse and Bird Feeder
Come make a Blue Bird House to take home and put in your yard.
This is a FREE event for all kids.
There will be people there to help with the building.
Pizza served at noon!
Saturday April 6, 2019 10 AM,
Reservations required to ensure we have sufficient materials for all participants.
Call 518-731-5544 by April 1, to reserve your spot.
This event will be held at the Willows, 480 State Route 385 in Athens.
Sponsored by Athens Sportsmen’s Club and Greene Land Trust. Funds by Athens Community Foundation.
Spring Songbird and Native Wildflower Walk
Mark your calendars now for a Spring Songbird and Native Wildflower Walk with well-known local bird expert and naturalist, Rich Guthrie.
Rich will lead an easy walk on Sunday May 12 at 8 AM at the Mawignack Preserve on Snake Road in Catskill.
Rich is a wealth of information. You will be amazed at the number of birds Rich will likely identify, even if you don't actually see them. Fortunately the wildflowers stay put, so you should have no problem seeing them!
So come for a morning walk with Mom and then take her out for Brunch to celebrate Mother's Day.
River Sweep Cleanup Saturday May 5
Spring has finally sprung and it is time to do some cleanup. Join the Greene Land Trust for the 7th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep for a bay area cleanup at Athens’ The Willows at Brandow Point. The event will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 1 to 4 PM. Low tide is at 2:11 PM. Volunteers will meet at the William Brandow House 480 State Route 385, Athens NY, where parking is available.
We ask all Sweep volunteers to wear sturdy shoes or boots, clothing that they can get dirty, and to bring a hat, sunscreen, gloves, a reusable water bottle and snacks. This site is appropriate for elementary-age children with proper adult supervision.
Irish Dinner and Music
Corned Beef Dinner with music by
"Lawson, traditional music of Ireland"
Saturday March 9, 2019
Willow at Brandow Point
480 Rt. 385 Athens, NY
Join us for a corned beef and cabbage dinner with music by “Lawson, traditional music of Ireland,” at the historic 18th century Willows at Brandow Point.
"Lawson",(Hilary and Eric) gave a memorable performance last year that was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and we are delighted to have them back for this evening of good food and music.
Holiday Open House and Party
Leigh Ann Smith, Full Moon Willows, 11 x 14, oil on canvas, 2017
Holiday Open House at the Willows
480 Rt 385 Athens, NY 12015
Saturday December 1, 2018 1-4 PM
Join us on December 1 to celebrate the season! Once again this year we will have the Willows at Brandow Point decorated and open to the public for a free event on Saturday.
Local author and illustrator, Hudson Talbott will be doing a book signing from 2:30 to 4 with three of his books: "River of Dreams -The Story of the Hudson River," "United Tweets of America: 50 State Birds Their Stories, Their Glories," and his new book "Picturing America:Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art."
We will have a simple holiday craft for kids to make, and of course refreshments. We hope you will stop by to see progress on the restoration of this beautiful old house and visit with us about our plans and events for the coming year.
Festive Evening Celebration
Friday November 30, 2018 6:30-8:30 PM
Please join us for our FREE Saturday Open House
Concert on the Lawn
on the Lawn at the historic
Willows at Brandow Point
Saturday September 29, 2018 2-5:30
The Willows, 480 Rt 385 Athens, NY
An afternoon of music at the Willows at Brandow Point.
Wickers Creek Band at the Willows September 29, 2018
The event kicked off at 2 PM with music by Wickers Creek Band. They performed an eclectic mix of traditional American music, primarily in the Bluegrass tradition.
They were followed by Breakneck Ridge Revue , a folk "jam band" of Hudson Valley musicians building twangy but danceable sets around a mix of traditional and original songs ranging from blues to folk to rock -- from John Prine to the Beatles -- but always with a homegrown feel.
The weather was wonderful and all who attended enjoyed the afternoon. Food and beverages were provided by Crossroads Brewery and Best of the Wurst.
Just like Subaru-- Dog Tested and Dog Approved. Really good hot dogs from Best of the Wurst.
The Birds and the Trees
"The Birds and the Trees - and Oh-My, More"
A fall family educational event to explore the outdoors with well-known bird expert Rich Guthrie. Rich is heard regularly on WAMC.
The four-part program is designed to increase your knowledge and appreciation of our natural environment and fall migration habits of bird species.
The first session will be an indoor, introductory session. The following three sessions will be field trips to various sites owned or managed by the Greene Land Trust in Greene County.
Session 1 Friday Evening September 21, at the Willows, 480 Rt 385 Athens
Session 2 Saturday Morning September 22 – field trip TBD
Session 3 Saturday Morning October 13 – field trip TBD
Session 4 Saturday Morning October 20 – field trip TBD
The cost is $20 per adult for the series. Children with adult(s) are free.
Space is limited so call soon to reserve your spot. Call 518-731-5544 to register.