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Mid-Hudson ADK 11th Annual PaddleFest

The PaddleFest is back so grab a paddle and get cool. The Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will hold its 11th annual PaddleFest on Saturday, June 8, at Plum Point Park in New Windsor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We warmly encourages the public to attend,” shares ADK member Russ Faller. This is a family day with free activities for those who have never paddled and who wish to see what all the excitement is about. This is a great opportunity to socialize and network with experienced paddlers.

A licensed NYS Guide will present a hands-on demonstration on kayak-camping, e.g. types of boats, paddles and what a campsite might look like. There also will be activities for more experienced paddlers.

Free kayak and canoe instruction will be available for beginners and free kayak lessons will be offered for experienced paddlers. Boats and gear will be provided for the beginner lessons and sign-up will be on site. Beginners should wear shoes and clothing that can get wet. For the more advanced lessons, kayakers will need to bring their own boats and gear and sign-up in advance at The River Connection.

There also will be guided paddling trips on the Hudson River and up Moodna Creek, some of which will be accompanied by a presentation on the ecology of the river.

For more information, contact Russ Faller at 297-5126 (before 9 p.m.) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com. To sign up for the advanced kayak lessons, contact 229-0595 or 242-4731 or marshall@the-river-connection.com. Visit MidHudsonADK.org/paddlefest for driving directions and more information.

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