WINNAKEE LAND TRUST ANNUAL TOUR OF HISTORIC BARNS AND WORKING FARMS EVENT DETAILS ANNOUNCED

Event to include cycling tour for second year in a row

Rhinebeck, New York…..Winnakee Land Trust announced today that The Annual Tour of Historic Barns and Working Farms is set to take place on Saturday, October 13th. The event will include a cycling component for the second year in a row, beginning at 11am for ticket holders and at 9:30am for pre-registered cyclists and cycling groups. Winnakee also plans to include a route for motorcyclists which will include a unique and longer route to the barns and farms on the tour. The self-guided tour will provide access to local farms, barns, and vistas that are typically not open to the public. It will begin with cider donuts and coffee at Sister’s Hill Farm and finish up at the Grasmere Estate historic barns, where a closing party commences at 4:30pm. At the closing festivities, McEnroe Organic Farms will serve up some of their popular farm-to-table fare, guests will enjoy the sounds of Payne’s Grey Sky, and have the opportunity to view work by popular local artists.

“This is a terrific way for locals and tourists to experience some of the best views and properties of our Hudson River Valley, and for those who are cycling that day, the experience is extra-special,” said Fred Schaeffer, a local attorney and avid Hudson Valley cyclist.

Winnakee will provide transportation for pre-registered cyclists at 9:30 a.m. from Grasmere Barns to Sister’s Hill Farm where the tour begins. Cyclists will end the tour at Grasmere Barns where they have left their cars for the day. In addition to offering participants the chance to see some of the area’s most historic barns up close, The Annual Tour of Historic Barns and Working Farms is designed to raise funds to support Winnakee’s mission. Tickets are $50 per person; children under 12 are admitted free of charge. All guests will receive maps and information guides, allowing them to embark on a self-guided tour by car, motorcycle, or bicycle before gathering for the “barn-rocking” reception at 4:30 at Grasmere Estate Historic Stone Barns.

“At Winnakee, our mission is all about conserving land and connecting communities. This annual event showcases the unmatched beauty of our area, inspiring people to get involved in efforts to protect our landscape – and it also goes a long way in reminding us of how connected our communities are and should continue to be,” shared Sally Mazzarella, president emeritus, Winnakee Land Trust.

“Every year, the Tour of Historic Barns and Working Farms grows in popularity. People of all ages are captivated as they visit the various farms and barns along the way. And the party which closes the day is super fun for everyone – there’s always a terrific spirit of community in the air. I encourage anyone who hasn’t been to this event to join us this year – it’s really a special experience that celebrates everything which makes our region so unique and special,” added Carl Meyer, president of the Winnakee Land Trust Board of Directors.

The funds raised will benefit Winnakee Land Trust, a 501(c)3 organization located in Rhinebeck, New York which protects and preserves our natural and agricultural resources providing a lasting legacy. Through the preservation of land and development of trails Winnakee promotes more resilient communities while engaging and connecting people to the cultural and scenic resources of the Hudson Valley. As an accredited land trust, Winnakee not only protects farmland and natural habitats from development, but provides public recreational opportunities through its two parks—Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill in Rhinebeck and Winnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park. Winnakee has established miles of public access trails and are continually working to add more.

Raffle tickets also available at $10/each or 3 for $25; prizes are Hand Blown Glass Luster Vase by Tom Stoenner and Midweek Overnight stay and Dinner for two at Henry’s at the Farm. For more information on tickets or sponsorships, contact Ellen Henneberry, Director of Development, 845.876.4213 or ellen@winnakee.org.