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Solstice festival on rail trail in Bethlehem

Activities, vendors, food, animals and music will be part of the fourth annual Summer Solstice Festival  Saturday, June 20,  noon to 4 p.m., on the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail in Bethlehem. The festival celebrates the longest day of the year and the start of summer.

A Hike-athon has been added this year, taking place from  10 a.m. to noon, held on the Rail Trail and in four local nature preserves. Registration is open through June 16 at the MHLC’s office, 425 Kenwood Ave, Delmar.  The hikes will be led by guides well versed in the history, flora and fauna of each trail.

Hikers with pets are invited to join our Tails on the Rail Trail walk.  Space will be limited and carpooling is encouraged. Hikers will meet at 9:45 a.m. in the municipal lot located directly behind the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy at 125 Adams St., Delmar. At that time, participants will receive their T-shirts and carpool to their hike locations.

For more information at visit http://mohawkhudson.org/donate-now/ and make a contribution of $15 per T-shirt, and http://www.solsticecelebration.org/hike-a-thon/. 

For volunteer opportunities, contact the festival planning committee.

The Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail is a nine-mile stretch of an old D&H rail line from Voorheesville to the Port of Albany. Owned by Albany County, it is being developed and run with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and its Friends of the Rail Trail committee, the towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland, and the village of Voorheesville.

Visit  http://www.solsticecelebration.org.

MHLC is your local land trust, working day after day to improve the quality of life for all residents of the Capital Region. The work that we do to preserve the natural spaces in Albany, Montgomery, and Schenectady counties, directly impacts the health of the region. We have protected close to 4,000 acres of land including over 1,300 acres open to the public in the form of preserves – for hiking, cross-country skiing and other educational and recreational opportunities.


Gloria Mazure

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