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HUDSON-ATHENS LIGHTHOUSE
2022 SUMMER EVENTS

For up to date information and postings please visit our Facebook Page: Hudson-Athens Lighthouse. 

End of Season Tours

HUDSON-ATHENS LIGHTHOUSE TOURS - A FAMILY EVENT

Two tours remain for the 2022 Season.

The regularly scheduled tours for Saturday, September 24th will depart from Hudson at 10:00, 11:30, and 1:00 aboard the Haendel as planned. Tours leave from the Hudson City dock behind the gazebo at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park.

The tour scheduled for October 22nd leaving from Hudson is cancelled due to necessary maintenance of the building and stringing of the holiday lights before the docks are taken out the last weekend in October. THEREFORE, the October 8th tour has changed times. There will be 3 tours from Athens leaving at 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00. Additional tours will leave from Hudson at 11:00 and 1:00. Tour length for thus day only, will be 1hour, 15 minutes. 

Reservations are made through www.catskillmountainferry.com Those people already booked for October 8th or 22nd will be contacted about rescheduling, being refunded or receiving a gift certificate for a future tour. Many new opportunities have been added to their website including tours around Middle Ground Flats, the Rip VanWinkle Bridge, sunset cruise, and sight seeing cruises. 

 The tour is an opportunity to learn about the important role that the Hudson River played in the development of the upper Hudson River Towns and the role that the Hudson-Athens lighthouse plays in the safe navigation of river transportation.

Expanding tour times will allow for visitors to have enough time to tour the lighthouse, watch the video on Hudson River history narrated by Emily Brunner, who lived on the lighthouse as a child and participated in tours until her early 90’s. There will also be an opportunity to see a video of the early founders of HALPS and the initial restoration of the lighthouse. Videos run on a continual loop and can be joined at any time.

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See the letter from the US Lighthouse Service appointing Emil Brunner to his post at the Hudson-Athens light in 1930. Read some of the duties required of a lighthouse keeper. Check out Emily’s personal story and take in the 360 degree view from the tower. Children can ring the newer fog bell. Picnic tables are provided for those who want to bring a lunch or just sit and enjoy the surroundings. One never knows what surprises they’ll see – cargo ships on their way to the Port of Albany, a lost harbor seal, a nesting bald eagle, a fisher climbing a tree on shore, the casual fisherman, kayaker, paddle boarder, or even a deer swimming from Middle Ground Flats to shore.

Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made online at catskillmountainferry.com under tours. Or call 914 589-7773

Walk-ons will be accepted on a space available basis. Payment may be in cash or online on one's phone at that time with the tour operator.

Due to the increased cost of fuel, insurance and boat crew, prices have risen slightly. Adults are $30, Seniors 65+ $27, Children ages 15 and under $20.  Infants 2 and under are free. There are no member discounts. Please stop at the HALPS table on your way to the boat.

The use of the lighthouse for private and public tours and events is one of the many ways the Lighthouse Preservation Society raises money to pay for the preservation of the Lighthouse which is owned soley by the Preservation Society.

Please visit the membership page to learn how to become a member. The Lighthouse has been used for weddings, birthdays, reunions, and private parties. Contact events@halps.org.

Additional Events:

Waterfront Wednesdays Back for 2022

In 2020, the Hudson Sloop Club, as well as other entities in Hudson (including HALPS)
banded together to offer local residents an opportunity to experience the Hudson River and the Riverfront Park.

Waterfront Wednesdays have continued to expand for 2022 offering a full compliment of activities for all ages. HALPS will offer boat tours on July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3 and 10th. 

Board Meetings

Board meetings are currently held the 3rd Thursday of the month from 12:30 -2:00 in person at the Claverack Library and via zoom. Active volunteers receive the invitation. Meetings are open to the public. If you want to be notified, please email info@halps.org or kate@halps.org. 

 Board of Directors 

Hudson Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society Board Members 2021-2022 

President: Kristin Gamble
Vice President: Robert Green
Treasurer: Marilyn Rositzke
Secretary: Rebecca Martin
Adm. Ast. Kate Treacy

Van Calhoun
Betsy Feldstein
Carol Gans
Bob Ihlenberg
Jon Kay
Joe Keneally
Kay Lasher
Josh Lipsman
Kathleen Tan
Bob Taylor

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