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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Have you ever heard of Opus 40 in Saugerties?

I have to hand it to Instagram, I am finding out about some pretty cool things through the filtered and unfiltered photo app.
I discovered Bissell Brothers Substance beer on Instagram (a really tasty beer that I'd definitely recommend if you like Double IPAs).
And, most recently, I saw a photo of a monolith structure with the hashtag #Opus40. Since I had never heard of it, I assumed it must be a faraway ruin or structure - it turns out it's a sculpture park (kinda similar to Storm King in that respect) that's just south of Albany, NY in Saugerties.
I'd never heard of Opus 40 and I wanted to share the find. Ya know, for those who don't scour our social media networks looking for cool things to drink and places to visit.

Here's a bit more about Opus 40 from their website:
" In 1938, Harvey Fite (1903-1976), one of the founders of the Bard College Fine Arts Department, purchased an abandoned quarry (reportedly for $250) in the town of Saugerties, NY, in Ulster County, about 100 miles north of New York City. Over a period of 37 years he created the monumental world-acclaimed 6 ½-acre bluestone sculpture now known as Opus 40. During this period he also acquired additional land (70+ acres today) and built several structures, including a beautiful large wood home, a studio, garage, blacksmith shop and the Quarryman’s Museum, home of his unique collection of historic quarrying tools."



Opus 40 is located at 50 Fite Road in Saugerties, NY. They will re-open for the season Memorial Day weekend: Thursday-Monday and Holiday Mondays 11am to 5pm. Admission: $10 for adults, $7 for students, $3 for school age children, Children under 6 are free. No dogs allowed. Picnicking on the grounds is welcome.

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