And Be Thankful
- Visit the library
The Philmont Public Library has computers, books, music and books on CD, DVDs, local reference, and you can read the paper. They have a wonderful attentive staff that will help you find whatever you are looking for. They even show movies and offer live music for free!
- Go to a restaurant
There is a tremendous buzz about the restaurants in Philmont. Two new restaurants, Local 111 and the Main Street Public House have hit the scene to round out the offerings in the village.
Local 111 is an elegant dining spot with beautiful architecture and indoor/outdoor seating serving local foods, located at the converted Schermerhorn's Garage.
Main Street Public House (formerly Nick's Restaurant) is a bar and restaurant, with a hip scene and local organic food options.
Lagonia's and the Vanderbilt Inn are staples in the village and don't forget about Scoops!
- Donate to the Philmont Food Pantry
The Food Pantry, open on Tuesdays, provides food and other items for those in need. Bring food and know that you are helping someone in your community.
- Hike the High Falls Conservation Area
A hike to the falls and you can witness breathtaking views just minutes from your home.
- Check out Philmont.org
This website will keep you up to speed on all the events and activities in the area. Read about current news, find out about the history of Philmont, and check out the new Events Calendar. And you don't even have to leave your house for this one!
- Check out the Historic Buildings
The Main Street Committee sponsors an annual walking tour, but you can roam around Philmont anytime and check out the beautiful architecture and historic buildings throughout the village.
There are so many people that are doing great things in the village, and volunteerism is a big part of it. It doesn't take a huge commitment, only a few hours of your time and a willingness to be a part of something great. Stop in at the Library, the Village Office, the Rescue Squad, or the Fire Department and find out what you can do to help.
- Join an Archery or Trap Shoot
The Philmont Rod & Gun Club, which promotes responsible fish and wildlife management and true sportsmanship, puts on events throughout the year that are open to the public.
- Shop Til You Drop...Locally
The village business climate is improving and it happens by merchants meeting the needs of the community and the community supporting local merchants.
Dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on our community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more village services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.
Buy local foods, get a haircut, buy a firearm, a consignment item, or local artisan craft. Shop Philmont First!
- Get Your Mail
The Post Office is a great place to meet people in the neighborhood and find out about the village. And if you pay your bills on time, no men in suits will show up at your door. Ask about the special stamps they have and add some flair to your letters that you have been putting off sending to your friends and family.
There are so many great views in this area that can't be fully appreciated in a vehicle. Get out for a walk or run in nature, or join the new Columbia & Berkshires Cycling Association and participate in a group ride. Have fun, meet great people and live longer. If you need to take your exercise indoors, Taconic Hills has an aquatic center and gym that costs $1 for residents.
If you are reading this list, it means that you are alive. Appreciate what you have and always do the right thing.