Temple Sinai Men’s Club Cher Show trip
The Temple Sinai Men’s Club is sponsoring a bus Trip to the Cher Show on 52nd Street in NYC on Sunday, June 30th
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Art grant for community solar array project.
SUGAR LOAF (March 26) - SunCommon, in partnership with Orange County Citizens Foundation, announces the winner of its $3000 art grant award.
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Summer Concert Series at Algonquin and Thomas Bull Memorial Parks
GOSHEN (March 20) – Algonquin Park in the Town of Newburgh and Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Campbell Hall will host a free Orange County Summer Concert Series, featuring some of the top bands in the Hudson Valley.
“We are excited about the Orange County Summer Concert Series, which will feature a diverse group of performers,” County Executive Steven Neuhaus said. “The concerts will also showcase two of our beautiful County parks. I encourage residents to come out and enjoy some great live music. We are looking forward to these family-friendly and entertaining events.”
Eight shows will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays starting on June 29th. The tentative lineup will include:
- June 29: Evan Teatum and Friends, Algonquin Park
- July 6: Xcalibur Band, Thomas Bull Memorial Park
- July 13: Leo and the Lizards, Thomas Bull Memorial Park
- July 20: The Barrelhouse Blues Band, Algonquin Park
- August 3: hUShh, Algonquin Park
- August 10: Bad Hat Jazz, Thomas Bull Memorial Park
- August 17: Shelton Taylor, Algonquin Park
- August 24: Hurley Mountain Highway, Thomas Bull Memorial Park
The concerts will be held in the covered park pavilions with seating available. Guests sitting outside of the pavilions are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concerts will be held rain or shine. Food and beverage vendors and an ice cream truck will be on site for each show.
Guests are welcome to stay and watch a free, family-oriented outdoor movie courtesy of the Orange County Parks’ Summer Family Film Fest after the concerts on August 10th and August 24th at Thomas Bull Memorial Park.
Booklet celebrates remarkable Hudson Valley women
HUDSON (March 11) - Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D - Columbia, Dutchess) released the sixth volume of “Women’s History in the Hudson Valley: Ten Stories from Columbia and Dutchess Counties” in celebration of Women’s History Month.
Full details on our Community Page
Bard College spring series highlights history and art of historic Hudson River Estate
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON (February 27) - Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus announces three spring series of events comprising celebrating the history and arts of one of the Hudson Valley’s esteemed historic estates. The events are presented at Montgomery Place and locations in Red Hook, New York, beginning on Sunday, March 10 and culminating on Memorial Day weekend, May 24–27. Most of the events are free and open to the public.
Toward an Ethical Imagination: Gilsonfest is a collaboration between Bard College, Historic Red Hook, Dutchess County Historical Society, and Red Hook Quilters focusing on the life of Montgomery Place gardener Alexander Gilson, an African American slave, who after being freed stayed on as head gardener and eventually opened his own nursery business.
The program kicks off on Sunday, March 10 with a lecture, “A People’s History: Oral Histories and Inclusion,” by Susan Merriam, Associate Professor of Art History at Bard College, at the Elmendorph Inn, Red Hook, New York.
On Friday, May 24 at 11:30 am the program continues with the opening of an exhibition, Alexander Gilson: From Property to Property Owner, at the Historic Red Hook Annex, Cherry Street, Red Hook. It includes an exhibition by students in a Bard College class about Alexander Gilson, a quilting presentation by the Red Hook Quilters, and a presentation on historic garden artifacts and plants.
There will be a public signage dedication in honor of the life of Alexander Gilson on Friday, May 24 at 1 pm at the Montgomery Place Visitor Center. Following the dedication, there will be a gathering at the Montgomery Place Greenhouse tool room to celebrate an adjunct exhibition on Alexander Gilson.
The program concludes on Sunday, May 26, at 2 pm with the lecture “History of Memorial Day” by Myra Young Armstead, Lyford Paterson Edwards and Helen Gray Edwards Professor of Historical Studies at Bard College. This will be presented at the Montgomery Place Coach House, followed by refreshments on the Mansion House north porch.
Events are free and open to the public and no registration is required. For more information, go to bard.edu/montgomeryplace.
Assemblyman Schmitt announces art showcase program
CHESTER (February 18) - Assemblyman Colin Schmitt announces the creation of the 99th Assembly District Art Showcase. Schmitt is encouraging all the artists that live or work in the 99th Assembly District to submit their artwork for consideration to be showcased in both his district and Albany Assembly offices.
The 99th Assembly District has many wonderful artists from diverse backgrounds including professionals, students and amateurs. Assembly Schmitt seeks to highlight these many talented artists and add an important aspect of cultural and community celebration to his office, which is the office of all the people in the district.
“Art enriches the soul and brings joy to life. We have so many talented artists and so much profound work that is created in the 99th Assembly District,” Schmitt said. “I wish to showcase a diverse collection of local art in both my local and Albany offices. I want my office to proudly display art that highlights the beauty and talent of my district. Each visitor who comes to my offices should be able to experience a taste of the arts in our area and have something a little extra special to look forward to when coming in for a meeting. I hope all local artists, regardless of medium or experience, would consider participating in the program.”
Sarah McKay, Executive Director of the Orange County Arts Council said: “It is a great way to highlight the many talented artists and the significant work that they produce from across his district in his local and Albany offices. Art and the creative expression of this district is a vital part of life and we thank Assemblyman Schmitt for his support of the arts."
Details for those who would like to participate:
We are seeking submissions from artists, from all mediums, who would like to be showcased in the Assembly offices. The displays rotate at least every two months.
We ask that you provide as much information as possible when submitting. The general size of the display area is smaller and will limit what can be accommodated. This is a voluntary program for the benefit of the community, no consideration or financial award is available or offered.
Any questions or to participate please contact Jena Knight at 845-469-6929, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our online submission form https://goo.gl/forms/Q4blxQmInz4ZlgWO2.
FDR autographed book up for auction to help rebuild library
HYDE PARK (January 30) - The Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library are auctioning off a signed, dated and numbered copy of Records of the Town of Hyde Park by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to help raise funds to rebuild the library recently devastated by fire. There were only 100 copies of this rare piece of local history printed, each of which was personally numbered and signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The book donated to the library by a patron and up for auction is numbered 66. Roosevelt’s signature in bold ink is on the page opposite the title page and dated 1928. Later that year, Roosevelt would be elected Governor of New York State and four years later President of the United States.
In 1927, among his many other duties and interests, FDR was the Town Historian for Hyde Park. He had left politics for a while after becoming partly paralyzed by polio in 1921. By the late 1920’s he had recovered enough to think about running for office again. But before his started his campaign for Governor of New York, he completed compiling and editing Records of the Town of Hyde Park. The FDR Library and the Dutchess Country Historical Society each hold one of the few other copies that have survived.
If you are interested in bidding on this once in a lifetime find, please submit your bid to email@example.com. The opening bid is $1,000. Bids will be taken until the end of February. The book will be on display once the temporary library location opens at space generously donated by Herb Redl at 3 Maggiacomo Lane in Pleasant Valley. The winning high bid will be considered a donation to the library.
Donations of books, CDs, DVDs, video games and other media in excellent condition are still being accepted at the library to help replace the thousands of items that were lost in the fire. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed. Donated items not chosen for circulation are sold in the library and also at twice yearly book and media sales for just $1 each. All proceeds go directly to help support library programs and services.
For more information, please contact the Pleasant Valley Library at 845-635-8460.
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