Please accept my apologies for comparing the recent Red Hook Community Day to the Chanler clambake in 1906. I had only meant to provide an interesting historical footnote, but I foolishly used the word “greatest” when I should have said “best-attended”. However, even that turned out to be wrong, as more accurate headcounts later showed that our recent event had over 3,000 attendees. Moreover, Chanler’s event was merely a political vote-getter, while ours was an entire community coming together to celebrate its history.
The Bicentennial Committee did an amazing job putting together Community Day, and I am extremely thankful to them for all their hard work. My entire family volunteered at the event, but the organizers worked for many months preparing everything, and the resulting celebration of Red Hook will surely go down in the history books as the greatest event ever held in our town.
One of the coolest things about Red Hook is how almost everyone seems to volunteer for one thing or another to help our town thrive, and it is truly a joy and a privilege to live here.