Red Hook 2012 Bicentennial Celebration to Preview this Hardscrabble Day, September 24

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1812 was a banner year for Red Hook! By decree of the New York State legislature, Red Hook was split from Rhinebeck to become its own independent, self-governing township. To begin marking that historic event, the 2012 Red Hook Bicentennial Celebration will be a featured element of this year’s Hardscrabble Day festivities in the Village of Red Hook, Saturday, September 24, beginning at 10 a.m. “Hardscrabble Day brings everyone together. It’s perfect for celebrating our wonderful town’s 200 years of rural traditions and community connections,” says Loretta Campagna, chairperson of the Bicentennial Committee of the Egbert Benson Historical Society of Red Hook, the sponsoring organization. “There will be plenty to see, to try and to buy, including a Bicentennial Calendar filled with rare photos and little-known facts about Red Hook, and a commemorative key ring. “Also, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elmendorph Inn, on North Broadway, people won’t want to miss our special oral history event ‘Hooked on Red Hook.’ In two-minute recorded interviews, they can tell us why Red Hook is so special.” During Hardscrabble Day, volunteers will be available at three Bicentennial Booths to help visitors to learn more about Red Hook – yesterday and […

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