Monthly Archives: August 2011

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

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 […

Community farm weathers the storm

At Hearty Roots, the main damage from the storm came from the heavy rains – about 9″, which is basically two months worth of rain in 24 hours. Fortunately, we farm very well-drained soils, so most of our crops coped with the deluge relatively well. A few parts of the farm, lower pockets where rainwater drains from the rest of the fields, experienced the “ponding” we see in the photo of lettuce… When you can see your vegetables’ reflection, that’s not a good sign!

Tivoli thanks summer rec counselors

At a recent meeting of the Village of Tivoli Board of Trustees which was held in Tivoli ’s Memorial Park, Mayor Bryan F. Cranna and Trustee Robin Bruno recognized the village’s summer recreation counselors for their efforts in hosting a successful summer recreation program, with commendations from the Board of Trustees. Mayor Cranna stated, “It…

No Fair! 166th Dutchess Fair cut short

No Fair

The last two days of the Dutchess County Fair were cancelled due to predicted high winds and rain from an approaching hurricane. It takes quite awhile to break down and pack up the rides and tents – something that could not be done in time if the fair remained open on Saturday.

NYSED Commissioner visits Red Hook

Dr. King accepted an invitation from Superintendent Paul Finch to attend Red Hook’s annual summer leadership seminar. The discussion centered on the encouraging and the discouraging trends in public education.