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Last updated December 2009

Historic Towns of Dutchess County
Published under the guidance of the Genealogical and Historical Societies of Dutchess County, NY
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Historian appointment needed now!  Press Conference.
September 9    11:00 AM
170 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie, NY

Join Legislator Joel Tyner at the Dutchess County Records Center to advocate for appointing a County Historian.
Cemetery Walking Tour and Waterfall Dedication
September 20    11:00 AM
342 South Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY

The first part of the tour will focus on the Poughkeepsie Spring and a brief history will be provided by Friends of Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery historian and genealogist, Dutchess County native Ginny Buechele.

The second part of the tour is key to some of your personal interests as it talks about Mohonk, Minnewaska and the Quaker Smiley Brothers, as well as Judge Jane Bolin and her father, attorney Gaius Bolin, two members of our Black community who really were role models who were early advocates of equal rights and opportunities.

Hudson River Valley Institute Quad Conference.
September 25-26   
Hyde Park & Poughkeepsie, NY

Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Conference: America's First River, The Hudson

Friday September 25 from 12 Noon to 8 PM
FDR Presidential Library and Historic Site
Hyde Park, NY
Keynote Speaker at 7 PM: Pulitzer Prize recipient Dr. David Hackett Fischer

Saturday September 26 from 9 AM to 5 PM
Marist Student Center at Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY

RSVP Today! Call 845.575.3052
East Fishkill Community Day
September 26   [Rain date September 27th]
East Fishkill, NY

Parade, booths, raffles, food, awards, contests, entertainment and fireworks!

Historic Towns of Dutchess County contributed a $60 Subscription to the Town Raffle.

We will have a booth in the Community Tent and are conducting a 50-50 raffle.  HTDC members/subscribers automatically receive one 50-50 raffle ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased at the HTDC web store.
Walkway Grand Opening
October 2-4
Poughkeepsie, NY

The former Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad bridge will officially open to the public as the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park at 3:00 pm, Saturday, October 3rd.  Various celebrations and festivities are planned for the  weekend and are noted below. 

Traffic is expected to be heavy this weekend, and there will be no on-site parking for the bridge.  Parking and shuttle bus service will be available from several designated parking lots in both Poughkeepsie and Highland.  For full schedule, details and information regarding parking , click on the stars above.

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Out of the Shadows - The Grand Illumination of the Walkway Over the Hudson

River of Light Promenade , lantern release, illuminated fire boat, musical entertainment and fireworks
The best viewing for this event will be Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie and Oakes Road in Highland.

Saturday, October 3, 2009 9, am – 3:00 pm

Land, Sea, Air and In-Between the Walkway!

Marist College Crew Regatta . Clearwater & Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association Music Festival, One River, May Streams Folk Festival, presented by the Dutchess County Arts Council, Clearwater River Cruises
Tying of the Knot: Grand Opening Celebration of the Walkway at the mid-point of the bridge, Walking on Air Parade: Grand puppet procession and celebration across the Hudson River by community volunteers from Dutchess and Ulster counties.  Only officials, performers and volunteers are allowed on the bridge at this time, however, public viewing will be available from the shoreline.
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Flyover

Highland HudsonFest Street Fair in the Hamlet of Highland

3:00 pm
Grand Opening to the general public:  At this time the bridge will officially be opened for the use and enjoyment of the general public.
Access will be via Parker Avenue in Poughkeepsie and Haviland Road in Highland.

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Night Circus, Light Show and AIRWAVE dances:  This event will take place on the bridge, is open to the public, and will involve dozens of illuminated performers.  People are encouraged to wear illuminated accessories and join in the fun!

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Highland Old Fashion Block Party; beer garden, live music, food and friends.

Sunday, October 4, 2009
Sunday in the Park

Rooftops to Tree Tops: 5K Run hosted by Mid-Hudson Runners, Public access to the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Clearwater & Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association Music Festival at Highland Landing Park, Clearwater River Cruises from Highland access points.
OCTOBER 2009    

Live: Native Americans and Henry Hudson
October 11
Mount Gulian Historic Site
145 Sterling Street, Beacon, NY

Don Thompson in character as Henry Hudson and Evan Pritchard, author and director of the Center for Algonquin Culture, will debate European and native notions of land ownership, law and culture. Activity for children, house and grounds tour and more. Admission fee.

$10 adult; $8 senior & Mount Gulian member; $6 child.

This event is made possible with a generous contribution from the Quadricentennial Commission.
NYS Sheep and Wool Festival
October 17-18
Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck, NY

Vendors, work shops, demonstrations and more. Admission fee.

General Admission - $12.00/day

Pre-purchased tickets - $9.00/day

2-day Ticket package - $17.00

Dutchess County Genealogical Society Fall Seminar
October 24
Hyde Park United Methodist Church
Route 9 and Church Street, Hyde Park, NY

Get ready for a great seminar this year as professional genealogist and marketing expert Dan Lynch teaches us how to "Google Your Family Tree" in the morning and to use Heritage Quest, Family Search and in the afternoon.

Dan will have copies of his book, Google Your Family Tree, available for sale. The list price of the book is $34.95, and it's worth every penny!

Kinship will have genealogical books and CDs available for sale.

$25.00 Advance Registration 
$30.00 Walk-ins at the door on day of seminar
Lunch: $7.50 for optional buffet lunch (deli meats, cheeses, breads and salads) - available only with advance registration

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DECEMBER 2009    

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Evergreen Chorus' Holiday Show
Sunday December 6 at 3:00 PM
St. Andrew's Church
110 Overlook Road, Poughkeepsie, NY

The Poughkeepsie Area chapter of Sweet Adelines International presents "It's a Wonderful Time of the Year", a holiday show, with host, radio personality Joe Daily, and guest performers, Poughkeepsie New Yorkers.

For tickets and information call 845.485.1844

$15.00 Adults 
$12.00 Seniors and Students
Children 12 and under are free.
Ask about group discounts.
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Every Christmas Story Ever Told
December 11-13 & 18-20 [Fri and Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm]
Cuneen-Hackett Arts Center
12 Vassar St, Poughkeepsie, NY

A hilarious twist on all the holiday classics by Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez
Plus Music, Magic and more!

For more information call 845-486-4571

$15.00 Adults 
$12.00 Seniors and Students