Kingston Italian Festival (Aired on September 30th, 2017 & October 1st 2017)

The Italian Festival in Kingston (Aired on September 30 and October 1,
2017)

Rotarian Tony Marmo (Highland Club) and Frank Faluotico visit RadioRotary to describe the Italian Festival in Kingston, NY, a fundraiser for Ulster County’s Italian American Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the Italian heritage of the country. Both were among the founders of the 501(c)3 nonprofit group in June 2015. The Foundation is similar to a Rotary Club in that it primarily raises money to give back to the community, especially in scholarships for Italian-American high-school students to attend college. The Festival features many vendors purveying Italian foods to eat on the spot or to take home as well as other goods. There is Italian music from folk songs to opera (not to mention Sinatra songs) and dances, such as the famous tarantella. The Italian Signor and Signora of the year are presented. Held in the historic Roundout section of Kingston, the many local restaurants also participate in the event.

Learn more:
Ulster County Italian American Foundation
National Italian American Foundation
Highland Rotary Club

 

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October 28, 2017 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition  

The Learning Lab with Amy Shapiro (Aired on June 3 2016 and 4 2017)

RadioRotary interviews librarian Amy Shapiro , who supervises the Mahopac Library Learning Lab, a multigenerational learning center focused on technical help for computers, smartphones, or other electronic devices. This lab, which is open five days a week, provides one-on-one individual help along with two classes each week on aid for resume preparation. The library not only has
desktop computers that patrons can use, but also offers Wi-Fi access for personal devices. The Lab is available for adults and for children either over fifth grade or with their parents—no library card needed. The Learning Lab is only one of the services of the Mahopac Library. In additions to books, DVDs, and computer access, there are summer programs for adults, for teens, and for children.
Learn more:
Mahopac Library
Mid-Hudson Library System
Goodwill Training Help

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June 5, 2017 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Education, Hudson Valley, Literacy  

Goshen’s Got Talent (Aired on May 28 & 29, 2016)

Nan Gill-Wilson and David P. Wilson

Nan Gill-Wilson and David P. Wilson

Goshen Rotarians Nan Gill-Wilson and David P. Wilson are professionals in several branches of show business. The have brought their own talents and performing knowledge to the aid of their Rotary Club in a number of ways. Goshen Rotary manages to have at least one major event every month of the year. One of these fundraisers is “Goshen’s Got Talent,” a show based on local amateur performers—although David and Nan have found amateurs with professional chops. While “Goshen’s Got Talent” benefits the community service of Goshen Rotary—which includes dictionaries for elementary school, disaster relief, scouting, and the Braeside-Museum Village project—Nan and David also have developed “Once More Frankly!” which supports The Rotary Foundation. Their involvement in Willy Gilly Productions, the Acting Anyone Academy, and The Academy of Film Television Stage and Performing Arts also manages to entail Rotary connections in various ways.

Learn more:
Goshen Rotary Club
Willy Gilly Productions
Acting Anyone Academy
The Academy of Film Television Stage and Performing Arts

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May 28, 2016 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Events, Rotary Club Close-ups  

Apple Blossom Day in Red Hook (Aired on April 30 & May 1, 2016)

(l-r) Susan Simon, Robert George, Dave Wright

(l-r) Susan Simon, Robert George, Dave Wright

Once again RadioRotary travels to the Red Hook Rotary Club for a live broadcast from the Bread and Bottle Bakery and Wine Bar. Red Hook Rotary for the past fifteen years has been the sponsor of the great spring festival, Apple Blossom Day, which has taken place in the village for over thirty years. Co-hosts Jonah Triebwasser and Sara O’Connell interview Red Hook Rotary president (and hot-dog cook) Susan Simon along with chair of this year’s Apple Blossom Day Dave Wright about the event that features music, dance, food, and crafts. An addition to the event this year is the Red Hook Film Festival. Robert George, producer of the Film Festival is on hand to tell about the showings, culled from about 700 short-film entries, with one full-length production on the Rhinebeck Aerodrome a special feature this year.

Learn more:
Red Hook Rotary Club
Bread and Bottle Bakery and Wine Bar
Grieg Farm
Red Hook Film Festival

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April 30, 2016 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Events, Rotary Club Projects  

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