Felicia DiNonno of The Clove Creek Dinner Theater in Fishkill New York (Aired on December 9th and 10th 2017)

Dinner Theater in Dutchess Country (Aired on December 9 and 10, 2017) Felicia DiNonno, founder of the Clove Creek Dinner Theater in Fishkill, NY, is the guest on this week’s RadioRotary program.

Dinner Theater provides an evening (or afternoon matinee) that begins with a full meal, which is followed by a full theatrical performance—you don’t eat or drink while you watch as in a nightclub or cabaret. There have been a number of dinner theaters in nearby countries, but none here until a couple of years ago Ms. DiNonno took a space in a mall in Fishkill and opened Clove Creek. It is very much a local attraction.
Clove Creek hires chefs trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park to prepare the four entrees from which a ticket-holder may choose. Local actors audition for all the parts in the comedies that are featured. To learn more, listen to the interview.
Learn more:
Clove Creek Dinner Theater
Dinner Theater History
National Dinner Theatre Association

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December 18, 2017 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, Nutrition  

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

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

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  

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