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  

Rtn. Carolyn Burnett from Brookmeade (Aired on November 4, 2017 & November 5, 2017)

Aging Care in Rhinebeck (Aired on November 4 and 5, 2017)
RadioRotary interviews Rhinebeck Rotarian Carolyn Bernitt and Brian Zeiden, both on the staff of the Brookmeade Community, a 75-acre, three-tiered facility in Rhinebeck that provides homes and care if necessary for our aging population. Sufficiently healthy seniors can opt for independent living at Arbor Ridge, an apartment complex that provides the amenities of a luxury hotel, including accessto fine dining and a heated pool. For those who need help with the tasks of personal care, The Terrace apartments provide assisted living arrangements. For older residents in need of close medical supervision, The Baptist Home is also
services as a result of aging. The community provides many field trips to events or locations in the area. Residents are active in community programs such as painting, singing, or exploring the sensory garden.

 

Learn More:
Brookmeade Community
Division of Aging Services
Rhinebeck Rotary

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November 10, 2017 · Posted in Aging, Dutchess County, Health, Hudson Valley, Quality of Life  

Pleasant Valley Weekend (Aired on September 9 and September 10, 2017)

Pleasant Valley Weekend (Aired on September 9 and 10, 2017)
For many years, the Town of Pleasant Valley has celebrated itself as a
community on a weekend in September. Recently the celebrations, known as
“Pleasant Valley Weekend,” have been better than ever. Pleasant Valley
Rotarian Carol Campbell revitalized the event when she was Town Supervisor in
2015, asking singer Johnny Dell to help get it organized. In this program
RadioRotary interviews Ms. Campbell and Mr. Dell about the 2017 Pleasant
Valley Weekend, which features three separate parades, many food and information booths at Cady Field (along Wappingers Creek just behind Town Hall), live music and dance, and a fireworks finale on Sunday. The Friday evening parade is vintage cars, the Saturday parade consists of over a hundred
motorcycles, and on Sunday there is a traditional parade with fire engines, winners of the vintage car show, many marching groups, and a marching band. It is a great all-American event.
Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Weekend
Town of Pleasant Valley
Cruise the Hudson Valley
Shamrock Shows and Amusements
Pleasant Valley Rotary on Facebook

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September 14, 2017 · Posted in Dutchess County, Events, Hudson Valley, Rotary Club Projects  

Vanderbilt Gardens (Aired on April 1st and April 2nd 2017)

Vanderbilt Gardens volunteers Susanne Gillespie and Anita Whelan
come to the RadioRotary studio to discuss the beautiful gardens they
help tend at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park,
NY.

The Vanderbilt Mansion was the impressive summer “cottage” of  Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt. Frederick maintained and improved the formal gardens on the site in the early 20th century, but after Frederick died in 1938 there were no buyers for the property. President Franklin Roosevelt, a neighbor, arranged to have the estate made into a national historic site, but during World War II the site languished Although there was money to restore the brickwork for the formal gardens, the gardens themselves were not replanted until 1984, when
three volunteers approached the Park Service about taking it over.
Today volunteers plant about 6,000 annual flowers each year and maintain the cherry trees (nearly the only plants from Vanderbilt’s time), the perennial garden, and the rose garden. Admission to the gardens is free. The operation is funded by a giant plant sale each
Memorial Day weekend and a formal tea party in September. Planting and maintenance is entirely the work of volunteers.
Learn more:
F.W. Vanderbilt Garden Association
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Hyde Park Tourist Sites

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April 3, 2017 · Posted in Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, Quality of Life  

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