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  

Pleasant Valley Weekends (Aired on September 3 and 4, 2016)

Many of the villages and hamlets in Dutchess County choose a day or weekend in the fall to celebrate local organizations and to entertain their residents and visitors. These include Hardscrabble Days in Red Hook and Community Day in Millbrook. For about forty years, one of these celebrations has been Pleasant Valley Weekend in the hamlet and town of Pleasant Valley. In this interview, Pleasant Valley Rotarian (and RadioRotary producer) Kathy Kruger tells about the Pleasant Valley Weekend of 2016. This was the 20th anniversary of the Rotary rubber-duck race in Wappingers Creek, a popular fundraiser. Pleasant Valley Rotary also runs the beer tent, one of the many sources of food and drink at the Friday through Sunday festival. There are carnival rides, several parades, community booths of all kinds, and fireworks at the end, all accompanied by music by several local bands. The town comes out each year in large numbers to enjoy a great weekend and celebrate their community.

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Pleasant Valley Weekend

Pleasant Valley Weekend on Facebook

Pleasant Valley Rotary

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September 5, 2016 · Posted in Dutchess County, Events  

River Haven Youth Shelter (Aired on July 23 & 24, 2016)

Courteney Heller

Courteney Heller

Courteney Heller tells Jonah Triebwasser and Kathy Kruger about River Haven Shelter, emergency housing and support services for runaway and homeless boys and girls ages 10 through 17 in Dutchess County. The shelter, in one form or another, has existed in Poughkeepsie since 1984, and currently can house12 youth at a time (about 100 a year), two to a room. A vegetable garden not only supplies fresh food for the table but is one of several ways that counselors help these preteens and teens reintegrate with their family—if they have one—and society. They also perform community service and continue to attend school while in the shelter. Each evening Ms. Heller prepares a family meal for the residents, which they consume together as they talk about their days. The shelter is part of Hudson Valley Housing, which has various programs to aid the homeless.

Learn more:
River Haven Shelter
River Haven Youth Services
River Haven Facebook Page
Hudson River Housing

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July 23, 2016 · Posted in Dutchess County, Homelessness, Youth  

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