Angels of Light for the Holidays (Aired On December 1 & 2, 2018)

The guest on RadioRotary for this program is Lori Decker, who with her husband
George formed Angels of Light of the Hudson Valley about 15 years ago when
they learned of a family that was dealing with a young very ill daughter—and the
busy holiday season was at hand. The Deckers took over providing presents and
other help for the family, a practice that became the origin of a charity that does
the same throughout the Hudson Valley for families who have a child with a life-
threatening illness. Although Angels of Light is based in Millbrook, NY, many of
the families are residents of Ronald MacDonald House in Valhalla, NY, or have
children being treated at nearby Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Volunteers
often donate presents for children or the charity provides them. Other volunteers
wrap and deliver the gifts to the families. Many gifts are donated through “giving
trees,” found in local businesses throughout the area. Funds for the 501(c)3
charity are also raised at events, such as a holiday brunch at Monte’s Local
Kitchen in Amenia, NY.

Learn more:
Angels of Light of the Hudson Valley: http://www.angelsoflighthudsonvalley.org/
Facebook: Angles of Light: https://www.facebook.com/angelsoflighthudsonvalley/
Ronald MacDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley: https://rmh-ghv.org/
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital: https://www.mariafarerichildrens.org/
Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room: https://www.monteskitchen.com/

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December 16, 2018 · Posted in Children, Events, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

Festival of Lights in Pleasant Valley (Aired On November 24 & 25, 2018)

Many of the hamlets and villages in the Mid-Hudson region celebrate the
holidays with a parade and a visit from Santa Claus, but few combine the parade
with a full-day community event like the Festival of Lights in Pleasant Valley. For
this RadioRotary program, Sandy Coe, Director of the Recreation Department in
Pleasant Valley and volunteer Mary Albrecht tell all about the event, one that
brings together community groups including—but not limited to—Pleasant Valley
Rotary and Lions clubs, the local fire department, the library, the churches of the
hamlet, the town government, Boy Scouts, the Arlington High sports teams, the
Historical Society, and local merchants. It starts at 8:00 a.m. with a pancake
breakfast and ends with the big parade, starting at 6:30 p.m. Food is available
all day from cookie sale, chili cook off, various food trucks, and hot chocolate.
Visitors can purchase a wristband that enables discounts and freebies at most
local businesses. There will be music and dramatic readings related to the
season all day. Not only can visitors be photographed with Santa, there is even
a chance to have a pet photographed with St. Nick. Listen to the program for all
the ways this community comes together for a very special day.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Festival of Lights: https://www.pvfol.com/
Pleasant Valley Recreation Department Activities: http://www.pvrec.com/info/default.aspx
Pleasant Valley Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley

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November 29, 2018 · Posted in Events  

Rhinebeck Rock the Runway (Aired On November 3 & 4, 2018)

Rotary Clubs are volunteer nonprofits that support local and international
needs in the community service, health, education, nutrition, clean water,
and peace. One event created by the Rhinebeck Rotary to raise money for
these causes is “Rock the Runway,” a fashion show featuring local models
and clothing from Rhinebeck Dept. Store, Winter Sun & Summer Moon,
Darryl's, Willow Wood, Joovay, Pegasus, Williams Lumber, Haldora, and
Elizabeth Boutique, with hair and make-up by Xanadu. Rhinebeck Rotarian
Lou Trapani visits RadioRotary to discuss the event, which will fund such
Rhinebeck Rotary local projects as food banks and Meals on Wheels,
scholarships, and community organization as well as international projects,
including disaster relief and polio eradication. Since Mr. Trapani is also the
Artistic and Managing Director of the Center for Performing Arts at
Rhinebeck, listeners also get a brief introduction to the good work that
organization does.

Learn more:
Rhinebeck Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2252/
Rhinebeck Rotary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rhinebeck-Rotary-Club-204608949564070/
Shopping in Rhinebeck: https://enjoyrhinebeck.com/directory/shop/
Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck: http://www.centerforperformingarts.org/

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November 8, 2018 · Posted in Events, Rotary Club Projects  

Patterson Blues & BBQ Festival (Aired On September 8 & 9, 2018)

RadioRotary co-hosts Sarah O’Connell-Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser interview
two Patterson Rotarians, Billy Flash and Paul Toscana, about the Patterson
Rotary’s annual Blues and BBQ Festival, a music-and-food tradition in Putnam
County for the past seven years. Unlike most similar events, admission and
parking are both free, which includes enjoying as many as nine different bands
playing blues, rock-and-roll, and jazz (over the two days of the festival). The only
cost is for food and drink purchased directly from the Rotary Club, which smokes
its own ribs and barbecues pulled-pork and even bakes the baguettes for
sandwiches. They even take care to use a locally raised hog for the pork. In
addition to the food, the music by local musicians and stars from the New York
Blues Hall of Fame is a big attraction at the outdoor event.

Learn more:
Patterson Rotary Club: https://www.pattersonrotary.org/
Blues and BBQ Festival on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PattersonBluesAndBBQ/
New York Blues Hall of Fame: http://www.blueshalloffame.com/Local_Blues_Talent/Local_Blues_Talent_of_New_York.html

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October 18, 2018 · Posted in Events, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects  

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