Village of Tivoli Celebrates 150th Anniversary (Aired on June 12, 2022)

          

Tivoli is a quaint village on the Hudson River in northwest Dutchess County. Tivoli Mayor Joel Griffith visits Radio Rotary to tell about the village history, now in its 150th year since incorporation, and about the sesquicentennial celebration, which is based on the date in 1872 when Upper Red Hook Landing and the nearby village of Madalin were joined as the Village of Tivoli. Although the sesquicentennial observance will continue throughout 2022, the main events will be June 17, 18, and 19. This weekend will feature, among other activities, a “story slam,” the parade and block party (with music), and fireworks to wind up the events. Mayor Griffith, a lifelong Tivoli resident, is also a painter, whose series of seven paintings documenting the town, is permanently displayed in the village’s historic Watts de Peyster Hall. Tivoli is known for its art galleries andrestaurants as well as the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center.

Learn More:
Village of Tivoli: https://tivoliny.org/
Tivoli Sesquicentennial on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tivolisesqui
Joel Griffith, Painter: https://joelgriffithpainter.com/
Kaatsbaan Cultural Park: https://kaatsbaan.org/

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June 20, 2022 · Posted in Dutchess County, History  

Sparrow’s Nest: Caring for Families (Aired on November 20, 2021)

         

Krista Jones of Sparrow’s Nest, the charity that provides meals to the families of persons experiencing cancer, returns to RadioRotary with an update and a vision of the charity’s future. When a good friend developed stage-4 colon cancer, Ms. Jones recognized that cancer affects the whole family and began to provide daily meals for her friend’s family. Today, with mostly volunteer help, her Sparrow’s Nest charity provides two free meals a day for some 300 cancer-affected families in the mid-Hudson with children under 18. Ms. Jones still manages to do all the cooking herself, but Sparrow’s Nest has moved from Ms. Jones’ kitchen to a professional kitchen and office in a commercial space. The hope is to obtain a new site where vegetables and perhaps chickens can be raised to provide even healthier local food to its clients. Donations, including those through several annual events such as a 5-k walk, are needed to make the dream of a small farm for the charity come true.

Learn more:
Sparrow’s Nest: http://sparrowsnestcharity.org/
Sparrow’s Nest Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/oursparrowsnest/
Nutrition and Cancer Treatment: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorship-during-and-after-treatment/staying-active/nutrition.html

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November 29, 2021 · Posted in History, Nutrition, Service Organizations, Volunteers  

Pleasant Valley Bicentennial Celebrated (Aired on September 12, 2021)

Pleasant Valley Rotarian Dave Kruger, a member of the RadioRotary team, shows up to talk about the bicentennial celebration of the Town of Pleasant Valley. The Town had been a part of the Town of Clinton until 1821, when it was split off. The Bicentennial celebration. September 17 through 19, is an expansion of the annual Pleasant Valley Days and it will include such favorites from that event as Rotary’s Beer & Wine Tent, the country music, the typical carnival foods and rides, the bicycle ride, the parade, and the annual race of plastic ducks down nearby Wappingers Creek, with the winner bringing a $500 prize to the backer of the lucky duck. In addition, Friday will feature a car show, the fireworks on Saturday will be extended, and there will be ongoing demonstrations as well as new traveling amusements.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Bicentennial Days: https://www.pvbicentennialdays.com/
Pleasant Valley Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley

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September 15, 2021 · Posted in Children, Events, History  

The First Black U.S. Navy Officers (Aired on January 3, 2021)

RadioRotary interviews author and journalist Dan Goldberg about his book The Golden 13: How Black Men Won the Right to Wear Navy Gold.  Mr. Goldberg, an award-winning writer for Politico, spent eight years researching the story of the first Black officers in the U.S. Navy, working to restore these men to their rightful place in history. World War II was nearing its end in January 1944. The Navy until then had assigned all Black sailors to the Mess Corps, but it was past time for a change. Sixteen Black sailors were chosen to take secret and intense training to become officers. Although all sixteen passed their finals, the U.S. Navy knew that of ordinary officers-in-training, only 75% passed, so they whittled the final list down to thirteen. All thirteen served with distinction in the last days of World War II.  Listen to their story as told by the author of this readable and important book.

Learn more:
The Golden 13 by Dan Goldberg: https://smile.amazon.com/Golden-Thirteen-Black-Right-Wear/dp/080702158X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Golden+13&qid=1610137918&s=books&sr=1-1
Dan Goldberg: https://smile.amazon.com/Dan-Goldberg/e/B084B27MD3?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000
Golden Thirteen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Thirteen
African-American Experience in the U.S. Navy: https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/diversity/african-americans.html

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January 9, 2021 · Posted in History  

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