Italian-American Festival in Kingston (Aired On October 5 & 6, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Highland Rotarian Tony Marmo and Anna Palazzo Brett
about the annual Italian-American Festival on the Strand Walkway at the
Roundout in Kingston, NY, also known as the Kingston Waterfront. Ulster
Country, like much of the Hudson Valley, has a rich Italian heritage, much of it
stemming from the skilled masons and quarry workers imported to build the
mansions and dams throughout the Valley. The Festival celebrates this with
emphasis on the foods and music that came to American from Italy along with
the workers. The event is free, but the Ulster Italian-American Society realizes a
profit from the many vendors of all kinds who rent space at the Festival and from
several local sponsors such as the Reis Group of insurance brokers. The money
raised goes to good causes such as the several scholarships awarded to local
students who have an Italian heritage.

Learn more:
Ulster Country Italian American Foundation: http://www.ucitalianamericanfoundation.org/
Kingston, NY, Waterfront: http://thekingstonwaterfront.com/
American Italian Heritage Museum in Albany: http://www.americanitalianmuseum.org/
Reis Group: https://www.reisinsurance.com/
Highland Rotary: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/

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October 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley  

Miles of Hope Aids Cancer Victims (Aired on September 28 and 29, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Pari Farood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope, an
organization that provides aid and comfort to breast-cancer sufferers throughout
the nine counties of the Hudson Valley. Miles of Hope was founded in 2004 by
Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok who had already devoted themselves to raising
money for the fight against breast cancer but recognized that there needed to be
a more local organization. The name originates with the annual fall Breast
Cancer Walk at James Baird State Park in Dutchess Country, but there are
additional fundraising events throughout the year. With the money it raises, Miles
of Hope provides many services to improve the lives of persons with breast cancer ranging from help paying bills and for associated medical services to
college scholarships for students whose lives have been affected by the breast
cancer of a relative or friend. An important service is the peer-to-peer hotline
(800-532-4290) where those affected by breast cancer can exchange information
on how to deal with the problems that arise.

Learn more:
Miles of Hope: https://milesofhope.org/
Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County: https://www.dutchesscap.org/
New York State Breast Cancer Services: https://www.ny.gov/new-york-state-breast-cancer-programs/new-york-state-breast-cancer-services
Breast Cancer: https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/AboutBreastCancer.html

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October 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Financial Aid, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

Ribfest at Ulster Fairgrounds (Aired on August 10 and 11, 2019)

Highland Rotarians Steve Laubach and Tony Marmo tell about the glories of
eating barbecue (and listening to music) at the fifteenth annual Ribfest, Ulster
County Fairgrounds just outside New Paltz. In addition to great food and music
by local performers, the Ribfest has many activities for children and some special
events. The $7 admission–$5 on Friday night with free parking always– allows
you to experience all the music and an opportunity to experience ribs, pulled
pork, pulled chicken, roasted corn-on-the-cob, and a variety of other great foods.
Those who opt for the VIP all-you-can-eat special on Friday and Saturday
evenings, also get the best seats for the shows—mostly country music by local
bands. The adult-beverage tent specialized in local craft beers, but also has wine
and soft drinks. In Competition Alley, barbecue chefs compete for cash prizes
and a grand prize of entry into the World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Ribfest: https://hudsonvalleyribfest.org/
Highland Rotary Club: http://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Northeast BBQ Society: https://www.nebs.org/
Kansas City Barbeque Society: https://www.kcbs.us/
World Series of Barbecue: http://www.americanroyal.com/bbq/

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September 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects, Volunteers  

Pleasant Valley Days Weekend 2019 (Aired on July 13 and 14, 2019)

Mary Albrecht of the Town of Pleasant Valley returns to RadioRotary to describe
the annual event known as Pleasant Valley Days Weekend, a festival of food,
fun, fireworks, music, and a parade. The festival is largely at Cody Field behind
the Town Hall, but the parade is all along Main Street on Saturday evening,
followed by the fireworks. The Pleasant Valley Fire Department plays a big role in
the event. Many of the events and activities during the event are aimed at
children (although Pleasant Valley Rotary runs a beer-and-wine tent), including a
“Little Miss Pleasant Valley” pageant for girls 5 to 7 years old– entrants get to
ride in convertibles in the parade. But the whole family can enjoy the bands, the
country music, and the typical carnival foods, as well as the annual race of plastic
ducks down nearby Wappingers Creek, with the winner bringing a $500 prize to
the backer of the lucky duck.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley 2019 Weekend Schedule: https://dutchesstourism.com/event-view/24738
Pleasant Valley Days on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasantvalleyweekend/
Pleasant Valley Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley

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July 14, 2019 · Posted in Children, Events, Hudson Valley  

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