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  

Ulster Italian-American Festival (Aired On September 29 & 30, 2018)

The Hudson Valley has a rich heritage of Italian immigration, making Putnam,
Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, and Rockland counties among those with the highest
percentages of Italian-Americans in the entire nation. The annual Italian-
American Festival on the Kingston Waterfront celebrates this heritage with food,
music, and Italian-American-themed products—free admission and free parking.
It is a project of the Ulster County Italian-American Foundation, whose president,
Highland Rotarian Tony Marmo, is this week’s guest on RadioRotary along with
Anna Brett, who is chair of the fourth annual festival. The Italian-American
Foundation supports its legacy in part with a dozen annual scholarships to
popular Italian food items, but also a wide selection of Italian wines and beers, as
well as a spaghetti-eating contest and lessons in pizza-dough tossing.

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

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October 11, 2018 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition  

Hudson Valley RibFest (Aired on August 10th and 11th, 2018)

Recorded live by RadioRotary at the Highland Rotary Club, Highland Rotarians
Steve Laubach and Don Verity tell about the glories of eating barbecue (and
listening to music) at the fourteenth annual Hudson Valley Ribfest, the biggest,
best barbecue in New York State, which takes place every August at 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 (free parking) is waived on Friday night for holders of
advance tickets. Features include the Chef Demonstration Tent, where local
chefs provide cooking and decorating tips and also offer free samples of the
foods being demonstrated. In Competition Alley, individual barbecue chefs
compete for cash prizes and a grand prize of the State Championship and entry
into the World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Ribfest: https://hudsonvalleyribfest.org/

Highland Rotary Club: http://highlandrotaryclub.com/

Kansas City Barbecue Society: https://www.kcbs.us/events.php

New England Barbecue Society: https://www.nebs.org/

 

 

 

 

RIBFEST 8-11 & 8-12-18

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October 5, 2018 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects, Volunteers  

Taste of Greater Newburgh (Aired On September 22 & 23, 2018)

Newburgh Rotarians Doug Sturomski and Andrew Ciccone visit RadioRotary to
describe the club’s annual fundraiser, The Taste of Greater Newburgh, which
takes place under a tent on the campus of Mount Saint Mary College, making it a
rain-or-shine event. Over two-dozen food or drink vendors provide an all-you-
can-eat-or-drink experience for a modest per-person fee. The money raised
each year supports the numerous community activities of Newburgh Rotary,
ranging from Meals on Wheels and school supplies for needy children to the
Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra. Doug Sturomski is also active in the
Peace Pole Project, helping install poles with the message “May peace prevail on
Earth” in eight languages around the eight counties of Rotary District 7210.
Andrew Ciccone in addition to Rotary duties is on the Board of the Clove Creek
Dinner Theater in Fishkill, a frequent venue for charitable fundraisers.

Learn more:
The Taste of Greater Newburgh: https://www.tasteofgreaternewburgh.com/
Newburgh Rotary Club: http://www.newburghrotary.com/
The Peace Pol Project: https://www.peacepoleproject.org/
Clove Creek Dinner Theater: http://www.clovecreekdinnertheater.com/

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September 25, 2018 · Posted in Events, Nutrition, Peace, Rotary Club Projects  

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