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  

Hudson Valley Ribfest (Aired on August 12 and August 13 2017)

Thirteenth Hudson Valley Ribfest (Aired on August 12 and 13, 2017)
Recorded live at the Highland Rotary Club, Highland Rotarians

Steve Laubach and Don Verity, along with former Highland Rotarian
Jamie Anson, tell about the glories of eating barbecue (and listening to music) at the thirteenth   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 (free parking) allows you to spend time at the Chef Demonstration Tent, where not only do local chefs, the Culinary Institute of America, and other professionals provide cooking and decorating tips, but also there are free samples of the foods being demonstrated. Next door, local, vintners, brewers, and distillers allow you to sample their products as well. 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
Highland Rotary Club
World Series of Barbecue

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August 18, 2017 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Rotary Club Projects, Volunteers  

The Mutt Strutt (Aired on May 13th 2017 and May 14th 2017)

The Mutt Strut (Aired on May 13 and 214, 2017)
RadioRotary interviews Kingston-Sunrise Rotary President Alicia Marcinkowski about the club’s fundraiser known as “The Mutt Strut.” This is a chance for owners of all breeds (or nonbreeds) of dogs to bring their pets to the Kingston Point Dog Park, where prizes are awarded in many categories: e.g. best-behaved dog, best-looking, look-alikes, and more. The event is partnered with SUNY Ulster’s Veterinary-Technical (“Vet-Tech”) club and the nearby Smorgasburg is available for the humans who want to eat during the event.
There are numerous booths from vendors of pet-related materials. The event includes demonstrations of dog-related materials and speakers on dog-related topics. It concludes with the dog parade. Money raised at the event, which is free to participants but not to vendors, will help support two international projects (books for Kenya and toys for Ethiopia and Bosnia) as well as many local
organizations.
Learn more:
Kingston-Sunrise Rotary Club
Facebook: Kingston Point Dog Park

Smorgasburg
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May 15, 2017 · Posted in Animals, Events, Hudson Valley, Rotary Club Projects  

Stuff The Buss (Aired on 3-18-17 & 3-19-17)

  

Pleasant Valley Stuffs the Bus (Aired on March 18 and 19, 2017)
Representing her Pleasant Valley Rotary Club, RadioRotary Producer Kathy
Kruger is interviewed by Sarah O’Connell about the Rotary Club’s annual “Stuff
the Bus” food drive. A full-sized School Bus, on loan for the day and decorated
for the occasion, is parked at the Acme Supermarket in Pleasant Valley as the
members of the Rotary Club encourage shoppers to “Stuff the Bus” with food
donations for the local food pantry. The food pantry, located at the Methodist
Church in Pleasant Valley, is run by volunteers from all four churches in the
hamlet with help from the Boy and Girl Scouts, donations from the local senior
citizens group, and financial assistance from the Food Bank of the Hudson
Valley. Acme supermarket aids the operation by selling bags of healthy staples
for $10 a bag, a real bargain. The bus is soon filled with those bags as well as
with other food donations. Ms. Kruger says that it is the easiest community
project a Rotary club can do—and it is certainly one of the most needed in almost
every community.

Learn more:

Pleasant Valley Rotary Club

Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Food Pantry
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

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