Millbrook Library Serves Village and Beyond (Aired July 2, 2023)



Millbrook Rotarian Courtney Tsahalis, Director of the Millbrook Library, visits Radio Rotary to discuss how the modern library is much more than books to lend. Although this refers to such services as Internet access, audio and video resources, books online, and even physical objects to lend, in the case of Millbrook Library there are community services beyond those. In partnership with Millbrook Rotary, the library houses a community refrigerator where those needing perishable foods can take from what is available. The library also houses frequent programs, including regular music events, children’s story times, and more.

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August 17, 2023 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Education, Rotary Club Projects  

New England Accordion Connection & Museum (Aired on June 4, 2023)


Radio Rotary welcomes Paul Ramunni (and one of his more than 500 accordions) to the program. A few years ago, Mr. Ramunni learned of the connection between musical instruments, especially accordions and concertinas (smaller instruments sometimes called “squeezeboxes”), to the Holocaust. Concentration camp prisoners who played instruments were often used in propaganda bands. He began to collect historic accordions, having learned to play the accordion as a youth. His collection is now displayed in the old railway station in North Canaan, Connecticut, at the New England Accordion Connection and Museum, which also sells instruments and related items. Mr. Ramunni has many wonderful stories of how accordion music in the museum has had a profound effect on some visitors, many recounted in his book Accordion Stories from the Heart. On the show, he also plays a lovely rendition of “Arrrivederci Roma.”

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July 6, 2023 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Museums  

The River Valley Arts Center (Aired on May 28, 2023)



Michelle Martinetti, the founder, and CEO of River Valley Arts Center in Wappingers Falls, visits Radio Rotary to discuss the multiple studio spaces for arts and community programs that constitute the Arts Center. Renters and community organizations provide classes and workshops in music, performing arts, visual arts, yoga, kintsugi, photography, culinary arts, language arts,
robotics, STEM, and more based in the single building that previously was the education building for the United Methodist Church. A commercial kitchen is also available. In the works is also a remake of the church’s former sanctuary into a hall with a stage that will become an event space.

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June 11, 2023 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Business Assistance, Education, Events  

Stissing Center Brings Culture to Pine Plains (Aired on April 23, 2023)


Radio Rotary interviews Brett Bernardini, a former Rotarian and now the Executive Director of the The Stissing Center, a place for arts located in a restored 1915 building, the largest structure in Pine Plains, New York. Although Pine Plains is set amid the farm country of Dutchess County, the Stissing Center and some high-class restaurants and other businesses are making it one of the
cultural attractions of the rural county. The main hall, upstairs, has been revived into a beautiful, rustic-chic performance space with an accessible glass entryway, flexible floor plans, and rebuilt proscenium stage. The lower level, The Cellar at The Center, is an intimate second performance and gathering space. Performances include play-readings at Local Produce (local playwrights),
chamber music, jazz, and dance.

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May 12, 2023 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Events  

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