April 2 Quad Kick Off a Big Success

April 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

Last night’s kick off at the Holiday Inn in Kingston was an auspicious start to Ulster County’s seven-month-long Quadricentennial Celebration. A large crowd filled the hotel’s spacious atrium, which was festively hung with a dozen artist-designed banners (the excellent hanging job was courtesy of a fork lift and labor contributed by Darmstadt Overhead Doors).

Adam from New World Cooking

Delicious comestibles served up by eight restaurants previewed the taste treat in store for visitors and residents who order the $16.09 Quad meal “special,” which will be widely available at area eateries during the celebration months. The old-time fiddle, banjo and mandolin tunes played by Earl and Mimi Pardini and their band mates in The Slide Mountain String Band kept things lively. There was time out for remarks by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, County Executive Michael Hein, Ulster County Tourism Director Rick Remsnyder, and Carla Smith, executive director of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, speaking on behalf of the arts organizations and other groups hosting Quad events. The speakers highlighted various Quad-related initiatives planned for the county and its abundance of cultural, natural, entrepreneurial and historical resources.

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill

All in all, a rousing good time was had by all, and the TV cameras were there to capture it. Participating restaurants were Savona’s. Peekamoose Restaurant and Taproom, New World Home Cooking, Mariner’s Harbor, The Steel House, Rosita’s, Mezzaluna Café, Ship to Shore, Dolce, and the Holiday Inn, which featured a colonial Dutch “Malva pudding,” made with apricot jam. Banners were painted by Steve Ladin, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Jacquie Roland, Matt Pleva, Iya Battle, Robert Sweeney, Hendrik Dijk, Lynn Woods, Dennis Connors, Cynthia Winiker, and Erik Richards in collaboration with Cristina Brusca.

Earlier in the day. there was a formal proclamation commemorating the county’s 400 years of history and the opening of an exhibition of historic documents, “the Formation of Government,” at the Ulster County Office Building, located in Kingston. The proclamation was printed on handmade paper made from Abacca fiber by the Women’s Studio Workshop. The well-attended opening gave the public a first look at several documents in old Dutch, including the 1661 charter of the Dutch Court at Kingston.


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