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April 2 Quad Kick Off a Big Success

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

It’s Official: 400th Anniversary Celebration of Henry Hudson’s Voyage in Ulster County Kicks Off April 2

Ulster County’s Quadricentennial Celebration officially kicks off on April 2 with a mini-celebration at the Holiday Inn in Kingston, featuring colorful, artist-designed banners, old-time music and samples of the “$16.09 specials” that will be offered by many area restaurants. The event, held from 5 to 7 pm, will be an occasion for representatives from the arts, historical and community organizations that are sponsoring Quad-related events, local governmental officials, and other Quad participants to meet and greet each other. The public is also welcome to attend.

Eleven local artists have been invited to design and paint canvas banners inspired by a theme related to the Quadricentennial. The artists are Steve Ladin, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Cynthia Winiker, Jacquie Roland, Matt Pleva, Iya Battle, Robert Sweeney, Hendrik Dijk, Lynn Woods, and Yourij Donskoj. The musical traditions of the region will be brought to life with a lively performance by The Slide Mountain String Band, featuring Earl and Mimi Pardini and other musicians on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. The Pardinis have called and accompanied square dances held throughout Ulster County. They’ve also performed frequently at schools, weddings and other special events.

Restaurants that will be offering a $16.09 lunch or dinner Quad special throughout the celebration will be serving up samples. While it’s too soon to say which restaurants will be at the Holiday Inn, those offering specials include the following: the Hoffman House, Steel House, Mariner’s Harbor, and Frank Guido’s in Kingston; The Inn at Stone Ridge; and Cafe Tamayo, New World Home Cooking, Cafe Mezzaluna, Gisiano’s Restaurant, The Grouse House, and The Smythe House in Saugerties. Other eateries are also expected to participate. The Holiday Inn, along with Pinegrove Ranch & Family Resort and possibly other area lodgings, will be offering special Quad discounted rates.

A few of the participating Quad venues, such as The Klyne Esopus Museum, will feature a display at the kick-off event.

The kick off will be held almost 400 years to the day (April 4) when Henry Hudson departed Amsterdam in the 85-foot-long Half Moon, accompanied by a crew of 16. He would stumble upon the river that bears his name five months later, anchoring just off the site of present-day Kingston in mid September. Numerous exhibitions, lectures, festivals, house tours, and performances scheduled countywide from the beginning of April through the end of October will celebrate the region’s Dutch roots, the native Esopus people who were here centuries before the Europeans’ arrival, and the landscape, ecology and culture of the Hudson River.

A full listing of events, maps, and other information is available at www.hudsonriver400.org. The Ulster County Quadricentennial Arts Celebration Committee, which is overseeing the marketing of Quad events, received funding for its efforts from the Cultural Tourism Initiative, a project of the Arts & Business Council of New York and the New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, contact Nancy Donskoj; 845-338-8473; Donskoj@verizon.net

March 12, 2009 at 8:51 am Leave a comment


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