Celebrate Kingston with short films on the Rondout

Can’t get out during the weekend afternoons to check out the open studios of Art Walk Kingston? Here’s a fun way to participate on Saturday evening, September 23 from 7 to 9 p.m., and it’s absolutely free: Stephen Blauweiss of Blauweiss Films, maker of the historical documentary Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal, plays host to an event in T. R. Gallo Park on the Strand. It’s called Celebrate Kingston and will include screenings of clips from current films in progress, all of them about the city and its characters.

“We’ll be showing a piece on Kingston’s Model Train Club, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year; a film about recently deceased Pauline Oliveros on a trip to South Korea; a current look at the emerging Midtown Arts District; a short film about local personality Uncle Willy and African American boxer Billy Costello and more,” says Blauweiss.

Celebrate Kingston will include a presentation on local photographers Gene Dauner and Mickey Mathis, who took thousands of photos of Kingston in the 1960s and ’70s before many buildings were demolished, and a “Then & Now” slideshow. Also on the program will be live performances by local musicians and the Center for Creative Education’s Energy Dance Company. For more info, call (845) 339-7834 or visit www.blauweissfilms.com.