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1903 automobile endurance run to be reenacted

1903 automobile endurance run to be reenacted

Despite Covid 19, this year’s Catskill Conquest Rally is going forward on Saturday, September 26, with cars assembling from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Visitor Center in Mount Tremper and making their leisurely way to the finish line at the Unadilla House.

Children rule as Sinterklaas visits Kingston this week, Rhinebeck next

Children rule as Sinterklaas visits Kingston this week, Rhinebeck next

Saturday, November 30: The Children’s Maritime Parade will wend its way down Broadway: giant puppets, grumpus heads, star lanterns, fish, flags, boat models, stiltwalkers, long rippling banners representing the River itself, Rip Van Winkle and of course Sinterklaas. The traditional Dutch antecedent of Santa Claus will make his voyage from Kingston (representing Spain) to Rhinebeck (representing Holland) on the Hudson River’s only solar-powered boat.

Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival returns

Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival returns

Saturday, Nov. 2: The Chocolate Factory in Red Hook was founded in 1888 by William H. Baker – no relation to the older, more famous Walter H. Baker Company, but Red Hook’s Baker was not above exploiting the coincidence to promote his business, starting what became known as the Chocolate Wars. At the height of production, 20,000 pounds of chocolate were produced in Red Hook each day.