Anniversary

The Woodstock Film Festival takes place in the fall at venues in several towns in New York’s Hudson Valley. This year marks the festival’s 20th Anniversary and festival organizers are offering more year-round programming than ever before.

Meira Blaustein is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival and she joins us to tell us about The 7th Annual Taste of Woodstock on May 22, The Diverse Voices in Film & Media Panel on June 1, and the solar-powered outdoor screening of “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution" and “Growing with the Grain” on June 14.

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The sloop Clearwater turns 50 on Friday. It was launched on May 17, 1969. Pete Seeger, who founded Clearwater and conceived and help build the sloop, was born May 3, 1919, and centennial celebrations for him are ongoing. Clearwater is calling this its "50/100" anniversary. The anniversary is the subject of a long resolution adopted last week by the NYS Senate and Assembly about Pete's legacy and Clearwater's work.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Saturday, May 18th, Clearwater is holding two public sails on the sloop (11am and 5pm) plus a free dockside event from 2:30 - 4:30 pm at the Ferry Dock in Beacon NY. There will be live music, tours of the sloop, Hudson River fish and invertebrates, banjo crafting and more.

Coming up in June, 50/100 edition of Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival takes place June 15 and 16 at Croton Point Park.

Here to celebrate the sloop with us we welcome Betsy Garthwaite, former longtime captain of the Clearwater (also a former chair of Clearwater's board), Manna Jo Greene, Clearwater's environmental director, and Stephen Smith, chair of Clearwater's board.

This Spring, the Red Lion Inn in the heart of the culturally-rich Berkshires of Western Massachusetts commemorates 50 years since its purchase, rehabilitation, and reopening as an historic hotel by Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick in 1969.

Festivities begin this weekend with a 50-Day Kick-off, culminating in a Porch Pop-Up for the Kentucky Derby featuring special Lucky Jack’s Mint Juleps, in honor of Jack Fitzpatrick.

Jane and Jack’s daughter Nancy Fitzpatrick took the helm in at The Red Lion from 1993 until her retirement in 2018. Nancy’s step-daughter, Sarah Eustis, now carries on the tradition. Sarah is CEO of Main Street Hospitality.

Nancy Fitzpatrick and Sarah Eustis join us along with Morgan Russell, Director of Guest Experience for Main Street Hospitality.

15 years ago tonight, the original cast of “Wicked: The Musical:” Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Joel Gray, Norbert Leo Butz, Christopher Fitzgerald, Carole Shelley (and many others) opened on the stage of Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre, for good.

Based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire, featuring music by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, and directed by Joe Mantello, “Wicked” has been dancing through life in New York (and all over the world) ever since.

 

Kevin Chamberlin is the actor sentimentally filling the robes of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on Broadway as the company celebrates this landmark anniversary. Chamberlin’s recent previous Broadway credits include “Disaster!,” “The Addams Family,” "Seussical," and "Dirty Blonde."

    Chronogram magazine, launched in 1993 to chronicle life in the Hudson Valley, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a massive Block Party on Saturday.

The Block Party will provide entertainment for Chronogram fans of all ages. For the kids: A DIY art tent, popular children’s band Dog on Fleas, and a dunking booth to benefit the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. For the adults: swing dancing with Got2Lindy, a beer and wine garden and an after-hours masquerade dance party at BSP Lounge.

Chronogram Editorial Director, Brian Mahoney, joins us to tell us more.

Governor Peter Shumlin plans over four days to visit 22 Vermont communities impacted by Tropical Storm Irene to mark the anniversary of the storm.

Shumlin on Tuesday announced events that will be held to celebrate Vermont's recovery from the flooding on Aug. 28, 2011, and to acknowledge that more work needs to be done.

A free statewide event will be held on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, with music, storm videos, artwork and photography.