Come to Community Heritage Day!

Saturday, July 14, 10 am – 5 pm, Montgomery Place, River Road, Annandale

Historical Displays, Demonstrations, Performances and Hands-on Activities!

Free Admission, Free Parking, Free Buses from Red Hook & Tivoli.

Click here for all the details – Community-Heritage-Day-brochure


Last Day for the Puppet Workshops!

Free community workshops to build giant puppets and other elements for Bicentennial “Portrait in Procession” of Red Hook

To participate, click here to fill out our online form!


Beginning Saturday, June 30, local artists Sophia Michahelles and Alex Kahn will conduct two weeks of daily “story-building” workshops to create giant puppets and other elements for a Red Hook Bicentennial Community Heritage Day parade on July 14, at historic Montgomery Place.

The workshops are free, geared toward adults and teenagers, but everyone is welcome. Participants may drop in for as long or as short a time as their creativity, energy and schedules permit over the two weeks.

Michahelles and Kahn are internationally acclaimed puppeteers best known locally as the creative force behind Rhinebeck’s annual Sinterklaas parade of whimsical Christmas-time creatures. They specialize in using processions as a means for communities like Red Hook to reflect upon, preserve and interpret their unique, defining aspects.

“We want people to lend us their stories as well as their hands,” says Michahelles. “The fun is having lots of people working together to create a story of Red Hook in solid form and color – like an old-fashioned barn raising.”

“Vivid, everyday examples are what make a parade larger than life,” adds Kahn.

The workshops will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 57 South Broadway, in the village of Red Hook, and are scheduled from Noon until 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, and from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 8, and again, from Noon until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, and from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., Monday, July 9 through July 13.

To help build Red Hook’s Bicentennial puppets, go to For further information, contact Carol Wagner, volunteer coordinator, at:

This project is made possible (in part) through a grant from the Dutchess County Arts Council, administrator of public funds through the New York State Council on the arts’ Decentralization Program, and is sponsored by the Egbert Benson Historical Society of Red Hook Bicentennial Celebration Committee.