A Day to Remember!

General Armstrong leads the Giant Puppet Parade

For icing on Red Hook’s Bicentennial cake, nothing could beat last Saturday’s Community Heritage Day at Historic Montgomery Place. More than 3,000 people came from Red Hook and all points of the compass to enjoy an extraordinary celebration of living history, family fun, music, sunshine, fabulous food, games, exhibits, farm machinery old and new, huge draft horses and elegant llamas, an old-fashioned schoolmarm giving lessons in a 1912 one-room school house (complete with indoor “outhouse!) — all topped off with a parade of more than 125 puppets representing more than 200 years of Red Hook’s passing scene.

"FDR" (Jonah Triebwasser) and his Secret Service agent (Frank Campagna)

“Wow! I’ve never had this much fun in my life,” exclaimed a visitor from Rhinebeck. “Me, too,” said her friend, “and I’m 83 today!” Indeed, Community Heritage Day was a Day to Remember — for the ages.

For a taste of the offerings we are pleased to present a few photos (by tireless photographer George Karpel) and Amy Murray’s marvelous depiction of Community Heritage Day with interviews by Chris Klose and songs by two of Red Hook’s fourth grade classes.  Click on this link: Bicentennial Community Heritage Day.  She captured the spirit of our community perfectly!

Then, the Giant Puppet parade,  preserved beautifully by  John Vincent and Kathy O’Connor . Click on this link: Giant Puppet Procession.

And finally, a special treat compiled by Alexander Klose for viewing at Community Heritage Day – a compilation of all the delightful songs created by Mill Road School students. Click on this link: Mill Road School Songs.

Community Heritage Day was sponsored in part by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.


Old fashioned sack race