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5/16/18 Highlights of this week's edition...

Mount Gulian dinner

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from cover) “They do that first person interpretation. They know their topic really well,” remarked Hayes.

This will not be the first time Gleason has appeared as someone for history at Mount Gulian. During a previous dinner he portrayed Civil War figure General Lee.

He has also played the American Revolution figure General von Steuben.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Rock Around the Clock

Fishkill Business Association to host block party Saturday

Fishkill Business Association members Mike Hayden, left, and Dave Curry prepare for the annual Bill Sohan Rock Around the Clock Festival. The Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 in the Village of Fishkill.

By Kristine Coulter

The Fishkill Business Association will host its 5th annual Bill Sohan Rock Around the Clock Festival on Saturday, May 19. The event, which will be held rain or shine, will take place on Main St. in the village from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Everybody is getting together and having a good time,” said Dave Curry, FBA President. “All the businesses are getting together and participating. People from all over the Hudson Valley come.”

“They love it. Closing down the roads gives it a different kind of feel,” Curry remarked.

There will be a variety of activities for children. There will be bounce houses, sand art and more.

Mike Hayden, owner of The White House bar on Main Street in the village, is organizing the event.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Inside the May 16-22, 2018 issue:

  • Beacon High School Spring Concert Thursday

The Beacon High School Spring Concert is Thursday, May 17 The concert at 7 p.m. at Beacon High School in the Seeger Theater. It features the BHS Band, Chorus and Jazz Band. It is free and open to the public and runs about an hour.
They will be honoring senior class musicians as well as musicians who took part in Area All State, Junior High All County and the NYSSMA Solo Festival.
The chorus is performing "Neighbor's Chorus," "Flanders Fields," "Africa," and a folk song from South Africa called "Webaba." The Jazz Band is performing "Cantaloupe Island" and a student-arranged Mark Knopfler piece. The Concert Band is performing "Into a Raging River," "Hands Across the Sea," "Dies Irae" and music from "The Incredibles."
Pictured are some of the members of the BHS Chorus.
-Courtesy photo

  • Winners announced for Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction

Winners of the Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction were announced at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park on Tuesday, May 8.
-Courtesy photo

  • ARF to host annual 5K

The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Annual 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, May 20, form 10 a.m. to noon at Memorial Park, Robert Cahill Dr., off of Route 52, in Beacon.

Join the race for $30 for adults; $20 for ages 6-17 and free for children 5 years and under/ On Race Day is will be $30 for all participants.

Go to or call 845-793-0500.

  • Howland Chamber Music

The Howland Chamber Music Circle has engaged the Calidore Quartet to bring the Chamber Music Series to a wonderful close. The Quartet, Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violin; Jeremy Berry, viola, and Estelle Choi, cello have been praised for their “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” and “balance of intellect and expression” that have won them accolades across the globe and firmly established the quartet as one of the finest chamber music ensembles performing today. After their Kennedy Center debut one critic said that “Four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one”.


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