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10/19/16 Highlights of this week's edition...

A ‘Very Beacon Halloween’ this weekend

Dark Parade and Psychic Fair Saturday; Kids Parade Sunday

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from Cover)  The parade will begin at Herbert St. and Main Street. The line up is at 6:15 p.m. The parade will march up Main St. The parade will step off at 7 p.m. It will go to Teller and Main St. From Teller Ave. it will turn on to Vine St. and then go to Fulton Ave. The parade ends at the Beacon Elks Lodge, at 900 Wolcott Ave.

At the Elks, there will be refreshments and a DJ, for a $13 cover charge or two for $20; a cash bar will also be available.

“The Dark Parade is unique in two ways,” said Ron Iarossi, who is organizing the event. “First it’s at night and participants must carry or wear some kind of illumination. Second, this parade is for adults to come out and have some fun.” Planning for this event takes a whole year, he said.

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

Microcosm of American history at Mount Gulian

Jean Moss will portray Maryanna Verplanck during “Mount Gulian Day: America’s Stories” on Oct. 30. - Courtesy photo

By Kristine Coulter

Visitors to Mount Gulian on Sunday, Oct. 30, will have the opportunity to celebrate the people who lived and worked at the historic homestead during “Mount Gulian Day: America’s Stories.” Hear stories about Native Americans, early Dutch settlers, a Revolutionary War general, fugitive slave, the women of Mount Gulian, and a Civil War hero.

“When we do tours here at Mount Gulian, we do a variety of stories,” said Elaine Hayes, Executive Director Mount Gulian. “It’s over 400 years worth of history we’re telling visitors.”

Storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi will tell new stories about the Verplanck family during this event.

“She is developing three or four stories about the Verplanck family members, using documents here at the site,” explained Hayes. She continued that the stories are going to be based on fact but told by a professional storyteller.

Attendees will learn about days spent at Mount Gulian by General von Steuben. History Professor at Wright State University in Ohio Paul Lockhart will discuss von Steuben, who was headquartered at the now historic site for a year. Lockhart is the author of “The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army.” Lockhart, whose brother Keith Lockhart is the conductor of the Boston Pops, was born in Wappingers Falls.

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

Also in the Oct 19-25, 2016 issue:

  • Young violin virtuoso to plat at Chamber Music Circle Sunday

In Mo Yang


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