Reher Center to Celebrate Ulster County Heritage Week with a Screening of “Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal” and an Opportunity to Tour the Historic Reher Bakery Building.

Sunday, October 26 from 11 a.m. until  5 p.m., the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History will open the historic Reher Bakery building on the corner of Broadway and Spring Street for tours highlighting the recent restoration project and information about upcoming plans.  (Free)

From 1 p.m. until 2:30, the Reher Center will host a screening of “Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal” followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Stephen Blauweiss and Lynn Woods and others inLost Rondout Poster- ASK 10-26-2014volved with the 1960s urban renewal program, next door to the Reher Bakery, at the Art Society of Kingston (ASK).   “Lost Rondout…” is a documentary which chronicles the destruction of much of Kingston’s downtown waterfront district by a federally funded urban renewal project in the late 1960s. Based on hundreds of slides taken by Gene Dauner of the area just prior and during the destruction, the one-hour film, which is a preview of a full-length documentary under development by filmmakers Stephen Blauweiss and Lynn Woods, also includes images by other photographers and interviews with former residents as well as historians and urban renewal experts. (Free)

Once one of the most significant ports on the Hudson River, Rondout was a unique place, a city built by immigrants that at its peak was ruled by canny businessmen who made vast fortunes. Its story of boom and bust and sudden annihilation by a government program designed to replace its mom-and-pop culture with large-scale, subsidized development—a program that failed abysmally on all counts—is a quintessentially American one, which was echoed in cities across the country. “Lost Rondout…” relates the emotionally wrenching account of the impact on the people who lost their homes and had to be relocated, as well as the dubious legacy of urban renewal. The film also explores the area’s gradual revitalization and the increasing appeal of the historic section that remains as rising energy prices and the ugliness of sprawl are driving a new generation back to the cities.

Lynn Woods is a journalist and painter who moved to the Rondout district nearly 20 years ago and has been fascinated by the city that vanished ever since. She is a graduate of Barnard College and after a career as a business travel reporter for national publications writes extensively for Ulster Publishing and Chronogram, covering the arts, environment, and the history and revitalization of Kingston.

Stephen Blauweiss is a filmmaker and graphic designer who specializes in short-format films about artists, including one on Pop artist Robert Indiana. He has produced over thirty five shorts profiling the cover artists for Chronogram Magazine, which are available on the magazine’s website. Three of his films have aired on PBS. His film about artist Joan Steiner was exhibited as part of her installations at the New York State Museum and MASS MoCA. Other films of Mr. Blauweiss have screened at other museums and film festivals in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

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FIFTH ANNUAL KINGSTON MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL MOVES INDOORS-Sunday, June 4th, 1 to 5 pm, Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center

Written by Reher Center on May 19th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments

Due to the strong possibility of rain for the afternoon, the fifth annual Kingston Multicultural Festival is moving indoors to the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston, NY.    Join the party, June 4, from 1 to 5 p.m, for an afternoon featuring live ethnic music and dance, multicultural handicrafts, children’s activities,  food and drinks. The free event, […]

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BUS TRIP TO ELLIS ISLAND -MAY 2OTH

Written by Reher Center on May 1st, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments

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IMMIGRANT GIFTS TO AMERICA

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MY ITALIAN HEROES

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SUNDAY LIST PROJECT

Written by Reher Center on Mar 12th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments

Did you ever shop at the Reher Bakery or have their breads and rolls delivered to your home?  Do you remember how the Reher’s welcomed customers when they came in the door, or what kind of vehicle the brothers drove to make home deliveries?  Can you recall the smells that greeted when you first stepped through the door, or the […]

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REHER CENTER’S 4TH ANNUAL KINGSTON MULTICULTURAL CENTER TAKES IT INDOORS

Written by Reher Center on Jun 13th, 2016 in News and Events | No Comments

4TH ANNUAL KINGSTON MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL DEFIES THE RAIN- Sunday, June 5th. Despite the rain, despite the gloom, a bright and festive atmosphere filled the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center when the 4th annual Kingston Multicultural Festival moved the party indoors.  The last minute change of venue from the usual T.R. Gallo Park due to a weather forecast that refused to […]

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KINGSTON MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL- EVENT DETAILS

Written by Reher Center on May 29th, 2016 in News and Events | No Comments

  4th annual Kingston Multicultural Festival June 5 Free celebration of community at Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center to feature music, dance, ethnic food and children’s fun. KINGSTON — The fourth annual Kingston Multicultural Festival, at Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood from 1 to 5 p.m., June 5, will feature live ethnic music and dance, multicultural handicrafts, children’s activities, food and […]

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LA VOZ MAGAZINE FEATURES REHER CENTER PROGRAMS IN MAY ISSUE

Written by Reher Center on May 3rd, 2016 in News and Events | No Comments

La Voz, Bard’s Spanish-language publication covering Hispanic culture and news in the Hudson Valley, featured the Reher Center and two of its upcoming  programs– Immigrant Gifts to America and the Kingston Multicultural Festival–in its May 2016 issue.  You can link to the article in English or in Spanish.  La Voz has been a strong supporter of the Kingston Multicultural Festival […]

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SAVE THE DATE: KINGSTON MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL- June 5, 1 TO 5 p.m., T.R. Gallo Park

Written by Reher Center on Apr 25th, 2016 in News and Events | No Comments

The Reher Center’s  annual multicultural festival may have changed its name– from the Kingston Community Block Party to the Kingston Multicultural Festival–but the nature of this family friendly event remains the same, and the date is just around the corner. Join us the first Sunday in June, June 5th, from 1 to 5 p.m., in T.R. Gallo Park, Kingston’s waterfront park, […]

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LOOKING BACK: KINGSTON COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY

Written by Reher Center on Apr 9th, 2016 in News and Events | No Comments

The 4th annual Kingston Community Block Party, now called the Kingston Multicultural Festival, will be happening this year, as always, the first Sunday in June, June 5th, from 1 to 5 p.m., in T.R. Gallo Park, Kingston’s waterfront park at the base of Broadway and West Strand.  We will bring you the schedule of the day’s events as soon as […]

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