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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LOOKING BACK: KINGSTON COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY

Written by Mike Rice 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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IMMIGRANT GIFTS: SCHEDULE IN A NUTSHELL

Written by Mike Rice on Apr 8th, 2016 in News and Events | No Comments

WHAT:          Immigrant Gifts to America, a month-long art exhibition with related presentations. WHERE:      Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston, N.Y. CHARGE:     Free and open to the public.  WHOSE ART:  Joseph Garlock, “outsider artist” painter and sculptor, and immigrant artist members of ASK, including José Acosta (Cuba),  Gülnar Babayeva (Azerbaijan), María Elena Ferrer (Venezuela/Spain), Franz Heigemeir (Germany), Philip Monteleoni (Italy), […]

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IMMIGRANT GIFTS TO AMERICA, May 7 – 31

Written by Mike Rice on Apr 8th, 2016 in News and Events | No Comments

Expressions of immigrant experiences, narratives of displacement, contributions to culture and struggles of acculturation will be presented in a free exhibition and related events in Kingston, N.Y., from May 7 to 31.  Immigrant Gifts to America — presented by the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History together with the Arts Society of Kingston and the James Cox Gallery at […]

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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE KINGSTON COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY- June 7, 2015, 1-5 p.m.

Written by Mike Rice on Jun 1st, 2015 in News and Events | No Comments

Please join us June 7, 2015, 1-5 pm, for the 3rd Annual Kingston Community Block party, the annual multicultural festival hosted by the Reher Center.  The day will be filled with music, dance, ethnic cuisine, children’s craft activities and a lot more.  The performance schedule is as follows: 1:00-1:20- Spirit of Thunderheart (Native American drumming) 1:25-1:45- Eduardo Parra (Latino singer […]

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3RD ANNUAL KINGSTON COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY- JUNE 7, 1-5 PM

Written by Mike Rice on Jun 1st, 2015 in News and Events | No Comments

The third annual Kingston Community Block Party, will be held at T.R. Gallo West Strand Park from 1 to 5 p.m. on June 7th. This multicultural festival hosted by the Reher Center, will feature live ethnic music, dance and comedy, along with multicultural handicrafts, children’s activities, food and drinks. The free multicultural event — the only event of its type between […]

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MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Written by Mike Rice on Jun 7th, 2014 in News and Events | No Comments

Just a reminder: join us this Sunday, June 8th, for our multicultural festival, the Kingston Community Block Party.  The festival will run from noon to 4 p.m. in T.R. Gallo West Strand Park at the base of Broadway along the waterfront.  Read about the event in Friday’s Kingston Daily Freeman. Performance Schedule  Noon Spirit of Thunderheart (Native American drumming) 12:20 […]

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KINGSTON COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY-HELP US SPREAD THE WORD

Written by Mike Rice on May 30th, 2014 in News and Events | No Comments

  Hear about the Kingston Community Block Party on WAMC

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Block Party on WAMC’s Roundtable with Joe Donahue

Written by Mike Rice on May 27th, 2014 in News and Events | No Comments Block Party on WAMC’s Roundtable with Joe Donahue

Geoff Miller, Chair of the Reher Center, and Gerry Harrington, a volunteer working on the upcoming multicultural festival, the Kingston Community Block Party, appeared together on WAMC’s Rountable with Joe Donahue.  To hear the interview, click on  WAMC. Don’t forget to join us, Sunday, June 8, from 12 to 4 p.m., at  T.R. Gallo West Strand Park on the Rondout […]

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Join Us for the 2nd Annual Kingston Community Block Party, June 8th, noon – 4 p.m.

Written by Mike Rice on May 3rd, 2014 in News and Events | No Comments

What better way to enjoy a late spring Sunday afternoon than along the banks of the Rondout Creek, at T.R. Gallo Park, joining in the celebration of multiculturalism at the second annual Kingston Community Block Party, organized by the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History. The event is a free, family-friendly, multicultural festival which will feature live ethnic music, […]

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2nd Annual Block Party to Celebrate Diversity

Written by Mike Rice on Feb 6th, 2014 in News and Events | No Comments

The Block Party committee will hold its first meeting to organize this year’s event on February 20th. The Block Party is scheduled for June 8, 2014, and will be held, once again, at T. R. Gallo Park, Kingston’s waterfront park at the bottom of Broadway and West Strand. The committee meetings are open to all community members who would like […]

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