Block Party in Celebration of Cultural Diversity

June 9, 2013

The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History hosted a first of its kind block party in Kingston on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Gallo Park, West Strand’s waterfront park.  The event coincided with New York State’s Path Through History program. The purpose of the block party was to create a format to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Kingston community We intend to make the Block Party an annual event.

The event was family friendly, free of charge and open to the community.  Participating groups included: the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Chabad of Ulster County, Faith Church of God, the Hellenic Youth Dance Group, the Irish Cultural Center, the Jewish Federation of Ulster County, Humanamente, La Voz, the New Progressive Baptist Church, Somos La Llave, Sons of Norway and more.  The day’s events included music, dance, theatrical performances, children’s activities and food related to many of the specific cultural groups involved.

Organizational meetings will be starting soon for the June 2014 Block Party.  Please check the website and our Facebook page ( for times and dates should you, or your organization wish to become involved.

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Thank you to the following restaurant for providing dining certificates for our raffle: Mariner’s Harbor, Mole Mole, Rosita’s, Savona’s Trattoria and Ship to Shore.


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