2021 Events

Ulster County Italian-American Foundation Multicultural Dinner

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wiltwyck Country Club
Dinner with music provided by DJ Carl Dayton, Cash Bar, UCIAF Board Elections
All cultural groups in Ulster County are invited!
Please bring a cultural dessert for our Dessert Sharing Table

$50 per person, Reserve early HERE!

Or sends checks payable to UCIAF MC Dinner to:
PO Box 4427, Kingston, NY 12402
RSVP by November 8th
Raffle proceeds to benefit Reher Center

Purchase Raffle Tickets HERE!

Email uciafinc@gmail.com or visit www.uciaf.org for more information

Dinner and a Movie

Please join us on Monday September 13th for a screening of Reher Center’s short film "The Making of: Stitched Together”, a wonderful, short documentary by filmmaker Paula Mitchell featuring the local high school student and teacher contributors to Reher Center’s new courtyard exhibition, Stitched Together. Discover in a brief, but provocative, film what these students learned and the connections they’ve made between past and present day Kingston.
Film screening with an outdoor buffet dinner to follow at:
Ole Savannah
100 Rondout Landing
Monday, September 13th 2021
Film Starts at 5:30, outdoor buffet to follow
Masks Required indoors regardless of vaccination status.

OR Register for a "Movie Premiere at Home" to receive your link and watch along online!


All ticket sales will support Reher Center’s K-12 programming.
Tickets include a film and buffet
Additional cash bar all night
Thank you so much to Ole Savannah for your generosity!
Stitched Together exhibit at the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History

Stitched Together

An exhibit featuring student research and interpretation of the stories of nine former employees of F. Jacobson and Sons Shirt Factory ca 1918. Students from Kingston Catholic School, Rhinebeck High, and Ulster BOCES Fashion and Merchandising programs have worked throughout the school year to research and imagine these women's lives. We present their stories visually using textiles and posters in our courtyard and front windows.

On view in the front windows and courtyard of the Reher Center through August.

Kingston Multicultural Festival

Join the Kingston Multicultural Festival this June on THREE different Sundays in collaboration with the Kingston Waterfront Farmers Market!

Sundays June 13th, 20th, and 27th at TR Gallo Park from 10am - 2pm.

The 2021 Multicultural Fest will bring two pop-up food vendors to the Waterfront Farmers Market all three weeks, highlight the culture of two full-season food vendors in a collaboration with students from the Culinary Institute of America, and bring local performers from the Hudson Valley for two shows each week!

An Evening of Rondout History

Historic Bakery Tour and Film Screening of "Lost Rondout" (Screening offered by City of Kingston)

Saturday, July 24th

Historic Bakery Tour at 5 PM  BOOK TICKETS Use LostRondout PromoCode for 50% off this special tour!

FREE film screening at TR Gallo Park begins at 8 PM INFO

Being Black & Jewish

April 7, 2021, 7 PM on Zoom

Being Black & Jewish shines light on the experiences of three women living at the intersection of these identities in the Hudson Valley: Lacey Schwartz Delgado, Ahvegyil Skolnick, and Randi Zinn. Moderated by Reher Center board member Barry Mayo, this far-ranging Zoom panel conversation will explore their different histories, experiences, connections to their Black and Jewish identities, and so much more. Co-Sponsored by the Reher Center and Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley

The World Kneads Bread: Italian Easter Bread

Sunday, March 21st, 3 PM via Zoom

Kitchen Class hosted in partnership with the Ulster County Italian-American Foundation

Featuring Celia FlorCruz from the the Culinary Institute of America

Includes Mother-in-Law’s Recipe and some great stories of the Poughkeepsie Italian community

Reher Rolls Revival

Sunday, March 14th
11AM-1PM rolls pick-up at Reher Center, 3 PM program via Zoom

On Sunday, March 14th The Reher Center honored the tradition of Sunday bread pick-ups at Reher's Bakery with a two-part event to benefit the Reher Center and People's Place, a food pantry in Kingston.

From 11am-1pm participants drove by to pick up a variety bag of donated rolls (or had them delivered!), and shared the opportunity to socially-distance gather under the tent outside Reher Center, with music from the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Pipe and Drum Band.

From 3-4pm participants joined a Zoom conversation with former Reher Bakery customers Eli Basch, Chuck Jackson, Emmy Hastings, Mike Rice, Karen Pillsworth, and Dan Reinhard to reminisce and do a taste-test. Lcal baker JT Pinna and Culinary Institute of America Alumna Josie Waisbrot discussed plans to use these memories and insights to recreate the recipe for Rehers rolls.

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Crew aboard the Hudson River Day Line steamboat "Alexander Hamilton," September 6, 1971. Hudson River Maritime Museum Collection

Introducing Black History of the Hudson Valley Collaborative Research Project

Monday, February 22nd, 7-8 PM via Zoom

Black History is woven into the fabric of Kingston’s past, but where can we go to learn about it? The History Alliance of Kingston is compiling existing Black History of Kingston resources and collecting new ones in order to create a digital guide, both for researchers and the general public. Join us for a presentation of our progress and to learn how you can take part in building this important new resource.

Fa Gao (Prosperity Cakes)

“Fa Gao” 发糕 for Chinese New Year

February 14 at 3 PM via Zoom

Fa gao, which literally means “prosperity cake” or “fortune cake,” is one of the most popular treats eaten during Lunar New Year. Get your fa on and learn how to make this spongy, fluffy rice flour dessert with Professor Willa Zhen of the Culinary Institute of America. Additionally, learn about bread traditions from across China from Yin Kong, Executive Director of Think! Chinatown. This event is offered in partnership with Think! Chinatown. Participate in all of their virtual Chinese New Years events! Learn more at https://www.thinkchinatown.org/tuanyuan-box

Who Remembers Reher’s Bakery Challah?

Sunday, January 24th at 1 PM via Zoom

Reher's Bakery was famous for its Rye bread on Wednesdays, hard rolls on Sundays, and Challah on Fridays. In this session, offered as part of the Ulster County Jewish Federation's 2021 Day of Jewish Learning, Reher Center director Dr. Sarah Litvin will introduce Reher's Bakery and the Reher Center through photos and videos, then invite those who remember Reher's challahs to describe its texture and flavor, and share memories of the Rehers and their Bakery.