Upcoming Events

Photo by Aaron Rezny

Wednesday, November 13th

5:30-7 PM
Lewis, Edna. 1976. Taste of Country Cooking. 1st Edition edition. New York: Knopf.

Edna Lewis is considered by many the most important voice in regional American food history. A black woman born into a utopian agrarian community settled by formerly enslaved people, Lewis came to prominence as both a professional chef and a writer. Taste, her classic work, is both an elegy to Freetown and a disappearing way of life, and a subversive historical and political corrective about the Black culture of the American south.

The story of the Great Migration, which brought Edna Lewis to New York City, also drew thousands of African-American migrants to settle in Kingston. This session explores the culinary experiences and contributions of these migrants, many of whom lived and worked in the Rondout neighborhood prior to Urban Renewal and (we know from oral histories) shopped at Reher’s Bakery. REGISTER HERE

Saturday, November 30th

1:30-2:20 PM Storytelling by Karen Pillsworth at Reher's Bakery

2:30-3:30 PM Puppet Making Workshop in the Reher Center Gallery with Paper Heart Puppets

4 PM Sinterklaas Kingston Children's Maritime Parade starting at Broadway and Garraghan Drive

Past Events

4th Annual Deli Dinner
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
Fair Street Church, 209 Fair Street, Kingston NY 12401

This dinner benefits the Reher Center. Kosher meats (Turkey, Pastrami, Corned Beef & Salami), salads galore and yummy desserts.

Tickets are $30 at the door, only $25 right here, right now!

After making payment you'll be emailed a link to pre-order your food and select a pick-up time if you so choose.

Friday | September 20 | 7:00 pm
Screening of “La Transazione” at Reher Center Gallery

Three Italian sisters meet their new “arranged” husbands for the first time at Ellis Island in 1910. Short silent film shot at the Reher Center.

Past, present & future tours of Reher’s Bakery at 6 & 6:30pm.
Special screening @7pm followed by Q&A with film makers.
RSVP to development@rehercenter.org
Donations for Reher Center Graciously Accepted
Light Food and Refreshments Provided
Sponsored by UCIAF & the Reher Center

The Spaces Between: Exploring Our Physical and Cultural Borders 

July 6th - September 30th

Join us in exploring the social spaces of marginalized status in American culture through this event series, curated by Elinor Levy of Arts Mid-Hudson and Susie Ximenez of Latinx Project.

All events at Reher Center Gallery

Wednesday | September 18 | 7:30-9 pm
Facilitated Discussion with Kemp Battle: Do We Really Need to Know our DNA?

Join Kemp Battle, who has worked in the field of DNA testing for years, and Elinor Levy of Arts Mid-Hudson to consider the surge of companies that offer DNA testing purporting to tell us exactly who we are ethnically at the metabolic level. What do these tests really tell us about who we are? How do these tests affect us culturally, especially if they tell us we are something different than we thought or were taught?

Saturday | September 7 | 5-8 pm
Mix & Mingle: First Saturday Reception for Adelanta Students & Latinx Project presenta: Bajo la Misma Luna.

Artworks reflecting on the personal journeys of participants in Adelante, a program hosted by Vassar College that guides undocumented youth in New York towards their futures.

Saturday | August 24 | 7 pm
Film Screening: Hyphen and talkback with Director Maria Servellón
Hyphen is a magic realist, short fiction film based on the director’s own memories and experiences. It follows four-character versions on a transformative chronicle: Mimi, Maia, Mia, Ria. They learn to use imaginative forms of art, dance, and music to realize each of their dreams, fears, and achievements. Conjuring the impalpable power of creativity, they are able to overcome different challenges to create their own identities past cultural and gender expectations. Discussion with the director to follow.  RSVP

Sunday | August 18 | 2-4 pm
Presentation: Same Rice, Different Land
The farmers of Ever Growing Family Farm, Nfamara Bajie (Gambia) and Moustapha Diedhiou (Senegal), will talk about using West African Farming techniques in Mid-Hudson New York soil and share stories of their farming traditions.  RSVP

Monday | August 12 | 7-9 pm
Panel Discussion: On a Scale from 1 to 10
Local ethnic restauranteurs will discuss how they have modified their menus to suit the American–and Kingstonian–palate. Facilitated by Reher Center Director Sarah Litvin.  RSVP

Karen Pillsworth, named Storyteller Laureate in 2002 by the City of Kingston, told Hanukkah and Reher Bakery stories as part of Kingston’s Sinterklaas Send-Off. Dozens of visitors huddled into the Reher bakery storefront for the November 24 event, which is a non-denominational and intercultural holiday tradition intended to unify Kingston’s neighborhoods. The Send-Off launches Sinterklaas from the Kingston Waterfront (a.k.a “Spain”) to his destination across the river.