Bicentennial puppets to highlight Hardscrabble Day

Red Hook is getting ready for its premier community festival: Hardscrabble Day.

On Sat., Sept. 22, the village closes several streets and sets up a pedestrian mall area to invite walkers, bicyclists and people arriving by car to come to the village and explore the stores, and the multitude of vendor booths, non-profit exhibitors and the Historic Elmendorph Inn. This year will feature the Town of Red Hook’s Bicentennial.

The village center is the focal point of activity. There will be Kidscrabble at the Key Bank Green area on West Market St., with fun and free games and exercise for children, along with exhibitors catering to school activities for parents and children. Kidscrabble will feature training on things like hula hoops, along with Zumba, yoga and other healthy exercises for the young. The events there run from 11am-3pm.

Nearby at the village parking lot will be a world-class stage and sound system featuring local bands, and then the main acts later in the day and into night. There will be continuous music from 10:30am to 9:30pm. The headliner this year is the famous band The Tubes, with popular hits known to many. Their free concerts begin at 5:30pm.

The featured event of the day will be the Hardscrabble Parade, which begins at 4pm at the Linden Avenue Middle School on West Market St. The parade will highlight many community groups and the incredible large-scale puppets created for Community Heritage Day at Montgomery Place in July. The parade route runs along Philips Street to Fraleigh Street then north on Route 9 to Memorial Park. The best viewing is on Route 9 in the core of the village from the Library to the Memorial Park.

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Mayor Edward Blundell
Red Hook Village

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