A good time was had by all!

To the delight of hundreds of people lining South and North Broadway, two huge, beautiful Belgian draft horses “clopped, clopped” up Broadway, pulling the Red Hook 2012 Bicentennial Celebration’s big red Dutch barn float at the head of the annual Hardscrabble Day. Next year’s big Bicentennial birthday bash was off to a great start. Clipping lightly along next was the most elegant surrey-with-the-fringe-on-top Red Hook has seen since the Tin Lizzie began to displace Old Dobbin a century ago. Then came: the kids — lots of them; the cars — some old, some small, some new and blue; and the fire trucks – red and big, bigger than barns! There were quite a few yarns, too, spun by more than a dozen people for “Hooked on Red Hook,” the Historical Society’s Bicentennial oral history project. Averaging about five minutes each, the interviews will be posted and archived on this website under ‘Red Hook Speaks.” Monthly two-hour interview sessions are planned at the Elmendorph Inn through next Hardscrabble Day, when the Bicentennial concludes. “’Hooked on Red Hook’ is a wonderful living history window,” says Claudine Klose, Historical Society president. “Looking at us, hearing us talk about Red Hook, future generations will […

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