From lively chats with local storytellers to always-popular Soup and Chili Nights, Dutch Christmas and other community get-togethers, Historic Red Hook hosts them all at The Elmendorph Inn.
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Sun, Apr 29 • 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Marriage and Mischief: What Was a Skimelton?
Dr. Thom Wermuth, Associate Professor of History at Marist College, will talk about a uniquely Hudson Valley custom of misrule popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries called the “skimelton.” The skimelton was a raucous, nighttime serenading of a newly married couple by uninvited guests, usually the neighbors of the newlyweds. However, for many years in the 19th century the skimelton was the way Hudson Valley communities regulated the start of new households by mocking and ridiculing unpopular marriages. This presentation will explore the evolution of this ritual that started even earlier, in the 18th century, as a form of vigilantism aimed at adulterers but became over time, a mischievous celebration of new marriages.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments follow the program.
Fri, May 4 • 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Early Music at the Elmendorph
"Love, Wrath & Madness in 17th Century Italy, Spain and Peru" - The Hudson River Consort performs music of Corelli, Monteverdi, Merula, Stradella and others. Neil Snaidas, soprano, Scot Moore, violin, Grant Herreid, theorbo, Christine Gummery, cello. No reservations required but seating is limited. Tickets $15 at the door. Refreshments included. Proceeds to benefit the people of Puerto Rico. Additional contributions welcome.
Fri, June 8 • 6:30-8:00 pm
Dutchess County Historic Tavern Trail
Once again Dutchess County's Historic Tavern Trail stops in Red Hook - this year at the Hotel Tivoli, 53 Broadway in Tivoli. In keeping with this year's Dutchess County World War I theme, Red Hook Town Historian Emily Majer and County Historian Will Tatum will share tales of Tivoli during the Great War. For more information visit the Tavern Trail on meetup or facebook.
Sat, June 9 • 10:00 am-3:00 pm
2018 Preservation Expo
Don't miss our House & Barn Preservation Expo at the Elmendorph Inn - a free "info fair" on ways to preserve, restore and re-use your old house, barns or outbuildings. There will be hands-on demonstrations, presentations and useful takeaways. Drop by any time with your questions and photos for "show and tell" with the experts - artisans, architects, planners, and preservationists. No reservations required. Enjoy live music and food on the grill and an all-around fun and informative day!
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