Saturday, February 2, 2013

Rosendale Celebrates Diversity During Black History Month

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Sojourner Truth
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From puppet shows to historical tours to lectures, Rosendale will be holding a series of events throughout Black History Month that celebrates diversity.

Starting on Saturday, February 2 from 1 to 4 pm, "Right Side Up: Civil Rights through Story, Song, and Puppets" takes place at the Rosendale American Legion Hall in Tillson. The workshops will be led by Fre Atlast, Tara Burke, and Amy Trompetter.

On Tuesday, February 12 from 6:30 to 8:30pm, SUNY New Paltz Professor Dr. AJ Williams-Myers hosts a lecture titled "There is a River-A Mighty River: Social and Economic Contributions of Africans Along the Hudson, From the Dutch Period to the American Revolution." The presentation addresses African American's daily life and economic contributions in the Hudson Valley, as well as their military participation during the revolution. The event held at Rosendale Library is free and open to the public.

Rosendale Youth Director Kathy Wade leads a local history tour, "On The Trail of Sojourner Truth," on Saturday, February 16, from 1 to 4pm. The group will meet at the Youth Center at 1pm and vans will leave at 1:30pm. There are only 12 available seats, but anyone is welcome to follow the van in their own vehicle. Refreshments will be served at the center afterward. To register, contact Kathy Wade at (845) 658-8982 or

Two events will be held at the Rosendale Recreation Center on Monday, February 18. The first event is a President's Day holiday workshop from 2 to 5pm. "Making Puppet Shows, Stories, and Songs about the Life of Sojourner Truth" will be led by Fre Atlast, Tara Burke, and Amy Trompetter. This event requires advance registration. Contact Tara Burke at 658-8198 or The second President's Day event, "Right Side Up: A Puppetry and Musical Celebration of the Life of Sojourner Truth," is a community performance created by Rosendale children, and moderated by Evelyn Clarke and Al Cook.

The last event of the month is a book discussion of Cane River at Rosendale Library on Sunday, February 24, from 2 to 3:30pm. Cane River blends fact and fiction to chronicle the lives of four slave-born female ancestors over 100 years. Copies of the novel are available through the Mid-Hudson Library system, as well as the Rosendale Library Collection.

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