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  |   November 19, 2012  |  Comment



With restaurant entertainment and specials!

 Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) on the Bardavon big screen!

And the 2nd Annual Family Holiday Scavenger Hunt on Saturday December 1 too!


On Friday, November 30 at 6:30pm the City of Poughkeepsie, in conjunction with the Bardavon, First Niagara Bank Foundation, the Poughkeepsie River District Business Association, and the Walkway over the Hudson will present the 19th annual Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks. With help from the Friends of Little Italy this event will help kick off the holiday season in Poughkeepsie. Each year thousands of people attend this event, voted by Dutchess County Tourism as the “Best Event” of the holiday season.

The parade will commence at 6:30pm on Main Street and Garden Street and proceed to the evening’s first Christmas tree lighting on Main, near Market Street. The Celebration of Lights Parade is led by Mayor John Tkazyik and members of the Common Council and will be joined by the Amerscott Highland Pipers, Poughkeepsie High School Jazz Ensemble, Poughkeepsie Exempt Fireman’s Association Color Guard, DARE, Arlington Rotary Club, Hudson Health Plan, Morse Elementary PTO, Miss Hudson Valley, Miss Hudson Valley Teen, Dutchess Jeep & Dodge, Red Knights Motorcycle Club, Roaring Thunder, Isis Vermouth, Dutchess County Girl & Boy Scouts and several Hudson Valley Philharmonic brass ensembles. Also joining in the parade will be performances by Arm of the Sea Theatre and IABAS Traditional Brazilian Band with 200 children from Warring, Morse, Clinton and Kreiger elementary schools. Al’s Garage will also supply a float and hay ride. Finally Santa Claus will arrive on a City of Poughkeepsie Fire Engine.

The parade will proceed down Main Street to Clover Street where the parade will convene at Dongan Square Park for the second Christmas tree lighting. Then at 7:15, Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Legion Fireworks will present the area’s only winter fireworks display along Poughkeepsie’s waterfront. At this time the third tree will be lit at the center of the Walkway over the Hudson.

Coinciding with the parade and fireworks, and throughout the evening, the River District establishments (Amici’s, The Derby, Caffe Aurora, Café Boca, Mahoney’s, Milanese, Noah’s Ark, and River Station) will offer entertainment, and food and beverage specials. Following the parade and fireworks, the Bardavon will present a screening of the family film classic Pee Wee’s Big Adventures (1985) at 8pm, preceded at 7:30pm with a concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure is an adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton in his full-length debut and starring Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman. All seats $6.

Also, Walkway Over the Hudson will open its eastern gate to those interested in viewing the fireworks from high above the Hudson River. Walkway members can watch the fireworks display for free while nonmembers will be asked to pay a donation of $5 per person. Check at www.walkway.org for more information.

Then on Saturday, December 1st, the Poughkeepsie River District Business Association together with Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union will present the 2nd Annual Family Holiday Scavenger Hunt.  Participation is free, and registration begins at 1:30 pm at Caffe Aurora, where registrants will pick up their item card and area map for a Holiday Scavenger Hunt within Poughkeepsie’s River District and Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy.  Prizes will then be awarded to all who complete their cards, with drawings held at 4pm at The Derby. There will also be complimentary refreshments available to all participants.

Sponsors include: First Niagara Bank Foundation, Rhinebeck Bank, Dutchess Dodge, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, The Poughkeepsie Journal, WPDH/WRRV/, WDST, WKZE, WKIP, The City of Poughkeepsie PBA, Fallkill Properties, Dutchess Beer Distributors, McCabe & Mack, Hogkins Agency, Prime Retirement Asset Management, Riverside Bank, Dorsey Metrology, Torsone’s Funeral Home, Fallkill Properties and Central Hudson Gas and Electric.

Parking is readily available in City of Poughkeepsie Municipal lots. For further info check out the Bardavon web site at www.bardavon.org or call the Bardavon at (845) 473-2072 or check out Poughkeepsie River District website at www.pokriverdistrict.org.

To raise critical funds in support of two community groups who feed the hungry, the Bardavon will solicit donations directly from their Bardavon and Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) audiences at every event in November and December. Funds raised will be split between Beverly Close Memorial Food Pantry in Poughkeepsie www.dutchessoutreach.org, and the Queens Galley in Kingston www.queensgalley.org.

The Beverly Close Memorial Food Pantry is part of the Dutchess Outreach program and is an emergency food bank which provides clients with up to three days of food in times of need. Queens Galley is a Kingston-based nonprofit organization that provides awareness, education, relief and prevention of food insecurity. Three years ago, Queens Galley Executive Director Diane Reeder and UPAC Operations Manager Ila Carnes created the concept of Dinner & Show – Just $3.

“People don’t realize that for as little as $3 we are able to feed one person a dinner at the soup kitchen,” points out Ms. Reeder.  Dutchess Outreach Administrator Carol Hegener praised the initiative and remarked, “Those we serve are thrilled!”

The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (the Bardavon) is a New York State nonprofit corporation that owns and operates two historic theaters – the 944-seat namesake theater in Poughkeepsie and 1505-seat Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston – and the region’s premiere orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. It presents top-notch music, dance, theater, and classic films for diverse audiences in both its venues; stages free annual outdoor events in local communities; and partners with regional schools to offer unique arts-based learning experiences. The Bardavon also continues to restore and preserve its historic theaters for today’s audiences and future generations to enjoy. Visit www.bardavon.org.


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