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 ENEWS FROM HISTORIC HUGUENOT STREET   |   October 12, 2011 
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IN THIS ISSUE  

Haunted

Huguenot
Street

Hudson River Playback 

 


 

 Upcoming
Programs and
Events

 

 

 

OCTOBER 13
in Deyo Hall
Hudson River Playback Theatre presents
PLAYBACKWHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING?

An evening of improv and music based on audience members true stories

October 13, 8pm

Admission by donation.
All ages welcome. www.hudsonriverplayback.org for more information.
Please join us!


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Haunted
Sprinkled amongst truth and legend are those lesser known, uninvited cousins of history -- the macabre and the paranormal -- the slippery things that cannot be explained. The stories that are shushed in polite company.

It has become the custom here on Huguenot Street, that for a certain three nights each autumn, as dead leaves carpet the ground, and winter's chill begins to beckon, the veil that stands between the living and the dead seems to grow thin -- sometimes appearing not to be there at all.

 

Here on Huguenot Street, that veil often seems fragile. The dead must hear their stories being told and long to be a part of it.  There certainly have been "sightings". 

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This year the days will be on October 28, 29 and 30. There will be many stories and perhaps just as many "sightings". We will tell stories we've never told before because we've only just uncovered them. We have done the lonely, painstaking and sometimes downright frightening work of searching our archives,  and we have found  stories that made our own hair stand on end.  

 

For we have almost 400 years of generations of European and African descendants walking these streets, sleeping in these homes, cooking, marrying, bearing children, living and dying, and many are resting in the burial ground just down the street. That's a lot of living and a lot of dying. And quite a number of queer and unsettling stories, in fact. 

 

Halloween is just up ahead, too, a wonderful festival for the little ones with the candy and the costumes. But we dare you to take a walk on the dark side of our street. We welcome you to bring your young children. We have art teachers and curators on hand to make lovely crafts with them. And meanwhile... perhaps the world as you know it will be turned sideways.  

 

But, remember, they're only stories...true, but still stories.  

 

Friday & Saturday, 

October 28 & 29, 7-11pm

Sunday, October 30, 6:30-9pm 

 

 

 

uPCOMINGUpcoming   

Programs & Events

 

 

 

Thursday, 11/10, 7pm

Rediscovering Huguenot Street: Archaeology Gives History A Makeover

 

For more than a decade the SUNY New Paltz Summer Fieldschools have used their archaeological skills to uncover new secrets on Huguenot Street. History has in fact changed as a result of the work done over the years. Professor Diamond will explain, describe and show us examples.

 

Dr Joseph Diamond is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at SUNY New Paltz with a PHd in Anthopology. Dr. Diamond is well known throughout the area as a speaker, author and expert on anthropology, archaeology and Cultural Resource Management. 

 

Before Hudson, an Archaeological exhibit based on Dr. Diamond's work will be open for viewing in the DuBois Fort at 81 Huguenot Street from 6:30 to 7.

 

Deyo Hall | Broadhead Avenue

$5 | Students Free

 

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 Thursday, 12/1, 7pm 

Cross-Dressing, Misrule, and Mayhem: Christmas Before Santa in Early America

 

Christmas in colonial America was a very different holiday than it is now. Workers used it as a time to demand appreciation from their social betters. Through wassailing songs they offered their wealthy neighbors a choice: Provide the best wine of their cellars, the whitest bread or sweetest puddings of their pantries, and the finest clothes of their closets for bawdy revels, or face the consequences--smashed windows, stolen livestock, burned barns. This presentation will explore how these early Christmas practices evolved in the early 1800s into the celebration of Christmas we know now, a private revels in which children run riot with gifts and adults provide for those less fortunate.

 

Reynolds Scott-Childress teaches history at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has explored the meaning of Christmas through over fifty years of participant observation.

  

Deyo Hall | Broadhead Avenue

$5 | Students $3 


mason jar
Looking to get rid of those old dusty quart- sized mason jars?
You are in luck! They are needed for our upcoming Haunted Huguenot Street event by 10/26. Please contact Rebecca Mackey by email or by calling 845-255-1660 x105.

 

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Historic Huguenot Street

Visitor Center:  81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY  12561

Mailing:  18 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz, NY  12561

 

845.255.1889 or 1660

huguenotstreet.org