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Colin Schmitt’s 6th Annual All American Hot Dog Roast




Make sure you save the date for Colin Schmitt’s 6th Annual All American Hot Dog Roast (Get tickets here). This is our sixth year hosting this relaxed family friendly event (always all you can eat!). Buy your tickets early. Looking forward to seeing every one again this year! Spread the word!

Saturday, June 16, 2018
1 – 3 PM

Pond Area Pavilion, Thomas Bull Memorial Park
State Route 416, Montgomery, NY 12549
(parking in tennis courts/boat house parking lot)

$25 per person
$60 per family


Friend Sponsor $100
2 tickets and event recognition

Victory Sponsor $250
5 tickets, event recognition, signage

Patriot Sponsor $500
10 tickets, event recognition, signage

Event Sponsor: $1000
Unlimited tickets, event recognition, signage

Star Sponsor: $4,400

**An individual or entity may contribute a maximum of $4,400 per election cycle to Assembly Campaign Committees. Contributions to Schmitt4NY are not deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes.**

May 21, 2018 |

Maifest: A Traditional German Celebration of Spring, May 18-20, Poughkeepsie, NY


An authentic, fun and festive Maifest will be held at Germania Festival Grounds, 51 Old Degarmo Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY. 12603. Hours are Friday May 18th, 5-10pm, Saturday Noon-10pm, and Sunday May 20th, Noon-6pm. The event features live German bands, German food, home baked desserts, German beers, children’s entertainment, Bavarian dancers and singers. Event will be held rain or shine under tents. Adult entry ticket $5 daily, $4 Veterans and Active Military with valid ID, children under 16 no cost. Parking is Free. Visit or find us them on  Facebook, for additional details.

Germania of Poughkeepsie, founded in 1850, is a not for profit volunteer organization committed to promoting German American Heritage throughout our New York Hudson Valley community. This is accomplish in part by hosting various events throughout the year including Germania Maifest, Oktoberfest, Christkindlmarkt, and Germania Heritage Day & Bake Sale at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall. Germania also sponsors numerous “Sister Clubs” and promotes various cultural programs. These include the German Singers, Germania Almrausch Schuhplattler Verein, Germania Blue & White Soccer Club, The Steuben Society of America (Dr. Charles Gilbert Spross Unit #167), German Language Class and Ballroom Dancing Class. They also hold clothing, food and toy drives for Hudson Valley churches and their families, and grant scholarships annually to BOCES CTI Culinary program graduates. Goods and services are purchased exclusively through locally owned, Hudson Valley businesses. Over the past 168 years Germania has done much to enrich the area with programs in music, sport, dance, and citizenship.

May 16, 2018 |

2nd Annual Brewster Music Festival


Get the Funk Out with an Eclectic Mix of Music at the 2nd Annual Brewster Music Festival

Rock into summer with a FREE family-friendly afternoon of music, food, fun and friends.

Are you ready to rock into the summer of 2018? The 2nd Annual Brewster Music Festival is an afternoon filled with hot music including rock, soul, funk and blues from some of the finest local musicians. Put that together with local food vendors, beer, wine, games and family fun and you have the perfect way to kick off the summer!

The 2nd Annual Brewster Music Festival is set to rock out on June 9, 2018 from 12-6PM at Wells Park at 98 Oak Street in Brewster. The rain date is June 10, 2018. Admission is FREE. Bring chairs and blankets to claim your space on the beautiful “great lawn” in the park.

The Cultural Arts Coalition, who is currently working towards restoring the Old Town Hall Theater on Main Street, is coordinating this annual fundraising event with the backline provided by Patterson Rotary. The media sponsor for the Cultural Arts Coalition and the Brewster Music Festival is Brewster HamletHub.

“Last year’s music had patrons dancing on the lawn and singing along to some fantastic bands” explains Judy Marano, Cultural Arts Coalition President, “We are partnering with local businesses and organizations to provide more activities while offering a free concert that is open to anyone.” Brewster High School student Annie Sullivan will be singing the National Anthem, and Putnam County Executive, MaryEllen Odell will be kicking off the event at 12 noon sharp.

Bands include Special Sauce, The Libertine Project, Soul Proprietors and The Fresh Paint with sound provided by K Bays Sound Concepts. Between sets, solo artists Frank Funigiello, Jr. and Jeffrey Marano will provide acoustic Americana music. The World Heritage Cultural Center will perform Bollywood and belly dancing. Hosts for the event with be co-producers Paul Toscano, host of PorkChop’s Blues Time on Pawling Public Radio 103.7FM and Judy Marano.

Beer provided by Brewster’s Beer Time and wine by Brotherhood Winery will be available for purchase. Wells Park rules state that no outside alcohol, glass or dogs (with the exception of service animals) are allowed in the park. Crafters, artists, artisans, local businesses and organizations will enrich your experience by offering items for purchase and information on local services. In addition, attendees are encouraged to participate in the Cultural Arts Coalition raffle, which will benefit the restoration of the Old Town Hall Theater.

The Kids Around the Corner children’s area will be available with activities and crafts provided by local children’s organizations. Apple Moms in the Hudson Valley, Brewster PTA and Seven Star School will provide free activities for kids. Funzone Inflatables will provide all day bounce house admission bracelet for only $10.

Wells Park is a short 10-minute walk from the Brewster Train Station. Walk through the center of downtown Brewster and pass the Old Town Hall Theater on your way. Show your Metro-North Train ticket for a free raffle ticket. Feel like staying the night in beautiful Brewster? Heidi’s Inn will be providing Free Shuttle Services for their guests.  Want free raffle tickets? RSVP using the online form found at in order to receive 5 free raffle tickets valued at $5.

Special announcements will be made on social media leading up to the event.  Find The Brewster Music Festival on Facebook, Twitter @BrewMusicFest and Instagram @brewstermusicfestival. Make sure you share the excitement with hashtags #GetTheFunkOut and #BMFNY2018.

Join the fun and volunteer to help at the event. Volunteers are invited to register online. For more information, call (845) 363 – 8330, email or

Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner
67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509

(845) 363-8330











About The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining cultural arts within the Town of Southeast and its surrounding region. TOSCAC was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in August 2010 with the purpose, as detailed in the incorporation papers, “… to promote and raise funds for the development and effective management of affordable, accessible performance space that will provide citizens of the Town of Southeast opportunities to participate in and appreciate cultural arts, including lectures, theater, dance, film, music, visual arts, and inclusive community events.”

Our current focus is the renovation of the Southeast Old Town Hall, a historic landmark within the Village of Brewster and a perfect venue to serve as a cultural hub. The Old Town Hall has been described as a “Jewel in the Center of Brewster” and its renovation will help foster the revitalization of downtown Brewster.


April 26, 2018 |

5th Annual Poughkeepsie High School Career and Job Fair







Student scholars at Poughkeepsie High School met with more than 60 local businesses and organizations to learn about potential career pathways on Thursday, April 19 at the 5th Annual Career & Job Fair at Poughkeepsie High School. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place beforehand to kick off the career and job fair. Special guests including New York State Senator, Sue Serino, Dutchess County Executive, Marcus Molinaro, and Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie, Rob Rolison, attended the ceremony and said a few words to the attendees. This event was presented by the Poughkeepsie City School District, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Career Action Center.

The students of Poughkeepsie High School were able to match their skills and interests to real world choices by interacting and networking with professionals. Students were inspired after hearing unique stories of how these exhibitors became successful in their industry. Exhibitors were asked to bring promotional materials for both the students and their fellow presenters. The Career and Job fair served as a format for networking for students and professionals alike.

While the Career and Job Fair only lasted one day, students will be able to follow up on the information they learned about with the Poughkeepsie High School Career Action Center. The Career Action Center is a service located directly in the Poughkeepsie high school with two dedicated mentors and has an open-door policy so that whenever students are not in class, they are welcome to stop by for whatever they need. The Career Action Center offers a comfortable environment in which students can ask questions and get help with things like resumes or job searches. They offer a more intensive Career Exploration Class that prepares students for post-secondary education, assists with finding employment, and offers local internship opportunities. This class provides students with invaluable experiences and skills through internships. Internship experience allows students to become aware of the skills required for a particular career, and helps them become better prepared to choose a career path. The opportunities available to students through the Career Action Center at Poughkeepsie High School not only benefit their day-to-day experiences, but also prepare them for future successful careers.

The Career Action Center is a program under The Workforce Development Center. Since 1996, the Workforce Development Center has successfully linked businesses to the public workforce system. Their staff works to increase business access to qualified workers, and ensure income eligible residents are prepared for the workplace environment, its responsibilities, and retention.

For more information about the Career Action Center, or the Workforce Development Center visit or call Audra B. Gerty at (845) 454-1700 ext. 1007.


April 20, 2018 |

Shop the Spring Vendor Fair — Remember Mother’s Day is Coming


Celebrate spring and shop unique vendors at the Seven Star school Spring Vendor Fair on May 5 from 8am – 4pm at Brewster High School 50 Foggintown Road in Brewster, NY. The Vendor Fair is the perfect opportunity to ​find a special gift  for Mother’s Day

We will have a variety of vendors with products including jewelry, clothing, kitchen and home products, totes and bags, makeup and nails, hair accessories, doll clothes, hand-crafted woodwork and more!

​ We will also be holding a raffle for chances to win some great products!​

Come to the fair to visit the following vendors:

Thirty-One Gifts: Our fashionable, functional products make life easier. Select from different types of organizing items including bags, purses, thermal shopping bags and more.

Rodan + Fields Skincare : No matter how young or how old you are there is no reason not to love your skin. Rodan + Fields is life changing skincare.

Pampered Chef: Pampered Chef has been around for 38 years and it known for its innovative and durable kitchen products!

Jamberry: Jamberry is nail art done right! Whether you’re into polishes, gels, or nail wraps, this is your one stop shop!

3 Little Birdies Boutique: Unique, hand made accessories for everyone!

Tupperware: Tupperware is the best food storage and preparation product on the market. Celebrating 70 years of the party.

Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski: Shop for fun and affordable jewelry! Life calls for sparkle!Show us how you style your Touchstone Crystal.

LuLaRoe: LuLaRoe is simply the most comfortable clothing you’ll ever wear! The clothing line has unique patterns and colors in leggings, dresses, skirts and tops for women.

Le-Vel: Simple 3 Step Health and Wellness Company Premium Grade Nutritional Supplements  – Thrive by Le-Vel!

Gastelu Jewelry:  Sterling silver jewelry for women and men. Personal service to take care of your needs and style.

Rebecca Lane Crafts: Handmade doll clothes for American Girl dolls.

18” doll clothes and accessories including dresses with matching purses, jogging suits, pajamas, Capri outfits with matching hats and shoes.

GJF Decorative Wood: Unique hand-crafted woodworking pieces including jewelry and valet boxes, centerpieces, desk accessories, planters and shelves.

Questions? Contact Seven Star School at or call 845.278.0728 or visit








April 19, 2018 |
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