Local History

Researching Red Hook Home and Business Histories Just Got A Little Easier with $16,000 Grant for “StoryStudio”


Historic Red Hook’s StoryStudio, a facility for citizen research on family, home and business histories, has moved one step closer to completion with a $16,000 grant from Dutchess County. The late 19th-century building that will house StoryStudio is located just east of the Elmendorph Inn on Cherry Street. It will be outfitted in several months with movable shelving to make […]

Red Hook’s ‘Modern Day Witch’ Seeks the Perfect Purple Sheep Dye As She Promotes Old-World Crafts at the Fair


Onion skins, butternut tree nuts, and bedstraw seeds simply will not do the trick. Bonnie Feller Warwick is on the hunt for the perfect natural ingredient to make a bright purple wool dye. This is a very serious matter. And Warwick leans in to punctuate her message about its urgency. “I can get mustard yellow, kelly green, and a beautiful […]

Vintage Diner-Deli-Pond Site in Elizaville Hits the Market as Owners Seek New Projects


Hauled from Pennsylvania 16 years ago and today one of the finest diner cars still standing in the United States, the Elizaville Diner has gone on the market as its owners move to new projects. The diner and the brick-and-mortar deli beside it on the 2.2-acre site off County Route 78 just north of Upper Red Hook have a storied […]

Recalling Her Red Hook Roots and Touched by Ukraine’s Pavel Kuljuk, Kansas Woman Becomes New Donor to The Daily Catch


Editor’s Note: This past weekend, The Daily Catch’s series with our Ukraine correspondent, Pavel Kuljuk, was featured on the acclaimed national NPR broadcast, UpFirst, after its debut last week on Rough Translation and, in an abbreviated form, on Morning Edition. A woman in Eastern Kansas then reached out to donate to the newspaper. We asked her to explain why. Carey Maynard-Moody, […]

Tivoli Celebrates 150th Birthday With Sesquicentennial Weekend of Festivities. Bring on the Fireworks!


Imagine Tivoli before the invention of the modern automobile in 1886. Can you? This weekend, residents and visitors to the village will be transported back through time during a three-day Sesquicentennial festival in celebration of Tivoli’s 150th birthday. It’s the best opportunity in years to bask in the history of the village, founded in 1872 and once described by a […]

Memorial Day Celebration Returns After Covid Hiatus; A Solemn Ceremony Follows a Festive Parade


With a Village parade, the instructive remarks of a high school senior, a moving version of “Amazing Grace,” and the placing of flags before markers commemorating Red Hook’s 31 fallen veterans, the town’s Memorial Day celebration returned today after a two-year Covid hiatus. Senior Katie Pullaro, 17, urged the audience of 160 people gathered at Red Hook’s Memorial Park to […]

Memorial Day in Red Hook: The Ceremony in Photos

Memorial Day in Red Hook: The Parade in Photos

Who Creates the Country’s Best Lighthouse Maps? Meet This Red Hook Couple


When Eric Riback was a sales executive at National Geographic Maps in Denver, he hatched what he thought was a simple idea: buy a small publishing company, let it run almost on auto-pilot, and collect a steady income. It would function, he figured, like a reliable annuity. “Basically, we bought the company to fulfill a dream for something to do […]

Twenty Entities Own One-Third of the Land in Red Hook, Daily Catch Analysis Finds


Who owns the land in Red Hook? At the dawn of the new year, the 20 largest landholders – New York State, Bard College, Farmer Ken Migliorelli, Town Supervisor Robert McKeon and 16 others – own 6,949 acres, or 32 percent, of the town’s 21,435 acres, a detailed analysis by The Daily Catch has found.  Other large landowners include the […]


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