Upcoming Events Aim to Show Revitalized Main Street For Poughkeepsie - Daily Hudson Valley News

Upcoming Events Aim to Show Revitalized Main Street For Poughkeepsie

Jul 11th, 2012 | By | Category: In Your Town

Free community events aim to give glimpse of revitalized Main Street for Poughkeepsie

On Saturday, July 21st, community organizations and volunteers from across the City of Poughkeepsie are coming together for Middle Main in Motion: A Snapshot of a Better Block.  This free public event will take place from 2 – 5pm on North Cherry Street in Poughkeepsie, and is an opportunity for community members and residents to actively engage in the Middle Main area in the city of Poughkeepsie, network with local businesses, and share their ideas on future projects that Hudson River Housing Inc. and others will be sponsoring in the area.

For one afternoon on July 21st, area residents will be given a glimpse of what a revitalized, vibrant street in the Middle Main Street area of Poughkeepsie could look like.  Live music, food, pick-up soccer, a book giveaway, information from local community organizations, and children’s activities will be available.

The event is being held in conjunction with Hudson River Day and Queen City Saturdays, with several special events scheduled throughout the day.  Beginning at 2:30pm, Melissa Everett, a self-described late-in-life discoverer of gardening, will host a window gardening workshop and recipe exchange. Melissa will share design ideas, plant selection and soil recommendations, pot options and recipes that can be created from your windowbox garden.  At 3:00pm, two of Poughkeepsie’s best cultural dance troupes will perform – the M*POWER Hip Hop Troupe and the Poughkeepsie Grupo Folklorico.  Open studios will be held along Main Street, with artists displaying their latest work.

The event will culminate with a press conference and mural unveiling at 4:00pm.  Hudson River Housing and artist Nestor Madalengoitia will unveil a new mural installation at 517 Main Street. The mural is an artistic rendering of the planned restoration of the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory on North Cherry Street and pocket park entryway on Main Street.  Throughout the event, participants will be able to visit an information booth about the project, and provide input about what community activities they envision taking place in the restored Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory. Also at 4:00 PM that day, the Fall Kill Watershed Committee will unveil 7 new fun and interactive signs that will be installed around the city this summer and designed to educate and inspire the community to become better stewards of the Fall Kill. The Fall Kill Watershed Committee is an independent community-led coalition, coordinated by Clearwater, dedicated to revitalizing the creek. For more information, contact Ryan Palmer, Clearwater Green Cities Project Coordinator or (845) 265-8080, ext 7114. Click to learn more about the Fall Kill Project .

This event is also part of the Dutchess Watershed Coalition’s Watershed Awareness Month. For more information about the coalition or Watershed Awareness Month, contact Carolyn Klocker at 845-677-8223 or by email at cak97@cornell.edu , or visit http://dutchesswam.com.

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