Fireworks Cruise

July 7, 2018
7:30-10:30 PM.

More than 80 friends of the Historical Society enjoyed a special evening aboard the Pride of the Hudson as it traveled to West Point to see their massive concert fireworks show over Trophy Point. .

Along the journey, historians shared stories of the role played by the Hudson River during the Revolutionary War and later periods. The weather was perfect, and the fireworks were spectacular!

Speakers

Mary McTamaney

Hudson River Heritage

Mary McTamaney is a 4th generation Newburgher who has been City Historian for 15 years after retiring from a 36-year career as a librarian and library administrator. Mary has written prolifically and led discussions about the significance Hudson River as a super highway of the 19th century servicing anything from industry to leisure travels. Her introduction will explore this meaning and set the scene along the journey.

19th Century Winemaking & Tasting

J. Stephen Casscles is a long time grower and winemaker in Orange and Sullivan Counties and author of "Grapes of the Hudson Valley and Other Cool Climate Regions of the United States and Canada." He comes from a long line of Mid-Hudson Valley fruit growers since the 1870s. He has operated his own vineyard in Middle Hope since 1976 and in Athens since 1989. There he grows over 30 different varieties of French-American hybrids. Casscles discussed the variety of grapes and hybridizers that flourished in and around Newburgh in the nineteenth-century, as well as offering a tasting of locally procured wines.

The Hudson Highlands in the American Revolution

Michael J. F. Sheehan is Senior Historian at the Stony Point Battlefield. Michael studies the American Revolution with a focus on the Highlands and Lower Hudson Valley and is working on a book about the King's Ferry during the Revolution. A member of the Brigade of the American Revolution, he has reenacted and spoken at countless historic sites and societies in New York and New Jersey, and writes for the Journal of the American Revolution.

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Directions


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From the NY State Thruway, take exit 17 (Newburgh) and take the ramp to go east on the Interstate 84. Take Interstate 84 east to exit 10. At the light, make an immediate right and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco Station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill, through two traffic lights, and make a left at the third traffic light onto 4th Street. Parking is ahead. The dock is located on the east side of Unico Park (look for the sculpture of Christopher Columbus).

From points West, take Interstate 84 east to exit 10. At the light, make an immediate right and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco gas station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill, through two traffic lights, and make a left at the third traffic light onto 4th Street. Parking is ahead. The dock is located on the east side of Unico Park (look for the sculpture of Christopher Columbus).

From points East, take Interstate 84 west to Exit 10s (second exit past the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge). Stay to your right off the ramp and follow it until you come to the traffic light at Route 9W (the Alexis Diner is on the left). Make a right on to 9W, and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco gas station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill, through two traffic lights, and make a left at the third traffic light onto 4th Street. Parking is ahead. The dock is located on the east side of Unico Park (look for the sculpture of Christopher Columbus).