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Food and art to bring counties together

May 30, 2019 10:01 pm

Call them community builders or, in a more festive frame of mind, start-of-summer parties, the official opening of the Hudson River Skywalk and the first Food Festival Hudson should put Greene and Columbia counties in a cheerful mood Saturday.

Food Festival Hudson is expected to reintroduce hundreds to the city’s waterfront with a celebration of all the area’s locally prepared food and locally brewed craft beers. The festival takes place at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park from noon to 6 p.m. Scheduled to appear are more than a dozen food trucks with gourmet cuisine, live bands, distilled spirits and craft beer.

The success of last year’s Main Street food truck festival in Catskill inspired organizers in Columbia County to start a similar event in Hudson.

The ribbon-cutting for the Hudson River Skywalk, a new scenic walkway where the birthplace of American landscape painting can be seen, takes place at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge Riverfront Park in Catskill.

The festivities begin at 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. with the Parade of Paintings starting from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill and the Olana State Historic Site in Greenport. The two parade strands will meet at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge over the river, a fitting tribute to Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, two of the world’s greatest artists.

The ribbon-cutting will be held at noon next to the bridge toll plaza in Catskill accompanied by a performance of “River of Dreams” by local student-musicians. “River” is an original song by Frank Cuthbert adapted from Hudson Talbott’s acclaimed children’s book of the same name.

This will be a big day for the Twin Counties, from the foot of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Catskill to the farthest cove of Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson. Embrace this history-making day. We can’t think of a better way to bring communities together than with the pleasures to be discovered in food and art.