Fall Harvest Celebration Kicks off Fall in Town

Button up, folks! Autumn is nearly here, which means it’s
almost time for the reappearance of colorful, crisp leaves, pumpkin carving and the third annual Fall Harvest Celebration.

Set on Huguenot Street, attendees will be situated in an outdoor tent on the lawn of the Deyo House, between 18th-century stone houses, and provided a three-course meal by Harvest Real Food, a catering company in the Hudson Valley that serves fresh farm-to-table food.

This is the third year of the Fall Harvest Celebration. The tradition began in 2016, as a way for Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) to kick off their fall programs, as well as to raise funds to keep their education and preservation missions fucnctioning.

Len Tantillo, a Hudson Valley native and historical fine arts and marine painter, will be in attendance as this year’s honoree. Tantillo has been exhibited internationally and has painted and drawn over 300 pieces of New York State history, since the start of his career in 1986.

“He has helped us shape our visual understanding of the past. He’s able to take the archeological evidence that exists and the documents that exist and turn them into paintings that accurately depict life in the late 17th through mid-19th century on the Hudson River,” said Shane Stuart, Annual Givings Manager of Historic Huguenot Street.

Guests will have the chance to greet Tantillo at the event. Interaction with the community is a meaningful component to HHS. The preservation of seven buildings on HHS helps support the basis of their mission: to educate people of any age on the history of this community and nation. However, such preservation may not be possible without events like the Fall Harvest Celebration.

“This is our first big event of the fall season, where we can raise truly critical money we need to operate in the community and bring these important programs to our town and to our neighbors and friends and school-children across the Hudson Valley, who rely on this place for an educational resource. It’s our single largest fundraising event of the year,” Stuart said. 

This celebration is considered the annual kickoff to other fall events, which will be featured later on in the season, such as “Haunted Huguenot Street” (a haunted tour of the street at night) and “Trick-or-Treat on Huguenot Street” (a free and public event for children and families).

“It is a way for us to share our mission with people who care about it, bring those close to the organization together to help support its many programs and preservation initiatives and as a way to highlight our upcoming fall season,” Stuart said. “It’s a very important event, because without it we would not be able to do the work we do.”

This celebration will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information on this event, visit: www.huguenotstreet.org/fall-harvest/. Tickets are limited.

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