The Hootenanny/Hoedown, a romping, stomping folk song festival with plenty of dancing, will take place on Saturday, October 20, from 2-5 pm. The Hillsdale Fire House on Route 22 just north of the Hillsdale light.
Performing are the Berkshire Ramblers led by Alan Chartock and Joe Browdy; the Hillsdale Hillbillies with Fred Laing; Chris Dellea singing Folk/Pop; and Anne Banks who will call line, round and square dances. All groups are donating their services.
Alexia Lalli, Chair of Historic Hillsdale, says “All of these performers have a Hillsdale connection and we are so grateful to them for giving us their talent and time to help maintain the historic character of Hillsdale.”
The funds raised will support contributions by the Town of Hillsdale, Historic Hillsdale, and the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation towards the restoration of the exterior of the Hillsdale Town Hall. The monies raised will match an anticipated grant from the State of New York for work on the foundation, parapets, roof, windows, painting and a new entrance. The Town Hall is in the Hillsdale Historic District, created in 2011.
The event is sponsored by Historic Hillsdale, the preservation committee of the town that is responsible for the listing of Hillsdale Hamlet on the National Register of Historic places. This makes contributing buildings eligible for up to 20% State and 20% Federal tax credits. Several residential and commercial building owners have already received substantial tax credits for work done on their properties.