NEWS RELEASE: Historic Huguenot Street To Launch Old Fort History Club with Pfälzerbräu Beer Tasting
NEW PALTZ, NY (June 10, 2016) – As a part of New York State’s Path Through History Weekend, Historic Huguenot Street invites the public to a special gathering celebrating the launch of the Old Fort History Club on Saturday, June 18. New Paltz Brewing Company (Pfälzerbräu) will provide a beer tasting and catering will be provided by Bridgecreek Catering. Historic music will be provided by Eric J. Roth, performing on a 19th century guitar, also known as the Early Romantic guitar.
“Long-time locals tell us all the time how much they miss the Old Fort Restaurant, a staple in New Paltz for over 50 years until its closing in 1990,” said Josephine Bloodgood, Interim Executive Director. “To help reestablish a similar old tavern atmosphere on Huguenot Street, we’re launching the Old Fort History Club, offering regular opportunities for club members to gather in the Fort, and enjoy camaraderie, food, drink, and entertainment.”
Those who join as Old Fort History Club members by June 18 will receive free admission to this event, which will take place from 5 – 8 pm at the DuBois Fort (81 Huguenot Street). Those interested may register as members at huguenotstreet.org/old-fort-history-club. Club membership is $25 and grants access to upcoming club events for one year. Future events will include special food and beverage tastings, music, talks, and other forms of entertainment.
During Path Through History Weekend, hundreds of events are planned at historic and cultural destinations throughout New York State designed promote the state’s rich heritage and diverse attractions. Following the Old Fort History Club launch, Historic Huguenot Street will host a free admissions day on Sunday, June 19.
A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century. It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally acclaimed collection of stone houses. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today.
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