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Last Night’s Newburgh Candlelight House Tour

Newburgh Joie de Vivre: The Hungry March Band makes a stop at the historic Fullerton Mansion on Grand St., one of the many stops during Newburgh's 30th annual Candlelight House Tour to benefit the Newburgh Historical Society.

Newburgh Joie de Vivre: The Hungry March Band makes a stop at the historic Fullerton Mansion on Grand St., one of the many stops during Newburgh’s 30th annual Candlelight House Tour to benefit the Newburgh Historical Society.

This post is written by some of the organizers of last night’s tour. 

When it comes to celebrating the holiday season in Newburgh there’s a generational divide — those who remember ice skating at Downing Park and those who remember Eggbert.

But there’s one favorite holiday tradition everyone has shared.

Founded in 1845 and chartered in 1884 — the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands is Newburgh’s oldest surviving community institution.  They’ve hosted a holiday program at the Crawford House since acquiring the property in 1953.

In 1983, Anne Coon took it to a new level, creating the Hudson Valley’s biggest architectural and preservation minded hospitality tour. Showcasing a different set of a dozen or more homes in the Historic District each year and bringing together more than 60 volunteers each year to make it happen.

Year after year the committee has to research homes and approach homeowners to ask if they’ll open their homes and restoration stories to the public. Bill Mocko has been brainstorming the tour route and approaching the owners for all 30 years so he knows the in and outs of almost every home in the district. Carla Decker is also longstanding and one way she helps is by approaching local supporters to fund the creation of a collectible booklet. Mary McTamaney, Pat Favata & Allynne Lange lend their expertise to researching and interpreting the history of the homes. Russell Lange and Tom Kneiser create the booklet and exhibits.  The 40+ decorators proudly call themselves the “Flower Ladies” and show up like clock work each year to create original flower displays.

The Mayor, Judy Kennedy, says: “

Mayor Kennedy:  “The Candlelight Tour is an opportunity for people to really see what’s here in the city and an asset to see how things can be restored and how volunteers can be a part of that!”

An addendum from the Upstater staff:

Brooklyn’s Hungry March Band made their way to the bluff overlooking the Hudson, and into the beautiful homes of some of Newburgh’s esteemed citizens. Yet again we were enveloped by the passionate community of Newburgh and wowed by the architecture. We’ve never seen a community rally more or try harder to get people to join them, and we really hope they’re successful. More on the Candlelight tour here.

Category: Architecture, Newburgh

By: lisa | 9 December 2013 01:00 PM | 5 Comments

5 Responses

  1. Hannah says:

    This year we had the Hungry March Band, a lively wandering marching band performance ‘gifted’ to Newburgh by newcomers Ruth Walker and Chris Ford. The exciting and hip accompaniment to this year’s tour could not have been more (ahem) well-timed, as we had so many new visitors to the city curious to meet us where we live!. Thank you so much to all the people who make the Candlelight Tour one of the best events of the season!

  2. Judy Thomas says:

    What a surprise! I was upstairs in the Fullerton when I heard what sounded like the Hungry March Band from my days in Brooklyn watching the NYC Marathon on Bedford Ave and participating in the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island. I went downstairs out of curiosity and behold it WAS the Hungry March Band ! I snapped this photo as they were preparing for their Newburgh debut. Thank you Hungry March Band!

  3. Always enjoy the tour, and seeing the decorated and festive Crawford House. There are so many talented and interesting people living in Newburgh. Hope more people will soon join this vibrant community.

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