Saturday, September 16, 2017

More Things of Interest to Do Today

It's not often that the public gets to visit the 1811 house that was originally the home of Robert Jenkins, son of Seth Jenkins, one of the founders of Hudson and an original Proprietor, but today is one of those rare days. From 1 to 4 p.m. today, Saturday, September 16, the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is having a open house at the historic building that is their chapter house. The house was given to the DAR in 1900 by Mrs. Frances C. W. Hartley, the granddaughter of Robert Jenkins. Also today there will be limited tours of the Native Plant Garden, which is normally off limits to people touring the house. The garden was created this past year, following specific guidelines, as part of a DAR Chapter Contest held by the National Society DAR Conservation Committee. The house is located at 113 Warren Street.

Also today, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Tasty History Series returns to Olana. The three-part series explores the trade, customs, and recipes of essential Latin American ingredients and natural resources and is inspired by Frederic Church's travel and love of Latin American food and by the current exhibition OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández Confronts Frederic Church at Olana, a collaboration between the Collección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and the Olana State Historic Site. Today the focus is on chocolate. Oliver Kita, owner of Oliver Kita Chocolates in Rhinebeck, will be providing samples of some of his most popular chocolates, including his Habanero Romantico, paired with wines from Brotherhood Winery.

The event takes place at the Wagon House Educational Center at Olana. Participants will learn about historic food trends, trade in these natural resources, and 19th-century eating and drinking customs. They will also sample chocolate and wine and go home with recipes. Walk-ins are welcome. The event is limited to those over 21, and there is a fee of $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers.

Future events in the series will focus on Coffee, on Saturday, September 30, and Rum & Sugar, on Saturday, October 7.

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