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Desmond-Fish Library: First Burst Community Celebration

“First Burst” Community Celebration Planned by Desmond-Fish Public Library

Gather with friends and neighbors at First Burst, a June 1 community celebration on the grounds of the Desmond-Fish Public Library.  Everyone’s invited to kick off the summer and have fun together. Enjoy a 25-foot climbing wall, bouncy house, races and games, juggling, live music for all ages, garden activities, arts and crafts, kite flying, ice cream, and much more. Festivities are free and open to all and will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. (Rain date is Sunday, June 2.)

“The ‘First Burst’ is an event planned to bring the Library’s patrons, neighbors, and friends together and enjoy the Library’s great outdoor setting,” explains the Library’s Karen Thompson.  The event grew out of conversations around the Board of Trustees’ Long Range Plan.   “Our Board established a Community Engagement Committee with the goal of connecting the Library more meaningfully with the community,” adds Trustee Libby Anderson. “Last year, we held an event to thank all of Philipstown’s First Responders, and we’ll do that again this fall. In partnership with the Julia Butterfield Library, we produced a joint online directory of local resources called, and we are holding a series of Newcomer gatherings at both libraries, to welcome people to Philipstown.” 

The June 1 event is designed to offer something for all members of the family and is brought to you in partnership with friends at the Philipstown Garden Club, Scout Troop 437, the Garrison Art Center, and the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society. Local musicians including Joseph Mahon, Freddy Martin, Huck Lovell, Gabriella Johnson, Stacy Labriola, Flor Bromley, Bert Rechtschaffer, Susan Wright, Carla Springer, Rick Aparicio, Margaret Vetare, and Susan English will perform throughout the afternoon, while Jonathan Kruk will delight children with his Hudson Valley tales.

The First Burst is free and open to all. Food will be available for sale and there will be free ice cream for everyone who stops by. Enter the Library grounds at Meadow Lane and park in the field.

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