Events Committee

  • Amy Smith, Chair
  • Mayor Karen Smythe, Liaison
  • Trustee Melkorka Kjarval, Liaison 
  • Gabrielle Melton
  • Charles Tears
  • Jeffrey Walsh
  • Nora Feldhusen


The Events Committee supports community event celebrations within the Village of Red Hook.

Join Us!

New event volunteers and committee members are always welcome. Want to get involved or learn more about the Red Hook Village Events Committee? Please contact Amy Smith at 

Annual Budget:

Village Events are allotted $4,000 dollars in the annual Village budget. The majority of that amount is used to pay costs such as licensing music, support staffing of events by RHPD & Red Hook Village Highway department, repair and maintenance of Village events equipment (stage, lights, stage towing trailer, event garbage cans, etc), as well as contracting post-event clean up such as street sweepers. Additional expenses are covered by community sponsors. 

Public Meetings: 

held monthly on the third Mondays, at 6 pm  in person at Village Hall. email 

Hardscrabble Community Association / Hardscrabble Day Subcommittee

Hardscrabble Day has been a community celebration since 1975. It was first thrown by the Town and both Villages’ bicentennial committees. Later Hardscrabble celebrations were organized by a variety of organizations including the Egbert Benson Historical Society (now known as Historic Red Hook), The Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce. For the last decade or so, it has been thrown by the Village. The event is primarily funded by generous community sponsors. 


Dutchess County Historical Society investigates the History of Red Hook’s Hardscrabble.

HCA members:

  • Mayor Karen Smythe, Chair & Liaison to Village Board
  • Melkorka Kjarval Liaison to Village Board
  • Agatha Bacelar (Chamber of Commerce)
  • Corrine Molinaro, Digital Media
  • Amy Smith, Chair of Events Committee
  • Sara Ugolini (Director at RH Community Center)
  • Jeff Walsh
  • Sarah deVeer (Bard CCE)
  • Cicily Wilson


the committee at 

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