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WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR CONGRESSMAN MAURICE D. HINCHEY
WITH SECOND ANNUAL SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK AWARD

Spectacular Hudson views, gourmet food and music on the banks of the Hudson
to celebrate Congressman Hinchey's 38 years of service


(WOODSTOCK, NY— JUNE 27, 2012) The Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to announce it will be presenting the second annual Spirit of Woodstock Celebration on the Hudson, Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. The gala will be honoring Congressman Maurice Hinchey for his outstanding service to the Hudson Valley.

The event will be hosted at the dramatic "Ledgerock" home in Hyde Park. Guests will watch the sunset with signature cocktails provided by 2012 WFF Official Sponsors Hudson Whiskey and Hendrick's Gin along with event sponsors Whitecliff Vinyard, Brotherhood Winery, Warwick Valley Winery and Shawangunk Hudson Valley Wine Trail. Guests will be treated to special musical performances (to be announced) and dinner will be graciously catered poolside by Woodstock's own contemporary Italian hotspot, Cucina.

"We are excited to be hosting our second Spirit of Woodstock fundraiser by celebrating Congressman Hinchey," said Meira Blaustein, WFF co-founder and executive director. "Maurice was a natural choice for the award, as he is someone who embodies the "spirit" of Woodstock with his tireless support of the arts, evironment and socially relevant issues."

The Spirit of Woodstock Award celebrates the roots of the Hudson Valley — its natural beauty, iconoclasts, art, culture and the river that flows through and connects it. Congressman Hinchey has been a tireless advocate for the 22nd Congressional District, which spans eight counties from the Hudson Valley to the Finger Lakes region. To mark his retirement this year, the Woodstock Film Festival is delighted to have this opportunity to thank the Congressman for his invaluable support, in particular with WFF's Youth Initiative Program and his efforts on behalf of our sister organization, the Hudson Valley Film Commission.

The Woodstock Film Festival thanks the owners of "Ledgerock" for opening up their home for this special event as well as Lois Freedman and Chef Gianni Scappin, co-owners of Cucina, which boasts a contemporary Italian menu based on seasonal, local ingredients.

The Spirit of Woodstock Award, is hand-crafted by local artisan Steve Heller of Fabulous Furniture.

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Tickets for the event start at $150 per person, all-inclusive.
Tickets may be reserved by visiting: woodstockfilmfestival.com/fundraising/spirit2012.php

2About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and praised by actor Ethan Hawke as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking", the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501(c)3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. The organization is based in THE FILM CENTER in Woodstock, NY.

The Woodstock Film Festival will celebrate its 13th Annual Festival October 10-14, 2012, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSORS

4Bottled and imported by William Grant & Sons out of New York City, Hendrick’s Gin uses extra ingredients to make their gin stand out in a curiously intriguing way. In addition to the traditional juniper infusion, Hendrick’s uses Bulgarian Rose and cucumber to add flavor to their gin. Declared in 2003 to be “The Best Gin in the World” by the Wall Street Journal, with a history dating as far back as 1860 Scotland, why not see what all the buzz is about?

3The local spirit Hudson Whiskey, brewed by Tuthilltown Distillery, is made here in the Hudson Valley. Their Baby Bourbon won a Double Gold Medal at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Silver Best In Class at the 2011 International Wine and Spirits Competition. It is the first bourbon made in New York State and the first legal pot distilled whiskey in the state since the end of prohibition. Please help us welcome them on board by visiting their website.

2Located in a restored and  rambling farmhouse at the gateway to Woodstock, Cucina boasts a contemporary Italian menu based on seasonal, local ingredients.  A warm, friendly ambience centers around a modern-country setting with professional yet casual service and hospitality.  Summer dining on the wraparound porch and fireside dining in Winter make a visit to Cucina a must, while visiting Woodstock.

1Whitecliff Vinyards is an artisanal, family run winery created from the ground up by current owners and founders, Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore, in what was an empty field thirty years ago. Since its inception, Whitecliff has been dedicated to finding and planting grape varieties that succeed on their site and will produce wines they are proud of. The driveway approach to their Tasting Room brings visitors through the heart of the vineyard. Whatever the season, guests will see what’s going on in one of the biggest vineyards in the Hudson Valley, enjoying the beauties and inspiration of wine country close to home.

brotherhoodIn 1810, a French Huguenot emigre named Jean Jacques purchased land in New York's bucolic Hudson Valley and began planting grapes. By 1839, his firstunderground cellars were dug and Mr. Jacques fermented his first wine vintage. Those cellars, the oldest and largest in America, are still in use today at Brotherhood Winery .Brotherhood Winery's Greendale Farm is located in the town of Hudson, in the heart of the Hudson Valley Region. The area is famed for its sweeping views of the Catskill Mountains and the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.

The twelve wineries on the Shawangunk Trail all follow the tradition of the fine winemaking established by the early French Huguenot settlers who brought their wine making expertise to this valley over 300 years ago. Each winery is different. Small to medium in size, all proud of their well crafted red and white wines that range from bone dry to dessert sweet. This young, thriving industry has recently become well known for its prize winning wines across the nation.

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery is located in the foothills of the Hudson Valley, nestled between the picturesque Mt. Eve and Mt. Adam. In 1989, we purchased the orchard and began to learn how to cultivate fruit. Our doors opened to the public in the fall of 1994. Eventually, hard work paid off, leading us to the development of our critically acclaimed Doc's Draft Hard Apple Cider. The passion for creating wines and ciders soon evolved into an idea to begin distilling and open the first Distillery in the Hudson Valley since prohibition. Our mission since our inception has been to create fruit based alcoholic beverages that are as unique as the fruits themselves. We encourage you to visit and share in our adventures.
 

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