On Saturday, August 20, Rondout’s Reher Center will celebrate sustainable
fashion with an afternoon of free programming. The latest in a season of exciting community
offerings, this event will feature workshops, hands-on activities for families, and access to the
popular Sewing in Kingston exhibition. Visitors are also encouraged to bring lightly-worn clothing
and shoes that can be donated to Beyond The 4 Walls Outreach Program.
The day’s activities will run from 1-5 pm, and include a workshop on mending well-loved clothes
led by Anna Svoboda-Stel of the Germantown Laundromat; styling simple t-shirts in innovative
ways led by Sydney Maresca, a professional costume designer; working with Andrea DelCid to
build our Reher community tablecloth using recycled fabrics, as well as tours of the Sewing in
Kingston exhibition. The exhibition spotlights stories from seamstresses, families, and
businesses involved in Kingston’s garment industry.
“Through our Sewing in Kingston exhibition and program series, we’re proud to stitch the past to
the present,” said Reher Center Executive Director Sarah Litvin. “Our sustainable fashion day is
a perfect opportunity to reflect on what goes into making the clothes we wear and how we might
make those clothes last longer. It’s also a good reminder to consider what we no longer wear or
need – and put those items to use by sharing with others. We’re grateful to Beyond The 4 Walls
Outreach Program for partnering with us to distribute the clothes collected at this event.” This
program is sponsored by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
Learn more about this free public event and check for updates by visiting ReherCenter.org/Events.
The Reher Center is a cultural center and museum focusing on immigrant stories of the Hudson Valley.
Born out of the 2002 rediscovery of a rare, intact 19th-century building that once housed
an immigrant-owned bakery, the Reher Center aims to honor the Reher family’s legacy and the history
of Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood.