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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rhine Fest Looks Back, and Forward, On Ithaca's West End

The first annual "Rhiners Festival" celebrates the history of Ithaca's west end waterfront area on Saturday, 19 Sept., from noon until 1 a.m.

The festival is sponsored by the Waterfront District Association and the History Center of Ithaca.

"The Rhine" was an ironic nickname given long ago to the flood-prone flats of Ithaca, far removed from the prosperity of Cornell. The area was home to many of Ithaca's poor, including many houseless.

The festival explores the area's neglected history, and its potential for commercial and community activity.

Ironically, the step-child status of the neighborhood persists. Festival organizes note that the relative lack of parking and bus service in the area make walking to the event perhaps the best transportation.

Details are at

Stephen Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

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