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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Debate parties

Yes, they're real and they're here:

* Exclusive Screening of "Full Battle Rattle" and Debate Watch Party (Fundraising):
The event begins at 7 p.m. with at screening of "Full Battle Rattle", a film about life inside the U.S. Army's Iraq simulation in California's Mojave Desert at the Rosendale Theater on Main Street. A question-and-answer session with director Tony Gerber will follow.
The Debate Watch will be across the street at 9 p.m. at the Bywater Bistro, 419 Main St.
Bring items for care packages for soldiers that we will be assembling for shipment to our servicemembers in Iraq.
Admission is $20.
The event is Hosted by Hudson Valley for Obama and the Marbletown Democratic Committee.
For more info, call (845) 687-7374 or send an e-mail to e-mail smgnyc@yahoo.com. Suggested Care Package contents: a personalized message of support from the you, an AT&T prepaid international phone card, snacks/candy, playing cards, reading material, shampoo/conditioner, tooth paste/tooth brush, sunscreen, hand sanitizer.

* Woodstock For Obama:
Hosts Lester Strong and Pat Courtney Strong can fit about 15 to 20 people at their home in the Zena section of Woodstock. The Strongs have "multiple TVs and can accommodate people who really need it to be quiet, as well as those who like to comment."
The event takes place at 8 p.m. at 61 Van Dale Road, Woodstock

* HVSS Debate Watch Party:
From the site: "Come join your neighbors and watch the debates at the Hudson Valley Sudbury School. The school does not endorse either candidate for president, but we feel that it is important that people get a change to learn more about each candidate."
The event, which was listed on the Obama Web site, takes place at 8:30 p.m. at the school, 84 Zena Road, Kingston. The host is Jeff Collins. Call (845) 679-1002.

* TOMORROW'S HOPE OR YESTERDAY'S NEWS:
Sponsored by the Shandaken Democrat Club, the event, hosted by Nick Alba, begins at 8 p.m. for discussion and socializing and takes place at the Boiceville Inn on Route 28 in Boiceville.
The event promises a big screen projection TV. And this:
"Let's come together and talk about our ability to bring an end to the insanity that has been running this country. Expect lively discussion with like minded citizens. Let's cheer on Barack as our incomparable Democratic candidate overpowers his incompetent Republican rival, and let's explore how we can contribute to the effort to bring about the real change that our nation so
desperately needs. A great variety of reasonably priced food and beverages are available.

* watch obama win
A small party to watch the debate, hosted by Toni Mufson (who apparently doesn't like capital letters), begins at 7:30 p.m. at 44 Wilmot Way, Phoenicia. Call (845) 688-5868

* The Great Debate
The event, hosted by Nekisha Thompson, takes place at 8:30 p.m. at "Fort Obama," Bement Avenue between Mansion Street and Cottage Street in Poughkeepsie. Children are welcomed, as are snacks and beverages.

* Come watch with us!
The event, hosted by Kari Rieser, takes place at 8 p.m. at The Rieser household, 322 Union St., Hudson:
"Come share the first debate with fellow Obama/Biden supporters from the Hudson area. Bring an appetizer or something to gnosh on and your favorite libation and share the night with us. We do have two cats, so if you are horribly allergic, think about it."

* Obama Debate Watching Venison Chili Party:

The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at 28 Mellenville Square, Mellenville (that's not Ellenville in Southern Ulster County, but Ghent in Columbia County).
Host Brenda Shufelt says in the online listing: "Come and join us and some friends to watch the first presidential debate. We will be serving homemade venison chili (because in the blue states we eat venison and in the red states we're vegan) and elderberry pie for dessert. Join us to cheer Obama on. Bring a beverage of your choice."

The parties above were taken from the freakishly named my.barackobama.com (What's up with the "my"?)

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Republicans rejoice, you are not alone in the mid-Hudson Valley:

* Cindy Lee Travis's Debate Watching Event
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Saugerties. Sign up for directions.

* Louis Tolchin's Debate Watching Event
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in West Hurley. Sign up for directions.

The Republican Party's parties were taken from McCain Nation.

I'll stick to the Colbert Nation (now with Emmy!).
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