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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

Summer 2002 Issue


I attended a luncheon at the home of articulate, educated Hudson Valley residents recently.  As I walked in, the hostess said, "There is veal in the pasta, but I got you some ziti with cheese.  I will heat it up now."

Helping myself to salad while avoiding the chunks of cheese in it, I replied, "Donít heat it up, I do not eat cheese."

"Why not?" she asked.

"I am a vegan," I answered. "We donít eat animal products."  Her reply was, "Cheese is animal?"

I smiled and said in what I hope was my kindest, gentlest voice, "Think about it."

What I really wanted to say was "You mean you are still eating veal, I gave up veal 20 years before I gave up other meat, donít you KNOW about the cruelty ó and just where DO you think cheese comes from?"

We have a lot of work yet to do. Remember, speak softly but firmly, educate gently and teach by example, not by lecturing.

We have been busy at MHVS.  In April, we had an open house at our new headquarters in Rhinebeck, attended by both members and some local people.  In May, 25 members and friends gathered at Cafť Gabriel in Kingston for a dinner prepared just for us.

Two cooking classes were held in April and May, one on basics of healthy eating and the second on lighter cooking for summer. Both were ably taught by our consulting chef Lauren Klatsky, with assistance from yours truly. (Thank you, Gail Reeke, for your lovely note of appreciation.)

Please check the listing of upcoming events and mark your calendar. Also please RSVP for events you wish to attend. If we do not have your e-mail address, please send it. We use e-mail for last minute notifications. We always try to keep the notices short, and we do not give out the addresses to any other organization. Send it to me at Robbie@mhvs.org , or call me at 845-876-2626.

Roberta Schiff, President

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