SWEET VIOLETS (Rhinebeck: Capital of the World) w/ dir. Tobe Carey

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Sunday, February 12, 1:15p

A CLOSE UP (filmmakers-in-person) series

FREE event

Tobe Carey will be in person introducing the film and answering questions.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, join us for a screening of Tobe Carey’s 2012 documentary about this little-known slice of Rhinebeck history: the Violet Boom. From the Gilded Age through the Depression, the violet was the world’s most popular flower, a symbol of the height of fashion–and Rhinebeck was the Violet Capital of the World. Sweet Violets includes vintage photographs and postcards, rare film footage, and 19th century music and literature. All these, plus interviews with historians and commercial growers, tell the neglected story of sweet violets and their effect on our small Hudson Valley town.

Co-presented by Starr Library and Museum of Rhinebeck History