Many of the residents and shopkeepers don't fully appreciate it, because the village council has declared that tiny white lights and white lights only are to be used for decoration on trees, shrubs, storefronts, and home windows throughout the village. No multi-colored lights.
A high-class village like Rhinebeck cannot be allowed to look garish.
Well, anyway, the council has announced this year's "community-wide party", an annual tradition to raise money for the lights. It will be held at the fairgrounds in October. A "cocktail party" in one of the fair pavilions. Sponsored by a bank, and the fairgrounds, and the village council. Local restaurants will provide food and drink tastings.
How much would you pay to attend?
Single tickets $100, couple $175.
Toldja it was a high-class community. No riff-raff allowed. This is the same place that made no effort to save the only grocery store in the village accessible to the elderly and others without cars.
But it sure is pretty to drive through in December. Just ... keep going through.