July 30th, 2010
11:25 AM ET
4 years ago

Not invited to Chelsea Clinton's wedding? Neither are we.






Rhinebeck, NY (CNN) - For days, the grass in front of the Beekman Arms Inn in Rhinebeck, New York has looked like the White House North Lawn. The hotel, reportedly hosting many of Chelsea Clinton's wedding guests, is surrounded by reporters, all clamoring for the smallest detail about the closely-guarded affair.

Clinton, 30, is expected to wed investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, 32, in the town on Saturday at Astor Courts, a posh estate built more than a century ago along the Hudson River.

Until tomorrow, visitors will be able to come as close to the mansion as the gated, dirt road entrance to the property (the venue is about a half mile past its gate). On Saturday, the road leading to Astor Courts, as well as the air space above it will be blocked. State police will also be patrolling the parts of the Hudson with "high traffic." All in an effort presumably to ensure both security and privacy for Clinton's nuptials.

Sawhorses are currently stacked on River Road, the road leading to the estate, and there has been construction on the road this week.

But while the Clinton event will be contained by land, air and sea, the excitement has permeated the town. Most of the storefronts on East Market Street, the town's main drag, have a congratulatory sign in the window. Local food specials include Hillary's Secretary of Steak sandwich at the Rhinebeck Deli, and the Mezvinsky Melt at the Rhinecliff Hotel.

Local business owners tell CNN that the town's one traffic light has been experiencing four times the normal amount of traffic over the last week.

Other than the obvious certain attendee– one former President and a current Secretary of State– guest list names floating around the town include Oprah (one shopkeeper has a plea in her front window to make the store's soaps one of her famous, "favorite things"), Barbara Streisand, Steven Speilberg and Terry McAuliffe - but no one knows anything for sure.

Pepe, the gardener at the Beekman Arms, has achieved celebrity status himself, brokering deals with journalists on how long he will hold off mowing and leaf blowing to protect their interviews from the noise.

Residents of the town are eager for scoops, and can't even get any from their friends. Jeanne Stark, a local wedding planner, told CNN that a family friend owns Astor Courts and has remained silent on the topic of the Clinton wedding.

Jim Langan, the editor of the Hudson Valley News, said a friend working on the wedding was in a swimming pool with him last week and would not give him any information.

New York State police said Thursday that they were working with the U.S. Secret Service on an official visit of a Secret Service protectee but declined to name the visitor.

As Rhinebeck native Robert Milroy put it, "it's a sleepy little town, but it's not sleepy anymore."


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  1. Proud member of Global Zero

    Congratulations on your big day. My family wishes yours the best in the future.

    July 30, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |