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CONTRIBUTORS Brian PJ Cronin Ashley Drewes Jen Kiaba SPECIAL THANKS Columbia Economic Development Corporation Columbia County Tourism Hudson Business Coalition Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Hudson Development Corporation

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On the Cover: ‘Morning Light,’ gardens at Olana State Historic Site (5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY), photo © Peter Aaron/OTTO. Aaron has been shooting architecture and interiors for 35 years, and has been a contributing editor for Architectural Digest. His images frequently appear in magazines and books. To see more of Peter’s work, visit his website, Peter Aaron Architectural Photography at www.peteraaron.net.


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9 A Welcome Note from Columbia County Tourism by Anne Cooper

10 Peter Aaron: Hudson’s Music Man by Jen Kiaba

14 On View: Gallery Exhibits in & around Hudson

17 Hudson’s Happening: Goings-on in & around the City April-early July Calendar begins

20 Stages of Growth: Hudson’s Teen Theater Project is Bringing Kids – and the Community – Together by Brian PJ Cronin

22 Not Just for the Upper Crust by Ashley Drewes

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Welcome to Columbia County and to the little city

with the big city flair, Hudson. Whether you are already a resident, a repeat visitor or experiencing our community for the first time, we hope your experience is a welcoming one. Much has changed since the Fall edition of Destination Hudson. A new hotel is in development on upper Warren Street and the arts and restaurant scene continues to expand in Hudson and beyond. The warmer weather brings the city’s waterfront alive with festivals, river cruises, and concerts. New York State’s rich firefighting history is on display at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting, and many historical sites throughout the county reopen with new exhibitions and programs for all ages. Just about any night of the week Hudson offers a multitude of entertainment options. Summer Metropolitan opera, gallery openings, theater and music, music, music join summer stock, cabaret and dance in other parts of the county to provide a varied and inspired cultural scene. Zip lines replace skis at the Catamount Adventure Park, and our campgrounds welcome those who love sitting around a campfire or catching lightening bugs in the twilight. And just in case a relaxing weekend in the country is the order of the day, Hudson and the county’s charming B&B’s, hotels and country inns make Columbia County a perfect weekend getaway destination. Come and stay or play and experience hospitality the Columbia County way. For a complete listing of what to do, see, where to stay or dine in Hudson or countywide, check out the Columbia County Tourism website: wwwcolumbiacountytourism.org. ~Ann Cooper, Columbia County Tourism

Photos top to bottom: Basilica Hudson, photo by Bill Stone; winding country road, photo by Charles Kyriazos; antiques shop window on Warren, photo by David Lee; front door of Fish & Game, photo by Seth Weisfeld; sunflower and barn photo by Charles Kyriazos


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PETER AARON hudson’s music man

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by Jen Kiaba

When one asks musician and writer Peter Aaron about music and its role in his life, his eyes look deeply inward and you get the sense that his surroundings have faded into the periphery. He speaks of music as a solace, as a language and a unifier. As an artist, he looks at the medium as a tool; like a true rock and roller, he uses the tool for provocation. Coming of age in the era after the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, music had been a casual experience for Aaron, and not something he felt wholly connected to. That is, until Punk music entered the scene and enlightened him to those provocative powers of music. “I was an outsider; a bookish nerd,” Aaron admits. “I wanted to be different than my peers. And Punk was outside and the people doing this music felt like me.” The connection was immediate and visceral. Timed with a move during his senior year from Northern New Jersey to Cincinnati, Ohio, music also provided Aaron with a sense of identity during transition. “Moving to Cincinnati from Morris County in New Jersey, at the age where I was just beginning to be able to take the bus to New York City, was a real culture shock,” Aaron says. Suddenly, with music less accessible, it meant more than ever. Being in New York, he says, made it easy to take music for granted. Once in Ohio, he became more thankful for the music that came through the small, but tight-knit community.

Punk encouraged me to be open-minded and embrace art and ideas that might, at first, be challenging...It helped make me a more adventurous listener and thinker. “Within a year I began meeting people in the Punk scene,” he says. “We began trading fanzines, tapes and flyers. I remember we used to think nothing of driving three hours to see a show in a church basement. You hear about that stuff all of the time now; it’s commonplace. But it meant more to do stuff like that when you strove to encounter music and spend time with it.” The striving and exchange of that era gave rise to his own fanzine, Suburban Muckraker, for which he would interview local bands and review records. It also served as a lens for Aaron to begin to view music from a larger perspective. Though Punk was an immediate and vital form of self-expression that Aaron connected to, the history buff in him was also beginning to see it as a device through which many difficult artistic and ideological constructs could be viewed.


Go out to hear as much music as you can and don’t be afraid of something that seems really foreign at first. Some of my favorite music is stuff I didn’t get at first; it took a while to seep in. Aaron rocks as part of the Chrome Cranks at the Cake Shop in New York City. Photo by Keith Marlowe.

“Punk encouraged me to be open-minded and embrace art and ideas that might, at first, be challenging,” says Aaron. “It helped make me a more adventurous listener and thinker.” With challenge as a defining element of his underground Punk and Rock experience, Aaron was also encouraged to investigate the roots of the genres. This lead him to explore jazz, and the experimental, improvisational works of greats like John Coltrane. “I kind of got into jazz through punk and underground rock bands that had jazz in elements of what they were doing,” he says. “So I learned about what musicians like Coltrane did, and picked up a lot of what they were tapping into in terms of music being challenging to the self and the listener.” In both his music and his writing, Aaron hopes to encourage listeners to allow themselves to be challenged. “Go out to hear as much music as you can and don’t be afraid of something that seems really foreign at first,” he says. “Some of my favorite music is stuff I didn’t get at first; it took a while to seep in.” While he admits that understanding that kind of language of music can be an initial hurdle for many listeners, the rewards are great. “They tap into parts of their own personality and abilities as creative thinkers,” he says. With this as a guiding principal, Aaron is also focused on opening himself up to new horizons as a musician. He has recently teamed up with Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ drummer Brian Chase to form, what he calls, a “full on improv noise duo,” and likens it to playing without a net. In his punk-styled blues band, the Chrome Cranks, which was originally formed in Cincinnati, in 1988, Aaron says that had always been a very strong defining vision and concept; but he also constantly sought out ways to bring in new influences and interesting challenges. “You have to open yourself up to new experiences,” he says. “That’s how this thing with Brian [Chase] happened. We played in other improv things; it felt like things were clicking, he was a fan of Chrome Cranks and we bonded in that way.” With a record under their belt, the duo are now shopping it out to labels.

Aaron has also recently begun another related venture: a monthly rock and roll party called Smash Crash Bash at The Half Moon in Hudson. “I started that because it seemed like that [musical] element was lacking, especially in Hudson,” he says. “There’s this amazing avant-garde experimental scene and great folk and roots music, but no kind of loud rock and roll.” That lack, he says, was like a piece of the puzzle that he felt was sorely missing. “We live in this post-ironic time and there’re all these younger folks that think if you’re going to play rock and roll you don’t have to go all out,” he muses. “No! You really do have to rock.” Contrary to that pervasive culture, Aaron believes that there’s room for rock music to be visceral.“There’s a set of emotions that’s not being addressed, and lot of people haven’t experienced it,” he says; Smash Crash Bash is providing that by bringing punk, rock and roll and glam rock bands up from New York City. Though the loud rock and roll scene may be fledgling in the Hudson Valley, Aaron is the first to credit the area with a rich and diverse musical heritage. Having been the Music Editor of Chronogram for the past eight years, he has had the opportunity to profile and mythologize a diverse group of musicians in the area, ranging from Pete Seeger and Natalie Merchant to Carla Bley and Sonny Rollins. From that abundant archive Aaron has tasked himself to compile his writing and put it into book form. “We have a diverse group of artists in the area,” he says. “I think, taken together, it makes an incredible statement of the quality of musicians in the area. One of my favorite stories was of a local Elvis impersonator. So to take the 25 most interesting pieces I’ve written, and put them together in book form would be really cool.” When finished, the book would also offer greater insight into Aaron’s philosophies on where music and writing intersect to make great, if sometimes provocative, art and the rewards therein. Jen Kiaba is a photographer and writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. Her photography has been published internationally in magazines and on book covers. To see more of her work, visit http://www.jenkiabaphotography.com


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gallery exhibits in and around Hudson

438 Carroll Street Hudson, NY 12534 April 19-May 18: Work by Robert Davis. Hours: Saturdays, noon-5 p.m.; and by appt. Information: 518.205.8387; http://www.retrospectivegallery.com

Athens Cultural Center 24 Second St., Athens, NY 12015 Through May 3: “ACC Second Street Show: 11th Annual Member Exhibition,” featuring work by talented established and emerging regional artists shown in a salon-style exhibit. May 10-June 5: “Comfort|Chaos.” The show is organized to exhibit mature works coupled with artifacts that document their production - be it through drawings, photographs, or any other media that adequately portrays the constructive phases.The aim of the show is to demystify the process of art-making. Jurors: Sheila Goloborotko and Jill Parisi. Gallery Hours: Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.945.2136; http://www.athensculturalcenter.org

Bridge Street Theater & 404 Main St. Village of Catskill, NY 12414 Through April: “Aviary Reimagined,” artist Jason Hackenworth’s large scale installation made of more than 6,000 balloons, and measuring 35 feet tall by 29 feet in diameter. Originally suspended in the rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the occasion of the “Works and Process 30th Anniversary Gala,” Hackenworth’s “Aviary” will travel upstate to be reimagined and installed throughout the Village of Catskill. View the works at Bridge Street Theater and 404 Main St., with additional venues to be announced. Information: http://www.greenearts.org/ aviary-reimagined

Carrie Haddad Gallery 622 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 April 19-June 1: “Under the Influence (of the New York School),” featuring work by Lionel Gilbert, Judith Lindbloom and William Bond. Reception: Saturday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. June 5-July 13: Work by Kim McLean, Jeff Briggs, Jerry Freedner & Lanie Cecula. Reception: Saturday, June 7, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-

ArtSpace 71 Palatine Park Rd., No. 7, Germantown, NY 12526 May 24-June 15: Solo show of work by resident artist Dawn Breeze who works with a wide variety of mediums and materials, imaginatively using unusual natural and found objects. She describes herself as a “process artist,” noting that her “approach to the work is intuitive in nature; I collaborate with chance, accidents and impermanence.” She is a member of the Columbia County Council on the Arts and has received numerous awards including international recognition and local gallery exhibits. This is the first show inaugurating ArtSpace in its new location. Reception: Saturday, May 24, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: artspace@gtel.net

Artist Dawn Breeze with her work. Photo submitted

5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1915; http://www.carriehaddadgallery.com

Charles B. Beneson Visitors Center Gallery Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Through May 31: “Jim Torok: Drawings,” an exhibition of new works. Torok’s work is a study in contradictions. According to Pierogi Gallery, which has represented him for several years, Torok is known for his “photo

realistic, miniature portraits and his narrative storyboard, cartoon-like paintings, both based on acute observation. His portraits are generally of ordinary people he knows - artists, friends, neighbors - and depict the everyday rather than celebrity status. They are small studies of fact and plainness. His cartoon works are simultaneously hilarious and sobering, innocently optimistic and cynical, because they state so plainly what is known but most often left unsaid.” May 23-30: “More Than Able.” The men and women of COARC, a local organization which


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serves adults with disabilities, participate in regular workshops on drawing, painting, ceramics and photography at Omi. Inspired by daily events, memories and long-held dreams, their work offers seldom seen perspectives that highlight the abilities of these individuals. Reception: Friday, May 30, noon-2 p.m. Gallery Hours: Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.392.4747; http://www.artomi.org

The Chatham Book Store 27 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 Through April 27: “Pathways & Waterways,” large-scale charcoal drawings by local artist Gail Giles. This series of large charcoal drawings, were done on-site from the Hudson River’s edge, as well as in the studio. Information: 518.392.3005; http://www.chathambookstore.com

Coachman’s House Gallery Olana, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 June 28-November 2: “Preserving Creative Spaces: Photographs from The Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program.” This documentary installation shines light on the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. HAHS is a consortium of institutions across the United States committed to the conservation, interpretation, and public accessibility of artists’ homes and workspaces. This exhibition features information about the consortium and documentary photographs and personal artists’ quotes from its nearly 40 member sites, including an image of Frederic Church and his son on a camel in Beirut (1868), the trip which inspired the Persianstyle house and studio the painter would later build at Olana. In addition to educating audiences about HAHS, the exhibition will place Olana and Church’s studio in a larger discussion about the importance of preserving historically significant places and structures as part of the nation’s cultural heritage. Tickets: $6; $5 seniors/students with I.D. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1872; http://www.olana.org

Columbia County Council on the Arts Gallery 209 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through May 16: “Not Necessarily Black & White: CCCA Photography Show,” featuring works by local and regional artists. Juried by Ken Bovat, Jr., master photographer and craftsman. May 24-July 12: “Streets of Hudson,” artists’ depictions of their favorite views of the streets of Hudson - its architecture, streets, and special

Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery Olana, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 May 11-November 2: All the Raj: Frederic Church and Lockwood de Forest, Painting, Decorating and Collecting at Olana, an exhibition featuring oil sketches and decorative arts by landscape painter and 19th century tastemaker Lockwood de Forest. Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) studied painting with his great-uncle the eminent landscape artist Frederic Church in the 1870s; the exhibition will begin by highlighting sketches showing that the two artists worked side by side at Olana. At that time, Church was busy designing and building the main house, and the young de Forest watched Church draw inspiration from books on Persian and other exotic architecture. In the 1880s de Forest traveled to India to start a decorating business providing beautiful Indian and Kashmiri decorative objects to an American audience. De Forest provided Church with carved teak for fireplace mantels, exquisite painted furniture from Kashmir, expertly engraved brass trays, and a variety of other lavish Indian objects. Tickets: $6; $5 seniors/students with I.D. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1872; http://www.olana.org Photo: Detail of the East Parlor in the main house at Olana, with carved teak mantel and hand painted Kashmiri chair provided by de Forest and a carved Indian table collected by Church. Photo by Carri Manchester.

events in all mediums - reflecting the tapestry of this lively urban gem. Juried by David Lee. Reception: Saturday, May 24, 5-7 p.m. Gallery Hours: Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat., 1-5 p.m. Information: 518.671.6213; http://www.artscolumbia.org

Columbia-Greene Community College Galleries 4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534 Kaaterskill Gallery & Blue Hill Gallery through April: Hudson City Schools student work. Kaaterskill Gallery, May and June: Work by Patti Ferrara. Blue Hill Gallery, May and June: Work by Irene Miller. Kaaterskill Gallery, July: Work by Bill Shaughnasey. Blue Hill Gallery, July: “Black and White Show,”

work by Regine Petrosky. Info: 518.828.4181; http://www.sunycgcc.edu

Concepto Hudson 741n Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through June 1: “Meditation,” featuring six gallery artists: Malin Abrahamsson, Daniel Derwelis, Juan Hinojosa, Kiyoshi Ike, Dallas Owens and Zach Seeger. This show explores various manifestations of the creative process - how these artists find their “eureka moment” when inspiration becomes tangible. Hours: Thurs.-Sun., noon-7 p.m. Information: 518.697.5130; http://conceptohudson.com

Curatorium 60 S. Front St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through June 28: “Weinrib’s Pocket,” and installation by experimental artist continued on page 16 g


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David Weinrib. Plus, “PULL: Chronically Undifferentiated,” an installation of approximately 50 prints in the gallery’s scond story. Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. and by appt. Information: 212.537.6029; http://www.curatoriumhudson.org

Davis Orton Gallery 114 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through May 11: “Relics,” photographs by Robert Moran; “Material World,” phtoographs by David Welch. Plus, the portfolios of Walter Crump and Andrea Rosenthal. May16-June 22: Aline Smithson, “Arrangement in Green and Black, Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother“; Meg Birnbaum, “Sisters of the Commonwealth”; and Portfolio showcase: “Dress Up: The Art of Transformation.” Hours: Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. + by appt. Information: 518.697.0266; http://davisortongallery.com

Fields Sculpture Park Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Year’ round: Outdoor sculpture park on more than 60 acres of rolling farmland, wetlands and wooded areas featuring the work of internationally-recognized contemporary and modern artists. Saturday, June 14, 1-5 p.m.: Opening of Summer Exhibitions at The Fields & Architecture Omi. Park Hours: During daylight hours Information: 518.392.4747; http://www.artomi.org

Greene County Council on the Arts Catskill Gallery 398 Main St., Catskill, NY 12414 Through May 3: “Outside the Lines,” countywide annual youth arts exhibit featuring work from students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.943.3400; http://www.greenearts.org

Hudson Opera House 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through May 11: “R.O. Blechman,” works by this modern master of all things visual whose timeless intellect and stripped-down artistry propels his nonstop relevancy. In his polished and unparalleled career, he has been heralded as one of the great cartoonists, the author of one of the first modern graphic novels, an Emmy and Cannes Film Festival award-winning animator with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, a Hall of Fame art director, and even a blogger for The Huffington Post. He is

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also a beloved Hudson Valley resident. May 24-June 22: “Muse Ascending a Staircase,” a series of vignettes focusing on ten characters from artist John Kelly’s repertoire. The work pays homage to Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, the painting that caused a scandal at the 1913 Armory Show at New York’s 69th Regiment Armory. Reception: Saturday, May 24, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Mon.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.822.1438; http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org

J. Damiani Gallery 237 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through June 1: “Cat, Bird, Frog and Fish,” bronze animal sculptures by guest artist Anthony Masina. Information: 518.828.5490; jdamianigallery@gmail.com

John Davis Gallery 362 ½ Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through April 20: Solo exhibition of sculpture and etchings by Stephen Reynolds. April 24-May 18: Solo exhibition of paintings by Yura Adams. This group of recent oil paintings shows a new development in Adams’ painting that is looser, and more concerned with the spontaneity of paint. Reception: Saturday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. + by appt. Information: 518.828.5907; http://johndavisgallery.com

Joyce Goldstein Gallery 16 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 Through April 27: “Site of Sound,” a multimedia group exhibition curated by artist Michael Tong. Information: 518.392.2250; http://www.joycegoldsteingallery.com

Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery Hunter Village Square, 7950 Main St., Village of Hunter, NY 12442 Through June 1: “Nancy Winternight: A Play Between Inspiration and Spirit,” an exhibit of painted quilts by the featured artist, Nancy Winternight. Hours: Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Information: 518.263.2050; http://catskillmtn.org

Limner Gallery 123 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through May 3: “Neoteric Abstract.” May 15-June 14: “Art Biologic: Art Inspired by Nature and Science.” Reception: Saturday, May 17, 5-7 p.m. Information: 518.828.2343; http://slowart.com

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Retrospective 727 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 April 19-May 18: Work by Brian Belott and Joe Bradley. Hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m. Information: 518.205.8387; http://www.retrospectivegallery.com

Spencertown Academy Arts Center 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 May 17-June 22: “Off the Beaten Path,” prints by J. Ann Eldridge and photographs by Bill Duffy. Reception: Saturday, May 17, 4-6 p.m. Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Information: 518.392.3693; http://spencertownacademy.org

Thomas Cole Historic Site 218 Spring St., Catskill, NY 12414 April 30-November 2: Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederick Church, the first exhibition to explore one of the most influential teacher-student relationships in the history of American art – that between the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and his most celebrated student and successor, Frederic Church (1826-1900). Hours: Wed.-Sun., 1-6 p.m. Information: 518.943.7465; http://www.thomascole.org

Thompson Giroux Gallery 57 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 Through April 27: “Civilization,” work by Irving Kriesberg and Donna Moylan. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Information: 518.392.3336; http://www.thompsongirouxgallery.com

Valley Variety Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through June 1: Solo show of recent work by Hudson-based artist Jen P. Harris. She describes her recent work as a combining of symbols, primary organic forms, mundane objects and figurative elements to reflect on ideas about the interpretation of individual and world. The work in the show is primarily water-based ink on paper. Hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m. Information: 518.205.8387; http://www.retrospectivegallery.com


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View of Hudson Athens Lighthouse taken from Hudson Waterfront. © Paul R. Abitabile

Ongoing Yarn Burst Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 Through April 19: A colorful temporary display of knitted or crocheted yarn and fibre blanketing trees, cars, gates and sculptures around the Clermont estate. Info: http://www.friendsofclermont.org

Kids Graphic Novel Club Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m.: Join fellow graphic novel fans of all ages in talking about your favorite books, drawing characters, browsing the library’s graphic novel collection, or just taking some time to read. Info: 518.828.5887; http://hudsonarealibrary.org

Kids’ Fun Night Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 Tuesdays, 3:30-7:30 p.m.: Includes all-ages activities such as music, poetry, puzzles, games,

crafts and more. Information: 518.828.5887; http://hudsonarealibrary.org

Adult Introduction to Spanish Classes Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.: Express yourself in real situations. Be able to communicate for work, travel or just for fun. Space is limited, registration required. Information: 518.828.5887; http://hudsonarealibrary.org

Columbia County Photography Club Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 6-8 p.m.: Photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join. Share tips and techniques and support one another in photographic endeavors. Information: 518.828.5887; http://hudsonarealibrary.org; abit@mhcable.com

Hip Hop Dance Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Wednesdays through June 11, 5:15-6:15 p.m.: A hip hop dance workshop taught by Anthony Molina in collaboration with Operation Unite. For ages 6 and up. An emerging artist, Molina’s credits include 106 & Park, Bad Boys Comedy Show, Senior Hip Hop Arnold Classic and more. He was a semi-finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, and has performed with Vanaver Caravan and is a seasoned Choreographer and dancer of Energy Dance Company in Kingston. Free! Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Art Exploration Thursdays Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thursdays through June 19, 3-4:30 p.m.: A free visual arts workshop for kids ages 6 and up taught by artist Alison Fox. Children create paintings, drawings, collages, prints, murals and sculpture while exploring various media and techniques. Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org continued on page 18 g


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Hip Hop Dance for Adults Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thursdays through May 29, 5-6 p.m.: Get an urban-style workout with a beginning hip hop dance class that is sure to add a new groove to your walk. Designed specifically for adults ages 18 and over. Tickets: $10/class Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Community Yoga Class Won Dharma Center, 361 State Route 23, Claverack, NY 12513 Thursdays through May 29, 6-7:15 p.m.: Practice yoga as preparation for sitting meditation, experience Kripalu, therapeutic, vinyasa, restorative, youg nidra and more.Learn from different teachers with a wide varitey of teaching skills. Tickets: $5 suggested donation. Info : http://www.wondharmacenter.org

Zumba Fitness Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thursdays, 6-7 p.m.: Zumba fitness classes blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-tofollow choreography, for a total body workout. Taught by Paula Gallean. Tickets: $8/class Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Olana on the Move Backpacks Museum Shop, Olana, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Thursdays-Sundays, noon-4 p.m.: Explore the Olana landscape with self-guided activities to enrich family visits. Take your sketches home, or donate them to our ongoing public exhibit. Must leave a photo ID until backpack is returned. Information: 518.828.0135; http://olana.org

Saturday Children’s Workshops Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Saturdays through June 7, 10 a.m.-noon: These workshops offer studio experiences for children ages 4.5-12. Themes and activities are connected with the artists, artworks and ideas featured in the current exhibition in The Fields Sculpture Park. Workshops begin with an adventure in The Fields focusing on artworks pertinent to a weekly theme. Tickets: $12/child; or two for $20 Information: 518.392.4747; http://www.artomi.org

Kuumba Dance & Drum Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturdays through June 14, 10:30 a.m.: Everybody drum, everybody dance! A weekly

community workshop in collaboration with Kuumba Dance & Drum and Operation Unite. Bring a drum or share one of theirs. Fee: $5; kids free Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Music & Movement Wednesdays Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 April 23-June 11, Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m.: Join local singer, songwriter, choreographer and dancer Abby Lappen for weekly fun exploring creative arts through music and movement. Parent participation is encouraged. 18 months & up. Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Hudson Farmers’ Market 6th St. & Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 May 3-November 22, Saturdays, 9 a.m.1 p.m.: See May 3 listing for details. Info: http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com

ARTlandish! Outside Visitor’s Center, Olana, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 May-October, Sundays, 1-4 p.m.: Drop-in for sketch paper, pencils and clipboards. Head out into Olana’s picturesque landscape to sketch your very own view. Come back to the “studio” to use colored pencils, oil pastels and watercolors to finish your artwork. Information: 518.828.0135; http://olana.org

Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market Roeliff Jansen Park, 9140 Rt. 22, Copake, NY 12516 May 31-October 25, Saturdays, 9 a.m.1 p.m.: See May 31 listing for details. Info: http://www.facebook.com/ copakehillsdalefarmersmarket

April Thursday, April 17 Make Your Garden Grow! Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 noon-5 p.m.: The Kids First Initiative, the Hudson Community Garden, and the HCSD Enrichment Initiative have collaborated for this exciting program. Plant basil, parsley, lavender, mint, calendula, marigold, lemon balm and kale seeds using paper towel tubes and organic soil. Information will be provided on how to care for your plants at home and ideas for using your herbs, flowers and vegetables in recipes and teas. Information: 518.828.5887; http://hudsonarealibrary.org

Third Thursday Bard Math Circle Germantown Library, Hover Room, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 4-6 p.m.: The Bard Math Circle, organized by students and faculty at Bard College, is a mathematical enrichment program geared toward middle school and elementary students. Each month features puzzles and games, challenging problems, and a hands-on project that students can take home. The Bard Math Circle offers a gentle math environment where students can explore hands-on math without time pressure. The aim is to help students strengthen their critical thinking skills and make math more fun. The program is geared toward students in grades 5-8, but all are welcome. Meets on the Third Thursday of each month. Information: 518.537.5800; http://germantownlibrary.org

The Dirty Dozen: An Introduction to Bad Weeds, Part I Columbia Land Conservancy Office, 49 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 5:30 p.m.: Find out why we should care about non-native invasive plants as well as how they can damage property and natural areas. Jessica Toro, co-owner of Native Habitat Restoration, talks about how to identify these species and start addressing them in your yard, garden, or forest. Jessica will also describe different options for landowners to control invasives on their land and potential funding resources. The presentation is the first part of a two – day event, followed on May 3rd with a hands-on program learning about non-native species in the field. Information: http://clctrust.org

The Mountain Goats Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 8 p.m.: The Mountain Goats, the band moniker under which indie folk-rock singersongwriter John Darnielle performs, will treat the Club Helsinki audience to one of his legendary, intimate solo performances. Tickets: $25 Information: 518.828.4800; http://www.helsinkihudson.com

Thurs.-Sun., April 17-20 Film: The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs.-Sat., 5:30 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.: Reporter Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the


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famous archipelago itself. Tickets: $8; $6 members & students Information: http://timeandspace.org

Film: Particle Fever Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 7:50 p.m.; 7:50 p.m.; 7:45 p.m. & 3:15 p.m.: Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and to find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? Tickets: $8; $6 members & students Information: http://timeandspace.org

Friday, April 18 Hear a Poem, Draw a Picture! Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 noon-3 p.m.: Kids will listen to poems and use their imaginations to draw pictures of what’s happening in the poems. Information: 518.828.5887; http://hudsonarealibrary.org

Ben Taylor Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 9 p.m.: Fresh from a tour of Northern Europe and the United Kingdom, folk-singer singersongwriter Ben Taylor performs a new batch of songs, slated for a new album tentatively titled Clouds In The Dirt and due to be released in May 2014. Tickets: $15 Information: 518.828.4800; http://www.helsinkihudson.com

Saturday, April 19 Big Read: Guided Nature Walk KEEP Conservation Preserve, County Rte. 8 @ Orr Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 9 a.m.-noon: In celebration of the Germantown Library’s participation in Bard’s Big Read and Marilynne Robinson’s novel “Housekeeping,” take a guided walk at the KEEP Preserve to ponder the book’s themes of nature and place. Linda Atkins of KEEP Conservation and Claudia Knab-Vispo from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program will teach participants about the various plants and animals that inhabit

The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase Clermont State Historic Site, 400 Woods Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demonstrations. Plus, exhibitions of various breeds of sheep and other wool-bearing animals, wool artisans and shops, music and food. Plus, enjoy the site-wide Yarn Burst displays (see Ongoing calendar listing for details). Rain date, April 27. Tickets: $8/vehicle Information: 518.537.4240; http://www.friendsofclermont.org Photo: Artist-contributed sheep made of yarn for the Yarn Burst at Clermont. Photo by Conrad Hanson.

the preserve. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards (weather permitting). Information: 518.537.5800; http://www.germantownlibrary.org; http://www.bard.edu/hannaharendtcenter

Film: Ilya & Emily Kabakov: Enter Here Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 1 p.m.: A documentary by Amei Wallach in cooperation with the State Hermitage Museum. Enter Here is a double portrait in film of the lives and work of Russia’s most celebrated international artists, now American citizens, as they come to terms with their global lives and the new Russia. Tickets: $8; $6 members & students Information: http://timeandspace.org

Stories Under the Big Balloons Bridge Street Theatre, 44 W. Bridge St., Catkill, NY 12414 1 p.m.: Weekly readings of children’s classics in celebration of the arrival of Jason Hackenworth’s 6,000 balloon sculpture, “AVIARY (reimagined).” Repeats 4/26 & 5/3 Information: 518.943.3400; http://www.bridgest.org

Film: Nostalghia Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 3 p.m.: Andrei Tarkovsky’s masterpiece, is a darkly poetic vision of exile. It was the first of his features to be made outside of Russia, the home to which he would never return. Tarkovsky explained that in Russian the word “nostalghia” conveys “the love for your homeland and the melancholy that arises from being far away.” Tickets: $8; $6 members & students Information: http://timeandspace.org

Herb Seminar Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 5-7 p.m.: Herbalist Lauren Giambrone of The Good Fight Herb Company will discuss the benefits of spring herbs and flowers: nettles, dandelions, burdock, yellow dock, violets and more. Advance reservations required. Information: 518.828.3139; http://www.verdigristea.com

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Hudson’s teen theater project is bringing kids – and the community – together

by Brian PJ Cronin When Sarah Schaeffer was twelve years old, she decided to walk into the building across the street from where she lived and see what was inside. She stumbled upon another world. The building was the Hudson Opera House, and Sarah happened to wander into a rehearsal for the Hudson Teen Theater Project, led by Carol Rusoff. Sarah had never done theater before. Suddenly, she was doing improv. “I was terrified,” she recalled. “I didn’t know what I was doing. But I was curious enough to try it. Carol has a very interesting presence and a way of making the room feel very comfortable. I decided to just go with it and see where it went.” Now Sarah is fresh off a west coast tour of a one-woman adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” that she developed with Rusoff. The show was Rusoff ’s idea. “She told me I should work on a solo project because I could make a career out of this,” Schaeffer said. Believing in curious kids like Sarah is what Carol Rusoff has been doing with the Hudson Teen Theater Project for 12 years now. Rusoff is a veteran of countless youth theater projects who moved up to the Hudson area in 2002 to relax and enjoy the leisurely pace of country life upstate. It didn’t last. “I discovered that I couldn’t just stir soup and garden all day, even though those are very nice things to do,” she said. “I needed to keep on working.”

Above, Joe Herwick and Sarah Schaeffer at the Hudson Opera House. Photo by Brian PJ Cronin.

She gives us a lot of responsibility and trusts us completely about what we’re going to do. That’s very unusual for our age group, for adults to come and say ‘Edit this, adapt that, see what happens.’ She gives us the freedom to play. And so, just like Sarah Schaffer would a few years later, she wandered into the Hudson Opera House. Inside, she ran into the Opera House’s director Gary Schiro and offered to start a theater program for kids. She wouldn’t need props or costumes. The kids would use their imagination. “Usually, when you walk into a big institution like that and ask ‘Can I do something here?’ it’s not so easy,” Rusoff recalled, clearly speaking from experience. “But Gary was completely accessible and welcoming. It felt like he was a fellow artist. And he said yes.” Joe Herwick, the Opera House’s Deputy Director, said that Rusoff ’s vision fit right in with the Opera House’s mission of serving the community of Hudson by providing a wide variety of cultural and educational events. “We always wanted to offer youth programming that was free and open to the whole community,”


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he said. And getting the whole of Hudson’s socioeconomically diverse population involved was vitally important to Rusoff, who wanted to reach out beyond the shops and attractions of Warren Street. “I noticed on the other streets that there were a lot of kids who fell through the cracks,” she said. “I was interested in those kids.” They secured funding from grants and generous donors. They put a flag out front that said “Welcome!” And, sure enough, kids wandered in. “We started doing some really good theater work right away with kids who wanted to be involved in something,” Rusoff said. What began as a few improv classes grew into a traveling road show. Carol and the kids developed their own adaptations of myths and legends and put on free assemblies at elementary and junior high schools. “Because of budget cuts, many of these schools don’t do assemblies anymore because they don’t have the money,” Rusoff said. “So we go out there for free, do interactive theater with the kids based on legends and folktales and then tell the kids that they can go and read the stories that they’re based on.” Rusoff lets the teens adapt the folktales and legends themselves. She’ll start them off with a few key questions - Is the story funny? Is it sad? - and then steps back. “She gives us a lot of responsibility and trusts us completely about what we’re going to do,” Schaeffer said. “That’s very unusual for our age group, for adults to come and say ‘Edit this, adapt that, see what happens.’ She gives us the freedom to play.” The Hudson Teen Theater Project currently runs an improv program every Fall and a mainstage production in the Spring. This Spring, they’re taking on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – a fitting choice for the program’s twelfth year. It’s not the first time they’ve done Shakespeare; they mounted a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream a few years ago. Teaching kids how to perform Shakespeare might seem like a daunting task, but not for Rusoff. “You teach Shakespeare on your feet,” she said. “You lift it off the page.” “It’s definitely a unique approach,” says Schaeffer. “Carol makes Shakespeare very accessible, makes us understand it and gives us confidence in the words we’re saying. That’s hard to do with 13, 14, 15 year olds; getting us to understand Shakespeare as well as we did. She really makes magic with it.”

I want kids to come who are just curious...I want them to come if they think they might be, you know, they fancy themselves something secret. I want them to bring their private, secret selves. Anyone interested in joining the Hudson Teen Theater Project’s production of Twelfth Night is encouraged to attend one of two information sessions on either Monday, May 12th, or Tuesday May 13th, at 4 p.m., at The Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street. The show will rehearse throughout May and June and culminate in free performances from June 26th - 28th at Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street. Herwick said that in addition to

Carol Rusoff (back row, far right) with the 2011 Hudson Teen Theater Project group, photo courtesy HTTP.

These kids are from disparate backgrounds, different ethnicities, ...kids who wouldn’t necessarily mix it up...For them to become an ensemble is terrific, because...the first thing they need to do is learn how to trust each other. And even though they don’t know each other, they learn how to trust and depend on each other. That’s very Hudson. actors, the program always needs stage managers, crew members, and designers so there are lots of ways to get involved. And as Schaeffer can attest: No prior experience is necessary. “All you need to bring to this program is courage, curiosity and comfortable clothes,” Rusoff said. “I want kids to come who are just curious, and not already actors or designers, or acrobats or singers or dancers. I want them to come if they think they might be, you know, they fancy themselves something secret. I want them to bring their private, secret selves.” Although the performances are always packed - Herwick estimated there were 300 people in the audience for the final performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream - everyone agrees that the program’s biggest success is in consistently bringing the very diverse populations of Hudson together onstage as well as off it. “These kids are from disparate backgrounds, different ethnicities, these are kids who wouldn’t necessarily mix it up,” Rusoff said. “For them to become an ensemble is terrific, because in order for them to become an ensemble the first thing they need to do is learn how to trust each other. And even though they don’t know each other, they learn how to trust and depend on each other.” “That’s very Hudson.” Brian PJ Cronin is a freelance writer in Beacon, NY. You can find him online at brianpjcronin.com and on Twitter as @brianpjcronin.


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It’s a rainy Sunday morning, around 11 a.m., and Bonfiglio & Bread’s (B&B) tiny store front at 748 Warren Street is filling up quickly with customers. The three-year-old bakery (for the first two years it was known as Loaf ) has quickly built a loyal customer base among locals who know B&B as the place for bread in Hudson. However, on this dreary Sunday morning, many patrons are ordering hot breakfast as well. It’s a wonder anyone can find this hole-in-the-wall joint. The small signs in the window that bare the company’s information are obscured by cars parked on the street. Once inside, the same minimalism pervades. There are two small tables, and a row of mismatched bar stools that wrap around the front window. The decor is simple Americana: wooden folkart, mostly depictions of farm animals. The ceiling is unpainted tin, and the floor is a traditional black-and-white checkerboard. The Platters softly croon Only You, from the radio. Chalkboard menus are hand-written, as are signs around the self-serve coffee station. There are a few loaves of bread on shelves behind the counter, quixotically staged alongside large hardcover

Bonfiglio & Bread’s storefront at 748 Warren Street in Hudson.

books. (Are these loaves for sale? Or just decoration?) A small case on the counter showcases various cookies and pastries – but there is nothing iced, frosted, or presented in any other color than golden brown. There are no frills here. There are seats and there is food. I try to order one of everything, but the counter person informs me The self-serve coffee service. that the lunch menu isn’t available until noon. I choose the egg with polenta and a toasted, buttered croissant. For dessert, a crumini cornbread biscotti. The croissant is over-sized, dark and crusty on the outside. The layers of pastry have soaked up most of the generously-applied butter, and the whole thing melts in my mouth before sliding down my throat like warm velvet. I’m in heaven. How can such a simple thing be so complex, and so good? The egg comes over-medium, atop a square of polenta, with a pool of bright-tasting marinara sauce underneath. Something in this dish is peppery, and the whole thing is comforting. Greens are served in the same dish, dressed with shaved parmesan. They are dark, sweet and a little bitter. The lettuce for sure must be from a local farm, or the backyard – it’s just too rich.


This place doesn’t have any glitz, and it doesn’t need any. It’s clear − Bonfiglio & Bread has grown quickly thanks to a reputation for simple, good food. Dessert – the crumini cornbread biscotti – is a round, crooked little cookie with a hole in it. Not the hard, sliced, and twice-baked biscotti to which I’m accustomed. It tastes like a nutty sugar cookie, with faint notes of corn. This place doesn’t have any glitz, and it doesn’t need any. It’s clear – Bonfiglio & Bread has grown quickly thanks to a reputation for simple, good food. What’s their secret? According to co-owner Gabriele Gulielmetti, 29, the recipe calls for fearless experimentation, quality ingredients, hard work and a pinch of luck. The beginning Gulielmetti affectionately says that his partner (in life and in business), Rachel Sanzone, 30, is the real mastermind behind Bonfiglio & Bread. Both Gulielmetti and Sanzone are self-taught bakers. Gulielmetti says that they both share an Italian heritage – and for Italian families, bread is very important. Sanzone started baking baguettes and ciabatta for area merchants in spring 2010. She worked out of the couple’s house. At the time, Hudson did not have a single bakery. Before long, people started showing up at their house every day at noon to buy bread, says Gulielmetti. The couple soon realized they needed more room. They opened their first retail space, Loaf, later in 2010. They also converted their home kitchen into a commercial kitchen, complete with pizza ovens, to meet demand. In April 2011 they expanded again, taking over half of the building that currently houses Swallow cafe (433 Warren). Gulielmetti says that’s where they became known for sandwiches, as well as bread. In May 2012, the couple opened Bonfiglio & Bread at its current location. Nowadays, the space offers enough room for everything (including breakfast, lunch, pizza, breads, pastries, and cookies) to be made on site. Gulielmetti estimates the bakery serves 100-200 people every day. Clean ingredients “It’s not about pretension. It’s not about our egos,” says Gulielmetti. “It’s about good, high-quality bread with good, highquality ingredients, at a price point that’s available to everyone. Everyone should have bread.” Those quality ingredients Gulielmetti is talking about include organic oats, organic quinoa, organic wheat, local honey and cabot butter. And salt is the only preservative the bakery ever uses. The list of clean ingredients applies to made-to-order stuff, too. “You’ll never see the Sysco truck here. Ever.” Gulielmetti is emphatic: “We don’t have tomatoes in winter, either. It’s all local. We only outsource lemons, limes and avocados.”

An over-sized croissant.

Egg, over medium, atop a square of polenta, with marinara, greens & parmesan.

It’s not about pretension. It’s not about our egos. It’s about good, high quality bread with good, high quality ingredients at a price point that’s available to everyone. Everyone should have bread. In lieu of a major distributor, Gulielmetti and Sanzone work with area farms for their milk, eggs, meat and greens. “Many people travel for all the elements of their meal. We shop like that for our ingredients,” says Gulielmetti. The bakery motto is simple: “Wholesome, tasty, filling,” says Gulielmetti, “[but] not preachy.” Fearless experimentation Another strength of Team B&B has been their brave and creative approach to bread. “We’re lucky not having CIA training, or bias, or technique,” says Gulielmetti. “We just bake bread we like. We’re not constrained to any type. We get to have some trial and error. Great things come out of mistakes. It’s not so formulaic.” A seemingly Buddhist approach has opened up a world of learning for the couple. “We’ve been able to feel and understand it as it happens instead of being told how it’s supposed to be,” Gulielmetti says of bread, which is very temperamental. continued on page 24 g


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“Unlike pastry, bread is a very intuitive process,” he explains. “Today is a dry day. The bread’s going to take longer to proof. Bread has yeast, which works off moisture and warmth. Some of the best days to bake are when it’s rainy.” This keen understanding of the science of bread has allowed B&B to offer breads that are more delicious – and more digestible. “Our bread has a very long proofing period,” says Gulielmetti. “Depending on the bread, it takes 24-72 hours at a cold temperature. It has very little yeast. The yeast lies dormant longer, and the sugar breaks down slowly. A lot of people who say they have gluten intolerance have been able to eat our bread because of how we proof it, even with conventional yeast. It also develops the flavor.” Baking around the clock Perhaps the most crucial factor in Gulielmetti and Sanzone’s success is their kick-ass work ethic. Gulielmetti works the overnight shift, four days a week. Sanzone works 12-hour days, five days a week. Gulielmetti sheepishly admits that both have found themselves working on so-called days off. The couple have successfully instilled that same ethic in their employees. “It’s not easy and it’s around the clock,” says Gulielmetti. The business currently has ten employees, with the first morning baking shift starting at 4 a.m. “We hire locally and are willing to train. Most employees are trained from scratch,” he says. Most of his staff are hired young, too, usually around ages 21-22.

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Regardless of their youth or initial inexperience, Gulielmetti says that B&B employees are exceptionally committed: “We try to give [our employees] a sense of ownership and responsibility.” A lucky home in Hudson If you ask Gulielmetti how he got here, he’ll beam with gratitude and say, “We just got lucky.” He’s grateful that the community of Hudson has been so supportive, and he finds it hard to imagine what the business would have been like had it started someplace else. He says that B&B would not have been possible in a place like New York City, at least not without many investors. He’s in awe of the growth of his business – like bread – steady but sometimes unpredictable. “You don’t necessarily know anything about living things. It needs to be coddled. [The business] is very much like a baby – it has different emotions every second.” Gulielmetti sounds like a new dad – a fitting analogy as he and Sanzone have their own “bun in the oven.” They’re expecting an addition to their bakery family later this year. It is also fitting, then, that Gulielmetti’s vision for Bonfiglio & Bread is so family-friendly: “It’s a place to get bread,” he says plainly. “It’s a place to get simple but delicious food. A place where you can satisfy a couple of cravings, and not break the bank. “ Ashley Drewes is a freelance writer, dance club bartender and former vintage clothing store publicist living in Catskill. She reports on a variety of rural community happenings for several publications, including the Saugerties Times and the Catskill Daily Mail. She once worked at a bakery, where her favorite task was “product testing for quality control” - usually croissants. You can tweet her @AshleyDrewes

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ringleader by the New Yorker, Jonathan Spottiswoode is the son of an American singer and an English clergyman. With his deep, gravelly voice, his quirky, acerbic songwriting, and his eclectic musical palette, Jonathan Spottiswoode should appeal to fans of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, the National, Ray Davies, Randy Newman and Nick Cave. Tickets: $15; $18 door Information: 518.828.4800; http://www.helsinkihudson.com

Tuesday, April 22 Earth Day Volunteer and PCA Blitz Day All 10 Public Conservation Areas in Columbia County 10 a.m.: Columbia Land Conservancy is hosting an Earth Day clean-up volunteer day followed by guided walks at all 10 of their Public Conservation Areas (see website for details). Bring lunch and work gloves. Information: http://clctrust.org

Earth Day Recycled Art Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 3-7 p.m.: Read stories about nature, make collages of all the things you love about Earth using recycled magazines, and create your own unique paintings of Earth to bring home. Information: 518.828.5887; http://hudsonarealibrary.org

Learn to Become a Citizen Scientist Willows at Brandow Point, 480 NYS Route 385, Athens, NY 12015 7-9 p.m.: Riverkeeper is recruiting citizen scientists to assist with an expansion of its Catskill Creek water quality monitoring project. Citizen Science provides fascinating and fun opportunities for volunteers with a passion for the outdoors. Come find out what it’s all about. Information: 518.731.5544; http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/ events/other-events/learn-to-become-acitizen-scientist

Wednesday, April 23 Spring Birding at RamsHornLivingston Sanctuary DuBois Road, Catskill, NY 12414 7:30 a.m.: Audubon New York and Scenic Hudson join forces once again to offer a Spring Migration Birding Series on Wednesday mornings, concluding on Wednesday May 21st. These walks will focus on learning birding skills

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healing practice is used in the Bon tradition to heal our mind, balance and strengthen our energy, and help us reconnect with our inherent potential of healing others and ourselves. Tempa Lama will also introduce the Humla Medical Service Trip that he will guide this Fall to Humla, Nepal, a remote Himalayan region of incredible natural beauty and rich cultural diversity. Donations gratefully accepted to support the Humla Medical Service trip. Information: 518.392.3693; http://spencertownacademy.org

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Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Continues weekly through June 11, 1011 a.m.: Join local singer, songwriter, choreographer and dancer Abby Lappen for weekly fun exploring creative arts through music and movement. Parent participation is encouraged. 18 months and up. Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

The Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 7-9 p.m.: This is the 3rd annual celebration of poetry in many languages! It seems our area is rich in other languages – we’ve heard poems recited in Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Old English, German, Greek, Swedish, Irish, Pali, French, Hungarian, Belgian. Bring one to share, or enjoy listening. Refreshments will be served. Free. Information: 518.392.3005; http://chathambookstore.com/events

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Film: The Missing Picture Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.: The movie recounts Director Rithy Panh’s firsthand experience of how his family and friends suffered at the hands of the Pol Pot’s communist regime. It tells of how citizens were rounded up and taken to labor camps and how personal effects were destroyed. Since most of the existing recorded artifacts of that time are propaganda footage, Panh utilizes beautifullysculpted clay figurines and elaborately detailed dioramas to recreate the missing images from his memory. Tickets: $8; $6 members|students Information: http://timeandspace.org

Film: The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs.-Sat., 7:45 p.m.; Sun., 2:45 p.m.: See description April 17-20. Tickets: $8; $6 members & students Information: http://timeandspace.org

Friday, April 25 Healing Practice in the Tibetan Bon Tradition Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 7-8:30 p.m.: Tempa Lama will explain how

Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St., Athens, NY 12015 8 p.m.: A one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan, Tsukamoto will perform in the intimate gallery space of the Athens Cultural Center. Tickets: $10; $8 students and seniors Information: info@athensculturalcenter.org

Fri. & Sat., April 25 & 26 ECLIPSE Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front St., Hudson, NY 12534 8-11 p.m.: A collaboration between choreographer Jonah Bokaer and visual artist Anthony McCall, ECLIPSE is a multidisciplinary performance that integrates choreography, light, visual design, and an audiovisual time score to arrive at altered ways of viewing a performance. The piece features four dancers and Bokaer, dancing at the center of a site-specific, freestanding seating configuration. Viewers will be invited to circumnavigate the piece, experiencing the dancers and McCall’s spare, sculptural set from all sides. The company will be in residence at Basilica the week preceding the performances, and further related events will be announced. Tickets: $20 Information: 518.822.1050; http://basilicahudson.com


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Saturday, April 26 Poetry Recitation Contest Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 1 p.m.: Local author Rebecca Wolff judges the contest, open to children ages 6-12. Prizes awarded based on presence, clarity, drama, understanding and accuracy. Participants are expected to rehearse and prepare a poem of their own choosing. The reading must be between 90 seconds and three minutes. Wolf is a published poet and editor of “Fence” magazine and Fence Books. Information: 518.828.5887; http://hudsonarealibrary.org

Songs for Unusual Creatures Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Quirky author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents Songs for Unusual Creatures: a highlygeeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. From the Australian bilby to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, to the microscopic tarde, the creatures are brought to life with such odd-ball instruments as theremin, claviola, daxophone, and stylophone. Tickets: $18; $15 members; $10 kids Information: 518.822.1438; www.hudsonoperahouse.org; http://michaelhearst.com

Our Town Talks: Martina Arfwidson, FACE Stockholm Germantown Library, Hover Room, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 3:30 p.m.: As part of the library’s ongoing “Our Town Talks” series, FACE Stockholm’s President, and area resident, Martina Arfwidson will visit to talk about her experiences as a woman in business, how she handles balancing motherhood and being the head of an internationally-successful cosmetics company, what it’s like to work in partnership with her mother, Gun Nowak, her thoughts on creativity and more! Registration suggested. Information: 518.537.5800; http://germantownlibrary.org

Eric G. Müller and Mather Zanoni Müller: Drops on Water: Stories About Growing Up from a Father and Son The Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 5 p.m.: Recounting experiences of a father

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and son in brief chapters that move between Germany and America, the East and West coast, and the African continent, the anxieties of early love and rural small town life are balanced against changes seen in a family across generations. Discussion moderated by Thomas Chulak. Q&A follows. Free. Information: 518.392.3005; http://chathambookstore.com/events

ZviDance Company Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Ctr, 6050 Main St., Village of Tannersville, NY 12485 7:30 p.m.: A world-class dance company, ZviDance exists to share with audiences the choreographic vision and movement vocabulary of Israeli-born Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner. Each piece defines a unique set of relationships and experiences, boldly addressing the depths of the human experience. Zvi Dance will perform Dabke, a piece based on a Middle Eastern folk dance, a line dance often performed at weddings, holidays and community celebrations. The dancers, linked by hands or shoulders stomp the ground with complex rhythms, emphasizing their connection to the land. Tickets: Advance, $25; $20 seniors; $7 students; Door, $30 | $25 | $7 Information: 518.263.2000; http://www.catskillmtn.org

Sat. & Sun., April 26 & 27 TAP New York @ Hunter Mountain Route 23A, Hunter, NY 12442 Sat., 1-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.: New York’s Largest Craft Beer Festival. Close to 100 craft breweries are invited for the 2014 festival, representing well over 300 craft beers. Plus, daily cooking demonstrations and cooking competitions. 21 and over only. Information: http://www.tapnewyork.com

Wednesday, April 30 Spring Birding at RamsHornLivingston Sanctuary DuBois Road, Catskill, NY 12414 7:30 a.m.: Audubon New York and Scenic Hudson join forces once again to offer a Spring Migration Birding Series concluding on Wednesday May 21st. See April 23 description for details. Tickets: $5/hike Information: 518.678.3248; lfederman@audubon.org

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Film: Finding Vivian Maier Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 6 p.m.: Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, this intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers. Tickets: $8; $6 members & students Information: http://timeandspace.org

Film: The Missing Picture Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.: See April 24-27 for description. Tickets: $8; $6 members & students Information: http://timeandspace.org

Saturday, May 3 Annual Youth Fishing Derby Schor Conservation Area, Pavilion, 58 Shoreview Dr., Canaan, NY 12029 8 a.m.: A family favorite encouraging young anglers to hone their skills from the shores of beautiful Jon’s Pond. All participants will receive a prize, and the fishing derby winners will be awarded a grand prize. Food and refreshments will also be provided. Please, bring your own fishing supplies. Info: http://clctrust.org/events

Clean Sweep Day Catskill Village Hall, Catskill, NY 12414 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Help clean up Main Street, W. Bridge Street and Dutchman’s Landing. Work with the Garden Club and Cultivate Catskill to clean out winter debris and plant spring plants in Catskill’s pocket parks. Plus, Cultivate Catskill brings back its seasonal “Trunk Sales” at the Greene County parking lot between Hill and Water streets. Benefits the American in Bloom program. Info: 518.943.7117; nrichards@villageofcatskill.net


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Coxsackie Earth Day Gospel Community Church, 121 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY 12051 8:30 a.m.: Help clean local parks and roadways in celebration of Earth Day. Sign in and breakfast start at 8:30 a.m., clean up starts at 9:15 a.m. Bring gloves, rakes, brooms and pruning shears, and be sure to wear appropriate foot wear. A free pizza lunch will available to all participants. Rain date, Saturday, May 10. Information: 518.478.5414; jhaasrph@aol.com

Opening Day: Hudson Farmers’ Market 6th St. & Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturdays, through November 22, 9 a.m.1 p.m.: High quality locally grown, farm fresh produce sold directly by local farmers. This year’s vendors include: Blue Star Farm, Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Bonfiglio & Bread, Cedar Flower Farm, Don Baker Farm, Good Fight Herb Co., Hawthorne Valley, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Northern Star Farm, Pigasso Farm, Running Creek Farm Greenhouses, Samascott, Scarecrow Farm, Sparrowbush Farm, and many others. Plus, musical guests and book signings. Info: http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com

I Love My Park Day Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Show your love and volunteer for a community project on the grounds of Clermont. Check website for details. Info: http://www.friendsofclermont.org

Solving the Problem of Invasive Species, Part II Greenport Conservation Area, Joslen Blvd., Greenport, NY 12526 10 a.m.: This hands-on workshop puts into practice what participants learned about invasives on April 17th from Jessica Toro, co-owner of Native Habitat Restoration, LLC. You are invited to attend even if you did not attend her presentation. Jessica will show us how to identify invasive species in the field and demonstrate techniques for removal. Please dress appropriately, and bring work gloves, if you have them. Registration required. Information: http://clctrust.org/events

Ramp Fest 2014 Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St., Hudson, NY 12534 noon-4 p.m.: Abundant in the Hudson Valley, the ramp will be at the center of original dishes created by chefs from upstate New York and the big city. Indulge in their pungent and therapeutic pleasure! Plus, drinks and live music. Tickets: $30 advance; $35, door;

Sixth Annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools, 215 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Annual event that has become the largest book festival in New York State. The festival will feature many well-known and award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators. This year’s live performances include Aaron Nigel Smith, founder of FUNdamentals of Music and Movement and winner of parenting awards for his CDs, and John Farrell, award-winning author, songwriter, storyteller and peace educator. Admission and events are all free of charge. Information: 518.828.4360; http://hudsonchildrensbookfestival.com Above: a sampling of just some of the titles and authors that will be represented at this year’s festival.

$10 kids under 12 Information: http://www.rampfesthudson.com

Biographer/Historian Will Swift Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 4 p.m.: Biographer and Presidential Historian Will Swift visits the library to discuss his latest book, Pat and Dick: The Nixons, An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage. Space is limited and registration is suggested. Info: 518.537.5800; germantownlibraryevents@yahoo.com

Eventide CCCA Gallery, 209 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 5-7 p.m.: An evening of poetry and music featuring poet Eric Keenaghan and musician Jeffrey Lependorf. Wine & cheese. Info: http://artscolumbia.org

The Columbia-Greene Playwright Project 2014 Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534 7 p.m.: Annual play competition. Tickets: $5 at the door Info: 518.828.4181; http://www.sunycgcc.edu

Sunday, May 4 Book It! 5K Run and Walk Old Town Highway Garage, Route 217 & Roxbury Rd., Philmont, NY 12565 Race, 9 a.m.; registration starts at 7:30 a.m.: Presented by the Claverack and Philmont libraries. Post race celebration at High Falls with race result awards and prize drawing. Registration fees: $15; $5, 18 and under Information: http://claveracklibrary.org

Aaron Nigel Smith Instrument Making Class Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 10 a.m.-noon: The celebrated musician Aaron Nigel Smith returns to Hudson for the Hudson City School District Children’s Book Festival on May 3 (the largest book festival in New York State!). He joins the Hudson Opera House the next day to offer a special instrument-making workshop. Tickets: Free, registration required. Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

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9091 Rt. 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529 4 p.m.: Michael Collier, classical pianist, performs works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff. Free. Information: 518.325.4101; http://www.roejanlibrary.org

Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 5 p.m.: A distinguished group of writers and translators currently in residence at Writers Omi in Ledig House will read from their works. This group’s many literary accomplishments include an author shortlisted for the German Screenplay Award, a travel columnist for The International Jerusalem Post, and writers for such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Nation, Vogue, W and many more. Following the event, Omi invites visitors to gather for a barbeque feast and reception with the writers, for which donations are appreciated. Information: 518.392.4747; http://www.artomi.org

Wednesday, May 7 Spring Birding at RamsHornLivingston Sanctuary DuBois Road, Catskill, NY 12414 7:30 a.m.: Audubon New York and Scenic Hudson join forces once again to offer a Spring Migration Birding Series concluding on Wednesday May 21st. See April 23 description for details. Tickets: $5/hike Information: 518.678.3248; lfederman@audubon.org

Thursday, May 8 Buy Local Expo: Home & Garden Historic Catskill Point, Catskill, NY 12414 4-7 p.m.: A specialized edition of the Buy Local Business Expo geared toward homeowners, second homeowners and property managers. Learn about local home improvement, landscape, real estate, contractor and craft-based businesses. Information: 518.943.4222; http://greeenecountychamber.com

Saturday, May 10 Garden Conservancy Columbia County Open Day Valatie, Greenport and Copake Falls, NY 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Every year, the Garden Conservancy works with local gardeners to open their phenomenal gardens to the public. On this day, visit the private gardens of: Kevin Lee Jacob in Valatie; Hudson Bush Farm in Greenport; and Margaret Roach’s Copake Falls garden. Tickets: $5 per garden Info: http://www.gardenconservancy.org/ opendays

Rip Van Winkle Wine Festival The Historic Catskill Point, 1 Main St., Catskill, NY 12414 noon-5 p.m.: Now in its eighth year, the festival offers a variety of wineries, distilleries, baked goods, and craft and food vendors. Tickets: $20 Information: 518.653.6424; http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com

Spring Soiree: 400 Block, Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 6-9 p.m.: Experience the 400 block with a spring celebration featuring sales, specials, refreshments, demonstrations, music and more! Information: tessy@tkhomeandgarden.com

Hudson Air Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 7 p.m.: This popular theatrical presentation of radio plays recreates the atmosphere of a radio broadcast studio with live sound effects. Recorded live for future broadcast on Hudson’s community radio station, WGXC 90.7-FM. Tickets: $15; $12 members; $10 students Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

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these workshops have culminated in lively and much beloved free public performances under the inspired direction of Carol Rusoff. This intensive six-week theater project begins midMay, and culminates in performances presented by the Hudson Opera House the last weekend in June. Free and open to all teens. Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Wednesday, May 14 Spring Birding at RamsHornLivingston Sanctuary DuBois Road, Catskill, NY 12414 7:30 a.m.: Audubon New York and Scenic Hudson join forces once again to offer a Spring Migration Birding Series concluding on Wednesday May 21st. See April 23 description for details. Tickets: $5/hike Information: 518.678.3248; lfederman@audubon.org

Full Flower Moon Walk Drowned Land Swamp Conservation Area, 653 C.R. 3, Ancram, NY 12502 7 p.m.: The beautiful and extensive wetland habitat of this Conservation Area will provide abundant blooms to explore the trails under the light of the Full Flower Moon. This month is one of the best times to explore Drowned Lands Swamp, this tucked away jewel near the Taconic Ridge and one of the largest wetland complexes in southeastern NY. Register online. Information: http://clctrust.org/events

Thursday, May 15 Third Thursday Bard Math Circle

Clermont State Historic Site, 400 Woods Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 1 p.m.: Enjoy a family-themed tour of Clermont’s gardens and share a beautiful tea with a mother you love. Tickets: $12 Information: 518.537.4240; http://www.friendsofclermont.org

Germantown Library, Hover Room, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 4-6 p.m.: The Bard Math Circle, organized by students and faculty at Bard College, is a mathematical enrichment program geared toward middle school and elementary students. Each month features puzzles and games, challenging problems, and a hands-on project that students can take home. Meets the Third Thursday of each month. Info: 518.537.5800; http://germantownlibrary.org

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Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 4 p.m.: Join HTTP’s spring production , “Twelfth Night: Our Way!” No previous experience necessary, all aspiring actors, dancers, singers, jugglers, acrobats, and techies are welcome! Now in its 12th season at HOH,

FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534 10:30 a.m.: See the Mutts do tricks and stunts that showcase what athletes dogs really are! These dogs are fire smart too: see them stop, drop and roll, get low and go and more. After the show, children will have an opportunity


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to meet and greet these acrobatic canine stars and their trainers. Then visit the Museum and learn about Dalmatians and make your own Dalmatian visor. Tickets: Free Information: 518.822.1875; http://www.fasnyfiremuseum.com

All LIT Up! 8th Annual Hudson Valley Literary Festival Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: The daylong festival, produced by The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, with The Hudson Opera House and Hudson Wine Merchants, celebrates literature and literary publishing. A Literary Magazine & Small Press Book Fair will take place at the Hudson Opera House with hundreds of books and magazines for sale published by regional and national independent literary publishers. Tickets: Free Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Artist Talks: Linda Earle and Julianne Swartz Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 4 p.m.: Linda Earle, formerly head of the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and currently director of Wesleyan’s New York Arts Program, moderates a talk with artist Julianne Swartz, acclaimed for her unique blend of high- and low-tech materials. Her work includes commissions for the New Museum, Tate Liverpool, and the Tang Museum, and shows at MoMA P.S.1, the Aldrich, and Ballroom Marfa. She was in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, with recent solo exhibitions at The Jewish Museum, the Colby College Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum. Tickets: Free Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Cabaret and Film Songs of Franz Waxman Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 7 p.m.: Beginning his career in the cabaret and film studios of Weimar-era Germany, Franz Waxman (1906-1967) wrote sassy and irreverent popular songs. Fleeing Nazi persecution, Waxman eventually ended up in Hollywood, where he composed 144 film scores, garnering 12 Academy Award nominations and two awards. This entertaining cabaret will survey Waxman’s life in exile through his greatest songs in German, French and English. Performed by bass-baritone Robert Osborne with Richard Gordon accompanying on piano. Tickets: $20; $18 members Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Staged Reading: Hellman v. McCarthy The First Reformed Church, 52 Green St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.: HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Brian Richard Mori’s Hellman v. McCarthy, the final play of the 2013-2014 season, and the prize winner of HRC Showcase Theatre’s annual playwriting contest. Hellman v. McCarthy is based on the greatest literary feud in modern American history. On January 24, 1980, Mary McCarthy appeared as a guest on The Dick Cavett Show declared that “every word [Lillian Hellman] writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.’ ” Hellman being Hellman (even her friends feared her venom) went ballistic and sued McCarthy for libel. The suit spanned more than four years and was the talk of the literary community. A reception and talkback with the professional actors, playwright, and artistic director follows the reading. Tickets: $12 Information: 518.851.2061 photo: Mary McCarthy, Library of Congress, New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Dick DeMarsico, staff photographer.

Sat. & Sun., May 17 & 18 Rock Wall Building Workshop Borden’s Pond Conservation Area, 1628 Route 203, Ghent, NY 12075; High Falls Conservation Area, 540 Roxbury Rd., Philmont, NY 12565 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Have you ever wondered if you could build one? Now you can find out! Learn all you want to know about stone walls during this two day hands-on workshop focusing on building, repairing, and restoring stone walls, led by local stone mason Tim Smith. Meets at Borden’s Pond Saturday, and at High Falls Conservation Area on Sunday. Feel free to come for one or both days. Fee: $5/family Information: http://clctrust.org/events

Sunday, May 18 Curator’s Talk with John Wilmerding Arts Center Theater, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534 2 p.m.: Lecture at CGCC, followed by a reception

and viewing of the new exhibition, “Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederick Church,” at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill. Tickets: Free Information: 518.943.7465; http://www.thomascole.org

The Steel Wheels Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 8 p.m.: The Steel Wheels perform a modern take on classic American roots music, blending blues, bluegrass, folk, old-timey, gospel, country, and fiddle tunes with an occasional hint of rock n’ roll energy. Tickets: $20; $25 door Information: 518.828.4800; http://www.helsinkihudson.com

Wednesday, May 21 Spring Birding at RamsHornLivingston Sanctuary DuBois Road, Catskill, NY 12414 7:30 a.m.: Audubon New York and Scenic Hudson join forces once again to offer a Spring Migration Birding Series. See April 23 description for details. This is the final hike in

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the season’s series. Tickets: $5/hike Information: 518.678.3248; lfederman@audubon.org

Life Skills Workshop Series Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 7-9 p.m.: The second in a three-part series of workshops led by former Disney Broadway producer Michele Steckler, “Navigating Transitions” will combine storytelling, visual models, group discussion, journaling and small group activities to invite exploration and learning through shared wisdom in an open and nurturing environment. The workshops are appropriate for adults of all ages (including young adults). Participants may attend individual sessions or all three. Tickets: $20/session; $50 for series Information: 518.392.3693; http://spencertownacademy.org

Thursday-Sunday, May 22-25 Sondheim Putting It Together Machaydn Theatre, 1925 Rte. 203, Chatham, NY 12037 See website for times: Travel near and far with more than 30 songs from Forum, Company, Sunday in the Park, Follies, and more. Tickets: $29 & $30 for evening performances; $28 for matinees; $12 kids under 12 Information: 518.392.9292; http://www.machaydntheatre.org

Friday, May 23-Sunday, June 8 John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath The Ghent Playhouse, Ghent, NY 12075 Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: John Steinbeck’s Depression era masterpiece is brought to life. A gripping saga of the Joad family who abandon their Dust Bowl Oklahoma farm for the promise of the lush, green valleys of California. Tickets: $18; $10 students Info: http://www.ghentplayhouse.org

Saturday, May 24 Bronck Museum Opening Day 90 County Route 42, Coxsackie, NY 12051 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: The museum opens for the season. Regular hours are Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m. Last tour leaves at 3:30 p.m. Closed Mon. & Tues, except on Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day. Tickets: $6; $2 kids age 5-11; $3, kids 12-15; free members. Information: 518.731.6490; http://www.gchistory.org

Association Day at the Bronck Museum 90 County Route 42, Coxsackie, NY 12051 Sunday, May 18, 12:30-4 p.m.: A spirited celebration of the American Revolution. Live music, costumed interpreters, military demonstrations, reenactment of signing of the Coxsackie Declaration, tea tasting, early games and hands-on activities for children, secrets from a lady’s closet, 50th anniversary celebration at the Vedder Research Library, and much more. Free. Information: 518.731.6490; http://www.gchistory.org

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6th Annual Tannersville Rubber Duck Race & Crazy Boat Race Festival Village of Tannersville, Tannersville, NY 12485 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: 500 rubber ducks will be launched into Gooseberry Creek on Main Street. Cash prizes for the first three ducks across the finish line. Finish line is across from Rip Van Winkle Lake where a festival with food, music and crafts will be held all day. Crazy boat race on the Lake at 2 p.m. Free! Information: 518.858.9094; http://greatnortherncatskills.com

National Theatre of London Live Simulcast: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 1 p.m.: Based on the international bestselling novel by Mark Haddon. Synopsis: Christopher, 15 years old, stands beside Mrs. Shears’ dead dog, Wellington. It has been speared with a garden fork, and Christopher is under suspicion. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. His detective work takes

him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. Tickets: $22; $15 students Information: http://timeandspace.org

Adventures in Music at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library 9091 Rt. 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529 5 p.m.: Richard Giarusso, baritone/ musicologist performs works by Brahms, Vaughn Williams, Poulenc, and Beethoven. Free. Information: 518.325.4101; http://www.roejanlibrary.org

Sarah Borges and Guns Girls and Glory Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 9 p.m.: Sarah Borges and Girls Guns and Glory are two avatars of Boston’s thriving roots-rock scene. Both artists mine early rock ‘n’ roll styles as well as their roots and tributaries, including country, blues and R&B, on their way toward making new indie-rock with the immediacy and passion of 1950s and early-’60s music. Tickets: $15 Information: 518.828.4800; http://www.helsinkihudson.com


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Sat. & Sun., May 24 & 25 East Durham Irish Festival Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre, Route 145, East Durham, NY 12423 Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.: Two tents with live music and dance all day featuring such bands as Get Up Jack, Celtic Cross, Andy Cooney Band, An Clar School of Irish Dance, The Narrowbacks, Black Abby Band, Hair of the Dog, Shilelagh Law, Kevin MacKrell Band and more. Tickets: Advance, $15; Door, $18; Advance 2-day, $25; Door 2-day, $28 Info: http://eastdurhamirishfestival.com

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Orpheum Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main St., Tannersville, NY 12485 8 p.m.: Heidi Latsky Dance Company will perform two works including Solo Countersolo to British composer Chris Brierley’s passionate score and Somewhere set to renditions of Over the Rainbow with a diverse, unconventional cast. Tickets: Advance: $25; $20 seniors; $7 students; Door: $30|$25|$7 Information: 518.262.2066; http://www.catskillmtn.org

Sondheim Putting It Together Machaydn Theatre, 1925 Rte. 203, Chatham, NY 12037 See website for times: Travel near and far with more than 30 songs from Forum, Company, Sunday in the Park, Follies, and more. Tickets: $29 & $30 for evening performances; $28 for matinees; $12 kids under 12 Information: 518.392.9292; http://www.machaydntheatre.org

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Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 7 p.m. both days: John Kelly’s cabaret performance includes original songs from The Escape Artist with additional songs by Claudio Monteverdi, Jacques Brel, and John Barry and is performed by Kelly along with John DiPinto (Music Director, piano, accordion, flute), Nioka Workman (cello), Justin Smith (violin), and Carol Lipnik (co-writer, vocals). Tickets: $25; $20 members Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

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Sunday, May 25 Country Barbecue Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, Shaker Museum Rd., Old Chatham, NY 12136 4:30-8 p.m.: Columbia Land Conservancy’s signature event, the annual Country Barbecue is a celebration that combines the elements of a country fair and an elegant country picnic, and draws upwards of 1,000 people! It’s a bustling family affair with food and non-stop entertainment: live music, animals, raffles, organized children’s activities, interesting demonstrations and exhibits, even a farmers market! Proceeds will help provide for the care of CLC’s ten Public Conservation Areas for part of the 2014 season. Information: 518.392.5252; http://clctrust.org/events

Wednesday, May 28 Wednesday Wanderings Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond, Main Parking Area, 480 Rock City Rd., Chatham, NY 12037 10 a.m.: The last Wednesday of each month enjoy a leisurely guided hike at one of Columbia Land Conservancy’s Public Conservation Areas. In May, the rolling sunbathed fields of

Roeliff Jansen Park, 9140 Rt. 22, Copake, NY 9 a.m.-1 p.m., through October 25: Opening day for this new market. Located in the park’s Harvest Barn, the market offers vegetables, fruit, cheese, eggs, yogurt, milk, herbs, spices, prepared foods, bread and baked goods, fish, poultry, meats, plants and flowers, soaps, wine, wood products and more. Info: http://www.facebook.com/ copakehillsdalefarmersmarket

Singer/Songwriter Abby Lappen Claverack Library, 629 Rte. 23B, Claverack, NY 12513 5 p.m.: Appy Lappen is a singer-songwriter in the acoustic folk tradition, with jazz, rock and blues influences. With influences ranging from the sultriest of blues to activist folk, to rock both bouncy and hard-hitting, as well as her unique instrumentation including acoustic and steel guitar and soul-twanging use of harmony, Abby’s music is a must for many fans. Information: http://claveracklibrary.org

Plays in Progress Short Play Festival Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 7 p.m.: A benefit reading of short works from Plays in Progress members. Plays In Progress (PIP) is a collaborative of more than 25 professional playwrights, actors, directors and designers that meets regularly at the Hudson Opera House to provide an early stage forum to read, discuss and develop new work in progress by member playwrights. After the reading, meet PIP members and discuss the plays over refreshment. Tickets: $15 Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

June Thurs.-Sun., June 5-8 Radio Woodstock Mountain Jam Festival at Hunter Mountain Route 23A, Hunter, NY 12442 Check website for hours: Annual fourday music festival packed with well-known performers: Allman Brothers Band, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Gov’t Mule, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Damian Marley, Jeff Tweedy, Michael Franti & Spearhead and many others. Info: 518.628.4423; http://mountainjam.com

The Music Man Machaydn Theatre, 1925 Rte. 203, Chatham, NY 12037 See website for times: A slick salesman tries to sell River City, Iowa, 76 Trombones but instead finds love he’s been able to resist Till There Was You - Marian, The Librarian. Tickets: $29 & $30 for evening performances; $28 for matinees; $12 kids under 12 Information: 518.392.9292; http://www.machaydntheatre.org

Fri.-Sun., June 6-8 John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath The Ghent Playhouse, Ghent, NY 12075 Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: John Steinbeck’s Depression Era masterpiece is brought to life. A gripping saga of the Joad family who abandon their Dust Bowl Oklahoma farm for the promise of the lush, green valleys of California. Tickets: $18; $10 students Info: http://www.ghentplayhouse.org

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Inc. and The Two of Us Productions present this sweeping drama with full orchestra. Tickets: Call for information. Information: 518.758.1648; http://www.thetwoofusproductions.org

Saturday, June 7 Saturday Children’s Workshop Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 10 a.m.-noon: Workshop offers studio experiences for children ages 4.5-12. Themes and activities are connected with the artists, artworks and ideas featured in the current exhibition in The Fields Sculpture Park. Tickets: $12/child; or two for $20 Info: 518.392.4747; http://www.artomi.org

Garden Conservancy Columbia County Open Day Claverack, Hudson, Copake Falls, NY 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Every year, the Garden Conservancy works with local gardeners to open their private, spectacular gardens to the public. Visit the private gardens of: Peter Bevacqua and Stephen King in Claverack; Hudson Hood in Hudson; and Margaret Roach’s Copake Falls garden. Tickets: $5/garden Info: http://www.gardenconservancy.org

Round Ball Public Conservation Area Day: National Trails Day Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area, 503 Carson Rd., Ancram, NY 12503 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: This will be the summer’s first “PCA Day” – a full-day celebration of fun-filled events celebrating Columbia Land Conservancy’s Public Conservation Areas. Learn about CLS’s Hike 5 Program; inaugurate several miles of new trails built last summer by the Greenagers, with a guided hike; and enjoy a presentation by local geologist legend Bob Titus; plus Nature Quest and Geocaching and much more! Stay for as little or as much fun as you like! Info: http://clctrust.org/events

Jammin’ with Bari FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534 10:30 a.m.: Spend the morning singing and dancing to live music, including fire safety songs, with everyone’s friend, Bari Koral. Bari will teach new songs and motions during this interactive sing-a-long program. Bari has starred on PBS Kids and is a Silver Parents’ Choice Award recipient for Best Tots Album. After the show, meet Bari and create your own maraca to bring home. Tickets: Free Information: 518.822.1875; http://www.fasnyfiremuseum.com

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Adventures in Music at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library 9091 Rt. 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529 4 p.m.: Sun Young Chang, soprano and Mitchell Vines, piano, perform “Voyage a Paris,” French music for voice and piano. Free. Information: 518.325.4101; http://www.roejanlibrary.org

Mon. & Tues., June 9 & 10 Chess for Kids Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 3-4:30 p.m.: A chess course designed for students grades K-5 who have little or no experience with the game. Instructor Chris Chanin will teach the students to move and capture with all the pieces, basic strategic ideas, and materials for the children to use both during the class and at home will be provided. Tickets: Free! Registration required. Information: 518.822.1438; http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Wed.-Sun., June 11-15 The Music Man Machaydn Theatre, 1925 Rte. 203, Chatham, NY 12037 See website for times: A slick salesman tries to sell River City, Iowa. Tickets: $29 & $30 for evening performances; $28 for matinees; $12 kids under 12 Information: 518.392.9292; http://www.machaydntheatre.org

Thursday, June 12 National Theatre of London Live Simulcast: A Small Family Business Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 7 p.m.: A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn. Jack McCracken is a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Tickets: $22; $15 children under 12 Information: http://timeandspace.org

Fri.-Sun., June 13-15 Les Miserables Taconic Hills Central School, Performing Arts Center, Craryville, NY 12521 Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: See June

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Saturday, June 14 Art Trail Hike Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring St., Catskill, NY 12414 9 a.m.: Guided hike on the Hudson River School Art Trail. See the magnificent landscapes that inspired Thomas Cole and other luminaries of 19th-century landscape painting. Hike to the Catskill Mountain House and North-South Lake (easy). This is a 2 hour hike (approximately). Bring water and a snack. Tickets: $17, includes a copy of the Hudson River School Art Trail Guidebook, and a guided tour of the Thomas Cole Historic Site at the end of the hike. Information: 518.943.7465; http://www.thomascole.org

Hudson Elks Flag Day Parade Warren St. to Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson, NY 12534 Line up, 12:30 p.m.; Step off, 2 p.m.: Annual much-anticipated Hudson extravaganza event featuring the large parade down Warren Street, followed by entertainment, rides for children, vendors, food and informational displays at the waterfront. Info: http://hudsonelksflagdayparade.com

Reading/Book Signing: Jessica Lamb-Shapiro Claverack Library, 629 Rte. 23B, Claverack, NY 12513 3 p.m.: Author Jessica Lamb-Shapiro presents her memoir, Promise Land: My Journey Through America’s Self-Help Culture. Information: http://claveracklibrary.org

Sunday, June 15 Strawberry Festival: Hudson Farmers’ Market 6th St. & Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturdays, through November 22, 9 a.m.1 p.m.: Second annual Strawberry Festival at the market. Come enjoy the jewels of berry season. Info: http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com

National Theatre of London Live Simulcast: A Small Family Business Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 1 p.m.: See description June 12th. Tickets: $22; $15 children under 12 Information: http://timeandspace.org


Mon. & Tues., June 16 & 17 Chess for Kids Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 3-4:30 p.m.: See June 9 & 10 for details. Tickets: Free! Registration required. Information: 518.822.1438; http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Tuesday, June 17 Sunset Paddle Hudson Boat Launch, Waterfront Park, Hudson, NY 12534 6:30 p.m.: Come journey with Columbia Land Conservancy to the North Bay and see the Greenport Conservation Area, an ecologically diverse preserve with approximately 625 acres including wetlands and tidal mudflats, from the Hudson River. The intertidal wetlands are home to two rare plant species and numerous types of waterfowl. You may even spot a Bald Eagle! 3 miles roundtrip. Please, bring your own canoe/kayak, equipment, and PFD (required). Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Info: http://clctrust.org/events

Thurs.-Sun., June 19-22 Fiddler on the Roof Machaydn Theatre, 1925 Rte. 203, Chatham, NY 12037 See website for times: A warm, loving and humorous story of a family’s closeness and struggles as old world Russia changes around them. Tickets: $29 & $30 for evening performances; $28 for matinees; $12 kids under 12 Information: 518.392.9292; http://www.machaydntheatre.org

Friday, June 20 Twilight in the Garden Cocktail Party Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 6-9 p.m.: Part of the 10th annual “Hidden Gardens” celebration of the art of the garden, which takes place on Saturday, June 21. Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Information: 518.392.3693; http://spencertownacademy.org

Saturday, June 21 Hidden Gardens Tour Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: 10th annual “Hidden Gardens”

Art Trail Hike Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring St., Catskill, NY 12414 Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m.: Guided hike on the Hudson River School Art Trail. See the magnificent landscapes that inspired Thomas Cole and other luminaries of 19th-century landscape painting. Hike to Sunset Rock and the Catskill Mountain House (moderate). This is a 4 hour hike (approximately). Bring water and a snack.Tickets: $17, includes a copy of the “Hudson River School Art Trail Guidebook,” and a guided tour of the Thomas Cole Historic Site at the end of the hike. Information: 518.943.7465; http://www.thomascole.org Image: ‘A View of the Two Lakes and Mountain House, Catskill Mountains, Morning’, by Thomas Cole, 1844, Brooklyn Museum Dick S. Ramsay Fund.

celebration of the art of the garden featuring self-guided tours of spectacular private gardens not usually open to the public. A garden lecture by C. L. Fornari will take place from 8:30-10 a.m. In addition, a Garden Market on the Green featuring local dealers, vendors and craftspeople offering “the rare, and the unexpected at affordable prices” takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Spencertown village green. Tickets: call for information. Information: 518.392.3693; http://spencertownacademy.org

Ooms PCA (Public Conservation Area) Day Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond, Main Parking Area, 480 Rock City Rd., Chatham, NY 12037 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: A full day celebration with fun for everyone! By popular demand, they’ll bring back environmental educator Casey Tompkins’ Snapping Turtle Program complete with a live snapping turtle; paddle-boarding in Sutherland Pond; a guided hike around the pond; Hike 5 Program; and for those with a kayak learn about water chestnut removal. Paddle boards will be provided. Bring your hiking shoes, or kayak, if you have one. Info: http://clctrust.org/events

Children’s Play Day Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Learn about the lives of children 200 years ago. Try out their clothes and games. Recommended for kids ages 6-12. Tickets: Free Info: http://www.friendsofclermont.org

Sparkle! The 5th Annual Hudson Pride Parade Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 2 p.m.: This year’s theme is Sparkle!, and will celebrate Hudson Pride with all things bright and shiny. Following the parade down Warren Street, there will be a Pride Festival with performers, music, food and drink and rides and activities for the whole family at Waterfront Park. A dance party at Club Helsinki Saturday night caps off the weekend. Info: http://www.hudsonpride.com

Sunday, June 22 Ninth Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Back Concert PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 2 p.m.: A collaboration of three periodinstrument virtuosi, Repast Baroque will

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present vivid renditions of music of the baroque era for this all J.S. Bach program. Tickets: $35; $30 members; $20 students 18 and under Information: 518.392.6121; http://ps21chatham.org

Wednesday, June 25 Wednesday Wanderings Drowned Land Swamp Conservation Area, 653 County Rte. 3, Ancram, NY 12503 10 a.m.: Explore the lush wetlands of Drowned Lands Swamp Conservation Area with a CLC guide. Register online. Information: http://clctrust.org/events

Life Skills Workshop Series Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 7-9 p.m.: The second in a three-part series of workshops led by former Disney Broadway producer Michele Steckler, “Story: The Invisible Foundation,” will combine storytelling, visual models, group discussion, journaling and small group activities to invite exploration and learning through shared wisdom in an open and nurturing environment. Tickets: $20/session; $50 for series Information: 518.392.3693; http://spencertownacademy.org

Wed.-Sun., June 25-29 Fiddler on the Roof Machaydn Theatre, 1925 Rte. 203, Chatham, NY 12037 See website for times: A warm, loving and humorous story of a family’s closeness and struggles as old world Russia changes around them. Tickets: $29 & $30 for evening performances; $28 for matinees; $12 kids under 12 Information: 518.392.9292; http://www.machaydntheatre.org

Thurs.-Sat., June 26-28 HTTP’s Twelfth Night Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St., Hudson, NY 12534 Check website for times: The culminating performances of Carol Rusoff ’s Hudson Teen Theatre Project’s 2014 workshops, “Twelfth Night...Our Way.” Free and open to public. Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Walking the Dog Theater Long-Form Improv PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 8 p.m.: Walking the dog Theater offers a performance of long-form improv, an evening

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of spontaneous imagination. Actors will take a theme, familiar story, or audience suggestions and create a theater piece from it, making scenes up as they go along. The dialogue, action, story and characters are created collaboratively by the group as the improvisation unfolds. Tickets: Thurs., $15; $12 members; $8 students; Fri. & Sat., $20|$15|$12 Information: 518.392.6121; http://ps21chatham.org

Friday-Sunday, June 27-July 6 You Should Be So Lucky Theater Barn, 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, NY 12125 Thurs. & Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: This contemporary Cinderella story, about an eccentric young electrologist in Greenwich Village that helps an elderly millionaire, will leave you rolling in the aisle. Tickets: $25; Sun., $23 Information: 518.794.8989; http://www.theaterbarn.com

Saturday, June 28 Garden Conservancy Columbia County Open Day Ancram, Kinderhook, Hudson, East Taghkanic, Craryville, NY 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Every year, the Garden Conservancy works with local gardeners to open their phenomenal gardens to the public. On this day, visit the private gardens of: writers Abby Adams and her late husband, crime novelist Donald Westlake, in Columbia County; the Husband-Haylett Garden in Kinderhook; Gerald Moore and Joyce Nereaux’s Mount Merino Garden in Hudson; the Golden Trowel Award-winning garden of Alice Platt in East Taghkanic; and the garden of Susan Anthony and Richard Galef in Craryville. Tickets: $5 per garden Info: http://www.gardenconservancy.org/ opendays

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Summer Party 218 Spring St., Catskill, NY 12414 7 p.m.: Mark your calendars for the event that has been called “the party of the year.” Cocktails, dinner, dancing and fireworks all overlooking a 180 degree view of the Hudson River. All proceeds benefit the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Tickets available this spring. Information: 518.943.7465; http://www.thomascole.org

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July Thursday-Sunday, July 3-6 42nd Street Machaydn Theatre, 1925 Rte. 203, Chatham, NY 12037 See website for times: “Come and meet those dancing feet!” Head for the “Lullaby of Broadway” to find flashy tap dancing and happy songs. Tickets: $29 & $30 for evening performances; $28 for matinees; $12 kids under 12 Information: 518.392.9292; http://www.machaydntheatre.org

You Should Be So Lucky Theater Barn, 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, NY 12125 Thurs. & Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: See June 27-July 6 listing for details. Tickets: $25; Sun., $23 Information: 518.794.8989; http://www.theaterbarn.com

Friday, July 4 Old-Fashioned Independence Day Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 2-10 p.m.: 18th century crafts, reenactors, music and entertainment, plus delicious food. A great vantage point to see the magnificent Saugerties fireworks over the Hudson River. Tickets: $10/car; $8 members Info: http://www.friendsofclermont.org

Saturday, July 5 Siegel-Kline Kill PCA Day Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area, 1452 Garage Place Rd., Ghent, NY 12075 5-9 p.m.: Celebrate Siegel-Kline Kill’s trails and natural beauty with old-fashioned games and races (horseshoe, sack-race, hoop-spinning, etc); a guided walk; a live band; the Hike 5 Program; a Bonfire with s’mores; and much more! Information: http://clctrust.org/events

Sunday, July 6 Adventures in Music at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library 9091 Rt. 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529 4 p.m.: Enjoy a performance by the Berkshire Hillsmen Barbershop Quartet. Free. Information: 518.325.4101; http://www.roejanlibrary.org


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JUNE 6-7-8 The Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9

Rhinebeck, NY Great Shopping! Artisans & Antiques, Furniture, Home Decor, Fashion, Gifts, Jewelry, Specialty Foods & More

Seminars & How-to’s • Meet The Editors Cooking • Crafting • Decorating • Special Guests • Book Signings • Music

Visit countryliving.com/fair for fair videos, photos & more! #clfair

Fair attendees will have the opportunity to experience

Country Living’s 2014 House of the Year Shuttle buses will be available from the fairgrounds. Visit countryliving.com/HOY for more info

For discount advance tickets & fair info: Stella Show Mgmt. Co.

1-866-500-FAIR • stellashows.com

Show Hours: 10-5 each day - rain or shine. Admission: One day $16/$13 advance; Weekend pass $20/$15 advance; Early bird $40 - early birds can enter at 8:30 a.m. on Fri. and/or Sat. for 90 minutes of priority shopping. Advance tickets are available until 6/3; tickets are always available fair days at the box office. Address for GPS - 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Pets are not allowed on the fairgrounds at any time except for service/guide animals. *Guest appearances subject to change. SPONSORED BY


THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE LOOKS BRIGHT IN RHINEBECK

Exciting changes are taking place as we work to bring you even more state-of-the-art healthcare. ADVANCED SURGICAL CARE We’re rebuilding operating rooms so we can perform new advanced surgical procedures, eliminating your need to travel for this care. MODERN, PRIVATE ROOMS We’re replacing patient rooms to provide privacy and enhanced patient care. ONE PLACE TO GO We’re adding medical offices so you can visit your doctor here on campus. NEW JOBS We’re adding jobs — both temporary construction and long-term physician and staff positions. LOCAL BEAUTY We’re upgrading while maintaining the natural beauty of our campus. Join us in moving healthcare forward. For the latest news, beginning with free valet parking, go to www.NDHMovingHealthcareForward.com.


Open for the Season Casual Waterfront Dining Freshest Seafood - Choice Steaks - Raw Bar

518-943-5088

Open 7 Days

7 Main Street • Catskill

Lunch & Dinner Tuesday-Sunday Monday @ 4pm

www.portofcallcatskill.com

Parking & Boat Docking on Premises!


Destination Hudson Spring 2014