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FLOWER POWER Flowerkraut proves to be greater than the sum of its parts

by Brian PJ Cronin Like most good ideas, it started as a joke. “We came up with the name, and then thought ‘This will never work,’” explained Mairead Travins. “But a lot of our friends told us that the name was pretty memorable, so we decided to go for it.” The name was Flowerkraut, which is what Mairead and her husband Seth Travins named their store at 722 Warren Street when it opened six months ago. Flowerkraut mainly sells two things. You can probably guess what they are. “I think a lot of people thought we came up with the concept to suit the name, but Seth’s been making sauerkraut for about twelve years now and he’s got a pretty big cult following,” said Mairead. The concept of a sauerkraut maker with a cult following may seem odd, but it’s certainly no odder than a floral shop that specializes in custom arrangements that also carries six different varieties of handmade sauerkrauts in the cold cases next to the more delicate blooms. And both Seth and Mairead know a thing or two about building a following. Seth plays standup bass for the rootsy americana band The Wiyos, where he’s known as Sauerkraut Seth. When he wasn’t touring with The Wiyos, he worked at the Hawthorne Valley Farm’s Sauerkraut Center in Ghent. Seth’s sauerkrauts began popping up in menus and farm shops across the Hudson Valley and all the way down to New York City. The band’s reach began

“ I love that there are so many niche shops here in Hudson...I love that you can go out and buy so many things that are handmade by the people who actually work in the shops. And there are a lot of young female business owners which is quite unique. spreading out further afield as well. Tours became longer and longer. This put Seth in the enviable position of having to quit his day job at Hawthorne Valley Farm to stay out on the road. And it also brought The Wiyos to the Shetland Folk Festival on the Shetland Islands, sixty miles off the northeast coast of Scotland. A long way to travel for a gig, but ultimately worth it: That’s where Seth met Mairead, who called the isles home. Seth and Mairead were married a year and a half ago, and moved into a three season cabin in Hillsdale. When the fourth season rolled around it was time to find warmer living quarters, which brought them to Hudson. Besides indoor heating, Hudson brought the advantages of walkable restaurants, easy commutes to gigs (Seth often plays at Helsinki Hudson,) and the opportunity


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Opposite: one of Mairead’s flower arrangements, photo courtesy Flowerkraut; Above L: flower display inside shop; R: a variety of Seth’s lacto-fermented products available at the shop, photos by Brian PJ Cronin.

Seth’s sauerkrauts hold a place of honor in the store alongside all the other locally made products, growing ever more popular as the hunger for lacto-fermented products continues to bubble up among health conscious consumers... for Mairead to take advantage of her background in floral design. She set up a one day pop-up shop last year on Valentine’s Day in the Swallow Coffee Shop. Multiple feet of snow on the ground didn’t deter customers from mobbing the shop and convincing Mairead that there was a need for this kind of thing in Hudson. Then friends of hers who also own businesses along Warren Street pointed out that the space at 722 Warren was on the market. And then they came up with the name, at which point there was no turning back. Since opening, business at Flowerkraut has been steady enough to prove that the swarms at last winter’s pop-up shop weren’t a fluke. Even in December, the store was busy with arrangements for Christmas, weddings, and cut flowers for those who want a bit of greenery in their homes to remember warmer weather by. “In the dead of winter, without so much vegetation around outside, people really feel the need to have a living plant in their house,” said Mairead. All of Mairead’s flowers are locally grown during the growing season, and locally sourced from nearby wholesalers and greenhouses when the season is over. Spread throughout the store are various cards, vases and other handmade items by local artisans. Some of the vases and planters were made for the store, and some of the items were discovered by Mairead via Etsy. Having the world reknowned online marketplace for handmade products in Hudson has been

an advantage for Mairead, but it’s far from the only thing she loves about running a business here. “I love that there’s so many niche shops here in Hudson,” she said. “My friend has a hat shop right opposite. My other friend has a vintage shop across the street as well but there’s also a perfumer, a leather handbag shop, so many specialty shops could be frivolous, but I love that you can go out and buy so many things that are handmade by the people who actually work in the shops. And there are a lot of young female business owners which is quite unique.” Seth’s sauerkrauts hold a place of honor in the store alongside all the other locally made products, growing ever more popular as the hunger for lacto-fermented products continues to bubble up among health conscious consumers interested in the products’ numerous gastrointestinal benefits. Mairead claims that between all of the different varieties Seth makes, the two of them put it on almost everything they eat. “We must have pretty good gut bacteria at this point,” she says. Just six months into the life of the business, it’s safe to say that Flowerkraut is the go-to spot in the Hudson Valley for those who are looking to pick up a jar of kim chee or red apple sauerkraut to go along with their geraniums and cedar boughs. But for now the two halves of Flowerkraut - the flowers and the krauts - remain somewhat separate. For now. “A lot of people joke and say that Seth should make a sauerkraut out of edible flowers now,” Mairead says with a laugh. Then the laughter fades and she becomes lost in thought. “Although, nasturtiums are quite peppery. It might actually work.” If the store’s name came from a joke, then why not a new product line? After all, you know what they say about the best jokes: They’re funny because they’re true. 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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health & healing in hudson story and photos by Jen Kiaba Ten years ago in New York City an alliance of alternative care providers came up with a radical notion that progressive health care should be available to the public, regardless of class or income bracket. From this original idea sprang the now-defunct Rock Rock Collective, which functioned in the New York Metro area from 2006-2012. This diverse body of wellness providers sought to connect those from historically marginalized groups, including lowincome families, the LGBTQ+ community, and undocumented workers who had no access to health insurance. It was there in 2009 that founding members of the Hudson Wellness Collective, Sarah Falkner and Lauren Giambrone, met and the seeds for the upstate collective were planted. Falkner graduated from the Swedish Institute in New York City and received her NY State-license as a massage therapist in 1998. As a provider she has been keenly interested in what she terms alternative economic strategies in order to make her services available to as much of the community as possible. These strategies range from providing a sliding scale for her services to bartering and skill sharing. Her founding partner, Giambrone, runs Good Fight Herb Co. and is equally committed to providing alternatives for health and empowering individuals in their own self-care. Giambrone is involved at every level of her process, even growing and handharvesting all of her herbs and plants in order to formulate botanical remedies. She offers various blends for sale both at the

Sarah Falkner, one of the founding members of the Hudson Wellness Collective.

...the Hudson Wellness Collective’s mission is to serve as much of the public as possible, no matter their resources, in a way that empowers them in their healthcare choices. Hudson Wellness Collective, at the Hudson Farmer’s Market, as well as various pop-up markets throughout the year. The two began a radio show on Hudson-based WGXC 90.7 FM called Roots, Runners, Rhizomes: Health & Healing from the Underground, which airs every fourth Monday from 2-3 p.m. The crux of the show focuses on exploring health and wellness from a perspective that is often not discussed in the United States. While providing information on skills that listeners can practice in their daily lives to empower themselves and take control of their own wellness, the two also provide critiques of the current healthcare structures in our country and share collectivist ideals. With that intent, the Hudson Wellness Collective was born in 2011, striving to provide alternative healing modalities available and affordable to the community of Hudson and beyond. Falkner, who began practicing massage in Brooklyn, and still maintains a practice there, remembered having her first massage at 16. “I came from a low-income family, and always thought that massage was


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In contrast to the Western model of medicine, where something is prescribed to a patient, Falkner said that practitioners within the Collective work with each client...to create a plan that works for their lifestyle and resources. a luxury.” It wasn’t until she lived in Europe, where massage was often covered through insurance, that she realized how different the American consciousness is around certain alternative therapies. Massage, she said, for example, has a broad application for health and helps to reduce stress and anxiety. In Europe it is not uncommon to receive a prescription for massage, though it’s often seen as a spa service in the States. Because of this positioning, Falkner said, many treatments like medical massage and acupuncture are out of reach for the vast majority of people. She points to many vulnerable cross-sections of the population, those who have suffered trauma or struggle with substance abuse, who could greatly benefit from these services. With this in mind, the Hudson Wellness Collective’s mission is to serve as much of the public as possible, no matter their resources, in a way that empowers them in their healthcare choices. Within the collective are several practitioners, with Falkner providing massage, Giambrone practicing as an herbalist, Erika Laurion as a clinical nutritionist, Caroline Ruderman providing Reiki, Masha Schmidt providing Acupuncture, and Jordan Schmidt providing nutritional therapy. While each practitioner maintains a private practice, each also keeps office hours at the Hudson Wellness Collective. By being involved in the Collective, many practitioners are able to offer weekend and evening hours, provide sliding scale services, offer their services alongside another modality, and offer services in a group setting. Unlike a private practice, the group setting can often facilitate healing said Falkner. “Some people are more comfortable experiencing healing in a group setting,” she said. “Group energy can also often facilitate group healing.” This is not unlike the energy one experiences in going to church or a concert, where the collective energy often feels greater than the single self. In these group settings, more than one practice can be offered, such as massage in conjunction with acupuncture. “The close proximity of two modalities often facilitate each other,” said Falkner. “Massage and acupuncture can be used together on trigger points and tension points to provide a great release.” In contrast to the Western model of medicine, where something is prescribed to a patient, Falkner said that practitioners within the Collective work with each client on a personal basis in order to create a plan that works for their lifestyle and resources. As a part of their mission to empower the community, participants of the Collective also offer classes and private instruction to teach self-care routines that clients can use. “We want to be able to see things from the patient’s perception,

Display at the Collective featuring some of Lauren Giambrone’s Good Fight Herb Co. remedies.

help them to be an advocate for themselves, and feel equipped and hopeful in their healing,” she said. “We work with a lot of people where their access to complementary and alternative care can be much more affordable.” Not only have the modalities practiced at the Collective been able to provide services for clients with financial shortfalls, but in some cases alternative medicine has also been able to provide relief for clients when Western Medicine has failed. “Things like autoimmune disease and pain relief aren’t really well understood by Western Medicine,” said Falkner. One of the many benefits of services like massage and acupuncture, she said, are that there are no side-effects. The Hudson Wellness Collective offers a walk-in Collaborative Healing Arts Clinic on Mondays, from 1-7 p.m., where clients can access services without a prior appointment. The Collective also offers a 24/7 online booking system, and each practitioner is available via phone or email for booking and more information. For more information on the Hudson Wellness Collective and individual websites, and contact information for each practitioner, visit http://www.hudsonwellnesscollective.com.

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510 Warren St. Gallery 510 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through December 31: “Sharpening the Edges,” new photography and video by artist Jonathan Pazer. Hours: Call for hours. Information: 518.822.0510; http://510warrenstgallery.com

Albert Shahinian Fine Art 22 E. Market St., 3rd Flr., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Ongoing: Celebrating its 18th year, the gallery showcases the best in contemporary, regional, 20th century, & Hudson River art in the area, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and works-on-paper. Hours: Thurs., Fri. & Sat., noon-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. + by appt or chance Information: 845.876.7578; http://www.shahinianfineart.com

Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery The Courtyard, 43 East Market St., Suite 2, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through January 30: “Small Works Holiday Show,” featuring small paintings for $100, including watercolors by Betsy Jacaruso and the Cross River Artists. Also, “Art for the HeART,” small, mounted paintings for $10 each. December sales from the “Art for the HeART” show benefit Astor’s Home for Children. Gallery Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and by appt. or chance Information: 845.516.4435; http://www.betsyjacarusoartist.com

Carrie Haddad Gallery 622 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 January 28-March 1: “Painted Cities,” a group show with gallery artists in a multitude of media, including: Margaret Crenson, Darshan Russell, Arthur Hammer, Dan Rupe, Scott Nelson Foster, Paul Chojnowski, Joseph Maresca, Richard Merkin, Bill Sullivan, Edward Avedisian, and Patty Neal. Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1915; http://www.carriehaddadgallery.com

Chamber of Commerce Gallery 1 Front St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through January 10: “True North: An Exhibition,” abstract expressionist collage by Lynne Perrella. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: http://www.LKPerrella.com

‘Gerbera,’ 2004, 30 x 30 in. C-print, edition of 10, by Newbold Bohemia. Image courtesy of the artist.

Carrie Haddad Gallery 622 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through January 25: “Photography,” featuring an all-star cast of established photographers: Birgit Blyth, Elliott Kaufman, Anne Arden McDonald, Newbold Bohemia, Robert Hite, Andrew Buck and Lisa Frank will be exhibited alongside prints by Anna Collette, Michael Sibilia, Kahn & Selesnick, Jeri Eisenberg and Lori Van Houten. Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1915; http://www.carriehaddadgallery.com

Chatham Bookstore 27 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 Through January 12: “Paintings of Chatham and Beyond,” work by Roger Mason. A longtime resident of Chatham, Roger Mason has been painting scenes of village life since the 1980s. This show includes paintings from those early years, depicting some store fronts that no longer exist. Other paintings come from more recent travels in Cuba and Argentina. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-3 p.m. Information: http://chathambookstore.com

Columbia County Council on the Arts Gallery 209 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through January 10: “Small Gems Show,” small (no bigger than 7” x 7” and priced at $50) works by CCCA artists in all mediums. Funds raised through sales of these works will benefit CCCA community-based programs. January 24-March 21: “On & Off the Wall,” annual sculpture show featuring threedimensional works in all mediums by member artists. Juried by John Cooley.


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Reception: Saturday, January 24, 5-7 p.m. 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 Foundation Gallery, through January 16: “Fall Student Art Show,” featuring the work of students in the Fine Arts Department. Information: 518.828.4181; http://www.sunycgcc.edu

Concepto 741 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 January 3-31: “Permanent Collection.” Hours: Thurs.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.; Sun., noon5 p.m. + by appt Information: 518.697.5130; http://www.conceptohudson.com

Curatorium 60 S. Front St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through February 7: “Recovered: Everything and Nothing - the remaining work of...Barbara White”; “William Clements: Peopled,” 24-7 drive-by, site specific installation; “The Second Storey: Dancing with the Muse,” curated by Jocz and Clements. A pop-up installation with R. Godfrey. Hours: Sat., 1-5 p.m. and by appointment Info: 212.537.6029; http://www.curatoriumhudson.org

Equis Art Gallery 7516 North Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Ongoing: The gallery showcases the best in contemporary, non-traditional international equine art. Representing some of the finest contemporary equine artists in the world, including paintings, sculpture, works in graphite and fine art photography. Hours: Fri. & Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. Information: 845.758.2667; info@equisart.com; http://equisart.com

Galerie Gris 621 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through February 5: “Color, Shape & Form II,” featuring work by Robert Cronin, James Vanderberg, Jason Karolak, Lizzie Scott and Doug Chow. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1677; info@grisnewyork.com; http://www.hudsonantiques.net/wideboard/ galerie-gris/

GCCA Catskill Gallery 398 Main St., Catskill, NY 12414 Through January 3: “Salon 2014 & Handmade Holidays:,” annual members’ fine art & crafts exhibit and sale.

‘Big Brother,’ painting by IE ‘Sunny’ Wirth. Image submitted.

Montgomery Row 2nd Floor, 6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 January 17-February 27: “Reminiscence” is a solo exhibition of oil paintings and pastels by Rhinebeck resident IE “Sunny” Wirth documenting a lifetime of family, friends and landscapes. Each work shows Wirth’s innate ability to capture the emotions accompanying events such as viewing a sunset or an intimate conversation between friends. Her portraits reflect each person’s personality through their visage or posture. Her use of color brings the viewer directly into contact with the subject accentuating both that individual’s individuality and the universality of relationships. Reception: Saturday, January 17, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.876.0543; http://www.montgomeryrow.com January 10-February 28: “Extreme Surfaces: Group Exhibition.” The show will explore the idea of surface from all angles: the buildup of paint on the surface of a canvas; earth, geology, plate tectonics and the destruction of such surfaces; the psychological aspects of ourselves; societal and cultural obsessions with all things surface - of youth, beauty, newness and now-ness. 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 January 17-February 15: “CCCA 18th Annual Juried Art Show” is an annual event that celebrates the diversity and quality of the work being produced by Columbia County

and regional artists. Curated by Jack Shear, Director of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation and renowned photographer. Reception: Saturday, Jan. 17, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Mon.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.822.1438; http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Jeff Bailey Gallery 127 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 January 24-March 8: Work by Cary Smith and John Newman; Evie Falci and Robert Otto Epstein. Reception: Saturday, January 24, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. + by appt. Info: 518.828.6680; http://baileygallery.com

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John Davis Gallery 362 ½ Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 January 10-February 1: Solo exhibition of paintings by McWillie Chambers. Reception: Sat., Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 518.828.5907; http://johndavisgallery.com

Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery Hunter Village Square, 7950 Main St., Village of Hunter, NY 12442 Ongoing: “New Works by Ceramic Artists Susan Beecher and Susan Bogen,” current works by nationally-recognized ceramic artists. Hours: Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.3:30 p.m. Information: 518.263.2063; http://www.catskillmtn.org

Limner Gallery 123 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through January 17: “Holiday Art Fest,” works from the Limner archive. January 29-February 21: “Small Works.” Information: 518.828.2343; http://slowart.com

Montgomery Row 2nd Floor, 6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through January 4: “Spirit of the Mask,” art exhibit by kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th grade students of Dutchess Day School. Hours: Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.876.0543; http://www.montgomeryrow.com/art.html

Morton Memorial Library 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff, NY 12574 January 9-31: “The Mighty Hudson,” an exhibition of river-inspired art by artists of all ages held in conjunction with the library’s “River Read,” program. The River Read focuses on four Hudson-river themed titles and is being held in partnership with the Esopus Library. Opening Reception: Friday, January 9, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Tues., 2-6 p.m.; Wed., 2-7 p.m.; Thurs., 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Information: 845.876.2903; http://morton.rhinecliff.lib.ny.us

Omi International Arts Center Fields Sculpture Park & Architecture Omi, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Through January 12, Charles B. Benenson Gallery: “Drawn Home,” exhibition featuring drawings by Joan Linder. Linder uses pen and ink to create labor-intensive, often life-size drawings that transform mundane subjects into conceptually rich images. Year’ round: Outdoor sculpture park on more than 120 acres of rolling farmland, wetlands

Omi International Arts Center Fields Sculpture Park & Architecture Omi, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Through March 15, Charles B. Benenson Gallery: “Mirage Garden,” a gallery exhibition of studies and 3D models by Easton + Combs, the exhibition is a precursor to an architectural project formed as a reflective ribbon wall coursing through the landscape, created from vacuumformed black polycarbonate using 3D printing technologies. This is Architecture Omi’s first traditional experiment using drawing and modeling poised towards the reality of an architectural piece. EASTON+COMBS is an award winning, internationally recognized architectural office. Hours: Visitors Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through March Information: 518.392.4747; http://www.omiartscenter.org

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and wooded areas. The Park presents the work of internationally-recognized contemporary and modern artists, offering the unique possibility to experience a wide range of large-scale works in a singular outdoor environment. Hours: Visitors Center, daily, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., through March; Fields Sculpture Park and Architecture Omi, dawn to dusk 7 days a week Info: 518.392.4747; http://www.omiartscenter.org

Retrospective 727 & 711 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 @711 Warren St., through January 17: “Everything and Nothing at Once: Still Life Paintings by Dustin Pevey.” @727 Warren St., through January 17: “Free Drama,” an exhibition of new paintings by Tomer Aluf. Hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m. Info: http://www.retrospectivegallery.com

Thompson Giroux Gallery 57 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 Through January 4: “En Masse,” featuring small works by more than 40 artists. January 10-March 22: “John Cleater: Rafter.” Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Information: 518.392.3336; http://www.thompsongirouxgallery.com

Tivoli Artists Gallery 60 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 January 9-February 1: “New Year/New Work,” joint show with The Columbia County Council on the Arts. Reception: Saturday, January 10, 6-8 p.m. February 6-22: Annual “Erotic Art Show,” featuring sensual works of art by member artists. This year’s show features a montage from “Carnival of Dreams,” a performance piece by Cait Johnson and Friends. Reception: Saturday, February 7, 7-9 p.m. with live entertainment starting at 8 p.m. Belly dancing by Donna Barrett, accompanied by Elena Erber, along with erotic poems and songs. Adults only fun for the voyeur in all of us. Festive attire and cross dressing are welcome. $10 cover at the door, ages 18+ only. Hours: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 1-9 p.m. Sun., 1-5 p.m. & by appt. Information: 845.757.2667; http://www.tivoliartistsgallery.com

Valley Variety 705 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through January 12: Solo exhibition of paintings on paper by Darryl Hudak. Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Info: http://valleyvariety.com


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ONGOING Cross Country Skiing and Sledding Fields Sculpture Park & Architecture Omi, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Daily during daylight hours: Take advantage of more than 120+ acres of groomed ski trails and view the sculptures dusted with snow. Sledding and dog walking also available. Warm up with a drink, snack, or lunch (weekends) at Cafe Omi located in the Visitors Center afterward! Information: 518.392.4747; http://www.omiartscenter.org

Athens Presque Ballet: Follies with Bobby Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St., Athens, NY 12015 Mondays, 6 p.m. & Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.: A class dedicated to the principal that everyone has inner grace. The goal of the class is to improve balance and flexibility and transform your body awareness. The class uses techniques from ballet, modern dance, jazz, soft shoe, and 4th grade Phys Ed. class. All techniques are consistent with

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the instructor’s age. Attire is required. Loose fitting clothes, ballet slippers or sneakers, are recommended. Instructor Bobby LuPone is a Julliard trained dancer and actor. Information: 518.945.2136; http://www.athensculturalcenter.org

Kids’ Fun Night Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 Tuesdays, 3:30-7:30 p.m.: Includes activities for kids of all ages, such as music, poetry, puzzles, games, crafts and more. Information: 518.828.1792; http://hudsonarealibrary.org

Adult 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: 518.828.1792; http://hudsonarealibrary.org

Sitting Meditation Won Dharma Center, 361 Rte. 23, ClaverackRed Mills, NY 12513 Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.: Practice sitting meditation to calm and empower your mind and awaken your spirit. The class will provide various meditation instruction in sitting, walking or lying meditation. Resident teachers will guide practitioners in reflection and discussion of spiritual practice with time for Q & A sessions. The program is open to the public and beginners are welcome. Free. Information: http://wondharmacenter.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 continued on page 18 g


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Taste Budd’s Cafe, 40 W. Market St., Red Hook, NY 12571 Fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m.: Truly a community music event. Hosted by Maggie Rothwell, Justin Smith or Rachael Silverman, each person gets to play a song of their choice as it goes around clockwise. Everyone is invited to play along, solo when signaled and sing on the chorus. Information: http://www.tastebudds.com

Children’s Story and Craft Hour Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m.: For little ones (PreK) and their caregivers. Info 518.828.1792; http://hudsonarealibrary.org

Word Art Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thursdays, through January 29, 3-4:30 p.m.: A visual arts and language workshop for kids 6 and up taught by artist and poet Audrey Gilbert. Ages 6 and up. Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Hudson Valley Playwrights Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff, NY 12574 Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.: A workshop for writers developing new work. Free, but donations for the library are welcomed. Information: 845.217.0734; http://www.hudsonalleyplaywrights.com

Tasty Tunes Open Mic Taste Budd’s Cafe, 40 W. Market St., Red Hook, NY 12571 Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Live acoustic music open for musicians to perform two songs, or 10 minutes each. Hosted by Maggie Rothwell and Matthew Kolbalkin. Information: http://www.tastebudds.com

Dharma & Meditation Service Won Dharma Center, 361 Rte. 23, Claverack, NY 12513 Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m.: Open to the public and offered every week, this service format consists of sitting meditation, chanting, prayer, dharma talk, and conversation. The topic of each dharma talk differs according to the speaker. Info: http://wondharmacenter.org

Hudson Valley Farmers Market Greig Farm, 229 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturdays, year ‘round, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Enjoy the ambiance of a century old dairy barn while

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perusing local vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheeses, meats, fish, flowers and more from local Hudson Valley Farms! Help us build a one stop market year round and support your local family farms. Information: http://www.greigfarm.com

Kinderhook Winter Farmers’ Market Samascott’s Garden Market, 65 Chatham St. (Rte. 9), Kinderhook, NY Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Local vendors provide a broad range of products including pasture-raised meats, dairy, fresh produce, cut flowers, baked goods, fresh pressed and hard cider. Info: http://www.kinderhookfarmersmarket.com

Children’s Story and Craft Hour Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturdays, 11 a.m.-noon: Stories with crafts or free play. Information: 518.828.1792; http://hudsonarealibrary.org

Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market Christ Episcopal Church, 431 Union St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; closed for month of January; resumes Feb. 7-April 25: Popular returning vendors selling a wide array of local meats, cheeses, eggs, breads, flowers, prepared foods, vegetables, apples, gluten free foods, nuts, fair trade coffees and many natural apothecary preparations, soaps and cremes and much more. Info: http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com

Rhinebeck Winter Farmers’ Market Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through April, every other Sunday (Jan. 4, 18, etc.), 10 a.m.-2 p.m..: The award-winning market moves indoors for the winter. Shop a diverse and unique selection of farm fresh, seasonal products that showcase the best of the Hudson Valley. For a complete list of vendors and products visit the website. Information: http://www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com

JANUARY Friday, January 2 Sarah Borges and Girls Guns & Glory Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 9 p.m.: Two avatars of Boston’s thriving rootsrock scene - both artists mine early rock ‘n’ roll styles as well as their roots and tributaries, including country, blues and R&B, on their

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way toward making new indie-rock with the immediacy and passion of 1950s and early-’60s music. Tickets: $15 advance; $20 doors Info: 518.828.4800; http://helsinkihudson.com

Fri.-Sun., Jan. 2-4 Film: Happy Valley Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Fri. & Sat., 3:15 p.m.; Sun., 1:15 p.m.: Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary takes an unflinching look at an iconic American institution in the wake of unthinkable scandal. Nestled in the idyllic area known as Happy Valley lies the town of State College, home of Penn State University. For over 40 years, Joe Paterno was the revered and celebrated head coach of the school’s storied football team. Then in November 2011, everything changed when assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with child sex abuse. Tickets: $8; $6 students Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

Film: Awake The Life of Yogananda Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 5:30 p.m.: Awake is an unconventional biography about an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which is a go-to-book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. Tickets: $8; $6 students Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

The Women Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: The Women is an acerbic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy Manhattan socialites and up-and-comers and the gossip that propels and damages their relationships. This is a staged reading of a play that was first performed in 1936. Directed by Lisa Lynds. Tickets: pay what you will Information: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

Saturday, January 3 League of Extraordinary Readers Book Launch Event Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 4 p.m.: Monthly author event series for kids ages 8-12 (and those who are kids at heart). Meet your favorite children’s book authors,


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with giveaways, snacks and fun at every event! Following the success of “Deep Blue” - the first book in Jennifer Donnelly’s Waterfire Saga comes the second book in the series - “Rogue Wave.” Information: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

Wednesday, January 7 Family Fun Night: Snowflake Art Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 5 p.m.: Children will paint snowmen and snowflakes using puffy “snow paint.” All materials provided. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 845.758.3241; http://redhooklibrary.org

Fri., Sat. & Sun., Jan. 9-25 Sunday in the Park with George Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: This acclaimed Sondheim musical, follows the life of artist Georges Seurat working on his latest impressionist masterpiece “Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte.” Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, this powerful score leads Georges on a quest to ponder the idea of what is art, and what is life. Tickets: $27; $25 Information: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

Saturday, January 10 The Tricks of Cold Weather Hiking Borden’s Pond Conservation Area, 1628 Route 203, Ghent, NY 12075 Saturday, January 10, 10 a.m.: Winter’s crisper air, deepening quiet and unique sights are a great reason to head outdoors. But knowing how to stay comfortable in cold weather can be tricky. Come out for a hike (or snowshoe) with Columbia Land Conservancy through the Borden’s Pond Conservation Area and learn how to adjust your gear for the colder season. Dress in layers, and avoid cotton or jeans. Information: http://clctrust.org

Maple Syrup: Tree to Table Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 1 p.m.: Ever thought of making your own maple syrup? Learn how from Pete LaValle, coowner of Platte Creek Maple Syrup. Limited number of free taps will be available. Free! Information: 845.758.3241; http://redhooklibrary.org

Ice Yachting Talk Livingston Town Hall, 119 County Route 19, Livingston, NY 12541 Sunday, January 11, 2 p.m.: The Livingston Free Library hosts a talk about the history of ice yachting on the Hudson River. Brien Reid, the secretary, club historian and past commodore of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club will give the presentation. Brien owns several ice boats, including the Cyclone, built in 1901 for Herman Livingston Rogers of Hyde Park. Brien became enamored with old historic ice yachts after his first sail in Rhinecliff in 1990. Information: 518.851.2270

Ice Yacht ‘Tyro’ circa 1910-1915, Bain News Service, publisher’ source: The Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, call # LC-B2- 2521-10

Local History Speaker Series: Lisa LaMonica Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Author Lisa LaMonica presents her new book, “The History of Hudson,” by History Press. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Information: 518.828.1792; http://hudsonarealibrary.org

Family Film Festival Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson St., Kinderhook, NY 12106 7 p.m.: Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding. Dan Schoonover’s Family Film Festival heads into its 23rd year with 16mm films from the collection of the late Raymond Schoonover of New York City. Classic movies will be shown each month from October through April. Homemade popcorn and other light refreshments will be served. Please call the library for the movie title. Info: 518.758.6192; http://www.oklibrary.org

Sunday, January 11 Hudson Valley YA Society: Ilyasah Shabazz “X - A Novel” Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 4 p.m.: The HVYAS brings the best and brightest YA authors to the Hudson Valley in a memorable and fun party-like “literary salon” atmosphere, with refreshments, conversation, and giveaways for attendees. Ilyasah Shabazz is the third daughter of Malcolm X She is an activist, producer, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed Growing Up X and the picture book Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X. X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age 20, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today. Information: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

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Coco Chanel once said, “A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future,” and while that’s a bit extreme, Hudson Valley women (and men) who want to ensure that they have a future should check out the 2 Note Perfumery, a new botanical perfumery on Warren Street in Hudson. Botanical perfumery is the art of fusing natural plant and flower essences into aromatic compositions. ‘Compositions’ is a fitting word as Carolyn Mix and Darcy Doniger, the two women behind 2 Note, are also musicians. Mix is a classically trained violinist who says she’s now more of a fiddler, and Doniger is a cellist. The two women grew up in New York State (Mix in Ithaca and Doniger in and around New York City). They were living in Portland, Maine until, on the boring “all highways” drive from Ithaca to Portland, they decided to change things up and have a little adventure. They’d both read wonderful things about Hudson and stopped here on a Wednesday afternoon in September. The only thing that was open was the Swallow Coffee shop and they stopped to get a cup of coffee and walk up and down the street. As Mix tells me, “It was quiet yet we could feel the vibe; some of the grit and a lot of creativity here. We liked it immediately and went back to Portland and put the wheels in motion and here we are. We feel very fortunate to be in Hudson and in the Hudson Valley.” Visitors to the sleek white store decorated with sheet music and musical instruments are fortunate too. (When asked about the instruments, Mix tells me that they are friends with lots of instrument makers and the string instruments are essentially “their trash.” The horns, on the other hand, belonged to Doniger’s father who passed away two years ago, so they are on display to honor his memory.)

While the business is a true partnership, Mix is more in charge of the recipes while Doniger is fascinated with product branding and design – her clever touches include the use of violin pegs on the side of the store’s displays. She’s also responsible for the artwork lining the walls. But while Mix creates the recipes, Doniger consults on all compositions and Mix calls her “my second nose.” Mix is self-taught although she did study botany as an undergraduate. Her passion for beautiful scents comes from growing up on 50 acres of land that she calls “my playground.” Her great grandmother, with whom she was very close, was an avid gardener and rose grower who also had beautiful apple trees. She told Mix about a long-gone apothecary shop where you could go in and craft your own fragrances and Mix was always intrigued by that. A botanical perfumery became her dream. Mix learned a lot from her great grandmother and recalls that her earliest memory was taking her great grandmother’s dead rose petals and putting them in water to try to get the scent of the rose. She also spritzed herself with the juice of oranges because they smelled so beautiful. Each perfume is made up of a chord; three different fragrances that are stacked together so they unfold much like a musical composition does. There is a base note that anchors the fragrance; a middle note that serves as the scent’s heart and a top note that provides your initial impression. Mix enjoys working with plant-based essences as they have more definition in them and you can pick out the particular scents. She sprays a sample of Nocturne, a sultry fragrance with top notes of cardamom, black pepper, and Moroccan rose. She likes that you can pick out the cardamom. “It’s not all you smell but you know it’s there.” Rounding out


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Above: product display featuring one of Doniger’s father’s horns, photo by Meredith Perdue; R: ‘Opus’ scented candle featuring notes of French lavender, black pepper and sandlewood; L: ‘Rhapsody’ fragrance - ‘a whimsical composition inspired by notes of champaka flower, amber, frankincense, lavender, rose damask & grapefruit,’ photos courtesy 2 Note.

“It was quiet yet we could feel the vibe; some of the grit and a lot of creativity here. We liked it immediately...” the fragrance are middle or heart notes of ginger, rosewood, and green pepper, and bass notes of cognac, honey, and vetiver. (Calling the base note the “bass note” is another nod to their musical heritage.) All of the fragrances are named after musical terms and include majestic Sonata, a glorious blend of French lavender, sandalwood, and black pepper; vivacious Vivace, which they call a “spicy, citrusy powerhouse,” and Encore, an explosion of flowers. Mix’s first fragrance was Canto, which she created on commission for a bride on her wedding day. Canto was inspired by lilac and honeysuckle, two flowers which are too fragile to be distilled. Mix doesn’t blend for gender so all of her fragrances are unisex. She says you never know what a person is going to prefer. She’d recently sold Canto to a young man “and it smelled amazing on him,” and she says, “I can’t tell you how many times women come in and whisper to me that they prefer wearing men’s fragrances.” While the perfumes are the heart of the business, 2 Note also has an impressive collection of skincare, body care, and home scents. The Prima skincare lines, available for both men and women, are rich in vitamins, proteins, and antioxidants. One of the most popular skincare products is Handsome Beard Oil which moisturizes skin and conditions hair follicles. The combination of cedar wood, sandalwood and lavender scents was designed to appeal to both beard owners and their partners (so I got some for my brother and his new wife).

Body care products include shea butter-based shower gels, bath powders like Milk and Honey, a Cleopatra-inspired soaking powder infused with Rose Damask and Roman Camomile, and Gliss Body Polish, an exfoliating scrub with extracts of pineapple, papaya, and green tea. The body products don’t have the same fragrances as the perfumes, rather they are designed to complement them. For the home, 2 Note has aromatic mists, hand soaps, and candles. The Gypsie Aire fragrance is a floral and spicy combination of champaka flowers, vanilla, and sandalwood. All of 2 Note’s recipes and products are crafted in a lab in the back of the store. And as if things weren’t convenient enough, the women live in an apartment right above the store so if inspiration should strike in the middle of the night, it’s a short commute to the “office.” One warning: A visit to 2 Note is not a rushed experience. You will find yourself entranced by Mix and Doniger who are friendly, passionate, and absolutely delightful. As Mix says, “I’m not a sales person; I’m a maker so I love talking about what I do, but not in the context of trying to sell something.” Fortunately the products are so lovely, they basically sell themselves.

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Robin Cherry is a Red Hook-based food and travel writer and author of the book ‘Garlic: An Edible Biography’ is available from many local (and national) bookstores. She blogs (a bit too irregularly) at Garlicescapes where she shares garlic recipes from around the world.


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Tuesday, January 13 Raising Bees with Remco Krafft Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 6 p.m.: Learn all the basics of backyard bee keeping. Beekeeper Remco Krafft will get you started. Free! Info: 845.758.3241; http://redhooklibrary.org

Book Launch Event: Gail Godwin Publishing: A Writer’s Memoir Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 7 p.m.: Publishing is a personal story of a writer’s hunger to be published, the pursuit of that goal, and then the long haul--for Gail Godwin, 45 years of being a published writer and all that goes with it. Godwin has published two story collections and 14 novels, three of which were National Book Award finalists, five of which were New York Times bestsellers. Information: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

Wednesday, January 14 Movie: Frozen Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 5 p.m.: Free screening of the popular movie Frozen. Free - all are welcome! Info: 845.758.3241; http://redhooklibrary.org

Movie Night: Auntie Mame Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff, NY 12574 6:30 p.m.: Auntie Mame began as a novel by Patrick Dennis (aka Ed Fitzgerald). This 1958 film version permits Rosalind Russell to recreate her stage role as Mame Dennis, the flamboyant, devil-may-care aunt of young, impressionable Patrick Dennis. Left in Mame’s care when his millionaire father drops dead, young Patrick ( Jan Handzlik) is quickly indoctrinated into his aunt’s philosophy that “Life is a banquet--and some poor suckers are starving to death.” Presented in conjunction with The River Read. Information: 845.876.2903; http://morton.rhinecliff.lib.ny.us

Thursday, January 15 Kids’ Author Event: Nick Bruel “Bad Kitty” Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 4:30 p.m.: Author and cartoonist Nick Bruel will talk about his latest book, “Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble.” In this seventh installment

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of the New York Times bestselling series, Kitty encounters what may be her most formidable foe yet: her creator! Info: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

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composers, performed by women: Eugenia Zukerman, flutist; Babette Hierholzer, pianist; Kimberly Kahan, soprano; and The Kleio Quartet. Tickets: $25; $5 students (under 23, with student I.D.) Information: http://rhinebeckmusic.org

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Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 6 p.m.: Learn all the basics of making wine at home at this informative workshop. Information: 845.758.3241; http://redhooklibrary.org

Saturday, January 17 Met Opera Live in HD: Lehár’s The Merry Widow Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 12:55 p.m.: The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Tickets: $25; $15 students Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

Author Talk: Vernon Benjamin Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson St., Kinderhook, NY 12106 4 p.m.: Vernon Banjamin has lectured on the history of the Hudson Valley at Marist College and Bard College since 2003. A former editor of the Saugerties Times, he has written extensively on the Hudson Valley for various publications and has appeared on C-SPAN. He lives in Saugerties, New York. Info: 518.758.6192; http://www.oklibrary.org

Children’s Book Launch Extravaganza Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 4 p.m.: Renowned Hudson Valley author/ illustrators James E. Ransome, Lesa Cline Ransome & G. Brian Karas will celebrate the release of four new books this January. “Freedom’s School”, “My Name is Truth”, “Whale Tales, Before & Now” and “A Poem in Your Pocket”.This event will be fun for the whole family and suitable for children ages 4-10. Info: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

Animal Tracking Walk Hand Hollow Conservation Area, 387 Gale Hill Rd., New Lebanon, NY 12125 10 a.m.: Join Columbia Land Conservancy for an animal tracking walk with environmental educator Justin Wexler, look for signs of wildlife and learn how different species adapt to winter’s cold weather and limited food supply. If snow cover allows, snowshoes will be available. Information: http://clctrust.org

Tuesday, January 20 Green Drinks Hosted by CLC Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 5:30 p.m.: This monthly event is a great opportunity to meet and network with conservation-minded people in Columba County. Held on the third Tuesday of each month, with a different guest speaker every time. Information: 518.672.7994; http://clctrust.org/events

Wednesday, January 21 Family Fun Night: Snow Dough Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 5 p.m.: Make “snow” clay using various household items, then play with it! Materials provided. Free. Info: 845.758.3241; http://redhooklibrary.org

Thursday, January 22 Red Cross Disaster Preparedness

Sunday, January 18

Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson St., Kinderhook, NY 12106 6 p.m.: More than 200 million people are affected by disasters each year. Protect yourself, your family and your community by taking steps to be prepared. Special program to address our unique community needs and review the steps to take in the event of a disaster. Information: 518.758.6192; http://www.oklibrary.org

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murder, money, and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s grand- daughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in and her dangerous voyage begins. Suitable for 10 years + Tickets: $22; $15, children under 12 Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

Fri.-Sun., Jan. 23-Feb. 8 Heroes Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, NY 12075 Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m.: At a French retirement home for ex-servicemen, three WWI veterans spend their days sharing past glories, irritating each other, and gossiping about unbearable fellow “inmates.” Only the genius of Tom Stoppard can take such a bittersweet crawl-to-the-end-of-life scenario and turn it into a hysterical romp, as the Great War heroes plan their escape! Tickets: $20; $10 students & children under 12 Information: http://ghentplayhouse.org

Saturday, January 24 Met Opera Live in HD: Lehár’s The Merry Widow Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 12:55 p.m.: See Jan. 17 listing for details. Tickets: $25; $15 students Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

Author Talk: Marilyn Johnson Lives in Ruins Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 4 p.m.: In Lives in Ruins Marilyn Johnson, author of The Dead Beat and This Book is Overdue! turns her piercing eye and charming wit to the real-life avatars of Indiana Jones the archaeologists who sort through the muck and mire of swamps, ancient landfills, volcanic islands, and other dirty places to reclaim history for us all. Information: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

NT Live: Treasure Island Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 5 p.m.: See Jan. 22 listing for details. Tickets: $22; $15, children under 12 Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

Starting from Seed: An Afternoon with Margaret Roach Solaris/Camphill Hudson, 360 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, January 24, 3-5 p.m.: Want to grow your best vegetable and herb garden ever? It all starts with seeds and choosing the right varieties from sources that match your garden conditions. Join gardening expert Margaret Roach, originator of the oft-praised website A Way to Garden (awaytogarden.com), and let her demystify the politics and the pratical ‘ah-ha’s’ to get you growing with confidence! Bring your questions and go home with empowering handouts including seed-starting calendar and succession-sowing schedules. Garden resources including Turtle Tree Seeds and Hudson Valley Seed Library will be on hand with their offerings. This event is a benefit for the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library. Hours: $20 advance; $25 door Information: 518.828.1792; http://hudsonarealibrary.org Margaret Roach, photo submitted.

Book Reading and Signing Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe

Sunday, January 25

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 5 p.m.: Sam Wagstaff, the legendary curator, collector, and patron of the arts, emerges as a cultural visionary in this groundbreaking biography by Philip Gefter. Gefter, who wrote about photography on staff at The New York Times, captures Wagstaff ’s indelible influence on the world of late-20th-century art with a sure hand of his subject. Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Clermont State Historic Site, One Clermont Ave. (off Rte. 9G), Germantown, NY 12526 Noon-3 p.m.: Supervised sledding (safety sleds only), bonfire, snowman contest, refreshments. Free admission, hot chocolate and treats for sale. “No snow” date is February 8th. Information: 518.537.6622; http://www.friendsofclermont.org

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 9 p.m.: Hosted by Ringmistress Philomena with Kinko the Clown and a plethora of phenomenal performers. Tickets: $20 advance; $25 door; $15 clowns in make-up or costume Information: 518.828.4800; http://helsinkihudson.com

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Bolshoi Ballet Live in HD: Swan Lake Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 12:55 p.m.: With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. Tickets: $25; $15 students Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

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Destination Author Reading: The Kashmiri Shawl Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 2 p.m.: Writer Joanne Dobson reads from her new novel, “The Kashmiri Shawl.” The book is set during the 19th century in an India in violent rebellion and an America on the verge of the Civil War. The novel follows the epic journey of Anna Wheeler from her life as a missionary wife in India to the streets of New York City in search of a kidnapped daughter. In the course of her journey, she becomes a writer. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A will follow a brief reading. Information: 518.392.3005; http://chathambookstore.com

Author Talk: Megan Mayhew Bergman, “Almost Famous Women: Stories” Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 4 p.m.: The world hasn’t always been kind to unusual women, but through Megan Mayhew Bergman’s alluring depictions they finally receive the attention they deserve. Info: 845.876.0500; http://www.oblongbooks.com

Community Music Space Young Performers Showcase Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 6 p.m.: Students of the Red Hook-based music school perform. Tickets: $10 Information: 518.828.4800; http://helsinkihudson.com

Wednesday, January 28 Writer’s Workshop Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 5:30 p.m.: Informal, friendly writer’s workshop. Bring whatever you are working on - whether it be poetry, a short story, a novel, nonfiction or even just an idea! Hone your craft in a supportive, creative environment for writers of all abilities and experience. Free and open to the public. No registration necessary. Information: 845.757.3771; http://www.tivolilibrary.org

Fri. & Sat., January 30 & 31 Sing for Their Supper Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 1, 3 p.m.: To benefit the Red Hook and Rhinebeck food pantries, Sing for Their Supper will bring together members of

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local church choirs, along with instrumentalists, under the direction of St. Christopher’s choir master, Richard Totman, to form the Hudson Valley Ecumenical Ensemble. Tickets: Free, donations requested Info: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

Saturday, January 31 Met Opera Live in HD: Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 12:55 p.m.: The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines-each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score. Tickets: $25; $15 students Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

Skin Horse Theater Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, LUMA Theater, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 2 p.m.: Skin Horse is a theater company founded in 2009 by five Bard students. Now based in New Orleans and the recipient of a 2014 Big Easy Award, the company returns to the Fisher Center to develop a new project. Followed by a post-performance discussion with the artists. Tickets: free, reservations required. Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

Spencertown Revels Various locations & Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 5:30 p.m.: Ranking high on the list of Columbia County’s wintertime events, Revels offers a great way to escape winter’s icy grip–and have a great time in the process. This winter’s Revels begins as always, with a festive cocktail reception at the Academy. Guests will be treated to sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and a selection of fine wines and delicious cocktails. From there, you’ll head out to one of the many elegant and intimate dinner parties hosted by friends of the Academy. Tickets will be available soon. Check website for updated details. Information: 518.392.3693; http://spencertownacademy.org

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FEBRUARY Sunday, February 1 Sing for Their Supper Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 3 p.m.: See Jan. 30 & 31 listing. Information: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

Fri. & Sat., Feb. 6 & 7 American Symphony Orchestra Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 8 p.m.; preconcert talk @ 7 p.m.: Second concert of the season features Carl Reinecke’s Flute Concerto, Op. 283; Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major; and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Tickets: $25-$40 Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

Fri., Sat. & Sun., Feb. 6-22 The Who’s Tommy Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: The Castaway Players Theatre Company is proud to present the classic rock opera, The Who’s Tommy, the story of a deaf, dumb, and blind boy...hope... healing... and the human spirit. Tickets: $26; $24 Information: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

Saturday, February 7 The Wizard of Oz Puppet Show Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 11 a.m.: Join The Puppet People as they follow the Yellow brick road to The Emerald City and bring a literary classic to life! This puppet fantasy features marionettes, shadow puppets, rod puppets, a large parade puppet and more! For ages 5 and up. Tickets: $9; $7 kids Information: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

Met Opera Live in HD: Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 12:55 p.m.: See Jan. 31 listing for details. Tickets: $25; $15 students Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org


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Sunday, February 8 Bird Call Identification Columbia Land Conservancy Office, 49 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 1 p.m.: Winter is a great time for beginner birders! There are fewer birds around, so it is easier to learn about their habits and how to tell them apart. Join CLC for a winter bird identification program with biologist, writer, and local farmer Will Yandik. If weather permits, we will meet at one of CLC’s Conservation Areas, if not, then in CLC’s Chatham office. Stay tuned! Information: http://clctrust.org/events

Friday, February 13 World of Animals Red Hook Firehouse, 42 MM Ham Memorial Fire House Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571 6:30 p.m.: Bill Robinson, biologist, presents an exciting program for kids. Free. Info: 845.758.3241; http://redhooklibrary.org

Saturday, February 14 Predators of the Wild with Bill Robinson Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 11 a.m.: An exciting, interactive show that explains how birds of prey and reptiles have their own unique adaptations for survival. Learn the importance of birds and reptiles in the balance of nature, and how man has helped to restore endangered species such as the peregrine falcon. Live animals include birds of prey such as hawks, owls, vultures, and falcons as well as reptiles such as snakes and lizards. Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults Information: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

Met Opera Live in HD: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 12:30 p.m.: On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Bluebeard’s Castle). Tickets: $25; $15 students Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

Dan Tepfer’s Goldberg Variations/Variations Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, February 14, 7 p.m.: Dan Tepfer is a New York-based pianist and composer and one of the most formidable jazz musicians on the international stage. With his solo project Goldberg Variations/Variations, Tepfer approaches J.S. Bach’s masterpiece with his own improvisations on this totemic work. Tickets: $35, includes post-performance reception with the artist. Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

photo Dan Tepfer © Vincent Soyez ‘11

Sat. & Sun., Feb. 14 & 15 So Percussion and Grey McMurray: Where (we) Live Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, LUMA Theater, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: This “ambitious, beguiling show” (New York Times) blends music, video, and storytelling in a theatrical creation that reflects on notions of community and home. Featuring guitarist Grey McMurray and choreographer Emily Johnson, the production is directed by Ain Gordon and presented as part of Branches, Sō Percussion’s residency at Bard. Tickets: $25; $10 students Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

Sunday, February 15 18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count Ooms Conservation Area, 480 Rock City Rd., Chatham, NY 12037 9-11 a.m.: Join fellow birders, Columbia Land Conservancy staff, and guest expert Larry Federman of Audubon NY and become a citizen scientist for the morning. Help identify

and count birds at feeders, and collect data for a nation-wide survey. Binoculars and bird guides will be available, but bring your own if you have them. Please make sure you have plenty of warm layers as the group will spend considerable time standing in one place outdoors counting the birds. Hot tea and cocoa provided. Info: http://www.clctrust.org

Horszowski Trio Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 3 p.m.: This highly-regarded trio features Jesse Mills on violin, Raman Ramakrishnan on cello and Rieko Aizawa on piano. Tickets: $25; $5 students Info: http://rhinebeckmusic.org

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Fri. & Sat., Feb. 20 & 21 Cynthia Hopkins: A Living Documentary Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, LUMA Theater, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 7:30 p.m.: “Breathtaking visionary” (Time Out New York) Cynthia Hopkins presents her latest music-theater performance: a hilarious and searing reflection on the trials and tribulations of earning a living as an artist in 21st-century New York City. Tickets: $25; $10 students Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

Saturday, February 21 Pirate School: A Pirate’s Life for Me! Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 11 a.m.: Featured in New York Magazine’s “Best of NY: Kids!” Experience slapstick comedy, eccentric props, zany theatrical swordplay, adept magic, a mischievous water squirting cannon, and a furry puppet sidekick. Kids encouraged to dress like pirates! Ages 4

focuses on a gay couple: Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment; and Albin, his romantic partner and star attraction, and the farcical adventures that ensue when Georges’s son, Jean-Michel, brings home his fiancée’s ultra-conservative parents to meet them. Tickets: $27; $25 Information: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

Met Opera Live in HD: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 12:30 p.m.: See Feb. 14 listing for details. Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

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Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 11 a.m.: The whole family will enjoy Lisa Lou’s one-person circus show with juggling, balancing, plate-spinning, magic, funny stuff, and lots of audience participation. Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults Information: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

A Tribute to the Art of Flamenco Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff, NY 12574 3 p.m.: Members of the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society will perform flamenco solos and other works inspired by the flamenco tradition. Tickets: $10 at the door Information: http://mhcgs.blogspot.com

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Destination monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson. Adult-oriented cabaret performances. Tickets: $20 advance; $25 door; $15 clowns in make-up or costume Information: 518.828.4800; http://helsinkihudson.com

MARCH Sunday, March 1 Bard College Conservatory Orchestra Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 3 p.m.: Led by guest conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, the program includes John Adams’s Dr. Atomic Symphony, Samuel Barber’s First Essay for orchestra, and two world premieres by Bard students Adan Zuckerman ’15 and Andres Martinez de Velasco ’15. Tickets: $20; free to Bard community Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

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Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 11 a.m.: Joan McGrenaghan and her performing troupe have delighted audiences for over two decades! Enjoy Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes choreographed to energetic, handclapping, toe-tapping instrumentals. Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults Information: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

Fri.-Sun., March 6-8 March Dance Concert Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, LUMA Theater, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m.: Choreographed and performed by Bard students, assisted by professional lighting and costume designers, this concert gives students a chance to explore new territory in dance making. Tickets: Free, reservations required Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

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Sunday, March 8 Bolshoi Ballet Live in HD: Romeo & Juliet Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 12:55 p.m.: William Shakespeare’s timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s much-loved score. With its famous melodies, rhythmic variety and universal theme, this story of impossible love remains an all-time favorite. Tickets: $25; $15 students Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

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Wednesday, March 11 Longy Conservatory Orchestra Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 7:30 p.m.: Program includes Maurice Ravel, Tombeau de Couperin; Giovanni Bottesini, Duo Concertante, with Longy faculty soloists Laura Bossert, violin, and Pascale Delache-Feldman, double bass; and Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral.” Conducted by Geoffrey McDonald. Tickets: Free; reservations required Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

Friday, March 13 Voodoo Orchestra North Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 9 p.m.: The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser, bandleader, and composer Bobby Previte and featuring many great upstate New York musicians, continues its regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew,” at Club Helsinki Hudson. Tickets: $20; $10 students & children under 12 Information: http://www.helsinkihudson.com

Fri.-Sun., March 13-29 Triumph of Love Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, NY 12075 Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m.: If you’re a crafty princess who has her sights set on a still wet-behind-the-ears prince, there’s only one simple way to subvert his tyrannical relatives - make love to all of them! With each new fib, disguise and ploy, the shenanigans grow wilder until (spoiler alert) love triumphs! Tickets: $20; $10 students & children under 12 Information: http://ghentplayhouse.org

Saturday, March 14 Barefoot Dance Company Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 11 a.m.: This unique company of young dancers will perform several innovative modern dance pieces in a delightful concert. Bring your kids as the event is family friendly. Audience members of all ages will find the variety of work exciting and inspiring.Tickets: $9; $7 kids Information: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

Maple Sugaring The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, 81 Roxbury Rd., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m.: Warm days and cold nights are the perfect recipe to get the sap flowing in sugar maples across the northeast. Join Columbia Land Conservancy at The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, a local sugar bush, to learn about the modern and traditional techniques of tapping trees, collecting sap, and boiling the sap down to syrup. The farm owners will explain the present day gravity fed collection system, and if the conditions are right, fire up the evaporating pan to start boiling the sap. We’ll be joined by environmental educator Justin Wexler to talk about Native American traditions of maple sugaring. If last year is any indication, you will have a chance to taste the sweet syrup as it comes out of the pan! Info: http://clctrust.org/events Maple sugar production - sap being transformed into syrup. Photo source: wikipedia.org, March 2011 photo by M. Rehemtulla

Met Opera Live in HD: Rossini’s La Donna del Lago Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 12:55 p.m.: Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti. Tickets: $25; $15 students Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

Film: The Lives of Hamilton Fish Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 7 p.m.: The Lives of Hamilton Fish is a cinematic rock opera inspired by a true story that won Best Picture at the 2014 New England Underground Film Festival. The brainchild of Rachel Mason, who wrote, directed and stars in the film, much of it was shot on location at historic sites in the Hudson Valley. The musical film follows two men – a serial killer and a statesman, both named

Hamilton Fish – who died one day apart in 1936. Hamilton Fish II, was a descendant of one of the most prominent families in New York State and Hamilton “Albert” Fish was a psychopath and a most notorious child murderer. A newspaper editor becomes obsessed with this coincidence after publishing their obituaries on his front page. The film’s story is told entirely through songs in the editor’s voice, as a surreal tale unfolds where supernatural events and historic facts merge in a wild, musical journey. Tickets: $15 Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Sunday, March 15 Farm Film Festival VII Crandall Theatre, 46-48 Main St., Chatham, NY 1 p.m.: View many interesting films, some short and some longer, all addressing the future of agriculture and our food supply at the 7th Farm Film Festival. You are welcome to attend as many screenings as you wish at this free event. The schedule of films will be determined closer to the festival as entries are still being accepted. The film festival is sponsored by continued on page 32 g


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Ferdinand and Friends: A Musical Menagerie Family Concert Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 3 p.m.: Join Ferdinand the Bull and his raucous coterie of furry and feathered friends in this enchanting journey through classic tales. Will Peter escape the wolf? Will the goat dance away the snow? Can the elephants keep up with the carnival procession? These colorful creatures will be brought to life with music by Saint-Saens, Honegger, Ridout, Prokofiev, and more. Eugenia Zukerman (flute), Helena Baillie (violin), Ryan Kamm (double bass), and Joseph Luzzi (narrator). Free! Information: http://hudsonoperahouse.org

Gala Event: Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society Ward Manor House, Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 3-5 p.m.: Join RCMS for a “Tea, Sherry Hour” as inspired by Lily Duchess of Marlborough, a member of the Hamersley Family, the original owners of Ward Manor House, designed by Francis Hoppin, architect of such prestigious homes as “The Mount” in Lenox, MA and “Springwood,” in Hyde Park. Enjoy tea, sherry, and delicious delicacies and music of the Victorian Era. Plus, an auction of amazing vacation homes and certificates to local gourmet restaurants as well as other enticing items. Tickets: $50 Info: http://rhinebeckmusic.org

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Met Opera Live in HD: Rossini’s La Donna del Lago Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 12:55 p.m.: See March 14 listing for details. Tickets: $25; $15 students Info: 518.822.8448; http://timeandspace.org

Sunday, March 22 Lecture: Corsets: Building Fashion from the Inside Out Clermont State Historic Site, One Clermont Ave. (off Rte. 9G), Germantown, NY 12526 2-3 p.m.: For centuries, corsets were the foundation of building a fashionable silhouette. Join costume historian Kjirsten Gustavson as she traces the changes in 200 years of this widely-misunderstood garment. Live models will show reproduction garments and their effects on clothing’s appearance. Pre-paid reservations required. Tickets: $10/person Information: 518.537.6622; http://www.friendsofclermont.org

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Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff, NY 12574 3 p.m.: Richard Udell, guitar and Kate Johnson, soprano. Tickets: $10 at the door Info: http://mhcgs.blogspot.com

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Fri., Sat. & Sun., March 27-29

Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 5:30 p.m.: This monthly event is a great opportunity to meet and network with conservation-minded people in Columba County. Held on the third Tuesday of each month, with a different guest speaker every time. Information: 518.672.7994; http://clctrust.org/events

Saturday, March 21 Pinocchio Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 11 a.m.: Based on Carlo Collodi’s timeless tale of an Italian woodcarver, Geppetto, who carves

Solas an Lae Illume Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: Hudson Valley’s celebrated American Irish dance Company Solas An Lae, returns to the Center with a new theater dance performance that explores the nature of light and the role light plays in the spiritual, creative, and emotional aspects of our lives. Choreographed by SAL Artistic Director Deirdre Lowry, Illume is a celebratory and revealing work of possibilities, hopes and dreams. Tickets: $20 Information: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

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Fri.-Mon., March 27-30 Senior Project Festival Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, LUMA Theater, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri., 6:30-10:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-4 p.m. and 6:30-10:30 p.m.; Mon., 6:3010:30 p.m.: Presented by Bard Theater and Performance Program. Information: 845.758.7900; http://fishercenter.bard.edu

Saturday, March 28 Annual Pancake Breakfast Location tba 8:30 a.m.: Annual event to thank all Columbia Land Conservancy donors, volunteers and their families for their support of land protection in Columbia County and celebrate the successes that have been achieved together! This annual pancake breakfast celebration features pancakes with local maple syrup, live music, and handson activities for children. This is a fun and free event. Information: http://clctrust.org/events

Berger’s and Frank’s Magic Show Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 11 a.m.: Come see two of your favorite local magicians doing what they do best: being ridiculous and being amazing. Derrin Berger and Frank Monaco have a combined 60+ years of magical experience and they’re going to pack it all into 1 great family show with magic, comedy, and audience participation all rolled into one. Be prepared to laugh in amazement as the magic happens live, right before your eyes.Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults Information: 845.876.3080; http://www.centerforperformingarts.org

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 9 p.m.: Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson. Adult-oriented cabaret performances. Tickets: $20 advance; $25 door; $15 clowns in make-up or costume Information: 518.828.4800; http://helsinkihudson.com


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