Hudson Hall Presents, 16 Years of the Hudson Jazz Workshop Concert, Aug 14

Hudson Hall presents Hudson Jazz Workshop Concert, featuring Armen Donelian, Marc Mommaas and Michael Abene on August 14th.

Now in its 16th year, pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas’ immersive Hudson Jazz Workshop culminates with a concert at Hudson Hall featuring pianist, composer, arranger, educator and record producer Michael Abene. Abene performs with Donelian and Mommaas alongside an international line-up of workshop musicians performing original new works created during the workshop process.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 14, 2022 / 4pm

LOCATION: Hudson Hall
327 Warren Street 
Hudson, NY 12534 

COST: Free
Reservations recommended and available at https://hudsonoperahouse


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Roeliff Jansen Library Community Picnic, Aug 14

Roeliff Jansen Library‘s Community Picnic has returned! Join the community at the library for an afternoon of food, music, and fun activities on August 14th. Come meet new friends and neighbors!

In addition to BBQ, beverages, and crafts, each child at the picnic will receive a free book coupon from the Friends of the Roe Jan Library to use at the Friends Bookshop. Plus, there will be a live Birds of Prey presentation at 1:00 pm. 

DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 14, 2022 / 12 – 3pm

ADMISSION: FREE / Open to the public

LOCATION: Roeliff Jansen Community Library  
9091 Route 22
Copake, NY 12529


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Columbia Land Conservancy Under the Surface: Lake Explorers at Olana, Aug 13

Join the Columbia Land Conservancy and Olana for a Stream & Pond Backpack Program, Under the Surface: Lake Explorers at Olana, August 13th.

Join Columbia Land Conservancy‘s Jenifer Rosete for an afternoon of lake exploration. Take a closer look at Olana’s man-made Lake to learn what macroinvertebrates are living below the surface and what they can tell us about water quality. Waders, nets, and field guides will be provided. The Columbia Land Conservancy works with their community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat and rural character of Columbia County, strengthening connections between people and the land.

Jenifer Rosete joined CLC in October 2020 and is a Columbia County native with a degree in Environmental Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology Jenifer enjoys connecting to nature through hiking, bird watching, photography, and searching for geocaches.

Difficulty level: Short walk to the lake, then we will be exploring the pond with nets, magnifying glasses, field guides, waders.

What to bring: Sunscreen, water, weather appropriate clothing and footwear. Waders, nets, and field guides will be provided.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 13, 2022 / 1 – 2pm

LOCATION: Olana State Historic Site
5720 State Route 9G
Hudson, NY 12534

COST/REGISTRATION: $10 Olana Members, $15 Non-Members
Use discount code EOO22 for $5 off
Click here to register


Call Olana at 518.751.0344 if you have any questions about registration.

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‘Next To Normal’ at Mac-Haydn Theatre Aug 4 – 14

The Mac-Haydn theatre presents the regional premiere of Next to Normal. The show opens on Thursday, August 4th and runs through Sunday, August 14th.

Winner of 3 Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s Next to Normal has taken Broadway, and the musical theater world by storm over the past decade. An emotional powerhouse of a musical with a thrilling rock score, the show takes an honest look at the sometimes harsh realities of “normal” life.

A typical American family to the outside world, the Goodmans secretly struggle in their suburban home as they deal with the effects of their mother’s worsening mental health. As they navigate their changing world, they deal with the pressing contemporary issues of trauma, loss, mental health treatment, and what it means to be a family.

Making its debut at the Mac-Haydn, Next to Normal promises to be an artistic highlight of the 2022 season and is unlike anything you have seen on our stage. Trust us when we tell you, this show is not to be missed. Prepare yourself to be overwhelmed by the raw and exhilarating reality of what it means to care for yourself, and for one another.

At the helm of the premiere production is Mac-Haydn Artistic Director John Saunders, who has earned numerous Berkshire Theatre Award nominations for his direction in recent years, as well as a win for Outstanding Production of a Musical for Ragtime (2019).

“Knowing that Next To Normal has not been really seen in the region, it feels like a tremendous honor to be presenting the show,” said Saunders. “While some may not consider it “Summer Stock” fare, I believe the show magically does what theatre is intended to do; it holds up a mirror for the viewer and offers an incredibly truthful look at a real family facing very real issues. Though the material is, at times, heavy, the show is written so beautifully to encompass great moments of levity, humor, and above all else, hope.”

Saunders is joined by Music Director Eric Shorey and Assistant Music Director Emily Croome. The production will feature scenic design by Emma Cummings, who will bring the Goodmans’ home to life on the Mac-Haydn stage, along with lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, costume design by Bethany Marx, sound design by Nick Caburis, wig design by Caitlin Maxwell, hair and makeup design by April Gerbode, and props design by David Tankersley, who will also assist Cummings.

Broadway’s Beth Kirkpatrick (Les Miserables, Hello Dolly) makes her Mac-Haydn debut as Diana. She is joined by Eric Van Tielen (Broadway: Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities) as Dan. Rounding out the cast are Mac-Haydn favorites Amber Mawande-Spytek (Pippin) as Natalie, Kylan Ross (Pippin, Urinetown) as Gabe, Andrew Burton Kelley (Little Shop of Horrors, She Loves Me) as Henry, and Gabe Belyeu (Man of La Mancha, A Chorus Line) as Dr. Madden.

“My goal is to really surprise our audience with this extraordinary piece and tell them a story that is even more relatable than some of the good old classic musicals,” said Saunders. “The score is both contemporary and classic at the same time which I know our audiences will enjoy tremendously and I just know the Mac-Haydn audiences will genuinely appreciate their experience with the show.”

Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt

Production information from

DATES/TIMES: Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 14, 2022

Aug 4 – 2:00PM Thursday
Aug 4 – 8:00PM Thursday
Aug 5 – 8:00PM Friday
Aug 6 – 4:00PM Saturday
Aug 7 – 2:00PM Sunday
Aug 7 – 7:00PM Sunday
Aug 10 – 2:00PM Wednesday
Aug 11 – 2:00PM Thursday
Aug 11 – 8:00PM Thursday
Aug 12 – 8:00PM Friday
Aug 13 – 4:00PM Saturday
Aug 13 – 8:00PM Saturday
Aug 14 – 2:00PM Sunday
Aug 14 – 7:00PM Sunday

Tickets can be purchased through by clicking here.

LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

Box Office Phone: 518-392-9292

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“Afternoon on a Hill”: Musical Celebration to Benefit Steepletop, Aug 13

On Saturday, August 13, the grounds at Edna St. Vincent Millay’s historic home, Steepletop, will be open for the first time in three years for a special musical event to benefit the restoration and maintenance of the historic site. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to wander through Millay’s gardens and fields and explore the Poetry Trail that leads to the Millay family gravesites. Millay’s house will also be open for tours for a limited number of ticket holders.

The centerpiece of the day will be a 2:00 pm concert under a tent on the hill by Millay’s home, featuring celebrated musical interpreters of Millay’s poetry: Scottish harper, composer and producer Maeve Gilchrist, and The Edna Project, made up of Liz Queler, Seth Farber and their son, Joey Farber.

Maeve Gilchrist, who will perform the title cut from her latest CD, “The Harpweaver,” inspired by one of Millay’s iconic poems, has been described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity.” Maeve‘s innovative approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, currently based in Brooklyn, New York, she is as at home as a soloist with an internationally renowned orchestra as she is playing with a traditional Irish folk group or working with electronic sounds in a more contemporary setting. Maeve has released five albums to date, including “The Harpweaver,” which the Irish Times gave a five-star review, calling it “buoyant, sprightly and utterly beguiling…a snapshot of a musician at the top of her game.” 

The Edna Project, who will perform a selection of Millay’s poetry set to music, has been hailed as “an eclectic sublimely musical melding of folk, bluegrass, rock and jazz with humor and great harmonies” and “an amazing bunch of top-notch musicians and first-rate lyrics taken from the poetry of Millay.” Each member is a remarkable musician: singer/songwriter/composer Liz is a three-time Grammy nominee who has performed extensively as a singer and as an instrumentalist.

Composer/musician Seth was music director for the late folk/blues legend Odetta and has also been nominated for several Grammys; he has numerous Broadway credits and his music has been used extensively for film and television. Joey, a recent graduate of the Berklee School of Music, is fast amassing his own impressive credits, including several national jingles, an off-Broadway show (“Soul Doctor”) and appearances on SNL and other late-night television shows.

A wine reception will follow the concert.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 13, 2022 / 10am – 5:30pm

LOCATION: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Steepletop
440 East Hill Road
Austerlitz, NY

TICKETS: $95, $125
$95 per person for concert & reception
$125 for concert, reception, and 45-minute house tour (a limited number of house tours are available).
Tickets may be purchased in advance at, or at the door.


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