Spencertown Academy Community Day, Jul 9

Celebrate the 175th anniversary of Spencertown Academy Arts Center historic home and the 50th anniversary of the Academy as an arts center. Free entertainment for all!

For Kids: 10:00am-Noon on the Village Green

  • Balloon artists
  • Mortal Beasts and Deities Stilt Dancers will roam the Green
  • 10:30-11:00am: Columbia County Youth Theater will perform
  • 11:30-Noon: Tom Hooker Hanford: Fiddle Dee Dee, Children’s Folk Songs of Old New York and New England.

At the Academy: 10:00am-4:00pm

  • Building open for tours
  • Members’ Show in Gallery
  • Keeping Our History Alive: Academy history on video loop
  • Special Commemorative items for sale: t-shirts, photo book: A Look Back at Spencertown and the Academy
  • Were you a student at the Academy? Come and share your memories with our videographer who will be recording former students in 10 minute sessions from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the kitchen. Reserve your time slot at the back door. 1:30pm: Line up on the front steps for a group photo of former students

At the Austerlitz History Center: 9:00am-2:00pm

At the Town Park: Food Vendors 11:30am-2:30pm

  • Mama Lo’s BBQ, Mexican Food from Nelva, Mr. Ding-A-Ling

At the Ballfield

Please bring blankets and chairs

  • 1:00-1:30pm: Tom Hooker Hanford: Fiddle Dee Dee, Children’s Folk Songs of Old New York and New England.
  • 2:00-4:00pm: The Bobby Sweet Band

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 9, 2022 / 10am – 4pm

LOCATION: Spencertown Academy (plus additional locations mentioned above) 
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY

Phone: (518) 392-3693


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Folktales & Stories w/ Pamela Badila at Hudson Area Library

Join the Hudson Area Library for Folktales & Stories with Pamela Badila each Wednesday in July.
Presented by celebrated community leader, writer, and performing artist, Pamela Badila, this special storytime features an hour of interactive folktales, stories, music, and dancing. Caregivers and kids are invited to play dressup, sing along, and participate in stories from all over the world.

Storytime is free and open to the public.

DATE/TIME: Each Wednesday, July, 2022 / 10 – 11am

LOCATION: The Hudson Area Library Community Room
51 North Fifth Street
Hudson, NY 12534

REGISTRATION: Appreciated, but not required
To register, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101


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Afternoon on a Hill Returns to Steepletop, Aug 13

Edna St. Vincent Millay’s historic home, Steepletop, is thrilled to announce that on Saturday, August 13, 2022, we will open the Steepletop grounds for the first time in three years for a special musical event to benefit the restoration and maintenance of the historic site. We hope you’ll 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 – 6pm

LOCATION: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Steepletop
440 East Hill Road
Austerlitz, NY 12017

ADMISSION: $95 & $125
$95 per person for the concert and reception
$125 per person for the concert, reception, and a 45-minute house tour (limited availability).
Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.millay.org


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Hudson Hall Presents Kaytek The Wizard, Multimedia Puppet Play, Jun 29

Hudson Hall presents Kaytek The Wizard, Multimedia Puppet Play, on Friday, July 29 at 7pm.

A story of a mischievous boy wizard who discovers the magic and the responsibility of the power he holds within him, this multimedia puppet show speaks to every child’s dream of adventure, freedom, and shaping the world to their own designs.

Recommended for ages 9+
Based on the story by Janusz Korczak
Translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Script and Direction by Brian Hull with Mary Tanner
Music by Sarah Hart
Animation and projected images by Bigfott Studios

DATES/TIMES: Friday, July 29, 2022 / 7pm

LOCATION: Hudson Hall
327 Warren Street 
Hudson, NY 12534 

COST: Free
Reservations recommended and available at https://hudsonoperahouse.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F1Q00000mo1dUUAQ


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North Chatham Library Program: Native Plants and Beneficial Insects, Jun 29

The North Chatham Free Library presents Native Plants and Beneficial Insects on June 29th. Would you like your garden to be filled with butterflies, bees and birds? Learn how at this presentation by Sandra Linnell, who will discuss what plants thrive in our area and how they support our local ecology.

The growth of cities and their accompanying urban sprawl have fragmented and transformed ecologically productive land to lush lawns and decorative ornamentals to enhance property values. The remaining isolated natural areas are not large enough to support wildlife, however that trend is turning.

Native plants are those that occur naturally in a region. Research by the entomologist Doug Tallamy has found that native oak trees support over 500 species of caterpillars whereas ginkgo, a commonly planted landscape tree from Asia, host only 5 species of caterpillars.

Plants available in nurseries are often species chosen for their exotic interest and they not only sever the food web, but some have shown invasive behavior, outcompeting native species and degrading habitat in the remaining natural areas.

Sandra Linnell is the Community Horticulture Program Coordinator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties. She has experience in growing natives, herbs, and flowers from seed from her previous employment working on farms and greenhouses.

This program will be held outside in the back garden of the NCFL, weather permitting. If necessary, will meet upstairs in the Library. .

Live & Learn programs are supported, in part, by grants from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation and the Bank of Greene County.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 / 10am

LOCATION: North Chatham Free Library
4287 Route 203
North Chatham, NY 12132

REGISTRATION: Signup for this event at registernorthchathamlibrary@gmail.com

Email: nclibrary@fairpoint.net

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