Eclectimaniac Events – The August 2018 Show

This is the place to get more info on the events we discussed on the Eclectimaniac Radio Show for August 15, 2018.

Art Omi: Music live on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM

On Saturday, August 18, a live, collaborative performance by the Art Omi: Music fellows will be broadcast on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM, a community radio station serving New York’s Greene and Columbia counties based in Acra, New York. The performance can also be heard via live stream at and found in the WGXC audio archive following the performance.

Saturday, August 18, 2018: 2 – 3pm

Tony Stewart All Star Sprint Car Series at Lebanon Valley Speedway

The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. This winged sprint car tour will be at Lebanon Valley Speedway along with a $1500 To Win Small Block Modified Event.

Sunday, August 19, 2018: 4pm – 10pm


  • General Bleacher – $25
  • Premium Bleacher – $27
  • Indoor Tower – $40
  • Roof Top – 35

Lebanon Valley Speedway,
1746 US Route 20,
West Lebanon, NY 12195

Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards at Hudson Area Library

The Hudson Area Library presents Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards. This marks the library’s first ever History Room collection exhibit, and is curated by David Murphy of Hudson, former president of the library’s Board of Trustees and a member of its History Room Committee.

What did people do to connect with each other before telephones, internet, and instant messaging? Many sent postcards, even if it was to a friend or relative just a few miles away. Wish You Were Here examines and celebrates that era.

The Hudson Area Library History Room has collected an extensive set of postcards from this river city, most from the early 1900s, that tell charming personal stories about life here 100 years ago. The collection illuminates how essential this widely used method of communications was for travelers, family and friends in and around Hudson. It includes many street scenes of Hudson, prominent buildings such as the county courthouse, and parks such as Promenade Hill.

There will an opening reception on Thursday, September 6, which includes a presentation on the collection, hosted by Gary Sheffer, a native of Hudson. This will be followed by a wine and cheese gathering. The library will also have note cards and t-shirts for sale with an image of an iconic historic Hudson postcard.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 2018: 6 – 8pm
Exhibition: September 6 – October 31, 2018

Free and open to the public

Hudson Area Library
51 N. 5th St. (at State St.)
Hudson, NY 12534

Grillsdale 2018

Back for its third year as one of the most tantalizing evenings of the summer, Grillsdale spotlights the bounty of Columbia County, Dutchess County, and the Berkshires—featuring some of the best grilled small plates from top restaurants, chefs, and purveyors from the area. Set against the hills at Roeliff Jansen Park, watch the sunset while sampling your way through an all-inclusive food and drink menu. For live music, this year we are thrilled to have Chops N’ Saurekraut Trio ( with surprise guests ) from Hudson, all performing on the big Herrington’s truck-stage.

Featuring grilled food and craft beverages from the following:

Job Yacubian The Farmer’s Wife * Carla Perez-Gallardo & Hannah Black Of Lil’ Deb’s Oasis * Jack Peele of JACüTERIE * Eliah Gardner of Yummy Kitchen * Carrie Chen & Keith Tannenbaum of Casana T House * Luloo & Evan Flynn-Mann of Empaninas * Nick Keene of The Barn at The Egremont Village Inn * Jared Schwartz & laura Webster of The Poor Devil Pepper Company * Ethan Athur Sumner of FIRE KING BBQ * Brigid Dorsey of Les Collines Preserves * Chef Jeremy Spesard of Miracle Springs Farm * HILLSDALE FIRE CO. #1 * Svendale Brewing Co.* King’s Highway Fine Cider * Chatham Brewing * Irving Farm Coffee Roasters * White Oak Farm * Little Apple Cider Inc.

The evening will be capped with the naming of the “People’s Choice” to be decided by the attendees. Last year SHIRE 935 Productions donated a substantial portion of the net profit to the HARLEM VALLEY RAIL TRAIL and pledge to do so again via a raffle of a chic new trail-worthy bicycle and a few other recreational items.

Saturday, August 25, 2018: 7pm – 11pm

$85 – All Inclusive Ticket
$45 – Wine & Beer (no-food) Ticket
$25 – Kids, 12 and under
If the last two years are to be any indication, Grillsdale will sell out fast, so get your tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased at

Roeliff Jansen Park
116 Old Route 22
Hillsdale, NY 12529

Columbia County Fair

Six days of fun with all your fair favorites as well as new entertainment that will fill the stages, exhibit buildings, barns, midway and grandstand. Headlining the Fair this year is Country Band Parmalee, known for their hit singles, “Carolina,” “Close Your Eyes,” and “Already Callin’ You Mine.”

Two nights of Demolition Derby.

Truck Pulling circuit rolling into our Grandstand for one exciting night of diesel, 4WD modified and enhanced gas competitors, produced by Shootout Productions.

Professional cowboys throughout the country competing for cash prizes and a chance at the year-end trophy buckle at the Painted Pony Rodeo. Team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling and ladies barrel racing contest fill out the event.

Monster Tractors will once again pull their heavy loads past the grandstand crowd, testing fairgoers eardrums while earning points towards the circuit championship.

August 29 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018
Wednesday NOON to 11pm
Thursday-Monday 10am-11pm

Single Admission (excluding Sunday) $10.00
Sunday Admission $15.00
Senior Citizens 62 & over (Thursday 10am to 4pm) $5.00
Youth Day 18 & under (Thursday 10am to 4pm) FREE
Active Military Individual Personnel, with ID or uniform FREE (not a family discount)

Columbia County Fair Grounds
182 Hudson Avenue
Chatham, NY 12037


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Jeff McKinney is a Realtor in Columbia County, NY. Connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.

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