Category: Columbia County Living

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If you visit ColumbiaCountyCurrent regularly, you’ve probably noticed that we haven’t posted anything in a while. The reason is that we are working on a revamped look and some under-the-hood updates.

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Winter Hike/Snowshoe Adventure at Hand Hollow Conservation Are, Feb 4

Join Whale of a Trail and the Columbia Land Conservancy for a Snowshoe Adventure at the Hand Hollow Conservation area on Saturday, February 4th.

There is so much to enjoy about being outdoors in the winter season despite the cold temperatures. Come learn about the science of snow, winter outdoor safety, navigation, identifying animal activity and more. In the event there is not enough snow, we will enjoy a winter hike.

Some snowshoe experience is recommended for this adventure.

Things to bring: Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, and water. Snowshoes will be provided, but please bring your own if you have them.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 4, 2023 / 1:30pm – 3pm

LOCATION: Hand Hollow Conservation Area
4079 County Route 9
East Chatham, NY

Registration is required. Contact Jenifer Rosete at to register.

Columbia Land Conservancy Inc.
49 Main Street Chatham, NY

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Chatham Winterpalooza

Enjoy festive shopping and dining everyday! See below for a list of extra special activities and events. 

December 7-24

Holiday Window Contest

Cast Your Vote!

Friday, December 9

Elf-on-the-Shelf Search, 4:00-7:00pm

Find an elf hiding somewhere in The Olde 1811 Antique Shop (2 Austerlitz Street) and get 20% off your purchase.

Client/Customer Appreciation Night, 4:30-6:30pm

Beach & Bartolo Realtors Inc. (34 Main Street) current or past clients and customers are invited to stop by in your ugly sweater for treats and drinks, see the new office setup, chat with your favorite realtors, meet other members of the team and just have some holiday fun!

Ugly Sweater Night, 8:00am-11:00pm

Take your loved one out to dinner or a drink at one of Chatham’s restaurants in your ugly Christmas Sweater, take a selfie and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #chathamnyuglysweaters2022 and be entered to win!

$2 Pints at the People’s Pub
$2 Pie Slices at Main Street Goodness
20%Off Draft Beer at Chatham Brewing
25% Off Seasonal Cocktails at the Blue Plate

Saturday, December 10

Holiday Storytime, 11:00am-Noon

At the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street

Visit with Santa, Noon-2:00pm

At the Crandell Theater, 48 Main Street

Cooper’s Daughter Spirits Tasting, Noon-4:00pm

At Chatham Wine & Liquor, 53 Main Street

Holiday Popup Shop, Noon-5:00pm

At Roots Holistic Wellness, 25 Main Street

Free Screening of “Klaus,” 1:00-2:45pm

At the Crandell Theater, 48 Main Street

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New Lebanon Newcomers Meet & Greet, Oct 21

The New Lebanon Recreation Commission and The New Lebanon Library are hosting a Meet & Greet for newcomers on Friday, October 21st.

If you’re new to town, or have a new home, come meet some other newcomers and your neighbors who’ve been here a while or a lifetime. We can all share what we love about our town, including our fantastic library!

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 21, 2022 / 5 – 7pm

LOCATION: The New Lebanon Library
550 US-20

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Happy Labor Day


Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

According to one early history of Labor Day, the event originated in connection with a General Assembly of the Knights of Labor convened in New York City in September 1882. In connection with this clandestine Knights assembly, a public parade of various labor organizations was held on September 5 under the auspices of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York. Secretary of the CLU Matthew Maguire is credited for first proposing that a national Labor Day holiday subsequently be held on the first Monday of each September in the aftermath of this successful public demonstration.

An alternative thesis is maintained that the idea of Labor Day was the brainchild of Peter J. McGuire, a vice president of the American Federation of Labor, who put forward the initial proposal in the spring of 1882. According to McGuire, on May 8, 1882, he made a proposition to the fledgling Central Labor Union in New York City that a day be set aside for a “general holiday for the laboring classes”. According to McGuire he further recommended that the event should begin with a street parade as a public demonstration of organized labor’s solidarity and strength, with the march followed by a picnic, to which participating local unions could sell tickets as a fundraiser. According to McGuire he suggested the first Monday in September as an ideal date for such a public celebration, owing to optimum weather and the date’s place on the calendar, sitting midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving public holidays



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