Category: Columbia County Living

Columbia County Awarded $5.3M in REDC Grants


Columbia County received 20 individual awards totaling approximately $5.3 million from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC).

The awards ranged from $30,000 to nearly $2 million, going to a variety of initiatives such as arts programs, aging infrastructure development and Main Street revitalization.

One major award is for a new Shaker Museum for Columbia County. Shaker Museum Library will receive $1,569,000 from Empire State Development to renovate a large 19th century masonry building in downtown Chatham, into a state-of-the-art museum facility to house its library and object collection. It will provide flexible space for exhibitions, community programming, and educational activities.

Other Columbia County awards include $145,000 for studio restorations at Art Omi Inc., $950,139 for performance space restorations at Basilica Hudson, $750,000 for the city of Hudson’s stormwater system upgrades, $197,000 to the Friends of Clermont for renovations at Livingston Mansion.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the awards allocated across the state, a continuation of a program that has been instated since 2011.

The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo’s approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources.

After nine rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.9 billion has been awarded to more than 8,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 240,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit


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At The Crandell, ‘The Good Liar’, Dec 20 – 24

The Good Liar is playing this weekend, December 20 to 24, at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham.

Career con man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions. And he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes. Legendary actors Mirren and McKellen star together on screen for the first time in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live.

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Rated: R
Directed By: Bill Condon
Written By: Jeffrey Hatcher, Nicholas Searle (novel)
Runtime: 109 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema

Friday, December 20 – Monday, December 23, 2019 / 7pm
Tuesday, December 24 / 2pm

Chatham Film Club Members & Children $6.50
Non Members $7.50
Matinees, All Seats $6.50
Additional $2.00 fee for 3D

The Crandell Theatre
48 Main Street
Chatham, NY 12037



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Chatham’s First Santa Crawl, Dec 14

On Saturday, December 14th, Chatham’s restaurants and bars will take part in the village’s first Santa Crawl. Part of Chatham’s Annual Winterfest, the Santa Crawl invites everyone to dress up in holiday-inspired costumes and stop by the participating establishments.

Each costumed person will be entitled to special drink prices (adults only), and are asked to take selfies from at least 3 of the establishments. Post those selfies to Instagram with the hastag, “#ChathamWinterfest”, and be entered to win prizes with winners chosen at random.

The participating establishments are:

  • Blue Plate
  • Chatham Brewing
  • Peoples Pub
  • The Chatham Grill
  • Yiannis

Saturday, December 14, 2019 / 4pm – 7pm

The Village of Chatham, NY


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