Category: Happenings

Helsinki Hudson Virtual Open Mic Nights

Club Helsinki presents Virtual Open Mic night, every Tuesday. Check out great local Musicians, Comics, Spoken Word Poets, and so much more.

Here is a recent show.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 / 7:30 pm



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Virtual Entertainment Options from Ancram Opera House and Two Of Us Productions, Jul 11

You have two different Virtual Entertainment options to select from this Saturday. Organized by the Ancram Opera House, Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate, will be an evening of live readings of short stories. Also happening on Saturday, The Two Of Us Productions presents a double feature of Classic Radio Dramas: “Cabin B-13” and “That Thing in the Window”.

Ancram Opera House

Virtual – Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate showcases short stories by established and emerging regional authors as read by some of the AOH (Ancram Opera House) audience’s favorite actors.Crystal_Radio_Upstate_logo_CMYK.jpg

“Too Young for The Blues”
a short story by Wesley Brown
read by MaConnia Chesser
& AnnChris Warren

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 11, 8:00 pm

Advanced Reservations requested
Register at



The Two Of Us Productions

In CabinN B-13 a happy bride heads to Europe for her honeymoon, but her husband disappears after they’ve settled into their plush ocean Screen Shot 2020-07-09 at 6.30.19 PMliner cabin. The captain, the stewardess, and the doctor help her search the ship but no one on the ship has ever seen her husband!

In That Thing In The Window a struggling actor who can’t seem to find the right roles is home without work, and claims to see a body in the apartment window across the street. The strange thing is that the no one else can see the corpse!

Performances to be performed on-line via Zoom (details below). 

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 11, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


ADMISSION: Free (donations greatly appreciated)

Register for Zoom link at




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In With The Old Car Show at Waubeeka Family Campground, Jul 11

This Saturday, July 11th, Waubeeka Family Campground in Copake, hosts their annual In With Old Car Show.

Turn back time to your favorite decade and take a stroll to enjoy the views. This year, the organizers expect about 75 participants.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 11, 2020 / 10am – 2pm

LOCATION: Waubeeka Family Campground
133 Farm Road,
Copake NY 12516



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Aaron Rothko to Perform BLM Fundraiser Outside People’s Pub, Jul 11



Local musician, Aaron Rothko, will be performing a Black Lives Matter fundraiser concert outside of the People’s Pub in Chatham, on Saturday July 11th from 6 to 8pm.

Rothko will be performing predominantly singer/songwriter and folk songs and all proceeds will be going to Black Lives Matter. Rothko’s goal is to help raise interest and awareness for an important cause at a crucial moment in time, and the People’s Pub jumped at the chance to be part of it.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 11, 2020 /  6 – 8pm

LOCATION: The People’s Pub
36 Main St,
Chatham, NY 12037



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Spencertown Academy Announces Young Writers’ Contest Winners

Spencertown Academy Arts Center announces the winners of its fifth annual Young Writers’ Contest. Held in conjunction with the Academy’s Festival of Books (which will be virtual this year), the contest was open to writers in grades 9 through 12 attending school or homeschooled in Columbia County, NY and Berkshire County, MA.

“While this was a difficult year for students everywhere, we received 30 fiction and non-fiction entries from both public and private high schools. There was wonderful diversity among authors and subject matter. The Young Writers’ Contest has no required themes, which allows students room to explore what’s important to them,” says Kelly Kynion, coordinator of the contest. “There are many dedicated writing teachers and passionate young writers in our region, and we’re delighted to create an opportunity for them to receive recognition at the high school level. This year, two talented freshmen surprised us by taking the top honors!”

The contest was judged by accomplished authors and publishing professionals, including Jamie Cat Callan, Alan Gelb, David Highfill, Daphne Kalotay, and Wendy Schmalz.

The top three winners in each category received cash prizes ($250, $150, and $100 respectively) and the first-place winning story and essay are now published on the Academy’s site at

Nonfiction/Essay or Memoir

Alyssa Mowris
Alyssa Mowris

First Place: Alyssa Mowris,
Chatham High School freshman,
“If Walls Could Talk”

Second Place: Anthony Smith,
Germantown School senior,
“How to Properly Waste Your Summer”

Third Place: Rida Farsanza,
Hudson High School senior,

Fiction/Short Story

Taibat Ahmed photo
Taibat Ahmed

First Place: Taibat Ahmed,
Taconic High School freshman,
“The Boy In The Clouds”

Second Place: Piper Nayowith,
Hudson High School senior,

Third Place: Malina Jackson,
Berkshire Waldorf High School senior,
“A Part of Something Bigger”


Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please contact

LOCATION: Spencertown Academy
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY

Phone: (518) 392-3693


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