Category: Arts & Entertainment

Hudson Winter Walk 2022, Dec 3

winter walk 2017
Winter Walk 2017. Photo by Jeff McKinney

Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera Houseis thrilled to announce the lineup of performers, events, and attractions for the 26th Anniversary of Winter Walk. The free event takes place on the street and in the independent stores lining Hudson’s historic downtown on Saturday, December 3 from 5-8pm, kicking off the holidays with a magical evening of music, dance, circus, visual arts, food, holiday shopping, fireworks, and family fun. With its focus on local and regional talent, Hudson Valley-made goods, and with a generous holiday spoonful of only-in-Hudson charm, Winter Walk brings together the whole community to celebrate the season. For a full list of all Winter Walk 2022 performers and attractions, download the Winter Walk Guide.

On the night before Winter Walk, excitement builds on Warren Street as Hudson’s creative spirit shines through the stunning window displays unveiled for the Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest on Friday, December 2 at 5p m. Among the first to enjoy the holiday spectacle are the seniors from Providence Hall, who enjoy a free bus tour of the beautifully decorated windows on Winter Walk day – including the winners of the official Winter Walk Decorating Contest – after being treated to tea and cookies at Tanzy’s.

Winter Walk 2022 officially kicks off at 5:00pm on Saturday, December 3 with the bells of the First Presbyterian Church ringing 26 times in honor of the 26th Anniversary. Then, the sound of sleigh bells and clicking of horse’s hooves signals Santa’s arrival at City Hall (520 Warren Street) in his horse-drawn carriage. The young Harmony Project Hudson choristers welcome Santa with a song before children and families are invited join him inside to share their holiday wishes and receive a free gift-wrapped book. Meanwhile, Friends of the Public Square (FOPS) shines a light on 7th Street Park with the Lighting of the Tree, generously donated by Kody & Jo Pinkowski.

Over at Hudson Hall (327 Warren Street), an exhibition of young artists from local and area schools showcases our region’s artists of tomorrow. Sponsored by Winter Walk Grand Sponsor Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, Community Canvas features work by students from the Hudson City School District, Catskill Central School District, Catskill Montessori School, Germantown School District, Ichabod Crane Central School District, and Taconic Hills Central School District. From future artists to a warm hug from the past, Winter Walkers can take a break upstairs in Hudson Hall’s beautiful 1855 theater and enjoy holiday episodes of nostalgic television on Hudson Hall’s full size silver screen.

Back out on Warren Street, musicians and dancers entertain holiday shoppers with in-store performances, while roving performers delight crowds taking in the decorated storefronts. Winter Walk favorites such as Circus Theatricks with Sean Fagan, carolers Key of Qand the Victorian Voices ChoirSax-o-Claus, and fire twirler Acadia Rae return this year, as will horse and carriage rides at 7th Street Park. Returning for a second year, conductor Gwen Gould leads a brass quartet from the Hudson Festival Orchestra in front of 441 Warren Street. DJ Ronnie Rave returns to rock the pocket park next to FINCH hudson (427 Warren).

In addition to visiting Santa at City Hall, young families will enjoy free pony rides and a petting zoo at the corner of 5th and Warren Street, free face painting by Boho Body Art, and can collect their very own balloon creature by Trixie the Clown (both at Hudson Hall).

New to Winter Walk this year is a special hour-long show by dancer and performance artist Davon & Friends presented by The Spark of Hudson at The Spark Stage (364 Warren Street) from 6:30pm; singer/actress Ilana Meredith and accordion player/keyboardist/clarinetist Joe Rutkowski serenading shoppers amongst 100 silver balloons at Hudson’s newest retail store, Black Label Vintage (711 Warren Street); DJ collective The Robyn Party transforming Winter Walkers into winter groovers with a fun DJ set of pop vocal holiday classics and remixes outside 225 Warren Bar & Grill; and the Camphill Hudson Chime Choir performing for the first time at Mercury’s Playhouse (339 Warren Street).

A highlight of this year’s event is performances and installations by the recipients of the 2022 Winter Walk Artist Grant Program. Sponsored by Winter Walk Grand Sponsor Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, the program was created to support Hudson’s unique creative community by giving financial support to help create work featured on the street and in shops on December 3. Features include puppet artists Rachel Drozdowicz and Wren Bytheway’s enormous Winter Bird puppet (created by Camphill Hudson) flapping its beautiful wings on Warren Street; artist Jack Dylan’s bucolic scene of animated vintage train cars with a backdrop of the cat-like Catskill Mountains in the window of 441 Warren Street; the opportunity to sit on Ms. Trixolina Clauzone’s lap and have your picture taken while serenaded with carols by drag performer Ophelia Nightly; master screen printer Jef “Wolfy” Scharf’s unique take on a holiday shop (where all the gifts are free and created using repurposed materials) outside Hudson Hall; Likeminded Objects’ (344 Warren Street) interactive T-Shirt Waste Loom upcycling demonstrations; and dance artist Rachel Kappel’s Dancers & Prancers – featuring dozens of dancers in shop windows and along the street. Participating dancers and groups include Sondra Loring,Elena Mosley and Operation Unite NYRoz’s Dance WorksSternfeld Dance StudioHudson Valley Performing Arts Center, and Zumba with Paula. For a full list of artist grant recipients, visit

At eight o’clock, fireworks light up the winter sky from Promenade Hill, marking the official conclusion of Winter Walk and time for Santa to be on his way. The merriment continues long into the night with many businesses open late for food, drink, and entertainment. For those looking to warm their hearts as well as their bellies, Hudson Hall welcomes new and old friends from 8:15pm to enjoy a special Winter Walk “Chilly” Dinner fundraiser to honor Hudson Hall’s first Directors Emeritae Elena Mosley and Ellen Thurston. Tickets are $100 with proceeds going towards the cost of producing Winter Walk each year. More information and tickets at


DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 3, 2022 / 5 – 8pm

LOCATIONCity of Hudson



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PS21 Nature Walk, Workshop & Concert – Resonant Mechanisms: The Experimental Music Tradition in Upstate New York – [Switch~ Ensemble], Nov 18  

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is hosting a Nature Walk, Workshop, and a Concert on Friday, November 18th.  

Nature Walk 
Explore hidden corners and unmarked trails of PS21’s 100 acres of meadows, woodlands, and rolling hills with artist Alison McNulty, including a visit to McNulty’s installation Hudson Valley Ghost Column 7, the first public art project commissioned by PS21. Ghost Column 7, a cylindrical tower of vintage bricks and unprocessed wool, engages imaginatively with PS21’s landscape as it weathers the changing seasons. McNulty writes that her work “emerges from an interdisciplinary perspective informed by natural sciences, archaeology, diverse writers and thinkers, and place-based research.” Participation is FREE and open to all ages. Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and dress with the weather in mind.

Participatory Music Workshop
[Switch~ Ensemble], Victoria Cheah, and Jen Kutler
In this participatory workshop the [Switch~ Ensemble] musicians and guest composers Victoria Cheah and Jen Kutler explore composition, experimental practices, and analog technology in their music, including Kutler’s musical sewing machines. Participation is FREE and open to all ages. Musicians are welcome to bring an instrument, though they are not necessary for participation. Anyone, with any level of musical experience, can participate or observe. 

Resonant Mechanisms: The Experimental Music Tradition in Upstate New York – [Switch~ Ensemble]

Sarah Hennies, Everything Else (2016)
Victoria Cheah, Hard columns you within (2022) – world premiere
Julius Eastman, Buddha (1984)
Jen Kutler, Chatter Marks (2022) – world premiere

Duration: 1 hour with no intermission

Founded in 2012 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and now based in New York City, [Switch~ Ensemble] presents Resonant Mechanisms, a concert of significant works that engage with the rich tradition of experimental music in Upstate New York. Featuring two world premieres of newly commissioned works by composers Victoria Cheah and Jen Kutler, alongside works from Sarah Hennies and Julius Eastman, the program explores a range of modalities in music for quintet and electronics.

The concert will be followed by a conversation with the musicians, composers, and installation artist Alison McNulty.  

DATE/TIME: Friday, November 18, 2022

  • 3:30 – Nature Walk
  • 4:30 – Workshop
  • 7:00 – Concert


2980 NY-66 
Chatham, NY 12037


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Art Omi Park & Gallery Introduction Tour

Whether you’re a first-time or frequent visitor to Art Omi, there’s plenty to learn on the seasonal introductory tours for the public. These tours provide insights and information about the gallery, artworks and architectural pavilions in the Sculpture & Architecture Park, as well as general information about Art Omi’s various programs. The Park & Gallery Introductory Tour is a walking tour that will last roughly an hour and fifteen minutes, and is limited to 12 participants. Tickets are $15 per person. 

There is a suggested age limit of 13 years and older for tour participants. For families with children ages 4-12, please check out the new Explore & More Interactive Tour for Families!

DATE/TIME: Saturday, November 5, 2022 / 1 – 2:15 PM

LOCATIONOmi International Arts CenterSculpture & Architecture Park
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY 12075

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Two Of Us Productions Presents 12 Angry Jurors, Oct 21 – 23

The Two Of Us Productions, presents 12 Angry Jurors. This production puts you, the audience, in the midst of the jury deliberations of a homicide trial. A dozen local citizens are entrusted with deciding the fate of a teenage boy accused of murdering his abusive father. As the play opens, our 12 jurors are nearly unanimous in concluding the youth is guilty. One juror dissents, declaring the young man "not guilty" and proceeding to sow a seed of reasonable doubt . As the emotionally charged jury deliberations proceed you are a right there as our jury struggles to understand the sworn testimony of several witnesses, to decide for themselves what is credible and what is “reasonable doubt”. The jury’s decision is a surprise that you don’t want to miss.

12 Angry Jurors features Brian Yorck, Zach Nayer, John Leinung, Debra Hughes, Kevin Hunt, Elaine Leinung, Karissa Payson, Connie Lopez, Diane Boice-Yorck, Candi Wood, Mark Leinung, and Cyndi Miller as the 12 jurors deciding a murder trial, supported by a voiceover by local attorney Lance Miner as the Judge.

The Two Of Us Productions is well known throughout the Hudson Valley for presenting quality theater, both musicals and dramas. Their recent productions of Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Young Frankenstein, Deathtrap, Chicago, Les Miserables, next to normal, Mamma Mia! and Jesus Christ Superstar were all recognized by the Theatre Association of NYS with multiple awards, including outstanding work by the company outstanding performance by the orchestra. Reviews of their recent virtual live-staged readings of three Arthur Miller scripts; All My Sons, Broken Glass, and an adaption of An Enemy Of The People will appear in upcoming editions of The Arthur Miller Journal.

DATES/TIMES: October 21, 22, 23 / 3 & 7:30pm
Friday & Saturday Performances are at 7:30pm 
Sunday Matinees are 3pm 

TICKETS: $15 for adults, $10 for students & seniors
Available here

LOCATION: The Performing Arts Center at Taconic Hills CSD
73 County Route 11 A
Craryville, NY 12521


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FilmColumbia 2022, Oct 21 – 30

The Crandell Theatre presents the Annual FilmColumbia film festival, from Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 30. 

FilmColumbia, Columbia County’s premier annual cultural event, will screen the very best–and the latest–national and international films from October 21 – 30, 2022. Once the Crandell Theatre’s “little local festival that could,” FilmColumbia is now an acclaimed, nationally recognized film event.

In addition to screening festival favorites from acclaimed directors, this year FilmColumbia will once again feature special panels and events with filmmakers, a popular screenwriting workshop, and a children’s international film festival of shorts that is free to the community.

“There are so many marvelous aspects to this year’s festival,” says Laurence Kardish, the festival’s co-artistic and co-executive director with Peter Biskind. “The number of extraordinary films by women, the number of award winners, and the broad range of programs from the most intimate of dramas to the most spectacular of blockbusters make this a festival of festivals.”

DATES/TIMES: Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 30, 2022
Visit for the full 2022 schedule.
Movies are screened throughout the days and evenings

LOCATIONSCrandell Theater
48 Main Street
Chatham, NY 12037

Day: Crandell Members $11 and General Public $13
Evening (5pm on): Crandell Members $14 and General Public $17
Tickets can be purchased for individual movies via the FilmColumbia Schedule page

All-Film Pass
Crandell Members $225 and General Public $275
Crandell Theatre Members: Tickets available online starting 10/8, 9am through 10/15, 9am
General Public:  Tickets available online starting 10/15, 9am

Saturday Night Pub Party @ People’s Pub: Cash bar
Screenwriting Panel: $20
Post Sneak Party @ Blue Plate: $20 (Cash bar)
Children’s International Shorts Program:  Free

 All-Film passes and tickets to FilmColumbia 2022 are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no refunds.


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