Category: Family Friendly

New Lebanon Library Family Craft: Snowglobe Craft

The New Lebanon Library has a home-based, Family Crafting workshop. This week’s project is making a

Snowglobe Craft

Make your own soothing snowglobe–without the hazard of glass. Kits will be out this Wednesday, January 13th and Thursday, January 14th with an accompanying tutorial on the blog (Thursday at 4pm). Let’s get crafty!

*Craft kits can be picked up curbside. Call the library and it will be outside waiting for you!*
LOCATION: (Pick up kits) New Lebanon Library
550 State Rte 20
New Lebanon, NY 12125
twitter: @NewLebanonLib

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Spencertown Academy Presents Children’s Book Author Jacqueline Rogers Drawing & Storytelling Workshop

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents children’s book author and illustrator Jacqueline Rogers leading an interactive Zoom workshop titled “Drawing and Storytelling at the Holidays” on Wednesday, December 30th. This free program is the eighth and final event in the 2020 Family Arts Kaleidoscope series, and recommended for children ages 8+ and their families.

“Jacqueline’s virtual illustration workshops for kids during the Academy’s Festival of Books this fall were a big hit. We’re delighted to welcome her back during the holidays,” says Kelly Kynion, Academy board member and program chair. “We’re also looking forward to continuing Family Arts Kaleidoscope in the new year—stay tuned for updates!”

Jaqueline Rogers has been a professional children’s book illustrator for more than three decades and has worked on nearly 100 children’s books. Some of her notable published works include illustrations for Beverly Cleary’s “Ramona” series, Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager’s picture book, “Our Great Big Backyard” (which was a New York Times #1 Bestseller), two pictures books by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, and most recently her own original Halloween poem “Goblin Moon,” which was published by HarperCollins last year.

Support for this Jacqueline Rogers program was provided by Metzwood Insurance. Support for the 2020 Family Arts Kaleidoscope series was also provided by Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation, Stewart’s Shops, and Kids Need Music.

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

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 / 2:pm

Space is limited; register by Tuesday, December 29 at

Phone: (518) 392-3693

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Hudson Winter Walk 2020: 20 Days of Festive Cheer

winter walk 2017
Winter Walk 2017. Photo by Jeff McKinney

Winter Walk is an annual Hudson celebration that in normal years brings upwards of 20,000 people to town. For the past 23 years, Hudson Hall has produced Winter Walk, and what began as a one-block party grew into Hudson’s most colorful event of the year and an important evening of trade for many local shops and restaurants.  In 2020, we need Winter Walk more than ever. Our local businesses need support, and we know our community needs extra cheer and joy.

Instead of closing off Warren Street for a large celebration involving tens of thousands people on a single evening, Winter Walk 2020 begins on Saturday, December 5 and continues through the month of December.

Find yourself a suitable holiday mask and get ready to enjoy the warmth and excitement of the holidays in Hudson, while staying safe and distanced, during Winter Walk 2020: The Hudson Safe Edition.


December 5, 5-8pm
Late night shopping, Sax O’Claus, Santa’s Village at 7th Street Park, Rip the Nut (video projection at Hudson Hall)

December 10-17, daily at 6pm (3:45pm on Dec. 11)
Menorah Lighting at 7th Street Park

December 8 – 16
Have a Virtual Visit with Santa Claus (every child receives a free gift wrapped book). Free. Reservations open Saturday, December 5 at
Tues, Dec 8 (4pm – 7pm)
Wed, Dec 9 (3pm – 6pm)
Tues, Dec 15 (4pm – 7pm)
Wed, Dec 16 (3pm – 6pm)

December 12 (time to be announced)
Lighting the Christmas Tree at 7th Street Park

Late Night Shopping on Saturday, December 5:

356 Warren St.
510 Warren St Gallery
Baba Louies’s Pizza
BODHI Spa| Yoga| Shop
Carrie Haddad Gallery
Clove & Creek
FACE Stockholm
Flowerkraut Inc.
Foley & Cox Home
Handloom Batik
Hudson Clothier
Lightforms Art Center
Lili and Loo
Make Workshop
Poured Candle Bar
Sonder Hudson
The Maker Lounge, Café and Restaurant
Trade Winds
Verdigris Tea & Chocolate
White Rice
Window On Hudson

This year, producing Winter Walk is a huge challenge and Hudson Hall is asking for help via a GoFundMe benefit fund raiser.

To donate, visit

LOCATION: City of Hudson


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Roeliff Jansen Library Annual Gingerbread House Decorating

The Roeliff Jansen Library is bringing back their Gingerbread House Decorating event for kids, beginning December 5. Get ready for the holidays by decorating your very own gingerbread house! Children can sign-up to receive a free gingerbread house decorating kit by emailing or calling 518-325-4101.

Children who then bring in their decorated house for display at the library will receive a free holiday book from Santa, shipped straight from the North Pole! The houses will remain on display at the library until December 19; afterwards, kids are free to take their houses home if they choose to.

DATE/TIME: Beginning December 5, 2020

LOCATION: Roeliff Jansen Community Library
Sign-up by emailing or calling 518-325-4101.



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Halloween Drive-Thru Trick or Treat in Chatham, Oct 31

This year the Chatham Fire Department is sponsoring a Halloween Drive-Thru Trick or Treat at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on October 31st starting at 5:00 pm.

The Village of Chatham Board and the Chatham Police Department will be sponsoring a candy station at the drive thru also. Everyone hopes for an enjoyable and safe night for all!

DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 31, 2020 / 5pm – 8pm

LOCATION: Columbia County Fairgrounds
32 Church St,
Chatham, NY 12037


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