2022 Olana Plein Air Festival, Sep 24

Join Olana on Saturday, September 24th for a full day of outdoor painting with old friends and new ones.

During this day-long painting festival open to people of all skill levels, participants are invited to join other artists in Olana’s 250-acre landscape to paint outdoors amidst the expansive vistas of Frederic Church’s home and studio. Please bring your own art supplies and materials. Registrants will receive a gift bag filled with goodies, a special plein air painting map and early access to set up their easels overlooking Olana’s famous views.

Deepen your painting skills by registering for artist-led workshops offered throughout the day by professional teaching artists including William Low, Dominique Medici, Eileen Murphy, Mario Robinson, and others.

This event is held in partnership between Drawing America and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

YOU WILL NEED ONE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET IN ADDITION TO ANY WORKSHOP TICKETS YOU PURCHASE. (You only need one GA ticket for the day regardless of how many workshops you enroll in.)

Tickets include a free tote bag with goodies from sponsors.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 24, 2022 / 7am – 7pm

LOCATION: Olana State Historic Site
5720 State Route 9G
Hudson, NY 12534

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Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Star Party, Sep 23

The monthly meeting of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association is this Friday (September 23) in Lake Taghkanic State Park.

Enjoy the night sky away from the bright lights of the towns and cities in our area! The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association hosts a monthly stargazing party in the West Beach parking lot. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members.

DATE/TIMEFriday, September 23, 2022 / 6:30pm


REGISTRATION: Required at least one day beforehand.
You will be asked to provide your license plate number and make/model car, so Park Management and Police have a record of who will be in park after hours.
Visit https://www.meetup.com/mhastro/events/275468188/ to register

LOCATION: Lake Taghkanic State Park
1528 Route 82
Ancram, 12502


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Forever Plaid at Mac-Haydn Theatre

The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Forever Plaid. One of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory, Forever Plaid is a deliciously fun revue, chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies!

Take a trip back to the 1950s as we follow four young singers as they take the stage for their final gig. When high school pals Sparky, Jinx, Smudge, and Francis – the “Plaids” – are killed in a car accident on the way to their first big gig, the young men linger in limbo as “astro-technical” phenomena allows them to return to Earth, perform their final concert, and hopefully win a place in Heaven – and the deluxe plaid dinner jackets of their dreams.

The “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash, and we are so excited to bring them back to the Mac-Haydn stage. With a program of beloved songs and delightful patter you will be rolling in the aisles when you’re not humming along to some of the great pop hits of the 1950s.

Written and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Stuart Ross
Musical Continuity Supervision and Arrangements by James Raitt

Production information from machaydntheatre.org

DATES/TIMES: September 22 – October 1, 2022
Sep 22 – 7:00PM Thursday
Sep 23 – 2:00PM Friday
Sep 24 – 2:00PM Saturday
Sep 28 – 7:00PM Wednesday (Pay What You Can)
Sep 29 – 2:00PM Thursday
Oct 1 – 2:00PM Saturday

Tickets can be purchased through machaydntheatre.org by clicking here.

LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

Box Office Phone: 518-392-9292

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Window On Hudson Presents Art Exhibit & Reception: Zakariya Abdul-Qadir “A Tale of Two Cities”

Edwin Raymond (Living Legend series), oil on wood, 12”x12”, 2021

Window On Hudson presents Zakariya Abdul-Qadir and his series “A Tale of Two Cities” on view from September 8 – October 2, 2022.  Abdul-Qadir uses sketches and oil paintings to study the social divides and housing challenges that face residents all over this nation.

An Artist Reception will be held on Saturday, September 10th, 2022 from 3-5pm.  

With “A Tale of Two Cities” Abdul-Qadir not only compares the cities of Brooklyn and Hudson, NY but more specifically the two drastically different communities that often are only a block away from each other.  Growing up in Section 8 housing in Brooklyn, he was always aware that the daily life of his family and neighbors was dramatically different from the life of those in neighboring, more affluent, neighborhoods.  After the loss of his job at the start of the pandemic he came to the Hudson Valley so that he could use this forced time off to focus solely on his painting.  Wandering the streets of Hudson he quickly became aware of the similarities between Hudosn and Brooklyn, with the community in Bliss Tower living a very different life from people who live on or frequent Warren Street.  

Abdul-Qadir looks at both the people and the buildings that face these divides.  When presenting the people who either reside in or serve a neighborhood, he first sketches with watercolor crayons on brown paper bags.  Abdul-Qadir explains the thoughtful use of brown paper bags in this way, “The discriminatory history of the brown paper bag tests are not lost on me, however, I choose to use them as an opportunity to bring awareness to people of color rather than to divide. I find the tone of the paper allows a wider range of pigments to be expressed, providing a rich background for my color studies.”  These “Living Legends” are then transferred to 12” x 12” panels and completed with oils.  As a group these portraits create a collection of people engaged in civil discourse and the pursuit of change.

The buildings are rendered on large canvases in order to display the scale of the object, as well as its significance.  He may capture the eerie silence seen from a street corner or reveal the anxiety that comes with a new building’s construction.  This development is often followed by an increase in rent for the neighborhood’s original citizens.

Abdul-Qadir invites you to, “experience the series as a whole and reflect on the inequities and injustices in American cities.  Take a deeper look into our local government systems and our elected officials. What do these buildings represent to you? What symbols do they evoke? I want my work to give a lens to the viewer and create a dialogue between the viewer and the art.”

Zakariya Abdul-Qadir was born and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn, in a four bedroom apartment with three siblings, where his parents still reside.  He currently lives in South Brooklyn, just far enough from the trendy ring of neighborhoods surrounding Prospect Park that the rent for his small apartment was affordable.  He graduated in 2011 from City University of New York, Brooklyn College.  He has exhibited with The Painting Center, White Bear Center for the Arts, I Like Your Work, and Open Studio Hudson. 

About Window On Hudson
Window On Hudson offers storefront window exhibition space for artists of all mediums
who are in Hudson and the Hudson Valley. Window On Hudson is committed to providing a
platform for established and developing artists to display their work, of all mediums, while also
offering professional development opportunities for emerging artists. Window On Hudson
exhibits a new artist on a monthly basis. Artists interested in submitting their work may do so by
emailing submissions@windowonhudson.org or visiting the website http://www.WindowOnHudson.org.

Info & Image From Window On Hudson

DATES/TIMES: On view September 8 – October 2, 2022
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 10th / 3 – 5pm

LOCATION: Window On Hudson
43 South Third St., 
Hudson NY 12534


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Lemony Snicket & Lisa Brown Visit Hudson Area Library, Sep 13

Photo credit: Meredith Heuer

Join Hudson Area Library on Tuesday, September 13th for a very special event: Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown will share storytelling, live illustration, and accordion music in celebration of their fresh and funny children’s book, Goldfish Ghost!

Goldfish Ghost was born on the surface of the water in the bowl on a dresser in a boy’s room. The boy’s room was pleasant and familiar, but Goldfish Ghost wanted company, so he set out to find some good company. It can be hard to find the company you are looking for. Bestselling author Lemony Snicket and illustrator Lisa Brown bring us a fresh and funny take on what happens after your favorite goldfish crosses over to the other side.

Lemony Snicket is the author of far too many books for children, including The Dark, which won the Charlotte Zolotow Award, and 13 Words, which didn’t. Despite his best efforts, his series All The Wrong Questions and A Series of Unfortunate Events have allegedly sold more than 70 million copies and been translated into thirty-nine languages.

Lisa Brown is an award-winning illustrator, author, educator, and cartoonist whose picture books include: The Airport Book, How to Be, Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert, and The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket. Her latest books include The Phantom Twin, a graphic novel for teens, and Long Story Short, a collection of her book review comics. Her next book is about a hospital.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, September 13, 2022 / 4 – 5pm

LOCATION: The Hudson Area Library
Community Room
51 North Fifth Street
Hudson, NY 12534


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