Last Day to Participate in Columbia Land Conservancy’s Strategic Plan Survey


Strategic Plan Survey Closes Today

What’s your favorite way to enjoy the great outdoors? What do you love about Columbia County? What do you think are the biggest challenges facing our region?

The Columbia Land Conservancy wants to know, and is conducting a strategic planning process in order to determine how best to prioritize the use of the funds raised through the Columbia County Tomorrow campaign. To reward people for their time, participants are eligible to win either a guided walk from educator Heidi Bock or a $100 gift certificate to the CLC Store.

The survey should take about ten minutes to complete, and results will be kept anonymous.

Click here to take the survey.


Columbia Land Conservancy Inc.
49 Main Street Chatham, NY


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Jiminy Peak Open This Weekend


Jiminy Peak received about 10-inches of natural snow this week, and will be open to take advantage of it this weekend.

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England, summer home to Mountain Adventure Park and the only mountain resort in North America to generate its own energy using alternative wind power. In addition to winter skiing and snowboarding, there are numerous additional activities at the mountain, including a Mountain Coaster, Zip Ride, and Snowshoeing.

DATES/TIMES (for this weekend):
Friday, November 30, 2018: 9am – 10pm
Saturday, December 1, 2018: 8:30am – 10pm
Sunday, December 2, 2018: 8:30am – 4pm

$65 for adults, $58 for young adults/seniors, $51 for juniors, $39 for Twilight.
All 18/19 Jiminy Peak season pass types will be valid.

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
37 Corey Rd
Hancock, MA 01237


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Ghent Playhouse Annual Panto – The Elves and The Shoemaker

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The Ghent Playhouse‘s Annual Panto is now running. This year’s show is ‘The Elves and The Shoemaker’.

“Buckle up” for mayhem and hilarity, as we meet a down-on-his-luck shoemaker and two magical elves who just want to “help,” in this comical fracturing of yet another classic fairy tale, as only those zany Pantoloons can do.

Written by The Pantoloons
Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher

November 30-December 2, December 7-9, 2018
Friday & Saturday performances at 8pm
Sunday matinee performances at 2pm

General $22.00
Members of The Ghent Playhouse $17.00
Student $10.00

To purchase, visit

The Ghent Playhouse
6 Town Hall Place
Ghent, NY



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Hudson Winter Walk 2018


Warren St during Winter Walk, 2017

Winter Walk is an annual Hudson celebration that brings upwards of 20,000 people to town.  Hudson’s unique creative community and independent retailers lining Warren street transform the city into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday shopping, and family fun.

Winter Walk begins at 5pm outside Hudson Hall with the arrival of Santa, welcomed by the young Harmony Project Hudson choristers. Once settled inside, Santa’s elves will distribute a free, gift-wrapped book to every child who pays him a visit. Santa’s visit is proudly supported by Hudson’s Five Star Urgent Care.

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On stage at Hudson Hall, choreographer Adam H. Weinert presents Rip the Nut, a pantomime-style, Hudson Valley-inspired mash-up of the Rip Van Winkle story and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker suite. Professional dancers Logan Kruger, Brett Perry, Davon Rainey, JM Tate and Emma Sandall join Weinert and a talented young local cast for three enchanting performances filled with music, dance, comedy, slapstick, and that special, only-at-Winter-Walk charm.

winter walk 2017Back out on Warren Street, musicians and dancers entertain holiday shoppers with in-store performances, while roving performers delight crowds taking in the decorated storefronts or enjoying locally made food and drinks. Highlights include ice carver extraordinaire Bill Bywater (in front of Finch), guitarist Alex Turnquist (at 2Note Perfumery), vocalist Lady Moon (at Hudson Milliner and Swoon) and young harpist Malachi Cherubini (at Lilli and Loo). Family favorites King Hill Miniature Horses, Christine the Crazy Balloon Lady, Seano the Clown and Sax-o-Claus return this year, along with a host of new performers ready to enthrall Winter Walk crowds. A full list of performers will be updated at as they are confirmed.

Returning to the Below 3rd district is the traditional Ukrainian Winter Star sculpture by Ukrainian-born, Hudson-based artist Maryna Bilak. The colorful, brightly lit wooden structure stands eight feet tall with eight rays emanating from the center, an ancient symbol of balance, harmony and equilibrium.

Up at the 7th Street Park, free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available, and guests can wander through Santa’s Village of tiny homes featuring fun festive scenes and enchanting characters.

At eight o’clock, fireworks light up the sky from Promenade Hill, marking the official conclusion of Winter Walk and time for Santa to be on his way, but the merriment continues long into the night with many businesses open late for food, drink and entertainment.


Saturday, December 1, 2018: 5 – 8pm (Rain, Snow, or Shine)

Warren Street, City of Hudson, is the center of the activities but don’t forget to check out side streets and the Hudson Area Library, which are also involved in the celebration.


All photos in this post were taken by me during past Winter Walks. Follow me on Instagram to see live updates from this year’s Winter Walk.


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Seasonal Greens: 19th Century Wreath Making Workshop at Olana, Nov 29

Olana presents the holiday-inspired workshop, “Seasonal Greens: 19th Century Wreath Making.” Mary Hughes, Olana’s Master Gardener, will teach the art of creating seasonal evergreen wreaths in this hands-on workshop.

Please bring a pair of pruning shears. All other supplies and refreshments will be provided.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018: 6pm

Member: $35, Non-Member: $40
Tickets Here
Ages 8+

Olana State Historic Site:
Wagon House Education Center
5720 New York 9G
Hudson, NY 12534




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