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10 Things to do in August 2012

Taste of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner 
On Monday, August 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm the culinary event of the season will take place when the Taste of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner serves up great food at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.  This annual get together is a showcase for all that is great about food in the Hudson Valley.  Matchmakers from the Bounty program are putting together terrific area chefs with produce contributed from equally expert farmers in the region to create some wonderful dishes from appetizers to desserts that will delight your senses.  Come and see what a great assortment of local food is available right in our own backyard and which great restaurants and chef’s are using them regularly.  Hudson Valley Bounty, which is a program of Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development for more information visit their website at

First Friday in the Chatham Village
On Friday, August 3 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Community Dance – is summer’s final CABA First Friday event. Get ready to Shake, Rattle and Roll at a community dance. Bring your partner and your dancing shoes. Reminiscent of the “grand re-opening of the street” party held when then DOT project was finished, expect to fall in love with Chatham all over again. The Village will rock… This dance is fun and appropriate for all ages.  Shop, dance, visit galleries, see a movie at our historic Crandell Theatre, and dine in Chatham. You can always get information about Chatham Area Business Alliance activities at

5th Annual Sangria Festival 
What’s more refreshing – and fun – in the sweet summertime than fruit-filled sangrias? Whether you like a classic red wine sangria or want to try a sparkling watermelon sangria, you can enjoy these and several other variations on the theme at the Hudson-Chatham Winery on Saturday, August 4th for our 5th Annual Sangria Festival!   While tasting and enjoying your favorite sangrias, you can listen to live flamenco guitar music by the Capital Region’s own Maria Zemantauski and Jose Miralles. They are really amazing! There will be lots of delicious food, including tamales, burritos, tortilla chips & watermelon salsa made with local ingredients from the folks at Block Factory Talmales. Tony’s Grilled Pizza truck will be here, too, with amazing grilled pizzas, French fries, and fried dough. We’ll have some additional vendors for shopping fun, and you can even enjoy a chair massage!  For more information about the Hudson-Chatham Winery visit their website at

Book Sale
Saturday, August 4th…..The Friends of the Hudson Area Library present the summer Super Saturday Kids Book Sale from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Thousands of children’s books to choose from for every level of reader from toddlers to teens.  The Hudson Area Library Book Sale Room is located at 400 State Street (side entrance) in Hudson.  For more information visit their website at

Butterfly Beauties – Knee-High Naturalist 
Thursday, August 9 from 10:00 – 11:00 am at Schor Conservation Area Pavilion located at 58 Shoreview Drive in Canaan.  Ages 3-6 years old with Adult – Free.  Find out about the butterfly lifecycle and migration, as well as how we can help researchers learn more about them. Event is organized by the Columbia Land Conservancy. To register, contact Jenny Brinker at 518.392.5252 ext. 210.

Enjoy an Array of Music
Come and enjoy three days of music all over Hudson from August 10 through August 12.  Music will be inside and outside – day and night.  You will find music in restaurants, galleries, tents on the streets and in the parks.  There is 25 plus venues, 100 plus performances, 60 plus acts and 150 plus musicians.  For more information visit their website at

Attend a Car Show
On Saturday, August 11 the  American Joint Care Foundation will be hosting its 10th Annual Car Show on the premises of the Whittier Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, 1 Whittier Way, Ghent  from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Car registration is $10.00.  Entertainment by “Route 66 Band”.  Art and craft vendors are welcome.  Food concessions will be on site.  Come join us for a wonderful day.  FREE ADMISSION TO THE PUBLIC!  Event proceeds will benefit residents of the Whittier Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center and Whittier Place.  For more information please contact Eileen Pastore 518-281-1046.

Listen to a Reading
Poet Cecele Kraus reads from new book, Saturday, August 11 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Copake author Cecele Kraus will read from her just-published chapbook of poems on memory and place, Tuscaloosa Bypass at the Chatham Bookstore located at 27 Main Street in Chatham. Refreshments.   For more information, call 518-392-3005. This event  is Free.

See a Show
Stageworks/Hudson presents the new play, Tomorrow in the Battle by Kieron Barry on Friday, August 17. Preview performances are August 15 and 16. Tomorrow in the Battle runs Wednesdays through Sundays through September 2 at Stageworks’ Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, 41 Cross Street, Hudson, New York. Tomorrow in the Battle is directed by Laura Margolis, artistic director of Stageworks.  The production features veteran film, television and stage actors Danielle Skraastad, Timothy Deenihan and Celia Schaefer.  Tomorrow in the Battle finds Simon, a heart surgeon, in a heated affair with Jennifer who is a successful a young investor that he met at an opera. Though oblivious to her husband’s betrayal, Simon’s wife Anna has contrived a romantic seduction of her own.  For tickets or information, contact Stageworks by mail at 41-A Cross Street, Hudson, NY 12534 or call the box office at (518) 822-9667. For further information, visit the website at

Up for an Adventure
Catamount Aerial Adventure Park on Route 23 in Hillsdale, NY is the northeast’s premier self-guided aerial challenge park. There are 12 courses, 3 of which are zip line courses that extend up to 2,000 feet.  The park provides fun for ages 7 to teen to adult to seniors.   Visit for more  information, a park video and FAQ’s.   Call 518-325-3200  to speak with a guest services associate. The Park is open daily through Labor Day and weekends through October 28th. Ticket sales are from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm and the Park closes at 6:00 pm.  Children must be 48” tall.  There is a 265 lb weight limit for adults .

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