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10 Things to do in Columbia County in January

See an Art Show

Daily from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22 in Ghent presents SKYLINE ADRIFT: Cuban Art and Architecture, a politically and aesthetic ground-breaking show of multi-disciplinary, site-specific installations by two Havana based architects and two internationally established Cuban artists. For more information about Art Omi visit their website at

Beginning Birding, Part 1

Thursday, January 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm the Columbia Land Conservancy is offering Beginning Birding, Part 1 for Adults and Older Children. There is no cost to attend. Instructed by Elisabeth Grace of the Alan Devoe Bird Club, you’ll learn how to identify birds, which ones to expect in our area, and how to attract them to your yard using feeders

A Cajun Dance Party

On Saturday, January 12 at 9:00 pm at Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, Multiple Grammy winning BeauSoleil elevated Cajun music to international acclaim by daringly blending Zydeco, Tex-Mex, western swing, blues, New Orleans traditional jazz and Caribbean calypso. They continue their scion-like march through the panorama of American music with their 29th release over the 30+ years with “Alligator Purse.” So laissez les bons temps rouler with a Cajun dance party! For more information about Helsinki Hudson call 518-828-4800 or visit their website at

Attend a Reading

Jana Laiz will be “Live at the Chatham Bookstore” for a reading of her new novel for young adults, The Twelfth Stone, a contemporary Celtic American faerie tale, on Saturday, January 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The Berkshire County writer will talk about the novel with the audience and Thomas Chulak from the bookstore. Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham, NY. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 518-392-3005 or visit their website at Reading is Free.

Writing Workshop

A workshop entitled “Writing for New Writers” will be held at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, on Saturday January 12. Regina Colangelo will facilitate the workshop, for which advance registration is required. To do so, please contact Regina Colangelo at 914-954-3494. Using a format of writing exercises, this two-hour workshop will focus on the development of basic skills for beginner and casual writers of fiction and memoir. Each exercise will target a specific area of writing, such as scene description, character development, dialogue, and critique. Workshop leader Regina Colangelo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and memoir and fiction writer who has facilitated writers’ groups at the Roe Jan Library since 2011.

In case of inclement weather, the backup date for the workshop is Saturday, Feb. 2 from 1-3.

See a Show

The Ghent Playhouse in Ghent presents “Almost Maine” from January 18 thru February 3. The cost is $18/person and $15/member. Finding love on a midwinter’s night in Almost, Maine is about as likely as seeing the Aurora Borealis. But when electrons and atoms collide with fate the comic, unexpected results are guaranteed to light up the sky. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit their website at

Art Exhibit – Furgary

Columbia County Council on the Arts and BeLo 3rd presents Furgary Boat Club from January 19 thru Martch 16. The opening reception is Saturday, January 19 at the CCCA Gallery located at 209 Warren Street in Hudson. An exhibit of CCCA en plein air artists and photographers work of the iconic Hudson boat club. The first CCCA show of 2013 highlights a special part of the history of Hudson, The ‘Furgary Boat Club’. The ‘furgary’, a group of hand-built structures on the banks of the Hudson, have been owned and used by area residents for almost 100 years. In recent months, there has been controversy over ownership and use of the property. The cabins and shacks are now vacant, waiting for the final decision of their fate to be made. These buildings will always be a part of Hudson’s rich history and, on January 19th, twenty-eight area artists will display work they have created to commemorate the architecture and views of the Furgary landscape. Including a special video presentation and the oil paintings of one of the Furgary’s original members. Visit or call 518-671-6213 for more information.

Storytelling Workshop Intensive with David Black

Beginning on Saturday, January 19 at 1:00 pm Hudson Opera House will offer a three session workshop with Law and Order originator/screenwriter David Black. The first session would review how we tell stories and how the stories we tell affect how we behave. The stories we tell ourselves about politics shape our actions – as do the stories we tell about our friends, our family, and ourselves. Participants will also discuss how to become more conscious of the stories around us. The second session will focus on how we use those stories in fiction, non-fiction, and screenwriting and will discuss structure, POV, and shaping scenes. The third session will concentrate on the business of writing: how to pitch a TV series or movie, how to write a proposal for a book or magazine article. Cost is $250, $220 members. For more information on the workshop or the Hudson Opera House call 518-822-1438 or visit their website at

Aging Gracefully: the Process of Ripening Cheese

Learn the process of Ripening Cheese at Hawthorne Valley on Saturday, January 19 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Aging? Ripe? Affinage? Stinky? Overripe? This was once milk? Come join Peter Kindel, the Hawthorne Valley Farm cheesemaker, to learn how to convert your precious curds into a perfectly finished cheese. We will show you how to set up an “at home” aging facility, wash a number of different types of cheese, and go over mold ripening. Followed by a cheese tasting and discussion about ripening cheese. Class size is limited, so please book in advance. Email Caroline Smialek, or call 518-672-7500 x 232. Cost is $40/person. For more information about Hawthorne Valley visit their website at

Go Skiing or Snowboarding

Catamount is in full force with it’s snowmaking on 10 trails. Get a 2012-2013 Season Pass which provides you with unlimited skiing and riding! Catamount is located on Route 23 in Hillsdale. Contact them at or call 518- 325-3200 to get more information.

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