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10 Things to do in Columbia County in October

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10 Things to do in Columbia County in October –

Artswalk 2012
On Saturday, October 6th, the Annual Riverfront Artists Marketplace will take place from 10:00 am –4:00 pm at the Riverfront Park, alongside the Hudson Valley Bounty’s annual Chili Fest! We will, again, bring back our popular “Postcard Show”, where artists’ original postcard-sized works of art will be for sale – a great fundraiser and opportunity to own your favorite artists’ original work of art for less than the price of a frame! ARTSWALK Kids will have great family-oriented activities; where you can have your work showcased in the windows of Hudson’s beautiful shops. For more information check out the ARTSWALK website: to learn more about the events that are planned.
Art Opening
Art Opening on Saturday, October 6 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation in the Medical Office Building on the Campus of Columbia Memorial Hospital.  “Manhattan Floating” reception with the artist Seth Chwast;  “Via de Casarrabonnella 1984” – Gino Hollander;  “Main Street” – Roger Mason and “Robbie’s View” – Thomas Locker.
OK Falll Festival
OK Fall Festival in Kinderhook Village on Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (rain or shine).  Bring the family for a day of fun!  Free activities include:  hay rides, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, farmers market, apple bake off and live music!  Pumpkin decorating & scarecrow making supplies will be provided.  Food available for purchase.   For more information about the Apple Bake Off call Karen at 518-755-0911. 

Autumn in Austerlitz
16th Annual Autumn in Austerlitz Festival on October 7 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.    Festival will take place at Old Austerlitz – 11550 State Route 22 in Austerlitz.  The festival will feature volunteers dressed in early 1830’s costumes, quilt raffle, silent auction, early 19th century crafters and wares, live music, entertainment & crafts for children, vendors and a variety of food, including homemade soup, bread and baked goods.  Rain or Shine.  Adults $6.00 and Children under 12 Free.  No pets please!  For more information visit their website at

Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival
Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival On Sunday, October 7 from 10 am to 4 pm, Hawthorne Valley will host its 18th Annual Fall Festival. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. Take a ride on the hay wagon, press apples into cider, tour the Creamery, visit the cows, listen to music, and more! Fun for all ages. More info at

Take a Solar Tour
The Kling Magnetics/SunDog Solar building at 343 Route 295 in Chatham, NY has been chosen to be part of the 17th Annual National Solar Tour on October 13th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm (the event is free!).   This open house is a great place to learn about renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency.  In addition to 77 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic power with battery back-up, the building is heated with recycled vegetable oil, cooled with a chiller powered by solar thermal heat, insulated with spray foam insulation, lighted with energy efficient automatic lights, and domestic hot water is provided by a combination of solar thermal evacuated tubes and a solar concentrating dish. Representatives of SunDog Solar will be on hand to answer any questions.

Dinner Extravaganza Where Everyone Wins Free Art  — October 16, 2012.  Hudson’s favorite animal shelter will soon be hosting their 11th annual “ART for ANIMALKIND,” a terrific show emceed by the incomparable Dini Lamot. Besides enjoying a delicious dinner among friends, all attendees get to choose a piece of free artwork to take home! Artists, galleries, gift shops, and antique shops throughout the region have generously donated artwork for the event. So, it’s a guaranteed great evening with an amazing party favor to remember it by! ”Cool cat” supporters ($100) are seated for dinner at 6:30 pm and get their choice of artwork based on random order. “Feline-thropists” ($1000/couple) and “Humane-a-tarians” ($500/couple) enjoy a private dinner at 5:00 pm as well as first choice of artwork.  For more information visit their website at

CR-10 Exhibition
CR10 Arts LLC is pleased to announce “proceed”, curated by Francine  Hunter McGivern. The exhibition, which opened September 22nd, includes video works, projections, & sculptural installations by:  Andrea Zittel, Anri Sala, Brian Dewan, Christian Marclay, Chris Fraser, Irit Batsry, Marepe,Rivane, Neuenschwander, Tony Feher and William Stone. “proceed” will be on view through November 24,2012 with additional performances scheduled for upcoming weekends. Visit
FilmColumbia Festival
13th FilmColumbia Festival to be held in Chatham from October 17 – 21.  This year’s festival will bring more stars and filmmakers to Columbia County’s hometown than ever before, along with prize-winning films and audience favorites from international festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, New York and Sundance.  Screenings begin Wednesday, October 17 at 3:30pm and continue through Sunday evening, October 21.  For complete information about films and events, and to purchase tickets, go to
Witchy Hallo-wine at the Winery
On October 27 there will be a  Witchy Hallo-wine at the Winery.  Visit the winery on this magical day to see it decked out for Halloween. Besides special “tricks and treats,” we’ll have two psychics on hand so you can explore “the other side”…..if you dare! Come in costume and get a special prize.  For more information on Hudson-Chatham Winery visit their website at

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