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10 Things to do in February

Get Your Strawberries for   Valentine’s DayDon’t forget to reserve your one pound box of Chocolate Covered Strawberries   (Milk, Dark or White Chocolate) for someone special on Valentine’s Day at Vasilow’s Confectionery, Inc. for   pickup on Friday, February 13 or Saturday, February 14.   If   you don’t like strawberries they have a variety of other chocolates to choose   from.  Stop in and check them out; visit their website or call 518-828-2717.

Dan Tepfer’s Goldberg   Variations/Variations

Saturday, February 14 at 7:00 pm at the Hudson Opera House there will be a   Valentine’s Day benefit concert by Dan Tepher.  Cost is $35/pp that   includes a post-performance reception with the artist.  Proceeds benefit   Classics on Hudson.  Dan Tepfer is a New York based pianist and composer   and one of the most formidable jazz musicians on the international   stage.  His solo project Goldberg Variations/Variations, Tepfer   approaches J.S. Bach’s masterpiece with his own improvisations on this   totemic work.  For more information or to make a reservation visit their   website at or call   518-822-1438.

Painting Techniques and Demos

The Painted Piece   in Catskill offers workshops and demos.  Winter   workshops: Chalk Paint®.  Cost is $99.  Held on Saturdays from   3:00 – 5:00 pm.  You will learn the essentials!  Four basic   techniques will be covered.  Then there are Technique Thursdays   – “All Cracked Up”.  Cost is $75.  Class is held   3:00 – 5:00 pm.  Learn Annie’s signature 2 – color distress and then add   to it with stenciling, decoupage and craqueleur 1   & 2.  Demos are held on Sundays.  Something new   each week.  To find more detailed information or to register for a   workshop, visit their website at or   call 201-970-6618.

18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

Sunday, February 15 from 9:00 – 11:00 am 18th Annual Great Backyard Bird   Count at Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond located at 480 rock City   Road  in Chatham.  Join fellow birders, Columbia Land Conservancy staff,   and our guest expert Larry Federman of Audubon NY as we all become   citizen scientists for the morning. We will identify and count birds at   feeders, and collect data for a nation-wide survey. We’ll have binoculars and   bird guides, but bring your own if you have them. Please make sure you have   plenty of warm layers, preferably not cotton or jeans, as we will spend   considerable time standing in one place counting the birds. We’ll have hot   tea and cocoa for you!  For more information visit our website at

Book Reading

Rita Foley reads from new book on retirement Sunday, February 15, 2–4 p.m., Chatham Bookstore.   Canaan writer/photographer Rita Foley reads from her new book, “Revolutionary   Retirement: What’s Next for YOU?,” at the Chatham Bookstore on Sunday,   February 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. The book provides a practical road map for Baby   Boomers looking to retire, such as continuing to work or redefining what work means for them. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q   & A will follow a brief reading. Free. Refreshments. Live at the Chatham   Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY. 518-392-3005.

3-D Underwater Worlds:  Art Making with Robin Brickman

Monday, February 16 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Olana, $45 per person (limited to 25); bag   lunch required; Ages 5-12. Snow date Saturday, February 21, 9:00 am   -3:30pm.  Spend President’s Day making art with Berkshire Region/and NYS   BOCES endorsed artist Robin Brickman. Ms. Brickman has been making 3D paper   landscapes with youth for decades in addition to illustrating a number of   award winning children’s books. This day long retreat for young people will   start by reading a children’s book from the Church family library called   Water Babies by Richard Kingsley (1860s). Students will also study one   painting made by Church that is an underwater scene. Then the artist will   lead sketching and planning for creating an underwater world like that in the   Kingsley story. From the outline and sketch, students will create a 16 x 20”   underwater scene using beautiful papers and supplies to layer their imaginary   world. Students will also take a hike around Olana’s lake, and snack on fish   and gummy worms. (This program is perfect for a winter distraction, and for   caregivers who want a holiday on the long weekend too!) Pre-registration is   required by preceding Thursday.  For more information or to register   visit

The Artist’s Way, 12 Week   Course

Beginning Saturday, February 28th at Columbia   County Council on the Arts.  This life altering course will be facilitated by Daniel Region who has known and worked with Ms.   Cameron for over 30 years.  Each weekly class will begin at 10:00 am and   run approximately 2 1/2 hours.  The fee for the course is $360.    Mr. Region will donate a large percentage of the fee to CCCA.  Enrolling   in the Artist’s Way, will support and grow you and your artist at the same   time, it is a life altering course.  Course size is limited, reserve   early!  Free introductory session  and open to anyone interested on   Saturday, February 21 at 4:00 pm held at CCCA.  To register visit or call CCCA at   518-671-6213 or call Daniel Region at 518-755-2830.

Weird Science with   Professor Sparks

On Saturday, February 21 at 10:30 am FASNY   Museum of Firefighting  presents Weird Science with Professor   Sparks.  Go and spend the morning at the Museum exploring the science of   fire.  Professor Sparks and her robot canine companion, Spot 2000, will   present an interactive program that is full of new surprises.  Professor   Sparks can make learning about science a whole lot of fun.  This is a   hands-on program for children ages five and up.  For more information   visit their website at or call 518-822-1875   x10.

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus   “Winter Cabaret”

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus   “Winter Cabaret” will be held at Club Helsinki in Hudson   on Saturday, February 28 at 9:00 pm.  The show will feature a variety of   circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers.  Adult-oriented   cabaret performances.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit   their website at or call   518-828-4800.

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