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 www.vasilows.com 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 www.hudsonoperahouse.org 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 www.thepaintedpiece.net. 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 www.clctrust.org.
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. http://chathambookstore.com/
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 www.olana.org.
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 www.cccaartistsway.webs.com 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 www.fasnyfiremuseum.com 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 www.helsinkihudson.com or call 518-828-4800.
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