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10 Things to do in January 2018

Seven Bakers Lane Pop Up @ Olde York Farm Distillery

Friday, January 12, 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Seven Baker’s Lane is coming to Olde York Farm Distillery in Claverack with:  Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake, Judy’s Almond Cake, Milk Chocalate Chip & Cream Cookies (These aren’t your average milk chocolate chip cookies – they have Oreos in them too!) and Apple Bread Pudding.  Free samples of baked goods and spirits are available.  All products are available for purchase.  Cash bar.  For more information on Olde York Farm Distillery visit

Author Event at the Chatham Bookstore

Award-winning TV news producer Jeffrey L. Diamond comes to the Chatham Bookstore with his second novel, “Live to Tape,” on Saturday, January 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. Published by Page Publishing, Inc., the novel is set in the world of broadcast journalism with a crime-fighting producer as hero. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A follow a brief reading. Free. Refreshments. Live at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY. 518-392-3005.

High Five! at the Hudson Area Library
Hudson Area Library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce High Five!, an early literacy program. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, January 13, 20, 27, and February 3 & 10.  Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn fun, everyday activities to help build their child’s reading skills! There is a Story and Craft Hour, for ages 2+ in the library, with special guest readers (including our very own Library Director, Emily Chameides), while parents attend the discussion and activity session. Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch is also provided and transportation to the library is available.  Families will also have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books, available for check out at the library. There will be special events following sessions. The last Saturday ends with a field trip to Spotty Dog Books with each family that has participated in the program receiving a $25 gift certificate to spend at the store.  To sign up for High Five!, email, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. This program is free and open to all families with children under five, and is wheelchair accessible.

Karaoke Killer, A Murder Mystery In Two Acts

A Karaoke Contest comes to the Pink Flamingo at the Copake Grange.  Join the contest or route on your favorites. Just make sure that you stay out of the line of fire.  Solve the mystery and you may win a prize.  Karaoke Killer is on Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13.  Show starts at 6:30 pm and the Cost is $15.  Concessions will be available during intermission.  For reservations call 518-758-1648 or visit

Handbags for Habitat
Join Columbia County Habitat for Humanity on Thursday, January 18 at 6:00 pm to shop your favorite designer Handbags.  Take Part by adding to the lot, donate a purse.  Come and have fun and enjoy a glass of wine with a friend!  There is a $10 entry fee.  This event will take place at Meissner’s Auction Service located at Route 20 and 22 in New Lebanon.  Each ticket holder will receive a $5 credit towards a handbag purchase.  Handbags will be available for purchase and auction.  To register for the event and/or donate a handbag for auction either go to Habitat’s facebook page or call Alex at 518-828-0892.

Clever Little Lies @ The Ghent Playhouse

Join us at the Ghent Playhouse as we present Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies, a contemporary adult play that sheds a comedic light on the secret corners of marriage, relationships and family.  This production runs January 19, 2018 through February 4.  A mother (Meg Dooley) always knows when something is wrong, and this mother is determined to dig deep for the truth, when her husband (Rob Weber) returns home, a bit on edge, from a tennis match with his son (Will Murphy).  Hell-bent on getting to the bottom of things – Determined to get to the bottom of things, she invites her son and daughter-in-law (Erin Harwood) for drinks and dessert, causing uproarious chaos.  Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm.  Tickets are $22 each, $17 for Members of the Playhouse and $10 for Students with ID.  Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-800-838-3006 or going to the website at

Bindlestiff Cirkus Winter Cabaret

On Saturday, January 20, 9:00 pm at Club Helsinki, Bindlestiff will present a Cirkus Winter Cabaret.  Adult oriented show.  Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where attendees may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and artists from “America’s Got Talent” next to local legends, live, on stage, and in the same show. (Future shows = 2/17 and 3/17, with a family oriented  matinee on 3/18).  Live music is a defining feature of Bindlestiff’s cabaret shows, with witty, original tunes by a variety of NYC’s best composers and accompanists. Bindlestiff’s unique style reflects deep roots in NYC’s underground club scene, nods to political street theater, and a steady respect for the traditions of American popular entertainment and illegitimate theater.

Developing Diversity in the Landscape
On Sunday January 21st at 3 P.M. The Claverack Free Library will host a free talk during the dark days of winter to help the community get ready for the gardening season. Claverack resident Heather Grimes is a landscape designer who specializes in creating ecologically rich gardens and in restoring degraded woodland and meadow habitats.  Grimes says, “In our changing ecosystems and climate it’s important that the designed landscape is resilient and adaptable. By focusing on creating diverse plant and wildlife communities we give refuge to the wild species that take residence and grow our own deep connection to the unique habitats that surround us.”  Bring your questions – stay for refreshments!

Saturday, January 27, 2018, There is no better way to shake off the chill of winter than to join your neighbors at the annual Spencertown Revels Fundraiser. Guests support the Academy while enjoying an evening of great food and friends at this moveable feast. We start the evening at the festively decorated Academy for conversation, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and then move on to delicious intimate dinners hosted by friends of the Academy in private homes throughout the area.  Online tickets for this popular event.  If you have any questions, please contact or call (518) 392-3693.

Get Inspired at the 2018 Sunday Salons
Join us in celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of Thomas Cole’s arrival in America from England in 1818. We’re kicking off this momentous year with the Sunday Salons, presenting scholars from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Department of Art History.  The 2018 Sunday Salons – January 7 – Thomas Cole: On Paper, Nicholas Robbins, Ph.D. Candidate, History of Art, Yale University;  February 4 –  In the Footsteps of Thomas Cole,  Shannon Vittoria, Ph.D., Research Associate, American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art – March 4 – Frederic Church in Thomas Cole’s Catskills,  Jennifer Raab, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, History of Art, Yale University – April 8
Idyllic and Industrial Visions: Thomas Cole, William Guy Wall, and the Hudson River, Sophie Lynford, Ph.D. Candidate, History of Art, Yale University.  The lectures take place at 2 pm in the New Studio.  Generous support for this program is provided by David & Laura Grey and James & Diane Lewis.  Reserve now for limited-run Winter Tours  For more information visit

Two New Additions at Won Dharma Center
Winter Program Additions:  SUNDAYS, JANUARY 21 – MARCH 25 – MINDFULNESS AND THE 12-STEPS – 2:00-3:00pm (followed by 20 minute sitting meditation).  A discussion meeting focused on the 12-Steps and the Buddhist practice of Mindfulness as it relates to recovery from addiction and the end of suffering.  YIN/RESTORATIVE YOGA ($10 donation) – 3:30-4:45pm.  A profoundly healing blend of yin yoga practice designed to enhance the flow of Qi and create space within the joints/body, followed by restorative poses allowing for deep relaxation and release.  For additional information please contact Karen: 518-851-6517 or, Won Dharma Center, 361 Route 23, Claverack

Trivia Night!
Check out Trivia Night at The Greens in Copake at 5:00 pm every other Sunday through March.  Assemble your team of 2 – 6 players to compete against others for prizes and bragging rights!  Drink & Snack Specials, $3 Draft Beers, Football on TV and Lounge Atmosphere.  For more information about The Greens, visit

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