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2017 Upcoming Events
Annual Legislative Breakfast – Friday, April 7, 2017
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce annual Legislative Breakfast. This event offers Columbia County’s legislators an opportunity to outline their plans for 2017 and beyond to the local business community. The breakfast will be held on Friday, April 7 at Columbia-Greene Community College in the Student Center from 7:30 to 9:00 am. The college is located at 4400 Route 23 in Hudson. The cost of the breakfast is $25. Reservations are required. Please contact the Chamber to make a reservation at 828-4417.
Business After Hours at Oak Pizzeria Napoletana – Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Join the Chamber as Oak Pizzeria Napoletana hosts a Business After Hours on Wednesday, April 12. They are located at 523 Warren Street in Hudson. The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Business After Hours’ offer excellent networking opportunities for area business people. All members of the business community are invited to attend this business event. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be offered during the After Hours. There is no cost to attend, but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 if they plan to attend.
Business After Hours at The Bank of Greene County – Greenport – Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Join the Chamber as The Bank of Greene County in Greenport hosts a Business After Hours to celebrate 10 years on Wednesday, May 3. They are located at 160 Fairview Avenue in Hudson. The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Business After Hours’ offer excellent networking opportunities for area business people. All members of the business community are invited to attend this business event. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be offered during the After Hours. There is no cost to attend, but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 if they plan to attend.
Business After Hours at TCBY – Thursday, May 11, 2017
Join the Chamber as TCBY (The Country’s Best Yogurt) Hudson hosts a Business After Hours on Thursday, May 11. They are located at 424 Fairview Avenue, Suite 350 in Hudson. The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Business After Hours’ offer excellent networking opportunities for area business people. All members of the business community are invited to attend this business event. Yogurt and beverages will be offered during the After Hours. There is no cost to attend, but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 if they plan to attend.
Never Underestimate Your Gumballs…The Continuing Story of an Entrepreneur @ Winding Brook Country Club – Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Women’s Networking moves to the evening hours and welcomes Guest Speaker Trish Rost, founder of Madison Handbags and Clover Staging. Join us on May 17th at the beautiful Winding Brook Country Club in Valatie to hear Trish’s very unique story, as she takes you through her entrepreneurial experiences. Enjoy a delicious dinner buffet, meet & network with an amazing group of women and hear a story that will inspire you both personally and professionally. Everyone has a chance to win great door prizes too! Mark your calendar for May 17th. The event is $30 for members / $35 for non-members. There will be a cash bar. Reservations are required by May 11th. Call 518-828-4417. To read Trish’s Bio click here.
Business After Hours at New York Golf Park – Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Join the Chamber as New York Golf Park hosts a Business After Hours on Wednesday, May 31. They are located at 5490 Route 23 & 9H in Hudson. The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Business After Hours’ offer excellent networking opportunities for area business people. All members of the business community are invited to attend this business event. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be offered during the After Hours. There is no cost to attend, but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 if they plan to attend.
2017 Sponsorship Opportunities
Thank you to everyone who sponsored events in 2016. Event sponsorship enables us to provide quality programming for our members and extensive promotion for your business. The Chamber is now securing sponsors for our 2017 events. If you are interested in sponsoring an event in 2017, please click here.
Member Events & Information
Juliet Teng Exhibits Oil Paintings at Chatham Bookstore. Reception April 7. In a show entitled ” From a House on a Hill,” Juliet Teng displays her oil paintings inspired by her home in the Hudson Valley and the surrounding landscape. Exhibit runs from April 7 to May 31. Opening reception on Friday, April 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Live at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham, NY 12037; 518-392-3005; https://chathambookstore.com/
98-5 The Cat, Oldies 93-5, and WRWD 106.9 will be holding out 7th annual pet food drive to benefit the pet food bank at Columbia-Greene Humane Society on Saturday April 8th at Shop-Rite in Hudson. We’ve teamed up with The Columbia Paper and The Bank of Greene County to hopefully, fill up the food bank. The shelter has a sponsor, that will match every bag of dry cat food we collect that day. We’re there from 9am to 3pm. The food bank is available to any local resident, who is having trouble feeding their pets because of financial problems.
“Time and Tide” – Frank Curran, Artist Rception on Saturday, April 8 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Thompson Giroux Gallery. Show is on view from April 1 – May 21. Painter and printmaker Frank Curran has been with Thompson Giroux since they opened in 2010. His work has been included in several of their group shows. “Time and Tide” marks his first solo show at the Gallery. Since 2002 Curran has been making painting trips to a pair of unique locations Percé, Quebec, Canada and Monhegan Island, Maine. Coastal and rocky, the dramatic landscapes of these remote outposts have long been a draw for artists. All of the work in “TIME and TIDE” is based on Curran’s visits over the years. Thompson Giroux Gallery is located at 57 Main Street in Chatham. For more information visit their website at http://www.thompsongirouxgallery.com/
Saturday, April 8. Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary. FIRST PUBLIC OPEN DAY OF 2017! 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Located at 3212 State Route 66. Just 2 miles north of the village of Chatham. Come spend a few hours walking around and meeting our 80 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, most of whom were rescued from slaughter, abuse and/or neglect. All are now happily enjoying their new life at the sanctuary. Please feel free to picnic at our pond which is one of the most beautiful and serene spots at the sanctuary. We have graphics posted at each paddock so you can learn about where each animal came from and why they needed to be rescued. This helps make your visit a much more personal and educational experience. Please note that all visitors will need to sign a release form upon arrival. Sorry no pets allowed. There is no charge, but we surely do appreciate donations! Equine Advocates is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the protection of horses, ponies, donkeys & mules.
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 – 10am – 3pm -You are cordially invited to our LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE – In celebration of a year at The Armory. Join us any time during the day and get a sample of all we offer. Music in the Stacks – Each hour, hear area musicians perform 15 minute “mini-concerts”. Historic Photos Displayed – A sampling of the History Room’s unique/rare collection. Tape Record YOUR Recollections of The Armory – Prom, basketball games, military exercises, the fire. We are eager to archive these memories and keep them alive. Story & Craft Hours Slide Show – See what our youngest are up to. Audio/Visual Presentation of some of our teen and tween programs including Radio Lab Workshop, Spark Media and one of our most popular – Hack the Library. Each hour, we will feature highlights from a different program. Refreshments all day. For a complete schedule of events, go to www.HudsonAreaLibrary.org. Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Livingston Hills Nursing & Rehab annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 15, 2017 from 12pm-2pm at our facility in Livingston. **Bring your own basket** The Easter Bunny will be taking photos with the kids throughout the event, along with face painting, and airbrush tattoo artists. We will also have games, arts & crafts, and an Easter egg coloring station. Food and refreshments will be provided free of charge. The event is also FREE OF CHARGE. Donations are always welcome for the Livingston Hills Family Memorial Park!
Celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day by joining Pine Haven & The Community Hospice on April 18 at 3:30 pm at the Pine Haven Classroom! Join Americans across the country in making future Healthcare decisions known to the family, friends and healthcare providers. Share your wishes and complete your advance directive, because ….YOUR DECISIONS MATTER. Please RSVP before April 12th to Pine Haven receptionist: (518) 672-7408. Light refreshments will be provided. Call today to reserve your spot!
An Afternoon of Korean Culture and Food at Won Dharma Center, Sunday April 9. Share a meal with close and more distant neighbors. On Sunday April 9 at 2 PM The Won Dharma Center and the Claverack Free Library invite adults and teens to a free program introducing Korea’s long and rich artistic history, the spirit of its people, and its cultural values. The program begins with a documentary film about Korean history and culture along with a demonstration of the traditional Korean wedding ceremony in traditional costume. Following the program, a traditional Korean meal will be served. Works of art, including paintings, objects, and costumes, will be on display. The program will be held at the Won Dharma Center, 361 State Route 23 in Claverack. Since attendance is limited to 60, please pre-register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com, call 518 851-7120, or sign up at the library desk. There is no cost for this event, but donations to either the Claverack Library or Won Dharma Center will be welcome.
At Thomas Cole on Sunday, April 9 at 2:00 pm, “A Painter’s Paradise”: Thomas Cole and His Transformative Experience in Florence 1831-2″ John F. McGuigan Jr. Although Cole’s fame as a largely self-taught American artist was launched in 1825, it was his tutelage in Florence in 1831-2 with two of the most eminent artists then working in Tuscany – Giuseppe Bezzuoli, who became his drawing master, and Pietro Benvenuti, president of the Accademia delle Belle Arti- and the seminal influence of Scottish landscape painter George Augustus Wallis, that heralded Cole’s shift from being a gifted artist to his emergence as a great one. Join independent scholar John McGuigan as he explores the critical twelve months Cole lived and worked in Florence, the place Cole’s biographer called “next to home itself, the happiest place in which he ever lived,” and where he produced some of the finest paintings of his career. Winter Tours: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
The Columbia Greene Workforce New York Career Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 11th from 10am – 1pm at Columbia Greene Community College. As in the past the event will be widely advertised to the general public and college students. The fee is $40.00 per booth. See flyer for details and registration.
What Should I Eat? part 3. Join Elliott Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine of Hudson and Deb Phillips, Nutritionist, of Great Barrington for parts two and three of our series on nutrition called What Should I Eat? join them for the third class in the series on April 12th where we will address how dietary approaches differ according to geography when we look at things like blue zones (where people live longer) and disease clusters as well as cover topics like cleaning up the food supply. Find full details and registration at whattoeat.eventbrite.com. The classes are held on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 8:00 at River Pilates 876 Columbia Street. The cost is $30 per class or $50 for both, or $50 for “bring a friend” (admits two).
High&Mighty Therapeutic Riding&Driving Center, Announces Second Annual Beer Tasting, Saturday April 15 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Featuring: Old Klaverack Brewery, Chatham Brewing, S&S Farm Brewery and other local breweries. This event is to benefit programs at High and Mighty at The Barn at Liberty Farm, 114 Ostrander Road, Ghent, NY. $25/pp – pay at the door or email Dianne@high-n-mighty.org.
On Saturday, April 22, at 4pm, the Claverack Free Library will host Allison Marchese, author of The Hidden History of Columbia County, NY (Arcadia/History Press – 2014). The book uncovers the secret history buried in the towns of Austerlitz, Chatham, Claverack, Kinderhook, New Lebanon, Taghkanic, Valatie, and the city of Hudson — each with different and unusual stories. The Claverack Library is located at 629 State Route 23B. There is ample parking behind the library.
3rd Annual Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show: Lynne Chmurzynski’s annual fundraiser to combat local hunger is back! The popular event will be held on Sunday April 23rd from 1-4PM at the Copake Memorial Park Building at 305 Mountainview Road. Advance tickets are available for $12 (adult) or $15 at the door. Children 12-18 pay only $5. Volunteers are ALWAYS needed and always welcome! If you have some time and talent to share, please contact Lynne at 518-325-4000. Fashions from Lynne’s clothing shop, Mirror Mirror Clothing Shop, will be featured and the refreshments will come from a variety of local providers such as Verdigris Tea.
Thursday, April 27th, 6:00-9:00 PM, Chatham Adult Education Program, Chatham High School, 50 Woodbridge Ave., Chatham, NY 12037. Decluttering & Organizing Basicswith Professional organizer and owner of Minding Your Manor, Julie Ulmer. In this class, participants will learn some of the basic reasons why Americans have difficulty with clutter and disorganization, how to identify what constitutes clutter for them, and how to begin the process of shedding unwanted belongings and organizing what remains. Registration is required: http://www.chathamcentralschools.com/adulted/ $33/person ($30 if registering for both decluttering courses)
TAP New York, Craft Beer and Food Festival celebrates 20 years on April 29 and 30 at Hunter Mountain. 120+ craft brewers, 400+ NY craft beers, Live music, all you can eat food is included with ticket! Group Rates available. For more information or to purchase tickets visit tapnewyork.com.
Wm Farmer & Sons is now open on Sunday’s for Dinner! They will be open for Dollar Oyster Happy Hour from 5-6 and their full menu(attached for your convenience)will be served from 5-9. Feel free to call 518-828-1635 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org any reservation requests.
This season’s lineup is full of opportunities to seek a deeper connection with spirituality, ecology, community, and yourself. At the Abode, you’ll find over 300 acres of forest, hiking trails, gardens, the Abode Farm CSA, and more. Whether it’s for a full program, or simply a meal and class or Universal Worship, now is a wonderful time to see what the Abode has to offer! Visit our Programs and Calendar pages on our website to learn more! If you’re visiting the Abode for the first time, also consider our Abode Village Visits, immersive weekends to explore the meaning of “an Eco-Sufi Village” and to learn more about the land and community. Come discover what life looks like in an active historic spiritual community and retreat center! In addition to our programs, we also have our exciting Volunteer Opportunities of Khidmat, Hands-to-Heart, and a Farm-to-Kitchen track! With opportunities to explore the farm-to-table culinary process, universal Sufi spirituality, day-to-day operations of an active spiritual center, and more, volunteering at the Abode is a great way to gain new skills, meet talented and enthusiastic friends, and gain an expanded understanding of community and sustainability.
Career Expo at Questar III – Live Local, Work Local on Wednesday, May 17 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Target audience is Grades 7 – 11, Parents, Educators and Community Members. The Expo will provide information to students and parents, through exciting, interactive displays about business and educational institutions in Greene, Columbia, Rensselaer Counties and the Capital Region for future employment and educational opportunities.
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