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December 10 Things to Do in Columbia County

Craft Fair

AJCF & Whittier’s 6th annual Holiday Craft Fair on Friday, December 6 from
11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Whittier Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center
located at 1 Whittier Way (off of Route 66) in Ghent.  You can also
purchase lunch at noon while you are there for $5.00 (includes roast beef or
turkey wrap, chips and a drink)  Proceeds to benefit Columbia County
Hospice and AJCF.  Please contact 518-281-1046 for more

Winterwalk in Hudson

On Saturday, December 7, 17th Annual Winter Walk on Warren Streets, Hudson’s
mile-long commercial district transforms into a festive thoroughfare with twinkling
lights, brightly decorated shops, horse-drawn wagons, live reindeer, stilt
walkers, African drummers, carolers, hula hoopers and ballroom dancers, as well
as a legion of other characters and performers.  The festive evening
begins with the ringing of the carillon atop the First Presbyterian Church and
the sound of a trumpet fanfare, along with the Santa Parade, organized by the
Hudson Department of Youth, who usher Mr. & Mrs. Claus from the HOH to City
Hall where the popular couple listen to children’s wishes and hand out free
gifts. The evening culminates in a fireworks display, launched from
Promenade Hill at  the foot of Warren Street at 8:15, marking the
“official” end of Winter Walk,  but many businesses—especially restaurants–stay open long after the event.  For a full schedule of events
that evening, visit

Winter Celebration at Lindenwald

On Saturday, December 7 from 12:00 – 4:00pm, enjoy the spirit of the winter
season at Lindenwald.  The historic site will be dressed up for the
occasion with the help of the talented members of the Kinderhook Garden
Club.  This year’s theme is based on President Van Buren’s daughter-in-law
Angelica Singleton.  House tours will be offered every half hour – reservations strongly
recommended.  For more information, call 758-9689

Cut-paper Artisit

Opening for Ghent Cut-paper Artist Pamela Dalton, December 8. An opening reception
for an exhibit of cut-paper designs by Pamela Dalton will be held on Sunday,
December 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chatham Bookstore. On display will be her
illustrations for the new book, “Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of
Thanksgiving” by Newbery medalist Katherine Paterson and illustrated by Dalton,
for children ages 5 and up. A reading of selections will take place. The show
runs from December 8 to January 30. Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham,
NY. For more information, call 518-392-3005. Refreshments. Free.
Candlelight Night

Candlelight Night in Kinderhook Village on Friday, December 13 from 5:30 – 8:30
pm.  Luminaries will light your way through the village to enjoy a little
Holiday Cheer.  Stroll along to visit local merchants or take a
horse-drawn wagon ride on the village square.  Also, don’t miss Santa
Claus, Mrs. Claus, Sax-o-Claus, Tots the Clown, face painting, holiday carolers
& live animals.  The Kinderhook Library is hosting teen night upstairs
in the Village Hall.  Kinderhook’s historic churches, Vanderpoel House of
History, Columbia County Museum & Kinderhook Library will be open.  A
night filled with food, fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Holiday Soiree

On Saturday Dec 14th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, seven stores on the upper half of
Warren Street’s 400 block will be staying open late for an evening of sales,
demonstrations, special events, music and of course refreshments.
As part of the festivities you can expect, gift wrap classes from the people of
Kate’s Paperie (NYC), Whiskey and spirit tastings by Hillrock Estate Distillery
and George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon, tarot cards readings, art
on display by TURF ONE (Montreal, CAN) and more.

Valatie WinterWalk

Come celebrate Valatie WinterWalk on Saturday, December 14 from 5:00 –
9:00 pm.  VERA, Village of Valatie and Valatie Santa Claus Club are
proud to sponsor WinterWalk and Winter Parade in and along Main
Street.  Kinderhook Bank and Hannaford Supermarket are also community
partners in this event.  Following the parade on Main Street, Santa will
receive visitors and listen to requests at our historic Valatie Community
Theatre and Mrs. Claus will be in the area as will Jesters, Elves, Marionettes
and much more.  There will also be Living Nativity, hay rides,
holiday treats and much more.

Special Screening of The

On Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 pm, the Chatham Film Club and
the Columbia County Historical Society
are proud to present this exciting combination of theater, film and music that
tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of Union officer
and Medal of Honor Winner James Jackson Purman.  The program features a
one man show written and performed by the distinguished actor Stephen Lang,
original music composed by Robert Kesler and performed by virtuoso
double-bassist Timothy Cobb, and the premiere the short film The Wheatfield, written and
performed by Lang, and directed by young filmmakers, Alexander and Adrian
. The program is hosted by eminent historian Harold Holzer.
Tickets available at the door, CCHS and CFC Members and Students: $10 and
General Admission: $15.  Reception following the program at 5:30 pm at the
Home of Stephen and Tina Lang in Kinderhook, CCHS and CFC Members and Students:
$45 (includes program admission) and General Admission: $50 (includes program
admission).  Space for the reception is limited and reservations are
required. To make a reservation, please call 518-758-9265 or email
Retro Country Ensemble

On Sunday, December 15 at 8:00 pm, Helsinki Hudson has retro-country
ensemble the Sweetback Sisters brings its classic 1950s Nashville sound to Club
Helsinki.  Vocalists Zara Bode and Emily Miller share a love for Hank
Williams and the family-style harmonies of everyone from the Everly Brothers to
the Judds, and the group’s rootsy musicians apply themselves to arrangements
that recall country music’s golden era, occasionally updated for the 21st
century.  For more information visit their website at

Little Big Holiday

Come celebrate the season in a Big Way with your co-workers and guests
from other small businesses at the Copake Country Club’s Little Big Holiday
Party on Thursday, December 19.  The fun begins at 5:30 with dancing until
10:30 pm.  Music by Lutz Entertainment: DJ Jimmy Lutz.  Cost is $45
per person includes cocktail & hors d’ ouerve hour, dinner buffet and
dancing.  $10 upgrade for 2 drinks per person.  You can also book a
table of 8 for $425 (tax & gratuity included).  Call Kyleigh for
reservations at 518-325-0019.  For more information visit

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