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July Ten Things to Do!

“Singin’ In The Rain”

“What a glorious feeling!” Singin’ In The Rain was the show most requested by 2012 Mac-Haydn Theatre audiences, and there are three weeks to catch the downpour of songs, laughs and tap-dancing sure to have your toes twitching: July 4 through 21. Fun and romance take center stage as the “talkies” hit 1920’s Hollywood, and, of course, the most famous dance scene EVER will be a highlight, streetlamp post and all. Warning: if you get front row seats – wear drip dry! For pricing, times and tickets call 518-392-9292 or visit their website at

People’s Parade in Kinderhook Village

Join the People’s Parade in Kinderhook Village on Thursday, July 4, Kinderhook is calling for you and your patriotic spirit. Decorate your car, stroller, wagon, garden tractor, bike….Anything that you can push, pull or ride. Decorate it with good old American Pride! Wear your best red, white and blue. Not up for marching?? Bring a chair to relax and watch from the sidelines. Patriots of all ages are welcome. Parade kicks off at 11:oo am at the park on Rothermel Lane and ends in the Village Square. Sponsored by the Kinderhook Business and Professional Association. For more information, visit them at

Catamount Aerial Adventure Park

The Catamount Aerial Adventure Park is open spring, summer and fall offering tree top fun for ages 7 and up….teens and adults. There are 12 courses including 3 zip-line courses that provide challenges for all abilities and thrills for all. The Aerial Park is open daily through Labor Day and weekends through October 27th. Visit for more information including FAQ’s, hours of operation, group and birthday party packages and much more.

Scarecrow Clinic

On Sunday, July 14 there will be a Scarecrow Clinic held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds beginning at 9:00 am. The Columbia County Fairgrounds is located at 32 Church Street in Chatham. The clinic is FREE. To register call 518-392-2121. For more information about the Columbia County Fairgrounds, visit their website at

Be Entertained @ Stageworks Hudson

Stageworks Hudson presents Looped by Matthew Lombardo. When an inebriated Tallulah Bankhead staggers into the studio to re-record line of dialogue for her 1965 horror flick Die! Die! My Darling! and botches every take, what ensues is a hilarious showdown between an uptight film editor and an outsized legend! Based on a true story, Looped is a scathingly funny and delicately touching journey of two lives as they twist and turn to a surprising and unforgettable finish. The show will run from July 10 – 28. For tickets and show times visit their website at

Sunset Cocktail Cruise on the Hudson

Friends of the Hudson Area Library present….Sunset Cocktail Cruise on the Hudson on Saturday, July 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on the “Spirit of the Hudson”. Boarding begins at 5:30 pm a the Henry Hudson Waterfront Park. Enjoy magnificent views at sunset with cool jazz, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. There will be door prizes and raffles on board. Tickets are available at the Hudson Area Library located at 400 State Street in Hudson. Advance ticket sales are $50 per person with a cash bar (tickets at the gate are $60/pp). To make a reservation, call 518-828-1792.

Debby Mayer reads from “Riptides and Solaces Unforeseen”

Writer Debby Mayer will read from her just-published memoir, “Riptides and Solaces Unforeseen” on Saturday, July 13 at 5:00 pm at the Chatham Bookstore. Part mystery, part love story, part report from the current medical front, the book takes place in Hudson and at Albany Medical Center. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore will immediately follow the reading along with a Q & A. This will take place at the Chatham Bookstore located at 27 Main Street in Chatham. There will be refreshments and the event is free. For more information, call 518-392-3005 or visit their website at

Equine Advocates Open Day Schedule

Equine Advocates Open Day will be held on Saturday, July 13 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Come spend a few hours walking around and meeting our 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 and enjoy one of the most beautiful and serene spots at the sanctuary. Come and learn about each animal. Please note that all visitors will need to sign a release from upon arrival. Sorry, no pets allowed. For more information visit their website at

A Celebration of Local Living Economies

Hawthorne Valley on on July 16 at 5:00 pm for “A Declaration of Interdependence” in celebration of local living economies in the Hudson Valley and Greater Berkshire Region. We will honor Judy Wicks, founder of the White Dog Cafe and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and author of Good Morning, Beautiful Business. Following the talk, Judy will have a book signing; copies of her book will be available for purchase at the event. A summer cookout will follow featuring local farm products and prepared by the Chefs Consortium. The menu will include Hawthorne Valley hot dogs, hamburgers and condiments; beverages from Hudson-Chatham Winery and Chatham Brewery, and side salads with vegetables Hawthorne Valley and other local farms. There will be live music and dancing as well. Talk and Book Signing are free, but reservations are requested. Summer Cookout & dancing is $30. Click here for registration and tickets. Thank you to our partners for helping make this event possible: The Bank of Greene County, Chatham Brewery, Chatham Bookstore, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Tent, Etsy, Hudson-Chatham Winery, LEAF (Local Economic Alliance for the Future), Re>Think Local, Toelke Associates and The Valley Table

It’s a Catfish Derby! 

United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties is holding the Third Annual UWCG Catfish Derby on July 20th. Once again the longest catfish of the one day tournament will walk away with $500 ! Prizes will be awarded in age categories for children teens and adults. “This fund raising event is dedicated to supporting local programs” said Brad Poster, Director of United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties. “This year we have three times more support from the local business community and the event is drawing regional participation.” All the contest details, rules and registration information can be found on the UWCG website at or on the United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties Facebook. Next week we will publish a list of local businesses around the two county-area where people can register in person. Again this year registration is $15 dollars to enter the contest. For further help call Catfish Joe at 518-755-2155.

14th Annual Blueberry Festival

Don’t miss the 14th Annual Blueberry Festival on Sunday, July 28 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on the grounds of Old Austerlitz! Cost is $6/pp (children under 12 are free). The event will feature early 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment for children, many different vendors and a variety of foods to feed the masses. There will be blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast. (Please note that there is an additional charge for both adults and children for the pancake breakfast). Blueberry Pancake Breakfast – 9am until 11:30am (Additional charge separate from admission) Adults $7.00 – Children under 12 $3.00. Rain or Shine. We love pets, however our insurance does not allow them to be brought into the festival. For more information visit their website at

“Berkshire Bop Society”

On Sunday, July 28 at 6:00 pm at PS21, there will be a tribute to Thelonius Monk: A Take on Monk in Stride and Song followed by Swing and Salsa dancing! Berkshire Bop Society is Lincoln Mayorga, piano, Sheri Bauer-Mayorga, vocals, Otto Gardner, bass, and Ted MacKenzie, drums. Program runs from 6:00 – 7:00 pm and dancing from 7:15 – 8:30 pm. Bring a picnic and your dancing shoes or just kick back and enjoy. Local beer and wine, as well as coffee and desserts will be available for sale. For more information about PS21 or to purchase tickets visit their website at

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