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May Enewsletter

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“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” – Brian Tracy


The Chamber is pleased to offer new banner ads as an affordable advertising tool on our website, the monthly e-newsletter and eblast reminders, as well as “10 Things To Do in Columbia County”, another monthly publication.

The Chamber website is a valuable resource to those living and doing business in the County, our second home owners, and the growing tourist population that visits our great County.

The monthly Enewsletter, with its’ weekly follow-ups and the monthly “10 Things To Do in Columbia County”, reach many thousands of businesses including their customers. The e-newsletter informs recipients about events and opportunities that the Chamber is offering, along with valuable member news items. And the popular “10 Things To Do In Columbia County”, a monthly summary of ten top things being done by our member businesses and organizations, is frequently passed along by business owners to their employees and customers as they often have things to do for the whole family.

We hope you are interested in learning more about this cost effective and targeted way to reach a huge population of people in and around our County. Contact Carol Patterson at the Chamber office, 828-4417 or email for details, cost information and introductory specials.

Last chance until the next round that begins on May 10th. Click on the logo to vote for the Best of Columbia County 2017.

2017 Upcoming Events

Did you know your business has its own story? – Wednesday, May 10, 2017
In this 2.5 hour workshop on Wednesday, May 10 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at the Chamber Office with author, workshop leader and book coach, Dara Lurie 0f Transformative Writing Solutions you’ll learn how to uncover the powerful stories within your business and use those stories to design a message that speaks to your audience. During this event you will learn to:
*Create quality content for your Blog, Newsletter or E-blast
* Transform your content into effective marketing copy AND
* Deliver a message that speaks to your audience with originality & passion
Reservation a must. Please call the Chamber at 518-828-4417 or email to make a reservation.

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 5:30 – 8:00 pm 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 17 th. 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.

Old Klaverack Brewery Open House & Ribbon Cutting: All are invited! – May 19, 2017
Old Klaverack Brewery is celebrating the official opening of their new tasting room with a Ribbon Cutting and Open House that All Are Welcome to Attend! The first Brewery in Claverack, Old Klaverack is “committed to the community by producing and buying locally sourced ingredients as well as being committed to producing the best quality crafted beer for locals”. They are located at 150 Thielman Rd. in Claverack. Thielman Rd. is easy to access via Roxbury Road, near to the Columbia Golf & Country Club on Route 217 (the Brewery is just minutes from there). Owner Eric Bell also assures everyone that your phone GPS will bring you right to the door. To learn more about Old Klaverack Brewery visit The Ribbon Cutting and start of the Open House is at 4:30 pm on Friday, May 19. Bring a friend!

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.

Notary Public Review Workshop – Thursday, June 1, 2017
3 hour session on June 1 at the Chamber- This workshop prepares you for the New York State Notary Public test and will provide you with a comprehensive view of the Notary Public office. Confusing laws, concepts, and procedures will be clearly explained and clarified. Examples will be provided to illuminate situations that Notary Public officer is likely to encounter. topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics, charging proper fees, handling special situations, when to defer an attorney, and minimizing legal liability. This workshop is a must for Notary Public candidates to become fully aware of the authority, duties and responsibilities involved in this office. All materials will be provided including website links to NYS Department of State licensing information, booklets and forms. Also featured is an 80 question Practice Exam which attempts to emulate the actual New York State mandatory exam. Instructor Victor Bujanow, CIC. Workshop to be held at Columbia Chamber from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Cost is $49/member and $65/non-member. To reserve a space call 784-5009.

Now Accepting Applications for Leadership Columbia-Greene 2018 Class
Leadership Columbia-Greene is a dynamic, community-based program designed to develop informed, action oriented leaders to meet the future challenges of our area. The Leadership Columbia-Greene program offers an opportunity for individuals to develop leadership, team building and strategic thinking skills. As participants explore styles, examine options, establish relationships and participate in networking opportunities they make a valuable contribution to their employer, organization and the community. For over 20 years there have been Leadership Programs in Columbia and Greene County. For an application click here.

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

Thursday, May 4th, 6:00-9:00 PM, Chatham Adult Education Program, Chatham High School, 50 Woodbridge Ave., Chatham, NY 12037. Decluttering & Downsizing for Seniors with Professional Organizer and owner of Minding Your Manor, Julie Ulmer. This class follows up on basic decluttering and organizing principals with an emphasis on how seniors can begin the downsizing process and/or age in place safely. Participants will learn about how to deal with sentimental belongings and how other family members come into play during the “right sizing” transition. Registration is required: $33/person ($30 if registering for both decluttering courses)

The American Joint Care Foundation is hosting the 10th Annual Mother’s Day Craft Fair & Luncheon at Whittier Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center on Friday, May 5 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Admission is FREE to the public. All proceeds will benefit Whittier Residents Mobility Van Fund. Lunch special is Noon to 2:00 pm, cost is $7.00. Whittier is located at 1 Whittier Way (off of Route 66) in Ghent.

Bodhi Holistic Spa and Yoga to participate in World’s largest yoga event of 1 million participants to benefit Susan G. Komen® to Support Breast Cancer Research and Community Programs. Manduka, the world’s most respected brand in yoga, and Susan G. Komen, the largest funder of breast cancer research outside of the U.S. government, have partnered to launch “project:OM,” a mindful movement to drive positive change on an epic level. Project:OM’s debut event, taking place Mother’s Day weekend – Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14 – gathers one million people to participate in the world’s largest yoga class. The local project:OM class will take place at Bodhi Holistic Spa, Located at 543 Warren Street in downtown Hudson, NY at 6:00 p.m. on Friday May 12, 2017. All participants are encouraged to give a suggested minimum donation of $10 in support of Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce the current number of U.S. breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026. To reserve a spot visit

Internationally-known pianist John Kamitsuka returns to Camphill Ghent on May 6 at 3:00 p.m. for a performance in the Culture Hall at 2542 Route 66 here. A reception with the artist follows the performance which includes Bach’s Sonatina, Beethoven’s Sonata #21 and Brahms’s Klavierstucke. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling (518) 392-2760.

Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 6 at Hudson Jr./Sr. High School from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. There is FREE admission and 75 children’s & young adult authors and illustrators. Largest children’s book festival in New York State! A great way for children and their families to meet, chat with, and get books signed by the authors and illustrators they love. Over 75 authors, thousands of books, music, food, readings, and all kinds of fun and activities. Location is 215 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson.

Saturday, May 6. Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary. OPEN DAY! 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.

Talbots and Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany invite you to shop for modern classic styles ALL DAY, all for a cause. 10% of pre-tax sales will be donated to Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (501(c)(3) not for profit organization (the charity). This will take place on Thursday, May 11 at Talbots in Stuyvesant Plaza located at 1475 Western Ave in Albany.

EXHIBITION OPENING DAY on Sunday, May 14 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free House & Landscape Tours Sponsored by Columbia Memorial Health A new art exhibition called OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández confronts Frederic Church at Olana debuts at Olana State Historic Site on Sunday, May 14. The exhibition includes an outdoor, interactive installation called Penetrable. It’s a perfect activity for mom and the kids on Mother’s Day!
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The Claverack Free Library holds its annual spring book and plant sale on May 12, 13 and 14. The weekend offers book lovers the region’s largest selection of gently used fiction and non-fiction titles and children’s books, all organized by subject beneath the tents. A special preview reception will be held on Friday, May 12 from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. For a $10 entry fee, buyers will enjoy refreshments and have first choice of all books at early bird (double) pricing. The book sale runs on Saturday from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. and on Sunday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Featured at the sale on Saturday are live plants – vegetable, annuals and perennials – as well as an offering of high-quality gardening and landscape design books. Luncheon is served on Saturday and homemade baked goods are available. Also offered on Saturday are free activities for children. The library is located at 629 State Route 23B, Claverack, New York. For more information, please contact the Claverack Free Library at, 518-851-7120, or stop in during library hours.

Mother’s Day Brunch! Sunday May 14, 2017 from 11:00-2:30 at The Falls (158 Union Turnpike Hudson, NY 12534). The price is $41.95 per person and children 6-12 are half price (children 6 and under are free). There will be 2 carving stations, a pasta station, seafood station, made to order omelet station, waffle station with all the toppings, dessert bar, and much much more. Reservations are required and due no later than May 7, 2017. You can either call 518-456-8000 to place your reservation or email me. Thank you so much and I hope you can join us for an amazing Mother’s Day Brunch.
SPRING ARBONNE PRODUCT SHOWCASE – Ladies! “Spring” into Spring with better products, with better ingredients and with making better choices for a healthier you! Join us here at the Chamber on May 18th, 6:30 PM, for an Arbonne Product Showcase featuring cutting edge, naturally inspired health and wellness products. Your mind, body and soul will love the botanical extracts, essential oils and the luxurious scent of pure, safe and beneficial. Enjoy a glass of wine and special raffles while discovering Arbonne. It’s time to choose effective, botanically inspired green formulas and cruelty-free products! Please RSVP to Marylou Knull 518-755 -1316

The Two of Us Productions, the award winning theater based in Columbia County presents RUMORS, by Neil Simon, May 19th through May 28th, 2017 at the Performing Arts Center at Taconic Hills. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees are at 3pm. The well-equipped Performing Arts Center at Taconic Hills is located at 73 County Route 11A in Craryville, NY. Tickets are $20 for adults, $14 for students & seniors, and $12 for groups & families. For advance reservations visit or call 518-758-1648. Make your reservations early for the best seats on the date you want!

Iron Horse Cigar Depot Open Golf Tournament. Winding Brook Country Club in Valatie, 10:00 a.m. Scramble Tournament on May 19. $100.00 per person/ $400 team. Cigars, lunch on the turn and dinner after the tournament. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, contest for longest drive, putting contest and more. For team sign up or to help sponsor the event, call the Iron Horse Cigar Shop at 518-828-1505, proceeds to benefit the Windham Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation, Warriors in Motion program.

Barbara Bonner Reads from Book on Courage, Sunday, May 21, 2–4 p.m. Author and nonprofit consultant Barbara Bonner reads from her new book, “Inspiring Courage” (Wisdom Publications). A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A follow a brief reading. Live at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham, NY. Refreshments. Free. For more information, call 518-392-3005.

Aeble’s patio opens this weekend! Aeble is adding 16 seats to their covered front patio where the full menu will be available for your dining and imbibing pleasure. Dinner is served Wednesday-Saturday 5pm-10pm and brunch Saturday+Sunday 11am-2:30pm. Fell free to call 518-697-7987 for reservations, or use the link on the website. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Hudson River Exchange strives to provide makers and collectors with opportunities to gain exposure, advance their businesses, contextualize their story and find inspiration. To that end we have launched a series of workshops to further the education of the creative entrepreneurs in the Hudson River Region. Launching this April is a series of Spring workshops inspired by the season – get organizing and cleaning to be prepared for the busy time of year, delve into self-care, and take time for creative renewal. For more information on their workshops visit

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: any reservation requests.
The Abode is a-bustlin’ with activity! Come join the Abode in May – there is so much going on! While the Abode has been a part of New Lebanon since 1975, it may be the town’s best kept secret. That’s hopefully slowly fading as we are striving more and more to be involved in the community and to welcome the community up Shaker Road. Every week, we have classes open to the public at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, preceded by dinner ($12) at 6pm from our 1831 Shaker kitchen. On Sundays, we have a Universal Worship service (think “Sufi church”) followed by brunch ($10) at 12:30pm. Every month, we have a New Moon Women’s Circle, an Abode Farm class, a work morning, a community potluck, and a Village Visit. Village Visits are a time to explore and understand what life at such an Eco-Sufi Village looks like, who lives at the Abode, what the rhythm is, and what basic practices orient our lives. During the month of May we have a wide range of programs: Emerald Earth (May 5-7), Rasa Shastra (May 12-14), Federation of the Message (May 17-21), and The Feminine Resurrection (May 25-28). Information about the Abode can be found at and specific information about any of the events or programs can be found at

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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