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November 10 Things to do in Columbia County

Literary Event

On Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 pm at Stair Galleries in Hudson, The Friends of the Hudson Area Library, the New York State Writers Institute, and the national literary journal Fence co-present “The Literary Life Where You Find It: an evening with William Kennedy and Elisa Albert”. The two writers will read from recently published fiction and essays on themes of Place and Displacement within the Literary Culture, and choosing where best to house one’s valuable creative time and energy. After the reading there will be time for conversation and discussion with audience members and for book signing. Seating and books will be limited to make a reservation by calling the Spotty Dog Books & Ale at 518-671-6006. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit

Country, Blues, and Rock n’ Roll

Country singer and songwriter Robert Bates will appear in concert at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library at 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 9. The program, entitled, “Country, Blues, and Rock n’ Roll,” will include Robert’s song, ” I Just Can’t Stay,” hit #21 on the global bluegrass charts and a song co-written with Joann Sifo entitled, “Silver And Gold,” which went to #1 on the charts in Ireland. Bob was born in New York City and attended Juilliard where he studied bass, conducting and composition. Through the years he has written several works which were published by Paul Price Publications. His “Blue Offering” for flute and vibes was premiered in Argentina in 1992. He has also gone viral on Youtube with his “Three Pieces For String Quartet”. For more information visit or call 518-325-4101.

Bread, Wine & Cheese!

On Saturday, November 16 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm at the Hudson-Chatham Winery will proudly feature a selection of artisanal cheeses from local creameries, but on this special Saturday, we invite the cheese makers themselves. Come in , sample their products and talk to them about the cheeses. It’s a great way to learn more about what goes into some of the best cheeses you’ll taste here and from around the world! Bonfiglio & Bread will also be in the tasting room. They make all sorts of incredible baked goods. You will want to stock up on all these goodies – and wines to pair with them for the holiday season.

Holly Williams @ Helsinki

On Friday, November 22 at 9:00 pm at Helsinki Hudson, singer-songwriter Holly Williams, a scion of one of America’s first families of Americana music, brings her unique blend of country, folk and rock to Club Helsinki. The granddaughter of the legendary country singer-songwriter Hank Williams and daughter of country star Hank Williams Jr., the 32-year old Holly Williams has established a reputation in her own right as a convincing singer and songwriter. For more information or to make a reservation, visit their website at or call 518-828-4800.

The Battle of the Butter Crunches

The Battle of the Butter Crunches on November 23rd. Free chocolate tasting! Come to Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar and try 4 different butter crunches along with accompanying wines supplied by Fairview Wine & Spirits. Each toffee taste matched to a special wine selection. Test your taste buds with Christopher Norman’s Broadway Butternut Crunch, Moderne’s Toffee Bar, Marich’s Chocolate Toffee Pistachios and Bella’s Butter Toffee – the shop’s best seller. It all begins at 5pm. May the best crunch win! For more information call 518.828.3139 or check out Verdigris Tea on Facebook.

Make-It and Take-It

The Rosery Flower Shop is holding it’s first make-it and take-it workshop on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26 at 6:00 pm on both nights. The workshop will be cornucopia for your Thanksgiving table. The cost will be $40 and if you choose to have it a little more elaborate with bittersweet vine and feathers, an accessory package can be added on for $15. Advance payment reserves your spot. To make a reservation, please call 518-828-9952.

Basilica Farm & Flea

The BASILICA FARM + FLEA starts Friday evening, November 29th at 5pm with a Soiree (cocktails & music while shopping!) then continues on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 6pm. The goal is to highlight the abundance of small “homegrown” businesses located within the Hudson Valley. Farm-related products will be chosen in partnership with Hudson’s own Modern Farmer Magazine. And BUST Magazine will be working with organizers to head up one of their internationally famous “Craftaculars” that typically include hand-crafted items like cosmetics, knitwear, jewelry, paper goods, handbags, toys, and home goods. There will also be vintage clothing and accessories along with handcrafted edible treats. Also planned: cultural lectures and workshops and a “Basilica Farm Stand” filled with prepared jams, jellies, pickles, packaged pastas, wreaths and dried arrangements. Admission is $3.00.

Super Hero Fun Run

Super Hero Fun Run co-sponsored by Railroad Cross-Fit and The Salvation Army, on November 2 at 10:00 am. Dress as your favorite super hero and run down Warren Street to the Chamber of Commerce for a reception with BATMAN and then continue to Railroad Cross-Fit to test your Super Hero strength. Registration is at the 7th Street Park. Registration Fee: A donation of a toy for a child. For your picture taken with Batman, just drop a donation into the kettle.

Lights, Camera, Auction

The 7th annual silent and live auction, entitled “Lights, Camera, Auction,” will be held from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m on November 2. Over 150 items will be auctioned off when the Columbia-Greene Community Foundation holds its fall scholarship auction at Columbia-Greene Community College. The auction will be held in the Professional Academic Center at the Greenport campus. Proceeds will go for scholarships to C-GCC. The silent auction will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the live auction at 6:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by The Cascades of Hudson. Admission is $10, which includes an auction paddle. The event is sponsored by C-GCF, which administers scholarships for students who attend C-GCC. For more information, call C-GCF Executive Director Joan Koweek at (518) 828-4181, extension 3727.

Art & Poetry Reception

David Kherdian and Nonny Hogrogian Art and Poetry Reception, November 3. A unique reception combining art and poetry takes place on Sunday, November 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chatham Bookstore. At 2 p.m., David Kherdian, Newbery Honor Medalist , will read his new children’s book, “Come Back, Moon,” illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian, winner of the Caldcott Medal. At 3 p.m., Kherdian will read from his new book of poetry, “Living in Quiet.” The reception features an exhibit by artist/illustrator Nonny Hogrogian, which runs from October 18 to December 2. Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham, NY. For more information, call 518-392-3005. Refreshments. Free.

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