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October 10 Things to do in Columbia County

Artswalk on Warren and Beyond

Come on down and take a stroll during Artswalk that runs thru October 14.  Windows on Warren  will be on display.  ArtsWalk Literary features events throughout the weekend, kicking off on Friday, October 4th, 7:00 pm at Spotty Dog  in Hudson for an evening of emerging and established writers reading from and discussing their works. The Hudson Opera House will be host on Saturday & Sunday, from noon-5:00 pm, when twelve diverse and talented poets and authors, representing a variety of genres, will share selections from their impressive work.  Proceeds from Artswalk help CCCA continue its mission to fund programs and services that advance the arts in Columbia County.  For more details about the Columbia County Council on the Arts or Artswalk, visit their website at or call 518-671-6213.

Mystic Krewe of Barkus

United Way is holding a Mystic Krewe of Barkus on Saturday, October 5.  Beginning at 10:00 am for parade assembly in the 7th Street Park.  Parade rolls at 11:00 am down Warren Street to Promenade Hill.  There will be watering stops along the parade route.  The parade is FREE.  $15 to register for the pageant.  A photo of every registered contestant will be on our website for a “People Choice” award to be awarded 30 days later in the Mayor’s office.  There will be a Pet Costume Parade, Woofstock Pagent @ Promenade Hill, music, food and vendors!  To register online, go to  For more information, call Brad at 518-755-2155.

Annual Carnival

On October 5- Whittier Place Residents will be hosting the Whittier Place Annual Carnival on the premises of the Whittier Place, 1 Whittier Way, Ghent, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  $2.00 per Car.   Entertainment by “Paul Slusar”. Vendors, Izzac the Clown, “Two by Two Express” (animal zoo), Games & Prizes, Raffles & More.  Carnival food concessions will be on site.  Come join us for a wonderful day.  Event proceeds will benefit residents of Whittier Place.  For more information please contact Meghan Kelly 518-828-0900 or

Need a Book?

Friends of the Hudson Area Library will hold it’s second annual two-day art book sale during ArtsWalk weekend, October 4th & 5th.  This unique sale will be held at the Book Sale Room in the Hudson Library from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each day.  The sale will feature hundreds of great books on art, graphic design, crafts, photography, and much more.  For more information visit

See a Show

“SPAMALOT, the hilarious new Broadway musical based on the movie MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL is coming to Columbia County in a new production by The Two Of Us Productions.  Come laugh and sing, and enjoy all your favorite HOLY GRAIL scenes.  October 11th through October 20th, Event Time – 7:30 pm on Fridays & Saturdays, 3pm on Sundays Event Location – Performing Arts Center at Taconic Hills Central Schools located in Carayville NY., call 518-758-1648 Event Cost – $18/$14, group rates are available by calling 518-758-1648 Event Sponsor – Roving Actors’ Repertory Ensemble (RARE ) & The Two Of Us Productions Web line for more information –
Come Vote for Your Favorite Chili

On Saturday, October 12th, from 12-4pm the Hudson Valley Bounty annual Chili Contest will take place at the Hudson Waterfront. There is no better way to spend a fall weekend than on the banks of the beautiful Hudson River. Come listen to the sounds of local band, Thunder Ridge, while you get to taste of over 20 different chili recipes from local restaurants and individuals competing for our top cash prizes. The public decides whose recipe is the best so come and put your taste buds to work! You will find super spicy, savory sweet, vegetarian and hearty meat recipes to try. Top it off with local beer, wine and fresh apple cider donuts and this is one event you can’t miss! Tickets are just $5.00 so come on down and join us. We hope to see you there!  For more information about Hudson Valley Bounty or how to enter the chili contest visit

Family Fun Day to Rally for the Cure

On Saturday, October 12 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at New York Golf Park and Ginsberg’s have teamed up to Rally for the Cure.  Rally for the Cure is a grassroots program that works to spread awareness about breast cancer in support of Susan G. Komen.  The event cost is $20 per person, which includes unlimited driving range balls, batting cages, miniature golf, food and beverages, free PGA golf lessons, contest entry (long drive and closest to the pin) and donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Kids under 5 are free.

Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival

Bring your family on Sunday, October 13 to enjoy the 19th Annual Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival from 1:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Free admission, Rain or shine. Join then for their annual family-friendly celebration of agriculture, ecology, education, and place! Activities for all ages include hay mazes, slides, jumps, and rides; apple cider pressing; meeting the horses, chickens, pigs, and sheep; pie baking contests; storytellers; carving pumpkins; making scarecrows; and more.  Also, enjoy delicious, organic, local foods and live music!  For more information visit

Autumn in Austerlitz Festival

On  Sunday, October 13 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, don’t miss the 17th Annual Autumn in Austerlitz Festival featuring volunteers dressed in early 1830’s costumes, quilt raffle, silent auction, early 19th century crafters and wares, sheep-shearing demonstrations, border collies, live music, singing, entertainment & crafts for children, an assortment of vendors, and a variety of hot and cold food, including homemade soup, bread and baked goods.  RAIN OR SHINE – Adults $6.00 – under 12 FREE.  WE LOVE PETS – HOWEVER OUR INSURANCE DOES NOT ALLOW THEM TO BE BROUGHT INTO THE FESTIVAL.  For more information visit their website at

Handmade Artisans in Valatie

Saturday October 19 11:00 am-5:00 pm VALATIE VILLAGE.  Grab the opportunity to stock your holiday pantry and stock-up on holiday gifting—and don’t forget yourself!  Stay in the village for lunch with our Artisanal Food Vendors and cafés. Snap some pictures of our fabulous waterfalls, and shop at the eclectic mix of stores in our charming and historic village.  Over 40 local and regional artisans will display and sell their works at the festival.  Live Music on Main Street by Singer-Songwriter Jody Samascott BIO.

Chocolate & Wine Tasting at Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar

October 19th, beginning at 5 pm, come to a free tasting of John Kelly Chocolates especially paired with beverages from Fairview Wine & Spirits.  Find out why chocolate is called “the wine of the 21st Century.” Not your average candy bar, artisanal chocolates are often “designed” by dedicated chocolatiers.  They are a combination of distinct, sometimes unusual flavors, along with the highest quality imported chocolate.  Try Semi-sweet Chocolate & Caramel w/ Hawaiian Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate w/ Chipotle & Ancho Chili and Dark Chocolate Espresso.  Sip alcoholic selections chosen to enhance the flavors of these unusual confections.  Together they can be an elegant conclusion to a meal, or a special treat on a perfect Fall afternoon.  Call 518.828.3139 or go to for more information.

Take a Pumpkin Walk

October 19 is the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties is hosting the 7th Annual Pumpkin Walk,  family fun beginning at 4:00pm and the Pumpkin Walk is at 6:00 pm at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson.  Admission: $5/adult (advance purchase), $6/adult.  There will be food and family entertainment, including Roger the Jester.  To end the evening, journey down a path lined with twinkling jack-o-lanterns carved by children and community artists.

Do you love Films?

FilmColumbia screens independent and notable films from prestigious international festivals, consistently starring films that go on to win major awards later in the film year, giving Columbia County film lovers the inside track on front-runners months before they are released to general audiences. For the 14th annual film festival, to be held in Chatham October 22-27, FilmColumbia will screen narrative and documentary features such as August: Osage County and the latest by the Coen brothers and Alexander Payne, as well as animated and live-action short films and contenders by regional filmmakers. Films are shown at the historic Crandell Theatre, a jewel of a 1920s single-screener owned and operated by the Chatham Film Club, which also runs the festival. An additional venue, the Morris Memorial Community Center, is easily accessible along Main Street, dotted with great places to grab a bite or a pint between screenings. For complete information about films and events, and to purchase tickets, visit

New York Central Toy & Train Show

New York Central Toy & Train Show on Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Admission is $3.00.  Trains, toys, supplies, books, memorabilia and more for sale.  Exhibits, displays, food, operating layouts, face painting, children craft activities and much more.  If you are interested in having a 8 foot vendor table, $25 each.  It will take place at the Hudson High School on Harry Howard Ave in Hudson.  For more information call 518-828-3631.

Hallo-Wine Time

It’s Hallo-Wine Time on Saturday, October 26 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm, the Hudson-Chatham Winery is hosting Hallo-wine, one of our most popular and fun events. The tasting room will be decorated for Halloween, there will be a special “witch’s brew” tasting, and anyone who comes in a costume will get a free tasting. But there’s more! If you dare, you can have your fortune read by one of our resident psychics, who will be doing readings throughout the day.  Get your Halloween weekend off to a great start at the Hudson-Chatham Winery’s Hallo-Wine event. The winery is at 1900 State Rte 66 in Ghent, NY. For more information, visit or call 518-392-WINE.

BLAKK BALLON BALL – Halloween Night at Basilica Hudson

On October 31st doors open at 8 for a show featuring Yamantaka//Sonic Titan.   YT//ST (their own short-hand) is an amalgam of sound that grew out of the tradition of Japanese musical theater.  But the music never quite stayed within the lines.  Even at the outset, the face-painted members were making their own musical instruments and giant monochrome paper sets.  Now, when they are asked to define their music, the answer covers just about everything: Noh (as in noh-wave), Chinese Opera, Chinese, Japanese and First Nations Mythology, black & white television, psychedelia and rock operas.  Songs can start with Mohawk voices chanting and end with hard-rock guitars.  The result has been called “world music for a new generation.” Also appearing will be experimental Norwegian folk artist Jenny Hval.  Go to for more information.  Photo credit: Derrick Belcham.

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