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So Many Things to Do in Columbia County

Chatham OctoberFeast on Saturday, October 7, 11:00am-11:00pm.  Celebrate the harvest with local food and family fun. Entertainment includes a mini petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin painting, craft projects, several local bands, a pretzel eating contest, dog costume contest, German Costume Contest, Stein Heist,  two Chili Contests and Chatham Brewing! Download the map and schedule of events.

Hillsdale’s 6th Annual Pumpkin Festival – The leaves are changing, a slight chill is in the air and it’s seasonally acceptable to eat an entire bag of candy corn as a meal.  You guessed it, I’m talking about Fall.  What better way to celebrate the season then attending Hillsdale’s 6th Annual Pumpkin Festival.  On Saturday October 7th join the town in welcoming all things Pumpkin.  Several businesses throughout town, including the two who launched the Festival in 2012, Passiflora & The Hillsdale General Store — will be participating in the festival by having some sort of Pumpkin Activity at their place of business.  Activities will happen at various times throughout the day.  Some of the activities that are included are a Hayride, Bake sale, Face Painting, and new this year, A Pumpkin Pie baking contest!  Event organizer, Paul Amash Jr say’s “This is my favorite time of year, and to be able to share my love of Fall with my family, friends and neighbors is something i really look forward to. We are a small town, with a small festival but we do it like we do everything, with a big heart.” Do You

Love A Car Show! American Joint Care Foundation, 15th Annual Car Show on Saturday, October 7 (Rain Date:  October 8) from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Whittier located on Route 66 in Ghent .  Event Proceeds will benefit residents at Whittier Rehabilitation & Whittier Place.  Vehicle registration opens at 8:00 am.  Car registration is $10, spectators are free, but donations are accepted.  Entertainment provided by Route 66 Band – “Johnny & Tommy”.  Food Trucks, Craft Beers, Food Concessions will be available.  Car show is open to all years of vehicles and will be parked on the grass.  Trophies awarded at 2:00 pm for the top 40 cars and 2 specialty picks.

Dalmatian Day at FASNY Celebrate the Dalmatian Day on Saturday, October 7 and National Fire Prevention Week at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting. All shows and activities, including admission to the Museum, are free for this special day of programming. Mr. Twisty’s Fabulous Magic Show, games for kids, crafts for kids, puppet show and of course…..lots of live Dalmatians!!!!!  FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Ave, Hudson.  Admission: Free.  Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm Fall Festival in Kinderhook

OK Fall Festival in the Kinderhook Village on Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (rain or shine)  Fun-filled day for the family!  Free activities include:  farmers market, hay rides, pumpkin painting, ghost making, bake off and live music.  Food available for purchase.

Artisans Along Main Street Valatie Handmade in America – Artisans Along Main Street Valatie on Saturday, October 7 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Herbals, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, wood works and artisan foods.  Rain or shine.  For more information visit

Autumn in Austerlitz Autumn in Austerlitz, Sunday October 8th, 2017 from 11am – 4pm. Rain or Shine. Admission: $7 for adults, children under 12 are free. Antiques, live music, entertainment for children, early American crafts, vendors, silent auction, quilt raffle and a variety of hot and cold foods. Old Austerlitz, 11550 Route 22, Austerlitz, NY.

Reading and Conversation at Casana T House  Join Casana T House on Sunday, October 8 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  A reading by Allan Appel followed by a conversation with Bernie Kukoff.  Allan Appel is a novelist, poet and playwright.  Alan will read his latest work “The Book of Norman” probes Mormon-Jewish relationships and traditions with humor and thoughtfulness.  Bernie Kukoff created, produced and wrote TV series, specials and films, among them:  Diff’rent Strokes (with Jeff Harris), Rags to Riches, Thea, Operation Petticoat, and The Cosby Show.  Tickets are $10.  Space is limited.  To RSVP call 518-325-6105 or email  Casansa Tea House is located a t 2633 State Route 23 in Hillsdale.

Breast Cancer Fundraiser @ New York Golf Park 6th Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser at New York Golf Park, Hudson on Sunday, October 8 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the New York Golf Park..  Kids are FREE Admission to play all day!!!!  100% of all proceeds raised from this event will benefit two local breast cancer patients. Both Pauline Decarmo and Maryann Houghtaling will be the recipients of our fundraiser. Your $20 donation allows you full access to the driving range, Bells Pond Batting Cages at New York… Golf Park and the miniature golf course.  You will also have unlimited food and beverage provided by Ginsberg’s Foods, Coca-Cola, and  Chatham Brewing. We thank you for your continued support!  Great raffle prizes donated by many restaurants and golf courses.  For more information visit

Glow Ball at Copake Glow Ball (Glow in the Dark Golf) at Copake Country Club on Saturday, October 14.  Includes daytime 9 holes with cart, chili/mac & cheese dinner, 9 holes of glow golf after dinner and end the night with s’mores and spiked hot chocolate by the fire!  Cost is $30/member and $45/non-members.  for more information or to signup contact Kyleigh or Austin at 518-325-0019.

WILLIES at the WINERY on Saturday, October 14 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Hudson-Chatham Winery is simply delighted to have Side Show Willie – Voted Columbia County’s Best Performers – playing at the winery on Saturday, October 14.  It’s rain or shine this time, so think sun so they can rock out on the deck, or be here in the rain so we can boogie by the bar.  No admission fee, and we’ll have beer, too.

3rd Annual Barkus Pet Costume Parade United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties 3rd Annual Barkus Pet Costume Parade FUN-Raiser on Saturday, October 14 beginning in the 7th Street Park in Hudson.  Proceeds benefit local non-profit Human Services Agencies.  Registration is at 9:30 am or Facebook @petcostumeparade.  $15.00 to Qualify for a prize.  Line up is at 10:00 am and Parade rolls at 11:00 am.  All pets are welcome.  Additional information call Brad Poster at 518-755-2155 or

Last Chance to Tour the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse this Year! Interested in touring the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, here is your chance.  Tour date October 14.  For more information visit

Open Day at Equine Advocates Saturday, October 14.  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.

Clermont’s Fall Season The highlight of Clermont’s fall season October 20, 21, 27 & 28. Guests who arrive at Clermont will find themselves welcomed into a 1921 Halloween party complete with a spiritual medium, crystal ball, and Ouija board. When the séance goes wrong, the house is filled with ghosts from throughout the mansion’s 250 year history. Tours followed by roasted marshmallows. A rare “Clermont After Dark” tour. Each year features dozens of hand carved flickering jack-o-lanterns.  Evening Tour times: 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00.  Adults $12 / Friends of Clermont $8, Children $5.  Reservations Required. Call (518) 537-4240.  Clermont State Historic Site is in Germantown, NY. Film

Festival FilmColumbia an Eight day Film Festival – October 22 – 29, screening over seventy major studio and independent features, award winning foreign films, documentaries, animation and meet-the-filmmaker events in Chatham and Hudson.  Location: Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham and various Hudson locations.  For tickets and details visit

Ghostly Gallop 5K Walk/Run The 17th annual Ghostly Gallop 5K Walk/Run and Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run to benefit The Hudson Area Library will be held at Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Ave.  on Sunday, Oct. 22nd.  The 5K course has been certified by the USA Track & Field and its entire length will be closed to traffic for the duration of the race.  Other improvements include a runners’ costume competition and cash prizes for top adult runners.  It’s a great community event for Hudson and an important fundraiser for the Library.  Go to to register and check out the Facebook page for tips on training, health and “all things race!”

Brunch for Habitat Brunch for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, October 28 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at Local 111 in Philmont.  Guest Speaker is Dinitia Smith, author of “The Honeymoon”.  Cost is $45.  For tickets and information call 518-828-0829.  Reservations are recommended. To submit an event for the November 2017,  10 Things, please email Like the Chamber on Facebook at

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