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Ten Things to Do in Columbia County in January

Learn About Wetlands

Wetland Ecology on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Columbia Land Conservancy Office located at 49 Main Street, Chatham, NY.  This presentation by Casey Tompkins, wetland biologist and owner of Tompkins Ecological Group, will introduce you to Wetland Ecology: its unique features, diverse inhabitants, and its crucial role in the greater web of life we call “ecosystem.” The program will include a slide show and will allow plenty of time for discussion, so bring a friend and all the questions you’ve been meaning to ask about this rich and beautiful natural environment. Light refreshments will be served.  To reserve a spot or for more information contact Sara Hart at 518-392-5252.

Swear and Shake

On Sunday, January 19 at 8:00pm at Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson will present Swear and Shake.  Brooklyn-based neo-folk outfit Swear and Shake brings its hard-charging indie-folk to Helsinki Hudson.  The band may remind some listeners of 10,000 Maniacs, another folk-rock group with roots in upstate New York.  For more information and/or tickets call 518-828-4800 or visit their website at www.helsinkihudson.com.
“Big Shoes to Fill”

Thompson Giroux Gallery is pleased to present “Big Shoes to Fill” an installation by Kate Hamilton on view January 11 – March 9, 2014. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, January 11th from 4-6pm for light refreshments and live jazz.  Gallery hours: Thursday – Monday, 11am – 5pm, open late on Fridays till 7pm. The Gallery is closed for the month of February. Thompson Giroux Gallery is located at 57 Main Street, Chatham, NY 12037. For more information please visit thompsongirouxgallery.com or call 518-392-3336.

Art Exploration for Toddlers

The Hudson Opera House on Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am, January 22 – April 9, 2014 is offering a Workshop:  Art Exploration for Toddlers.  Free for ages 18 months to 3 years caregivers.  A visual arts workshop taught by artist Alison Fox.  Children create paintings, drawings, collages, prints, murals and sculpture while exploring various media and techniques.

Winter Cabaret

On Saturday, January 25, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret will perform at 9:00 pm at Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson.  Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers.  These adult only shows will feature a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns.  Adults only.  For more information call 518-828-4800  or visit their website at www.helsinkihudson.com.

See a Show

See “My Cousin Rachel” at The Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place (off Rte 66), Ghent.  Admission: $18/adults, $10/students.  Did she or didn’t she?  An English Lord is dead.  Is his widow grieving his demise or the fact she is not named in his will?  Will his new heir become a new target and fall prey to her charms? The mystery unwinds with all the twists and turns, intrigue, suspense and romance of the classic Daphne du Maurier novel.  For more information on dates or to reserve tickets call 800-838-3006 or visit their website at www.ghentplayhouse.org.

Attend a Winter Blast

On Saturday, February 1 at 6:30 pm will be the 10th Annual Winter Blast to benefit Columbia Memorial Hospital and Kaaterskill Care at Club Helsinki in Hudson.  From the tiniest newborns to their eldest residents, your generosity helps us make a difference in the lives of everyone in their care.   For information on purchasing sponsorship or tickets for the 2014 Winter Blast, contact Gina Orlando at 518-828-8239.

Skiing and Snowboarding at Catamount

Catamount Ski Area continues snow making on several trails across the mountain.  They have 25 trails open as of today, with more opening throughout the week. Don’t forget that they have night skiing on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
nights!  They offer season passes and value cards.  Remember they also offer lessons and have equipment rental if needed.  For more information visit their website at www.catamountski.com.

Winter Art Camp at Art Omi

On February 18, 19 & 20 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Art Omi is offering a Winter Art Camp is a great cure for cabin fever!  This three-day program features a variety of creative adventures fro kids ages 5 – 12.  Daily activities include a 2D and 3D art project, sledding, exploration of The Fields sculpture park, storytelling and play.  Each day features a special music and movement workshop led by a guest artist.  Sign up and more information here.

United Way Catfishing and Baseball Tickets

The United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties announced this week that early registration for the 4th Annual Leo Lasher Catfish Derby is now open. Again this year registration is $15.00 per fisherman and again first prize for the longest catfish of the day is $500.00 cash on the spot with more prizes for children, teens and adults.  The event will be held on July 19th 2014 at Dutchman’s Landing and hosted by Riverview Marine Services at the Point in Catskill, NY. The Lasher family is the Name Sponsor and has named the event after Leo Lasher who was an avid fisherman and taught family and friends the joy of fishing. Lasher family friend Christopher Betke of Coughlin Betke LLP has also donated two box seat tickets in Fenway Park to a Friday night regular season game of the Boston Red Sox. The tickets will be awarded to an early registrant between January 1st and March 31st, 2014. A lot more surprises and prizes will be announced for our local summertime family fun day and fishing contest.  To register online visit www.uwcg.org, For more information call Brad at 518-755-2155.

To submit an event for the February 10 Things, please email akneller@columbiachamber-ny.com.

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