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Ten Things to do in Columbia County in September

175th Columbia County Fair

The 175th Columbia County Fair begins Wednesday, September 2 – 7! Plenty of fun for the whole family with nightly grandstand entertainment.  Fun things to look forward to: a demolition derby, antique tractor pull, 79th School Girl Queen Contest, monster tractor pull, Rodney Atkins, Special 175th Anniversary Fireworks and a painted pony championship rodeo.  Also you will find midway filled with rides and games, agricultural activities, and vendors.  For a detailed schedule visit their website at


Traditions will be holding our eagerly-anticipated Annual Labor Day Sale here at our Factory Outlet Store, Route 9H in Claverack, on Friday, September 4th and Saturday, September 5th from 9am – 4pm.  Traditions Linens is hands own the best place to get a LOCALLY MADE gift for yourself or a friend ~ for any occasion. You’ll find a fabulous array of sheets, towels, decorative pillows, blankets, quilts & coverlets along with terrific gift items like scarves, pajamas, socks and lovely tableware – all up to 90% off retail prices!  While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our world-class Fabric Loft!  Quilters and Craftspeople come to shop the Loft from all around the Tri-County area and beyond, so if you haven’t been in for a while, (and even if you have) – this is not to be missed!  For more information, please call Outlet Manager, Amy Patten at 518-851-3975.

Local History Speaker Series

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Arlene Levenson to the library on Thursday, September 10 at 6:00 pm as the guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series.  Ms. Levenson will present the history of the Jewish community in Hudson from the late 1800’s and the founding of the Congregation Anshe Emeth.  Presentation will be held on the first floor of the library with wheelchair access.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  For more information visit

Great Finds Second Annual Fall Fashion Show

Great Finds will host there Second Annual Fall Fashion Show on Saturday, September 12 at 6:30 pm in the Garden (rain or shine).  Complimentary refreshments, fabulous fashion advice and storewide sale.  Also join them in supporting Valatie Santa Claus Club by bringing an unwrapped gift for an 8-10 year old girl ($10-$20 value).  Great Finds is located at 3043 Main Street Valatie.   For more information visit

4th Annual Hudson Valley Apple Festival

Hudson Valley Apple Festival in Germantown on Saturday, September 19.  Old fashioned family fun including hay rides, apple crate derby race, live bluegrass by Taconic Ridge and Hale Mountain Pickers, games and craft activities for kids, haybale maze, face painting, dog agility demonstration, wine and beer, craft vendors, food vendors serving more apple themed food.  Fireworks at dusk.  $5.00 admission for ages 14+.  Gates open at 10:00 am.  For more detailed information visit

Fall Festival/Lineman Appreciation Day

Power The Way For Education”, a not for profit organization that assists with scholarships, career counseling, tutoring, and promoting safety in the workforce for future linemen, is hosting the “2015 Fall Festival – Linemen Appreciation Day” on Saturday, September 19th, from 11am-6pm at Shatford Memorial Park, Route 22 in New Lebanon, NY.  All proceeds will benefit their scholarship fund.  There will be vendors with new products, crafts, local organizations, music by the Public Serpents, and many activities.  There will also be a Barbeque at $15 for adults, $5 for Children 10-5, 4 and under are free.  For more information about “Power The Way For Education” or the event on the 19th, visit

Light into Night

Light into Night on Saturday, September 19 at 5:00 pm to benefit Omi International Arts Center in honor of Henry Schools (In Memoriam) + Frances Schools, Old Ghent Realty.  Art Happenings, Farm to Table Dinner, Dance Party, Live & Silent Auction and Little Stars Kid’s Party at Camp Omi.  For more information visit

Art & Asana

Art & Asana with Cleo at Bodhi Holistic Spa & Yoga on Saturday, September 19 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.  Art and Yoga are intimately connected; the follow of creativity begins moving through the body and expression is created.  In this workshop Cleo will lead a yoga class to awaken creativity, open the mind, body, spirit and the energy channels in the body.  Melanie will then guide everyone through a process of expression using watercolor and ink.  All materials will be provided.  For more information visit

Outdoor Flea Market

Outdoor Flea Market on Saturday, September 19 at Beaver Mill Antiques located at 3045 Main Street, Valatie.  Stop by to check out great deals.  Also, be sure to visit Great Finds while you are there.  For more information or to reserve a space as a vendor, call 518-331-5334.

Open Day at Equine Advocates

Equine Advocates 2015 Open Day on Saturday, 26 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Spend a few hours walking around and meeting 86 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.  Most of them have been rescued and now are enjoying their life at the sanctuary.  Please feel free to picnic a the pond which is one of the most beautiful spots at the sanctuary.  Admission is free.  However donations are greatly appreciated!  All visitors will have to sign a release form upon arrival.  No pets allowed.  For more information visit their website at

Rural Guide Tour

BEHOLD! New Lebanon, the nation’s first museum of contemporary rural life, invites you to join a Rural Guide tour, for an up-close, personal experience of what really goes on in today’s small-town rural America. At this one-of-a-kind museum without walls, you will visit farms — to meet a draft horse farmer or the owner of heritage breed cattle. You’ll visit homesteaders — and learn to make goat cheese and live off the land. You’ll step into kitchens and studios — to meet a potter, a jazz musician or a sausage-maker. Visit an auction house—and learn the tricks of auctioneering and bidding. Explore Shaker heritage with the experts — at the famous old stone barn. You’ll explore the area’s birds, wildlife and fauna with naturalists. You can meet an artisan coffee addict, a grower of hops, and the trainer of skilled Border Collies.  Tours through Saturday, Sept. 26. $15 per tour, kids 12 & under free. Local resident discounts available. Visit

5K Walk/Run

Walk the Walk to a Beautiful You.  5k Walk/Run on Saturday, September 26 to benefit the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund.  Walk begins at Sei Bella Salon in Chatham.  For more information call 581-822-8741.

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