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Ten Things to do in Columbia County in September

North Bay PaddleOn Saturday, September 14 from 2:30 to 4:30 there will be a free paddle   leaving from the Hudson Boat Launch.  Join the Columbia Land Conservancy   for a journey to the North Bay and see the Greenport Conservation Area (an   ecologically diverse preserve with approximately 625 acres including wetlands   and tidal mudflats) from the Hudson River. The intertidal wetlands are home   to two rare plant species, numerous types of waterfowl, and we may even spot   a Bald Eagle. To register, go to or contact   Marissa Codey at 518.392.5252, ext. 211.

Historic Church Tour

On Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm you can tour the   Kinderhook Reformed Church.  Organized in 1712 by Dutch settlers in the   Hudson Valley, this historic church has been a cornerstone of the community   for over 300 years.  Enjoy a tour, and travel back in time, when   services were in Dutch, when President Martin Van Buren sat in one of the   pews, noting treasured architecture and artifacts along the way.  A   perfect way to enjoy Kinderhook on a Saturday morning!  For more   information on the church visit

Performers Who Are   Against Conformity – Basilica SoundScape 2013

Basilica Hudson is known for being at the forefront of edgy performances,   musicians with independent appeal and the avant-garde in general.  Last   year’s presentation of NADA (New Art Dealers Assoc.) introduced a whole new   level of contemporary art to the Hudson landscape.  That horizon is   being extended again on September 13th – 15th when   Basilica Hudson and Brandon Stosuy, editor of Pitchfork, (the “go to” guide for alternative   music), present a weekend of the best in indie everything- music, art and   literature. Come see and hear up-and-comers in sight and sound on the very   edge of arriving, artists with noteworthy debut albums, and musicians   creating sounds so innovative that they are inspirations for others.     For details, go to

Allen Livermore Trio

Sunday, September 15 at 5:00 pm at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library   presents Allen Livermore’s The Limb Shakers Jazz Band Ragtime, Early Jazz,   Swing, Bebop and Western Swing.  The Limb Shakers have played Club   Helsinki, Naumkeag, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Sheffield Land Trust,   Camphill Ghent and other venues. Allen Livermore plays clarinet and saxophone   and sings and will be joined by Seth Travins on doublebass and vocals and Ben   Kohn on piano.  For more information call 325-4101 or visit their   website

ReCycle, ReCreate,   ReImagine

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity will present ReCycle, ReCreate, ReImagine,   its biennial art exhibition and auction, on Saturday, September 21st   at the OMI International Arts Center in Ghent, NY.  This fundraising   event features unique works created by 32 Hudson Valley artists who were   invited to create art by recycling, recreating and reimagining ordinary   building materials or other items they chose from Habitat’s ReStore.    Cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres will be served at the Preview Party beginning   at 5:00 pm.  The auction begins promptly at 6:30 pm.  Tickets to   the event are $20 and can be purchased in advance by calling Habitat at   518-828-0892.  The show can be previewed at  For  those who’d like to see The Fields at   OMI, a free guided tour will be offered at 3:30 pm.  For more detailed   information visit their website at

Hudson Valley Apple   Festival

On Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, rain or shine (no   pets please) will be the Hudson Valley Apple Festival taking place at 50   Palatine Park Road in Germantown.  Admission is $4 for 14 and   older.  There will be family fun including hayride, craft show, food and   beverage, apple cart derby race, baking contest, children’s games and   FIREWORKS!  For more info, visit    Sponsored by the Germantown Lions Club.

Eilen Jewell @ Helsinki

On Friday, September 27 at Helsinki Hudson at 9:00 pm you can hear the sounds   of Eilen Jewell.  Eilen Jewell is a favorite of Helsinki audiences,   emerged from Boston’s thriving indieroots music scene in the mid-oughts and   established herself solidly rootsy vocalist and Americana Songwriter since   that time.  The self-styled “queen of the minor key” writes   and plays a blend of nourish rockability, surf-tinged country, retro-rock and   jazzy folk.  Jewell blends all these disparate approaches and more to   create a unique musical niche for herself as a singer, songwriter, guitarist   and harmonica player.  For tickets or more information about Helsinki   Hudson call 518-828-4800 or visit

Necessity and Chance

The Thompson Giroux Gallery is pleased to announce their new exhibition   Necessity and Chance on view August 17 – September 22, 2013 featuring the   photographs of Rebecca Loyche, Mona Mark, Elliot Schneider, Joel Seaman,   Brian Wood.  Please join us to celebrate the opening on Saturday, August   17th 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Thompson Giroux Gallery is located at 57 Main   Street, Chatham.  Gallery hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday –   Monday.  For more information please visit or call   518-392-3336.

Artswalk on Warren and   Beyond

Artswalk will kick off on Saturday, September 28 with the Member’s Show   fundraising event “Postcards/Small” Gems fundraising and reception   to be held during the Below 3rd Gallery Stroll “Dine/Art.”    Windows on Warren  will be on display.  Proceeds from Artswalk help   CCCA continue its mission to fund programs and services that   advance the arts in Columbia County.  Artswalk runs from   September 28 to October 14 come on down and take a stroll.  For more   details about the Columbia County Council on the Arts or   Artswalk, visit their website at or call 518-671-6213.

Bow Wow Dogs   in the Fire Service!

On Saturday, September 28 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the FASNY Museum of   Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson.  Admission: $5/adults,   $2/children.*  Do you know how Dalmatians became part of the fire   service?  Children will spend the afternoon learning all about dogs in   the fire service.  Children will have a chance to meet a Dalmatian and a   Certified Arson Dog.  Then, watch a live demonstration illustrating how   arson dogs investigate fires and ask the Arson Investigator questions about his   dog and their work together.  Learn about fire safety and dog safety and   have fun creating Dalmatian and fire safety crafts during the afternoon of   learning with “man’s best friend!”
*Admission to the museum is FREE that day for Columbia County   residents.  For more information, call 518-822-1875 or visit their   website at

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