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Ten Things to do in December

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Winter Walk in Hudson
Winter Walk will be held on Saturday, December 1 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.  A cherished Hudson tradition, Winter Walk lights up the early December night once again with stunning storefront displays, roaming carolers, Mr. Claus, street performers, and a magical firework display from the Hudson River. Now in its 22nd year, Winter Walk is the perfect way to celebrate and support the creative economy re-energizing Hudson. So layer up and join our community for a night of festive cheer!  This free event is a holiday tradition for area residents with entertainment and activities to please all ages.  For more information visit

Iron Horse Cigar Depot Annual Anniversary Party
Annual Anniversary Party with My Father Cigars and Hudson’s Annual Winterwalk Event on Saturday, December 1 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.  Live music, My Father Cigar rep Steve Royston will be in the house talking about all that’s My Father. Cigar specials during the event.  Rick Surrano 1-4-5 will be playing music, and there will be food at the event.  Get in town early to get a parking spot! If the shop lot is full, parking is available that night across the street in the Columbia/Greene Health Care facility next to the Hudson Police Station.

Hudson Area Library Winter Walk Festivities
The Hudson Area Library joins the festivities of Hudson’s Winter Walk 2018, Saturday, December 1, 5-8pm, in two different locations. The library’s Tween Advisory Council has created a winter hut in honor of the library and some of their favorite children’s literary characters. Come and view this display in Public Square (7th Street Park).  In addition, the library’s History Room will have an exhibit at 427 Warren Street (the former City of Hudson Police Station) featuring examples from their local history collection. The library’s local history researchers will be on hand, Friends of the Hudson Area Library will provide home-baked desserts and there will be local history items for sale.  Also, the Hudson Area Library’s History Room can help with gifts that reflect the richness of the history of Hudson and Columbia County. Items for sale this holiday season including t-shirts, notecards and postcards with images of Hudson’s past, and two giclèe prints of an original 1881 “Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York” (32.5” x 21.5”) map and a “1923 Aeroview of Hudson, New York” (43” x 22”) image created from a dirigible!  Interested shoppers can stop by the main desk at the library or go online at (see the button on the side of the homepage).

Annual Yuletide Fair at Hawthorne Valley

The Parent Teacher Association of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (HVS) and the HVS community are hard at work preparing for the Annual Yuletide Fair and Gingerbread House Auction to be held on Saturday, December 1st, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (330 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075) The school assembly hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland with dozens of original gingerbread creations on display. Dozens of artisan vendors will fill the school’s classrooms with beautiful handcrafted items ~ you’re sure to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!   Enjoy activities for children like candle dipping and stained glass making, visit the Community Craft Room for handcrafted items and the Hand-to-Hand Room for gently worn wool clothing and wooden toys, and stop for a tasty treat in the Cozy Café.   The Magical Puppet Tree will perform the classic Grimm’s fairy tale “The Elves and the Shoemaker” presented in silk marionette theater with music by HVS Grade Two class teacher Scott Esty. Performances will take place at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Morningstar Kindergarten Theater. Admission is $4. Advance ticket sales will be available the week before the fair at the Turose school store, located on the HVS campus.

Pictures with Santa on his Fire Truck at FASNY
Join Santa on Saturday, December 1 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm as he ushers in the holiday season! Children can tell Santa their holiday wishes, as they have their picture taken with him on a real fire truck! Create a unique holiday memory your family will always treasure at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting. This program and admission to the Museum for the day is free to residents of Columbia County (with proof of residency, a driver’s license, of head of household) thanks to a generous grant award from Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation. Regular admission rates apply for those not residing in Columbia County and include all activities, including a picture with Santa. Museum programs are always free for Museum members. This event is part of the Museum’s Super Saturday program series.  For more information on FASNY visit

Winter Celebration at Lindenwald
Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, The staff at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site invites the public to join us for our annual Winter Celebration at Lindenwald! The Kinderhook Garden Club will decorate the first floor of Van Buren’s home to evoke the origins of his political career in the family tavern. Due to the popularity of this event, hours have been expanded to two days to accommodate more visitors. The house will be open for tours from 12:30 to 3:30 both days, with a tour beginning every half hour.  The event is free, but due to limited space in the mansion, all visitors must reserve a spot on a tour. Reservations can be made online at any time, or by phone Monday-Friday between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm by calling 518-758-9689 and selecting option zero.  Please plan to check in at the park visitor center fifteen minutes before the beginning of your tour. The Friends of Lindenwald will provide light refreshments.  Alcohol played many important roles in Martin Van Buren’s life and political career. Born in a tavern located between New York City and Albany, Van Buren witnessed the lively political environment of the early republic in his formative years. Van Buren farmed apples for cider during his time at Lindenwald, and cider even factored into the election of 1840. Learn about these stories and more at the winter event!  Please note that the park is currently replacing Lindenwald’s exterior wheelchair lift, which will be inaccessible at the time of this program.

The Ghent Playhouse presents The Elves & The Shoemaker, The Annual Panto.  Performance Dates:  November 30-December 2, December 7-9, 2018.  “Buckle up” for mayhem and hilarity, as we meet a down-on-his-luck shoemaker and two magical elves who just want to “help,” in this comical fracturing of yet another classic fairy tale, as only those zany Pantoloons can do.  Written by The Pantoloons,  Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher.  The Ghent Playhouse is located at 6 Town Hall Place in Ghent.  For more information visit

Handmade Holiday Craft as Gift Show
Holiday gift shoppers and art lovers think about “going local” a this high quality sale that features jewelry, handmade apparel, quilts, children’s toys, cutting boards, baskets, ceramics, tin sconces, paper crafts, birdhouses, soaps and lotions, holiday ornaments, and much more by dozens of Columbia, Ulster and Berkshire artisans.  This will take place at the Spencertown Academy located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown on  Saturday and Sunday, December 1 & 2 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Admission is free!  For more information about Spencertown Academy visit their website at

En Masse 2018 Open House
En Masse is back at Thompson Giroux Gallery!  This is the fifth year for the by-invitation-only, salon-style show featuring over sixty artists and an incredible range of affordable work–sculpture, glass art, oil paintings, collages and much much more.  The show includes many of TGG’s longtime gallery artists as well as a handful of artists who have never shown there before.  En Masse has become a favorite show for our collectors and art enthusiasts—there’s truly something for everyone! This exhibition encourages artists to take risks and try new things–many have created brand-new work especially for this event—as well as unlock the vault on some never-seen artworks.  Pieces are available on a cash-and-carry basis beginning the day after the opening, and the show is constantly changing as new pieces are added from the back room.  Don’t miss the chance to discover and acquire something special in this year’s wild and wonderful En Masse 2018!  Please join us Saturday, December 1st from 4:00 -6:00 pm for the opening reception. There will be light refreshments and food.  On view: December 1 – December 24, 2018.

American Joint Care Foundation’s 12th Annual Holiday Vendor Fair & Luncheon
Holiday Vendor Fair and Luncheon on Friday, December 7 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Vendor Fair is free to the public.  Lunch is available for $7.00.  Vendor Space still available, cost is $25.00.  Location is at Whittier Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, 1 Whittier Way in Ghent.  Contact:  Eileen 518-281-1046.

2nd Annual Holiday Open House & Pet Pictures with Santa
Please join Our Community Cares at Chatham’s Winterfest, Saturday, December 8th-from 10:00 am – 4:00pm at their office at 25 Hudson Avenue in Chatham.  Come learn how OCC helps those in need in Columbia County and how you can help us assist those in need   Anyone in need of women’s casual or dress clothes, please feel free to stop by and see if we have what you need. No charge for clothes, however monetary donations are always accepted.   Pet Pics will take place from Noon-2:00 pm.  For more information contact us at or 518.336.5254.

Concert at Won Dharma
The Four Nations will perform their final 2018 Benefit Concert at the Won Dharma Center on Saturday, December 8th at 2:00pm.  The program will consist of Bach Sonatas for violin and harpsichord.  Andrew Appel (harpsichord) and Olivier Brault (violin).  $30 suggested donation/children over 10 years old, $5  Please RSVP on-line at or email, or call 518-851-6517

Book Signing at Chatham Bookstore
Kathryn Schneider with Book on Birding in Hudson Valley, Chatham Bookstore, December 8. Kathryn J. Schneider brings her book “Birding the Hudson Valley” to the Chatham Bookstore on Saturday, December 8. Published by University Press of New England in October, the book is a guide to birds and birdwatching in the Hudson Valley. Book signing at 4 p.m. as part of Chatham Winterfest. Conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A follow a brief reading at 5 p.m. Free. Refreshments. Portion of proceeds donated to Columbia Land Conservancy. Live at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY. 518-392-3005.

WinterFest in Chatham
On Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Celebrate the Holiday’s in Chatham! Looking for that special gift for those nearest and dearest? Chatham’s many one-of-a-kind stores and restaurants are sure to have something to meet your gift giving needs. WinterFest has something for everyone young and old with free activities for kids, live music, and a visit with Santa.  For more detailed information visit

WinterWalk & Winter Parade in Valatie
On Saturday, December 8 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Santa Claus accompanied by our Winter Parade will ring in festivities throughout the village. Shop at our stores, sample holiday food and enjoy live music and entertainment.  For more information visit

CandleLight Night

The Village of Kinderhook welcomes the Holidays with Candlelight Night on Friday, December 14 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.  A celebration of music and merriment, food and drink and artisan holiday gifts, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Tots the Clown, Face Painting, Historic Churches and Sites, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides and live animals.  Run for the whole family.  For more information visit

Open House at Candlelight Night
Kinderhook Reformed Church will sponsor its annual Candlelight Night Open House 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, December 14 in conjunction with Kinderhook Village’s Candlelight walk celebration.  KRC Open  House will feature tours of our beautiful sanctuary with the nearly life-sized Fontanini  Nativity, together with Christmas music, cookie decorating, refreshments, and community fellowship in the Fellowship Room.  For more information contact 518-758-6401.

Concert at PS21
Performance Spaces for the 21st Century welcomes Tony Trischka and his band of extraordinary musicians Saturday, December 15 for a banjo-driven celebration of the season. Trischka, a Grammy nominated banjo master and International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year, puts a warm spin on this highly textural and diverse holiday music. The concert begins at 7:00 pm at PS21’s state-of-the-art theater at 2980 Route 66 in the town of Chatham, NY.  The concert, titled “Of A Winter’s Night,” is based on a 2014 CD release of the same name. “We had this new incarnation of the show, variations of which I’ve been doing for about 25 years. We were offered a gig at Levon Helm’s Barn in Woodstock, NY, and since they had a complete recording studio, we decided to record the show,” Trischka said.   “We’re delighted to welcome Tony back,” PS21 founder Judy Grunberg said. (Trischka’s 2013 performance at PS21 was a sell out.) In “Of A Winter’s Night,” Trischka turns his considerable melodic inventiveness loose on Bluegrass, Americana and Celtic music. The songs, long forgotten and little known, are a sumptuous feast for the ears.  Tony Trischka grew up in Syracuse, NY. Over the course of his career, he has played with many bands, including Down City Ramblers, Country Cooking, and Breakfast Special before forming his own band, Skyline, in the early ‘80s. His avant-garde banjo stylings have inspired a generation of progressive bluegrass musicians. Considered among the very best pickers, he is also one of the instrument’s top teachers.  Tony Trischka’s “Of A Winter’s Night” at PS21 will be held Saturday, December 15 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for PS21 members and $10 students. They can be purchased at, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door until the show sells out. For more information about this event or any other, please visit or call (518) 392-6121.

Winter Swing Dance Party
Recapture the magic of the Armory dance parties of past years at the Winter Swing Dance Party Saturday, December 15, 7 – 10pm! “Our Spring and Fall Swing Dances were so popular we’re now doing a winter dance party near the holidays. The Fabulous Versatones will, of course, be performing! And we’ll have Andrew Resto, ballroom dance instructor, to start things off with a lesson,” states Sher Stevens, director of the City of Hudson Senior Center, “Anyone who wants to freshen up their dance skills can attend Andrew’s Ballroom Dance class, we’re also sponsoring,  Friday’s beginning November 16!”  This program, sponsored by the Senior Center and Hudson Area Library, is free and open to all ages. Registration is appreciated. Refreshments will be served. So bring your dance shoes and your attitude and get ready to swing to music from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.
To register visit the front desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email   Also, check for the latest details on our Facebook pages: City of Hudson Senior Center and Hudson Area Library

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