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Ten Things to Do in July

People’s Parade in Kinderhook Village

On Friday, July 4 will be the People’s Parade in Kinderhook Village.  They want you and your patriotic spirit.  Decorate your car, stroller, wagon, garden tractor, bike, anything you can push, pull or ride.  Wear your best red, white and blue.  Not up for marching, bring a chair to relax from the sidelines.  Patriots of all ages welcome.  Parade kicks off at 11:00 am a the park.  For more information visit www.kinderhookbusiness.com.

Family Fun Day

On Saturday, July 5 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area in Ghent, join the Columbia Land Conservancy for old-fashioned games and races (horseshoe, sack-race, hoop-spinning, etc); two border collie duck-herding demonstrations; an Independence Day themed story by a professional story-teller; a Bonfire with s’mores; and much more! This day will be for the young and young-at-heart alike!  http://clctrust.org/events/288/siegel-kline-kill-pca-day/

“Mane Event”

Saturday, July 12 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm is the “Mane Event” – High & Mighty Celebrates the Year or the Horse.  Proceeds from this second annual fundraiser will benefit High & Mighty programs, scholarships, equipment and care of the horses.  The day promises to be great fun.  There will be demos, , food, horses, wide range of horsey activities, silent auction, kids activities and more.  For more information call 672-4202 or visit www.high-n-mighty.org.

Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Set sail with Friends of the Hudson Area Library for what is certain to be a high point of summer, the Sunset Cocktail Cruise on the Hudson River, Saturday, July 12.  This year’s cruise will feature a spectacular fireworks display
with unobscured viewing onboard the Spirit of the Hudson.  The cruise sails from the dock at the Hudson Riverfront Park at 7:30 pm for a festive evening with live jazz, cocktails (cash bar) and hors d’ oeuvres.  Boarding begins at 7:00 pm and will return at 10:00 pm.  Tickets are $60.  For tickets or more information call the Hudson Area Library at 828-1792.

Have a Girl’s Night Out

Taconic Stage Company and Mac-Haydn Theatre have the perfect recipe for a girls’ night out on Mondays this July– The
Real (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County
.  This hilarious musical revue–a tongue-in-cheek battle between weekenders and locals by Carl Ritchie with music by L. A. composer Wayne Moore–has already played a sold-out season at Copake Lake as well as another sold-out run in NYC at the Laurie Beechman Theatre last year.  Backstage (NYC) raved, “Theatrical gold – I was so busy jotting down Ritchie’s clever lyrics that I almost didn’t have time to laugh. Anyone who pairs ‘gin and tonics’ with ‘Manolo Blahniks’ is aces in my book. It is a fun, fizzy, and fast cocktail!” (But don’t worry – men howl just as loudly as the ladies!
AND enjoy a complimentary glass of wine before the show courtesy of Hudson-Chatham Winery.)  The limited run is on Mondays, July 7, 14 and 28 at 8:00 pm and performances – just over an hour – take place at the Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203 in Chatham, NY.  Tickets are $25 and are available by calling 518-392-9292 or online at www.machaydntheatre.org.

Scarecrow Making Clinic

On Sunday, July 13 at 9:00 am there will be a Scarecrow Making Clinic at the Chatham Fairgrounds in Chatham.  Prize-winning scarecrow maker Mike DiMisa of Ghent is ready to teach his skill to anyone interested in learning.  The free hands-on workshop is for all ages.  Clinic is very informal and a lot of fun.  To sign up, please contact the Fair office at 392-2121 as to have enough supplies for everyone.

FarmOn! Hoedown

Friday, July 18, FarmOn! Hoedown Concert by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Club Helsinki Hudson.  The FarmOn! Hoedown concert is a stand-alone event for the first time ever, with the generous support of John Varvatos. This summer’s rock concert takes place at Club Helsinki Hudson and will serve Taste.NY.gov local libations and a farm-fresh menu. Music will be playing from 6 p.m. until midnight in support of the FarmOn! Foundation and the organization’s regional farming families. Join Lukas Nelson & POTR,
which features the son of legendary singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, and Ruby Stinson, daughter of The Replacements’ star Tommy Stinson, for a rock-filled evening to support the next generation who heed the calling of the land.  Tickets: Standing Room Only – $50, VIP – $75; helsinkihudson.com

4th Annual Catfish Derby

The 4th Annual “Leo Lasher” Catfish Derby is July 19 at Dutchman’s Landing in Catskill.  Entrance fee is $15 per person.
Pre-registration is required by July 18.  Fun, food, music, contests and fishing.  To register or for more information visit www.uwcg.org.

Summer Seminar at Verdigris Tea 

Good Fight Herbs Co. – Summer Seminar at Verdigris Tea on July 19th, herbalist Lauren Giambrone, founder of The Good Fight Herb Company, will hold a seminar to discuss the benefits of Summer herbs and flowers.  Come and meet the abundance of summer: rose, lemon balm, raspberry leaf, calendula and many more! These herbs are flourishing in gardens, farms and wilds alike. Come see, taste, smell and touch the plants and learn about their health supportive properties found in tinctures, teas and tonics.  Advance reservations are required!  Tickets are $10.00 each and include a 15% discount on Good Fight Herbal products purchased on the evening of the class.  These classes sell out quickly! Call 518.828.3139 to reserve.  Class runs from 5pm until 7pm. Verdigris is located at 135 Warren Street @ 2nd in Hudson.

Farm to Table Benefit Dinner for The Sylvia Center

The Sylvia Center invites you to our annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner in the fields of Katchkie Farm on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Our buffet dinner will feature seasonal and local ingredients and a dish made by Sylvia Center students. Cocktail hour and tours of the Children’s Learning Garden will take place from 6-7pm and dinner will begin at 7pm. Proceeds from the dinner will
benefit The Sylvia Center’s farm-based culinary and food literacy programs for Columbia County youth.  We hope you will join us for this delicious night at the farm.  Rain or shine!

Listen to a Reading

Writer Allison Guertin Marchese reads from “Hidden History of Columbia County, NY” on Saturday, July 19, 5–7 pm.
Malden Bridge writer reads from her book on the little-known stories of people and places in Columbia County. Published by The History Press. Q & A with Thomas Chulak. Live at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham. Refreshments. Free. For more information, call 518-392-3005. http://chathambookstore.com/

Free Junior Golf

Free Junior Golf:  The Start to Finish Junior Golf Academy at New York Golf Park is offering 4 free clinics, and camps throughout the summer designed specifically for juniors of all abilities, ages 5-15.  Beginners are welcome.  Equipment can and will be provided at no additional charge.  Clinics are designed to make golf fun for beginners and help those with experience become
better players.  Saturday, July 26 and Saturday, August 9.  For more information visit their website at www.nygolfpark.com

Hootenanny! Farm Fresh Fundraiser Dinner

HOOT! It’s the 4th annual FarmOn! Hootenanny on Saturday, July 26! Fundraiser Dinner. Billed as the “best event of the summer in the Hudson Valley,” this is a fun-filled evening and unparalleled farm-to-table dinner featuring the cuisine of a New York City Michelin-Starred celebrity chef. While dining lakeside at the Copake Country Club in Columbia County, N.Y., attendees will get the opportunity to meet and eat with a local farmer and connect with members of the Hudson Valley community. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with a Hudson Valley cheese course and happy hour to taste the bounty of the region, featuring local cheese makers and creameries, local libations (beer, wine, spirits) and more. Enjoy live music and a multi-course farm-fresh meal with spit-roasted meat sourced just five miles away from the event. Watch a golf cart drive-in movie sponsored by Whole Foods Market, and bid on unique finds at silent and live auctions that raise funds for the FarmOn! Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Cap the evening aside a bonfire indulging in a sundae bar with local poached fruit and ice cream from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy. Every single consumable at this event is sourced within 40 miles and is included in one ticket price. Tickets: $150 per person, friendsofthefarmer.com/tickets
15th Annual Blueberry Festival

Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Cost is    Adults $6 – under 12 FREE.  Sponsored by Austerlitz Historical Society located at 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz. For more information visit http://www.oldausterlitz.org  Don’t miss the 15th Annual Blueberry Festival!  This popular event will feature early 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment, activities for children, animals, birds of prey, sheep-shearing, plus many unique and highly talented craft vendors and artisans.  There will be blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of tasty food items and baked goods. (Please note that there is an additional charge for both adults and children for the pancake breakfast).
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