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Ten Things to do in June

Joan Murray Reads her New Book of Poems

Joan Murray Reads from New Book of Poems, Sunday, June 7, 2–4 p.m. at Chatham Bookstore. Old Chatham writer Joan Murray reads from her new book, “Swimming for the Ark: New & Selected Poems 1990-2015,” at the Chatham Bookstore on Sunday, June 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A will follow a brief reading. Free. Refreshments. Live at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY. 518-392-3005.

The Cider Project at Café Le Perche

As part of New York’s Cider Week, on Friday evening, June 12th, Café Le Perche is launching The Cider Project.  The restaurant will be presenting 5 hard ciders – three from the Hudson Valley and two from France, along with 4 special entrée pairings and even a newly invented mixed drink – “The Apple Blossom”.   10% of the evening’s sales will be donated to the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library. So come taste the hottest new trend in alcoholic beverages, eat delicious food and support the Library.  Reservations are required.  518.822.1850.

“The Crayon Miscellany”, 2015 Summer Group Exhibition

The opening is Saturday, June 13 from 100 – 5:00 pm at Omi International Arts Center.  The Crayon Miscellany includes artists Donald Baechler, Mary Heilmann, Michael Zahn, Pamela Fraser, Robert Montgomery, Tamuna Sirbiladze, Andreas Reiter Raabe, Ron Amstutz, Julie Ryan, Jason Stopa, John Monti, Andrew Huston, and Clare Grill. The exhibition will be on view through September 27, 2015 and will open alongside Diann Bauer’s work Icarus Meets Apollo which has previously been exhibited at the Socrates Sculpture Park and will be installed at Omi’s Education Pavilions. Access to Omi is free and open to the public.  For more information, click here

Multi-media Civil War Performance

“Music in the Air,” a performance about the life and music of Civil War songwriter and Berkshire County native son George Frederick Root, will be presented June 13 at 3:00 pm in the Culture Hall at Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66 here. The event is free although donations are greatly appreciated.  Root’s great-great granddaughter, Ann-Elizabeth Barnes-Root, will narrate the story, while Graham and Barbara Dean will sing and play the guitar. Larry Wallach will play the piano, accordion and drums, while Richard Meyers will show the visuals to accompany the tale.  For more information about Camphill Ghent visit

Hudson Cruises Flag Day Fireworks Cruise

Saturday evening, June 13 from 8:00 -10:00 pm, Hudson Cruises is the ideal platform for viewing an awesome fireworks display on the Hudson River.  You and your friends can escape the big crowds at the Hudson City Waterfront and enjoy an up close personal view of the Flag Day Fireworks Display on the cruise boat while enjoying some hot music from one of the area favorite DJ Roddy aboard “The Spirit of Hudson”.  This makes a perfect evening of fun.  Full cash bar available.  Book now while tickets last at

Hudson Pride Weekend 2015​

Fun and festivities begin on Friday, June 19.  Now in its sixth year, The Hudson Pride Festival is a weekend of celebration with boat cruises, parade, tea dance, cabaret/dance party and so much more. Activities take place at various venues throughout the City of Hudson – refer to schedule on their website for detailed information at

Anniversary Party

Hudson Valley Distillers, LLC will host a celebratory anniversary party on June 20 on the distillery grounds at 1727 Route 9 in Clermont from noon to six.  Live music, complimentary spirit tastings, as well as food for purchase will be available.  After years of planning, relocating two families, renovating the 150 year old barn and tasting room, the families are excited to celebrate the first year of hard work and success with a party.  The original product lineup, Adirondack Applejack, Hardscrabble Applejack, and spirits Grove vodka, all made from local apples, continue to be in production and they recently released a gin made from Hudson-Chatham Wine and their third Applejack: an unaged applejack called Fine Shine.  they also have very limited quantities of a whisky made from a Chatham Brewery beer.  Hours are Friday-Saturday, Noon to Seven, Sunday, Noon to Six.  You can find them on the web at or call 537-6820.

Outdoor Flea Market

On Saturday, June 20 at Beaver Mill Antiques will host an Outdoor Flea Market.  They are located at 3045 Main Street, Valatie.  Stop by to check out great deals on antiques, collectibles, antique estate and costume jewelry and discounted items from their shop.  They will host one on the third Saturday of each month May through September.  For more information or to reserve a space as a vendor, call 518-331-5334.  While you are there make sure to stop by and visit their neighbor Great Finds.  You can also check out their website at

Get Golf Ready

New York Golf Park is offering is offering 5 golf lessons for $150 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in June.  Lesson topics consist of full swing, putting, driving, short game, on course and rules & etiquette.  Group instruction is limited to 6 people per hour.  If interested or for more information visit or call (954) 562-6881.

See a Show @ The Mac-Haydn Theatre

The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents “The Drowsy Chaperone”, a merry mix of 1920’s musical comedy plot twists and quirky characters.  Show runs June 4 – June 14.  Admission: $31/matinee, $33-34/adults, $14/children under 12.  For more detailed information visit their website at or call 518-392-9292.

Cigar & Local Distillery Night

Saturday, June 27 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. the Iron Horse Cigar Depot invites cigar lovers to our Cigar & Local Distillery Night hosted by Helsinki Hudson.  We will have two local Columbia County Distilleries, Harvest Spirits Distillery from the northern end of the County and Hudson Valley Distillers from the southern end of the County competing for your drinking palate.  Along with local spirits, PDR Cigar Company will be on hand and offer each participant two premium hand rolled cigars.  Also, Helsinki Chef Hugh Horner has planned a special buffet for our ticket holders and there will be Jazz Music playing to keep the night lively with entertainment.  Tickets are$75.00 per person and they are limited and only available through Helsinki Hudson, 518-828-4800.  Mention Cigar & Local Distillery Night when ordering tickets. For more information visit their website at

A Celebration of Herbs
The Austerlitz Historical Society — in collaboration with the Millay Society at Steepletop and the Spencertown Academy Arts Center — has scheduled an exciting weekend event.  The three organizations (located within 5 min. of one another) will jointly host “A Celebration of Herbs in the Gallery, Garden and Kitchen” during the weekend of June 27-28.  All three sites will be open for workshops, exhibits, lectures, tours, demonstrations, activities, and more.  Check individual websites for hours and details.  Workshops:  Culinary Herbs in the Kitchen – Open Hearth Cooking (Pre-Registration Required) 3 workshops daily: (9-11am; 12-2pm & 3-5pm). Limited to 10 participants. Taught by food historian and cooking expert, Lavada Nahon (Philipsburg Manor, Van Cortlandt Manor, Historic Food Works). Free Herbal Demonstrations & Activities – fun for children and adults.  Live Music from Berkshire Columbia Musicians Collaborative (BCMC).  Gourmet Boxed Lunches (Advance Order Only).  Picnic Facilities – bring a blanket or use one of our picnic tables.  (In case of rain, our barn will be open for indoor picnic-ing.)Registration links and ordering information can be found on our website: (Click on Intersection Austerlitz)

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