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Ten Things to do in March

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Perdomo Cigar Event Wednesday, March 13 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Roy Kirby from Perdomo Cigars will be in the house to hang out with our patrons, smoke cigars and tell stories. Perdomo Cigar specials and deals during the event, time to stock up!! For more information about Iron Horse Cigar Depot visit

A Reading at the Claverack Free Library On Saturday March 16 at 4 PM the Claverack Free Library will host local author Andrew K. F. Amelinckx, presenting stories from his recent book of true crime stories from our neighborhood. Copies of Murder & Mayhem in the Hudson Valley will be available for sale. Bring your questions; stay for refreshments. Amelinckx is an award-winning crime reporter, freelance journalist and visual artist. He has written for a number of national publications including Men’s Journal and Modern Farmer and is the former crime and courts reporter for The Berkshire Eagle newspaper. “Murder & Mayhem in the Hudson Valley,” (History Press, 2017) dredges up the region’s dark past, from Prohibition-era shootouts to unsolved murders, in eleven heart-pounding true stories. The Claverack Library at 629 Route 23B is located at the intersection of Route 9H. See or call 518.851.7120 for further information.

Cabaret Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson with three shows: its adult-oriented cabaret on March 16; plus a Sunday matinee show on March 17 geared to the entire family. This month, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus brings a new lineup, with acts including operatic aerialist Elizabeth Munn; Rosie Cheeks’ elegant and witty burlesque; manly juggling and acrobatics by the Miclon Brothers; Ed Stander’s rare and mellifluous Glass Harmonica; returning favorite Magic Brian, and sword swallowing, and oddball novelty turns by Bindlestiff co-founder Keith Nelson. Musical Maestro Robert Cowie conducts the one-man Cirkus Orchestra. For tickets visit

Local Speaker Series Hudson Area Library – Local History Speaker Series: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 6-7:30pm ‘Colonial New York’ and the Age of Jacob Leisler by Lou Roper. Lou Roper, Professor of History at SUNY-New Paltz, speaks on seventeenth-century colonial New York and the Hudson River Valley in the context of the larger Atlantic World. This local history talk is a collaboration of the library, Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History, and Greenport Historical Society.

Chatham Photographic History Gail Blass Wolczanski presents Chatham Photographic History, Saturday, March 23, 5¬¬—7 p.m. Chatham Village Historian and author of “Around the Village of Chatham” (2009), Gail Blass Wolczanski discussesher new book, “The Village of Chatham: A Photographic History Walking Tour Book.” A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A will follow a brief description. Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham, NY. Refreshments. Free. For more information, call 518-392-3005. TEA

CLASSES with VERDIGRIS TEA’S KIM BACH Learn from the best! Come join Verdigris Tea’s founder and tea expert extraordinaire, Kim Bach, as she teaches the basics of tea – its origin, harvesting, import, and, most importantly, preparation and taste. Indian Teas, Sat. Mar. 23rd – 5-7pm – South African Teas and Sat. April 20th – 5-7pm – Japanese Teas. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED Each class will include cupping techniques – the standard way to sample teas professionally. Participants will be led through the process of looking at teas both dry and wet, using the senses to analyze the tea and finally, observing how to brew the leaves properly, then tasting the result. Also included will be a discussion of regional characteristics, history and tips on how to select the best that region has to offer. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IN-STORE EVENT. The fee is $50.00 for all three classes or $20.00 per class. Payable in advance. As part of the entry fee, each class member will receive 3 1-oz. packets of the evening’s featured teas AND a 10% discount on any purchases made that evening. Register now by calling 518.828.3139.

Music in the Stacks The Hudson Area Library is pleased to announce Music in the Stacks, a series of free Sunday afternoon concerts featuring local and international artists throughout 2019 and hosted by Hudson area youth organizations. These concerts reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures – giving the community new musical experiences and opportunities for cultural exchange. The concerts will be held on the main floor of the library in the historic Hudson Armory, which is a large open space with unique acoustics. The first concert will be held on Sunday, March 24, 4-5:30 pm. for more information visit their website at

Farm Film Fest 11 Farm Film Fest 11 comes to the Crandell Theatre Sunday, March 24, 12:30 pm to 4 pm. The festival shows films that focus on farms, farming, and farming issues from local and national filmmakers. Free admission with a cash donation or nonperishable food item to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry. Reception follows at The People’s Pub, 36 Main Street, with local foods (complementary) and cash bar. The annual event is cosponsored by the Chatham Film Club, Chatham Agricultural Partnership, and Columbia Land Conservancy. The Crandell Theatre is located at 48 Main Street, Chatham, NY. For more information, visit

Concerts in the Village Mark your calendars for their next offering! Saturday March 23 at 4:00pm and Sunday March 24 at 2:00pm. Both performances are at Van Buren Hall (8 Chatham Street, Kinderhook; upstairs in the Village Hall building). The program is one piece, Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire de Soldat” (The Soldier’s Tale). Scored for narrator, one dancer, and 7 instruments, this is a fantastic gem of a piece, and one of Stravinsky’s most well-known. Our narrator is none other than Benjamin Luxon, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera. Ben appeared with CITV several years ago as the Narrator for “King David,” and won the hearts and minds of all. Ben has performed this piece a number of times over the years, and is delighted to bring it to Kinderhook. Contribution is $20. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or Follow them on facebook.

Concert in our Roots Series Saturday, March 30, 2019 ANA EGGE AND ALEC SPIEGELMAN 8:00pm Tickets: $20 adults, $10 students, $15 members We are please to welcome these talented performers for another concert in our Roots Series. “Every once in a while I hear a voice whose sheer beauty stops me in my tracks. Such was the case the first time I heard Ana Egge,” raves Singer-songwriter, Americana, roots artist – Shawn Colvin claims, “Ana has the rare gift of being so eloquent and simple that she takes your breath away. I just love her.” And, says USA Today, “[Ana] can write and sing rings around” her contemporaries. See Ana here. Tickets available now.

The Women of Cedar Grove Special guided tour for a limited time: The Women of Cedar Grove. Weekends in March, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Explore the historic Main House on a new guided tour that brings to light the stories of five women who lived at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, historically known as Cedar Grove. Information and Tickets To submit an event for the March 2019, 10 Things, please email Like the Chamber on Facebook at