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Ten Things to Do in March

Concert Series: NEQ
Spencertown Academy Concert Series presents NEQ on Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 pm! The Hudson Valley-based band plays rock, Americana, Afr-Cuban, classical, funk and ethnic grooves, engaging the listener with a dynamic sound and collision of musical styles. Cabaret-style seating general admission tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information visit

Slavery & the Palatines: A Lecture by Travis Bowman
Clermont State Historic Site presents Slavery & the Palatines: A Lecture by Travis Bowman on Sunday, March 11, 1:00 p.m. Usually considered a “Southern” issue, slavery played a surprisingly large role in Colonial and Revolutionary era New York. Mr. Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among the Palatine immigrants and their descendants in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. Admission $5. (518) 537-4240

Bindlestiff Cirkus Winter Cabaret
On Saturday, March 17, 9:00 pm Adult Show and Sunday, March 18, 3:00 pm Family Oriented Matinee at Club Helsinki, Bindlestiff will present a Cirkus Winter Cabaret. Adult oriented show. 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. Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where attendees may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and artists from “America’s Got Talent” next to local legends, live, on stage, and in the same show. Live music is a defining feature of Bindlestiff’s cabaret shows, with witty, original tunes by a variety of NYC’s best composers and accompanists. Bindlestiff’s unique style reflects deep roots in NYC’s underground club scene, nods to political street theater, and a steady respect for the traditions of American popular entertainment and illegitimate theater.

Special Pancake Breakfast
Join Love Apple Farm in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a special Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, March 17 from 8:30-11:30am. One price of $10 for aduts includes: pancakes, real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, freshly made cider donuts, sausage and bacon, tea, coffee and juice. Kids under age 5 eat Free and children ages 5-10 just $5. Love Apple Farm market features a selection of fresh local produce, specialty products, frozen meats, cheese, and more. The cafe offers Authentic Mexican lunch daily. The onsite bakery has homemade pies, cookies, apple turnovers and breads. New at Love Apple Farm is Honey’s of Brooklyn baker, Kate Snyder offering her famous scones, biscuits and gluten free baked goods. Join us. Open daily 10am-5pm.

HU – Chocolate Tasting!
On Saturday, March 17 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm Verdigris Tea will be having a HU -Chocolate Tasting (paleo/vegan/delicious). HU (short for human) is organic, stone ground and unadulterated chocolate. No dairy, No GMO’s, No emulsifiers, No soy lecithin, No gluten, No refined sugar No cane sugar. HU is chocolate at it’s best. Try samples paired with wines from Hudson-Chatham Winery selected to enhance this wonderful Manhattan-made chocolate. The event is FREE. For more information visit

Columbia County Historical Society and Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon present a lecture – “Early Depictions of Shakers at Mount Lebanon” on Saturday, March 17 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Stair Galleries located at 549 Warren Street in Hudson. Post-Lecture Wine & Beverages. Purchase your tickets in advance to receive an early-bird discount. Tickets will also be available at the door: $15 for CCHS and SM|ML members; $20 for non-members.

Estate Planning – It’s Not Just Wills
Who will care for your children and your pets when you die? How will you manage your finances or your healthcare if you cannot make decisions for yourself? How can you make your wishes known in advance? On Sunday March 18 at 3 PM the Claverack Free Library will host a presentation by local attorney Morgen Bowers, who will explain why everyone needs an estate plan. Proper estate planning ensures that your wishes for yourself, your family, your assets, and even your pets, are respected and protected even when you can’t protect yourself. An estate plan is a group of documents setting forth your instructions for how to manage your assets, your medical care, your minor children or special-needs members of your family, and your pets if you are mentally or physically incapacitated, as well as specifying the distribution of your assets after you die. Legal planning is particularly important for people with minor children and those who are not married to their significant others. This program will review each part of the estate plan, and why you need it. Topics include wills, lifetime trusts, special needs trusts, Power of Attorney, advance directives, health care proxies and living wills, digital and social media accounts, pet trusts and pet protection agreements. Bowers will also explain what happens when there is no will and why on-line forms are generally inadequate. Attorney Morgen Bowers is a partner in the Chatham law firm of Bowers & del Peral, PLLC., whose core practice areas include general business law, intellectual property, real estate, and estate planning. The Claverack Library is located at 629 Route 23B. Bring your questions; stay for refreshments. This program is provided for educational purposes only; no individual legal advice will be provided.

A Novel Baseball and Life
Wanda Fischer with Novel on Baseball and Life, Chatham Bookstore, March 24. Wanda Adams Fischer discusses her book “Empty Seats” on Saturday, March 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. The author is known for her folk music show on WAMC public radio, “The Hudson River Sampler.” 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.

Concerts in the Village
French Music from the early 20th Century: Voice and Instrumental Works of Lili Boulanger, Nadia Boulanger, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy at 4:00pm, Saturday, March 24; Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY. $20 contribution. Sopranos Amanda Boyd and Andrea Bargabos, tenor Jon Morrell, violinist Elizabeth Silver, cellist Jay Shulman, flutist Elizabeth Chinery, pianists Noah Palmer & David Smith. Acknowledging the centennials of the deaths of Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Eight pieces of Lili Boulanger, including intense songs from the cycle Clairières dans le ciel; seven gorgeous songs and Trois Pièces for cello from Lili’s renowned sister Nadia (teacher of CITV Artistic Director David Smith); Maurice Ravel’s exotic Chansons madécasses for soprano, flute, cello and piano; and Debussy’s last important work, his virtuosic Sonata for Violin and Piano. In sum, Paris in the early 20th century, impressionism and post-impressionism, with remembrance of “The Great War.” Preview talk by David Smith and others: 4:00pm, Saturday, March 17, Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106; 518-758-6192

Book Sale
The Hudson Area Library’s History Room and the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be partnering for the second time on a book sale in the community room on Saturday, March 24, 10am – 2pm. This is a rare opportunity to purchase very unique books on local history as well as new and gently used books on a variety of subjects including art books as well as CD’s and DVD’s. The History Room is selling books outside its collection (or extra copies) and has books not previously offered in the first sale. Also, on sale are prints of a 1923 dirigible eye-view of Hudson; two framed ($450) and 6 unframed ($150). The unframed image is 23 x 35 inches. The framed size (to archival standards) is 31 x 43 inches. All proceeds from the History Room sale will benefit the work and collection of the History Room.

Two New Additions at Won Dharma Center
Winter Program Additions: SUNDAYS, JANUARY 21 – MARCH 25 – MINDFULNESS AND THE 12-STEPS – 2:00-3:00pm (followed by 20 minute sitting meditation). A discussion meeting focused on the 12-Steps and the Buddhist practice of Mindfulness as it relates to recovery from addiction and the end of suffering. YIN/RESTORATIVE YOGA ($10 donation) – 3:30-4:45pm. A profoundly healing blend of yin yoga practice designed to enhance the flow of Qi and create space within the joints/body, followed by restorative poses allowing for deep relaxation and release. For additional information please contact Karen: 518-851-6517 or, Won Dharma Center, 361 Route 23, Claverack

Spring Program at High & Mighty
When Spring Comes their Horses Want Friends, Old and New to visit, learn and Play It is not too soon to think about spring at High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center 501(C)(3). Register now for their spring program that begins on March 26 and runs for 10 weeks. You may register for individual weeks also. Please contact us at They are located at 71 County Route 21C in Ghent.

Trivia Night!
Check out Trivia Night at The Greens in Copake at 5:00 pm every other Sunday through March. Assemble your team of 2 – 6 players to compete against others for prizes and bragging rights! Drink & Snack Specials, $3 Draft Beers, Football on TV and Lounge Atmosphere. For more information about The Greens, visit
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