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Ten Things to do in October

Free Hayrides at Love Apple Farm

Love Apple Farm ~ Route 9h in Ghent, NY is offering Free hayrides on the hour starting at 10am Saturdays and Sundays in October! Kids can also go to the Petting Zoo and Playground and Pick Apples! No reservations needed. Love Apple Farm recently reopened with a new fresh farm market, bakery, ice cream & Mexican cafe. Love Apple is taking pre-orders for homemade apple and pumpkin holiday Pies and fresh Turkeys. Stop by or call: 518-828-5048 to place your order. www.loveapplefarm.com

See a Show

The Ghent Playhouse presents The 39 Steps from October 7 – 23.  It is based on John Buchan’s 1915 novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 film of the same name.  The 39 Steps combines classic spy thriller with farcical comedy and ingenious theatrical magic; as four actors take on a multitude of characters create an engaging, entertaining and fast paced whodunit.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.ghentplayhouse.org

2016 Open Day
Equine Advocates 2016 Open Day on Saturday,  October 15 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Spend a few hours walking around and meeting 86 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.  Most of them have been rescued and now are enjoying their life at the sanctuary.  Please feel free to picnic a the pond which is one of the most beautiful spots at the sanctuary.  Admission is free.  However donations are greatly appreciated!  All visitors will have to sign a release form upon arrival.  No pets allowed.  For more information visit their website at www.equineadvocates.org.

Birthday Party Celebrating 100 Years
You’re Invited on Saturday, October 15 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm to Columbia County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Birthday Party Celebrating 100 Years.  There will be food, drink and live music.  $10/Member and $15/non-member.  Advance Tickets are $10.  Location of event is 205 Warren Street in Hudson.  For more information visit http://www.cchsny.org/birthday-party–annual-meeting.html

10th Annual Pumpkin Walk
Pumpkin Walk on Saturday, October 15 at Columbia-Greene Community College.  Family Fun to begin at 4:00 pm.  Pumpkin Walk at 6:00 pm  There will be other activities, entertainment & live music!  Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the event. 

Ghostly Gallop & Cycling
Saturday/Sunday October 15th – 16thGHOSTLY GALLOP NOW INCLUDES GHOSTLY CYCLING – This year, the 16th annual Ghostly Gallop is expanding.  Three cycling courses covering 10 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles have been added – along with an extra day.  Cyclists can take their pick on Saturday, October 15th with routes selected to cover our beautiful surroundings.  Perfect for Fall!   The traditional Run, Walk and Kids 1-mile Fun Run are slated for Sunday, October 16th.  This is an annual benefit for our beautiful NEW Hudson Area Library.  For details, to register or volunteer, go to www.ghostlygallop.info.

Jazz Ambassadors

Jazz Ambassadors, America’s Big Band, The United States Army Field Band, Washington, DC will offer a free concert on Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 pm at the Taconic Hills Central School Performing Arts Center in Craryville, NY.  For more information visit www.armyfieldband.com/schedule

Concert at Camphill – “Intimate Conversations, Bach & Beyond”

“Intimate Conversations, Bach and Beyond,” opens the 2016-17 season  of The Concerts at Camphill Ghent chamber music series on October 15 at 3 p.m. in the Culture Hall at 2542 Route 66 here.  The concert features Berkshire Bach Ensemble Music Director and harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, cellist Lucy Bardo, flutist Judith Mendenhall, violinist Joel Pitchon and concert series Artistic Director and pianist Gili Melamed-Lev. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $5 for students and $55 for a family. Tickets are available by calling (518) 392-2760 or at www.camphillghent.org.  The musicians will perform Flute Sonata in B minor and Violin Sonata in A Major by J.S. Bach, Trio Sonata in C minor by G.F. Telemann, Intermezzo from Symphony No. 1 Op. 11, Songs Without Words by Mendelssohn, Childrens’ Pieces by Kabalevsky and Galop from Suite No. 2 by I. Stravinsky.
2016 FilmColumbia
FilmColumbia 2016, Columbia County’s premier annual cultural event, now in its 17th year, will screen more than 40 films this October 22-30, the festival announced today. In the outstanding lineup are films that have not only played the world’s most respected festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, New York, Telluride, Berlin and Sundance, but also have garnered the most prestigious awards along the way.  “The range of film experiences available to attendees of FilmColumbia 2016 is vast, to say the least,” said Peter Biskind, Executive Director and Artistic Director (with Larry Kardish) of FilmColumbia. “Documentaries, which often put feature films to shame, never get their due, so we’re happy to show more than a dozen exceptional ones this year.”  FilmColumbia 2016 screenings will take place at the Crandell Theatre and Morris Memorial in Chatham and the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York. Tickets go on sale to Chatham Film Club members on Saturday, Oct. 8, and to the general public one week later, on Oct. 15. For more information about the films or in-person sales, or to purchase tickets or festival passes, go to http://www.filmcolumbia.org/.  Screenings of the Children’sInternational Film Program, at the Crandell and the Hudson Opera House, are free.  FilmColumbia 2016’s films are screened at the Crandell unless otherwise noted.

Habitat Brunch

Ralph Gardner Jr., the Wall Street Journal’s Urban Gardner columnist, will speak at Columbia County Habitat’s benefit Brunch for Habitat on Saturday, October 22 at Local 111 in Philmont. Tickets for the event, which starts at 11:30 a.m., are $40 per person.   Proceeds will benefit the Valatie Passive Townhouses now under construction, Habitat’s 19th and 20th houses. They also mark the launch of the ambitious 30 Homes by 2020 campaign to build 12 new affordable houses for working families in the next four-plus years and bring to 30 the total number of homes built by Habitat volunteers.  Paid reservations are required and can be made by calling the Habitat office at 518.828.0892 weekdays, 9 to 5.

Late Afternoon/Twilight Horse drawn Carriage Rides
Friday October 28, 4-8pm (October 29 rain date) Every 30 minutes. $75 per couple; or groups of three or more at $25 per person. All Ages. Reservations encouraged.  Olana offers couples, or groups, carriage rides on the 19th century carriage roads. A stunning carriage and draft team saunter Frederic Church’s gravel roads bringing travelers to majestic views and stellar landscapes while the sun sets toward the Catskill Mountains. Meet the carriage 10 minutes before start time at the Olana Visitor Center entrance. For Olana’s 50th Anniversary, we are activating this traditional travel option on the site once a month. Maximum of 6 people.  For more information visit www.olana.org.

James Baldwin Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion
Saturday, October 29thJAMES BALDWIN DOCUMENTARY SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION – The writer James Baldwin is described as having an explosive relationship with himself and America.  He was hailed for his clear-eyed examination of America’s triumphs and failures.  This panel discussion of the legendary writer’s work explores it’s importance to our understanding of racial history and gay rights and how those struggles impact current events. The evening will include a screening of the 1973 documentary shore, James Baldwin: From Another Place, by the well-known photographer and documentarian, Sedat Pakay.  This is a free event at the Hudson Area Library. 6-8pm.  For more information go to www.HudsonAreaLibrary.org.

Marie White Small Presents “Stony Kill: A Novel” at Chatham Bookstore October 29
Marie White Small reads from and discusses her book, “Stony Kill: A Novel,” at the Chatham Bookstore on Saturday, October 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A will follow a brief reading. The setting for the suspense novel is Canaan, NY, on a fictional road and farm bordered by the Stony Kill. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A follow a brief reading. Refreshments include tasting samples of various pies by Ms. Small, a long-time baker. Recipes are based on the kitchen wisdom of fictional character Miss Euphrates, a central figure in the novel. Live at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY. 518-392-3005. https://chathambookstore.com

Halloween Herd Parade

Halloween Herd Parade on Sunday, October 30 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm (rain or shine) at High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding & Driving Center.  Celebrate Halloween Costume Parade (no masks please).  Bring a pumpkin to carve or decorate.  For more information call 518-672-4202.