Ellen’s Weekend Picks: Much To Do About Hudson (July 8 and Beyond)


All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.
All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.



Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Kander & Ebb’s sizzling, jazzy musical Chicago for a three week run ending on July 24 – The all-professional cast is directed by John Saunders, who directed this year’s opening production of My Fair Lady – Check the website for schedule – Mac-Haydn recommends that patrons order tickets early at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org  – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

TSL Films – TSL is taking a break.  No films will be shown at TSL during the first two weeks of July.  Information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Ltd. 434 Columbia Street

Friday, July 8

Just For Fun: Free performances for kids – Mime Eddie Allen – Invisible walls, ropes, ladders and more are created right in front of your imagination – Presented by PS21 (Performance Spaces for the 21nst Century) —Information  at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, Chatham

Peaceful Country performs country music as part of the Town of Greenport’s Music at Sunset Concert Series – Food available – Schedule at www.townofgreenport.com – 7 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

PS21 (Performance Spaces for the 21st Century) presents Nancy Rothman in a staged reading of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-ass Wit of Molly Ivins  – Based on the witticisms of political columnist and humorist Molly Ivins – Written by sisters/journalists Margaret and Allison Engel – Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ps21chatham.org – Information at 392-6121 – 8 pm to 9:30 pm – PS21 performance tent, 3980 Route 66, Chatham (one mile north of the Village of Chatham on Route 66)

Friday-Saturday, July 8-9

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre season opens with The Story of Hansel and Gretel, the classic tale of a poor sister and brother who just want to get something to eat – Last week of this production – Information and tickets at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292 – 10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5 pm to 10:30 pm – Details below under HUDSON CRUISES.

Friday-Thursday, July 8-14

JUST BOOKED! – Weiner, a highly rated documentary about disgraced NY Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign – IndieWire critics have reviewed the movie “…as one of the best documentaries about a political campaign ever made.” – Information at FairviewCinema3.com or 828-1900 – Fri/Sat at 7:10 pm and 9:35 pm; Sun through Thurs at 7:10 pm; Bargain matinees Sat/Sun at 1:10 pm – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Plaza, Route 9, Greenport

Saturday, July 9

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Marilyn Miller will be performing in the Music Tent – For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visit www.hudsonfarmersmarket.ny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Behold! New Lebanon launches its second season as “the first museum of contemporary rural American life” –Visitors will meet Rural Guides at their barns, studios, farms, nature trails and businesses.  These are the farmers, artisans, innovators, chefs, and historical preservationists who contribute to the rich back-stories of rural life and work – More than 100 summer tours are offered through October 15 – The schedule for this Saturday includes programs focusing on the North Family Shakers, a walk along the Rutland rail trail, hops farming, sausage making, community gardening, and deer farming – Information at 720-7265 or beholdnewlebanon.org. – 9 am to 5 pm – Behold! New Lebanon, 438 Route 20, New Lebanon

Chatham’s 40th Annual Summerfest – A full day of food, sales and entertainment including artisan booths, food vendors, and not-for-profit organizations sharing their messages – A popular sidewalk sale and Artisan Faire – Three stages to accommodate  a variety of entertainers, three bands, a magician, circus performers – A giant kids mural project, and the annual Big Head Parade – Featured is So Percussion, an internationally-acclaimed, Brooklyn-based modern percussion quartet using unusual instruments including a glockenspiel, a bowed marimba, aluminum pipes, and an amplified cactus – Lead actors in MacHaydn Theatre’s production of Chicago will perform. – More than 60 food and merchandise vendors and nonprofit organizations will be present – All events are free. Presented by the Chatham Area Business Alliance – Information and schedule at ChathamSummerfest.com or 392-5225 – 10 am to 4 pm – Main Street, Hudson Avenue, & Park Row, Chatham Village

Athens Street Festival – This all day affair ends in fireworks visible from the east side of the river, in Hudson – A Paper Hat Parade with a Pirate theme – Lots of kids activities, street performances, Big Bubble Fun, an antique car show, vendors, a raffle, carnival rides, a chainsaw artist, and much, much more – 10 am until dusk – Athens Riverfront Park, Second Street, and other adjacent streets, Athens, Greene County

Tours of the historic 1874 Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are sponsored by the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society and are now available on the second Saturday of each month, July through October – On the tour, visitors will learn about life on the lighthouse in the 1930s from the daughter of the last civilian lighthouse keeper, who served as keeper from 1930 to 1949.  The tour also gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the important role the Hudson River played in the development of the Upper Hudson River towns, and how the lighthouse made navigation safe along the river to allow development to take place.  Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made online at hudsoncruises.com or by calling 518-348-8993 or 888-764-1844 – For general information go to www.hudsonathenslighthouse.org or call 518-828-5294 – tours run from 11 am to 2:30 pm and  depart from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on the hour and Athens Riverfront Park on the half hour – In Hudson, board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, accessed via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

Author’s Reading – Award-winning author Dinitia Smith will read from her new novel, The Honeymoon, centered on the writer George Eliot’s late-life marriage to a much younger man. Grounded in the study of the life, letters, journals, essays, poetry, and novels of Eliot, her contemporaries, friends and loved ones, The Honeymoon is the imaginative fleshing out of a period in Eliot’s life about which little is known with certainty—Eliot’s honeymoon with John Walter Cross in Venice in June, 1880.  Smith is the author of four novels, including The Illusionist, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  For eleven years she was a cultural correspondent for The New York Times.  She is also an Emmy Award winning filmmaker and has taught literature at Columbia University, New York University and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference – Information at www.roejanlibrary.org or 325-4101 – 5 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, (one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23), Hillsdale

Exhibition Opening – Tidal: Works by Patrick Madden – An exhibition of drawings and paintings of an estuary—the Hudson, “the river that flows both ways…” – Information at 822-1438 – Daily from 12 noon to 5 pm through Sunday, August 14 – Reception from 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Don Wynn Solo Exhibition – Paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, and woodcut prints – Wynn’s work first received international recognition in the Whitney Museum’s landmark Twenty-two Realists exhibition. – In 1995, the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired one of his oils for its Twentieth Century Collection.  He was the first Adirondack resident artist so honored since Rockwell Kent. He has received reviews from major publications and is included in major fine art reference volumes both in the United States and abroad – Information at www.neumannfineart.com or 413-246-5776 – 5 to 7 pm – Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water Street, Hillsdale

15 Minutes of Fame by Bobby Previte – To benefit the new Claverack Library – Get a sneak peek inside the new Claverack Library building on an early evening for traffic noise, random phrases, partygoers, and drums – A one-time performance conducted by Bobby Previte, Guggenheim fellow, legendary drummer, and critically acclaimed composer – The performance features audience participation by all ages.  No need to play an instrument to garner your 15 minutes of fame, but bring your reading glasses – Will be broadcast live on WGXC 90.7 FM – Old Klaverack Brewery will offer tastings of craft beers.  Soft drinks and snacks will also be provided – Tickets available at the Library – Information at www.claveracklibrary.org or 851-7120 – New library open for tours and refreshments at 5:30 pm – Short rehearsal at 6 pm; performance at 6:30 pm – The new Claverack Free Library is at 9 Route 9H, just north of the Claverack traffic light.  Parking is behind the current library at 629 Route 23B, Claverack

Olana ’66 – The Olana Summer Party – Come party like it’s 1966 in celebration of Olana’s 50th anniversary as a State Historic Site – Food by area restaurants – Oyster Bar by Other Brother Darryl’s – Music by Javier Peral – 60’s-inspired attire is admired but not required – Information at olana.org or 828-1035 – 6 to 8 pm – Ridge Road at Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Exhibition Opening – Walter Robinson: PaintingsDylan Languell: Great Value – “ ‘You’re soaking in it.’ – Spoken by Madge, a manicurist extolling the virtues of Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid (TV commercial, 1970s)”  – The food, clothing and consumer products in Walter Robinson’s paintings are instantly familiar.  Cheeseburgers, gin bottles, swimsuits and donuts are the stuff of life, or at least somebody’s.  Is that a Whopper or a Big Mac?  Gordon’s or Beefeaters?  A Land’s End one piece, or is it from Target?  Advertisements, product packaging and catalogues provide Robinson with unlimited source material.  Yet, keen editor that he is, each painting and its subject becomes an archetype:  there may be lots of polka dot swimsuits out there but Robinson’s seems like the one.” – [In Dylan Languell’s work], automobile tires, painted white and topped with Corian, serve as pedestals for sculptures in the form of kachina dolls.  The multi-colored textures of each sculpture feature fragments of shrunken brand names, logos and food descriptions: Fritos, Sun Chips, Lays, Veggie Harvest, white cheddar, original potato chips, BBQ Fries, etc.  The text is printed on aluminum laminated with polypropylene, known commonly as bags of chips. – Both artists on view through August 7 – Information at baileygallery.com or 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Too Much of a Good Thing – Part of the Back Gallery Series – A group show of sculpture,  painting and performances curated by Dylan Kraus and Rose Salane – On view on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 6 pm through July 24 – Information at basilicahudson.org – 6 to 9 pm – Back Gallery, Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Volume Reading Series – A free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set that takes place every second Saturday at 7 pm at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson –  This month’s program features Nick Flynn, Nelly Reifler, and Sean H. Doyle.

>Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a caseworker with homeless adults.  His most recent book is My Feelings (Gray wolf, 2015), a collection of poems.  See www.nickflynn.org

> Nelly Reifler is the author of the story collection, See Through, and the novel, Elect H. Mouse State Judge.  Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Lucky Peach Bomb, The Atlas Review, and on NPR’s “Selected Shorts.”  See www.nellyreifler.com

>Sean H. Doyle lives in Brooklyn, NY.  His book, This Must Be the Place, was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2015.  See www.seanhdoyle.com

The readings are followed by a DJ set by writer/musician Susie DeFord – (www.neongrlzbandcamp.com) – Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  French – To learn more go to www.facebook.com/volumehudson – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

PS21 (Performance Spaces for the 21st Century) presents So Percussion – This group is redefining the scope of the modern percussion ensemble by performing twentieth-century classics, contemporary pieces, and modern collaborations – Information and tickets at www.ps21chatham.org  or 392-6121 – Tickets may also be ordered  through 1-800-838-3006 – 8 to 10 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, Chatham

The Woes, Kinsey, and War Horse –The Woes is a band of merrymakers performing the songs of Osei Essed.  The sound of The Woes is an eclectic interpretation of a wide range of contemporary and historical American musical idioms anchored by Essed’s explorative song craft.  Also good for dancing. Nick Kinsey is the work of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist producer Nick Kinsey who is perhaps best known for his work with Elvis Perkins, Kevin Morby, AC Newman, AA Bondy and others.  War Horse is “an animal with multiple personalities happy with one another, War Horse is not a band; it’s a horse of course!  Battle worn but gentle.  Playful but earnest.  Carefree yet precise.  On this night, the dancing Horse will be joined by Grahm Dion, Omar Chowdhury, Anders Griffen, and perhaps others.” – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm to 12 midnight – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Eric Krasno Band – Iconic jam-band guitarist and producer Eric Krasno is best known as cofounder of jam-rock avatars Soulive and Lettuce.  “After 20 years, Krasno is releasing his first solo album, “Blood from a Stone,” the day before his Helsinki show…Krasno’s rousing new solo album “reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice.  As it turns out, Krasno’s voice has been an ace up his sleeve this whole time.  Rich, warm, and full-bodied, his tone blends earnest sincerity with casual swagger and, much like his guitar playing, taps into a deep vein of emotion.  ‘It’s something I didn’t know was there, he concludes…I didn’t know I had it in me.’”– Visit erickrasno.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10

Francine Hunter McGivern |&The Frank Institute @ CR10  present Things You Do Seldom by Eliza Coolidge, Bianca Hildebrand & Tim Severo — Things You Do Seldom, is a multimedia collaboration of  international artists and musicians.  Both the installation and performance are a re-interpretation of the conceptual piece, Die meisten Sachen macht man selten, (Most Things One Seldom Does) by contemporary Swiss composer, Jürg Frey. For this project @ CR10, the artists have built 100 sculptures from found and forgotten objects. Each sculpture has been re-purposed as instruments to perform the sound work. Thank you to deuxpiece (www.deuxpiece.com).  Performers: Nurya Chana, Destefano DeLuise, Jenny Portney, Rebecca Borer, Lucas Severo, Samuel Wentz, Timothy Severo and more – Photographer: James Autery.  Information by e-mail to [email protected] – Saturday performance  from 4 to 6 pm; Sunday performance from 1 to 3 pm with Skype Talk with  Jürg Frey at| 1 pm – The Frank Institute @ CR10, 283 County Route 10,  Linlithgo (between Routes 9G & 31)

Art Omi Weekend 2016 – Celebrating 25 Years with 30 artist residents who hail from 27 diverse countries at this annual event attended by hundreds of art professionals, art lovers, neighbors and friends:  Saturday – Dancing Under the Stars – Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music overlooking the firefly-lit sculpture park at Omi in the company of Omi’s artists-in-residence and upstate arts community.  Sambaland brings their roster of drummers, dancers, and singers to perform a variety of Brazilian music, including hot samba rhythms and cool bossa nova jazz. – 8:30 pm – Ledig House.  Sunday – Country Brunch – Takes place in the same outdoor, tented location overlooking the Fields Sculpture Park.  A short walk down the road leads to the much anticipated Open Studios, where visitors will see the work the artists have been making for the last four weeks – Brunch at 11 am at Ledig House; Open Studios from 1 to 5 pm in the Studio Barns – the studios are free and open to the public

Information at www.artomi.org or 392-4747 – Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent;  Ledig House is at 59 Letter S Road, Ghent; Studio Barns are at the corner of County Route 22 & Letter S Road, Ghent

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below

Sunday, July 10

Francine Hunter McGivern & The Frank Institute @ CR10 |present STREAMING II (for Nikola Tesla)  a video work by Daniel Rothbart and Milica Lapčević with music by Patrick Grant. Blending archival footage of Tesla’s hydro-electric power plant at Niagara with new winter imagery of the Niagara River Whirlpool and Falls, STREAMING II celebrates the 160th anniversary of Nikola Tesla’s birth. Protean forms of water, from mist to torrent, intermingle with imagery of turbines and power lines, evoking themes of science, art, nature, and spirituality. Simultaneous screenings will take place at the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, NY, Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade (Serbia), Ozalj Hydroelectric Power Plant (Croatia), Jaruga Hydroelectric Power Plant (Croatia), and The University of Maribor Library (Slovenia). Thanks to Manuela Graf of Cluster of Cultural Routes. – Information by e-mail to [email protected] – 1 to 6 pm – The Frank Institute @ CR10 | 283 County Route 10 | Linlithgo  (between Routes 9G & 31)

Shrubs and Bitters with Marianne Courville & The Hudson Standard – A workshop with The Hudson Standard – Learn how to make your own bitters by combining various botanical extracts that appeal to your own taste.  Also learn how to create those delicious apple cider vinegar syrups, called shrubs, which make awesome cocktail mixers as well as natural sodas.  After demonstrating, measuring, mixing, adjusting, tasting and sharing, participants will leave with their own unique bottle of bitters to add to their cocktail cart.  And finally, a delicious cocktail will be made and shared for a toast to creativity. – Information at 325-3310 or [email protected]  – Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shrubs-and-bitters-with-Marianne-Courville-of-Hudson-Standard — 2:30 to 4:30 pm – HGS Home Chef, 2635 Route 23, Hillsdale

CATCH Takes Basilica – Presented by CATCH series curators Andrew Dinwiddie, Jeff Larson, and Caleb Hammons – CATCH, “everyone’s favorite”  Brooklyn-based, hydra-headed, multi-disciplinary, rough-and-ready series of performance events, forges back upriver to reconquer Basilica Hudson – After a standing room only crowd at their 2015 maiden voyage to the Hudson Valley, Basilica welcomes back the Obie-award-winning performance series – CATCH is a Brooklyn-based, nomadic and multidisciplinary performance series which creates a celebratory, communal space for both artists and audience members to experience bold new performance framed by a serious party that whirls through Brooklyn once a month or so.  Each CATCH event features an array of artists working across and between disciplines, creating a space for community discovery and exchange. In this special edition for Basilica Hudson, CATCH delivers a squadron of the finest artists who lay claim to NYC, the Hudson Valley, or both. –“CATCH is a crash course in what performance looks like today.”—ARTFORUM – Information and a list of performers at www.basilicahudson.org/catch/ — 6 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Next Monday, July 11

The Columbia County Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) July meeting.  “CCL’s ultimate goal is to convince Congress to take comprehensive action to protect future generations from the perilous and costly impacts of an unstable climate.  Our proposed solution, favored by most economists and by many conservative thinkers, is to put a steadily increasing price on carbon to motivate a shift away from fossil fuels, and protect the economy by returning all revenues to American households, which will shield the poor and working class from higher energy prices.”  This month members will be reporting on what they learned at CCL’s annual international conference in Washington, D.C. where Mark Reynolds, the executive director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby promised to get a carbon fee and dividend bill passed in 2017.  Members will also be sharing their impressions from meetings they had with their Representatives and will talk about the National Audubon Society’s Climate Initiative.  The meeting is open and all are welcome.  First-time attendees can learn more at  http://citizensclimatelobby.org/about-ccl/.  The evening will start with an informal pot luck dinner.  Please RSVP to Karen Frishkoff at 672-7901 or email her at [email protected] – 6 pm – 11 Kinderhook Street, Chatham

House Rules Café – Meets every Monday night at the Red Dot to talk, play games, and introduce newbies to the fun of tabletop.  No experience required.  Just bring yourself and a willingness to learn.  The entry fee buys your first drink—beer, wine, or a non-alcoholic.  For the past five years, Kathleen Miller has curated Hudson’s wine and spirits collection at Hudson Wine Merchants.  Now she is curating board games.  This week is The Basement-Cleaning edition.  Says Kathleen: “Mom’s basement got cleaned.  We found several giant boxes of old games, including Trivial Pursuit (7th edition), Yahtzee, MasterMind, and a few other treasures.  I grabbed a bunch, so come out to Red Dot and play with—or against—your friends and neighbors.” – Instruction is available – Information at [email protected] – 6:30 pm – Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, 321 Warren Street

Summer Sings – First of a series – All are welcome to join the chorus conducted by David Smith, Broad Street Chorale Director, three Monday evenings in July – July 11 the  group will sing “Handel beyond Messiah,”  July 18 – “An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan,” and July 25 – “Five Centuries of Partsong” – Information and registration at 392-6121 – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm – PS21, 3980 Route 66, Chatham (one mile north of the Village of Chatham on Route 66)

Next Tuesday, July 12

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – Spotty’s bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown – Free – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 671-6006 – 6:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Odyssey: A Return to Love – A free staged reading of an adaptation of The Odyssey, Homer’s epic poem, written  by JiYoun Chang, directed by Eric Nightingale, and presented by Tilted Field and Drop Forge & Tool – The goal of the adaptation  is to weave together a spectacular, operatic retelling of The Odyssey with creator JiYoun Chang’s very contemporary, very personal story: of leaving South Korea as a teenager to come, alone, to the US; of her years of searching for the father that left her; and of finally returning to love. – This summer, Drop Forge & Tool is providing space and support for the show’s creators to work with composer Mowgli Giannitti and a band of actor/multi-instrumentalists to transform the text of The Odyssey into song. The work in Hudson culminates in this script-in-hand reading at Second Ward.  The five cast members will play their own instruments and sing about the ancient hero’s war and journey home, while creator JiYoun Chang relates her own journey and personal battles. – Following the reading, the creators will seek audience feedback to guide their continued development of the piece.  RSVP for this free staged reading at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-odyssey-a-return-to-love-a-free-staged-reading-tickets-26351614388 — Information by e-mail to [email protected] – 7 pm – Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

“Bollywood @ Basilica” – Part of Basilica Community Film Screenings – Max, neighborhood purveyor of the tastiest Indian food in Hudson, serves up three summer evenings of Bollywood films screened in Basilica’s North Hall.  Each epic, romantic, musical action-adventure film is hand-selected by Max and features Bollywood’s biggest stars.  Max’s home cooking from the “Taste of India” food truck will be available for purchase on site – Information at basilicahudson.org – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, North Hall, 110 South Front Street

Movie Tuesdays: Music & Dance Film Series— Almost Famous – Cameron Crowe’s poignant, semi-autobiographical film about going on tour with rock stars in the 1970s.  An all-star cast.  – A free program presented by PS21 – Information  at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8:30 pm to 10:15 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham

Next Wednesday, July 13

NRBQ  – For half a century, idiosyncratic rock band NRBQ has been blazing a unique trail in rock ‘n’ roll.  Still led by the group’s founder, pianist and songwriter, and all-around musical visionary Terry Adams, the group continues to play its signature blend of early rock ‘n’ roll with touches of pop, jazz, funk, blues, and experimental music, that magically remains accessible and party-friendly.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Flash Mob: Firefly Hike at Olana – Discover the fascinating world of fireflies with Environmental Educator Fran Martino.  Though commonly referred to as “fireflies” or “lightening bugs”, they are actually flying beetles – Participants should bring a mason jar with holes punched in the lid, or borrow one from the Olana staff – Learn about the bugs’ communication, behavior, and role in our ecosystem.  Catch and release. – To pre-register visit www.olana.org/education/ or call 828-1872, ext. 105 – Walk-ins are welcome – 8 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport


Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months  – Tickets available on the boat for cash only – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat – Show your ferry ticket to participating restaurants for discounts  – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm) – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

Hudson Cruises  Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months – Passengers often have close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

Hudson Cruises Friday Evening Sunset Sightseeing – This is an occasional service – Check the website – Close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse during the sunset hours – Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Boarding at 6:30 pm, cruise from 7 to 9 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, access via Broad street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

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