Ellen’s Weekend Picks: Much To Do About Hudson (June 1st and Beyond)


A selection of events in and around the City of Hudson by Ellen Thurston.  All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.  All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.




Wednesday, June 1

Hudson Common Council Youth & Aging Committee Meeting – 5:30 pm – City Hall

Hudson Common Council Arts, Entertainment & Tourism Committee Meeting – 6:45 pm – City Hall

Thursday, June 2

Special Hudson Industrial Development Agency Board Meeting to discuss a possible PILOT for the proposed Redburn Hotel project on Cross Street – 10 am – City Hall



Wednesday, June 1

Upstreet Market, Hudson’s midweek farmers’ market, is open for business with familiar vendors and some new ones – Fresh spring greens, breads, and to-go prepared foods, including empanadas and Mexican food, are available – Rain or shine – Every Wednesday through October 26 – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park

Wednesday-Sunday, June 1-5

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady in its unique theatre-in-the-round – The show runs through June 9  – Information, schedule and tickets at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Thursday, June 2

Etsy Friends & Neighbors Spring Studio Sale – Music, snacks, drinks and shopping for items made by Etsy co-workers – Information at 347-414-2594 – 5 to 8 pm – Etsy, 359 Columbia Street, entrance from Prison Alley on Fourth Street

Caprice Rouge – An acoustic ensemble playing Balkan, Roma-Gypsy and Klezmer dance tunes – Information at 917-873-4503 or www.orgalleryandtavern.com – 8 pm – Or Tavern & Gallery, 30 South Third Street

Thursday-Sunday, June 2-5

Films at TSL:

Unlocking the Cage – A film by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, the filmmakers who brought you Don’t Look Back and The War Room – This documentary follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans – The Nonhuman Rights Project is making history by filing lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a “thing” to a “person.”  Wise argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in NY State

Love is Colder Than Death (1969) – For his feature debut, Rainer Werner Fassbinder fashioned a crime drama about a love triangle involving a small-time pimp, his prostitute girlfriend, and his gangster friend.  “…this is a stylishly nihilistic cinematic statement of intent.” In German with English subtitles

Viktoria – Maya Vitkova’s stunning debut feature follows three generations of women in the final years of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria and the early years of the new government…. In Bulgarian with English subtitles

Neon Bull – A film by Gabriel Mascaro.  Iremar works in a rodeo in northeast Brazil, but dreams of a fashion career in the region’s booming clothing industry – In Portugese with English subtitles

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt –A new documentary about one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.

Information and schedule at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, June 3

The Hot Rod Band will be playing 60’s and 70’s rock as part of the Town of Greenport’s Music at Sunset Concert Series – The concession stand will be serving pepperoni sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cream, and soft drinks – Schedule at www.townofgreenport.com – 7 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

Quiet in the Head – “Wide open acoustic soundscapes” – The ongoing musical project of Seamus Maynard, violinist Jonathan Talbott, and other guest musicians – Information at 671-6006 or www.thrspottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Magic Stones with a special appearance by Black Lake – Information at 917-873-4503 or www.orgalleryandtavern.com  – 9 pm – Or Tavern and Gallery, 35 South Third Street

Friday-Saturday, June 3-4

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 – 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.

Friday-Sunday, June 3-5

The Ghent Playhouse presents Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid—The Hypochondriac translated, adapted and directed by Barbara Leavell Smith – Original music composed by Catherine Schane-Lydon – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006, ghentplayhouse.org or 392-6264– Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, Town Hall Place, Ghent

Saturday, June 4

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Prosharp Cutlery is on hand every weekend to sharpen your knives, scissors and small garden tools –Sound of Summer 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

Garden Conservancy Open Day – Visit the private gardens of Abby Adams-Westlake in An cram, Peter Bevacqua & Stephen King in Claverack, Joyce & Ken Ketay in Claverack, Richard Egan’s Hudson Hood in Hudson, Ronald Wagner & Timothy Van Dam’s Arcadia in West Taghkanic, and Margaret Roach’s garden in Copake Falls – Peter Bevacqua & Stephen King’s garden showing will also feature a plant sale by Pondside Nursery – Broken Arrow Nursery will be on location at Margaret Roach’s garden – Information and directions at www.gardenconservancy.org – Gardens open from 10 am to 4 pm, (with the exception of the garden in Hudson (open from 11 am to 4 pm) and Ancram (open from 12 noon to 4 pm)

Cider & Cheese Festival – A cider and cheese tasting and market, featuring over 20 craft cider makers sampling and selling a variety of styles of hard cider, and ten cheese makers offering tastes and sales of their cheeses—all from across the Hudson Valley – The Festival kicks off the annual Hudson Valley Cider Week, a multi-day celebration of regional craft cider – Cider and cheese are a natural pairing, and a delicious representation of our region’s culinary landscape. – Co-presented by Basilica Hudson and Glynwood, a regional organization with a mission to ensure that the Hudson Valley is a region defined by food, where farming thrives – In collaboration with Gaskins Restaurant and Talbott & Arding Cheese & Provisions – For information, a complete list of vendors, or to purchase tickets go to www.glynwood.org – Preview from 12 noon to 1 pm; General Admission from 1 to 4 pm  -Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Exhibition Opening – June Invitational 2016 – Works by Joe Gaylor, Jeannine Schoeffer, Jennifer Pazienza, Richard Bazelow, and Maria Kolodziej-Zinicio – Also exhibiting recent work by gallery artists – On view through June 26 – Information at www.510warrenstreetgallery.com or 822-0510 – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Artist Talk & Panel Discussion – Judy Pfaff’s Grasshopper (the inaugural exhibition of The Frank Institute @ CR10) is presently on view through July 3 – Ms. Pfaff will present an Artist’s Talk and will participate in a Panel Discussion along with the curator David Ebony, Portia Munson and Jim Yohe – Information at www.cr10.org – 4 pm – CR10, 283 County Route 10 (between Routes 9G & 31), Linlithgo

Exhibition Opening and Public Talk – Waterfront Futures:  Designing Resilience for an Epoch of Rising Tides – Masters of Landscape Architecture students in Cornell University’s Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) studio, spent the spring semester focused on Hudson’s South Bay waterfront.  Their goal was to propose design alternatives for a more climate-resilient, beautiful and connected river edge.  This exhibition is a public display of their concepts—ingenious,  provocative, and ultimately realistic – The opening includes a public talk with Libby Zemaitis, co-creator of Cornell’s CAD studio and climate resilience specialist at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, with Nancy Richards, a leader of the pioneering Catskill Waterfront Resilience Task Force, who will discuss the CAD process, the Cornell student designs, and how Hudson River communities can address the risks posed by our changing climate – Exhibition on view through July 4 – Information at hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 4 to 6 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Poetry Reading & Book Signing – Selected readings of the first poetry collection by Benjamin (Bernie) Kukoff – What This Country Needs recounts a journey from Brighton Beach and the poet’s youth as the child of Russian immigrants, to the upper tiers of success in L.A., to trial separation and dating, to getting back – Information at spencertownacademy.org – 4 to 6 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Exhibition Opening – Bill Adams: Sunup – Recent drawings and paintings – “It’s morning in America.  Again.  The promise of a new day beckons, and with it, better times.  Or not.  With the 2016 presidential election upon us, how do we sort out what’s true, what’s not and what we really want.” – David Pappaceno: Hohle Fels – New sculpture – “As a trained painter, Pappaceno’s focus was on the female nude.  Bodies were corpulent and almost sculptural in their mass.  A turning point came when he began painting from sculpture, and in particular the Venus of Willendorf, the stone fertility goddess dating from the Late Stone Age.  Or, as Pappaceno refers to it, ‘Caveman pornography masquerading as contemporary art.’” – Both exhibitions on view through July 3 – Information at baileygallery.com or 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

The 28th Annual Columbia Memorial Hospital Ball – The Jewel in the Crown – In honor of Avon A. Kerr – Information at 828-8239 – 6:30 pm – The Point, Catskill

Public Concert – Kiran & Healing Mantra Music with Lee Mirabai Harrington – Information and tickets at sadhanayogahudson.com – 7:30-9:30 pm – Sadhana Center for Yoga & Meditation, Third Floor, 403 Warren Street

Two Gun Man performs – Information at 917-873-4503 or www.orgalleryandtavern.com – 9 pm – Or Tavern and Gallery, 35 South Third Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili  – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Behold! New Lebanon launches its second season as “the first museum of contemporary rural American life” – More than 100 summer tours will be offered from June 4 through October 15 – Visitors will board a shuttle to meet Rural Guides at their barns, studios, farms, nature trails and businesses.  They’ll meet the farmers, artisans, innovators, chefs, and historical preservationists who contribute to the rich back-stories of rural life and work – Information at 720-7265 or beholdnewlebanon.org . – Behold! New Lebanon, 438 Route 20, New Lebanon

Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5

Hudson Cruises Weekend Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Saturdays and Sundays – 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.

Sunday, June 5

Children’s Concert – John Farrell – Its hard to say who will have the most fun—the kids, the adults, or John himself.  Farrell sings songs composed by local schoolchildren alongside favorites from his many albums and his award-winning book, Stargazer’s Alphabet.  Bring a picnic and come early to secure a spot – Information at hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 2 to 4 pm – Pocket Park (aka the PARC Park), 328 Warren Street, across from the Opera House

Ruby Amanfu – Visit rubyamanfu.com  – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, June 6

Ramadan begins at sundown

Next Tuesday, June 7

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

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