Ellen’s Weekend Picks: Much To Do About Hudson (June 30 and Beyond)

Back exterior view of Clermont State Historic Site

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


Wednesday, June 29 through Sunday, July 3

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s epic musical South Pacific, as popular today as when it first won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1950 – The story of love exceeding racial boundaries during World War II is based on  James Michener’s  Pulitzer Prize-winning Tales of the South Pacific – This is the last week of this production – Information and tickets at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292 – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Thursday, June 30

Basilica Screenings presents Hail the New Puritan, (Charles Atlas, 1987) – An Evening with Charles Atlas — Atlas will be in conversation with artist Alexandro Segade following the screening – “A simulated day-in-the-life “docufantasy” starring the British dance celebrity Michael Clark…a vivid invocation of the studied decadence of the 1980s post-punk London subculture…” – A pre-movie dinner provided by Lil’Deb’s Oasis  available from 6 to 8 pm while supplies last – Information at basilicahudson.org – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Thursday, June 30 through Sunday, July 3

Films at TSL:

My Love, Don’t Cross That River – Director Mo-young Jin followed a fragile couple described as “100-year old Lovebirds” who were inseparable companions for 76 years, to capture their twilight days – The film became a blockbuster in its native Korea and has gone on to become the country’s biggest independent film of all time – “…a unforgettable story of true love that transcends both generations and cultures.” – In Korean with English subtitles

The Lobster – A “highly imaginative, delightfully absurdist comedy from visionary director Yorgos Lanthimos,” starring Colin Farrell as a man who has just been dumped by his wife.  In his society, he is given 45 days to find love, or else be turned into the animal of his choice.  (What!?)

Concerto: A Beethoven Journey – Filmed over the course of four years, award-winning director Phil Grabsky follows leading concert pianist Leif Ove Andsnes’s attempt to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of works for piano ever written—Beethoven’s five piano concertos.

Beware of a Holy Whore – Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s brazen depiction of the alternating currents of lethargy and mayhem inherent in moviemaking – Involves an aloof star, an abusive director, and a financially troubled production – A vicious look at behind-the-scenes dysfunction – In German with English subtitles

Diary of a Chambermaid – Lea Seydoux follows in the footsteps of Paulette Goddard and Jeanne Moreau as Celestine, a resentful young Parisian chambermaid

Call Her Applebroog – Directed by Beth B., this film is a poignant and intimate portrait of Applebroog, who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household with an immigrant father who only wanted to have sons…It is a cathartic story of self-realization and the act of art-making as a life-saving parachute

Bayou Maharajah – This film explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”

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

Waterfront Futures: Designing Resilience for an Epoch of Rising Tides – Masters of Landscape Architecture students in Cornell’s Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) studio exhibit their designs for Hudson’s South Bay waterfront – This is the LAST CHANCE to see this exhibition – Information at 822-1438 – Daily from 12 noon to 5 pm through Sunday, July 3 – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Friday, July 1

Preview of Roeliff Jansen Historical Society’s Bash Bish Falls exhibit – Peter Cipkowski, President of the Society, will introduce the exhibit – “Natural landmarks, like historic landmarks, tell local stories,” said Cipkowski.  “Bash Bish has an alluring star-power that is fully part of the history of the Roe Jan community.  This beautiful exhibit conveys that story.” – The exhibit is curated by Greg Keffer and Darin Johnson, both residents of Copake Falls.  – On view on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 4 pm through September 4 – Information at www.roelifffjansenhs.org – Preview from 6 to 8 pm – Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum, 8 Miles Road, Copake Falls

Hudson Cruises Friday Evening Sunset Sightseeing – 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

The Ponytails perform Sweethearts of Rock ‘n’ Roll Oldies 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

Simi Stone – with Burnell Pines opening – “Woodstock pop-rock singer-songwriter Simi Stone plays violin, guitar and percussion, boasts a huge versatile voice, and commands the stage like a latter day Tina Turner.  She writes catchy pop tunes, dance numbers and compelling, introspective folk songs, all in her signature, upbeat Mountain Motown style, and her band is a veritable funk-rock supergroup…” – In a 2013 review of her show at Helsinki, local music critic Seth Rogovoy wrote “If there is any justice in the world, her upcoming album will propel Stone into national consciousness as a major new force on the pop-soul scene…”  — Visit simistonemusic.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Saturday, July 1-2

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 – Also playing on July 8 and 9 – Information and tickets at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292 – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Saturday, July 2

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Pete Wagula will be performing in the Music Tent – Eat, Sip and Smile will be in the Guest Tent with organic smoothies – 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

Exhibition Opening – White on White/Black on Black: New Photography by H. David Stein and Guest Artist Simeon Amstutz: Mixed Media Painting – Also exhibiting recent work by gallery artists – On view through July 31 – Information at www.510warrenstreetgallery.com or 822-0510 – 2 to 5 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Closing – Francine Hunter McGivern & The Frank Institute invite the public to a Closing Reception for Judy Pfaff’s Grasshopper, a sprawling, site-specific work, created for the vast spaces of CR10 –  Panel Discussion with Judy Pfaff, David Ebony, Jim Yohe, and Portia Munson – “Pfaff’s installation is both vital and challenging and requires a certain degree of audience participation.  Viewers are offered an intimate experience, and a discourse on provocative themes with far-reaching, perhaps even cosmic implication.”—David Ebony, Curator – Information at www.cr10.org – 4 to 6 pm – The Frank Institute @ CR10, 283 County Route 10, (between Routes 9G and 31), Linlithgo

Exhibition Opening – Chronicles of Human Presence and Dissolution by Jeffrey Neumann and Ian Creitz –  Neumann was “…dazzled by the whimsical architectural roadside attractions that emerged during the post World War II boom years in the form of motels, gas stations, diners and such.  Structures with unique forms pulsating with neon lights rippled across the southwest… leaving Neumann in his impressionable years with a profound sense of wonder and deep feeling…” – “For Creitz the passage of time in his photos expresses decay.  The changes manifest are caused not only by social influences in which objects outlive their usefulness but palpably by nature.  Thrusting itself upon architecture and objects, it insinuates itself with surprising force in textures and forms that rip apart the very fabric of what man has tried to construct…” – On view through July 27 – Information at www.northrivergallery.com or 392-7000 – 4 to 7 pm – North River Gallery, 34A Main street, Village of Chatham

Germantown Independence Day Celebration – Families throughout the Hudson Valley are invited to enjoy food, live music, and children’s activities including educational talks on “Birds of Prey” with live raptors, safety demonstration, bounce houses, clowns, magicians, and other performances.  Cap the evening off with fireworks – Information at 537-6687 – Gates open at 4 pm; fireworks at 9:30 pm – Palatine Park, 50 Palatine Park Road, Germantown

Eleventh Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert – Presented by PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, featuring award-winning violinist, fiddler, and composer Jeremy Kittel and his exceptional band. – The spirit of Bach is woven throughout this program of wide-ranging works.  Kittel explains his approach to Bach’s music: “Bach is, without a doubt, one of my personal top five favorite composers, so there may be somewhat of a natural, long-standing influence from Bach in my own compositions and arrangements.  At least I hope and strive for the kind of brilliant resourcefulness I hear in his music, and most importantly, the spiritual heights he so often attains…” – In addition to Bach pieces for solo instruments, and arrangements for the group, there will be lots of musical tangents, both inspired by the master and diverging into the many musical styles for which the band is known. Information and tickets at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – Tickets may also be ordered through 1-800-838-3006 – 7:30 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, Chatham

Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality – DJ Lunar Moss – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday-Sunday, July 2-3

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.

Sunday, July 3

Special Botanica Party – Record Co-op Swap/Sale – Food by Bonfiglio & Bread – DJs Ephraim Asili, Uncle Rudy, Lunar Moss, Patrick Higgins, Trumaster and Tall Ass Matt  – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 2 pm to 1 am  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Exhibition Opening, Book Signing, and New Shop Launch – Princeton Architectural Press launches its new retail and gallery space with an opening of works on paper by Melissa McGill, the artist behind Constellation, a large-scale sculptural project above the Bannerman Castle ruin on an island in the Hudson River in 2015 – Princeton Architectural Press is the publisher of McGill’s book Constellation, a collaboration with artists and writers who were touched by this public art project – The art work being displayed consists of works on paper by Melissa McGill and her collaborator Sam Anderson called Reverse Constellation Punctuation, wherein Anderson created typewritten notes in turn inspiring McGill to create drawings on the ipsides, and to punch out Anderson’s punctuation to create new constellations when illuminated from the other side.  Viewers will be able to see both Anderson’s writings and McGill’s artistic intervention. –The new stationery store being opened is called Paper + Goods Storefront — Information at 671-6100 or www.papress.com – 3 to 5 pm —  Paper + Goods Storefront, 204 Warren Street

Next Monday, July 4

Independence Day

A few Fourth of July celebrations:

Old-Fashioned Independence Day Festival at Clermont State Historic Site – Encounter the sounds, tastes and smells of the Colonial era with activities for every member of the family.

A very popular event, so you might want to arrive early in the day. The site will close its gates when parking is full.

  • 2 to 6 pm, the museum will be surrounded by hands-on experiences taken from daily life of the 18th Visitors will be able to sample all kinds of activities from grueling laundry to polite tea parties, drilling and firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War reenactors, as well as a chance to meet George Washington on his horse.  Free hayrides are available from 2:30 to 4:30 pm – The mansion will be open for free self-guided tours from 2 to 6 pm. – Free ice cream from Stewarts Shops – Children’s contests start at 5:15 pm
  • 7 to 10 pm, the grounds will be alive with the blues played by the Willie Amrod Band, until the evening is capped off with a beautiful view of the Saugerties fireworks over the Hudson River. Hot food will be available for sale.
  • Information at 537-4240 – Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue, off 9G, Germantown

People’s Parade – Join local citizens in recognizing our country’s independence on its birthday with this Kinderhook Village tradition.  Participants are encouraged to decorate and ride or push their cars, strollers, wagons, tractors, lawn mowers or bikes and to wear red, white and blue – Parade starts at Rothermal Park and proceeds down Rothermal Lane to Eichybush Road onto Broad Street to the Village Green – 11 am to 1 pm – Kinderhook Village

Also see Germantown Independence Day Celebration under Saturday, July 2 above

Next Tuesday, July 5

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


Shaker Museum /Mount Lebanon has opened its doors for the summer season at the North Family historic site. Guided tours depart from the Wash House every two hours beginning at 10:30 am. New this season is a walking tour at 12:30 pm to the North Family’s Cemetery & Community Memorial, which explores the lives of those buried there and the Shaker approach to the afterlife.   The site will also feature a new orientation gallery in the Wash House and a learning space for children in the Poultry House.  Wash: There is no dirt in heaven, this season’s exhibition, explores the day to day work of Shaker women and men as they carried out the domestic chore of weekly communal laundry and looks at the Shakers’ engineered waterpower systems, including dams, ponds, and aqueducts that ran the mechanical wash-mill, extractors, and elevators to lift clothes from the wash room to the drying attic. The exhibition also explores how the Shakers used their knowledge of laundry technology to create and manufacture a commercial washer, mangle, and laundry soap for sale to the public.  Information at www.shakerm1.org – Friday through Monday: 10 am to 4 pm, through October 10.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon, 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon

Olana State Historic Site introduces new Historic Landscape Tours – This is a fundamental expansion of the visitor experience and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the saving of Olana from the brink of destruction.  These new tours present Olana as an integrated work of art, architecture, conservation, agriculture, and landscape design and take the visitor to key locations in Olana’s landscape.  Guided landscape tours along Olana’s carriage roads are available via an open-air electrical vehicle or on foot – A self-guided version is available through a downloadable cell phone app – Landscape tours will continue through Sunday, November 6 – Information at www.olana.org – 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

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