Ellen’s Weekend Picks – Week of June 29 and beyond


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

Thursday, June 29

Hudson’s Prison History: 1887 to the Present –The Prison Public Memory Project and Davis Orton Gallery kick off the summer’s Thursday evening program series with this rich presentation by Peter Tenerowicz.  The presentation takes attendees through over a century of Hudson prison history, from the foundation of the House of Refuge for Women in 1887 to the Hudson Correctional Facility’s transformation into a juvenile facility today.  Building on an illustrated talk developed by Prison Public Memory Project staff and presented in 2016 at the Hudson Correctional Facility to staff and all inmates, Peter will bring his unique perspective as a former corrections officer to the history of Hudson’s past as a prison community, as well as his knowledge about the history of his wife’s family members who lived and worked at the Hudson prison from 1917 until the 1950’s when it was the NYS Training School for Girls – Free and open to the public – RSVP by email to [email protected] is appreciated –  Information at 518-567-4056 or by email to [email protected]  – Lecture from 6 pm to 7:30 p.m. – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Thursday – Sunday, June 29 – July 2

TSL Films – Time & Space Ltd. (TSL) is taking a week off.  There will be no movie screenings this week.  Movie screenings will resume on July 13.  Watch this space!

An updated version of Anything Goes, Cole Porter’s classic Broadway musical, runs through July 2 – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org –  Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Shaker Museum / Mount Lebanon opened its 2017 season on June 16.  Visitors may enjoy the grounds and visit the shop anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Fridays through Mondays through October 9.  Guided tours are available Friday through Monday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Access to the buildings, exhibitions, and installations is by guided tour only.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon stewards the historic site in New Lebanon, which is open from June to October, and offers tours, exhibitions and public programs.  The museum also has a campus in Old Chatham, open year round by appointment, where the administrative offices, collections, library, and archives are housed.  The museum’s collection of over 56,000 Shaker items is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world. – Information at https://shakerml.org/ Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon, Shaker Road, New Lebanon

Friday, June 30

HWM Friday Wine Tasting – Martin Scott Imports will help us toast in the weekend with great value whites and two levels of Broadbent Madeira, including the rich and wonderful 10-year Malmsey – Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or  828-6411 – 5 to 7 p.m. – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Friday – Saturday, June 30 – July 1

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

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

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre season begins with The Trials of Alice in Wonderland – In this new telling of the fanciful tale, Alice is on trial for daring to grow and change.  With the Cheshire Cat as a guide, she revisits Wonderland to gather evidence of her innocence.  The Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and caterpillar testify before the judge—The Queen of Hearts.   Tweedledee and Tweedledum are attorneys, if only they can decide which side they are on! The songs—“Off With Her Head,” “Always Time For Tea,” “Somewhere In A Dream,” and others add to the fun and help tell the story – 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through July 15 – Season subscriptions and group rates are available – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org – 10:30 a.m. – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Saturday, July 1

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Now in its 21st year of operation – New Vendors this year include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Bob Sheets will be at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society invites the public to visit the sailboat Eleanor to see the work that has been completed and the work that remains to be accomplished on the restoration of the 1903 sailboat. – Continental breakfast will be served – Information at 518-828-7884 – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Door 19, 99 South Third Street

Housing Narratives – Oral History Summer School in partnership with the Hudson Area Library presents Walis Jackson and Sarita Daftary-Steel in a program called Housing Narratives, a conversation about community development and housing.  Ms. Jackson will present The Red Line Archive, a mobile public art project that engages New York City residents in discussing race and the history of the 1938 City Line Map that helped create the segregated urban landscapes of the city.  This “cabinet of curiosities” is wheeled along city streets, inviting people to freely associate about personal artifacts and documents from the artist’s family history in gentrifying Brooklyn.  Ms. Daftary will present her oral history project on East New York, designed to capture the experiences of neighborhood residents who lived in East New York during the period when families of color (African American, West Indian, and Puerto Rican) moved in and white families moved out, and the resulting decline of services and quality of life that followed.  A discussion of housing-related issues in Hudson will follow.   The event is free and open to the public.  A light breakfast of bagels and beverages will be served – Information at 518-828-1792, x 101 – 10 am to 12 noon – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Fireworks! – Germantown Independence Day Celebration – Fun for families, kids, couples & friends – Live music, food, vendors, games, and activities for kids –– Pay at the gate, per person or per carload – Sponsored by the Town of Germantown – Information at 518-537-6687 or www.germantownny.org – Gate opens at 4 p.m. – Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. – Palatine Park, 50 Palatine Park Road, Germantown

“The Most Unbelievable Fireworks Show!!!” – Gates open at 5 p.m. – Information at 518-794-9606 – Lebanon Valley Speedway, 1746 US Route 20, West Lebanon

Exhibition Opening – Creative Growth – Hand Hooked Rugs from Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California – Creative Growth serves artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. It provides both a professional studio environment for artistic development, as well as a gallery for exhibition and representation.  The artwork fostered in this unique environment is included in prominent collections and museums worldwide. Creative Growth artists Judith Scott and Dan Miller were included in the 2017 Venice Biennale – Information by email to keacarpetsandkilims.com  or call 917-952-1654 – 5 to 8 pm – Kea Carpets and Kilims, 238 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – A Canon of Beauty – A group show featuring oil and watercolor painter Barry DeBaun, voted “Best Artist” in Hudson Valley magazine’s Best of the Hudson Valley 2016 Readers’ Poll, and is the recipient of many national and regional awards – His work can be seen in many museum collections – Gallery artists are also shown in the exhibition – On view through August 12 – Information at www.neumannfineart.com or call 413-246-5776 – 5:30 pm – Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water Street, Hillsdale

Fireworks for America’s Celebration on Hudson Cruises – Celebrate!  A night of fun on the majestic Hudson River—cruise, music, and drink specials – Must be over 21 – Information and reservations at 1-888-804-9716 – Or take a chance and pay as you board (only available if not sold out!) – Boarding starts at 8 p.m.; cruise from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Board at Hudson Cruises, 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 2

The Rogovoy Salon, a new music and literary series curated and hosted by Seth Rogovoy, presents  Breath and Hammer: Clarinet, Piano and Beyond ,with the Krakauer-Tagg Duo, featuring the innovative, experimental pianist Kathleen Tagg, a “sound explorer” from South Africa, and David Krakauer, known for his virtuoso solo clarinet work in classical and avant-garde music, klezmer, and  jazz – “…witness what promises to be another mind-bending concert with one of the world’s most exciting and innovative musical duos.” – Information and tickets at 518-828-4800 or heksinkihudson.com – 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Mistresses and  Palberta – Information at 828-1562 – 8 to 11 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Monday, July 3

Basilica Back Gallery:  The Bright Future Group Show – Works by David Aron, Simeon Amstutz, Elbert Perez, Becca Van K., Louise Smith, Martin Katzoff, and Jack Walls – “In these dark times the only refuge seems to be in art, for these are very dark times indeed.  The Bright Future Group Show is a group of younger and older artists brought together by Melissa Auf der Maur.  Yes,, the title of the show is somewhat sardonic.  The younger artists in the show all have studied art and are attending or have graduated from various art schools.  The older artists—David Aron and Jack Walls are longtime veterans of the Downtown New York art scene.  The coming together of this diverse and talented group of seven is a sign of hope not subscribing to any politics, but can be viewed as a political statement with a dash of irony. – This exhibition continues Basilica Hudson’s 2017 thematic Back Gallery artist in residency program,….” – Information at basilicahudson.org – BBQ Opening Party – (Bring your own dogs.) 4 pm ‘til sunset – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Wailing Souls, one of the original Kingston, Jamaica groups to popularize a then-new music called “reggae” in the mid-1960s, bring their trademark vocal harmonies and dancehall rhythms to  a special holiday weekend dance party – Winston “Pipe” Matthews and Lloyd “Bread” McDonald met in a vocal workshop in Kingston in 1964.  Classmates included aspiring singers who would go on to form a group called the Wailers, which became Bob Marley’s group.  Matthews and McDonald formed the Wailing Souls, and they’ve never stopped singing since.  These reggae and rocksteady legends have been thrice-nominated for Grammy Awards and are the living connection back to the trenchtown origins of reggae music – Information and tickets at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm  – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Tuesday, July 4

The People’s Parade – Make your own float, decorate your car, stroller, wagon, garden tractor, lawn mower, or bike.  Decorate anything  you can push or ride with good old American pride!  Wear your red, white and blue and bring your patriotic spirit. Not up to marching? Join the crowds who bring chairs and watch the parade from the sidelines.  Parade route is from Rothermel Park, down Rothermel Lane to Eichybush Road, and then on to Broad Street (US 9) to the Village Green – Parade starts at 11 am – Kinderhook Village, Kinderhook

An Old Fashioned Independence Day – Eighteenth-century crafts, re-enactors, music and entertainment.  A great day for young families.  Later, enjoy live music and delicious hot food until a view of the Saugerties Fireworks over the Hudson River – Information at www.friendsofclermont.org or call 518-537-4240 – Buy tickets in advance to insure entry – 2 to 10 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown (off Route 9G)


*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – 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 – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, 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 through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – 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.

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