19th Annual Ghostly Gallop

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Program Description: The Ghostly Gallop 5K Race is an annual highlight of the Hudson Valley and Capital Region fall running season, held at Hudson Jr./Sr. High School. Proceeds from the event benefit the library. The 19th annual Ghostly Gallop also includes a free one-mile run for runners ages 11 and under.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 20. The Kids Fun Run starts at 10am and the 5K run/walk starts at 10:30am.

Registration: To register and view the many opportunities to help the race and support the library, visit the race website at www.ghostlygallop.info. Students age 18 and under run the 5k race for free. Continue reading

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Universal Class – lifelong learning courses online!

Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses online in over 30 subject areas. More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. You can take multiple classes and learn at your own pace. Many of the courses offer continuing education units authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

From technical courses on computer software to digital photography to babysitting 101, a huge range of topics is available. Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care, plus hundreds more. Click here to register and start exploring!

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Nonfiction Book Group Discusses Diamond Street

Program Description: The Nonfiction Book Group is venturing into Hudson’s history with Diamond Street: The Story of the Little Town With the Big Red Light District by Bruce Edward Hall. Book group facilitator Mark Orton states, “[This book] sheds new light on how Hudson has been dependent for a very long time on “weekenders” to support a significant portion of the local economy. the difference is that the current economy is not dependent on men’s interests in gambling, drinking and sex.”

Date/Time: Monday, November 4, 6-7:30pm

Registration: This book group is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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Final Concert in our 2019 Music in the Stacks Series

Program Description: Patrick Higgins, a Hudson based experimental music composer, concludes our 2019 Music in the Stacks series of free Sunday afternoon concerts hosted by Hudson area youth organizations. The concert is hosted by Operation Unite NY. A reception follows with a chance for audience members to share their reactions and to interact with the musicians, youth emcees and each other.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 17, 4-5:30pm

Audience: All ages. Audience members receive cultural passports, which are stamped at each concert. Each stamp entitles the passport holder one ticket in a raffle for a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts. Continue reading

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Second Hudson History Bus Tour by Popular Demand!

Program Description: Our bus tour of the historic buildings, people, scandals, and moments in Hudson’s history is having a fall edition! This is not a repeat of the first tour and will include more anecdotal information and specific stories from history. The bus for this tour is smaller with comfier seats and has windows that allow for  better viewing. It is a fundraiser in support of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. Ticket purchases will support the preservation, archiving and digitizing of items in the library’s special collections pertaining to the histories of the City of Hudson, and towns of Greenport and Stockport. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 10, 1-4pm

Registration/Tickets: Tickets are $60 and seating is limited Continue reading

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Fall Watercolor w/ your Grand Person Workshops

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library continue these popular art classes with local artist Gretchen Kelly. September features seasonal handpicked local botanicals in bud vases and bouquet arrangements, back to school still lifes with books, and picture references of animals. October’s themes include seasonal handpicked fall botanicals in arrangements with pumpkins and gourds, bats, ravens, skeletons, skulls, bugs and creepy creatures for Halloween. All materials will be provided.

Date/Time: Saturdays, September 21 & October 19, 2-4pm

Audience/Registration: All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by a grandparent, parent, teen or other adult. Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library.  Continue reading

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Dancing at the Armory!

Photo by JD Urban

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library present Ballroom Dance with Andrew Resto and Winter Swing at the Armory. Dances studied in the class include waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, cha-cha, hustle, rumba, and merengue. The series ends with a live music dance party open to the public with the Fabulous Versatones.

Date/Time: Ballroom Dance: Fridays, 5:30-7pm, November 15, 22, December 6 & 13

Winter Swing Dance at the Armory: Saturday, December 14, 7-10pm

Audience: Attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome. The classes are free and open to the public. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please visit the main desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Continue reading

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Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour with Kelley Drahushuk

A scene from a Tales from Hudson’s Crypt tour w/ Kelley Drahushuk

Program Description: Our annual Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour with Kelley Drahushuk, which highlights the graves of figures from Hudson’s history is coming soon! The tour is very popular and is limited to 30 participants so register now if you are interested.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 27, 12-1:30pm.

Location: Cedar Park Cemetery. Meet in the parking lot of the main house.

Audience/Registration: This tour is open to all. Registration is required. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the main desk of the library. A donation of $10 is suggested by not required. Continue reading

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