A Thousand Splendid Suns: Opera at the Library!

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Saturday, November 18, at 1pm and 4pm the library, in collaboration with American Opera Projects First Chance, will present a workshop performance of Act II of the new opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns, by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos, based on the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini .

A Thousand Splendid Suns is scheduled for a World Premiere by the Seattle Opera in 2020.

Set in Afghanistan from the mid-1970’s to the present era, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two women from different walks of life; one older, one younger; forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Cold to one another at first, they form a bond that enables them to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a universal story of love, passion, sacrifice and spiritual transcendence.

Admission is free but seating is limited, to reserve your seat now CLICK HERE.

There will be three additional special programs leading up to the Act II performance: Continue reading

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GG5K Profile: Elaine Koss, walker

Photo credit: Nuria Mendoza.

Meet Elaine, our GG5K Profile of the Day! Elaine Koss, a walker in the Ghostly Gallop 5K since 2015, was the “most senior” female competitor (so far). Each year she tries to match her time from the year before. A part-timer in Stockport, Elaine and her husband, Don, walk daily. Learn more about Elaine below!

To register for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, the GG Walk or GG Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run, go to www.GhostlyGallop.info. For daily tips to prepare for the run, go to www.Facebook.com/GG5K2017.

When did you start walking as a sport? I’ve always loved walking. I used to work at the Frick Collection on the East side of Manhattan. I live on the West side and every day I would walk to and from work. When I retired, at 70, I thought the one thing I would miss was my commute. So now, I am more conscious of walking – whether in the City or the country. Continue reading

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Exhibition on the East Gate and West Gate Toll Houses now at Hudson Area Library

Emily Chameides, Hudson Area Library Director, and a young patron view our new exhibit, “All Roads to the River”.

The Library’s History Room in collaboration with Roeliff Jansen Historical Society is featuring an exhibition and video installation of “All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses” at the Library. Residents of Hudson and Greenport now have the opportunity to see the summer exhibition that was launched at Roeliff Jansen’s Copake Falls location.

The exhibit in the Community Room of the Library includes large colorful panels that explore the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its impact on the history of Columbia County. A separate video installation consists of a presentation given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, on the topic. It is viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located. Continue reading

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A Ghostly Gallop 5K Team Challenge

When the first leaves drop from the trees, it’s time to begin training for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, our annual fall fundraiser. This will mark the 17th year of running (and walking) in this community-wide event.

Kylah Campeta, owner of LYF Fitness at 209 Warren Street, is assembling Team Lyf, a team of co-workers, friends and clients, to compete in this year’s Ghostly Gallop. And that’s not all. She’s also issuing a challenge. “I want to reach out to other businesses to create teams, too,” she says. “Maybe they can recruit staff members or relatives to represent their organizations,” she explains. “It’s not just about the race – even though that part is great, it’s also getting a group together to support the Library. The bigger the group, the more fun and the more our Library benefits.” The LYF Team will include about 15 members.

To register a team for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, the GG Walk, or the GG Kids’ 1-mile Fun run, go to www.GhostlyGallop.info.   Continue reading

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Ghostly Gallop 5K: Early-bird pricing ends Friday!

Beginning Friday, the price to register for the Ghostly Gallop 5K Run/Walk increases from $20 to $25. The GG5K is a FUNdraiser for the Hudson Area Library and a great community event.

The 17th annual Ghostly Gallop will be held at Hudson High School on Sunday, October 22. The Kids 1-Mile Fun Run sets off at 11am sharp followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 11:30am. The 5K course has been certified by the USA Track & Field and its entire length will be closed to traffic for the duration of the race. This year we have added a runner’s costume competition and cash prizes for top adult runners, the fastest team (up to 5 members), best costume and largest family entering in the combined events.

Go to www.GhostlyGallop.info to register now and save $5!

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Learn About A Thousand Splendid Suns – a brand new opera!

Tune in to The Morning Show on WGXC Radio – 90.7FM this Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 9:15am. Mat Tombers of WGXC will be interviewing composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos. These two power houses have created a new opera based on the award winning novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini that will be premiered in full by Seattle Opera in 2020. We’re presenting the workshop performance of Act II on Saturday, November 18 at the library. The event is free and will include a cast and supporting musicians. This is the finale of several events already planned to discuss this seminal novel.  Continue reading

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

The name "Cedar Park Cemetery" spans the arch of the entry gate to a cemetery. Large trees occupy the middle ground, and tombstones the background.The library and Greenport Historical Society are collaborating on a special tour of Cedar Park Cemetery, Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour Sunday, October 1 at 2pm. Last year Kelley Drahushuk’s talk Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts was extremely popular, both at the library and the historical society; Kelley will be returning this year to act as our guide.

Participation is free and open to the public but registration is required. The tour will be limited to 30 participants so register as soon as possible by emailing brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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GG5K Profile: Jack Connor – runner

Meet Jack, our GG5K Profile of the Day! A Hudson native, John (Jack) Connor is a judge in the Hudson City Court system. A runner since High School, he was the overall winner of Ghostly Gallop in 2009. Learn more about Jack below!

To register for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, the GG Walk or GG Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run, go to www.GhostlyGallop.info. For daily tips to prepare for the run, go to www.Facebook.com/GG5K2017.

What made you start running?  When I was 13, I ran track in High School. I wasn’t very good. In fact, I came in last in every race except two my first year. I got progressively better in subsequent years.  It’s all about practice. Continue reading

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