Congolese Cultural Celebration

Join us on Saturday, March 11, from 2 to 4pm, for a special Congolese Cultural Celebration. Pamela Badila, the Badila family and Perfect Ten teens will present traditional music, songs, dances and folk life stories of the Congo.

A special dance from the First National Ballet of Congo will be performed by DIATA DIATA International Folkloric Theatre, the well-known Badila Family ensemble, based right here in Hudson. The ensemble will share history, imagery and contemporary music. There will be a brief percussion and dance workshop offered to guests during the day, which is open to families for discovery. The acoustic trio of Loumingou Night, Badila sisters, will perform songs especially selected for this tribute to their father’s homeland. A variety of foods from Congo and other African origins, made popular in the Congo will be available for sampling. Attendees are welcome to join in all activities throughout! Continue reading

Ghostly Gallop Now Includes Cycling

Photo credit: Karen Davis

Photo credit: Karen Davis

This year, our 16th annual Ghostly Gallop is expanding. Three cycling courses covering 10 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles have been added – along with an extra day. Cyclists can take their pick on Saturday, October 15 with routes selected to cover our beautiful surroundings. Perfect for Fall! The traditional Run, Walk and Kids 1-mile Fun Run are slated for Sunday, October 16. For details, to register or volunteer, go to www.ghostlygallop.info.

Do You Love Musicals?

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Making Musicals – A Concert with Conversation
Sunday, October 9, 6pm
Community Room, Hudson Area Library
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Composer/lyricist Neil Bartram (R) and director/writer Brian Hill (L) will be sharing stories of their myriad projects – including conceptual ideas and songs, during a performance at the Hudson Area Library on the Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend, October 9 at 6pm.

From their keyboards to opening nights, hear music peppered with stories from behind the Broadway curtains. For a separate admission, meet and mingle at a private dinner following the performance.
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Still Time to Sign Up for Free Teen Theatre Classes with Carol Rusoff!

This fall, teens ages 13+ are invited to join independent teaching artist, Carol Rusoff, for “From the Page to the Stage” a hands-on, engaging theatre program. The program will meet Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:45-5:45pm, Now through December 13, culminating in a free performance on December 13 for the entire community. Participants will explore literary works and will choose selections to adapt as performance pieces. The rehearsal process will stretch the participants’ abilities as they divide the tasks at hand among themselves and together produce works of theatrical art.

Photo by: Patrick Weishampel via Portland Center Stage Flickr album (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Photo by: Patrick Weishampel via Portland Center Stage Flickr album (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The program is free and open to all teens 13+. To register or for more information please call 518-828-1792 x101, email Brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the front desk for a registration form.

This program is made possible in part with the generous support of the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.

Local History Speaker Series: Dr. Thomas Mounkhall on the Hudson River in a World History Context

We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Thomas Mounkhall to the library on Thursday, September 8 at 6pm and Sunday, September 11 at 4pm for a two part multimedia presentation as part of the library’s Local History Speaker Series. Both presentations will highlight the Hudson River during two significant time periods.

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivered the inaugural presentation in the Local History Speakers Series.

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivered the inaugural presentation in the Local History Speakers Series.

The first program (September 8) will cover the Hudson Valley from 20,000 BCE through 1500 CE, including migration, macro-change, flora diffusion, contingency and polycentrism. Mounkhall will then discuss Western European voyages of exploration through the influence of the Erie Canal on New York City from 1500 to 1830 in his second presentation (September 11).

A question and answer session will follow each presentation, accompanied by light refreshments. Attendees are welcome to come to one or both presentations. The presentations will be held in the library’s Community Room with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dr. Mounkhall has a doctorate in Modern World History from St. John’s University and over thirty years experience teaching World History in secondary schools. He is a former Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz and has directed institutes in World History for high school teachers around the country. The Local History Speaker Series is a series of free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.

Hudson Theater Project Presents The Legend of the Giant Caterpillar

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Known for their insightful and lively productions, Hudson Theater Project returns under the inspired direction of Carol Rusoff with an original adaptation of The Legend of The Giant Caterpillar, a folk tale from the Ivory Coast of Africa. This mythical tale of woe and mishap has it all: Comedy! Vanquishing Heroes and Victory! Drama! Suspense! Join HTP for this free, family-friendly performance on Thursday, August 11 at 8pm in the library’s Community Room.

UPDATE: Two Additional Performances at the Library

The original plans for two shows at the Black Arts & Cultural Festival have been changed due to weather.

Two additional performances in the Community Room at the library:

Friday, August 12, 7pm

Sunday, August 14, 3pm

Devised in collaboration with community participants over the course of seven-weeks at the Hudson Opera House, this year’s HTP cast includes Shaquille Sinclair, Vincent Velasquez, Kulton McCall, Jayne Anderson, Hunter Thibeault, Ashley Price, Sylvia Shablovski, Conor Anderson, Michael Dolan, Peter Medici, Kylie Pecord, Aaron Stewart and Ava Delmar.

Governor Cuomo Makes Broadband Announcement from Library Community Room

We were pleased to host Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in the library’s Community Room Wednesday, August 3 for an announcement on the progress of the New NY Broadband Program. The goal of the program is to provide New Yorkers with access to internet download speeds of up to 100 Mbps in most areas, and 25 Mbps in the most remote parts of the state, by the end of 2018. Columbia County has been selected as one of the first 6 counties targeted for expansion. For more information, visit Governor Cuomo’s press page.

Governor Cuomo Announces Broadband Improvements in Hudson