Bridal Expo, Featuring 80 Wedding Gowns, to Benefit Hudson’s Library & Hospital!

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The Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Health announce a joint fundraising event built on the growing interest in Columbia County, and specifically Hudson, as exceptional wedding destinations. The BRIDAL EXPO will be Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10am to 4pm at Helsinki Hudson (405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY) to benefit the Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Health.

This expo will feature 80 magnificent designer wedding gowns, many valued at more than $2,500, with each dress now priced at an affordable $300. The Expo is free to the public and complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day. All proceeds from this one-day BRIDAL EXPO will benefit The Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Health, while drawing attention to the talented wedding services available in the area.

Lisa Dolan, one of the organizers, said, “…So many different dress styles – at the amazing price of only $300 each! AND this is a wonderful opportunity to help 2 important local organizations…all while saving money”. A sponsor shared, “Wow! 80 dresses in one place, plus the best wedding vendors – it’ll be a lot of fun. It’s definitely worth stopping in to buy a dress for yourself, a friend, or buy and even donate it.”

The BRIDAL EXPO, which is being held upstairs at Club Helsinki, will feature the most outstanding wedding service providers in the Columbia County destination-driven wedding industry. In addition to the wedding gowns; DJs, caterers, regional make-up and hair stylists, florists, lodging options, and other types of wedding vendors will be available to consult with you about your wedding. Café Le Perche is providing a light breakfast; and wedding-style refreshments, including Rose, Prosecco and appetizers, will be available later in the day courtesy of Club Helsinki, the venue host and primary sponsor.

Partial List of Sponsors and Vendors
Bridal Alterations by Leah Weinman, Club Helsinki, Elite Wedding Planning, floral arrangements and bouquets by Flower Blossom Farm and Flowerkraut, make-up by Face Stockholm, hairstyling by SaLune, Taste Box Caterers, Turnquist Photography, Lodging by William Farmer & Sons.

Special thanks to Judith Finley who donated the dresses, and helped bring this event to Hudson. We also appreciate the valuable support of the following companies and individuals for their generously provided talent, time and services: Robert Bangiola, Christine Boeke, Club Helsinki, DeMarchin, Lisa Dolan, Lisa Durfee, Face Stockholm, Hudson Lodge, SaLune, TK Home & Garden, Bridget Smith, Turnquist Photography and Sherry Jo Williams.

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Operation Unite! Costume & Wearable Art Workshop

We are pleased to host Operation Unite’s Costume & Wearable Art Workshop in the Library’s Community Room on May 26 from 4:30 to 6pm. Participants will create beautiful wearable items from recycled plastic bags to serve as costumes for Saturday May 27th performance with Artichoke Dance Company at Art Omi’s summer opening.

Please bring plastic bags to workshop.  

Operation Unite and Art Omi collaborated with NYS DanceForce to bring Artichoke Dance Company to Columbia County for free community art and movement workshops, culminating in a public dance performance at Art Omi’s summer opening.

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Drag Queen Story Hour

In collaboration with Out Hudson, we are proud to present the first installment of Drag Queen Story Hour on Saturday, June 10 from 11am-12pm.

Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like – drag queens reading stories to children. This is a family-friendly and inclusive event with Ella Ghent, a local drag performer. There will be stories, activities, snacks and fabulousness! Capturing the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

Ella Ghent will be reading stories, accompanied on a ukulele, that celebrate diversity, self expression and creativity. There will be also be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven. All kids and families are welcome. This program is free and open to the public.
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All Things Apple with James Pendegrast

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We are proud to present All Things Apple, a new class about using Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches; which will begin in June. This class is a four-week series on Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, and July 10, 6 – 7pm.

The class will be taught by James Pendergrast, a former Apple employee who was a certified trainer in the Soho Apple store for 11 years. In his former job, Mr. Pendergrast helped users successfully navigate and get the best out of their Apple computers and devices. He was also the editorial cartoonist for Rolling Stone magazine for over twenty years,  had drawings in Tennis Magazine, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has published two books of his drawings. Continue reading

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Klezmer & Jazz Cabaret Benefit


Join us for a benefit cabaret, Klezmer and Jazz, on Saturday, June 10 from 6-8pm. The sounds of klezmer and jazz resounding in the magnificent main room of the Hudson Area Library will debut the library’s Music in the Stacks programming, a series being developed with Arts Chair Gwen Gould. The program will be performed by the musical group Two Worlds: Paul Green, clarinet; Ben Kohn, keyboard; and Richard Syracuse, string bass.

Tickets are $40 each and can be reserved via the button below or by calling 518-828-1792 x101. Wine and appetizers supplied by Ca’Mea will be provided following the performance and attendees will have an opportunity to meet the artists.


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Exhibit: The Artistry of Lucy Swope

We are pleased to present The Artistry of Lucy Swope, a career retrospective on the work of local poet, artist, and bookmaker Lucy Swope. Lucy Swope has been an artist all her life and this retrospective will feature her work from 1960 to the present. On exhibit will be relief sculptures, pen and ink drawings, etchings, as well as woodcuts and the reduction prints and storyboards of linoleum cuts done for her many books.

The Opening Reception will be Saturday May 13 from 3-5 pm and will feature readings from Lucy’s books. The Artistry of Lucy Swope will be on display in the library’s Community Room through July. Lucy’s woodcut prints and her books will be for sale during the exhibition with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the library.
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Tiny Book Exhibit & Miniature Book-Making Workshop

We are partnering again this spring with Drop, Forge & Tool and The Creativity Caravan for miniature book-making events in anticipation of a Hudson-wide exhibit of tiny books.

Bookmaking workshops will take place Tuesday, April 25 in the Community Room at the Hudson Area Library. A workshop for seniors and other library patrons will run from 1-3pm; a program with members of Perfect Ten teen group and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood children will take place from 4-6pm. Both sessions at the library are free to attend and open to the general public.

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