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


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.


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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English Songs by French Composers, a salon concert to benefit the Hudson Area Library

We are pleased to invite you to a salon concert, English Songs by French Composers to benefit the library, on Saturday, May 20 at 5pm at a private home in Hudson, NY.

English Songs by French Composers will feature a selection of songs by Saint-Saens, Gounod, Milhaud, Ravel, Poulenc, Roussel and Lee, set to the poetry of Longfellow, Joyce, Tennyson, Shakespeare, and others. The performers are Tyler Duncan, baritone, and Erika Switzer, pianist.

We are honored to offer this program, which is a preview of a recording that Duncan and Switzer will be making in Passavant, France in June of this year.

Only 4 tickets left! Tickets are $40 each and can be reserved by calling 518-828-1792. Location of benefit concert will be given upon reservation. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Olde Hudson will be provided following the performance when attendees will have an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Save the Date! Saturday, August 5, 2017

Booked for the Evening

Our Third Annual Summer Celebration

Saturday, August 5 at 6pm

Be sure you are Booked for the Evening, Hudson Area Library’s Third Annual Summer Celebration.

Eat, mingle, drink, dance, shop and contribute! This year’s event will be held in a beautifully restored barn setting just minutes from Hudson.

More details to come!


A NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY: Dine, drink, meet friends old and new! Support the library!

Tessy Keller and Jay Neuschatz invite you to join them for “A NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY.”

Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and friends old and new. The Hudson Area Library is a vital part of the dynamic Hudson community and this private dinner and tour will help support our many exciting programs for young and old alike.

Saturday, March 25
Starting with drinks and tour at 6:30pm
at the Hudson Area Library
51 N. 5th St., Hudson, NY 12534

Limited to 16 Library Lovers!
$75 (tax deductible) per person

To attend, RSVP to

Tax deductible donations welcome from those who are unable to attend!

Please make checks payable to HUDSON AREA LIBRARY


Volunteer Fair at the Library Saturday, February 25, 4 – 6pm

February is Library Lovers’ Month and we’re holding a volunteer fair on February 25 from 4 to 6pm for all library lovers! We rely on our talented and committed volunteers to ensure we can continue to provide the services and programs that the community benefits from, and to raise much needed funds. If you can spare a few hours per year, per month or per week, the library has a role for you! Volunteering is a great way to meet other people, contribute to the community, and to give input on the services and programs offered.

The volunteer fair will also be an opportunity to learn about the library’s resources, programs and events planned for 2017 and how you can get involved. Attendees can learn about volunteering for fundraising events, the library’s History Room, various programs and classes, and helping out at the circulation desk. Find out more about volunteering opportunities available, and mingle with members of the Board and staff. Refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room and the main floor of the library, which are both wheelchair accessible.


Columbia County Photo Club Exhibition Opening & Reception

A photo of a large green field, with a rainbow in the sky.An opening reception for a new photographic exhibition by members of the Columbia County Photo Club entitled “Farming in Columbia County” will be held October 6, 6:30 – 8pm at the library. There will be landscapes, architecture, portraits, and still lifes all centered around farming in Columbia County. The exhibition, sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library in partnership with the Columbia County Photo Club, may be viewed until November 19 in the Community Room of the library.

All photographs will be for purchase and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. For further information contact: J. Pierre Gontier for Columbia County Photo Club at or call the library at 518-828-1792 x101.


MAKING MUSICALS: A Concert with Conversation

You know you’ve arrived when your autograph is sold on E-Bay!

Columbus Day Weekend
Sunday, October 9 at 6pm at the Library
Tickets are $35.00 each


Composer Neil Bartram and writer Brian Hill joined “scribbles” with the co-stars of their Drama Desk nominated Broadway musical, The Story of My Life.

An idea can come out of the blue – from a line in a book, a comment from a child or a newspaper article. “As long as there is some tug emotionally,” says Broadway show writer Brian Hill, “the kernel of the idea stays with me.” And then, after consulting with his partner, Neil Bartram (coincidentally, a composer and lyricist), Hill starts outlining a story.

“Amazingly,” he says, “often when we’ve completely fleshed out a show, have the performers cast, the costumes, the set, – after everything is done, I’ll go back to that outline and find we’ve used it almost exactly as originally written. There has been very little fiddling with the concept.”

But that doesn’t mean there weren’t hundreds of edits to dialogue. And hundreds of re-workings of songs – composed by Bartram, of course.

And that’s what will drive our show, Making Musicals – A Concert with Conversation.

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