Columbia County Photography Club Exhibition

Christmas Sunset by Karen Stodolski

Columbia County Photo Club announces its holiday photo exhibit at the Hudson Area Library. The theme is winter and winter holidays. A reception with refreshments will be held on December 5, 6 – 8pm in the community room of the library. All photos will be for sale and the library will receive a percentage of each sale. This is a good opportunity to do some holiday shopping and benefit the library at the same time. The show will be open between November 15 and January 2 during library opening hours.

For the seventh year in a row, the Friends of the Hudson Area Library are hosting this yearly exhibition of the Photo Club. The Friends support library collections and programming. Karen Davis of Davis Orton Gallery has assisted in developing the show for the last seven years.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

The Columbia County Photo Club is composed of a group of Columbia County photographers interested in improving their skills. The CCPC is open to all, professional or hobbyists, using any type of camera. The group meets every second and fourth Tuesdays 6 – 8pm in the Hudson Area Library community room. New members are welcome and all that is needed to join is to come to a meeting in the library.


Ghostly Gallop Photos and Results!

The 17th Ghostly Gallop 5K is in the record books. Congratulations to over 300 runners and walkers that turned out to support our library! See official USATF results here:

Thank you to all the runners, walkers, cheering squads and volunteers for helping make the GG5K such a wonderful community event!

Thank you to Photography by K Keeler for photographing the event! Check out the slideshow below.

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Thank you to all our sponsors!

Our Top Sponsors
Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci
Ronsani Brothers Paving

Our Valued Sponsors
Albany Medical Center, Claverack Cooperative Insurance Co., Columbia Memorial Health, Greenberg & Greenberg, Ginsberg’s, Kristal Heinz, Michael C. Howard, Esq., Hudson Financial, LLC, Matthew Signs, James Kleinbaum, Toni Koweek, Lisa Dolan, Pilates Hudson, Stewart’s Shops, TK Home and Garden, The Spotty Dog, Steiner’s Sports, Sweet Tree Service, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, Whitbeck Benedict and Smith


Join Kim Bach for the Ghostly Gallop 5K

Time for some inspiration! The organizing committee of Hudson Area Library’s Ghostly Gallop 5K will be presenting Verdigris’ Kim Bach with Bib #3 and honor her with the position of “lead walker” at this Sunday’s Ghostly Gallop.

Many of you may recognize Kim’s smile from seeing her at one of her two Verdigris shops in Catskill and Hudson. But, you may not know that she has just returned from a trek halfway across Spain ON FOOT! Continue reading


Costume Competition at the 2017 Ghostly Gallop

In a bow to the Halloween season and the name of the event, the 2017 Ghostly Gallop will include a costume competition with prizes to be awarded in both children’s and adults categories. All entrants must compete wearing their costumes during the 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run.

One prize will be awarded to the adult wearing the most creative outfit. That prize includes a $100 gift certificate from Pilates Hudson and a $25 gift certificate from American Glory. For children, trophies will be awarded for costumes in several categories: Most Creative, Most Patriotic, Best Action Hero, Best Ghost/Goblin or Scariest, and Best Character from a Book. Teams are invited to wear outfits during the race, however no team costume prizes will be awarded. Continue reading


Only one month to register!

Hey you runners and walkers… There is only one month left to register for the 2017 Ghostly Gallop. Support the Hudson Area Library by coming out for the Run/Walk and 1-mile Kid’s Fun Run on October 22.

There will be cash prizes for the top three finishers in both the Men’s and Women’s categories as well as a Costume Competition.

Register now at


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 For daily tips to prepare for the run, go to

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


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   Continue reading


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 to register now and save $5!