GG5K Profile – Brady Eschberger – 7-year-old runner

Meet Brady, our GG5K Profile of the Day! Although Brady has only been running since he was 5, he has amassed “lots” of medals – including two from earlier Ghostly Gallops. Samantha Riegel, his marathon running Mom, better improve her times. This kid is Olympic material! Learn more about Brady below!

To register for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, the GG Walk, or GG Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run, scheduled for Sunday, October 22,  go to www.GhostlyGallop.info. For daily tips to prepare for running or walking, go to www.Facebook.com/GG5K2017.

What made you start running? My Mom asked me if I wanted to run my first race.  It was the Ghostly Gallop – two years ago.  I never ran in a race before and I wanted to see what it was like. For me, the best part was that I tried my best. Continue reading

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Hannaford Helps Bags in Support of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library


The Friends of the Hudson Area Library has been chosen by the Hannaford store on Route 82 in Livingston as the latest beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag program! This means every time you purchase a blue reusable bag with the good karma message at the Livingston Hannaford store during the month of September, the Friends will receive $1 to help fulfill their mission.

The bags can be found at the reusable bag rack and various registers (make sure to get the blue bags with the good karma message). By purchasing these reusable bags, you’ll not only be supporting the Friends, but also helping to eliminate waste by skipping the paper/plastic bag options at checkout.

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Save the Date! – Sunday, October 22

The 17th annual Ghostly Gallop 5K Walk/Run and Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run to benefit our library will be held at Hudson High School on Sunday, Oct. 22.

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. Other improvements include a runners’ costume competition and cash prizes for top adult runners, the fastest team, best costume and largest family entering in the combined events.

We want to make it fun for children, families and teams. It’s a great community event for Hudson and an important fundraiser for our Library. Visit the Ghostly Gallop website for more information and to register and check our GG5K Facebook page daily for tips on training, health and “all things race!”

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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.
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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 will be supplied by Ca’Mea Restaurant 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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