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Posted: October 1, 2019
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Program Description: The Nonfiction Book Group is venturing into Hudson’s history with Diamond Street: The Story of the Little Town With the Big Red Light District by Bruce Edward Hall. Book group facilitator Mark Orton states, “[This book] sheds new light on how Hudson has been dependent for a very long time on “weekenders” to support a significant portion of the local economy. the difference is that the current economy is not dependent on men’s interests in gambling, drinking and sex.”

Date/Time: Monday, November 4, 6-7:30pm

Registration: This book group is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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Posted: September 13, 2019
Adults, Children, Fundraising, Programs, Young Adults

Program Description: The Ghostly Gallop 5K Race is an annual highlight of the Hudson Valley and Capital Region fall running season, held at Hudson Jr./Sr. High School. Proceeds from the event benefit the library. The 19th annual Ghostly Gallop also includes a free one-mile run for runners ages 11 and under.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 20. The Kids Fun Run starts at 10am and the 5K run/walk starts at 10:30am.

Registration: To register and view the many opportunities to help the race and support the library, visit the race website at www.ghostlygallop.info. Students age 18 and under run the 5k race for free.

Registration for the 5K and Kids One Mile Fun Run is open. Each participant in the Kids One Mile Fun Run will receive a free book. The book giveaway is sponsored by Furniture Plus and made possible by the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. Ronsani Brothers Paving is the lead sponsor of this year’s Ghostly Gallop. Runners in the 5K will follow a USA Track and Field-sanctioned out-and-back course. The race is looking for sponsors and volunteers. Visit ghostlygallop.info for more information and to register!

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Posted: September 11, 2019
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Program Description: Patrick Higgins, a Hudson based experimental music composer, concludes our 2019 Music in the Stacks series of free Sunday afternoon concerts hosted by Hudson area youth organizations. The concert is hosted by Operation Unite NY. A reception follows with a chance for audience members to share their reactions and to interact with the musicians, youth emcees and each other.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 17, 4-5:30pm

Audience: All ages. Audience members receive cultural passports, which are stamped at each concert. Each stamp entitles the passport holder one ticket in a raffle for a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Higgins has been described by The New Yorker magazine as one of the “prime movers of the local avant-garde”, and an “exacting avant-classical guitarist” by Time Out NY. He has composed works for the country’s leading ensembles, including orchestral works, percussion cycles, and string quartets. He has scored music for television, museum exhibition and feature-length and short films. Higgins plays and composes in ZS, which the New York Times called “one of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York.” His music has been performed in over 20 countries and at some of the world’s leading music festivals.

These concerts reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures – giving the community new musical experiences and opportunities for cultural exchange. The concerts are held on the main floor of the library in the historic Hudson Armory, which is a large open space with unique acoustics. Each concert is hosted by youth from a Hudson area organization, who introduces the musicians and facilitates a conversation about their music, instruments, or cultural tradition.

Emily Chameides, Hudson Area Library Director, states, “This first concert in our 2019 Music in the Stacks series represents the excellence, uniqueness and accessibility of music that we wish to bring to our community. We invite all to join us for this cultural, educational and social concert.”

2019 Music in the Stacks concerts have included Moyna, a Bangla band headlined by Palbasha Siddique, curated by the Bangladeshi American Society of Hudson and hosted by Hudson Muslim Youth; Harmony Project Hudson, a student and instructor concert, hosted by members of the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council; NorthWinds, a Bassoon Ensemble, hosted by student members of the Hudson City School District’s Tri-M Music Honor Society; and Miho Hatori, curated and promoted by Basilica Hudson who waived their curatorial and publicity fees and hosted by teens from Kite’s Nest Space 2.0.

For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: September 11, 2019
Adults, Fundraising, History Room, News, Programs

Program Description: Our bus tour of the historic buildings, people, scandals, and moments in Hudson’s history is having a fall edition! This is not a repeat of the first tour and will include more anecdotal information and specific stories from history. The bus for this tour is smaller with comfier seats and has windows that allow for  better viewing. It is a fundraiser in support of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. Ticket purchases will support the preservation, archiving and digitizing of items in the library’s special collections pertaining to the histories of the City of Hudson, and towns of Greenport and Stockport. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 10, 1-4pm

Registration/Tickets: Tickets are $60 and seating is limited

The tour begins and ends at Hudson Brewing Company at 99 South 3rd St. in Hudson and members of the tour will receive a free drink ticket as part of the tour cost. The bus will leave at 1pm and travel through the streets of Hudson. Tickets are $60, in honor of the library’s 60th birthday. Seating is limited. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

Leading the tour is inimitable library History Room researcher John Craig (a Hudson fixture and according to the Gossips of Rivertown: “a tenacious researcher”). He will be accompanied by former Hudson Mayor Richard F. Tracy, who will also drive the tour bus. These two gentlemen will regale tour-goers with the real history of Hudson, the oldest city in the United States.

Established by whalers and merchants from Nantucket and New Bedford, Hudson has had many incarnations: as a safe harbor for maritime commerce, an industrial city with foundries, mills, cement plants, and factories; and then as a city valuing its history and historic architecture attracting retailers, writers, and other artists to the city. Hudson today is a city of many communities with economic, cultural, and racial diversity, that are debating through democratic means how the city should be defined, how it can best take care of its residents, and how it can thrive in its next iteration today and in the future.

Brenda Shufelt, the library’s program director said, “From my experience at the Hudson Area Library, especially in planning our History Room talks and exhibitions, locals, new residents, and visitors love the history of Hudson. It seems everyone who has a connection to Hudson values its amazing, colorful, and rich history. All are welcome on this tour, which will prove to be informative and entertaining!”

The Hudson Area Library History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport, and Stockport; as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room also hosts the Local History Speaker Series at the library, offering free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.

The History Room hours are Tuesdays 4 – 6pm and Saturdays 10am – 12pm, during which people can visit and browse the extensive collection of city directories, yearbooks and local history books; and research items in the archival collection. The public can also request information on local history that volunteers will research. Appointments outside of regular hours are available upon request. For more information email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x100, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: September 10, 2019
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Program Description: 

The History of Hudson’s Merchants & Whalers by Carl Whitbeck, part of the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker series and being done in collaboration with Hudson Hall as part of their Hudson’s Merchants & Whalers series, will cover the commerce of Hudson from the time of its inception as a city in 1785 to the early 1960’s and through to the present. Mr. Whitbeck, a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area, will be displaying and discussing items from his own extensive local history collection.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 17, 6-7:30pm

Audience/Registration: UPDATE: This event is currently filled. A wait list will be formed the evening of the event in case of any openings. Reservations are encouraged. For more information and to reserve a seat visit: Hudson Hall Merchants & Whalers Please note: As this is a free event, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the talk to ensure your seat. 

Established by whalers and merchants from Nantucket, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island, Hudson has had many incarnations: as a safe harbor for maritime commerce, an industrial city with foundries, mills, cement plants, and factories; and then as a city valuing its history and historic architecture attracting retailers, writers, and other artists to the city. Hudson today is a city of many communities with economic, cultural, and racial diversity, that are debating through democratic means how the city should be defined, how it can best take care of its residents, and how it can thrive in its next iteration today and in the future.

Mr. Whitbeck is a partner at Whitbeck, Benedict and Smith in Hudson, where his work covers a variety of areas: municipal and public authorities law, real estate and land use, environmental law, employment law, and commercial law and economic development, among others. He is the Athens town attorney and has served as corporation counsel for Hudson. His civic involvement includes serving on a number of community boards in the area. A Hudson native, Mr. Whitbeck received his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

Photo Credit: Postcard image from the Hudson Area Library’s Hudson City Postcard Collection.

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Posted: September 10, 2019
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library continue these popular art classes with local artist Gretchen Kelly. September features seasonal handpicked local botanicals in bud vases and bouquet arrangements, back to school still lifes with books, and picture references of animals. October’s themes include seasonal handpicked fall botanicals in arrangements with pumpkins and gourds, bats, ravens, skeletons, skulls, bugs and creepy creatures for Halloween. All materials will be provided.

Date/Time: Saturdays, September 21 & October 19, 2-4pm

Audience/Registration: All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by a grandparent, parent, teen or other adult. Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library. In these workshops beginners and intermediate painters paint from seasonal still lifes, objects, and photos. Attendees can learn basic techniques or just hang out and paint with others.

Gretchen Kelly works in a variety of mediums and styles, primarily painting figurative, landscape and flowers. Her fashion and home decor background influence her work at times. She is inspired by the beauty of what is natural in the world and embellishes with her own personal touches of color, pattern and ornament. Gretchen endeavors to capture the gestures and nuances of fleeting moments which are the details that bring life and beauty to her work, as she sees it in her subject. Simplicity is the mark that she strives for.

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Posted: September 9, 2019
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Photo by JD Urban

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library present Ballroom Dance with Andrew Resto and Winter Swing at the Armory. Dances studied in the class include waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, cha-cha, hustle, rumba, and merengue. The series ends with a live music dance party open to the public with the Fabulous Versatones.

Date/Time: Ballroom Dance: Fridays, 5:30-7pm, November 15, 22, December 6 & 13

Winter Swing Dance at the Armory: Saturday, December 14, 7-10pm

Audience: Attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome. The classes are free and open to the public. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please visit the main desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Andrew Resto is a professional certified Bronze level dance instructor who has trained in the Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire systems. He has taught in ballroom studios in Hollywood, New York City and in upstate New York.

The City of Hudson Senior Center is located on the 2nd floor of 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. There are county and city services at the center including meals for seniors; yoga, aerobics and painting classes. For more information call: (518) 838-3200.

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Posted: September 9, 2019
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

A scene from a Tales from Hudson’s Crypt tour w/ Kelley Drahushuk

Program Description: Our annual Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour with Kelley Drahushuk, which highlights the graves of figures from Hudson’s history is coming soon! The tour is very popular and is limited to 30 participants so register now if you are interested.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 27, 12-1:30pm.

Location: Cedar Park Cemetery. Meet in the parking lot of the main house.

Audience/Registration: This tour is open to all. Registration is required. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the main desk of the library. A donation of $10 is suggested by not required.

Kelley Drahushuk’s talk at the library, Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts, was so popular we began this tour and it has become an annual event. Kelley will return this year to act as our tour guide and will be adding new graves and new stories to her tour.

Donations will support the archiving of the library’s History Room collection based in the history of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport.

Attendees will meet in the cemetery office parking lot promptly at 12pm. As this is a walking tour, wear appropriate footwear & dress for the weather & conditions. We may encounter uneven ground, semi-steep hills, and mud and will not always be sticking to the paved pathways.

The tour will finish with cider and Trixie’s Oven cookies. And don’t forget to then join the Hudson Trick or Treating and Halloween Parade! Trick or treating begins at 2pm and the parade kicks off at Public Square (7th Street Park) at 4pm.

Long-touted as “a virtual treasure trove for historians and enthusiasts of American funerary art”, the Hudson Cemetery includes over 10,000 grave sites for a wide range of interesting and notable individuals, including the Proprietors and their ancestors, war heroes, famous artists, paragons of industry, disaster survivors and much more. Learn about the history of the original cemetery, more recent history and discoveries as well as its current layout. All attendees will receive a free map of Cedar Park with highlighted sites discussed in this presentation—do your own walking tour and make new discoveries!

Kelley Drahushuk is a long-time resident of Hudson, NY with family history in the city dating back to the 1800’s. She, along with her husband Alan, own The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, now in its 13th year of operation on Hudson’s Warren Street in the former CH Evans Hook & Ladder building. She has served on the board of the Hudson Area Library and continues as a member of the History Room Committee. She earned a BS from Rochester Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering. Two adorable children, a very chill cat and two noisy guinea pigs keep her quite busy.

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Posted: September 8, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Program Description: The Pillow Project  comes to the library! All children attending this program leave with a pillow they create themselves (no sewing, just cutting fabric strips with scissors!). The Pillow Project was founded by teenager Ella Gibbs who believes that children need and want a pillow to hug and comfort them. All of the materials needed to make a pillow are supplied by Ella at no cost. Participating children choose their own fleece fabrics, make and keep their own pillow.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 23/11am-1pm

Registration/Audience: This event is free and open to children of all ages (though younger ones will need help from their caregiver to create their pillow). Registration is preferred. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
Four years ago Ella crowdfunded The Pillow Project, raised about $5000 and has subsequently taken The Pillow Project to thirteen states. The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood of Hudson, NY was one of The Pillow Project’s first partners. Among other local organizations Ella has partnered with over the years are the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Stride (Chatham,) YMCA (Greenbush, Guilderland, Canaan, CT,) Hope 7 Center (Troy) and St. Peter’s Waveriders.

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Posted: September 8, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Program Description: Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, collaborates with children’s librarian Janice Scali on special Story & Craft Hour every second Saturday of the month. September features books on autumn leaves and crafting with potato stamps. In October children make tissue paper cat collages. All materials provided.

Audience: For children 2 – 7 years old & their families

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