Third Annual Summer Celebration

Saturday, August 5 at 6pm
201 Cold Spring Road, Hudson, NY

Join us for a festive evening in a rural setting with dinner and music, Call for the Cause, and Silent Auction. RSVP by July 26.

I’d like to support the library at the following Host Committee Level:

Library Benefactor at $5000
10 tickets & other goodies
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Library Patron at $2500
8 tickets & other goodies
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Library Enthusiast at $1500
6 tickets & other goodies
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Library Partner at $1000
4 tickets & other goodies
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Library Supporter at $500
2 tickets & other goodies
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For details on sponsorship levels, please click here.

I plan to attend. Please reserve:

Single tickets at $150 each.
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Raffle tickets for a Season of Dining Out donated by local restaurants at $20 each.
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I am unable to attend but would like to make a contribution:




All contributions above $75 per attendee are tax deductible.

For more information contact: tessy@tkhomeandgarden.com or chris.boeke@gmail.com.

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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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Booked for the Evening Sponsorship Opportunities

As sponsor, you’ll be recognized as a member of the Booked for the Evening Host Committee. Your sponsorship also includes reserved seating at the event, recognition in print and digital invitations, on e-blasts and in social media.

The unique benefits of sponsorship at each level are below.

Library Benefactor $5000

  • Ten (10) tickets to the “Booked For The Evening” Celebration
  • Premium reserved seating at the event
  • Honorary Chair(s) of the Host Committee
  • Named as Presenting Sponsor in Public Service Announcements (PSAs)*
  • Logo/Name on print and digital invitations*
  • Logo/Name on all event signage and in the evening’s program
  • Opportunity to address guests at the event
  • Logo/Name acknowledgement on the HAL website for one year
  • Ten (10) HAL book bags

Library Patron $2500

  • Eight (8) tickets to the “Booked For The Evening” Celebration
  • Named in Public Service Announcements (PSAs)*
  • Logo/Name on print and digital invitations*
  • Logo/Name on all event signage and in the evening’s program
  • Acknowledgement on the HAL website for 6 months
  • Eight (8) HAL book bags

Library Enthusiast $1500

  • Six (6) tickets to the “Booked For The Evening” Celebration
  • Acknowledgement on the HAL website for 6 months
  • Six (6) HAL book bags

Library Partner $1000

  • Four (4) tickets to the “Booked For The Evening “Celebration
  • Four (4) HAL book bags

Library Supporter $500

  • Two (2) tickets to the “Booked For The Evening “Celebration
  • Two (2) HAL book bags

Please contact co-chairs Christine Boeke at chris.boeke@gmail.com or Tessy Keller at Tessy@TKHomeandgarden.com to sign up as a sponsor and with any questions.

The Hudson Area Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. All but $75 per ticket/person may be considered a contribution and is tax deductible per IRS regulations.

* Please email your logo in JPG, TIF or GIF format by 6/5. Deadline for inclusion in our event PSA is 7/1.

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Bridal Expo & Sale

Helsinki Hudson
405 Columbia Street
Hudson, NY

New bridal gowns will be sold to benefit the Hudson Area Library. More details to come!

For more information, click here or contact INFO@tkhomeandgarden.com

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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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Ghostly Gallop Now Includes Cycling

Photo credit: Karen Davis

Photo credit: Karen Davis

This year, our 16th annual Ghostly Gallop is expanding. Three cycling courses covering 10 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles have been added – along with an extra day. Cyclists can take their pick on Saturday, October 15 with routes selected to cover our beautiful surroundings. Perfect for Fall! The traditional Run, Walk and Kids 1-mile Fun Run are slated for Sunday, October 16. For details, to register or volunteer, go to www.ghostlygallop.info.

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From the Beginning Until Opening Night

There is more to a Broadway musical than just songs and dances. It’s the story that drives the production. Here, writer Brian Hill reviews a rehearsal. Photo courtesy of the Goodman Theatre.

There is more to a Broadway musical than just songs and dances. It’s the story that drives the production. Here, writer Brian Hill reviews a rehearsal. Photo courtesy of the Goodman Theatre.

Writer Brian Hill and his partner, composer and lyricist Neil Bartram, stick with a Broadway show from its conception (often in Brian’s brain) until the curtains part on opening night. “We’re at the top of the food chain,” Hill says. “We sit in on casting. We work with the set designers, the costumers.” We stay with the process from the beginning until the end.”

And they have stories about all the in-betweens. Sometimes, for example, the collaborators are approached by a producer who has an idea – but it’s just wrong for them. “I can’t do anything with rap,” said Bartram. “Even though I often include different song styling in my compositions, I just wouldn’t know how to do rap. It’s not the world I live in.” Ditto an adaptation of the film, Dancing with Wolves. Said Hill, “We were asked to work on a Broadway show based on the movie. But we couldn’t come up with a concept that worked. Someone else might  think immediately of fifteen ways to put the storyline on stage. But for us, it was not inspirational.”

The pair will be sharing backstage stories with the audience along with tunes that ended up in Broadway shows (and some that didn’t) on Sunday, October 9 at 6pm in the library’s Community Room. Tickets to the performance are $35.00 each and can be purchased by clicking here. A dinner with the composer and writer will be held following the performance in a beautiful private home in Hudson. Tickets for the dinner are $100.00 per person and must be purchased in advance.

“This evening is a wonderful way for us to recount some of our experiences,” said Bartram. “It’s kind of interesting to layout the thought process of which words work the best and fit the characters. All these details really shape the final production.” The two also will show video clips from rehearsals and performances to give the audience a sense of how a concept grows from the keyboard to the stage.

Hill and Bartram each were nominated for Drama Desk Awards for their work on The Story of My Life. Hill’s resume includes work as an associate director of Disney’s The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. He is currently working on an adaptation of the Universal film, October Sky. With Hill, composer Bartram currently is working on Gene Roddenberry’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks and a one-woman musical called You are Here. Together, they are in early talks to co-produce with a group in China.

Making Musicals – A Concert with Conversation is a benefit for the Hudson Area Library. The concert begins at 6pm on Sunday, October 9,  Columbus Day Weekend at the Library. Reserve your ticket today!

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Do You Love Musicals?

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Making Musicals – A Concert with Conversation
Sunday, October 9, 6pm
Community Room, Hudson Area Library
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Composer/lyricist Neil Bartram (R) and director/writer Brian Hill (L) will be sharing stories of their myriad projects – including conceptual ideas and songs, during a performance at the Hudson Area Library on the Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend, October 9 at 6pm.

From their keyboards to opening nights, hear music peppered with stories from behind the Broadway curtains. For a separate admission, meet and mingle at a private dinner following the performance.
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