WHALE HO!

An evening of all things whaling with Historian & Editorial Director Carlo DeVito

Whaling 3Date: January 21 at 6pm
Location: Café Le Perche, 230 Warren Street, Hudson

This event is a fundraiser for the library.

On the morning of November 20, 1820, the Essex was more than 1,500 miles from the nearest land when she was struck by an enraged bull whale. The crew fled the wreck in small, frail, open boats. They spent the next 90 days without charts, sun baked, starving and dehydrated. Of the 30 who left the ship, only 8 survived. It is this horrific story that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.

Whale book coverJoin us Thursday, January 21 at Café Le Perche for WHALE HO!, an evening with Carlo DeVito, historian and editorial director of the book Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex. The event consists of two parts.

6pm – Illustrated lecture recounting tales of the Essex, the workings of a whaling ship and how Melville came to learn of the disaster. Tickets to the lecture, sold at the door, are $25 each and include a glass of grog – a typical libation for shipmates of the day.

8pm – Whaling inspired dinner, specially prepared by Café Le Perche. The meal is price fixed at $50 per person and advance reservations are required. Twenty per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the Library. Call the restaurant at 518.822.1850.

Kelley Drahushuk of Spotty Dog Books & Ale will be on hand to sell books during the evening and DeVito will sign copies.

WHALE HO! Is an opportunity to learn more about the harrowing life of a nineteenth century sailor through the stories recounted by the author, first mate Owen Chase. His is a gripping narrative that has special significance given the city of Hudson’s involvement in the whaling economy.

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Join us at Cafe Le Perche for The Cider Project

Some of the most obscure varieties of Hudson Valley apples are now in high demand for making blue ribbon hard cider.  On Friday, June 12, Hudson’s Cafe Le Perche will be partnering with the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library to offer a special night featuring exemplary American and French Hard Ciders.  Five hard ciders will be available along with four special entrée pairings.  10% of all sales that evening will benefit the Library.  Advance dinner reservations are required.  Call the restaurant at 518.822.1850.

On Friday, June 12, Hudson’s Cafe Le Perche will be partnering with the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library to offer a special night featuring exemplary American and French Hard Ciders. Advance dinner reservations are required. 

The week of June 12 through the 19th has been designated Cider Week in the Hudson Valley and we want to help celebrate all things apple! Cafe Le Perche is offering the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library 10% of all their sales on Friday, June 12. They will be presenting 5 hard ciders – three from the Hudson Valley and two from France – along with 4 special entrée pairings and even a newly invented mixed drink, “The Apple Blossom”. Although our forefathers drank plenty of it, the drink fell out of favor for almost two hundred years. Now, it’s the “new” trend in alcoholic beverages. Join the fun and taste the varieties. Reservations are required. Call the restaurant at 518.822.1850. Read all about it here.

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