Bridal Expo & Sale

Bridal Expo & Sale

June 17, 10am-4pm

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, contact

Save the Date! Saturday, August 5, 2017

Booked for the Evening

Our Third Annual Summer Celebration

Saturday, August 5 at 6pm

Be sure you are Booked for the Evening, Hudson Area Library’s Third Annual Summer Celebration.

Eat, mingle, drink, dance, shop and contribute! This year’s event will be held in a beautifully restored barn setting just minutes from Hudson.

More details to come!

A NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY: Dine, drink, meet friends old and new! Support the library!

Tessy Keller and Jay Neuschatz invite you to join them for “A NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY.”

Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and friends old and new. The Hudson Area Library is a vital part of the dynamic Hudson community and this private dinner and tour will help support our many exciting programs for young and old alike.

Saturday, March 25
Starting with drinks and tour at 6:30pm
at the Hudson Area Library
51 N. 5th St., Hudson, NY 12534

Limited to 16 Library Lovers!
$75 (tax deductible) per person

To attend, RSVP to

Tax deductible donations welcome from those who are unable to attend!

Please make checks payable to HUDSON AREA LIBRARY

Thanks to all the Ghostly Gallopers!

ggkids2016Congratulations to all the runners, walkers, and cyclists who participated in the annual Ghostly Gallop! More than 200 people participated with bikers beginning their day on Saturday in cold temperatures, but our beautiful Hudson Valley, at peak color, took their minds off cold fingertips. By the time the riders arrived at the half-way point, Riverview Café in Stuyvesant, the sun had warmed things up considerably.

Sunday’s later start date for the Kid’s 1-Mile Fun Run and 5K Walk/Run brought the mercury up to a perfect temperature for participants and viewers. The winners, Arianna Nilsson (22:25) and Daniel Ronsani (18:08) duplicated their finishing positions of 2015. They are now local legends, and the ones to beat next year.  

We thank all who came out to support the Library! For a complete rundown of finishing times, go to

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

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!

Do You Love Musicals?


Making Musicals – A Concert with Conversation
Sunday, October 9, 6pm
Community Room, Hudson Area Library

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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Raise the Roof!

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Raise the Roof! Sock Hop
August 6

A benefit for the Hudson Area Library

Join us for al fresco drinks, dinner and dancing.* Park your rag top at the farm – less than 5 miles from Hudson. Cruise through the silent auction display, then grab some eats provided by a local chef. Join the gang and bid on an item that belongs in YOUR library. As soon as the sun goes down, stash your shades and kick off your shoes. Sing along with Bill Haley. Jitterbug to classic 45s. Join us for a little piece of rock-‘n’-roll heaven.

Reserve your tickets today! Click here.

*Brylcreem and poodle skirts optional.