Hudson’s Own Kim Bach Shares Stories and Images from El Camino de Santiago

Program Description: During two 3-week sojourns, Kim Bach joined the thousands of pilgrims each year who challenge themselves on this seemingly endless walk. “My Walk Across Spain.  A Pilgrim on El Camino de Santiago” is the sharing of her journey along this well-traveled path that all who walk experience very individually.

Date/Time: Sunday, July 29, 4-5:30pm

Sharing space each night in local hostels, sharing tables in the evening with other travelers, voicing a “buen camino” to each walker as she passed (or was passed), Bach experienced an adventure that many desire, but few achieve.

Why choose to walk across Spain on a route originated by religious Pilgrims in the 11th century?  “Some people seemed unsure, perhaps vague about why they were there, some for the challenge, some for the opportunity to contemplate, for others it was on their bucket list, still others as a coming-of-age rite-of-passage, and, of course, harking back to its origins, some walked to give thanks to God.” – Mary M. Murphy – Camino Stories

Kim Bach’s talk will give us insight into the pilgrims, travelers and adventurers who take this journey. Refreshments will include a Tarta de Santiago, a cake made with ingredients typical in many Iberian desserts including egg, lemon and almonds. The cake is named in honor of the apostle, St. James, the patron saint of Spain. This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

Kim Bach was born in Queens, raised in South America. A child of a military attaché and an artist, she and her three brothers moved around a lot as children.  On foot, the kids did lots of walking in Peru, including taking family trips up to Machu Picchu – probably one reason Bach continues exploring to this day.   After spending several years in the Bay area of California, Bach moved to the West Village in New York City.  She spent her free time painting in a giant studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard while teaching photography at Long Island University.  In 2005, she moved to Hudson from Brooklyn and opened her tea shop, Verdigris, the following year.  She’s been in love with the area ever since and both Verdigris and its founder quickly became fixtures in the community.  She is a board member of a local non-profit and spends her off-hours painting in her studio.  She has been an Artist in Residence at M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco and at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs.  In 2015, Bach opened a second store, Verdigris Catskill on Main Street in Catskill.