SAY CHEESE! for the Library

cheeseCheesemaker Renate Nollin will be appearing at Dish Hudson, 103 Warren Street, this coming Saturday, July 18 at 5:30pm as part of the series, SAY CHEESE! A benefit for the New Hudson Area Library, the event is co-presented by Dena Moran, founder of Olde Hudson, and Peg Patterson, owner of Dish Hudson.

The term “cottage industry” is often used when referring to small, very personal businesses – often run out of the founder’s home and intensely hands-on. With this in mind, Olde Hudson’s founder, Dena Moran, coined the use of the term “cottage cheeses” to refer to locally made, she calls them “neighbor-made”, small batch cheeses.

For the event, Moran has selected mostly, but not exclusively, fresh cheeses – those that have not been aged. Generally speaking, these cheeses are softer, often spreadable and with a rind. Brie is a familiar example. The evening will include featured cheesemaker, Renate Nollen of Dutch Girl Cheese. She’ll be participating in a Q&A with Moran to talk about her cheeses and cheesemaking in general.

Guests can taste the cheeses, have conversation with the experts, sample some seasonal punch, browse the inventory at Dish Hudson and enjoy the adjacent garden – all while supporting the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

Tickets may be purchased in advance via PayPal button below. For more information visit the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library Site.

103 Warren Street
July 18, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Tickets are $20

Vintage Hudson Map Benefits New Library

Detail view of segment of "Aero-view of Hudson, NY"

Detail view of segment of “Aero-view of Hudson, NY”

Need an idea for a special gift? Eager to help us move to our new “digs” at the Armory? Then step right up to the counter at Hudson City Books, 553 Warren Street. The local antiquarian bookstore is supporting our move by donating the proceeds from the sale of a beautiful inkjet print made from an original lithograph of a map of Hudson. The 1923 re-issue is available framed ($450) or unframed ($150) and measures 43” x 22”. The full-sized engraving includes an “aero-view” map and 20 individual building images.

Proceeds support the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library and the Hudson Area Library History Room. For more information, visit our Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library site. Contact the bookstore at 518-671-6020.

Say Cheese! with Olde Hudson and DISH Hudson

Three evenings of great cheese & lively conversation.

Three evenings of great cheese & lively conversation.

Dena Moran, owner of Olde Hudson, and Peg Patterson, proprietor of Dish Hudson, will present delectable cheeses from the Valley and beyond using perfectly paired platters, bowls, cheese boards and linens.  Over the hour and a half, you’ll taste wonderful cheeses, peruse beautiful tabletop wares, learn a bit about cheese making, and sip seasonal punch in the garden…all while helping to make the New Hudson Area Library a reality.

Saturday, June 20, 5:30-7:00pm: Down on the Farm
Enjoy a variety of small batch cheeses made at local farms and beyond, presented on sets of ecologically selected wooden boards. You’ll meet Brent Zimmerman, erstwhile Italian cheesemaker recently transplanted to our valley and author of Get Your Goat, a bible on raising milk goats on modest tracts of land.

Saturday, July 18, 5:30pm–7:00pm: Cottage Cheese (in the true sense of the word)
Welcome to a world of small batch, regional, mostly fresh cheese–products of the adventurous cottage industries we keep learning about. This evening’s guest will be Renate Nollin, owner of Dutch Girl Cheese, where she produces authentic small batch cheeses from raw cow, goat and sheep’s milk.

Proceeds of the series will benefit the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library. So come and have a great time, taste some great cheese, and give to a great cause–all at once!

Join us at Dish Hudson, 103 Warren St., Hudson.  Tickets are $20.00 per evening.  $35.00 for the series.  Space is limited.  Reservations are required.

Buy your tickets today!

Almost Halfway!

David Murphy and Theresa Parsons raise the thermometer
As 2014 came to a close, the total on our Campaign thermometer was increased by almost $200,000! At $850,000, we’re almost halfway to our three-year goal of $2 million. The campaign’s end-of-year report itemized gifts and pledges from individuals, businesses, foundations, a grant from New York State and proceeds from fundraisers.

The year also saw the beginning of construction at the new site. How exciting it has been to witness the transformation within the Armory’s walls, as well as the progress on the outside! A recent construction milestone was the provision of an access ramp leading to the newly defined main entrance on Fifth Street. When the Armory is completely transformed, we’ll be in a wonderful new space – twice the size of our current facility. Right now there are great opportunities for contributors to help in the creation of our 21st century library. No longer a place just for books, we’re creating a center for learning, a digital lab and a community center. Make a donation to the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library and add your support!

Starting from Seed: An Afternoon with Margaret Roach

TODAY! Saturday January 31, 2015, 3-5pm @ 360 Warren Street

MargaretRoachStartingFromSeedWant to grow your best vegetable and herb garden ever? It all starts with seeds and choosing the right varieties from sources that match your garden conditions.  Join garden expert Margaret Roach, originator of the oft-praised website A Way to Garden (, on Saturday, January 31 from 3-5pm at the Gallery Space at Solaris/Camphill Hudson, 360 Warren Street, Hudson, NY. Let her demystify the politics and the practical “ahas” to get you growing with confidence! Bring your questions and go home with empowering handouts including a seed-starting calendar and succession-sowing schedules. Garden resources including Turtle Tree Seeds and Hudson Valley Seed Library will be on hand to entice you with their offerings. This event is a benefit for the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

Tickets are $25. To reserve your ticket, select Add to Cart below and make your payment through PayPal. Tickets may also be reserved in the office at the Hudson Area Library (check or cash).

Watch for the Warren Street Canvas


Perfect Ten students at a Summer event with Perfect Ten Director, Laura Miller

Businesses located on Warren Street should be receiving visitors from the organization Perfect Ten After School in the next couple of months. The young women, all local high school students, focus not only on academic skills, but dedication to social interaction as well. Under the watchful eye of Director Laura Miller and Founder Paula Forman, the students will be gathering information to update the listings for the most highly trafficked thoroughfare in Columbia County.

We are working with Perfect Ten and the Hudson Development Corporation to amass an accurate record of all the businesses on and adjacent to Warren Street. We want to build a closer relationship with the business community and the Hudson Walking Guide (an HDC project) will benefit from our canvassing as well.
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