This just in: The Hudson Area Library joins the festivities of Hudson’s Winter Walk 2019 sponsored by Hudson Hall, Saturday, December 7, 5-8pm, with a space at 538 Warren Street! The library’s History Room will have a window display featuring photos by Howard Gibson of the holidays in Hudson from years past. In addition we will have other historic photographs on display and full size copies of our 1881 and 1923 bird’s eye view maps of Hudson. Our local history researchers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss our resources. And, the History Room, will have notecards and framed and unframed giclèe copies of the Hudson maps for sale as well as rare local history books.
Emily Chameides, Library Director, commented, “We’re excited to take part in this beloved community event and we are particularly proud to have the wonderful resources of our History Room celebrated through our participation.”
We particularly want to thank Dina Palin of Houlihan Lawrence, Inc. and the owners of 538 Warren for their generous loan of this space.
UPDATE: Our trip to The Snow Queen is cancelled but the show will go on at Ancram Opera House. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are providing free transportation to the Ancram Opera House for its production of The Snow Queen. Ancram Opera House is generously providing all attendees with deeply discounted tickets ($5) for this inaugural cultural trip. The van is provided by the City of Hudson Youth Department.
Date/Time: Sunday, December 8. Depart from library at 1pm. Performance begins at 2pm.
Audience/Registration: This staged concert is for adults and younger audiences, ages 9 and up. Attendees will meet at the library/senior center at 1pm. There are a limited number of seats available, so registration is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please email email@example.com, visit the main desk at the library, or call 518-828-1792 x101.
The Ancram Opera House production of The Snow Queen is a new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. “A man is haunted by a recurring bad dream. A girl journeys barefoot through the world to rescue her best friend. Their stories intertwine in this new adaptation with music, presented as a staged concert, accompanied by striking visuals.” Book & lyrics by Barbara Wiechmann, music by Lisa Dove, and directed by Jeffrey Mousseau.
The Ancram Opera House, located in southern Columbia County, is an award-winning intimate rural performance hall showcasing contemporary theatre and alternative cabaret by visionary theater and musical artists. For tickets and information visit www.ancramoperahouse.org.
The Hudson Area Library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are both located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY.
Program Description: Join the group for a discussion of Ken Burns’ documentary film The Dust Bowl, (in 2 parts, totaling 4 hours of viewing time.) Be sure to watch the film BEFORE coming to the discussion group. You can access the two-part film for free through our new Kanopy streaming service (available to all library cardholders in Columbia County), as well as on DVD through the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Date/Time: Monday, December 9, 6 – 7:30 pm.
Registration: This book group is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for the book group, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Nonfiction Book Group, click here.
The Dust Bowl tells the story of “the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the ‘Great Plow-Up,’ followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.” For more information on the film, visit https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/.
Program Description: Relive the heyday of dances at the historic Hudson Armory and kick up your heels at the Winter Swing Dance with live music by the Fabulous Versatones. Refreshments will be provided.
Date/Time: Saturday, December 14, 7-10pm
Audience/Registration: Attendees do not need to bring a partner. Beginners are welcome. Registration is appreciated. To do so, please visit the front desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email email@example.com.
Recapture the magic of Armory dance parties of years past at Winter Swing on Saturday, December 14, 7-10pm!
Co-sponsored by the City of Hudson Senior Center, this program is free and open to all ages. The Fabulous Versatones will play while you dance the night away in the Library’s Community Room. Refreshments will be served. So bring your dance shoes and your attitude and get ready to swing to music from the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
The Fabulous Versatones are a 5-man swing band based in the Hudson Valley with members from Hudson, Millbrook and Red Hook. Brought together by their love of swinging jazz, they have all played in a variety of bands and in a variety of musical styles. Swingin’ standards and beboppin’ blues make up the Versatones repertoire…favorites include Benny Goodman’s “A Smooth One,” “Stompin’ At The Savoy,” “Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues,” roadhouse favorite “Route 66” and “Pennies From Heaven” to name just a few of the classic tunes that are a part of every Fabulous performance.
The Fabulous Versatones are Pete Jung and Ambrose Verdibello on guitars, Pete Tenerowicz on drums, Eric Rosi-Marshall on bass and vocals, and Chris Kendall on tenor and soprano sax.
Registration is appreciated. To do so, please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and library’s last two 2019 Watercolor with your Grand Person sessions with local artist Gretchen Kelly continue with a focus on painting from seasonal still lifes, objects, and photos. All materials will be provided. This event is free and wheelchair accessible.
Date/Time: Saturdays, November 16 and December 21, 2-4pm
Registration/Audience: All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by a grandparent, parent, teen or other adult. Attendees can learn basic techniques or just hang out and paint with others. Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing email@example.com, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library.
The November class will focus on seasonal flowers, fall foliage, still lifes created with Thanksgiving holiday items and more. In December attendees can create watercolor holiday cards.
Gretchen Kelly works in a variety of mediums and styles, primarily painting figurative, landscape and flowers. Her fashion and home decor background influence her work at times. She is inspired by the beauty of what is natural in the world and embellishes with her own personal touches of color, pattern and ornament. Gretchen endeavors to capture the gestures and nuances of fleeting moments which are the details that bring life and beauty to her work, as she sees it in her subject. Simplicity is the mark that she strives for.
Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are hosting a workshop in our healthy living series sponsored by The Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York State: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behavior.
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 4, 5-6pm
Audience/Registration: Registration is encouraged. To register call Sierra at 518-867-4999 x1691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This program will be held in the library’s community room, which is wheelchair accessible.
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior is appropriate for community presentations, corporate employee wellness meetings, support group programming and more.
The Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York covers a 17-county region and is based in Albany, New York.
Program Description: The library will be tabling and selling merchandise to fund raise for the History Room and the Tween Advisory Council at this year’s Basilica Farm & Flea. We are also excited to be providing a special Story Time with Pamela Badila, master storyteller and facilitator of our 1st and 3rd Saturday Story & Craft Hour, will be regaling children and families with folktales, crafts and activities!
Date/Time: Friday, November 29, 12-7pm – Saturday, November 31 & Sunday, December 1, 10am-5pm.
Sunday Story & Craft Hour, 11-11:30am & 1-1:30pm at Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St. Hudson, New York
Program Description: Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, collaborates with children’s librarian Janice Scali on special Story & Craft Hour every second Saturday of the month. September features books on autumn leaves and crafting with potato stamps. In October children make tissue paper cat collages. All materials provided.
Audience: For children 2 – 7 years old & their families
Program Description: HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council) is happy to announce the formation of a Dungeons & Dragons Club run by members of the council. Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game where participants are invited to create their own characters and explore fantastical kingdoms and realms, taking in adventures along the way. This club is for the curious and mildly-experienced. Ages 8-15 are welcome.
Date/Time: 1st Saturdays of the Month beginning Saturday, November 2, 12-2pm
Age/ Registration: Ages 8-15 are welcome. For more information and to register, contact email@example.com or call 518-828-1792.
HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council) is composed of youth ages 8-12 who create and host library events for their peers and community. Past events have included Saturday Movie Matinees, Escape Rooms, DIBS (Do It Better Series) and the Hudson Area Library Winter Walk Hut.
Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library present Ballroom Dance with Andrew Resto and Winter Swing at the Armory. Dances studied in the class include waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, cha-cha, hustle, rumba, and merengue. The series ends with a live music dance party open to the public with the Fabulous Versatones.
Date/Time: Ballroom Dance: Fridays, 5:30-7pm, November 15, 22, December 6 & 13
Winter Swing Dance at the Armory: Saturday, December 14, 7-10pm
Audience: Attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome. The classes are free and open to the public. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please visit the main desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Andrew Resto is a professional certified Bronze level dance instructor who has trained in the Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire systems. He has taught in ballroom studios in Hollywood, New York City and in upstate New York.
The City of Hudson Senior Center is located on the 2nd floor of 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. There are county and city services at the center including meals for seniors; yoga, aerobics and painting classes. For more information call: (518) 838-3200.
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