What a wonderful turn out for our Ribbon Cutting last Saturday! Instead of gray skies and flurries, we had bright sun and just a slight hint of warmer weather. Around 500 came through the doors, trying out our new computers, peeking into the History Room, meeting friends by the stacks, and exploring the Early Literacy area. Our thanks to Amanda Henry who gave tours of the Senior Center and Paula Forman, Laura Miller, Pamela Badila, and the Perfect Ten team, who passed out cupcakes on the Third Floor. 60 new library cards were created and we’re sure that as more and more of the community comes to see our beautiful new library, those numbers will increase.
Watch This Space! Empty shelves, wait to be filled with books. Computer tables wait to get their electronics. And comfy chairs wait to be slid into place. The new Hudson Area Library is almost ready. The Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, April 9. Everyone is invited.
The Hudson Area Library is pleased and excited to announce that the last day for business at the current address will be Friday, April 1. On Saturday, April 2, movers will begin packing up books in anticipation of the move to their new quarters in the former Hudson Armory. It is anticipated that the move itself will take about a week.
“It’s wonderful to finally realize all our plans,” said Board President Mark Orton. “It seems like we’ve been working on this forever. Now it’s just a few weeks until we’ll be situated in a whole new space.”
There will be an opening ceremony on Saturday, April 9 beginning at 10am in front of the new Library. In recognition of the Armory’s original tenants in 1898 – the 23rd Separate [Infantry] Company, a military contingent will present colors. The High School Band is expected to play and several dignitaries will participate. The conclusion will be a Ribbon Cutting after which everyone is invited into the Library. Also open to the public will be the third floor facilities occupied by Perfect Ten After School and the Senior Center on the second floor.
“We want everyone to come and join in this wonderful celebration,” Orton continued. “This Library is for the entire community. Once those doors open, the public will see what a great show place this is, and a wonderful source of civic pride. After all the planning, we’re eager to share the result.”
The Ribbon Cutting will take place outside the new Library, 51 North 5th Street, on Saturday, April 9 beginning at 10am.
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.
Library supporters listened attentively to well-loved classics played by pianist Morey Hall.
Our thanks to all those who joined us at the classical music concert given by pianist Morey Hall last Saturday evening, March 22nd. Our first fund raiser of the season was a huge success. “We had a full house,” said Trustee Mark Orton, “and we raised more than $7,000.00. It’s great to have such support from the community.”
The event paired well-known classical music selections from the Romantic Period with wines reflecting the same era. Hudson Wine Merchants’ Michael Albin and staff poured and described his choices to an enthusiastic audience of 70 plus supporters.
Apropos of the musical nature of the evening, Orton announced the gift to the Library of a 1999 Yamaha GP1 Grand Piano. “Doctor Barbara Weiser and her husband Dr. Harold Burger, friends of our performer, were moving to California and downsizing at the same time,” said Mr. Orton. “Fortunately, they learned that we were moving to a larger facility that would include a good sized Community Room. It’s so generous of them to have given not only the piano, but the cost of moving it into the new building as soon as it’s ready.”
Much appreciation goes to all who helped make this a wonderful event – especially the team at Hudson Opera House.
Wines sampled were selected to reflect the romanticism evoked by the music.
In 1831, the reviews for pianist and composer Frederic Chopin were pretty good.
“Here is a young man [with] an abundance of original ideas of a kind to be found nowhere else.”
“Hats off, gentlemen! A genius.”
And there were plenty more where those came from. Chopin had the ability, previously unexplored, to combine the folk music of his native Poland with the classical sounds he admired from Bach, Mozart and Schubert. The results were innovations in style, musical form and harmony – a blending that seemed particularly apt for the blossoming romantic period in Europe.
On Saturday, March 22nd, beginning at 6 pm, pianist, instructor and composer Morey Hall will be performing the music of Chopin at the first of a series of fund-raising events on behalf of the Capital Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.
“Chopin was emotional and expressive,” says Hall. “His work speaks to me in a personal way that is inspiring. I’m hopeful that the pieces I’ve selected will move the audience, too.”
The Greenport resident, who grew up in North Greenbush, began playing the piano at the age of 5. “But I didn’t really commit to it seriously until I was a teenager,” he says. What happened then? He saw the piano virtuoso Van Cliburn at SPAC and was hooked. “He was playing Rachmaninoff and my seat was in the third row,” he says with a smile. “I was moved by the music, but also by his performance.”
So much so, that the teenager headed back stage in search of an autograph. Hall’s third row seat got him to the performer ahead of anyone else. But unfortunately, he’d forgotten to bring anything to write with. “In a stroke of real serendipity,” the pianist explained, “the conductor James Levine was nearby (just beginning his career). He volunteered to help out.” The winner of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Piano Competition signed Hall’s program and with the stroke of a pen, sealed his career path.
The piano concert, being performed at the Hudson Opera House, will include Chopin’s Nocturne in B-flat minor and a group of 4 Etudes, with additional works from Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Debussy and Beethoven. Chopin’s contemporary, Franz Liszt will also be represented.
“All the musical pieces were influenced by the Romantic Movement,” says Michael Albin, owner of Hudson Wine Merchants. “So the wines we will be pouring and telling concert-goers about will be paired to match.” Four examples of light, sparkling and somewhat ethereal wines will be served during the concert intermission.
In keeping with the Library theme, Mr. Hall has selected two books (available at the Hudson Area Library) that should be of interest to concert goers. The first is Chopin’s Funeral by Benita Eisler. This book details the featured composer in exile, his explosive love affair and final days in the arms of George Sand’s daughter. And Beethoven’s Hair – by Russell Martin, a modern day DNA analysis of hair strands collected in 1827 that lead to a conclusion about the cause of the composer’s deafness.
The evening is a benefit to help convert the Fifth Street Armory into the new quarters for the Hudson Area Library. With groundbreaking scheduled for this spring, the need for the Library’s Capital Campaign to raise the balance of the 2 million dollars required is sure to become more visible. An overview of the Library’s new quarters as well as donor information can be found at http://armory.hudsonarealibrary.org/.
The concert begins at 6pm on the evening of Saturday, March 22nd at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson. Tickets for this fund raiser are $75.00 each. Sponsor tickets include a listing in the event program and are $150.00 each. All donations are tax deductible. Purchases must be made in advance by check or credit card. There will be no sales at the door and seating is limited. Tickets are available by contacting Cayla Consaga at the Library. 518.828.1792 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Purchases must be made by Monday, March 17th.
The Capital Campaign of the Hudson Area Library is supported in part by gifts and pledges from Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, T. Backer Fund, The Alexander and Marjorie Hoover Foundation, Raymond C. Kennedy Foundation, Inc. and many generous individuals and corporate sponsors.
The library and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce are holding a Business After Hours event at the Armory for chamber members and others in the business community. In addition to the expected opportunities to network with others, the plans for the new library will be on display.
The Armory is at State St. and Fifth St in Hudson.
The open house will feature a layout of the new library, a joint project with the Galvan Foundation.There will be displays of large drawings showing details and views of the many features of the new library.
Take a guided tour with 6 stops from the new plaza and entry on State St. through the Children’s, Adult, And Teen sections. Learn about the Popular Library and History Room. Finish the tour in the 1,200 sq. ft. Community Room.
Meet the architect Vincent Benic and his team. Talk with Staff and Trustees of the Library.
Bring the whole family – lemonade and cookies at the end of the tour.
Open House – Armory – 5th & State St Hudson Saturday June 22, 2013 11am to 2pm
The design of the new library at the Armory (5th and State Streets.) is almost complete. A design review was held recently in NYC with the architect Vincent Benic and his team (Winnie Moy and Lauren Printz). Dan Kent from the Galvan Foundation and Theresa Parsons, Mark Orton, and Library Director Emily Chameides attending.
With a just a few items outstanding the final cost estimates will be completed and we will be ready for the job of creating the detailed construction documents.