Ten Things to do in February!

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce

See a Show

The Ghent Playhouse presents - "The Chalk Garden” January 31-February 2, February 7-9, 14-16.  In 1955 England, a dyed-in-the-wool dowager and her precocious and equally eccentric granddaughter are about to meet their match in Miss Madrigal, the enigmatic household companion with secrets, who has just been hired. In 2008, this psychological chamber piece was revived to critical acclaim on the West End. Written by Enid Bagnold and directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher. For more information visit www.ghentplayhouse.org or call 518-392-6264.

Memorial Concert

The Claverack Free Libraryis proud to announceThe Cyndy Hall Memorial Concertby The Broad Street Trio, Elizabeth Chinery flute, Jay Shulman cello & David Smith piano. The concert honors Cyndy Hall, beloved neighbor, music teacher, and benefactor, who bequeathed her piano to the library in 2018.The concert will be held Saturday February 1 at 4 PM (snow date February 8). There is a suggested donation of $20 per person, but any payment will be gratefully accepted; children and students are free. Reservations are requested but not required. A reception will follow. The library is located at 9 Route 9H, with parking at 629 Route 23B. Reservations will be taken by phone: 518.851.7120, email: news@claveracklibrary.org or at the circulation desk. Pay by cash or check at the door.

Artist Carol Shein at Camphill Ghent Art Gallery

Local artist and Camphill Ghent resident Carol Shein will have an exhibition of her paintings in the Joan Allen Art Gallery at Camphill Ghent in Chatham, NY from February 1 to March 15, 2020. The exhibit is called “Color Speaks.” The artist will give a short talk at an opening reception on Saturday, February 1, 2020, 3:00 PM.

Carol Shein has been painting since childhood. Oil paints were her first medium. She has worked in oil pastels,

watercolor, plaster, metal, acrylics, ink and others. Shein’s recent paintings are about color arbitrarily shaping both

figure and space. Her approach is spontaneous, intuitive, and gestural. She has shown at Artists at Palm Beach

County Gallery, Lake Park, FL; The Armory, West Palm Beach, FL; Southhampton Artists, Southhampton, NY; and

galleries in West Hampton, NY. For more information call 518-392-2760. 

Maker’s Markets: Winter Series

On Sunday, February 2, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Olde York Farm Distillery is having a series of indoor Maker’s Markets taking place 12pm-5pm with local vendors and Mei’s Handmade Dumplings. Drinks at the bar and food from Mei’s Dumplings will be available until 7:00 pm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2714364712183191

Free Community Meal

First Friday Free Community Meal on February 7 at theKinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad St., Kinderhook. Doors open at 5:30 p. m. with dinner at 6:00 p. m. . Join us for a delicious meal and fellowship. All are welcome. For information, call 518-758-6401 or kinderhookreformedchurch.com. 

Conversations with Neighbors: Empowering Women and Girls Worldwide

On Sunday, February 9, 2:00 pm Spencertown Academy Arts CenterJoin Spencertown Academy for a very special Conversation with Neighbors. This event will feature a panel composed of three local advocates: Tina Dipper (program director of Perfect 10), Caroline Wheeler (founder and executive director of Sisters for Peace), and Christina Lowery (CEO of Girl Rising), who will serve as moderator and show excerpts of the powerful documentary film, Girl Rising, that led to the founding of her non-profit.  Tickets are now available. General admission $20, Academy members $16, free for youth under age 18. All proceeds will be donated to the panelists’ organizations.

Chicken Barbecue

A chicken barbecue will be served 11:00 a. m. -3:00 p.m. February 9 at the Kinderhook Reformed Church , 21 Broad St., Kinderhook. Dinner includes half a chicken, baked potato, “secret recipe” cole slaw and dinner roll. Desserts are available for a free will donation. Take out only. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Pre-order by February 3. Proceeds to benefit the Youth Mission Trip in July. For tickets and information, call 518-336-0859.

The Two of Us Productions presents Deathtrap

Deathtrap, a suspense dramatic thriller with more than one murder! Presented by The Two Of Us Productions, the award winning theater company based in Columbia County NY, in collaboration with The Copake Grange. It will take place February 14th through 23rd, 2020. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees are at 3:00 pm at the Theater at The Grange, located at The Copake Grange on Empire Road in downtown Copake NY. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students & seniors, and $12 for groups & families. For advance reservations visit www.TheTwoOfUsProductions.org or call 518-329-6293. Make your reservations early to get the performance date you want!

Valentine's Day Concert

Join Camphill Ghent on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm for a concert featuring Eugene Drucker (violin), William Frampton (viola), Roberta Cooper (cello), Peter Weitzner (double bass), and Gili Melamed-Lev (piano). The program will include: Bartók – Romanian Dances; Beethoven – String Trio; Schubert – The Trout Quintet. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door.


Hudson Jazz Festival

Hudson Jazz Festival will be held at Hudson Hall on Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 16. Weekend Events to include: Amoureux Du Jazz, Solo Piano Summit – Kevin Hays, Francesca Tankslet, Cidnho Teixeria, Billy Harper Quintet, Film Screening: I Call Him Morgan, Slavic Soul Party and a Hudson Jazz Festival Workshop for Youth . For full details visit https://hudsonhall.org/hudson-jazz-festival-february-14-16-2020/

Cabin Fever Cabaret

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkuscontinues its Cabin Fever Cabarettradition into the new decade with brand new evenings of merriment, mayhem and music. On February 22, and March 21, Bindlestiff presents evening variety entertainment for adults in Helsinki’s intimate showroom. World-class circus artists perform electrifying feats of balance, flexibility, and daring incredibly close and thrillingly REAL, accompanied by great musical innovators. Woven through the waves of adrenaline-inducing acts is brilliant physical comedy, masterful prop manipulation, and surprising audience participation. On March 22, Bindlestiff fe-frames the show for family audiences and presents a matinee performance at 3 pm, featuring a pre-show by young participants in Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School from Hudson and Chatham.  For more information about all of the Cabin Fever Cabaret series artists, and about Bindlestiff’s NYC and Hudson Valley activates, visit www.bindlestiff.org.

Tracy Grammer at Spencertown Academy

Tracy Grammer on Saturday, February 22, 8:00 pm Spencertown Academy Arts Center. Tracy Grammer is renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling. She has recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, headlined several of the nation’s top folk festivals, including Philadelphia Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio’s 50 top-played artists, both solo and with the late Dave Carter. Her eleventh release, Low Tide, showcases her original songs and was Folk Alley’s #2 album of 2018. General Admission: $25, Academy members: $20, Students: $10

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Do you like cold water for a good cause?

The Oakdale Plunge returns in 2020 with a special Leap Day Plunge on Saturday, February 29 at Oakdale Lake, starting at noon.  This year’s goal is to raise $25,000 and once again support Hudson Fire Department's all volunteer Water Rescue and Dive Team and the Hudson Youth Department.  Make a splash and support your local heroes!  Sign up as an individual or plunge as a team. Visit OakdalePlunge.com to register on-line, make a donation in support of a brave plunger, or to learn more. Prizes are awarded for Top Fundraising and Best Costume. 

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