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Briefs for Dec. 8, 2018

December 7, 2018 11:33 am

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Dec. 8

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., Bark and Buds: Winter Tree ID 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8. Discover the many plants that lend bark, buds, fruit and structural interest to the garden in fall and winter. Learn to identify winter trees by twig and bud anatomy, bark features and plant architecture and practice using a winter tree dichotomous keys. This program will be held primarily indoors, and students will work with collected specimens. Bring a bag lunch and dress for occasional outdoor fieldwork. Members, $25; non-members, $35. For information, call 413-298-3926 or

NEW LEBANON — Mountain Road School, 4565 County Route 9, New Lebanon, Annual Holiday Fair will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8. The fair features local vendors and artisans, arts and crafts for all ages, food and drink, and is free and open to the public. Families can browse hand-made local items for gift-giving, participate in a hand-craft to take home, and enjoy a wonderful lunch in the Café. Little shoppers can select special treasures for their loved ones and pick a treat for themselves from the Pocket Lady. Festive music will tie it all together as we celebrate the season.

CHATHAM — A Cabaret to benefit Hudson’s Operation Unite will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Chatham Synagogue, 1536 Route 28, Chatham. Featuring music from The Great American Songbook and Beyond with performers Rachel Weisman, Joel Merker, & Gary Gelfenbien, vocals; John Sauer, piano & Otto Gardner, bass. Tickets are $25 and include dessert table, glass of wine, coffee and tea. Tickets available at; or at the door as room is available.

CHATHAM — Kathryn Schneider will talk about her book “Book on Birding in Hudson Valley” on Dec. 8 at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham. The book is a guide to birds and birdwatching in the Hudson Valley. Book signing at 4 p.m. as part of Chatham Winterfest. Conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A follow a brief reading at 5 p.m. Refreshments will follow. Admission is free. Portion of proceeds donated to Columbia Land Conservancy. For information, call 518-392-3005.

VOORHEESVILLE — The Old Songs Concert Series will present “In Praise of Christmas,” a program of songs and carols of the Christmas story and midwinter celebrations from England, Wales, and Spain, all in English translations. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. Tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for youth 13–18; $5 for children 12 and younger and are available at or by calling Old Songs at 518-765-2815.

PHILMONT — Create a holiday decoration 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Philmont Community Center, 14 Lake Drive, Philmont. Choices will include a basket of greens centerpiece, decorative snow measuring stick or a handcrafted wooden tree ornament. All ages are welcome. A light lunch will be served. The event is free of charge and all materials will be provided. Pre-register by calling or texting 518-567-8220.

VALATIE — The Tri-Village Branch of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold a Christmas Boutique 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Barnwell Nursing Home, Church Street, Valatie. All proceeds directly benefit patients at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

HUDSON — Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson, presents an author reading and book signing: The Legacy of Anne Frank by Gillian Walnes Perry 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 9. In Legacy, Walnes Perry, co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK, explores the influence Anne Frank’s life and diary has had on young people all over the world. It contains the stories of a diverse variety of readers, including Nelson Mandela and Audrey Hepburn, brought together by the extraordinarily articulate and wise young victim of the Holocaust. This reading is an excellent respite and refocus during the hectic holiday season and the book is certainly a great gift idea. Refreshments follow the reading. The book will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to the library thanks to Spotty Dog Books & Ale. The author will be available to sign copies. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. For information, email, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

VALATIE — The Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook St., Valatie, will have its annual cookie decorating party 1-3 p.m. Dec. 8. All ages are welcome to attend. Come decorate sugar and gingerbread cookies. Special guests will be Tots the Clown with holiday balloons and Santa Claus. Registration would be appreciated so there will be plenty of cookies, frosting and other decorations available. Call 518-758-9321 to register.

GERMANTOWN — A holiday bazaar will be held 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Palatine Manor, 32 Church Ave., Germantown. Many vendors including crafts, food, silent auction, podiatry coupons, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, and more. Santa Claus will also be making an appearance.

VALATIE — WinterWalk and Winter Parade will be held 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8 on Main Street, Valatie. The parade begins at 5 p.m.