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Dec. 9

COPAKE — This fall the Roeliff Jansen Community Library will be hosting a series of art workshops that experiment with different styles and mediums led by Tia Maggio, artist and children’s and youth services associate at the Roe Jan Library. In the third workshop, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, we will take inspiration from the abstract expressionism of American painter and printmaker Joan Mitchell. We will work in acrylic paint as we summarize our world using gestural brushstrokes and bold colors. All supplies provided. Space is limited to 10 participants. To register, email

CASTLETON — The Rensselaer-Columbia-Greene Counties Board of Cooperative Educational Services will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 via Zoom. This meeting will be held virtually for all public and administrators via the Zoom link provided on the Questar III Board webpage at to provide safety for all participants during the ongoing pandemic.

Dec. 10

CLAVERACK — Reformed Dutch Church in Claverack hosts Master Storyteller, Jonathan Kruk, for an entertaining interactive show of “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 88 Route 9H, Claverack. Kruk has a way with the spoken word, the telling gesture, the sprinkling of humor and the appropriate costume for portraying the story of “A Christmas Carol.” Performing in 1840s garb, Kruk quickly transforms into Scrooge, Cratchit and Tiny Tim. Tickets are $25. Tickets for will call and RSVP. to or 518-851-3811. COVID–19 protocols in place.

ALBANY — The Mendelssohn Club of Albany will return to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 for “We Rise Again,” a concert at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 125 Eagle St., Albany. The 2021 winter holiday concert will feature a program of holiday numbers and club favorites, as the club celebrates the season and bids farewell to retiring Principal Conductor Jeff Vredenburg. Initially scheduled to retire following the club’s 2020 spring concert that was cancelled due to COVID, Vredenburg graciously agreed to return this semester to conduct the club’s first concert since December 2019. Joining the club as guest artists for the evening will be Jerry Gretzinger & Friends and soprano soloist Christina Pizzino-Catalano. Tickets for the concert are available for $22 each or $20 for groups of 10 or more. For ticket information, contact concert coordinator Marjorie Ward at 518-783-5741 or e-mail

Dec. 11

HUDSON — The Hudson Area Library will host local singer/songwriter and educator Abby Lappen for a family concert of seasonal joy 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the library, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson. Join us for a bright, cheery musical interlude for kids and kids at heart as the days get shorter and the holiday season rolls on. Take-home winter-themed craft kits will also be available for all children who attend. This event is free and open to the public, and space is limited. To register, email Masks and social distancing will be required for all participants over the age of two.

SELKIRK — The Bethlehem Grange 137, 24 Bridge St., Selkirk, will be holding an indoor craft fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 11. Masks and social distancing required. All proceeds go towards the continual upkeep and improvements to the building.

CHATHAM — The American Legion, Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, will hold a silent auction and bake sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 11.

HUDSON — The FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, presents The Holiday Puppet Show at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11. Join us for the Catskill Puppet Theater’s show The Town That Fought Hate. This special holiday show features original music and almost life-size puppets. It also gently imparts some timeless life lessons, including the importance of standing up to bullies, the power of community and the power of each of us, including children, to make a difference! After the show, children can complete the holiday scavenger hunt. Can you find all the holiday scenes on the firetrucks? Every child will get a prize just for trying. Admission is free.

STOCKBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Late Fall Sausage 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 11. This hands-on workshop takes the participants through the process of making sausage at home incorporating seasonal botanicals. Jake Levin is a Berkshire based butcher, educator and artist empowering people to connect more deeply with the food they eat. Learn the history and process of sausage making. From the right cuts to the correct ratios, to stuffing and linking, you’ll be along for every step of the process. Not only will students get a chance to participate, they will walk away with samples to enjoy at home, a set of recipes, and the frameworks needed to create their own seasonal recipes. Non-members, $65; members, $55. For more information, visit; call 413-298-3926; or

STOCKBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Women’s’ Chainsaw Skills Workshop 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Are you interested in learning to use a chainsaw but feel intimidated to do so? Led by arborist Melissa LeVangie Ingersoll, this workshop is designed for the novice-to-beginner chainsaw operator who wishes to gain greater confidence with this powerful tool. The class combines lecture and hands-on learning and covers topics including personal protective equipment, the anatomy of a chainsaw, reactive forces, basic chainsaw maintenance and additional tools for use with a chainsaw. Techniques will include holding and starting a saw, hazard ID, escape options, log analysis (binds), planning cuts, overall plan and bucking and limbing. Attendees will cut logs on the ground and/or elevated on sawhorses and will leave with a better understanding of the safety features of a chainsaw and be able to operate a chainsaw based on safety fundamentals. No experience necessary. Note: Equipment will be provided; if you have your own chainsaw or personal protective equipment, please bring it with you. Dress and prepare for the weather including long sleeves, pants and boots. Bring a bag lunch. Non-members, $140; members, $125. For more information, visit; call 413-298-3926; or

HUDSON — Food critic Alexander Lobrano will be discussing his latest book My Place at the Table Dec. 11 at the gourmet food shop Olde Hudson, 449 Warren St., Hudson, to share his love of French cuisine. Beginning at 2 p.m., Lobrano will meet shoppers and sign books. Then from 5:15-6:15 p.m. he’ll recount tales about his experiences during his time living in Paris. Those interested in attending the final hour should RSVP to 518-828-6923. Attendees must provide proof of vaccination and masks are required.

Dec. 12

NORTH CHATHAM — The North Chatham Free Library presents Celebrate the Holidays with Terry A La Berry and Friends at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 via Zoom. Join Terry Hall for a fun and festive kids’ concert streamed live on Zoom with singing and dancing. Terry’s friends are guitarist and vocalist Erin Laundry and bass guitar and additional vocals by Tish Merwin. Children will be able to make requests during the show. Registration is required. Email for a Zoom link.

GERMANTOWN — The Southern Columbia County Choir will present their annual concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Germantown Reformed Church, 20 Church Ave., Germantown. They will be singing GLORIOUS LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS arranged and orchestrated by Marty Hamby. A free will collection will be taken for the Food Pantry and Germantown Library. For information, contact Donna Diehl at 518-537-6405.

Dec. 13

COPAKE — The Roe Jan Community Library along with the Claverack Free Library, Hudson Area Library and Philmont Public Library will host The Attack on Pearl Harbor 6-7 p.m. Dec. 13 via Zoom. This is the third of a series of history programs on FDR, presented by Jeff Urbin, educator from the Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library in Hyde Park. Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor stunned the American public and galvanized support for the war. This session explores the questions “Should we have been, and could we have been, more prepared?” Register by emailing For information about the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, call 518-325-410

Dec. 14

CHATHAM — The Columbia County American Legion will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Chatham American Legion Post 42, 34 Woodbridge Ave., Chatham. For directions, or if interested in becoming a member of the American Legion, contact Jeff at 518-672-4757.

Dec. 18

HUDSON — OLANA Winter Solstice Celebration 1-5 p.m. Dec. 18. Celebrate the changing of the seasons during this special community solstice celebration. Enjoy free partial access to the first floor of Olana’s historic interiors. First-come-first-served 1-3:30 p.m. In addition to welcoming a new season, we’ll be saying goodbye to Jean Shin’s art installation, FALLEN during this event. At dusk, parts of the hemlock will be cremated into ash and charcoal and the rest will be returned to the landscape to nourish the living hemlocks at Olana. Email for more information.,

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