Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

October 29 - November 4

If you missed the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition meeting at the Churchtown Firehouse two weeks ago, you have a second chance to be enlightened about the proposed Energy Highway slated to come through Columbia County with devastating effects already being felt by some property owners.  The bonus at these meetings, which feature a presentation by research professor Gidon Eshel, is that, whether you are a physicist or not, you come away actually understanding why the power line expansion is not needed, and you were entertained in the bargain.  Enid Futterman (imby) says:  “Fascinating, conclusive, and dead funny.  I wasn’t expecting to have such a good time!”  Professor Eshel makes a second appearance on Saturday, November 1 at Bard College.  Details below.


Wednesday-Thursday, October 29-30

Two Community Meetings related to the Proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline to go through Canaan, New Lebanon, Malden Bridge, and East Chatham – (See listing below for further details.)


Saturday, November 1

Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition  Public Meeting to share new information on the Power Line expansion proposed for Columbia County – 2 pm – Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College, Route 9G, Annandale-on-Hudson – (See listing below for further details.)

Wednesday, October 29

Upstreet Market – Only two more weeks to see your favorite farmers in the park and stock up on seasonal goods – Pro-Sharp will be there to sharpen knives – Wednesdays from 4 to 7 pm through November 5 – Seventh Street Park (aka The Public Square)


Becoming Incorrigible: The Girls of the Hudson Training School, 1921-1932 – A Prison Public Memory Project in collaboration with professors Laura Rogers and Tobi Jacobi – In 2011, local resident and business owner Lisa Durfee found an old box at a garage sale on Clinton Street in Hudson.  In it were intake records, photographs, and letters from girls who lived at the Hudson Training School from around 1920 to 1930.  This roundtable discussion and dialogue will explore how we read and interpret documents from a complex past and what these documents can tell us about the girls who lived at the Hudson Training School nearly a century ago – Information at 828-1792 or www.hudsonarealibrary.org – 6:30 pm – The History Room, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street


Wednesday-Thursday, October 29-30

Two Kinder Morgan Pipeline Related Meetings

Wednesday: An informational meeting sponsored by “Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline” regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan fracked gas pipeline and Columbia County compression station – The meeting will feature a Power Point presentation followed Q&A – Kinder Morgan Company was invited, but declined to participate – 6:30 pm – New Lebanon Town Hall, 14755 Route 22, New Lebanon

>Thursday: Kinder Morgan Company presentation followed by Q&A – 4 pm to 5:30 pm – New Lebanon Fire Station, 512 Route 20, New Lebanon

> Information at 781-4686 or e-mail raconnors@yahoo.com


Thursday, October 30

Ben Seretan and Nat Baldwin– Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Thursday-Sunday, October 30-November 2

Films at TSL:

20,000 Days on Earth – Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave

> Watchers of the Sky  – “An extraordinary testament to one man’s perseverance, this Sundance award-winning film…examines the life and legacy of the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist who coined the term genocide.”

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Friday, October 31

Halloween Wine Tasting – The Phantom is back! Taste it, and other frighteningly delicious and mysterious wines – All treats, no tricks – Information at 828-0934 – 4 to 7 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, 160 Fairview Avenue (Fairview Plaza, Route 9, Greenport


Kook Spook with DJs Black Lake & Musty Chiffonand Special Guest Girlgantua Jones – Cash prize for the best costume  – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 10 pm  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Halloween Night Party – With DJ T-Bone – Cash prizes for best costumes – 21 and over with ID – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Friday-Sunday, October 31-November 2

Behold! New Lebanon – A Living Museum of Contemporary Rural American Life – This ongoing program is now in its final week – Locals share their secrets of living successfully in today’s rural America.  A variety of programs and events are offered, including a Halloween Lantern Walk, a behind-the-scenes look at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, a walk with the VP of the Corkscrew Rail Trail Association following the footprint of the once famed Rutland Railroad, a class on identifying animals by their tracks, or a conversation with owners of Percheron horses – Information, program descriptions and schedule, and tickets at www.beholdnewlebanon.org or at the Visitors Center beginning at 9 am on Saturday – Behold! Visitors Center, 14398 Route 22, just south of the intersection with Route 20, New Lebanon


Saturday, November 1

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Local fresh produce, prepared foods, cheese, baked goods, meat, and more –Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – The Market is held Saturdays through November 22 from 9 am to 1 pm – Lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets


Live simulcast of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Bizet’s Carmen – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


The Wonders of Raptor Migration  - Wildlife rehabilitator and educator Trish Marki of Silent Wings will talk about the fall migration patterns of our native raptors – She will present live birds to show the amazing adaptations of these magnificent hunters – A family friendly educational program – The event is held outside, so dress for the weather – Information and registration at 392-5252 ext. 208 or www.clctrust.org/events or by e-mail to christinev@clctrust.org – 1 to 3 pm – Harrier Hill Park, Rod and Gun Road, Stockport


Public Meeting on the Proposed Power Line Expansion – This is the second of two county-wide meetings sponsored by the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition to share new information on the Power Line expansion proposed for Columbia County – Featured is a presentation by Gidon Eshel, PhD, Bard College Research Professor of Environmental Science and Physics, who will speak on his findings that existing power lines can meet our region’s peak electricity-demand needs well into the future – Dr. Eshel is an internationally recognized physicist, scientist, and research professor with expertise in data analysis and efficiency metrics, and a very dynamic speaker – Information at www.hvsec.org – 2 pm – Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College, Route 9G, Annandale-on-Hudson


Reading/Book Signing – Author Vernon Benjamin reads from his recent book, The History of the Hudson River Valley from Wilderness to the Civil War – The book combines historical record with anecdotes from the colorful characters who lived this history, beginning with the Native American communities that first inhabited the Valley and ending at the close of the Civil War – Co-hosted by the Friends of Clermont, the Germantown Library, and the Germantown History Department – Reservations and information at 537-6622 or www.friendsofclermont.org – 3 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue (off Route 9G), Germantown


Boom and Bust and Beyond – Classics from the American Songbook by composers such as Harold Arlen, Rodgers & Hammerstein, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin performed by Doug Schmolze, vocals and guitar, Vikki True, vocals, and Eric Martin, violin – Information at 325-4101 or www.roejanlibrary.org – 5 pm –  Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, (one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 & 23), Hillsdale


Book Launch and Reception – To learn about the Shakers and the Shaker Museum and to celebrate the publication of The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World, published by Skira Rizzoli – For 160 years (1787 to 1947), The Shakers at Mount Lebanon NY, in the Northeastern corner of Columbia County, comprised the largest utopian society in America – The Museum preserves and interprets their legacy – Information at www.baileygallery.com or 828-6680 – 5 to 7 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street


PS21 Annual Gala – Choreographer David Parsons is Guest of Honor – Parsons Dance Company members will perform throughout the evening – Auction of glass lanterns, decorated by local artists – Wine & tapas – Space is limited – Reservations at www.ps21chatham.org or  by e-mail to ps21@fairpoint.org or call 392-6121 – 5:30 to 8 pm – Omi International Arts Center Visitors’ Center, 1405 Route 22, Ghent


John Bloomfield – An early evening concert and reception to benefit Hudson Opera House music programs for young children – Known for training piano virtuosos at the Golandsky Institute, which he co-founded, John Bloomfield gives a rare performance of work by Domenico Scarlatti, Joseph Haydn, Frederic Chopin, and Johannes Brahms – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Sunday, November 2

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS – Set your clocks back one hour.


Annual Tweed Ride – An easy three-mile bicycle ride on the streets of Hudson on vintage bikes (not required) wearing dapper tweedy clothes (required) – Photo opportunities – Information and/or wardrobe advice by contacting Lisa Durfee at Five & Diamond, 828-1557 or lisadurfee@verizon.net – Meet at 2:30 pm at Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street


Reading & Book Signing – Local author Daniel Region will read from his fictional memoir, Tales from Thurmons Corners – The book is the first in a trilogy and is the story of a man who returns to the small Midwestern community where he was born… Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing – All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library --The reading will be followed by Q & A and a reception – Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis – Information at 212-518-7551 or www.mcdarisfineart.com – 3 pm – McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street


HD screening of The National Theatre of London’s  production of David Hare’s Skylight – Directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Monday, November 3

Mondays with Melora – A residency during the month of November with Melora Creager and her band the Calico Indians, featuring Chops LaConte, Ryder Cooley, Luis Mojica, and Timothy Oakley – Special guests include singer-violinist Eszter Balint,  Kiki * d, and Wild Boy with Clare Felice – Creager, who sings and plays cello and banjo, says the performances, will include a mix of old originals re-orchestrated, old covers re-organized, and new songs, including a few songs about Columbia County – The performances are intended as a live “lab” with “an ear to recording.” – Creager is best known as founder and leader of the cello-rock band Rasputina – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Tuesday, November 4

Election Day – For information on polling places, absentee ballots, etc. call the Board of Elections at 828-3115 – Polls open from 6 am to 9 pm


For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org


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