Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND – FRIDAY-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27-30, 2014                                                 



What to do after the turkey, the football, the shoveling, the nap?  There is shopping!  And plenty of other diversion and entertainment.  Read on!



Friday, November 28

Black Friday Cocktail Reception:  Mulford’s Midlife Madness Sale – Shop and Sip – Mulford Antiques is offering a rare inventory reduction for the whole month of December. This special preview buying event includes unique finds at or near cost – Information at 828-5489 – 4 to 7 pm – Vincent Mulford Antiques, 417-419 Warren Street


HWM Wine Tasting – Cognac producer Germain-Robin produces world-renowned grape and fruit brandies, including elegant Heirloom Apple Brandy and Pear de Pear Eau de Vie – We will be celebrating fall fruits with this incredible producer  – Information at 828-6411 or www.hudsonwinemerchants.com  – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street


New Store Opening Day – Tradewinds, COARC’s new nonprofit retail store is described as a “socially conscious retail space offering fair trade items from both local and global artisans, as well as items crafted by individuals with disabilities who receive COARC services.”   – Information at 672-4451 or www.coarc.org – Tradewinds, 409 Warren Street


Friday-Saturday, November 28-29

Artisan’s Weekend at Simons General Store – Fifteen talented local professional artists exhibit their wares including jewelry, pottery, wearable art, graphics, edibles, and more, all priced for holiday buying – To benefit the Ancram Preservation Group – Information by e-mail to abbywest@taconic.net – Friday preview party and reception from 6 to 8 pm with admission fee; Saturday is sales day from 10 am to 2 pm with free admission – Simons General Store, in the heart of Ancram


Sugar Daddy – Everett Bradley’s Holidelic – Part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show, this holiday-funk spectacular features original holiday songs as well as loose, funk-infused adaptations of old favorites – This new Holidelic puts a fresh spin on holiday cheer through lively holiday party tunes, outrageous costumes, and a theatrical stage show worthy of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street  


Friday-Sunday, November 28-30

Films at TSL:

> Force Majeure –  “…this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family…” – Won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival – With English subtitles

1,000 Times Good Night – One of the world’s top war photojournalists, played by Juliette Binoche, faces the choice of giving up her dangerous profession or losing the family she counts on being there every time she returns from an assignment.

The General (1926) – Buster Keaton’s classic silent film – Live music by Mike Schiffer (One screening only – Saturday at 7:30 pm)

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


Matondo: The Essence of Giving Thanks – The 14th annual community play presented by Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre, Hudson Opera House, Camphill Hudson, and Perfect 10 – 5 pm – Solaris, 360 Warren Street


Basilica Farm & Flea and Black Friday Soiree – Farmers, artisans, vintage collectors, and makers of handmade and quality goods come together in a large-scale farmstand and flea market as an alternative to Black Friday shopping – The ethos of the market is “Nothing boxed.  Nothing pre-packaged in plastic wrap.  Nothing with a bar code.” – The market is co-presented with Hudson River Exchange, which also organized the “made and collected” portion of the market – Food available from Nicole Lobue of Alimentary Kitchen, Ruby Duke of Raven and Boar, and Truck Pizza – Farm & Flea kicks off with the Black Friday Soiree, an opportunity for shoppers to celebrate and preview the market and sample an array of food and beverage offerings – The Soiree includes a book signing of Hudson Valley Food and Farming by Tessa Edick, the founder and executive director of the FarmOn! Foundation and music by DJ Dan Bunny (John Doe Records) and Georgia & Co. – Information, including a full list of participating vendors at www.basilicafarmandflea.com – Soiree is Friday from 5 to 9 pm – Farm & Flea is on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110  South Front Street


Walking the dog Theater presents the umbilical point – Written and performed by Gabriel Rodriguez and directed by David Anderson – “…a vibrant blend of devised theater, elemental movement, folklore, hip hop and spoken word.” – Information and reservations at 610-0909 or by e-mail to info@wtdtheater.org – To learn more about the play and the artistic process behind the scenes visit www.theumbilicalpoint.com – 8 pm – Solaris, 360 Warren Street


Ali Baba and the Four Tea Thieves The fifteenth annual holiday production by the PantoLoons – A spoof on the 2001 Arabian Nights tale, full of parody, comedy, schtick, broad humor, great songs and crazy costumes – Written by Judy Staber and Tom Detwiler, with lyrics, bells and whistles added by the Loons cast - Directed by Tom Detwiler - Runs on weekends through December 14 – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent


Saturday, November 29

Chatham Brewing Anniversary Open House – Tours, canning demonstration, live entertainment, pig roast, mystery beer premier, and more – Information at 697-0202 orwww.chathambrewing.com  – 9 am to 11 pm – Chatham Brewing, 59 Main Street, Chatham


Small Business Saturday – Shop Small by recognizing  and celebrating small independent businesses in the Village of Valatie – Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and CyberMonday and celebrates the small businesses that help support the neighborhood and are essential to the preservation of local economy.  Presented by the Valatie Economic Development Association – Information at www.VERAvalatie.com/Small Business_Saturday.html – Events begin with the Mayor’s Proclamation – 10:30 am – 3025 Main Street - Valatie


HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville – Information and reservations at 822 -8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Spotty Dog celebrates Indies First – Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman serve as volunteer booksellers at this Small Business Saturday event – They can recommend some of their favorite books for your holiday shopping needs – Copies of their books will also be available – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 671-6006 – 3:45 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Book Launch and Signing for Conrad Vispo’s The Nature of the Place:  A History of Living with the Land in Columbia County, NY – The book is based on a decade of work by the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program – Information at 672-7994 – 4 to 6 pm – Hawthorne Valley Creek House, 1075 Harlemville Road, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent


Exhibition Opening – TREE – An exhibition about and for trees – A pop-up exhibition juried by Carrie Haddad of Carrie Haddad Gallery, featuring 40 tree-themed works by 26 local fine artists to benefit The Village of Kinderhook Tree Fund for the purchase of street trees – 5 to 7 pm – 1 Broad Street,  Kinderhook Village


Two Exhibition Openings – Hudson Valley painter Joseph Conrad-Ferm: Recent Paintings  and Print Highlights 1974-2013 with pieces by Robert Indiana, Robert Rauschenberg, Alexander Calder, Will Barnet, Romare Bearden, and others– Information at 646-483-9109 or www.FRGdesignart.com – 6 to 8 pm – FRG Objects & Design/Art, 217 Warren Street, 2nd Floor





Saturday, December 6

18th Annual Winter Walk – The big street festival that kicks off the holiday season in Hudson – Presented by the Hudson Opera House – Information at 822-1438 – Map and schedule coming soon at www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 5 to 8 pm – Warren Street and beyond


Saturday, December 6, 13, and 20

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets



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


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