Have a Blast at Furnace Fest!

November 11th, 2017

blastRaffles ~ Burgers and Dogs ~ Music

At the Iron Works, Valley View Rd, Copake Falls

Sponsored by Friends of Taconic State Park

For more information, visit www.friendsoftsp.org  or Find us on Facebook: Friends of Taconic State Park or call 518-329-3251.



Transformers of Folk Music: Songs and Piano by Dvorak and Grieg

October 28th, 2017

On Sunday, October 28 at 5 pm, soprano Sun Young Chang and pianist Mitchell Vines will appear at the Roe Jan Library. They will perform works by Anton Dvorak and Edvard Grieg.

Sun Young Chang, soprano, has worked extensively performing and teaching voice, both in her native Korea and in the United States.  She received her Masters and Professional Studies degrees from Mannes College of Music and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, and has performed there several times since.  She has sung leading opera roles with various companies in venues including the Kaye Playhouse and the Actors Studio in New York City.  She is a Teaching Artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and has been a private voice instructor and coach since 2002.  She has been faculty at the Berkshire Choral Festival.  She also gives her time generously to several charities in New York City.

Pianist Mitchell Vines’ has performed in Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States.  Mr. Vines’ professional associations include the Berkshire Choral Festival and New York Summer Opera Scenes. Mr. Vines has accompanied numerous singers and instrumentalists, and is in high demand as a collaborative pianist.  His teaching experience includes positions with the Aspen Music Festival, Mannes School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and the Harlem School of the Arts.


Hudson’s Experience with Urban Renewal

October 26th, 2017

At the Hudson Area Library on Thursday, October 26, Peter Cipkowski give an illustrated talk about urban renewal in the 1970s in Hudson, a massive undertaking that impacted hundreds of families and changed the city forever. The illustrated presentation, based on historical documents and conversations with project leaders and local residents, will provide both context and an overview of how, and why, urban renewal unfolded in Hudson. The presentation will address many of the questions we all wonder about: How was the urban renewal project funded? What were its original objectives? Did it succeed in meeting its goals? What was lost? Was it worth it? What has the experience taught us about planning, preservation, and economic growth? How did it compare with similar projects in the Hudson Valley and beyond? What lessons, if any, are there for us as Hudson continues to evolve?

As a boy, Peter Cipkowski was a frequent visitor to his grandparents’ grocery store and family home at 39 South Front Street, torn down in 1970. His uncle, Edward Cipkowski, served on the staff of the Hudson Urban Renewal Agency. Peter has degrees in history and education from Bard College and Carnegie Mellon and is the author of two books published by John Wiley & Sons. Peter is Hillsdale Town Supervisor and President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.

Thursday, October 26, 6-7:30pm

A question and answer period and reception will follow the talk. For more information email email hidden; JavaScript is required, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

Making Homes Healthier Workshops

October 25th, 2017


2018 Budget Workshop

October 24th, 2017

Notice is hereby given that that there shall be a Budget Workshop at Town Hall at 6:30 pm preceding the regular Town Board meeting. All welcome.




Annual Turkey Dinner and Bazaar at St. John’s

October 21st, 2017

St. John’s Lutheran Church
Ancram, New York

Annual Turkey Dinner and Bazaar

Homemade items, Candy and Baked Goods

Raffle Tickets for three prizes will be on sale

Saturday October 21

Tickets $15.00 donation

Take out at 4:30 and eat in @ 5:00

Please contact one of the following people for tickets.

To guarantee  there is a dinner available please call by October 15

Andrea 518-789-4769

Cindy 518-329-0038

Robin 518-398-5200

Debbie 518-329-7594


Supreme Sacrifice: Columbia County in World War 1

October 21st, 2017

Opening reception at the Columbia County Historical Society, 5 Albany Avenue, Kinderhook on Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 6 pm.



Write Your Heart Out: A Workshop with Claudia Ricci at Library

October 21st, 2017

Claudia Ricci, writer and teacher, will present “Write Your Heart Out: A Workshop to Discover Yourself in Words and Meditation,” at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 10 am to 1 pm, with a short break for snacks and beverages.

The workshop is free.  Enrollment is limited to fifteen participants.  To register, please call Roeliff Jansen Community Library at (518) 325-4101.

Workshop participants should bring a favorite journal and pen or pencil.

Workshop Description:

“Write Your Heart Out” will lead participants through a series of simple meditative and inspirational exercises designed to help them write about their lives and things they love. Exercises such as breathing will be used because the goal is to help writers to write naturally, in the same way they breathe—letting thoughts, feelings, past experiences, words and images rise to the surface.

This workshop is not intended to teach the nuts and bolts of writing, but rather to encourage writers to discover their authentic voices, in part by reading their work aloud, and to take the fear out of writing.

Claudia Ricci, Ph.D., recently retired after many years as a professor at SUNY Albany. Her first novel Dreaming Maples was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her short fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines. She was formerly a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and a prize-winning reporter for The Chicago Sun Times.  She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.  A practitioner of yoga and meditation for many years, she started teaching “Write Your Heart Out” workshops in 2003 and began painting the same year.



Art, Writing, and Victorian Fiction at Library

October 14th, 2017

Sharon Flitterman-King, Ph.D. will read from her books, Paradise Reclaimed: Collected Essays on Art and Writing and Articulate Terrain: A Study of Setting in Victorian Fiction at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 4 pm.

Flitterman-King describes her academic life as teacher and journalist in the talk, titled “Bringing Berkeley to the Berkshires—From Paradise Reclaimed to Articulate Terrain: An Independent Scholar’s Journey.”

Dr. Flitterman-King was a founding faculty member of the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, and has written, taught and lectured for many years. Her articles have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Independent, and The Artful Mind, as we’ll as in collections on teaching and writing. She earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from UC Berkeley, writing on Victorian Fiction. She lives with her husband, writer David C. King, in Upstate New York.


North Methodist Chicken BBQ

October 14th, 2017

On Saturday, October 14,  from 4 – 6:30 pm, the North Hillsdale Methodist Church (a designated historic landmark) is hosting their quarterly BBQ extravaganzas. Located at Route 21 and Route 22 – just 4 miles north of the intersection of routes 22 and 23.

Menu includes: 1/2 BBQ Chicken, Baked Potato, Homemade Coleslaw, and Homemade Deserts.

Take out only.

Adults: $13.00  Children 5-10 years: $5.00  Under 5 years: FREE

Location: North Hillsdale Methodist Church on Route 22 (4 miles north of Route 23) in North Hillsdale, NY.

All proceeds support the building restoration project.

October Town Board Meeting

October 10th, 2017

Town Hall Memorial Day 2016Tuesday, October 10, 2017
7 pm 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Minutes
  3. Announcements/Correspondence (P. Cipkowski)
  4. Highway Superintendent’s Report (R. Briggs)
  5. Fire District (J. Hanselman, Jr.)
  6. Town Clerk (K. Doolan)
  7. Department Head and Committee Reports:
    • Planning (H. Henward)
    • ZBA (C. Norton)
    • CAC (D. Lewis)
    • Broadband (T. Wohlfarth)
    • Highway (C. Barbato)
    • Human Resources (S. Tiger)
    • Infrastructure (R. Ward)
    • Youth Program (J. Sims)
  8. Comprehensive Plan Committee Reports
    • Climate Smart (T. Carty)
    • Hamlet (B. Zeigler)
    • Historic Hillsdale (J. Johnson)
    • Housing (E. Levy)
  9. New Business/Old Business (P. Cipkowski)
  10. Public Comments
  11. Pay bills






Harvest Fest in Copake Falls

October 8th, 2017

Autumn in Austerlitz 

October 8th, 2017

Sunday October 8th, 2017 from 11 am – 4 pm. Rain or Shine. Admission: $7 for adults, children under 12 are free. Antiques, live music, entertainment for children, early American crafts, vendors, silent auction, quilt raffle and a variety of hot and cold foods. Old Austerlitz, 11550 Route 22, Austerlitz, NYwww.oldausterlitz.org

The 23rd Annual Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival

October 8th, 2017

Sunday, October 8 | 10 am-4 pm

Free Admission | Rain or Shine

For 23 years, Hawthorne Valley has offered the Fall Festival as a free public event to thank our donors, customers, volunteers, community members, and local vendors for their support and partnership. The Festival is the perfect opportunity to get to know Hawthorne Valley’s diverse initiatives and experience the beauty of autumn in Columbia County. Over the years, the Festival has grown into a seasonal favorite with over 3,000 people attending from the Hudson Valley, New York City, and beyond.

Activities include: hay maze, children’s crafts, hay rides around the farm, dozens of local vendors, live music, delicious local food, scavenger hunt, puppet shows, cider pressing, and more!

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School holds an All-School Open House throughout the day – tour the school, meet some of our teachers and see some of our students’ work.

The Magical Puppet Tree performers will also stage a puppet show story time. This year’s performance is “Arrow to the Sun,” a Native American tale presented in silk marionette and colored light theater. Showtimes are at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm. The First People of this land have a rich storytelling tradition for which we are grateful! This tale tells of a boy’s quest to know his father who lives in the land of the sky. On his journey there he must face his fear and find courage – thus discovering not only who his father is, but also who he, himself, has become. Please join us in the Morning Star Kindergarten Theater to share in this collaborative offering that features the work of Early Childhood Teachers, parents, and local artists and musicians. Admission is $4.


The Auction Project

October 7th, 2017

On Saturday, October 7, at 5 pm… Fusing Celtic, jazz and Afro-Latin influences, super group The Auction Project—led by Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, and alto saxophonist and composer David Bixler—create a surprising, richly textured and thoroughly enjoyable sound. The Auction Project explores how a traditional fiddle phrase fits atop a breezy, post-bop groove as this quintet makes history and stakes out uncommon musical territory.

In their review of the band’s last album, Slink, WBGO writes, the album “stakes out uncommon musical territory, a place where Celtic reels merge with gospel and funk, as if it were the most natural thing on earth.” In addition to O’Farrill and Bixler, The Auction Project features Grammy Award-winning percussionist Vince Cherico, violinist/fiddler Heather Bixler and bassist Carlo De Rosa.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation. Suggested Donation: $10 at the door

First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale
State Highway 23 and State Route 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529



Annual Pumpkin Fest in Hillsdale

October 7th, 2017

C Herrington  Home + Design – Stop on in for our Instore Sale! (10-5)

Crossroads Food shop – While having lunch be sure to order a few fresh baked Pumpkin Baked Goods. Hurry, before they sell out! Open (8:30-2:30)

HGS Home Chef:

  • Pumpkin Pie 101 plus,with Louise Robak (1:30 – 3:30) In celebration of the Hillsdale Pumpkin Festival, we are pursuing all things pumpkin in this baking class. Learn to make delicious from-scratch pumpkin pie in this hands-on class. Class cost $35.00
  • Join in the fun of the Hillsdale Pumpkin Festival by baking and bringing your best homemade pumpkin pie to our kitchen between 10 AM and 2:30 PM on Oct. 7th. At 3:30 pm, Chef David Wurth of CrossRoads Food Shop and Louise Roback, in-house cook at HGS Home Chef, will judge the pies.First place prize is a $100 gift certificate at HGS Home Chef. Second place prize is a $25 gift certificate at CrossRoads Food Shop. Participants are welcome back to the store at 4:30 PM to collect their pies (or what’s left of them!) to share with their fans. The winners will be announced on Facebook and contacted that evening with the good news.

Please visit http://hillsdalegeneralstore.com/home-chef/ or stop on in to The Hillsdale General Store or HGS Home Chef for more info.

Hillsdale General Store:

  • A count the candy in a jar contest for children age 9 and younger to win some goodies.
  • Free gift to any child who shows up in costume.(10-6)
  • A bake sale on the front porch to benefit the Hamlet Committee’s Beautifcation fund (11-3). If YOU like to bake something, we’d love to include your pies, cakes, cookies, bars, muffins, brownies… you name it. Just bring your baked good to the bake sale table by 10:45 so there is time to price and arrange.
  • Cub Scout Pack 2130 will be outside the Hillsdale General Store selling popcorn for a fundraiser (11-3)
  • Stop by The Hillsdale General Store for an autumn tasting of les collines seasonal, small batch jelly and preserves! Learn how to use these locally sourced beauties for everything from cocktails to glazes, cheese boards to sauces. We’ll be sampling classics like Meyer Lemon Rosemary Jelly and Heirloom Tomato Butter as well as new fall flavors TBA. (12-2)

Hillsdale Wine & Liqour: Stop on in and join our Wine Tasting (1-4)

Honey Dog Farms: What’s screams fall more then a Hayride! Meet at Long Hill Farm, aka the farm by the Air Mail sign that is high up in the air. And gather beside the farmstand to load onto the wagon.   (2:30)

LabSpace: Pumpkin Carving for kids with their parents. People pay a nominal fee for their pumpkin (2-4)

Mirror Mirror:  Outside the store will be 2 large photo stands with cutouts, for taking photos, to be setup on front lawn of Mirror Mirror (All Day)

O’s Hillsdale Country Dinner: Yummy Pumpkin baked goods. (All Day)

Passiflora & Village Scoop: Donkey Hugs and Grab bag goodies. So many other great activities between Passiflora & Village Scoop that they needed their own poster! So be sure to check it out!

Roe-Jan Community Library:

  • Pumpkin storytime & decorating. (10:30)
  • Join us during the Pumpkin Festival as we sit back, relax and watch a Tim Burton Favorite Film! And what good is a movie without snacks? Don’t worry, Pizza & Goodies will be Provided!(5:30) Sign up is required so give us a call to reserve your place! 518-325-4101

Taconic Lawn & Garden: Activities will take place from (1-4)

  • Face painting,
  • Crafts and games for kids cotton candy,
  • Snow cones
  • Ducks, Chickens and other animals to pet.

Trudy’s Beauty Shop: Learn some amazing health benefits of PUMPKIN! Make & take home pumpkin hair conditioner. Fun and refreshments in Trudy’s Beauty Shop (12-4)

The Hillsdale Hamlet Committee: From 11 am to 3 pm, holding a bake sale on the front porch of the Hillsdale General Store. The proceeds from these goodies will go towards further beautification of the Hamlet. If YOU like to bake something? We’d love to include your pies, cakes, cookies, bars, muffins, brownies… you name it. Just bring your baked good to the bake sale table by 10:45 so there is time to price and arrange.


Friends Book Shop Open at Library

October 7th, 2017

October is History month with a large selection plus thousands of other books to choose from at the Friends Book Shop at the Roe Jan Community Library.

The Shop is open Saturday October 7, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Location is in the lower level of the Roe Jan Community Library, 9091 Rte. 22, just south of the Rte. 23 intersection in Hillsdale.

Flu Preparedness and Back to School Health at Library

October 5th, 2017

Dr. Michael Weisberg of Columbia Memorial Health’s Rapid Care Center in Copake will speak on Flu Preparedness and Back to School Health at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Thursday, October 5 from 6 to 8 pm.

Dr. Weisberg will discuss Flu Preparedness and Back to School Wellness and Hygiene.  Topics will include:  cleaning to stop germs in their tracks; talking to children about how to prevent the spread of germs; caring for yourself or an ill family member; as well as Flu Shot benefits and myths.  There will be time for questions.

Michael Weisberg, MD is the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson and Director of the Rapid Care centers in Valatie and Copake.  He is dual-boarded in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine.


American Songbook Concert at the Church

September 30th, 2017

Featuring Atla and Matt DeChamplain, an Afternoon of American Songbook Jazz, with Special Guest Matt Dwonszyk on Bass

Pianist Matt DeChamplain “plays with amazing dexterity and superb taste while covering the history of jazz piano from ragtime and stride to modern” – Hartford Jazz Society. Matt has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, New York’s JVC Jazz Festival, the Berklee Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and renowned jazz clubs such as the Regatta Bat, Smalls and Yoshi’s.

Matt’s notable performances have been with  Dave Brubeck, Marion Cowings, Paul Brown, Dianne Mower, Jaimo, Shawnn Monteiro,  Jose Feliciano,  and Jon Hendricks. In 2015 Matt and his wife vocalist Atla DeChamplain released their first collaboration together titled “Pause”.  The album features a guest appearance by Hendricks.  “Atla DeChamplain is a singer’s singer.  She is a cross between Jon Hendricks and Ella Fitzgerald.  It doesn’t get any better”—Shawnn Montiero.  Veteran NYC bassist, Matt Dwonszyk, is a virtuoso jazz player and a masterful composer.  Matt has performed at the JVC New York Jazz Festival, the Jazz & Colors Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Matt frequently performs in N.Y and throughout New England. “It’s hard for me to think of very many bass players anywhere whose solos I enjoy as much as Matt’s; he has so much language … You can hear a lot of history in the melodies he plays. “-Kris Allen

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.

Saturday, September 30, 5 pm

Suggested Donation: $10 at the door

First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale
State Highway 23 and State Route 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529


Fifth Annual Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour

September 23rd, 2017

Get ready! The 5th Annual Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Sponsored by the Towns of Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale, this popular non-competitive community cycling event is a is a great way to spend the day with family and friends, or just ride yourself, on four different routes: 10, 25, 35 and 50 miles on the quiet country roads winding through the beautiful scenery of our area. This free event is geared to both the casual and the experienced cyclist, and can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of level.

The Ramble has just announced in honor of its 5th Anniversary it will be making available a special commemorative T-shirt. The shirt is available FREE to all participants who register to ride no later than Tuesday, September 5. Simply go to www.roejanramble.org , click “Register to Ride”, and make sure to indicate your T-shirt size. Pick up yours when you check-in on the day of the ride. But make sure you sign up by September 5 or you’ll miss out on this great commemorative T-shirt. (And shhhh… rumor has it that a limited number of special logo Hats may be available the day of the ride, too….)

Although the ride is free and open to everyone, participants are encouraged to donate, or collect pledges, to benefit the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association. This year’s Ramble will celebrate the success of prior years with two routes that for the first time include the newly opened extension of the Rail Trail between Copake and Hillsdale.

But don’t wait to sign up!  Due to the popularity of this event, this year’s ridership is expected to be limited to 300 lucky participants. For more information and to register to ride, go to www.roejanramble.org.

Casana Officially Opens in Hillsdale

September 19th, 2017

Casana, a luxury brand of cashmere scarves, wraps, throws and more, announces the grand opening of its first flagship boutique. The boutique officially opens on September 19, 2017, with a traditional blessing ceremony performed by Tibetan lama Khenpo Kunga.

Casana founder and creative director Carrie Chen, in cooperation with partner Stanley Cohen, offers a unique shopping experience. On one side of their new 4,000 square foot retail space in the charming hamlet of Hillsdale, NY is Chen’s collection of sumptuous cashmere scarves, throws and wraps; on the other side is Casana T House. Together, the two spaces unite Chen’s love of design as well as culinary arts. A pure, healthful, nature-embracing lifestyle is at the core of everything Chen offers.

The interior—designed by Carrie Chen Design Group—is spare and modern, combining a natural color palette with an Asian sensibility. Details include pale wood paneling that highlights the vibrant colors of the cashmere collection, as well as glowing shadow boxes and mirrors, which show off the collection’s intricate patterns. Some are draped atop ceramics crafted by local resident Paul Chaleff, a renowned artist considered a pioneer of modern American pottery.

What’s more, poster-size images of Casana brand ambassador—Miss World Nepal 2016 Asmi Shrestha photographed on location where Casana is sourced and woven, adorn the walls. The images were taken by New York City and Rhinebeck denizen Yumiko Izo, an award-winning photographer who specializes in large-scale pigment prints.

Additional details that blend East and West include a traditional Nepalese floating flower bowl—a symbol of tranquility—as well as flower arrangements by ikebana master Tamura Hanzue and pottery made by Asian masters.

The boutique also offers exclusives, including scarves in limited-edition prints and patterns, as well as cashmere sweaters.

In addition to serving teas, coffee and pastries in an enchanting and lively environment, Casana T House is an event space offering instruction in both Japanese and Chinese tea ceremonies, individual tea tastings and private tea ceremonies for groups of 8 to 10.

On some nights Casana T House will host special speakers followed by a light buffet. Says Chen, who trained as a landscape architect and interior designer, “I created this space, which includes my design studio upstairs, because I wanted to bring together everything I love. It’s a great setup for me artistically, plus I get to connect with people who come to shop and relax. It’s a cross-cultural experience meant to delight all five senses.”

Casana and Casana T House: 2633 State Route 23, Hillsdale, NY, Monday-Sunday

8 am-4 pm. For more information: (518) 325-6105www.casanadesigns.com / www.casanatea.com

About Casana

In addition to being a purveyor of luxury cashmere scarves, wraps, throws and blankets hand dyed and silk screened one at a time, Casana is a socially responsible fashion brand. The excellence of its products is matched by the merit of the company’s sustainable and ethical business practices. Cashmere is harvested and woven in Nepalese tradition with no environmental impact, and the company’s profit-sharing program supports education and healthcare both locally and abroad.

Town Board Meeting 8/8/17

September 18th, 2017

Town Board Meeting 8/8/17

Town Board Meeting 7/18/17

September 18th, 2017

Town Board Meeting 7/18/17

Town Board Public Hearing 7/18/17

September 18th, 2017

Public Hearing: Local Law #2

Revolution on the Roads

September 17th, 2017

On Sunday, September 17, at 2 pm, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society will host preservationist Alexia “Lex” Lalli. She will give an illustrated talk, Revolution on the Roads. Lex’s presentation is designed to wrap up the Society’s Summer Exhibit and illustrate the past and future of road travel.

The evolution of roads and vehicles, and the means of moving goods and people are a fascinating story of necessity and ingenuity. The accelerated pace at which these new ideas were introduced in the 19th and 20th centuries paralleled our growth as a great nation.  Using the Columbia Turnpike as an example, the illustrated talk will cover transformations in transportation from the 18th century to the present, and give some predictions about future revolutions on the roads.

Alexia Lalli has worked in the fields of historic preservation, urban design and planning, and transportation. For the Metropolitan Transportation Authority she led the Grand Central Centennial, a year-long celebration of the terminal, working with many branches of MetroNorth Railroad and the MTA. Previously she worked on projects involving the West Side Highway, the Williamsburg Bridge, and renovating subway stations for the Adopt-A-Station program.

In 2008-2009 she assisted in the creation of an agenda for the future of the Hudson River Valley for the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. During the Quadricentennial year, she created Heritage Weekend: over 100 heritage sites, parks, museums, and buildings were open and free for a weekend. It has become an annual event.

As executive director of Heritage Trails New York from 1996 to 2000, she established trails, organized tours and installed 42 historical markers in lower Manhattan.

She directed community relations for the West Side Task Force after the extensive plans for Westway along the Hudson River in NYC was defeated. After receiving approval from local communities and both the city and the state, this resulted in the parks and roads now along the Hudson River from downtown Manhattan to 59th Street.

For several years, she worked for the Museum of the City of New York and the Building Museum in Washington, D.C., planning adult programs related to their exhibitions and to issues in urbanism.

A graduate of Cornell University, she spent a year at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design as a Loeb Fellow.

She has homes in New York City and Hillsdale where she founded Historic Hillsdale, the Preservation Committee of the Town Board. Historic Hilldale brought about the designation of Hillsdale as an historic district on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. This designation both increased awareness of the historic character of the town and also made building owners eligible for tax benefits and grants. Historic Hillsdale helped renovate Town Hall, began the efforts to save the East Gate Toll House, and many other projects.

She served for twenty years on the Board of Aston Magna, a baroque musical society and is presently on the Loeb Fellowship Council at Harvard University and the Trustees Council of the Preservation League of New York State.