Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 2 - 5:00 pm

Odd Song – A Multimedia Performance of Vespers

Drawing from different religious and spiritual traditions here in the United States and from other cultures, Odd Song offers a late afternoon remix of traditional Evensong.

Odd Song will include an Appalachian holler, Komungo music, guided meditation, Meister Eckhart and electronica, along with other sounds and readings from Psalms and Scripture.

The beautiful candle-lit St. John of the Wilderness (1852) in Copake Falls will house a 40-minute exploration of Interfaith harmonies (and perhaps dissonances) of centering within a pluralistic and media saturated world.

The Very Rev. John P. Thompson will lead the service with audio and visual accompaniment by media artist 99.

Please note that incense will be used.


Sunday, June 3 - 10:00 am

Remember the Titans 5K in Roe Jan Park

A 5K in the bucolic Roeliff Jansen Park!

On Sunday, June 3, beginning at 10 am, the annual 5K gets underway at the Roeliff Jansen Park to raise money for local scholars at Taconic Hills.  Pre-register for $20 or $25 the day of the event.  Contact Joe Raco (518) 929-9960 if you’d like to participate or volunteer.  Pre-registration checks should be made out to “TH Dollars for Scholars” & can be sent to RACO at PO Box 593 Philmont, NY 12565.

Runners, Walkers, and Teams welcome!  Don’t want to Walk or Run?  Come and watch or volunteer your time for a great cause!

All proceeds will be donated to Dollars for Scholars toward scholarships in honor of Titans we’ve lost.



Sunday, June 3 - 3:00 pm

Concerts at the Church: Classic American Songbook with The Uncertainty Principal

The Uncertainty Principal, a group of local mostly amateur musicians who have had solid careers outside of music, returns to this music series by popular demand.  With one exception, these players are just learning to improvise, hence the ‘uncertainty’ but they will certainly provide the audience with an entertaining afternoon.

“The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles and, therefore, the smallest scales of nature. Of these scales, the most we can hope for is to calculate probabilities for where things are and how they will behave. Unlike Isaac Newton’s clockwork universe, where everything follows clear-cut laws on how to move and prediction is easy if you know the starting conditions, the uncertainty principle enshrines a level of fuzziness into quantum theory.” – Alok Jha, The Guardian on A Short History of Equations

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


Saturday, June 9 - 5:00 pm

Roe Jan Library Gala Honors Carol Briggs, Library Director for 46 Years

The 2018 Roeliff Jansen Community Library Gala, “A Party in the Park”, will be held on Saturday, June 9 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at Roeliff Jansen Park, across Route 22 from the library.

A highlight of the evening will be a tribute to Carol Briggs.  As library director for 46 years, Carol Briggs was the face of this library, guiding and inspiring tens of thousands of patrons. She led the way as the library moved from date cards to barcodes, card catalogues to computers, from being all about books to being a community center.  Carol is known for her quiet warmth and sense of humor, for the books she recommended, and the hundreds of volunteers she trained and motivated.

The Gala raises a substantial portion of the library’s annual operating budget. This year’s attendees will enjoy food and wine from over 25 local restaurants, caterers and food purveyors, as well as tastings of locally made spirits, while helping to ensure that the library can continue providing services the Roe Jan community wants and needs.

Popular Gala fundraising traditions returning this year include an “Incredible Edibles” raffle basket valued at $1,000 featuring an Instant Pot and restaurant gift certificates, a silent auction of over 50 items and experiences, and a live auction with guest auctioneer Louis Caropreso.  Among the live auction items are lunch with the NY Times theater critic Ben Brantley, house seats with backstage tour to Disney’s “Lion King,” Tesla Motors driving experience coupled with a kid-sized Tesla Motors car, and a catered Chinese feast with wine pairing. Music will be provided by Kris Jensen’s Swinging All-Stars featuring American Songbook selections.

Information on live and silent auction items will be available at the library, on the library’s website and on the library’s Facebook page over the next few weeks. Raffle tickets are available at the library and the raffle basket will be on view during the two weeks leading up to the Gala. There will be opportunity for absentee bidding on auction items via the website and at the library.

Gala tickets may be purchased for $100 online at roejanlibrary.org, by check or cash at the library or by mailing a check to the library at PO Box 669, Hillsdale, N.Y 12529.  Those who wish to honor Carol Briggs can make a donation and have a message featured in the on-screen tribute at the gala.  Details are available at the library and on the web site.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library Business Partners Herrington Fuels, Herrington’s and Bank of Greene County are sponsors of the 2018 “Party in the Park.”

Monday, June 11 - 10:00 am

Shredding Program Begins

June 11-29 at Town Hall during Town Clerk hours.