Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 30 - 11:00 am

Agricultural Brunch – Invasive Species: Something for Everyone!

The all new Annual Chamber Agricultural Brunch is being presented by Columbia County Farm Bureau and Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, which will be held on Thursday, March 30 at a new location, Love Apple Farm from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.  Don’t miss this opportunity to network and learn more about agricultural businesses. The topic this year is Invasive Species: Something for Everyone! Presented by Marilyn Wyman, with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties.  For more detailed information visit the Chamber website at www.columbiachamber-ny.com.

The Agricultural Brunch has become the premier event for county residents who are involved in or concerned with our local farms and food system. This year’s brunch will again offer people a chance to network and learn what is happening on the agricultural scene. The event will be held at Love Apple Farm located at 1421 State Route 9H, in Ghent on Thursday, March 30 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm catered by Simons Catering.  The cost is $25/pp. Please contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 for reservations by March 24.

Sponsors of this event are Columbia Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties, Farm Credit East ACA, Fix Bros, Inc. and Hawthorne Valley Association.

Investors of all events throughout the year are Major Investors: Kinderhook Bank, Columbia Economic Development Corporation and E.P. Nevins Insurance Agency.  Media Investors are Columbia-Greene Media, iHeartMedia, and Mid-Hudson Cablevision, Inc. Premium Investors are The Bank of Greene County and MetzWood Insurance.

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, with its 800 members, is the leading voice of business in Columbia County, providing advocacy, promotional and benefit solutions for its members. Those seeking more information concerning the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and membership can contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 or visit the website at www.columbiachamber-ny.com.



Saturday, April 1 - 8:30 am

Spring Gardening Day

Cornell’s Cooperative Extension is offering fifteen 90-minute classes in two sessions. Each registrant can select two classes to attend–one from each time slot. The first session runs from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., the
second from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.  Our keynote speaker, Peter Bowden, well-known Capital Region
gardener and writer, will be speaking from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.  During arrival and break times you are invited to talk with Master Gardeners Volunteers. The Master Gardeners will have light refreshments for purchase during the registration and the break.  Of course, you are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

The cost of the program is $25.00 per person for the entire morning or $15.00 per class if you wish to attend only one session. Please indicate your choice(s) on the registration form. Please complete the registration form and return it with the appropriate fee payable to Cornell Cooperation Extension, 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534. It can be dropped through the mail slot in the main office door anytime. However, it must reach us by Friday, March 24.

You can also register (and pay via PayPal) online

Spring Day Flyer

Program and Registration

More at this link



Saturday, April 1 - 10:00 am

Friends Book Shop Open

The Friends Book Shop is open at the Roe Jan Library, 10 am to 4 pm. Located in the lower level of the library, the sale includes books and media for all ages. New material is on view each month, most at $1 or $2 per item. The library is located at 9091 Rte. 22, one-half mile south of the Rte. 23 intersection in Hillsdale, NY. Please visit the Friends of the Roe Jan Library website for more information: friends-roejanlibrary.org.


Saturday, April 8 - 10:00 am

Roe Jan Watershed Community Meeting

Thanks to a dedicated crew of samplers, the Roe Jan Watershed Community sampled 14 locations on the Roe Jan from May to October, monthly, in 2016. Visit their website to see the results.

More sites will be documented in 2017 and will include more measurements at each site. If you’re interested in helping with the sampling this year, join the team on April 8 at 10 am at the Pavillion at Lake Taghkanic State Park. The goal of the meeting will be to share results, discuss schedules, and train new folks who are interested.

Sunday, April 9 - 8:00 am

Palm Sunday Brunch

Join friends and neighbors for an “all you can eat” Palm Sunday Brunch at the Hillsdale Fire House on Route 22. This will be the 37th year for the brunch sponsored by the volunteers of Hillsdale Fire Company No. 1.

From 8 am to 1 pm, enjoy a menu that includes scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, hash, home fries, pancakes (blueberry and chocolate chip while they last), French toast, corn bread, jell-o, fruit, coffee, tea, and milk.

The Hillsdale Fire Company is a a 501(c)3 organization. The Palm Sunday Brunch is its only fundraiser and is designed to benefit its Heat and Power Fund. If you can’t attend, please consider making a tax-deductable donation to support Hillsdale Fire Company No. 1.

Raffle tickets can be purchased during the Brunch. The Ladies Auxiliary will also host a bake sale during the brunch.

Adults: $10
Children age 4-10: $4
Children age 3 and under: FREE

Sunday, April 9 - 1:30 pm

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter eggsBring your own basket or bag for all your goodies and join the fun on Sunday, April 9. Hillsdale’s Easter Egg Hunt is open to kids of all ages, and is 100% fun and 100% free.

It all begins at 1:30 on Palm Sunday. Look for us behind the Sheriff Sub-station in the Hillsdale Hamlet Park.

Please note that, heaven forbid, the grounds are still covered with snow or it’s too wet, look for the hunt in one of the covered sheds inside the Roeliff Jansen Park.





Saturday, April 22 - 3:00 pm

Children’s Earth Day Program

Friends of Taconic State Park invites elementary and middle school aged children and their parents to an “Earth Day Celebration” where they will participate in a hands-on, interactive program to learn about important environmental issues on Saturday, April 22nd from 1 pm to 3 pm at Park headquarters, 253 State Route 344, Copake Falls. The event is the second of four children’s nature and history programs offered by the group this year, thanks to a legislative grant secured for the Friends by Assembly member Didi Barrett.

Led by educators from the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, the program will be a fun series of games and activities designed to help children understand the importance of environmental quality in maintaining optimal habitat for wildlife and the impact that the degradation of the environment has on wildlife populations. The role that source point pollution and carbon footprint have on environmental quality will be highlighted so that children can learn ways to have a positive impact on the environment.

The first program in the series, Skins and Skulls was held February 18th and gave children an opportunity to identify animals from their skins and skulls as well as tracks and sign. Future programs made possible by the grant from Assembly member Barrett include “Family Fun at the Furnace,” a re-enactment of the life of a 19th century iron worker at the Copake Iron Works hosted by master storyteller Tom Lee on Saturday, May 27th. A hands-on demonstration of sand casting and an opportunity to watch a blacksmith at work will round out that day’s program. The fourth and final program, date to be determined in late June or early July, will be a night walk in the park to discover the sounds, smells and sights in the forest after the sun sets.

All programs are free of charge.



Saturday, April 22 - 4:00 pm

Concert at the Church

Sunday, April 23 - 1:00 pm

3rd Annual Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show

On Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 4 pm, Mirror Mirror Clothing Shop is organizing a fundraiser for two important local causes: the Taconic Hills Elementary School Backpack Program through the Regional Food Back of Northeastern NY, and Churches Assisting Neighbors (C.A.N.).

Enjoy an afternoon of fun and relaxation with a fashion show featuring local models, yummy treats like scones and jam served with tea, and terrific raffles from local businesses.

The event takes place at the Copake Memorial Park Building at 305 Mountain View Road (near the Copake Town Hall).

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. You can pick them up from Lynne Chmurzynski at Mirror Mirror Clothing Shop, or Trudy Crimi at Trudy’s Beauty Shop. Children under 12 pay only $5.

If you would like to help out with the planning or tasks on the day of the event, please contact Lynne at 518-325-4000.

Sunday, April 23 - 2:00 pm

The Old Houses of Austerlitz

At the April 23 meeting of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, Tom Moreland and Michael Rebic will present the “The Old Houses of Austerlitz” project of the Austerlitz Historical Society.

The AHS project, now in its fifth year, has encompassed the 168 buildings in Austerlitz that have have survived from the 350 buildings shown on the 1888 map of the Town. These survivors, several dating to the 1700s, include 155 houses, six schools, three churches, three hotels and one store.  The AHS has researched the ownership history of each building, from construction to the present, to the extent revealed by recorded deeds and mortgages and other reliable extrinsic evidence. A book on its findings, also containing a history of Austerlitz, will be published in 2018 in connection with the bicentennial of Austerlitz.

Tom Moreland, the Austerlitz Town Historian and principal researcher for this project, and Michael Rebic, an architectural historian, will present highlights from the project, utilizing photographs of the buildings taken by Dan Perlmutter and Gail Cashen.

Tom Moreland, a retired attorney, has chaired the AHS Research Committee since 2012 and became town historian in 2016.  Michael Rebic, a member of the Research Committee, is providing the architectural analysis for the book.  He has authored a number of books and articles on American architecture, including a comprehensive study of the history and architecture of the City of Yonkers.  Michael currently is Director of Property Support for the Episcopal Diocese of New York; previous positions were Director of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Program, Principal Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Yonkers and Administrator for the National Center for Preservation Law (New York office).

The meeting will take place on Sunday, April 23, at 2 pm at the Roeliff Jansen Society’s Museum in Copake Falls at 8 Miles Road. Opposite the Taconic Wayside Inn and adjacent to the Copake Falls Post Office. The public is invited.


Wednesday, April 26 - 7:00 pm

Public Hearing: Taconic State Park Master Plan

Save Wednesday, April 26, at 7 pm in the Copake Town Hall for the Taconic State Park Master Plan Public Hearing. This is our opportunity to weigh in on the 20 year plan that New York State Office of Parks staff have been developing for the last year. Much more detail will follow including the draft Master Plan Report and Draft Environmental Impact Statement.


Saturday, May 6 - 10:00 am

Friends Book Shop Open

The Friends Book Shop is open at the Roe Jan Library, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located in the lower level of the library, the sale includes books and media for all ages. New material is on view each month, most at $1 or $2 per item. The library is located at 9091 Rte. 22, one-half mile south of the Rte. 23 intersection in Hillsdale, NY. Please visit the Friends of the Roe Jan Library website for more information: friends-roejanlibrary.org.



Saturday, May 20 - 9:00 am

Hillsdale Clean-up Day

The Hillsdale Town Garage on Old Town Road will be open on Saturday, May 20, from 9 am to noon for Spring Clean-up. If you have stuff to discard, come on down. Open to Hillsdale residents only. 1 load per resident.


Price of Admission: As usual, donations will be accepted – this year to provide funds for Town activities such as the Egg Hunt and the Holiday Tree lighting.

What you can bring: furniture, appliances, metal, glass, pots, pans, car batteries. Mattresses and box springs $20.00 each (our cost of disposing them).

What you cannot bring Household garbage, TVs, computers, computer screens, electronics, paint, paint cans, oil, oil cans or barrels, chemicals, fertilizer or pesticides or their containers, hazardous materials of any kind, brush, construction debris or tires.

Latex paint: You may dispose of latex paint (which is water based) in your regular household garbage provided the liquid inside of the can is dry. This can be accomplished by adding shredded newspaper, sand or kitty litter to latex paint and letting it air dry (as per NYSDEC).

Hazardous Waste: Columbia County has not yet scheduled a hazardous waste cleanup day Saturday. More information.