Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 6 - 8:30 am

Bird Walk with Will Yandik

On Saturday May 6, 2017 from 8:30 am – 10:30 am farmer, anti-power line activist, and bird authority Will Yandik will lead a small group on a birding field trip in and around Taconic State Park. Participants will learn to identify bird species by sounds, behavior, and sight.

Tickets required; $10.00 + $1.54 Fee.  Register at https://maybirdwalk.eventbrite.com. Registrants will be sent location information of where the walk starts.

Note: This date is also “I Love My Park Day,” with many local volunteer efforts to participate in, plus a Garden Conservancy Open Day, when Margaret Roach opens her Copake Falls garden to visitors. Broken Arrow Nursery, growers of rare and unusual plants, will sell shrubs, perennials, and trees from a pop-up shop at Margaret’s home.

Friends of Taconic State Park was established in 2008 to support cultural, recreational and educational activities within the park with the preservation of the historic Copake Iron Works site its priority. The group is implementing a 20-year plan, approved by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, to create a pre-eminent site of historic iron-making and a national destination for tourists in Copake Falls.  The Copake Iron Works is a National Heritage Area Site in the Hudson Valley and listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

For more information about the bird walk on May 6, call 518-966-2730.  To learn more about Friends of Taconic State Park, visit www.FriendsofTSP.org or email them at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

Saturday, May 6 - 9:00 am

I Love My Park Day

Please join Friends of Taconic State Park on May 6, 2017 “I Love My Park Day” in a light work effort to help clean up after a hard winter and get Taconic State Park ready for the busy summer season.  There are a number of projects planned including cleaning off camping platforms, cleaning out Copake kiddie pool, staining the fence by the ore bed and staining a kiosk and guardrail up at the Orphan Farm parking area of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.  Accomplishing these projects depends on your participation so show us how much you love Taconic State Park by volunteering  for this year’s event.

Volunteers will meet at Park headquarters, 253 State Route 344, Copake Falls at 9 am.

Register for I Love My Park Day at:  http://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day

“I Love My Park Day” is a partnership between New York State Parks and Parks and Trails New York.  Last year approximately 7500 volunteers completed projects in 110 parks, historic sites, national parks and properties in the Adirondack and Catskill parks making it the most successful I Love My Park Day to date.  This year will be the 6th annual I Love My Park Day and we’re expecting an even greater turnout than last year!

Friends of Taconic State Park was established in 2008 to support cultural, recreational and educational activities within the park with the preservation of the historic Copake Iron Works site its priority. The group is implementing a 20-year plan, approved by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, to create a pre-eminent site of historic iron-making and a national destination for tourists in Copake Falls.  The Copake Iron Works is a National Heritage Area Site in the Hudson Valley and listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

For more information about I Love My Park Day, call 518-966-2730.  To learn more about Friends of Taconic State Park, visit www.FriendsofTSP.org or email them at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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 6 - 3:00 pm

The Fiery Sword of Justice Benefit for RJL

“The Fiery Sword of Justice”, a critically acclaimed comedy about how one business woman’s compulsive truth-telling torpedoed her career, will be staged at the historic Ancram Opera House on Saturday, May 6, at 3 pm as a benefit for the Roeliff Jansen Commuity Library.

The play is written and performed by Lauren Lettelier. After a decades-long career in New York as an award-winning communications executive, Lauren is now a Hillsdale-based writer, actor, and voice artist as well as a volunteer at the library both at the circulation desk and on committees.

“The Fiery Sword of Justice” received rave reviews at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival, where critics called it “Bold, funny, wise and brave … cannot be missed!” (StageBuddy.com); “An enlightening piece of work … wicked, sharp and funny!” (T2Conline.com) and “The most original piece … at the Fringe” (NYTheaterGuide.com).

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online HERE or by check at the library.

Sunday, May 7 - 2:00 pm

Epidemics and 19th Century Cures

Award winning professor and author Dr. Elisabeth Gitter will present the lecture: “In the Shadow of Death: Illness and Health-Seeking in Early 19th Century New York and New England” at Old Austerlitz on Sunday, May 7th at 2 pm.

Dr. Gitter’s presentation focuses on the devastating epidemic diseases that afflicted Americans in the first half of the 19th century, and which later fueled the growth of the Shaker herb industry, the Tilden Pharmaceutical Company (the first in the nation), and the popular spa at Lebanon Springs.Dr. Gitter received her PhD degree from Yale University and is Professor Emerita at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her articles have appeared in Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian poetry, Dickens Studies Annual, Dickens Quarterly, and Studies in English Literature. She is the author of The Imprisoned Guest: Samuel Howe and Laura Bridgman, the Original Deaf-Blind Girl (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 2001; Picador: 2003), which was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction.

The Presentation is part of the Austerlitz Historical Society’s Quarterly Meeting and will be preceded by a brief business report. It is open to all and free of charge. It will take place in the Harvey House (the green building) at Old Austerlitz which is located on Route 22, one mile south of its intersection with Route 203 in the hamlet of Austerlitz. Refreshments will be served.

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.

GUIDELINES

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 scheduled a hazardous waste day for Saturday, June 17, from 8 am to noon. More information.

 

Saturday, May 20 - 5:30 pm

Jazz Vespers

Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls, NY, will hold a Jazz Vespers, featuring John Myers, guitarist, on Saturday, May 20, at 5:30 pm as part of the annual Sacred Sites Weekend.  Since its beginning, the Sacred Sites program has assisted over 1,100 religious institutions in New York State with outreach services and technical advice.  The congregation of St. John’s joins over 650 houses of worship throughout New York State that have received more than $6.5 million in grants from the Sacred Sites Fund, supporting restoration and repair projects totaling over $500 million.  Grants from the Sacred Sites Program helped to fund the recent projects to restore the Bell Tower and to construct a new roof for St. John’s.

St. John’s, built in 1852 by the owners of the Copake Iron Works, is an outstanding example of American Gothic Revival church architecture.  In describing the simple elegance of the church, architectural historian William H. Pierson highlighted the importance of its bell tower by writing “This simple but exquisite open-timbered tower is among the most subtly composed to be found in the small Gothic Revival churches of America.”

 

 

Thursday, May 25 - 4:00 pm

Tax Grievance Day

ASSESSMENT ROLL AND GRIEVANCE INFORMATION

Pursuant to Sections 506 and 526 of the Real Property Tax Law:

  1. Notice is hereby given that the Tentative Assessment Roll for the Town of Hillsdale is completed and a copy thereof may be seen at the Hillsdale Town Hall during normal business hours until May 25, 2017.
  1. Notice is hereby given that an Assessor will be in attendance with the Tentative Assessment Roll for the Town of Hillsdale at the Town Hall on May 18 & 20, during the hours of 4 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, May 18, and from 9 am-1 pm on Saturday, May 20.
  1. Notice is hereby given that the Board of Assessment Review for the Town of Hillsdale will meet to hear and examine all properly filed complaints in relation to assessments of Real Property at the Town Hall, 2609 Rt. 23, Hillsdale NY on May 25, 2017 during the hours of 4:00 to 8:00 pm.
  1. A publication containing procedures for contesting an assessment is available at the Assessor’s Office, at the Columbia County Real Property Office as well as online at:

http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/publications/orpts/grievancebooklet.pdf

Pamela Cook, Assessor

Town of Hillsdale

 

Saturday, May 27 - 8:00 am

Hillsdale Flea Market

Hillsdale’s Hamlet Committee will host a flea market on May 27, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, marking the return of an event that in years past drew hundreds of shoppers to the center of the town.

Applications for vendor spaces are available now on the Hillsdale home page at www.HillsdaleNY.com.

The flea market welcomes vendors selling goods ranging from toys, kitchenware, furniture, plants and clothing to antiques, jewelry and collectibles.

“The Hamlet Committee hopes the flea market draws both residents and visitors for what promises to be a fun community activity,” said Bart Ziegler, chair of the Hamlet Committee. “Shoppers can expect a huge variety of goods from a variety of sellers who are eager to share their items with bargain hunters.”

The flea market will take place in the Hillsdale Hamlet Park, located just southwest of the intersection of N.Y. Routes 22 and 23 at the traffic light.

The market will open at 8 am for early-bird shoppers, at a charge of $10 a person. Free attendance will begin at 9 am. The market will end at 3 pm. As this is an outdoor event, a rain date for severe weather is set for Sunday May 28, with the same times.

Vendors will be charged $30 for a 15-by-15-foot space on grass. They must supply their own table, tent or other items. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page,  www.facebook.com/HillsdaleNYFlea or by emailing  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Food and beverages will be offered for purchase at the market, while a variety of eateries in the hamlet will be open as usual for breakfast and lunch.

The Hamlet Committee is a volunteer community group that works to enhance the quality of life in the town’s core, both economically and aesthetically, under the auspices of the Hillsdale Town Board. Proceeds from the flea market will be used to further the committee’s mission.

Vendor Application

 

Saturday, June 3 - 10:00 am

Ag Day at Columbia Greene Community College

 

 

Sunday, June 4 - 10:00 am

Remember the Titans 5K in Roe Jan Park

TitansTime:  Registration at 10 am & Race Begins at 11 am

Where: Roe Jan Park in Hillsdale, NY

Cost: Pre-registration$20 & $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 Joe Raco at Taconic Hills DFS at PO Box 44, Hollowville, NY 12530.

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

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