Wednesday, December 11 - 6:00 pm
Shopping Bazaar Supports Food Pantry
Let’s keep our holiday shopping dollars local! Beautiful gifts, fabulous prizes and holiday cheer conveniently located in the Hamlet of Hillsdale! We are requesting a $5 donation at the door. All donations will be matched by the Mount Washington House for the Roe Jan Food Pantry.
Wednesday, 12/11 at 6 pm
Rt.23, Hillsdale, NY 12529
Thursday, December 12 - 5:00 am
Hawthorne Valley School Winter Concert
Thursday, December 12 at 5pm
Friday, December 13 at 7:30 pm
St. Mary’s Church, 429 E. Allen Street, Hudson
Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, directed by Lawrence Glatt, will be presented by the Hawthorne Valley High School Chorus, joined by Harpsichordist Mariken Palmboom, the Columbia Greene Community Orchestra, and students in Grades 4 through 8.
Saturday, December 14 - 2:00 pm
Winter Exploration, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2-4 pm at the Schor Conservation Area.
Mmeeting place to be announced at registration.
Sunday, December 15 - 2:00 pm
Family Holiday Concert with John Farrell at Roe Jan
Local songwriter and educator John Farrell will share original and traditional songs about the holidays and his travels around the world to work with children and families at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Sunday December 15 at 2:00 pm.
John’s songs and humor appeal to adults as well as children. “There’s a Little Bit of Scrooge in Everyone” pokes fun at the grumpiness grown-ups often display at this “joyous” time of year. “Holidays All Around the World” looks at the similarities among diverse cultural groups. “It’s Snowing!” captures the excitement of an early winter snowfall and a child’s hope that maybe school will be canceled, a hope that teachers sometimes share.
John Farrell is a songwriter, author, and peace educator who travels the world singing, listening, and telling stories. John has visited over 1000 schools in more than 21 countries. He has recorded 8 Cd’s of songs and stories and is the author of 3 picture books for families. John has won a Parents Choice Award and Dove Foundation Award for his work, and his book “Stargazer’s Alphabet” was an International Reading Association Notable Book of the Year. John is also the founder of Bridges of Peace and Hope, an organization dedicated to promoting respect and understanding through music, stories and collaborative creative arts projects.
Friday, December 20 - 4:30 pm
Adopt a Family at Christmas
Community members can Adopt a Family by choosing to donate a small, medium, large or extra large basket (box) of canned items and a turkey or ham for Christmas dinner. Financial contributions are also needed.
Baskets may be dropped off at the church on Friday, December 20 between the hours of 4:30 and 6 p.m.
Distribution will take place on Saturday morning, December 21.
The Christmas Basket committee at Our Lady of Hope thanks the community for its continued generosity!
Suggested Food Items: Frozen turkey, chicken or ham and foil pan; stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, potatoes, cranberry sauce, bread or rolls, canned or fresh vegetables such as green beans, carrots, corn, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, squashes; apples, oranges, cookies, candy canes.
Saturday, December 28 - 10:30 am
Storycrafters to Perform “The Snow Queen”
The Storycrafters, Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall, will perform their adaptation of Hans Christian Andersens’ fairy tale “The Snow Queen” on Saturday, December 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Roe Jan Community Library. This free performance, which runs approximately 60 minutes, is appropriate for families with school-age children.
The Storycrafters re-tell Andersen’s classic fairy tale with original music and song, accompanied by harp, hand drum, and Norwegian langeleik. The story, which carries listeners from summery flower gardens to wintry tundra and back again, is filled with magic and adventure, and peppered with hilarious characters. It received audience and sponsor acclaim at its recent premiere at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Utah, with comments such as ‘wonderful’, ‘excellent’, and ‘masterful’.
What the reviewers have said: “Famed storytellers Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall, known as The Storycrafters, presented their rendition of The Snow Queen on Monday evening. Testament to their performance, they kept a full house of children and parents in a state of perfect attention for better than an hour with a humorous and dramatic presentation accompanying themselves with a celtic harp, a Norwegian stringed instrument called a langeleik and a drum.” Hudson Register Star.
“Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns tell Hans Christian Andersen’s story with the richest of voices. Children will be enraptured as they listen to this exciting tale unfold.” School Library Journal.
Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall have been working together as The Storycrafters since 1991. Their natural, energetic style has been featured in major festivals, schools and libraries in the U.S. and abroad, including the National Storytelling Festival. With awards from Parents Choice, The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio and Storytelling World, they specialize in original retellings and modern renditions of world folklore, integrating music and song, poignancy & pizzazz. Publishers’ Weekly describes them as ‘top-notch family entertainment. Read more about them at www.storycrafters.com.
The library programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation, the Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation, and contributions from Library patrons.
These programs are offered free to the public but contributions from the audience are welcomed.