Upcoming Events

Sunday, June 25 - 8:30 am

165 Years in Copake Falls

The Episcopal Church of St John in the Wilderness is celebrating its 165th anniversary on Sunday, June 25, with a parade and a free community picnic.  All are welcome to join the celebration.

The parade, complete with vintage cars and colorful banners, starts at the Iron Works Museum in Taconic State Park and ends at the church.  There will be coffee and doughnuts at the Museum at 8:30. The parade kicks off at 9 am.

Following a blessing at the gravesite of the Pomeroy family, founders of the church, a special Sunday service will commemorate the birth of John the Baptist and the 165th anniversary of the church’s dedication in 1852.  The service begins at 10 am.

A community picnic will be held on the church grounds following the morning service.

The Church of St John in the Wilderness is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is a noted example of carpenter Gothic church architecture, designed by Richard Upjohn, architect of Trinity Church Wall Street.

Today the Church of St. John in the Wilderness is an active Episcopal congregation, led in worship by rector Rev. John Thompson. The church is also a venue for community events in the Roe Jan area.

For further information contact the church at 329-3674.

Sunday, June 25 - 5:00 pm

Harvey Granat Sings at Library

Thursday, June 29 - 6:30 pm

Housing Needs: Community Meeting

At Hillsdale Town Hall on Thursday, June 29, at 6:30 pm, the Hillsdale Housing Committee will share what they learned about Hillsdale’s housing needs, based on the results of the Hillsdale Housing Survey, updated census data and comments from residents and business people at the recent focus group meetings hosted by our community advisors.* They want to talk about the issues people raised, and consider how Hillsdale can best serve the housing needs of young families and a growing number of seniors.

But most important, they need your ideas and your input so that any future plans will reflect what you want to see for our community! This is just the beginning of a process and they need everyone’s participation so that it can be done right!

Refreshments will be served.

*The Hillsdale Housing Committee’s recent efforts have been funded by a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Saturday, July 1 - 5:30 pm

A Canon of Beauty, Group Show at Neumann Fine Art

Neumann Fine Art will be featuring new artist Barry DeBaun in a group exhibition with other gallery artists opening Saturday July 1st, with an artist’s reception at 5:30 pm.

Oil and watercolor painter Barry DeBaun, b. Brooklyn, NY 1956, was voted “Best Artist” in Hudson Valley Magazine’s Best of the Hudson Valley 2016 Reader’s poll. DeBaun is the recipient of many national awards, including the American Artists’ Professional League, the Salmagundi Club, Kent Art Association, Northeast Watercolor Society, Ridgewood Art Institute and the Hudson Valley Art Association, where he received the Gold Medal of Honor. His work is in private collections throughout the United States, Germany, England, Switzerland, Thailand and the Dominican Republic. DeBaun has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the east coast including: The Albany Institute of History and Art, The Berkshire Museum of Fine Art, The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, and a special invitational show at the Senate House Rotunda in Washington DC in 2001.

Since the beginning of modernism, and in today’s postmodern era, the concept of beauty as a defining characteristic of art has not been in style.  Barry DeBaun is a realist painter in the academic tradition. Influenced by the Hudson River School and classical painters from Lawrence Alma-Tadema to William-Adolphe Bouguereau,  DeBaun makes paintings that are unabashedly beautiful in the commonly understood sense of the word. This exhibition takes the now radical approach that beauty is still an important criteria for what makes good art.

A Canon of Beauty, group exhibition featuring Barry DeBaun, will be on display from July 1 through August 12 at Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water St., Hillsdale, NY. Gallery hours are 11 – 4 Thursday – Sunday. www.neumannfineart.com, telephone: 413-246-5776.

Wednesday, July 5 - 1:00 pm

Blood Drive at Hillsdale Fire Co.

Please come out to the Red Cross Blood Drive at the Hillsdale Fire Co. on July 5 from 1-6 pm, sponsored by JenniWaka Photography. Win a chance for a free photo session awarded to one participating donor chosen at random. Give blood. Help save lives.

Friday, July 7 - 7:30 pm

Free Concert in the Roe Jan Park and Stargazing for Kids


Saturday, July 8 - 7:00 pm

Moth Exhibition at Hollow Fields

On Saturday, July 8, from 7 to 10:30 pm Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program will be assisting the Berkshire Natural Resources Council with a Moth Exhibition at their Hollow Fields property in Richmond, MA. In addition to the moths, there will also be a natural history lecture, firefly walk, a bonfire and live music. For Directions, visit BNRC’s website.



Saturday, July 22 - 1:00 pm

Supertone Music Festival in Roe Jan Park

SuperTone Music Festival is a day long music and arts event which will benefit the Hillsdale Fire Company. The festival will feature a unique blend of young & fresh Country, Rock and Roots music in an intimate setting, contrasting the region’s larger festivals. The producers strive to create a family friendly community atmosphere. Local food and Arts vendors will be featured throughout the day.




Sunday, July 30 - 9:00 am

18th Annual Blueberry Festival

This ever-popular event features early 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment, activities for children, animals, birds of prey, sheep-shearing, plus many unique and highly talented craft vendors and artisans.  NEW:  Introducing a special “Natural Fiber Arts” area this year, with a focus on Wool, Linen & Other Natural Fibers, including handmade arts, crafts, yarn goods, fabrics, dyes, etc. – like a Mini-Festival within the Blueberry Festival itself!  As always, there will be blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of tasty food items and baked goods.  Back again — Silent Auction!  (Please note that there is an additional charge for both adults and children for the pancake breakfast.)  No pets, please!

Old Austerlitz, 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz, NY 12017


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Sunday, July 30th 9:00am – 4:00pm

18th Annual BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL (Rain or Shine)

Adults $7 – under 12 FREE


Friday, August 4 - 12:00 pm

29th Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Festival 1The 29th Falcon Ridge Folk Festival takes wing the first weekend in August. Homegrown from a hillside gathering, the fest has become a yearly pilgrimage for many, complete with a pre-fest Thursday locavore inspired Tastings and Farm Market. Campers and day-trippers converge on its yearly Brigadoon-like setting on Dodds Farm in Hillsdale, NY.

Brimming with Main Stage concerts, workshops, hours of dancing, Activities 4 Kids, delightful Family Stage, international food and crafts, there is something for everyone. The Dance Tent wakes to early morning yoga and grooves until 2 am Friday and Saturday. The fest is accessible and ASL-interpreted.


Single day, 3 day and camping tickets are available as are senior, student & military discounts. Kids under 12 have free admission. Thursday pre-fest Tastings brings local food producers, wineries, distilleries & breweries together daytime followed by intimate evening performances at the Lounge Stage.

The fest begins at noon Friday August 4. Tickets and info are at Falcon Ridge Tickets or call 860.364.0366.

For directions, visit Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.





Saturday, August 12 - 11:00 am

Tour Future Historic Houses of Hillsdale

Hillsdale Historic House Tour Visits Future Historic Houses

Hillsdale’s Historic House Tour returns on Saturday August 12 with a twist. This year the tour will visit “future historic houses”: examples of exemplary 21st century design, and highly energy efficient and green building. The houses range from the boxy and sleek to wood and window filled homes with touches of whimsy and include a certified passive house and a net zero one.

In this fifth tour, six houses scattered through the hills of the town will be open from 11 am to 3 pm.

A box lunch prepared by Simons Catering is included with the tour and will be served under a tent at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, a green building. During lunch, architects from Hudson-based firm BarlisWedlick will present a talk:  Classic and Modern: Designing homes in Columbia County for the 21st Century. Tours of the green features of the library, including solar panels, geothermal, light shelves and light tubes, will be available.


  1. A modern, boxy house is a prime example of architect Peter Franck’s design and the owner’s vision. This contemporary home of stone, glass and wood is built high in the middle of a twenty-acre expanse of rolling hills with 360-degree views that include Catamount and the Taconic Range. The use of glass in the living space brings the outside in.
  2. An owner intensely focused on energy efficiency worked with architect Bruce Coldham to build a home that has been certified by the Passive House Institute US, a highly sought but very difficult certification to earn. This mountain home was built using autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) blocks, which are up to 75% lighter than conventional concrete blocks and are superior thermal insulators. In addition to being passive, the home is “Energy Positive,” meaning the house produces more energy for its heating/cooling, lights, plugs, appliances, and well pump than it requires annually.
  3. Where a small non-descript weekend hideaway once stood, a stylish contemporary has risen with a commanding mountain view, a pond with a story of it’s own and an interior that reflects sass and whimsy. This wood and window-filled home is inspired by a bit of Frank Lloyd Wright but is clearly the vision of the owner-architect and his yoga devotee wife.
  4. At the top of a long driveway sits the lifelong dream of the architect owner, a glass cabin in the woods that blends the work of the California modernists with a feature of local architecture — the single pitch roofs of cow barns. Sixteen glass doors line the long sides of the house so that every room has access to the outdoors and the deck that wraps the house
  5. Nestled into a sloping site with meadows, woods and ponds, this just completed house is primarily two thick zigzag walls under a faceted roof, resulting in a versatile two level floor plan which accommodates an active young family. It is also super insulated and strategically sited so as to use the sun as it’s major source of energy. This Net Zero house by architect Stephan Green produces as much energy as it consumes.
  6. Positioned to take advantage of long distance views, this older home has been completely redesigned, renovated and modernized. More details to come.


Tour tickets are $40 each.

Download your ticket order form here.

To purchase tickets with a credit card click here.

Tickets can also be reserved at Passifora in Hillsdale and Hillsdale General Store. All tickets will be available for pick up at Hillsdale Town Hall on August 12, starting at 10:45 am.


A Patron’s party will be held at an elegant hilltop villa in Hillsdale from 5 pm to 7 pm on Sunday evening, August 13. This event honors the homeowners who opened their houses for the tour and purchasers of Patron tickets at $100 per person or Sponsor tickets at $150 per person are invited to attend. Designed by architect Dennis Wedlick of BarlisWedlick, with interiors by Matthew White of White Webb, Otium is inspired by the ancient houses of Italy with 21st century elements, making it a true modern villa and one of the future historic houses of Hillsdale.

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Tour and Patron tickets must be ordered by August 7. Sponsor tickets must be ordered by August 4. All visitors will pick up their pre-ordered tickets, a map of the tour and a brochure describing the houses at the Hillsdale Town Hall on the day of the tour starting at 10:45 am.

The Hillsdale Historic House Tour is sponsored by Historic Hillsdale. Proceeds will go towards the preservation of the East Gate Toll House on Route 22 in Hillsdale and provide funding to repair and maintain some of the historic cemeteries in the town.