Upcoming Events

Sunday, August 20 - 12:00 pm

Roe Jan Library’s First Annual Community Picnic

Roeliff Jansen Community Library will host a free Community Picnic Sunday August 20th at from noon to 3 pm. There will be presentations by Animal Embassy; lots of  food; music; and hats, books and bandannas for the kids.

Animal Embassy is dedicated to fostering appreciation and respect for the natural world and the incredible diversity of life on Earth. The main presentation called “Nature’s Architects” will take place between 1 -2 pm.  This will be followed a guided interactive session from 2 – 3 pm during which children (and adults) will be able to touch and hold select animals while learning about them.

Pat Placona, Library Board President says “Forget Barnum and Bailey! Step right up for the Roe Jan Library’s greatest community picnic!”

Food served will include hot dogs, veggie burgers, slaw, chips, drinks and ice cream, all free. The picnic will take place rain or shine. The Library circulation area will be closed this day.

This event is made possible by a grant from Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.


Saturday, August 26 - 10:00 am

Hilsdale ArtsWalk Postponed

We are postponing this year’s ArtsWalk until the first Saturday in August 2018.

Here’s why:

Hillsdale embarked on an ambitious sidewalk reconstruction project in the Hamlet, extending along Route 23 and around the corner to Anthony Street. This coincides precisely with the areas where ArtsWalk would be set up. The project engineers were unable to provide a firm completion date, nor reassurance that the construction site would be safe for pedestrian traffic. With safety in mind, we had no choice but to postpone.

We hope that all interested vendors, and art lovers, understand this postponement, and know that we deeply regret any inconvenience to you.

We look forward to celebrating ArtsWalk with you in 2018!

Thank you,
ArtsWalk Committee

Saturday, August 26 - 6:30 pm


The SHIRE 935 team is hard at work building on the success of last year to make GRILLSDALE 2017 bigger and better.  A few new well-known chefs, such as Jeremy Stanton of Meat Market/Fire Roasted Catering and Chef Kouri Killmerier of The People’s Pub will join in the grilling. There will be a few new beers, new cider, and new vegetarian options highlight the upgrades to this year’s lineup – all local. But the success of the 2016 speaks for itself:  the event was sold out, in its first year –  a rare feat for any new food and beverage event of this magnitude –  thanks Hillsdale and beyond!!  Clearly, there is demand for what GRILLSDALE delivers – a magical night under the stars in Roe Jan Park, celebrating friends and family while enjoying great music and everything else that our region produces. For live music, this year we are thrilled to have The Wayside Drifters from Ancram, The Lucky 5 from Great Barrington and Sittin’ Plush from Ancramdale performing on the big Herrington’s truck-stage.

Celebrating its 2nd year as the most tantalizing evening of the summer event scene, GRILLSDALE continues to proudly spotlight the bounty of Columbia County, The Berkshires and Dutchess County. Featuring grilled small plates from top restaurants, chefs and purveyors from the area. Set at the gracious, sprawling Roeliff Jansen Park, guests can raise a glass of wine or a hyper-local brew, while watching the sun set over the Skutt Hill. If history continues to repeat itself, GRILLSDALE is poised for a sellout, so grab your tickets quickly! The event is on Saturday, August 26th, 6:30 pm – 11pm at the Hilltop Barn at Roeliff Jansen Park, 4190 Rt 22.

2017 Participating Chefs to date: (a complete 2017 chef list will be announced in mid May)

David Wurth of Crossroads Food Shop (Hillsdale, NY)

Returning 2016 Champ Jack Peele of JACüTERIE (Ancramdale, NY)

Jeremy Stanton of Meat Market/Fire Roasted Catering (Great Barrington, MA)

Chef Kouri Of The People’s Pub (Chatham, NY)

Job Yacubian of The Farmer’s Wife (Ancramdale, NY)

The Hillsdale Fire Company #1 (Hillsdale, NY)

Cascade Mountain Winery & Restaurant (Amenia, NY)

Dafna Mizrahi of Monte’s Kitchen (Amenia, NY) (Judge)

Returning sponsors from 2016 to date are Herrington Home + Design, Herrington’s Fuel, Bradway Plumbing & Heating, The Columbia Tourism Board, Herrington’s and Irving Farm Coffee Roasters. Just added to the event as a “Fire Starter Sponsor” is Metzwood Insurance from Chatham. With additional sponsorship interest from Key Bank and Village Dodge/Jeep in Hudson plus other local businesses we sincerely hope to make this 2017 event fantastic for attendees and beneficial for The Harlem Valley Rail Trail.

The evening will be capped with the naming of two awards, one for “People’s Choice” to be decided by the attendees and “Judges Selection” chosen by panel of noted local TBA judges.

Last year we were able to donate a substantial portion of our net profit to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, and we pledge to do so again, supplemented by a raffle of a trail-worthy new bicycle or a chef worthy grill.

Ticket pricing to come in mid-May. Early bird discounts will again be available and there will also be a special low priced ticket that is for the latter portion of the evening that is for beer and music only. See website later this month for details as they develop.

Monday, September 18 - 2:00 pm

Getting Around in the Roe Jan Area Before the Automobile

On Sunday, September 18 at 2 pm, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society will host preservationist Alexia “Lex” Lalli. She will give an illustrated talk that describes how people traveled in the early days in these parts, right up to the advent of the automobile. Lex’s presentation is designed to wrap up the Society’s Summer Exhibit on the Columbia Turnpike before it moves to the Hudson Area Library.

The presentation will answer questions such as: How did people decide on which roads to build? What was it like to travel “long” distances before 1900?  How long did it get to travel from Copake to Hillsdale? Why Toll Roads and how to avoid them? How did you get from the train to your destination? Were trains used for local trips? How did automobiles change local roads?

Wednesday, September 27 - 10:00 am

Fifth Annual Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour

Hello Fellow Rambler!

The team here at the Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour has been busy, busy, busy – and we’re proud to announce the date is set for this year’s Ramble: Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Mark your calendar now to join us!

It’s our 5th anniversary, no less.  And it will be better than ever.

One again we’ll have four great routes wandering throughout the beautiful Roe Jan area towns of Copake, Hillsdale and Ancram, NY.  The routes range from an easy 10 miles for the casual biker, to our 50 mile challenging route for the truly dedicated cyclist.

Registration is free, but we hope you’ll donate or gather pledges once again for the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.  ….AND special this year, we’ll be inaugurating a newly completed section of the rail trail between Copake & Hillsdale – built with help from your donations.  It’s truly gorgeous.

Registration starts June 15.

Sign-up links will be on our new website:  www.roejanramble.org


Saturday, October 7 - 11:00 am

Annual Pumpkin Fest