Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 26 - 5:00 pm

Winds in the Wilderness Concert

Winds in the Wilderness Concerts is an award-winning concert series that has brought world-class music to the hamlet of Copake Falls since 2009. Known for innovative programming, a joyful connection with the audience and the splendid setting of Church of St. John in the Wilderness, concerts appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners.

This concert is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund.

Classical and jazz music appropriate for all ages. Recommended donation, $15, children free. A reception follows the concert. Phone: (518) 329-1577.


Thursday, July 27 - 6:00 pm

Friends of Taconic State Park Annual Meeting and BBQ Supper

Thursday, July 27th at 6pm – Friends of Taconic State Park Annual Meeting and BBQ Supper featuring local author and renowned historian David Nasaw, at the Copake Iron Works, 33 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, NY. Nasaw’s bestseller Andrew Carnegie was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  David will tell us about Carnegie’s success in bringing the greatest technological advances of the 19th century to the steel and iron industry and his rise to become the wealthiest man in the world.  The opportunity to learn more about this titan of American industrial history – and others — should make for a fascinating evening.

Tickets for the annual meeting and supper are $15 and include a professionally prepared barbecue supper by popular pitmaster Ken Preusser. The menu will include grilled chicken and pulled pork, cole slaw, vegetarian baked beans, and corn bread. An optional veggie burger with all the sides will also be available.

Tickets are available at FriendsBBQ.Eventbrite.com or by calling 518-329-3251.  All are welcome.  Take out available.


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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(518) 392-0062

Sunday, July 30th 9:00am – 4:00pm

18th Annual BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL (Rain or Shine)

Adults $7 – under 12 FREE


Sunday, July 30 - 2:00 pm

Democratic Caucus Notice


Notice is hereby given to the enrolled Democrats of the Town of Hillsdale, New York, that a Caucus for the purpose of nominating candidates for election to two Town Council seats at the General Election to be held on November 7, 2017 will be held at The First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale, Routes 22 and 23 on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 2 pm.

Cheryl E. Jones, Town Chair

Sunday, July 30 - 5:00 pm

Broad Street Chamber at Library

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library will host the Broad Street Chamber Players on Sunday, July 30, at 5 pm.  The concert will include selections from Bach, Haydn, Lefebvre, Gaubert, Brahms, and Faure.

The trio has performed throughout the region including the Capital District over the past five years.  Its diverse repertoire includes European and American works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Elizabeth Chinery, Flute, has been performing and teaching in the Capital District for over 25 years. She is principal flutist with the Schenectady Symphony and has appeared with the Albany Symphony.  She has also performed as principle flutist for several SPAC concerts including the Three Irish Tenors.

Jay Shulman, Cello, is a member of the Long Island Philharmonic and the River Ensemble, and teaches and performs throughout the Hudson Valley.  He has recorded with the Bronx Arts Ensemble and is heard on the soundtrack of Sedat Pakay’s PBS documentary “Josef and Anni Albers.”

David Smith, Piano, has extensive experience as a keyboard artist — piano, organ and harpsichord — and also as a choral conductor.  Mr. Smith is the Artistic Director and founder ofConcerts in the Village, and directs its principal ensembles, the Broad Street Chorale and the Broad Street Orchestra.



Wednesday, August 2 - 5:30 pm

Computer Coding Class at Library

There will be two introductory coding classes for teens ages 11 to 18 this summer at Roeliff Jansen Community Library.  The first session will meet on Wednesday July 19th and the second, on Wednesdy August 2nd.

Pizza will be served at 5:30 and the sessions will begin at 6 pm.  Advance registration is required for each session.  To register, please call the library at 518-325-4101.

In the first class, HTML5 & CSS3, kids and teens will learn the building blocks of web design and website creation. In the second class, kids will get an introduction to Python, a scripting language. They will learn the proper syntax and structure while navigating through a dungeon to attack ogres and find treasure.

Classes will be taught by Pam McCluskey who works at the Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison, N.Y. as the Digital Reference Librarian. She has been running a coding club called Project Code Spring in Garrison for 6 years and has been in the IT industry for more than 30 years.

Lessons will be cloud based, so kids and teens will easily be able to continue the lessons from home. To register, please call the library at 518-325-4101.



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.





Tuesday, August 8 - 7:00 pm

August Town Board Meeting

Town Hall Memorial Day 2016Tuesday, August 8, 2017
7 pm 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Minutes
  3. Announcements/Correspondence (P. Cipkowski)
  4. Highway Superintendent’s Report (R. Briggs)
  5. Fire District (J. Hanselman, Jr.)
  6. Town Clerk (K. Doolan)
  7. Department Head and Committee Reports:
    • Planning (H. Henward)
    • ZBA (C. Norton)
    • CAC (D. Lewis)
    • Broadband (T. Wohlfarth)
    • Economic Development (J. Sims)
    • FAC (P. Cipkowski)
    • Highway (C. Barbato)
    • Human Resources (S. Tiger)
    • Infrastructure (R. Ward)
    • Youth Program (J. Sims)
  8. Comprehensive Plan Committee Reports
    • Climate Smart (T. Carty)
    • Hamlet (B. Zeigler)
    • Historic Hillsdale (L. Lalli)
    • Housing (E. Levy)
  9. New Business/Old Business (to come)
  10. Public Comments
  11. Pay bills






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 a wood and window filled home with touches of whimsy and include a certified passive house, a net zero one and an energy-efficient pre-fab house.

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. Designed by architect Joel Turkel, whose Axiom houses are customized pre-fabs that use minimal material and energy to build, this sleek, energy efficient green home utilizes geo-thermal and solar panels. The house has strong horizontal lines, and an abundance of windows and balconies both inside and out.
  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 and sunsets, this 1974 home has been completely redesigned, renovated and modernized in the “box on box” style. With clean lines and sharp angles, the house is positioned to feel secluded despite having relatively close neighbors. Its palette is primarily shades of gray and black.


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.

Sponsor tickets include the tour, entry to the Patron’s Party and the sponsor’s name or business listed in all event material. For more information contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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.

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?