Shredding Program Begins

December 3rd, 2018

December 3-14 at Town Hall during Town Clerk hours.

Shredding Program Begins

October 8th, 2018

October 8-26 at Town Hall during Town Clerk hours.

Old Tone Roots Music Festival

September 6th, 2018

Oldtone Roots Music Festival gets underway at Cool Whisper Farm in North Hillsdale, NY, on September 6 and features traditional mountain fiddling, bluegrass, hot swing, classic country, brass, cajun and contra music. A family-friendly full camping festival with kids activities, dancing, hands-on instrument workshops led by world-class musicians,  instrument and band contests, Hudson Valley farm-to-table food, libations,  and exceptional national & regional acts on our main, dance, & workshop stages.

More at their website.



August 25th, 2018

Back for its third year as one of the most tantalizing evenings of the summer, GRILLSDALE proudly spotlights the bounty of Columbia County, Dutchess County, and the Berkshires—featuring some of the best grilled small plates from top restaurants, chefs, and purveyors from the area.

Set against the hills at Roeliff Jansen Park, watch the sunset while sampling your way through an all-inclusive food and drink menu. For live music, this year we are thrilled to have Chops n’ Saurekraut Trio (with surprise guests) from Hudson all performing on the big Herrington’s truck-stage. If last year is to be any indication, GRILLSDALE will sell out fast, so get your tickets now!

The evening will be capped with the naming of two awards, one for “People’s Choice” to be decided by the attendees. Last year SHIRE 935 Productions donated a substantial portion of our net profit to the HARLEM VALLEY RAIL TRAIL and we pledge to do so again via a raffle of a chic new trail-worthy bicycle and a few other fab recreational items.

HGS Home Chef and Hillsdale General Store are proud sponsors of our regions most exciting food event – Grillsdale, the annual sold out summer party that features grilled foods from our area’s most adventurous and admired chefs, plus a handful of inventive and talented purveyors.

Get your Early Bird tickets starting TODAY with no on-line fees for Grillsdale 2018 ($65) exclusively at HGS Home Chef in Hillsdale, NY. This limited number of tickets for the August 25th event must be purchased in person at our kitchen store and cooking school – 2635 State Route 23 in Hillsdale NY. Cash or check only please.

For additional images of Grillsdale please follow us on Instagram! @grillsdaleny

Hillsdale ArtsWalk

August 11th, 2018

On August 11, the Hillsdale ArtsWalk celebrates the vibrant art community in our area.  Enjoy art in many forms: fine art, heirloom furniture, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, professional photography, mixed media compositions, sculpture, watercolor, stained glass, metalwork, woodcraft.  Artists will be set up under tents in the Hamlet as well as hosted indoors by several businesses on Main Street.  Run by local volunteers and not for profit, the event is designed to give artists a venue to share their work.  Email email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information.

More information about the artists, artisans, musicians and food vendors at Hillsdale NY ArtsWalk can be found at


19th Annual Blueberry Festival

July 29th, 2018

Sunday, July 29th  9 am – 4 pm

Adults $7 – under 12 FREE

This ever-popular event features early 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques and silent auction, live music and entertainment, magic act, activities for children, animals, birds of prey, sheep-shearing, plus many unique and highly talented craft vendors.  There will be blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of tasty food items and baked goods.  (Please note that there is an additional charge for both adults and children for the pancake breakfast.)

No pets, please!

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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


RJHS Summer Exhibit Sneak Peak

June 29th, 2018

On Friday, June 29, at 6 pm, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society is pleased to launch its summer exhibit, Local Collections by Local Collectors, with a sneak peak party on Friday, June 29 from 6 to 8 pm.

The summer exhibit brings together an eclectic selection of collections that have been compiled by residents of the Roe Jan area and items that have been donated to our archive.

The urge to collect is one of human nature’s most natural instincts. From the typical collections of baseball cards, stamps, and coins to extremely varied collections, people are constantly gathering objects and classifying them with their own personal system.

“The care and thought put into the gathering and preservation of objects such as those seen in our summer exhibit that delight small institutions like the RJHS,” said Peter Cipkowski, President of the RJHS. “In the end, our human desire to collect may be an instinctual way of telling our stories and preserving our culture, not only for ourselves but also for generations to come.”

The exhibit is open every Saturday and Sunday in July and August at the museum in Copake Falls from 2 to 4 pm.

The Roeliff Jansen Museum is at Route 344 and Miles Road, a short distance off NY Route 22 in the historic hamlet of Copake Falls, New York.

Founded in 1974, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society serves the towns of Ancram, Copake, Gallatin, Hillsdale and Taghkanic. Through publication, ongoing research, a speaker series, and a multimedia archive, the Society documents and conserves local history – too easily lost. Its mission is to bring recognition to the stories, skills, and traditions of local folks, past and present.

Visit for more information.


Culvert Project Public Informational Meeting

June 28th, 2018

On June 28 at Town Hall, there is a Co. Rte. 21 Culvert Replacement project Public Info/Open House meeting.  Read more.



Hillsdale’s Historic Cemeteries: Pioneers, Patriots & Politics

June 25th, 2018

On Monday June 25 at 6pm, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library will host an encore presentation of “Hillsdale’s Historic Cemeteries: Pioneers, Patriots and Politics.”  This illustrated talk by local historians Jeanne Kiefer and Lauren Letellier was first given at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society on May 20.

Jeanne and Lauren have been active in identifying and documenting Hillsdale’s 15 known cemeteries – from tiny family plots to abandoned church graveyards to rural cemeteries.  The sites reveal the story of a vanished past when the region played a dynamic role in America’s transition from the colonial era to the early Republic. Many of the cemeteries are today in sad repair, but some still-legible headstones provide rich clues for examining Hillsdale’s early history, and are one of the last best links to that time for historians, genealogists, descendants and the community at large.

The presentation will run about one hour, with Q&A to follow, and will focus on the stories behind the Krum Church Cemetery in Northwest Hillsdale and the recently re-discovered McKinstry Family Plot on upper Hunt Road.

Jeanne Kiefer moved to Hillsdale in 2009. She is a graduate of Skidmore College, taught art in Boston and Istanbul, and was for many years an editor at Consumer Reports. Jeanne can trace her ancestry back 13 generations to the first Dutch settlers on Long Island, and she has a fascinating historical link to Roeliff Jansen, which she’ll explain in her presentation.

Lauren Letellier moved to Hillsdale in 2014 after an award-winning career in marketing communications and public relations in New York City. She is a performer and playwright, and shares the title of Hillsdale Historian with her husband, Chris Atkins. Follow their blog at



The Opioid Crisis on Thursday, June 21 at Library

June 21st, 2018

Victoria McGahan of the Columbia County Health Department will discuss the Opioid Crisis on Thursday, June 21 at 7pm.  She will describe the crisis in Columbia County and discuss current programs and future plans to address it.


Stroke Awareness on Saturday, June 16, at Library

June 16th, 2018

On Saturday, June 16 at 4pm, Melissa G. Braislin, Stroke Program Coordinator,  Speech Pathologist and Director of Rehab Services at Sharon Hospital, will discuss Stroke Awareness.  Topics will include how to know if you or someone else is having a stroke and what to do; current treatments for stroke and its aftereffects; and prevention steps including information about diet and exercise.



Tour de Hillsdale

June 16th, 2018

Thanks to the big bike auction at the Copake Auction House, the Roe Jan Ramble, and our region’s spectacular countryside, these parts have become increasingly known as beautiful biking county.

Hillsdale’s Little Apple Cidery is hosting a free biking event on Saturday, June 16 from 1 to 4 pm.

This cycling afternoon is open to all, non-competitive, and includes easy (6 miles), moderate (8 miles) and energetic (17 miles) self-guided loops on Hillsdale’s back roads.

Begin at the Cidery at 192 Orchard Lane in Hillsdale, NY – plenty of parking.

  • Free
  • Parking available
  • No preregistration
  • Not a race
  • Just show up and ride 1-4PM.

Bring your bike and a snack.  Water, picnic tables and bathroom facilities available.  Free hard cider tasting, and sales.  Rain or shine.

Town Meeting on Hillsdale Natural Resources Inventory

June 14th, 2018

The Hillsdale Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) will host a public meeting on June 14 at 7 pm at the Hillsdale Town Hall to introduce the town’s Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) project. Everyone is invited to learn about and add to the NRI project.

The NRI is intended to be a practical reference for Hillsdale residents, landowners, developers, municipal agencies, and others interested in caring for the land and water of the town. It will compile information about and explain the significance of, for example, the town’s landforms, streams, groundwater, good farmland soils, habitats, plants and animals of conservation concern, and places of scenic and recreational value.

At the June 14 meeting, consultants to the town-planner Nan Stolzenburg and mapping specialist Rick Lederer-Barnes-will present the NRI project and draft maps of our resources. You will have a chance to review and comment on the preliminary maps, identify places of special environmental or scenic importance throughout the town, and contribute other information to the project from your own knowledge of the land. All are invited to attend the meeting, and light refreshments will be served.

You can get more information about the NRI from the CAC webpage on the Hillsdale Town website, or by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The NRI project is funded by a grant to the town from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

June Town Board Meeting

June 12th, 2018

Town Hall Memorial Day 2016Tuesday, June 12, 2017
7:00 pm 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Minutes
  3. Announcements/Correspondence (P. Cipkowski)
  4. County News (P. Cipkowski)
  5. Highway Superintendent’s Report (R. Briggs)
  6. Fire District (J. Hanselman, Jr.)
  7. Town Clerk (K. Doolan)
  8. Town Board Reports
    • Human Resources (Tiger)
    • Infrastructure (Ward)
    • Parks (Sims)
    • Zoning/Planning (Carty)
  9. Comprehensive Plan Committee Reports
    • Clean Energy
    • Hamlet
    • Historic Hillsdale
    • Housing
  10. Other Committees Reports
    • Aging
    • Broadband
    • CAC
    • Development and Marketing
    • Design
  11. New Business/Old Business (P. Cipkowski)
  12. Public Comments
  13. Pay bills






Shredding Program Begins

June 11th, 2018

June 11-29 at Town Hall during Town Clerk hours.

Roe Jan Library Gala Honors Carol Briggs, Library Director for 46 Years

June 9th, 2018

The 2018 Roeliff Jansen Community Library Gala, “A Party in the Park”, will be held on Saturday, June 9 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at Roeliff Jansen Park, across Route 22 from the library.

A highlight of the evening will be a tribute to Carol Briggs.  As library director for 46 years, Carol Briggs was the face of this library, guiding and inspiring tens of thousands of patrons. She led the way as the library moved from date cards to barcodes, card catalogues to computers, from being all about books to being a community center.  Carol is known for her quiet warmth and sense of humor, for the books she recommended, and the hundreds of volunteers she trained and motivated.

The Gala raises a substantial portion of the library’s annual operating budget. This year’s attendees will enjoy food and wine from over 25 local restaurants, caterers and food purveyors, as well as tastings of locally made spirits, while helping to ensure that the library can continue providing services the Roe Jan community wants and needs.

Popular Gala fundraising traditions returning this year include an “Incredible Edibles” raffle basket valued at $1,000 featuring an Instant Pot and restaurant gift certificates, a silent auction of over 50 items and experiences, and a live auction with guest auctioneer Louis Caropreso.  Among the live auction items are lunch with the NY Times theater critic Ben Brantley, house seats with backstage tour to Disney’s “Lion King,” Tesla Motors driving experience coupled with a kid-sized Tesla Motors car, and a catered Chinese feast with wine pairing. Music will be provided by Kris Jensen’s Swinging All-Stars featuring American Songbook selections.

Information on live and silent auction items will be available at the library, on the library’s website and on the library’s Facebook page over the next few weeks. Raffle tickets are available at the library and the raffle basket will be on view during the two weeks leading up to the Gala. There will be opportunity for absentee bidding on auction items via the website and at the library.

Gala tickets may be purchased for $100 online at, by check or cash at the library or by mailing a check to the library at PO Box 669, Hillsdale, N.Y 12529.  Those who wish to honor Carol Briggs can make a donation and have a message featured in the on-screen tribute at the gala.  Details are available at the library and on the web site.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library Business Partners Herrington Fuels, Herrington’s and Bank of Greene County are sponsors of the 2018 “Party in the Park.”

Farmscape Ecology Program at Sunset Rock

June 9th, 2018

The next Ecology Walk will visit Sunset Rock in Taconic State Park on Saturday, June 9, 9 am-noon.

Explore an example of Dry Oak Forest and Oak Heath Shrubland along the Southern Taconic Trail. Check out the FEP blog for a description of the area from an ecology walk led there in early June 2015.

The walk will be guided by Claudia and Conrad Vispo of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program.  It is free and suitable for all ages.  Learn how to recognize some of the plants that are common on the high and dry ridges of the Taconics, but not so often seen in other parts of the County.  Explore the insect life of this beautiful area.  Space is limited, so please register by email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 518-672-7994.

Meet in the parking area of the RoeJan Park/Hillsdale Farmer’s Market just south of Hillsdale and carpool from there, because parking is limited at the trailhead.  We will return to the parking lot in time for you to pick up a lunch and shop for the week at the Hillsdale Farmer’s Market.


Giant Tag Sale

June 8th, 2018

Planning Board Minutes 11/13/2017

June 7th, 2018

Planning Board Minutes 11/13/2017

Planning Board Minutes 4/10/2017

June 7th, 2018

Planning Board Minutes 4/10/2017

A Day to Educate and Empower Parents on Prevention Efforts

June 6th, 2018

For the first time, Mentor Foundation USA is partnering with the Columbia County Department of Health, Greener Pathways of Columbia & Greene County, and the Center for Motivation and Change to host an informative training to educate parents on the signs of adolescent drug use, what drugs are in the community, how to communicate with young people around risky behaviors, and what resources are available to help young people who are currently using drugs or alcohol.

50 local parents will have the opportunity to hear from Carl Quinn, the Assistant Director of Greener Pathways of Columbia & Greene County. Greener Pathways of Columbia & Greene County is a community-based outreach program committed to building connections and pathways to strategies and solutions for the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) crisis in Greene County & Columbia County.

Their goal is to begin steps of moving individuals out of active drug-using culture into a new culture of recovery.

The second speaker is Dr. Jeff Foote who is a Clinical Research Scientist with the Center for Motivation and Change. The Center is a group of dedicated psychologists, clinicians and researchers, who have been writing books and articles, developing groundbreaking treatments, conducting research studies, training programs and community outreach efforts for years.  Their goal is to foster better, more effective and more respectful treatment for people struggling with substance use, as well as their families.  They want to change the conversation from the language of stigma to the language of growth.  From defects to strengths. From shame to pride and an open heart. From punishment and confrontation to an invitation to truly change.


Concerts at the Church: Classic American Songbook with The Uncertainty Principal

June 3rd, 2018

The Uncertainty Principal, a group of local mostly amateur musicians who have had solid careers outside of music, returns to this music series by popular demand.  With one exception, these players are just learning to improvise, hence the ‘uncertainty’ but they will certainly provide the audience with an entertaining afternoon.

“The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles and, therefore, the smallest scales of nature. Of these scales, the most we can hope for is to calculate probabilities for where things are and how they will behave. Unlike Isaac Newton’s clockwork universe, where everything follows clear-cut laws on how to move and prediction is easy if you know the starting conditions, the uncertainty principle enshrines a level of fuzziness into quantum theory.” – Alok Jha, The Guardian on A Short History of Equations

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.

Suggested Donation: $10 at the door

First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale

State Highway 23 and State Route 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529


Remember the Titans 5K in Roe Jan Park

June 3rd, 2018

A 5K in the bucolic Roeliff Jansen Park!

On Sunday, June 3, beginning at 10 am, the annual 5K gets underway at the Roeliff Jansen Park to raise money for local scholars at Taconic Hills.  Pre-register for $20 or $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 RACO at PO Box 593 Philmont, NY 12565.

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

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



Odd Song – A Multimedia Performance of Vespers

June 2nd, 2018

Drawing from different religious and spiritual traditions here in the United States and from other cultures, Odd Song offers a late afternoon remix of traditional Evensong.

Odd Song will include an Appalachian holler, Komungo music, guided meditation, Meister Eckhart and electronica, along with other sounds and readings from Psalms and Scripture.

The beautiful candle-lit St. John of the Wilderness (1852) in Copake Falls will house a 40-minute exploration of Interfaith harmonies (and perhaps dissonances) of centering within a pluralistic and media saturated world.

The Very Rev. John P. Thompson will lead the service with audio and visual accompaniment by media artist 99.

Please note that incense will be used.


Family Program on the Life of Trees at the Library

June 2nd, 2018

Meet at the Library and join Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center Staff for an hour long program on the life of trees and tree identification.  Discover the importance of trees as they progress from sprouting seeds to rotting logs and the necessary role trees play in the our lives and those of animals and plants. Walk the grounds of the library and the Roe Jan Park to learn how to identify different types of trees.

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy closed toe shoes.