Shredding Bins Available at Town Hall

December 2nd, 2019

December 2-December 13



Senior Workshop at Firehouse

October 19th, 2019

Save the date for the Senior Workshop on Saturday, October 19, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Hillsdale Firehouse.

Sponsored by the Hillsdale Safe at Home Committee, the workshop is perfectly timed to prepare Hillsdale seniors for the Medicare Annual Open Enrollment period. The Workshop will feature a presentation on Medicare by Kate West, an experienced case manager with the Columbia County Office for the Aging, and a talk and Q &A by Claire Parde, Executive Director of the Health Care Consortium on the topic of long-term care.

In addition, over 15 service providers will be positioned throughout the Firehouse to answer questions and provide written materials and contact information covering topics such as: home repairs, health care, Alzheimer services, real estate tax benefits for seniors, home health care services, heating assistance, no-cost phones for the hearing-impaired, home safety, and more.

Come to learn and meet other seniors and caregivers, while sharing snacks, a light lunch, and door prizes contributed by our generous Hillsdale business community.


CiderFest VII

October 13th, 2019

The 25th Annual Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival

October 13th, 2019

Sunday, October 13 ǀ 10 am to 4 pm ǀ Free Admission ǀ Rain or Shine

For 25 years, Hawthorne Valley has offered the Fall Festival as a free public event to thank our donors, customers, volunteers, community members, and local vendors for their support and partnership. The Festival is the perfect opportunity to get to know Hawthorne Valley’s diverse initiatives and experience the beauty of autumn in Columbia County. Over the years, the Festival has grown into a seasonal favorite with over 3,000 people attending from the Hudson Valley, New York City, and beyond.

Activities include a hay maze, children’s crafts, hayrides around the farm, dozens of local vendors, live music, delicious local food, scavenger hunt, puppet shows, cider pressing, and more!

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School holds an All-School Open House throughout the day – tour the school, meet some of our teachers and see some of our students’ work.



Night Walks Exhibition of Paintings by Peter N. Fritsch Opens

October 5th, 2019

An exhibition of landscape paintings by Peter Nicholas Fritsch will be held from October 5 – December 16, 2019, in Burke Hall Gallery, Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls.  Peter Nicholas Fritsch, known as “Nick,” studied painting at the School of Visual Arts, NYC.  His paintings, in the tradition of American realism, reflect an interest in the mystical qualities of night evoking a quiet sense of place, that of the town of Copake, NY.

Artist reception, October 5, 5 pm, Burke Hall Gallery.  Open 11-1 pm Sundays, and by appointment.

The Church of St. John in the Wilderness (Episcopal) is in Copake Falls, New York, on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.  The Rev. John P. Thompson is Rector.  The church has 70 members and serves the Roe Jan region.  The church is located at 261 State Route 344 in Copake Falls, on the road to Bash Bish Falls.

Contact: Lucy Eldridge 518-329-0530


Concert at the Church to Benefit Citizens Climate Lobby

September 29th, 2019


Habitat Presentation at Firehouse

September 28th, 2019

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity will make an important presentation about their unique home-building strategy on Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Hillsdale Firehouse.

The event is hosted by the Hillsdale Housing Committee.

Brenda Adams, Executive Director of Columbia County Habitat, and award-winning architect Dennis Wedlick, will discuss their strategies for bringing super-green, low-impact housing to historic villages and hamlets in Columbia County. In addition, they will discuss new opportunities for first-time homebuyers in Hillsdale and solutions for Hillsdale’s pressing need for more homes for working families.

Brenda and Dennis have had great success in bringing homeowner opportunities to nearby communities, including Ancram, Copake and New Lebanon. Come to learn, enjoy refreshments, and talk to neighbors and town officials.



National Voter Registration Day at Library

September 24th, 2019

Ensure that your voice is heard by registering to vote at Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Tuesday, September 24, from 10 AM – 5 PM.

With election season right around the corner, now is the time to register to vote. On September 24, National Voter Registration Day, volunteers will be available at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library to help register new voters in Columbia County.

Applications for absentee ballots will also be available. Beginning this year, 2019, New York State residents can also participate in early voting, giving voters a greater opportunity to make their voices heard.  Applications must be postmarked by October 11 for the 2019 general election. Early voting takes place from October 26 through November 3. Signing up is quick, easy, and we will even supply the postage!

Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale, is located at 9091 Route 22, approximately one mile south of the traffic light at the intersection of Routes 22 and 23. For information on hours and events, call 518 325-4101 or visit the library’s website at and Facebook 


Swing Dance in the Roe Jan Park

September 21st, 2019

The Roe Jan Library will host a Swing Dance at the Harvest Barn in the Roe Jan Park featuring the Fabulous Versatones on Saturday, September 21 from 7- 9 pm.

Instead of an indoor concert, this special concert will be across Route 22 from the Library in the Harvest Barn at the Roe Jan Park.  Put on your dancing shoes, brush up your dance steps and join the action.  Or bring a lawn chair, relax and listen to the music of the Fabulous Versatones, the Hudson Valley’s homegrown swinging dance band.

This program is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.



Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour

September 21st, 2019

The Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour is returning for its 7th year on Saturday, September 21. This free event is sponsored by the towns of Hillsdale, Copake, and Ancram and takes riders through some of the most scenic roads in the three towns.

This year, there will be 6 different routes to choose from, from a family-friendly 10 mile route to a 62.5 mile route for more experienced cyclists. Riders can go at their own pace on well marked quiet country roads and portions of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. The rides begin and end in Copake Memorial Park.

To join the fun and for more details, visit this online link.





Town Board Meeting Minutes 8/13/19

September 14th, 2019

Town Board Meeting Minutes 8/13/19

September Town Board Meeting

September 10th, 2019

All items on the agenda are subject to change.

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Accept minutes
  3. Announcements/Correspondence (Cipkowski)
  4. Public Comments
  5. County Update (Cipkowski)
  6. Highway Superintendent’s Report (Briggs)
  7. Town Clerk’s Report (Doolan)
  8. Fire District (Hanselman)
  9. Tax Collector (Hanselman)
  10. Town Board Reports: Human Resources (Tiger), Infrastructure (Ward), Parks (Sims), Zoning/Planning (Carty)
  11. Committee Reports: Broadband, CAC, Clean Energy, Development and Marketing, Hamlet, Historic, Housing, Safe at Home
  12. Old Business/follow up from 8/13
    • Town Garage/Bluestone Proposal
    • Maple Street Planning
    • Local Law #2
    • Civil War Monument Wreath Protocol
    • Culvert Prioritization Resolution
  13. New Business/tbd
  14. Amendments
  15. Public Comments
  16. Pay Bills
  17. Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, October 8 @ 7 pm


2020 Budget Workshop

September 10th, 2019

Town Hall at 6 pm

ZBA Meeting Minutes 9/3/19

September 9th, 2019

ZBA Meeting Minutes 9/3/19

Shredding Bins Available at Town Hall

September 9th, 2019
The document shredding bins are available at Town Hall September 9 – 20 during town clerk hours on Monday and Wednesday through Friday.
The Columbia County KISS Program is once again available to seniors in every town in Columbia County. The KISS Program, founded by Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner, stands for Keeping the Identities of Seniors Safe. It was designed to protect the identities of our seniors while assisting them in the shredding of their sensitive materials.
Justin Weaver, Columbia County Clerk’s Records Services Manager, is overseeing the program and can also be contacted with any questions at 518-822-0143.

The bins return December 2 – 13.



NorthWinds Bassoon Ensemble

September 7th, 2019

NorthWinds Bassoon Ensemble will play a concert at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, September 7, at 5 pm — A typhoon of bassoons!

The bassoonists of NorthWinds have found a cheerful and spirited platform for this unsung bass wind pipe. These players bring out the jaunty, the moody, the serene, and the serious natures of the instrument in an accessible manner. The enthusiasm is infectious as the group performs and chats with the audience. What’s a double reed?  Wait, it’s eight feet long? Contra?

The group has PhDs, post graduate degrees, and years of study with prestigious musicians; one of them has even left behind a distinguished career as an oboist and has come to see the light as a bassoonist.  Between the group they have toured Europe, performed solos with major orchestras, been part of Grammy nominated ensembles, and of course, trekked through the work-a-day world of the freelance musician. What’s really needed is a bit more fun now; and here it is.

NorthWinds Ensemble is especially well suited to intimate settings such as the library in which the audience and performers have a moment to exchange thoughts as well as to listen to this lesser known beauty of the orchestra winds.  The ensemble includes bassoonists: John Douglas Ferrigno, Karen Kelland, Cornelia McGiver, Nora Post.

This concert is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

The Musicians of Ma’alwyck

August 31st, 2019

The Musicians of Ma’alwyck will play at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, August 31 at 5 pm.  The program will feature Russian and American music including Daniel Godfrey’s From a Dream of Russia for clarinet, violin and piano.  It will also include Glinka’s Trio Pathetique and Rick Sowash’s Daweswood Suite, music of Gliere and Maude Powell..

Musicians of Ma’alwyck is the chamber ensemble in residence at the Schuyler Mansion and at SUNY Schenectady. The ensemble, celebrating its 20th year this season, is known both for its historic programs and its creative combining of thematic materials. Founded in 1999, the group specializes in music performed in America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  On August 31 the quartet will feature Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, Violin (founder and director of the group); Petia Kassarova, Cello; Paul Green, Clarinet; Noah Palmer, Piano.

Glinka is considered the father of Russian classical music. The 1832 Trio Pathetique is full of gorgeous melodies. Godfrey’s From a Dream of Russia, for violin, clarinet and piano is imaginative, fun and highly creative; it captures the musical essence of Russia. Rich Sowash’s Daweswood Suite includes American folksong inspired melodies within a jazzy idiom. The program is rounded out with two shorter works, the Gliere a glorious ballade for solo cello and piano, and the Powell, a beautiful transcription of a spiritual.

This concert is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Planning Board Minutes 8/12/19

August 29th, 2019

Planning Board Minutes 8/12/19

GRILLSDALE 2019 Flame On!

August 24th, 2019

Back for its fourth year as one of the most tantalizing evenings of the summer, GRILLSDALE proudly spotlights the bounty of Columbia 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. If last year is to be any indication, GRILLSDALE 2019 will sell out fast, so get your tickets sooner than later at

Featuring grilled food and craft beverages from the following:

* Jack Peele of Jacüterie * Job Yacubian of The Farmer’s Wife * Chef Bobby Hellen & Team Otto’s Market * Chef Kevin Chassi of Botanica * Chef Nicole Craft of Bartlett House * David Wurth of Crossroads Food Shop * Jared Schwartz & Laura Webster of The Poor Devil Pepper Co. * Chef Kristopher Schram of West Taghkanic Diner * Hillsdale Fire Co. #1 * Nick Keene of The Egremont Barn * Christopher Knable of PieconicNY * Chef Monica Byrne of Home/Made Hudson * Chef Marianne Rossant of Copake General * Svendale Brewing * King’s Highway Fine Cider * Chatham Brewing *

The evening will be capped with the naming of one award, “People’s Choice” to be decided by the attendees. Shire 935 Events passionately supports the continuation of the HARLEM VALLEY RAIL TRAIL and we pledge to raise awareness and funds by donating space for an on-site HVRT run raffle of a chic new trail-worthy bicycle and a lots of other fab recreational items. All proceeds of the raffle ticket sales (prior and post event) will go to the HRVT.


ZBA Meeting Minutes 8/6/19

August 20th, 2019

ZBA Meeting Minutes 8/6/19

Town Board Meeting Minutes 7/9/19

August 20th, 2019

Town Board Meeting Minutes 7/9/19

Multi-media Family Science Event at Roe Jan Library

August 17th, 2019

Local, award-winning children’s science author, Seymour Simon, will present a multi-media event at Roe Jan Library on August 17 at 2pm.   The program will feature Simon’s new book, DESTINATION: MOON, which tells the thrilling story of America’s race to be the first to safely land humans on the moon. All children will receive a free copy of the book, signed by the author.

This program marks the end of Roe Jan’s Summer Reading Program – Out of This World Events for Kids.  Kids should be sure to bring their reading logs and turn them in for a prize!

Seymour Simon, whom the New York Times called “the dean of the [children’s science] field,” is the author of over 300 highly acclaimed science books, more than seventy-five of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Seymour Simon’s website,, is a Webby Honoree online destination designed to engage children in science, reading and writing, as well as to provide families and educators with a rich array of free, downloadable resources to enhance their children’s reading experience.



Planning Board Minutes 7/8/19

August 16th, 2019

Planning Board Minutes 7/8/19

Roe Jan Library Community Picnic

August 11th, 2019


Hillsdale ArtsWalk 2019

August 10th, 2019

On Saturday, August 10, 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.

Rain date is Sunday, August 11.

Download ArtsWalk Application

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