Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 22 - 4:00 pm

Tovah Martin Speaks at Library about The Garden in Every Sense and Season

Award-winning garden writer Tovah Martin will speak about her new book The Garden in Every Sense and Season, at Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, September 22, at 4 pm. Martin’s “Boot Camp for the Senses,” tailored to the current season, will share advice and ideas to awaken gardeners’ senses of smell, sound, touch and sight, in order to uncover and define previously unnoticed subtleties in their gardens.

“Reminds us that the best way to get to know a garden is through our senses. Don’t expect to make it through many pages before you feel an urge to run outdoors to reintroduce yourself to your own landscape.” —Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista

Tovah Martin is an award-winning gardener and author, whose most recent book is The Garden in Every Sense and Season (April, 2018). Other books include The Indestructible HouseplantThe Unexpected Houseplant, and The New Terrarium, and Tasha Tudor’s Garden. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Country Gardens, Garden Design, Traditional Home, Martha Stewart Living. Television appearances include The Martha Stewart Show, a PBS television series and the CBS Sunday Early Show. She speaks throughout the country, and can be found at www.tovahmartin.com.


Sunday, September 23 - 2:00 pm

Local Collectors and Local Collections Exhibit: 
Special Walk-Thru with Mike Fallon

On Sunday, September 23rd, at 2 pm, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society proudly presents a special tour of the current exhibition: Local Collectors and Local Collections, by Mike Fallon and others who have contributed family collections to the exhibit. These collections, originally compiled to reflect personal interests and to mark meaningful events, now provide a significant and irreplaceable window into the past.

The RJHS exhibition brings together an eclectic array of collections compiled by residents of the Roe Jan area, foremost among them, Mike Fallon, owner of the famed Copake Auction House. Each collection presents an opportunity to learn about the history of the region through a wide variety of objects, including family albums and documents, scrapbooks, and memorabilia. While items on view provide a vivid glimpse into the life and personality of the collectors, they also tell the story of local communities and the surrounding region. On Sunday, September 23rd, Mike Fallon will tell the captivating backstories behind the many souvenirs, mementos, paintings, photographs and textiles he has put on view. In addition, other local collectors will share their recollections about objects they have also contributed to the show.

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 www.roeliffjansehs.org for more information.

Saturday, September 29 - 2:30 pm

Ecology Walk at Shaker Museum in NL

On Saturday, September 29, 2:30-4 pm, please join the Farmscape Ecology Program for an Ecology Walk along the North Meadow Trail at the Shaker Museum at Mount Lebanon (in New Lebanon) and through the adjacent forest to explore the signs left to us by the Shakers, to ponder past uses of the land and plants, and to find out who is making their home in meadow and woods, now. The event is free, but limited to 20 participants. Please register here.



Sunday, September 30 - 5:00 pm

Joe Rose Jazz Trio at Library

The Joe Rose Jazz Trio, Joe Rose, piano; Daniel Broad, bass; and Conor Meehan, drums will play American Jazz Standards on Sunday, September 30 at 5 pm.

Joe Rose, pianist, graduated from Brown University with a degree in electronic music and composition.  Since then he’s been a career musician recording, performing, and teaching.  For seventeen years Joe has been the music director at St. Charles Church in Pittsfield, MA.  In addition to developing and playing jazz stylings from the Great American Songbook, Joe performs pop hits from the 50’s, 60’s, and beyond.

Daniel Broad has been one of the most sought after bassists in New England for over 30 years. He has performed all over the U.S. and in several European countries. Splitting his time between string bass and bass guitar, he has toured extensively with legendary groups such as The Platters, The Drifters, and The Charles Neville Band. He currently works as a free-lance bassist, instructor and luthier.

Conor Meehan is a versatile drummer based in New York City.  He has appeared on over 50 recordings and has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Brazil. He has taught at Williams College since 2005 and also teaches at UMass. He plays regularly in NYC with various musicians and groups.


Tuesday, October 2 - 6:30 pm

Interactive Workshop on Civics and Community Engagement 

“We the People: Civics, Community and Engagement”, an interactive workshop focusing on citizen and community engagement from local government to community-based project development, will be held at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Tuesday, October 2, at 6:30 pm. Led by Bard College’s Dean for Civic Engagement, Erin Cannan, workshop participants will consider the wide range of resources available through government, community associations/organizations and citizen action that can help residents find mechanisms to realize their community’s aspirations.  This is a non-partisan workshop focused on the mechanics of citizenship and will include an opportunity for participants to brainstorm ways to engage in community.

Erin Cannan is one of the founding members of Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement, which was launched eight years ago. Erin helps students hone critical skills, build professional networks and connect the life of the mind with action in the world through a variety of project-based initiatives including international conferences, career workshops, activist trainings and engaged liberal arts and science courses.

Erin’s local work in the Red Hook community began in 2006 when she ran for Red Hook Town Board.  In response to the economic downturn, Erin launched Red Hook Together, a local initiative that brings local leaders from government, schools and businesses to together to improve communication and coordinated planning. Erin’s volunteer work includes board membership on the Red Hook Education Foundation and the ValKill Partnership as board secretary.

Thursday, October 4 - 6:00 pm

Census 2020: Stand Up And Be Counted

Thursday, October 4
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Hudson Area Library
51 N 5th St
Hudson, NY 12534

Vital funding for local infrastructure and services depends on an accurate census. But questions of citizenship, lack of funding, and a leadership vacuum threaten to undercut the 2020 census. Attend this event and help get everyone in our community counted.

Childcare, food, and refreshments provided.

Event is sponsored by NY Civic Engagement Table, Hudson Area Library, Assemblymember Didi Barrett, and Supervisor Michael Chameides.

For more information, contact Brenda Shufelt at email hidden; JavaScript is required or (518) 828-1792 x101.


Monday, October 8 - 10:00 am

Shredding Program Begins

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

Tuesday, October 9 - 7:00 pm

October Town Board Meeting

  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 (Dash), CAC (Lewis), Clean Energy (Carty), Development and Marketing (Sims/Cipkowski) Housing (Levy), Safe at Home (Lapenn)
  12. Old Business/New Business
    • 2019 Budget
  13. Amendments
  14. Public Comments
  15. Pay Bills
  16. Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, November 13 @ 7 pm