Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 21 - 10:00 am

Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour

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.





Saturday, September 21 - 7:00 pm

Swing Dance in the Roe Jan Park

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.



Tuesday, September 24 - 10:00 am

National Voter Registration Day at Library

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 http://www.roejanlibrary.org and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/roejanlibrary. 


Saturday, September 28 - 10:00 am

Habitat Presentation at Firehouse

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.



Sunday, September 29 - 3:00 pm

Concert at the Church to Benefit Citizens Climate Lobby


Saturday, October 5 - 5:00 pm

Night Walks Exhibition of Paintings by Peter N. Fritsch Opens

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


Sunday, October 13 - 10:00 am

The 25th Annual Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival

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.



Sunday, October 13 - 12:00 pm

CiderFest VII

Saturday, October 19 - 10:00 am

Senior Workshop at Firehouse

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.