Upcoming Events

Friday, December 1 - 6:30 pm

Children’s Holiday “Polar Express” Party at Library

Children are invited to a holiday party featuring a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express, along with hot cocoa and surprises, at Roeliff Jansen Community Library, on Friday, December 1, at 6:30 pm. Pajamas are welcome!

See and hear a new dramatic reading of The Polar Express, with a surprise twist to start things off. There will be cocoa, cookies and caroling, as well as special guest Cookie the therapy dog. Take a magical journey to the North Pole to visit Santa and his elves, and receive a first gift of the season.

This is the fourth year for this popular holiday event.  Even those who have attended in the past will be surprised and delighted by this year’s new and expanded experience.

Children must be accompanied by an adult who will stay in the building during the event.  No advance sign-up is necessary.  Please note that the library will be closed to regular patrons from 1:00pm on that day.

This year’s Polar Express party is made possible in part by a grant from Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.


Saturday, December 2 - 4:00 pm

Ellen Lagemann on the Case for College in Prison at Library

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann will discuss her book Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison and her experience with the Bard Prison Initiative, at Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, December 2 at 4 pm.  One or more Bard Initiative alumni are expected to attend the event and join the discussion.

Dr. Lagemann is a Professor at Bard College.  As the Distinguished Fellow in the Bard Prison Initiative, she also teaches and advises in six New York State prisons where the Bard college-in-prison program operates.

“Lagemann…argues that providing prisoners with a college education is both good for prisoners and society…. [Her book] includes intensive research, but her most powerful supporting evidence comes from the anecdotes of former prisoners who have become published poets, social workers, and nonprofit leaders.”—Publishers Weekly

“A powerful, simple solution to make prison a place of education and rehabilitation.” — Darren Walker, Presdent, Ford Foundation.

A former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and past President of the Spencer Foundation, Dr. Lagemann has written and spoken extensively in the fields of education and philanthropy for thirty years.   She holds a PhD in History and Education from Columbia University and lives in Ghent, N.Y.


Saturday, December 2 - 5:00 pm

Hillsdale Holiday Tree Lighting

Hillsdale’s Holiday Tree lighting celebration is Saturday, December 2. Kids large and small are invited to gather at the firehouse around 5 pm and board the hayride to Cullin Park for the lighting of the Town tree. As usual, spectacularly lit fire trucks will guide them into Town where, at 5:30, Santa magically appears to light the tree! The kids head back to the firehouse for presents and treats.

For those of us that will not be enjoying the hayride, local shops will be offering lots of special treats just for you. And hot chocolate will be served outside.

See you at Cullin Park on Saturday, December 2!












Sunday, December 3 - 12:00 pm

Copake Falls Winter Walk

Winter Walk, Sunday, December 3rd in the Historic Hamlet of Copake Falls

Noon – 2:00 ~  Hot Dogs and Hamburgers on the Grill and Tours of the Iron Works and Museum

Noon – 3:00 ~ Holiday Bazaar, Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Burke Hall

Noon – 4:00 ~Holiday Open House at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum, Gifts, Decorations, Raffle, Music, Cookies and Santa Claus!

1:00 – 4:00 ~ Shop! Raffles and Vendors at the Taconic Wayside Inn

1:00 – 4:00 ~ New! Children’s Gift Table at the Taconic Wayside Inn

1:00 – 4:00 ~ Sweatshirts and more at the Taconic State Park Office

3:30 – 4:30 ~ Congregational Church of Salisbury Bell Choir plays at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Donation at the door.

All Day ~ Stocking Gifts, Hot Chocolate, and Fresh Baked Goods at the Depot Deli

Sponsored by the Copake Falls Day Committee

Join us on August 18, 2018!

For Vendor Information call 518-329-3251



Sunday, December 10 - 11:00 am

Everything You Wanted to Know about Hunting

(…but were afraid to ask) with DEC Lt. Liza Bobseine at Gallatin Town Hall, County Route 7.

In the early evening of November 29 last year two DEC officers were investigating reports of trespass on U.S. Lumber property off Silvernails Road in Gallatin. It was after dusk, and the heavy fog and rain made for poor visibility, yet on the officers’ approach, the poacher fired his gun. Environmental Conservation Office James Davey was struck in the pelvis. Only through the adept and swift actions of his companion, Lt. Liza Bobseine, did ECO Davey avoid fatal blood loss. “This was not a hunter. This was someone who was poaching,” DEC commissioner Basil Seggos later explained. “Hunters do not shoot in the dark. Hunters do not aim wildly. And they certainly do not shoot at our ECOs.”

Lt. Bobseine will talk to Gallatin residents about the job of the DEC in Columbia County, draw a distinction between hunting and poaching, and give guidance on how we can be more alert to the responsibilities we all share in ensuring that these traditional forms of wildlife management are conducted with due regard to safety.

Photo: Lt. Bobseine being awarded a medal for bravery from New York State Senator Catharine Young.

Friday, December 15 - 5:00 pm

Rich Rosenzweig Trio

On Friday, December 15, the Roe Jan Library hosts the Rich Rosenzweig Trio play acoustic jazz “Music from Broadway.”

At 5 pm.