Upcoming Events

Friday, November 22 - 6:30 pm

Library to Host a Marionette Performance of The Wizard of Oz

The Puppet People will return to Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Friday, November 22, at 6:30 pm, to present a marionette performance of The Wizard of Oz. All ages are welcome.

Join Dorothy, Toto, and their friends as they journey along the yellow brick road in a  marionette performance of the literary classic, The Wizard of Oz! The Puppet People will lead the way through The Emerald City and beyond with an array of marionettes, shadow puppets, rod puppets, large parade puppets, and more. Whether you’re experiencing the magical story of Oz for the first time or the hundredth, this recreation captures the same sense of heart, courage, and friendship that made L. Frank Baum’s turn-of-the-century fairy tale into the beloved classic that it is today.

Executive director Mark Carrigan and artistic director Michelle Smith-Carrigan founded The Puppet People in 1994, and have performed in over 3,000 shows since. The duo are responsible for hand-crafting their props, as well as writing, producing, and directing each of their shows. The Carrigans have given performances at theaters, festivals, and events across the nation, as well as in venues such as Lincoln Center in New York City.


Saturday, November 23 - 8:00 am

Thanksgiving Baskets – Set Up at Firehouse

It’s a Hillsdale Thanksgiving tradition led by the Roe Jan Food Pantry. On the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 23, 2019), volunteers gather at 8 am at the Hillsdale Fire House to help assemble more than 170 Thanksgiving Baskets for local families. Volunteers are welcome!

Donations of boxes of cereal are still needed. Call Vernetta Moore at 413-446-9431 or Betty White at 325-3977 for more information.

See you there!

Saturday, November 23 - 5:00 pm

The Wanda Houston Band to Perform at Library

The Wanda Houston Band will perform at Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, November 23, at 5 pm, as part of the library’s Adventures in Music series.

The Band is led by Wanda Houston, a professional singer, actress, and song stylist whose world-wide travels have inspired her musical interests in theater, jazz, gospel, R&B, blues, folk, and rock. On piano is Robert Kelly, a lifelong student of jazz, ragtime, and classical music, who studied at Berklee College of Music, and has been a pianist with the United States Coast Guard Band.

Drummer Jay Bradley has been performing R&B, jazz, and musical theater throughout Berkshire, Litchfield, and Dutchess Counties for over twenty years; and specializes in Premier and Modern Drums, as well as Istanbul Cymbals. Rounding out the group is Jeff Stevens, a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and California State University. A brass teacher for over thirty years, Stevens is now the Director of Music for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and has played with over a dozen other accomplished bands and musicians.

This program is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant 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, and also with funds from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.



Monday, December 2 - 10:00 am

Shredding Bins Available at Town Hall

Sponsored by the Columbia County Clerk’s Office, the popular K.I.S.S. (Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe) shredding program has returned to Town Hall through December 13. Deposit documents into a secure container in Town Hall, to be destroyed by Certified Document Security LLC in North Chatham. This service is available during Town Clerk and Deputy Clerk hours at Town Hall.

December 2-December 13



Tuesday, December 10 - 7:00 pm

December Town Board Meeting

All items on the agenda are subject to change.

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Accept minutes
  • Announcements/Correspondence (Cipkowski)
  • Public Comments
  • County Update (Cipkowski)
  • Highway Superintendent’s Report (Briggs)
  • Town Clerk’s Report (Doolan)
  • Fire District (Hanselman)
  • Tax Collector (Hanselman)
  • Town Board Reports: Human Resources (Tiger), Infrastructure (Ward), Parks (Sims), Zoning/Planning (Carty)
  • Committee Reports: Broadband, CAC, Clean Energy, Development and Marketing, Hamlet, Historic, Housing, Safe at Home
  • Old Business/follow
    • Local Law #2
    • Habitat Project (Brenda Adams/Dennis Wedlick)
    • Town Website Refresh (Tod Wohlfarth)
  • New Business
    • WWTP Planning
  • Amendments
  • Public Comments
  • Pay Bills
  • Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, January 14 @ 7 pm