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COPAKE – The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake, will host Emily Rubin from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 through Tuesday, July 26 for a writing workshop titled “Write That Story.” This series of four-session workshops will introduce participants to writing a short story or a memoir. Stories, whether memoir or fiction, often begin with a real-life or real-world event that fascinates and inspires the storyteller in us all to write. Participants will engage their creative writing muscles through in-depth readings of fiction and memoir, in class and weekly homework from writing prompts that use prose, visual imagery, poetry and science to inspire stories. As we explore internal and external conflicts in our lives and in the world through writing, the depth of a storyteller’s experience and world will emerge. At the end of the four sessions, participants will have a draft of a short story or the first pages of a dissertation. Limited to 10 attendees. Participants must attend all four sessions. Registration required. Sign up by emailing [email protected]
GHENT – High & Mighty invites veterans to join them from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month from July 5th for an evening of equine activities full of hands-on experiences with their herd. It is open to all veterans and no previous experience with horses is necessary. Activities include grooming horses, driving horses over and through obstacles on our sensory trail, and learning about equine behavior and communication. Registration is recommended but registrations are welcome. For more information, email Rachel Conaway at [email protected] or contact Dana O’Leary at 518-965-3027 or [email protected]
CLAVERACK – The Claverack Free Library, 629 Route 23B, Claverack, will host Berkshires author Carolyn Kay Brancato at 6:30 p.m. on July 6. She will read her latest novel, The Night Belongs to the Maquis: A World War II Novel. Wednesdays are food truck nights at the Claverack Free Library. Join us for great food from the Micosta food truck. Stay for a stimulating discussion and signing session with Carolyn Kay Brancato. The books will be available for purchase. For information, www.claveracklibrary.org or 518-851-7120.
NORTH GREENBUSH – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will present “Considering A Meadow Garden?” 7-8 p.m. July 7 at the Demonstration Garden, Robert C. Parker School, 4254 Route 43, North Greenbush. Are you tired of mowing your lawn or do you have a difficult area, maybe a slope or a hard to reach place? Then consider growing a prairie garden that is low maintenance, beautiful, and offers a host of benefits to support natural habitats. Treat yourself to a quiet place to spend time enjoying nature and watching butterflies, birds and other wildlife. Rensselaer County Master Gardeners Marie Hankle-Wieboldt and Bob Wieboldt will show us the planned site for a new meadow garden at the demonstration garden. This program is free to the public and will be held outdoors at the demonstration garden. Rain or bad weather at the start of the program may cancel it. Limited number of places provided; bring your own lawn chair. For more information, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-272-4210 or [email protected]
STUYVESANT — St. John’s Lutheran Church, 159 Route 26A, Stuyvesant, will host the annual Summer Tag Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8-9, indoors and outdoors. As always, the tables will be full with a wide variety of items for you to choose from. We will not be serving lunch and no food sales. Due to the high number of COVIDs in the county, we kindly ask that you wear a mask indoors.
ANCRAM — St. John’s Church, 1273 County Route 7, Ancram, an annual Chicken BBQ will be held July 9, take-out only. Pickup from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The menu includes barbecue chicken, corn, coleslaw, potato salad, rolls and watermelon. To take out, $17. Tickets are limited and must be ordered by July 4. To reserve tickets, call Jim at 518-755-8978 (cell); Cindy, 518-329-0038; Andrea, 518-789-4769; Debby at 518-329-7594.
COPAKE — Paroisse Notre-Dame de l’Espoir, 8074 Route 22, Copake, will serve barbecue chicken from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 9 after the 5 p.m. mass. For take out only. The adult menu includes chicken, coleslaw, baked potatoes, a bun, dessert and water. The children’s menu includes chicken, potatoes, applesauce and a juice box. Adults, $15; children, $8. Pre-sale tickets only limited to 150. For ticket reservations, call or email 518-821-6932 or [email protected]
COPAKE – The Eagles Stage Band, a Berkshire County big band jazz band, will perform at 3 p.m. on July 10 at the Hilltop Barn, Roe Jan Park, Copake, opposite the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Route 22, Copake . Garden chairs are appreciated. Free entry. For information, call 518 325-4101.
PHILMONT — Presentation of the history of Philmont by Milestone Heritage Consulting with speaker Matt Kierstead 2-3:30 p.m. July 10 at Village Hall, 124 Main St., Philmont. The presentation will illustrate the history of Philmont, its mills, the canal system that provided the hydroelectricity to run many of the mills, workers’ quarters, the railroad and how Philmont was one of the most productive towns of Columbia County. A community conversation will take place following the presentation of the Philmont Village Historic District project.
HALFMOON — The local Society of American Magicians (SAM) group, Assembly 24, will meet at 5:30 p.m. on July 12 at the Halfmoon Diner, Route 9, Halfmoon. For meeting details and organizational information, visit WWW.SAM24.SYNTHASITE.COM. The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month.
HUDSON – Trinity United Methodist Church UMW, 555 Joslen Blvd., Hudson, will be hosting a Chicken BBQ prepared by Barbecue Delights from 4-6:30 p.m. on July 14, take-out only. The menu includes half a chicken, a baked potato, homemade coleslaw, a bun and a homemade brownie. Full dinner tickets are $14; chicken only is $8. For tickets and information, call 518-828-0226.
CHATHAM — Outdoor Exhibit: A CLC Photography Club invites anyone who enjoys taking pictures to join a walk through the High Falls Conservation Area from 10 a.m. to noon on July 16. This month’s theme focuses on reflections and exposure settings with water. Photographers of all skill levels and abilities are welcome. Outside Exposure is a photo club designed to explore public conservation areas and other natural areas in Columbia County through a lens. This club focuses on nature photography and developing photography skills in a welcoming and friendly community, whether you’re shooting with an iPad or DSLR (or don’t know what it is!) . Walking space is limited and registration is required. Visit clctrust.org/events to register and find out more.
MILAN – A ceremony for the unveiling of the historic Jacob Shook marker located on Shookville Road in the city of Milan at 10 a.m. on July 23. Jacob Shook was Milan’s second overseer, postmaster, and served in the Dutchess County Militia from 1811 to 1816. In 1833, he and his brother, Peter, donated land for the construction of the Church and Cemetery in Shookville. This historical marker is made possible by the William Pomeroy Foundation and was granted for the extensive and important research carried out by Bonnie Wood, who is a descendant of prominent Milanese citizens. For more information, contact Milan historian Victoria LoBrutto at [email protected]
HUDSON – The Christian Service Committee of St. Mary of the Holy Trinity Parish will hold a “final” trash and treasure sale from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 23 and from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 24 at the Academy, 301 Allen St., Hudson, in the air-conditioned gym. The final sale offers a chance to find treasures from a selection of unique antiques, jewelry, small electrical appliances, linens, crystal, fine china, crafts, cassettes, books, Christmas artwork and decorations and other seasonal decorations. For everyone’s safety, please wear a mask.
CANAAN – The Canaan Protective Fire Company, 2126 Route 295, Canaan, will host a Sloppy Joe Dinner from 5-8 p.m. on July 23. Adults, $9; children, $5.
CHATHAM – Camphill Ghent will host a ‘Tribal Justice’ film screening from 7-9pm on July 24 at the Crandell Theater in Chatham. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased on the website, over the phone, or on the night of the event. Anne Makepeace, revolutionary documentary filmmaker, made this extraordinary film which tackles a crucial theme for our society at the moment: restorative justice. Anne is the beloved sister of Roger Makepeace who resides in Camphill Ghent. Both Anne and Roger will be present to present the film, and Anne will stay after the film to answer any questions regarding her work. For more information, contact Ivy Sharron, Fundraising and Events Coordinator, at 518-721-8400.
AUSTERLITZ – The Blueberry Festival, sponsored by the Société historique d’Austerlitz, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 31 at Old Austerlitz, 11550 Route 22, Austerlitz. Adults, $8; children under 12, free. Additional charge for pancake breakfast served from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Adults, $8; under 12, $4. Demonstrations and merchandise of old American crafts, antiques, live music and entertainment, magic act, children’s activities, animals, birds of prey, sheep shearing, plus many unique and very talented artists, artisans, food vendors specialized, sale of labels. For information, visit the website www.oldausterlitz.org or call 518-392-0062.