Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

December 16 - December 22

Tuesday, December 16

Hanukkah begins at sundown


Miwi La Lupa – New Way Home – Miwi La Lupa is a singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist from Buffalo and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY – He is an original member of the bands Red Baraat, Thought, and Knights on Earth – New Way Home is released on Team Love Records on January 21 – Information at 828-1562 or www.facebook.com/pages/The-Half-Moon  -- 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Wednesday, December 17

Taize Service – An ecumenical service with candle lighting, fragrance, readings, meditation, and soft chants meant to create a strong sense of spiritual presence and unity – Information at 828-1329 – 7 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, East Court Street at Union Street


Thursday, December 18

Botanica – An evening of vinyl healing and good vibes, with donations going to Black Lives Matter Ferguson Bail & Support Fund – DJ Effie Asili with guest sets by Otto Hauser – Soul, Funk, Latin, Boogie, Afrobeat, Disco, and Groove – Information at 828-1562 or www.facebook.com/pages/The-Half-Moon -- 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Thursday-Sunday, December 18-21

Films at TSL:

> Point and Shoot – Winner of Best Documentary Award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival – The film follows a timid 26-year old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in 2006 and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood.”

> Zero Motivation – A dark comedy portraying the power struggles of three female secretaries at a remote army base in the Israeli desert.

Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation – Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia is a unique and fascinating architectural project conceived by Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century.  Now, more than 125 years after construction began, the basilica remains unfinished.  In Catalan, Spanish, French, and German with English subtitles

Information and schedule at 822-8100 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Friday, December 19

Tasting – Hillrock Estates is back with their locally made whiskies, including a newly released Malt Whiskey – Information at www.fairview-wines.com or 828-0934 – 4 to 7 pm – Fairview

Wines & Spirits, 160 Fairview Avenue, Route 9, Greenport


Willy Mason, Last Good Tooth, and Alex Turnquist – All live at The Half Moon – Information at 828-1562 or www.facebook.com/pages/The-Half-Moon -- 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Friday-Saturday, December 19-20

Camphill Solaris presents The Oberufer Shepherd’s Play – For hundreds of years ordinary folk in the small Austrian village of Oberufer on the Danube gathered in the local tavern at Christmas time to perform this play for their neighbors.  This year, the ordinary and extraordinary folk of Hudson perform – Free admission – Information at 828-3431 –Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 4:30 pm – Solaris Camphill Hudson, 360 Warren Street


Saturday, December 20

Hudson Farmers’ Market Indoor Winter Market is open this Saturday, closes for the month of January and opens again on the first Saturday in February – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union Street at East Court Street


Clermont Holiday Open House – The mansion’s spectacular rooms are lavishly decorated for the holidays – Hot mulled cider will be served – Information at 537-4240 – 11 am to 4 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown


HD screening  of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg – One of James Levine’s signature Wagner works, back at the Met for the first time in eight years – Information and reservations at 822 -8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 12 noon – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Tasting – Warm up with Hetta, a locally-made (in Rhinecliff) holiday libation – A delicious modern take on Gloog  – Information at www.fairview-wines.com or 828-0934 – 12 noon to 5 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, 160 Fairview Avenue, Route 9, Greenport


Kwanzaa Festival and Umoja Community Celebration – Crafts for children, a candle lighting ceremony, and the sharing of the Nguzo Saba—the seven principles of Kwanzaa—by community members – Mangue Sylla, an electrifying West African drummer, is special guest artist – Performances by the Hip Hop dancers with Anthony Molina and Kuumba Dance and Drum – Participants will be invited to stay for a light “Karamu” supper provided by Hazel’s Kitchen, followed by the giving of Zawadi (gifts for children) – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 3 to 5 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Book Signing – Furniture Restorer Christophe Pourny, author of The Furniture Biblewill answer questions about caring for furniture – Martha Stewart living asserts that The Furniture Bible is an “important book for anyone who owns furniture—antique, modern, or new—or anyone who plans to fix or restore it.”  Books will be available for purchase and signing  - Pourny has also developed a line of small-batch, artisanal furniture products which is sold nationwide and will be available at the event – Information at 828-1872 x 104 or by e-mail to rtice@olana.org – 3 to 5 pm – Olana Museum Store, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport


Messiah SING – Lend your voice by singing Handel’s Messiah with your family, friends, and neighbors – Supported by a professional instrumental ensemble of strings and vocal soloists from the Bard College Vocal Arts Program  including Helen Huang, soprano; Katherine Maysek, mezzo-soprano; Corey Hart, tenor; and Andrew Munn, bass – Conducted by Gwen Gould – Suggested donation at the door – Scores will be provided. – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 4 pm – First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren Street at Fourth Street


Exhibition Opening – Photography – A group exhibit with works by Birgit Blyth, Newbold Bohemia, Andrew Buck, Anna Collette, Jeri Eisenberg, Lisa Frank, Robert Hite, Kahn & Selesnick, Elliott Kaufman, Anne Arden McDonald, Michael Sibilia, and Lori Van Houten – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – 6 to 8 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street


Sunday, December 21

First day of Winter


Live simulcast of The Bolshoi Ballet production of The Nutcracker– Information and reservations at 822 -8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Kinderhook Reformed Church Fifth Annual Celebration of Lessons and Carols – Nine distinguished readers from the Columbia County community will be joined by an ensemble of over 40 singers under the direction of David Smith – This event has been very well attended in the past.  Arrival by 3:45 is suggested. – Information at www.kinderhookreformedchurch.com or 758-6401 – 4 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, Broad & Church Streets, Village of Kinderhook


Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center Second Anniversary Celebration – Honorees are Ms. Sheila Ramsey and Ms. Jean Cobb for their work with the Hudson Day Care Center - Information at 291-9415 – 7 pm – Savoia Restaurant, 214 Warren Street


Sunday-Wednesday, December 21-24

Walking the dog Theater presents a modern revival of Charles Dickens’ classic and beloved holiday story, A Christmas Carol.  David Anderson performs the story exactly as Dickens wrote it, giving the audience not only the dialogue, but the descriptive passages as well – Directed by Ted Pugh – Information at 610-0909 – Sunday and Tuesday at 8 pm – Wednesday at 3 pm – Camphill Solaris, 360 Warren Street


Monday, December 22

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cirkus performance featuring students from the Cirkus After School Program at the Hudson Youth Center performing their acquired skills of juggling, stilt walking, tumbling, acrobatics, clowning, wirewalking, and more – 5 pm – Hudson Youth Center, Union and South Third Street



For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org

All content herein copyright 2014  

For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org


All content herein copyright 2014


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