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Introduction to Columbia County Neighborhoods


None other than Henry Hudson himself was the first European to set foot on what is now Columbia County, when his ship, the Half Moon, pulled over for a few repairs and to look for food. Today, the county, which rolls and sweeps from the eastern bank of the river that bears his name to the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, is still mostly agrarian. Its fertile soil supports a cornucopia of local fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and other delights. Countless summer and fall festivals celebrate this agricultural bounty with music, fun and, of course, fresh food. Outdoor amenities are perhaps the county’s greatest treasures. Choice spots for hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, cycling and leaf-peeping abound. The 5,000-acre Taconic State Park features an invigorating hike up to Bish-Bash Falls, a 200-foot waterfall (which, yes, is technically in Massachusetts). Hunting of another sort—for antiques, arts and crafts—is also plentiful. The village of Hudson supports more than 65 antique shops Warren Street and its side streets. Historic homes, including Olana, the Moorish-inspired home of Frederic Church, one of America's premier landscape painters, and the Georgian home of our eighth president, Martin van Buren, dot the landscape. For culture, Chatham’s Mac-Hayden Theater presents family-friendly musicals in a charming and intimate 350-seat theater-in-the-round. And sports fans can catch car-racing thrills at Lebanon Valley Speedway and Dragway.

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Hudson Valley Events

  • IN:SITE Outdoor Art Show

    2016.06.27

    IN:SITE is a summer-long outdoor art exhibit at the Century House Historical Society (CHHS) on the Snyder Estate in Rosendale, NY, home of the...

  • HITS on the Hudson presents Horse Shows 2016

    2016.05.25

    HITS welcomes spectators to its Saugerties show grounds to experience international-level hunter and jumper competitions that bring equine stars...

  • CLAY ART CENTER SUMMER CAMPS 2016 MAKE: Friends, Memories, Art!

    2016.07.05

    Summer Clay Camps for Kids of All Ages Get 10% off during Early Registration Each camper will receive a fun CAC Camp T-shirt! Early registration...

  • Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting

    2015.11.21

    In 2016, the Albany Institute of History & Art celebrates its 225th birthday. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the special exhibition,...

  • Masterworks: Paper

    2016.04.30

    In honor of the Albany Institute of History & Art’s 225th anniversary, rarely seen items from the Institute’s library collections join prints,...

  • Albany Institute of History & Art- Hudson River School

    2016.04.30

    Artists of the Hudson River School painted and sketched a variety of landscapes during the fifty-year period from 1825 to 1875. The American...

  • Science Story Time

    2016.08.24

      “Engineering Investigation” is our August story time theme. During this time, join one of our Museum Educators for this science-based story...

  • Science Story Time

    2016.08.24

      “Engineering Investigation” is our August story time theme. During this time, join one of our Museum Educators for this science-based story...

  • Robert Irwin, Excursus: Homage to the Square3, June 1, 2015 - May 2017

    2015.06.01

    Excursus: Homage to the Square3 marks the artist’s first exhibition at Dia:Beacon—a building whose master plan he...

  • Basilica FREE Screening Series - River’s Pics

    2016.06.26

    Sundays | June 26 | July 31 | August 28 | All Films start at 11AM   Selected by River Stone   FREE Sunday Kid Matinees!...

  • Memento: A Group Art Exhibition Inspired by Nostalgia

    2016.08.05

    “Memento: A Group Art Exhibition Inspired by Nostalgia” August 5 - 29, 2016 Opening reception Saturday, August 6, 2016  ...

  • DAVID LACHAPELLE: GAS STATIONS

    2016.07.09

    The Edward Hopper House Art Center is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by David LaChapelle from July 9 through September 11 at 82...

  • Sculpture in the Garden: James Tyler & Santi Hitorangi

    2016.06.03

      The Edward Hopper House is pleased to present Sculpture in the Garden 2016 featuring the work of James Tyler and Santi Hitorangi.  Reception...

  • Art Exhibition - David LaChapelle: Gas Stations

    2016.07.09

      July 9 - Sept. 11, Wed. - Sun. 12-5pm We are pleased to present an exhibition featuring the work of renowned photographer David LaChapelle,...

  • Mobile Media Labs for Teens at the Hudson Area Library

    2016.07.23

    The Hudson Area Library invites youth ages 12+ to participate in a series of videomaking workshops presented by Spark Media Project on four...

  • Fresh Air Concert

    2016.08.05

    Fresh Air Concert Dylan Foley & Friends Celtic Music  

  • LightField

    2016.08.20

    LightField AUGUST 20 –SEPTEMBER 25 OPENING RECEPTION | SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 | 5 – 7PM LightField’s inaugural exhibition, Fluidity:...

  • OIL PAINTING CLASSES

    2016.03.23

    Oil Painting Classes Wednesday 6-8 PM $140.00 for 4 classes Improve your skills with individualized teaching for beginners and intermediate in...

  • Penguin Rep Theatre

    2016.05.26

    Rockland County - Penguin Rep Theatre - Stony Point, New York.  The Immigrant - Story of the playwright's grandfather,...

  • Mac-Haydn Theatre's 48th Season!

    2016.05.17

    The Mac-Haydn Theatre is opening their 48th season! The Mac-Haydn Theatre, entering its 48th season in Columbia County, will be opening their...


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