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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

  • Art Exhibit: Carolyn Bloom, "The Evolution of a Fiber Artist"

    2018.12.16

    “The Evolution of a Fiber Artist” in Dobbs Ferry  features Carolyn Bloom’s knitted and crocheted items, patterns, and...

  • "Elemental Forces" Exhibit

    2018.06.09

    Identifying renewable energy sources is an important issue facing humanity going forward. It is a task requiring the collaboration of scientists,...

  • Affordable Art & Pottery Bazaar

    2018.12.09

    Have you wanted to attend the Affordable Art Fair in New York but didn’t care to travel to the city?  Now Rockland Center for the Arts...

  • Preschool Story Time with Miss Penny

    2018.09.18

    Join Miss Penny for reading, singing, and crafting fun! For preschoolers. Happens in the library and the East Room.

  • Landscapes: Capturing the View

    2018.11.07

    Landscapes: Capturing the View Nature has always been our closest ally. During this special time of year, the waning light of summer and early...

  • 2018 Special Exhibit – Peter Max: Early Paintings

    2018.07.17

    The art of Peter Max helped define the psychedelic 1960s, with its colorful imagery of gurus, sages, runners, flyers, Zen boats, snow-capped...

  • Handmade Holiday Pop-Up

    2018.11.23

    Featuring a curated selection of the best handmade gifts and special finds from the region. 30+ makers. 5 weeks, 32 days of retail, 2 outposts on...

  • Art Exhibition: “Brick by Brick: The Erie Canal & the Building Boom”

    2018.10.02

    This exhibition, featuring contemporary art by 12 artists, is inspired by the shared story of the Erie Canal, Hudson Valley brickyards and the...

  • Death is Irrelevant

    2018.10.13

    Death is Irrelevant: Selections from the Marc and Livia Straus Collection, 1968–2018 October 13, 2018 - August 2, 2019   “Death is a...

  • ANGELA FRALEIGH: SHADOWS SEARCHING FOR LIGHT

    2018.11.16

    Angela’s Fraleigh’s site-specific installation, Shadows Searching for Light, is inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper...

  • Between I and Thou

    2017.02.04

    Between I & Thou February 4, 2017 - December 22, 2018 'Between I & Thou' includes artists from many different areas of the globe. It explores...

  • Dance Workshop Series

    2018.09.29

    Workshop Series Offering a monthly class in different genres of dance.  Open to all dancers Workshop series offered only at New York Academy of...

  • Mount Gulian Historic Site Celebrates the Season with Festive Holiday Tours

    2018.12.16

    Mount Gulian Historic Site, the Dutch Colonial home of the Verplanck family, invites visitors to unwind during the busy holiday season by joining...

  • Music & Movement

    2018.11.07

    New class led by dancer and artist Michelledana Shafran.  Children will learn to move and move to learn at the same time. When a wide range of...

  • WARM UP

    2018.12.01

    WARM UP with CelebrateWomxn845 ☕ Join us for our winter pop-up exhibit at ASK! This month-long show will feature work by 7 of our...

  • Zumba with Maritza

    2018.03.13

    Zumba with Maritza at 5:30pm  Lobby at the Ritz. 107 Broadway For more information, call 845.913.6085 $5 per class Every Tuesday

  • Last Minute Holiday Cards

    2018.12.18

    Did you wait until the last minute to make a special holiday card for someone? Well, if you did, here's your chance to make one! Come join us for a...

  • Comfort Food Tuesdays

    2018.01.30

    Essie's Restaurant Presents Comfort Food Tuesdays Come Join us at Essie's Restaurant for Comfort Food Tuesdays where our Chef will feature some...

  • Mid Hudson Valley High Tech Meetaway

    2018.12.11

    Are you a business professional interested with high-tech development in the Mid Hudson Valley? Perhaps you want to find a partner that can help...

  • Solidarity Thursday

    2018.04.17

    Join us at the Beverly on the third Thursday of each month during the pop-up queer bar "Pansy Club," where the Center offers discussion,...


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