Memoirs of May 24, 2022 | Local announcements


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COPAKE – The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake, hosts the Columbia-Greene Workforce NY from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 24. looking to hire. These resources include workshops on resume writing, using social media, interview preparation, transferable skills, goal setting, and writing job applications. They also receive financial assistance for training programs in in-demand trades such as health care, hospitality, truck driving and trades (carpentry, auto repair). Stop by the library and speak with Columbia-Greene Workforce representatives and learn more. For more information about the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, call 518-325-4101.

OLD CHATHAM – Wayne Finegar, the new manager of Quaker House in Fayetteville, will speak from 7-8 p.m. May 25 at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham. Questions and refreshments will follow.

MILAN — The city of Milan in honor of all who have served our great nation. The Memorial Day Parade will take place at noon on May 29 at Milan City Hall, Route 199, Milan. Contact [email protected] for more information.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., will hold guided tours of the garden from 11 a.m. to noon from June 1 through August 31. Tour the garden under the guidance of our volunteer guides who provide insight into the 24-acre Garden, its history and mission. Free with admission, tours depart from the Visitor Center at 11 a.m. daily. For information, visit; call 413-298-3926; or email [email protected]

COPAKE — Do you have any stories to write? Are you writing a memoir or have you thought about writing one? Do you want to pass on your stories to a wider audience or to your friends and family? Join the Roe Jan Memoir group each month and share your story in a supportive and creative atmosphere and get inspired to keep writing. Whether you have reams of pages already written or just a hint of an idea, this is the perfect place to stretch your storytelling muscles, together. The group will meet from 5-7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month beginning June 2 at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake. For more information on hours and events, call 518-325-4101.

HUDSON – Friends of the Hudson Area Library is once again hosting a book and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3-4 and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 5 in the Community Hall of the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson. New and gently used books, as well as CDs and DVDs, will be available. Hardcovers are $2, $6 for $10; paperbacks $1, 6 for $5. Back by popular demand, a selection of delicious pastries and chocolate bars from Vasilow’s Confectionary will also be available for purchase.

CHATHAM – Friends of the Chatham Public Library presents a talk with writer and historian Hugh Howard about his new book, Architects of an American Landscape at 2 p.m. June 4 at Chatham Middle School, 50 Woodbridge Ave. , Chatham. Howard is the author of numerous books on architecture and design. This event will take place in person. Advance registration is requested but not required at This program is presented as part of the Friends of the Chatham Public Library’s ongoing author and artist series. Books will be on sale at the event in partnership with Chatham Bookstore. For more information on this lecture series and other library programs, visit

COPAKE — Author Nancy F. Castaldo will speak about water and water conservation at 4 p.m. June 5 at the West Taghkanic Fire Station, 631 Old Route 82, Taghkanic. Castaldo, author of When the World Runs Dry, the Earth’s Water in Crisis, will share his knowledge on water scarcity, water protection and what we can do to help. Several members of the Taghkanic Headwaters Conservation Plan Committee, facilitated by the Columbia Land Conservancy, will discuss conservation plans for the Taghkanic watershed, which includes parts of Hillsdale, Copake, Taghkanic and Claverack. These large forests, streams, wildlife habitats, highways, farms, and towns sit in the middle of a wildlife corridor that connects Appalachia to New England. The conservation of this area and the plan’s protection recommendation will be explained in this brief presentation. Copies of Castaldo’s book will be on sale. This presentation is presented through a partnership with the Claverack Free Library, Columbia Land Conservancy, Taghkanic CAC, Climate Smart Claverack, and The Spotty Dog Books and Ale.

HYDE PARK — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum presents “MARY CHURCHILL’S WAR: A Conversation with Emma Soames and Erik Larson” at 2 p.m. June 8. DAUGHTER, will speak with best-selling author Erik Larson about his mother’s war diaries and will be available for a book signing after the program. Copies of the book can be purchased from the New Deal Store. The event will take place at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home (local health metrics permitting) and will be streamed live on the official FDR Library YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. This is a free public event, but registration is required for in-person attendance. To visit record.

KINDERHOOK — The 22nd Kinderhook OK5K, sponsored by Community Bank, will take place on June 11 in the village of Kinderhook. Start time is 9am. Online registration, race day registration, free fun 1-mile race for kids, reading walk, rewards and community spirit. 5k chip-certified run, chip-timed walkers welcome. For more information contact [email protected] To find out more, visit

NORTH CHATHAM — Derek Gelato will host a strength training workshop from noon to 1 p.m. on June 11 at his gym, Thrive Strength and Wellness, 3339 Route 9H, Valatie. He wants people of all ages to be strong, but he especially wants “older” people to regain muscle strength lost with aging. He knows that getting stronger will mean better function and mobility when it comes to performing the daily tasks of life: lifting, carrying, climbing stairs, reaching and moving around. He will lead a strength training workshop for the North Chatham Free Library. To register for the free event, email [email protected] or drop by the North Chatham Free Library to register. Reserve your spot before 5 p.m. on June 9.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Symbiosis – ART/GARDEN Gallery and Outdoor Sculpture from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11 to October 28. The curator, renowned art collector Beth Rudin deWoody, brings her exceptional artistic prowess to BBG for an incredible season. Outside, she curated a collection of sculptures created by prominent artists, displayed in the gardens of BBG. Inside, visitors are treated to a rotation of three consecutive exhibits in the Leonhardt Galleries, interpreting our seasonal theme. For information, visit; call 413-298-3926; or email [email protected]

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. – Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., Presents the online program Gardening for Baby Boomers: 10 Ways to Garden Smarter as We Age 10-11:30 a.m. June 11. Even dedicated gardeners wonder how long they can maintain the perennial borders, foundation plots, and vegetable patches they’ve created over the years. We can reshape the design of our garden, the types of plants we use, the process itself, and our attitudes too. Non-members, $18; members, $12. For information, visit; call 413-298-3926; or email [email protected]

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. – Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Shades of Summer in Natural Wines from 6-7 p.m. June 16. This wine workshop will explore refreshing wines in not-so-typical styles from not-so-typical varietals. We’ll also be revealing our favorite summer wines, as well as additional special bottles for those special nights. Bring on a curious (and thirsty) palate and explore the world of wine with us. Non-members, $49; members, $39. For information, visit; call 413-298-3926; or email [email protected]

HUDSON – The FASNY of Firefighting will host Big Truck Day at the Museum from 10:30 a.m. to noon on June 18 at the Museum, 117 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson. Admission is free for the in-person event and no reservations are required. Learn all about big trucks and even sit in the truck cabs. Fire trucks, a garbage truck, a street cleaner, a school bus and many more vehicles will visit the Museum for the day, so come see all the big truck action. When you are done with your BIG truck tour, try your hand at the BIG truck punching game. All activities are free and will take place outside (rain or shine). Free admission to the Museum will also be offered to all who attend this special event. For information, visit or call 518-822-1875.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., is showing Terrariums with the Plant Connector from 10 a.m. to noon on June 18. This joint workshop teaches you the basics of terrarium making as you create your own miniature, symbiotic world inside glass. We’ll provide all the fixings, including 8-inch glass containers, potting soil, moss, and plants to bring your world to life. We will also teach you how to properly maintain your terrarium and tips to keep it thriving. Non-members, $65; members, $55. For information, visit; call 413-298-3926; or email [email protected]

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