As the last month of summer begins, the City of Hudson is heating up for some of the most interesting and best cultural events. Being in the city for the summer can be grueling; however, Hudson is only a short train ride away offering a sprawling country landscape, locally and organically sourced foods and a vibrant artistic scene. Hudson offers something for everyone looking for a little peace and quiet before the summer draws to a close.
With its newly renovated 84-seat 1940’s style theatre, TSL is showing the classic silent film The Kid. The United States Film Registry has preserved Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent film, and the film has a live accompaniment. The New York Times says TSL is, “The best place to see independent film in Columbia County, NY.”
Where else can you drink beer while buying books? At The Spotty Dog, while browsing their selection of over 10,000 books you can sip on ales from local breweries. Craig Gravina will be signing copies of his book Upper Hudson Valley Beer, and the proceeds from the purchase of every book goes to towards funding the new Hudson Library at the Armory.
Bard Music Festival is celebrating its 26th season of bringing music to the Hudson Valley with its first turn at Latin American music, focusing on the work of Carlos Chavez who is regarded as the greatest musical influence on Mexican music in the 20th century. Aaron Copland said of Chavez that he was, “one of the first authentic signs of a new world with its own new music.”
Posted on the Hudson River between the Village of Athens and the City of Hudson, the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse is still an active lighthouse that guides watercraft up the Hudson. Visit the lighthouse (tours every second Saturday of the month) learn its history and climb the metal stairs and see the view from up top. $25 for adults and $10 for children under twelve.
Justin Townes Earl the recipient of the 2011 Americana Music Award for Song of the Year, and the 2009 Americana Music Award for New and Emerging Artist will be performing at Club Helsinki with work from his most recent and autobiographical albums “Single Mothers” and “Absent Fathers.” The Guardian UK says that when listening to Earl’s work you can hear, “echoes of Guthrie and Springsteen.”
The Hudson River School, founded by Thomas Cole, produced some of the greatest American artists, and now the Hudson River School has organized a hike to the locations that inspired Cole’s work and the work of the school’s most accomplished artist, Frederic Church. The trail takes hikers to the locations that Cole and Church painted along with tours of their homes and work spaces. This month, visit Kaaterskill Falls and Sunset Rock at the Catskill Mountain House.
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at the Basilica Hudson will perform An Iliad, written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare and based on Homer’s The Iliad. The New York Times states that the Obie Award winning play is, “spellbinding…an age-old story that resonates with tragic meaning today.” Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $15 for students and seniors.
West Side Story (August 5-9) & Thoroughly Modern Millie (August 27-30)
Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, New York
The Mac-Haydn Theatre is best known for bringing the best of Broadway to the Hudson Valley. With a stunning eight musicals on the bill this season, Mac-Haydn will be brining West Side Story and Thoroughly Modern Millie to their main stage for August.
There is so much more happening during the month of August in Hudson, we hope our suggestions will help you get started. After enjoying our homegrown, locally sourced breakfast, feel free to explore all that Hudson has to offer. There is something for everyone in Hudson, find your flavor!