You’ve come north from the city for a relaxing weekend in the country. Or, you’ve traveled from afar having heard of apple picking, the locavore movement, and a town full of antique shops. But if you thought you’d left musical and theatrical sophistication back on Broadway and environs, you’re in for a pleasant surprise, because Hudson in fall is a fantastic place to be.
Hudson is ripe for the picking when it comes to music, movies and theater. Here are some local and typically quite sophisticated distractions for when the sun slides under the Catskills—or sometimes when it’s still high in the sky.
Recommendations for Hudson in Fall 2014
Basilica Soundscape (Friday-Sunday, September 12-14)
How about an adventurous music and arts fair in an adventurous space? Not far from the Hudson waterfront, Basilica has taken an abandoned steel fabrication factory and turned it into a local mecca for avant and not-so-avant-garde music and art. This weekend features large-scale flags (a sort of au courant backdrop) by artist Sterling Ruby; local bookstore Spotty Dog’s pop-up shop; on-site food vendors, and LOTS of music: Swans, Deaf Heaven, White Lung, Endless Boogie and Richard Reed Parry are only a few of the acts scheduled to appear. Sunday there’s a big indoor flea market and on-site brunch. Tickets available at www.basilicasoundscape.com
Olana’s “Groundswell” (Saturday 2pm-6pm, September 13)
Celebrating incredible views, great art and great food, this award-winning, mostly outdoor affair at the former home of Hudson River School master Frederick Edwin Church will feature installations and performances by artists like Kenseth Armstead, William Basinski (capping the event with an afternoon performance), Steve Bull and Jane Carver. You can take a guided tour of the stunningly gorgeous naturalistic grounds (designed by Church) and of course there is always the unique, Moorish-influenced house itself and its viewshed of the Hudson Valley. Catering is offered by the renowned Swoon, which also has a cool and sophisticated restaurant on Warren Street in town. Best of all, Olana is only a couple of minutes from Mount Merino Manor. Tickets at www.groundswell2014.brownpapertickets.com
The Screening Room/CR10, Linlithgo (Sunday 4pm, September 13)
What was so important about 1956? Find out as you watch Elvis 1956 (1987), a documentary about the King and the year he took the throne. Add Sweet Home Chicago, (1993) about the history of blues label Chess Records, includes bits by Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger and John Lee Hooker, and you’ve paired off with two movies about the musical heartbeat of America. Linlithgo is a few miles south of Hudson. Find out more at www.cr10.org
In a weekend, you can take in a full serving of nature, art, music and food, all close by Mount Merino Manor. Enjoy!