Hudson in June 2015: Our Recommendations

Hudson, NY's iconic Warren Street heading east

Fresh summer rains have poured down on Hudson, and the rush of summer green has followed. Hudson is full over with the tumbling verdure of the summer months, crops bending heavy in the rising heat. Festivals, food, and summer sports fill every day. In Hudson, we champion the landscape eponymous with the first great American school of art: The Hudson River School.

We hope you’ll check out some of the events offered in Hudson in June 2015:

Olana flower garden
Stone wall by the garden at Olana

Garden Picnic in Olana’s Flower Garden
Saturday, June 6

Join Julie Cerny, education director and garden manager at The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, this Saturday from 1-3pm in Olana’s flower garden for a garden picnic! Julie will present an afternoon of delicious recipes perfect to take along on a picnic and will introduce participants to a variety of herbs and their medicinal values and purposes; eat, learn, and collect new ideas. Olana is set on a couple hundreds acres, with forests and hiking trails that offer stunning views of the Hudson River.
To learn more and register visit:

Spot On! Modern & Contemporary Fine & Decorative Arts Auction
Saturday, June 6

Included in the sale are works by Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Henry Moore, Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Helen Frankenthaler, and others. All purchases are subject to a 22% buyer’s premium discounted to 20% for cash or check.
For more information, visit the site:

Opening Reception – Taking Root: Caniskek and the Meeting of the Two Worlds
Saturday, June 6

Art & History Exhibit at the Athens Cultural Center: An investigative mix of art and artifacts at the Athens Cultural Center. Artists included in the show are: Bob Braine, Matt Bua, Tina Chaden, Dikko Faust: Purgatory Pie Press, Geoff Feder, Jeanette Fintz, Jim Holl, Kahn & Selesnick, Cynthia Karasek, Pat Kaufman, Louise Laplante, Michael McKay, Julie Anne Mann, Michael McKay, Claudia McNulty, Patrick McPhee, Terri O’Connor, Leslie C. Reed, Christy Rupp, Kiki Smith, Crystal Tourtillott and Susan Wides.
For more information, visit the website:

Join the Hard Cider Revival
Friday June 12

On Friday, June 12, Hudson’s Café Le Perche will be partnering with the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library to offer a special night featuring exemplary American and French hard ciders. 5 hard ciders will be available along with 4 special entrée pairings. 10% of all sales benefit the Library. Advance dinner reservations are required. Hours are 5 pm until closing.
For information, please call the restaurant at 518.822.1850.

The Fourth Annual Basilica Screenings Program
Various dates in June

A film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, as well as guest curated programs, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings. Programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone.
For schedule, visit website:

Artists on Art: River Crossings Exhibition Tours
Every Saturday starting June 13

Artists on Art Tours are offered at Olana every Saturday from June 13 through November 1, 2015. This special tour of Olana is led by contemporary artist guides who live and work in the Hudson Valley region. Each will focus on specific rooms, landscapes, art, and objects of their choosing, making this very different from a traditional house tour. Artists offer a unique lens with which to “read” an artist’s home & landscape; join us as they share concepts and connections that inspire them. Tickets purchased online or at Olana’s Museum Shop. Advance purchase is encouraged.
For times and to purchase tickets, please visit website:

Hudson Pride Weekend 2015
Friday, June 19

Fun and festivities begin on Friday, June 19. Now in its sixth year, The Hudson Pride Festival is a weekend of celebration with boat cruises, parade, cabaret/dance party and so much more. Activities take place at various venues throughout the City of Hudson. Visit their website for details:

Hudson River Exchange 3rd Annual Summer Market
June 27-28

The Hudson River Exchange brings together and creates spaces to showcase the best of the Hudson Valley artisans, Vintage finds, food and live music. The Hudson River’s long history of bringing people, ideas, and commerce together, inspired the Exchange. At this annual market, set on the park by the Hudson River, the Exchange will be promoting makers and collectors of diverse creative disciplines, providing platforms for commerce outside of individual studios, workshops, farms, and kitchens.
For more information, visit website:

Music Performances at Helsinki Hudson
Various dates in June

As always, Helsinki offers an array of interesting, avant-garde, top notch performers.
This month will feature: Martin Sexton, Femi Kuti, The Platte Clove Nature Theater, The Late
Regulars, The Charlie Hunter Trio, Parsonfield, Rachel Grimes, Alexander Turnquist, Michael Powers.
For details, schedules and to purchase tickets, please visit website:

Iron Cigar Depot Cigar & Local Distillery Night
Saturday, June 27

At Helsinki’s outdoor patio, sample spirits from 2 local distilleries: Harvest Spirits and Hudson Valley Distillers. There will be PDR cigars from the Dominican Republic and Chef Hugh’s buffet dinner — prepared to compliment the spirits and cigars. There will also be live Jazz music.
Tickets are $75/person and space is limited, click here to purchase tickets:

There it is, the light filled halls of music, the dancing streamers of smoke off outdoor food festivals, and the sounds of the forests growing as you walk through sunny vales. And all this besides the world-class shopping, galleries and fine dining. See all and more there is this year in Hudson.

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