What's Happening in Columbia County

2020 Upcoming Events

How to Hire Great People - Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Our Small Business Success Breakfast on Wednesday, February 5th will help every business owner or manager who ever had to hire! Group leader and business coach Deborah Gallant will present jointly with Human Resources and Benefits Consultant Maria Smirensky of MS Van Wie Advisors. When your business needs to grow, you need to bring in outside help: How do you find great people who will fit in? Come with your ideas and stories! Always fruitful networking and professional growth!

Cost is $10 per session. Non-members are $15. Bring a friend! RSVP to Amy, akneller@columbiachamber-ny.com Walk-in’s are also welcome. Hope to see you there! Coffee, bagels and networking begin at 8:00 am. Program starts promptly at 8:15 am. You’ll be on your way by 9:30 am. This workshop will take place at the Chamber Office located at 1 North Front Street in Hudson. Reminder during the winter months we follow the Hudson City School District snow delays and closures.

TIPS: Alcohol Service Training

Attention: Restaurants, Caterers, Servers and Bartenders

Three Tips Training Courses to be offered! - First one is - Wednesday, January 29, 2020

(only need to take one):

Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Annual Chamber Membership Meeting - Thursday, February 13, 2020

Chamber’s upcoming Annual Membership Meeting. All members of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce are invited to attend. This Annual Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, February 13th from 8:00 – 9:00 am at the Chamber Office located at 1 North Street in Hudson. The purpose of this meeting is to affirm the 2020 Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Light Breakfast will be provided at this meeting and Members are asked to pay $5 to cover the cost of breakfast. We hope that you can attend. You will have a chance to meet and chat with our newest Board Members. Please contact the Chamber to reserve a space at 518-828-4417 or akneller@columbiachamber-ny.com.

Informational Session on MYSTICAL EYGPT Trip - Tuesday, February 18, 2020

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm there will be an informational session on a Mystical Egypt Trip.  Jeff Hunt (Chamber President) will share more images and experience from his recent trip to Egypt. 

Call for more details at 518-828-4417.  


Early Bird Business After Hours @ 225 Warren Bar & Grill - Thursday, February 20, 2020

Early Bird Business After Hours at 225 Warren Bar & Grill on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Business After Hours offer excellent networking opportunities for area business people. All members of the business community are invited to attend this business event. Hors d’ oeuvres and cash bar will be offered during the After Hours. 225 Warren Bar & Grill is located at 225 Warren Street in Hudson. There is no cost to attend, but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at 518-828-4417 if they plan to attend.

Member Events and News:

Beginning March 3, business coach Jeff Kiplinger will offer a program in Entrepreneurial Growth at the Chamber office. If you're a business owner in the county with a company that's successful but ready for the next level of growth, this program may be a great fit. We'll cover eight basic building blocks that you can use to build a Version 2.0 business, and at the end you'll have all the tools you need to build a solid future for yourself, your employees, and your family. Learn more by contacting Jeff directly - schedule a conversation by email or by accessing his calendar at:  jkiplinger@focalpointcoaching.com  or  https://calendly.com/jeffreypkiplinger/30-min-egrowth

The Ghent Playhouse presents - "The Chalk Garden” January 31-February 2, February 7-9, 14-16.  In 1955 England, a dyed-in-the-wool dowager and her precocious and equally eccentric granddaughter are about to meet their match in Miss Madrigal, the enigmatic household companion with secrets, who has just been hired. In 2008, this psychological chamber piece was revived to critical acclaim on the West End. Written by Enid Bagnold and directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher. For more information visit www.ghentplayhouse.org or call 518-392-6264.

First Friday Free Community Meal on February 7 at the Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad St., Kinderhook. Doors open at 5:30 p. m. with dinner at 6:00 p. m. . Join us for a delicious meal and fellowship. All are welcome. For information, call 518-758-6401 or kinderhookreformedchurch.com. 

Parents Night Out,   5 to 8 p. m. on February 8 at the Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad St., Kinderhook. Free child care for kids 3 and older with dinner provided. Fun evening of age appropriate crafts, story-time and a movie in a safe and nurturing environment. Preregistration required. For information and to register, call 518-758-6401.

Join Camphill Ghent on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm for a concert featuring Eugene Drucker (violin), William Frampton (viola), Roberta Cooper (cello), Peter Weitzner (double bass), and Gili Melamed-Lev (piano). The program will include: Bartók – Romanian Dances; Beethoven – String Trio; Schubert – The Trout Quintet. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door.


The Two of Us Productions presents Deathtrap, a suspense dramatic thriller with more than one murder! Presented by The Two Of Us Productions, the award winning theater company based in Columbia County NY, in collaboration with The Copake Grange. It will take place February 14th through 23rd, 2020. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees are at 3:00 pm at the Theater at The Grange, located at The Copake Grange on Empire Road in downtown Copake NY. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students & seniors, and $12 for groups & families. For advance reservations visit www.TheTwoOfUsProductions.org or call 518-329-6293. Make your reservations early to get the performance date you want

Hudson Jazz Festival will be held at Hudson Hall on Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 16. Weekend Events to include: Amoureux Du Jazz, Solo Piano Summit – Kevin Hays, Francesca Tankslet, Cidnho Teixeria, Billy Harper Quintet, Film Screening: I Call Him Morgan, Slavic Soul Party and a Hudson Jazz Festival Workshop for Youth . For full details visit https://hudsonhall.org/hudson-jazz-festival-february-14-16-2020/

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its Cabin Fever Cabaret tradition into the new decade with brand new evenings of merriment, mayhem and music. On February 22, and March 21, Bindlestiff presents evening variety entertainment for adults in Helsinki’s intimate showroom. World-class circus artists perform electrifying feats of balance, flexibility, and daring incredibly close and thrillingly REAL, accompanied by great musical innovators. Woven through the waves of adrenaline-inducing acts is brilliant physical comedy, masterful prop manipulation, and surprising audience participation. On March 22, Bindlestiff fe-frames the show for family audiences and presents a matinee performance at 3 pm, featuring a pre-show by young participants in Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School from Hudson and Chatham.  For more information about all of the Cabin Fever Cabaret series artists, and about Bindlestiff’s NYC and Hudson Valley activates, visit www.bindlestiff.org or facebook.com/Bindlestiff.Cirkus

Call for Entries for Farm Film Fest 12 due February 14- Farm Film Fest 12 seeks entries for its annual film festival on Sunday, March 15 at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham, NY. Deadline for submission is February 14. Films should be submitted in DVD or digital format and may run from 5 to 20 minutes in length. DVDs may be sent to: Farm Film Fest 12, c/o The Crandell Theatre, PO Box 305, Chatham, NY, 12037. Digital links may be sent to mgbiebel@gmail.com or filmcolumbia@gmail.com. Submission requirements and forms are available at farmfilmfest.org. For more information, call 518-929-4692.

Tracy Grammer on Saturday, February 22, 8:00 pm Spencertown Academy Arts Center. Tracy Grammer is renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling. She has recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, headlined several of the nation’s top folk festivals, including Philadelphia Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio’s 50 top-played artists, both solo and with the late Dave Carter. Her eleventh release, Low Tide, showcases her original songs and was Folk Alley’s #2 album of 2018. General Admission: $25, Academy members: $20, Students: $10

For tickets: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=Q73GWy

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