Culture In The Country

Enjoy the many splendid cultural events surrounding the Van Schaack House in Columbia County, The Hudson Valley, The Bershires and Capital District of New York


The Actors’ Ensemble was founded in 1985 by a group of professional actors inspired by the acting techniques taught by the late actor Michael Chekhov. The technique emphasizes developing the art of the actor, researching the theater event, and creating theater ensemble. Now resident at the Spencertown Academy, the ensemble produces plays and offers acting workshops.
Months of operation: Year round
Address: 1548 Harlemville Road, Chatham, NY 12037
Phone: 518/392-5743

Amble Dance Movement Art Center is home to the Amble Dance Company and offers community classes, workshops, special events, theater and dance performances; it is also available for private functions.
Months of operation: Year round
Address: 710 Route 217, Mellenville, NY 12544
Phone: 518/672-0034

The Fields Sculpture Park at the Art Omi International Arts Center is set on nearly 100 acres of land dedicated to the display of contemporary outdoor artwork. Art is installed in open fields, wooded paths and around a lovely pond. There is a rotating collection of large scale and intimate works as well as specially curated shows. In the summer months there is an extensive education program with regular tours and workshops.
Months of operation: Year round.
Hours: Daylight hours
Address: 59 Letter S Road, Ghent, NY 12075
Phone: 518/392-7656

The Chatham Film Club (a.k.a. TCFC) creates an art-foreign-indie film presence in Columbia County through monthly film showings and an annual film festival, Film Columbia, held each October.
Months of operation: Year round
Address: Box 181, East Chatham, NY 12060
Phone: 518/794-7646
E-Mail: (Please include “TCFC” in subject)

The Chisti Chamber Players present unique, innovative and eclectic programming at moderate prices in an historic, intimate venue surrounded by natural beauty.
Months of operation: July-August
Address: 5 Abode Road, New Lebanon, NY 12125
Phone: 518/794-0375 (July-August); 828/264-1384
Clarion Concerts in Columbia County, Inc. produces annual series of “Leaf Peeper Concerts”, chamber music programs ranging in style from Baroque and Romantic to contemporary.
Months of operation: September through early November
Address: Box 43, Copake, NY 12516
Phone: 518/325-3805

The Columbia Civic Players present musicals, drama, and comedy. Winners of numerous awards, the Players are considered one of the outstanding community theaters in eastern New York.
Months of operation: September through May
Street Address: Route 66, Ghent, NY
Mailing Address: Box 64, Ghent, NY 12075
Phone: 518/392-6264

The Columbia Festival Orchestra is a professional orchestra of the highest caliber. Through its dynamic and varied programming it seeks to foster a love and knowledge of classical music throughout the Columbia County region.
Months of operation: April-December
Address: Box 416, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518/392-7198

The Four Nations Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Andrew Appel, brings together soloists who are leading exponents of period instrument and vocal performance to offer concerts, educational programs, and recordings that are rich voyages through the Renaissance, Baroque and Viennese Classical worlds.
Months of operation: Year round
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 10-5
Address: 603 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518/828-6164

The Hudson Opera House is a multi-arts center in downtown Hudson in the old 1855 city hall (currently being restored) offering ongoing exhibitions, concerts, readings, workshops, lectures and performances.
Months of operation: Year round
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 12-4:30
Address: 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518/822-1438

Hudson River Classics is a not-for-profit professional Equity theatre organization dedicated solely to script-in-hand readings. Hudson River Classics also sponsors an annual play writing contest.
Months of operation: September - May
Address: Box 940, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518/851-7244

Hudson River Theater brings puppetry, cabaret, comedy, and musicals to Hudson. Turn off that TV and enjoy some real live entertainment!
Months of operation: Year round
Address: 521 Warren Street (2nd floor), Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518/822-8189

The Hudson Valley Choral Society performs music for mixed voices from the classical and contemporary choral traditions, frequently collaborating with soloists and instrumentalists, in Columbia and Greene counties.
Months of operation: Rehearsals in September - December for early December concert, January - May for May concert
Rehearsals: Monday evenings 7:30-9:30
Address: Box 286, Claverack, NY 12513
Phone: 518/672-4475

The Mac-Haydn Theatre
Discover Broadway in the country at the area’s only professional musical theatre-in-the-round. Every show is new when you’re so close to the action!
Months of operation: Late May - early September
Hours: Box Office open daily, 9am-8pm non-performance days, or after performances
Address: Box 204, Chatham NY 12037
Phone: 518/392-9292

The Ghent Playhouse
One of the region’s oldest and most popular community theaters!
Months of operation: October through June
Address: Route 66, PO Box 64, Ghent NY 12075
Box Office: 518/392-6264

Operation Unite, New York offers a full range of arts and cultural activities to area youth including art workshops, piano and guitar lessons, videography for high school students, drum and drill corps, and dance lessons of all kinds including African. Kuumba is our African dance and drum troupe whose members come from the Greater Capital Region as well as Columbia County.
Months of operation: Year round
Hours: 12-8
Address: 360 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518/828-3612

Philmont Community Chorus
The 35 member mixed voice chorus holds Tuesday evening rehearsals to prepare for two major programs - holiday music in December and a secular music concert in late spring. Chorus also sings for many community activities such as Memorial Day and Community Day and at area nursing homes. New members are warmly welcomed.
Months of operation: Year round
Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings
Address: Betty Calvin, Philmont Community Chorus, Box 51,
Philmont, NY 12565
Phone: 518/672-4430

The Pleshakov Music Center provides an intimate venue for classical music concerts (capacity 199) as well as a fully equipped recording studio. Acoustically excellent. Two Steinway concert grands on premises. Located on Warren Street in the midst of Hudson’s antiques and restaurant area. Air-conditioned.
Months of operation: Year round
Hours: Box office open Wednesday through Saturday, 11-5.
Address: 544 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518/671-7171

Shaker Mountain Performing Arts Festival provides exciting, creative and intimate performances of dance, music and theater set in a beautiful and quaint Shaker village.
Months of operation: Summer
Address:Box 498, Canaan, NY 12029
Phone: 518/781-0196

The Spencertown Academy is dedicated to preserving its historic (1847) former two-room schoolhouse, providing a community space and presenting programs of excellence in all the performing arts, visual arts and crafts, and classes for children and adults.
Months of operation: Year round except January
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 1-5
Address: Box 80, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165-0080
Phone: 518/392-3693

StageWorks is one of the Hudson Valley’s premiere professional Equity companies, providing high quality main stage productions at North Pointe Cultural Arts Center and year round programming for young people.
Months of operation: Year round
Hours: Administrative Office: 9-5
Box Office: 24 hours during the season.
Address: 133 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534-3118
Phone: Business Office 518/828-7843, Box Office: 518/822-9667

Theater Barn
Summer Stock theater.
Months of operation: Mid-June to early October
Address: 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, NY 12125
Phone (for tickets and information): 518/794-8989
E-mail: (do not use for placing reservations)

Time and Space Limited is a community centered, interdisciplinary arts organization that produces and performs original theater pieces and hosts visiting artists, exhibits and films.
Months of operation: Year round
Street Address: 434 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY
Mailing Address: Box 343, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518/822-8448

Walking the Dog Theater, Inc. is a not-for-profit company existing to reach communities with crafted performances and workshops, and to stimulate artistic life in young people.
Months of operation: Year round
Address: 20 Swiss Farms Road, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 608/346-3364


Hudson Valley Arts Center
337 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
3-dimensional works by US artisans

Hands in Clay
25 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037
Hand printed clothing and international pottery

See also the Leader Building Gallery, Spencertown Academy and Tamohara Gallery, under “Art Galleries”

Art Design Digression, Ltd.
22 Park Place
Contemporary fine art, design, industrial form

Deborah Davis Fine Art
345 Warren Street
Fine art

Davis & Hall Gallery
3621/2 Warren Street
Contemporary sculpture, painting, installation and photography

Gallery 512
512 Warren Street
Drawing, painting, sculpture
and photography

Carrie Haddad Gallery
622 Warren Street

Contemporary fine art

Hudson Opera House
327 Warren Street

Local and regional artists

The Leader Building Gallery
339 Warren Street
Eclectic fine arts and crafts in
an artist owned gallery

Tamohara Gallery
209 Warren Street
Contemporary fine art, rugs, silver jewelry

Time & Space Limited
434 Columbia Street
Exhibits of local and regional artists

American Pie
41 Main Street
Chatham, NY 12037
Changing exhibitions of local artists

Knapp Hollow Gallery
119 Rodman Road
Hillsdale, NY 12529
Changing exhibitions of paintings and photographs by Joan Damiani

Masterpiece Arts & Framing
1 Chatham Street Kinderhook, NY 12106
Showing local artists

Park Row Gallery
2 Park Row
Chatham, NY 12037
Showing local artists

The Spencertown Academy
790 Route 203
Spencertown, NY 12165
Changing exhibitions of local artists and crafts people


Clermont State Historic Site
Clermont was the Hudson River seat of the politically and socially prominent Livingston family of New York for more than 230 years. Seven successive generations of the family have left their imprints on the architecture, room interiors, and landscape.
House open: April 1 through October 31
Tuesday through Sunday, 11-5;
Monday Holidays, 11-5pm
November 1 through December 15
Saturdays and Sundays, 11-4
Grounds open: Year-round 8:30am to sunset
Address: One Clermont Avenue (just off State Route 9G),
Germantown, NY 12526
Phone: 518/537-4240

The Columbia County Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history and culture of Columbia County.
Months of operation: Museum, year round:
May - November, 10-4, 1-4 Saturday
December - April, M/W/F, 10-4, Saturday, 1-4
James Vanderpoel and Luykas VanAlen Houses:
Memorial Day-Labor Day, Thursday-Saturday, 11-5, Sunday, 1-5
Street Address: 5 Albany Avenue, Kinderhook, NY
Mailing Address: Box 311, Kinderhook, NY 12106
Phone: 518/758-9265

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site (Lindenwald) was the home (1839-1862) of the eighth president of the United States and one of the principal architects of the Democratic Party. The mansion has been restored to its appearance during Van Buren’s time.
Months of operation:
>From Memorial Day weekend to the end of October, open Thursday through Monday.
November through the first weekend in December, open Saturday and Sunday.
Street Address: State Route 9H, Kinderhook, NY
Mailing Address: Box 545, Kinderhook, NY 12106
Phone: 518/758-9689

Olana State Historic Site is the home of the premier Hudson River School painter, Frederic Edwin Church. The Moorish style estate has panoramic views of the Hudson River Valley and the Catskill Mountains.
Months of operation: April through November
Business hours: Wednesday - Sunday
April 1 to May 31, 10-4pm
June 1 to September 30, 10-5pm
October 1 to November 1, 10-4pm
Address: 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518/828-0135

The Shaker Museum and Library houses one of the largest collections of Shaker artifacts in the world. Features special events and exhibits and children’s activities.
Months of operation: Late May through late October
Hours: 10-5, closed Tuesdays
Address: 88 Shaker Museum Road, Old Chatham, NY 12136
Phone: 518/794-9100