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Arts & Culture: Creativity & Resilience: an Art Making Workshop

— April  28, Sunday   – 3pm

Alison Fox

Transform your ideas and gain new insights through drawing, painting, and collage.

This workshop with artist Alison Fox will help participants use art-making as a path to transform your ideas and gain new insights through drawing, painting, and collage. Through the hand, by engaging creatively with intention, one can move an idea from the head into a space of living the idea through the heart.  Alison will facilitate a dive into creating deeper understanding and integration through collage, drawing and painting. There will be some time at the end to write about the experience and solidify any new insights. Those with little to no experience with art-making are encouraged to join us! The process is one we can all engage with.

Alison was born in New York, NY in 1977. Her education includes an MFA from Hunter College (2006) and a BA (2000) from Skidmore College. She has shown her work in solo and group shows, and has work in the Guggenheim Museum, Saatchi, and Rosa De La Cruz.

This event is free but seating is limited to 12 participants! To reserve your seat, visit the NCFL.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Memoir Readings with Local Authors

—  May 5, Sunday    3pm

Stories written from life by members of the North Chatham Free Library’s very own memoir group.

Enriching Life, Increasing Knowledge:”What? I Can’t Hear You!”

— May 7, Tuesday    10 am -Noon

Dr. Kimberly Schaeffer,

Ascent Hearing Center Valatie

If you, a family member, or a friend has trouble hearing, or if you are interested in prevention of hearing loss, this session is for you.

This is an engaging session with plenty of time for Q & A.

Dr. Kimberly Schaeffer has been in the field of audiology for 15 years. Dr. Schaeffer earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Elmira College, her Master of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut and her Doctorate in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Enriching Life, Increasing Knowledge: Tips for Local Gardeners

— May 14    10am – Noon

Tony Romeo

Make your green thumb greener!  Expert local gardener Tony Romeo covers how to prepare for, start, and maintain a vegetable garden, plus micro-climates, and more.  Possible trip to his flourishing near-by-garden.


— May 18, Saturday    9am – 1pm

Dive into spring with plants, books, great raffle items, and a little something to eat.

The North Chatham Free Library’s annual Books & Blooms fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 9AM to 1 PM—rain, snow, or shine!  This popular event happens on the grounds of the library at 4287 Route 203 in the hamlet of North Chatham.

On the front lawn will be a glorious array of plants, both annuals and perennials, from popular area nurseries.  Many of the plants will be displayed on tables for easier viewing and sheltered under tents in case the weather isn’t cooperative.  We’ve been advised by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia County to not accept plant donations from individuals to prevent the spread of the very invasive Jumping Worm found in local gardens in recent years.  All plants at our sale will be free from this destructive species.

The lower level of the library will be well stocked with a terrific selection of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books.   Most hardcovers are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 and paperbacks are 50 cents each or 3 for $1.00.  Everything will be carefully arranged by category so buyers can easily focus on the titles which interest them the most.  Jigsaw puzzles, DVDs, games, music, and audio books will also be available at bargain prices!

Delicious baked goods will stock the bakery café along with freshly brewed coffee, tea, water, and juices.  Tables and chairs will be set up for patrons who would like to socialize on the back lawn of the library while enjoying a muffin or cookie.  You can also take some goodies home to enjoy later on.  We highly encourage you to do both!

Care to buy some chances on winning a little extra vacation money?  50/50 raffle tickets for $3 each or 4 tickets for $10 will be available with the winner’s name drawn at 1PM on the event day.  The lucky ticket holder takes half of the money collected for the raffle and the library takes the other half—a true win/win for both!  Tickets are now being sold at the library and you don’t need to be present on May 18th to win.

Concerned about transporting your purchases to your vehicle?  No worries because we will offer free help in the form of a “white glove” service to help get your plants and books safely loaded into your car.  There will be a few convenient parking spaces reserved at the entrance to our parking lot for patrons who have physical limitations.

This community event begins promptly at 9 AM but those who are anxious to begin sooner can start shopping at 8:30 for an early bird fee of just $10.  We have something for everyone and hope to see you on May 18th!  All profits for the day go to support the North Chatham Free Library.

Enriching Life, Increasing Knowledge: Creative Culinary Creations for Warmer Weather

— May 31, Friday   10am – Noon

Chef Linda Romeo

Chef Linda Romeo will have us preparing and tasting a variety of dishes perfect for the spring and summer, with an emphasis on healthy eating.  This hands-on session always fills up, so register early.

Held at the Malden Bridge Community Center, 1087 Albany Turnpike

Summer Program: “A Universe of Stories”

— July – August

Join us in our inter-generational workshops.

Look for the sign-up brochure in June.

Arts & Culture: Vanaver Caravan

— July 14, Sunday  3 pm

Plenty of room at the North Chatham Firehouse to learn dances from around the world, and then join in.  Or, just sit back and have fun.  All ages welcome!

This event is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered by Greene County Council on the Arts.