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Ten Things to do in February

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Laughter Yoga
Lynne Chmurzynski,  owner of Mirror Mirror Clothing Shop in Hillsdale, loves to see people smile. Now, she’s really making people happy by organizing free sessions of Laughter Yoga. The next session is March 5th, each from 10:30-11:45AM.  The class are led by certified Laughter Yoga instructor, Lisa Berman. They are held in the beautiful art gallery space of The Art Annex, in the same building as Mirror Mirror and co-owned Lynne with her husband Bill Sullivan.  The Art Annex is at 2666 State Route 23, Hillsdale NY 12529.  To save your spot, you can call Lynne at 518-325-4000 or use the EventBrite link that is within this article:  http://imby.com/hillsdale/article/laughter-is-the-best-medicine-free-laughter-yoga-the-art-annex/

Concert at Camphill Ghent
World-renowned violinist Eugene Drucker and cellist Roberta Cooper return to The Concerts at Camphill Ghent chamber music series Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. at 2542 State Route 66 here. “Brahms and the Spirit (Specter) of Beethoven” is the theme of the concert which takes place in the Culture Hall at Camphill Ghent under the direction of pianist and series Artistic Director Gili Melamed-Lev.  Reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling (518) 392-2760 or online at www.camphillghent.org. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (over age 55), $5 for students and $55 for a family.

Concerts in the Village of Kinderhook
At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, Concerts in the Village offers its twentieth program: 20th Century Music for Strings and Women’s Voices. Works by Vaughan Williams, Britten, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc and Foote will feature the women of the Broad Street Chorale and strings of the Broad Street Orchestra, joined by sopranos Amanda Boyd and Caroline Dunigan, and flutist Elizabeth Chinery. David Smith, CITV’s Artistic Director, will conduct. This concert will be CITV’s third at The School | Jack Shainman Gallery, one of the region’s most remarkable spaces for the presentation of contemporary art.  Contribution $20.  For further information and assured seating www.concertsinthevillage.org.
Color in Residential Design with Amy Krane
Amy Krane will host Color in Residential Design at the Germantown Library on Sunday, February 12 at 1:00 pm.  cost is FREE.  Architectural Color Consultant Amy Krane of Amy Krane Color demystifies choosing colors for your home, interior and exterior. Learn how to choose and combine colors,what’s new in kitchen design and what to consider when choosing exterior colors. The 75 minute talk with visuals will be followed by a Q & A, so bring your design questions.  Amy Krane, a nationally recognized Color Consultant was trained by the International Association of Color Consultants/Designers and has been awarded Best of Houzz for 4 years running, the home design website with 40 million monthly users worldwide.
“The Influence of the Dutch Golden Age on the Hudson River School”

On Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 pm, Lloyd DeWitt, Chief Curator and Irene Leache Curator of European Art at the Chrysler Mus. of Art.  During his first trip back to England after becoming a well-known American artist, Thomas Cole spent two years in London studying the old master paintings at the Royal Academy, the British Institution, the National Gallery of Art and the British Museum. He wrote home to his parents, “I think I shall improve very fast here, having the advantage of seeing so many fine pictures.” In particular he was mesmerized by the works of Claude, Cuyp, Poussin, Rosa, and Ruisdael, among others. Join Dr. Lloyd DeWitt, Chief Curator and Irene Leache Curator of European Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art, as he explores the transformational influence of 17th century Dutch landscape painting on Cole and other Hudson River School artists.   Tickets for the Sunday Salons and the Winter Tours are purchased separately. Enjoy just a tour, or just a lecture, or enjoy the afternoon at the historic site and purchase tickets for both at thomascole.org/events. Tickets for the Salons range from $10-12 and tickets for the Winter Tours are $10.  Winter Tours: 1:00 & 3:30pm

Healthy Living Challenge
On Monday, February 13, join us here at the chamber for a presentation on Arbonne’s 28 Day Healthy Living Challenge and learn how you can get Clean and Lean  in 2017!  Learn to lose weight, get in shape, increase energy, improve concentration, learn to cleanse toxins from your body, reduce stress and improve overall health and performance! Sounds too good to be true? This program provides nothing but huge results! These botanically based, vegan certified, gluten-free products is just what your body needs!  (If able add here:) Great discounts for Chamber members!  Join us on :  MondayFebruary 13th, 6:30 pm. Your body will thank you for it!  For more information call Marylou Knull 755-1316.
What Should I Eat? - 
A series of three Wednesday vening classes on 2/15, 6/7 & 10/25Wondering how Paleo is different from the Whole 30? Unsure of whether you should be on FODMAPs or GAPs? Don’t know what ketogenic is or when to do it? Elliott Acupuncture is teaming up with nutritionist Deb Phillips of Great Barrington to present a series of three classes over the course of 2017 about “what to eat”, all designed to help people determine what foods, herbs and supplements might be best for them. Find full details and registration at: whatshouldieat.eventbrite.com

Charity Sock Auction
February 18th A CHARITY SOCK AUCTION! The first of its kind in Hudson!  Come bid on colorful, warm, hand knitted socks at Verdigris Tea, 135 Warren St. @ 2nd. From 7-9pm.  Each pair will conceal a bonus gift.  One pair will conceal a $100.00 bill.   Proceeds from the auction will benefit Hudson’s homeless and needy.  New thermal socks (The goal is 500 pairs!) will be distributed by the SALVATION ARMY.  Refreshments. Wine bar. Music.  All purchases are tax deductible.  Sponsored by Neighborhood Knitters of Hudson. Hosted by Verdigris Hudson.  For information e-mail VerdigrisTea@gmail.com.

Candlelight Concert
You’re invited to a Candlelight Concert featuring Kills to Kisses on Saturday, February 18 at 5:00 pm at Art Omi.  Free to Members/$10 for Not-Yet-Members.  An evening concert by warm candlelight in the stunning glass setting of the Benenson Visitor’s Center.  Music Omi alumn, Lisa Maree Dowling performs as Kills to Kisses, an alter-ego solo project that loops upright bass, vocals and more into complex, hypnotic melodies.  Reception to follow with drinks and light food.  For more information visit www.artomi.org.

Winter Cabaret
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus evening Winter Cabaret performances are on February 18 and March 11.  The are for grown-ups only.  Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where attendees may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and artists from “America’s Got Talent” next to local legends, live, on stage, and in the same show.  There will be a family-oriented, matinee performance on Sunday, March 12, at 3:00 pm. In keeping with Bindlestiff’s clubby NYC roots, the audience is encouraged to dress for festival and be part of the show. Audience members attending in costume will receive a discounted admission. For more information or to order tickets visit www.helsinkihudson.com
Farming Our Future
4th Annual Biennial Conference on Saturday, February 25 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at Taconic Hills Performing Arts Center.  Farming Our Future is a conference for farmers, non-farmers, suppliers, educators, community leaders, industry leaders and students.  The theme for the 2017 conference will be “Healthy Food:  Access for All?”  Speakers and workshops will cover topics related to accessing locally produced food and attracting youth interested in farming as an occupation.  The cost is $20/adult and $10/student.  Register online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/farmingfuture_210 or call 518-828-3346 x106 for more information.