Lectures and Classes
Wednesdays, Now – April 26, Rhinebeck Wilderstein The Spring Seminar Series focuses on The Roosevelt Circle: A Closer Perspective, four lectures led by local historians Linda Bouchey and Albert Vinck. 2 p.m.
April 23, Cornwall Town Hall Author Roxana Robinson will give the Norman Dorsen endowed lecture, presented by the Cornwall Historical Society. Robinson’s talk is titled “What Are Women Doing in Politics?” 3 p.m.
April 25, Hudson Hudson Area Library Drop, Forge & Tool and The Creativity Caravan present a miniature-book-making workshop. 1 p.m.
April 25, Germantown Germantown Library Birds of Prey: Mud Creek Educational Learning Center will host an educational talk about the birds of prey that live in Columbia County. Learn how these birds live, their behaviors, and their anatomy. 3:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, April 25 – May 16, Stockbridge Citizens’ Hall IS183 Art School presents Power to the Paper: From pop-ups to pulp casting, this class is an introduction to techniques for using paper to create three-dimensional forms. Experiment with blending recycled pulp to cast vessels, using paper-quilling techniques, and learning the mechanics of pop-up books or sculpture. 6–9 p.m.
April 26, Great Barrington Simon’s Rock Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will deliver the W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture. 7 p.m.
April 27, Rhinebeck Gallery@Rhinebeck An evening with Danny Shanahan, longtime cartoonist for The New Yorker. His illustrations have also appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, The NY Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as in children’s books. 7 p.m.
April 29, North Adams Makers’ Mill A beginner’s introduction to bookbinding: learn to make a single signature book and a Japanese stitch book. 10 a.m.
April 29, Lenox Ventfort Hall Resin Jewelry Workshop: Jill Becker will show how to create your own piece of jewelry using glitter, watch parts, botanicals and other items. 10:30 a.m.
April 29, Copake Empire Farm The Empire Farm Teaching Kitchen presents a cooking class with Chef Agnes Devereux of The Village Tea Room. Lunch is included, with local wine pairing. 11 a.m.
April 29, Hillsdale HGS Home Chef Knife Skills with Matthew White: Learn cutting and safety techniques that will shorten your prep time in the kitchen, extend the life of your knives and enhance your safety. Afterwards, enjoy a lunch of Salmon Provençale. 11 a.m.
April 29, Kent Kent Library My Inspiring Ugandan Journey: a talk by Karen Pease Marino of Bead for Life, and Joseph Baxer, president of the United Nations Assoc. of CT. There will be handmade recycled paper bead jewelry and organic shea products made by Ugandan women living in poverty. All proceeds go back to the women. Enjoy cultural music and a variety of Ugandan food, as well. 2 p.m.
April 29, Pittsfield Berkshire Museum A discussion on the future of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with Pamela Tatge, its new director. 2 p.m.
April 30, Hudson Drop Forge & Tool Carve This! The Fundamentals of Carving a Wooden Spoon. Rowland Butler leads a four-hour class devoted to what you need to know to begin, and continue, this enjoyable pastime. 10 a.m.
May 1, Pine Plains Pine Plains Presbyterian Church Wild Edibles with Russ Cohen: The expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten will present a slide show featuring at least two dozen species of native edible wild plants suitable for adding to your landscape, or nibbling on in the wild. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with edible portions, seasons of availability, preparation methods, and guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging. 7 p.m.
May 2, Washington Gunn Library New York Times best-selling author Dr. Kevin Gutzman will discuss and sign his new book, Thomas Jefferson – Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America. 6:30 p.m.
May 3, Red Hook Red Hook Library Bard College presents the anarchist writer and Sufi scholar Peter Lamborn Wilson, who will discuss his work in Temporary Autonomous Zones, a socio-political tactic of forming temporary spaces that evade formal structures of control. The concept has inspired movements such as the Burning Man festival. 5 p.m.
May 6, Williamstown Sheep Hill The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation presents Makers’ Day, where you can learn an artisan craft from local experts. Classes will be offered in woodworking, blacksmithing, rug hooking or basket making with Hugh Glover, Art Evans, Pandy Goodbody and Isabel Krebs. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
May 6, Kent Kent Library The Habit of DeCluttering: DeClutter By Deirdre returns to speak on the benefits of forming decluttering habits that will work, starting today. She’ll provide tips to achieve positive results for those with small- to medium-sized clutter habits. 2:30 p.m.
May 6, Kinderhook Kinderhook Library Bid the World Adieu: Preservation and Re-dedication of Kinderhook’s Persons of Color Cemetery. Recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the cemetery is the final resting place for as many as 500 of Kinderhook’s citizens. A panel discussion with Village historian Ruth Piwonka and local volunteers who worked on the project will cover the cemetery’s history. 4 p.m.
May 7, Washington Gunn Library The United Nations Association presents the panel discussion “A Conversation on Refugees: Local and Global,” with Dr. Sergei Kambalov, a 21-year veteran of the UN; Dr. Robert Petrausch, professor at Iona College; and Dr. Joseph Baxer, president of the UNA of CT. 2 p.m.
May 8, Roxbury Minor Memorial Library Dr. Lori Monaco returns with a lecture that explains how gut health affects brain health. 5:30 p.m.
May 9, Great Barrington ExtraSpecialTeas The Daily Thrive Practice: Nourishment for Driven Women. An interactive workshop with author and celebrity health and life coach Karlee Fain. 5:30 p.m.
May 11, Washington Gunn Library Bobcats in CT: Nora Hulton, CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist and teacher, will deliver a visual presentation on bobcat history, habitat, diet, behavior and reproduction, as well as current research efforts. 6:30 p.m.
May 14, Hillsdale HGS Home Chef Afternoon Tea on Mother’s Day: Pastry expert Louise Roback will demonstrate how to make a perfect scone and a teacake. Then enjoy afternoon tea with scones, cream and jam, and an assortment of cakes and tarts. 3 p.m.
May 16, Rhinebeck Oblong Books & Music A Better Way To Deal with Death and Dying: a discussion with authors Henry Fersko-Weiss and Marissa Moss. 6 p.m.
May 22, Red Hook Red Hook Library The Alzheimer’s Association will present “Understanding Dementia Related Behaviors.” 4:30 p.m.
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