Olana Wagon House Education Center

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Olana Wagon House Education Center

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5720 Route 9G, Hudson , NY 12534 United States

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October 2014

Architecture & Apples Series – Architectural Decoration: Adding Life to Your Everyday Environment

October 11 @4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Artist Deborah Semel Demirtas will lead an afternoon of architectural decoration from the inspired places that Church traveled. Following an introductory lecture, participants will take a brief tour through Frederic Church’s House, focusing on specific examples of decorative art, analyzing how and why they work on their own and in the context of the environment Church created. Participants will then spend the remaining workshop time developing ideas for a ‘decorative intervention’ for their own environment, with feedback from the instructor…

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Olana’s Meet the Artists Reception, Exhibition and Live Auction for Creating Landscapes within the Landscape

October 18 @4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Celebrate the grand finale of our three-day plein air festival! Enjoy refreshments and listen to live music as you chat with the artists who were selected to paint in the spectacular Olana landscape.  View the newly completed works on exhibition. Bid up in the live auction and take home your own piece of Olana in a wonderful work of contemporary art. Help select the winner of the “Viewers’ Choice Award” to be given to one of these deserving artists. Proceeds support education programs at…

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Spooky Theatrics: Folktales from the 1880s in Action

October 25 @6:00 am - 11:00 pm

Spooky Mary, also known as Bloody Mary, lived deep in the forest in a tiny cottage and sold herbal remedies for a living. Folks living in the town said she was a witch. After walking to find Spooky Mary, participants will then meet Maggie and Kate Fox, two young sisters in a village in western New York State, who began to hear noises supposedly caused by spirit visitors in the spring of 1848. Within a few years the girls were…

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November 2014

Owleen: Owl Walk at Olana

November 1 @7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Bill Robinson from Wildlife Lectures and Audubon NY Education Coordinator Larry Federman for an owl walk at Olana. Meet in the Wagon House Education Center to listen to a brief talk about owls and see a live owl. Then head out on the carriage drives of Olana (about a 1/4 walk) to hear and try to spot an owl in the wilderness. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring flashlights. Pre-registration required. Please call (518) 828-1872 x 109 or email…

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Skyscape Series: What’s in Tonight’s Sky

November 15 @7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Frederic E. Church painted Aurora Borealis (1865; Smithsonian American Art Museum) following his voyage and artic exploration of the north Atlantic, between Labrador and Greenland to sketch icebergs in 1859. Join Dr. Willie Yee, president and Joe Macagne, vice president of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association for a 21st Century exploration of the night sky at Olana. The evening will begin with a presentation of the wonders of the night sky that are presently observable. We will then move out to…

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$15/non-members, $10/members

Rustic Tablescapes for Thanksgiving

November 23 @1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Marlene Marshall, artist and author of the book Woodland Style Projects to create a delightful rustic centerpiece that will wow your dinner guests and is sure to be a conversation piece during your Thanksgiving holiday. Be inspired by Frederic Church’s artist-designed landscape and collect “found” natural items to design your beautiful natural masterpiece. Please pre-register by proceeding Thursday to 518.828.1872 x 109 or email.

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Story Hour with Author McKenzie Willis

November 29 @10:00 am - 11:00 am

Watch literature come to life with McKenzie Willis, author of the children’s book, “Tales of the Rainbow Forest.” Willis will lead an engaging interactive hour of story and song at the Wagon House Education Center. The book and CD will be available for purchase following the presentation. Please register for this event to 518-828-1872 x 109 or email. Registrations accepted the day of the event. Families (Target age 4-8 years old)

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December 2014
$20/non-members, $15/members

Wreath Making at Olana

December 3 @6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mary Hughes, Olana Flower Garden Caretaker, will teach the art of creating wreaths in this hands-on workshop. Exquisite natural materials, will be provided to create your own wreath. Bring your own pair of pruning shears. Space is limited, please pre-register by preceding Thursday to 518-828-1872 x 109 or email for more information.

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$30/non-member, $25/member

Boxwood Trees

December 7 @1:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mary Hughes, Olana Flower Garden Caretaker, will guide participants to create their own unique table top tree constructed out of fresh boxwood cuttings. Boxwood trees are great to enhance the home for the holidays and will last until spring. All materials are provided with the class, including ribbons, bulbs, decorative fruit and pine cones. Space is limited for this class. Participants must pre-register to 518.828.1872 x 109 or email.

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$25/non-member, $20/member $10/children

“A Christmas Carol”

December 12 @7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jonathan Kruk, a master storyteller, selected “Best in the Hudson Valley” turns Charles Dickens classic into a theatrical one person performance. Kruk gives over thirty characters in “A Christmas Carol” voice and form. Add the musical ambiance provided by Jim Keyes on a portal pipe organ, with bells, harp, violin, and chains, and you’ve got a unique dramatic version of old Scrooge’s story. Running just under one hour, Kruk abridges Dickens 27,000 word opus to a family friendly show. Performing…

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Jingle Jangle: A Winter Celebration

December 13 @1:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join The Olana Partnership for an afternoon of fun winter activity. The Farm Complex will be bustling with a range of 19th century activities with a 21st century twist so you can come and spend the afternoon, or stop in amidst your other errands. Wander the Wagon House area and discover a sleigh for posing for family holiday pictures (you bring your own camera), or find a sculptor carving ice; you will also hear bell ringers and holiday carolers. We…

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