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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September 2014

Skyscapes Series: Cosmic Quest, A Question and Answer Panel

September 21 @7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join a team of astronomers for a question and answer session, and an opportunity to view the stars through a variety of telescopes. This month’s presentation will not feature an extended presentation, but an opportunity for you to ask any questions you wish of a panel of distinguished Hudson Valley Astronomers. Dr. Amy Forestell Bartholomew is Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and Director of the Smolen Observatory. Dr. Willie…

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Architecture & Apples Series: Book Signing Event with Architect Randy Correll

September 27 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Randy M. Correll will discuss how he worked with a client—a successful businessman who is active in the arts as both a creator and a patron—to transform a modest cottage on a two-acre site in East Hampton. The cottage was home for sixty-two years to the Norwegian-American painter Claus Hoie and his wife, Helen, a textile artist. Hoie, a watercolorist with a particular attraction to whaling and the shifting perspectives and infinite minutiae of nature, created a singular portrait of…

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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. None dared cross the old crone for fear that their cows would go dry, their food-stores rot away before winter, their children take sick of fever, or any number of terrible things that an angry witch could do to her neighbors. After walking to find Spooky Mary,…

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November 2014

Skyscape Series: What’s in Tonight’s Sky

November 8 @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 15 @10:00 am - 12:00 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.

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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. 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.

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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.

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

“A Christmas Carol”

December 7 @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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