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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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June 2016

Stitch and Sip: Samplers 1.0

June 3 @5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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  Like a quilting bee or a sewing circle, this program mixes needlework with socializing. Starting simple and always leaving with a project you can continue to work on at home, this program is a mix of 19th century needle skill work and social fun. Isabel and Frederic Church acquired a diverse collection of embroidered textiles and needlework artworks showing their love for texture and color on fabrics. Join us for instruction, practice, which will be followed by a second…

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Preserving Olana: Stories from the Field

June 4 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Professionals from the conservation and preservation fields kick off this special anniversary series with stories of objects and activities from Olana’s collection. The first lecture will focus on Olana’s wallpaper restoration and the very laborious and creative steps taken to restore the second story walls at Olana. Steve Larson, co-owner of Adelphi Paper Hangings, is a skilled artisan using the same methods and materials employed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; he will talk about his work at Adelphi and…

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Navigation Series: Scavenger Hunt

June 18 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Navigation Series: Scavenger Hunt Do you ever wonder how people traveled in the 19th century without the luxury of Google Maps? We will learn how people traveled and navigated the seas in the 19th century.  Join environmental educator, Fran Martino, and her team of educators who will assist in teaching map and compass skills. Participants will be challenged to find some secret stashes hidden at the property using GPS units that will be loaned for the hunt.  This is a perfect…

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July 2016

Flashmob: Firefly Hike

July 13 @8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Flashmob: Firefly Hike Discover the fascinating world of fireflies with environmental educator Fran Martino. Learn about their communication, be­havior, and role in our ecosystem. Bring a mason jar with holes punched, or borrow one of ours. Catch and release. 8pm | Member: $5, Non-Member: $10 | All Ages

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Tree-torials: Species Tour

July 16 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tree-torials: Species Tour Frederic Church planted thousands of trees while living at Olana. Join us on July 16th to learn all about these native and exotic specimen trees on a walk through our winding carriage roads. On October 1st learn about why leaves change color. 3-5pm | Member: $15, Non-Member: $20 | Ages 5+

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Panorama: Environ-Science for Discoverers

July 18 @9:00 am - July 22 @3:00 pm
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Panorama: Environ-Science for Discoverers The Olana Partnership works with the Taconic Outdoor Education Center to bring you this camp for aspiring scientists and explorers. Frederic E. Church loved natural history, nature, and ecology. This camp will be led by seasoned environmental educators who have a number of fun-filled experiments and expeditions planned inside Olana’s 250 acres; this camp is place-based learning, with a whole lot of play and completely new activities never before discovered at Olana. Space is limited to…

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Pathways to Prevention: Breathe Easier with Pulmonologist Dr. Mehjabin Zahir

July 19 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Pathways to Prevention: Breathe Easier with Pulmonologist Dr. Mehjabin Zahir The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage thinking of Olana as a place to enhance your mental and physical health. This series also links to NYS Parks priorities to encourage healthy outdoor recreation. Participants will experience a 15 minute talk in the Wagon House Education Center, and then hike and seek advice from experts on Olana’s carriage roads. CMH Pulmonologist Dr. Mehjabin Zahir, M.D. will discuss common…

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SOLD OUT! Panorama: Time Travel for Historians

July 25 @9:00 am - July 29 @3:00 pm
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Rifts off time travel movies and novels to create a playful synthesis with Olana’s history. Participants will arrive each morning and find themselves thrown back in time to a particular decade that they have to figure out through a series of clues and challenges. Teams of students will compete for the Time Travel Trophy each day. Church loved to travel the world and this camp is all the spirit of developing a love for change and new experiences, while also…

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Painting with Flowers

July 27 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Painting with Flowers Last Wednesday of every month Programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, everyone leaves with a work of art! We suggest planning a self-guided hike and perhaps a picnic lunch as part of your visit to Olana. 10am-12pm | $5, adults free | Ages 3-5 Photo Credit: Beth Schneck

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Breathwalk

July 30 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Breathwalk Breathwalk is the science of combining specific patterns of breathing synchronized with your walking steps and enhanced with the art of directed, mindful attention. A combination of focusing on breath, mantra and mudra allows the mind to go into moving meditative state. It is simple, natural, and effective. Enjoy a guided breathwalk led by Nidhi Huba, owner of Aum Home and yoga and spiritual healing professional for over 20 years. This is the perfect way to beat the summer…

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August 2016

21st Century Damsels & Dragons

August 3 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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21st Century Damsels & Dragons Join Larry Federman for a fun-filled outing with dragonflies and damselflies. Larry will present an introduction to these creatures, dispel some myths, and give an overview of the New York State Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey. We will then attempt to catch these beautiful insects - catching them is as much sport as it is science! With speeds recorded at 30 mph catching the little critters can be very challenging; an expert will demonstrate. 10am-12pm | Member:…

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The Big Melt: 19th Century Ice Harvesting

August 6 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Big Melt: 19th Century Ice Harvesting What would life be like without electricity and a refrigerator? How would we ever have a cool glass of lemonade or water in the summertime? Beat the heat and learn about 19th century ice harvesting with environmental educator, Fran Martino. Ice cream is included! 3-5pm | Member: $10, Non-Member: $15 | All Ages

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Artful Hike: Church’s Letters & 19th Century Ballads

August 20 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Artful Hike: Church’s Letters & 19th Century Ballads As you stroll along the roads designed by Frederic Church, contemplate his words and the words of his family and contemporaries and songs from their era. Artist and musician Brian Dewan does a dramatic reading of significant letters in Olana’s collection. This tour is between 1 hour and 1.5 hours in length and will travel no more than 1 mile. What better way to learn than through primary sources? 3pm | Member:…

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Pathways to Prevention: Tips for Staying Heart Healthy from Cardiologist Dr. Louis Clinton

August 30 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Pathways to Prevention: Tips for Staying Heart Healthy from Cardiologist Dr. Louis Clinton The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage thinking of Olana as a place to enhance your mental and physical health. This series also links to NYS Parks priorities to encourage healthy outdoor recreation. Participants will experience a 15-minute talk in the Wagon House Education Center, and then hike and seek advice from experts on Olana’s carriage roads. Join CMH Cardiologist Dr. Louis Clinton, M.D.…

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Building Your Name with Shapes and Symbols

August 31 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Building Your Name with Shapes and Symbols Last Wednesday of every month Programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2-hour block, everyone leaves with a work of art! We suggest planning a self-guided hike and perhaps a picnic lunch as part of your visit to Olana. 10am-12pm | $5, adults free | Ages 3-5 Photo Credit: Beth Schneck

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September 2016

Skyscape Series: Neptune at Opposition

September 3 @8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Skyscape Series: Neptune at Opposition Join Dr. Willie Yee, President, and Joe Macagne, Vice President of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association for a presentation and 21st Century exploration of the night sky at Olana. Come learn about the sky by looking through telescopes and finding celestial forms. 8pm | Member: $5, Non-Member: $10 | Ages 5+

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All Dogs Day Hike

September 4 @12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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All Dogs Day Hike Join dog enthusiast Fran Martino and her dog Loki for a dog themed hike and information sharing dedicated to our favorite furry friends. For everyone's safety, dogs must be on a leash at all times. 12pm | Member: $5, Non-Member: $10 | All ages

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Barry Hopkins Run

September 11 @8:30 am - 10:30 am
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Barry Hopkins Run Spend the morning on this 3.8-mile course traversing the historic carriage roads at Frederic Church’s Olana. This event is a collaboration with the Onteora Running Club and supports arts education in the Catskill School District. Please register online or on race day. Rain or shine. Free t-shirt to the first 75 people who register. Registration Opens 8:30am | Children's Run 9am | Adult Run 9:30am |  Member: $15, Non-Member: $20 | All ages

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Pathways to Prevention: Expert Advice From The Spine Institute

September 20 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Pathways to Prevention: Expert Advice From The Spine Institute The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage thinking of Olana as a place to enhance your mental and physical health. This series also links to NYS Parks priorities to encourage healthy outdoor recreation. Participants will experience a 15 minute talk in the Wagon House Education Center, and then hike and seek advice from experts on Olana’s carriage roads. Join CMH’s Dr. Ersno Eromo, M.D. as he talks about…

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Artful Hike: Poet’s Walk

September 25 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Artful Hike: Poet’s Walk What would it be like to step into a poem? This walking poetry reading in motion hopes to answer the voluble possibilities of such a question. Guided by Sam Truitt, Director of Station Hill Press and the co-editor of In|Filtration: An Anthology of Innovative Poetry from the Hudson River Valley. 3-5pm | Member: $10, Non-Member: $15 | Ages 10+

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Apple Art

September 28 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art in the Morning, photo credit Beth Schneck

Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Apple Art Last Wednesday of every month. Programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, everyone leaves with a work of art! We suggest planning a self-guided hike and perhaps a picnic lunch as part of your visit to Olana. 10am-12pm | $5, adults free | Ages 3-5

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October 2016

Tree-torials: Foliage Tour

October 1 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tree-torials: Foliage Tour Frederic Church planted thousands of trees while living at Olana. Join us on July 16th to learn all about these native and exotic specimen trees on a walk through our winding carriage roads. On October 1nd learn about why leaves change color. 3-5pm | Member: $15, Non-Member: $20 | Ages 5+

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Pathways to Prevention: Tips for Making Healthy Seasonal Meals from a Nutritionist & Dietitian

October 18 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Pathways to Prevention: Tips for Making Healthy Seasonal Meals from a Nutritionist & Dietitian The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage thinking of Olana as a place to enhance your mental and physical health. This series also links to NYS Parks priorities to encourage healthy outdoor recreation. Participants will experience a 15 minute talk in the Wagon House Education Center, and then hike and seek advice from experts on Olana’s carriage roads. Discover seasonal superfoods that taste…

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Leafy Creatures

October 26 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art in the Morning, photo credit Beth Schneck

Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Leafy Creatures Last Wednesday of every month Programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, everyone leaves with a work of art! We suggest planning a self-guided hike and perhaps a picnic lunch as part of your visit to Olana. 10am-12pm | $5, adults free | Ages 3-5

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Owleen Hike

October 29 @7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Owleen Hike Listen to a brief talk about owls and meet a live owl and raptors. Head out on the carriage roads to hear hoots and try to spot an owl. 7pm | Member: Free, Non-Member: $5 | All Ages

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November 2016

(Art)venture: Making Dioramas

November 11 @9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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(Art)venture: Making Dioramas Youth will be able to spend the school holiday exploring ideas of what makes a house a home with young adult author of My Life in a Diorama, Tara Altebrando. Participants will replicate an existing room or invent a dream room in miniature to take home. 9am-4pm | $50 includes novel, diorama kit & all materials | Ages 7-14

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Sunday Studios: Decorative Windows

November 20 @11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Sunday Studios: Decorative Windows These Sunday morning programs are designed for local families, heritage and art tourists, and regular visitors who like to make art. Projects take about 30 minutes and are fun for all ages. Everyone leaves with a work of art! 11am-1pm | Free | All Ages

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Holiday Gobble Hike

November 23 @6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Holiday Gobble Hike Take a break from cooking to join us on a moonlit hike the evening before Thanksgiving and learn all about the bird at the center of this holiday. Our environmental educator, Fran Martino, will guide us on the carriage roads and teach us all things turkey including how to call wild turkeys. 6pm | Member: $10, Non-Member: $15, Family: $25 | All ages

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Miniature Theater: Marionette Production

November 25 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Miniature Theater: Marionette Production 10am - Three Little Pigs 11am - Carnival of the Animals Olana is excited to share the holiday with you for a marionette show where classic tales with hand-crafted puppets and live music will be performed. Bring the young at heart and your house guests for theater in miniature, an ancient art form with 19th century links. RZM Troupe has performed for thousands of children from the Boston Children’s Museum to the Berkshire Theatre Festival. 10am-12pm…

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Beeswax Candle Making

November 26 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Beeswax Candle Making Instead of shopping for gifts - why not make one? Start a new family tradition of creating together in preparation for the holiday season. Megan Denver from Hudson Valley Bee Supply will teach us the art of making rolled and dipped beeswax candles - a learning experience for all! 10am-12pm | Member: $15, Non-Member: $20, Family: $40 | Ages 5+

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FREE! Preserving Olana: Conserving F.E. Church’s Painting Autumn

November 26 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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FREE! Preserving Olana: Conserving F.E. Church’s Painting Autumn Learn about the steps The Olana Partnership’s staff and NYSOPRHP specialists have taken to protect Olana over the years. On November 26th join us for a lecture with our staff and Mary Betlejeski, NYSOPRHP Conservator, to view F.E. Church’s newly restored masterpiece, Autumn. 3-5pm | Free | Ages 10+

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Bean and Corn Mosaics

November 30 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art in the Morning, photo credit Beth Schneck

Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Bean and Corn Mosaics Last Wednesday of every month Programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, everyone leaves with a work of art! We suggest planning a self-guided hike and perhaps a picnic lunch as part of your visit to Olana. 10am-12pm | $5, adults free | Ages 3-5

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19th Century Wreath Making

November 30 @6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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19th Century Wreath Making Mary Hughes, Olana’s Master Gardener, will teach the art of creating seasonal evergreen wreaths and boxwood trees in these hands-on workshops. Please bring a pair of pruning shears. All other supplies and refreshments will be provided. 6-8pm | Member: $30, Non-Member: $35 | All Ages

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December 2016

Oil Cloth Placemats & Table Runners

December 3 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Oil Cloth Placemats & Table Runners Artist Barbara Jefts from Native Farm Flowers will teach the art of creating placemats and table runners using the designs and colors we find throughout the main house. The perfect craft to incorporate into your holiday table setting. Materials provided, tea and cake served. 3-5pm | Member: $20, Non-Member: $25 | All Ages

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Sunday Studios: Paper Design Workshop

December 4 @11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Sunday Studios: Paper Design Workshop These Sunday morning programs are designed for local families, heritage and art tourists, and regular visitors who like to make art. Projects take about 30 minutes and are fun for all ages. Everyone leaves with a work of art! 11am-1pm | Free | All Ages

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Boxwood Trees

December 7 @6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Boxwood Trees Mary Hughes, Olana’s Master Gardener, will teach the art of creating seasonal evergreen wreaths and boxwood trees in these hands-on workshops. Please bring a pair of pruning shears. All other supplies and refreshments will be provided. Wednesday, December 7   |   6-8pm   |   Member: $30, Non-Member: $35   |   All Ages

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