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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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July 2015
$70/person, $65/members

Excavating History

July 1 @10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join School of the Art Institute of Chicago Art professor, artist, writer, and museum educator Rebecca Keller for a daylong workshop. This workshop focuses on the idea of history, and specifically personal history, and guides participants through the process of turning personal histories into writing and artworks. This is an art-making workshop designed to help participants generate themes and ideas for both art and writing (and is productive for both professional and novice artists/writers). The session will start with learning…

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Week One Panorama: Elements of Art

July 6 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 10, 2015

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church’s art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Learn techniques from artists and work with one of the artists featured in Olana’s En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To download a registration form click here.

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Week One Panorama: Elements of Art

July 7 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 10, 2015

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church’s art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Learn techniques from artists and work with one of the artists featured in Olana’s En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To download a registration form click here.

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Week One Panorama: Elements of Art

July 8 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 10, 2015

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church’s art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Learn techniques from artists and work with one of the artists featured in Olana’s En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To download a registration form click here.

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Week One Panorama: Elements of Art

July 9 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 10, 2015

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church’s art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Learn techniques from artists and work with one of the artists featured in Olana’s En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To download a registration form click here.

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Week One Panorama: Elements of Art

July 10 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 10, 2015

Calling young artists! Youth will explore the eight elements of art through the prism of Frederic E. Church’s art, landscape, and architectural masterpiece Olana. Stretch your imagination and be inspired to create original projects through a variety of media focused on these themes. Learn techniques from artists and work with one of the artists featured in Olana’s En Plein Air Paint Out. Space is limited to 25. To download a registration form click here.

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$10

“Meet the Artists” Reception, Exhibition and Live Auction Creating Landscapes within the Landscape: Fourth Annual Plein Air Paint-out and Festival

July 11 @4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Come 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.…

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Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers

July 13 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 17, 2015

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration 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, play and expeditions planned inside Olana’s 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). This camp is place-based learning, with a whole lot of play. Space…

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Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers

July 14 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 17, 2015

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration 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, play and expeditions planned inside Olana’s 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). This camp is place-based learning, with a whole lot of play. Space…

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Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers

July 15 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 17, 2015

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration 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, play and expeditions planned inside Olana’s 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). This camp is place-based learning, with a whole lot of play. Space…

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Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers

July 16 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 17, 2015

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration 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, play and expeditions planned inside Olana’s 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). This camp is place-based learning, with a whole lot of play. Space…

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Week Two Panorama: Environmental Science for Explorers

July 17 @9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Every day until July 17, 2015

The Olana Partnership works in collaboration 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, play and expeditions planned inside Olana’s 250 acres. Youth will be engaged with water, forests and meadows (just like Church was). This camp is place-based learning, with a whole lot of play. Space…

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Build Your Own Terrarium

July 18 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A terrarium is a type of miniature ecosystem of plants; they are often kept as ornamental decoration, like an aquarium. The first terrarium was developed by a botanist in 1842 and became a curiosity in many Victorian homes. This is such a fun project for little ones. We will provide all the materials and work on the floor, with dirt, rocks, and plants. Pre-registration is required by July 16.

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Mycology Walk: Identifying Local Edibles, Session 1

July 26 @2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Mid-Hudson Mycological Association will introduce participants to foraging and the ecology of forest mushrooms. Long pants and sturdy walking shoes required. Harvesting is prohibited. Pre-registration is required by July 23. Session One: 2:00-3:00pm; Session Two: 3:30-4:30pm

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Mycology Walk: Identifying Local Edibles, Session 2

July 26 @3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Mid-Hudson Mycological Association will introduce participants to foraging and the ecology of forest mushrooms. Long pants and sturdy walking shoes required. Harvesting is prohibited. Pre-registration is required by July 23. Session One: 2:00-3:00pm; Session Two: 3:30-4:30pm.

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August 2015
$5

History of Science Series: Exploring Church’s Library and 19th-Century “Natural Science” Writings

August 1 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This lecture is part of an ongoing series of programs that derive from Frederic E. Church’s bookshelf. Dr. Lloyd Ackert, Professor in History of Science at Drexel University resident of Valatie, NY presents the second of three lectures on Church’s understanding of the debates on evolution, concepts relating to the origin of species, and scientific agriculture. Upon review of Church’s book collection, Dr. Ackert has discovered that Church was reading a wide range of books and essays central to these…

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$5

Flash Mob at Olana: A Night of Viewing Fireflies

August 5 @7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Discover the fascinating world of fireflies with Environmental Educator, Fran Martino. Bring a mason jar with holes punched, or borrow one of ours. Learn about their communication, behavior, and role in our ecosystem. Catch and release. Pre-registration encouraged by Tuesday, August 4, but walk-ins welcome to capacity. Wednesday, August 5 (*6th rain date) 7:30pm Flash Mob at Olana: A Night of Viewing Fireflies $5/person All Ages

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$15 per person; $40 family of 5 (2 adults 3 kids)

Live in the Landscape Concert Series: Larkin Grimm & Company

August 22 @6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Larkin Grimm is a musician whose life has taken her on one continuous travelling and artistic adventure. As a student, she studied art and architecture at Yale University and it was there that she started playing in indie rock bands. Larkin is also a nature lover, and claims that she was “possessed by a forest spirit who taught me to sing.” Her music crosses genres and styles and is always original and quirky; one European critic calls her show “simply…

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Free

Pathways to Prevention: Healthy Hike with CMH Physical Therapist Corey Smith

August 26 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage healthy community activities. This event with CMH Physical Therapist Corey Smith is designed to give advice on how to use physical therapy to avoid and treat nagging injuries on the athletic field and in everyday life. Anyone can join this event and participants will experience a 20-minute talk in the Wagon House Education Center and physical therapy insight and advice all along the 1.5 mile hike on Olana’s moderately easy…

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September 2015
$10

Artful Hikes- A Cool Cricket Cries from a Pile of Wet Leaves: A Hike with Musician David Rothenberg

September 5 @4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Artful Hikes is a new program at Olana designed to move the artists into the landscape as actors and interpreters. David Rothenberg is a musician, composer and philosopher-naturalist and has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years. He is the author of Why Birds Sing: A Journey into the Mystery of Birdsong, a book which has been published in England, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Germany as well as turned into a CD…

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$10

Skyscape Explorations w/ Mid-Hudson Astronomical Society

September 6 @7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Following an arctic exploration of the North Atlantic Ocean between Labrador and Greenland to sketch icebergs in 1859, Frederic Church painted Aurora Borealis (1865; Smithsonian American Art Museum.) Paying tribute to the celestial skyscapes loved by Frederick Church, join Dr. Willie Yee and Joe Macagne, president and vice president of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association as they lead a 21st-century exploration of the night sky at Olana. We will move out to the viewing field where participants will be oriented to…

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300 for 3 days

Landscape Painting and Color Strategies in Oil and Acrylic

September 8 @10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Every day until September 10, 2015

This three-day oil and acrylic workshop is for intermediate and advanced painters. It will take place both in the air-conditioned studio at the Education Center, and outside on the beautiful grounds at Olana. Participants will explore a different color strategy each day, which the instructor will help tailor to each person’s own style. We will be putting Color Theory into direct practice by using a number of palette strategies, such as complementary, analogous, and split complementary palettes. Learn how to…

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300 for 3 days

Landscape Painting and Color Strategies in Oil and Acrylic

September 9 @10:00 am - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until September 10, 2015

This three-day oil and acrylic workshop is for intermediate and advanced painters. It will take place both in the air-conditioned studio at the Education Center, and outside on the beautiful grounds at Olana. Participants will explore a different color strategy each day, which the instructor will help tailor to each person’s own style. We will be putting Color Theory into direct practice by using a number of palette strategies, such as complementary, analogous, and split complementary palettes. Learn how to…

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300 for 3 days

Landscape Painting and Color Strategies in Oil and Acrylic

September 10 @10:00 am - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until September 10, 2015

This three-day oil and acrylic workshop is for intermediate and advanced painters. It will take place both in the air-conditioned studio at the Education Center, and outside on the beautiful grounds at Olana. Participants will explore a different color strategy each day, which the instructor will help tailor to each person’s own style. We will be putting Color Theory into direct practice by using a number of palette strategies, such as complementary, analogous, and split complementary palettes. Learn how to…

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$5

History of Science Series: Exploring Church’s Library and 19th Century “Farming Practices”

September 12 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This lecture is part of an ongoing series of programs that derive from Frederic E. Church’s bookshelf. Dr. Lloyd Ackert, Professor in History of Science at Drexel University resident of Valatie, NY presents the second of three lectures on Church’s understanding of the debates on evolution, concepts relating to the origin of species, and scientific agriculture. Upon review of Church’s book collection, Dr. Ackert has discovered that Church was reading a wide range of books and essays central to these…

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$10

Barry Hopkins Run at Olana

September 13 @8:00 am - 11:00 am

Spend the morning on this 3.8-mile course traversing the primarily unpaved carriage roads at Frederic Church’s Olana. There are unique awards in the usual age groups. This event is collaboration with the Onteora Running Club. The first 75 to register are guaranteed T-shirts. Please register below or onsite on race day. Rain or shine. Sunday, September 13 8am-11am Barry Hopkins Run at Olana $10/person All Ages

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Free

Pathways to Prevention: Getting Relief from Joint Pain with CMH Surgeons Dr. Louis DiGiovanni and Dr. Christopher Gorczynski

September 23 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage healthy community activities. This event is designed to give advice on how to handle joint pain and an overview of treatment options including joint replacement surgery. Anyone can join this presentation and hike led by Dr. Louis DiGiovanni and Dr. Christopher Gorczynski, two of CMH’s leading orthopaedic surgeons form the Columbia Memorial Bone and Joint Center. Participants will experience a 25-minute talk in the Wagon House Education Center, and then…

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October 2015
$10

Owleen: Owl Walk

October 11 @7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Listen to a brief talk about Owls and meet a live owl. Head out on the carriage drives to hear and try to spot an owl. Wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight. No pre-registration required, walk-ins welcome. Rain or Shine. Sunday, October 11 7pm Owleen: Owl Walk $10/person All Ages  

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$10

Artful Hikes: Zentangle in the Landscape

October 17 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join Zentangle-certified artist Karen Abramson for a short demonstration, and then a hike on the carriage roads while pausing to make Zentangles out in the landscape. We will end by sharing our work and some cider and cake. Each participant will receive their own little pouch with pens and paper. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns that often use nature as the point of departure. This program, linking…

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Free

Pathways to Prevention: The Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties on mental health recovery services for recipients and their families


October 21 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage healthy community activities. Participants can get the facts about mental health recovery and ask questions from two experts from the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties in this unique event. Amanda Pierro, the Director of the local Apogee Recovery Center, and Donna Boundy, Division Director of Clinical Services, will discuss locally-based mental health recovery services for recipients and their families. Anyone can join this presentation and hike led by a…

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November 2015
Free

Pathways to Prevention: Tips for Healthy Eating from a CMH Nutritionist & Dietician

November 11 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage healthy community activities. This event is designed to give advice on seasonal superfoods and immune-system boosting foods as we approach the Thanksgiving season. Join Sarah Thomsen-Ferreira, MS, RD, CNSC, a clinical dietitian at CMH for this great event. Anyone can join this presentation and short hike (if weather allows). Participants will experience a 25-minute talk in the Wagon House Education Center, and then dietary insight and advice all along the…

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$30

Fancy Writing: Reviving the Art of Cursive

November 14 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join calligraphy artist Leslie Roccario for an afternoon of practicing the fine art of “fancy writing.” We will look at some of Frederic Church’s handwritten letters, and discuss why knowing how to write in fancy script is a skill worthy of practice even in the age of computers. A perfect afternoon for expressive writers and artists of all ages; each participant receives the supplies and instruction for honing his/her cursive and fancy letter styles. Pre-registration required by Wednesday, November 11.…

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$5

Beaver Moon Hike

November 25 @7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join environmental educator Fran Martino for a night hike on the wide and gravel carriage roads at Church’s Olana. Martino shares many 19th-century stories, Native American lore, and colonial folklore about the Beaver Moon and why it was so important to winter preparation. It is marvelous to walk in the landscape by moonlight after all the leaves are gone! Join us for this marvelous night of light and storytelling. No pre-registration required, walk ins welcome. Rain or shine. Wednesday, November…

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$10

Zentangle Workshop: The Art of Doodling

November 28 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Zentangle-certified artist Karen Abramson for a short demonstration, making session, and snacks. Each participant will receive their own little pouch with pens and paper. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns that often use nature as the point of departure. This program requires no artistic skill, and will lead you to discover that not only can you create beautiful art, you also can increase your focus and create…

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December 2015
$20

19th Century Wreath Making

December 2 @6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mary Hughes, Olana’s Master Gardener, will teach the art of creating seasonal evergreen and boxwood wreaths in this hands-on workshop. Please bring a pair of pruning shears. All other supplies will be provided! Pre-registration required by Monday, November 30. Wednesday, December 2 6-8pm 19th Century Wreath Making $20/person Ages 12 and up

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$25/carload or $10/person

Jingle Jangle: A Winter Celebration

December 26 @1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join The Olana Partnership for an afternoon of fun winter activity as we celebrate the day that the Church’s staff and servants usually celebrated Christmas—the day after! The Farm Complex and the Museum Shop/Visitor Center will be bustling with a range of 19th-century activities with a 21st-century twist. Come and spend the afternoon, or stop in amidst your other activities. There will be live music, craft making, food projects, ice carving, and horse and carriage rides. Pre-registration is encouraged but…

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