Programs + Events

Food Truck Picnic Days: Aunt Jenny's Street Eats

  • Saturday, October 26 | 12PM - 4PM | Visitor's Center

Picnicking is one of the most treasured 19th century past times. Popularized in the United States as a meal taken al fresco (outdoors) as part of an excursion, picnicking is ideally set in scenic surroundings such as a park, lakeside, or other place affording an interesting view. Pack your chairs, blankets, and coolers, or enjoy our limited picnic tables- because we have the food covered!

Scary Storytelling

  • Saturday, October 26 | 3PM & 4:30PM | $15 Adult | $10 Member/Child | Visitor's Center

Join author and storyteller Pamela Schembri for a ghost story walk along Olana’s carriage roads inspired by historic gothic and Victorian era literature, folklore, and Halloween traditions.

Food Truck Picnic Days: Nosh

  • Sunday, October 27 | 12PM - 4PM | Visitor's Center

Picnicking is one of the most treasured 19th century past times. Popularized in the United States as a meal taken al fresco (outdoors) as part of an excursion, picnicking is ideally set in scenic surroundings such as a park, lakeside, or other place affording an interesting view. Pack your chairs, blankets, and coolers, or enjoy our limited picnic tables- because we have the food covered!

Young at HeART: Painting the Landscape

  • Mondays & Tuesdays | October 28 - November 19 | 9:30AM - 12:30PM | $150 | Wagon House Education Center

FOR ADULTS 55 YEARS AND OLDER: Explore the art of painting at Frederic Church’s OLANA during this 8-session course taught by acclaimed painter Beth Rundquist. Learn basic skills of drawing, color mixing, and plein air painting through the study of historic Hudson Valley views and 19th-century art by Frederic Church.

Pathways to Prevention

  • Tuesday, October 29 | 5:30PM | Free | Wagon House Education Center

Today Hurts, So Let’s Build a Stronger Tomorrow!

Nature and health are intrinsically linked and the partnership between Olana and Columbia Memorial Health brings innovative education programs to aid you in your wellness. Physical Therapist Assistant and Athletic Trainer, Corey Smith will give you tips on properly taking care of your posture and body at your workplace. Participants will experience a 30-minute talk, followed by an easy optional walk with the experts on Olana’s carriage roads.

Architects on Olana: Daniel Sachs & Kevin Lindores

  • Saturday, November 2 | 5:30PM | $20 | Visitors Center

Experience Olana’s Main House through the eyes of an architect. The Olana Partnership introduces a new series which invites contemporary architects to interpret Olana. Susan Wides, Director and Curator of Steven Holl’s ‘T’ Space, Rhinebeck has curated the series to include some of the world’s leading voices.

En Plein Air: A Painter's Walk Through Frederic Church's Landscape

  • Sunday, November 3 | 11AM | $15 | $10 Member | Visitor's Center

Join local artist Geoffrey Leckie along Frederic Church’s carriage roads seeing Olana the place and the Hudson River views through a painter’s eye. Leckie is a painter and explorer enamored by the natural effects of light, shadow and atmosphere in the natural world and is a frequent plein air painter. He studied at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and School of Art, loves the Hudson Valley but has traveled throughout Ireland, France, Italy, Romania, India, Morocco, Vietnam, and Syria, and is charming about his craft.

Artists on Olana: A-Y/Dancers

  • Saturday, November 9 | 3PM | $15 | $10 Members | Visitor's Center
Inner & Outer Landscapes: Dancing Through Olana with A-Y/Dancers

Join A-Y/dancers, repertory dance company of the Hudson Valley, through an interactive tour of Olana. Witness dancers awaken the landscape as they intertwine with the living painting. View choreographed movement tailored to the cascading views, as members of the troupe open a dialogue about contemporary dance and its relation to the historic landscape.

Music Plein Air: Composed for Olana's Landscape

  • Sunday, November 10 | 3PM | $15 | $10 Members | Visitor's Center

Brothers Will and Sam Skarstad will offer an immersive music-as-place experience specifically composed for Frederic Church’s artist-designed landscape. Staged for Olana’s Ridge Road, this mobile concert will follow along the historic carriage ways with expansive panoramic views incorporated into the performance; not as a backdrop but a fully integrated element. Experience their art plein air, as the Hudson River School painters who braved the approaching winter have before them.

Looking Inward: Landscape & American Culture

  • Thursday, November 14 | Welcome Drinks 6PM | Lecture 6:30PM | $45 | $35 Members | $200 Lecture & Dinner | The Explorers Club, NYC

Dr. Mitchell positions Frederic Church as a leading exemplar of the 19th-century American artists’ who presented an alternative aspirational vision of the nation and its relationship to nature and landscape. In contrast with European traditions, American painters traveled ever farther into the interior in search of the country’s distinctive sites and attributes and stretched landscape painting’s range of practice and meaning in both the fine and decorative arts. He proposes that we still seek the answers to questions about ourselves and our place in the world that Church and other American artists first framed in the landscape two centuries ago.

Pathways to Prevention

  • Tuesday, November 19 | 5:30PM | Free | Wagon House Education Center

Healthy Eating for the Holiday Season!

Nature and health are intrinsically linked and the partnership between Olana and Columbia Memorial Health brings innovative education programs to aid you in your wellness. CMH’s Nutritionist & Dietitian gives you tips for eating healthy with the holiday season approaching, and will give you an easy and nutritious recipe to make at home. Participants will experience a 30-minute talk, followed by an easy optional walk with the experts on Olana’s carriage roads.

The Olana Partnership programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.