Building Community Through the Arts

19th Annual Hidden Gardens Events 2023​

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Twilight in the Garden Party – Fiesta de Jardín

Saturday, June 17

Held on the grounds of the Austerlitz Historical Society, this year’s traditional kick-off to the start of summer will feature a Mexican-themed menu with festive beverages, hors d’oeuvres and a delicious buffet supper. Enjoy live music, bid at our silent auction, raise a glass to the coming season with friends & neighbors, old & new. Tickets $125-$250

Hidden Gardens

Saturday, June 24

The 19th annual Hidden Gardens Tour celebrates local artful landscapes. The glory of late spring and the promise of summer beauty will be on full display at the host properties in Columbia County, NY. This year the gardens are located in Austerlitz, Hillsdale and Copake.
Advance tickets $35.
Day of tickets: $40

on the Green

Saturday, June 24

The market will take place on The Green in the center of Spencertown. More than 20 vendors will showcase offerings of flowers, plants, vintage and new home and garden furnishings, pottery, crafts, and garden books. Shoppers will be serenaded by live music and find bargains on choice garden items and accessories at the Academy’s White Elephant Booth. Live music and delicious treats too!

Upcoming Events And Activities

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The Garden of Earth
Gallery Exhibit

May 27-June 25

Our annual botanical show focuses on the natural environment as a source of beauty and imagination with works on paper by seven Hudson Valley artists. Learn more.

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Young woman writing with pen on paper, computer and cellphone nearby

Young Writers’ Contest Winners Announced!

Our judges have deliberated and have chosen winners in both Fiction & Non-Fiction categories. See this year's winners and read the work from these talented young writers. Learn more.

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Call to Artists Regional Juried Fine Art Show

Announcing Our Regional Juried Show

September 30-October 29, 2023

Theme: Homes, Hamlets & Villages: Style and Lifestyle in Small Towns and Rural Communities. See the prospectus.

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Guy Davis, sitting on bleachers playing his guitar

Guy Davis

Saturday, June 10, 8:00pm

Grammy-Nominated blues artist with his unique blend of roots, blues, folk, rock, rap, spoken word, and world music. Learn more.

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Rooted Voyageurs present Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Friday, June 30, 7:00pm

The Rooted Voyagers are back with Shakespeare in the Park. Learn more.

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“Outlier” by Leslie Gabosh

Curator as Artist III

July 1-August 6

An exhibit featuring collages, paintings, ceramics and photographs by Academy gallery curators Norma Cohen, Leslie Gabosh, Barbara Lax Kranz, Moira O’Grady and Lynn Rothenberg. Learn more.

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Emily Duff Postponed

Emily Duff Band

Saturday, July 8, 8:00pm

Sweet & Sour Rock and Roll with a Great Big Hit of Country Soul. Learn more.

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Festival of Books 2023

Literary Happenings

Labor Day Weekend
September 1-4

Our 18th annual Festival of Books promises more of the same: acclaimed authors in conversation, boundless books for sale, a community gathering and more. Details soon.

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Annual Appeal

Help to support our mission of Building Community Through the Arts, 50 years and going strong. Make your tax deductible gift today.

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Watch and Listen to PAST Programming

Rishi Reddi and Dexter Palmer

Dexter Palmer & Rishi Reddi

Discuss their works of historical fiction with Daphne Kalotay. Watch the video on our YouTube channel.

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Author Peter Sis and his book cover for Nicky & Vera

Peter Sis

Discusses his book Nicky and Vera- A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued, with Carl Atkins. Watch the video.

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Book cover "Kaffeehaus" and author Rick Rodgers

Rick Rogers

Learn how to make Almas Pite, a delicious Hungarian apple pie. In conversation with Madaline Sparks. Watch the interview.

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