Building Community Through the Arts

Revels 2023

Saturday, February 11, 5:30pm

Ticket sales close on Wednesday, February 1 at midnight.

There is no better way to shake off the chill of Winter than to join your neighbors at The Spencertown Revels. Support the Academy while enjoying a festive evening of great food and friends at this annual moveable feast. Start the evening at the Academy for conversation, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and then move on to delicious intimate dinners hosted in private homes throughout the area.

Tickets begin at $75 and are now available. Learn more.

Upcoming Events And Activities

How to Trust Your Feet - Tai Chi illustration

How to Trust Your Feet

Friday, February 17, 11:00am-12:30pm

A tutorial on practicing balance with Fran Snyder, New York School of Tai Chi Chuan. Fee: $30. Learn more.

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Blues Women of the Capital Region, Robin O'Herin,Jill Burnham and Amy Ryan

Blues Women of the Capital Region

Saturday, February 25, 8:00pm

Spencertown Academy in collaboration with the Capital Region Blues Network (CRBN) present three dynamic blues musicians: Jill Burnham, Robin O'Herin and Amy Ryan. Learn more.

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How to Trust Your Feet - Tai Chi illustration

"Like Swimming in Air"
The Art of Tai Chi for Beginners

Ten Fridays: March 3-May 5, 11:00am-Noon

A 10-week session taught by Fran Snyder of the New York School of Tai Chi. Class Fee: $200, Academy Members: $175. Learn more.

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Jonathan Darman

Sunday, March 5, 2:00pm

Jonathan Darman in conversation with Jeremy W. Peters on his newly released book: Becoming FDR: The Personal Crisis that Made a President. Learn more.

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Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and Dennis Lichtman

Jerron Paxton & Dennis Litchman

Saturday, March 11, 8:00pm

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and Dennis Lichtman bring African-American folk and blues to Spencertown Academy. Learn more.

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Memoir Writing Workshop with Elizabeth Diggs

Six Wednesdays: March 8-April 12, 3:00-5:00pm

This popular workshop is back and in person. Craft the memories you’ve been waiting to tell with expert tutelage. Six class registration fee is $180. Learn more.

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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

To protect yourself and fellow attendees, please take note of the safety protocols for any event you are attending by visiting the event listing on this website.

The Academy has installed multiple Blueair HealthProtect 7470 air purifiers, and we have limited seating in our auditorium. We closely monitor the situation in Columbia County, as well as recommendations from health authorities, and will adjust our protocols as necessary.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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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Ayad Akhtar


Discusses Homeland Elegies and his fascinating career with Julie DeLisle. On our YouTube channel.

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Russell Shorto


In conversation with David Highfill on his book Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob. Watch the interview.

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Book covers of Sonia Purnell's A Woman of No Importance" and Clare Mulley's "The Spy Who Loved"

Clare Mulley & Sonia Purnell


Two historians and authors whose books focus on remarkable women and their roles in WWII, will discuss their works with David Highfill, Festival co-chair. On our YouTube Channel.

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Author Peter Sis and his book cover for Nicky & Vera

"Nicky and Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued"


Reading and discussion of Peter Sis' book with Ann Gainer, storyteller & former librarian. On YouTube.

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Michael Kupperman and his book "All the Answers"

Michael Kupperman Discusses "All The Answers"


A graphic novel and moving memoir about his father. Brian Heater, a comics and tech writer-podcaster, joins the author in conversation. On YouTube.

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