July 8-August 20, 2017 Too Many Books, Too Little Space? Donate your extras to the Festival of Books

If you have more books than your shelves can hold, there’s an easy way to lighten the load: Donate! The 24/7 donation bin will be in the parking lot behind the Academy from July 8-August 20.  Please bring books in boxes or bags.

Hard and soft-cover books in good condition are welcome, but the Festival can’t sell books with cracked spines or damaged pages, or items that are soiled, mildewed or heavily written in. We also accept CDs, DVDs, vinyl LPs, and cassettes.
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Friday, September 1 Preview Party 6:00pm $25 donation

Enjoy a glass of wine and chat with fellow book lovers, then head over to the book rooms to get first choice of more than 10,000 gently used books.

Book rooms open at 6:30 p.m. MEMBERS and their guests ONLY. (Memberships may be purchased at the door)

Purchase tickets here.

September 2-4, 2017 Festival of Books

Festival of Books 2017, the annual extravaganza of all things literary, will take place over Labor Day weekend, September 2 through 4. The event features a giant used book sale, two days of readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a children’s program, this year featuring Dr. Seuss’s beloved Cat in the Hat, and the Cookbook Café, serving fruit snacks, home-baked goodies, and our famous no-alarm vegetarian chili. As always, admission to the events is free, save for the early book-buying opportunities. See the full schedule of events.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:30pm “The Wizard of Words”: E.Y. “Yip” Harburg
Maureen Kelley Stewart, Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Hanson Award-winning cabaret performer, presents an evening of the songs of legendary American  lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, who wrote some of the greatest and most memorable songs in Hollywood movie and Broadway theater history including It’s Only A Paper Moon, Brother, Can You Spare A Dime, Over the Rainbow, April in Paris, How are Things in Glocca Morra, and many others. Accompanied by acclaimed Musical Director Daryl Kojak.
October 7-22, 2017 Annual Regional Juried Show Inspiration and Influences

Opening reception: Saturday, October 7, 4:00-6:00pm

Working independently and drawing inspiration from disparate sources, Picasso and Braque pioneered a similar style. In time their influence on each other would ignite the Cubist movement. Meanwhile, American artist Henry Hensche (1899-1992) was influenced by the color palette of his mentor Charles Webster Hawthorne and used it to inspire his own students.

Inspiration and influence: Whatever their source, they fire our imagination and lend shape to our own creations.

Saturday, October 21, 7:30pm Music that Dances: Bend the Knotted Oak Chamber Music Academy Concert Series

Violinist Mitsuko Suzuki partners with BKO’s pianist/artistic director Uel Wade. The evening taps Suzuki’s virtuosity in pieces like Tchaikovsky’s Scherzo-Valse, Wieniawski’s Capriccio-Valse, and Miletic’s Danse for Solo Violin. There will also be the humor of Shostakovich’s Polka, the perfume of Ravel’s Habanera, the grit of Piazzolla’s Tanguano, and the quirkiness and melancholy of a Chopin Mazurka, not to mention Ragtime, polka, barn dance, Spanish dance, and African Dance. Because this music dances, much of it is fast. Among the fastest is Fiddle-de-Bop, composed by pianist/arranger/composer, Lincoln Mayorga.

Ticket sales to be announced soon.

October 29-November 12, 2017 Winners’ Show

Opening Reception: Saturday October 29, 4:00-6:00pm
Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sundays, 1-5pm

This show will feature works by Amelia Toelke, the winner of our 2016 Regional Juried Show and Linda Horn, the winner of our recent Juried Photography Show. We look forward to seeing more work from these talented artists.

Friday-Sunday, November 24-26 and Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3 Handmade Holiday 10:00am-4:00pm. Admission is free.

Holiday gift shoppers and art lovers “go local” at this high-end curated sale that features jewelry, quilts, band boxes, cards, children’s toys, bread boards, baskets, scarves, hand-knit socks, ceramics, handmade books and papers, tin sconces, scherenschnitte (cut paper art), holiday ornaments, including over-the-top decorated wreaths, and delectable edibles made by dozens of Columbia, Ulster, and Berkshire area artisans