If it’s Columbus Day Weekend, it’s ArtsWalk! This year, the Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA) is sponsoring its 16th annual ArtsWalk, celebrating the rich array of artists and arts activities in our beautiful corner of the world. On the weekend which may well boast the height of autumn color in the countryside, ArtsWalk encourages visitors to drive up and down scenic Route 66 for activities both in Hudson, and, for the first time, in Chatham as well.
The celebration opens Friday evening, October 8, with the Opening Night Party for the CCCA Members Show at the Fairhouse on the Columbia County Fairgrounds. From 6:00-9:00pm, the Show will feature 134 works in all media by CCCA members, plus musical entertainment, fine food and drink from area purveyors, raffles of donations from Chatham merchants, and maybe a surprise or two! Party admission is $10.00, and free to exhibiting artists. The Members Show will be open for free all weekend.
On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, October 9, 10, 11, look for dozens of activities in both destinations. There’ll be elementary school artists along Main Street and Warren St., ready to paint your portrait for a buck; tours of the newly reopened Crandell Theater in Chatham; ArtsWalk Kids activities in the First Presbyterian Church in Hudson, a Jazz Jam at The Pub in Chatham on Saturday night, readings from best selling new books by some of the hottest authors in the country, open studios of some of Hudson’s most popular artists, a dance party at Chatham’s Tracy Memorial, and much more, all for free!