There’s so much to do and see in the village of Chatham, NY and the surrounding area. Chatham in August is an especially exciting time. Not only is August the month of the Chatham Dance Festival, but there’s live music, art gallery shows, the grand opening of a cidery and so much more. As a matter of fact, there is so much going on that we decided to make a list and share it with others who love Chatham as much as we do.
Experience the Joy of Dance
Throughout the month of August, PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents the Chatham Dance Festival, a celebration of contemporary dance. The festival includes four renowned dance companies: Parsons Dance, Bill Shannon, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, and the Bang Group.
See A Movie
The Crandell Theatre, Columbia County’s oldest and largest movie theatre, was built in 1926 as a vaudeville house. The theater is open seven days and features first run movies throughout the week. In addition, each Sunday afternoon the theater presents an independent, documentary, or foreign film.
Take in Some Live Music
Several venues throughout the village offer live music. First of all, The People’s Pub and Chatham Brewing frequently have live bands, and the Blue Plate has live jazz every Wednesday evening from 6:15-9:00pm. Furthermore, on Saturday, August 4 at 3:00pm hear award-winning Out of Time Barbershop Quartet, together with the Vintage Harmonics, at Camphill Ghent. The concert is free.
Visit an Art Gallery
The Chatham area has several excellent art galleries. The Thompson Giroux Gallery features Mark Lariviere “A Certain Light” through August 5. Beginning August 11 a show featuring Marie-Claude Giroux, Jim Holl and Arthur Sordillo begins. In addition, the Chatham Bookstore features the landscape paintings of Newburyport artist Annalee Johnson through August 18. Equally important, the Spencertown Academy‘s current gallery show is “They Made the Cut” through August 12. The six local artists exhibiting each use cutting as an integral role in creating their own unique artistry. Additionally, art can be found at the Joyce Goldstein Gallery and The Gallery @ Chatham.
Attend the Grand Opening of a Cidery
This event will be held Friday-Sunday, August 10-12 at the Chatham Berry Farm. As a matter of fact, there will be five guest taps featuring NYS farm beer, cider and wine. A food truck, and more.
Participate in an Outdoor Yoga Event
Supersoul Yoga has teamed up with the Columbia Land Conservancy to support their similar initiatives of connection with and through nature. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00pm.at Sutherland Pond at Ooms Conservation Area. Furthermore, the proceeds support the Columbia Land Conservancy.
Attend the Sangria Festival
Don’t miss the Hudson-Chatham Winery’s signature Sangria & Jazz Festival Saturday, August 11, from 11:00am-6:00pm. Five fresh-made sangrias, local food options, tarot card readings, and live jazz with Patricia Dalton and the Jazz Colleagues.
See Live Musical Theater in the Round
Mac-Haydn Theater welcomes back a dream cast for this stunning retelling of the Victor Hugo classic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”