Brown’s Emporium prepares to close after 104 years

March 20, 2024 |

CHATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – For 104 years, a shoe business has been the sole of the Chatham community. In 1920, Brown’s Emporium opened its doors on a dream that would eventually become a legacy.

Judy Rundell bought the shoe business from the Brown family in 1990. Shortly after, she held a $5 shoe sale to sell the excess inventory.

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Columbia County Fair runs August 30-September 4

Six days of fun for the whole family with nightly grandstand entertainment including demolition derby, monster tractors, rodeo, live music, volunteer firefighting parade, daily animal shows and much more! The fair also features 4-H animal competitions, traditional and inventive fair food, midway rides, racing pigs, a petting zoo, and more.

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PS21 2023 Season Preview

July 14, 2023 | WAMC

In June, PS21 launched its 2023 season with the 10th anniversary edition of The NEXT Festival of Emerging Artists. The season continues with more than fifty unique events, featuring a constellation of celebrated and emerging dancers and choreographers, musicians and singers, actors, directors, and international street artists.

Joe Donahue interviews Executive and Artistic Director of PS21 Elena Siyanko about the new season.

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Art Omi announces plans for a new campus that will realize pavilions and other small built structures

June 14, 2023 |

Art Omi the sculpture and architecture park in Ghent, New York stages works from more than 2,000 artists and architects, including Steven Holl and Peter Eisenman, across its sprawling 120 acres. Following a record capital project funding announcement from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) the sculpture park slash residency program slash arts education center has announced the development of a new nonprofit arts center called the Art Omi Pavilions that will be located in Chatham, New York—just a 10 minute car ride away from its existing campus.

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Chatham theatre plans matinee series for families

January 19, 2023 |

The Crandell Theatre on January 28 will launch “Crandell Kid Flicks,” a new family-friendly Saturday matinee series of contemporary classic children’s films. The program will be offered from January through April on the fourth Saturday of each month at 1 p.m.

“The series aims to provide the youngest moviegoers with fun, safe, exciting, and positive opportunities to become engaged in the arts,” a spokesperson for the theatre said in a press release. “Our beautiful, historic, single-screen movie house is the backdrop for an afternoon of educational fun that puts each film into special focus for these budding film lovers.”

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CABA Membership Can Now Be Completed Online!

Those interested in becoming CABA members or renewing their membership can now complete the application online. No longer do you need to fill out a paper application and mail it in with a check. Everything can now be completed by using the online form. Payment can still be made by check, but additional options are now available for ACH or credit cards.

For additional information about becoming a member, visit the CABA page of this website or email the membership director at .

Congratulations to all Chatham area businesses who were nominated Best of Columbia County 2022

The Best of Columbia County™ is a Reader’s Choice Contest. The nomination period began March 1, 2022 and continued through March 31, 2022. The Best of Columbia County™ allowed county residents to make their voices heard in deciding the “best of the best” in a broad field of over 50 categories.

Round One (March 1, 2022-March 31, 2022) was the nomination period. The top three of each category moved on to Round Two (April 11, 2022-April 29, 2022).

Round Two of Voting on the Nominations consisted of the top three in each category from Round One. Winners were announced during a red carpet-style show, held June 2, 2022 and presented by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Columbia-Greene Media.

Congratulations to all those who were nominated.

Best Art Gallery: Thompson Giroux Gallery
Best Live Entertainment Spot: Chatham Brewing
Best Local Live Theater: Mac-Hayden Theatre and PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
Best Local Movie Theater: Crandell Theatre
Best Campground (Non-Governmental): Fox Hill Camping Area
Best Community Organization/Nonprofit: Our Community Cares
Best Overall Community Event: Columbia County Fair
Best Recreational Experience: Columbia Land Conservancy
Best Burger: Chatham Brewing
Best Farm Stand: The Chatham Berry Farm
Best Happy Hour Spot: Chatham Brewing
Best Local Brewery: Chatham Brewing
Best Local Winery: Sabba Estate Vineyard
Best Restaurant: Jackson’s Old Chatham House
Best Specialty Food Store: The Chatham Berry Farm
Best Wings: Chatham Brewing
Best Architectural Firm: James Dixon Architect PC
Best Beauty and/or Spa Services: Sei Bella Salon LLC
Best Building/Contracting Company: Bill Stratton Building Company
Best Computer & Repair Shop: Insight Computer Center Inc.
Best New Business: Fiesta Café
Best Nursery & Garden Center: The Chatham Berry Farm
Best Lawn Care/Landscape Design: Callander’s Nursery & Landscaping, Inc.
Best Real Estate Company: Beach & Bartolo Realtors Inc.
Best Veterinary Practice: Chathams Small Animal Hospital
Best Web & Graphic Design Service Company:
Best Antique Store: Olde 1811 Antique Shoppe
Best Apparel & Accessories (non-chain): Browns Emporium and Lea’s
Best Building Supply Store: Chatham Hardware
Best City/Town in the County to Shop: Chatham
Best Consignment/Vintage Shop/Thrift Shop: Rewraps
Best Florist: Chatham Flowers and Gifts
Best Gift Shop: American Pie
Best Home Furnishings/Decorating: Crow Cottage
Best Jewelry Store: R.H. Van Alstyne Fine Jewelry
Best Local Book Store: The Chatham Bookstore

See the list of Chatham area winners.