Chatham Area News

Below you will find a collection of press articles about the Chatham area. Check back frequently for the latest news.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 15th Annual Festival Of Books Goes Virtual

WAMC | August 26, 2020

The Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 15th annual Festival of Books turns Virtual this year. Labor Day weekend and beyond, there will be online conversations with distinguished authors, special book sales, children’s drawing workshops, and even familiar flavors from the Cookbook Café. Get ready to settle into a comfortable chair with your laptop or tablet, and enjoy this beloved cultural event of all things literary, 2020 style. All programs will be on Zoom. Registration is required and free, but limited.

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Shaker Museum Taps Selldorf Architects for New $15 Million Facility

ARTFIXDaily | August 5, 2020

Shaker Museum has selected Selldorf Architects to create its new permanent facility in downtown Chatham, New York, to exhibit its comprehensive collection of more than 18,000 pieces of Shaker material culture and accompanying archives. Like the objects themselves, the physical building will embody Shaker values of inclusion, innovation, and equality to create a museum that both tells the Shaker story and is responsive to the needs of the community in Chatham, Columbia County, and the surrounding Hudson Valley. It was also announced that Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects will collaborate on the project. The museum will retain and maintain the historic Shaker site in Mount Lebanon, New York.

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Shaker Museum To Expand To New Building In Downtown Chatham

WAMC | August 4, 2020

The Shaker Museum announced Monday that it has acquired a four-floor, 30,000-square foot building in downtown Chatham, New York. The museum owns and manages the Shaker Village at Mount Lebanon. Now, it will have its first space to display 18,000 archival pieces that explore life inside the utopian Protestant community that existed at the village from 1787 to 1947. WAMC spoke to Museum Director Lacy Schultz about the $15 million project at 5 Austerlitz Street, which is expected to break ground in 2021.

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aMuse Gallery is open! | July 19, 2020

aMuse Gallery in Chatham, NY has reopened so, if you’ve been longing for a little “creative time out”, now is your chance! Masks and social distancing will be required and CDC and Columbia Comeback guidelines will be strictly followed.

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What to Do in Chatham: How to Spend 24 Hours in the Vibrant Upstate Village

Hudson Valley Magazine | February 2020

Day trips to the Columbia County town are all about small businesses, convivial restaurants, and celebrations that unite the community.

Driving into Chatham is an unusual sensation – at least the first time. As if you ventured just a little too long on Route 66 (or the Taconic, if you’re so inclined), the moment you finally pull into town seems like a grand arrival and more like a homecoming. It’s an odd feeling for anyone who’s never visited before, although it’s not an uncomfortable one. Similar to the atmospheres in places like Cold Spring or Red Hook, Chatham embraces that covetable mix of sleepiness and vibrancy that lures people to the Hudson Valley as a whole.

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Melania Levitsky Presents Children’s Book and Illustrations, Chatham Bookstore, Saturday, March 7, 3 p.m. | February 26, 2020

Melania Levitsky reads from her children’s book, “The Gold in the Ground,” and presents her original illustrations at the Chatham Bookstore on Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m. Based on a folk tale from Kazakhstan, “The Gold in the Ground” tells the story of a farmer and a shepherd finding a pot of gold that nobody wants. The artwork from the book is on display through April 26.

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Shaker Museum purchases building in Chatham

HudsonValley360 | February 19, 2020

The Shaker Museum purchased the empty building at 5 Austerlitz St. in Chatham, recently, and received a $1,569,000 grant from Empire State Development through New York State’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) initiative to support a project that will transform the building into a museum and community cultural center.

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