Chatham Area Business and Arts Blog

SummerFest Vendor Application is now online

Chatham’s annual SummerFest event will take place on Saturday, July 8, 2023. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic, making it a true small-town festival. Highlights included food, sales and entertainment.

Vendor Fee is $100 for a 12×12 space.

Deadline for Applications is June 1st/First Come First Serve if there are any spots left after June 1st the vendor fee will be $125.  We will have limited spots, all will be on Main Street.


We are unable to offer any electricity at this event.

General Guidelines

  1. The event will be held on July 8, 2023 from 11:00am-4:00pm. All booth space is located outdoors and vendors should be prepared to bring tents/canopies with weights in case of inclement weather. Set up time will be 8:30am-10:30 with all vehicles off the street by 10:30am. You will be contacted prior to the event with your vendor and parking locations.
  2. There is a no rain date and no refunds given in case of bad weather.
  3. Vendors are responsible for their own tents, tables, chairs, generators and for cleaning up their booth area.
  4. Excess inventory must be kept out of view and booth area kept neat, clean and orderly.
  5. This is a first come/first serve event and the spaces are limited, the Summerfest Committee reserves the right to refuse any vendor space at the event, as well as prohibit the sale of any item/items for any reason whatsoever.
  6. All vendors must remain open till the end of the event at 4:00pm. All vehicles must be off the street by 5:00pm.

Food Service

Food vendors will be required to provide thier own trash receptacles, maintain their cleanliness and remove the waste from the vent. You are required to have the necessary licensing required by the State of New York and Columbia County.

If you should have any questions regarding licensing you may contact: Department of Agriculture and Markets (518)457-8835 and/or Coulumbia County Department of Health (518)828-3358.

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.”

Read the entire article.

Rail trail running through Dutchess and Columbia gets $375,000 grant

December 28, 2022 | Times Union

A group that has slowly worked to develop a rail trail through eastern Dutchess and Columbia counties received a $375,000 state grant to plan the trail’s next leg.

The Harlem Valley rail trail, first conceived of in the mid-1980s, currently stretches along the foothills of the Taconic Mountains from Wassaic in Dutchess County north to Copake Falls in Columbia County. But the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association has always envisioned it leading all the way to near Columbia County’s northern border.

The state grant must be matched with $125,000 raised by the association to foot the $500,000 bill for the design, engineering plans and permitting process for the new length of trail, according to Lisa DeLeeuw, the association’s executive director. Donations can be made on the association’s website.

Read the entire story.

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 .

Details About CABA’s Holiday Window Contest

Dear Chatham Business Owners,

Ready or not, the holidays will soon be here!

This year, as a part of our “Winterpalooza” celebration, which has different activities featured each weekend before Christmas, we are encouraging you to join our Holiday Window Contest. This is a chance for your business to showcase its unique personality.

All businesses within the Village of Chatham are eligible to compete. Windows should be attractive for both day and nighttime viewing. To be eligible for the contest, windows must be completed by Monday, December 5th.

Voting for the contest will begin on Wednesday, December 7th, through the CABA website. Additionally a QR code will be given to all participants to display in their window, which will lead the voter directly to the site.

Voting will close on December 20, with the winner being announced on Facebook, Instagram and in the Columbia Paper on Thursday, December 22.

Please email and let us know that your business will be participating.

The winning window will be pictured on our website, as well as in The Columbia Paper. The winner will also receive a free membership to CABA for 2023. Displays should be family friendly and free from any political endorsements.

We hope you will participate in the Holiday Window Contest.

Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Holiday Season!
– Chatham Area Business & Arts

Announcing: Winterpalooza: 2022’s Version of Winterfest

We love the holidays so much we’re extending the activities. Rather than a one day event, we’re spreading it out throughout the month of December. The festivities begin December 2 and run through December 24. Don’t miss “Light Up the Night” our kick off event with a visit from Santa and the start of our Holiday Window Contest. There will be open houses, beverage tastings, an Ugly Sweater contest, a free movie, caroling and even a Holiday Pop Up Shop. For details, visit the Winterpalooza page of our website.

10 Upstate New York Towns That Are Even More Beautiful In The Winter Months

November 10, 2022 |

Upstate New York has everything for everyone. These towns are even more beautiful in winter.

#7: Chatham

Beautiful mansions, set in the backdrop of sprawling horse farms and a bucolic landscape, make Chatham a beautiful winter destination. To believe that the town is small, its Main Street, that’s known to get busier as Christmas nears, has only about three blocks. Still, one will find several restaurants and shops in its main business district for stuff to bite or buy.

Read the entire article.

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