Best of Columbia County reader’s choice contest Is going on now!

The 2022 Best of Columbia County™ is a Reader’s Choice Contest that allows county residents to make their voices heard in deciding the “best of the best” in a broad field of over 50 categories.

There Are Two Rounds

One ballot per person per round. This means that you will vote two times – once in Round One and once in Round two

Round One: Nominations

The nomination period started on March 1 and continues through March 31. The top three of each category move on to Round Two.

Round Two: Voting on the Nominations

Round Two begins April 11 and continues through April 29 and will consist of the top three in each category from Round One.

Winners will be announced during an red carpet-style show, to be held June 2, 2022, and presented by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Columbia-Greene Media. Winners will also appear in the Best of Columbia County™ publication.

PS21 announces 2022 season lineup

March 16, 2022 | The Berkshire Edge

CHATHAM, N.Y. — PS21’s 2022 season will include expanded community programming for residents of Columbia County, U.S. company debuts, world and North American premieres, international artists, and performances of work developed in PS21’s growing artists’ residency program. The season features more than 50 events — in the theater, fields, and along the trails — by a constellation of celebrated and emerging dancers and choreographers, musicians and singers, actors, directors, and international street artist. The expanded PS21 Pathways program, at its largest and most ambitious, is still free of charge to the community. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Crandell Theatre to host area premiere of GardenFit March 27

March 15, 2022 | The Berkshire Edge

CHATHAM, N.Y. — Crandell Theatre will present the area premiere of GardenFit, a new 13-episode public television series highlighting different garden styles and techniques, while providing advice and solutions for gardeners’ aches and pains. Columbia County residents, creators, and co-hosts of GardenFit, Expert Gardener Madeline Hooper and Fitness Trainer Jeff Hughes will introduce two 30-minutes episodes and conduct a Q&A on Sunday, March 27 from 1­–3:30 p.m.

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In a Double Bill, the Avant-Garde Meets a Very Good Girl

January 17, 2022 | The New York Times

CHATHAM, N.Y. — There is nothing less avant-garde than a dog. Put one onstage and the artiest notions immediately dissolve into Instagram moments.

Or at least that was my experience with a play called “The Art of Theater,” running through Sunday on a double bill with one called “With My Own Hands” at PS21 in this Hudson Valley town. “The Art of Theater” stars Jim Fletcher — a stalwart of the New York avant-garde scene — and Delia, a local newcomer best known (according to her owners) as “a smart if goofy black Labbish sort of beast.”

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Winter day trip escape to Chatham

December 28, 2021 | Times Union

From snowshoeing to shopping: 12 things to do, see, and eat on a day trip to Chatham. A small town with big-city ideals, Chatham is no stranger to reinvention — or to under-the-radar gems for outdoor recreation, dining, and culture. Bucolic, quietly charismatic, and multifaceted, this five-towns-in-one destination (North Chatham, Old Chatham, East Chatham, Chatham Center, and the Village of Chatham) has been drawing visitors for hundreds of years.

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January at the Chatham Public Library

December 29, 2021 |

CHATHAM – The Chatham Public Library, 11 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, announces the January 2022 programs. For information, call 518-392-3666. The library will be closed on January 1 for New Year’s Day and January 17 for Martin Luther King Day. Please note, in doing its part to curb a post-holiday pandemic surge, the library will not be hosting in-person programs between December 27 and January 9. In-person programs will return to their regular schedule starting January 10.

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Youth film challenge winners announced, screenings slated

November 30, 2021 | The Berkshire Eagle

The winning films and a selection of other submissions to the Bridging Divides, Healing Communities Youth Film Challenge will be screened at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Crandell Theatre, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, Mass. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session. 

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