Columbia County in May

   
​COLUMBIA COUNTY… getaway and play
If you are looking for the perfect getaway destination, Columbia County is the ideal place. Unsurpassed rural beauty, quaint unique boutiques, Hudson antiques, a rich cultural scene, active recreational opportunities, and heritage sites fill the seasons with things to do and see.  Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening now!
Bird Walk: Steepletop
May 20
Edna St. Vincent Millay inspired many with her nature poetry. She especially loved birds and kept a detailed account of the comings and goings of them at Steepletop in a little bird guide book. To honor her legacy, Larry Federman, from the Audubon Society, will conduct a bird walk at Steepletop. Bring your binoculars and hiking attire. (In case of rain, event will be rescheduled-reservations recommended)
Steepletop: 440 East Hill Road, Austerlitz
Time: 7:15am, Admission: $10
Edna St. VIncent Millay Society
Muster at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting:
May 20
Antique fire trucks, parade, exciting demonstrations, fun, educational games, free admission to the Museum for the day, ceremony commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the FASNY Firemen’s Home, great vendors and delicious food!
FASNY Museum of Firefighting:117 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson
Time: 10am-4pm (parade step off at 9:30am), Fee: FREE
FASNY Fire Museum
Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder:
May 21

This “must ride” Spring cycling event is a non-competitive “gravel Gran Fondo” of 100K, approximately 65 miles long, almost entirely on dirt roads with some sections of off-road thrown in as well. You’ll ride through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Northeast, with plenty of climbing, and plenty of fun descents to match.

Chatham Brewing, 59 Main Street, Chatham NY 12037

Time: 9am, Fee: $50/person (free parking)
Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder
Flea Market: Hillsdale​​
May 27
Shoppers can expect a huge variety of goods from a variety of sellers who are eager to share their items with bargain hunters. (The Market will end at 3pm. Rain date May 28)
Hillsdale Hamlet Park: (just southwest of the intersection of NY Routes 22 and 23 at the traffic light), Hillsdale
Time: 8am for Early-Bird Shoppers (for a $10 admission), 9am, FREE admission 
Hillsdale Flea Market
Wine & Food Festival:
Wineries, cideries, distilleries & more
May 27 & 28
Unique interstate festival featuring award winning beverages from the Hudson Valley & the Massachusetts Berkshire Region. Crafters, jewelers, artisans, food and music, along with kid friendly activities.
Columbia County Fairgrounds: 182 Hudson Street, Chatham
Time: Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm, Fee: $25/Tasting Ticket, $10/General Admission, Free/children under 12
Hudson Berkshire Wine Festival
Visit our booth at the 12th Annual New York By Rail Day – Penn Station Travel Show. Pick up the latest Columbia County Visitor’s & Dining Guide along with the brand new Bicycle Columbia County guide highlighting 14 biking loops and 5 mountain bike trails that are ranked by skill level and length.
Penn Station
Thursday, May 18 – 7:00am – 3:00pm
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