June is BUSTIN’ out all over

June is bustin out all over

To quote from Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel “June is bustin’ out all over”, all over Hudson and Columbia County.  Need proof?  Check out the Columbia County Tourism departments list of events for the month.  From dance, to live theater and from book readings to car shows there’s something for everyone.  Of course one of Hudson’s biggest annual events is the Hudson Flag Day Parade produced each year by the Hudson Elks.  This year the event takes place on June 9 and will once again feature great food, family fun and – of course – fireworks!  Many of the events are free or very low cost.

June is bustin out all over

Funky Knuckles

Don’t forget that June is bustin’ out all over dads too!  Father’s Day is June 17 this year and if you can’t think of something to get “the man who has everything”  we have just the solution: a weekend at The Croff House and a 60-minute in-house massage.  (While you’re at it why not treat mom too?)  He can start his weekend off listening to Funky Knuckles at Club Helsinki on Friday, enjoy everything strawberry at nearby Kinderhook’s “Strawberry Fest 2018” and wrap up Saturday back at Club Helsinki with the bawdy humor of Hedda Lettuce, self-described as “the world’s first and premiere eco-friendly drag queen.”  It’ll be a weekend he won’t soon forget!

 

June is bustin out all over

The Pavilion Theater at PS21

June is bustin’ out all over right up until the end of the month as PS21 opens its new state-of-the-art open air performance space on June 30.  According to PS21’s website:

The new 300-seat open-air pavilion theater replaces the tent that served as the main venue for twelve years. It is an elegant, flexible design and includes state- of-the-art sound and lighting. The black box theater portion of the venue, a 40’x60’ performance space enclosed in the winter and seating up to 99, opened in April. The pavilion portion of the theater, open in warmer months, is created when the black box transforms into a stage and the east wall slides open.

Headlining the opening are TAKE Dance, Parsons Dance, and Vanaver Dance, accordionist Guy Klucevsek, and physical comedian Hillary Chaplain.  To find out more about these outstanding acts click here.

Summer’s heating up and June is bustin’ out all over Hudson and Columbia County.  Come find out why our area of the Hudson Valley has become such an amazing destination and make sure to include a stay at The Croff House in your plans.

 

Painting a “Painted Lady”

According to Wikipedia, the term “Painted Lady” was coined in 1978 by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies – San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians.  The post continues, “The best-known groups of ‘Painted Ladies’ is the row of Victorian houses at 710–720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square park, in San Francisco. It is sometimes known as ‘Postcard Row’.”  Hudson has it’s own row of “Painted Ladies” on Willard Place and one of them, The Croff House at 5 Willard Place, is about to get a makeover.  Just prior to the inn being sold in 2008 the owner at the time contracted to have the house repainted from the all-over white to more closely stay in keeping with the style of the houses of the period and with the inn’s next door neighbor.  The house at 4 Willard Place, having been completely renovated, had been painted in an elaborate Painted Lady style.  But while the painting at #5 was completed quickly, the quality of the work was not especially good and the years and weather took its toll.

Beginning in March contractors began scraping the old paint away, beginning the process of the house’s exterior makeover.  During the scraping patches of wood repair on the 1875 clapboard siding also were completed, and now the painting can begin in earnest.  The biggest challenge in the execution of the Painted Lady style is the selection of proper colors that work together to highlight the intricate details of the woodwork and carving details of the exterior, an important feature of the Second Empire Victorian style.

The color palette that has been selected for the re-painting is not a large divergence from the current color scheme.  While The Croff House is currently painted using three colors (green, rust and tan), the new color scheme includes five colors (see photo below)

Curious to know what the “new” inn will look like?  Stay tuned!