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Sat 17 Dec
Olana Winter Solstice Celebration
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Come celebrate the changing of the seasons during this special community celebration from 1:00-5:00pm on December 17th. Join us at Olana to celebrate winter with a series of free opportunities to experience the Hudson Valley ‘s beautiful winter landscape. Enjoy free partial access to the first floor of Olana's historic interiors. Watch the sunset and purchase refreshments from Frankie's nomadic coffee shop as you warm up around a bonfire. Drop in for a free storytelling performance led by Pamela Badila at 3pm. Take family photos with everyone's favorite miniature donkey, Hank, and learn more about the Church family's own donkeys. Outdoor art making activities will be available for all ages throughout the afternoon.
Sat 17 Dec
Free Historic Interiors Access
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:15 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Discover the treasures of Olana's Main House interior in your own time for free during this special community event. Enjoy free access to Olana's historic interiors during this self-guided opportunity. House entry will be available on a first come first served basis beginning at 1:00pm. Last house entry will be at 3:15pm.
Sat 17 Dec
Holiday Photos with Hank the Miniature Donkey
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Drop by to say hi and take a holiday photo with everyone's favorite miniature donkey, Hank! Learn more about the Church family's own donkeys, which were used to travel throughout the site on Olana's historic carriage roads. This drop-in program is open and free for all. Please note, visitors with dogs will be asked to view Hank from outside a small perimeter for safety reasons.
Sat 17 Dec
Refreshments by Frankie’s Hudson Valley
Saturday, December 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Frankie's mobile bar will be selling coffee, hot chocolate, and winter refreshments alongside their famous baklava and other seasonal treats. Grab a bite and enjoy Olana's spectacular winter views by the fire!
Sat 17 Dec
Folktales by Firelight
Saturday, December 17, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Gather round our bonfire to hear stories from far and wide! Celebrate the spirit of the season and join storyteller Pamela Badila for this free outdoor storytelling program for all ages. During this program, participants will join our professional storyteller outdoors as she tells tales by firelight. This drop-in program is open and free for all.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Olana State Historic Site
Celebrate the New Year with expansive views! Channel 19th century artist Frederic Church's taste for exploration during special hikes of the winter landscape at Olana.Learn more about Olana's special winter exhibition, Chasing Iceberg's, as you explore Olana's 250-acres. Each hike will begin at the Wagon House Educational Center at the historic farm complex at the bottom of the site and cover about 1 mile; please wear weather appropriate apparel and comfortable footwear. FREE registration required. For more information or to reserve spots on our waitlist, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Celebrate the New Year with expansive views! Channel 19th century artist Frederic Church's taste for exploration during special hikes of the winter landscape at Olana.Learn more about Olana's special winter exhibition, Chasing Iceberg's, as you explore Olana's 250-acres. Each hike will begin at the Wagon House Educational Center at the historic farm complex at the bottom of the site and cover about 1 mile; please wear weather appropriate apparel and comfortable footwear. FREE registration required. For more information or to reserve spots on our waitlist, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.