The first annual Hudson SummerFest was created not only to give the community a family fun day along the picturesque waterfront of Hudson, NY, but also to raise money to support these incredibly important organizations that supply some amazing afterschool programs for our children. All the proceeds from this event will be donated to the three organizations listed here.
In these uncertain times, when funding for meaningful projects is becoming increasingly difficult, it is our responsibility as a community to step up and do what we can to fill that gap. We have done our best to keep ticket prices affordable, and please remember that your donations here will be tax deductible.
The FarmOn! Foundation is a movement dedicated to bringing awareness to food choices and sources, reinvigorating a respect for farming and inspiring young people to choose agricultural careers that are valued and profitable. This creates an economic engine connecting rural and urban marketplaces and rebuilds local economies. In turn, we strengthen rural communities with replicable programs, where youth custom grow on our organic working farm in a SUNY curriculum for chefs and restaurants, to support succession across generations and preserve family farms in America.
The Hudson Area Library enriches the quality of life by providing free and equal access to programs, services and resources, and by creating opportunities for all members of their community to connect, create, learn and grow. The library was founded in 1959 in Hudson, NY and serves the City of Hudson and the towns of Greenport and Stockport. In 2016, the Hudson Area Library moved to their new home at the historic Hudson Armory at 51 N. 5th Street. The library’s collection of over 38,000 books, DVDs, CDs, eBooks and other materials, as well as access to the resources of the 65 other libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System, make it a major resource for the community. The library is alive with programs and events for everyone - families seeking early literacy and out-of-school time support for academic success; youth exploring who they are and their visions for the future; job seekers gaining new skills and access to vital digital connections; seniors thriving on lifelong learning; and neighbors and friends accessing free cultural performances, literary events and more.
Since 1995 the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has presented over 450 exemplary artists in the circus and variety fields. Incorporated as a non-profit arts organization in 1999, Bindlestiff has toured 35 American states and performed in dozens of international festivals and events.
Bindlestiff’s artistic activities include Hudson Valley and New York City “Winter Cabaret” seasons; international performances and national touring, event production and specialty talent booking for private and corporate clients, support for emerging artists and new work, and mentorship and direction in a professional pubic showcase for circus artists under 21.
Bindlestiff’s free educational activities NYC and Columbia County, funded by private donations and state, local, and municipal grants, include: circus arts workshops for seniors and developmentally challenged adults; semester-break and summer camps for youth; Cirkus After School and teen workforce development programs. Additionally, through lectures, open rehearsals, and residencies, Bindlestiff provides access to the arts and community building experiences. Partners: Playful Productions, Operation Unite New York, Hudson Opera House, Hudson City School District After School Program, Hudson Department of Youth, American Youth Circus Organization, Morris Memorial Association and Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s Out of School Time Committee.