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Olana Winter Solstice Celebration

Saturday, December 17, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Come celebrate the changing of the seasons during this special community celebration at Olana as we 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.

Free Historic Interiors Access
Saturday, December 17, 1:00-3:15pm
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.

Folktales by Firelight
Saturday, December 17, 3:00-4:00pm
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.

Holiday Photos with Hank the Miniature Donkey
Saturday, December 17, 1:00-4:00pm
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.

Refreshments by Frankie’s Hudson Valley
Saturday, December 17, 1:00-4:00pm
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!


Saturday, December 17
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Olana State Historic Site
5720 Route 9-G
Hudson, 12534
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(518) 828-0135
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