Home Bass 2: A Little Help for Our Friends Cabaret Concert at Helsinki Hudson
Set for Saturday, January 3rd to Benefit Columbia County Habitat
Featuring Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Rhett Miller (The Old 97’s),
Elvis Perkins, Jesse Malin & More!!
Home Bass 2: A Little Help for Our Friends, a cabaret concert on January 3rd to benefit Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, will rock in the New Year with an amazing roster of local talent curated by Tommy Stinson, bassist of The Replacements and Guns n’ Roses. Home Bass 2 will fill the stage at Helsinki Hudson with an extraordinary array of gifted musicians and unique collaborations. The evening follows up the huge success of 2013’s Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat — which featured Tommy as well as fellow Hudsonian bassists Meshell Ndegeocello and Melissa auf der Maur, who is a member of Habitat’s Board of Directors.
It’s a personal connection that inspired Tommy to get involved. His dear friend Besham Burgess, a lifelong Hudson resident, is a single father of two and volunteer firefighter who works at COARC, a non-profit organization serving people with disabilities. Besham is one of two Habitat partner families now working with other volunteers on the new Passive Townhouses being built on Columbia Street in Hudson. “I’m totally grateful to Columbia County Habitat for helping my friend,” said Stinson. “He’s so deserving. What a great excuse to get some great friends together to create something unique for a cause that we all can get behind!”
Tommy has tapped Happiness, which is three-fifths of divine Providence export Deer Tick, to back him up for a set that will draw from his solo work, former bands Bash & Pop and Perfect, and other whims. Also performing will be Rhett Miller, the charismatic singer and songwriter lauded for both his solo work and his seminal alt-county band, The Old 97’s. Hudson-area resident Elvis Perkins’ deeply personal songs has fans clamoring for his long-awaited third album, to be released in 2015 and previewed at Home Bass 2: A Little Help for Our Friends. New York City-based performers joining the fun include Jesse Malin and Tommy’s daughter and up-and-coming pop singer Ruby Stinson. Hudson’s own MC Girlgantua will emcee the evening. More artists could be added in the coming weeks and surprise guests shouldn’t be ruled out.
The concert will be webcast worldwide via StageIt.com. For a minimum fee of $5, fans anywhere can join in the fun with interactive camera views and prizes. Seventy percent of the webcast proceeds will go to Columbia Habitat Humanity to support the construction of affordable housing for working families.
Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams said, “We are so pleased to have the support of great artists like Tommy and Melissa. It’s going to be a wonderful night!”
Tickets for the 8:00 pm concert are $50 each for Reserved Club seating at tables; $30 for seats at the bar and $20 for general admission standing room. Dinner is available in the Club or the Restaurant, beginning at 5 pm.
Share, Shop & Celebrate November’s Month of Plenty @ Habitat’s Restore
November is the time to share, shop and celebrate a Month of Plenty at Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore. Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams announced today a triple-header of events and opportunities at the ReStore, located in Hudson on Route 66 just north of the Route 9H intersection.
“We’re asking our customers to share their own abundance by bringing non-perishable food items to be donated to food pantries in Hudson and Chatham in time for the holidays. While they’re here, shoppers can check out the extraordinary values in our largest private donation ever: multiples of many items, including 20 terracotta wall sconces, and unique pieces like a Wolf commercial range with custom hood and a sauna,” Adams said.
ReStore Manager Marcia Witte added, “The third part of our Celebration of Plenty will be ReStore’s 5th Birthday party on Saturday, November 22, from 9 to 5. We’ll have craft and repurposing demonstrations, food, fun, a raffle and volunteer recognition going on all day. It’s our way of saying thanks to our donors, customers and volunteers for their commitment to the ReStore’s success and to Columbia County Habitat’s mission of building affordable housing for working families.”
Food collected from the ReStore’s food drive will go to the Christ Church Hudson food pantry at 431 Union Street and the Chatham Area Silent Pantry in the Tracy Building at 77 Main Street in Chatham. Donations of staples such as coffee, tea, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit/tomatoes/vegetables, boxes of mac and cheese/rice/pasta, pasta sauce, salad dressing, baby food, cereal, tuna, canned meat, canned spaghetti and ravioli, pancake mix and syrup will be welcome.
Food donors will receive raffle tickets for the Five Prizes of Plenty raffle drawings to be held at the ReStore birthday party each hour from 1 to 5 pm. The prizes will be drawn from the ReStore’s vast inventory. Donors do not have to be present to win raffle prizes.
The super-abundant donation of interior solid wood doors, dozens of lighting fixtures, baseboard heaters, fireplace grates, Kohler tubs, showers and toilets, a bidet, corian and butcher block countertops, vanity mirrors and lights, among much, much more, will be available at the ReStore in mid-November.
The ReStore sells new or gently-used items at discounted prices. As savvy shoppers know, the ReStore receives new donations of furniture, appliances, building materials, lighting, tools and other items several times a week, so repeat visits are a must. ReStore’s shopping hours are Thursdays, 4 to 8 pm and Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm.
All proceeds from the ReStore support Columbia County Habitat’s construction program. Habitat volunteers are currently building two Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street in Hudson, Habitat’s 17th and 18th new homes for lower-income working families. Each partner family contributes 300 hours of sweat equity working on its new home and/or at the ReStore.
Habitat’s ReStore Earns $30,000 To Support Affordable Housing Construction
Columbia County Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams announced that Habitat’s ReStore earned $30,000 over the past 12 months that will go directly to support high-performance affordable housing construction for lower-income working families.
“ReStore is the ultimate recycling operation,” Adams said. “Everything we sell in the ReStore has been donated by individuals or businesses with surplus goods. Our customers benefit by being able to buy new or gently-used materials at deeply discounted prices. Both donors and customers have the added satisfaction of knowing that they’re also reducing waste as contributions are repurposed.” click here to read more…
Reserve Your Tickets Now to Hear Seth Rogovoy &
Brunch for Habitat
Call 518-828-0892 for reservations & information.
HOME IS WHERE THE START IS.
See what’s happening at 208-212 Columbia Street, Phase IV of Habitat’s Columbia Street Campaign. Track our progress as Habitat volunteers & families build 2 new Passive Townhouses. You may see someone you know, or even be inspired to join the crew some Saturday.
Each week we’ll post pictures & share the names of the remarkable volunteers who contributed their time and talents to help build these homes. The heads of our families Besham Burgess & Misha & Mario Forbes work weekly, making the down payment on their futures with sweat equity
Thanks to our volunteers, our families, our donors & friends. You make all things possible.
Week 4: Kudos to this week’s crew of volunteers. It was one hot week!
September 5: Katherine Gould-Martin, John Livingston,
September 6: Matt Blazewicz, Bill Ebel, Bob Elinson, Mario & Misha Forbes, Tim Hall, Guy Hazelton, Tom Larsson, John Livingston, Sara McWilliams, Harold E. O’Brien, Eric Perlman & Ron Tanner.
Week 3: Thanks to our super volunteers!
August 28: John Livingston, Harold O’Brien, Joanne Stiles, Ron Tanner.
August 30: Besham Burgess, Bob Elinson, Mario & Misha Forbes, Tim Hall, Guy Hazelton, Tom Larsson, John Livingston, Harold E. O’Brien & Joanne Stiles. Photos by Don Moore.
Week 2: A busy week. Hurray for our volunteers!!
August 18: Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute freshmen Elija Coley, Noah Dropkin, Mark Florkowski, William Foley, Jessica Gentile, Johanna Segura, Lila Sferlazza, Beverly Sihsobhon, Emily Svlanowski, Paige Trasatti, Madison Wheeler & William Zucker. Photos by Joanne Stiles.
August 21: Rita Cominolli, Patty Easton, Mario Forbes, John Livingston, Al MacDonald, Richard Moran, Harold O’Brien, Joanne Stiles & Mario Tarolli.
August 23: Besham Burgess, Peter Cervi, Teresa Coons, Miriam Duhan, Bob Elinson, Misha Forbes, Georgene Gardner, Tim Hall, Terry Jory, Tom Larsson, Sara McWilliams, Donna Morgan, Harold O’Brien, Tom Ragle & Nicole Risch. Photos by Don Moore.
Week 1: August 16, 2014 Thanks to our first group of volunteers:
Brenda Adams, Bernice Burgess, Besham Burgess, Teresa Coons, Kate Czajk, Mario & Misha Forbes, Guy Hazelton, Ken Kornelli, Angelo Larangera, John Livingston, Al MacDonald, Thomas Martin, Tracy Newkirk, Harold O’Brien, Charlene Paden, Tom Ragle, Christina Schober, Kathy Schober, Bill Sebert & Joanne Stiles. Photos by Don Moore & Joanne Stiles.
Habitat’s ReStore Adds New Thursday Hours Starting August 7
Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore will add new shopping hours on Thursdays from 4 to 8 pm,
starting Thursday, August 7. read more…
Columbia County Habitat Breaks Ground on New Passive Townhouses, Phase IV of Columbia Street Campaign
Columbia County Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams led the festivities as Habitat broke ground today (June 13) for its second pair of Passive Townhouses on Columbia Street in Hudson. These homes will be Habitat’s 17th and 18th houses overall and the 14th and 15th built in Hudson for lower-income working families. read more…
Ichabod Crane H.S. Habitat Club Raises $700 for Columbia County Habitat
Working throughout the current school year on a wide range of money-earning activities, the Ichabod Crane High School Habitat for Humanity Club raised $700 for the Columbia County Habitat affiliate. There were 18 members of the club this year, coming from all four classes.
Columbia County Habitat Gala Honors Builders & Volunteers of the Year
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s 2014 Gala on May 10th celebrated the extraordinary generosity of two firms as well as the amazing efforts of three ReStore volunteers. The evening was Habitat’s most successful Gala ever, with the Silent and Live Auctions breaking all records.
Habitat President Sara McWilliams and Executive Director Brenda Adams presented the Builders of the Year award to BarlisWedlick Architects LLC and The Levy Partnership for their work on the Columbia Passive Townhouses, New York State’s first affordable housing built to Passive House energy-saving standards. BarlisWedlick has offices in Hudson and Manhattan, while The Levy Partnership engineering firm is based in Manhattan.
Habitat’s Volunteers of the Year award went to Marie Bianco of Red Hook, Sharon Hinkley of Hillsdale and Barbara Valicenti of Greenville in Greene County. Sharon and Barbara developed a plan to reconfigure the ReStore after its expansion last year, and Marie devised an inventory management system that now guides the merchandising of the store.
Habitat Vice President Peter Budelman and Board member Kirk Kneller co-chaired the event. Board members Gina Armstrong and Susan Chiafullo organized the Silent and Live Auctions.
All Gala photos by B. Docktor.
Questar Construction Interns Make Big Improvements at Habitat
Three Questar construction interns spent the week of April 28th at Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s office and ReStore, making several major improvements to the exterior. Seniors Wyatt Beaumont, Mike Jennings and Hasan Seabrook, all from Greenville, built a concrete ramp at the ReStore’s delivery entrance, replacing gravel and mud. They also built a roof over the office door, which will make everyone who uses that entrance very happy on wet days. The young men are students of Questar instructor Bill Ebel. They were supervised on site by Columbia County Habitat’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year Ron Tanner, and were accompanied by Jacquie LeClair, construction teaching assistant.
Sara McWilliams & Peter Budelman Elected as Columbia County Habitat President & VP;
Peter Cervi Joins Board
The Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors elected longtime Board members Sara McWilliams as President and Peter Budelman as Vice President at the organization’s recent annual meeting. Retiring after three years as President, Hillsdale’s Janis Smythe will remain on the Board. North Chatham resident Peter Cervi was elected to a 3-year term as a Director. read more…