The SS Columbia Project is excited to present the Hudson River Story Barge – a traveling arts and culture celebration of boats, cargo, people, and ideas, and how they all came together to influence the region’s river, canals, and ports. Programs will be hosted aboard the historic covered barge Pennsylvania Railroad No. 399 (a surrogate vessel, since Columbia is currently in Buffalo undergoing restoration). Events include an onboard exhibit, a 360 virtual reality tour of Columbia, performances, interactive workshops, a STEAM board game for kids (designed by NYU’s Design For America team), and more. All events are free and open to the public.

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The Hudson River Story barge will be docked on the Rondout Creek at the Hudson River Maritime Museum (50 Roundout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401).


Thursday, October 5th 2017



Friday, October 6th 2017


HO+MEPORT
7PM – 10PM

The Hudson River Maritime Museum, SS Columbia Project and the Good Work Institute invite the public to experience HO+MEPORT, a party celebrating the eighth annual O+ Kingston Friday, Oct. 6 from 5-10 p.m. at the museum and aboard the Pennsylvania Railroad Barge No. 399 aka the Pennsy 399 along the historic Rondout waterfront.

Tour the museum’s many maritime history exhibits including “The Modeler’s Craft” (new for 2017) and hop aboard the Pennsy 399 to experience “The People’s Boat,” an exhibit that showcases the 115-year-old Columbia and chronicles the history of the great tradition of day excursion boats in New York State.

Watch O+ Kingston artist Matthew Pleva make a large-scale mural depicting the Rondout Lighthouse at the maritime museum’s Riverport Wooden Boat School, which will also be providing demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Then relax with dinner and drinks in our beer garden while listening to music and striking your best photobooth pose.

Speakers and attendees of the Good Work Institute’s HO+ME Economic Conference at O+ will be part of the evening’s HO+MECOMING celebration.

HO+ME is the theme of the eighth annual O+ Kingston, a 3-day citywide festival of art, music and wellness that includes nearly 60 bands, 20+ artists, cycling events, Wellness EXPO+, classes in yoga, dance and meditation, Literary SALO+N and the conference. O+ volunteers will have all-access festival wristbands available for a donation at HO+MEPORT.

“The mural by hometown hero Matthew Pleva and our HO+MEPORT partners are helping O+ expand to The Rondout in a beautiful, community-minded way,” said Joe Concra, executive director of the nonprofit O+.

The party’s beverage partners include Sierra Nevada beer, Archer Roose wine, Guayaki Yerba Mate and Revive kombucha.

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Saturday, October 7th 2017


HUDSON VALLEY INITIATIVE: KINGSTON BARGE MEET
1PM – 6PM
Organized by Columbia University GSAPP Hudson Valley Initiative

The beauty of the Hudson Valley has long been a source of wonder but equally remarkable are the hurdles faced by the region’s people and places. The many groups, cultures, industries and institutions of the Valley have sometimes been at odds, and other times complementary, but the results of decades of design, planning, development, and governance strategies have been uneven, if not also destructive. In recent years, old models of change have given way to more nuanced approaches to growth which are broadly inclusive, place-specific, and creative. Alongside these new approaches, many new organizations, large and small, have emerged to address an almost infinite array of concerns about the future. Communication among these actors is essential.

The Barge Meet is a project development workshop for the many organizations active in the Valley. Attendees may have a new proposal or an idea for a project, or have a new project just underway, or are looking to shift or expand a current project – the Meet provides an arena to listen, find collaborators, and re-imagine projects. Participant groups may be at different stages of work, with complementary missions, with different scales of operation and capacities, and serving varied constituencies, but all share a commitment to equitable change in the Valley. The Meet offers discussions of many issues and challenges facing the region but the goal is to help advance new projects and plans.

The Barge Meet is a knowledge-sharing event convened by Hudson Valley Initiative, a project of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and led by the Urban Design program. The mission of the HVI is to facilitate applied research into the complex spatial, ecological, and economic opportunities of the region. The HVI seeks to assist public and private sector organizations develop specific projects which address the long term health and viability of the region. Discussions, presentations and workshops such as the Barge Meet, help the HVI create long-term research questions, and identify potential partners and collaborations.

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Sunday, October 8th 2017


PIÑATA-MAKING WORKSHOP
Featured Artist: Nancy Ruiz
10AM – 2PM

Hudson Valley artist Nancy Ruiz will teach kids and adults how to make authentic Mexican piñatas. An SS Columbia-inspired piñata filled with treats will be broken around 1:30PM.

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AN SS COLUMBIA-INSPIRED IMMERSIVE PERFORMANCE PIECE
Featured Artists: Justin Rivers and Aaron Asis, and composers Danny Mark Asis and Joshua Kopit
7PM – 8PM

Glory Be Columbia will be an immersive performance piece designed to transmit the storied history of SS Columbia while highlighting the often-unnoticed physical features that made Columbia the boat of the people.

Glory Be Columbia on the Hudson River Story barge will feature a staged-reading preview of the larger piece with live musical accompaniment. For one night Pennsy 399 will become a combination Off-Broadway stage and divining rod designed to tell Columbia’s amazing story and channel her undying spirit. The performance will be followed by Q&A with the creators.

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Thursday, October 12th 2017


CHRONOGRAM CONVERSATION
7PM – 9PM  

The Chronogram magazine and Luminary Media team is pleased to invite you to the next event in our networking and salon series. Chronogram Conversations is an intimate evening where community leaders, locals, influencers and creative types gather in a social setting to enjoy discussion around a localized topic. RSVP here.

On Thursday, October 12th, from 7pm to 9pm, we will gather aboard the Pennsy 399 Barge docked at the Kingston Rondout, as part of SS Columbia’s “Hudson River Stories” barge tour. We’ll kick off a spirited conversation with regional thought leaders about new paradigms in economic development, and how our past efforts can inform our future. We’ll facilitate a dialogue with economic development experts and community leaders about developing a vision for a finer future for all in the region. Chronogram‘s Editorial Director, Brian K. Mahoney, will host and moderate a panel of experts and solicit engagement from any and all attendees who wish to join the conversation.

Admission is FREE, but you are required to RSVP here, at the link.


Friday, October 13th 2017


CENTER FOR CREATIVE EDUCATION PRESENTS OUR FALL SALSA SOCIAL!
6:30PM – 10:30PM

An exhilarating evening of Salsa and Latin Dancing with renowned dancers, instructors and choreographers, Maia Martinez and David Salvatierra of Dojo Dance Company!

6:30 PM  – 7:30 PM: Salsa Lessons
7:30 PM – 10:30 PM: Dance the Night Away!

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Sunday, October 15th 2017


SAIL FREIGHT AND THE HUDSON RIVER: THE SCHOONER APOLLONIA
Presenters: The Schooner Apollonia
3PM – 4PM

The Hudson River is the original highway of our region. The towns and cities along the river have waterfronts that were designed as public marketplaces to ship and receive goods. There was a time when hundreds of sailboats moved everything from food to people to building materials up and down the Hudson. Honoring this tradition and responding to modern environmental challenges a new sail freight movement is being born. Join the crew of the Schooner Apollonia for a presentation about their work to bring this elegant carbon neutral mode of transportation back to our region.

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THE PEOPLE’S BOAT
Presenter: Marika Plater
4PM – 5PM

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ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT RESTORING SS COLUMBIA, BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK!
Presenters: The SS Columbia Project
5PM – 6PM

Restoration coordinator and port captain Ann Loeding will focus on rivets, plates, welding, and more. Port engineer Gary Matthews will explain how a steam engine works. This is less a lecture and more of a tale!

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The Hudson River Story Barge will be docked near Lock 2 of the Erie Canal in Waterford. For directions, it is best to enter the Waterford Water Works parking lot (127 Second Street, Waterford, NY 12188), where parking will be provided.


Saturday, September 9th 2017


BARGE TALK: GROWING COMMERCE ON THE CANALS AND THE RIVER
11AM – 12PM

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BARGE TALK: ANNIVERSARY NEWS FOR CANALS & UPDATES FROM ERIE CANALWAY NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR
2PM – 3PM

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Sunday, September 10th 2017


BARGE TALK: HISTORY AND STORY BEHIND THE 2017 TUG OF THE YEAR
11AM – 12PM

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BARGE TALK: THE 9/11 BOAT LIFT FROM MANHATTAN
1:30PM – 2:30PM

Learn about the 9/11 boat lift from Manhattan as told by a captain of a tug involved!

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