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Sat 24 Jun
Create and Cook: Family Art Workshop and Cooking Class
Saturday, June 24, 2023 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Explore your creativity in the kitchen and the studio during onsite FREE family programs at Olana! Each workshop will use Olana's landscape and history as inspiration for an art activity and special recipe. Programs include an outdoor tour of Olana's landscape, art exploration, cooking instruction, and a healthy lunch made with local farm fresh ingredients. During this session, countdown to summer and make a black bean and corn salsa, melon salad, and design colorful pattern designs inspired by nature. For families with children 18 and under (children must be accompanied by an adult). Register for one or all three classes. FREE (suggested donation $12). Registration includes all artmaking supplies, a free lunch for each participant, and a voucher to participate future cooking classes hosted by The Sylvia Center. Advance registration at For more information, please contact or call (518) 751-6938.
Fri 23 Jun
Photography, "Transparency," and the 19th-century View
Friday, June 23, 2023 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
This guided walk and lecture led by Professor Laurie Dahlberg will invite participants to consider photography's impact on 19th century culture and examine the camera's reputation as a transparent, truth telling device. In Frederic Church's lifetime, photography was a new medium, astounding audiences and impressing thinkers and artists with new ways of capturing a supposed "truth". During this program, Bard Professor Laurie Dahlberg will provide important historical context for understanding this medium and consider the possibilities and limitations of early landscape photography. This program is $15 per person or $10 for members. To become a member, visit Advanced registration is required. For more information email
Wed 21 Jun
Summer Solstice Sunset Program with Whale of a Trail
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 07:30 PM - 08:45 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Join Sarah Katan of Whale of a Trail Adventures for this Summer Solstice Sunset Program along Olana's historic carriage roads. Participants will meet at the bridge overlook on Ridge Road for some refreshing science tidbits before watching the sunset over the Catskill Mountains. Sarah will share why our planet has solstices, what atmospheric factors make a beautiful sunset, how to calculate how much time is left before the sun sets and so much more. Bring a chair or picnic blanket as well as a sweet treat to enjoy as we welcome the summer season together! This program is for all ages. Registration recommended to receive program updates. Program fee is $10-$25 per person collected the day of the event. Program details and registration at or