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Olana invites you to stop by the many events and programs happening this season. We hope you create lasting memories with friends and family, as there is something for all ages and interests.


As the weather gets colder, Olana encourages you to attend a program and learn a new skill.  Create your own holiday cards during our 19th Century Stationery event or make your own wrapping paper during The Art of Wrapping Paper event.  Decorate your home or holiday table by learning the art of 19th Century Wreathmaking or Boxwood Tree making from Olana’s own master gardener.  Give a personal gift, learn to knit at our Knitting 101: Start a Scarf program, with fiber artist and owner of The Modern Dream, in Woodstock or design your own Frederic Church patterned Persian Inspired Glassware, with artist Dawn Dishaw.


Attendees of all ages will enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend at Olana. Friends and family are invited to attend three days full of family-friendly activities.  One of the many highlights of the weekend will be the Miniature Theater Pumpernickel Puppets, as they present Peter Rabbit with two viewings.   If you haven’t had a chance to see the 2018 exhibition “Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at OLANA,” Thanksgiving weekend is the last weekend before it closes.  You may be inspired to attend The Art of Henna: Body Adornment, Ornamentation, a Middle Eastern Traditions or come back to take an Artists on Art Tour with a contemporary artist from the Middle East, to learn their unique perspective after viewing these fully intact and rare costumes.  In addition, the Museum Store will host two book signings; one with Hudson Talbott, author of “Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art,” and another with Julia B. Rosenbaum, co-editor of the newly released book, “Frederic Church’s OLANA on the Hudson: Art Landscape Architecture” by Rizzoli-Electa Publishing.


The Olana Museum Store is like travelling the world and your backyard all in one place. The Olana Museum Store is a destination that is rich in textiles, hand-made artisanal pieces, Olana-inspired treasures and an incredible selection of books for every reader. Taste NY at Olana invites you to explore and bring home local flavors and our local bounty.


Become a member and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you support this unique place. As a member, you will have special access to a full year of all that OLANA offers, including free tours of the main house and landscape, invitations to our members-only events, and discounts at our Museum Store. Membership also makes a meaningful gift for any occasion. Give the gift of membership this season and let your friends and family enjoy the very best Olana experience.  In addition, members are invited to enjoy two Members’ Double Discount Days in The Olana Museum Store saving 30% on select purchases. Learn more about membership by visiting our website, OLANA.org/membership or emailing members@olana.org.


Join us for a special exhibition closing event on December 2nd. Photographer Peter Aaron and author Brooke Allen will give a rare perspective on travels to the Middle East as we celebrate the closing of the 2018 exhibition.


To learn more about each of these programs and events as well as the full schedule of guided tours and hours visit OLANA.org/calendar.




About Olana and The Olana Partnership: Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), the preeminent American artist of the mid-19thC and the most important artist’s home, studio and designed landscape in the United States.  Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and, today, welcomes more than 170,000 visitors annually.

Olana State Historic Site, a historic site administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Taconic Region, is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State to support the restoration, conservation, and interpretation of Olana State Historic Site. To learn more about Olana and The Olana Partnership, please visit www.olana.org

Wagon House Education Center programming is made possible in part through support provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation; the Taconic Foundation; the John Wilmerding Education Initiative, and the members of The Olana Partnership.







Saturday, November 17 – Double Discount Member’s Shopping Day

Let Us Thank You for Your Support!

Members take 30% off on your total purchase at the Olana Museum Store

11AM – 3PM


Friday, November 23 – Miniature Theater: The Pumpernickel Puppets Present Peter Rabbit

Family and friends of theater and storytelling will love Pumpernickel Puppets from Worcester, MA as they perform 2 shows of Peter Rabbit. Family and friends of theater and storytelling will love Pumpernickel Puppets from Worcester, MA as they perform 2 shows of Peter Rabbit. For nearly forty years the Pumpernickel Puppets have captivated audiences of all ages with humorous and colorful adaptations of classic folk and fairy tales. The Pumpernickel Puppets have had the honor of appearing at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, The Center for Puppetry Arts, and the prestigious International Festival of Puppetry sponsored by the Jim Henson Foundation in New York.  Two shows: 10AM and 11:30AM  |  Location: Wagon House Education Center

Member: $10, Non-Member: $15, Family (up to 5): $30  |  All Ages


Friday, November 23 – The Art of Wrapping Paper

Making your own holiday wrapping paper is so fun and easy. Drop-in and have a go at our four decorating stations including paper marbling, potato and apple block printing, stencils, and paint splattering. Learn techniques that you can continue at home!

1-4PM  |  Location: Wagon House Education Center

Member: $10, Non-Member: $15, Family (up to 5): $30  |  All Ages


Saturday, November 24 –  Frederic Church’s Olana on the Hudson: Art Landscape Architecture Book Signing with Julia B. Rosenbaum 

1PM – 3PM | Location: Olana Museum Store | Free


Saturday, November 24 – Knitting 101: Start a Scarf

Learn the basics of knitting with fiber artist and teacher Erin von Holdt-Gilbert, owner of the studio The Modern Dream located in Woodstock, NY. She will teach us the basic knitting patterns and then get students started on creating their own scarf just in time for the winter season – either to give as a gift or to adorn themselves! All materials included. Tea and cake will be served.

10-12AM  |  Location: Wagon House Education Center  |  Member: $20, Non-Member: $25  |  Ages 8+


Saturday, November 24 – The Art of Henna: Body Adornment, Ornamentation, and Middle Eastern Traditions Join celebrated henna artist Robin Rickard to learn the application of henna body adornment.  Participants will learn a general history and use of henna and will have the opportunity to apply their own henna!  Participants can either bring their own designs for a freehand creation or can choose from an array of henna stencils. This is a great program, to get yourself in the holiday decorating spirit!   Sign up with a friend or family member who may be in town for the holiday weekend. Workshop includes an abridged tour inside Olana after the workshop. 2PM – 4PM | Location: Wagon House Education Center followed by a brief house tour | Member $15, Non-Member: $20 Ages 8+


Sunday, November 25 – Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art

Book Signing with Hudson Talbott

12PM -2PM   | Location: Olana Museum Store | Free

For the first time, Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art brings to children the life of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), who founded America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting.

Picturing America tells the story of an immigrant from England who arrived in America 200 years ago and – through his passion for art, landscape, and the Hudson River Valley and the Catskills – came to define America’s visual identity and set in motion an artistic legacy that continues to impact art and culture to this day. Thomas Cole pictured for the world an America that would become known as “America the Beautiful.” Until then, there was not a clear succinct image of our country. In the process, he became a pioneering advocate for environmentalism, raising the alarm over industrial destruction of our landscape long before there was an environmental movement.

In his unique style of storytelling, Talbott combines his own paintings with those of Cole’s to illuminate Cole’s life. In doing so, Talbott also introduces readers to the role of the artist, highlights Cole’s passion for the environment, and celebrates a love of painting that should inspire readers to draw and paint what they see around them.

Join us for light refreshments and get your copy signed by Hudson Talbott just in time for the holidays.


Sunday, November 25th – Museum Store Sunday

10 AM to 4 PM | Location: Olana Museum Store

When you make a purchase at a museum store, you directly support that museum’s ability to enrich the culture of your community. The Olana Museum Store is operated by The Olana Partnership, Olana’s non-profit organization and is proud to participate in Museum Store Sunday with the Museum Store Association. This international event invites holiday shoppers to Be A Patron on November 25, 2018. Join us and take 10% off of your purchase.

December 1 – Artist on Art Tour Inside Olana. Artists offer a unique lens with which to “read” an artist’s home & landscape. This season TOP partners with the Institute for Arab and Islamic Art in NYC to bring a dynamic mix of contemporary artists to Olana to layer their perceptions of Middle Eastern influences in Church’s home of American landscape painting. During this series, artists use many disciplines and “poetic license” to talk about Olana and the exhibition Costumes & Customs with concepts and connections that are unique to the guide. This is not a traditional house tour! Artist-led tours are accompanied by TOP’s Director of Education and end with a glass of wine and a snack.  5PM  |  Location: Visitor Center  |  Member: $10, Non-Member: $15  |  Ages 10+

Sunday, December 2 – Double Discount Member’s Shopping Day

Let Us Thank You for Your Support!

Members take 30% off on your total purchase at the Olana Museum Store

11AM – 3PM | Location: The Olana Museum Store


Sunday, December 2 – Recent Travels to the Middle East with Peter Aaron & Brooke Allen

To mark the last day of this year’s exhibition, Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana, Peter Aaron and Brooke Allen will talk about their shared experience.   Please join us for this discussion and a farewell toast to this year’s exhibition at Olana, 150 years after the Church family trip to the Middle East.   Participants will join Peter and Brooke for a final view of Olana’s rare Middle Eastern costume collection.

This special member’s event includes a moderated discussion, refreshments, and self-guided access in Olana’s main house.

11 AM – 1 PM | Location: Olana Visitor Center | Members: $10, Non-Members: $35|


Tuesday, December 4 – The Art of Holiday Greens: Boxwood Tree Making Mary Hughes, Olana’s Master Gardener, will teach the art of creating seasonal boxwood trees for tabletop decoration in these hands-on workshops. Please bring a pair of pruning shears. All other supplies and refreshments will be provided. 6PM  |  Location: Wagon House Education Center  |  Member: $30, Non-Member: $35  |  Ages 8+


Saturday, December 8 – Persian Inspired Glassware Local ceramic artist Dawn Dishaw will teach you how to make your very own Persian inspired glassware. Both Dishaw and Frederic Church are artists moved by the designs in Owen Jones’ publication The Grammar of Ornament. Acquire the basic skills needed to re-create these designs and make a one-of-a-kind gift for the holiday season! Abridged tour of the main house followed by art-making. Refreshments will be served. 2PM  |  Location: Wagon House Education Center  |  Member: $30, Non-Member: $35  |  Ages 10+