Calendar 2016

Clermont Mansion is closed for tours until April 13th. Clermont State Historic Site Gardens and Grounds are Open Year Round 8:30 AM – Sunset.  

Visitor Center & Gift Shop Open April 13-October 31, Wednesday-Sunday 10:30-4:00, November and up to December 18th, Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 to 3:00.

Tours April 13-October 31, Wednesday-Sunday 10:30-4:00 (last tour 4:00), November and up to December 18th, Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 to 3:00 (last tour 3:00). For more information or to schedule a group tour, call 518-537-4240

 

Date(s)               Day(s)                Time                 Event

January 31                        Sunday                         12-3pm

MOVED TO FEBRUARY 14TH Sledding Party: Supervised sledding (safety sleds only), bonfire, snowman contest, refreshments (free admission, hot chocolate and treats), “no snow” date Feb 14

 

February 6                        Saturday                           3-5pm

Armchair Travel Series: Ice Boating on the Hudson River Then and Now: Friends of Clermont joins the Olana Partnership in co-sponsoring an exciting afternoon of traveling the Hudson River by ice from the comfort of your chair. Held at the Olana Wagon House, Brian Reid from Hudson River Ice Yacht Club will present historical photos of ice boats, and set up his wooden ice boat for viewing.  There will be a screening of the documentary “Against the Wind” and a round table discussion with the filmmakers. A healthy Q&A will follow and tea & cake will be served. $5 for members of the Friends of Clermont and the Olana Partnership, $10 for Non-Members. All ages.

 

February 20 & 21             Saturday and Sunday       11-3pm

Behind the Ropes Tours: See Clermont the way you’ve always wanted to—and the way the Livingstons knew it!  This exclusive tour takes you behind the ropes and deep into some of the most beloved rooms at Clermont, including the dining room and library.  Tickets are $12 per person.  Reservations required, call (518) 537-4240

 

February 27                       Saturday                   10-12pm

Winter Exploration at Clermont State Historic Site Join Hawthorne Valley for a Winter Exploration. Walk through the parkland and forest around Livingston’s mansion, gaze out over the Hudson River, and see what’s “out there”… Learn how to identify some of our common trees and shrubs in winter, see some of the wintery remains of wildflowers, and keep a lookout for animal signs. This walk is free, but the number of participants is limited. So, please register early by calling Claudia (518-672-7994) to reserve your space.

 

March 13                            Sunday                      1-3pm

John Henry’s Other Daughter: Enjoy dainty period-style refreshments while you hear about the Gilded Age daughter who briefly inherited Clermont. Includes new information and images recently shared by Katherine Livingston Timspon’s descendants. Tickets $7 per person. Reservations encouraged.

 

April 9                    Saturday                5pm

A Dinner to Remember: It’s the social event of the Hudson Valley.  Start the evening with cocktails at the Clermont Mansion.  Then travel to a glamorous home where you and 6 – 12 other guests are invited for a fantastic evening of socializing, drinking and sumptuous food all while you raise funds to help Friends of Clermont continue to provide outstanding community programming and events!

 

April 23                              Saturday                     11-4pm

The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase- Shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demonstrations, exhibition of various breeds of sheep and other wool bearing animals, wool artisans and shops, music & food. ($8 per vehicle event fee, Friends $6)

 

May 7                                   Saturday                   9:30-1:30pm

I Love My Park Day: Join in this statewide volunteer effort to support the parks you love by cleaning up trails, removing invasive species, and making Clermont a more wonderful place to be. For ages 10+. Please register by calling (518) 537-4240

 

May 8                                Sunday                        1pm

Mother’s Day Tea: Enjoy a family-themed tour of Clermont’s gardens and share a beautiful tea with a mother you love ($15 per person. Free for Children under 5. Reservation required, call (518) 537-4240)

 

June 19                         Sunday                           11am-12pm

Child’s Play for Father’s Day—18th Century Dancing: Make a Father’s Day memory! This dance experience comes complete with lessons, costumes (for girls and boys), Liberty Punch, and delicious goodies. Please reserve (518) 537-4240. The program is free.

 

July 4                            Monday                            2-10pm

An Old-Fashioned Independence Day- 18th century crafts, Reenactors, music and entertainment. A great day for young families. Later, enjoy live music and delicious hot food until a view of the Saugerties Fireworks over the Hudson River     ($10 per car, Friends of Clermont $8)

 

July 11-15

Where Art, History and Nature Meet: Creative Writing Camp at Clermont                    The Creative Writing Camp at Clermont is a place where children get inspired, use their imagination and learn about themselves.  Clermont, home to one of the oldest and most prominent families in New York State offers trails to explore a pet cemetery, amazing artifacts, all along side the mighty Hudson River.  The Hudson Valley Writing Project has trained writers to inspire and engage students for over a decade. For more information visit HVWP at http://www.newpaltz.edu/hvwp/

 

July 16                          Saturday                           11am-1pm

Children’s Play Day—Recreating Historic Food in a Modern Kitchen: Get a sneak peak of Clermont’s beloved Junior History Club activities at this FREE preview! You’ll share a cooking experience with your child as you learn how to recreate 18th century recipes in your own kitchen. Recommended for children 6-12.  We are allergy-friendly, but please call ahead if you need special foods so that we can be prepared.

 

July 30                   Saturday

Friends of Clermont Gala

 

August 1-5                Mon-Fri                  9am-3pm

Junior History Club: For children 7-12  ($140 per child, $125 per child for Friends of Clermont members)

 

October 21 & 22, 28 &29          Fri&Sat         6-9pm

Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours: Candlelight tours of the museum and grounds; ghosts of the museum’s history.  Tours at 6:00 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00pm ($10 per adult, $5 per child, all Friends of Clermont $5, reservations required)

 

December 3 & 4          Sat & Sun        10am -12pm

A Child’s Christmas: Drop in for stories read under the Christmas tree and treats for children ages 3-10 ($4 per person)

 

December 10                Saturday             5-7pm

Friends of Clermont Holiday Party: Exclusively for our members, this party opens the doors of this Historic mansion as a thank you for all the support our members have provided throughout the year. Celebrate like a VIP with drinks food and music. Become a member and join us for this exclusive holiday event.

 

December 11                Sunday                  3–6pm 

Candlelight Tours of Clermont:  Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen

 

December 17                Saturday         11–4pm 

Christmas at Clermont Open House: A great day for families, with admission free for everyone!  Explore the mansion at your leisure enjoying the holiday decorations with docents available to answer questions in each room. Cider and cookies will be available in the visitor’s center.