C L E R M O N T
April 9 Saturday 5pm
The Chancellor’s Dinner: 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: It can be tough to resist touching the mohair and the beautiful work from wool artisans at this event! Activities will include shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving – all planned to spark the interest of young and old alike. Join us for a beautiful day of demonstrations, exhibitions, music & food ($8 per vehicle 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: Treat your mother to a walk through the beautiful gardens, paths and spectacular views of Clermont’s 500 acres. It’s a family-themed event that offers a delicious tea that mom will never forget. ($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 with the whole family! 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-Join us for a day of 18th century crafts, Reenactors, music and entertainment. Then, enjoy live music, delicious hot food and fireworks over the Hudson River from Saugerties. This is a perfect event for families and friends to celebrate America’s birthday! ($10 per car, Friends of Clermont $8)
July 11-15 Monday-Friday 9-3pm
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: Our annual Gala to raise money for The Friends of Clermont programming and support, and to celebrate Clermont State Historic Site.
August 1-5 Monday-Friday 9-3pm
Junior History Club:Make Clermont your child’s second home for a week. Children at the camp explore the museum’s extensive grounds, play historic games, and make crafts that help them learn about the lives of the Livingston family at Clermont. At the end of the week, the children put on a performance for their parents in full costume showing family members what they have learned during the week. For children 7-12 ($140 per child, $125 per child for Friends of Clermont members)
October 21 & 22, 28 &29 Friday & Saturday 6-9pm
Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours: The highlight of Clermont’s fall season. Guests who arrive at Clermont will find themselves welcomed into a 1921 Halloween party complete with a spiritual medium, crystal ball, and Ouija board. When the seance goes wrong, the house is filled with ghosts from throughout the mansion’s 250 year history. Tours followed by roast marshmallows. A rare “Clermont After Dark” tour. Each year features hundreds of hand carved flickering jack-o-lanterns. Tours in the evening at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 ($10 per adult, $5 per child, all Friends of Clermont $5, reservations required)
December 3 & 4 Saturday & Sunday 10am -12pm
A Child’s Christmas:What is more magical then children at Christmas time? Children and their families will enjoy a stocking foot tour of the museum and read stories by the Christmas tree in the oak-paneled library. Goodies in the historic kitchen and presents for each boy and girl. For children ages 3-10 ($4 per person)
December 10 Saturday 5-7pm
Friends of Clermont Holiday Party: 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: Our popular Holiday offering features live actors in glittering historical costumes, positioned around the decorated rooms of Clermont Mansion. Living pictures is a Victorian tradition, and the actors are all dressed in period attire. Features glittering decorations, and wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen. Purchase tickets by calling (518) 537-4240.
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.