Calendar 2015

Clermont Gardens and Grounds are Open Year Round 8:30 AM – Sunset


Visitor Center & Gift Shop Open Wednesday – Sunday 10:30 – 4:00, April 10-October 31; Open Saturdays and Sundays 10:30-4:00 November and December, until December 15th.


Tours 11-4 (last tour 4:00) Wednesday – Sunday, April 10- October 31, Saturday & Sunday 11-3  (last tour 3:00) November & December up until the 15th  For more information or to schedule a group tour, call 518-537-4240


Date(s)               Day(s)                Time                 Event

Month of June

Wordscape @ Clermont: A Poetry Trail – A trail winds down through  the lilac path, into the walled & wilderness gardens, across a stream and into the woodland and gardens.  The trail is lined with poetry, Haikus, quotes, and brief prose, contributed by the community, and ending at the cottage where we’ll celebrate with readings.  Installations will be laminated to remain through June and can be viewed whenever the park is open.


July 4                          Saturday                                    2pm-10pm

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


July 13-17                  Monday – Friday                    9am-3pm

Young Writer’s Camp – Clermont Partners with the SUNY New Paltz Hudson Valley Writing Project – Where Art, History, and Nature Meet!  Writing Camp for young people ages 12-16.  Get inspired at Clermont, home to one of the oldest and most prominent families in New York State!  Hike the rails, explore the pet cemetery, walk on stilts, play croquet, view artifacts & old family photographs, and picnic alongside the mighty Hudson River.  Writer’s will learn Livingston Family stories, while creating stories and memories of their own.  Fills up fast, so call to reserve your spot @ 518-537-6622.


July 15th- August 19th               Every Wednesday                     9:30am-11:00am

Toddler Time in the Garden- An informal playgroup held in the Harvesting History Community Garden at Clermont State Historic Site. Led by garden educator Leslie Reed, young children will have an opportunity to see vegetables and fruits growing as well as insects, spiders, and small animals such as toads and salamanders, while learning some garden themed songs, games, and finger plays. Snacks will be picked from the garden and water will be provided. Recommended for children ages 2-4 (must be accompanied by guardian). Cost – $10 per session, or $45 for advance purchase of all 6 sessions


July 18                     Saturday                                 11am-1pm

Children’s Play Day – Recreating Historic Food in a Modern Kitchen – 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.


August 1                Saturday

Friends of Clermont Summer Gala – The Friends of Clermont are proud to honor Joan K. Davidson, founder of Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, at the 2015 annual benefit event.


August 3-7            Monday-Friday                      9am-3pm

Junior History Club – For children 7-11 ($140 per child, $125 per child for Friends of Clermont Members). A Hudson Valley tradition for over 20 years! Campers will learn about life in 18th, 19th and 20th century New York through the lens of the Livingston family. Campers will play historic games, learn historic social dancing, cook 18th century food, make fun crafts, and learn a bit about museum curation. At the end of  the week, campers will go “behind the ropes” at the museum and put on a skit for family and friends.


August 22               Saturday                             10am-3pm

STOP. LOOK! AMAZING… Poetry workshop with Danielle Gasparro. This free seminar is designed as a poetry appreciation class for adults of all experience levels who would like to further the critical skills and foster the adventurous spirit necessary to more readily interpret and enjoy poems. Impassioned wordsmith, songwriter, and current Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching scholar Danielle Gasparro will lead a thoughtful and energizing examination of poetic craft as the means through which attendees will learn how to greet poems of any size, shape, or form with equal parts gusto and grit. Complementary coffee, tea, and snacks provided. Tools are tools! Held in the Research Library at Clermont Cottage.


September 12         Saturday                                3pm

The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science, Akiko Busch – Furthermore grant recipient, reads from her new book.  Busch combines her love of nature with elegant writing and makes us look more closely at the Hudson River and its valley.


September 19        Saturday                               9am-7pm

Hudson Valley Apple Festival – Join Clermont in the town of Germantown for this old-fashioned family festival.  Clermont will be teaching historic love-charms using apples.  See for a full list of activities.


September 26           Saturday                     4-6pm

Opening Reception for Potential Fields: a meandering algorithm. An exhibition of site specific sculpture at Clermont. The opening reception will feature performances from Brian Deewan, Slink Moss & Susan Jennings, and Polly Apfelbaum. The exhibition will be up through November 8th.


October 3              Saturday                          3pm

Spooky History Series: Upstate Cauldron- author Joscelyn Godwin gives a talk and some highlights from his new book, Upstate Cauldron: Eccentric Spiritual Movements in Early New York State. Godwin’s book is a guide to the phenomenal crop of prophets, cults, and utopian communities that arose in Upstate New York from 1776 to 1914. Talk will take place at the Tivoli Free Library.


October 10              Saturday                         3pm

Spooky History Series: Mad House– author Michael Keene will give a talk on his book, Mad House: The Hidden History of Insane Asylums in 19th-Century New York. With vivid detail and deep research, Keene will travel through the lineage and architecture of the asylums in New York. Talk will take place at Clermont Cottage in the James D. Livingston Library.


October 16, 17, 23, 24  Friday & Saturdays    6pm-9pm

Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours – Candlelight tours of the museum & grounds; ghosts and spooks of the museum’s history. Tours 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 5 & 6            Saturday & Sunday    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 12                Saturday                        5pm-7pm

Friends of Clermont Holiday Party – Free for members; guests $10.


December 13               Sunday                           3pm-6pm

Candlelight Tours of Clermont – Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail, plus traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen ($12 adult; $5 children under 12).


December 19              Saturday                         11am-4pm

Christmas at Clermont Open House – A great day for families, get a sneak peak behind the scenes with self guided tours.  Free admission.