Ketermaya, Lebanon: Closer Than You Think

Sunday, August 6 | 4PM

All proceeds go towards the KETERMAYA refugee camp for Syrian children and families

Image: Ketermaya, Lucas Jedrzejak, 2017

// Recommended donation $5 – $10 //

Join us for a special community screening of Lucas Jedrzejak’s documentary Ketermaya, and see a Syrian refugee camp through the remarkable resilience of its children.

In the camp of Ketermaya, children play and dream, just like any other children. Beneath the surface, things are not so easy for these Syrian kids, who have fled fighting, chemical weapons and chaos. On a dusty hillside surrounded by olive trees, the children of Ketermaya play far away from the horrors of Syria. But life in the Lebanese refugee camp is far from easy. Disrupted education, the loss of loved ones, and the scars of war and chemical weapons weigh heavily in this extraordinary portrait of family and childhood innocence. An important corrective to narratives surrounding refugees, and a moving fable of hope and resilience in unimaginable circumstances.

Ketermaya – trailer from Lucas Jedrzejak on Vimeo.

Basilica Back Gallery Series: Make Art (Great) Again

Thursday, August 3 | 6PM – Monday, August 7

Alon Koppel

Image: Alon Koppel

Thursday, August 3 | 6PM-9PM
Friday, August 4 | 12PM-6PM
Saturday, August 5 | 11AM-3PM
Sunday, August 6 | 2PM-6PM
Monday, August 7 by appointment, email | FREE

Alon Koppel, an artist based in the village of Catskill, will be Basilica Hudson’s latest artist-in-residency. Alon will explore ideas of truth and fiction in the current political landscape and in photography. Alon will present various projects touching on the 2016 general election and its aftermath. As part of the residency he will explore a visual dialog with Hudson residents which will be presented at the Back Gallery in various forms once the residency ends.

Born in Israel in 1971 and currently residing in Catskill, Alon has been photographing for most of his adult life. His work has been shown in galleries and online spaces throughout the world. After running a design agency in New York City for years, a move to the Hudson Valley allowed him to explore photography subjects and projects with more attention and focus.

This exhibition continues Basilica Hudson’s 2017 thematic Back Gallery artist in residency program, which explores the location as muse. Creating the work in Hudson and at Basilica suggests that the eclectic present and past of this river city is central to inspiration.

Back Gallery Openings are a culmination of artist(s) spending some time in the space, experiencing the place and then opening it up to the public.

See the full list of 2017 Back Gallery exhibitions

Basilica Non Fiction Screening Series: Abacus

Thursday, August 3 | 8PM

Presented in collaboration with Chris Boekmann of True/False Film Festival

Image: Abacus: Small Enough To Jail, Steve James, 88 mins, 2016

// $5 – $10 sliding scale, FREE for kids and teens //

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York.

Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.

Visit full Abacus movie site here

Chronogram Conversations: Health of the Hudson

Tuesday, August 1st | 6PM

In partnership with Chronogram, Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson and JSA Financial Group

// FREE | RSVP here //

The latest instalment of the Chronogram Conversations series offers a social and networking opportunity to those keen to discuss the future of our River.

Chronogram Conversations is a monthly event that follows our editorial calendar, visiting the villages and towns in the region we call home. Invited attendees are community leaders, influencers and creative types who are eager to discuss prominent, local issues and present ways to move forward. It’s a friendly environment, and a FREE event.

The Hudson River is the nation’s largest Superfund site, running for almost 200 miles from Hudson Falls, NY to NYC, because of General Electric.

GE dumped over a million pounds of toxic PCBs into the River between 1947 and 1977. Now, EPA and GE are trying to walk away from their PCB cleanup effort before the job is done.

Comments to EPA on the future of the Hudson River cleanup are due on September 1st.

Drinks and food will be provided. Event partner Riverkeeper will update on the state of the PCB cleanup in the Hudson River, followed by the regular salon series panel discussion on community and progress. We will be joined by City of Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton and Assemblymember Didi Barrett.

Visit Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson for more information about the health of the Hudson.

To join us for the event, RSVP here

Wild Gather’s summer workshops in the Green Trailer

Various dates | times vary

Presented by the Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies

// Prices vary, RSVP to //

Come take a break with Wild Gather’s new program of workshops, and take time to be still, learn and take good care.

On Tuesday, 27 June, we have Tick Magic from 7-9pm. This is a free event in collaboration with Sarah Falkner Healing Arts. Tick Magic is a a gathering, a working, a container for facilitated collective magic. All folks are welcome no matter your personal histories or experience with tick-related illness or magic.

July will bring with it a range of hands-on, plant-based and community-focused workshops.

On Monday, July 3, Wild Gather will host a Making Baskets With Bark workshop. There is limited space available so RSVPs are important.

On Wednesday, July 5, we’ll also be getting sexy and healthy with local herbalist Myrto who will be faciliating an Herbal Lube + Sexual Health class. In this class you’ll learn about different herbs to use in making a water based lube, which can serve as an aphrodisiac, UTI/yeast preventive and support the overall health of your down there tissue states.

On Friday, July 21, Wild Gather will break down gender identity, expression and pronouns with Be a Better Neighbor: Gender 101. As a culture, we are taking major strides towards breaking down the gender binary, one bathroom at a time. While we are grateful for this cultural movement towards compassionate allyship for our queer and trans communities, we know that there is still a lot of work to be done on the ground. The workshop will provide tools towards creating safer spaces, gender literacy, and collective liberation for all. We encourage you to come with an open mind and open heart. No matter your experience or understanding of gender, you’re welcome here. This workshop is presented in collaboration with Rally in the Valley, a festival of art, education and action in support of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.

All workshops take place at Wild Gather’s headquarters, The Green Trailer.

To RSVP for any event, send along an email to and let us know which you’re wanting to attend.

Read & Feed 2017

Sunday, July 23 | doors 11.30AM, 12 – 5PM

Presented in collaboration with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses

// $15 standard, $10 students and seniors //

Basilica Hudson and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses‘s festival of literature and food returns with a new time, a new ticket price and a genre-spanning day of affordable food and literary activities.

Celebrate the life and work of a Hudson Valley poetry legend, as we commemorate John Ashbery’s 90th birthday.

Join a superstar collection of authors, food writers and chefs for mouthwatering demonstrations,  literary performances and novel conversations.

Browse a marketplace of some of America’s most intriguing small literary publishers and artisanal food makers.

See the full recap here.

Rally In The Valley Story Slam

Friday, July 21 | 7.45PM

All funds go to Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood

// $10 ticket at the door | included with gold supporter wristband //

Kick-off event for Rally in the Valley, based on Planned Parenthood’s slogan “Care. No matter what.”

Join Hudson’s own drag queen Trixie Starr and founder of “The Mosquito Story Slam” Caitlin Lagstaff for a live storytelling event to kick off the festival!

We invite audience members to tell 5-minute true stories related to the theme “No Matter What.” These stories are told, not read. No notes on stage!

A maximum of 10 storytellers are picked at random during the show, so come early to drop your name in the hat. We believe sharing stories changes things.

All funds go to support Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.

Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series: Whose Streets?

Thursday, July 20 | 8PM

Presented in collaboration with Chris Boekmann of True/False Film Festival

Image: Whose Streets? Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis, 90 mins, 2017

// $5 – $10 sliding scale | FREE for kids and teens //

An account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it. The filmmakers look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement. Presented in collaboration with Chris Boeckmann of True/False Film Festival.

Visit the official Whose Streets movie site here.

The Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series celebrates and interrogates the documentary genre through screenings and dialogue with visiting directors. The series is produced in collaboration with Chris Boeckmann, film programmer for the Columbia, MO-based True/False Film Fest, a pioneering film festival dedicated to exploring creative nonfiction film.

The series will form part of Basilica’s long-standing film program, which is now in its sixth year and continues to present an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings.

Read more about the Basilica Non-fiction Screening Series here.