by Peter Aaron
For the program, Dewan presents dramatic readings of significant period letters from Olana’s collection and performs songs from Church's era. Participants can stroll along the roads designed by Church that traverse the Olana estate as they contemplate his words and the words of his family and contemporaries. The tour is between 1 hour and 1 1/2 hours in length and measures approximately a mile.
“Artful Hike: Church’s Letters and 19th-Century Ballads” featuring Brian Dewan takes place at the Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, New York, on September 10 and October 8 and 22 departs from the visitor center at 3pm sharp (in case of rain, meet at the Wagon House education center). Tickets are $15 for Olana members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information, call (518) 828-0135 or visit http://www.olana.org/.