A Weekend at Chatham’s Crandell Theater

Chatham Crandell Theater

Chatham Brewing

The FilmColumbia Festival kicks off tomorrow but I got a head start visiting the charming hamlet of Chatham this weekend. What makes this festival so special is that there are dozens of award-winning directors, screenwriters and moderators from the local area. If they weren’t born here, they vacation here and/or film in Columbia County.

The 5-day festival that includes Spike Lee’s “Pariah” and Tilda Swinton’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin” goes best with a craft beer from the nanobrewery, (yes, there is such a word) Chatham Brewing. They have 7 fabulous flavors including Oktoberfest now on tap in the Capital Region at Athos Greek Restaurant, Lippera’s Chatham House, Jackson’s Old Chatham House, the Peint O’ Gwrw and Local 111.

Other favorite fun spots in Chatham include the Peace by Piece conscious shopping boutique, Cow Jones Vegan Boutique and the Chatham Bookstore.