This Weekend August 27.28.29

Hello? Is anybody there? Sometimes this is the best time of year to stay in town…because it’s so…quiet….                       Farmers Markets:   New Rochelle Farmers’ Market August 27, 2010 (8:00 am – 3:00 pm) Larchmont Farmers’ Market August 28, 2010 (8:30 am – 1:00 pm) Rye Farmers’ Market August 29, 2010 (8:30 am – 2:00 pm)     ArtsWestchester ideas       FRIDAY   The Westchester County Center hosts the International Gem & Jewerely Show all this weekend (12 – 6 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday) with a large selection of jewelry, from fashion jewelry to gems and more. Admission: $8.

This Weekend August 20.21.22

Summer and August are winding down…head outside and take advantage of the last few weeks of the season.             ALL WEEKEND The Village of Mamaroneck Sidewalk Sale continues through Saturday all day long (rain date is Monday). Head out on the town to check out some great deals from local merchants and mingle with other residents. www.village.mamaroneck.ny.us   The East Coast National Baseball Card Show is coming to the Westchester County Center this weekend. Head over between 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday to check out an impressive collection of baseball cards and memorabilia.

This Weekend August 13.14.15

For the next few weekends enjoy fewer crowds! Here are a few things the writers at theLoop recommend…                     FRIDAY   Head over to the New Rochelle Public Library for a Book Sale between 9 and 3 p.m. There will be books, DVDs, puzzles and more at affordable prices. While you’re there, check out the Face 2 Face Exhibit in its last day. www.nrpl.org   Every Friday is Story Time Friday day at Paint Your Own Pottery in Scarsdale.

This Weekend! August 06.07.08

                        FRIDAY   The Westchester County Center is holding an Open Gym Friday evening from 6 – 10 p.m. for high school students. There will be basketball, foosball, board games, knock hockey and plenty of other Westchester high schoolers to hang out with. www.countycenter.biz   Rye’s Fireworks are being shot off on Friday at 9:15 p.m. Head over to the free show (parking is $5) and get a great seat right on the boardwalk. www.ryeplayland.org     SATURDAY   Have you tried Stroller Strides of New Roc yet? You’ve got nothing to lose.

This Weekend! July 30.31. Aug 01

July goes out like a well, you fill in the blank…         FRIDAY   Rye’s Annual Sidewalk Sale winds down with its last two days on Friday and Saturday. You can save up to 75 percent on all types of goods and merchandise between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be free samples, raffles and promotions from local businesses. Rye Chamber of Commerce   Twilight fever? Friday is the last day to enter The Voracious Reader’s Vampires and Werewolves and Zombies, Oh My!

This Weekend! July 23.24.25

 It’s all about the kids this weekend ….wait, isn’t it always?…(be sure to check theLoop calendar for more.)                         FRIDAY   Seussical winds down this weekend at the Westchester Sandbox Theatre. The final shows are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. $24 general admission; $20 students and seniors. www.westchestersandbotheatre.com   Head out to Scarsdale’s Crossway Park for a Movie in the Park on Friday at 9 p.m. Enjoy a screening of Monsters vs. Aliens with the whole family to kick off the weekend. www.scarsdale.com   Playland’s weekly Fireworks are being shot off again this Friday at 9:15 p.m. Head over to the boardwalk to get a full view of the show.

This Weekend July 16.17.18

Get outdoors, pamper your pet and walk to the supermarket (with your cart….)                   COMMUNITY    Check out a full-dome experience of Astronaut—like nothing on Earth, on Friday at 8 p.m. New Rochelle High School’s planetarium is offering a free 45-minute showing of a stunning, out of this world view of outer space. Then, head to the roof to use some real life telescopes to check out the moon, Saturn, Mars and Venus. www.nred.org   Pick up some thrifty ways to shop for groceries and make healthy choices with the League of Women voters of Larchmont and Mamaroneck’s Walk to the Supermarket on Saturday. The walk kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at Chatsworth Avenue School and will include stops at Stop & Shop, Trader Joe’s and A&P. Email to register.

This Weekend July 09.10.11

This weekend…learn about plants, gimme shelter and visit Thomas Paine.           COMMUNITY   Stop by the New Rochelle Public Library this Friday between 9 – 3 p.m. to check out their monthly Used Book Sale, located at the west end of the lobby. There will be an assortment of adult and children’s books, CDs, DVDs, video and audio cassettes, paperbacks, cookbooks and gift books available for purchase. www.nrpl.org   The Elmsford Animal Shelter is offering Professional Pet Portraits this Saturday from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. A cash donation of $25 for the shelter or a 35+ pound bag of dog or cat food will be necessary to sit for a 10-minute session. Each pet will receive a 5×7 gift print.

Bring it Fourth!

 theLoop insider’s list of the best places in Westchester to celebrate Independence Day…apart from your back yard with a cocktail and a sparkler….                   63rd Annual Fireman’s Carnival June 29 – July 5 — 7 PM – Midnight Harbor Island Mamaroneck, NY 10543  Rides & Fireworks!  Rye Playland Fireworks  July 2, 4, 5 — Starting at 9:15 PM 1 Playland Parkway Rye, NY 10580 www.ryeplayland.com Kensico Dam Music Fest and Fireworks SATURDAY JULY 3 — 6 PM Pre-Concert; 8 PM performance by  Gerard Carelli Orchestra; 9:15 PM Fireworks  Bronx River Parkway  Valhalla, NY 10595 *Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs — Gates open at 5 PM for picnicking  Event Phone Number: 914-864-7275 Flint Park Races & Games SUNDAY JULY 4 — Starting at 10 AM  Flint Park Larchmont, NY 10538 *Races & games for kids as well as free hot dogs and drinks Port Chester High School Fireworks SUNDAY JULY 4 — Starting at 9 PM 1 Tamarack Road Port Chester, NY 10573 Manor Park Concert & Fireworks SUNDAY JULY 4 — 7:15 PM – 9 PM 99 Park Avenue Larchmont, NY 10538 Performance by the Dixie Dandies *No picnicking allowed New Rochelle Music & Fireworks  SUNDAY JULY 4 — Starting at 9 PM Five Islands Park New Rochelle, NY 10801 *Enjoy a jazz ensemble! 

This Weekend July 02.03.04

This weekend, bang it up! And have a safe and happy 4th.               MAMARONECK   The Village of Mamaroneck’s Firemen’s Carnival is running every evening (until 11 or 12 at night) through Monday at Harbor Island Park. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the tons of rides, food vendors, games and more! Armbands are $25 a piece and give you access to all rides and games every day but Sunday.

This Weekend: 25.26.27

 Libraries are offering ways to get involving right away with Summer Reading—and there are other great ways to start things off right…   .                     COMMUNITY   The Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce’s Sidewalk Sale continues on Friday and Saturday, with a rain date of Monday. Be sure to come and check out all of the great deals available from local businesses for this special occasion. www.mamaroneckchamberofcommerce.org   Champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served up at the Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild Gallery in Larchmont this Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. to celebrate the opening of Art for Animals/Animals in Art, an exhibit benefiting the Pet Rescue and Guild. There will be a live auction and original artwork for purchase for this show running through Saturday.

This Weekend 18.19.20

Happy Father’s Day on Sunday! Here are a few ways to keep Dad, and the rest of the family, happy all weekend long.                       FOOD & DRINK   This Friday, the seasonal re-opening of the New Rochelle Farmers’ Market kicks off at Library Green Park, bigger than ever. The Farmers’ Market will take place every Friday through November from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. New vendors include Gajeski Produce, Tierra Farm and Wright Farm. Celebrate with Community Markets and the City of New Rochelle.

This Weekend 11.12.13

Lots of ways to have fun and help out good causes this weekend; and arts and entertainment for the whole family…                       BENEFITS & FUNDRAISERS   Help support the Mamaroneck High School soccer team by attending their Fundraiser on Saturday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Molly Spillane’s. The U.S.A. vs. England World Cup match will be playing and there will be snack and appetizers available. World Cup balls, jerseys and MHS soccer t-shirts may be purchased.

This Weekend 04.05.06

 The streets of Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Pelham will be taken over this weekend for some family-friendly, outdoor events. Mingle with neighbors and score some great deals!                   COMMUNITY   The Larchmont Sidewalk Sale takes place Friday – Sunday and covers Boston Post Road, Palmer Ave. and the streets in between. Local shops will be offering up unbeatable bargains from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.   This Saturday, the French-American School of New York (FASNY) is holding its Spring Fair at 111 Larchmont Ave.

This Weekend! May 27.28.29.30.31

It’s Memorial Day Weekend – and there’s plenty to do for the whole family around theLoop. Local governments are hosting parades and ceremonies,                   while various venues are offering opportunities to get outside and enjoy the weather.   HOLIDAY   Larchmont’s Memorial Day Parade takes place before the weekend—Thursday, at 7 p.m. It will start at Lot 3 of the train station and end at Village Hall. www.villageoflarchmont.org   The Village of Mamaroneck will be hosting a Memorial Day Parade on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. The parade will proceed down Mamaroneck Ave. For more information about village holiday ceremonies: www.village.mamaroneck.ny.us   Rye’s Memorial Day Ceremony takes place on the Village Green, on Monday at 10 a.m. As part of the city’s tradition, Post 128 of the American Legion will lead the event.

This Weekend! May 21.22.23

Health, environment and community are all on the agenda this weekend.(But have some fun while you’re at it.)                     ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH   Residents of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle and Scarsdale are invited to a Focus Group to discuss local environmental issues. The Sheldrake Environmental Center will be hosting the meeting from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Coffee and refreshments will be served. RSVP to focusonsheldrake@yahoo.com. www.sheldrakecenter.org   Rye’ Wainwright House is hosting an information session at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning to discuss the health risks caused by common households items like cosmetics, water bottles and canned food. The hour-long talk will be followed with a Q&A session with speakers Joy Miller and Rhonda Sherwood.

This Weekend 14.15.16th

There are tons of community events this weekend, and an ample sampling of arts-related ones, too. Be sure to check out this weekend’s listings, and as always, our calendar for more!               COMMUNITY The Mamaroneck Indoor Farmers’ Market is in its second to last week this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. Stop in and stock up on locally made baked goods, dairy products, meat, wine and other specialty foods and products.

This Weekend 07.08.09

There’s lots to do around theLoop this Mother’s Day weekend. Be especially sure to check out our special list of opportunities to enjoy some live music over the next few days.         Mamaroneck High School is hosting Jam for Sudan this Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. Stop by the baseball field and enjoy the outdoor concert, featuring live performances by 11 student bands. Barbeque, Rita’s Italian Ices and t-shirts will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit International Medical Corps (IMC).

This Weekend: 30.01.02

Is it May already? Really? Well, around here that means…Sheldrake, Strawberries and Playland….               COMMUNITY Celebrate the League of Women Voter’s 90th Anniversary with Assemblyman George Latimer at a special luncheon this Friday at 12 p.m., to be held at New Rochelle’s Davenport Club. Assemblyman Latimer will be discussing pertinent Albany-related issues at this public event.

This Weekend 23.24.25

Green Week is fully underway this weekend, so be sure to check out our full Green Week calendar of events .         There’s lots more going on around Westchester, too, so be sure to get out and enjoy it.   COMMUNITY Keep the Green Week spirit by attending the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Sustainability Expo 2010 on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m at Hommocks Middle School. There will be tons of local vendors, raffles and speakers and events throughout the day. Donations will be collected for the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Food Pantry.

This Weekend: 16.17.18

Plenty of ways to do good and enjoy the weekend around theLoop. Be sure to check our calendar for complete weekend listings.        COMMUNITYTown and Village of Mamaroneck firefighters will face-off on the ice for the first Fire on Ice fundraiser hockey game this Friday. The friendly competition will benefit the Rasor Family Trust 2010 fund. The game will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Hommocks Ice Rink in Larchmont to commemorate the recent passing of Richard Drew Rasor Jr.  Donations will be accepted at the door.From now until April 19th, you can help out Mamaroneck High School club The Clothes Closet by donating new or gently used clothing to benefit community members in need at the following locations:          Mamaroneck C.A.P. at 134 Center Avenue, Mamaroneck          Pink on Palmer at 1907 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont          PDQ Mail Plus at 2005 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont          Sweetteez at 157 Larchmont Avenue, LarchmontFor more information: clothesclosetmhs@aol.com or (914) 698-7140On Saturday, Krigin Photography Studio in Rye is hosting a Matilda Jane Trunk Show and Clothes for Haiti event from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Socks, underwear, sheets, lightweight clothing, shorts, blankets or throws, sneakers, t-shirts, and sandals to send to Haiti will be collected; summer, children’s and baby clothing is especially needed. Matilda Jane clothing will also be available for purchase. www.matildajaneclothing.comLarchmont’s Pet Pantry Warehouse will have a Dog Meet & Greet on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Come out and meet some of the county’s adoptable canines! www.ppwpet.comThe Larchmont Temple Brotherhood is holding a Blood Drive on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Coffee, juice, bagels, donuts and newspapers will be provided to donors free of charge.

This Weekend – April 09.10.11

Lots to do around theLoop this weekend. Be sure to get out and enjoy the (predicted)  summer-like conditions (without the jellyfish.)                    special note: francophiles, film buffs and those looking for something special to do, check out the focus on french cinema film festival at purchase college.   COMMUNITY   From now until April 19th, you can help out Mamaroneck High School club The Clothes Closet by donating new or gently used clothing to benefit community members in need at the following locations:             Mamaroneck C.A.P. – 134 Center Avenue, Mamaroneck             Pink on Palmer – 1907 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont             PDQ Mail Plus – 2005 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont             Sweetteez – 157 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont For more information: clothesclosetmhs@aol.com or (914) 698-7140   Get a jumpstart on spring cleaning—there are two Household Recycling Days this weekend. On Friday from 1 – 3 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., you can bring your household waste items that can’t be left curbside to Rye Playland. Be sure to check online to see what’s acceptable: www.westchestergov.com/HRD   International Fair 2010 at Mamaroneck Avenue School–  11 am- 4 pm   Wendy Gee in Larchmont is holding the Spring Heather Moore Trunk Show on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stop by to check out new designs and personalized items for men and women.

This Weekend 02.03.04

This holiday weekend has plenty in store for locals to enjoy. Get out and enjoy the great weather before and after celebrating!       From now until April 19th, you can help out Mamaroneck High School club The Clothes Closet by donating new or gently used clothing to benefit community members in need at the following locations:   Mamaroneck C.A.P. – 134 Center Avenue, Mamaroneck Pink on Palmer – 1907 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont PDQ Mail Plus – 2005 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont Sweetteez – 157 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont For more information: clothesclosetmhs@aol.com or (914) 698-7140   ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT   It’s the first Friday of the month – that means it’s Teen Gaming Friday at the Rye Free Reading Room. Teens are invited to drop by between 3 – 4:30 p.m. to show off skills in Wii games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy, along with some Playstation 2 favorites.

This Weekend- March 26.27.28

So let’s pretend the weather is as warm as it should be. There is lots to do … with  last call for some wintry activities…and be sure to check theLoop calendar as well.           KIDS & FAMILY   The Rye Free Reading Room’s Fun Club is celebrating spring with stories, movies and crafts on Friday, March 26th. Kids ages 5 and up and can enjoy stories about Passover, Easter and April Fools Day while making a spring-themed decoration from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. www.ryelibrary.org   New Rochelle’s annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade will be held on Saturday, March 27th at Davenport Park.

This Weekend: March 19.20.21

ThisSaturdayis—finally—the first day of SPRING! Be sure to get out and enjoy all thatWestchester has to offer this weekend…     Don’t forget FiveDollar Fridays at Larchmont’s The Flower Bar! What better way to celebratespring than pick up a fresh bunch? www.the-flower-bar.com COMMUNITY The Furniture Sharehouse and the ClothesCloset and Habitat for Humanity Clubs of Mamaroneck High School are hosting a FurnitureDrive from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 20th. Tax receiptsare available for accepted items (including mattresses, dressers and TVs).

This Weekend 12.13.14

With Winter slo-o-o-owly fading away, there are lots of reasons to get out of the house and spring forward…Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday. woo-hoo!         Don’t forget Five Dollar Fridays at Larchmont’s The Flower Bar. Fresh stems and bunches are available for just $5 each week. www.the-flower-bar.com   KIDS & FAMILY   Kids ages 6 and up can kick off the weekend with Face-Off Friday at the Larchmont Library.

Around the Loop

Underground Larchmont, Just ok in Mamaroneck and Suzy’s saying it in Rye.   Larchmont- a “pop-up” store (which will stay open only about 3 months) is scheduled to open this weekend on Railroad Way near the Connecticut-bound side of the train station.  Kim and Andy Hilfiger of larchmont will be selling “designer apparel at discount prices”  Thurs- Sundays. Is the pop-up the retail of the future? Remember, Pink on Palmer opened a pop-up store in Rye Brook around Thanksgiving.   Mamaroneck- Limocello was reviewed in last Sunday’s New York Times, where it received a resounding, “OK.” On the Boston Post Road in the old OldeTollgate Steakhouse, location, is regarded as one of the eateries that helped to make Mamaroneck a dining destination.  Rye and Harrison- need the scoop on where to go?

Old and New

  The Old Timers’ Athletic Association of Mamaroneck-Larchmont   held a Holiday Dinner on Thursday, December 17 at the American Legion Hall at Flint Park in Larchmont. More than sixty plus were in attendance to honor Augie Aloia with The Charles J. Gronberg Award. Gronberg, for whom the award is named, was the founding father of The Old Timers’ Association of Mamaroneck-Larchmont fifty years ago. This prestigious award is given annually to a member of the community for outstanding service within the two municipalities.        Mr. Aloia is a lifelong resident of Mamaroneck and attended the Rye Neck schools.

This Weekend 18.19.20

Lots to do in the cold this weekend…       ~   The New York Botanical Gardens annual Holiday Train Show featuring beautiful and impressive to-scale models of famous New York landscapes and landmarks made from all natural materials, with model trains winding throughout the whole thing.  Tickets are 10 to 25 and the show runs through New Year’s on Tuesdays to Sunday.     KBFA Gallery in Larchmont put up a “Back Room Boutique” for the holidays with tons of great artworks and gift ideas.     The Cultural Arts Playhouse in Mamaroneck is putting on a production of “The Legend of St. Nicholas,” a great Christmas story with some extra characters like Ben Franklin and Amelia Earhart.  Tickets are $16 – 20 and performances are 8:30 on Friday night, and 3:00 and 8:00 on Saturday.     The David Brandom Quartet will be playing at the Watercolor Café on Friday night.     The Rye Free Reading Room is having a Victorian Paper Crafts workshop for teenagers on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm.  Hosted by the Rye Historical Society, you can make ornaments and cards for the holidays for free.    New Rochelle High School is doing a special “Season of Light” show at their Planetarium on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7 pm and entry is free!   The Westchester Philharmonic Winter Pops at SUNY Purchase, featuring Barbara Cook, is sold out already, but you can still get standing room tickets the day of.  The concert is at 3 pm on Sunday, and tickets are $12 or $8.    Get Back! The Cast of Beatlemania will be at the Emelin on Saturday night at 8 pm.  The show features the original cast of the London and Broadway show “Beatlemania” and tickets for this acclaimed musical and visual experience are $55.    
IF YOU MISSED OUT… on the Larchmont Winter Stroll last weekend because you were afraid to brave the weather, the sleigh rides will be taking place again on Saturday throughout the village.  The crafts boutique at Mamaroneck Artist’s Guild is also still going on and this is the last weekend for many local Farmer’s Markets.  The Broadway Theater in Elmsford is still showing “The Christmas Voyager.”  You can also check out Allan Curry: American Impressionism at the Rye Free Reading Room through the 31st and the Holiday Gifts and Crafts Boutique  at BID 542 in New Rochelle.

Around the Loop 12.15

The New Ro road show edition…  –   Huguenots Honored The New Rochelle City Council adopted a resolution commending the New Rochelle High School football team for an outstanding season.  The team finished number two in the State Championship.  Dep MayorNew Rochelle City Councilperson Marianne Sussman was named Deputy Mayor for 2010. Got History?New Rochelle is seeking nominations of properties for 2010 Heritage Awards.  Nominations may be submitted for one or more of the following categories:  residences and public or quasi-public structures older than 50 years that are significant to New Rochelle’s history; stellar restorations of residence or adaptive reuse; home of nationally prominent individuals; significant architect or architectural style; and landscape or landscape features.  The deadline for nominations is January 5, 2009.  Guildelines and forms are available on the New Rochelle City website.  Future MogulsCNBC profiled New Rochelle High School students participating in a stock market project under the tutelage of teacher Darren Gurney (NRHS 1987) that pairs research and analysis with simulated stock purchases.  View the segment here .  Best WishesMayor Noam Bramson celebrated his 40th birthday with a fund-raiser on December 13th.    Party Plans Celebrate the New Year in New Rochelle with its First Night celebration, sponsored by the New Rochelle YMCA.  For more information and the schedule of performances, check out the website .  Raise the RoofThe New Rochelle High School Spire Rooftop will be raised onto the South Tower Saturday December 19, between 9 and 10 am.  The Spire Tower Roof was destroyed by lightning August 2008.  The spire roof was built on the ground and will be hoisted into place.  note:  rescheduled to Monday December 28 between 9 and 10am, WEATHER PERMITTING. Take Out the Trash  Beginning January 1, 2010, all commercial businesses within the City of New Rochelle must display a decal identifying the company that collects their refuse and the day/times of such collection.  Over the coming weeks, decals and/or signs will be provided by private collection companies to their customers. Those businesses that have collection service provided by the City of New Rochelle will be provided decals which will be sent by the Department of Public Works.There is the option for smaller businesses to comply by jointly arranging for disposal by a single collection company as long as their combined total is less than 33 gallons of garbage weekly (the size of a typical commercial garbage pail).    Forms and a copy of the resolution are available on line  .    

Around the Loop 12.8

What do one library, some football players, a planetarium and your gently used toys have in common . . .      Not Green Turquoise blue is predicted to be the color of 2010.    According to The Pantone Color Institute "people crave escapism and freshness after a tough year. The shade is on the cusp of blue and green, which makes it both inviting and serene – characteristics associated with blues – and invigorating and luminous, which comes from green."  In case you care.

This Weekend: 11.12.13

Santa on ice. Or tequila.                 COMMUNITY: On Sunday afternoon from 2:00 – 5:00, The Larchmont Recreation Department and the Chamber of Commerce will be having a new event called The Larchmont Winter Stroll.  There will be two pedestrian only areas on either side of town, and stores will have special Sunday hours for holiday shopping.  There will also be specialties from local restaurants, a toy drive, cookie decorating, and a special appearance by Santa and live reindeer.  The Loop will be there…with great gifts for those who sign up for the weekly LoopScoop or who tell our LoopTV cameras what you love about your Loop!   On Sunday from 12 – 2 pm you can head out to Hommocks Ice Skating Rink and skate with Santa and the Town of Mamaroneck Fire Fighters!  The price of admission is one unwrapped toy to help out with TMFD’s holiday toy drive.  www.tmfd.org This Sunday is also The Great Westchester Toy & Train Show at County Center in White Plains.  There will be over 300 vendors with new and antique trains, parts, models and other toys for all ages.  The show starts at 9 am and entry is $12.  www.westchestertoytrain.com The Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a Holiday Celebration taking place at Molly Spillane’s from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday afternoon.  Santa will be there as well as music.  Bring an unwrapped toy along to donate to Toys for Tots.  www.mamaroneckchamberofcommerce.org HOLIDAY MUSIC: The Westchester Chamber Orchestra  Tickets are $40 for general admission.  www.iona.edu/academic/artscouncil will be playing a selection of Bach and other Baroque music at Iona College on Saturday at 8:00, including the favorite Brandenburg Concerto with violin soloist Alex Abayev. The Music Conservatory of Westchester will be presenting a “Holiday Jazz” concert in Rye at the Music Conservatory on Central Avenue on Friday night at 7 pm.  Tickets for this interactive and educational holiday concert are either $10 or $15.  www.musicconservatory.org  FAMILY: On Saturday morning at 11, Steve Songs will be performing his award winning kid and family friendly music at the Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck.  Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for children.  On Saturday night, Danny Aiello and his 8 piece band will be putting on one of his “no-holds-barred” critically acclaimed jazz performances at the Emelin for $60.

Around the Loop

How much would you pay for a used Zamboni? A school budget?           Town of Mamaroneck From the most recent Town Board meeting . . .

This Weekend: 04.05.06

TGIF, Saturday and Sunday! Our largest listings ever…       – – ARTS: This Sunday, December 6th is Free Arts Day, brought to you by Arts Westchester (www.westarts.com).  This annual event that was started in response to 9/11 means that Westchester’s best museums, historical sites, and arts centers are offering free admission to workshops, performances, storytelling, and crafts depending on the venue.  Historic Hudson Valley is participating with events at Phillipsburg Manor, Van Cortlandt Manor, and Sunnyside ranging from a free live holiday music to a performance of “Gift of the Magi.” The ArtsExchange in White Plains will also be participating as well with children’s workshops, and the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville will be screening Nanny McPhee at noon for families.  Other participants include the New Rochelle Public Library, the Rye Arts Center, and the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase.  For a complete list of events and venues, go to www.westarts.com.  The Rye Arts Center is putting on a Faculty Arts Exhibit from December 1st to December 12th, so go and check it out before its gone! Two exhibits, “Paws to Enjoy” and “Winter Season” will be at the Larchmont Library from now until December 29th.  Paws to Enjoy is a photography series featuring pets by Barbara Gebala, and Winter Season is a series of oils and pastels by Andrew Dyson.  www.larchmontlibrary.org This Saturday, KBFA Gallery in Mamaroneck will be having an opening reception for its new exhibition, “Just Breathe.” The exhibit features a series of abstract oil paintings by Yolanda Sanchez, Patricia Spergel, and Lisa Taliano and will run through January 14th.  The reception is open to the public and will be held from 5 pm to 6:30 pm on December 5th.  www.kbfa.com THEATER: The Akjun Ballet Theater is collaborating with PAVE students at New Rochelle High School to put on the classic and magical “The Nutcracker” ballet this weekend at New Rochelle High School.  Performances are on Friday night at 7:30 and Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.smarttix.com. The Purchase Dance Corps and the Purchase Symphony Orchestra are also putting on performances of The Nutcracker with guest stars from the Pennsylvania Ballet at SUNY Purchase.  There are five performances this weekend – Friday at 7:15, Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 1 pm and 5 pm.  Tickets range from $27.50 – $52.50.  www.artscenter.org The Greenville Community Theater is putting on several performances of “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest” this weekend at Edgemont High School in Scarsdale.  Shows are at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday night, and 2 pm on Sunday.  Tickets range from $10 to $18.  www.gcstage.org The Westchester Broadway Theater in Elmsford is putting on a new show!  Performances of “The Christmas Voyager”, a Christmas music spectacular about traveling back in time to the origins of Christmas will
be on weekends and some Thursdays through December 29th.  Tickets are $75.  www.broadwaytheatre.com MUSIC: The Westchester Choral Society will be performing a variety of classical holiday favorites from composers like Bach and Handel on Sunday at the Rye Presbyterian Church at 10 am.  Tickets range from $10 – $20.  www.westchesterchoralsociety.org, 914-761-3900.  The Westchester Chamber Music Society will be presenting the Antonin String Quartet on Sunday night at 8 pm at Congregation Emanu-El in Rye.  The quartet features the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Glen Dicetrow and violinist Karen Dreyfus.  They will be performing music from Hadyn and Dvorak, among others.  Tickets are $35 for adults, but free for students!

This Weekend: 27.28.29

Our weekly guide never takes a vacation…even when you do…   HOLIDAY EVENTS: Historic Hudson Valley is putting on a huge Thanksgiving Weekend event called “Gateway to the Holiday Season.”  Van Cortlandt Manor, Philipsburg Manor, and Washington Irving’s Sunnyside Inn will all be participating.  The venues will be decorated for the holidays in authentic period fashion, and guided tours will be available to learn about the traditions of the holiday seasons.  There will also be workshops and crafts such as weaving and cooking,  www.hudsonvalley.org Mamaroneck Artist’s Guild is having a Gift of Art Holiday Show and Boutique starting on Friday until January 2nd.  There will be a selection of art at affordable prices, as well as other crafts like scarves and jewelry.  www.mamaroneckartistsguild.org The New Rochelle Humane Society is having their Annual Holiday Thrift Shop on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm to benefit the Humane Society.  There will be a large selection of items from Christmas decorations to handbags.  www.newrochellehumanesociety.org ARTS AND MUSIC: On Saturday night at 8 pm, Paramount Center for the Arts is presenting award winning musician Michael Feinstein and TV and Broadway actor David Hyde Peirce for a night of music, comedy, and theater.  Tickets are $35 – 55.   www.paramountcenter.org The Pete Malinverni Trio will be playing at the Watercolor Café on Friday night, and the Gil Parris Band will be playing on Saturday night.  Also check out Blues Jam with Blues Daddy at CJ Cullen Tavern in New Rochelle on Sunday night.  www.watercolorcafe.net COMMUNITY: This Friday marks the beginning of the Mamaroneck Fire Department’s annual Toy Drive.  From now until December 13th, drop off a new unwrapped toy at the fire station.  www.tmfd.org The Rye Reading Room will be showing Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs on Friday afternoon at 3 pm as part of the Fun Club Movie series.  www.ryelibrary.org The Larchmont Farmer’s Market has added several new vendors, and will continue to run at the Larchmont train station on Saturday mornings through December 9th.  NEXT WEEK: On Monday night, The Wine Vault in Mamaroneck will be having a Wine Blending course for $85.  This advanced course will let you blend several different varieties together and then compare them to the winery’s own blend and the blends of your classmates.  www.westchesterwineschool.com PACE, the wonderful theater and dance program at Mamaroneck High School puts on an annual student choreographed dance performance called Kinesthesia.  This year is the 35th anniversary of the event.  Shows will be running each night from December 3rd to December 5th at 8 pm in the PACE auditorium.

This Weekend: 20.21.22

Don’t be a turkey. Check us out before setting sail.     As anyone under the age of 30 knows, New Moon, the second installment of the Twilight saga, opens this Friday after much anticipation for thousands of screaming fans (myself included), so go check out the mobs of people wearing “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” t-shirts at New Roc and City Center… This weekend is the big weekend for most high school drama queens.  Definitely go on over and support your local high school’s talent – your tax money paid for that set anyway!  THANKSGIVING IS THE START OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON: The Twig of Westchester County will be having its annual holiday fair at Coveleigh Club on Friday and Saturday this weekend.  There will be over forty vendors/boutiques to help you with your holiday shopping, as well as a silent auction, a raffle, and even Santa.  The proceeds of the event will benefit healthcare organizations in the community, including Rye, Rye Brook, Portchester, and Harrison EMS.  In honor of Thanksgiving, the Rye Nature Center is having a “Native American and Colonial Foods Program” on Saturday from 2 to 4 pm.  Bring your kids to prepare (and  eat!) the kind of food that was made when the first Thanksgiving feast took place.  This is a big weekend for holiday shopping events at religious establishments.  Check out your local churches and synagogues for details.  Just to name a few that I know of – St. John the Less in Scarsdale, Mamaroneck Union Methodist Church in Mamaroneck, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont, and WJC in Mamaroneck.  A portion of the sales made this weekend at Learning Express in Scarsdale will benefit the Alcott School, “a non-profit education leader in early childhood education for over 40 years,” so head over and get your gift shopping done there this weekend.  www.alcottschool.org The Presbyterian Church of New Rochelle is having its 30th Annual Fall Concert: Celebration of Praise and Thanksgiving on Sunday at 4 pm.  The program will include the Sound Shore Chorale singing several selections, including Mozart and Henry Purcell.  Tickets are $12 – $15.

This Weekend 13.14.15

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Bid, surf, listen, look, appraise. Or shop.    Auctioned Arts Clarke Auction Gallery hosts its Seventh Fine Arts Auction Monday, November 16 at 6pm. View and bid on a Masterpiece or a just pretty piece.  You can bid in person, by phone, or on line.