Coming Up: Fitzsimmons to Tape Special at Tarrytown Music Hall

TARRYTOWN–Greg Fitzsimmons will play Tarrytown Music Hall Friday, Sept. 14th  at 7& 9:30pm. Here’s the pub:
Mixing an incisive wit with scathing sarcasm, Greg Fitzsimmons has achieved success as a stand-up, Emmy Award winning writer and host on both radio and TV. Tickets ($35.75 plus applicable fees) are available at tarrytownmusichall,  or the Tarrytown Music Hall Box Office. Greg will be taping a new one hour stand-up special.

Cool Finds: Rockefeller State Park Preserve

PLEASANTVILLE–The Rockefeller State Park Preserve is a wonderful place. Conveniently located, with entrances in Pleasantville and Tarrytown it has an extensive network of trails, originally for carriage use.  It’s an ideal location for a morning run, afternoon hike or evening stroll. The trail is open to equestrians; horses are often on the trails and are fun to spot. The preserve is highly popular with the film and photography industry for it’s scenic beauty, with HBO’s Boardwalk Empire shot there recently.  

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Westchester’s Food on Wheels

 

Mamaroneck’s Johnson truck, one of our fav places for comfort food (and a laugh with the boys behind the counter) is featured in a NY Times piece about mobile food around Westchester. Yum.

Big Bang Under Tappan Zee

People living near the Tappan Zee heard a huge band late this morning- but nothing was wrong. It was a detonation testing the soil stability beneath the Bridge as part of preliminary work on the $5 million TZB replacement project. Maybe people in Tarrytown and Nyack will have to get used to this noise?  

Photo: Jacqueline Silberbush

 

Thrifty Thursday: Coworking at W@tercooler

 

TARRYTOWN– How would you feel about an office space starting at $25 a month? One year ago, W@tercooler opened in Tarrytown, as a shared coworking space.  The open plan  space offers work options by the hour, day, month, or year to area  freelancers, entrepreneurs, and start-ups, and offers an “inspiring,  eco-friendly, and collaborative environment to work.” As founder Jenifer Ross, says, ” Coworking is an emerging global trend that supports the idea that people  are more motivated, productive and inspired when in a shared workspace with
other like-minded professionals.”  It’s natural networking. W@tercooler also offers “Unemployed Mondays,” when anyone who is in transition can work at
W@tercooler at no charge with all member benefits. W@tercooler  21 North Broadway Tarrytown, NY   914.332.1400 info@watercoolerhub.com

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25th Annual Tarrytown Craft & Food Street Fair

 

Main Street, Tarrytown June 3rd, Sunday, 10:00 am till 5:00 pm

(Submitted by Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber)

100 Vendors will line Main Street for this annual fair, including local restaurant food and outdoor dining, crafters and vendors. Featuring the Music of Tribes Hill and the students of Rock Island Sound under the Tarrytown Music Hall marquee. Annual Strawberry Festival & Pony Rides sponsored by Historical Society

This year the Street Fair is in conjunction with: Kid’s Fest (Neperan Park — One block from Main and Broadway intersection)…. Music by Chris Reising, Young Art Makers by Tarrytown Sleepy Hollow ARTS Council (An Arts Alive Community Grant Program funded by Arts Westchester
Additional funding from the Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns. Support from the Tarrytown Parks & Recreation Department and the Chamber of Commerce)

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Farmers Markets are Back this Weekend

The Community Markets summer Farmers Markets return Saturday May 26! This will be the organization’s  21 st season of managing local farmers markets in   Croton-on-Hudson,  Larchmont, Mamaroneck Indoor (closed for season), New Rochelle (opens June 22), Ossining, Pleasantville, Rye,  and Tarrytown. “Since 1991, when we started our first farmers market in Ossining, the goal has always been to connect people directly with farmers.” says founder said Miriam Haas. “Even with our artisanal producers, we make sure that they source their ingredients from area farms. We’re doing our job when we’re able to help keep farms and local businesses healthy.”

In Larchmont, The vendors returning for the 2012 season include: Thornwood Farm, Sugar & Spice Catering , Kontoulis Family Olive Oil , Orwashers Bakery , Orchards of Concklin , Flourish Baking Company , Calcutta Kitchens , Kiernan Farm , Christiane’s Backstube, Tierra Farm , Doc Pickle , Migliorelli Farm , Bombay Emerald Chutney Company , Plates , Coach Farm , Gaia’s Breath Farm , Newgate Farms, Lani’s Farm, and Trotta Pasta.

Have You Heard of VDay? Rivertowns Chapter Working to End Violence Against Women

from V-Day Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow 2012:
A group of Rivertowns women are producing, directing and acting in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, to be performed on April 28, 8pm at The Purple Crayon Center in Hastings-on-
Hudson. V-Day Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow 2012 is a group of mothers, daughters, girlfriends and professional women from all walks of life that came together out of a conversation over wine, food and friendship. This idea of giving something to the sisters, mothers and friends in our communities who live in fear and violence quickly grew into an organized well-oiled production  once co-producers Tracy Brown and Elyssa Feldman- Most assembled their team. “We emailed, we registered, and we committed,” says Feldman-Most. “Our individual reasoning for committing differs from woman to woman and of course our experiences and histories are varied, but our desire for all women and girls to feel safe, empowered and proud unites us.”

 
All proceeds from the fundraiser and performance will benefit V-Day (www.vday.org) (10%) and Hope’s Door of Westchester (90%).

Spring Stroll through Philipsburg Manor

There are few finer places to stroll through history on a Spring day than Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. The farm, at one time, stretched from the Bronx to Croton.  

 

 

 

 

photos: Polly Kreisman

Coming Up on Both Sides of the Hudson

A plethora of listings from our friends at RivertownsGuide.com

Thursday, March 22 from 6pm – 9pm
Best Practices: The Do’s & Don’ts of Social Media [link] | Westchester Burger Company Rye Brook
275 South Ridge Street, Rye Brook
Presented by Westchester Business Connection. Appetizers included, cash bar. Networkin, A Great Social Media Education(Nothing Technical!!!) for “All levels of expertise.”. The event highlights feature: A presentation from Keith S. Chan from The Froogle Institute for Social Media. www.keithschan.com/about/ and www.FroogleInstitute.com

Thursday, March 22 from 6:30 – 8pm and Thursday, March 29 from 6:30 – 8pm
Home Buyers’ Workshop: Two-Part Series | The Warner Library, Tarrytown
Thursday, March 22: Buying a Home:What You Need to Know
Thursday, March 29: Securing a Home Mortgage
Both workshops are FREE.

Polls Open Until 9:00 pm

Voters in 15 villages in Westchester go to the polls today to elect local offices. Contested elections in (alphabetically) Buchanan, Irvington, Pleasantville, Scarsdale, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Elections are uncontested in Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Elmsford, Hastings-on-Hudson, Larchmont, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Rye Brook and Tuckahoe. Find out who’s running: Visit LoHud.com’s Village Elections 2012 guide.

Coming Up: Lots of Cool Stuff To Do

 

Some upcoming Westchester events posted by Found in Yonkers:

“The Kid with a Bike” Screening Jacob Burns Film Center March 23-29 ~Pleasantville~
SOURCE: http://www.burnsfilmcenter.org Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Rosetta, L’Enfant) are acclaimed for their intense portrayals of people at the gritty fringes of society. They reveal a more hopeful face in this new drama about a sensitive but uncontrollable 11-year-old and a woman who believes in him. Winner of a raft of festival honors, including […]

The LOFT Open Mic Nite March 24 ~White Plains~
SOURCE: http://www.loftgaycenter.org Time: 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Cost: $10.00 includes snacks, finger foods, and beverages Each person or group will have seven minutes to do a stand-up comedy act, a song sung, played, or karaoke, a poem or story, a song or dance, just about anything. Come share yourself and your talent at the […]

REI FREE Bike Maintenance Workshop March 27 ~Yonkers~
SOURCE: http://www.rei.com This class is an informative presentation that will teach you how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bicycle. No experience necessary!

Coming Up: Beekeeping for Newbees

Ever long to be a beekeeper?  Me neither. But Stone Barns Center saw enough interest in Westchester to start a beekeeping series for beginners. Dan Carr, Stone Barns livestock assistant and beekeeper, will lead you through the ins and outs of getting started with bees, including ordering equipment, obtaining a queen and a colony, and working in the hive. This workshop is the first in a four-part series for “Newbee” beekeepers. Future workshop topics may include: spring hive inspection, insecticide-free treatments for Varroa mites, supering the hive, harvesting and processing honey, and preparing for winter.

The Westchester Bucket List

 
If you spend any time following #westchester on twitter, you may know the chatty girls at the Chat Shop. We think of it as a virtual talk-fest where no one yells and you can come and go as you please. Readers have come up with a Westchester “bucket list,” each making a list of some of the local treats they’d like to experience before they well, you know. Have a peek. photo: Jacqueline Silberbush

Envisioning A New Tappan Zee

Plans to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge moving ahead.  And there are two opportunities this week to tell transit leaders what you think. The proposal calls for building a two-span, eight lane bridge to replace the existing structure, which was built in 1955.  The new bridge would be twice as wide as the old one and could include space for mass transit. The old bridge needs serious structural improvements and is not equipped to handle today’s traffic, as anyone who’s driven across on rush hour knows.  Built to hold 100,000 cars a day, the Tappan Zee today carries 138,000 vehicles, including big trucks, across the Hudson.

Scarsdale Doctor and Her ‘Best Friends for Life’

 

As a radiation oncologist, Elizabeth Chabner Thompson focused much of her career treating breast cancer, a disease her mother battled.  But it wasn’t until Thompson was a patient herself and chose to have preventative mastectomies to reduce the risk of the developing the disease, that she realized how hard it is to be on the other side. “Getting prepared for treatment, coping with side effects … feeling undignified and exposed, organizing medications and therapies can all make treatment seem overwhelming,” the Scarsdale resident says. Outdated garments and accessories didn’t help. Last year Thompson launched  Best Friends for Life, a Scarsdale company that creates and sells products to help make patients’ recovery easier. Specially designed pillows, designer-style BFFL bags filled with comforts like cozy socks, skin cream, and post-surgery needs are among the products currently available.

Westchester at the Oscars, cont’d

When we wrote about the local filmmaker nominated for an Oscar, for Best Documentary (see the trailer in the link- very powerful) we didn’t realize there were more! Westchester Mag writes, “One of the nominees, God Is the Bigger Elvis, is directed by Rebecca Cammisa of Tarrytown, produced by Julie Anderson of Scarsdale, and centers around Bethlehem, Connecticut, native Dolores Hart. Hart was a successful actress, with a claim to fame that she received Elvis Presley’s first on-screen kiss in the movie Loving You. ”

photo: miheco on Flickr

 

 

Metro-North Platform Smoking Ban Starts Wednesday

 

Cold turkey commute. Don’t even think about lighting up while waiting for your Metro-North train. Doing so could get you kicked off the platform, up to $50 in fines or a trip to jail. The MTA’s new ban on outdoor smoking starts today, following a months-long grace period the agency gave smokers to get used to the idea. The ban, which had a soft launch in November, prohibits smoking on Metro-North and Long Island Railroad outdoor platforms, as well as ticketing and boarding areas.

Coming Up: Love to Write?

 

Westchester may have more writers per capita than any place in the country. You, too, can learn about writing prose, poetry, blogging, memoirs, food writing, young adult fiction….here:

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center– is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1988 with a mission to advance the art and craft of writing by encouraging writers and readers at all levels to participate in and enjoy the literary arts. It offers classes for professional and amateur writers, presents public readings by well-known and emerging prose writers and poets, does outreach work in several community sites, and publishes at least one book of poetry each year under the imprint Slapering Hol Press. The Center’s headquarters is the restored Philipse Manor railroad station, which overlooks the Hudson River in the village of Sleepy Hollow.  Workshops include Blog Writing, How to Write Page Turning Fiction, Memoir Writing, Writing About Food, as well as workshops for young adults. Learn to Tell: Storytelling Workshops at The Rye Library: This winter and spring the Rye Storytelling Guild will offer a course in how to spin a good yarn.   Classes held on the first Tuesday of each month from 6.30 to 8.30 pm and will focus on how and where to find a story you yearn to tell, how to shape and prepare the story, how to enhance its telling, the presentation of your story, and a celebration of storytelling graduates.

Coming Up: Westchester Day of Service

 

In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. the Volunteer Center of United Way has organized a day of service projects at the organizations below on January 14. Interested? sign up here! Or call 914-948-4452 for more information. Volunteers can choose from 29 service projects at Academic Pathways (New Rochelle), Charles Brieant Community Center (Ossining), Children’s Creative Response to Conflict (Nyack), Family Services of Westchester (Yonkers), Ferncliff Manor(Yonkers),  FSW Sharing Shelf (Port Chester), Green Chimneys (Carmel), Groundwork Hudson Valley (Hastings), Institute of Applied Human Dynamics (Tarrytown), Mount Vernon YMCA, My Sister’s Place (Yonkers), Nepperhan Community Center (Yonkers), New Rochelle Public Library, Richmond Community Services (Yonkers), Rockland Country Day School (Valley Cottage) , Somers Manor, Therapeutic Equestrian Center (Cold Spring), Wartburg Adult Center (Mount Vernon), White Plains Youth Bureau, White Plains YMCA, White Plains Public Library, WJCS Kid’s Kloset (White Plains), and Yonkers Public Library – Will Branch.

Thick Snow Cover

Garden Now? Are you Kidding?

For those of us who can’t wait for Spring (uh…everyone…?), we’ve compiled a garden checklist to help combat winter blues, indoors and out. Plan ahead
Now’s a great time to assess your garden. Perhaps you want to add some plantings or move things around. Some people keep a notebook or take photos during the growing season. These are really helpful when staring out at your snowy white canvas.