Brewster's HamletHub Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:57:57 -0400 Connecticut Tax Week Begins

The state of Connecticut is offering a tax-free week during August 2017. It applies mainly to clothing and shoes and is intended to coincide with parents' seasonal back-to-school shopping needs, although the exempt items are not limited to school-age children. Some items are available for infants and adults. By planning ahead, you can help your family save money by shopping during Connecticut's tax-free week.

Connecticut's Tax-Free Week Dates

Connecticut's sales tax holiday is scheduled for Sunday, August 20 through Saturday, August 27, 2017. During Connecticut's tax-free week, the following items will not be subject to state sales tax:

  • Clothing under $100 per item
  • Shoes under $100 per item

Often retailers schedule sales to coincide with sales tax-free week. Shoppers can save even more money with coupons because sales tax is applied after the use of any coupons or discounts. While the price of an item may start above $100, after discounts are applied, it becomes less than $100 and is not subject to sales tax that week.

Clothing That Is Exempt During the Sales Tax Holiday

Examples of clothing that is exempt from sales tax during the sales tax holiday include:

  • Dresses
  • Rain jackets
  • Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuits
  • Ties
  • Undergarments
  • Work clothes
  • Diapers
  • Gym suits
  • Jeans

Each item must cost less than $100, although the total of the items purchased may exceed $100.

This is only a partial list of qualifying items.

Footwear That Is Exempt During the Sales Tax Holiday

Examples of footwear that are exempt from sales tax during the sales tax holiday include:

  • Athletic socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Overshoes, rubbers, boots
  • Shoelaces
  • Shoes
  • Slippers
  • Sneakers
  • Socks

Each item must cost less than $100, although the total of the items may exceed $100.

This is only a partial list of qualifying items.

Items That Are Not Tax-Exempt During the Sales Tax Holiday

Keep in mind that not all general merchandise items are included in the sales tax holiday. The following items are not exempt from sales tax during the sales tax holiday:

  • Jewelry
  • Aprons
  • Sports helmets
  • Sports uniforms
  • Umbrellas
  • Wallets
  • Wetsuits
  • Purses
  • Gloves

Smart Shopping Strategies for Connecticut's Tax-Free Week

Connecticut's tax-free week is a great opportunity to save on your kids' back-to-school shopping needs and on adult and infant wear. However, using good common sense can save even more during tax-free week. This means comparing prices at different stores, which you can do online, and also using coupons when you can.

Also, don't buy anything you don't need just because of the tax-free week. The sales tax rate in Connecticut is 6.35 percent, so that amount—plus any local sales tax, if applicable —is the amount that you save during tax-free week.

It's entirely possible that you'll be able to find better sales in the weeks or after Connecticut's tax-free week savings event, so be sure to shop around and pay attention to the sales and promotions that are going on in your area.

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African Drum & Dance Performance

African Drum & Dance Performance

Tuesday 8/22 6 PM

Enjoy an interactive West African dance performance by professional African drummers and dancers. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and pack a picnic dinner and make it a family outing in our beautiful park. Please note alcohol is not permitted in the park, and children must be supervised by adults at all times. Registration is required. Note rain date is August 23.

Patterson Library

1167 NY-311, Patterson, NY

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Learn more about the Putnam Humane Society

Come learn more about the Putnam Humane Society at the Kent Library! The first session is for those ages 3-5, on Tuesday, September 12th at 11:00! The second session for those 6 and older, is Monday. September 25th at 4:30! A volunteer from the Putnam Humane Society will discuss their important role in the community and treatment and care of your pet. You will also get a chance to meet a couple of the animals awaiting a forever home. Registration is required.Please register all who plan to attend, this is not a drop-off program. You may register for the program by going towww.kentlibrary.orgor calling the Kent Public Library at845-225-8585. The library is located at 17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512.

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State Police prepare for the 172nd Annual Dutchess County Fair

The 172nd Annual Dutchess County Fair will begin on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, in Rhinebeck, NY.   The Dutchess County Fair is the second largest fair in New York State. 

Those traveling to the fair can access it by using State Route 9G and State Route 9 to travel North and South from Rhinebeck.  Those coming from the East can travel toward Rhinebeck via State Route 308. All of the named highways feed into Route 9, making the entry gates to the fair easily accessible.  

With the fairs size and popularity, the small community of Rhinebeck bares the influx of approximately 75,000 visitors in a single day.  This influx of visitors highly congests the small infrastructure of Rhinebeck.  Historically, traffic issues will occur and everyone should expect delays due to congestion. 

ALL COMMERCIAL VEHICLES are reminded that they are not permitted on village streets to make deliveries to the fair.   Deliveries will be accepted via the north gate, off of Route 9, before 9:00 a.m. 

Fair-goers are advised that the heaviest traffic occurs between the hours of 4-7 p.m. and after the stage shows, at approximately 9-10 p.m.  

Fair-goers may tune their car radios to 1610 AM within two miles of the fairgrounds to help them with directions in and out of the fair.

The State Police are responsible for policing matters and public safety at the fairgrounds and in the parking areas during the week of the fair.  We will be coordinating with fair Security, the Rhinebeck Police Department, Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, along with Fire & EMS to help make this week safe for all who attend.

The State Police have a command post at the fair, staffed from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.  The Contact number for the Command Post is (845) 876-3074.  Attendees should be aware that they may be subject to bag inspections upon entering or while in the fairgrounds, for public safety.  

The Dutchess County Fair is a family friendly event and actions of public nuisance are not tolerated.  Attendees may be removed from the grounds and banned for inappropriate actions.  
We look forward to a beautiful week that is filled with family fun.  We hope to have beautiful weather so all fair-goers are able to enjoy their visit.

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Acoustic Café Night for Local High School Bands

Acoustic Café Night for Local High School Bands

The Cultural Arts Coalition presents the acoustic Café being held on Friday, October 13 from 7:00 to 10:30 PM at the Studio Around the Corner 67 Main St., Brewster, NY. The event is free for attendees and performers.

High School Acoustic bands in Brewster, Carmel and Mahopac are welcome to perform. Each set is limited to 15 minutes with no more than 3 songs. Bands must sign up to perform. Visit Upcoming Events at to register.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit, email or call 845.363.8330.

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Putnam County Among Healthiest in New York State

For the seventh consecutive year, Putnam County ranks among the top five counties in New York State for overall health. Putnam is fifth in health outcomes, based on length and quality of life, and second in health factors, the influencers of health. The seventh annual County Health Rankings were released by the Robert Wood Johnson Founda- tion and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute dur- ing National Public Health Week, the first week of April. Last year Putnam was also second in health factors, and fourth in health out- comes, from among the 62 counties in the state.

The county’s move from fourth to fifth place in health outcomes may be of little significance, however there is no lack of clarity about two health challenges the county is currently facing.

The first is the rate of excessive alcohol use in Putnam, which continues to remain higher here than in the rest of New York State, seen in the binge drinking rates charted at the right. The health department works closely with the Putnam chapter of the National Council on Alco- holism and other Drug Dependencies (NCADD) and the Communities That Care (CTC) coalition on this issue. The second health problem relates to the dramatic rise of sexually transmitted diseases. This prob- lem is not limited to Putnam or even New York State. It is a nationwide trend that has all health officials concerned. (A related story on chlamydia and expedited partner therapy (EPT) appears on page 3.)

For more information on the 2017 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, visit 

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Art Exhibit: Mythology & Mysterious Layers/Abstraction

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Art Exhibit: Mythology & Mysterious Layers/Abstraction

Works by Joann Zwolski & Nicole Hughes at Studio Around the Corner

The Cultural Arts Coalition will present their September Art Exhibit with works by Joann Zwolski & Nicole Hughes at the Studio Around the Corner beginning September 8, 2017, at an opening reception from 7 to 9 PM.  The show, entitled “Mythology & Mysterious Layers/Abstraction” will be exhibited at the Studio throughout the months of September during gallery hours on Saturdays, 12 - 2 PM and during other events at the Studio.

Joann Zwolski works in a wide variety of mediums but in particular acrylics, and watercolor. She also creates painted collages. Her work visually expresses a passion for color, line and texture. The color red is her favorite color. Red symbolizes joy and happiness. Her palette is full of brilliant hues from a wide spectrum. Her line is a gestural line. Her work is inspired by nature. She combines both abstract and thematic elements in her work. 

Joann received her BFA from Pratt Institute and her MA from the College of New Rochelle. She has exhibited her artwork at several solo and group shows in the tri-state area and Delaware. She has taught art for over thirty years to students from kindergarten to high school at the Lakeland Central School District. Currently she teaches a drawing class to adults through Lakeland Continuing Education. She is on the Board of Trustees at the Putnam Arts Council in Mahopac, New York.

Nicole Hughes is a self-taught artist fueled by passion, an eye for beauty. Creating art as a place of refuge for her. It is a place that she calls her own, where she can rejuvenate, regroup and explore her self-being. Her artwork is a collection of colors, which blend and highlight each other. Inspiration work comes from the universe in front of her. Very often her pieces will go through a few stages until she feel the strokes and style are pleasing to her eye. One could say that her art is a reflection of her soul. For more about Nicole, visit her website at

Opening Reception - Meet the Artist

Friday, September 8, 7p - 9p

Additional Gallery Hours:  12 - 2p

Saturdays September 16, 23, 30 and Sunday, October 1 from 12-2

Studio Around the Corner at Old Town Hall

67 Main Street, Suite 101

Brewster, NY 10509

(845) 363-8330

For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit:, call (845) 363 - 8330, email or find us on Facebook at “Cultural Arts Coalition”.

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Brewster School Calendar

The Brewster Central School District has mailed the printed school calendar. Copies are available at the District Office. You can view and download an electronic version here.

First day of school is Tuesday, September 5th.

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You Can't Take It With You Auditions

Auditions for the Pulitzer Prize winning comedy "You Can't Take It With You"  by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart will be held on Saturday, August 26 & Sunday, August 27 from 2-6pm at 

Drew United Methodist Church
28 Gleneida Ave., Carmel, NY 10512

Performances October 27 to November 4.

Open call. No appointment necessary. 

Audition requirements: Come prepared with a memorized monologue. 1 to 5 minutes in length.

If you have a question or require further information contact director Dan Friedman at 

For more details visit their website at


Play Synopsis

Grandpa Vanderhof and his wacky family, the Sycamores, have been happily living their zany lives in his house by Columbia University in New York for many years. This family (and their friends) are a madcap group of eccentrics, marching to the beat of their own drum, with pride and joy. Their hobbies include collecting snakes, building fireworks in the basement, writing a myriad of plays that never get published, and taking ballet lessons. Things like stress, jobs, and paying taxes to the government are for other people, not for them! But when practical young Alice Sycamore becomes engaged to her company’s Vice President Tony Kirby, the Vanderhof/Sycamore clan must straighten up to meet the new in-laws. Disaster ensues when the Kirbys arrive at the wrong time and, despite the best laid plans, see Alice’s family in all of its crazy glory. The evening ends with everyone in the house getting arrested, and Alice ending the engagement. It isn’t until Grandpa’s wise speech to Mr. Kirby about the importance of living life to the fullest that the two families find a way to accept each other, and love conquers all. You Can’t Take It With You is a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy.​

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Dinner, music and Author Malachy McCourt

An Evening with Malachy McCourt and Friends
Sunday, August 20, 6 pm

A book signing and talk by Malachy McCourt marks the publishing of his latest book,"Death need not be Fatal." This special evening includes dinner at the Sedgewood Club and a copy of the book. Music will be provided throughout the evening by Midhat Serbagi (Viola), Pallas Athene (Cello), and Buddy Griffith (Bass). This event is a fundraiser for both Arts on the Lake and Tompkins Corners Cultural Center.

This event will be held at the Sedgewood Boathouse located at 1026 Barrett Circle West, Kent NY 10512.


For more Information, click here.

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Dutchess County Fair August 22-27

The Dutchess County Fair

Date: August 22-27, 2017
Time: Open Daily at 10am-10pm

For six days each August, the Dutchess Fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck plays host of up to 400,000 patrons for the Dutchess County Fair. The largest six day County Fair in New York State is a show place for agriculture in Dutchess County, highlighted by the big name talents, one of the finest carnivals in the entire country, free shows and attractions.

For tickets and more information visit:

Fair Ticket Information – Daily Admission

  • General Admission: $15 Adults
  • Children under 12: FREE at all times
  • Seniors (65+) & Military w/proper ID: $10 every day (purchased at gate)
    NoteSenior & Military tickets are not for sale online and are available for purchase all week at the gates or in advance at fair box office. Discount available to person with military ID or senior citizen only. THIS IS NOT A FAMILY DISCOUNT.
  • Ride Tickets: 4 tickets for $5, 22 tickets for $20
  • Free Parking

Special Promotion Rates

  • 6-Day Pass: $50 (only available at fair box office)
  • $10 Tuesday: Admission $10 all day
  • Wednesday Ride Wristband Day: $25 to ride all day. Wednesday only. Purchase wristband in Midway upon your arrival to the Fair. Admission paid separately.
  • Thursday: Admission $7 after 5pm (purchased at the gate)
  • Sunday Buy One Get One ½ Off: Buy 1 General Admission ticket, Get 1 General Admission ticket ½ off (purchased at the gate)
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NYC Broadway Week 2-for-1 Tickets Sept 4-17

2-for-1 Broadway Tickets Are Now on SaleThe magic of Broadway was meant to be shared. NYC Broadway Week returns September 4–17, with over 20 shows guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your (2-for-1) seats.

Tickets are now on sale.

Use code BWAYWK for 2-for-1 tickets, or opt for upgraded seats ($20 more*) using code BWAYUP


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Safely View the Solar Eclipse

The American Astronomical Society has a wealth of information on their website regarding the upcoming solar eclipse. "On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will have a solar eclipse. The Moon will cover at least part of the Sun for 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through, anyone within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse. The Moon will completely block the Sun’s bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds. Day will turn into night, and (weather permitting) one of nature’s most awesome sights will become visible: the Sun’s diaphanous outer atmosphere, or corona. This website is your guide to the event!"

Here are some safe viewing tips from NASA.

IT IS NOT SAFE TO LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN - EVEN DURING AN ECLIPSE! All the stores we contacted have sold out of solar eclipse glasses. Reasonably priced options are no longer available online. 

Events are being held around the country. Here are a few that are happening locally:

Some of these events include free glasses to those in attendance, live streaming, specialized solar telescope and other safe viewing options.




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Great American Eclipse at the Hudson River Museum

Mon, August 21, 12:30 – 3pm

FREE and open to all

On August 21, the shadow of a full solar eclipse will move across the United States. The path of this shadow, also known as the "path of totality," is 70 miles wide and will pass over 14 states, from Oregon to South Carolina. The rest of the country, including New York, will experience a partial solar eclipse. 

Come experience this once-in-a-lifetime celestial phenomenon at the Hudson River Museum!

  • Make pinhole projections, model the earth-moon system in our interactive workshops
  • View the partial solar eclipse from the courtyard through our specialized solar telescope and handheld filters, and bring your own special eclipse glasses.
  • Starting at 1pm, watch a live stream of the full eclipse from Oregon, where our Planetarium Manager Marc Taylor will be stationed, alongside projections of two real-time simulations in our Planetarium.

Hudson River Museum

511 Warburton Avenue

Yonkers, NY 10701

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Free Family Fun Day with Ice Cream, Games and Stories

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding is hosting a Family Fun Day from 1-3pm next Saturday, August 26, at Pegasus Farm, rain or shine. The event is free of charge, and friends are welcome! We are located at 310 Peach Lake Rd Brewster NY 10509

We have lots of fun activities planned:

- storytelling by the Story Pirates starting at 1:30

- sensory trail scavenger hunt

- ice cream social

It always helps us to know in advance how many guests to expect at our events. If you know you’ll be joining us and you haven’t yet responded, please email or call Candice Sciarrillo (845) 669-8235 x100.

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