Riverdale's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:01:52 -0400 HamletHub.com Weekend Guide October 20-22 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4123-weekend-guide-october-20-224123-weekend-guide-october-20-22 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4123-weekend-guide-october-20-224123-weekend-guide-october-20-22

 

It is finally starting to feel like Fall around here.  Some mornings this week were really cold but the weather this weekend looks gorgeous, so get out there and enjoy it and don’t forget to stop by Blind Brook’s Fall Fest and support our amazing schools!

 

Blind Brook Fall Fest

Saturday, October 21st, head to BMP Ridge Street School (390 North Ridge Street, Rye Brook)  from 12:00pm-3:30pm for our annual Fall Fest.  For $25 per child there’s entertainment, crafts, DJ, games, haunted hallway, face painting, food trucks and more fun to be had.  Don’t miss it!

 

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

I’m putting this up early in the guide to encourage you to make reservations for this for a future weekend.  It fills up fast and this weekend is already sold out as is next weekend but there are weekday spots and a few November weekend slots open.  See what I mean? This an amazing experience that kids AND adults love.  “The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying fall event returns for 40 delightful nights in 2017!

See more than 7,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display – all made of jack o’ lanterns!

Come gawk at more jack o'lanterns than ever before. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year’s Blaze, which was sold out EVERY NIGHT! Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and an all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening.”

Click here to learn more and/or to buy tickets. 

 

Port-Chester Rye Brook Library

Our very own library has a fun day of Halloween treats planned for us on Saturday, October 21st! At “11:30am** Singalongs with Chloe: babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will have fun singing songs, and playing with instruments and bubbles.  And at 2:30pm** The Remarkable Renaldo: children ages 5 and up will enjoy this interactive circus, magic and juggling show. We encourage children to come in costume, and parents to bring cameras to take pictures of them with Halloween characters.”

 

Rye Library

Today, Friday, October 20th, from 4-5pm, kids in grades 3-5 can have fun being creative and learn some cool new things during the Gadgets Science Fun Club.

 

Harrison Library

Today, Friday, at 4pm check out Yoga With Angela.  “Relaxing, soothing and fun. Peaceful. Like a day off. This is how tweens describe yoga with local instructor Angela Brandt. Ages 7-12.”

On Saturday from 10:30-11:30 stop by the library for Storytime & craft

Sing Along Sundays with Chloe will take place on Sunday from 4-4:30pm.  "This is a great way to “celebrate early childhood through music and movement!  Children and parents are sure to love the captivating songs, live accordion music, and activities designed with specific cognitive milestones in mind.  This class will feature a variety of child-sized instruments and props, and a wealth of both traditional and original songs to add to your singalong repertoire!  Get ready for a fun, creative, and engaging experience!”

 


Larchmont Library

Head to Larchmont this weekend (Saturday-Monday) for Larchmont’s Annual Scarecrow Festival!  “Come enjoy all the scarecrows on the front lawn of the library and VOTE for your favorite! Voting will take place from 12pm to 2pm during the annual Ragamuffin Parade on Saturday, October 21. The three scarecrows with the most votes will be displayed in the library. Don’t miss the fun by being a part of this Larchmont Halloween tradition!”

 

Rye Nature Center

On Saturday, October 21st send Dad out with the kid(s) for the Daddy & Me Animal Show from 9:15 - 10:00 am.  This event is $10/family members, $15/family non-members

Ecology Club for Families with Special Needs will also meet on Saturday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

 

Scared by the Sound at Playland

Playland transformed for the Halloween season last weekend!  “2017 marks the 18th consecutive year of Scared by the Sound Haunted House located at historic Playland Amusement Park. The only thing scarier than a closed and abandoned amusement park after dark is what you'll experience at this 12,000 square foot haunted house and cemetery, located next to the darkened rides and Seaside Walk. This haunt is also home to a terrifying cast of characters all awaiting for your arrival and most eager to help you get your Halloween season adrenaline rush.

Rated one of the best haunts in New York in all categories, Scared by the Sound is open for 9 nights this October and is also open rain or shine with free parking.

Tickets are available in advance online or at the box office nights of the event.

Please be sure to visit us at our permanent Scared by the Sound Interactive display located at Playland Amusement Park all season long. Watch the video monitor as unsuspecting Park goers are transformed into ZOMBIES in real time.

This is a walk-through dark attraction. Night time event may be too scary for children under 10 years of age, alone or with an adult. Strobe lighting and fog may be in use during this night time event. Persons adversely affected by these effects are advised not to enter.”

 

Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum is a hidden gem located just up the road from us in nearby Greenwich, CT.  After you’ve checked out the museum, head across the street to a super fun playground the kids are sure to love!  

On Friday from 2:30-2:45pm, check out the Marine Tank Animal Feeding.

And on Sunday from 1-4pm check out Toulouse-Lautrec Family Day.  “Step into the limelight at the Bruce Museum! Fun, hands-on activities throughout the Museum inspired by our exhibit In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum. From 1:30-3:30 pm, sit for a unique portrait by caricaturist Dan Springer and see a Toulouse-Lautrec painting come to life with mime and moving statue Linda Peck. At 1:45 pm and again at 2:45 pm, join us for dance performances by Allegra Dance Greenwich.”

 

Westchester Children’s Museum


Good news! The Westchester Children’s Museum is open for business and for you and the kids to enjoy!  This “sunlit, colorful, vibrant learning space is filled with interactive exhibits that explore science, art, technology, design and the environment, with places to build, play, and create.”  The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays 10-4.  Current exhibits include:
MAKERSPACES
BUILD YOUR OWN ROLLER COASTER
KEVA PLANKS
WIND TUNNEL DESIGN CHALLENGE
TODDLER BEACH
SHADOW PUPPET THEATER

From Friday, September 15th until November 30th, the American Dream Collection: Works by Lynn Mara will be on display!  “Drawing inspiration from the beauty of her natural surroundings and the wide spectrum of American iconography, artist Lynn Mara  captures the vibrancy of the American spirit through her paintings. Her Impressionist style, bright, colorful palate, and distinct subject matter ranging from bold images of the American Flag, energetic equestrian scenes, to sun-bleached landscapes are joyful and accessible for young visitors.

 

Artist Lynn Mara is the Winner of the Design a Bus Contest for the 40th Anniversary of the Hampton Jitney, her bus can be seen traveling between Long Island and Manhattan. She was also named Winner of the 2017 HAMPTON CLASSIC poster design. The artist is a devoted mother of four sons, and lives and works in Greenwich CT. with her husband Frank.On View in the Westchester Children’s Museum Art Gallery.”

 

And the most exciting day of the year is here for the museum and it’s visitors!  Saturday October 21st is Explore-A-Thon Day from 10-4pm, “Our Annual Interactive Day of Play, Experimentation, and Discovery.  There’ Science, Art, Music, Movement, Tinkering, Engineering, Building, Animation, Nature, Crafts, Fun and Food Trucks

Register online and save time!




Touch-a-Truck / CCNS Fall Fair

Also on Saturday, October 21st, from 11am-3pm kids can “Climb. Explore. Learn. TOUCH! Touch-a-Truck is a unique and interactive event that allows children to see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as to meet the personnel who protect, serve, and build the Rye and surrounding communities. We have an exciting list of trucks and vehicles and as well as Anthony's Hotdog cart & Arthur Ave wood fired pizza for food and treats. There will be bounce houses, crafts and much more!

The CCNS Fall Fair is an annual event, which began over 30 years ago as a way to raise funds for the school. This is the second year we are doing a Vehicle Fair. Children will get to sit on and explore many different vehicles that they see daily in our community. The Fair includes age appropriate vehicles, rides, crafts, food trucks, bake sale and a raffle and is fun for the whole community.”   Prices are $15 per child and $35 per family 3 +.  The fun will take place at Christ's Church Nursery School (Rectory Street & Milton Road Circle, Rye, NY.)

 


Hudson River Museum

Have you checked out the Hudson River Museum and Planetarium yet?  “The Hudson River Museum is a multi-disciplinary cultural complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, actively reaching out to broaden the horizons of all of its visitors.”

Early Explorers takes place on Saturdays & Sundays from 1 - 4pm.  This is a “safe space for children to explore, play, and create with their families. The room hosts a large-scale dollhouse, blocks, puppet theater, and books. A Junior Docent is present to answer questions and suggest activities.  Must be accompanied by a caregiver. Up to age 5.”

In addition, planetarium shows take place on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30, 2 and 3:30pm.  

 

 

Barnes & Noble

On Saturday at 11am, stop by Barnes & Noble for the Good Day, Good Night Storytime.  “In this previously unpublished picture book by Margaret Wise Brown, author of the beloved children's book Goodnight Moon, readers will take comfort in the reassuring world of the little bunny and delight at the attention to detail and hidden surprises on every page. Join us for Storytime, with activities to follow.”

Our closest store is in City Center in White Plains but other nearby locations include Eastchester’s new store complete with a fabulous café!





Ghost The Musical at White Plains Performing Arts Center

Last weekend, Ghost The Musical came to The White Plains Performing Arts Center until October 29th.

“GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

The cast features the talents of Natalie Weiss (Molly), Steven Grant Douglas (Sam), Wayne Shuker (Carl) and Ellisha Marie (Oda Mae). Completing the cast are Jaela Cheeks-Lomax, Kenya Hamilton, Chloe Kostman, Greg Laucella, Kenneth-Kyle Martinez and T.J. Newton.

Natalie Weiss rose to fame as a semi-finalist on Season 4 of American Idol and on her widely successful YouTube videos and web series “Breaking Down the Riffs” which collectively have reached over 3 million views, but Broadway theatre fans know her from her roles in Saturday Night Fever, Les Misérables, Everyday Rapture and Wicked.  Natalie has toured the world teaching and performing solo concerts.  She has the privilege of singing on the Original Broadway Cast recording of Dear Evan Hansen and will soon be heard on the soundtrack for the upcoming Hugh Jackman movie musical, The Greatest Showman, based on the life of P.T. Barnum, with original music by Pasek and Paul.”

For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600.

 



Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones museum is another amazing place for the kids.  Located about 20 minutes north of Rye Brook, in Norwalk, CT, it’s perfect for the whole family! Check them out here, then head on over for a fun filled day of learning and hands-on activities the kids will adore!  

So many fun events planned for the weekend! Check them out right here.




Maritime Aquarium

There is always SO much going on at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.

Octoberfest Cruises will take place on Saturdays in October from 5-6:30pm at a cost of $50 ($45 for aquarium members.)  “Hoist Ale on Saturday evenings in October as The Maritime Aquarium offers special Octoberfest Cruises featuring tastings from local craft breweries. The adults-only cruises will showcase different Connecticut breweries each Saturday. Sample and enjoy their flagship and seasonal brews, while taking in the gorgeous sights on Long Island Sound.  Participants must be at least 21 years old.”

And to celebrate Halloween, don’t miss the AquaScarium Halloween Prowl this weekend and next (Oct. 21-22 & 28-29) from 10-5pm.  “FREE admission for children ages 3-12 in costume when accompanied by a paying adult.  There's no trick about this treat as the Aquarium transforms into the AquaScarium, with an admission discount for kids in costume, face painting, special activities and lots of safe (non-scary) family fun!

Activities Include:

  • Seven special activity stations where kids can earn stamps on AquaScarium cards. Activites include a witch-hat ring-toss game, a skeleton puzzle and more. Fully stamped cards can be exchanged for a free popcorn in the Aquarium's IMAX theater.

  • Face-painters will enhance Halloween alter egos between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., turning guests into wild creatures, superheroes, princesses and more. There’s a $5 fee.

  • A dragon will be loose … but not too loose … at a free “Meet the Dragon” station, where Aquarium educators will invite guests to touch or hold a live bearded dragon. Times are 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 & 2:30-3:30 p.m.

  • The normal Toy-Boat Workshop will become a Pirate Toy-Boat Workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There’s a $5 fee to build a boat.”

Have you checked out "Journey With Jellies" A bigger & even better jellyfish exhibit yet?  “Get close to some of the most strangely beautiful – but painfully dangerous – animals in the sea as The Maritime Aquarium presents a newly expanded exhibit of jellyfish, including species we've never displayed before!
See Pacific sea nettles in an enormous new display, bizarre flower-hat jellies, "upside-down" jellies in a cool half-dome, and more!”  

Check out the Coral Reef Exhibit!  “A rainbow of colors dart and dash in our new 3,000-gallon Coral Reef exhibit, open now just past the Sea Turtles exhibit.
Meet more than 40 species of reef fish native to the Indo-Pacific, including brilliantly colored varieties of tangs, triggerfish, wrasses and more.
Displays explain why reef systems are so important to the ocean, yet why they’re also so fragile.
Plus, learn how global ocean currents can connect water in reefs on the other side of the planet to our local Long Island Sound – and thus, how our stewardship of the Sound also means good stewardship of all Earth's marine ecosystems.”

The aquarium is definitely worth a trip up the Merritt or 95!

Click here to learn more about Maritime.


Michael’s


Most Saturdays from 10-12 Michael’s offers a fun Kids Club® craft that kids can participate in while their parents shop.  This Saturday’s project is making Kids Club® Vampirina Friendship Bracelets.  The cost is $2 per project and supplies are included.  Sign up in store or online, or just drop in.  Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

Also on Saturday from 1-3pm, children “can participate in the MAKEbreak Halloween TShirts event.  Buy a t-shirt, and the supplies to decorate it will be provided.”



Lakeshore


Lakeshore also hosts a free craft workshop for kids most Saturdays from 11-3pm.  This Saturday’s craft also sounds super fun, creating Feathered Friends Bird Feeder! Tree Art!  Appropriate for kids ages 3 & up. No reservation necessary. Free.”


Clay Art Center’s Drop In Class

Every Saturday from 2 - 4pm, drop in for a fun clay class.  Cost is $30/adult and $20 for children under 12.  This fee includes material and firing.  “Have fun in this one-time class for adults, children and families interested in experimenting with clay for the first time. Plan a great afternoon with friends, family, or just for you while exploring your inner artist in this fun and messy introduction to clay! Projects take between 1.5- 2 hours.

  • Ornament Making Projects - December 2 & 9 (two sessions at 1:30 & 3:30)

SPACE IS LIMITED. Tickets go on sale at the front desk at 10am the day of class. Call us at 914-937-2047 to register or drop in by 1:45. First Come First Served.  Class maximum is 12 people.”

 


Westchester Broadway Theatre Production of Annie

Annie Get Your Gun is on stage at the Westchester Broadway Theatre from September 14 - November 26, 2017 and returns December 28, 2017 - January 28, 2018.  “Set in the Wild West, where Frank Butler is the sharpest sharpshooter around and the heart-throb of Buffalo Bill's travelling Wild West show. He'll take on any challenge... and win. That is, until Frank meets his match in the rough and ready tomboy sharpshooter, Annie Oakley. Romantic sparks fly, but as long as he is competitive and she is stubborn the course of true love never will run smooth. Irving Berlin’s score filled with memorable hit songs, including “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better,” "They Say It's Wonderful", “I Got the Sun in the Morning,” Doin' What Comes Natur'lly ,” and the show-stopping hit, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”


Buy tickets here.




Halloween Comes to Lasdon Park

This sounds like a wonderful event!  “Dozens of toy trains chugging through a miniature world, an enchanted castle with a magical fairy garden, a “live” friendly dinosaur and much more will be featured in 10th annual Halloween Train Show, beginning Saturday, Sept. 30 and continuing weekends through October at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Museum.

Show dates are Saturdays and Sundays, October, 21 and 22; and 28 and 29. Times are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The principal attraction of the event in the Main House will be the huge railroad layout, featuring Lionel and similar scale trains traveling past magical creatures and beloved characters ending in a fantasy land with a real storybook ending.

The house will be decorated as an enchanted castle. Step inside and explore the rooms where you will find a magical fairy garden, featuring a beanstalk growing through the ceiling and a dragon in his lair.

Visitors can also stroll through the Lasdon Conservatory’s “Rainforest” exhibit, the “enchanted” hay maze, the “Down the Rabbit Hole” walk or the “Dinosaur Garden” and meet and greet a “live” dinosaur.

There will be music, entertainment, face painting, storybook readings and hayrides at certain times (dates and times vary).

Food will be available from Fork in the Road Café food truck, which will have a full menu for lunch or early dinner. The Garden Shop will offer fall mums, pumpkins, gifts, food and refreshments.

The Westchester Veterans Museum will be open, featuring the exhibit “The War to End All Wars,” marking the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I.

The entrance fees are $5 per child and $10 per adult.

Lasdon Park is located at 2610 Amawalk Road (Route 35) in Somers.

For information, including dates and times of special attractions, go to lasdonpark.org or call (914) 864-7268.”

 

 

Apple & Pumpkin Picking

One of my favorite fall activities, Apple and Pumpkin Picking has begun already.  Nearby orchards include Harvest Moon which also happens to have Fall Festivals on “weekends only from September 9th - October 29th 10am-5pm and Columbus Day Monday,”  Barton Orchards,  Silverman’s Farm, Wilken’s Farm,  Dr. Davie’s Farm in Rockland, Outhouse Orchards and Stuart Farm.

 

Lyndhurst Mansion Halloween Fun

“Day or night, visitors can walk Lyndhurst’s historic landscape and view the Halloween Sculpture Garden and Scarecrow Invasion. From visitor parking to the mansion, Lyndhurst’s carriage drive is lined with ten steampunk outdoor sculptures backed by scarecrows dressed and designed by local schools. This is a perennially popular place to take Halloween selfies. During the day, the sculptures are backed by the particularly beautiful grounds as leaves change color and start to fall and spectacular views of the Hudson River and new Mario Cuomo (Tappan Zee) Bridge open up. At night, these are eerily lit and add to the Halloween fun.

No advance reservations necessary. On view October 6 – 31, daytime during mansion opening hours. See at night from October 19 – 31, evenings during Jay Ghoul opening hours. $5 per person at gate – cash only. Free when attending other Halloween events.

NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY

SCARECROW INVASION AND

HALLOWEEN SCULPTURE GARDEN

Daylight hours, October 6 through 31

 

In addition, CLASSIC MANSION TOURS WITH A HALLOWEEN TWIST September 30 through October 31

During the day, Lyndhurst offers Classic Mansion Tours – with a Halloween twist.  The first floor is decorated for the fall with lush foliage and Halloween vignettes throughout each room. The second floor of the mansion is not decorated and visitors can see Lyndhurst’s main rooms in all their traditional splendor. These tours also highlight many Gothic furnishings that Lyndhurst unveils only during the Halloween season.

For those wanting a traditional tour experience adorned with seasonal decorations, this is the best option. The guided tour will focus on the home’s many original furnishings and decorative arts as well as the history and architecture of the building.

Please note, advance online ticket purchases are recommended as tours sell out.”

 

Weekends at Stone Barns Center

“Experience what's happening on the farm, meet our farmers and greet the season!

On a Saturday or Sunday visit to Stone Barns from April through November, participate in a variety of seasonal, hands-on activities and drop-in tours, all included with your one-day admission ticket.

Weekend tickets sell out. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance:

Tickets become available for purchase 6 weeks in advance.

This season on the farm-

Because every day is different on the farm, exact programming changes each week, but a sample weekend day this spring, summer or fall will include activities like:

Meet the: Sheep: 10:00 – 10:45 am

Meet the: Chickens: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Farm Activity: Lettuce Planting: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blue Hill chef joins the Farm Activity 11:30 am-12 pm

Getting Grounded: Adult Walking Tour 11:30 am (45 minutes)

Hands-on Taste: Spring Rolls 1:00 - 1:45 pm

Making the Rounds: Greenhouse Tour 1:15 pm (20 minutes)

Meet the: Sheep: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Farm Activity: Prep the Field Beds 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Meet the: Compost 2:30 - 3:00 pm

Meet the: Pigs 3:00 - 3:30 pm

Getting Grounded Tour: Adult Walking Tour 4:00 pm (45 minutes)

This is a sample schedule; a full schedule of the day's programs will be available to you upon entering the farm the day of your visit.”

 




Other weekend ideas?

The movies are always a fun weekend option.  Currently in theaters for the kids is My Little Pony: The Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie.  Personally, for adults, I can’t wait to see the movies Battle of the Sexes and Stronger.  



What about a Farmer’s Market?  Pleasantville has a great one Saturdays from 8:30-1pm!  


Harrison's also has a great Farmers Market open Saturdays, from 8:30-1 from May 20th to November 18th at Ma Riis Park by the train station.

Rye also has a great Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 8:30-2pm in the parking lot behind Village Social and Chase Bank (Theodore Fremd Ave.)


Have you checked out Fun Fuzion in New Rochelle yet.  Fun Fuzion is Westchester’s only indoor amusement park.  There’s bowling, mini golf, billiards, lazer tag, and a fun house with games and rides.  There’s also a movie theater next door! Definitely a spot worth visiting!



Legoland is a fun place to visit with the kids especially during Halloween!  “Treat the kids to spooky, kooky, bricktastic fun all Halloween season!  Jump inside the world's spookiest box of LEGO® bricks at the only Halloween Party that’s built for kids! Our LEGO® FUNgineers are busy making the attraction boo-tiful and are planning awesome activities around every creepy corner including a Halloween-themed LEGO mosaic build activity, Haunted MINILAND takeover, Spooky, kooky scavenger hunt, Brick or Treat bat build, Minifigure ghost photo ops, And more!

Visit The Ultimate Indoor LEGO Playground for these spook-tacular Brick or Treat events on the following weekends: 10/21-10/22, 10/28-10/29 and 10/31”




Perhaps the Zoo?  Nearby ones include the Bronx Zoo.  Boo at the Zoo has started and is super fun!  Eleven days of Halloween traditions like pumpkin carvings and the costume parade. Plus a hayride, seasonal food and beer, and much more! Check out the schedule and pick a weekend to come.  Other nearby zoos include The Central Park Zoo and the Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut.
 or Central Park Zoo?

Maybe take a stroll around the New York Botanical Gardens- Artworks by renowned artist CHIHULY will be on display until October 29th.  Check out the “breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light, and form—by day and night.”   SCARECROWS & PUMPKINS is also taking place until Halloween and is open from 10-6.  There are Guided Activities on Weekdays; 1:30–5:30 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.



And Bowlmor bowling alley is a fun option in White Plains!

The Greenwich beaches are open year round, but Park/Beach Passes are required from May 1 to October 31.  

Another fun spot to check out, which often has fun weekend activities is Muscoot Farm.   http://www.muscootfarm.org

 

The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce is holding a Cookie Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Chappaqua on the same day as the Ragamuffin Parade -- Sunday, October 22nd, from 12-3:30pm.  Sounds fun and yummy!

 

Remember, it’s always a good idea to call ahead, to ensure a scheduled activity is still running.  Email me at ryebrook@hamlethub.com and let me know if we missed any super fun, family friendly events and/or if you would like to advertise with us!
Photo Credit: Kelly Schwark

 











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annaleder@yahoo.com (Anna Leder) Events Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:20:45 -0400
CBS’s Madam Secretary Films at Wartburg http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4117-cbs-s-madam-secretary-films-at-wartburg-15082667064117-cbs-s-madam-secretary-films-at-wartburg-1508266706 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4117-cbs-s-madam-secretary-films-at-wartburg-15082667064117-cbs-s-madam-secretary-films-at-wartburg-1508266706

Left to right: Angela Ciminello, David Gentner, Téa Leoni, Erich Bergen and Karen Thomas.

Wartburg, a premier senior care and housing provider in Mount Vernon, New York, was the backdrop during a filming of Season 4 of  CBS’s hit series, Madam Secretary.  The episodes featured various sites throughout Wartburg’s historic 34-acre campus and will air on Sunday, October 22 and 29 at 10 p.m. EST.

Madam Secretary stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.

Over the course of several days during a two week period, Wartburg hosted the cast and crew of Madam Secretary including stars Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine and BeBe Neuwirth along with over 100 crew members of Eye Productions, Inc. Wartburg’s campus was transformed into a homeland security office, a bed and breakfast and featured a presidential motorcade, just to name a few.

“The cast and crew of Madam Secretary were delightful with our staff and residents.  We were excited to welcome them to our beautiful campus,” said Angela Ciminello, Vice President of Development and Marketing at Wartburg. “It was amazing to see how a television series is filmed especially with Wartburg’s campus as the backdrop.”

Wartburg’s campus will be featured in Episodes 3 and 4 of Season 4 and will include a yoga scene in the meadow, Tim Daly’s character speaking with an informant in the Juanita Friedrichs Rotunda, the facade of Wartburg’s Rehabilitation Center seen as “Brook Ponds” Treatment Center, a bed and breakfast in Jahn Memorial (President’s House), the Dale and Yvonne Gatz Conference Center as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and a room in the Hauselt Building was made into a senior level Homeland Security office.  There will also be a motorcade procession driving through the campus. 

“Wartburg’s blend of modern and historic buildings and room for various staging activities has always made it an ideal location for photography and film,” said Wartburg’s CEO David Gentner. “The cast and crew of Madam Secretary were extremely professional and a real pleasure to host.  The show certainly has a few new fans on this campus.”

Wartburg, located in Westchester County, NY, offers integrated, comprehensive senior residential and healthcare services.  Unlike conventional retirement communities, Wartburg provides a wide range of services to both residents living on their beautiful 34-acre campus and people in their own homes. From independent, assisted living and award-winning nursing home care to inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, home care and adult day care services, their continuing care approach has earned them a trusted reputation in Westchester. Wartburg also provides caregiver support at every stage with an array of options to find the level of care that considers the whole family.

Most recently, Wartburg received the 2016 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators and the 2015 Legacy Award from the Westchester County Chapter of the Links. In addition, Wartburg was named one of the "Best Nursing Homes in New York State" by U.S. News & World Report for the seventh consecutive year in 2017.

 

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mjdardano@gmail.com (Michael Dardano) Neighbors Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:15:59 -0400
PCSB Bank to host Healthy Eating Community Cook-Off on November 7 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4119-pcsb-bank-to-host-healthy-eating-community-cook-off4119-pcsb-bank-to-host-healthy-eating-community-cook-off http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4119-pcsb-bank-to-host-healthy-eating-community-cook-off4119-pcsb-bank-to-host-healthy-eating-community-cook-off

PCSB Bank has announced the 2017 Healthy Eating Community Cook-Off, in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital and the American Heart Association. The Cook-Off finals will be held on Nov. 7, 2017, at Noon, at the hospital’s Farmers Market in the main lobby (1980 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY).

The public, along with bank customers and employees, are invited to submit their favorite “Healthy Eating” recipes at one of PCSB’s 15 local branches, located throughout Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, and Rockland counties in New York. Entries can also be submitted at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. The entry deadline is October 27, 2017.

“As a community-focused bank, we are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of people in the counties we serve—this includes physical as well as financial health,” says Joseph D. Roberto, chairman, president and chief executive officer of PCSB Bank. “The Community Cook-Off really engages people in thinking about how to make healthier food choices, get fit, and improve heart health, while still enjoying delicious meals.”

Four finalists will be chosen to present their recipes at the Healthy Eating Community Cook-Off on Nov. 7. A panel of culinary judges will taste each dish and select a Community Cook-off Champion, who will receive a grand prize of an Apple Watch, while finalists receive a Fitbit wristband. The event will also feature local produce, crafts, a raffle for prizes, and a cardiologist to answer questions about heart health.

The Healthy Eating Community Cook-off is designed to raise awareness of Eat Smart Month, an initiative by the American Heart Association to encourage people to make healthy eating choices as they approach the holiday season. The program promotes these goals: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well.” To access additional healthy eating information and resources, please visit: www.Heart.org/nationaleatinghealthyday

In addition to the Community Cook-Off, PCSB Bank has demonstrated its commitment to the American Heart Association through a notable donation and its yearly participation in the AHA Heart Walk.

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kerry@ducey.org (Leslie Wells) Events Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:10:31 -0400
Recipe of the Week: Pumpkin-Cranberry Gift Loaves http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4120-recipe-of-the-week-pumpkin-cranberry-gift-loaves4120-recipe-of-the-week-pumpkin-cranberry-gift-loaves http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4120-recipe-of-the-week-pumpkin-cranberry-gift-loaves4120-recipe-of-the-week-pumpkin-cranberry-gift-loaves

Pumpkin-Cranberry Gift Loaves

Ingredients

  • 1 29-ounce can pure pumpkin (about 1-3/4  cups)

  • 1-1/4 cups sugar

  • 3 eggs or 3/4 cup egg substitute

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons nutmeg

  • 2-1/4 cups flour

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray 6 baby loaf pans (about 6 inches long) with cooking spray. In a large bowl, use a whisk to combine pumpkin, sugar, eggs, and vegetable oil. Add dry ingredients, stirring until everything is combined. Stir in nuts and cranberries. Bake at 325°F for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

This is a very moist quick bread. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove to rack and let cool completely before wrapping.

Serves 4 (per loaf)

Each serving contains about 165 calories, 2 g protein, 6 g fat, 27 mg cholesterol, 24 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, and 130 mg sodium.

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (My Health Quest ) Life Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:44:16 -0400
Free College Degrees for Seniors http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4121-free-college-degrees-for-seniors4121-free-college-degrees-for-seniors http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4121-free-college-degrees-for-seniors4121-free-college-degrees-for-seniors

Concordia College New York and Wartburg are announcing a new partnership to give adults 65+ in Mount Vernon the opportunity to earn a college degree – affordable for all, free of cost to qualified applicants.

  Combining the educational excellence of Concordia College with Wartburg’s expertise in senior engagement, SeniorU will give adults in Mount Vernon the chance to earn a two- or four-year college degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Classes will be taught by Concordia faculty on Wartburg’s beautiful campus. Transportation to classes will be provided. Tuition may be fully subsidized for qualified applicants. Classes begin in January 2018.

Admission is open to all Mount Vernon residents with a high school diploma. To learn more or to register, call Concordia Admissions at 914-337-9300 ext. 2124. The Concordia admissions team will work with students to navigate the financial aid application process.

 

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aseward100@aol.com (Concordia College) Neighbors Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:17:04 -0400
Learn Computer Programming for Free at Yonkers Public Library http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4122-learn-computer-programming-for-free4122-learn-computer-programming-for-free http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4122-learn-computer-programming-for-free4122-learn-computer-programming-for-free

 
Free after-school club for 6-12th grade girls to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment.
 
The club will meet at the Yonkers Riverfront Library in Tech Central for two hours weekly starting in October. To sign up or get more information, please call the Reference Desk at (914) 375-7966 or speak to a librarian. The club will be facilitated by Maria D. Chang, PhD and research staff scientist at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.

To register at the Riverfront Library, click here
For the Will Library, click here
For the Crestwood Library, click here
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aseward100@aol.com (Yonkers Public Library) Places Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:46:20 -0400
Broadway Takes Ridgefield By Storm: American Dance Spectacular on October 22 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4118-broadway-takes-ridgefield-by-storm-american-dance-spectacular-on-october-224118-broadway-takes-ridgefield-by-storm-american-dance-spectacular-on-october-22 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4118-broadway-takes-ridgefield-by-storm-american-dance-spectacular-on-october-224118-broadway-takes-ridgefield-by-storm-american-dance-spectacular-on-october-22

An all-star cast, including Broadway performers Jennifer DiNoia (Elphaba in “Wicked”) and Vishal Vaidya (Broadway’s "Groundhog Day”), star in a brand new show at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, October 22 at 7pm! 

"American Dance Spectacular!” features twelve leading Broadway dancers and singers, and takes the audience on a high energy journey through the evolution of dance in America. From the Charleston and Lindy Hop to the Jitterbug and the Twist to Disco and Voguing, "American Dance Spectacular!" is an exploration of the 20th century’s flashiest dances, infused with the hit songs from each decade.

Mastermind and esteemed Broadway actor Daniel C. Levine (whose Broadway credits include “Mamma Mia!, “Les Miserables”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and “The Rocky Horror Show") has created this brand new production along with energetic choreography by Al Blackstone (TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”), music direction and arrangements by Bryan Perri (Broadway’s “Wicked”), and book by Susan Batten (Lifetime TV’s “Showing Roots”). 

Don’t miss the chance to see Broadway come to life in "American Dance Spectacular!"

For tickets ($60), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (HH) Events Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:25:04 -0400
Protest Art Exhibit Opening in Downtown Yonkers http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4116-protest-art-exhibit-opening-in-downtown-yonkers4116-protest-art-exhibit-opening-in-downtown-yonkers http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4116-protest-art-exhibit-opening-in-downtown-yonkers4116-protest-art-exhibit-opening-in-downtown-yonkers

An art exhibit based on political protest will open at PC4, 16 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY on October 19th, 2017.

Artist Amanda Wylie will feature the solo show in collaboration with Purchase College.  Wylie's work focuses on equal rights, gender identity, and societal standards in America; creating political commentary via pop culture reference.

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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Places Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:51:30 -0400
Bostock family of Greenwich wins award in Fresh Air Fund’s annual photo contest http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4115-bostock-family-of-greenwich-wins-award-in-fresh-air-fund-s-annual-photo-contest-15081891954115-bostock-family-of-greenwich-wins-award-in-fresh-air-fund-s-annual-photo-contest-1508189195 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4115-bostock-family-of-greenwich-wins-award-in-fresh-air-fund-s-annual-photo-contest-15081891954115-bostock-family-of-greenwich-wins-award-in-fresh-air-fund-s-annual-photo-contest-1508189195

Greenwich residents, the Bostock’s, participated in The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program this past summer and were among the winners of the 2017 Photo Contest! All winners were selected from the hundreds of photos submitted by volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada. The photos capture the memorable experiences our volunteer host families shared with Fresh Air children this past summer. Categories include “Backyard Fun,” “Friendship,” “New Experiences,” “Exploring Nature,” “Swimming,” “The Beach” and “Ice Cream.”

The Bostock’s photo was selected as the winner in the “Farm” category, and features Fresh Air child, Michael, 9, playing with the chickens in their backyard in the Southwest Coast area with the Bostock’s.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. To learn more about hosting a Fresh Air child next summer, please contact your local volunteer Nicole Heath at 203-829-8196 or visit The Fresh Air Fund at www.freshair.org.

*9-year-old Michael of the Bronx had a blast playing with the Bostock's chickens in their backyard. Michael spent a week with the Bostock family in Greenwich this past July as part of The Fresh Air Fund's Friendly Towns Program. Photo credit: Anne Louise Bostock

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Fresh Air Fund) Neighbors Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:26:35 -0400
USA Today Names New Rochelle One Of America's Best Cities To Live In http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4114-usa-today-names-new-rochelle-one-of-america-s-best-city-to-live-in4114-usa-today-names-new-rochelle-one-of-america-s-best-city-to-live-in http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4114-usa-today-names-new-rochelle-one-of-america-s-best-city-to-live-in4114-usa-today-names-new-rochelle-one-of-america-s-best-city-to-live-in

In an article published on Friday, October 13, USA Today named Danbury one of "America's 50 best cities to live in". New Rochelle was the only city in New York to make the list.

The article states, "24/7 Wall St. created an index of over three dozen socioeconomic measures to identify the 50 best American cities to live in. The most livable cities span the country — from the Deep South to New England and from the Mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest."

Here's what USA Today had to say about #50, New Rochelle:

New Rochelle is the only city in New York among the 50 best places to live in the United States. An estimated 19.4% of commuters in New Rochelle use public transportation, nearly four times the national share. Many of those commuting from New Rochelle travel on the Metro-North Railroad to high-paying jobs in New York City. The typical New Rochelle household earns $75,757 a year, far more than the $57,617 the typical American household earns a year.

In addition to providing access to the economic opportunities of a major metropolitan area, New Rochelle offers the quality of life of a wealthy suburb. The area has roughly one park and five golf courses per 100,000 residents, among the most of any city nationwide.

Read the article in its entirety here.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Sarah) Places Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:53:42 -0400
Weekend Guide October 13-15 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4113-weekend-guide-october-13-154113-weekend-guide-october-13-15 http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4113-weekend-guide-october-13-154113-weekend-guide-october-13-15

 

Friday the 13th is here...and it is October...all signs are starting to point to Halloween and many of the activities seem to have a spooky theme too!  Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend spent with family and friends.

 

Music at the Mansion

On Saturday, October 14th at 8pm, head to the mansion in Crawford Park to enjoy music from the Celtic Caribbean fusion band The Gaslight Tinkers. In case you’re not from Rye Brook, the address is  122 North Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Doors will open at 7PM and refreshments will be available at the show, including beer and wine.  Sounds fun!

 

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

I’m putting this up early in the guide to encourage you to make reservations for this for a future weekend.  It fills up fast and this weekend is already sold out as is next weekend but there are weekday spots and a few November weekend slots open.  See what I mean? This an amazing experience that kids AND adults love.  “The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying fall event returns for 40 delightful nights in 2017!

See more than 7,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display – all made of jack o’ lanterns!

Come gawk at more jack o'lanterns than ever before. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year’s Blaze, which was sold out EVERY NIGHT! Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and an all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening.”

Click here to learn more and/or to buy tickets. 

 

Rye Library

Today, Friday, October 13th, from 4-5pm, “All Ryebrary S.T.E.A.M.ers in grades K-2 are invited to join the librarians once-a-month in our "New S.T.E.A.M. LAB where literacy meets science.  Each month we will read a book together, then taking inspiration from the story, we will teach kids how to think with their hands and minds.  It's inquiry-based learning combined with a hands-on activity in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering. Art, or Mathematics.  Literacy meets S.T.E.A.M.  Pre-registration is required for this event.  

 

Harrison Library

Today, Friday, at 4pm check out Yoga With Angela.  “Relaxing, soothing and fun. Peaceful. Like a day off. This is how tweens describe yoga with local instructor Angela Brandt. Ages 7-12.”

On Saturday from 10:30-11:30 stop by the library for Storytime & craft

Also Saturday from 11-12 check out Meet and Read with Angie, Therapy Dog!  



Larchmont Library

Saturday from 11-12:15pm kids ages 5 and up can participate in Welcome to the Theatre!  “Online registration required. Join cast members from Pail and Shovel Production’s musical, “Halloween Hotel,” for a fun-filled behind the scenes experience!  In this theatre workshop, kids will learn about costumes and makeup as well as do some singing and dancing along the way!”

 

Rye Nature Center

Oktoberfest is taking place tonight, Friday, October 13 from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the RNC.  “Join us for hops, vines, music, and delicious food at our annual fundraiser.”

 

Scared by the Sound at Playland

Playland transforms for the Halloween season starting this weekend!  “2017 marks the 18th consecutive year of Scared by the Sound Haunted House located at historic Playland Amusement Park. The only thing scarier than a closed and abandoned amusement park after dark is what you'll experience at this 12,000 square foot haunted house and cemetery, located next to the darkened rides and Seaside Walk. This haunt is also home to a terrifying cast of characters all awaiting for your arrival and most eager to help you get your Halloween season adrenaline rush.

Rated one of the best haunts in New York in all categories, Scared by the Sound is open for 9 nights this October and is also open rain or shine with free parking.

Tickets are available in advance online or at the box office nights of the event.

Please be sure to visit us at our permanent Scared by the Sound Interactive display located at Playland Amusement Park all season long. Watch the video monitor as unsuspecting Park goers are transformed into ZOMBIES in real time.

This is a walk-through dark attraction. Night time event may be too scary for children under 10 years of age, alone or with an adult. Strobe lighting and fog may be in use during this night time event. Persons adversely affected by these effects are advised not to enter.”

 

Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum is a hidden gem located just up the road from us in nearby Greenwich, CT.  After you’ve checked out the museum, head across the street to a super fun playground the kids are sure to love!  

On Friday from 2:30-2:45pm, check out the Marine Tank Animal Feeding.

On Sunday from 11:30-12:15pm head out on the Family Gallery Tour.  “Designed for families with children ages 6-10. These tours, led by a Museum educator,  provide an interactive, discussion-based exploration of the Museum's current exhibitions. Free with admission; no registration required.”

And also Sunday, Learning to Look® 1:00 – 2:00 pm with related art activity 2:00 – 2:30 pm will be taking place.  “Designed for participants ages 6 to 96, Learning to Look is an art history, art appreciation program developed by Diane W. Darst, PhD, and Sue Massey Williamson, founder. Through guided discussion, the program enhances participants’ appreciation and understanding of art. This session, which will focus on the exhibition In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum is free with admission and no advanced registration is required. A hands-on art-making activity follows the discussion.”



Westchester Children’s Museum


Good news! The Westchester Children’s Museum is open for business and for you and the kids to enjoy!  This “sunlit, colorful, vibrant learning space is filled with interactive exhibits that explore science, art, technology, design and the environment, with places to build, play, and create.”  The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays 10-4.  Current exhibits include:

MAKERSPACES
BUILD YOUR OWN ROLLER COASTER
KEVA PLANKS
WIND TUNNEL DESIGN CHALLENGE
TODDLER BEACH
SHADOW PUPPET THEATER

From Friday, September 15th until November 30th, the American Dream Collection: Works by Lynn Mara will be on display!  “Drawing inspiration from the beauty of her natural surroundings and the wide spectrum of American iconography, artist Lynn Mara  captures the vibrancy of the American spirit through her paintings. Her Impressionist style, bright, colorful palate, and distinct subject matter ranging from bold images of the American Flag, energetic equestrian scenes, to sun-bleached landscapes are joyful and accessible for young visitors.

Artist Lynn Mara is the Winner of the Design a Bus Contest for the 40th Anniversary of the Hampton Jitney, her bus can be seen traveling between Long Island and Manhattan. She was also named Winner of the 2017 HAMPTON CLASSIC poster design. The artist is a devoted mother of four sons, and lives and works in Greenwich CT. with her husband Frank.On View in the Westchester Children’s Museum Art Gallery.”

If your little pumpkin is home this morning, you may want to head down to the Children’s Museum for Exploring Play: Pumpkins

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annaleder@yahoo.com (Anna Leder) Events Fri, 13 Oct 2017 02:32:33 -0400
Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) continue construction http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4112-tappan-zee-constructors-tzc-continue-construction4112-tappan-zee-constructors-tzc-continue-construction http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4112-tappan-zee-constructors-tzc-continue-construction4112-tappan-zee-constructors-tzc-continue-construction

Work Continues Near Bridge Landings Weekday Overnight Lane Closures Near Exit 10

Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) will continue construction activities near the Tappan Zee Bridge’s landings and abutments this week. The work follows the shift of the southbound/eastbound traffic lanes on the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) to the first span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

These activities will require the use of machines to break pavement and cut deck panels near the old bridge’s abutments. TZC will utilize noise abatement measures in the area and continue to monitor noise and vibration levels as work continues.

The effort will require multiple overnight lane closures of southbound/eastbound lanes from exit 11 (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W) to exit 9 (Tarrytown – Sleepy Hollow – US Route 9) as well as the southbound/eastbound Thruway exit 10 (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W) on-ramp on the nights of Thursday, Oct. 19, and Friday, Oct. 20. Southbound/eastbound drivers will be detoured to the exit 11 (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W) on-ramp, shown below.

All four Rockland-bound (northbound/westbound) lanes will remain open during the operation. Specific lane and ramp closure times are listed in the chart below.

LANE & RAMP CLOSURES NEAR THE BRIDGE
DATE: CLOSURES BEGIN: CLOSURES END: LOCATION:
       
Fri., 10/13 6 p.m. – One right lane
8 p.m. – Two right lanes
9 a.m., Sat., 10/14 Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 9
Mon., 10/16 7 p.m. – One right lane
8 p.m. – Two right lanes
5 a.m., Tues., 10/17 Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 9
Tues., 10/17 7 p.m. – One right lane
8 p.m. – Two right lanes
5 a.m., Wed., 10/18 Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 9
Wed., 10/18 7 p.m. – One right lane
8 p.m. – Two right lanes
5 a.m., Thur., 10/19 Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 9
Thur., 10/19 7 p.m. – Ramp closure 5 a.m., Fri., 10/20 Southbound
exit 10 on-ramp
Thur., 10/19 7 p.m. – One right lane
8 p.m. – Two right lanes
6 a.m., Fri., 10/20 Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 10
Fri., 10/20 7 p.m. – Ramp closure 6 a.m., Sat., 10/21 Southbound
exit 10 on-ramp
Fri., 10/20 7 p.m. – One right lane
8 p.m. – Two right lanes
6 a.m., Sat., 10/21 – Two right lanes open
8 a.m., Sat., 10/21 – Three right lanes open
4 p.m., Sat., 10/21 – All lanes open
Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 10

River Road Closure
TZC is dismantling the Tappan Zee Bridge to complete the second span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The demolition effort requires a complete closure of River Road in South Nyack/Grand View underneath the Tappan Zee Bridge for up to four weeks – extending into early November. Project safety personnel are monitoring the closure site around the clock.

The work requires the use of mobile cranes and other equipment as TZC removes large sections of concrete and steel from the area, employing noise mitigation techniques to minimize impacts to residents. Work is scheduled to occur six days per week (Monday through Saturday), between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. – however the area remains inaccessible to motorists at all times. Vehicular traffic is instead being detoured to Route 9W.

To safely accomplish the demolition, TZC and the New York State Thruway Authority are working closely with emergency and first responder agencies, Rockland County transportation officials, elected officials, affected school districts, and commercial bus companies that service the area. Alternate routes for commuter buses have been established. Emergency vehicles are being provided access as needed.

Pedestrians and cyclists have limited access to River Road. Project safety personnel will hold pedestrians and cyclists for up to an hour on weekdays and up to 15 minutes on Saturdays. Access will be provided without extended waiting periods on Sundays, however the Thruway Authority strongly encourages travelers to avoid the area until construction operations conclude in early November.

Additional work includes:

  • Support for river-based work from the Rockland trestle
  • Survey inspections on the existing bridge
  • Pier substructure work
  • Expansion joint operations
  • Internal tower work
  • Maintenance dock construction
  • Electrical equipment installation and testing
  • Construction of maintenance and state police facilities

Boater Safety
Expect periodic closures of the main navigation channel due to on-going construction through the end of this year. Cranes, barges and other equipment will occupy parts of the channel during this time. Boaters are strongly encouraged to avoid the project site during the closures.

Times and dates of the closures are subject to change and will appear in the U.S. Coast Guard’s weekly Notice to Mariners; on the project’s Twitter feed (@NewNYBridge); and broadcast on Marine Radio Channel 22A. Tappan Zee Constructors can be contacted via Marine Radio Channel 16 for assistance.

Rockland and Westchester marine units continue to patrol the project site.

More boater safety information, including the U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners, a construction site map and GPS-tracked construction vessel locations, can be found at NewNYBridge.com/Boater.

The New York State Thruway Authority provides this information as a public service. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. Nothing in these guidelines shall supersede the actual construction conditions, and regulations set forth by the U.S. Coast Guard.

All lane closures are subject to change due to traffic, weather or emergency situations. Please visithttp://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/map/ for real-time information regarding traffic conditions.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (New NYBridge) Places Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:56:11 -0400
New LIFEWTR Thirst Quench: Meet Artists Adrienne, Trudy, and Lynnie http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4111-new-lifewtr-thirst-quench-meet-artists-adrienne-trudy-and-lynnie4111-new-lifewtr-thirst-quench-meet-artists-adrienne-trudy-and-lynnie http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4111-new-lifewtr-thirst-quench-meet-artists-adrienne-trudy-and-lynnie4111-new-lifewtr-thirst-quench-meet-artists-adrienne-trudy-and-lynnie

HamletHub presents a series of engaging and empowering videos from LIFEWTR, a bottled water that uses every bottle to showcase new and emerging artists. 

Today, meet Adrienne, Trudy, and Lynnie, and quench your thirst for inspiration.

Click HERE to view the video.

LIFEWTR’s Series 2 focuses on increasing the visibility of female artists – and celebrating all that makes them unique.

Learn more about LIFEWTR here.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Life Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:28:16 -0400
GHOST THE MUSICAL at WPPAC opens Friday night http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4109-ghost-the-musical-at-wppac-opens-friday-night4109-ghost-the-musical-at-wppac-opens-friday-night http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4109-ghost-the-musical-at-wppac-opens-friday-night4109-ghost-the-musical-at-wppac-opens-friday-night

GHOST THE MUSICAL at White Plains Performing Arts Center Starring American Idol and YouTube Sensation Natalie Weiss

October 13 – 29, 2017

The White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) is proud to present GHOST THE MUSICAL playing October 13-29.

Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg made GHOST one of the biggest hit films of all time. Now the Oscar-winning film comes alive on stage in a smart, funny, suspenseful and romantic musical for the whole family. Or just a great date night!  With a fresh pop/rock score by Grammy winners Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”), GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

Get ready to fall in love again with the story you know and the characters that made the film one of the most romantic movies of all time. With a big heart and even bigger laughs, this musical gem is "out of this world”!

The cast features the talents of Natalie Weiss (Molly), Steven Grant Douglas (Sam), Wayne Shuker (Carl) and Ellisha Marie (Oda Mae). Completing the cast are Jaela Cheeks-Lomax, Kenya Hamilton, Chloe Kostman, Greg Laucella, Kenneth-Kyle Martinez and T.J. Newton.

Natalie Weiss rose to fame as a semi-finalist on Season 4 of American Idol and on her widely successful YouTube videos and web series “Breaking Down the Riffs” which collectively have reached over 3 million views, but Broadway theatre fans know her from her roles in Saturday Night Fever, Les Misérables, Everyday Rapture and Wicked.  Natalie has toured the world teaching and performing solo concerts.  She has the privilege of singing on the Original Broadway Cast recording of Dear Evan Hansen and will soon be heard on the soundtrack for the upcoming Hugh Jackman movie musical, The Greatest Showman, based on the life of P.T. Barnum, with original music by Pasek and Paul. 

GHOST THE MUSICAL is Directed by Joseph C. Walsh with Musical Direction by Stephen Ferri and Choreography by Lexie Fennell Frare. Scenic Design by Ann Beyersdofer, Costume Design by Molly Seidel, Lighting Design by Matthew Guminski, Projection Design by Ian McClain, Stage Managed by Chris Luner. Book & Lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin, Music & Lyrics by Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard. Based on the Paramount Pictures film written by Bruce Joel Rubin. Original West End Production Produced by Colin Ingram, David Garfinkle, Adam Silberman, Land Line Productions, Donovan Mannato, Michael Edwards / Carole Winter.  “Unchained Melody” written by Hy Zaret and Alex North, courtesy of Unchained Melody Publishing LLC.

GHOST THE MUSICAL will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center Friday, October 13 8pm; Saturday, October 14 8pm; Sunday, October 15 2pm; Thursday, October 19 2pm;  Friday, October 20 8pm; Saturday, October 21 8pm; Sunday, October 22 2pm; Friday, October 27 8pm; Saturday, October 28 8pm; Sunday, October 29 2pm The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. Tickets start at $33. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact boxoffice@wppac.com.

GHOST THE MUSICAL is a WPPAC MainStage Production which is a professional production featuring union and non-union actors from Broadway, national tours and regional theatre across the country. These productions are created from scratch, staffed with professional production teams (directors to designers), large LIVE orchestras and boast high-quality sets and costumes.

Photo by Kathleen Davisson

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Westchester Diner Donates Proceeds to Puerto Rico http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4110-westchester-diner-donates-proceeds-to-puerto-rico4110-westchester-diner-donates-proceeds-to-puerto-rico http://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4110-westchester-diner-donates-proceeds-to-puerto-rico4110-westchester-diner-donates-proceeds-to-puerto-rico


 Mamaroneck Diner is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Westchester to help raise funds for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Mamaroneck Diner will be donating 100% of their profits to help those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. This will take place on Thursday, October 12th from 6 am to 9 pm. There will also be a nonperishable food donation station on the diner’s patio.

“This is a great blessing” stated Jim Killoran, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester. “We have built in Puerto Rico before and we will be doing it again. We have been in contact with a few families on the island and are attempting to help in any way possible. The scale of devastation in Puerto Rico will take everyone helping to rebuild.”

Please come out to support Puerto Rican relief efforts by eating at Mamaroneck diner. All of the profits from 6 am to 9 pm will be donated to help rebuild Puerto Rico. Monetary donations are welcomed, encouraged and appreciated. Non-perishable food items will also be collected and are greatly appreciated.

Follow and Like Habitat for Humanity of Westchester on Twitter and Facebook and Follow and Like Mamaroneck Diner & Pizza on Twitter and Facebook for updates on all our efforts.

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aseward100@aol.com (Habitat For Humanity) Charities Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:05:34 -0400