Carmel's HamletHub Sun, 24 Mar 2019 13:21:21 -0400 Wood Sign & Wine to Benefit the Alzheimer's Association

Join us on March 28, 2019 at 6pm for a evening of creating you very own handmade, personalized wooden sign masterpiece!
All materials will be supplied
Hors D’oeuvres and wine will be served
Registration is required by TODAY March 23, 2019


Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6 PM

Putnam Ridge
46 Mount Ebo Road, North, Brewster, New York 10509

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Breakfast With The Easter Bunny


  • March 30 
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Where: Jefferson Valley Mall Food Court  650 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Price: FREE

Please join us for the annual Breakfast With The Easter Bunny, taking place in the food court on Saturday, March 30th from 8:30AM – 10:00AM. KidX members will enjoy a complimentary breakfast from El Jalapeno or Asian Chao. 

Enjoy breakfast, an Easter themed bounce-house, giveaways & much more in the Food Court on Retail Level 2. 
Please arrive at the Food Court and register your child/children at the registration table, where you will receive your food voucher, coupons and more! 

Registration is free of charge! You’ll only need to give your child’s name and an e-mail address.

Click here for more details.

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Homer and Harry Potter: Harry as Homeric Hero, Part I

My previous piece in this series ended with Dumbledore’s wisdom, as recalled by Harry: “It was important, Dumbledore said, to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then could evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated…” What I find especially striking is its notion of pursuit as the goal itself. With the ideals we hold dear, it can be difficult to remember that honor lies in pursuit, even when the ideal itself remains out of reach.

Dumbledore’s wisdom turns out to be a fitting segue into a discussion of the Homeric hero, whose reason for being was pursuit, specifically of excellence, even more specifically of a reputation for excellence—on the battlefield, in athletic competitions, and in public speaking. Homer’s heroes are skilled and brave warriors. They participate in athletic competitions, and take the results quite seriously indeed. They deliver monologues capable of rousing men to action and/or emotion.

The parallels to Harry are fairly evident. He bests Voldemort in battle in books one, two, four, and seven. Harry is also the first person to survive the killing curse, in his case cast by Voldemort. Sirius’ survival in book three also is down to Harry, with significant help from Hermione. In books five and six, though over his head, he demonstrates bravery and willingness to put himself in harm’s way without concern for his own safety. From his first year at Hogwarts, Harry distinguishes himself as an excellent Quidditch player. When necessary, he can deliver a stirring monologue. Two narratively significant examples are his speeches to Dumbledore’s Army recruits in book five and to Voldemort before their final face-off in book seven.

Besides the pursuit of excellence, the Homeric heroic code identifies heroes as aristocrats—wealth, especially accumulated via war booty, equals status—who achieve glory (kleos in ancient Greek) through their great deeds. This kleos is passed on from father to son. The son’s job is both to carry on his father’s name and to build on it by achieving greatness himself. Thus in The Odyssey, Odysseus needles his son, Telemachus, to “be sure not to disgrace your ancestors, who were eminent for their strength and courage all the world over,” and Laertes, Odysseus’ father, delights that his “son and grandson are vying with one another in the matter of valor” (Samuel Butler’s translation, Book 24).

Harry’s father doesn’t needle him, but his phantom does express, in book seven, his pride in Harry for his bravery. Other intersections include that Harry follows in his father’s footsteps—if unwittingly at first—by becoming a skilled and successful Quidditch player and by defying Voldemort repeatedly. Note that it was Harry’s father who was pureblood, the wizarding world’s equivalent of aristocracy and who left behind a substantial fortune. Harry’s mother was Muggle-born.

Homeric heroes have their own epithets that describe them. Odysseus is “man of many devices,” “much-enduring,” and “clever.” Even here we can find parallels in J. K. Rowling, via stock phrases that characterize Harry. Granted, their purpose is not (as in Homer) necessarily to facilitate the audience’s memory or to fulfill metric needs. Nevertheless, they do exist in the text. Harry is, at various points, “the youngest house Quidditch player in a hundred years,” “the Chosen One,” and “public enemy #1.”

A Homeric hero’s exploits are spread through poetic retellings. In the Phaeacian court, Odysseus weeps as he listens to Demodocus sing about the events at Troy, including events that featured Odysseus in a starring role. Harry’s survival of Voldemort’s killing curse also resulted in him being celebrated through retellings. Not in poetic song, accompanied by a lyre. But still. In book one, when Dumbledore prepares to leave Harry with the Dursleys, Professor McGonagall notes that Harry will “be famous—a legend” in the magical world. She continues,  “I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter Day in the future—there will be books written about Harry—every child in our world will know his name!” Celebrated through poetic retellings? Close enough.

Harry’s experiences and exploits fit the Homeric heroic code’s characteristic traits, but how deeply do the similarities run when it comes to the hero’s behavior? Stay tuned for part two!

Also in this series:

Homer and Harry Potter

Homer and Harry Potter: Hospitality and Suppliants

Homer and Harry Potter: Scars, Wandering, and Coming Home

]]> (Sally Allen) Life Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:29:57 -0400
Upcoming Special Shows at the Westchester Broadway Theatre

In addition to  main stage productions, the Westchester Broadway Theatre presents special shows throughout the year. Here are a few of the shows coming up in 2019:

April 1, 2019 (Matinee & Evening)
April 2, 2019 (Matinee)
America's #1 patriotic show. An all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1942 Roadshow & Radio Broadcast reproduction filled with the songs, dances, and laughs that America has loved for 70 years! Featuring a nine-piece orchestra, classic commercials, tight harmonies, impromptu skits, and over 40 of the greatest American songs ever written.  All Hands On Deck is a musical patriotic salute to America.

MATINEE: 11:15 am lunch.  1:00 pm show
$69.00 plus tax per person
EVENING: 6:15 pm dinner. 8:00 pm show
$89.00 plus tax per person
$55.00 plus tax (Show Only)
Tickets at: (914) 592-2222 and

Neil Berg's 50 Years Of Rock & Roll
April 9, 2019
With a cast consisting of both stars from Broadway's greatest rock musicals, as well as incredible Rock & Roll singers, Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the fifty-year history of the music that changed the world forever!
Evening 6:15 pm Dinner, 8:00 pm Show
$89.00 plus tax per person
$55.00 plus tax (Show Only)
Tickets at: (914) 592-2222  and

April 16, 2019
Six popular comics for a night of great dining and outrageous comedy!  
6:15 pm Dinner, 8:00 pm Show
$89.00 plus tax per person
$55.00 plus tax (Show Only).
Tickets at: (914) 592-2222  and

The Drtifters & Tribute To The Platters
April 30, 2019
Enjoy Your Favorite Music In a Nostalgic Night of Fabulous Hits!
The Drifters:   One of the most successful and beloved singing groups of all time: There Goes My Baby ~ Save The Last Dance For Me ~ Under The Boardwalk ~ This Magic Moment ~ Some Kind Of Wonderful, and Many More!
Tribute to The Platters: One of the Top Vocal Groups of the 50's. Only You ~ You've Got That Magic Touch ~ My Prayer ~ Smoke Gets In Your Eyes ~ Twilight Time, The Great Pretender ~ With This Ring, and More!
Tickets at: (914) 592-2222  and

May 7, 2019
 Experience this amazing nostalgic journey through the 1960s, as the band pays homage to the music that helped shape an entire generation! Classic songs by British groups such as The Zombies, The Moody Blues, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, and Herman’s Hermits. Also memorable USA hits by The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Turtles, The Mamas & The Papas, and The Doors to name just a few. With an extraordinary finale paying tribute to the four lads from Liverpool who started it all, The Beatles!
EVENING: 6:15 pm dinner. 8:00 pm show
$89.00 plus tax per person
$55.00 plus tax (Show Only)
Tickets at: (914) 592-2222 and

FOUR BY FOUR Matinee & Evening
May 14, 2019
A Tribute to the legendary music of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees and Motown! A stellar cast of FOUR exciting performers present the legendary hits of FOUR of the most iconic musical styles in pop music history. The dynamic stars perform these classic pop songs in fully staged and choreographed production numbers. An evening of feel-good, raise-the-roof entertainment!

MATINEE: 11:15 am lunch.  1:00 pm show
$69.00 plus tax per person
EVENING: 6:15 pm dinner. 8:00 pm show
$89.00 plus tax per person
$55.00 plus tax (Show Only)
Tickets at: (914) 592-2222 and

An Evening w/ The Stars. Starring Vegas Impersonators THE EDWARDS TWINS Matinee & Evening.

Date: July 12, 2019
Direct from Las Vegas, twin brothers Anthony and Eddie Edwards perform as your favorite legendary superstars. Including Cher, Dolly Parton, Frankie Valli, Barbra Streisand and many more!
 MATINEE: 11:15 am lunch.  1:00 pm show
$69.00 plus tax per person
EVENING: 6:15 pm dinner. 8:00 pm show
$89.00 plus tax per person
$55.00 plus tax (Show Only)
Remember all the wonderful Variety shows we all grew up on in the 70’s & the 80’s? Now is your chance to see them live and re-created by Las Vegas’ number one impersonators of all time. All your favorite legendary Superstars come alive in An Evening with The Stars.   Cher, Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand and many more.  Dazzling costumes, LIVE singing. Each Star sings their number 1 hits as well as of your favorite Songs. 
The NBC Today show says “it’s one of the most extraordinary shows we have ever seen.”

The Glenn Miller Orchestra Matinee & Evening

Date: October 22, 2019
The Greatest Big Band Returns!
The Glenn Miller Orchestra is still one of the greatest bands of all time! They return under the direction of Nick Hilscher. They will play ALL YOUR FAVORITE BIG BAND HITS; including, “Moonlight Serenade”, “Tuxedo Junction”, “In the Mood”, “A String of Pearls”, “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.

MATINEE: 11:15 am lunch.  1:00 pm show  
$69.00 plus tax per person
EVENING: 6:15 pm dinner. 8:00 pm show    
$89.00 plus tax per person
$55.00 plus tax (Show Only)

]]> (Westchester Broadway Theatre) Neighbors Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:07:49 -0400
Bill to place cameras on school busses passes NY State Assembly

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,Ref-Mahopac) is pleased to announce the passage of a bill (A.4950A) which would create a program to allow local governments and to place cameras on school buses to hold drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses displaying flashing red lights and stop signs accountable for their actions. Funding for the cameras would initially come from local municipalities and be reimbursed through any fines collected. The program would also allow local governments to hold the owner of the vehicle liable for the driver’s failure to comply with the stopped school buses. Byrne spoke in favor of the bill on the Assembly floor before voting to pass the legislation on Tuesday, March 19.

            “Reckless drivers who put the lives of our children at risk should be held accountable for their actions,” said Byrne. “I applaud and would like to thank Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli, the chairman for the Committee on Transportation, for drafting and introducing this legislation to address this important non-partisan issue. Earlier this year, I called for a similar proposal as co-chair of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Critical Infrastructure & Transportation in our task force report. I am delighted to see the Assembly moving forward in an effort to protect our children. In the past year alone, there have been a number of reports of people blowing past stopped school buses which had their flashing signals on, threatening the lives of students who were trying to cross the street.”

            “We always talk about the health and safety of our students and this legislation allows us to protect our students buy allowing districts to be able install cameras to enforce the importance of bus safety for our students,” said Anthony Dicarlo, Mahopac school superintendent. “This legislation is long overdue and I thank the Assembly for making the safety of students a priority.”

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Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer's disease

The Alzheimer's Association Hudson Valley Chapter presents: Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters.
Wednesday, April 10
10-11 am 
@ Mahopac Public Library

Early diagnosis gives people with Alzheimer's disease the chance to make key decisions about treatment, care, and planning, and the power to make choices about their own health and future. This program increases awareness of the benefits of early Alzheimer's detection, and provides information about memory loss and normal aging.  you will also learn about the risk factors, 10 warning signs, the diagnostic process, and resources to get help.

Registration is required; register online at, or call 845-628-2009, ext 100.

]]> (Mahopac Public Library) Places Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:07:22 -0400
Mahopac Relay for Life Kickoff Breakfast on March 24

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Mahopac to Hold Kickoff Breakfast on

March 24, 2019 at Putnam County Golf Course


WHAT: Cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and community members will gather to kick off the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Mahopac fundraising season. Guests will hear how the community has benefited from funds raised, honor cancer survivors, and learn how to save lives from cancer. Come to the Kickoff and learn more about this community event. Leave inspired and ready to form your own Relay For Life team. Teams can register at


WHEN: March 24, 2019



WHERE: Putnam County Golf Course

187 Hill Street Mahopac, NY 10541





The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Relay For Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals gather at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Individuals and teams raise funds and awareness to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer.

Relay For Life of Mahopac

June 1, 2019

Mahopac High School

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A Celebration of National Poetry Month

Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Presented by the Mahopac Poetry Group
Monday, April 8
6:30-8:30 pm
@ Mahopac Public Library

Celebrate American poetry and support the achievements of our local poets.

The public is welcome to attend this event.  Registration is recommended; drop-ins welcome.  Register online at, or call 845-628-2009, ext 100.

Sign up for poets wishing to read begins at 6:00 pm.  Readers will have 3 minutes to read their original poetry.


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Pasta Dinner Fundraiser at Carmel Fire Dept.

Saturday, April 6 from 5-7pm at the Carmel Fire House.
$12/adults; $6/children; those 3 and under Free.

On the menu:

Rigatoni with meatballs & sausage

Pasta with Alfredo sauce




Homemade desserts

Dinner to go at same price!

Door prizes, Raffles and 50/50

Click here for more information.


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Carmel High School Present the musical 42nd Street

The Carmel High School Music Production Workshop proudly presents 42nd Street! Come see the Broadway show about a Broadway show right here in Carmel, NY!  Jazz music, tap dancing, and much more! Ticket sales are now open can be found at :

Adults $12 and Children/Seniors $10 for the Friday, April 5th @ 7pm; Saturday, April 6th @ 7pm; and Sunday, April 7th @ 2pm showing of 42nd Street. Note: Seating is reserved. Online ticket sales will not available after 12pm on Thursday, April 4th, 2019. All remaining tickets will be available at the door at each performance and will be assigned to you. If you would like to choose your seats, please take advantage of our advance ticket sales online!

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56th Annual Members' Exhibition at Putnam Arts Council


56th Annual Members' Exhibition

This year Putnam Arts Council Members' Show will end on Sunday April 7 with a special event.

Gallery hours are 2-4pm and the event will begin at 3pm

The exhibiting artists and public are invited to an Artist's Walk and Talk. Each artist will be invited to spend a few minutes talking about their own work on display. It will be a wonderful opportunity for the member artists to get to know one another and share personal insight into their process and background. The event will include a gallery tour with the artist on hand.

The gallery hours are 2-4pm and the event will begin at 3, in the A. Eric Arctander Gallery. At the end of the discussion artists will be able to take their work home (unless it sells).

Participation in this event is up to you; no pressure.

Show continues through April 7

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12:30 - 3:30 pm,

Sunday April 7, 2-4 pm or by appointment

PAC is located in the Belle Levine Art Center

521 Kennicut Hill Rd, Mahopac, NY 10541

info & directions: 845-803-8622 or 24/7 @ 

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Mixer and Trivia Night at Moonlight Café in Brewster to Raise Funds for Old Town Hall Theater Restoration April 11


 Master Networks Mixer and Trivia Night at Moonlight Café in Brewster to Raise Funds for Old Town Hall Theater Restoration

The Brewster-Carmel Chapter of Master Networks invites you to attend their April 11 Mixer at Moonlight Café 850 Route 22 in Brewster from 6-9pm. Join us for a night of trivia, networking, drink specials, cash value prizes, SWAG giveaways, and raffles. The event is open to the public.
Master Networks is a network of learning-based, community-minded entrepreneurs and business leaders. This event will be a fundraiser for the Cultural Arts Coalition’s efforts to restore the Old Town Hall Theater, which is located at 67 Main Street in Brewster, NY.
Chapter Secretary and Cultural Arts Coalition Board Member Margaret Carey and her husband, Peter will be guest bartenders and will be donating their tips and any funds raised that evening to the Old Town Hall Theater restoration. For more information about the theater visit and for more information about Master Networks visit
Moonlight Cafe is a "relaxed food joint" with a newly opened bar. Owner Neal Hirsch will be running the Moonlight Café’s popular trivia night beginning at 7:30pm.
There is no admission fee. Moonlight Café will have a variety of food & beverages available for purchase including vegan options, desserts, wine, beer, kombucha & nitro coffee.
All are welcome!  Don't miss the fun, get a team together and come put your knowledge to the test.
RSVP to reserve your spot at
For more information contact: Margaret Carey at

]]> (Margaret Carey, HamletHub Editor/Master IT Media, LLC) Events Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:54:05 -0400
Anne Koplik Designs Jewelry Flash Showroom Sale

Spread the word...FLASH SHOWROOM SALE this weekend! 75% OFF all jewelry!✨

Grab your friends, come shop for your spring sparkle and check out our brand new FLOWER WALL designed by Anne’s daughter, Jill! 

Friday, March 22 12pm - 6pm
Saturday, March 23 10am - 4pm
Sunday, March 24 10am - 4pm

Be sure to like our page to make sure you're in the know of all future Showroom Sale dates!

Anne Koplik Designs
173 Main St. 
Brewster, NY 10509
(Additional parking in rear of building)

Can't make the sale? Shop it online!

Learn more about our Showroom Sale

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]]> (Anne Koplik Designs Jewelry) Events Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:34:58 -0400
Is it Possible to Reverse Global Warming?

Be part of the discussion about Global Warming.  Read the book: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken.  Then attend a discussion led by Mahopac resident and educator, Joseph Montuori.  Attendees will discuss the concepts and opportunities of Project Drawdown, a new science-based paradigm comprised of the 80 actionable solutions that will reverse global warming.

This event will be held at Mahopac Library on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 pm; registration is requested.  Register online at, or call 845-628-2009, ext 100.  

Hard copies of Drawdown are available in the Mid-Hudson Library System; the book is also available as an audiobook on Hoopla and an e-book on Overdrive.

]]> (Mahopac Public Library) Places Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:58:53 -0400
Save the Date: May 4th Dog Walk and Pet Fair

Dog Walk & Pet Fair

Saturday, May 4th
10 am to 2 pm
FDR State Park, Yorktown Heights

Sign-up now!  We encourage you to create an online fundraising page and gather pledges for your walk! 

Take a stroll on the scenic 2.5 mile path with your canine buddy, then go shopping in our vendor village while enjoying food and refreshments, music with 100.7 WHUD, our SPCA photo booth, puppy kissing booth, fun kids activities, adorable doggy tattoos, awesome agility demos and more!

Although cats can't attend we still encourage you to join us and walk on their behalf since the funds raised from this important event support both canines and felines at the SPCA! 

If you'd prefer to collect pledges offline, click here to print a form. To login to your online fundraising page, click here

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