Ryebrook's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:17:01 -0500 HamletHub.com NYBG Holiday Train Show Opens on November 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/4993-nybg-holiday-train-show-opens-on-november-174993-nybg-holiday-train-show-opens-on-november-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/4993-nybg-holiday-train-show-opens-on-november-174993-nybg-holiday-train-show-opens-on-november-17

New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show® returns Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Monday, January 21, 2019

Enchanting model trains zip through a display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming past familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Lower Manhattan—the birthplace of New York City—featuring the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and iconic skyscrapers sharing the spotlight among old and new favorites. Making their debut this year are One World Trade Center and the historic Battery Maritime Building along with two vintage ferry boats.

Advance reservations are strongly recommended as tickets do sell out.

Click HERE for information and to purchase tickets.

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kerry@ducey.org (NYBG) Places Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:12:00 -0500
Beware of Turkey Poisoning https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/4992-beware-of-turkey-poisoning4992-beware-of-turkey-poisoning https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/4992-beware-of-turkey-poisoning4992-beware-of-turkey-poisoning

An updated CDC investigation notice regarding a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products is now available: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/reading-07-18/index.html  

Updates:

  • Since the last update on July 19, 2018, 74 more ill people were reported, bringing the total to 164 ill people from 35 states.
  • Sixty-three people have been hospitalized.
  • One death was reported from California. Questions about the death should be directed to the California Department of Public Health.
  • Illnesses in this outbreak started from November 20, 2017 to October 20, 2018.
  • Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Reading and are making people sick.
  • The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading has been identified in various raw turkey products, including ground turkey and turkey patties. The outbreak strain has also been found in raw turkey pet food and live turkeys, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry.
  • A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified.
  • CDC and USDA-FSIS have shared this information with representatives from the turkey industry and asked about steps that they may be taking to reduce Salmonella contamination.
  • This investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

Advice to consumers:

  • Always handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. 
  • CDC is NOT advising that consumers avoid eating properly cooked turkey products, or that retailers stop selling raw turkey products.
  • General ways you can prevent Salmonella infection include good handwashing and cooking turkey to an internal temperature of 165°F.  Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
  • More prevention advice here: https://www.cdc.gov/features/turkeytime/index.html
  • People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ and experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
  • Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe
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aseward100@aol.com (CDC) Public safety Tue, 13 Nov 2018 01:06:00 -0500
Farm-to-Table Market Recipe of the Week: Autumn Beef Stew https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4991-farm-to-table-market-recipe-of-the-week-autumn-beef-stew4991-farm-to-table-market-recipe-of-the-week-autumn-beef-stew https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4991-farm-to-table-market-recipe-of-the-week-autumn-beef-stew4991-farm-to-table-market-recipe-of-the-week-autumn-beef-stew

Farm-to-Table Market Recipe of the Week

Autumn Beef Stew

TOTAL TIME: 2 Hours, 45 Minutes

Ingredients

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 pounds boneless beef chuck, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks (John Boy’s Farm)
2 strips bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips (John Boy’s Farm)
Canola oil
2 medium onions, cut into 1/2-inch wedges (Madura Farms)
4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed (Madura Farms)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups less-sodium beef broth
1 1/2 cups dry red wine (South Salem Winery)
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed (Madura Farms)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 pound potatoes, cut into 2-inch chunks (Orchard Hill Organics)
1 pound butternut squash; peeled, seeded and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks (Madura Farms)
4 carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks (Orchard Hill Organics)
2 stalks celery, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley (Madura Farms)

Directions

In a large plastic bag, combine flour, salt and pepper. Add beef; shake to coat evenly.
In a Dutch oven or large heavy pot, cook and stir bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels with a slotted spoon. Add enough oil to bacon drippings to equal 2 tablespoons. Add half the beef to pot, shaking off any excess flour. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned. Remove beef with a slotted spoon. Repeat with remaining beef.

If pot is dry, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add onions; cook and stir for about 4 minutes or until starting to brown. Stir in garlic; cook for 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste. Return beef, bacon and any remaining flour to pot. Stir to combine. Add chicken and beef broth, wine, bay leaves, thyme and paprika. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender, stirring occasionally.

Add potatoes, squash, carrots and celery. Return to boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove lid and simmer about 15 minutes more or until vegetables are tender and liquid is desired consistency. Remove bay leaves. Stir in parsley.



John Jay Homestead
914.232.5651

Every week swing by the manager’s table to check out our market ingredients box, get the recipe, shop and make a true farm-to-table dish at home!

marketmanager@johnjayhomestead.org
www.johnjayhomestead.org

The 2018 John Jay Homestead Farm Market will operate on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm through November 17.

John Jay Homestead is located at 400 Jay Street (Route 22) in Katonah, NY 10536

 
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keytocomputing@gmail.com (John Jay Homestead Farm Market) Life Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:35:35 -0500
Rye resident donates his talents to help animal find forever homes https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/4990-rye-resident-donates-his-talents-to-help-animal-find-forever-homes4990-rye-resident-donates-his-talents-to-help-animal-find-forever-homes https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/4990-rye-resident-donates-his-talents-to-help-animal-find-forever-homes4990-rye-resident-donates-his-talents-to-help-animal-find-forever-homes

 

 

, a longtime resident of Rye, NY, has been the owner and chief photographer of Tischman Pets for over 15 years. A renowned pet photographer, Geoff not only brings together his lifelong love for animals and photography to his family and corporate clients, but also to the many deserving shelter animals looking for a loving home.

Volunteering his professional photography skills, Geoff works with the Westchester-Southern Connecticut rescue community photographing adoptable pets, adoption events, fundraising events and galas and calendar images. “First impressions are everything, and as most people start their search for a new pet family member online, it’s vital to have a great image of the adoptable pet that captures the attention of potential adopters and compels them to make an appointment and meet the pet face to face. Nothing makes me happier than getting an email from a family saying it was my photo that led them to their newest family member!”

To help promote shelter pets Geoff has contributed photos for “Rye Rescues”, a regular column in the Rye Record for the last 5 years, highlighting Rye families and their adopted pets.  He is also an active member of Hearts Speak (heartsspeak.org), a global network of photographers and other creative professionals who donate their time and services pro-bono to animal shelters and animal welfare organizations across the country. “I’m super-proud to be a member of the Hearts Speak team – working with this group of fabulous, like-minded artists is the most rewarding work I do. They inspire me to give more and to be a better photographer”.

Geoff’s ability to capture the true spirits of our pets, as well as the special bond between pets and their humans, is rare and unique and has endeared him to his family and corporate clients. 

Many Westchester & Fairfield County families book a fall session with Geoff each year for family portraits and holiday cards.   If you would like to book Geoff for a fall session and get memorable family portraits (with or without a pet) he is offering a special for November/December.   With your 45 minute session, $150 weekday/$200 weekend you will receive 1 gift print, 20% off additional prints and 10% off other products and digital files. He also offers custom designed holiday cards and unique gifts for your loved ones.   He will be in Rye for the entire week and weekend of Thanksgiving – if the kids are home from college or you are having an extended family gathering get in touch with him at geoff@gmt-photo.com to set up a time for a fun family shoot!  For more information visit www.tischmanpets.com.

Today, while Geoff Tischman still shoots family and corporate event/head shot photography, his main focus is animals, including pet portraits, commercial work and rescue photography. His portraits of adopted animals and their owners adorn the walls of the ASPCA in New York City and his work with many celebrities and their beloved animals, including Georgina Bloomberg, Cheyenne Jackson, Bernadette Peters and Aida Turturro along with other corporate clients has garnered him a reputation as one of the country’s premier pet photographers. His pet photographs have appeared in The Journal News, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, People Magazine & Westchester Magazine, among others; his work has appeared on promotional material for Best Friends Pet Care and on packaging for Stop and Shop pet food, ASPCA pet products, and Chicken Soup for the Soul pet products.

He lives in Rye, NY with his wife and daughter and their rescue pets, an Australian Shepherd dog, Lexy and cat, Batman.

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kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Yates) Neighbors Fri, 09 Nov 2018 07:52:33 -0500
Westchester offers FREE help with health insurance enrollment https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/4989-westchester-offers-free-help-with-health-insurance-enrollment4989-westchester-offers-free-help-with-health-insurance-enrollment https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/4989-westchester-offers-free-help-with-health-insurance-enrollment4989-westchester-offers-free-help-with-health-insurance-enrollment

Free assistance is available to help individuals and small businesses enroll or renew their health coverage with NY State of Health, the official health plan Marketplace.

The Westchester County Department of Health Navigator Program offers in-person assistance in multiple languages at no charge. The 2019 Open Enrollment period for the Marketplace now through January 31 for all new applicants. For health coverage to begin on January 1, residents must enroll in a plan by December 15. For anyone currently enrolled in the Marketplace, the Open Enrollment period will begin on November 16.

Renewal information for 2019 will be sent directly to enrollees from the NY State of Health. Anyone who wants to can enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) during the Open Enrollment period. Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, the Essential Plan and the Small Business Marketplace is available all year round.

Navigators are available at 24 sites including Health Department offices, libraries, community-based organizations and government agencies. Weekday, evening and weekend hours are available.

For more information on navigator services, locations or to schedule an appointment, call (914) 995-6350 or email hnav@westchestergov.com.

To learn more about health coverage, go to www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov or call 1-855-355-5777. The NY State of Health customer service hours are Monday to Fri

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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester Dept. of Health) Neighbors Fri, 09 Nov 2018 07:41:12 -0500
Music and Mexican at Congregation Sulam Yaakov on December 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4988-music-and-mexican-at-congregation-sulam-yaakov-on-12-7-184988-music-and-mexican-at-congregation-sulam-yaakov-on-12-7-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4988-music-and-mexican-at-congregation-sulam-yaakov-on-12-7-184988-music-and-mexican-at-congregation-sulam-yaakov-on-12-7-18

Join us at 6:30pm on Friday, December 7th, Shabbat Hanukkah, for a special musical Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with joy and spirituality, followed by a delicious meal catered by the popular kosher Mexican restaurant, Carlos and Gabby’s.

Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski will lead a song-filled service, accompanied by Ari Rosen on keyboard and Michael Varon on guitar. All are welcome; non-members are welcome to join us for dinner at no charge.

For more information and to RSVP, email info@sulamyaakov.org no later than November 30th.

Please bring an unwrapped toy for toddler to teen which will be distributed to children at the Bronx YMCA and Blythedale Children’s Hospital for the holidays.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Fri, 09 Nov 2018 07:32:11 -0500
Rye Ridge Shopping Center hosts local author Jacqueline Prata on November 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/4987-book-signing-event-on-november-10-2018-from-12-3-pm4987-book-signing-event-on-november-10-2018-from-12-3-pm https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/4987-book-signing-event-on-november-10-2018-from-12-3-pm4987-book-signing-event-on-november-10-2018-from-12-3-pm

 

 Rye Ridge Shopping Center will be hosting local talent Jacqueline Prata, author of Fortune Cookie Surprise! The book signing event will take place from 12 – 3 PM

Fortune Cookie Surprise! is the story of a young girl, Emily, and her realization that just as a fortune cookie completes a meal, she completes her family. Prata hopes to bring this message to all children: that no matter what their challenge, background, or family structure, they are special   the holders of a unique message or gift.

The picture book (ages 4-8), warmly illustrated by Prata herself, originated from a school assignment and evolved into an exploration of the entire book publishing process.  “I have always enjoyed sharing fortune cookies at the end of a meal with my family and friends, and one day I realized why—they are funny, but each has a hidden message or some wisdom inside, just like people!” says Prata.

Fortune Cookie Surprise! by Jacqueline Prata is the story of a young girl named Emily who is on her way to one of her favorite activities: eating Chinese food with her family. The addition of Chinese food at their favorite restaurant makes everyday life extra special, especially when there’s something to celebrate. Emily’s favorite part comes after the meal when the dessert of fortune cookies is served. Emily loves the light-hearted and sometimes profound messages to be found therein. As she and her family laugh together at the messages the cookies deliver, Emily realizes that she is like a fortune cookie—she’s the finishing touch to their family as the fortune cookies are to their special meal. She also sees how children everywhere are like fortune cookies—each one unique and having a special message of their own for the world.

Fortune Cookie Surprise! is a delightful story written by fifteen-year-old author and illustrator Jacqueline Prata. The message of the story is right on and the comparison between Emily and a fortune cookie—as well as the comparison of the cookies to other children—is clear and understandable and certainly has the potential to touch the hearts and minds of other young readers and remind them that they are unique and possess extraordinary gifts worth sharing. The importance of the story is greatly enhanced and, in fact, celebrated through the attractive, absorbing, and adorable illustrations done by Ms. Prata. The story comes to life through her vivid illustrations, which perfectly match the story’s upbeat and delightful tone. Kudos to Ms. Prata for writing and illustrating such a wonderful story. Her talent is obvious and is certainly a gift to young readers!

Corner of South Ridge Street and Bowman Avenue  – Rain or shine.
She will be located in front of the former Hamptonite space (near Balducci’s)
Don’t miss out on your chance to meet this wonderful young author!

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Rye Ridge Shopping Center) Neighbors Wed, 07 Nov 2018 06:00:30 -0500
Book Signing Event: On November 10, 2018 from 12 – 3 PM https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4986-book-signing-event-on-november-10-2018-from-12-3-pm4986-book-signing-event-on-november-10-2018-from-12-3-pm https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4986-book-signing-event-on-november-10-2018-from-12-3-pm4986-book-signing-event-on-november-10-2018-from-12-3-pm

 

Fortune Cookie Surprise! is the story of a young girl, Emily, and her realization that just as a fortune cookie completes a meal, she completes her family. Prata hopes to bring this message to all children: that no matter what their challenge, background, or family structure, they are special   the holders of a unique message or gift.

The picture book (ages 4-8), warmly illustrated by Prata herself, originated from a school assignment and evolved into an exploration of the entire book publishing process.  “I have always enjoyed sharing fortune cookies at the end of a meal with my family and friends, and one day I realized why—they are funny, but each has a hidden message or some wisdom inside, just like people!” says Prata.

Fortune Cookie Surprise! by Jacqueline Prata is the story of a young girl named Emily who is on her way to one of her favorite activities: eating Chinese food with her family. The addition of Chinese food at their favorite restaurant makes everyday life extra special, especially when there’s something to celebrate. Emily’s favorite part comes after the meal when the dessert of fortune cookies is served. Emily loves the light-hearted and sometimes profound messages to be found therein. As she and her family laugh together at the messages the cookies deliver, Emily realizes that she is like a fortune cookie—she’s the finishing touch to their family as the fortune cookies are to their special meal. She also sees how children everywhere are like fortune cookies—each one unique and having a special message of their own for the world.

 

 

Fortune Cookie Surprise! is a delightful story written by fifteen-year-old author and illustrator Jacqueline Prata. The message of the story is right on and the comparison between Emily and a fortune cookie—as well as the comparison of the cookies to other children—is clear and understandable and certainly has the potential to touch the hearts and minds of other young readers and remind them that they are unique and possess extraordinary gifts worth sharing. The importance of the story is greatly enhanced and, in fact, celebrated through the attractive, absorbing, and adorable illustrations done by Ms. Prata. The story comes to life through her vivid illustrations, which perfectly match the story’s upbeat and delightful tone. Kudos to Ms. Prata for writing and illustrating such a wonderful story. Her talent is obvious and is certainly a gift to young readers!

 

Corner of South Ridge Street and Bowman Avenue  – Rain or shine.
She will be located in front of the former Hamptonite space (near Balducci’s)
Don’t miss out on your chance to meet this wonderful young author!

 

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annaleder@yahoo.com (Rye Ridge Shopping Center) Events Wed, 07 Nov 2018 06:00:30 -0500
BBHS Presents A Chorus Line https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4985-bbhs-presents-a-chorus-line4985-bbhs-presents-a-chorus-line https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4985-bbhs-presents-a-chorus-line4985-bbhs-presents-a-chorus-line

 

BLIND BROOK HIGH SCHOOL presents...

A Chorus Line

HIGH SCHOOL EDITION

Dear Blind Brook Community:

We’re already well on our way with the Blind Brook High School Fall Musical, A Chorus Line-High School Edition.

The show schedule is as follows:           
Friday, November 16th           7:30 PM
Saturday, November 17th        7:30 PM

Tickets may be purchased in the lobby of Blind Brook High School  

  • Tuesday November 13th through Friday, November 16th, 11:30am – 2:30pm, each day.

No e-mail or phone orders will be accepted.

Tickets are priced at $12 (age 12 and under & senior citizens) and $15 for all others.  

ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

Please make all checks payable to: Blind Brook UFSD.

NEW THIS YEAR!!!!

There is now a way for you to pay for your tickets with a CREDIT CARD!  

Credit card purchases may ONLY be made from:
Saturday, November 10th at 9am until Thursday, November 15 at 7pm.
Seats will still be assigned by our box office staff, but you can pay for them online and pick them up the night of the performance!  

NOTE: There is a service fee per ticket.
Adult ticket will be $16.52   
Child/Senior ticket will be $13.41

Link to purchase tickets by credit card: http://bbhs.brownpapertickets. com

If available, tickets can also be purchased the day or evening of the performance at the box office.  

If there are any questions regarding tickets, please e-mail .

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at A Chorus Line!

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annaleder@yahoo.com (Blind Brook Notice) Events Wed, 07 Nov 2018 01:17:00 -0500
Household Recycling Day https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4984-household-recycling-day4984-household-recycling-day https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4984-household-recycling-day4984-household-recycling-day

 

 

The Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities is hosting three household recycling days this fall, to help residents dispose of garbage that requires special handling. These items may include hazardous chemicals and household cleaners, computers and televisions, lightbulbs, car tires, propane tanks, metal and other items. The three household clean-up days will be in addition to regular drop-off hours at the Westchester County Household Material Recovery Facility (H-MRF) in Valhalla.  

November 3 – Playland, Rye

The County also provides a Recyling HelpLine that is available 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can contact the Recycling HelpLine at (914) 813-5425 or schedule an appointment on the reservations calendar.

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annaleder@yahoo.com (Anna Leder) Life Sat, 03 Nov 2018 11:25:38 -0400
Comedian, TV Show Host and Actor, Craig Ferguson brings his standup act to The Ridgefield Playhouse December 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4983-comedian-tv-show-host-and-actor-craig-ferguson-brings-his-standup-act-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-december-34983-comedian-tv-show-host-and-actor-craig-ferguson-brings-his-standup-act-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-december-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/4983-comedian-tv-show-host-and-actor-craig-ferguson-brings-his-standup-act-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-december-34983-comedian-tv-show-host-and-actor-craig-ferguson-brings-his-standup-act-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-december-3

Comedian, TV Show Host and Actor, Craig Ferguson at The Ridgefield Playhouse December 3rd!

Craig Ferguson, the Scottish-American television host, comedian, author and actor brings his Hobo Fabulous Tour to The Ridgefield Playhouse Monday, December 3 at 7pm, part of Barts Tree Service Comedy Series, sponsored by SiriusXM and partially underwritten by Nutmeg Livery Service. Best known for his long run as host of the CBS late-night talk show “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and his Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show “Celebrity Name Game,” he currently hosts “The Craig Ferguson Show” on Sirius XM.

Breaking out at The Edinburgh Festival in 1995, Glasgow born comedian Craig Ferguson moved to Los Angeles and put down roots establishing himself as an actor and comedian just a year later on “The Drew Carey Show” as Nigel Wick, a role he played for several seasons. By 2005 he was hosting “The Late Late Show” where he quipped charmingly and often outlandishly in his Scottish accent with celebrities until 2014. His distinctive voice led to voice-over work, in movies like How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Winnie the Pooh (2011) and Brave (2012). Also an author, Ferguson has published two books, Between the Bridge and the River (a novel; 2006) and American on Purpose (a memoir; 2009). Despite his success on “The Late Late Show,” he opted to leave to pursue other opportunities including hosting “Celebrity Name Game,” and “Join or Die with Craig Ferguson,” a history based topical talk show featuring a panel of comedians, experts and other guests. British television show, “Doc Martin,” for which Ferguson wrote 12 episodes, was based on Ferguson’s 2000 British Film Saving Grace, which he co-wrote and starred in.

For tickets ($60) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at 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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kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 02 Nov 2018 14:39:28 -0400
Fall Forest Weekends at New York Botanical Gardens https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/4979-fall-forest-weekends-at-new-york-botanical-gardens4979-fall-forest-weekends-at-new-york-botanical-gardens https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/4979-fall-forest-weekends-at-new-york-botanical-gardens4979-fall-forest-weekends-at-new-york-botanical-gardens

Fall Forest Weekends at NYBG November 3 & 4 and 10 & 11 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The best place to see fall foliage is right here in the Bronx.

Some of the best places to see fall foliage is right here in New York City. Explore the Thain Family Forest, the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in NYC. Become a citizen scientist by helping record and observe native flora, and learn about NYBG’s work in conservation and preservation. Immerse yourself in magnificent fall color, enjoy Shakespeare performances, take a scenic canoe trip down the Bronx River, watch birds of prey demonstration, or take a hike on the trails with a guide.

Purchase tickets here.

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kerry@ducey.org (New York Botanical Garden) Places Fri, 02 Nov 2018 14:05:32 -0400
Best of October Reads https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4982-best-of-october-reads4982-best-of-october-reads https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/4982-best-of-october-reads4982-best-of-october-reads

Waaaay back in September, I made an autumn to-be-read list full of spooky stories. Once again demonstrating that I am rubbish at following my to-be-read lists, I’ve only read one of the books on that list. On the other hand, my original list accurately captured the mood of my October reading: I said I was hankering for spooky books, and the books I did read satisfied that intention.

Thanks to my new Scribd subscription, I’ve experienced all as audiobooks and can recommend them in that format. If you’re partial to good old-fashioned paper books, that should work nicely as well.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

In this meta murder mystery, book editor Susan Ryeland receives a proof of a murder mystery called Magpie Murders by star author Alan Conway. When she realizes several pages are missing, she investigates the mystery behind them and realizes the story inside the book may be as much truth as fiction.

The audio narration is a treat. My house has never been so spotless: I kept inventing new chores to do so as to prolong my listening. I think of the novel as a murder mystery version of If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino.

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

You may have heard this young adult psychological thriller compared to E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, which may or may not be fair enough (I’m not telling). Pessl’s novel follows five friends who gather together a year after the mysterious death of their friend Jim. The narrator is Beatrice, Jim’s girlfriend.

I think it’s best to leave it there. The novel is filled with hairpin turns, and the less you know, the better. Even the jacket copy is too spoiler-y.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

I heard this novel billed as a contemporary A Christmas Carol with Scrooge recast as a teen girl and immediately had to consume it. If I had any sort of patience when it comes to books, I’d have waited until December and read it alongside my annual rereading of Dickens’ original. I don’t have patience with books, but since I listened to The Afterlife of Holly Chase on audio (loved the narrator), I might read the paper version alongside Dickens’ classic in December anyway.

Yes, I liked it that much. Full disclosure: I adore A Christmas Carol. I’ve read it at least 15 times and still get weepy every time. Hand’s revision features twists and turns, and she weaves lines from Dickens’ texts (from A Christmas Carol and beyond) throughout. It’s a moving homage to the original and a fun, uplifting read in its own right.

The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason

As some of you know, I’m currently immersed in a project to read as many English translations of Homer’s The Odyssey as I can stand. Alongside this project, I’m reading contemporary reception of Homer, specifically novels that riff on Odysseus’ 10 year journey home from Troy. As you may have divined from the title of Mason’s book, it claims to be alternate versions of Odysseus’ journey that did not make it into the text we read today. The conceit cleverly plays on how Odysseus’ travels appear in Homer’s classic: in quotes, as Odysseus’ recitation of his exploits at the court of the Phaeacian king. Odysseus is an admitted liar and trickster, i.e. Western literature’s original unreliable narrator.

Mason’s many and varied versions provide witty, sharply observed, and endlessly intriguing re-imaginings. Even if you don’t particularly like The Odyssey, Mason’s gorgeous prose may just sweep you up in its tide (pun very much intended).

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The first time I experienced this book was in audiobook back in 2016. The narration was excellent, and the story touched my heart. This time, I read the hardcover and loved the book even more. It’s firmly on my “favorite books of all time” list. I’ve heard it described as a post-apocalyptic novel, but that title does not do the story’s richness justice. Also, calling it a post-pandemic novel is more precise. But even if you think you’re not into *that kind of book*, give this one a shot.

The story weaves back and forth between before and after a catastrophic pandemic that kills off 99+ percent of the earth’s population. Experiences and artifacts connect characters who don’t make it to “after” with those who do. The slow reveal of how they’re all tied to together almost makes this feel more like a mystery. It asks, what does it mean to be civilized? It meditates on memory and nostalgia, loss and renewal, art and hope, and the human quest for meaning and wholeness.

What were your favorite reads of October?

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sally.stra@gmail.com (Sally Allen) Life Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:42:44 -0400
Fall Forest Weekends at New York Botanical Gardens https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/4980-fall-forest-weekends-at-new-york-botanical-gardens-15412049184980-fall-forest-weekends-at-new-york-botanical-gardens-1541204918 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/4980-fall-forest-weekends-at-new-york-botanical-gardens-15412049184980-fall-forest-weekends-at-new-york-botanical-gardens-1541204918

Fall Forest Weekends at NYBG November 3 & 4 and 10 & 11 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The best place to see fall foliage is right here in the Bronx.

Some of the best places to see fall foliage is right here in New York City. Explore the Thain Family Forest, the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in NYC. Become a citizen scientist by helping record and observe native flora, and learn about NYBG’s work in conservation and preservation. Immerse yourself in magnificent fall color, enjoy Shakespeare performances, take a scenic canoe trip down the Bronx River, watch birds of prey demonstration, or take a hike on the trails with a guide.

Purchase tickets here.

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kerry@ducey.org (New York Botanical Garden) Places Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:34:46 -0400
Gobble up the Savings in November at Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/4981-gobble-up-the-savings-in-november-at-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa4981-gobble-up-the-savings-in-november-at-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/4981-gobble-up-the-savings-in-november-at-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa4981-gobble-up-the-savings-in-november-at-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa

Having out of town guests for Thanksgiving? Do they need a place to stay? Look no further than the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa.

From today, Thursday, November 1 through November 30, guests can Gobble up the Savings. Hotel guests receive 15% off overnight stay plus -  a bonus 500 Marriott Rewards Points! All this while enjoying first-class accommodations, an award-winning restaurant and bar, and spa services - all under one roof.

Gobble up the Savings here.

Click here to learn more about the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa.

The hotel is located at 243 Tresser Boulevard, in the heart of downtown Stamford, combining New York City energy with New England charm. Need we say more?

Fine print: No minimum LOS required. Available for new bookings only

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:14:11 -0400