Scarsdale's HamletHub Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:45:46 -0500 Nation's Only Sustainable Seafood Festival Returns to New York on January 25

The nation’s only sustainable seafood festival, Aquarius, will return to The Foundry in Long Island City on Saturday, January 25th from 8pm - 1am. Guests will be invited to partake in a boundless journey of sensory and visual imagination at this 3rd annual festival highlighting sustainable seafood and farm fresh cocktails. The Foundry will set the scene for this artic chic event.  The historic venue is a fully-restored 19th century building, which boasts 3,000 sprawling square feet of space offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline along with a gorgeous indoor Greenhouse.  It will be filled with delicacies from the sea, complemented perfectly with premium wines and spirits. Aquarius 2020 is brought to you by the talented producers of Secret Summer, Tyler Hollinger of HighLife Productions, Andrew Maturana of RAPT and Allison du Val of The Foundry.

This year, Aquarius has partnered with Oceanic Global, a non-profit that engages new audiences in ocean conservation. They tap into universal passions to raise awareness for issues impacting our oceans and to provide individual and industry solutions that drive positive change. We are working with them to implement The Oceanic Standard to ensure a plastic-free event.  CupZero will provide $2 cups for purchase upon entry to use throughout the festival.  Return your cup to the CupZero station and get your money back. There will also be designated CupZero recycling bins throughout the space. 

Guests will have the ability to purchase seafood with sustainable offerings as deep as the sea, all of which will be recommended by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s rigorous Seafood Watch program. Festival-goers will be equipped with the latest sustainable seafood guides and have the opportunity to sample seasonal flavors by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Executive Chef Matthew Beaudin. Hudson Square’s Houseman Restaurant’s Chef Ned Baldwin will offer Fisherman’s Stew and more and Mattitaco will serve farm to food truck Oysters, Tacos and Moules Frites, courtesy of Chef Justin Schwartz.   Ca’Pisci  will make its festival return offering a rustic Italian menu featuring only sustainable fish. Salsa Pistolero will be on hand with an assortment of refreshing salsa flavors to snack on and My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream will hand out their sweet treats.  MF Events will provide a local raw bar highlighting 100% local to NYC oysters  and more…

The festival will showcase and serve up cocktails from the world’s most prominent spirits brands including COÇA PURA TEQUILA, Boukman Botanical RhumKoval, London Essence Co., KAS Krupnikas Nolet’s Gin, Chinola, Barrows Intense and Barrows Intense Ginger Liqueur. Q Mixers will be the official mixer, enhance the finest spirits and  fresh cocktail garnishes will be provided by Square Roots, which is  building a hanging Hydroponic Garden.  Guests can also enjoy the Coney Island Brewing Co lounge with photo booth, and Owl's Brew Boozy Tea And Botanicals, while Polar Seltzer, Harmless Harvest Coconut  Water  and sparkling probiotic drinks from KeVita will be there to help keep revelers hydrated. 

This one-of-a-kind immersive experience, outfitted with floral and tree arrangements by Brenton Wolf Design, will also feature a winter séance and a symbolic sacrifice to the God of Aquarius, an art installation by Jimmy Carillo, outdoor fire pits and extraordinary fire breathers and aerialists. The evening will also feature a performance from the  Brass Queens, the all female group that’s disrupting a male dominated genre.  Guests can commemorate the magical evening with an impromptu photoshoot in the 4Five Photo Booth with fun props to kick your pictures up a notch.  DJ Ryan Vandal will provide the soundtrack for the night in the Albra Room while  DJ Samantha Michelle will take over the Main Hall. Who could ask for more?

Aquarius specialty cocktails and water are complementary to all ticket holders.  Full meals will be available for purchase. Tickets begin at $95 and can be purchased by visiting:  Guests will also be invited to help save the ocean and the planet by donating $10 to Oceanic Global,  AQUARIUS 2020’s official ocean conservation charity and sustainability partner.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that's fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean, now and for future generations. Our recommendations indicate which seafood items are Best Choices or Good Alternatives, and which ones you should Avoid. For more information, visit
Oceanic Global is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that engages new audiences in ocean conservation. We tap into universal passions to raise awareness for issues impacting our oceans and to provide individual and industry solutions that drive positive change. Read more at:


Cup Zero is on a mission to change the way we think about events and festivals moving towards zero waste one drink at a time.  Cup Zero is a reusable cup service based in NYC. They deliver, pick up, wash, and store so you can focus on throwing a great party, without hurting the planet. Using a deposit system, cups get returned so they can be washed and sanitized for future use, keeping the venue clean, and plastic out of the oceans.  To learn more, visit
Inspired by the word husmanskost, “everyday food" in Norwegian, Houseman is a neighborhood restaurant where chef Ned Baldwin serves clear-headed food that ranges from the familiar to the unexpected. 
]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 15 Jan 2020 03:48:18 -0500
White Plains Performing Arts Center presents Rita Harvey’s Heart Like A Wheel – A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt

Rita Harvey’s Heart Like A Wheel – A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt at WPPAC on January 25 at 8pm

Rita Harvey’s ‘Heart Like A Wheel’ - A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt celebrates one of the most beloved and versatile pop singers of the past five decades. Hear the hits that Linda Ronstadt helped make famous ("You're No Good," "Blue Bayou," "When Will I Be Loved," "It's So Easy," "That'll Be the Day," "Desperado," "Heat Wave" and many others) as well as stories behind the songs that highlighted her career. These timeless favorites are performed by Broadway star, Rita Harvey, backed up by four incredible rock musicians.

Rita Harvey starred in the lead role of Christine Daae in the Broadway and National Touring productions of The Phantom of the Opera.  She was also in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof as Hodel opposite Rosie O'Donnell, Harvey Fierstein and Alfred Molina. Other credits include Diana in the Theatersquared production of Next To Normal and Helen Bechdel in the White Plains Performing Arts Center’s acclaimed production of Fun Home. Rita is the principle soprano in "Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway" which was voted the number one reviewed touring Broadway concert in the country.

Rita Harvey’s ‘Heart Like A Wheel’ - A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 25 at 8pm. Tickets are $37.50.

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

]]> (Kathleen Davisson) Events Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:12:31 -0500
New York Public Library Releases Top Checkouts of All Time

Classic Children’s Story The Snowy Day tops The New York Public Library’s All-Time Checkouts List

The top 10 list kicks off the Library’s year-long 125th-anniversary celebration

The beloved, innovative, award-winning children’s story—written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats—is the most checked out book in The New York Public Library’s 125-year history. 

A team of experts at the Library analyzed a series of factors to compile—for the first time ever—the 10 books that have been borrowed most since The New York Public Library was founded in 1895. Today’s release of the list—as well as a limited-edition library card and MetroCard featuring artwork from The Snowy Day—launch a year-long celebration of The New York Public Library’s 125th anniversary. 

The year will focus on appreciating and reaffirming the Library’s values of trust, inclusion, respect, and free and open access to information and knowledge, as well as its unique role supporting a true love of reading. The celebration will include special author talks, book lists, public programs, the much-anticipated reopening of the system’s completely renovated central circulating library, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, and the opening of the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library Treasures, a permanent, free exhibition showcasing items from the Library’s robust research collections. 

More information on plans is available at

To develop the list of most checked out books, the Library evaluated a series of key factors—including historic checkout and circulation data (for all formats, including e-books), overall trends, current events, popularity, length of time in print, and presence in the Library catalog. The full list:

  1. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats / 485,583 checkouts
  2. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss / 469,650 checkouts

  3. 1984 by George Orwell / 441,770 checkouts

  4. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak / 436,016 checkouts

  5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee  / 422,912 checkouts

  6. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White / 337,948 checkouts

  7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury / 316,404 checkouts

  8. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie / 284,524 checkouts

  9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling / 231,022 checkouts

  10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle / 189,550 checkouts

The list also includes an honorable mention: children’s book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, which would have been among the system’s top checkouts if not for an odd piece of history: extremely influential New York Public Library children’s librarian Anne Carroll Moore disliked the story so much when it was published in 1947 that the Library didn’t carry it . . . until 1972. 

“For 125 years, the Library has uniquely sparked, supported, and fostered a true love of reading in the people of New York City and beyond,” said New York Public Library President Anthony W. Marx. “Among our many roles, we look to connect people with the stories that capture their imaginations, take them places, stay with them over time, encourage them to keep turning pages, and greatly impact and shape their lives. The books on this list have transcended generations and, much like the Library itself, are as relevant today as they were when they first arrived. This list tells us something about New Yorkers over the last 125 years—what moves them, what excites them, what stands the test of time. It’s a perfect way to kick off our celebration of the Library’s 125th anniversary . . . and it’s just the beginning.”

The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day, in print and in the Library’s catalog continuously since 1962, is a charming, beautifully-illustrated tale of a child enjoying the simple magic that snow brings to his city. It is one of the Library’s top circulated books every year (across all neighborhoods). Andrew Medlar, director of the Library’s BookOps selection team and one of the experts who helped compile the list, attributes the book’s success to its universal appeal, its fame (being a Caldecott winner and one of the earliest examples of diversity in children’s books), its wide availability in other languages, and its many years in print. 

“At the end of the day, though, it’s all about the story, and it is absolutely brilliantly told,” Medlar said. “It is such a relatable story, and pure magic for kids and adults alike. It’s on people’s radar screens, they remember when they first heard it, and they want to share that experience with their kids. And the artwork is just gorgeous.” 

To celebrate the top checkout, all 92 New York Public Library locations are offering a special, limited-edition The Snowy Day library card beginning today (existing cardholders can move their accounts to the new card for a $1 donation). And a special edition MTA MetroCard will be available this week in the following 10 stations across the five boroughs:

  • Grand Central – 42nd St (S,4,5,6,7)

  • 42nd St Bryant Park (B,D,F,M)

  • 34th St Penn Station (1,2,3)

  • 59th St Columbus Circle (A,B,C,D)

  • 3rd Ave – 149th St (2,5)

  • St. George Terminal (Staten Island Railway)

  • Broadway-Lafayette St (B,D,F,M)

  • 125th St (4,5,6)

  • Jay St MetroTech (A,C,F,R)

  • Sutphin Blvd. Archer Ave (E,J,Z)

Both special edition cards are limited and available while supplies last. 

Additionally, branches will hold special storytime and craft programming around The Snowy Day in January and February.

“For The Snowy Day to be recognized as the most checked out book in the history of The New York Public Library would have been for Ezra Jack Keats, as it is for us at the EJK Foundation, the highest honor he could ever receive,” said Deborah Pope, executive director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. “As a young boy, Ezra found a safe haven and inspiration in the public library. Part of his legacy has been to extend the welcome of public libraries by creating books that reflect the diverse faces of the children who use the library. The popularity of children’s books on this top ten list shows that literacy and the love of reading is a high priority for all of us in New York City’s and we, along with the beloved NYPL, are happy to help achieve this goal.” 

Key Factors

According to Medlar, there are several key criteria that seem to influence whether a book is a top checkout:

  • Length: The shorter the book, the more turnover, or circulation (this is why children’s books are often amongst the most circulated). The adult books on the list tend to be shorter, such as 1984 and To Kill A Mockingbird

  • Length of time in print: Clearly, the longer a story is in print, the longer the public has to check it out. The oldest book on the list is Dale Carnegie’s ultimate self-help book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, which has been in print continuously since 1936. The newest book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which came out in the United States in 1998 and was only able to crack this list because it was an absolute phenomenon. 

  • Languages available: In a city like New York City, the more languages offered means more checkouts.

  • Universal appeal: The more a story appeals to a wide variety of tastes, the more checkouts it will receive.

  • Current events: Particularly with adult books, what is happening in the world greatly impacts checkouts. 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 see spikes in circulation depending on what’s happening in the world, and have currently seen increased popularity due to the rise of dystopian fiction, particularly in teen books.

  • School: If a book has been on school lists for many decades, it is more likely to be a top checkout. 

  • Awards and acknowledgment: Awards generate awareness and excitement, which also generate checkouts. Several of the books on the list are Caldecott winners, for example.


]]> (NYPL) Life Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:27:46 -0500
BBB Alert: ZoGalaxy Websites Leave Star Wars Gift Shoppers with a Bad Feeling

Holiday shopping season is here, and this year, Star Wars toys and collectibles might be at the top of many wish lists. But as excitement builds for the next Star Wars movie, watch out: online scammers are in a prime position to take advantage of collectors and gift-givers.

BBB Serving Metropolitan New York is warning consumers about ZoGalaxy, a group of online retailer websites that are luring budget-minded consumers with huge discount offers on Star Wars collectibles, PlayStations, and more. Because it hasn’t responded to customer complaints, or to the BBB’s inquiry about its BBB Code of Advertising violations, ZoGalaxy has an “F” rating on

In short: It’s a trap! These are not the Star Wars deals you are looking for. Consumers reported that they gave their money to ZoGalaxy – and then it went far, far away. Shoppers said they paid for items up front, but never received their toys or their money back.

“Scammers can use popular toy trends to trick holiday shoppers,” says Claire Rosenzweig, President and CEO of BBB Serving Metropolitan New York. “Any time you see unusually low prices for hot items on an ecommerce website, be skeptical – it could be a scam.”

BBB received 17 complaints for ZoGalaxy from May to December 2019, one of which is still pending, from ZoGalaxy shoppers who paid up front for too-good-to-be-true deals on products that never arrived. Many of these customers attempted to buy PlayStation 4 consoles listed at $99 (about one-third of MSRP).

This scheme is a moving target, doing “business” online under more than 20 different names and URLs, all registered to untraceable private domains. Many of these sites are live and operational as of the date of this release. Would-be customers find the ZoGalaxy sites via ads on Facebook and other social media platforms - and victims try to purchase attractive items without checking on the seller.

Fear of missing out is the path to the dark side for shoppers on these ZoGalaxy sites. The websites drive a false sense of urgency and scarcity, pressuring shoppers to commit money fast. Products are listed at slashed prices and in limited quantities—with a timer counting down to the end of the “sale.” Alerts pop up almost constantly while shoppers browse the sites, claiming the products are flying off the digital shelves.

Once people pay, they are unable to contact the business: there are no phone numbers, mail bounces from undeliverable physical addresses, and related questionable Gmail accounts do not provide access to help.

To dodge pitfalls with online toy, collectible and game purchases this holiday season, BBB Metro New York recommends taking the following steps:

  • Check with and read any reviews and complaints posted there about a company.
  • Search online for additional consumer feedback on whether a seller seems naughty or nice. Order only from companies with consistently satisfactory customer ratings and reports.
  • Be wary if you are tempted to click on a social media ad claiming super low prices for hot-ticket items. If a gift looks too-good-to-be-true, it probably is a scam.
  • Check online retailer details such as contact specifics, terms of sale, and refund policies. Avoid websites that do not post adequate contact information, lack clear policies, or publish questionable contact details.  For example: watch out for ecommerce sites that use Gmail or other free emails instead of professional addresses.  Be cautious if a website posts a location such as “123 Fake St.” – an apparently phony address that currently appears on a ZGALAXYSHOP Contact Us website page – or that lists several different contact addresses in widely different locations.
  • Visit BBB’s Scam Tracker to see if other consumers have made a scam report about the business. You can search reports by keyword and location.

Read more tips on buying this season's hot toys.

View more holiday tips at

]]> (NY BBB) Public safety Mon, 16 Dec 2019 07:08:39 -0500
On the Children's Shelf: Making Memories

My family makes these cream cheese cookies during the holidays that my grandmother used to make. I know the moment they start to bake, the memory of my grandmother making them will hit, but I still somehow can't mentally prepare myself for the sensory memory that happens when I smell those cookies. It's like they are the magical key to a door that transports me through time and my grandmother is there and the cookies are baking and she's singing a funny made up song. Sometimes I can't tell what I love more about the cookies...the way they taste or the way the memories feel when they flood my heart the moment I smell those cookies.
Books do something similar. There are books that take me back the same way...magical keys to a secret portal back to my childhood. I remember details of my childhood room tied to those stories. I remember details about my childhood room...the clock and the sound of it ticking, the shelves, the stuffed animals on my bed. They are all part of the memories that come racing back when I revisit certain childhood book friends.
Recently, I was waiting for a new release book I ordered to arrive and the anticipation triggered this memory of being in preschool. My preschool was in a library (yes, it was amazing), and we would go upstairs into the children's section to listen to stories being read aloud. While I waited for the book, something about the book anticipation made me remember all of it...climbing the stairs, the door into the children's section, sitting in the read-aloud room listening to books. I remembered details I haven't thought of in years.
Then there are the newer bookish memories...the books I've read to my children and the memories tied to them. The ones they loved, the ones we did funny voices for the characters, the ones that rhymed and sounded like a song, the ones they memorized because we read them so much. But it isn't simply about living in the past. The books I read today are tied to new memories that will someday be "remember when." Earlier this year, I brought home a copy of The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors. The book got passed around my family, everyone laughing out loud as they read it. Recently I've been recommending it to friends, and each time I say the title I remember each person in my family insisting to the next person that it was the funniest book that had to be read.
Sometimes books take us out of our world and into someplace entirely different, but sometimes they tie us to our world more than we realize. The line between the book and our world kind of blurs. We become part of the book, and our world becomes part of the experience of reading the book. Revisiting a beloved book takes me into two worlds...the world inside those pages and the world I remember from previous readings. They connect me to the story, and they connect me to some wonderful memories.
]]> (Jessica Collins) Life Mon, 16 Dec 2019 05:46:00 -0500
Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College on Dec. 15

Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College on Sunday, December 15, 2019, 7pm

With four decades under their belts, Canadian Brass continues to thrill audiences around the world, and they don’t look like they are letting up anytime soon! We are thrilled to have them heading our way with this program of specially arranged holiday favorites, sure to get you in the spirit of the season.

Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Canadian Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. From trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them – from formal classical presentation to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects – they do it all with spontaneity, virtuosity, dedication, exceptional skill, and, most of all, loads of fun.

Canadian Brass is: Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Brandon Ridenour and Caleb Hudson (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone), and Jeff Nelsen (horn).

Ticket Prices $75 / $50 / $35

The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577
Box office hours are Wednesday – Friday noon to 6pm

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:23:39 -0500
Scarsdale's own, Derek Milman to discuss Swipe Right for Murder on Nov. 16 at Bronx River Books

Scarsdale's own, Derek Milman will discuss "Swipe Right for Murder". An epic case of mistaken identity puts a teen looking for a hookup on the run from both the FBI and a murderous cult in this compulsively readable thriller.

Derek was born in New York City and raised in Westchester County. In high school, he published an underground humor magazine that caught the attention of the New York Times. He studied English, Theater, and Creative Writing at Northwestern University and went on to receive an MFA in acting at Yale School of Drama. He began writing YA fiction a few years ago. "Swipe Right for Murder" is his second novel.

Please join us on Saturday, November 16th from 5-6 PM at Bronx River Books, 37 Spencer Place, Scarsdale.

]]> (Wendy Archer) Events Fri, 08 Nov 2019 10:48:14 -0500
Nancy's Book Group on Nov. 20 at Mid Westchester JCC

Nancy’s Book Group, led by Nancy Zachary, will come together on November 20th at 1:00 PM to discuss "The Tsar of Love and Techno "by Anthony Marra.

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena—dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art. This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking.

Please call the Reference desk at 722-1302 to register.

Please note: The location is Mid Westchester JCC at 999 Wilmot Avenue.

]]> (Wendy Archer) Events Fri, 08 Nov 2019 10:46:53 -0500
Global Festival at Purchase College to Spotlight Haiti


From November 14 through November 16, Purchase College, in conjunction with the college’s Office of International Programs and Services, will host the second annual (T)HERE festival, dedicated to opening a space for dialogue between people and cultures from around the world. While last year celebrated Benin, West Africa, the 2019 (T)HERE: A Global Festival of Arts, Culture & Ideas will focus on Haiti. The festival will present lectures, performances, film screenings, and art at various venues across campus including The Performing Arts Center and the Neuberger Museum of Art. All events are open to the public. The full schedule can be found at

Highlights of the festival include the keynote lecture by National Book award finalist and this year’s Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature, Edwidge Danticat on Thursday, November 14. Danticat will also lead a discussion with pathbreaking contemporary Haitian journalists and media figures in the panel New Storytellers on November 15.

The Neuberger Museum of Art will present the exhibition “Art Got Into Me”: The Work of Engels the Artist. Engels, who is in residence at the museum for fall 2019, will open up his studio to visitors on November 14 and 16.

On November 15, the students of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, Purchase Jazz Combo, and the Purchase Dance Company will be joined by local high school musicians for Haiti Alive, an evening of dance and music celebrating Haitian influences in American music in The Performing Arts Center.

Also on November 15, Atlanta McIlwraith from Timberland Corporation will be joined by Timote Georges and Hugh Locke, co-founders of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance for a discussion about their partnership to transform agriculture in Haiti.

Haitian comic book artist Thony Loui will be artist in residence during the global festival. With the help of Purchase students, Thony will complete work on the first comic book featuring his latest superhero creation, Tanama. She uses her special powers to support smallholder farmers—and women smallholders in particular—in Haiti and around the world as they overcome tremendous hardships and fight off evil forces to combat climate change through tree planting. Audiences can visit the Tanama Studio, meet the artist and check on the comic book’s progress, and can also see Thony’s art on display in the Performing Arts Center during the Festival.

The festival culminates with a spirited performance of Haitian roots music and dance by Chouk Bwa at The Performing Arts Center on November 16.

Film offerings include student films from the Transnational Filmmaking Project, which brings together film students from the U.S., Benin, and Haiti for a year of collaborative filmmaking and cross-cultural conversation. A selection of short films focusing on Haitian student directors will be screened and discussed on Friday, November 15. The festival will also feature films by award-winning artists such as filmmaker Guetty Felin and actress and director Gessica Geneus.

Food trucks and an interactive fair featuring Haitian- and American-based community engagement organizations working in Haiti will round out the festival’s offerings.

Anne Kern, Dean for Global Strategy and International Programs, said,An nou pale Ayiti, “let’s talk Haiti” in Creole, is the guiding phrase of the second edition of Purchase’s global festival. It is an invitation to listening and open dialogue without presuming answers or conclusions, to crafting new narratives, and to honoring the artists, thinkers, and activists who help us connect Haiti’s audacious past to a more auspicious future for all.”


About the Events



Thursday, November 14


Studio Visit with Engels the Artist
Thursday, November, 14 and Saturday, November 16
12:30 - 3 pm
Neuberger Museum of Art
Free with museum admission

Haitian-born Engels the Artist, the Neuberger Museum’s Fall 2019 artist-in-residence, will welcome guests into his studio for a special meet-and-greet.

The artist and his exhibition, “Art Got into Me”: The Work of Engels the Artist, will be introduced by Patrice Giasson, Alex Gordon Curator of Art of the Americas, at 12:30pm.  Light refreshments will be served on November 14.

The exhibition is on view October 9 through December 22.

A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat
2019-2020 Roy & Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature
Thursday, November 14
6:30 pm
Humanities Theatre, Humanities Building

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Edwidge Danticat is the author of many books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak! (1996), a finalist for the National Book Award; and Claire of the Sea Light (2013), named a book of the year by Publishers WeeklyLibrary Journal, National Public Radio, and The Washington Post.

Her most recent collection of short stories, Everything Inside, was published in August 2019 by Knopf. In addition to her fiction, Danticat regularly reports on Haiti, migration, and other topics for The New Yorker. Her 2007 memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. Her many recognitions include a MacArthur Fellowship, honorary degrees from Smith College, Yale University, and the University of the West Indies Open Campus, and the 2017 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. 


Friday, November 15


Panel Discussion: New Storytellers

Friday, November 15

12:30 pm

Humanities Theatre, Durst Humanities Building


Led by Durst Distinguished Chair Edwidge Danticat, a panel of contemporary Haitian journalists and media figures will discuss the complex landscape of storytelling within contemporary Haiti, as well as the challenges of telling Haiti’s stories from the U.S.


Film Screenings and Discussion

Transnational Short Films
Friday, November 15

3:00-5:00 pm

PepsiCo Theatre, The Performing Arts Center

To foster collective and collaborative dialogue, Purchase College has launched a transnational filmmaking project in which film students from the U.S., Benin in West Africa, and Haiti in the Caribbean, work together to produce short films and promote cross-cultural conversations. The program seeks to inspire young filmmakers to address art, politics, and social issues of relevance across the world.

A selection of short films produced in 2018 and 2019 with a focus on Haitian directors will be showcased during the festival and followed by a discussion with the student filmmakers.


Panel: An Agricultural Sustainability Revolution

5:00- 6:30 pm

Upper Lobby, The Performing Arts Center


Timberland (think boots, shoes and apparel) has become a major force in transforming agriculture in rural Haiti. Cotton is being grown again for the first time in over 30 years, with farmers planting trees to earn credits—or “tree currency”—which they use to pay for cotton and food crop seeds, tools to work the land, and much needed agricultural training.

The combined result is significantly increased yields and profits for farmers, as well as 7.5 million trees planted to date and 25 million more projected over the next five years. 

Hear from the team leading this transformational venture: Atlanta McIlwraith from Timberland is joined by Timote Georges and Hugh Locke, co-founders of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance in Haiti. They will also share details of the cutting edge new data app, currently in beta testing, that tracks and measures the impact of each crop on improving farmer income, combatting climate change, contributing to food security, and supporting gender equality.

Performance: Haiti Alive
7 pm
Recital Hall, The Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $20, with discounts for students and seniors

Haiti Alive highlights different intersections between Haitian folk music and the classical and jazz musical traditions. Opening with a demonstration of Haitian style bamboula drumming, the concert continues with a Purchase student jazz combo, joined by violist and composer Rudy Perrault, playing an original set based on Haitian folk themes and themes drawn from the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a 19th-century American composer for whom the music of Haiti was a major source of inspiration. Following the drums and jazz, two dance soloists from the Dance Conservatory will perform George Balanchine’s Tarantella with Gottschalk’s score performed by piano soloist Steven Mayer, and the Purchase Symphony Orchestra. Haitian-American composer Rudy Perrault’s music will then be presented by a string quartet (two movements from his Zombie quartet); and the Purchase Symphony Orchestra (Exodus). The Orchestra will conclude its set with the Gottschalk's “Night in the Tropics”. The concert will conclude with the world premiere of a complete solo piano transcription of “Night in the Tropics”, written and performed by Steven Mayer.

Mina Kim, Conductor
Steven Mayer, Piano
Choreography by George Balanchine
Staged by Bettijane Sills

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Grande Tarantelle, Op. 67
Gottschalk/Mayer: Symphony No. 1 “La Nuit des tropiques” (Solo Piano Transcription)
Gottschalk: Symphony No.1 “La Nuit des tropiques”; Movement II (Orchestra)
Jean “Rudy” Perrault: Exodus
Jazz set based on themes by Gottschalk, Ludovic Lamothe, and Justin Elie

Saturday, November 16


Film Screenings, Co-Curated by Filmmaker Guetty Felin

Saturday, November 16

various locations



The festival will present a selection of films reflecting the multiplicity and complexity of Haiti today, including Broken Stones, directed by Guetty Felin (2012, 61 min.) and The Sun Will Rise, directed by Gessica Généus (2018, 51 min.)

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, reared in the United States and having come of age cinematically in Paris France, Guetty Felin is an award-winning Haitian-American filmmaker with a rich and eclectic background in the film and television industry in in the US, Europe and Haiti. She writes and directs and produces both documentaries and narrative films. Her films explore haunting themes such as memory, exile, foreignness, and the unending search for home, while interconnecting our common global humanities.

Her feature narrative debut, A y i t i M o n A m o u r , premiered internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016 and is currently touring the festival circuit around the world. The film was bought by Orange Studio for distribution in France. It won Best Narrative Feature at the BlackStar Film Festival and was Haiti’s very first Oscar contender for Best Foreign Language Film Category for the 2018 Academy Awards. The film was widely acclaimed by the press, Variety called director Guetty Felin a "strong and distinct new voice" in international cinema. The film was recently picked up by Indiepix and will be released in July 2019. It is still touring the festival circuit with an upcoming showcase at the Fribourg International Film Festival in March 2019.

Her feature-length documentary Broken Stones on self-recovery in post -quake Haiti was selected in over two dozen festivals around the world. It garnered two grand prize awards at the Belize International Film Festival and at FEMI in Guadeloupe and broadcast on French television in 2012.

Broken Stones (directed by Guetty Felin, 2012, 61 min.): The oldest quartier in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Quartier Cathédrale (Cathedral Quarter) was the most devastated sector in the city in Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. To commemorate the eve of the quake’s tenth anniversary, the festival will revisit Guetty Felin’s 2012 film, Broken Stones, which documents the cathedral’s cracked columns and open air, the ruins resembling an amphitheater, where the daily realities of Haitian life unfold as impressionist moments interwoven into the narrative fabric of this captivating documentary.

The Sun Will Rise (directed by Gessica Généus, 2018, 51 min.): In this textured and surprising personal documentary, Haitian filmmaker and actress Gessica Généus undertakes a journey to understand what she calls Haiti’s "illness of the soul"—the country’s fraught religious divide between Vodou and Christianity. With her mother’s bipolarity as her poignant point of departure, Généus skilfully interweaves traditional interviews and ethnographic-style observation with poetic narration as she seeks to connect the dots of her family’s, and her island’s, fractured history. The result is a moving meditation on both mental illness and a nation’s as-yet unassuaged inner turmoil.

More films to be announced.

Performance: Chouk Bwa
8 pm
PepsiCo Theatre, The Performing Arts Center
$30, $20, $15

From the countryside of the New World’s first free black republic, Chouk Bwa performs stripped-down Haitian roots music: enthralling percussion, dance, call-and- response singing, work songs, Vodou performances, and Holy Week rara music.

Infused with the scent and sensibility of voodoo, it is music that refuses to obscure their homeland’s deep African heritage. As they themselves declare, these are rhythms that were “torn from Africa and secretly replanted in a new land.” But this “replanting” sowed a new identity. As such, the music of Chouk Bwa is a proud statement of Haitian culture, of a nation that’s known the hardest of times but whose spirit remains as tough as those ancient drums.

About Purchase College, SUNY


Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspiration for Purchase was to create a dynamic campus that combined conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, in order to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students. Today, Purchase College, SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit

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Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Training on Nov. 9

As an organization committed to STEM excellence, Housatonic Community College (HCC) proudly announced today that it is now a certified Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Provider. The only community college in the nation to offer this world-class training, HCC will present an inaugural training workshop on Saturday, November 9th to all schools and educators looking to improve their STEM education using research-based, best practice planning processes.

The nationally acclaimed Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is a strategic planning process to provide schools and districts with the time, tools and collaboration needed to improve their STEM education initiatives. The Pathway, which is comprised of three parts, will be facilitated by HCC educators who have been rigorously trained by Carnegie Science Center.

The STEM Excellence Pathway has proven to be the desired model for creating a national stamp of excellence in schools across the country. HCC is the only organization in the lower New England and the NY-NJ region offering the training program.

This initial workshop, entitled the ‘Emerging Workshop,’ is a first step toward improving STEM offerings or to evaluate progress on improvement. Participants will work collaboratively to create an action plan to put into place at their educational institution. In one 6-hour session, attendees will gain an understanding of high-quality STEM education, reflect on current conditions of STEM education in their own schools/districts, identify key priority areas for improvement and develop a plan of action.

The workshop will take place Saturday November 9th from 9am – 3pm at the Beacon Hall Event Center on the HCC campus, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT. The cost is $150, including all materials and lunch. The deadline for registration is Friday, November 1st. Those interested should contact Dean Robin Avant, or visit

“This training is appropriate for any school or district looking to adopt best practices in STEM education,” said Robin Avant, Housatonic Community College Academic Dean. “Participants will walk away with a stronger understanding of what it means to deliver superior STEM instruction, and a customized plan with action steps that make sense for their own schools.”

A follow-up workshop, entitled ‘Processing Workshop’ will take place early next year. During that session, attendees will collaborate on common action plan goal areas, review their progress and identify further support and resources for achieving goals. During the final session, the ‘Advancing Workshop,’ participants meet one-on-one with HCC educators, reflecting on their plan implementation and their schools’/districts’ connection to the four pillars of STEM education, making plans for continued progress.

“Getting students interested in STEM subject matter, and placing high-quality, best practice STEM educational programs in place in our schools and districts is crucial to preparing a pipeline of talented and well-trained people to work in these fields,” said Avant.

Becoming the regional Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Provider is only the latest step in the college’s STEM journey. Students there can choose from over 40 associate degree or certificate options under the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math disciplines. Adding Arts to STEM learning, HCC hosts an annual two-day STEAMfest event, offers STEAM research trips and plans to open a STEAM Center of Excellence later this year.

HCC is currently accepting schools for the 2019-2020 cohort. If you are interested in learning more about this training opportunity, please contact Robin Avant at or visit

]]> (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:07:12 -0400
Chouk Bwa performs stripped-down Haitian roots music at Performing Arts Center at Purchase College

From the countryside of the New World’s first free black republic, Chouk Bwa performs stripped-down Haitian roots music: enthralling percussion, dance, call-and- response singing, work songs, Vodou performances, and Holy Week rara music.

Infused with the scent and sensibility of voodoo, it is music that refuses to obscure their homeland’s deep African heritage. As they themselves declare, these are rhythms that were “torn from Africa and secretly replanted in a new land.” But this “replanting” sowed a new identity. As such, the music of Chouk Bwa is a proud statement of Haitian culture, of a nation that’s known the hardest of times but whose spirit remains as tough as those ancient drums.

This event is part of (T)HERE: A Global Festival of Art, Culture, and Ideas - HAITI, taking place November 14-16 on the campus of Purchase College.

Tickets: $30 / $20 / $15

Website Link:

For tickets and more info, visit our website or call the box office at (914)251-6200. Box office hours are Wednesday – Friday noon to 6pm.


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Fri, 25 Oct 2019 11:15:53 -0400
Take a Look Tuesdays at Landmark Preschool in Bedford

Childhood is celebrated at Landmark Preschool

This is at the center of all we do in the classroom and on the playground! Our great passion is knowing our students as individuals within our vibrant community and sharing with them the joy of learning. Our intentionally connected curriculum is brought to life by our engaging teachers and fosters our students’ natural curiosity and openness to the world.

Interested in learning more? Join us at our Landmark Preschool Bedford Campus at 10:00 am on October 29 and select Tuesdays through March. Take a tour of our school. Meet our teachers. Watch a classroom in action. Feel the energy and enthusiasm they bring to all that they do. See how our talented faculty are committed to inspiring joyful learning with our students.

The strength of our programs and the culture of kindness in our community is vibrant, and you will experience it best when you come to take a look. Dates: October 29, November 12, December 3, January 14, February 4, March 10.

For more information or to RSVP, call Director Kimberly Swabsin at 914-234-2300 or visit 

The Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool community celebrates childhood, pursues excellence, and cultivates kindness. Our education program is intellectually inspiring, and we foster joyful learning and mutual respect in all that we do. We empower each student to rise to their authentic self, preparing confident graduates who shape their future with ingenuity and integrity

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New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Announces Upcoming 56th Annual Thanksgiving Parade

The New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Announces Upcoming 56th Annual Thanksgiving Parade 

The Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle is again partnering with the City of New Rochelle to host the 56th Annual Thanksgiving Parade on Saturday, Nov. 23rd. This year’s Grand Marshal is The New York Empire, the only professional sports team to call New Rochelle home and 2019 Champions of the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL). The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. on North Avenue at Eastchester Road and proceed down North Avenue ending at Bonnefoy Place.

The New York Empire, owned by the Stevens Family and lead by head coach, Bryan Jones, finished their season with a victory against the Dallas Roughnecks (26-22), in August 2019. They not only won the championship title, but also became the third team in AUDL history to finish a season undefeated. The New York Empire has been a professional AUDL East Division team, having originated in Brooklyn before moving to New Rochelle’s Joseph F. Fosina field at Flowers “City” Park in 2018. They have been devoted to the community; especially the youth, ever since their arrival.

President of the Chamber, Robert Hayes, said, “When they first joined the Chamber I knew they had something special. They were fun, fresh and community focused. As Champions they helped contribute to what makes New Rochelle great. We aren’t just the Queen City on the Sound; we are a City of Champions!”

Barbara Stevens, owner of NY Empire said, “We could not have chosen a better place for the NY Empire to call home. We are thrilled to be a part of this community and cannot wait to get back on the field. It is our goal to represent NY and the City of New Rochelle with professionalism and to provide a fun, friendly, exciting experience. Ultimate is a great sport that anyone can play. Come out to support the team and join in the fun. Gooooo Empire!”  

Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle, expressed how the parade contributes to the area by saying, “The Thanksgiving Parade is one of New Rochelle’s most beloved traditions, bringing thousands of friends and neighbors together in celebration of the season and our community. This year, we will have the added pleasure of recognizing the New York Empire, 2019 American Ultimate Disc League Champions, which has brought pride to countless fans both within and beyond New Rochelle.”

The parade will feature several big balloons including New Rochelle’s hometown hero, Mighty Mouse, sponsored by United Hebrew celebrating their 100th Anniversary. The balloons will be joined by marching bands playing throughout the parade, clowns, beauty princesses, superheroes, singers and marchers from Iona and Monroe Colleges, local schools, businesses and organizations.“Because the Parade is the 2nd largest parade for Thanksgiving in the state of New York outside of the Macy’s parade, we invite all of our surrounding communities to join us for this spectacular event!” stated Diamond Wollaston and Jennifer Lanser, of the Chamber of Commerce. 

North Avenue is also located right off the New Rochelle stop at the New Rochelle Transit Center on the Metro-North New Haven Line and can easily be accessed from all areas. The parade ends near Main Street where you can enjoy lunch and more fun activities.

WHO: The general public is invited to line the streets of North Avenue to cheer on and celebrate the marchers. There will be several viewing stands along the Parade route.

WHERE: The one mile parade shall start at Eastchester Road on North Avenue and Eastchester Road, in front of New Rochelle High school and proceed down North Ave. New for this year, the parade will end on North Avenue at Bonnefoy Place.

DETAILS: The Grand Marshals, dignitaries, Board Members, parade committee and sponsors will participate in a photo-op and event Ribbon Cutting at 9:45 AM on North Avenue and Eastchester Road with the large balloons as a backdrop to officially kick off the parade at 10 AM. For more information visit or

The parade will be preceded by the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence’s Pancake Breakfast in the House IV cafeteria, starting at 8AM. For more information, visit

]]> (Jennifer Lanser) Events Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:24:54 -0400
4th Annual Vital Aging Fair October 21 at the Scarsdale Congregational Church

The 4th Annual Vital Aging Fair will take place on Monday, October 21st from 2-4pm at the Scarsdale Congregational Church, 1 Heathcote Road. Convenient parking is located right across the street.

The annual event, which features a variety of senior providers and experts, is a collaboration of Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service’s Aging in Place, The Scarsdale Public Library and the Scarsdale Recreation Department. This year’s Fair will host approximately 30 vendors in industries such as estate planning, financial advisory services, home health care, nutrition, fitness, geriatric care/consultation, transportation, wellness and assisted living.

Raffles, prizes and complimentary refreshments will also be on hand. Don’t miss out on this FREE event that addresses all your aging needs!

For more information, please contact: Maryellen Saenger, SFCS Aging in Place Coordinator, (914) 723- 3281

]]> (Wendy Archer) Events Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:37:26 -0400
The Golden Age of Mystery at Scarsdale Library with Jo-Anne Weinberg Tomorrow!

The Golden Age of Mystery is usually considered to include British authors of the 1920s and 1930s, although the style was written at least as early as 1911. Everyone has heard of Agatha Christie, but there were other excellent writers in that era.

Please join us on Thursday, October 17th from 2-3 PM to explore these writers. This talk, led by librarian Jo-Anne Weinberg,  is an introduction to authors of the period, which include Patricia Wentworth, R. Austin Freedman, Gladys Mitchell and Ellery Queen just to name a few.

Refreshments will be served.

With construction underway at the Olmsted Road library, the session will be held at the Scarsdale Alternative School, 45 Wayside Lane.

Registration is required via telephone at 914-722-1302 or online at

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