Scarsdale's HamletHub Sat, 04 Apr 2020 11:38:50 -0400 Spring Ahead Weekend is HERE!

TONIGHT, Saturday, March 7, most responsible Americans set their clocks ahead and kiss goodbye (or goodnight) to the hour we won't see again until November.

Daylight Saving Time 2020 (note: it is Saving is singular) begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1.

What does this mean?  At 2 a.m. on Sunday, you will lose an hour or spring forward an hour and the correct time will be 3 a.m.  This hour is not lost forever. On November 1, 2020, the clocks will be readjusted backward and you will gain an hour.

For many of us, the adjustment of clocks will be minimal since smartphones, tablets, computers and more adjust automatically.  However, the adjustment of our body clocks might take a bit longer, so prepare yourself for a "tired Monday!"

The idea of daylight saving was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, aka, the 'early to be, early to rise' guy, back in 1784.

Learn more about daylight savings time, its history, and more - here.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.


]]> (HH) Life Sat, 07 Mar 2020 01:39:00 -0500
Breast Cancer Alliance 1st Annual Poker Tournament

Breast Cancer Alliance 1st Annual Poker Tournament on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at GlenArbor Golf Club

Signature Cocktails, Open Bar & Passed Hors D’Oeuvres

Spectacular Prizes! 

Breast Cancer Alliance 1st Annual Poker Tournament on Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • VIP Cocktails 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Closed Poker Game 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM     

GlenArbor Golf Club is located at 234 Bedford Center Road in Bedford Hills.                                 


Deerfield Management, Kyrie Irving, Monomoy Capital Partners, Size Capital Management LLC, Theraplant


For Tickets, Donations or Sponsorships       

Space is limited. 


]]> (CMB Communications) Charities Tue, 18 Feb 2020 09:37:53 -0500
Less Than One Month Until U.S. Households Receive 2020 Census Invitations

Invitations to Respond to the 2020 Census Questionnaire to Be Mailed to Households Throughout the Country

Between March 12 and March 20, invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will start arriving in households across the country. “The Census Bureau is ready for the nation to respond next month,” said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham. “Millions of Americans are applying for 2020 Census jobs, more than 270,000 local and national organizations are engaged, and in less than 30 days the majority of U.S. households will receive an invitation to respond to help ensure that every person in the U.S. is counted.”

“The 2020 Census is on mission, on schedule, and on budget to promote an accurate count,” Dillingham continued. “Response is important because statistics from the census are used in distributing hundreds of billions in funding for school lunches, hospitals, roads and much more. The invitations will remind respondents to include everyone living in the household, whether they are related or not. This includes young children. Your response will impact communities for the next decade.”

“The Census Bureau has successfully tested its data collection systems, has built backup systems to support resilient operations, and is ready to receive responses from all around the country,” added Dillingham.

This invitation will include instructions on how to respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone. By April 1, most households will have received an invitation delivered either by mail or by a census taker. In areas of the country that are less likely to respond online, a paper questionnaire will be included in the initial mailing to households. Reminder mailings will be sent to households that do not respond, and in the fourth mailing every household that has not yet responded will receive a paper questionnaire. Continue Reading...

Mark Your Calendar: Important 2020 Census Dates

  • March 12-20: Initial invitations to respond online and by phone will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online or over the phone.
  • March 16-24: Reminder letters will be delivered.
  • March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.
  • April 8-16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.
  • April 20-27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded before census takers follow up in person.
  • May 13-July 31: If a household does not respond to any of the invitations, a census taker will follow up in person.
]]> (U.S. Census Bureau) Life Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:12:00 -0500
Summer at Clay

Have your kids unplug with mud and discover the mindfulness benefits of working with clay at Clay Art Center’s award winning weekly themed half & full-day SUMMER CAMPS for children & teens ages 6 – 15.  

June 29 – August 28, 2020 

Discover the Art of Summer - Make Friends, Memories and Art! Clay Art Center offers week long, half-day and full-day clay camps for children and teens ages 6 to 15 from June 29 – August 28.  Weekly themes include "Selfies, Emojis and Memes”, "Rebel Alliance vs. The Empire", “Down on the Farm”, “Pop Art Pots”, "Wheel Throwing Boot Camp" and many more.   

In the classroom, aspiring young artists will develop their imaginations and build confidence, while working in the transformational medium of clay.  Our nurturing teachers, who specialize in kindling a passion for creative expression in children, know how to make our camps special by creating an atmosphere of learning, fun and friendship.  Focusing on wheel throwing, hand-building and sculpture, campers will be shown a variety of techniques on and off the wheel.  In today’s technology driven world your child will discover the satisfaction of creating something with their own hands. They will craft everything from fantastic beasts, animals and emojis to handmade cups, bowls and plates that your family will treasure forever. Winner Westchester Family Favorite 2018 & Kids Out & About Reader Favorite 2019. 


Morning Camp (9am – 12pm)$300/week 

Afternoon Camp (1pm – 4pm)$300/week 

Full-Day Camp (9am – 4pm)$490/week 

Early Bird Drop Off (8:30am)$40/week 


Sibling Discount – 10% off each additional child’s registration 

Port Chester Discount – 20% off for Port Chester Public School Students. 

Full & Partial Scholarships available by emailing for an application.  

Camp (9am – 12pm) $260 members | $280 non-members 

Register online starting February 10th at  


Clay Art Center was founded in 1957 by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto. Unknown to them at the time, Clay Art Center would grow into an 11,000 square foot non-profit art center that delivers programming for professional artists, students, collectors, and the Port Chester community at large.  

Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community.  It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Gallery and SHOP hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10am-5pm, Saturday, 10am – 4pm or by appointment.Tel: 914-937-2047 

]]> (Clay Art Center) Places Mon, 10 Feb 2020 08:49:04 -0500
Ridgefield Playhouse is Calling All Singer/Songwriters and Producers!

Returning to The Ridgefield Playhouse by popular demand! If you are a singer wanting to learn vocal mastery and proper mic use; or a songwriter, musician or producer interested in song structure and recording techniques, this class is custom made for you!

Learn these things and more from Celebrity Voice Coach Samantha Cole and 13-time Emmy Award-winning songwriter/musician/producer A.J. Gundell and their team of music industry insiders. Guest speakers provide insightful marketing and promotion secrets while also covering the ins and outs of licensing, followed by an in-depth Q & A session. This professional one-day workshop takes place over two intense sessions. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to be mentored by accomplished industry professionals!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Morning Session
Professionalism in the Do-It-Yourself Age
Sing Like A Pro  Breathing techniques, singing, performance and voice care.  Individual demo performances on mic with professional feedback.
Write Like A Pro  Songwriting intro—overview basics of song form, structure, lyric/melody/chords/rhythm.  Individual option to demo a song in progress and receive professional feedback based on introductory elements.

Afternoon Session
Record Like A Pro Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) recording.  Setting up and running your own rigs.  Q & A for our expert on-site engineer and demo DAW rig.  Sample recording.  Live demo session.
Manage Your Music Business Like A Pro Music Business 201.  Take your introductory skills to the next level of success in the digital age.  Licensing, releasing, marketing, promotion, artist development.  Expert Panel with Samantha, A.J. and Dave Novik, Exec. VP of A & R for Sony, RCA, Universal.

Click here for more info or call The Ridgefield Playhouse box office to register: 203.438.5795

Scholarships available through the generosity of the Beth and Bruce Becker Scholarship Fund.

]]> (LCM) Events Thu, 06 Feb 2020 12:54:06 -0500
White Plains Performing Arts Center presents Kimberley Locke “The Sum of All Parts”

Kimberley first gained fame with her participation in the 2003 American Idol Television series where she place third behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken.  Accompanied by a full orchestra, she will perform from the Great American Songbook and some of her recent hits.

Kimberley Locke “The Sum of All Parts” will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 15 at 8pm.

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



When Kimberley isn’t helping other artists to make their dreams come true, she’s creating and performing her own music.

Auditioning for the 2003 series of TV talent show American Idol® was a life-changing decision for Kimberley. She successfully passed the audition and became a firm fan favorite, eventually placing third behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken and setting her on a new career path in the music industry. 

Kimberley signed to Curb Records immediately after her American Idol journey, where she became a very successful recording artist and released three full-length albums with the label. Among her many achievements she’s had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits and four #1 Dance hits across various Billboard charts. Her #1 club hit, a remake of the Freda Payne classic “Band of Gold,” was included on Billboard’s “Top 50 Dance Songs of the Decade” list. She’s also made history as being the only recording artist to score a #1 Christmas song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart three years in a row.  

In 2009, Kimberley parted ways with Curb Records and became the first artist to sign a deal with Randy Jackson’s record label, Dream Merchant 21 Entertainment. Two years later, she announced she was launching her own artist consulting company, I AM Entertainment, LLC. She released her first independent EP album, “Four for the Floor” through I AM Entertainment in July 2011, followed by a cover of “Silver Bells” four months later, and “Finally Free” the following year.

Most recently she was seen at the 2016 finale of American Idol, which was watched by around 13 million viewers.  At the finale she sang her hugely successful 2004 single “8th World Wonder,” along with additional solo and group performances with other American Idol favorites.

In 2018, Locke released her single "Raise Your Hands.” In 2019, she released "Sleep Tight Baby Bright," the first single off her upcoming album of lullabies. 

Kimberley is also seen daily on television as a cohost of Dr. and the Diva with Dr. Steve Salvatore. The show is daytime talk show that discusses health, food, fashion and fitness.

]]> (Kathleen Davisson) Events Thu, 06 Feb 2020 09:07:00 -0500
Not Your Kids' Book Club for Adults at Scarsdale Library on Feb. 12

Not Your Kids Book Club for Adults, the monthly session for adults interested in what young adults are reading, will discuss Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott's most popular and enduring novel, Little Women.

Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War. It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life. While her father, the freethinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with "woman's work," including sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. But she soon discovered she could make more money writing.

Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune, and far from being the "girl's book" her publisher requested, it explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America.

The program will be held on Wednesday, February 12th at 1 PM at Shaarei Tikva, 46 Fox Meadow Road. Attendee parking is limited to the front of the building. Not Your Kids Book Club for Adults is led by Scarsdale resident and children’s author Sheela Chari. To register, contact Ms. Chari at

]]> (Wendy Archer) Events Tue, 04 Feb 2020 10:44:21 -0500
Local Producer's Film ‘Desolation Angels’ on Prime Video

“Desolations Angels/Rise of the BOAS,” available now on Prime Video, pits a fearless band of mercenaries against the ruthlessness of a Russian mob and a Mexican drug cartel in an engaging two-hour independent film that raises the classic morality issues of Greek mythology:  Are we able to change our fate or is life predestined? 

Jayson Byrd, a Westport, CT-based photographer who has shot everyone from Paul Newman to Bob Dylan, produced the film, working on location at more than 30 sites across Connecticut. 

Playing a central role as a brutal Brighton Beach mob boss is Neal Smith of Westport, the founding drummer of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame group “The Alice Cooper Band.” He also created an original musical score for the film.

Smith is supported by a cast that includes Alex Ziwak of North Haven, CT, Brandon Despain of New York City, Tom Golden of New Haven, CT, Jeff Saresky of Port Chester, NY, Ken Walsh of Shelton, CT and Laurent Mullen of Branford, CT.

Byrd, the producer, is also the writer/director. He is widely known as the onetime photographer for Westport Playhouse and Connecticut theatrical locals such as the Music Theater of Connecticut, Shakespeare on the Sound in Rowayton, American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Darien Dinner Theater, Stamford Playhouse and Polka Dot Playhouse in Bridgeport. He was among the original exhibitors at the Westport Arts Center. 

Born in New York City, he spent his formative years traveling through Europe and developed a Continental visual sense of style, also influenced by the portrait and fashion work of David Bailey, Francesco Scavullo and Irving Penn. 

The list of luminaries he has photographed covers James Earl Jones, Christopher Plummer, John Lithgow, Victoria Tennant, Charles Keating, Dudley Moore and Jerry Stiller. 

His advertising photography has appeared in magazines such as Vogue, WWD, Esquire, ELLE, GQ and Town & Country. His fashion clients include Brioni, Givenchy  and Donna Haag. 

]]> (Gina Zammit) Neighbors Mon, 03 Feb 2020 09:32:45 -0500
Scarsdale Library presents: Paper Cutting with Sine Hjort

On Tuesday, February 11th at 2 PM paper cutting artist Sine Hjort will host a 1.5 hour workshop about how to use paper cutting to tell stories and create beautiful pictures. After a brief introduction to the history of paper cutting, you will learn about the materials and tools.

We will start with simple designs and learn the basic patterns used by most paper cutting artists. By folding the paper, we create synergy in our images and will experience the magic of unfolding our own paper cutting.

The program will take place at the Scarsdale Alternative School on Wayside Lane.

Register online at or call 914-722-1302

]]> (Wendy Archer) Events Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:43:36 -0500
Foreign and Independent Film Series at Scarsdale Library

On Thursday, February 13 at 1:00 PM Scarsdale library will present The Souvenir, a film directed by Joanna Hogg, starring Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton.

A shy but ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Tom Burke). She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams. From acclaimed writer-director Joanna Hogg comes an enigmatic and personal portrait of the artist as a young woman, combining passionate emotions and exquisite aesthetics into a lush, dreamlike story of young adulthood and first love. At once enrapturing and mysteriously unsettling—and featuring a profoundly layered breakout performance by Honor Swinton Byrne—The Souvenir is an essential and enduring film from one of our most distinctive and exciting filmmakers.

US & UK / 119 minutes / drama

With the main building on Olmsted Road closed for a major renovation, the session will be held at the Scarsdale Alternative School Wayside Lane next to the Girl Scout House. Please register at or call 914-722-1302.

]]> (Wendy Archer) Places Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:43:09 -0500
ACT of CT's New Interpretation of Stephen Schwartz’s GODSPELL Directed by Daniel C. Levine Opens February 6

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is excited to announce the second show of its 2019-2020 season – a modernized, reimagined interpretation of Stephen Schwartz’s GODSPELL. Directed by ACT of CT’s Founder and Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, GODSPELL marks the second production of ACT of CT’s “Presenting Stephen Schwartz Series!” This re-conceived version of Schwartz’s revolutionary show follows ACT of CT’s critically acclaimed interpretation of Schwartz’s WORKING, which has had an exciting life after it premiered at ACT of CT.
Performances of GODSPELL run February 6th – March 8th. The show times are: Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Purchase tickets HERE. For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit
Levine, whose Broadway and Broadway National Tours credits include MAMMA MIA!, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Tony Nomination For Best Revival), CHICAGO, LES MISERABLES, and TOMMY, first gained inspiration for his concept of GODSPELL in April, 2019 after seeing news images of Paris’ famed Notre Dame Cathedral burning. “I thought to myself, what if I set the ACT of CT production in an abandoned church? What if this church was in midtown Manhattan and was slated to be demolished tomorrow to make room for condominiums? What if nobody had stepped foot in this condemned holy place for a decade, save for a group of homeless who had been squatting there for six months?” remarked Levine, who immediately shared his vision with Schwartz for a newly imagined GODSPELL. Schwartz gave Levine his permission to alter the show, including removing one of its songs entirely, something that is rarely done.
This production will be music directed by Danny White (THE LION KING, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and choreographed by Sara Brians (CITY OF ANGELS, GODSPELL, MATILDA). Other creative team members include scenic design by Reid Thompson (WIVES, FUN HOME, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE); costume design by Brenda Phelps (ACT’s WORKING); and lighting design by Jack Mehler (MAMMA MIA!, EVITA, and WORKING).
GODSPELL will feature Broadway talent Florrie Bagel (THE ROSE TATTOO) and Katie Ladner (WICKED, SUNSET BOULEVARD) as well as Andrew Poston (KINKY BOOTS), Jamie Cepero (NBC's musical drama SMASH), Trent Saunders (EVITA), Emma Tattenbaum-Fine (Netflix's EXPLAINED), and more. With songs like “Day By Day”, “By My Side”, and “All Good Gifts”, ACT of CT’s production of GODSPELL promises to be a unique and inspiring theatrical experience.
In addition to GODSPELL, Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics to the mega-hit Broadway musical WICKED. He also wrote, among other works, PIPPIN, THE BAKER’S WIFE, and lyrics to the films POCAHONTAS, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, and ENCHANTED. He has won Academy, Grammy, special Tony, and Golden Globe Awards.
Performances of GODSPELL run February 6th – March 8th. The show times are: Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Purchase tickets HERE. For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway musicals and plays, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. ACT of CT was honored with eleven 2018 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards during its inaugural season, which was followed by fourteen 2019 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards nominations. The theatre company produces four shows per season, including one show in the “Presenting Stephen Schwartz!” Series (honoring ACT Artistic Advisor, Stephen Schwartz). All shows feature both Broadway stars and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully produced main stage productions, ACT of CT hosts a New Works Series, The Broadway Unplugged Series, youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT.  Visit for further information.


]]> (Amanda Duff) Events Tue, 28 Jan 2020 05:40:00 -0500
French Art in Scarsdale Now Open at Madelyn Jordan Gallery


A new exhibit opened up at the Madelyn Jordan Gallery located at 37 Popham Road in Scarsdale on Friday, January 24th, 2020. 
French artist SANDRINE KERN: HALF WAY TO REALITY AND A LITTLE BIT LOST will be on  exhibit  from January 24 - March 7, 2020. This is Kern's first solo exhibition with MJFA. 
Sandrine Kern’s uniquely ethereal, other-worldly paintings integrate aspects of figuration and abstraction.  At first glance, the works suggest traditional landscape, but the idea quickly dissolves into notions of abstraction as her indistinguishable, evocative settings are purposefully clouded or hazed to communicate a fading memory or transmit a feeling of a place that is imagined in the artist’s mind. 
For more information on the exhibition, click HERE
]]> (Ardina Seward) Places Mon, 27 Jan 2020 07:16:12 -0500
Westchester Parks Foundation Elects New Chairperson

Westchester Parks Foundation (WPF), the only organization dedicated exclusively to promoting and supporting Westchester County Parks, announced Seth M. Mandelbaum, Esq., managing partner with McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP in White Plains, as its new Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Since 2015, Mandelbaum served as the WPF’s Vice Chairperson and has been a member of its Board of Trustees since 2011. Mandelbaum’s appointment comes after Joanne Fernandez’s announcement to step down as Chairperson after six years. Jane Solnick, Director of Public Affairs at Con Edison, will take over as WPF’s Vice Chairperson.

“What could be more important than ensuring that future generations have the chance to enjoy the more than 18,000 acres of open space in Westchester’s Parks system?’’ said Mandelbaum. “I’m excited to take on a further leadership role in an organization that has had a longstanding commitment to supporting one of the greatest assets in our community: our parks. I would also like to thank immediate past Chairperson Joanne Fernandez for her extraordinary leadership and vision over the last six years.’’

Mandelbaum practices in the areas of land use and environmental law, alternative energy, municipal law, and not-for-profit organizations. In addition, Mandelbaum is one of only a small group of attorneys in New York to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED® AP).

Joe Stout, Executive Director, Westchester Parks Foundation stated: “Westchester Parks Foundation is grateful to Joanne Fernandez for her years of service. We are equally as privileged to have someone as dedicated as Seth Mandelbaum lead our Board for the next 3 years. Seth has been a board member for years and understands the importance of parks to the community in Westchester, and the need to advocate for and invest in them. His dedication to our organization and commitment to Westchester parks is unwavering.”

Mandelbaum is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Association, where he serves on the Real Estate Task Force and is Co-Chair of the SEQRA Subcommittee. In addition to WPF, Mandelbaum serves on the Board of Directors of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center. Mandelbaum is a member of the New York State Bar Association, and the Westchester County Bar Association, for which he formerly served as Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Committee. In 2009, Mr. Mandelbaum was a recipient of the Business Council of Westchester “Rising Stars – 40 under 40” award.

Mandelbaum holds a J.D., cum laude, and an Environmental Law Certificate from Pace University School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review; and a B.A. with honors from the University of Florida, where he majored in Environmental Policy.

He resides in White Plains with his wife and two daughters.

For more information about Westchester Parks Foundation, visit or follow them on and Instagram @thewpf.


About Westchester Parks Foundation

Westchester Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, philanthropic organization which provides private support to preserve the County’s park system and improve the quality of life in our communities. Westchester Parks Foundation’s mission is to engage the public to advocate for and invest in the preservation, conservation, use, and enjoyment of the 18,000 acres of parks, trails, and open spaces within the Westchester County Parks system. For more information, visit


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:02:26 -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

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