Virtual Activities and Events - Westchester

Westchester Weekend Updates

Friday, December 18

Affordable Art & Pottery Bazaar– An event organized by RoCA (Rockland Center for the Arts) in West Nyack – stop by or check out and support local artists online for unique gifts for loved ones and friends this season.

 


Saturday, December 19 

LuminoCity – Chances are that you have driven by Randall’s Island more times than you could count, but without every actually visiting. Randall’s Island light installations would be one reason to stop over during this holiday season. Get your tickets online and in addition to the lights, enjoy the food and shopping!

Holiday Tours of Bedford House –  Reserve your spot for one of the time slots to tour John Jay’s historic Bedford House located in Katonah and experience the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Tickets are available online only. Visit the website to view all the Covid-19 protocols in place. 


Sunday, December 20

Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights – Always a favorite during the holiday season and this year is no exception. Get your tickets online to see attractions such as the five animal lantern safaris, ice-carving demonstrations, costumed characters, wildlife theater and stilt walkers!

DIGITAL DIAMONDS: VIRTUAL EVENTS TO SUPPORT

Chritmas balls and gift boxes on piano keyboard, front view. Xmas music, songs, greeting card template, copy space

Family Art Project: Winter Solstice Lanterns – Register for this free virtual event taking place on Saturday December 19 from 10am to 11am and join in the celebration of the shortest day of the year (December 21).


Once Upon the Holidays – Seeking a “feel good” holiday musical experience celebrating the singing talents of NYC’s youth? Don’t miss “Once Upon a Holidays”, showing on December 18th and 20th and showcasing the talents of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. The YPC emphasizes artistic excellence, diversity and inclusivity – while producing fantastic music. “With an original story by Tony Award-winning Broadway lyricist Lynn Ahrens and featuring inimitable guest star baritone Lester Lynch, over 500 members of the award-winning will sing, dance, act, and bring the holiday spirit directly to your homes in the must-see holiday special of 2020!

FEATURED BUSINESS: THE KING'S SCRIBE

Image courtesy of The King’s Scribe

The King’s Scribe in Chappaqua is unsurpassed in providing highest quality stationery, invitations and identity-tailored packages for businesses and for aficionados of fine arts injected into our daily lives. Seeking traditional or digital calligraphy work and holiday cards and gifts at the very same place!? It is a breeze to them. After patronizing this delightful store, you will never again send impersonal e-mail blasts for special occasion greetings to special people in your life. 

PS: IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE US TO INCLUDE IN THE FUTURE, OR IF YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS FEATURED, PLEASE REPLY BACK TO THIS E-MAIL WITH DETAILS!

Westchester Weekend Updates

This holiday season is unlike any other in recent memory. But we are stronger than we think. We possess a greater capacity to be kinder than we previously thought possible. We have the ability to be fountains of love and joy for others irrespective of our circumstances (or maybe even as a result of them). I encourage everyone to hit the “Pause” button whenever you can during this Holiday Season. Take time out of the hectic weeks ahead to enjoy whatever activities we can with our family and bubble-buddies. I hope you enjoy this edition of suggestions of things to do this weekend. As usual, please be sure to check the websites or call ahead to ensure you are familiar with the prevailing Covid-19 protocols and to avoid disappointment.

 Friday, December 11

Crab Tree’s Kittle House – The cold weather is definitely a challenge for everyone trying to stay safe during these times. If outdoor dining is still on your agenda, bundle up and treat yourself and your significant other for drinks and an early dinner in Chappaqua. 
Saturday, December 12 

Pop-Up Holiday Ice Skating Rink – Go to Cross County Center and enjoy some outdoor holiday fun. The skating rink has been enlarged this year, and obviously social distance rules are applied. The hours on Saturday are 12 to 8pm.

Holiday on The Hill– Enjoy this holiday display hosted by the Friends of Lasdon Park & Arboretum in Katonah, featuring model trains and scheduled Santa visits. Tickets are available only online only. Visit the website to view all the Covid-19 protocols in place. 

Sunday, December 13

Catskill Christmas Express– Trying to avoid spreading out on your couch and watching “The Polar Express” for the 27th time? (Who can ever really get tired of that 16 year-old “new classic”!?). Well, why not hop aboard the Catskill Mountain Christmas trip? The owners have wisely postponed its Polar Express-themed performance trip until 2021, but it is still running its open air cars for a lovely 60-minute trip in Kingston. Frigid, family fun!

 

 

 

 

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A Christmas Carol – One advantage of having virtual events is that we’re not constrained by our geography in what we can enjoy online. Is this just another predictable replay of “A Christmas Carol”? No – because the solo actor presenting this show since 1993 is Gerald Dickens, Charles Dickens’ great great grandson, skillfully portraying over 30 characters in a little over an hour!

Unison’s 30th Annual Craft Art and Design Fair – This event has gone online this year, so that you can browse and shop from the comfort of your home. This is a great way to support participating local artists and vendors whom you might not otherwise have known about.

5th Annual Roots n’ Ruckus Festival – Music lovers seeking familiar and fresh songs will not want to miss this live-stream of folk and roots artists brought together by the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, the wonderfully creative Brooklyn folk/roots music mainstay. The 5-day festival, masterfully labeled in this Pandemic Era as “The ‘Stay the Folk Home’ Edition”, started on Dec. 9th and is a fund-raiser for the Jalopy. Bias Alert: My husband was born in this booming borough, and has a massive Brooklyn bias (which makes him oddly blurt out to random strangers: “You know, some historians contend that 11% of all Americans can trace their roots through Brooklyn!”).

 

 

 

FEATURED BUSINESS: LA DENTELLIERE

 

Image courtesy of La Dentelliere

 

If you are in search of that exquisite little gift for that special person and you’re not quite sure where to look, you must pay a visit to La Dentelliere in Scarsdale. I guarantee you that the entire shop will be source of inspiration for you! 

 

 

 


PS: IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE US TO INCLUDE IN THE FUTURE, OR IF YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS FEATURED, PLEASE REPLY BACK TO THIS E-MAIL WITH DETAILS!

Westchester Weekend Updates

Westchester businesses and public spaces are gradually emerging from our State-Wide lockdown with modified practices to keep their patrons and the public safe, so please do call ahead or check the websites to ensure that you know what to expect. I’ve also included a movie option in this week’s update for an outdoor movie screening that will take place next Friday (August 7) because the tickets have to be pre-ordered and they sell out soooo quickly. But here are a few suggestions for things to try out this weekend. 
 FRIDAY, July 31
Peekskill Brewery Fun outdoor patio experience to close out the week! 

SATURDAY, August 1
Greenburgh Nature Center
Tarrytown Main Street Outdoor Dining The Village of Tarrytown will be allowing the businesses (restaurants put out tables, businesses put out displays) to use Main Street from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (street will close from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for set-up and clean-up) on Fridays and Saturdays through Labor Day weekend. 

SUNDAY, August 2
Scarsdale Business Alliance Summer Sidewalk Sale (July 27 to August 7)
Rockefeller State Park Preserve (this is if you want to just take a simple walk and soak in the environment (bicycles, skateboards, scooters, fires, barbecuing, amplified music and sports play are not allowed) 

JUST FOR KIDS…World Cup Gymnastics 

OPTION FOR NEXT FRIDAY (AUGUST 7)
Screening Under The Stars This event, and other like it require planning ahead because of limited availability.

FEATURED BUSINESS

THE PEEKSKILL COFFEE HOUSE

I’m normally happy to just brew my cup of coffee at home, but sometimes we just want to spoil ourselves a little, and on those occasions (pre-Covid-19), we’d make our way to The Peekskill Coffee House for one of their cappuccinos. Thankfully, we’re now able to do that again. There’s just such a great atmosphere, and as a bonus…they have amazing breakfast options!