October 2012

St. Mark’s Martin E. Bancroft Memorial Community Thanksgiving Dinner.  We will host our annual community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 22 from 12 noon to 3 pm in the parish hall.  This dinner is a community event involving volunteers and guests from all around the area. In 2011, we named the event in honor of Marty Bancroft, who had served as the ‘heart of the kitchen’ for 15 years and who passed away suddenly last November. Sara Amuso, Marty’s life partner and family members will carry on the tradition of running the kitchen. We are looking forward to the continued participation of St. Mark’s parishioners and members of Mt. Kisco and surrounding communities for this very special outreach event.  How can you get involved?  You can:  Communicate: help distribute flyers, Donate Food: Roasted Turkey (cooked), Pork Loin (uncooked), Fresh Fruit Salads, Black Beans & Rice, Desserts (pies,cakes,cookies), Deliver prepared food between 9:00 -11:30 a.m. on 11/22, Shop for food & supplies, Set up / decorate / clean up, Serve food and dine with the guests, Deliver food to homebound in the community (great way for families to get involved!).  Write a check!  Many hands, each contributing a little, will help to make it a special day.  Make it a family affair!  Your Thanksgiving meal will taste extra special as a result!  Over the last 4 years, we have been growing our service to the home bound, delivering meals to shut-ins who are unable to come to the parish hall. If you know someone who has difficulty getting out who would like a home delivered meal on Thanksgiving, please contact the coordinator: Paula Maiorano, pmaiorano17@optonline.net (914) 830-3373.  Have questions or want to volunteer, please sign up in the Parish Hall entrance, call the Church office at 914 666-0858, or contact Barbara Leonard at 914 649-3918, barbaraleonard@optonline. Let’s spread the spirit of the St. Mark’s family to our community!

Westchester Bling!  Design and Style for the Home.

The Chappaqua Antiques Show, one of the most highly-anticipated events in the Northeast, will take place the first weekend of November. Now in its 45th year, the show will feature extraordinary merchandise from more than 50 quality dealers, a design consultant, appraisal advice, a gourmet cafe, luscious desserts, and a multiple raffle drawing of luxe goods and services.

Show Chairs Buffy Haas and Tess Cerra, with the assistance of a dedicated team of 150 enthusiastic volunteers will make this show sparkle.  “The 45th Annual Chappaqua Antiques Show will have something for everyone,” says Dealer Chair Buffy Haas, “Silver, fine jewelry, decorative posters, elaborate quilts, mid-century furnishings, rare maps and books, folk art, and unique collectibles will entertain and tempt show-goers.  And the Society’s Gold in Your Attic booth has treasures from Westchester’s finest attics!”

The New Castle Historical Society is proud to announce that this year’s Honorary Chair for the 45th Chappaqua Antiques Show is Dr. Kenneth Jackson, longtime Chappaqua resident, author, historian and ultimate New York-ologist. Previous chairs include former President Bill Clinton, actress Vanessa Williams, and singer-songwriter Dar Williams.
Certified Appraiser Jon Felz will be on the stage both days of the show to provide verbal appraisals of your treasures for a nominal charge.  Interior designer, Cami Weinstein, will be available for free design advice for those unsure how to mesh antique and modern elements in their homes to add depth and interest.  Sponsored by the New Castle Historical Society, this event raises important funds to support the Horace Greeley House Museum and its rich calendar of activities for students, adults, and researchers.  This event is a perennial favorite in the Hudson Valley. Plan to be part of it and save the date!

45th Chappaqua Antiques Show, Westorchard School, 25 Granite Road off Route 133, Chappaqua, Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost: $8.00 ($6.00 with coupon – see website).  Information: www.newcastlehs.org (914) 238-4666.

My personal pictures, please excuse as they are just iphone pics. Just want to give a little "taste" of the event!

This past week I finally took the kids to an event I have been reading about for years — the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor.  It was SO COOL.  I can’t think of more literary words to describe it, I’m sorry, but if you love the fall and Halloween in particular, please go get tickets and see this sight.  There are literally thousands of carved jack o’lanterns (some from pumpkins and other from craft materials) all glowing and sparkling in the dark.  The kids were blown away and the adults had smiles plastered to their faces as well.  There are different scenes and themes as you walk the trail, with a little something for everyone — dinosaurs, cats, spiders, a whole underwater scene, witches, flowers, designs, a zoo panorama…spooky, sweet and everything in between.  The kids couldn’t stop pointing and chattering about what they were seeing and wanted to go back through a second time.  There is a ton to see and it’s super fun for all ages.  A MUST DO in Westchester County!

Below is the description from the site and the ticket and contact info – tickets are still available for October 31, November 3, 4, 9, 10, 11.  Definitely even worth the trip post-Halloween.

See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display – all made of jack o’ lanterns!  Stroll through the Tunnel O’ Pumpkin Love and emerge to the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Box springing up and bouncing around.  Flying pumpkin ghosts will soar above the lantern-lit path.  Could 2012 really be THE END? Consult our Pumpkin Prophesy doomsday grandfather clock for an answer.  See slithering snakes, a giant spider web, an undersea aquarium, and super-sized dinosaurs.  Go gaga over a collection of Little Monsters.  Come gawk and gaze at more jack o’lanterns than ever before.  Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and original, atmospheric music, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area’s most innovative Halloween happening.  Advance Tickets Required.  Call 914.366.6900Adults, $18, Children 3-17, $14   (Saturdays $22, $18)FREE for members and children under 3.
Find out more at www.hudsonvalley.org

What do you do when school is closed but you don’t have plans to keep your kids busy?  REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR PCG’S MINI CAMP!!!!
Activities will include: a fall-based read aloud, a craft activity, a theme-based song, and classic indoor & outdoor games to keep your kids moving and having fun!  Mini Camp will be held on Tuesday, November 6th and Monday, November 12th from 9:30 am to 12:15pm.  Mini Camp will take place inside the PCG classroom (44 Village Green, Bedford) and outdoors behind the Bedford Presbyterian Church.  Cost is $35 per day, per child.  This is a drop off program for children three to five years old. Children must be potty trained.  Space is limited so sign up now to secure your child’s space.
Email parentchildgrp@gmail.com for more information and to let us know you are interested.

On Wednesday, November 28, at 8:00pm, Bedford Chamber Concerts will continue its season highlighting young, international stars with guest clarinetist, Israeli, Moran Katz.   Ms. Katz will join renowned musician Anthony Newman, and the Bedford Chamber Ensemble in an evening of masterpieces by Mozart and Beethoven.  Called “intensely expressive” by The New York Times, “magically persuasive” by Musical America and “a force of nature” by New York Concert Review, Ms. Katz has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.   She has won numerous prizes and awards including First Prize in the 2009 Freiburg International Clarinet Competition, 2010 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and Second Prize at the 2009 Beijing International Music Competition for Clarinet.  Active in the contemporary music scene, Ms. Katz has soloed with the New Juilliard Ensemble.  She has appeared on the MoMA Summergarden Series in solo recital and she often collaborates with the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble “Continuum” and with the jazz ensemble of pianist Uri Caine.  The program will feature Mozart’s, Clarinet Quintet in A, and also includes Beethoven’s Trio in B flat for Clarinet, Piano and Cello and his “Eyeglass” Duet for Viola and Cello in E flat.  The Mozart quintet is one of his most mature chamber compositions and a perennial favorite of audiences.  The Beethoven pieces are relatively early, highly tuneful works that bubble over with youthful exuberance.  BCC concerts take place in the Fellowship Hall of St. Matthew’s Church, 382 Cantitoe Street in Bedford.  Wine is served during intermission and is included in the $35 ticket price.  Student tickets are available for $10 at the door.  To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.bedfordchamberconcerts.org or call 914-522-5150.

Westchester Land Trust invites you to join us for our 3rd Annual Open House & Harvest Celebration.  Friday, October 26, 4:30 – 6:30p.m.  Sugar Hill Farm, 403 Harris Road, Bedford Hills.  Enjoy wine and fall treats, live music by “The Woes”, and pumpkin decorating.  Bring the family!  RSVP not necessary.  Please bring a non-perishable item for local food banks.  Pizzette provided by Via Vanti! with ingredients from our farmers.  Visit www.westchesterlandtrust.org.

Friday, October 19, 9:00 am.  Katonah Museum of Art.   Looking to connect with other new moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers? Join us on Fridays once a month for a before-hours program intended for adults with babies in tow. Each date a different aspect of “Ice Age” to the Digital Age: The 3-D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios is highlighted through interactive tours, exhibition-inspired discussions, and artistic activities. Breakfast snacks provided by DeCicco Family Markets.  Free for members, $5 non-members. For adults with children under 18 months. No reservations required and crying babies welcome!  Visit www.katonahmuseum.org for more information.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens.  Fall Classical Concert.  The Fontenay Chamber Players. Sunday, October 28th, 4:30 to 6:00 pm in the Silver Educational Center.  Concert followed by a “Meet the Musicians” Reception with Perrier, Prosecco and tasty treats.  Tickets: members $20, non-members $25.  151 Brookdale Rd, Stamford, CT, www.bartlettarboretum.org, 203.322.6971.

A few years back, I had an idea that struck me in the middle of the night — I honestly can’t remember why, or what in the world I had been obsessing about at the time, but I am sure it was around the Holidays and that I was feeling that my kids were just so very, very lucky.  We live in a wonderful area, with good schools, and kind neighbors, and surrounded by more lucky people.  We have food to eat, and clothes to wear, a roof over our heads, and books to read.  Lucky.  And so, as I thought about how lucky we are and how I want my kids to understand what they have and appreciate it, I stayed up all night thinking through a concept of a family volunteer program — where the kids and parents work together to create, and help, and engage with those who may be less lucky than we are.  People who are maybe sick, or economically disadvantaged, or new to our country, kids who maybe don’t have books at home, or are hungry or need clothes.  Although we live in a place that is beautiful, there are still plenty of needs and I wondered how I could make that a connection for our kids.  And so I started a small volunteer group, filled with friends and families who also cared to share these ideas with their kids.  Sometimes we take care of the environment, sometimes we take care of people, or collect things, play with sick kids, make cards for soldiers, and the list goes on and on.  It feels good and the kids love it.  Some of the issues they understand well, others they just want to spend a Sunday with friends or do something with their family.  Whatever piece they learn or understand and how it translates to their consciousness is fine by me — a couple of hours spent not thinking about themselves is enough.

And so, in my rambling way I invite you to join my family for an event that we have set up at Northern Westchester Hospital on October 28th from 1-3pm.  We will be packaging trick or treat bags for the pediatric patients at the Hospital.  The event will take place in their conference room, so there will not be actual contact with the patients, but we will give a quick bit of information to the kids about the hospital and then have them work on the project.  Nothing scary, nothing too heavy, just a little time doing something for someone else.

Care to jump in?

RSVP here and find out what I am talking about.



Village Green Nursery School’s Fall Festival
All Preschoolers Invited to Celebrate Fall with Us.
Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Carnival Games, Races, Prizes, Crafts, Face Painting, Jumpy Castle and Much More.
Food, Drink and Fun.
$10 per child.  $20 for family.
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 11:30-1:30.
Rain Date Saturday, Oct. 27.
Behind the Bedford Presbyterian Church.  Next to the Bedford Post Office.

7th Annual Walk-A-Thon.  Opening Remarks:  Patti and Bonnie Butler. Keynote Speakers: Sen. Greg Ball; Congresswoman Nan Hayworth; Town Supervisor Warren Lucas, NYS Assemblyman Steve Katz, County Legislator Peter Harckham. Sunday,October 21, 2012, Registration begins at 8:30am, Walk beings promptly at 9:00am.  Walk begins at North Salem Lion’s Club located at Mills Rd. & Rte. 22.  The walk was created to help raise awareness about teen domestic abuse in memory of Elizabeth Butler, a local victim of dating violence. The mission of the Elizabeth G. Butler Foundation is to inspire young women and men to understand their self-worth, teach the warning signs of domestic violence, and empower teens to seek help to prevent dating abuse. The day’s activities include an interactive safety demonstration by Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts, BBQ, music & more. The first 200 participants will receive free T-shirts. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; walk begins at 9:00 a.m.   For more information or to donate, please contact Patti Butler at 914-708-7423 or visit egbaf.tripod.com/

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester, Which Opens Spring 2013, to Announce Start of Registration for “Brick Factor,” a Contest to Find and Hire LEGO Master Model Builder for New Attraction.  Twelve elementary school children to pull two ripcords unleashing a colorful cascade of LEGO® bricks onto Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and other officials, all wearing hardhats and carrying shovels, during the ceremonial groundbreaking for LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester on Wednesday, October 17, 11:30 am (across from Fountain Plaza/adjacent to T.J. Maxx) at Westchester’s Ridge Hill, One Ridge Hill Boulevard, Yonkers.   Following the dumping of the LEGO bricks, the speakers and children will dig into the pile.  The ceremony celebrates the start of construction on the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester and opens with brief remarks from Mayor Spano, Westchester County Director of Economic Development, Larry Gottlieb, Merlin Entertainments Divisional Director of Midway Developments, James Burleigh and Senior Vice President for Retail Development, Kathy Welch, from Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), developer of the Ridge Hill complex.   Burleigh will also announce the start of open registration for “Brick Factor,” a two-day (November 17-18) talent-search contest to find the area’s best LEGO builders to compete for an actual job as the Master Model Builder of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester.   LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is a multimillion-dollar, 32,300 square-foot indoor attraction featuring more than 3 million LEGO bricks, geared towards children ages 3-10 and their families.  Its range of interactive attractions will include hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, master classes led by LEGO Master Model Builders, two LEGO rides, special party rooms and MINILAND — the venue’s signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout Westchester County and New York City, made entirely out of LEGO bricks.

Come play baseball in the Sandlot League.
Join us for a fun pick-up game of baseball!!!!
No uniforms needed.  Bring or borrow equipment!
Date: Sunday, October 28th
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Where: Bedford Hills Park (softball field)
Address: 425 Cherry Street, Bedford Hills, NY
Ages 12 and under
If you have any questions, please call: 914-589-8021.
** This game is organized by a Fox Lane Middle School 7th Grade Student as a community service project and approved and sponsored by the town of Bedford. There will be a minimum of 5 Adults supervising this game.**

I went to make some cookies for a school event today and wanted to make them look extra cute — so I grabbed the sprinkles out of the cabinet and just happened to glance at the ingredients…GROSS.  Sugar, carnauba wax, confectioner’s glaze, yellow 5?

So, I popped in my car and headed over to Table and grabbed their version of sprinkles…cane sugar colored by beets, spinach, cabbage, carrot, etc.  Sounds weird, but they look good, taste the same, and much better for the kiddos!


Don’t miss the Bedford Village Lions Club Sports Equipment Buy/Sell Event October 13th and 14th. The Bedford Village Lion’s Club is hosting a community event where anyone can donate and/or sell (consign) their gently used sports equipment and clothing at the Bedford Village Elementary School on October 12, 13 and 14. Drop off is Friday October 12 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sale time is Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  This is expected to be a great opportunity to get a few dollars back on sports equipment you have grown out of and/or pick up some quality sports equipment/clothing for a good price while supporting the Bedford Village Lions Club Foundation. For more information go to www.bedfordvillagelions.com.