February 2013

The Greenwich Historical Society History and Art Camp has openings this summer for both the two-week and single-week options. Session A (Grades 4-6) runs from July 8 to July 19, and Session B (Grades 1-3-and 4, if preferred) runs from July 22 to August 2. The program is based at Bush-Holley House, the Historical Society’s headquarters and Greenwich’s only National Historic Landmark. As a dual interpretation museum, the house illustrates two distinct time periods: Early American Life (1790 to 1825) and the Art Colony Experience (1890 to 1920), when the site served as home and workplace for artists such as Childe Hassam and Elmer MacRae. Each two-week camp session begins with a week focusing on Colonial history, followed by a week devoted to visual art. (Campers can register for both weeks or choose one.) The experience is highly interactive and designed to utilize the art and original artifacts in Bush-Holley House. Sessions are fun, challenging and age-appropriate. A field trip and a Friday Parents’ Day are part of each week’s schedule.

The professional staff includes museum educators and counselors who have a special interest in art and history. Reenactors, working artists, musicians and guest teachers will round out the leadership team. Activities vary by age group but may include weaving, baking, candle making and acting. Art instruction encompasses painting, pastels, sculpture, origami and photography. Art shows and performances cap off each session.

To learn more about the camp and to download a brochure, visit www.greenwichhistory.org or email Camp Director Lucy R. Van Atta at lvanatta@greenwichhistory.org. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

Local Westchester producer, mom, and beautiful, amazing “Maker” in her own right, Dyllan McGee presents “Makers”: Women who make America.  A WONDERFUL collection of stories and experiences of those women who have made America which airs Tuesday, February 26th at 8pm on PBS.  Keep the kids up, make some popcorn and engage in a discussion with your kids about what it takes to be a woman now, in the past and for the future.  And I don’t mean just watch with the girls!

MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA will air Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). The film tells the story of how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country’s history, in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy.  A preview of the documentary is available at the following link: click here.

Visit MAKERS.com now to access more than 1,000 videos of remarkable stories of groundbreaking women.  For more information, visit www.MAKERS.com/press and www.pbs.org/MAKERS, follow @MAKERSwomen on Twitter, join the conversation with #MAKERSchat, and visit Facebook.com/makerswomen on Facebook.

The Bedford Bears invites boys and girls ages four to 8 years old to The Harvey School Rink, home of The Bedford Bears on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm (until 4:00 pm) for a Try Bedford Bear Hockey for Free skate to experience ice hockey and the Bears program for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment.  Try Bears Hockey For Free Day is part of Come Play Hockey Month. This program, designed to provide the Bedford Bear families with an opportunity to introduce new kids to the sport and program, is a joint effort between USA Hockey, the National Hockey League, and NYSAHA.  Email mikebonelli@yahoo.com for questions or to sign up for the event. The Bedford Bears cannot supply equipment at this time so we ask that players come with at the very least a helmet, skates and whatever protective equipment that they can provide. If they currently have full hockey equipment even better!  We look forward to seeing many new faces at the Harvey School rink on February 23rd.  Visit www.bedfordbearshockey.com for more information.

A Springtime Adventure for Your Child.  Get WILD this spring and give the young animal lover in your family a chance to thrive among wolves all week long! The four day program will include opportunities for your child to:  Learn all about wolves: Wolf 101, Discover the various myths that surround wolves and to create their own and share, Walk with a wolf!  Take a hike with Ambassador wolf Atka at the lead, Play a unique game of hide and seek using tracking and telemetry tools that real wolf biologists use in the field!, Create plaster paw prints from real tracks in the field.  They’re great for show and tell!  “Wolfy” arts and crafts, howl-a-thons and more!   Program will run with a minimum of 4 children and a maximum of 12.  All children who complete the program will get a special “Junior Wolf Biologist” certificate and will choose a WCC wolf to adopt too (Wolf Adoption has $100 value). Pre-registration is required.  Recommended for children in Grades 3-6.  Date: March 26th – 29th (Tuesday – Friday).  Time:  3PM – 5PM.  Fee: $200 per child for the 4-day program.  Register now. Registration is Open for Summer Wolf Camp for Kids too!  Find out more at www.nywolf.org.

Professional, unique, & captivating…Robin Lynch, Aerialist available to perform nationally and internationally for Festivals, Weddings, Corporate Events, Universities , Bar/Bat Mitzvahs & Night Clubs and Parties. References available upon request. My company is fully insured, registered and carries a three million dollar liability insurance policy.  I have performed at Big Sky Works in Brooklyn, the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show, The Cliffs At Valhalla, the Paterson Art Walk, the Bard and Busk Festival in Roxbury, NY, with The Amazing Grace Youth Circus and at private parties and fundraisers.  Aerial rig available.

Robin Lynch Aerialist, 914-315-6182, robin398@yahoo.com, visit site.

Hey all you 1st through 4th graders!

Jump into action and explore science and how it affects the world around us. Join this wild and wacky hands-on class where you will learn about scientific concepts and make and test hypotheses. Some results will be gooey, some fizzy, and some will even be EDIBLE! Example of topics we cover are: density (making “lava lamps”), chemical reactions (making balloons blow up just by using CO2), and physical science (learn about polymers by making bouncy balls!) Each session consists of six 45 minute classes and is taught by Romy Shapiro, a NYS certified teacher with an MA from Columbia University Teachers College. The club is conveniently taught out of Romy’s house in Mt Kisco, NY.

Call 917-697-6396 or email romy.superscienceclub@gmail.com. Visit www.superscienceclub.com.

Tuesday, Feb 19th and Wednesday, Feb 20th.  Gymnastics, active games, snack time, crafts, musical fun, and lunch (brought from home)!  Ages: 3-7 yrs, Time: 9:30-12:30.  $55/child per day for current members.  $65/child per day for non-members.  Children must be 3 yrs old by Jan 1st, 2013 and be potty trained.  Call 914.244.8811 today to register!

The Katonah Art Center announces its first musical theater camp this summer!  Students will work on a musical for two weeks, with a performance the last Friday.   Plays to include Enchanted Disney, Godspell and A Year with Frog and Toad.  Instructor Jeri Kansas, who was in the original cast of 42nd Street and Sugar Babies will direct.  KAC offers a variety of arts camps, including painting, murals, anime, pottery, glass, and more.  KAC is located at 131 Bedford Road, Katonah, New York.  914-232-4843.  Visit www.katonahartcenter.com.

Westport Country Playhouse loves welcoming families to our campus, with both our children-friendly Family Festivities performances and our Together at the Table program during the Season.
Our Family Festivities Series aims to make live theater accessible to our youngest audience members and provides the perfect entertainment for children, parents and grandparents to share together.   We select shows that encourage children’s imaginations to come alive with stage presentations of new stories and old favorites, many drawn from classic works of literature. Each show is preceded by lively children’s activities in the Sheffer Rehearsal Barn. Taught by professional artists and supported by Playhouse staff, the pre-show activities are designed to reflect an aspect of the production in order to further enrich each child’s experience. For families who want to bring a piece of the experience home, we offer the books and stories that our Family Festivity shows draw upon at our lobby bookstore.  Together at the Table is designed to make professional theater more accessible to families and to promote a lifelong interest in our work.  For just $10 per ticket, families are able to come to the Playhouse, share a family-style dinner, and attend a play. With this unique program, live theater is an affordable option for family entertainment.  Interested in learning more about our family programs? Call Angela Marroy Boerger at (203) 227-5137×133 or email aboerger@westportplayhouse.org.

Coming up this Spring:

How I Became a Pirate

Sunday, March 3, 2013, 1pm and 4pm
Produced by the Omaha Theater Company.  Recommended for ages 6 – 10.  All Tickets: $18.00.
Shiver me timbers!  Young Jeremy Jacob is digging in the sand when he is recruited by Captain Braid Beard and his mates to join the pirate crew on a quest to bury their treasure. A rollicking musical adventure about finding one’s own heart – a path that can’t be found on any treasure map. Based on the best-selling book by Melinda Long.

The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 1pm and 4pm
Produced by ArtsPower.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.   All Tickets: $18.00.
“I think I can, I think I can.” Little Blue Engine dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main line track. But can she convince Big Silver that she is worthy of being a main line engine? A dynamic, song-filled adventure, this new musical portrays Watty Piper’s timeless tale about hard work, self-confidence, friendship, and believing that anything is possible.

Should We Limit Plastic Bags in Larchmont and Mamaroneck?   Save the date, be informed:  See the documentary Bag It on March 9, 10, and 11.  An estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year–380 billion of those in the United States.  And every year, Americans throw away some 100 billion plastic bags–bags that perhaps only carried home a prescription from the pharmacy or a quart of milk from the grocery store. Plastic bags are made from petroleum, so trashing them is equivalent to dumping nearly 12 million barrels of oil. Plastic bags do not go away; they do not biodegrade. Recycling them is literally not worth the cost: “$4,000 to process and recycle one ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32,” says Jared Blumenfeld, director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment.  That’s why Larchmont is considering joining Rye and the Village of Mamaroneck, which have passed plastic bag phase-out ordinances. Come see this funny and illuminating documentary at three screenings in our tri-municipality. Stick around afterward for Q & A’s with experts.  For more on Bag It, click here.

Always wanted to learn how to play?
North Salem Guitar has recently opened its doors and is accepting new students.
Come hone your craft in our comfortable and well equipped space and grow your music organically from the ground up.  Our teachers provide private instruction to guitarists of all levels and styles and custom tailor lessons to the uniqueness of each individual.
Located on Deveau Rd in North Salem (by the Hammond Museum).
For more information, visit www.northsalemguitar.com, or call (646)530-0174.


Melinda Ganeles & Gretchen Menzies invite you to Sports Medicine & Fitness: From youth sports leagues to the Ironman

Featuring Eric Small, MD, FAAP.  Dr. Small is a nationally recognized expert in adolescent/adult sports medicine and is Board Certified in Sports Medicine. His practice is focused on sports injuries and the medical concerns of athletes, dancers and musicians.

Northern Westchester Hospital, 400 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY 10549.  North Building Conference Center.
Tuesday, March 5, 2012, 10 to 11:30AM.  Tickets are $10 per person.  Email gretchen@essentialmom.com for ticket information or click here.

Sports injuries have reached epidemic proportions in recent years. Join us for a presentation on how to understand and prevent sports injuries both for yourself and your children.  We all want to be healthy and active. Come learn the best approaches so that you and your kids can be healthy for a long time. Discussions will include: return to play after concussion, baseline testing, repetitive injuries, and best practices for stretching, exercise and play for all ages. Help your children avoid the aches and pains you’ve found in recent years. Bring your questions and concerns.

What is the NWH Speaker Series?
Get to know Northern Westchester Hospital’s amazing medical staff as its experts speak on topics that they know best. Learn what the Hospital can do to serve your needs and take control of your family’s health and wellness. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and come educate yourself on topics that interest you and directly relate to your life.

G•tec Kids, Westchester County’s premier afterschool enrichment program for gifted and talented children and Synergy Westchester, an advocacy group dedicated to promoting the education and enrichment of gifted and talented children have partnered to sponsor The Synergy Challenge.  Creating positive change in the community is no longer left to Mom and Dad, thanks to The Synergy Challenge, where the main goal is to tap into the vibrant, boundless imagination of childhood and use it to solve real-world problems. What used to be considered merely play can now impact our community for the better, teaching children that you don’t have to be a grown-up to make a difference.  Always positive in spirit, each new Challenge will encourage participants to improve their community, themselves, or another living thing and will involve the task of designing, creating or building something realistic – it must actually work! Children participate in one of three age-appropriate Challenge categories: Elementary (Grades K-2), Middle (Grades 3-5), Secondary (Grades 6-12) as an individual or a group.  One winner will be chosen from each category on the basis of relevance, originality of thought, uniqueness of content, creative expression and grammar. Members of Synergy’s Facebook community will vote for their favorite entries. A panel of judges will then pick winners from among the Facebook finalists. Winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.  G•tec Kids Director, Andi Stix, knows that children learn best in a hands-on environment.  “I encourage children to explore the outer limits of their imagination,” Stix explains, “now they have the opportunity to make it a reality and to be an agent of positive change in their community.”  The third Challenge entitled, Comic Animator, starts February  1, 2013 on Synergy Westchester’s web page (www.SynergyWestchester.org).  All entries are due May 1, 2013.

The Parenting Center at Temple Shaaray Tefila features a warm and welcoming space for parents and their children, from ages 0-30 months.  Our current programs include Blooming Babies, a free program held every Wednesday from 9:30-10:30. Drop in and meet other local moms, while your children play in our nurturing environment. Puppetry with Nancy will be offered weekly on Thursdays beginning Feb. 28, 2013 for a small fee.  Join us for music, movement & more, all with hand and rod puppets! The Early Childhood Center also has a nursery program for children ages 2, 3, and 4 years. For information, please contact ECC Director Beth Kiffel at 914-666-3188 or bkiffel@templest.org.  Visit www.shaaraytefila.org

Mark your calendar!  A new exhibit just opened at the New Castle Historical Society on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.  New Castle’s Beginnings – Our Founding Farms will trace our town’s origins from Native American lands through the farms of the nineteenth century, to the large estates and housing developments that turned New Castle into the community we know today.  A focus on several local farms and their products will be featured – Sutton Farm, Dodge Farm, Brann Farm, Taylor and Annandale Farms, and of course the Greeley Farm.  The first farms of New Castle were established on large tracts of land purchased from the Native American tribes of the Mohegan Confederation, including the Sintsincks.  Even our town’s name, Chappaqua, has Native American roots.  The area was called Shepequa, which referred to the abundant water sources that made farming possible.  Many other Native American words have been retained in the names of our streets and landmarks.  There will be interactive aspects to this exhibit plus a seminar series featuring speakers from local farms operating today.  Please join us for an opening reception to be held on Sunday, March 3rd from 3:00-5:00. The exhibit will run through the year at the New Castle Historical Society, 100 King Street, Chappaqua, New York. The hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 1 – 4 PM or by appointment at 914-238-4666.  New Castle Historical Society, 100 King Street, Box 55, Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-466.