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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.

ChappAntiquesThe 45th Chappaqua Antiques Show
New Castle Historical Society
November 2nd & 3rd, 10 to 5pm
Antiques & Design
Admission $8
* With this ad $6
Westorchard Elementary School
25 Granite Road (off Route 133)
Chappaqua, NY 10514
Information: 914.238.4666
www.newcastlehs.org

The annual Moonviewing concert is a tradition that was begun by Natalie Hays Hammond in 1966. The Japanese Stroll Garden, lit by paper lanterns, is a magical setting for this ancient custom, which every August brings together people and traditions of the East and West. Traditional Japanese music – Koto and Shakuhachi flute – will be played.  Evening Schedule: 6:30 Bento box picnic, 7:00 Introduction to Tea Ceremony class by Michael McKenna, 8:30 Concert in the garden (weather permitting).  Concert Tickets:   Museum Members $15.00 Each, Non Members  $20.00 Each.  Bento Box Dinner: Pre Order your dinner by July 31st for $20. each.   Choice of Chicken, Salmon or Vegetarian.  To order call 914-669-5033.  Hammond Museum, gardenprogram@yahoo.com, 914-669-5033, www.hammondmuseum.org.  This concert is made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government.    Additional Funding also provided by M&T Bank. Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.  Hammond Museum, 28 Deveau Rd, North Salem, NY 10560.

Sunday May 5th 3:00pm FREE.  Celebrate and honor our animal friends for the love and companionship they have given us.  Please bring your pets: dogs, cats, horses or other dear animal friends to share a blessing by a group of clergy (of various faiths) to celebrate life in the beautiful serenity of the Japanese Stroll Garden.  914-669-5033, www.hammondmuseum.org.  Hammond Museum, 28 Deveau Rd., North Salem,NY 10560.

914 for 617 Boston Benefit Concert in White Plains, NY.  Asidesmusic.com presents an evening of indie, pop and alt-rock feature White Plains band Emily Angell & The MK47s and New York City bands Owel, Ionia, and Bearbones on Friday, June 14, 2013 at The Digital Arts Experience at 170 Hamilton Ave. in White Plains.  Doors 7 p.m. Show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m.  Proceeds will go toward the One Fund Boston, a fund that supports families of those impacted by the tragic events of April 15.  Tickets $15 via www.914for617.eventbrite.com. Email asidesmusic@gmail.com for more information.

Become a volunteer and honor the memory of 9/11.  In an action to rekindle the spirit of unity that followed the tragic events of September 11, The Volunteer Center invites area residents to honor local victims and heroes by engaging in service to help build a stronger community. This community-wide call to action is designed to engage people of all ages in a wide-variety of one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities.  Find out more at www.volunteer-center.org/service.

The Annual Sloan Wainwright & Friends Holiday Concert with Special Guests: The Grand Slambovians, Pete Malvineri, Afua Monk Addo, Sam McTavey and many holiday surprises.  Saturday, December 15th, 2012, 8pm.  Bedford Presbyterian Church, Village Green, Bedford NY.  Tickets $40.   Information + tickets: www.sloanwainwright.com.  About Sloan Wainwright:  A forerunner in the independent music scene long before it became hip to walk the road less traveled; Sloan Wainwright is an artist whose passionate work and extraordinary life have fused to burn a new definition for women in music: “Grown-up girl style”.  She is a compelling performer best known for her rich contralto voice, intensely personal lyrics, and an innovative approach to song. Hard to categorize, Sloan’s musical style melds the best of pop, folk, jazz, and blues to create a soulful hybrid. Her personal appearances are forceful and uplifting, her stage persona self-described as “we take our audience on a journey; we come in full tilt and do our show.”  A member of the highly acclaimed musical Wainwright family she is Loudon Wainwright’s sister and aunt to Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche.  And true to the family business, she maintains the legendary gift of music and songwriting which she delivers in her own, powerfully unique style.

October 25, 2014 2:00-4:00pm. Educator, local author and “music mom,” Amy Nathan, shares her newest book, The Musical Parent’s Survival Guide: A Parent-to-Parent Conversation. Ms. Nathan will be accompanied by Jean Young, of Music Together, who helps our very youngest discover the joys of music, as well as a 5th grade string ensemble from the Chatsworth Avenue and Murray Avenue string orchestras. Larchmont Music Academy students will offer a flute ensemble and rock trio. This event promises to be a joy for the whole family! The Voracious Reader – 1997 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538 (914) 630-4581 www.thevoraciousreader.com

Face-Painting, Balloon-Twisting, Book Readings and Giveaways, with Pinkalicious and Rocky Read Ice Cream and the Unveiling of the CCBF Mural.   September 13, 2 – 5pm.  Hall of Scoops and the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival (CCBF) are hosting a day of face painting, balloon-twisting, children’s book readings, giveaways and the unveiling of a community mural by local artist and recent college-grad Sophie Mendelson.  All activities are free. Two custom-crafted ice cream flavors will be available – Pinkalicious (cotton candy ice cream flecked with colorful candy confetti, created with the permission of and guidance from Pinkalicious author Victoria Kann) and Rocky Read (chocolate with marshmallows and fudge chunks). A portion of the proceeds from sales of Pinkalicious will benefit CCBF’s literacy partner, JCY-Westchester Community Partners.  At 3pm, local artist Sophie Mendelson will unveil a 20’ x 65’ mural outside Hall of Scoops, depicting scenes from the CCBF and around town in Chappaqua, with famous children’s literary characters appearing throughout.  Sophie spent the summer creating the mural, with donations from Chappaqua Paint and Hardware and Korth & Shannahan.  Hall of Scoops, 14 S. Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY.   All activities are free.  Ice cream available for purchase.  Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival:  From princesses to pups, to angst-filled tweens, and every crazy character in between, you’ll find them all at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10am – 6pm at Bell Middle School in Chappaqua. More than 85 popular authors, who bring favorite characters to life, are expected to participate. Most will be signing their books and reading excerpts. Bring your whole family for tons of fun, food, kid-friendly activities, entertainment and, of course, books!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10 to 11:30 AM.  Presented by John Raffalli, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist at MKMG & Andrew Wiznia, MD, Pediatric Allergist at Westchester Health Associates.  Northern Westchester Hospital, 400 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, Conference Rooms A & B.  Tickets are $10 per person. Advanced registration is required. Info: Whitney Wasserman: wwasserman@nwhc.net or 914-242-8382 or register here.

How can women achieve balance in their lives?  A four week workshop series focusing on women’s wellness.  June 2:  Enid Weishaus will help you explore goals for balance and harmony in your life.  June 11:  Yoga class for all levels of fitness with Jacqui Vernon (bring your own mat).  June 18:  Understanding Holistic Health with Judy Eisele.  June 25:  Enid Weishaus will help you explore goals for balance and harmony in your life.  Workshops, childcare and parking are free.  Refreshments will be served.  Space is limited; pre-registration is required.  Office for women at (914) 995-5972 or visit www.women.westchestergov.com.  Presented by YWCA and www.Westchestergov.com Office for Women.  The workshops will be held at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester on 515 North Street, White Plains, New York from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Calling All Volunteers: It’s Almost Time For The Sortathon!   Sort mountains of medical supplies and create surgical and birth kits to be sent to Haiti and African nations.
It’s almost time for the annual Afya Sortathon. This year we’re calling it the “Help Afya Keep On Truckin’” Sortathon and it will be held on Sunday, November 18th (the week before Thanksgiving) from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. It will be an amazing day — all of us coming together to sort and pack hundreds of boxes bound for Haiti and Africa. There will be food, speakers and live music too!
We hope you will do one or all of the following things to help us tremendously:
– Register for the Sortathon and start getting your sponsors
– Encourage your friends, family and co-workers to register and get sponsors
– Post our flyer in your school, work place and all around your town
– Link the website (www.Sortathon.afyafoundation.org) to your Facebook page
We need everyone’’s energy, enthusiasm, bodies and hands to make this a success!
Don’t forget to go to www.Sortathon.afyafoundation.org to register and find out the details about this event — participants will contribute to the improvement in health for thousands abroad. Registration will require a $25 tax deductible donation. Join us for a fun filled day and feel good about helping others!

This week we finally hit exhaustion.  We usually make it through a week or two before the reality of school hits us.  The kids try to be game for a while and then suddenly realize that school is EVERY day.  I am quite excited that next week is a short one.  Perfect, and just in time.  But in the meantime, I plan on enjoying the (very short seeming these days) weekend — there are TONS of activities around Westchester in the fall and I just live for seeing the events calendar so full of fun, and although it is tempting to just hang on the couch all weekend, save it for the winter — you will likely be stuck inside for months, get out now and enjoy the fall fun that abounds.  Check out EssentialMom.com‘s calendar page to find out what is happening — click here.  The leaves are crunching underfoot, the weather is still warm enough to enjoy, and the kids need to go out and be run after sitting in the classroom all week.  If you don’t want to leave the house, send them out to rake those leaves into a jumping pile — there are almost enough on the ground for some fun.   And if it’s raining?  Try the local libraries, they have a ton of welcome back to fall events going on too.

Don’t Miss All Aboard with Thomas & Friends™ at The New York Botanical Garden, January 1–27, 2013.  Join Thomas and Driver Sam for All Aboard with Thomas & Friends™. Help Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery in this fun-filled sing-along, mini-performance adventure. Bring your camera to have your photo taken with Thomas after the performance.
All Aboard with Thomas & Friends™ joins the Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show, which features large-scale model trains traversing more than 140 replicas of New York landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Yankee Stadium, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the original Pennsylvania Station—all created from plant parts such as gourds, berries, pine cones, leaves, and seeds. The Holiday Train Show runs through January 13.  The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road, Bronx, N.Y.  January 1–27, 2013.  There are between two and four performances a day; times vary between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Visit www.nybg.org for the full schedule.  All Aboard with Thomas & Friends™ is included in the All-Garden Pass, which also grants admission to the Holiday Train Show.  Pricing: Adults $20, Seniors/Students $18, Children ages 2–12 $10, Children under 2 free.  Pricing on January 1: Adults $25, Seniors/Students $22, Children ages 2–12 $15. Children under 2 free.  Visit www.nybg.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Friends of the Bedford Free Library Sponsor “An Evening Out With Friends”.  Come Meet Pamela Moses, Author of The Appetites of Girls
Wednesday, November 5th at 7pm.  Four college suitemates, each with her own frustrated desires, reunite at a baby shower. After 11 years, will any of them have found real happiness? Moses’ debut novel thoughtfully evokes the interior lives of these women, distinguishing each with her unique heartbreaks. The author delves into the friends’ back stories through multiple point-of-view switches, mining their emotionally charged relationships with family, men, and food with clear-eyed prose.  Pamela Moses received a B.A. in comparative literature from Brown University and an M.A. in English from Georgetown University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two young children. The Appetites of Girls is her first novel.  Come and enjoy this lively, intimate evening out with friends, wine and goodies!  Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Registration required 914-234-3570. $10 per person.  Bedford Free Library, 32 Village Green, Bedford, New York www.bedfordfreelibrary.org.