Lots to do. Plus, scroll down for a guilt-free babysitting event!
We’re going to skip any outdoor event listings for the weekend, since it’s so cold that we’ve been hibernating. But we’ve got a few worthwhile events to get you out of the house and into another cozy warm space for a little fun. If these don’t cut it, we’ve got plenty of other ideas, too — don’t miss our list of 50 things to do this winter in Westchester.
Young children will appreciate Emelin Theater’s production of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” based on the award-winning book. With two showtimes on Sunday, January 27 at 11am and 1:30pm, the production is about a father and his four children who go on a bear hunt. The family skids down a grassy slope, swishes across a river, sludges through mud and, of course, finally sees the bear, who chases them back home. Tickets are $13 for adults and children. 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck; 914-698-0098 [...]
Don't just go out to dinner. Go out for an evening of live music.
Sometimes we’re looking for more than just dinner. We crave a little excitement. A real night out. The following restaurants provide live music, mouth watering bites and cocktails that might make you leave your babysitter an extra generous tip. Each place offers music on different nights. Try them all and see which ones become your favorites…
(Photo: John James Trio with Bernie Williams at Park143 Bistro)
Cedar Street Grill, a cozy pub-like restaurant on the main drag in Dobbs Ferry, offers music on Wednesdays from 8pm- 10pm plus American comfort food with a twist and yummy, artisanal beers. Don’t miss the beer battered pickles — they may just be better than the band. 23 Cedar Street, Dobbs Ferry; 914-674-0706
This market isn't just about vegetables -- it's a gourmand's go-to spot.
As soon as you turn on to Irvington’s Main Street and head down the hill to the school parking lot, you know the Irvington Farmers Market is serious business: There’s a crossing guard helping to direct traffic. The sleepy little river town is suddenly alive with families pushing strollers, sweet old couples holding hands and just-off-the-train singles stopping at the market on their way home.
With about two dozen vendors, the Irvington Farmers Market is plenty stocked with fruits, veggies and baked goods. But it offers something many of the other markets around the area don’t: Magazine quality styling. Most vegetables are presented in straw baskets!! — and there are lots of prepared foods to sample along the way. The market is open from 3:30 to 7:30pm on Wednesdays, which makes it the perfect spot for a dinner date with the kids.
Westchester joins the food truck revolution.
It’s 85 degrees, and I’m eating pizza in the hot baking sun. With thin lemon slices and crisp basil nestled in a garlicky mozzarella pie, I’m just not caring. The hint of lemon makes it taste refreshing.
When Dave DiBari, the chef and owner of The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, decided to drive his wood-fired pizza oven up to area farmers markets this summer, he didn’t realize just how successful he’d be. Today, people line up for his hot-out-of-the-oven pizzas. DiBari calls it DoughNation. When I ask him why he decided to start a pizza truck, he shrugs. “I love pizza,” he says. “Who doesn’t love pizza?” (He also apparently loves his mom, since her name “Laura” is spelled out in mosaic tiles on the mobile pizza oven. [...]
In honor of the summer solstice, free yoga on the Hudson.
Do your sun salutations…in the sun. Three waterfront parks on the Hudson River are hosting free outdoor yoga classes on June 20 in honor of the summer solstice.
YogaWorks will send teachers to Scenic Hudson Park in Irvington from 9am to noon and offer three all-level classes.
Yoga Shivaya, a studio in Tarrytown, will host a beginner yoga class at 10am at Katherine W. Davis Riverwalk at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow.
Sacred Space Studio, located in Beacon, is hosting a meditation class on the river at 1pm and a sunset yoga class at 7:30.
Bring water, sunblock, a towel, and a yoga mat. Oh, and friends too. Remember, it’s free!
Strike a warrior pose while staring at the Hudson River.
I was in downward dog, my biceps burning, when the yoga teacher instructed us to hop (or step) our right foot forward and swing our arms up to warrior one. As soon as I stood up, I saw the Hudson River out of nearly every window in the studio. My mind relaxed as my eyes traveled to the lush green cliffs on the other side of the water. The light was bright and invigorating, the water calming. Inspired, I deepened my lunge. This is the way yoga is meant to be practiced, I thought.
I spotted YogaWorks on a drive through Irvington. It was perched up on a hill in a pretty stone building, but the reason I stopped is because I could see that the studio had killer views. While I’m hardly a seasoned yogi, I’ve been practicing for years and I’m a sucker for pretty yoga studios. I’ve done yoga on the beach at the Four Seasons Maui, at a rustic resort in Vieques, on a hotel lawn overlooking the ocean on Block Island. I even pushed through prenatal poses for nine months at sexy-chic Pure Yoga on the UWS.
But nothing beats the Yoga Blend class I took with Jennifer Monness at YogaWorks in Irvington last week. [...]